Diet Shakes: The Simplest Way to Diet
Diet shakes and other meal replacements are a bonus when you lack the time or motivation to shop for and prepare balanced meals. They also help when you just don’t want to think too hard about what to eat to lose weight.
If you are consistently missing a certain meal, such as breakfast, then a meal replacement shake is better than nothing. That’s because studies show eating breakfast fosters long-term weight control.
“Dinner is where people who use meal replacement shakes can get into trouble,” Nonas says. That’s because many people eat at night to relieve tension from the day. Going overboard at dinner (and after) can effectively wipe out the calorie deficits that contribute to weight loss.
Eat more at breakfast and lunch and choose a diet shake for dinner instead of a full meal, always working within your calorie allowance.
How Long Can You Last on Diet Shakes?
Let’s say you’re losing a safe amount of weight with two diet shakes, two snacks, and a modest dinner every day. How long can you stay on this eating plan? Nonas says many people use the beverages for the bulk of their meals for about three months, then maintain their weight loss for years by substituting a meal replacement shake for one meal on most days.
Research bears that out. In a Journal of the American Dietetic Association study published in 2001, women who lost weight on a reduced-calorie plan that included meal replacement beverages maintained their losses after a year by drinking at least one diet shake a day in place of a regular meal. Their counterparts in the study, who lost weight on a conventional low-fat diet that did not use meal replacement beverages, regained most of their initial weight.
The Bottom Line on Diet Shakes
Diet shakes are not the magic bullet in the battle of the bulge. Used judiciously, they can help you get started on weight loss or help you maintain a healthier weight. “To lose weight or even to eat well while maintaining a healthy weight, you must be a vigilante and defend against the many temptations out there. Meal replacement shakes are easy, but they are also a lot healthier than most other choices you could make,” Nonas says.
If you look at the ingredients of the Manna Low GI Shakes, you will realize that they can be rated as some of the best meal replacement shakes on the market.
For effective and healthy weight loss, we recommend that you replace your evening meal with a Manna Low GI Shake and maybe a fruit.
Follow the Manna Diet for the rest of the day.