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4/23/14 8:08 P

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I suppose they could be good once in a while.

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4/21/14 7:52 P

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Never a good idea to replace real food with liquids unless you are prepared to live that way the rest of your life.



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4/17/14 5:41 P

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I have used the Advocare Meal Replacement shakes and they keep me full about 3-4 hours. I usually only use these if I'm running late in the morning and don't have enough time to make my morning breakfast smoothie or when my blender didn't get clean.



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4/17/14 5:31 P

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I prefer to chew my calories! Drink water. If you want something nourishing make a nutritious smoothie. My favorite is some fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries), spinach or kale, fresh pineapple, a slice of ginger and organic protein powder. Add a cup of water, blend, If it's too thick just add a little more water & blend. I usually make a large batch and enjoy the next couple of days. Great for busy mornings! emoticon

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4/17/14 5:04 P

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Slimfast has 14 serving for the powder cans and it cost me $6.99 a can and it really helped jump start my weight loss by replacing two meals a day with it, although to make it a complete meal replacement most of the time I would blend a little fruit with it or eat a piece of fruit on the side.

$45 is very expensive for 14 drinks of anything

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4/17/14 4:11 P

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Yet another pyramid scheme weight loss bullpucky!! How do these people find you guys? How many years of being cheated and lied to does it take to get rid of these sham companies? Any meal replacement shake will help a person to lose weight, but, you won't want to keep on them the rest of your durned life, anyway, so why waste the money now? Report whomever sold this stuff to you to the BBB in your area. You could buy or make any "shake" yourself, if you really need to starve yourself for awhile, we have all been through that kind of weight loss deprivation before, especially during this time of year, when punishment seems to be the order of the day.

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4/17/14 3:30 P

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If you'd like to 'drink' your meal, there are so many fresh fruit and veggie recipes you can make. I make one that is a bit time consuming, but Very healthy and Very satisfying. It's Dr. Hyman's Breakfast Whole Food Protein Shake:
1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries
1/2 cup frozen cranberries
1/4 lemon with rind (optional)
1 tbsp. almond butter
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp hemp seeds
2 walnuts
1/4 avocado
1/2 tbsp extra-virgin coconut butter
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water

I did learn to place the liquids in the blender first for ease. Once you buy all the stuff, it lasts for so long, it's not expensive. The hardest part is keeping avocados on hand. There are chews in every suck of the straw, or I've even eaten it with a spoon from a bowl to psych myself into thinking I'm getting a great big snack.



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4/17/14 1:09 P

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I think that the individuals you are seeing and who recommended the Advocare shakes and the raw food are likely not registered dietitians and, rather, "nutritioniststs."

Be aware that anyone, with no credentials or eduction at all can call themselves a nutritionist. Registered dietitians have formal educational requirements and they must have a degree in nutrition (from an accredited college or university) and be licensed. There's a world of difference between the two. I doubt that a registered dietitian would have recommended either those shakes or a raw food diet.

You might want to talk to your doctor and ask for a referral to a registered dietitian. If your doctor is referring you to a nutritionist who is recommending a raw food diet, you should talk to him about this because, IMO, this isn't at all typical of what the average family doctor (MD) would do.

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4/17/14 12:59 P

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I use a couple of shakes as a meal replacement:
Atkins™, or Designer Whey™ mixed in either almond or coconut milk.
Occasionally I'll drink a kefir, but that's not nutritionally complete and isn't a "meal replacement".

I wouldn't use any of these things as complete nutrition.
You still need to eat a regular wholesome meal, or meals, on days you omit a meal for the shake.

Real food is always best!


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4/17/14 11:01 A

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I have used the Advocare meal replacement shakes and like them in a pinch. They don't taste protein-y or chalky like some do. The chocolate is much better than the vanilla (too frothy) in my opinion. Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions!

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2/7/14 3:55 P

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Thank you all, nd i appreciate the feed back. It was in deed a dietician. She said i could take out my morning meals and snacking with this replacement, but with what i am suppose to stick to, it did indeed make me skeptical. I have since talked with my family doctor and will be seeing a different dietician. My new one i spoke with this morning told me that in order to get what i need i do need to stick with the raw food that mother nature intended for us to eat. But thank you and if i have any other questions i will be sure to ask


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2/7/14 8:31 A

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I assume this person that recommended the shakes would sell them to you? That should automatically make you super skeptical. As mentioned before, the ethics of the nutritionist/dietician are questionable here.

If the issue is that you're getting hungry between meals, there are several things you can do. I noticed that your page is private....if you'd be willing to share your food tracker, you could get a LOT of good advice on how to keep going between meals. Some general ideas in the meantime....are you consuming enough protein, fiber, and fat? Check your ranges over the last couple weeks/months and see if you're falling within them most of the time. When you say "low calorie", just how low? Are you allowing for a healthy snack or two each day? Are you skipping any meals (breakfast in particular)? If so, that can set you up for major hunger later in the day.

To sum it up, if what you're doing is working weight-loss wise, then all that's needed are some minor changes to your diet. I don't think adding the shakes is going to help with the issue.

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2/7/14 1:44 A



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Dietitian?!??? Or was it a nutritionist?

A dietitian should NEVER recommend a multi-level marketed diet product. If this person really is a Registered Dietitian, s/he should be reported to the state licensing board, because that's just unbelievably unethical. If any of your doctors referred you to this dietitian, you should tell them as well, because they won't want to send any more patients to someone like that.

If it was a nutritionist, just stop going. "Nutritionist" doesn't actually mean anything; any of us can call ourselves that. Going to a nutritionist instead of a dietitian is like going to a "toothist" instead of a dentist.

Advocare is a multi-level marketing system. That doesn't automatically mean the product is bad; it just means that the product isn't what the company cares about. They make their money by taking commissions from people who sell it, and having their salespeople recruit more people to sell it and pay commissions. Most people who sell it end up losing money, or working full-time to break even.

They've been sued a few times, including in one case by an Olympic athlete who was suspended because she tested positive for a banned prescription drug that was hidden in an Advocare product she was taking. Since it's sold as a supplement, not a food, there's no truth-in-labeling law; they can put things in it that are not listed on the label and they can leave out things that they claim to have.

If you want a meal replacement shake, buy one that's sold in a grocery store and says "nutrition facts" on the label (not "supplement facts.") Slim-Fast, for example, is just as good, quite a bit safer, and a fraction of the price.

But if you're doing well without it, it doesn't make sense to add an unknown element, especially a supplement. Remember, no truth-in-labeling laws, so it could have a lot more calories than it says, or a lot less nutrients, or both. You'd be far better off adding something like a bowl of soup, so you get a vegetable serving as well as a little protein, and you know exactly what the nutrition facts are.



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2/6/14 9:11 P

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There are dozens of expensive 'magic' formulas out there promising to help you get thin....and then there is Mother Nature's whole foods which offer you fiber, nutrition, vitamins, and good health at a reasonable price fresh or frozen. Even weight watchers allows you unlimited veggies. So why bother with another sales scam?


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Not really, no. They do not provide any advantage over the stuff you get in the grocery store. If you're already doing well, *adding* something is not going to make it work even better. Skip the processed shakes, and go with what you're doing. All shakes do is make it easier to measure. Stick with whole foods.

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2/6/14 6:29 P

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Okay, I am doing really well so far on my weightloss. I was wondering if i were to get the Advocare Meal Replacement Shakes if that would help keep me fuller longer. Has anyone tried these and how well does it work? I am working on a low calorie and low carb diet. My dietician recommended these and said she has seen drastic changes. But at 45.00 a box for 14 servings is it worth it? any feed back would be great.

Thanks ya'll
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