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Boosting Calcium Helps Obese Women to Lose Weight

March 13, 2009: 02:13 AM EST
Consuming the recommended daily amount of calcium helps to “stifle the desire to eat more”, says Angelo Tremblay, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Environment and Energy Balance at the Université Laval's Faculty of Medicine. The effect was seen only in obese women who were deficient in calcium at the start of the trial and who boosted their intake above recommended levels. Women with adequate calcium in their diet did not benefit from taking extra calcium. The researchers suggest that lack of calcium triggers the brain to prompt people to eat more food in an attempt to boost calcium levels. Tremblay and his team have been researching the role of calcium in obesity since 2003 and publish findings in The British Journal of Nutrition. Their previous research shows that women who don’t get enough calcium have larger waist lines, more body fat and higher bad cholesterol levels than women who do get enough calcium.
"A Diet Rich in Calcium Aids Weight Loss ", Nutrition Horizon , March 13, 2009
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