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.
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
- 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…)
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.