If you are struggling to lose weight and feel like your standard ‘diet’ isn’t working then you should look at some alternative options.
Many people find that restricting calories while eating solid food simply does not work for them. It is easier; and often more effective, to cut calories while using meal replacement shakes. They still fill you up, they contain the nutrients that you need to stay healthy, but they are also lower in calories than most solid foods.
The most well-known meal replacement shake is Slim Fast, but many people find that to be rather chalky tasting, and while it’s certainly easy to source, it might not be something that you’d enjoy drinking. Shakeology is another popular meal replacement shake that helps people to feel satisfied and can tide you over until meal time. It actually tastes great too, which is a huge bonus! They have a lot of flavors to choose from and the price of Shakeology is actually pretty reasonable was well when you consider that it’s replacing a full meal everyday!
Typically, a shake only contains around 200 calories, and there are a lot of different flavors to choose from. If you have a shake for breakfast and one for lunch then you can have a regular meal in the evenings and still be within your calorie allowance. Alternatively, you can have a regular meal at lunch time so that you don’t get hassle from your co-workers about your food choices. There’s plenty of flexibility, and it takes a bit of the stress out of counting calories.
Weight loss is something that will happen if you run a calorie deficit, and cutting out solid food for a couple of meals a day, and eating your usual portion for the remaining meal, is one way to reduce the number of calories that you take in. The one problem with this strategy is that you aren’t teaching yourself how to have a good relationship with food and you aren’t teaching yourself how to keep the weight off.
For long term good results, you need to eat at maintenance once you have lost the weight. This isn’t always easy. All too often, people lose a lot of weight when they use diet shakes, but then they gain it back when they return to their regular lifestyle. The best thing that you can do is try to learn how to count calories while you are using the shakes.
The good news is that if you do follow the shake plan for a sustained period you will find that your appetite decreases because you get used to eating less food, less often. This will help you to follow a sensible eating plan. It will still take some dedication, but it’s better than yo-yo dieting and gaining all the weight back.
Before you start a diet plan, be sure to talk to your doctor and get some advice about your general health. Don’t start intensive exercise or diet plans unless they give you the all-clear; especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. You should make sure that you are losing weight in a healthy and sustainable way so that it stays off.
Information from Maxed Out Glutes, maxedoutglutes.com