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Does Milk Make You Fat

Does Milk Make You Fat

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Does Milk Make You Fat

For the longest time I've thought milk consumption by adults inhibits fat loss. I didn't have any scientific proof, it just came from years of experimenting. If I added a non-fat latte to my daily diet I gained fat, even when I made sure my diet was clean in all other respects. Now we have the science to back it up. Read on...

Think about it. Most mammals drink mothers milk when they are young. They need nutrition in a compact and easy to digest form that packs on muscle and fat to help to ensure their survival. You don't see too many babies with lean muscle and low body fat (better not!).

Then as those babies get older they graduate on to some other form of food so they don't have to rely on mom any more. They get stronger, drop that body fat, and venture off on their own. Humans are the only animals that continue to ingest milk throughout their lives.

Hmmmmmmmmmm... that certainly raises some questions doesn't it?

Professional figure and bikini gals generally eliminate all dairy when getting close to competition. Why is that if milk doesn't hurt fat loss? Skim milk in particular is low in fat and calories and high in protein. It would seem as the perfect superfood for competitors, right? Shouldn't we be consuming this stuff like it's liquid gold?

But they avoid it like the plague during competition prep. Interesting.

Have I been lactose intolerant all these years perhaps? Studies have certainly shown that our ability to digest milk products as we age can decrease rapidly. But the symptoms of lactose intolerance include bloating, pain, cramps, diarrhea, and gas.

Nope - don't experience any of those - so what gives?

Well, it turns out that milk has something really funky going on. According to a study done in 2004 and published in the British Journal of Nutrition, they state that unlike most foods containing carbohydrates where the blood insulin response is predictable and is closely tied to the food's glycemic index (GI), with milk the insulin index score is disproportionately higher than its glycemic index score. What that means is for the low amount of carbohydrates milk contains, its insulin spike is much higher than you would expect. And this creates a response from the body to produce fat. That is, unless you happen to be running a marathon while you're drinking it. ;)

So there you have it. Figure and bikini competitors have known for years that milk isn't good if you're trying to lose fat. Now we have the science to back up our intuition.

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Author: Kristin Shaffer
kristin@figureandbikini.org

Member Comments

Hi Kristin! you are such an goal getter and inspiring person. Thank you for doing your job so well and being so entusiastic about helping others successed. I am wondering, is Greek yogurt ok? I know it is dairy but I am wondering if the benefits out weights the negatives..
thank you for your time!
--dreambody

Thank you so much dreambody!

Greek yogurt is a milk product so it falls in the same category. It contains sugar due to the lactose.

Great question!

With love,

Kristin
--fabeditor

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