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3/29/13 11:18 A

I use when I am on the run, working at a race track, either bottled or when at home supplement with kale, spinach, flax seed, coffee, and other ingredients

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3/29/13 11:09 A

Thank you everyone for the replies and the information. It has given me some serious food for thought (no pun intended). Also it has also helped me to make more clearer choices than going all drastic and putting myself on a liquid diet - shake or otherwise.

There are just moments where you get a bit desperate!

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3/28/13 12:48 P

In the past I have tried shake diets but I never seem to stick with it (and yes the weight comes off fast but I gain it back just as fast). An overall healthy lifestyle is what leads to sustainable weight loss. Even now that I'm eating healthier, I know I have the option to use a shake or bar as a meal replacement every once in awhile but I certainly don't do this on a daily basis.

KRALLEN1 Posts: 257
3/28/13 12:36 P

I think that a shake diet would be helpful if you are trying to lose the weight quickly but if you want to keep that weight off, healthy eating habits need to be established in order to maintain the lower weight. Becoming healthy and losing weight is a learning process and I don't think shakes would help with developing good eating habits.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
3/28/13 11:26 A

I have a fruit and veggie smoothie every day for breakfast. I couldn't make do with two shakes for my breakfast and lunch meals, it wouldn't be satisfying enough. I know that I could easily maintain these smoothies for breakfast for the rest of my life. In fact, I want to. They are easy, delish, and help me get at least half of my fruit/veggie servings! I couldn't just have that for two meals though.

ANd like a PP said, you don't know what kind of weight these people dropped. You definitely want to lose it in a sustainable, healthy way!

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3/28/13 10:25 A


this isn't going to answer your specific question but here's my two cents....

Those people on the 'shake diet' might be losing weight but that's not the whole picture.

You have to keep in mind what the goal is here.
1) Lose a bigger ratio of fat as opposed to muscle.
2) Maintain without a big shift in eating style when you've reached your desired goal.

When choosing how you want to be healthier you need to look at the long term solution not just a number on the scale.

Can people incorporate shakes into their eating style? Sure, many people have smoothies as a meal or a snack.
Should it replace the majority of your meals? Probably not, unless you're under medical supervision.

Use the tools SparkPeople gives you and then you can make informed decisions when it comes to your goals. This isn't meant to be an easy road or even a short road. You'll be better off in the long term by learning what your body needs to be the healthiest 'you' possible.

Remember, you're worth the effort.

Edited by: STDWYNWEN at: 3/29/2013 (10:17)
SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
3/28/13 10:22 A

I enjoy food too much to do anything like that. It's not teaching healthy habits, portion control, or how to get the nutrients you need from food.

I drink a "shake" a few times a week as a snack pre/post workout, but it's not anything from a can or powder. I make my own with almond milk, 1/2 a frozen banana, and other fruits, depending on my mood. But as a meal- no way.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,772
3/28/13 9:26 A


Your best bet is to find a style of eating you can live with for the rest of your life. That's what makes this a permanent lifestyle change and not a "diet". Lots of diets can help you lose weight, but as soon as you start eating normally again, the weight comes right back. Those who lose weight and keep it off have developed a style of eating that is sustainable.

Just something to consider :)

Coach Jen

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3/28/13 9:18 A

I have a question and I apologize if I'm putting this in the wrong area or section.

I am wondering how safe is the shake diet? I have heard of people that they basically having nothing but veggie or fruit shakes and then have a meal for dinner. Is this safe? Is this sensible? Is this advisable?

One person started the diet in the first week of January and she weighed around 255 lbs and is now 236 lbs.

Any information would be wonderful.

Thank you

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