There are a few different types or categories of what can be classed as weight loss shakes.
If you have searched for, then found this article it will be because either:
- You are considering trying some kind of weight loss diet that incorporates diet drinks as meal replacements. Like an “all in one meal”.
- You are always looking for new ways to make healthy eating and drinking more fun and tasty.
If you are part of the first group then here is a warning…
Be very careful if you think that meal replacement shakes, bars or pills will contribute much towards long-term health and vitality.
Factory produced vitamins, and manufactured products are not, and should not be used as an alternative to healthy eating involving fresh whole foods. For many decades scientists have searched for “magic pills” in relation to nutrition.
The closest they have come is to create Chlorella or Spirulina tablets that are used by astronauts on space missions. Chlorella and Spirulina are actually whole foods, these pills are made from algae and simply dried and compressed in to tablet form. The reason for astronauts using them is related to the nutrient dense, bio-available profile of the algae.
The success and benefits of multivitamin pills are often questioned. Other than the fact that no health benefits have ever been officially approved, I know from personal experience that If I take multivitamins every day, I do not really notice any health benefit.
Compare this to a deep relaxing sleep, a fresh vegetable juice or a walk in the mountains. When you do healthy things you feel more alive and vibrant.
You can literally feel your cells becoming more energized.
Perhaps you have tried to take vitamins, whilst making no other changes to an unhealthy lifestyle, did you get more healthy?
So, the same logic applies to weight loss meal replacement drinks.
Realize that if you skip nutritious foods and just drink a processed shake, you need to make up for it at other times with plates full of fresh vegetables!
In fact, if you were to just eat and drink processed diet foods and weight loss drinks you will probably end up suffering from malnutrition which will lead to further medical problems.
You have been warned!
Weight loss shakes that are good for you
So, hopefully you are in the second group, who are looking for new ways to eat well, and live with health and vitality.
So, what can weight loss shakes do for your overall health and wellness goals? Shakes taste great, are a quick and easy way to consume plenty of nutrition. The basis of your weight loss shake ought to be fruits that are low sugar such as:
Or even better… Make your weight loss shakes by focusing on vegetables!
To make the shake more of a satisfying meal rather than a just a drink, and to stave off hunger pangs until the next meal time, some yoghurt or protein powder makes a lot of sense.
It makes sense to experiment a little until you get a great taste, but generally speaking, yoghurt or whey protein powder works well. These 2 ingredients are fairly universal when enhancing the taste, texture and nutritional value of a weight loss shake.
Other protein powders such as brown rice protein or egg powder should be experimented with in small amounts according to taste. The most important way of ensuring that your weight loss shake will help your weight loss efforts is by paying attention to the ingredients.
Some fruits are high in sugar so will scupper your weight loss efforts. Minimize or avoid:
- Dried fruit (raisins, dried apricots, prunes and figs).
Resist the temptation to add sugar, syrup or ice cream. Yes even a little.
Part of your weight loss efforts involves the reconditioning of your palate and taste preferences. If you are used to strong sugar or artificial sweeteners or flavors, then it will take a while for your palate to appreciate the delicate tastes of fruits and vegetables again.
Juices and shakes that contain ingredients that are healthy are the only ones that can legitimately be called weight loss shakes. But still persevere with eating more natural whole foods. One day, your body will have adjusted to eating healthy food, and drinking healthy food-like shakes, juices and drinks. The ugly over-processed artificial food and drinks that have too many nasty ingredients will taste like cheap perfume!