A meal replacement is a drink, bar or soup intended as a substitute for a solid food meal, usually with a controlled number of calories and nutrients. Medically prescribed meal replacements also include the required vitamins and minerals.
Why do meal replacements work?
Meal replacements are healthy, convenient, portable, and help you resist the temptation to indulge in unhealthy foods. Weight loss and strength training programs often involve meal prep, which can be a time consuming, difficult hurdle to overcome. Meal replacements are an easy one-handed drink you can enjoy on the go and they’re significantly healthier than sugar-rich fast or processed foods.
Reaching for a healthy meal replacement instead of a prepackaged snack or drive-thru meal can help you take a big leap toward your weight loss goal.
Which meal replacements should I buy?
Meal replacement products vary greatly with regard to the type of nutrition they provide, so there isn’t a one size fits all solution. Depending on your weight and health goals, you may want a product with more or less carbohydrates, biotin, vitamin D or calories. Here are a few things to consider when deciding to use meal replacements to suit your particular needs:
- Weight loss
Look for choices with a solid amount of calories and macronutrients, something that won’t leave you hungry. There are a lot of delicious options that are also great for digestive health.
- Women’s weight loss
Premenopausal women may see a slowing down of transit in their gut, leaving them more susceptible to constipation and bloating. Try a nutritious meal replacement that is satiating—and has digestive enzymes to help with nutrient absorption.
- Weight gain
For those needing to add weight, look for a product that is high in protein. Whey protein is one of the most crucial protein supplements for gaining muscle mass.
If your weight loss program involves ketosis, look for a low-carb meal replacement product that promotes maximum fat burning.
Look for a nutritious, low-calorie shake with an athlete-friendly 1:3 ratio of protein to carbs.
All that being said, the best way to lose weight and keep it off is to follow a medically supervised weight loss program. Specifically, a meal replacement program that satisfies all your nutritional needs during the weight loss phase.
The Hernried Center for Medical Weight Loss offers very different meal replacements than what you might find in a store. Typical meal replacements are used to supplement a regular diet, whereas our New Direction products meet 100% of the nutritional requirements you need to thrive.
For safe, effective meal replacements that can transition your body into a state of ketosis for fast, effective weight loss without hunger contact The Hernried Center for Medical Weight Loss at 800-815-4881.