Muscle Milk Light is a sports nutrition supplement that may be beneficial for women looking to gain muscle as well as to lose weight. This supplement is a lower-fat, lower-calorie version of the original Muscle Milk supplement, which is commonly used by athletes and bodybuilders. You should consult your doctor before consuming this or any other supplement.
Each two-scoop serving of Muscle Milk Light provides 195 calories. If you base your diet on the suggested daily intake of 2,000 calories, this serving provides nearly 10 percent of your daily calorie needs. If you are trying to lose weight while using this supplement, you should note that one serving contains nearly 100 fewer calories than you'd burn during an hour of water aerobics.
One potentially beneficial aspect of Muscle Milk Light is its high protein content. Each two-scoop serving of this supplement provides 25 g of protein. This protein comes from milk, which research suggests may aid in weight loss in women. A study from the January 2011 issue of the "British Journal of Nutrition" found that milk protein intake resulted in improved weight loss and reduced appetite compared to placebo.
Muscle Milk Light is lower in fat than the original Muscle Milk supplement, but it does still contain fat -- 6 g per two-scoop serving. Some of this fat comes in the form of essential fatty acids, which some studies have found to be beneficial for women. A study from the March 2008 issue of the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" found that essential fatty acids appeared to improve the vision of babies whose mothers consumed the supplements. Another study, published in the October 2007 issue of "Menopause," found that essential fatty acid consumption decreased hot flashes and symptoms of depression in post-menopausal women.
Muscle Milk Light is low in carbohydrates; each two-scoop serving contains just 11 g of carbohydrates. If you use this supplement as part of a low-carbohydrate diet, you may experience some benefits. According to research from the November 2006 issue of the "New England Journal of Medicine," a low-carbohydrate diet may decrease your risk of heart disease.
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