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Yogurt - Good? Bad? Recommendations?

I'm really working hard to lose the last of my weight and I am looking for ways to maximize my losing potential. I have never eaten yogurt because A) I never thought I'd like it and B) a long time ago I did Atkins for a while and the carbs in yogurt really freaked me out.

But I keep hearing that yogurt is really good for weight loss, so I need some specific information. How does yogurt help you lose weight? When and how much should you eat? Which yogurts are best? Low fat? Nonfat? I don't really like fruit flavors so are there good vanilla ones?

Any help would be appreciated.

Wed. Nov 30, 3:40pm

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I have a cup of plain nonfat yogurt as part of my basic daily mealplan. It has high protein, lots of Vitamin B12, calcium, zinc, and other nutrients that can be a bit hard to find in other foods. It has about 140 calories per cup. I think the brand I use (Hy Vee) comes in Vanilla. As I usually eat the yogurt with beans, however, I like the tartness of the plain flavor --- It does a lot for plain pinto beans.

Fit and Active Nonfat Yogurt a light yogurt, and I think it also comes in vanilla. I don't like this light yogurt as well as the higher-calorie brand I normally buy, but that is just personal preference.


Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 4:04 PM

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I love yoplait french vanilla but if you're worried about the sugar content, you might want to stick with plain yogurt and add some granola

Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 4:45 PM

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It also helps keep the bacteria in your stomach in check and the ph levels in your vagina balanced. If you are prone to indigestion or yeast infections - it helps prevent those.

just more fun yogurt facts ;-)

Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 5:54 PM

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I really like the yoplait whips orange cream flavor. I usually eat it as a dessert.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 8:29 PM

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Yogurt is very good for digestion. (It's the enzymes in the live cultures) If you're not too keen on the fruit flavors then definitely try vanilla. I like the Dannon low fat. It is so good on cereal. I understand what you're saying about the carbs and being freaked out after doing Atkins, but you're going to have to change your way of thinking if you're not doing a low carb diet. You really need a well balanced diet and yogurt is a great source of dairy product.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 8:49 PM

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Dannon Light'n Fit Carb Control yogurt is awesome - they make a vanilla and it's yummy. The servings are small, so if you're just getting used to eating it, it's not a huge cup, and it's only 60 calories per cup (as in the cup it comes in, not as an actual, measured cup. I'd bet it's about 1/2 cup really).

Vanilla yogurt is really good mixed with dry cereal or dry oatmeal, or with a sliced banana.

Thursday, December 01, 2005, 1:37 PM

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I'm a big fan of Fat Free Greek style yogurt. It's much higher in protien than regular yogurt and lower in sugar. I add a little honey or fruit to mine because it's pretty tart.

Thursday, December 01, 2005, 2:13 PM

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greek style yogurt

Fage is the best! at least in the US- made in Greece and making it's way into more supermarkets, & health food stores - I don't know that it helps with weight loss, but it's too good not to try- no sugar, nothing artificial.

Thursday, December 01, 2005, 9:07 PM

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I would go for sugar and low-fat to no fat yogurt daily!

Thursday, December 01, 2005, 10:36 PM

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Dannon makes a light vanilla that is great with a chopped up apple mixed in - some cinnamon and a few toasted nuts. It is by far my favorite breakfast.

Friday, December 02, 2005, 12:50 AM

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