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Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP posted:
For anyone who's trying to get in shape and stay that way, yogurt's packs a terrific weight maintenance punch. Here are some Rules of the Road when considering integrating yogurt into your nutrition plan.

1) What to Look For on the Label: in a 6 oz serving, make certain you're getting 100-150 cals; 3.5 grams or less of fat; saturated fat 2.5 grams or less; protein at least 8-10 gr; sugar 20 gr or less; calcium at least 20% RDA; Vit D at least 20% of RDA.

2) High Protein Yogurts are Great: The Greek and Icelandic yogurts are concentrated, nonfat or low fat, and have a whopping 16 gr protein per container. If you get them non-flavored, they have less than 10 gr of sugar. I like to add a tsp or two of chopped walnuts or sliced almonds, flaxseed and blueberries. That makes for a great meal or mid-afternoon snack.

3) Yogurt's Loaded with Vitamins: A single serving provides potassium, phophorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and vit B12. Vegetarian women are short on B12 which is found mostly in animal products. One eight oz serving contains 1.4 micrograms of B12, 60% of what adult women need.

4) Yogurt May Help You Shed Pounds: Researchers at U of Tenn found that women who ate yogurt a couple of times a day (up to 18 ozs) dropped 22% more weight and 81% more belly fat than women who didn't. Calcium in yogurt helps cells shed the belly weight by preventing stress hormone from packing on the ab fat.
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