Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Fitness Plus Milk

Fitness plus milkWhat do you drink after fitness training? Sure you might grab a bottle of water or any sports drink, but not milk. But in vain! How about reaching for milk instead? Milk may be the ideal drink to help you gain muscle and burn fat after a workout. Take milk with you in the gym, if you think not only about your health but also about weight loss. That’s true for both athletes and recreational exercisers.

A brand new study showed that people who drank only 2 cups of skim milk after physical activity lost two times body fat than those compared to sports drinks. As published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a study at McMaster University examined the post-workout effects of drinking 2 cups of skim milk vs. a soy beverage with the same amount of protein and energy vs. a carbohydrate drink (like a sports drink) with about the same amount of energy. The researchers followed 3 groups of men from 18 to 30 years old. These 56 men engaged in rigorous weightlifting 5 days a week over a 12-week period. When the study was over, the researchers discovered that the milk drinking group had lost almost twice as much fat (2 pounds) as the carbohydrate drinking group (1 pound). The soy drinkers lost no fat. In addition, the milk drinkers gained 40% more muscle (2.5 pounds) than the soy drinkers and 63% more muscle (3.3 pounds) than the carbohydrate drinkers. The researchers concluded that milk is the ideal post-workout drink.

Well, it is recommended a glass of cold milk after a workout because it is refreshing, it rehydrates you and it helps restore muscles. It also contains nine essential nutrients and you can drink two to four servings of milk, dairy products or milk alternatives daily as part of a healthy diet. So go ahead and drink your milk, just make sure it is after a good workout to ensure maximum body fat loss. But since the milk has extra calories, it's a good idea to choose low fat or fat-free milk and limit the amount.