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Dairy Food No Magic Bullet for Weight Loss

Plenty of Dairy Won't Hurt Diet but Won't Melt Pounds, Either

All Agree: Dairy Foods Essential

Whether dairy foods can really make a person burn body fat may be controversial. But everybody agrees that dairy foods are essential for good health.

The good news, Harvey-Berino says, is that people trying to lose weight can still eat all the dairy foods they need.

"Women on diets tend to cut out dairy, and that is not good," she warns. "You can eat high levels of dairy foods and still do very well with your weight loss."

That gets a hearty endorsement from both Zemel and Ball.

"People often lose bone when they diet," Zemel says. "So having a dairy-rich diet is the best protection against that bone loss -- and it [blunts] the bone effects of calorie restriction."

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