“Drink milk… Lose weight?” say the ads. The dairy industry has created an entire “Healthy Weight with Milk” campaign to boost sales. What’s the evidense? Most of it came from a researcher who has a patent on the claim that dairy foods aid weight loss.
In a new study- the largest so far- a high dairy diet didn’t help people lose weight. Twenty-three obese patients on 1,500-calorie diets who were randomly assigned to consume four servings of dairy a day lost no more weight or body fat after six months than 22 others who consumed one serving a day.
What to do:
Low-fat (or non-fat) milk, yogurt, and cheese can help lower blood pressure and boost calcium intake. But don’t expect them to keep you slim.
[Obesity Research 12: A23, 2004]