It may seem like you are more in control when you eat at home, but you still have to be vigilant about what you’re eating. If you serve a dessert every night, or mindlessly snack in front of the TV, you’ll get a big shock when you step on the scale.
A meal replacement diet is convenient and all you have to do is purchase the replacement. The most popular product is shakes, but you may want to try meal replacement bars instead.
However, like everything else in life, a meal replacement plan has its benefits and drawbacks.
Quicker Weight Loss
Shakes usually contain 200 calories or less, so when you use them to replace a meal, you may save hundreds of calories. Instead of a burger and fries, or an omelet and toast breakfast, eat your replacement meal and watch the pounds disappear.
It’s More Convenient
Many diets advise you to eat plenty of vegetables or a nutritious salad, but who wants to waste time chopping up all those nutritious ingredients? Whether you choose the shakes or the bars, you just eat and go.
You Can Pack for a Work Lunch
When you’re working, you may only have a half-hour for lunch, and that is a mighty small time period to work with.
Instead of fighting the restaurant crowd, find a quiet spot and have your replacement meal.You won’t have to worry about being too sleepy in the afternoon like you would with a big lunch.
You’re Still Hungry
A replacement shake doesn’t take as long to digest as a regular food meal, so your brain doesn’t get the signal that you are full.
Slim-Fast™ has protein bars that contain 15 grams of protein and five grams of fiber that will keep you feeling full for up to four hours.
Best of all, the bars come in delicious flavors such as Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, or Chocolatey Crispy Cookie Dough.
You’re Eating Processed Ingredients That Are High in Sugar
Replacement meals have a lot of different ingredients, but many of these ingredients are ultra-processed and difficult to break down. There can also be as much as 20 grams of sugar per small bottle.
Experts from Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston weigh in on the idea of using a replacement meal. “Whole foods provide a much better balance of nutrients than meal replacements can… Plus, using real foods forces you to make choices that help you maintain weight loss in the long run.”
You’re Spending Too Much Money
Replacement meals are not cheap, and can send your budget into overdrive. Compare brands before you buy, and watch for sales that allow you to stock up. Shop at membership clubs such as Sam’s™ or Costco, ™ so you can purchase these products in bulk. One important thing to remember is that replacement meals are only a temporary fix, and eventually you will return to a normal diet.
In order to maintain your weight loss, you’re going to need to cut calories. It’s a good time to plan low-calorie meals that leave you satisfied but don’t break the calorie bank.