Lon Kilgore has seen milk support substantial gains in hundreds of athletes. In Starting Strength, of which he is co-author, Lon and Rip write, “One of the best ways [to provide the calories required to promote strength] is to drink a gallon of milk a day, most especially if weight-gain is a primary concern.”
Yet, there are a lot of concerns about the safety of drinking milk, especially for adults. Most of these concerns, Lon asserts, are based on myth and not fact. Every semester, every coaching seminar, and, seemingly every day, Lon writes that he gets at least one question about milk for exercising populations. Milk, he asserts, is safe for the great majority of the population, especially at the levels recommended by the American Dietetic Association.
The bottom line for those without diagnosed pathology, Lon concludes, is that not drinking milk is either a personal preference or a blind acceptance of unsubstantiated convention.