Cutting out dairy to cut the kilo’s

Mmmmm creamy, comforting dairy – what’s not to love?

Sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but depending on your digestive system, it may be preventing your ability to lose weight and be causing inflammation in the body.

When it comes to weight loss, effective digestion and absorption are key and these are intricately connected to the foods we eat. If food groups such as dairy are interfering, slowing down our digestive system functions and effectiveness, you’re going to see a plateau in your weight loss.

 

Here are our top 5 reasons why we’re “cutting the cow to cut the kilos” just in time for summer!

 

  1. Hormones

Dairy can wreak havoc on our hormones. Unfortunately for the gals, when your hormones are out of whack, your body struggles to shed those extra kgs.

Nutritionist Monica Reinagel explains that all milk  (whether it’s organic or conventional, from a cow or a goat) naturally contains small amounts of hormones like estrogen and progesterone. This added intake of hormones can be a contributing factor towards weight retention and also causes mood swings and acne. Increasing evidence also indicates that dairy products are considered an important risk factor for various cancers in humans (eek!).

 

  1. High in sugar

Milk is 4.7% sugar and surprise, surprise –  skim milk is 6.5% sugar. Nutritionist Jedha Dening explains that “this is not off the charts, but high enough to affect your insulin levels. To lose weight you need to regulate insulin.”

If you are going to consume dairy, make sure you go with the full fat option. Remember it’s not fat that makes you fat – it’s the sugar!

 

  1. Lactose intolerance

While some people have a full blown lactose intolerance, many people suffer from mild lactose intolerances which can cause hindering gut irritations, thus stemming your weight loss flow.

While we don’t condone self diagnoses (get yourself properly tested), Dening recommends “cutting out dairy for 3 weeks then [trying to eat] it a few days in a row. After that if you experience any kind of digestive symptoms such as bloating, gas, upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea or other digestive or intestinal issues, it could be the dairy causing it. Therefore it’s probably best for you to avoid it.”

 

  1. Acidity

Dairy can cause an acidity imbalance in the body. Dening suggests that “having a more alkaline quality improves digestion and overall health. Acid overload also increases inflammation throughout the body and can contribute to disease.” Model and businesswoman Elle MacPherson is a huge advocate for the Alkaline diet (and LBH looking like her at 53 should be motivation enough!). There’s no denying reducing acidity is a great way to increase your overall wellness and maintain a hot bod!

 

  1.  Not so nutritious

Drink milk for strong bones! It’s been drummed into us our entire life. While diary does contain calcium there are plenty of foods that contain more calcium gram for gram, such as salmon and dark leafy greens like kale and bok choy.

 

What milk should I drink then?

If you’re thinking about cutting out dairy and need something a little more nutritious to fill the void, Tigernut Mylk is your creamy, dreamy, dairy-free saviour!  

Tigernut Mylk is rich in magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin C and E, and of course… calcium! With 90mg of calcium per 100g, the faithful old Tigernut matches up pretty well in comparison to cow’s milk which contains 125mg calcium per 100g. If we measure Tigernut Mylk up against milk alternatives such as soy milk, which only contains 25mg of calcium per 100g, it’s clear who the dairy-free (AND nut-free) winner is!

 

 

In Tigernuts and tight butts,
Love TFF xx

 

Jedha Dening is a nutritionist, natural foodie guru and the founder of Good Food Eating. She’s a big believer that most health conditions can be improved through great quality nutrition. Find out more at her website here 

 

Image credit: Tastemakers 

 

Our blog offers general information and discussion about health and nutrition. The content provided on this blog and any linked materials should not be construed as medical advice. If you have a medical concern please consult an appropriately licensed practitioner.

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