March 12, 2009
Calcium Spurs Weight Loss?

Women who are calcium deficient might find weight loss easier if they get more calcium.

Québec City, March 12, 2009 – Boosting calcium consumption spurs weight loss, according to a study published in the most recent issue of the British Journal of Nutrition, but only in people whose diets are calcium deficient.

Angelo Tremblay and his team at Université Laval's Faculty of Medicine made the discovery in a 15-week weight loss program they conducted on obese women. The participants consumed on average less than 600 mg of calcium per day, whereas recommended daily intake is 1000 mg. In addition to following a low calorie diet, the women were instructed to take two tablets a day containing either a total of 1200 mg of calcium or a placebo. Those who took the calcium tablets lost nearly 6 kg over the course of the program, the researchers found, compared to 1 kg for women in the control group.

"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," said Angelo Tremblay, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Environment and Energy Balance. "Sufficient calcium intake seems to stifle the desire to eat more," he added.

Maybe the study is flawed and doesn't prove their result. Don't know. But getting enough calcium when you are deficient will help you even if it doesn't help you lose weight.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2009 March 12 11:33 PM  Brain Appetite

In said at March 13, 2009 10:13 AM:

Take magnesium too. Just not at the same time.

Randall Parker said at March 13, 2009 7:23 PM:


What's the problem with taking Mg and Ca at the same time?

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