milk has its advantages and disadvantages…Personally I believe that it is only appropriate for peri/post workout nutrition. Drinking an excess of milk is very unhealthy and should be avoided.
If you want studies/reasons, I will be happy to provide them…
please share your wisdom
OK, first lets examine milk: it contains carbohydrates (lactose) and protein (casein/whey). Although its a lower GI carbohydrate source, lactose is still highly insulinogenic. Hence, why it could have its place in post-workout nutrition.
However, we want to create insulin spikes when it is optimal to do so. The two times where insulin spikes are useful is in the morning (why we have a high-carb breakfast) and post-workout (why we have a high-carb shake).
The purpose of this is to, of course, restore depleted glycogen levels. We DO NOT want to be creating constant insulin surges throughout the day, so appropriately we should not be drinking milk throughout the whole day. Continuing to do so could possibly alter insulin sensitivity levels for the worse. As we all know, insulin is a tricky bastard, and often times insulin resistance can lead to certain problems with fat storage/loss.
Also, milk is slightly acidic. Looking at some of the amounts of milk people drink in this thread, that is bad news. As a result of drinking so much milk, we end up taking in more dietary acids than bases. So basically we start ending up in a chronic level of high acidity.
Well, since the body must, at all costs, operate at a stable pH, any dietary acid load has to be neutralized by one of a number of homeostatic base-producing mechanisms. So, although the pH of the body is maintained and your blood tests turn out fine, many cells of the body will suffer. Here are some of the most severe consequences of your body’s attempt to maintain a constant pH in the face of an acidic environment:
- Hypercalciuria (high concentrations of calcium in the urine)
- Negative nitrogen balance (high concentrations of nitrogen in urine)
- Decreased IGF-1 activity
- GH resistance
- Mild Hypothyroidism
Basically we are in a state of, albeit mild, chronic acidosis. This leads to: muscle wasting, bone loss, and altered hormonal profile
STOP OVER-THINKING EVERYTHING!!!. The only way to know something works is to try it your-self. As you can see plenty of people here drink it and have no problem with milk, so should they stop just because of some study that obviously is over-proved by their own consuption of milk?..that would be stupid.[/quote]
“Some Study” conducted by Dr. John Berardi…
Also, why don’t you use your own logic and find what works for you. Monitor your progress for 6 weeks with your current diet, then replace the milk with other foods (with equal number of cals/protein/etc.) for 6 weeks and record progress during that time period too. Compare the two different 6-week periods, and see which one yielded more progress. Then, go from there.