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Milk has a considerable amount of fat. So while in a weight-loss regiment, should milk be avoided completely?

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Why do you think dietary fat should be avoided while trying to improve body composition? –  Dave Liepmann Mar 6 '12 at 14:42
    
@DaveLiepmann because a lot of people still believe that consuming fat makes you fat. –  DForck42 Mar 6 '12 at 16:15
    
Milk may be detrimental to fat loss, but because of the lactose not the milkfat. See this question for more on lactose & fat loss. –  Greg Mar 7 '12 at 18:12
    
This is subjective, but I lost a very significant amount of weight on Atkins and my breakfast during that time was eggs cooked with bacon. In hindsight not advocating it, just pointing out that you can eat a high fat diet and lose weight...you can also gain on a low fat diet. –  Dave Mar 8 '12 at 0:09
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Eating Fat Does Not Make You Fat

Excess fat on the body is an entirely different thing from the fat that you eat. Science and experience agree on this: here's a study entitled Dietary fat is not a major determinant of body fat, and here's Gary Taubes' overview on the subject, appropriate for the layperson. It's a common misconception that eating fat somehow turns into adipose tissue.

Milk might be bad for weight-loss (or it might not), but it wouldn't be because it has a significant proportion of fat. In fact, since fat is satiating--it makes you feel full--I am of the opinion that if one's goal is losing body fat, then fat (like whole-fat milk, or even cream) should be one of the things you eat.

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The only thing I would add is that fat has more Calories per gram (9 Cals/gram Fat). As long as you don't consume too many Calories, eating a high fat diet isn't going to derail your dieting efforts. –  Berin Loritsch Mar 6 '12 at 19:21
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Eating too much fat can derail your dieting efforts. Calorie is a energy and fat is fat. carbs will be burnd durning your workout and through the day and whats left will go as a fat store. Fat is FAT is goes straight as a fat store. Use low fat milk instead of full fat.

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