GOMAD Diet: The Pros and Cons
The gallon of milk a day (GOMAD) diet is exactly what it sounds like: a regimen that involves drinking a gallon of whole milk over the course of a day. This is in addition to your regular intake of food.
This “diet” isn’t a weight loss plan, but rather a “bulking strategy” for weightlifters looking to add muscle mass in a short amount of time. The idea is to drink a gallon of whole milk every day until your goal weight is reached. This usually takes two to eight weeks.
Overly enthusiastic GOMAD testimonials are plentiful on the internet. But is the diet necessary, safe, and worth possibly unpleasant side effects? Here’s a look at the pros and cons.
What’s in a gallon of milk?
A gallon of whole milk provides roughly:
- 2,400 calories
- 127 grams (g) of fat
- 187 g of carbohydrates
- 123 g of protein
It’s not surprising that GOMAD works as far as helping individuals put on weight quickly. Liquid calories don’t make you feel as full as those from solid food, so it’s easier to drink an additional 2,400 calories than to eat them.
The absence of fiber in milk also makes it easier to gulp down an additional 2,400 calories than chew them. Fiber is especially filling, which is why it helps when you’re trying to lose weight.
To get 2,400 calories from solid food, you could eat:
- 2 avocados (640 calories)
- 3 cups of rice (616 calories)
- 1 cup of mixed nuts (813 calories)
- 1 1/2 cup diced chicken breast (346 calories)
It’s no wonder that gulping down 16 cups of milk seems like a more attractive and less time-consuming option.