Can milk help you lose weight? yes, drink up because it can help you bring your weight down.

While opinion remains divided on whether milk is good or bad for your system, studies have shown that boosting key milk nutrients like calcium and vitamin D can help weight-loss. Milkcontains protein that, along with its high water content, can keep you full for longer than most other drinks, and lead you to eat less.On the downside, the fat in milk is all saturated. So you if are trying to lose weight, make sure you are drinking toned or slim milk.

Skim milk is packed with nutrients including calcium, vitamin A, phosphorus, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and the antioxidant selenium. Proteins in skim milk can reduce hunger, which makes it a quick, easy snack option. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has reported that people felt fuller and ate fewer calories after drinking skim milk than after drinking a fruit drink.

It is recommended that adults have around 3 cups of low-fat dairy per day. You can opt for yoghurt, buttermilk or low-cal cheese if you don’t want to drink a glass of milk.

If you’re lactose intolerant, you can try:

Soy Milk It contains almost 7 g protein per cup. Choose unsweetened brands fortified with calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones strong. On the downside, however, it does cause stomach pain or gas in some people.

Almond milk It’s full of heart healthy flavonoids that can help lower cholesterol and is a good source of vitamin E. But with only 1 to 2 g of protein per cup compared to 8 grams in cow milk, it is no protein powerhouse. Also, it’s not easily available in India.

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Written by Sumita Thomas

Sumita Thomas

For Sumita Thomas, good nutrition advice is less about what NOT to eat and all about HOW to eat. Armed with a master’s degree in clinical nutrition and dietetics from IGNOU, Sumita has worked with multi-specialty clinics and corporate clients, planning calorie-specific menus for their cafeterias. She’s also a certified diabetes educator, has worked in cardiac nutrition and is even a TUV-certified internal auditor for food safety management systems. Maybe that’s why she ensures her advice is always scientifically sound, which makes her a perfect fit for us at HealthifyMe. Of the belief that a healthy lifestyle can be achieved with the combination of a healthy mind, body and diet, Sumita recommends setting realistic goals – one health target a day – and gradually incorporating healthy ingredients to your daily diet. Does she practice what she preaches? For sure, and ensures all those around her do too. So get set, because that now includes you!

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