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BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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1/30/14 6:49 A

The benefits from milk far out way the small weight loss you might receive. I would suggest skim milk as everyone needs calcium especially woman.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,361
1/29/14 5:00 P

I used to eat a lot of dairy, then I severely cut back. But I love dairy...cottage cheese, yogurt, hard cheese. I add an ounce of cheddar to my veggies and find I eat more of them, so it works for me. And at my age, I need the calcium.

SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 18,482
1/29/14 4:46 P

Nope. I have it with my kashi cereal and fruit every morning.

SCHEALTHNUTT SparkPoints: (49,055)
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1/29/14 4:32 P

Yes . Found out I was allergic !!

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (287,634)
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1/29/14 1:33 P

Monique- you are wise to realize the difference milk makes in your system. It causes so much mucous that it is not worth it. I am of the belief that the only thing that should drink a cow's milk is a baby cow.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,746
1/29/14 1:12 P

There are no miracle pills, I don't drink dairy milk because it makes me feel bloated but I eat other dairy products.

1/29/14 1:03 P

When I was breastfeeding my first child, he was allergic to any dairy in my milk and would have bloody stools if I drank or ate ANY dairy products, so I stopped cold turkey. It was amazing how my sinus issues cleared, my mild acne disappeared, and my weight loss efforts were even more effective. Unfortunately I started eating dairy again (I really love yogurt) and of course, all of those problems came back. Just this week I have recommitted to the healthy lifestyle that I know makes me happiest and not consuming dairy products is part of that. It's only been a couple of days but already I'm starting to notice a difference. Making the change is hard at first, but now I know that even giving in once can be the beginning of the end. I am committed to this for life now. I know that it is worth it because I have lived it.

REBCCA SparkPoints: (408,009)
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1/27/14 10:22 P

I do sometimes have a bit of ice cream when my BF gives it to me but mostly I never take in milk or milk products. I was seeking advise for a friend who had breast cancer and was introduced to Robert Cohen and he convinced me I did not want to do diary any more. This is a website he organized on why not to do milk

It has been two years almost completely dairy free and I do feel healthier and find it easier to maintain my goal range. emoticon

Edited by: REBCCA at: 1/27/2014 (22:25)
EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
1/27/14 10:02 P

I haven't had to give up cows' milk because I never had any to begin with. It tried to kill me as a child, and I remember it! I was very allergic. I never developed a taste for the stuff even when those allergies subsided when I was a teenager.

I do *love* cheese, however! I couldn't have that as a child, either, but it's not a problem for me now. I was a certified cheese fanatic for a few years when I finally discovered it! I still eat plenty of cheese, and I can tolerate some yogurt or kefir, although I prefer the almond- or coconut-milk based ones.

I love nut milks, and although I tend not to drink them straight up, I use them in protein shakes or cooking. I try to avoid soy milk in general because soy is pretty much not a healthy product, unless it's properly fermented.
Almond, almond-coconut, and coconut milks are my preference, in that order.

I can't say whether they affect weight loss or not.

CHERYLL1949 SparkPoints: (56,721)
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1/27/14 9:59 P

No, I don't get enough

SUNSET09 SparkPoints: (533,961)
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1/27/14 9:55 P

Oh, no! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

SUZZQ4LIFE Posts: 1,232
1/27/14 9:16 P

No way! Love my milk, cheese, & yogurt. It's so good for me as long as I stay in the right proportions.

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1/27/14 9:06 P


ANARIE Posts: 13,184
1/27/14 7:53 P

There's actually more evidence that low-fat dairy helps weight loss than there is that it hurts. It's weak evidence, but in balance, for most people it's probably better not to give up dairy.

As for the link between inflammation and dairy, you'll get directly opposite views. It seems to me that the people who say dairy increases inflammation are basing that on what "makes sense and feels right," whereas actual medical research suggests that it's possible that it can actually decrease inflammation as long as you're not allergic to it. If I had an inflammation-related medical condition, I would ask my doctors to research it for me and try to give me an evidence-based recommendation. The stuff out there in the popular press is just too biased and conflicting for a non-scientist to sort through, so I would go with the advice of a professional who knows all the details of your specific, individual health situation.

