Choosing The Right Weight Loss Shake

You can potentially lose up to several hundred pounds in a week by replacing your meals with powdered weight loss shakes, by reducing the total number of calories you consume. However, it pays to do some basic research on the different types of shakes available, as not all of them contain a lot of nutrition.

Nutritional Profile

A diet describing itself as ‘healthy’ and which replaces regular meals must contain the same balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and other essential nutrients that a well prepared and healthy meal contains. Because protein provides much better satiation than carbohydrates or fats, it is one of the most important ingredients in weight loss shakes and a healthy shake should contain between 10 and 20 grams of protein. You can get major benefits from the high nutrition content in such foods as brown rice, hemp, peas, soy and whey.

Vitamins, Minerals and Additives

Because they are typically mixtures of isolated nutrients and additives, weight loss shakes are usually described as dietary supplements and not whole foods. These supplemental drinks generally don’t have a high nutritional content although many of them do contain extra fiber, vitamins and minerals that can help with a healthy and balanced diet. However, obtaining those extra vitamins and minerals from other meals rather than from shakes is often recommended by doctors and nutrition experts.

Counting Calories

Any weight loss shake that you take to replace a meal must contain enough calories to keep you full for several hours and to prevent snacking. These weight loss shakes should contain the basic number of calories, which should not cross 200 calories and you should not realistically expect them to have the same number of calories as regular meals. Always check the calorie count when shopping for a shake to help you lose weight.