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    Calcium: High-calcium breakfast reduces intake by 321 calories per day

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    Friday, November 05, 2010 7:34 am Email this article
    People ate an average of 321 fewer calories for the entire day after consuming the high dairy calcium, high vitamin D breakfast compared to when the ate the low calcium, low vitamin D breakfast -- 1706 calories per day versus 2027. High Calcium

    High calcium: 543 mg of calcium, 349 IU vitamin D; low calcium: 248 mg of calcium, 12 IU vitamin D

    The high dairy calcium, high vitamin D breakfast contained 543 mg of calcium and 349 IU of vitamin D.

    The low dairy calcium, low vitamin D breakfast contained 248 mg of calcium and 12 IU of vitamin D.


    No Effect on Hunger

    No immediate effect on hunger or satiety

    There was no significant difference on hunger or satiety immediately following the high calcium breakfast compared to following the low calcium breakfast.


    Fewer Calore Intake at Lunch and Dinner

    106 fewer calories at lunch, 183 fewer calories at dinner

    Following a high calcium breakfast, people ate an average of 106 fewer calories at lunch and 183 fewer calories a dinner than when they ate a low calcium breakfast.


    Less Fat and Carbohydrates

    10 grams less fat, 53 grams less carbohydrates

    Following the high calcium breakfast, people ate an average of 9.6 grams less fat and 53 grams less carbohydrates.

    Following the high calcium breakfast study subjects thought the lunch was more oily than when they had consumed the low calcium breakfast.



    Subjects: 11 people

    The study involved 11 people with an average age of 54-years-old and a BMI of 31 (obese).


    Practical Advice

    Practical advise: Consume dairy for breakfast

    The obvious advice is to consume dairy, low-fat milk or low-fat cheese, for breakfast.


    Ping-Delfos WC, Soares M, Cummings N. Acute suppression of spontaneous food intake following dairy calcium and vitamin D. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2004, 13(Suppl):S82.


    W. C. Ping-Delfos
    Nutrition and Dietetics
    Curtin University of Technology
    WA 6102, Australia

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    On Aug 22, 2004 at 6:49 am Monte Meldman MD wrote:

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    I wonder if the "calcium causes reduced calorie intake" article, was written by the milk industry. I certainly do not believe it at all. Fully 60% of my patients do better by skipping breakfast. If they eat breakfast it makes them hungry at 9:30 am and then they snack and snack for the rest of the day. "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" and "You need breakfast to jump start your metabolism" are mindless statements prated by the people who sell breakfast cereal. There is no reason to eat breakfast. A cup of coffee does just fine.

    On Aug 22, 2004 at 8:58 am Larry Hobbs wrote:

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    I don't know if the study was funded by the milk industry, but I tend to doubt it. At least one study about calcium and weight has involved a researcher from Kraft Foods, but I have no reason to doubt the study.

    Cereal associated with lower body weight

    Most of the research suggests to me that cereal for breakfast tends to be associated with lower body weight.

    See articles under the category of "Breakfast".


    Women assigned to eat breakfast lose additional 6 lbs

    Probably the most relevant study was one which found that women randomly assigned to eat breakfast as part of a weight loss program lost 19.6 lbs versus 13.6 lbs for women who did not eat breakfast.

    The article can be found here:


    Meat and Eggs for breakfast associated with highest calorie intake and body weight

    However, at least one study found that people who eat meat and eggs for for breakfast had the highest daily calorie intake and one of the highest BMIs.

    The article can be found here:


    Conclusion: Cereal, but not meat and eggs, associated with lower intake and lower body weight

    What I conclude from all this is that cereal or quickbreaks for breakfast are associated with lower calorie intake and lower body weight, but eating meat and eggs for breakfast are not.

    On Sep 02, 2004 at 7:51 pm gn1tmac wrote:

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    Most foods that are rich in calcium are also high in protein, fats, and fiber, which generally blunt hunger and create a metabolic advantage.

    On Sep 03, 2004 at 6:23 pm Larry Hobbs wrote:

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    Dear GN1TMAC,

    Thanks for your comment.

    The research suggests that there is even more to it than that.

    At least one study found that adding a calcium carbonate supplement increased weight loss by 4.4 pounds in six months -- from 14.5 pounds for people not taking the calcium supplement to 18.9 pounds for those taking a calcium supplement -- suggesting that it is more than just protein, fat and fiber in calcium-rich foods that causes the effect.

    Several papers have described how calcium causes weight loss. I'll try to summarize one of these papers in the near future.

    On Nov 15, 2010 at 7:39 pm Angela wrote:

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    Dr. Meldman, I am just a lay person, but I would have to agree with you whole heartedly. If I eat breakfast I seem to be hungry all day. If it truely is all about calories in and calories out, then why would it matter when you eat those calories? I am far from a typical person, but I do know that in order to stay at a steady weight I can't eat breakfast.

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