The Best Meal Replacement Shakes- What You Should Know

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Do you use meal replacement shakes?

 

Many people do. In fact, some of the popular weight loss programs are advocating the use of “meal replacement” shakes or drinks as a way to speed up fat loss.

 

In their advertising, one of these companies promotes their product by telling users to have “a shake for breakfast, one for lunch and eat a sensible dinner”.

 

When you watch these commercials you are lead to believe that there is some sort of magic or extraordinary benefit to consuming multiple “shakes” throughout the day.

 

However, this is far from the truth.

 

A recent study published in the journal Obesity showed that people who ate a meal consisting of solid foods felt about 30 percent fuller 3 hours later compared to those who consumed a liquid meal.

 

The reason for this is because the liquid leaves the stomach faster and requires less energy to digest than the solid meal.

 

Moreover, most of the liquid meal replacements on the market are made using inferior protein sources (usually cow’s milk or soy); contain hydrogenated or other modified oils as well as artificial sweeteners and are lacking in digestive enzymes.

 

The best meal replacements are made from high quality protein blends (whey isolates
and concentrates or a blend of vegetarian sources); contain healthy fats (such as flax) as well as complex carbohydrates derived from berries instead of maltodextrin- which is made from corn and is very fast digesting.

 

To be honest I do have a meal replacement shake pretty much every day. It’s not because of convenience- I actually really enjoy drinking it! One of the tricks I like to use to improve the nutrition of my protein shakes (and increase satiety) is to include frozen blueberries and ground flax seed- this makes the shake highly nutritious and much more filling. I also blend my shakes using plenty of ice. The trick is that you have to use a good blender that can really pulverize the ice (there is nothing worse than drinking a shake with lumps of dry protein powder getting stuck in your throat.)

However, I still believe that your body was meant to digest whole foods and it is always best to chew your food.

 

The best fat loss meal plan strategy is to consume whole foods 2-3 times per day and save your liquid meals for your snacks or the post workout meal.

 

Please keep this in mind as you plan your meals for the days ahead.

This post was written by

Bruce – who has written posts on Cutting edge muscle building and fat loss secrets.
bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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