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Calcium: Drink Yourself Skinny

Dairy products boost metabolism and aid weight loss.

How It Works

Calcium provides small increases in thermogenesis, the body's core temperature, Zemel explains. This may boost metabolism, which can prompt our bodies to burn fat.

If weight loss is your goal, eat three servings of fat-free or low-fat dairy products every day, he advises.

But cardiologists (heart specialists) may not like this advice: Whole-fat milk works even better in a weight-loss plan, says Heaney. "In fact, whole-fat milk has a satiety value so you naturally won't eat so much. A high-carbohydrate diet leaves you feeling hungry all the time."

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Edited by Brunilda Nazario, MD

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