If you are a serial dieter, you are most likely restricting calories and cutting out major food groups.
Dairy is usually one of those food groups that gets the chop due to the high calorie content – mainly due to the fats. But on the Lose Baby Weight plans the focus is on healthy eating and including dairy – or dairy substitutes into your weight loss plan and following a sensible and healthy diet and exercise regime
What many people don’t realize is that the fat contained in dairy products are very important for our health, including Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Omega’s 3 & 6 and CLA.
In particular with regards to Vitamin D, there is a link between increased belly fat and vitamin D deficiency in healthy young women. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition where vitamin D supplements were taken over a 16 week period, a BIG  decrease in belly fat was reported with participants losing an average of 2.4 kilos, without any extra dietary interventions or additional exercise (click here to read more about Vitamin D and how to get it).
Many studies have also shown that CLA accelerates the body’s metabolic rate whilst slowing the body’s conversion of dietary fats into body fat. It’s hard to make sense of this, but another way to explain it, is that when the body is getting enough fat through the diet it doesn’t feel the need to hang on to extra fat by enlarging adipose tissue.
Of course not all fats are good and it’s best to avoid all hydrogenated oils, which are found in most baked goods, cookies, crackers and packaged or processed foods.
Increasing other good fats, such as Flaxseed oil, Coconut oil and Extra virgin olive oil will all contribute to the lowering of other ‘bad’ fats in the body.
If you’re in Sydney, you have to try ‘Over the moon’ milk which is Jersey (A2 protein), Pasture Fed & Unhomogenized – its so yummy!
Written by Elisha Danine – Adv. Dip. Nut. Medicine
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