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             Because muscle and bone weigh more than fat, the higher weights in the 
             healthy range typically apply to those with more muscle and larger frames. 
             People with less muscle and smaller frames should fall at the lower end of
             the range. In general, weights above and below the healthy range may increase
              risk of disease.


Obesity Rate in U.S. 2005

State by state, obesity numbers rising

Neb. 23.4 0.8

Highest: Ala. 27.7 1.5

Lowest: Colo. 16.4 0.6
To learn more see: Trust for American's Health


Omaha, Ne., December 13th, 2005 – A new clinical trial1, published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by researchers at Purdue University, found that women burned more fat and more calories after a meal when their diets included 3-4 servings of dairy daily. 

“From the results of this study, we put together a rough calculation based on the increased fat burned from a meal that suggests a high dairy diet followed over a year could potentially result in the loss of 10 pounds of fat a year,” commented Dorothy Teegarden, Ph.D., lead investigator and professor of nutrition at Purdue University. 

The purpose of this study was to investigate the mechanism by which dairy and calcium may impact body composition through the body’s ability to burn fat and use calories.  This study was not designed to induce weight loss. In the year-long study, researchers compared the effects of a prolonged low dairy (1-2 servings) diet to a prolonged high dairy (3-4 servings) diet among 19 normal-weight women (aged 18-30 years old).  The study participants’ ability to burn fat and calories after a meal was measured at the beginning and end of the trial to determine the impact of increasing dairy and calcium consumption during the one year trial. They found that women who consumed 3 servings of dairy each day over the course of a year burned more fat and calories from a meal compared to women who fell short of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines and MyPyramid recommendations, consuming less than three servings of dairy per day.   The subjects who consumed more dairy over the year burned more fat and calories after a meal. 

Results from this study add further support to the body of research on dairy’s role in weight management providing insight into the mechanism of fat metabolism.  Increased calcium decreases parathyroid hormone (PTH) and Dr. Teegarden discovered that the decreased PTH that occurs with increased dairy consumption increases fat burning.  Dr. Teegarden’s discovery builds on other research demonstrating the role of calcium regulating hormones as potential mediators of the relationship between an increase in dietary calcium and greater fat burning.

In addition, other studies found that overweight people on a reduced-calorie diet who consumed 3 servings of milk, cheese or yogurt each day lost significantly more weight and more body fat than those who just cut calories alone while consuming little or no dairy.2,3  Clinical studies have also shown that dairy foods exert a significantly greater effect on body weight and fat loss than calcium supplements – suggesting that the mix of nutrients in dairy beyond calcium contributes to dairy’s superior effect.

To help you jumpstart your New Year’s diet resolution, Dairy Council of Nebraska dietitian, Jennifer Meyer, recommends these tips to help you incorporate more dairy into your diet:

Add some spice to a cold afternoon. Warm a cup of reduced-fat milk and mix with Chai tea or enjoy a mug of low-fat hot chocolate.

► Replace your favorite holiday deserts with tasty, lighter versions.  Top low-fat vanilla yogurt with crushed pecans and cinnamon, or try pieces of angel food cake with a cup of strawberry yogurt for a heavenly treat!

► Impress your party guests with healthy appetizers. Layer cranberry or sun-dried tomato cheese with smoked turkey on whole grain crackers, or surprise them with Cheese and Apple Ka-bobs and alternate small slices of apples and reduced fat Cheddar cheese on skewers.   

For more information on the nutritional benefits of dairy foods, visit>.  In addition, delicious and nutritious recipes and tips on how to get 3-A-Day of Dairy are available at < .

The American Dairy Association/National Dairy Council (ADA/NDC) is managed by Dairy Management Inc., the nonprofit domestic and international planning and management organization responsible for increasing demand for U.S.-produced dairy products on behalf of America’s dairy farmers.


*         Gunther CW, et al. Fat oxidation and its relation to serum parathyroid hormone in young women enrolled in a 1-y dairy calcium intervention. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2005; 82:1228 –34.   

*         Zemel MB, et al. Dietary calcium and dairy products accelerate weight and fat loss during energy restriction in obese adults. Obesity Research. 2004; 12(4): 582-590.

*         Zemel M.B., et al. Dairy augmentation of total and central fat loss in obese subjects. International Journal of Obesity. January 2005; 29(1): 1-7.


Strenghten training is an essential part of a well balanced exercise program

Strength training is recommended 2-3 times a week.


                     Source: American Dietetic

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February 06, 2008

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