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If you are in a rush, on the go, or looking to lose weight, meal replacement shakes and protein shakes may be an option for you.
And if you are walking close by some very tempting restaurants or some amazing smelling street food, having a meal replacement shake or powder in your bag can help you resist that temptation!
Basically, meal replacement shakes are calorie-controlled, pre-packaged drinks, in ready-to-drink form or more often, as a powder that can be dissolved in water.
The idea is that these shakes take the place of a regular meal.
Shakes usually contain 250 or so calories per serving, and are fortified with vitamins or minerals.
The most important (and often the biggest challenge) is sticking to meal replacement plans, as well as the aforementioned healthy diet and exercise.
A helpful step is to build the plan yourself, so that it is tailored to your own needs, and share the plan with a friend, so you feel more inclined to stick to it.
When it comes to choosing a shake, look for ones that are high in protein, as well as other essential nutrients.
Some shakes are have differing levels of sugar content, so if weight loss is your aim, you will want to choose meal replacement shakes that have a lower sugar count.
It can often help to take a look at your own diet, when you might be using the shake (for example to replace breakfast, lunch or dinner) and consider which nutrients you might otherwise be missing out on.
If you are replacing breakfast, when you normally eat, say, eggs and oats, you will want a shake that is high in protein and fibre.
If you are replacing a meal which would otherwise contain lots of vegetables, you may wish to opt for a shake that contains vegetables or the types of vitamins that vegetables usually provide.
Be sure to only replace one or two meals or key daily snacks with a shake, and not all of them.
It is important to get the nutrients your body needs from a range of sources, rather than a single or a few food sources.
Meal replacement shakes come in a range of flavours, including chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, banana, salted caramel, vanilla cheesecake, and golden syrup.
We sell USN Diet Fuel Powder Chocolate for example.
This is high in fibre and protein, and contains nutrients such as boron and selenium.
It can be consumed by people who are lactose intolerant, and is a great go-to after or before a workout, when you are hungry but not wanting to lose what you have gained from exercising.
To prepare, add two rounded scoops (55 grams) to a cup of cold water or milk (or milk alternatives such as almond milk).
Mix thoroughly in a blender or shaker for 30 seconds and then enjoy.
Meal replacement shakes may well help with weight loss, as part of a calories controlled diet.
It is still important to retain a healthy diet, with regular exercise.
Some people use meal replacement shakes to kick start as well as help maintain weight loss.
Meal replacement shakes may provide some nutritional benefits simply because they have a better nutritional composition than fast or junk food.
For example, they typically have less saturated fat than most fast food restaurant items.
If you are in a situation where fast food would be your only other option, a meal replacement shake would be a better go-to.
It is true that when you are stressed, overworked, working and raising kids, and other tough life situations, finding time to prepare healthy meals frequently can be challenging.
These meal replacement shakes can help to reduce hunger, and reduce the number of calories consumed each day, which can in turn be part of a successful weight-loss routine.
Additionally, such shakes can provide some of the nutrients that people who are cutting back on calories or certain foods are missing out on.
Many shakes are also good sources of protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals.
Protein shakes, or protein-heavy meal replacement shakes can make you feel quite substantially full, and can help you shift the balance of your diet from carbs to more protein.
This in turn helps the body with building more muscle mass instead of storing extra or unused energy as fat.