It sounds too good to be true, but a recent article claims chocolate milk is “one of the most powerful weight-loss tools in the nutritional universe. Each bottle delivers a package of micro- and macronutrients that can help you shake off body flab and replace it with firm muscle.” Three glasses a day, “alongside a heart healthy diet…can help you drop lots of belly fat fast.”
Here are the four reasons they offer as to why this works:
The Calcium Effect
Along with building strong bones, a series of studies have shown that calcium can actually impede your body’s ability to absorb fat. Researchers in Nebraska estimate that consuming 1,000 mg more calcium can translate to losing nearly 18 pounds of flab. What’s more, other studies have shown that dairy foods offer the most readily absorbable calcium you can find.
The Vitamin D Factor
Vitamin D is responsible for moving calcium from your food to your body, which means if you’re running low on D, you’re probably also missing the calcium you need to stay slim. Other symptoms of the D deficiency are weak muscles, easily breakable bones, and depression—not a great combo for success. One caveat here: Drink 1% chocolate milk. Vitamin D won't work without a little fat to help break it down.
The Endurance Boost
In a study published in The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, subjects given chocolate milk before hopping on the stationary bikes were able to ride 49 percent longer than subjects given a generic carbohydrate-replacement beverage. And on top of that, they pedaled even harder.
The Protein-Body-Weight Connection
Want to know the secret to staying thin? You need more muscle. That’s because muscle burns more calories than fat, so for every new muscle fiber you create, your resting metabolism receives another surge of fat-torching energy. And chocolate milk can help you do that.