Meal Replacements. 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 endeavor to give you the knowledge you require to realize just how good these products can be.
Meal Replacement Studies
There was a study in Georgia State University in 1997 conducted on healthy individuals. These test subjects exercised daily and ate macronutrient balanced meals (40/30/30) every two the three hours. Additionally, they used meal replacement shakes. After twelve weeks the test subjects dropped a significant amount in body fat and added lean muscle.
The study also concluded that these individuals experienced prolonged energy levels with no “drop” during the day. This is a very interesting and positive study to say the least. I understand that many people do not have the time to prepare or consume balanced meals between breakfast, lunch and dinner. This 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.”
Meal Replacements – The Best Way To Use Them
Clearly, that study shows the benefits of consuming balanced meals frequently and the use of meal replacement products. First, 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 meal replacement shakes. One for lunch and then one for dinner. The problem with this traditional program is that it is NOT viable long-term. It may give fantastic results in the short term. However, the problem is that once you stop their program you will generally gain the weight back. This is the problem with most “diets” and herein lies their repeat business. The phrase “Good for the goose, good for the gander” comes to mind, except in this instance it’s not so good for the gander.
So I take that original idea and throw it in the bin. Yep, that’s right. So we will utilize our meal replacement shakes in a way that is beneficial for US. You will get significantly more beneficial long term results. You will learn all about macronutrients, portion control and sizes, good fats vs. bad fats, the list goes on.
There’s another thing that I love about (the good) meal replacements. 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. If you have the suggested two shakes per day, you’ve essentially had 50%-90% of your RDI of 18-21 vitamins and minerals. Most good shakes will have between 18 to 21 of your vitamins and minerals. This is where your 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. The money you invest in training, nutrition, and supplements is essentially a life investment. So don’t skimp on money when it comes to meal replacements, they are beneficial and worth every dollar. When you understand how important health is, you can be happy spending money on gym memberships and supplements. I know I value my health. Do you?
What Are The Best Meal Replacements!
Now that the guilt trip’s over! I’ll give you guys some ideas on excellent brands of meal replacements:
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