You probably already know that healthy bacteria (called probiotics) found in yogurt, kefir, and other foods are good for your insides. They help your body absorb nutrients, enhance immune function, defend against cancer, and much more.

In addition, these “good bugs” can help you sculpt a leaner body, according to recent research published in the International Journal of Obesity.

In fact, when obese people followed a reduced-calorie diet including three 6-ounce servings of calcium-rich yogurt a day, they lost a hefty 61 percent more fat overall. What’s more, they lost 81 percent more fat around their waists compared with those who didn’t eat yogurt.

So go ahead and dig into some creamy organic plain yogurt (like Stonyfield Farms), topped with berries and sweetened with all-natural stevia for a delicious way to look better and stay healthy too.

[Ed. Note: “Health food” doesn’t have to taste like cardboard. You can find recipes for plenty of wholesome, healthful meals – plus get the latest breakthroughs in health and fitness – in ETR’s natural health newsletter.

And keep your weight in check as the holidays approach with Kelley’s brand-new recipe e-books, Guilt-Free Desserts and Healthy Holiday Hors d’Oeuvres. You’ll find 60+ healthy recipes you can easily make at home.]

 

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Kelley Herring

Kelley Herring is the Founder & CEO of Healing Gourmet – a multimedia company that educates on how foods promote health and protect against disease. As a young adult, Kelley battled a debilitating health condition that went misdiagnosed by multiple doctors for more than a year. Finding no help from “modern medicine”, she turned to her own knowledge of biochemistry and her passion for health research. She soon learned that her symptoms were related to nutrition and within weeks, she charted a course back to health with nothing more than simple lifestyle changes and the power of the plate. The lessons she learned spawned the creation of Healing Gourmet.
Kelley is a firm believer in vigorous exercise, moderate sun exposure and delicious, healthy, home-cooked meals. She is also the creator of Healing Gourmet’s Personalized Nutrition Software and Editor-in-Chief of the Healing Gourmet book series published by McGraw-Hill including Eat to Fight Cancer, Eat to Beat Diabetes, Eat to Lower Cholesterol and Eat to Boost Fertility.