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Best Meal Replacement Shakes

Meal Replacement Shakes for Weight Loss

Meal replacement shakes are shakes that are high in protein as well as other vitamins and minerals. Many people drink these before, during or after strength training workouts. And many more people use them to lose weight. They can be used as the replacement for a meal or as a healthy snack to help avoid eating unhealthy foods that can be high in calories. There many brands of these shakes available. Some are better than others. Find out more below.

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Guide to Choosing the Best Meal Replacement Shake for You

Meal replacement shakes have been around much longer than many people realize. Metrecal was one of the earliest incarnations in the 1960s and came in the form of a powder containing skim milk, soybean, and various vitamins and minerals. Highly criticized for its awful taste, Metrecal was still very popular amongst housewives and did not disappear from the market until it was replaced in popularity by SlimFast in the mid 1970s. After many years, countless celebrity endorsements and multiple different versions, meal replacement shakes still remain one of the most popular forms of dietary supplements even today.

When choosing the meal replacement shake that's right for you, consider the following:

- Whether you're looking to lose weight or just looking for a healthy meal replacement.

- Whether the shake has a good balance of protein, vitamins, and carbohydrates.

- Whether it can be combined with milk or juice.

- Whether it has sugars or trans fats.

- Whether it's high enough in calories to keep you satisfied so you won't want to snack.

Here is a list of the best meal replacement shakes on the market:

1. SlimFast

This brand has been around for decades and many swear by it. Nowadays Slimfast offers two different types of their famous weight loss shake: ready-to-drink shakes, which come in plastic bottles and is essentially the shake mix already combined with skim milk; and their classic shake powder mix, which can be mixed with water, milk, or anything one desires. The shakes come in various flavors and are suggested to replace breakfast and lunch.

2. Wonder Slim Diet Plan

Manufactured by Diet Direct, this brand of protein-rich diet shakes, nutritious smoothies and delicious, vitamin-enriched fruit drinks.protein. These diet shakes, smoothies and drinks provide balanced nutrition for maximum fat-reduction and weight loss. Wonder Slim shakes can be purchased in boxes of seven packets or as part of a complete weight loss diet plan. A lean and healthy meal should be eaten once a day in addition to following the Wonder Slim Diet Plan.

3. Met-Rx

Meal replacement shakes don't always have to be about weight loss and Met-Rx is the perfect example of protein powder designed to enhance your workout routine by aiding in the development of lean muscle. As with other shakes, this comes in either powder form or shakes that are pre-mixed and ready to drink. Pre-packaged shakes come in fun flavors such as: berry; cake batter; chocolate peanut butter; and original vanilla.

4. Ultramet Lite Meal Replacement

Ultramet is made by Champion Nutrition and comes in chocolate and vanilla powder, which is sold by the canister and in packets. The powder is intended to be mixed in a blender with 12 ounces of water, and is recommended to be drank twice a day. Shakes contain the usual dietary supplemental ingredients of protein powders, vitamins, and minerals, but unlike other shakes, Ultramet also contains a fat burner and mood booster.

5. Optifast

Unlike other meal replacements, Optifast is a medically prescribed weight loss program. Patients are put on a diet of mainly Optifast shakes and are personally counseled and monitored in order to ensure proper usage in order to maximize benefits. According to their website, persons using Optifast lose an average of 50 pounds.

As is the case with any dietary supplement, one should consult a doctor before beginning a meal replacement regiment.

The Wonder Slim Diet Plan is a program that allows you to select breakfasts, lunches, snacks and desserts. The program can be purchased in 2, 4, 8 and 12 week packages. There are no calories to count and you will be eating every 2-3 hours. This will allow you to avoid being hungry. The plan is designed to allow 1000-1200 calories a day for a woman and 1500-1700 calories a day for a man.

This plan not only includes the breakfasts, lunches, snacks and desserts, but it also includes a daily meal plan, lifestyle guide, maintenance plan, food diary and food shopping list. The life style guide includes exercise information, behavior modification techniques and a maintenance plan for long-term success.

This weight loss plan has great reviews and many success testimonials from people that have lost weight on the plan. The plan is versatile and gives you a number of options for the foods that you can choose. It is important to realize that eating is just part of losing weight and keeping it off.

 Last updated on January 4, 2013

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Essentially Ind 22 months ago

Nice information.............:)n Useful for healthy life.

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BandarF 21 months ago

Great Info and always there are options to compensate what you missed in the main meals!

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rosha-edy 20 months ago

Great lens . It is the first time to hear about that.Good work.

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WindyWintersHubs 20 months ago from Vancouver Island, BC

I have tried Slimfast in the past. Thanks for review of these other products. Blessed!

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gina1209 16 months ago

I'm currently on Optifast and love it (I'm on a doctor supervised program). I've lost 68 pounds in 18 weeks! The bars and shakes are really good. I love the soups too - I just have to add some seasonings.

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