You also wanted to start your diet but it gets too tedious with all the calories and label-scrutinising. Now it is late and you are contemplating an alternative diet… Yes, weight loss drinks or liquid meal replacements are the lazy man’s (or rather woman’s) shortcut to a slimmer silhouette. Do they work? I shall touch on the pros and cons of such weight loss drinks and you can make a better decision for yourself.
Some people swear by weight loss drinks for the time saved and convenience offered. Unlike simply adding water to your shake, conventional diets usually require one to tediously count calories of almost every food item that goes into their mouths (yikes!), hunt around for the lowest-fat foods stated in recipes. What’s worst? Actually preparing the darn meal! Thus meal replacements are great when you simply have no time to prepare their meal or even eat! Think of your skipped breakfast this morning. So instead of going on an empty stomach, just grab a diet shake. Furthermore, studies have shown that people who have breakfast had better weight control than those who do not.
So how effective are these? Weight loss drinks are a sure winner for those who absolutely have to keep to their calorie count. This is because for conventional diets, it is not possible to keep in check the calorie count of each ingredient. Who knows the exact calorie count of the papapya or kueh you just ate right? Secondly, meal replacements do have their success stories. Studies have shown that weight loss drinks can lose you as much weight as conventional diets. Moreover, unlike the latter, the weight loss is lasting when participants continued replacing one meal with a shake for a year (Journal of the American Dietetic Association).
When you have your shakes may also make all the difference. As a good hearty breakfast is advocated to jumpstart your day, this may be the meal you would like to spend your calorie allotment on. Why not, since having good food will definitely perk one up and you will need the energy to last you through the day. Dinner is a good time to have your weight loss drinks as your metabolic rate slows down on the evening as it prepares for rest. Furthermore, you will not lose much calories bumming around in front of the house television, will you?
However, one main concern about weight loss drinks is that it lacks fibre and the whole spectrum of nutrients that comes from eating a variety of foods and of course! Having the same shake limits you to the same types of foods used in the shakes. Secondly, as stated above, users maintained their weight loss when they continued substituting at least one regular meal with a shake, that makes sense. However, if a dieter were to be so disciplined as to keep to her shake, I am sure her weight loss is attributed to her resolve than her shake. Lastly, unlike a conventional diet, one also does not need to choose foods wisely and count calorie. Not very helpful for a long term weight loss
Nonetheless, I personally feel that taking weight loss drinks is fine when you take it once in a while or you use it to replace only one meal a day. Also, keep in mind that weight loss methods are not a one-size-fits-all and you have to tweak then to your own needs