Whether you are giving of dairy for health, religious, or simply personal reasons there are always benefits and consequences to consider. From a health perspective, the benefit of giving up dairy products can vary from weight loss to clearer skin and even disease prevention.

Although the consumption of dairy products has dropped since 2005 with the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ survey showing that 22 percent of Americans reported that they have decreased their dairy ingestion, we still find it hard to tear ourselves completely away from it.

If you are someone who is considering the non-dairy lifestyle and are curious about both the benefits and side effects, consider the following:

1. You’ll drop some pounds…usually.

Having a dairy exempt diet will have an immediate effect on your weight. Even without exercising, simply omitting dairy from your diet will cause you to lose weight as well as inches from your waistline. However, do not let it backfire on you. The one thing you will need to be on the lookout for is being hungrier. Dairy is a good source of fat and protein that keeps us full. Without it, we may look to substitute it with simple carbs that would hinder the weight loss and even cause you to gain extra pounds.

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