There is a lot of controversy and confusion surrounding dairy products these days. Some nutritionists say to drink milk for various health benefits and others say to stay away from it because of intolerance, which can cause moderate to severe health issues. Some experts say milk has more benefits, while others say it does more harm. Additionally, dairy intake is different for each individual. There are those who thrive while incorporating dairy into their lives and others who don’t fare as well.
Milk and other dairy products have both benefits and ills associated with them. For one thing, a positive side to dairy is how it builds strong bones and teeth and provides healthy hair. On the other side of the coin, if you are like most of the population, then you may very well be lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance causes many issues, from acne and eczema to stomach illness.
Just as the effects of dairy intake is unique to each individual, so is weight loss. Some people who opt for paleo diets claim they have an improved weight loss capacity when they reduce the consumption of dairy products. Yet others say they have found no significant end result by doing so. Since this is the case, the only thing you can do is to try it for yourself. It is an individual choice and it is an individual result, as well. Many paleo dieters, however, do feel there is a proven benefit to reducing dairy intake while dieting.
Try removing dairy consumption from your diet and see what transpires. If you have never tried removing dairy to aid your weight loss efforts, you might want to consider a few things first. Why would removing dairy products cause you to drop weight? For some, it may be because there is an underlying intolerance to dairy to begin with. How does intolerance to dairy impact weight loss? You can have issues with the inability to properly digest dairy such as bloating, gas and even weight gain. This, of course, hinders efforts toward weight loss and may, unfortunately, even promote weight gain.
More than likely, you may be able to drop weight because full-fat dairy products are calorie dense. These products are overeaten, and should therefore be eaten with caution and with much thought.
It is easy to grab some cheese and to pair it with a hand full of nuts when dieting. This seems like a healthy and wise choice. However, these so-called snacks are easy to lose track of when it comes to counting calories. Since nuts and cheese can be high in calories, it is easy to overeat them. While you may think you are doing something healthy for your body to aid in your weight loss and digestion, grabbing a glass of milk may, in fact, have the opposite impact.
About ¾ of the population is lactose intolerant. Some people simply cannot tolerate the milk proteins. If this is the case, and you are trying to lose weight, then it might be best to avoid dairy during your paleo dieting experience. If you cannot consume, tolerate or digest milk products, this is going to interfere with your digestion and therefore your diet efforts. You may not be able to lose weight and, worse, you may gain weight. So, during the time period you are dieting, it is best to stay off dairy products in the meantime.
If you do want to consume some type of dairy, then make certain that it is full-fat and from grass-fed pasture-raised cows. Yogurt and unpasteurized cheese added to your diet would be the best choice.
If you are trying to lose weight and have not been able to do so or if you are stuck at a certain level, try removing dairy from your diet for a while and see what happens. You never know, it could be the missing key. Pure paleo diet without dairy products has helped many lose significant amounts of weight.
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