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Milk after exercise promotes weight loss

June 1, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new study suggests that women who want to lose weight should drink fat-free milk and not sugar-based energy drinks.

According to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise, women who drank two large glasses of fat-free milk after lifting weights gained more muscle and lost more fat than women who drank sugar-based energy drinks. Scientists also found they increased their lean body mass and got stronger.

The study was conducted by researchers at McMaster University in Canada. A previous study showed men also gained muscle mass and lost more fat by drinking milk after exercising.

The researchers say the combination of calcium, high quality protein, and vitamin D in the milk may be responsible for the changes, but more study is needed.

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