Does Milk Make You Fat

Does Milk Make You Fat?

Does Milk Make You FatMoo!

If you can’t seem to lose those last 10 pounds or if your body sucks at burning fat you’re going to want to read this.

But first, flashback time!

Growing up I absolutely loved drinking milk and eating cereal. Every day after preschool I would look forward to eating my bowl of Lucky Charms and re-watching ‘The Goonies’ for the millionth time.

“Hey you guuuuuyssss!”

This was hardly the healthiest meal in the world for me but I sure did love it.

Like me, most people also are quite fond of dairy products. But most people shy away from them merely because of its fat content.

But the fat content is going to be the least of your worries if you’re seriously trying to lose weight and lean out.

The main reason we get fat in the first place isn’t really because of the quantity of calories we’re eating but because of the quality of the calories.

To make a long story short insulin puts fat into your cells causing you to get fat.

Foods that cause a spike in the hormone insulin are thus going to cause us to pack on the fat.

These foods include sugar, grains, flour-based products, artificial sweeteners and even some fruits.

This isn’t to say insulin should get a bad rap because it’s vital for shuttling important nutrients into your cells.

But problems happen when you have chronically elevated insulin levels which eventually lead to insulin resistance making it much more difficult to burn fat.

All of the foods mentioned above have a high count on the Glycemic Index (GI) but dairy is different because even though it’s technically low on the GI scale it still stimulates insulin secretion.

There is even one study that found low-fat milk to have a higher insulin response than white bread!

So if you’re seriously trying to burn some fat off your body and lean out then I would highly recommend steering clear of milk, cream, cheese and yogurt.

Cottage cheese is an exemption since it is mostly composed of casein which causes a much slower gastric emptying.

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The Truffle Shuffle!

When you think about milk it’s designed by nature to be consumed by baby cows, goats and sheep to spur growth by packing on muscle, fat and weight.

And from my experience most people don’t have a problem getting bigger. Unless you’re a meathead and it’s your goal to pack on more muscle mass then consuming milk should be avoided.

If you’re satisfied with your current body composition or if you’re an athlete then you have much more leniency with your dairy consumption.

I’m not against dairy and I actually drink raw milk from time to time but if your weight loss has stalled then eliminating dairy is going to be very important.

Soy milk is definitely NOT a good substitute since it screws with your thyroid causing your metabolism to slow down. Not to mention most soy has been genetically modified by biotechnology companies which can cause significant health dangers.

If you crave that milky taste I would recommend picking up some unsweetened almond or coconut milk.

Hopefully you won’t go cow tipping any time soon after reading this but you can tell ol’ Betsy to keep the milk to herself!

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  1. Zalaba

    January 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Ok no more milk for 1 week…Hope this works to break the plateau with other few things:)


  2. Sarah

    January 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Almond milk is the best! I just had some with my Mom’s best Marshmallow oats!


  3. hannah

    February 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    what if its fat free milk? also, how do you feel about the sugar content in milk? for example the milk i drink has 14g of sugar. is that bad for you?


    • Josh Schlottman

      June 1, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Yep the sugar in milk can cause you to gain weight. The key here is to make sure the rest of your diet is on point then you have room to drink milk. I usually prefer drinking a little bit of whole milk or 2% milk nowadays because the higher fat content doesn’t cause your blood sugar to spike after drinking the milk. There’s also CLA, a natural fat burner, present in higher fat milks.


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