Weight Loss Shakes and Supplements

Meal replacements and weight loss shakes: What is the difference and how do they work?

Weight loss shakes and meal replacement products are essentially the same, they have both been designed to help you to lose weight and reach your weight loss goals by lowering the amount of calories that you consume throughout the day.

How does a meal replacement diet work?

Meal replacement bars, shakes or soups are all designed to be low calorie alternatives to meals, so the diet is based on limiting the number of calories you consume. Meal replacements come in different forms, you might prefer to drink a sweet tasting milkshake made with powder or eat a chocolate flavoured bar instead. The aim is for you to replace high calorie meals or snack that you might eat with a low calorie alternative that is nutritionally balanced. By replacing your meals with bars or shakes you will consume fewer calories and so lose weight.

Are meal replacement shakes good for weight loss?

Diet shakes and meal replacement products can be used by overweight people who wish to lose weight, and they can be effective at helping some people lose weight and keep it off*. However the meals you do eat when on these low calorie plans should be rich in nutrients so that your body receives the things it needs to function properly.

Meal replacement items must be used in accordance with the manufacturing instructions; it is also a good idea to discuss your weight loss plans with your GP before you embark on a calorie controlled diet. As low calories diets that rely on meal replacements do have potential risks, which can include kidney damage and malnutrition.

Meal replacement shakes, bars and soups are not a long term solution, and once the plan ends you could put the weight back on and return to your former eating habits. Gradual weight loss and lifestyle changes are recommended so that you can change your habits for the long term.

What is the best weight loss shake?

There are a variety of weight loss shakes on the market, and the best diet shake for you will be based on whether you like the taste, thickness or results that the shake gives you – it all personal preference. There are numerous brands including, Slimfast, Celebrity Slim and XLS Medical that offer meal replacement shakes for weight loss. Each product promotes a safe and healthy way to lose weight if you follow the instructions and only use the diet shakes for as long as you need. The best diet shakes are accompanied by weight loss plans and advice which help you to replace one or two of your main meals with a shake, while making sure that you eat one nutritionally balanced meal a day.

Sources

*www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/top-diets-review

www.nhs.uk/news/obesity/crash-diets-work-best-claim-misguided

No, it is not recommended that you consume only weight loss shakes; this can lead to health problems and malnutrition.

Losing weight by using meal replacement products can make you feel constantly hungry and low on energy, while your body adjusts top the decreased amount of calories. The change in diet and amount of calories you consume can lead to headaches, dizziness and diarrhoea. Before starting any diet plan it is best to consult your GP.

Yes you can, however if during exercise if you start to feel sick, weak or dizzy stop exercising immediately.