Eat Protein-Rich Foods Protects Bones During Weight Loss

According to an investigation published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, consuming a calorie controlled diet lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein – primarily from dairy foods – combined with daily exercise has a significantly positive impact on bone health in overweight individuals as well as obese young women.

The researchers observed that bone health improvements were particularly evident, because of the high density of bone-supporting nutrients, such as vitamin D, dairy-based protein and calcium.

The researchers enrolled overweight and obese, but otherwise healthy, premenopausal women to participate in the study. The women were then split into three groups, each consumed either low, medium or high amounts of dairy foods together with lower or higher amounts of carbohydrates and protein for 16 weeks. In addition, vitamin D and calcium were graded from low to high across the three groups together with the dairy foods they consumed.

Each participant engaged in aerobic exercise seven days per week as well as two additional workouts of circuit weightlifting per week.

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