European Journal of Nutrition

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 295–304 | Cite as

Kefir drink leads to a similar weight loss, compared with milk, in a dairy-rich non-energy-restricted diet in overweight or obese premenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial

  • Yasamin Fathi
  • Shiva Faghih
  • Mohammad Javad Zibaeenezhad
  • Sayed Hamid Reza Tabatabaei
Original Contribution

Abstract

Purpose

Controversy exists regarding whether increasing dairy intake without energy restriction would lead to weight loss. We aimed to compare the potential weight-reducing effects of kefir drink (a probiotic dairy product) and milk in a dairy-rich non-energy-restricted diet in overweight or obese premenopausal women.

Methods

One hundred and forty-four subjects were assessed for eligibility in this single-center, multi-arm, parallel-group, randomized controlled trial. Of these, seventy-five eligible women aged 25–45 years were randomly assigned to three groups, labeled as control, milk, and kefir, to receive an outpatient dietary regimen for 8 weeks. Subjects in the control group received a diet providing a maintenance level of energy intake, containing 2 servings/day of low-fat dairy products, while those in the milk and kefir groups received a weight maintenance diet, containing 2 additional servings/day (a total of 4 servings/day) of dairy products from low-fat milk or commercial kefir drink, respectively. Anthropometric outcomes including weight, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference (WC) were measured every 2 weeks.

Results

Fifty-eight subjects completed the study. Using analysis of covariance models in the intention-to-treat population (n = 75), we found that at 8 weeks, subjects in the kefir and milk groups had significantly greater reductions in weight, BMI, and WC compared to those in the control group (all p < 0.01). However, no such significant differences were found between the kefir and milk groups.

Conclusions

Kefir drink leads to a similar weight loss, compared with milk, in a dairy-rich non-energy-restricted diet in overweight or obese premenopausal women. However, further studies are warranted.

Keywords

Dairy products Diet Weight loss Women Randomized controlled trial 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasamin Fathi
    • 1
  • Shiva Faghih
    • 1
  • Mohammad Javad Zibaeenezhad
    • 2
  • Sayed Hamid Reza Tabatabaei
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Community Nutrition, School of Nutrition and Food SciencesShiraz University of Medical SciencesShirazIran
  2. 2.Cardiovascular Research CenterShiraz University of Medical SciencesShirazIran
  3. 3.Department of Epidemiology, School of HealthShiraz University of Medical SciencesShirazIran

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