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Posted by: Hardgainer | 2009-03-30

The effects of milk for weight gain

Hi,

Is it true that having lots of milk as a post-workout drink make a person gain more muscle mass than any other drink? How would it compare to a weight gain supplement seeing that milk has a good source of high quality protein and other essential nutrients?

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Hi Hardgainer

If you are not sensitive to milk it is a great substance! It contains 2/3rds low GI carbs and 1/3 protein plus all its other micronutrients.

Weight gaining has to do with how many calories you consume and not so much as from what. There are studies where they have used poor protein from corn and achieved more muscle gains with it by giving it at the right time (nutrient timing – within 45 min after training) versus an expensive high quality supplement given 3 hours after training. Thus you could greatly increase your muscle mass by using milk, if you take it in the right quantity and at the right time! Gaining boils down to calories! You need about 15% more than your calculated need and it will not help to take more than 3 g protein per kilogram of body weight.

Enjoy your milk!
Vanessa

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