One of the most challenging aspects of dieting is finding time to prepare, pack and cook healthy meals. We’ve all been there—running behind schedule with no time to eat breakfast or prepare a healthy lunch to bring to work, or getting home late and having no energy to cook dinner.
For those moments, a meal replacement shake or bar is a satisfying, nutrient-filled alternative that won’t interfere with your diet plan and requires zero prep time. The best part is, when used wisely and as intended, meal replacements can optimize the results of your weight loss efforts.1
PROVEN TO WORK
It’s hard to argue with science. Some research has shown that dieters who incorporate one or two vitamin/mineral-fortified meal replacements into their weight management program may see additional results after both a three-month check-in and a one-year check-in, compared with those who follow a normal, reduced-calorie diet.
NOT ALL MEAL REPLACEMENTS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Those that are high in dietary fiber, low in sugar and contain approximately 25 grams of protein and fewer than 200 calories are ideal for attaining your goals. They help you feel satiated and allow you to meet almost half of your daily protein needs without racking up your calorie count. For added health benefits, look for products that are fortified with at least one-third of your daily recommended vitamin and mineral requirements.
VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE
With the wide array of meal replacement options out there—from shakes and bars of every flavor to various vegan products—it’s easy to find one that works for you. Perhaps a chocolate shake will save you when you’re craving dessert for dinner, or maybe a peanut butter bar for breakfast will keep you from giving in to that tempting plate of cookies on the reception desk at work. Regardless of what constitutes the weight management chink in your personal armor, you have plenty of choices when it comes to making smart substitutions.