One of the things I try to cover regularly in these articles are the small habit and lifestyle changes that can make a big difference to your health and weight. Today we’re going to discuss the five reasons yogurt helps weight loss.
1) Most Yogurt Contains Healthy Bacteria
When you see “live cultures” or “active cultures” on the label, it means your yogurt contains beneficial microorganisms that support gut health. These healthy probiotic bacteria, found in these types of yogurt, help crowd out harmful bacteria in your gut.
There’s a constant war in your digestive system between helpful and harmful bacteria, and when you eat probiotic yogurt, you’re reinforcing the good side in this battle. Recent evidence indicates that the right gut bacteria can help weight loss, and conversely, the wrong ones may be an important factor in weight gain.
Healthy gut bacteria can also help with mood. It’s been estimated that 90% of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that supports healthy mood control in the brain, is actually created by helpful bacteria in our digestive system
It’s important to buy unsweetened forms of yogurt, as sugars and artificial sweeteners can feed unhealthy gut bacteria.
2) Yogurt Is High In Protein
All yogurts contain protein, and some forms, such as Greek yogurt, offer up to 20 grams of protein per serving. It’s important when dieting to keep a consistent intake of protein to ensure that you lose fat and not muscle, so yogurt can be an excellent diet food. The amino acids from the protein give your muscles the materials they need to repair themselves. Be sure to read the nutrition label and check the protein content.
3) Yogurt Can Help You Drop Belly Fat
In one study done by the University of Tennessee, people who ate 18 ounces of yogurt daily while cutting their total calories lost 81% more belly fat and 22% more weight than a comparable group of dieters who skipped the yogurt. They also retained a third more lean muscle mass, which is important for boosting metabolism and keeping the weight off.
The researchers theorize that because the calcium in the yogurt signals your fat cells to pump out less cortisol, the hormone that tells your body to store belly fat, you lose more belly fat when consuming yogurt daily.
4) Yogurt Contains A Good Selection Of Vitamins And Minerals
Yogurt contains vitamins B2 (riboflavin), B5 (pantothenic acid) and B12, as well as being a significant source of potassium, riboflavin, zinc, iodine and calcium. Some yogurt is also fortified with vitamin D.
Getting good nutrition is essential for weight loss.
5) Yogurt Mixes Well With Other Healthy Foods
Yogurt is an ideal ingredient for granola, smoothie bowls, green smoothies, or even in place of whipped cream in certain desserts. For example, a bowl of fresh fruit with some yogurt for topping is a healthy choice.
Overall, Yogurt Helps Weight Loss
There’s no question that adding more of the right kind of yogurt into your diet can help weight loss. You might also want to look into Kefir, a drink made with cow, goat or sheep milk fermented with bacteria. Kefir is similar to a drinking-style yogurt, and shares many of the same beneficial properties. It is creamy, tart and refreshing. The main difference between yogurt and kefir is that kefir also contains beneficial yeast.
Overall, look for low-sugar and high protein in your yogurt choice, with live or active cultures, and don’t stress too much about fat content. You’ll find that yogurt helps weight loss, and is tasty too.