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ETHELMERZ Posts: 21,192
2/6/13 9:38 P

We take along protein drinks like that when we go driving, my dh is diabetic and could suddenly need to eat/drink something and it comes in handy. Dieting with those "shakes" may take some weight off, but it comes back on when you eat real food again anyway. Plus, some of those drinks have been tested and have lead in them, Herbalife for sure had it, so I wouldn't buy that kind anyway.

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2/6/13 9:35 P

I usually keep a few bottles of GNC Lean Shake on hand for those "the alarm didn't go off, my hair dryer quit and the cat puked on the floor" kind of mornings when I run out of time. Also, I sometimes throw one in my bag if I am going to be out and about. It is a better option than stopping for fast food.

I think they taste pretty decent, but I wouldn't rely on them all of the time. Just on occasion.

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2/6/13 2:48 P

I have tried so many of these... the best one I found was Arbonne. you can cook with it and everything.. I love to have a scoop of it in the mornings in my over night oats.. I uses this for about 6 months. decided that I was bored with it... guess what major weight gain again. decided to try and different brand.. ugh.... no I have bags of this crap at home that I cant eat because it leaves me bloated, gassy, and constipated.. yippee!!! Good luck.. The Arbonne ones are gluten free, which what I love about it.. But its because I think Im gluten intolerant!!

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2/6/13 11:01 A

I'm doing Shakeology right now and have been for about a month. I'm doing it just to get started and pairing it with Insanity. It doesn't taste great at first but you get used to it. I like only planning my evening meal and eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day, makes it easier to stay in my calorie range. However I do agree that its not sustainable or affordable long term and I plan to quit the Shakeology when I'm done with the Insanity program. By then I'm hoping it will be easier for my to plan meals and control my calories. If you do use Shakeology I recommend buying it on eBay, its slightly cheaper and you don't get pressured by a beachbody coach, no offense to beachbody coaches but i like to do my own thing.

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2/6/13 10:56 A

I am testing out some healthy nutritional shakes for my grandmother, who just started chemo. So far I have tried Vega One, Amazing Meal, Raw Meal, and another that I can't recall off the top of my head. These are all vegan, non GMO, gluten free, dairy free, and free of artificial sweeteners and other chemical CRAP. Some of them use all organic, raw ingredients as well, if that is important to you. They also contain high (vegetable, no soy) protein, fiber, omega 3s, probiotics, digestive aids, and greens/superfood blends. They also contain reasonable levels of fat. They can be a bit expensive, but are nutritionally balanced and sound, and are much healthier for your body than most of the chemical-filled 'diet' shakes out there. They actually taste decent, and are VERY filling. They can be mixed with water, milk (dairy, almond, soy, coconut, or otherwise) or whatever liquid you choose. You can also mix them into smoothies, if desired. Don't short-change your body with pseudo-food.

You can get samples of lots of these at your local 'health food' store. I got mine at the local Whole Foods. I'm pretty sure you can also get samples from Amazon or Ebay.

Edited by: CBR0422UNCW at: 2/6/2013 (11:06)
MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,583
2/6/13 10:51 A

I tried them and I was starving. I ate my bar or drank my shake and I was still so hungry that I would eat another full meal.

2/6/13 10:31 A

I'm afraid I won't be much help on this. I agree with the previous posters -- weight loss plans that use meal replacement shakes may work for some, but it's better to learn to plan healthy meals. Weight loss shakes seem like an expensive, inpractical way to go to me.

My mom moved recently and we had to throw out hundreds of dollars of stale meal-replacement shake mixes. She has bought into various plans like this and lost interest over time. Not saying you would do the same, but..... I've never seen anyone succeed long-term by using them.

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2/6/13 10:13 A

although I find them all a waste of money, will never do a shake diet again, and never have any of them allowed me to lose weight and keep it off, I will say that the Vi shakes were by far the most tasty because you could make literally hundreds of different kinds from the base mix (peanut butter cup and lemon meringue pie were my favorite). I won't dissuade you from trying a shake diet, because I know how it falls on deaf ears when you have your mind set on it... many people have to try things out themselves to learn :) HTH!

2/6/13 10:11 A

I haven't tried any in over 5 years, but my take on them is "eww". I, personally, don't get full drinking a meal. And, I feel it's a "diet" which is, to me, a 4 letter word. I think real food is a much better option and sets you up for lifestyle.....unless you're planning to incorporate shakes into your lifestyle forever.

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2/6/13 10:08 A

I am looking to start a meal replacement shake. I have heard alot about herbal life and slim fast of course. I was hoping to get some input...has anyone tried meal replacement shakes of any kind? which ones do you prefer as far as taste, value, and keeping you satisfied? some of them are pretty expensive so I dont want to spend the money with out doing a little research first!!

Thanks in advance for any input!!

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