Why are meal replacements so popular?
The most common reason people use meal replacement shakes and bars for weight loss is because they are:
- Simple and easy to use
- Effortless – no planning required
- Relatively inexpensive
- Available in a range of flavour options for variety
- Effective (more on this later)
Basically, meal replacements are so popular because they are simple, require little or no thought or effort and are easy to use compared to following a calorie controlled diet and exercising.
Do Meal Replacements Work?
Diet shakes are called meal replacements by nutritionists and weight-loss experts because, in theory, drinking one shake is intended to replace one whole meal.
According to a scientific study led by Steven Heymsfield, MD from Columbia University, they do. Heymsfield and colleagues pooled data from six separate studies of different types of meal replacements and found that the overall weight loss for the 249 people on meal replacements was greater than for the 238 people in the comparison groups who followed low-calorie diets.
One study with United States Army volunteers found that soldiers started on a meal replacement program, when added to education based weight management, had greater weight loss over a 6 month period. However, only 59% of the volunteers in this study continued with the diet for the study period.
Another study also found that meal replacements resulted in more pounds shed than a food-based diet. The study involved 90 obese men and women who were randomized to either a meal replacement program, which included 3-5 meal replacements plus one meal daily, or a 1,000 kcal/daily food diet. Researchers found that rate of weight loss was greater in the group who were on meal replacements (93%) compared to the group on the food-based diet (55%) after 16 weeks. However, many people in the study dropped the diet and only the people that continued the diet were counted.
Weight loss on paper is very easy. You really only need to eat 500 fewer calories every day to lose a ½Kg a week. The trick is that weight loss in the real world, with busy schedules and abundant food choices, is hard.
Meal replacements work on the premise that few of us know how many calories we eat each day. Packaged foods may list calorie content but most meals we eat don’t. Many of our meals may reach 700-800 calories without us realizing it. Three meals a day at 750 calories each equals 2250 calories. An average woman needs only about 1,800- 2,200 calories per day. The average man requires about 2,000-2,500 calories per day.
If you add snacks and the occasional sweets, not to mention alcohol or other calorie beverages like soda, most of us consume far more calories than we need.
Replacing one or two meals per day with a known quantity of calories will necessarily reduce the number of calories you consume. In other words, instead of eating a meal that might have 750 calories, you drink a shake with 250 calories then you will have reduced the usual number of calories you take by 500. Doing that every day for a week and you will lose weight as long as nothing else changes.
The Manna Low GI Shakes
You have to search far to beat the quality ingredients and nutrition found in the Manna Low GI Shakes.
This is by far the most natural shake on the market and can be used with milk or water.
What do our customers say about the Manna Low GI shakes:
“I’ve been using the Manna Low GI shake for 4 days and I can’t believe how it has helped my craving for sweet stuff. I use it as a meal-replacement shake for breakfast and lunch and I don’t feel hungry during the day, but I also don’t feel starved either. Thanks for a great product.”
“I decided to join our ‘Skinny Club’ at school in October. The incentive was a money prize. We are 13 teachers in the club and I must say it was fun to lose weight with people who wanted to shed some kilos. The club didn’t give us a diet plan to work from so I surfed the net until I came across your web site. I liked the menu plan and I bought the blood sugar support tablets and the low GI shake. Well, I am 7.1kg’s lighter and I won the prize money. I still have a long way to go as I want to lose another 10 kg’s. I have stuck to your menu plan and exercising definitely helps. I look forward to your newsletters which are very helpful. Thank you.”
“I just love the Manna Shake and has so far in one week lost 3 kilo’s. If only I had known of the Manna products earlier I would or should not have wasted money on all the other products I had attempted to loose weight on. Delicious and thanks for the blood sugar support for keeping the sugar cravings at bay.”
“I have tried other meal replacement shakes, but they have all left me starving within and hour, but the Manna Shakes are the best I’ve tried. I’m not hungry, no cravings and I am satisfied for up to 5 hours. This is a great product.