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STEPH057 Posts: 252
4/2/13 4:03 P

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 :)

4/2/13 3:55 P

when on run, or need a quick meal I use shakes

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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

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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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.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 4/2/2013 (10:07)
MISSRUTH Posts: 4,232
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.

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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.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,289)
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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)
SUSAN04 SparkPoints: (6,482)
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4/1/13 5:30 P

Do you use a weight loss shake/protein shake? What do you like/recommend? Cost? Do you just use it for breakfast or lunch and still eat dinner?

Any feedback would be great!

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