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Got (Too Much) Milk?

Im kind of a milk junky. I love it, always have. I prefer skim milk in fact. To the best of my knowledge its all protein, no fat, and contains a moderate amount of carbs which come in the form of lactose, i believe. I have no idea how lactose metabolizes.

I drink probably about a quart of skim milk with every meal when Im home and mix my protein shakes with it. On an average day I drink about 3/4 of a gallon. Im just wondering is this ok? Am i getting too many empty carbs this way?

Is there some kind of chemical reaction too much milk is having with my body thats going to cause negative effects on my physique? Or should I feel free to guzzle it by the gallon and reap the benefits of the extra protein it provides? Please someone let me know.

Empty carbs? Soda pop and beer and corn chips and potato chips and ding-dongs and Dolly Madison snack cakes and cookies and white bread and donuts and birthday cakes and key lime pie… those are empty carbs.

If you don’t know how lactose is broken down by the body, the best thing you can do is to educate yourself.

Chug-a-lug.

I’d say I drink about a half-gallon of milk (stolen from the school dining hall of course) every day. Usually 2% or whole milk, depending on how many calories I need to get in. So far, I’m still alive and I’m making progress.

Some people might have dairy allergies and might have problems like indigestion or sometimes some skin problems. Other than that, milk is very nutrient dense and many a bodybuilder has used milk to get in those extra calories when needed.

I love making shakes with milk or drinking it by its lonesome. I usually drink 1% milk. I usually have shakes that are over 700ml.

Milk
Peanut Butter
Grow! Whey or Metabolic Drive
Banana
Cottage Cheese

If there is something super bad about milk…I almost don’t want to hear it I love it so much.

[quote]ockmed wrote:
Im kind of a milk junky. I love it, always have. I prefer skim milk in fact. To the best of my knowledge its all protein, no fat, and contains a moderate amount of carbs which come in the form of lactose, i believe. I have no idea how lactose metabolizes.

I drink probably about a quart of skim milk with every meal when Im home and mix my protein shakes with it. On an average day I drink about 3/4 of a gallon. Im just wondering is this ok? Am i getting too many empty carbs this way?

Is there some kind of chemical reaction too much milk is having with my body thats going to cause negative effects on my physique? Or should I feel free to guzzle it by the gallon and reap the benefits of the extra protein it provides? Please someone let me know. [/quote]

Milk is now “empty carbs”?

I grew up on a solid milk diet. Everything from whole milk to skim these days. I would say I easily drink 12L a week. How does this work in reality? I’ve never broken a bone in my life despite being kicked, thrown, elbowed, and slammed for years. Great source of calcium and protein if you GI tract will handle it.

[quote]Professor X wrote:
ockmed wrote:
Im kind of a milk junky. I love it, always have. I prefer skim milk in fact. To the best of my knowledge its all protein, no fat, and contains a moderate amount of carbs which come in the form of lactose, i believe. I have no idea how lactose metabolizes.

I drink probably about a quart of skim milk with every meal when Im home and mix my protein shakes with it. On an average day I drink about 3/4 of a gallon. Im just wondering is this ok? Am i getting too many empty carbs this way?

Is there some kind of chemical reaction too much milk is having with my body thats going to cause negative effects on my physique? Or should I feel free to guzzle it by the gallon and reap the benefits of the extra protein it provides? Please someone let me know.

Milk is now “empty carbs”?[/quote]

What has T-Nation come to?

[quote]BoxBabaX wrote:
Professor X wrote:
ockmed wrote:
Im kind of a milk junky. I love it, always have. I prefer skim milk in fact. To the best of my knowledge its all protein, no fat, and contains a moderate amount of carbs which come in the form of lactose, i believe. I have no idea how lactose metabolizes.

I drink probably about a quart of skim milk with every meal when Im home and mix my protein shakes with it. On an average day I drink about 3/4 of a gallon. Im just wondering is this ok? Am i getting too many empty carbs this way?

Is there some kind of chemical reaction too much milk is having with my body thats going to cause negative effects on my physique? Or should I feel free to guzzle it by the gallon and reap the benefits of the extra protein it provides? Please someone let me know.

Milk is now “empty carbs”?

What has T-Nation come to?[/quote]

Ok ok ok. I didnt mean empty carbs. What i meant was, does the 12g per serving brake down as simple or complex carb and if the 144g of carbohydrates a day from that is too much. but thank you for your imput anyway…

[quote]ockmed wrote:
BoxBabaX wrote:
Professor X wrote:
ockmed wrote:

Milk is now “empty carbs”?

What has T-Nation come to?

Ok ok ok. I didnt mean empty carbs. What i meant was, does the 12g per serving brake down as simple or complex carb and if the 144g of carbohydrates a day from that is too much. but thank you for your imput anyway…
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Internet conversations crack me up. It’s apparently difficult to just be helpful and give an opinion without coming off as arrogant. Why flip through these threads if your sole intention is to bash someone?

To answer the original question:

There is no definite answer to milk, plain and simple. Actually, when it comes to alot of nutritional topics there is always a debate among actual professionals and not just people like us who lift as a hobby. The way I see it, if you have been drinking alot of milk and you don’t feel as if your keeping the girls away with your intense gas, then keep doing it.

Pull in nutrients from basic foods instead of over-processed foods like Little Debbies and you will be fine. The concept I am starting to realize is that whether it is lifting or eating, everyone is different so see what works best for you through trial and error.

It’s simple:

Are you having some sort of problem?

If the answer is no, and you are making the progress that you want, without too much fat gain, or allergies or GI problems or whatnot, then what is the issue?

If you want us to tell you that milk will give you cancer, then that’s not going to happen. Some people do just fine drinking 18 gallons of milk each day, and if you’re one of those people, then consider yourself lucky.

It is one of the cheaper, more nutritious substances around, and if you can consume it without problems, it goes a long way towards “feeding the beast.”