This week’s post is by Katleen Brown.
Weight loss is a journey that most people wish could be made easier. All those intense workouts and dieting are not most people’s cup of tea. That’s why you will find most people looking for shortcuts through this journey. Take for example weight loss pills. Most of them don’t work. We know that pretty well, but still we go ahead and purchase them. Reason being we want an easier way out of this problem (weight) and spend that little fortune hoping the pills will work for us, even though they haven’t worked for other people. But why are we doing this? The time we are using rushing from one diet plan to another, one pill/ supplement to the other, that’s the time we should be spending in the gym reducing that weight. That is the time we should be using to change our lifestyle. After all, it’s the reason we added that weight.
You may have come across this hype about weight loss shakes that is going around. The promise is that if you take these shakes, then you are going to lose weight in no time. Well here is the sad news. A survey by the Canstar Blue Research Company showed that 25% of people who took these shakes added more weight instead of losing. Does this mean the weight loss shakes don’t work? Is there something these people were (not) doing that resulted in the weight gain?
Weight Loss Shakes at a Glance
Weight loss shakes are different meals in liquid form, which should provide one with sufficient amounts nutrients regarding minerals, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats. They are in liquid form for easier digestion. You will get some filled with proteins, high in fiber or caffeine. The idea behind them is to provide you with enough energy and keep you fuller for longer. This way you do not take in too many calories and as a result, you lose weight. You can obtain them from the stores, or you can make them at home.
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Weight Loss Shakes As Morning Metabolism Boosters
Science will tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a bigger”, so the saying goes. It is true, and thus, you can’t take chances when it comes to what you eat during breakfast. Not unless you want to mess the rest of the day. Most people looking to lose weight will forego their usual morning meals for a weight loss shake. It will work in most cases for homemade shakes. For example, you can make a chia berry smoothie or a Vegan chocolate milkshake smoothie. With homemade shakes, you can be able to count the number of calories in them and also what nutrients they are offering. You can’t be able to do this with the commercial ones because you don’t even know what they contain. Also, you can’t compare the magic of real food with these shakes. Weight loss shakes will work greatly if used in place of your usual snack or a substitute for one the other two meals (breakfast excluded). It is because meals are better suited for morning metabolism than the shakes. If you take one of the shakes in place of a meal, you will decrease your calorie intake per day, and in the long term lose weight. It means that the weight loss shakes are great as a short term weight loss remedy, they won’t work in the long run.
Make Weight Loss Shakes Work for You
The reason the shakes won’t work is because most people tend to see them as quick fixes for weight loss. They want them to make magically them burn fat and build muscle. With such a mindset, they don’t even take into account the total calories they are getting from them and other meals. The result is weight gain. So what can you do to make these shakes work for you? Below are tips.
1. Stop the poor eating habits.
They are partly why you added weight. Eat more healthy foods and get rid of the junk foods. A high fiber diet, for example, will keep you fuller for longer and prevent you from taking in too many calories.
2. Consult a dietitian.
He/ she will give you a plan on how to take these shakes. According to diet and weight loss news, if you work with a dietitian, you are more likely to get better results than a person who takes the weight-loss shakes on their own. The reason being they may tend to forego meals for the shakes, and the result is a poor attitude towards meals and development of eating disorders.
3. A Get a lifestyle change program and stick to it
Making changes in your lifestyle will be necessary if you want to lose weight. Knowing why you want to lose weight will be a step towards achieving your goal. Exercise more, get a positive mindset and overall aim to develop a healthy lifestyle. The reason being that weight loss shakes work better when incorporated with other weight loss remedies. Alone, they won’t work.
4. Eat more proteins
Proteins have been shown to take more time to digest than carbohydrates. This way, they burn more calories and keep you fuller for longer.
Weight loss shakes are like super juices for weight loss; they won’t work unless you incorporate them with other weight loss remedies. When used in the morning, ensure that you can tell exactly how many nutrients and calories they contain to ensure your metabolism is given the boost it requires. Don’t forget to work with a dietitian who will walks with you throughout the journey. Above all, don’t take weight loss shakes as quick fixes for weight loss; they only work in the long run. They should be taken in line with other meals.
Katleen Brown is a health, beauty and fitness writer. She loves to publish her articles on various health related websites. In her spare time, she likes to do research to bring awareness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and outlook, she helps empower women to tune into their innate & inner wisdom to transform their health and truly flourish. Get in touch with her on G+, Pinterest and Twitter.