HAMILTON, Ontario, May 26 (UPI) — Two large glasses of milk a day not only helps women to keep fat off, it helps tone muscles too, Canadian researchers found.
Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton found the combination of regular weightlifting exercise and milk consumption worked to improve women’s health — including body composition.
The study, published in Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, found the women who drank milk gained barely any weight because what they gained in lean muscle they balanced out with a loss in fat.
“We expected the gains in muscle mass to be greater, but the size of the fat loss surprised us,” Stu Phillips said in a statement. “We’re still not sure what causes this but we’re investigating that now. It could be the combination of calcium, high-quality protein and vitamin D may be the key — conveniently, all of these nutrients are in milk.”
Phillips and colleagues monitored young women who did not eat or drink anything 2 hours before exercising each day. Immediately after exercising and also 1 hour later, one group consumed a large glass of fat-free white milk and the other group drank a similar looking sugar-based energy drink. The exercise training was daily monitored by a personal trainer.
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