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555 5/1/13 7:59 A
Does it state anywhere on the container the following? "Use this product as a food supplement only. Do not use for weight reduction"
If it does, then no you probably shouldn't use it to 'replace' a meal. You would use it to bump your protein needs.
Just my suggestion: If you continue to have it at lunch time as a supplement then add a small meal so you're having at least 300-350 total calories. Depending on the macros your protein drink has; choose something to balance out the higher protein with some healthy carbs and fats.
While it definitely depends on your goals, you may not be giving yourself a full complement of nutrients/micronutrients in that particular shake.
You're in a rush? Well, many people have lost weight fast, but that's not to say they keep it off for the long-term.
Better to change in steps, and work toward healthy goals, rather than some sort of sprint to a preconceived finish line.
Goals are good; but should be flexible enough to allow your body to adjust/adapt to the changes.
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8,151 5/1/13 7:48 A
Although you've already gotten great answers, I want to throw one more thing in. A shake can be very healthy and meet your nutritional needs. Certainly you could use it successfully in your weight loss plan. However, sometimes I find it more satisfying to chew! Monitor your own satisfaction. Maybe you are getting to chew enough at breakfast, snacks and dinner that you don't need to chew at lunch. But if you need to chew more you can add some raw veggies to have with your shake. Best wishes for a joyful journey to health and fitness and a lifetime of successful maintenance!!
A meal replacement shake contains the correct blend of protein, fat and carbohydrates, and vitamin/minerals to replace a meal. It is a controlled portion and therefore controls calories. However, you could get the same results by counting calories and controlling your total food intake. A balanced smoothie with protein and other nutrients might also be an easy portion controlled option that would also provide a better nutrient balance. You can find a variety of great smoothie recipes here -- recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipes.asp?food=s moothies&a=
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554 4/30/13 8:46 P
I'm not familiar with the protein shakes you are using. I make myself a smoothie for breakfast most days with soymilk, frozen fruit, reduced fat peanut butter and a small banana. It works great for breakfast while driving and it is a good source of protein and fiber so it keeps me full for a while. The calories (250-300 depending on which fruit and how much PB I use) are appropriate as a meal for me and I have lost 64 pounds so far. So the big question is: Does the calorie count and nutrition fit into your weight loss plan? A shake that is meant for bodybuilders and is very high in calories is probably NOT a good idea if you want to lose weight, but if the calorie count is lower, it should work just fine.
I have been replacing one meal a day (usually lunch) with a 100% whey protein shake. I am trying to lose 40 pounds and this makes it more convenient for me when I'm on the go. Is this a good idea for women trying to lose weight?
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