JEFFGIRL Posts: 11,231
1/27/14 7:06 P

I don't use a lot, but I wouldn't give it up especially in my cereal and hot tea.

CR_EDWARDS_2015 Posts: 283
1/27/14 6:59 P

I cannot go the rest of my life without dairy in my diet somewhere, so I eat it. :o) I do not do anything that I will not be able to continue doing forever. I just stay within my calorie, carb, fat and protein ranges and I am losing weight with no problems. I love me some dairy!

SOFT_VAL67 Posts: 2,845
1/27/14 6:57 P

I cannot speak for anyone but myself, but I didnt give up milk or dairy, I dont add cheese to my sub or anything, but on occassion I do have a string cheese.
But during the height of my weight loss, I was using whey protein mixes and couldnt stand them with water, so I used skim milk.
I never seen any problem.
I drink 3 to 4 cups of skim milk daily right now, due to low vitamin d, i have to get it where i can find it. Besides cottage cheese is very high in protein and I eat alot of protein, including greek yogurt.
Giving up white bread and junky greasy burgers and fries worked better for me, and walking every day.
Good luck.

Edited by: SOFT_VAL67 at: 1/27/2014 (19:01)
LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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1/27/14 6:54 P

I wish it was that easy. Quit Dairy, lose weight.

I use a limited amount of dairy products due to intolerance with whole milk and not really liking the taste of milk or non fat dairy.

For me, it's about the calories consumed, whether they are from dairy or other healthy foods doesn't make a difference.

SHKIRK Posts: 1,168
1/27/14 3:01 P

I have given up a lot of dairy for this diet I am on. I have lost more wt. faster but I think it is because of the reduced cals.

ASHLEYAMBER0710 Posts: 244
1/27/14 2:49 P

I have not given up dairy. I still enjoy cheese, light sour cream, cream cheese. All supposed to be healthy fats but I have never really enjoyed the taste of milk so I do buy almond milk and I love it plus it is only 30 calories for 1 cup. As everyone stated giving up is not what removes the weight its just being conscious of what you put in and what you burn. I think its all about finding what you love and mixing it up in a way you can appreciate and not so much cutting it out.

PTREE15 SparkPoints: (8,292)
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1/27/14 2:30 P

I'm a vegan, and initially giving up dairy helped me lose weight, but the weight came back on when stopped tracking and exercising regularly, etc. It really is a matter of calories in, calories out. That said, I was probably lactose intolerant, because since I gave up dairy, I've had no digestive/stomach issues. I am very happy about that. My mom also had to really cut back on dairy to help with inflammation issues. She feels 100 percent better. It really does depend on your system. My sis eats tons of dairy and is keeping her weight off.

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1/27/14 2:19 P

It might help. You could try it for awhile and see how you feel. I rarely drink milk because as I've gotten older I'm not able to digest it as well. Currently drink/ use Rice Milk.

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (287,634)
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1/27/14 2:18 P

I gave up milk years ago and it had no effect on weight. I do eat other dairy products though, like butter and cottage cheese.

Giving up bread, well that's another thing. Big loss after cutting bread products from my diet.

SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
1/27/14 2:17 P

I gave up milk and dairy products for several months and subsitiuted soy, almond, and other plant milks because I read they are healthier..after going back to cows milk and dairy products, the weight is comming off I guess unless a person is lactose intolerent or have a sensitivity its ok.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,452
1/27/14 1:48 P

I don't think it is necessary unless you are sensitive or allergic.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/27/14 1:45 P

One of my doctors took me off of milk for a while to see if that might make a difference with some other health issues that I was having. It didn't change anything for me and certainly didn't help with weight loss.

I think it depends on the person. If you are sensitive to dairy, it would be best to get rid of it. Otherwise, a reasonable amount of dairy shouldn't be harmful as long as you aren't consuming too many calories by including dairy.

