Thursday, August 9, 2007

Milk helps in weighty matters

Drinking milk after heavy weightlifting could help burn more fat, a new Canadian study shows. Milk may be best known for its calcium content in supporting bone health but the latest research shows how it promotes body fat loss and has the ability to aid in muscle growth. Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario took 56 men aged between 18 to 30 years and divided them into three groups. They were put through a rigorous, five-day-per-week weightlifting programme over a 12-week period. Following their workouts, study participants drank either two cups of skim milk, a soy beverage with equivalent amounts of protein and energy or a carbohydrate beverage with an equivalent amount of energy, which was roughly the same as drinking 600 to 700 ml of a typical sports drink. When the study concluded, researchers found that the milk-drinking group had lost nearly twice the amount of fat that the carbohydrate beverage group lost. The study published in the latest issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that those drinking soy lost no fat. At the same time, the gain in muscle was much greater among the milk drinkers than either the soy or carbohydrate beverage study participants. "The loss of fat mass, while expected, was much larger than we thought it would be," said Stuart Phillips, an associate professor at McMaster University. "I think the practical implications of these results are obvious: if you want to gain muscle and lose fat as a result of working out, drink milk."


At August 9, 2007 at 8:06 AM, Blogger backpakker said... i know what I need to do to lose weight ; not that Im doing anythg abt it :) Amazing ,the kind of stuff you come up with

At August 9, 2007 at 12:02 PM, Blogger Arthur said...

I've drunk milk since I was a child, so now I can see the mirror and look at myself being thin. Cool!

And now I'm trying a light version of milk, to avoid the weight gain and lose the fat I have inside.

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At August 9, 2007 at 9:47 PM, Blogger Nikon said...

I never knew that :) Thanks for the info & your visit to Hemingway.

At August 12, 2007 at 7:42 AM, Blogger Vidya said...

Hmm..I drink 2% fat milk and soy milk!
I try preparing chai with fat free skimmed milk and it tastes like water! :D So I switched to 2% fat milk.


At August 12, 2007 at 3:45 PM, Blogger Cynthia said...

Unfortunately, I would have to fill my system with a lot of digestive aids in order to consume any dairy product which obviously includes milk. :(

At August 13, 2007 at 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At August 13, 2007 at 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats a very nice idea. I drink a glass everyday and thats why I think I'm not fatting up...Nice post!

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At August 13, 2007 at 4:08 PM, Blogger GMG said...

I wonder whether drinking milk without the workout would promote body fat loss and muscle growth... ;))
Thanks for your visits and comments to Blogtrotter.

At August 14, 2007 at 5:47 AM, Blogger Zé Ninguém said...

O menino já aqui dizia qualquer coisinha...Não acha?


At August 17, 2007 at 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that true? Isn't milk fairly high in fat content?

I am sorry, but I have trouble believing it.


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