Low Fat Dairy for Weight Loss Success

Author: ANCP   Date Posted:24 April 2014 

These days you hear an abundance of diet advice everywhere you go. The trouble is that it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Including low fat dairy in your diet is one piece of dietary advice that has been proven to be a healthy and effective choice for weight loss. Low fat dairy is a perfect choice for a trim figure. It offers your body essential calcium and protein. As an added bonus, it's naturally gluten free for those avoiding grains.

Myths about Dairy in Your Diet:

With so much advice out there it can be hard to tell what's the truth when it comes to dairy. Let’s dispel the common myths:

  1. Dairy causes gain weight - Eating dairy alone will not cause weight gain, and in fact it can help you lose weight. A large reason this myth prevails is because many of the ingredients in some common dairy foods are bad for your waistline. Although you do need to take into account the calorie content of milk, ingredients like sugar packed into dairy foods such as ice cream are more often the culprits in weight gain; not the dairy itself.
  2. Dairy is bad for my heart - While the saturated fat found in some full fat dairy products may not be good for your heart, low fat dairy choices are generally considered to be heart healthy.
  3. Dairy is hard to incorporate into my diet - Many low fat dairy choices are portable making them perfect for a quick snack. Tuck a cheese stick or yogurt into your bag for your morning snack and you're set!

Why Choose Low Fat Dairy for Weight Loss

Low fat dairy can be a real aid to your diet. Some studies suggest that people who consume dairy may have lower body weight and more weight loss than people who consume an equal amount of calories, but do not include dairy. Additionally, low fat dairy foods contain protein that will help you feel fuller, for longer.

Good Sources of Low Fat Dairy:

Our top four low fat dairy foods, perfect to include in your weight loss plan:

  1. Low fat yogurt.
  2. Cheeses made from skim milk.
  3. Cottage cheese.
  4. Skim Milk.