My mom gave me a bag of Visalus Vi-Shape. I don't do the program (shakes for breakfast and lunch, healthy snacks and dinner), but I make a shake every now and then for convenience. I usually mix the powder with almond milk and some frozen fruit. It's nice to have on hand for when I'm limited on time. But like others, I prefer to eat my meals :)
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4/2/13 11:58 A
I use Atkins shakes I never had them so I do not know how are they
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4/2/13 10:04 A
No... I don't use shakes. I love real food and cooking too much. I don't really see the point in meal replacement shakes unless the alternative is skipping a meal because you're in a rush.
Imo, it's much healthier to eat real food and get enough fibre in my diet. I prefer most of the fuel in my body to come from natural sources of energy; real, whole, clean foods. With a few treats, exceptions in moderation.
I do add 1/4 serving of chocolate protein powder to various foods. Like pancakes, baked goods, Greek yogurt, oatmeal. Mostly to chocofy it and get a little added protein boost. I've never used it to make a shake though.
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
4/2/13 7:04 A
I don't do meal replacement shakes; like dragonchilde, I like to eat food and food is my "problem"-- learning what to eat and in what quantities is what I'm focusing on. I just never really feel satisfied if I drink the calories, as opposed to chewing on real food.
Many people make their own smoothies, adding protein powder etc-- I think that would be a healthier alternative because then you know exactly what's in it. Lots of times those store-bought things have a bunch of who-knows-what ingredrients in them.
I have used some low-carb protein shakes to up my protein intake for the day, especially when I'm at work and access to real food / lean protein is limited. I usually keep a couple in the fridge at work for an "emergency". But like I said, they don't give me the satisfaction that real food does. They're better than nothing, but not by much.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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Fitness Minutes: (144)
4/1/13 5:54 P
I only use the protein shake if I haven't had enough protein for the day and I have calories left as well.
The scale is going in the right direction.
Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,692 4/1/13 5:43 P
I don't do meal replacement shakes. I like to eat food, not drink it.
They're a valid tool for some people, but it's important to understand that a weight loss shake does not cause weight loss that wouldn't happen with a calorie restricted diet. It's an easy way to reduce calories, but it doesn't teach you how to handle the cause of your weight gain in the first place: real food.
I do occasionally drink a protein shake in the morning when I'm too busy or about to work out and not wanting to eat breakfast, but I still need some energy. I generally still eat breakfast of some kind afterwards.
The only benefits of this or that brand are the flavors; there is nothing that they can provide that less expensive ones don't as well.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 4/1/2013 (17:43)
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