GM Diet Day 4: Almond Milk vs Skim Milk for Weight Loss

The General Motors diet is a 7 day weight loss program that is targeted at obese individuals where they lose 5 to 7 Kgs in a week naturally. Although, you can lose weight without exercise during this diet, including some HIIT exercises will help you shed even more weight. After the first three days of the diet, the followers will have a feast day on the day 4.

You can eat bananas and milk. As I earlier mentioned, it is always better to consume skimmed milk instead of the whole milk, as it contains lesser calories and similar nutritional value. Another great alternative for milk on the GM diet is the almond milk.

The almond milk is lower in calories and so most people include it in their calorie-controlled diet plans. So, the main confusion arises at this point. Which is best for weight loss – Skimmed milk or Almond milk? In this article, let us find out the pros and cons of both the milk types and decide which milk is best for losing weight.

Here, I’d first like to remind you about the main logic behind weight loss. You need to burn more calories than you consume in a day. This is irrespective of the foods you eat. Now, let us discuss our actual topic

Almond Milk vs Skim Milk for Weight Loss

Skim Milk vs Almond Milk Weight Loss Benefits

First, let us take a look at what the Almond milk has to offer in terms of weight loss benefits.

Weight Loss Benefits of Almond Milk


As we discussed earlier, the almond milk is very low in calories compared to skim milk. So, it is no surprise why most people consider almond milk while dieting. A cup of almond milk (without sugar) contains just 39 calories, while the same cup of skim milk has around 91 calories. So, by just switching to unsweetened almond milk instead of skimmed milk will save about 19,000 calories in a span of 1 year (considering you drink a glass of milk on a daily basis). That means you’re literally losing 5.5 pounds (or 2.5 kgs) in a year without doing anything extra other than switching to a low calorie drink. Isn’t it cool?

Do note here that this logic applies only if you drink almond milk without adding sugar. As the sweetened almond milk has around 91 calories in a cup, which is almost similar to the skimmed milk. So, if you want to lose weight, only consider the unsweetened version.

Skim Milk Weight Loss Benefits


When it comes to protein, skim milk has about 9 grams of protein, which is pretty high when compared to 2 grams in a cup of almond milk. Here, the actual logic begins. Since, the protein gets digested slowly, our body has to burn more calories digesting the milk than almond milk. This is where the skim milk surpasses the weight loss benefits of almond milk.

By the end, both the skim milk and almond milk does have distinct advantages. While the almond milk is low in calories, the skimmed milk has more calorie-burning properties (more protein = more calorie burn). So, don’t just go by the calorie count as you’ll also need to consider the nutritional benefits of the foods that help you lose weight without affecting your health in a bad way.

My Personal Choice:

Both the milk types are good for health, but when you’re trying to lose weight, then skim milk is the better option. Here is the thumb rule - Skim Milk for Weight Loss & Almond Milk for Maintaining Lost Weight.

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