Meal replacements - Yay or Nay ?

Monday, December 03, 2012

What are your experiences?
What are your opinions on meal replacements? Shakes, bars etc...

I usually have them: a chocolate or white chocolate protein bar to satisfy my cravings. It is around 210 cals and I have it with a fruit in the morning as breakfast. Thus my breakfast would be around 265 cals. (Btw: do you think this is too little?)

My problem is that it is so small and compact for so much calories even if my mind thinks I am eating chocolate. LOL
I can have oats and yogurt for the equivalent calories and it is normal food !!

But cravings cravings cravings hey...

Protein bars has stopped me from over-indulging many times before so it is still my go to choice.

My opinion:
- I do not think they are healthy for you mind
- You can get better nutrients from normal food

-They sometimes satisfy my cravings
-While satisfying my craving I stay within my calorie range
-They do taste good (most times)

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    There are pros and cons with most things. The problem I ran into was that I couldn't live with replacement drinks for my entire life so when I went back to real food I still couldn't figure out how to stay within my calorie range. That being said, many have found success. You just have to find what works for you.
    1965 days ago
    Thank you all for your contribution :)
    This really gives me better perspective on my meals.
    I do use whey protein to up my protein intake especially on work out days.
    I love real food, I think I am going to stick to that and only replace meal when I reallly have given it a good thought. Plus I need to keep practicing the balance thing when it comes to food.

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    1967 days ago
    Meal replacements are great. I agree there are lots of food products given that title. They become more popular because time is so precious for all of us (and the food industry knows that). I'd suggest using SP recipes for breakfast bars that are more wholesome, and smoothies. With our busy schedules, simple and healthy meal replacements can be ideal -- packed with all nutrients we need as well as a great way to get in all veggies/fruits we're suppose to eat. @PRAIRIE makes a good point that should be kept in mind when choosing, don't just look for the lowest calories, but a real meal replacement that way when you're not using a meal replacement you're still staying in a healthy calorie range.
    1968 days ago
    1968 days ago
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    I use protien shakes as a meal replacement to get 6 meals in a day while staying under my caloric range for the day.
    1968 days ago
    I say yay to real food! I keep a certain brand of protein shake around and use it as a supplement, not replacement, just so I can meet my protein needs daily. The bars, I've used in the past as a replacement for snacks but you're right. It's alot of calories for such a small amount of food. I say beat your cravings with the real thing. Eat a small amount of chocolate when you want chocolate!!! It can have fewer calories than the bars! emoticon
    1968 days ago
    Well I'm always firmly planted in the corner of real food. There's a lot of chemicals in those bars. Even the ones with organic ingredients still have preservatives. There's a really good book called "In Defense of Food" where the author refers to that processed stuff as "food like" as opposed to food. And the thing about food like substances is that they don't trigger that full feeling the way real food does. That's why we have a tendency to eat the whole bag of cookies or chips or whatever. He explains it a lot better than me obviously but I think you're always gonna be better off making the choice for real food.

    There's definitely been times when I was rushed and I made a smoothie and used that as a meal. But I don't make it from a pre packaged mix or anything. Anyway, that's just my opinion.

    What about a square of dark chocolate for cravings. I try to make it a thing where I use the chocolate as my reward for doing my workout. I still budget it into my calories but its like my little treat when I'm done.
    1968 days ago
    When I was younger, I lost 25 pounds, using a milkshake-type meal replacement,
    where I believe I was allowed to eat one meal per day, plus the two " milkshakes".
    I remember sneaking in a small bowl of cottage cheese, on occasion. I also recall
    that the weight seemed to be just coming off my face ! I'm not sure, but I do know
    one thing, for certain. The 25 pounds came back, once I returned to regular eating !
    1968 days ago
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