This information comes to us from the blog Biosingularity.
Did you know milk can help build muscle mass after exercise? If you already did your sit-ups and deep knee bends this morning and are sitting down for that morning cereal, you should be aware of this.
After certain exercises like heavy weightlifting, researchers have found that milk helps burn more fat. The study was done at McMaster University and published the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The researchers took three groups of young men, ages 18-30 years, and put them through a rigorous, five-day-per-week weightlifting program over a 12-week period. Following the workouts, participants drank either two cups of skim milk, a soy beverage with equivalent amounts of protein, or an equivalent carbohydrate beverage. Amazingly, researchers found that the milk drinking group had lost nearly twice as much fat, while the carbohydrate beverage group lost only one pound of fat.
Those drinking soy lost no fat – another reason not to ingest anything containing soy as far as I’m concerned.
Muscle gain was much greater among the milk drinkers than either the soy or carbohydrate beverage study participants as well.
“The loss of fat mass, while expected, was much larger than we thought it would be,” says Phillips, associate professor of kinesiology at McMaster. “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.”
So remember, when you fill up that bowl of Cheerios, add a little extra milk, like your mom said…its good for you.
Read the entire abstract here…
Secondary source: Biosingularity