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Milking A Diet For All It's Worth

Contributed by: NAPSA

(NAPSA) - With the recent news that obesity is fast approaching tobacco as the leading preventable cause of death in this country, the government is urging Americans to get healthier one small step at a time.
Milking A Diet For All It's Worth
Rather than drastic changes, small, achievable steps are recommended to help battle the obesity epidemic.

One small step that has the potential to make a big difference is to include milk as part of your healthy weight loss plan. A growing body of research suggests that drinking adequate amounts of low-fat or fat-free milk-3 servings a day or 24 ounces in 24 hours-as part of a reduced-calorie diet may offer an additional boost to weight loss efforts.

"The evidence linking milk to weight loss is very exciting and the implications could be significant," says Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, weight-loss expert and author of "Fight Fat After Forty."

Fight Fat After Forty
Spreading the Word

To draw attention to the role milk can play in a weight-loss program, the "Milk Mustache got milk?" campaign is launching a nationwide education initiative that encourages people to include 24 ounces of milk as part of a reduced-calorie diet. The "24/24 Milk Your Diet. Lose Weight!" campaign includes a nationwide tour of Milk Mustache Mobiles that stop in local communities to showcase the potential fat-burning benefits of milk.

The initiative is supported by Bally Total Fitness. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) also provided professional guidance and the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) and WebMD Health lent their support.

Proof is in the Research

Studies published in leading medical journals suggest that including 24 ounces of low-fat or fat-free milk in a reduced-calorie diet can help people burn more fat and lose more weight than cutting calories alone.

One recent study found that obese and overweight adults on a reduced-calorie diet who had three to four servings of milk or milk products lost an average of 24 pounds in 24 weeks-significantly more than those who also cut calories but drank little or no milk. In addition, research indicates that including milk when dieting can help people lose more weight in the abdominal area and help them maintain muscle.

The Calcium Connection

Research also suggests that increasing the amount of calcium in a diet may help reduce a person's risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer. In addition to calcium, milk provides protein and other essential nutrients people need and sometimes lose when cutting out certain foods in their diet.

"When people jump on fad diet bandwagons, they often end up missing out on nutrients that are an important part of a healthy weight loss plan," said registered dietitian and ADA President Marianne Smith Edge.



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