I think as long as you do it every once in awhile it's probably fine. In fact, I'm running out of food in my pantry today so I needed something with a lot of protein and fiber so I grabbed a 190 calories slim fast chocolate royale. I'm not a big proponent of these shakes but it's all I've got right now and it's better than eating chocolate.
I'll have a supplement (protein) shake after a tough workout, or if I feel like I need it here and there, but the "weight loss" or meal replacement type shakes usually backfire on me because they don't fill me up. I can have a shake as a snack, but I need to actually eat to feel satisfied. And, again, a "snack" shake would be different than a meal replacement one because I wouldn't want a meal's worth of calories in a snack. Now, on a busy morning, might I have a protein shake for breakfast, sure but I still don't always feel full.
There is a great deal of research showing the weight loss benefits of meal replacements. You are controlling your food intake. Just be sure you keep the rest of your food intake in control as well.
Do not use just fruit/veggie juice OR protein shakes as a meal replacment--you need the correct blend of protein, fat and carbs. So you are looking for a meal replacement drink like a slim fast, ensure, boost, glucerna, HMR shake, Glucerna, or similar store brand.
Hope this helps Dietitian Becky
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3,526 2/5/13 12:51 P
I am having a GNC Lean Shake for lunch today because I will be out and about and it is a better option than stopping at a fast food place.
I think weight loss or rather meal replacement shakes are ok to use once in a while when you are having one of those the alarm didn't go off, my hair dryer quit working and the cat puked on the floor type of mornings. They are also good to use when you will be out and about and need something to pack along.
I don't mind liquid meals, but juicing fresh fruits and veggies is MUCH more benficial to your health. All the enzymes and vitamins you get from just one glass of fresh juice is amazing! And it is more filling than you would think. I know juicers can be pricey, but I bought a used Champion juicer on craigslist for a decent price, and it is the best kitchen gadget I have ever purchased. Plus, if you have kids, you can make them fresh OJ or apple juice, and even throw in a carrot. Tastes great! I guess consistency is key, so if you can do shakes or juicing consistently, that's what matters. But I highly recommend juicing! I personally don't like all the processed ingredients in premade shakes. Good luck to you on your journey!
2/5/13 12:17 P
If you want to have a shake for "something different" or keep a few around handy for those mornings when you're on the run and need something super-fast, fine. It's not my thing (I don't like "shakes" or other liquid meal-replacement substances - at all), however if you enjoy the taste and they satisfy your hunger, well... why not.
However, I would caution you about expecting "results" from using shakes or any other "diet" preparation. Having a 300 calorie shake won't be any better or worse for your weight than a 300 calorie bowl of yogurt, fruit and grains, or a 300 calorie plate of scrambled eggs on an english muffin, or 300 calories of Cheerios and milk.
And I would emphasize that you should only use shakes if you ACTUALLY ENJOY them and ACTUALLY FEED FULL from them. If you are choking them down and then starving till lunch, you will end up feeling deprived, "punished by dieting," and it's just a big ole downward spiral from there!
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2/5/13 12:06 P
I know folks who love them for a quick breakfast on the run.
I'd rather chew my food than drink it. Eating actual solid food seems to satisfy my hunger much better and for a longer period of time.
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2/5/13 12:01 P
well I wanted to try something new so I started drinking some weight loss (a popular brand) shakes just to give me something different this week. I don't plan on using these shakes as a everyday tool but like them as a change. So........
What are your thoughts about weight loss shakes and have you had any results from them? Also what brand and flavor have you or do you like and why?
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