This is a topic that I am very passionate about, I really believe in the use and benefits of meal replacement shakes. Sadly…Many people don’t realize the true power of them and they are often marketed incorrectly. However I will endeavour to do my best and give you the knowledge you require to realize just how good these products can be.
A study in Georgia State University in 1997 concluded that individuals who partook in regularly daily exercise sessions, consumer well founded macronutrient balanced meals (40/30/30) every two the three hours with the assistance of meal replacement shakes within meals after a twelve week period had dropped a significant amount in body fat mass and these that an increase in muscle mass. The study also concluded that these individuals also experienced prolonged energy levels throughout the days without experiencing a “drop” in energy as such. While this is a very interesting and positive study to say the least, I do understand that many people are not able to have the time sometimes to be able to stop and prepare or consume a balanced meal between their breakfast, lunch and dinner, so that is where meal replacements can be intelligently utilized.
"Don’t skimp on money when it comes to meal replacements, they are beneficial and worth every dollar."
Clearly that study shows not only the benefits of consuming balanced meals frequently but the room for use of meal replacement products. Firstly the traditional sense of meal replacement is to use them to replace a selected meal of the day, now many ‘diet’ and ‘weight loss’ programs out there promote the use of eating a healthy breakfast, followed by two more meal replacement shakes which is one for lunch and then lastly one for dinner. Now the problem with this traditional program is that it is NOT viable long term, while it may give fantastic results in a short term basis, the problem is that once you stop their program as with most diets is that you will generally gain the weight back, and here in lies their repeat business. The phrase “Good for the goose, Good for the gander” comes to mine, except in this instance it’s not so good for the gander.
So I take that original idea and throw it in the bin. That’s right. So we will utilize them in a way that is entirely MORE beneficial for US and you will get so many more beneficial long term results. You will learn all about macronutrients, portioncontrol and sizes, good fats vs. bad fats, the list goes on.
The other thing that I love about meal replacements (the good ones) are that if you look at the added vitamins and minerals in each serving it is about 25%-45% of your RDI in some cases. Think about that for a moment, that means that if you have two shakes per day which is usually what is recommended you’ve essentially had 50%-90% of your RDI of 18-21 of your vitamins and minerals, most good shakes will have between 18 to 21 of your vitamins and minerals. This is where you’re sustained energy levels comes from. Added into that is the excellently high quality protein and complex carbohydrates as well. Most of these servings will also have a low sugar level and moderate fat (because you need some). I cannot speak highly enough about them and how good they are. They may be costly to some extent but if you live in the material world (money burns). Life is forever and the money you put into your gym training, nutrition, supplements and everything else is essentially an investment to the rest of your life. So don’t skimp on money when it comes to meal replacements, they are beneficial and worth every dollar. It’s not until people have real stock on how important that their health is that they can be happy with spending large amounts of money on gym memberships and supplements. I know I value my health. Do you?
Now that the guilt trips over! I’ll give you guys some ideas on excellent brands of meal replacements
- EAS (Myoplex) – comes in both individual sachets, RDI’s and Bars as well
- MetRx – comes in individual sachets
- Optimum Nutrition (Gold Meal Whey) – comes in individual sachets
These are in my opinion the best ones on the market. But do your own research and give meal replacements a try. You won’t be disappointed and I look forward to hearing your success stories.
Written by Adrian Ambrose