The Essential Mineral Linked To Weight Loss

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The
mineral is linked to losing six times more weight.
Women
who take a calcium supplement lose six times as much weight, one study has
found.
Women
taking the calcium supplement dropped 13 pounds in 15 weeks on a weight loss
program, in comparison to only 2 pounds in a control group.
It
is thought that calcium deficiency encourages the brain to increase food intake
to get more of the essential mineral.
Studies
have also shown that people who are calcium deficient have more body fat,
larger waistlines and higher levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL).
Another
study has shown that decreasing intake of dairy products, which contain a lot
of calcium, is linked to putting on weight.
Getting
enough calcium is also linked to lower risk for cardiovascular disease.
Around
half of all obese people are calcium deficient.
For
the study, 63 overweight or obese women followed a 15-week weight loss program.
The
analysis showed that they consumed less than 600 mg of calcium per day, whereas
the recommended intake is 1000 mg.
Along
with following a diet, they also took 1200 mg of calcium per day or a placebo.
The
results showed that those taking the calcium lost an average of 13 pounds, in
comparison to just 2 pounds in the placebo group.
However,
these results were limited to those who had low levels of calcium intake
initially.
Professor Angelo Tremblay, who led the study,
said:
“Our
hypothesis is that the brain can detect the lack of calcium and seeks to
compensate by spurring food intake, which obviously works against the goals of
any weight loss program. Sufficient calcium intake seems to stifle the desire
to eat more.”
The
study was published in the British Journal of Nutrition (Major et al., 2008).


SOURCE: PSYBLOG
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.