Calcium and Weight Loss
Friday, September 4, 2009

Milkís slogan is it does a body good, but can it affect weight loss? A Swiss study examined the link between calcium and weight loss in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Eating calcium-rich foods may be good for your body, but it wonít help you lose weight.

In a study, Swiss researchers found no evidence that calcium supplementation influenced energy expenditure or fat-burning in overweight people whose regular diets were deficient in the mineral.

The 20-week study included 10 overweight or obese people whose regular diets were low in calcium.

Study participants were given either placebos or 800 milligrams of dairy calcium daily for two five-week periods.

Four weeks into the supplementation phases of the study, researchers performed a battery of tests. The tests revealed no differences between the people taking the placebo and the calcium in resting energy expenditure, fat oxidation and plasma-free fatty acid concentrations.

Researchers said that while the study addressed just one of several theories about calcium and weight control, there is still good evidence indicating a role for dietary calcium in weight regulation. Additional research is needed to help us better understand the effects.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.