I’m sure you’ve heard all sorts of things both good AND bad about meal replacement shakes.
As with anything else, everyone has an opinion… everyone has a theory… everyone has an agenda.
Realizing that both arguments can have their valid points, I want to weigh in on this discussion as well and possibly give you some things to consider that others may NOT have pointed out.
So, to answer your question…
Are Meal Replacement Shakes Good For You?
It really all depends.
On a number of things such as:
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1. The ingredients in the meal replacement shakes.
If you already have a meal replacement shake in your possession; turn the box, can, or bottle around and take a quick look over the ingredients list.
Are the ingredients, at least for the most part, wholesome or does it contain a bunch of sugar and chemicals that you can’t pronounce?
Also, take a look at the nutritional value. The MAIN thing you want to look out for is the sugar content.
If your shake is high in sugar, as in higher than it is in protein or fat or… if it’s higher than 2-4 grams per serving; then it will be counter productive if your intention is to lose weight.
2. Whether or not any of the ingredients disagree with you
If you have intolerances to things like milk, soy, wheat, etc. and the meal replacement shakes you drink (or are looking into buying) have any of those ingredients; it stands to reason they wouldn’t be good for you, would they?
So be sure that if you are sensitive to soy, that you get a soy-free shake… wheat, a gluten-free shake… dairy, a dairy-free/whey-free shake.
3. How you USE the shakes
Unfortunately, some people abuse meal replacement shakes by replacing MORE than the typically-recommended two; which could possibly make them cause more harm than good.
I mean, if you HAVE to be on a liquid diet for some reason (dental or health issues) it’s best to check with your health care practitioner if you want to drink MORE than 2 shakes per day.
Otherwise, if you are strictly using them for weight loss (or maintenance of your current weight) and have no other health challenges, then stick to only 1 or 2 per day.
So, while meal replacement shakes have definitely been given a bum steer…
They can and have helped many people in various ways… some of which has NOTHING to do with weight loss.
I know that for me, personally; I drink them when I want a quick, yet healthy breakfast but don’t want anything heavy or if I don’t feel like cooking or when nothing else sounds appealing and it usually hits the spot!
I’ve also had success shedding a few pounds with them when used to replace breakfast and dinner.
Thankfully, the one I drink is one of the healthier ones out there and it provides me with 500 mg of calcium and 21 grams of (plant-based) protein and a lot of other good stuff.
If you’re interested in the shake I personally drink that tastes great, keeps you full for 3-4 hours, and is based on one of the healthiest ‘diets’ in the world…