I read somewhere that calcium reduces or regulates abdominal fat. I am aware that this could and probably is different for everybody. However, is this a true statement?
Without knowing your source(s) and exactly what was stated, determining the validity of the information is tough. However, whether calcium (or ANY OTHER nutrient for that matter) has a positive and/or negative influence on weight loss will absolutely be determined by bio-chemical individuality (heredity/genetics). Who and what we are, where we come from historically as well as what our past/present/future stressors (work, circadian rhythms, pregnancy, exercise, disease, etc.) all greatly influence what our body needs to achieve optimal health and vitality. The only way to safely and effectively have permanent weight loss is within the context of BUILDING HEALTH.
That being said, recent studies seeking an explanation for this growing trend have identified that dietary calcium intake is negatively correlated with body mass index. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nationwide Food Consumption Survey, conducted from 1987 to 1988, found that the average dietary calcium intake in the United States was far below the suggested optimal calcium intake (1000 mg per day for adults and 1200 mg per day for children and young adults aged 11 to 24 years), and those with the lowest calcium intakes tended to have the highest body weights. Researchers say that calcium intake could explain as much as three percent of the variability in adult body weight and may be associated with changes in body weight of about one pound per year.
Dr. Mercola goes on to suggest the following: "If there truly is a link between calcium and weight loss, it almost assuredly involves the result of correction of autonomic, oxidative and catabolic/anabolic functional homeostatic imbalances. In the autonomic system, calcium specifically increases sympathetic output, thereby increasing metabolic rate. Overall these days, there are more parasympathetic dominants than sympathetics, and the paras tend to have more problems with obesity. In the oxidative system, calcium is the primary nutrient that balances body chemistry in fast oxidizers. In anabolic/catabolic, calcium increases catabolic processes. Obesity is often seen in an anabolic imbalance. The form of calcium is also very important. Certain forms tend to exacerbate imbalances while other forms alleviate each of the imbalances noted above. Further, calcium would contribute to weight gain somewhat in mixed oxidizers and predominantly in slow oxidizers."
I hope this answers your question.
- Parikh, SJ; Yanovsk, JA. "Calcium Intake and Adiposity." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Online. www.ajcn.org/ Internet. February 2003.
- Mercola, Dr.J. "Calcium May Curb Weight Gain." eHealthy News You Can Use. Online www.mercola.com Internet. 2003.
- Williams, RJ. (1998). Biochemical Individuality. 2nd Ed.
- Wolcott, W; Fahey, T. (2000). The Metabolic Typing Diet.