With the New Year approaching, many of us will set goals to eat healthier and even lose weight. Following lower calorie diets, namely ones higher in protein can produce weight loss but unfortunately this can come at a price- weakening bones (along with many other issues) if diets are not planned well and leave out key nutrients like calcium and vitamin D. A new study just published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has shown that calorie-restricted diet higher in protein - mostly from dairy foods - and lower in carbohydrates coupled with daily exercise, produced weight loss but also will likely prevent bone loss in the long term too. The researcher's report "Our data provide further rationale to recommend consumption of dairy foods to aid in 'high quality' weight loss, which we defined as loss of fat and sparing of muscle, and the promotion of bone health in young women."
The study was done in young women, who are in a key position to protect bones, but I think the results are important to anyone, especially women of all ages. To read an article in Medical News Today that summarizes the study click HERE and the journal abstract of the study can be found HERE
Check out my calcium rich recipes like my Ridiculously Easy and Healthy Fruit Yogurt or double up on my Strawberry Banana Snack Smoothie