Whole Milk?

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  1. JeffForSale

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    It's hard as hell for me to gain weight and I was considering switching from skim milk to whole milk for a while to help me gain some weight. Would you guys suggest this or is this a stupid idea?
     
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    People have done it before, go for it. Just make sure you are lifting.
     
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    Yeah I was just afraid of cholesterol problems is all.
     
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    TheMustafa hook 'em

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    dietary cholesterol has very little to do with blood cholesterol levels
     
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    ??? could you elaborate on this?
     
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    ^i'm kinda wondering the same thing
     
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    eating a high-cholesterol meal will spike your blood cholesterol levels briefly, but the excess cholesterol is quickly removed from the bloodstream by the liver. other things play a much greater role in basal cholesterol levels, including, in no particular order:

    1. genetics - cholesterol production by your liver has a much greater effect on basal cholesterol levels. thats why if you are genetically predisposed to have high cholesterol, there isnt much you can do about it aside from medication.

    2. saturated fats - these stimulate cholesterol production by the liver.

    3. deficiency in omega 3 fatty acids - omega 3's increase hdl (good cholesterol) levels and decrese ldl (bad cholesterol) levels. most north americans lack omega 3's to a large extent - this is why fish oil is such a good supplement.

    4. deficiency in dietary fiber - dietary fiber reduces ldl levels.

    5. niacin (b6 i think) deficiency - niacin is necessary for hdl production.

    6. sedentary lifestyle - lack of activity decreases hdl, increases ldl

    there are probably a host of other factors, but i can think of them off the top of my head. total cholesterol number isnt the major number you should be looking at - the so called "risk ratio" - the ratio of total cholesterol to hdl - is much more important, and should be below 3.5 ideally.
     
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    I love whole milk... before i started lifting i drank 1% but i switched to whole... i usually drink a gallon in a day and a half or so. easy cals :cool:
     
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