Calcium for weight loss?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 30, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I've been seeing this everywhere: "The more calcium you consume, the more fat your body burns, even if you aren't cutting back on calories." So with this information many people advocate dairy products, since they give the highest calcium. Does anyone know what to make of this???

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on August 30, 2012
at 02:13 PM

Calcium that you ingest without absorbing binds with fatty acids in the intestines and leaves via stool. The amount of fat that you can excrete this way is fairly modest, no more than 10 grams a day, and more likely in the 2-4 grams range. Animal protein increases calcium absorption, and the effect of high calcium intake diminishes with high animal protein intake.


on August 31, 2012
at 03:38 AM

Maybe not: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080502104547.htm

"Evidence from the trials showed that neither dairy products nor calcium supplements helped people lose weight."

Or to some extent yes:


"Our hypothesis is that the brain can detect the lack of calcium and seeks to compensate by spurring food intake, which obviously works against the goals of any weight loss program,"

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