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? Mar 6, 2012 at 14:42
  • @DaveLiepmann because a lot of people still believe that consuming fat makes you fat.
    – DForck42
    Mar 6, 2012 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.
    – G__
    Mar 7, 2012 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, 2012 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. Mar 6, 2012 at 19:21

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.

  • That is completely inaccurate. Watch "Fed Up" or do some reading on sugar and insulin.
    – Eric
    Sep 23, 2014 at 15:44

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