Fat Loss for Women

Drink Milk, Lose Fat

As kids, you might remember being told to drink your milk to be healthy and strong, but have you heard this one? Drink your milk…you’ll be thinner!

A recent study reveals that drinking cow’s milk after weight lifting helps burn fat. The university study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, identifies milk as an ideal post-workout muscle juice.

Following a session at the gym, just two cups of low-fat cow’s milk will stave off those pesky pounds over at least a three month period, also helping to build muscle mass and promote muscle growth. The study also included results for soy and high-carb drinks (like sports drinks) and found that neither helped to fight fat like milk.

Can’t drink milk? Don’t fret – simply choose an alternative. In order to duplicate, or at the very least mimic, the calcium, protein, and vitamins found in cow’s milk, a good alternative should have B12 and be fortified with calcium. Although scientists of this study say that there’s nothing quite like the real thing, here are Oxygen’s top flavor-friendly alternatives to cow’s milk:

Almond milk

  • Contains calcium, which is good for bone-building. Perfect for adding a sweet touch to protein shakes.
  • Contains two grams of protein per 8 oz. (FYI, cow’s milk has eight grams per 8 oz.)

Soy milk

  • High in protein. Your muscles need serious repair and rest after a workout. Protein-rich drinks and foods will get you there. Make a shake with this power-packed alternative or just drink it straight.
  • A great milk substitute in baking and cooking.

Oat milk

  • High in fiber. Studies show that a diet high in fiber not only keeps you regular, but also helps to metabolize food faster, which will help add energy to your day.
  • Slightly sweet. A nice addition to breakfast meals or even in desserts.

Goat’s milk

  • Lots of whey – the stuff great protein is made of! Helps repair and restore muscles. A great post-workout snack.
  • Salty flavor, which can be a nice surprise in cheeses.
  • Contains “good fats,” similar to cow’s milk, which are needed to keep your nutrition balanced.

Rice milk

  • Very low in protein, but a great source of carbs, which can add a nice “boost” to your pre-workout shake, before you tackle a session of cardio.
  • Naturally sweet tasting. Super in post-workout shakes, too!
  • Great as a milk substitute in baking.