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Is Calcium the New Magic Bullet?

New research suggests that upping your calcium intake can help you lose fat

How much calcium do you need?

Calcium Recommendations

The National Academy of Science, which revised its recommendations in 2001, advocates the following calcium consumption:

Males & Females19-501,000 mg/day
Females51-70+1,200 mg/day
Pregnant & Lactating1,000 mg/day

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic Plan

When filling out your WebMD Weight Loss questionnaire, be sure to indicate your ability to tolerate dairy foods so that we prescribe at least 1,000mg/day in your eating plan. Plenty of calcium in your plan allows you the wonderful opportunity to enhance your weight loss while strengthening your bones and teeth.

That calcium might aid in weight loss is great news for all dieters, but especially women who are susceptible to osteoporosis. Simply by consuming three servings a day of low-fat or fat-free dairy products, you can strengthen your bones, ward off osteoporosis, maintain your muscle mass, and increase your fat loss. Additionally, if your diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, you may also prevent certain cancers and high blood pressure. A magic bullet indeed!

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Reviewed on September 17, 2004

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