ANDILH Posts: 1,543
1/27/14 1:31 P

I don't eat dairy, but that's more because I'm allergic and completely intolerant so I get pretty sick. I do prefer almond milk and don't use soy milk. I don't know if it makes a difference for weight loss. I'm sure if you go from drinking whole milk to soy milk or almond milk then it would make a difference.

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1/27/14 11:43 A

wow...thank you for this!!!

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,261
1/27/14 11:24 A

Well.... 2 different things. Giving up dairy for weight loss. Giving up dairy for inflammation issues.

For the inflammation or other health related concerns.... your medical provider(s) would be a good place to start, for recommendations. Perhaps a referral to a registered dietician. When you have a medical condition that is affected by your diet, most insurance will cover at least one visit to a registered dietician. I'm not a lazy person, but if my insurance is going to cover it, yes indeed I'll skip the hours surfing the net trying to figure out how to get enough calcium etc from non-dairy foods..

And I reckon if I needed to give up dairy (for a medical reason) and just couldn't eat cereal without cow's milk.... I'd probably take a look at skipping the cereal for a while and eating other things for breakfast, that didn't "need" milk.

As for weight loss-- I lost the weight and am keeping it off, and I did not give up dairy. Overall, I think I eat MORE dairy than I used to, before I started on this healthy lifestyle.

SBURDEN Posts: 10,767
1/27/14 11:07 A

I cut out dairy for allergy reasons. I now use Almond milk and love it. That however has not affected weight loss. The overall calories, protein, carbs and fat watching has helped with that.

SUN22BEAM SparkPoints: (5,954)
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1/27/14 10:20 A

lost 25 pounds from cutting out dairy...big inflammatory issue with me. joint pain is gone from eliminating gluten, dairy and eggs. lost 60 pounds overall. I eat as many calories as before. big fan of avocado, almonds and rice as the grain

--MEOW-- Posts: 4,517
1/27/14 10:04 A

Not really.... I've been vegan for 2 years now and I haven't lost weight... Actually, I gained 3 pounds. It's just about the number of calories you eat... it doesn't make a difference if those calories come from cow milk or soy milk....

BOB5148 SparkPoints: (507,519)
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1/27/14 10:01 A

Need my dairy products

JELISE_2014 SparkPoints: (289)
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1/27/14 9:55 A

The doctors think that I have ankilosing spondylitis as well, and I have read about milk and inflammation. It is tough because I love milk with cereal and have tried replacing it before and it is not the same. Some people just swear by it and these are the fittest people I have ever known.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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1/27/14 9:44 A

I'm not sure I could handle life without greek yogurt, cheese, or ice cream. Like the PP said, calories in vs calories out is the post important part of weight loss. Frankly, I've looked at the ingredients list for soy and almond milk and even with the hormones that conventionally raised cows are given, I'd say that cow's milk is the best bargain.

SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (9,271)
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1/27/14 9:40 A

It is more about the total number of calories you take in. If you replace dairy with something lower in calories, it might help some.

However, I will say that I eat dairy. Love my sugar free hot cocoa, yogurt, cheese, and even ice cream.

I have a friend who is a vegetarian and while she does not avoid dairy like the plague, she very rarely consumes dairy products and does use products like almond milk. I am at goal weight and have been for years. She is a bit overweight, but I think it is possible she is comfortable with her weight, which is fine with me. All I'm saying is that cutting out dairy will not miraculously help weight fall off.

MEXGAL1 SparkPoints: (565,815)
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1/27/14 9:30 A

yes I only drink almond milk now and I think it makes a difference with inflammation. My GI doctor recommended this.

1/27/14 9:26 A

I am a vegan, drink soy milk but not too much. I drink almond and coconut milk. It's pretty low in calories, only 45 for 8 ounces.

JELISE_2014 SparkPoints: (289)
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1/27/14 9:15 A

Does giving up milk/dairy REALLY help with weight loss??? I have some fitness friends that drink soy or almond milk and swear that giving up diary helps exponentially with weight loss. Anyone with any experience with this? I am lost on whether or not to try it.

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