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WHAT’S INVOLVED: You may be familiar with the adverts on the telly promoting yogurts to help your tummy? Well, there is truth in this statement, but often these well-marketed yogurts are loaded with sugar, which turns to fat. Also sugar feeds the bad bacteria in your gut which counteracts your reason for eating the yogurt, if you bought it because of the probiotic tagline, which was to improve your numbers of “good bacteria”.
Yogurts are generally low in fat, high in protein and fortified with calcium, which is good for skin, hair and nails. Protein is used to build muscle and muscles play a key role in driving our metabolism (the rate at which calories are burnt and used for energy). A low sugar, live (probiotic) yogurt will aid your digestive system and relieve bloating. But remember a Fruit Corner only has one healthy corner, and sadly it is not the one with the chocolate hoops or the sugary compote in it.
YOU WILL NEED:
- Lots of yoghurt and a few extra pots just in case there is a shortage at the supermarket one day
- Things to put in your yoghurt, like berries, bananas and muesli. But NOT chocolate chips!
- Flax seeds would be a great accompaniment to boost your good fats
- For the sweet-toothed, organic honey or, better still, Agave nectar
VERDICT: Not only does yogurt nix a sweet tooth craving, experts reveal that eating 18 ounces a day can help women lose a jeans size. In an interview with Fitness magazine, nutrition professor and author Michael Zemel, PhD claimed yogurt aids in weight loss by targeting fat around the waist!
“Fat around your waist produces the hormone cortisol,” he says, “which tells your body to accumulate even more belly flab… When you eat yogh=urt, the calcium signals your fat cells to pump out less cortisol, making it easier for you to drop pounds, while the amino acids help burn fat.”
Ryan Penny, Clinical Nutritionist and Conditioning Coach for The Wellness Brothers, offers this counter opinion: “If you really, really want to lose weight then the Yogurt Diet is not for you. You can get your probiotics and calcium from other sources that won’t ‘weigh’ you down.”
Have you tried this diet? If so, let us know what you think in the comment box below.