Sunday, December 7, 2008

What to be Sure to Eat if You are on a Diet

Most Americans are overweight, so dieting is very common. We all know that losing weight means eating less and burning more calories. As we eat less, what should we be sure to eat?

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in early 2008 followed 130 overweight people on two types of diets. The control group reduced calories based on the traditional food pyramid, so they ate the right types of food. The study group ate a diet rich in protein and calcium, emphasizing lean meats and low-fat dairy products. Both groups lost comparable weight over 12 months. The group on the protein and calcium rich diet had stable bone mass while the control group had some loss in bone mass. The protein rich diet also helps with maintaining muscle mass.

So, if you plan to lose weight by any method, be sure to get protein at every meal, and pay attention to getting enough calcium, either from dairy products or through a supplement. Also take a multi-vitamin daily if you are eating less calories than you burn, and be sure there is vitamin D that is necessary for calcium absorption by the body. Also, get regular weight bearing exercise such as daily walking to help protect your bone mass.

Source: University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, December 2008

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