Everyone knows that yogurt is supposed to be good for us. (And I’m not talking about the frozen ice cream substitute.) So every once in a while I buy a container and stick in a spoon and try to convince myself I like it. Yeah… no… not so much.
Then this week I read two articles about the benefits of yogurt. One hailed it as the number one supersnack! But what really caught my eye was the same study cited in both articles that said YOGURT HAS BELLY-FLATTENING ABILITIES. Sign me up! Buy me tons! Tell me more:)
According to the study, people on a low-cal diet who ate fat-free yogurt lost 81% more ab fat than those on a similar diet who did not eat yogurt. Eighteen ounces a day was all it took. And they lost 22% more weight! They also retained 1/3 more calorie-burning lean muscle mass.
Wow did that get my attention. Because it seems that no matter what I do for exercise or eating, my belly just wants to stick around and hang out. If I could shrink my middle just by eating yogurt, it might be worth another taste. Or two.
And the articles told of many other benefits as well. Remember, this is now the number one supersnack:) But there were guidelines, including limiting the calories and sugar in the yogurt eaten. More labels to read in the grocery store.
So I got a few cups, some fruity flavors that sounded potentially palatable. And I got a box of Uncle Sam’s cereal to mix in my yogurt. Because I know myself well enough from past attempts to realize that I need some crunch in my cup. Day one: strawberry banana. It was okay, not horrible, not great. Day two: pomegranate acai. Much stronger flavored; not sure if that is good or bad. Still not passing judgment. So back to the store for more. So far I have had three flavors, two brands, and am thinking I can do this. It would not be my snack of choice. But I don’t hate it. And if eating yogurt instead of some other afternoon nosh can slim my middle… I am reaching for it again and again!
How about you? Yogurt lover? Favorite healthy brands? Top flavor picks? Seen any impact on your belly?
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