Monday, May 19, 2014

My review of the Meal Replacement Shake Diet

When I had moved to Los Angeles nearly seven years ago, I was in my early twenties and my weight tended to stay in the range of 115 lb. to 120 lb. I was fortunate that I didn't have to think too much about what I was eating because I exercised daily and I was born with a tall, slim build. However, the metabolism of my early twenties did not prepare me to age. My habits of eating processed foods, dining out, and not caring about portion  control soon began to catch up with me. My bad eating habits compounded with me working in an office, writing in my spare time, and exercising less eventually led to me gaining fifteen pounds. I was fairly comfortable at my new weight of 135 lb., but then I was given good advice from someone who had experienced something similar to what I was going through. Like me, she had great metabolism in her early twenties, but after college, she slowly started to gain a few pounds every year until those few pounds became 30 lb. on her petite frame.  "Be careful about the "whatever" mentality," she advised. "Or one day you'll wake up and realize that those few pounds added up to something a lot more."

Even though she had given me something to think about, it was only until last winter when I saw a picture of me with chubbier cheeks did I finally decide to break out of my "whatever" mentality. I began to limit how often I ate out, and I was more careful about reading food labels. However, I was still having trouble controlling my portions and finding the time to prepare healthy meals  so I decided to try meal replacement shakes. I ate whatever I wanted for breakfast and dinner, but I stuck to replacing my lunch with a shake four days a week. I did this from January 2014 to March 2014, and I'm happy to report that I lost 15 lbs (about one pound a week). Below is a before and after how this change affected my face:

My before and after. This picture probably would be more
effective if I wore a bikini, but I was too embarrassed. Sorry.
I tried four meal replacement shakes, and my favorite was the Kellogg's Special K protein shakes. They taste like a milkshake, and they are good at room temperature or chilled. The bad thing about these shakes is that they have a lot of sugar, but I still prefer them because at least I enjoy drinking them daily.
My next favorite shake was the Nutrisystem shake. It actually was low in sugar, and it tasted good. However, from its packaging, it appears that it is intended to be more of a snack instead of an actual meal replacement so keep that in mind.

My third favorite is the Slim Fast shake. Like the Kelloggs' shakes, Slim Fast has a lot of sugar. However, it does taste like a milkshake so that helps. With all of these shakes, I tend to buy the chocolate flavors because I prefer those the most.

Lastly, I tried Muscle Milk's protein shakes, and these were my least favorite. The shakes should have been a solid choice because they had 20 grams of protein and less sugar than Special K and Slim Fast, but I hated their chalky taste. The shakes were very unpleasant, and I found that it was hard to finish a container. If you're looking for a low sugar option, grab a Nutrisystem.

PROS OF THE SHAKE DIET

  • Convenient
  • Inexpensive ($1.50-$2 a bottle)
  • Fast amount of weight loss (Some sites say you can lose weight even faster replacing two meals a day with a shake, but I don't recommend that. See the cons below.)
  • Has a balanced amount of nutrients
CONS OF THE SHAKE DIET
  • High amount of sugar in some brands
  • You're getting your nutrients from a processed food, not from real healthy food.
  • I had headaches and low energy the first month of my diet from the drastic cut of calories.
  • You lose weight, but you aren't teaching yourself long term habits. (I gained five pounds in two weeks after stopping the shake diet. I am now back on the shakes to retain my weight loss. That's something to think about…)

OVERALL:

Eating fresh healthy foods is always preferable, but if convenience is important to you, then the shake diet may be a good short term solution.

If you have any questions about my shake experience, let me know in the comments below. Also, if you have any long term dieting tips for people like me that crave convenience, please share below.

16 comments:

  1. My desire for sweets has been out of control lately. I may try the shake diet and see if it will satisfy those cravings.

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  2. I have friends who like making their own smoothies with fresh fruits & vegetables. I'm not one to go for a beverage instead of a meal, though.

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  9. Thanks for nice review. I am thinking about shake diet and i read a lot of info about it on http://weightlosstop.com and similar websites. I don't understand pros and cons of shakes about normal food. Normal food is healthier but more expensive and you need to cook it, even salad will take some time, that's bad.

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