How To Start Using Meal Replacement Shakes For Healthy Weight Loss

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Meal replacement shakes are liquid meals that contain a certain level of vitamins and nutrients and are used to replace a normal meal.  They are usually lower in calories than a standard meal and allowing you could lose weight.  Replacement shakes are also lower in sugar and fat which add to not losing weight.  Other people use these shakes to replace a meal during the day because they are too busy to sit down to a meal.

Meal replacement shakes have become hugely popular over the past year, but depending on a particular shake there are mixed feelings about their nutritional value and ability to lose weight.  That said, here are some tips you might want to follow for the best results for losing weight with replacement shakes.

Replace Only One Meal A Day:

When starting off, you'd be wise to only replace one meal with a meal replacement shake.  Everyone is different and bodies react differently when first using replacement shakes.  You really shouldn't start off replacing two meals until you know how your body is going to react.  Some people have negative reactions such as headaches, fatigue, mood swings, or nausea to name a few.  So, start off slowly and see how your body reacts.

Healthy Meals:

When you incorporate meal replacement shakes in your diet, it does not mean you can turn around and eat poor quality foods as your regular meals.  The idea of losing weight means you must be consistent in what you eat for regular meals. If you want to successfully lose weight and then retain your weight loss, you must learn what to eat.  Meals are important because there are no shakes on the market that replace nutrients found in healthy food such as vegetables and fruits.  You need to know your food groups and what is healthy and what should be left alone.  Some replacement shakes also come with recipes and diet plans.

If You Snack, Make It A Healthy Choice:

That means stay away from the vending machine in your workplace!  If you come prepared with healthy snacks you don't have to worry about grabbing bad foods.  You should try to keep your snacks around 100 calories.  In other words, step away from the cookies!  Go online and get some good advice for healthy snacks and grab some recipes to make your own healthy snacks.

Make your own snacks using dried fruits, nuts, raisins and other good stuff.  Be careful about buying commercial “healthy snacks” until you have read the labels.  Many still are loaded with preservatives.  Go to a health food store and check out what's on the shelves.  Also, drink plenty of water during the day.  Water will help flush out toxins and will curb your appetite.

Replacing Two Meals A Day:

Though not recommended by many nutritionists, if you have not experienced any negative reactions to one meal replacement, try replacing two.  It can accelerate your weight loss but again, take it slowly.  If you decide to replace two meals with replacement shakes, add a side dish like vegetables or fruits to give you added nutrients you will lack from the shakes.

Have An Exercising Plan:

You will burn more calories and fat from your body if you exercise once a day.  You do not have to get into intensive training – just exercise.  Go for a fast walk, a bike ride, jogging, etc.  Not only is exercise good for losing weight, you will get in better shape and develop a healthier body!

Read The Labels On Replacement Shakes:

Not all shakes are created equal.  Some shakes are way too high in sugar for added flavor and very little nutritional value such as a healthy level of protein, vitamins, and minerals.  Some ingredients, especially sugar, will make you hungry in a very short period of time.

You want to find a shake that also has fiber; fiber is great for curbing your appetite and is good for your health.  It is recommended that women get approximately 25 grams of fiber and men around 38 grams.  Another great benefit for shakes that incorporate fiber, it will slow down your digestive system, helping you feel fuller for a longer period of time.

Your shake should have 120 calories or less in order to lose weight or maintain your weight.  Lower calories will give you room to add wonderful snacks like fruits, veggies, and nuts.  If you have decided to purchase a powder shake, add some fresh fruits to the blender to make your shake even more amazing.  You will also give your body great phytonutrients that only come from veggies and fruits.

Read reviews online and find shakes that most consumers prefer over others and why.  Also, you will discover which shakes have better flavor but are still low in sugar!

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