Daily Diet Tip: Your Weight Loss Food: Greek Yogurt

Your Weight-Loss Food: Greek Yogurt


By James Beckerman, M.D.
Published February 16, 2014

Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt

You’ve heard that calcium is good for you, but did you know dairy calcium may help you lose weight? Two studies from University of Tennessee’s nutrition department found that a diet that included dairy without increasing calories was associated with doubling the amount of weight loss. Skim or nonfat dairy foods are often recommended because they give the benefits without as many calories. Many people, however, complain that nonfat dairy products just don’t taste as good as their full-fat counterparts.

Here comes Greek yogurt to the rescue!

Greek yogurt is basically regular yogurt that has gone through a strainer. It has a creamy texture and delicious taste. Nonfat and low-fat options are widely available. The key difference is that Greek yogurt has almost double the protein content, which helps satisfy your hunger. Individual serving sizes make figuring out portions easy – or just spoon yourself a cupful.

Another advantage of Greek yogurt is its versatility. It works well in both sweet and savory dishes, and it can easily be incorporated into snacks, smoothies, desserts, and regular meals, especially breakfast. Add lemon juice, garlic and a bit of thyme to make tzatziki, or just a touch of sugar-free syrup and a few almonds for a snack or dessert. Use it as a substitute for sour cream or to thicken smoothies. You can even get more mileage out of peanut butter by mixing the two together!