Do you know that drinking milk can help you slim down your waistline and contribute to weight loss?  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: Today, November 26, is celebrated as National Milk Day. The event marks the birth anniversary of India’s most successful dairy entrepreneur Dr Varghese Kurien, the founder of dairy firm Amul. Known as the ‘Father of the White Revolution’ in India, Dr Kurien is responsible for making India the largest milk producer in the world. For thousands of years, milk has been enjoyed throughout the world. Milk is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and various essential nutrients and antioxidants that improve your overall health and wellness. But, do you also know that drinking milk can help you slim down your waistline and contribute to weight loss?
Being a rich source of calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus and magnesium, drinking milk has long been linked to healthy bones. On the occasion of National Milk Day, let’s take a look at how including this nutrient-rich fluid in your daily diet can help you shed the extra inches and get that flat tummy. Read – Turmeric detox tea for weight loss: 5 reasons to drink turmeric tea (Haldi Chai) this winter
Milk and weight loss: How it works
We all know that milk is an excellent source of calcium that promotes fat breakdown and inhibits fat absorption in the body. It contains healthy fats that have been linked to many health benefits, including a reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease. Milk is also low in calories but the versatile beverage is high in protein that helps build muscle and provide your body with energy. Moreover, it also contains a hunger-fighting hormone called the peptide YY (PYY) that can keep you full for longer, thereby aiding in weight loss. Studies have shown that incorporating milk, especially whole milk, into your diet may prevent obesity and weight gain. Read – 5 amazing health benefits of cow’s milk for kids
How to add milk to your diet for optimal weight loss
Milk is a versatile ingredient that can be easily added to your daily meal. You can use milk in your morning oatmeal, smoothies, coffee, etc. If you’re not a fan of drinking milk, you can still opt for other dairy products, such as yogurt, that have a similar nutrient profile. For instance, unsweetened yogurt (made from milk), has the same amount of protein, calcium and phosphorus found in milk.
A word of caution: While milk is a healthy food choice that has tremendous health benefits, remember, it is not for everyone. There are many people who can’t tolerate milk as they can’t digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and dairy products. Additionally, some people choose to avoid it for personal reasons. There are different types of milk, out of which, the most commonly consumed ones come from cows, buffaloes, sheep and goats.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.