(Closed) Daily Yogurt?

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think that this applies to dairy products in general, not just yogurt but not entirely sure.  I’m not a nutrionist, but I think one thing to be careful of is adding yogurt that has a lot of sugar in it (most of the major brands do).  Added sugar is overall pretty bad for your metabolism as it leads to spikes and troughs in blood sugar levels.  I generally prefer buying plain yogurt and adding my own blueberries or whatever (frozen works too if you have time to let it thaw).  If you really want some sweet then add half a teaspoon/cup which is waaaaay less than what’s in commercial products (I find it also helps the berries break down a bit).  I know for my own body extra sugar is way worse than extra fat, so I tend to eat a lot of cottage cheese rather than yogurt.  I mix in a little regular with non-fat to get some extra flavor (I know CC is not everyone’s favorite but I love it).

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I eat the nonfat greek yogurt from trader joes it is kind of tart but so good and I add blueberries to it. Yogurt is supposed to help in digestion, helping flush out the fats according to Dr. Oz. If your going to get other yogurts with with flavors yes, you should watch out for the sugars but the tjs non fat greek doesn’t have any.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’d reccommed making sure that your yogurt has live cultures.  It’s the good bacteria (or "pro-biotics" as they’re called these days) are what helps reset your digestive system.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I think FizicsGirl has nailed it…  Most garden variety yogurts are packed with sugars and or high fructose corn syrup.  Brown Cow yogurt is made with honey… but it still has a load of calories.  I really feel that yogurt was silently sabotaging my diet plans, and so I use other dairy products to meet my daily requirements… Ones that don’t pack a wallop of sugar.

Eating plain Greek style yogurt is probably your best bet, but many Americans don’t have the taste for it.  I enjoy it with a squeeze of lemon juice and a bit of garlic powder as a dip for chips.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

The way I see it, losing weight is all about calories in versus calories out, so if you like the Yoplait Light Fat Free and feel like it fills you up, and it fits into your overall eating plan, go for it.

I personally do not care for yogurt with artificial sweeteners. I eat plain non-fat with berries or bananas mixed in…I also like to throw a little Kashi cereal in there too. I do think low-fat dairy is a good snack because it tends to fill me up. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

AnnieAAA, it kind of depends on your overall sugar intake, but I generally find that fat free products are the worst culprits.  They often increase the sugar content to make up for lost flavor.  Is it 1/2 cup or 1 cup, b/c it doesn’t sound crazy for 1c, but high for 1/2 cup?  It also makes a difference to look at the balance of nutrients in whatever you are eating…I don’t know the Yoplait stats, but if it is generally v. high in protein its better than if it’s a more watered down yogurt.  It’s not a bad idea to look at the USRDA stats on the label.  I don’t think it needs to be followed strictly, but it’s a good starting point.  Keep in mind they percentages they give you are for a 2000 calorie diet which depending your your height and weight may be higher than what you need.

I agree with HannahT that for weight loss calorie intake is the most imoprtant thing to first order.  And if there are ways to help your metabolism and get more nutrients while watching calories, why not?  I personally dont’ like individual yogurts b/c I also think the containers are a waste (I buy larger ones and parcel them out into 1cup tupperware to take to work).  I’m planning to buy a yogurtmaker, though, b/c they make it very convenient to make your own with high quality ingredients (e.g. organic milk) and cause even less waste.  It’s actually not that hard to do it without a contraption, but a bit more effort.  

Bottom line, if you like this yogurt and it provides you with a filling, daily snack that keeps you from munching on the office donuts, then don’t stop! But if you are doing it to boost your metabolism then it might be better to choose a different option.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It works really well!  Not to mention it helps to regulate your system.  I also found that I had less stomach problems.  The natural bacteria found in it is really good for you.  I recommend buying the jumbo size Dannon L&F Vanilla… the other flavors are too sweet for me now that they changed the taste…and adding fruit to it.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

@ Annie: I’m a weight watchers girl. I live by the plan to keep weight off and I’ve stayed at my weight for over two years. The Yoplait yogurt (i eat it) is one point. Weight watchers point take in account calories, fat and fiber, looking at those three does take into account sugar. not everything that is 100 calories is good for you some of them can be three points because of the other content. But just in the case of Yoplait light I think you are OK

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I LOVE greek yogurt from Trader Joe’s. They have a pomegranate flavor and a honey flavor, both of which are fabulous. It has the consistency of sour cream almost. Regular lowfat yogurt has the consistency of "snot" to me, sorry I know it’s gross but I can’t stand it! Bonus: Greek yogurt is high in protein and low cal.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I can’t handle the grainy texture of nonfat yogurt myself.  I eat Stonyfield Farms lowfat plain yogurt.  It’s delicious all on its own, but if I want something sweet I put some honey or agave on top!  Fresh mangoes are also really delicious in it, but I don’t know how much time everyone has to cut them.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Yogurt will help to regulate you… at least some brands will. Its the live cultures in it that do the work.. but in all honesty, I would use something like dieters tea or the cleanser tea from Arbonne. Greens also help regulate you.. eat your broccoli and asparagus!!!!! If you do eat dairy products.. try to eat them early in the day. My nutritionists have always told me that dairy products actually slow down your metabolism…

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Heard the same thing about metabolism and started eating yogurt for breakfast every day for the past 2 months. I never use to eat breakfast and have lost 8lbs – not bad considering I haven’t started working out. Make sure to read the labels! Some have fewer calories, but more sugar and/or carbs. I’m a fan of Columbo Light yogurt. They have a great variety so I don’t get bored! Now if I could just get my a** off the couch and start walking…  

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