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Yogurt: The Surprising Food That Can Help You Lose Weight

Yogurt- The Surprising Food That Can Help You Lose Weight Finding the time to actively lose weight can be difficult, especially if you are a busy parent. I recently blogged about ways to get motivated to work out, but let’s face it, for many people, their daily routines are simply too full to dedicate to personal time, and when they have it, the last thing on their minds is weight loss goals. Putting it off is not a good idea though. Starting as soon as possible will help you get your goals on the right track, and, fortunately, starting can be as simple as making a few changes to your diet.

One of the best foods that you can enjoy every day to supercharge your metabolism and jumpstart your weight loss goals is yogurt. In fact, several recent studies have suggested that yogurt and weight loss go hand in hand together.  How, you ask?  The key lies in calcium.  The calcium in dairy products such as yogurt works to speed up weight loss.  The author of one of the study’s, author, Michael Zemel, suggests that eating dairy regularly and getting plenty of calcium maintains bone density and muscle mass while increasing fat loss.

Yogurt is generally a very low calorie food that is packed with nutrients. It can provide your body with the energy it needs to make it through the day, without overloading it with unnecessary calories. For the best outcome, you should always go for a low fat and sugar free option.  I normally shy away from sugar free items because I’m not a fan of artificial sugar like aspartame, but I just found out that Yoplait light did away with using aspartame and are now using another low-calorie sweetener called sucralose which is derived from sugar. 

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Yoplait Light Yogurt I used to have yogurt for breakfast ever single day.  I changed my breakfast routine a few years ago though because yogurt on it’s own wasn’t enough to keep me full until lunchtime and I always found myself snacking on junk.  Since then, I’ve found that one of the best ways to enjoy this calcium rich food is as a snack. If you feel as though you could use a quick pick me up during the day, simply reach into your fridge and grab a yogurt for that quick boost of energy and nutrition.

If you don’t like eating plain yogurt, consider adding some fruit to your yogurt.  Fruit like strawberries or blueberries would be a great addition.  Trying to satiate a sweet tooth?  Try adding a few chocolate chips or some sprinkles into your yogurt. Don’t be afraid to get creative, and be sure to keep an eye on those calories. Want more ideas?  Check out these great low calorie ideas I found on this Yoplait Light Pinterest board.

You can consider cooking with yogurt as well. It can be a great replacement for cream in heavier recipes, such as pasta, helping you cut your calories where you need to. It may also be made into a delicious spread to put on whole wheat bread or crackers.

Finally, yogurt can be a good meal all on its own. You can enjoy this tasty food in the morning like I used to, for that starting boost. Much like with any other way to prepare it, be sure to experiment and get creative. Mix and match different healthy foods for the best results.

Thanks to Yoplait Light for sponsoring today’s discussion.

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "

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