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Meal Replacement shakes

Postby cooran » Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:41 am

Hello all,

Has anyone had any experience with the Meal Replacement shakes?
Any hints for staying with them over a long term?
What are the pluses and what are the minuses?
I’m thinking of using meal replacements to lose a little weight before a family function next April.

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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby Ben » Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:14 am

Hi Chris,

The use of a high-protein weight-loss meal replacement should be part of a program that combines healthy eating and exercise. I would not use meal-replacement shakes indefinitely, nor would I replace all meals with meal-replacement shakes. If used wisely they can be an excellent short-term strategy.

The two that I have been using over the past few weeks (available via Woolworths & Coles supermarkets) is the Musashi (30g of protein per serve) and the Fatblaster which has the equivalent amount of protein. The criteria that I use to choose a product is 1. completeness of nutrients, 2. most protein per serve , and 3. least calorific value per serve. It also has to be palatable and the only way to know is to try it. The fatblaster is a weight-loss specific meal replacement and the Musashi is more specific to exercise/body building recovery. Having said that, my observation is the effects are essentially the same so long as the product you are using has a high protein low calorific ratio.

I've replaced two meals a day with shakes and have a healthy meal (either lunch or dinner) and enjoy one healthy meal a day. Incidentally, I have all but given up bread. I've also upped my physical exercise. The reduction of carbohydrates in my diet means that I am more tired - but its worth it. I haven't felt better in years and it appears to actually be working for me.
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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby cooran » Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:25 am

Thanks Ben! I've been considering Optifast and the TerryWhite shakes available here in Brisbane. They have the milkshake style and the soup style. Both recommend having up to two meals a day as shakes plus one meal of healthy vegetables and protein.

Will try to take the first steps this week and see how I go.

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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby Ben » Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:31 am

Chris,
I'll put you in touch with my nephew who lives in Brisbane and sells this stuff.
He might be able to give you some good advice.
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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby cooran » Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:37 am

Thanks Ben. :smile: Send me his contact details via email.

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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby DAWN » Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:49 am

I think that the best way to lose some weight it's just stop eating :roll:
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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:02 am

I know one person done this as a part of a fast to loose weight, over a two week period (If i remember the duration??) while at Amaravati. and I think he kept it up on observance days also?
I don't believe he had solid food of any description over this period but he wasn't exactly doing anything too strenuous, or energy consuming so it was probably ok for his circumstances.

let us know how it goes (I have 25Kg to sort out :cry: )

personally I prefer fasting but not practical unless on holiday having a lead up -> fast -> and cool down period of approximately equal lengths but it is unfortunately impractical to do. but do try to cleanse my system a little every few weeks. and would recommend that as part of any diet.
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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby Ben » Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:14 am

Hi Cittasanto,

Cittasanto wrote:I know one person done this as a part of a fast to loose weight, over a two week period (If i remember the duration??) while at Amaravati. and I think he kept it up on observance days also?
I don't believe he had solid food of any description over this period but he wasn't exactly doing anything too strenuous, or energy consuming so it was probably ok for his circumstances.

let us know how it goes (I have 25Kg to sort out :cry: )

personally I prefer fasting but not practical unless on holiday having a lead up -> fast -> and cool down period of approximately equal lengths but it is unfortunately impractical to do. but do try to cleanse my system a little every few weeks. and would recommend that as part of any diet.


Its pretty easy - whether one wants to up one's physical exercise or not. It should also make a good transition for those people wishing to adopt the practice of not eating after mid-day or only eating once a day. But like anything, if it becomes a focus for an obsession then its not healthy.
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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:40 am

Ben wrote:Its pretty easy - whether one wants to up one's physical exercise or not. It should also make a good transition for those people wishing to adopt the practice of not eating after mid-day or only eating once a day. But like anything, if it becomes a focus for an obsession then its not healthy.
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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby sattva » Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:06 am

I am just looking for some sort of protein powder to add to food that wouldn't be sweet. I am suppose to increase protein intake because my albumin level is low. I tried eating fish again and I just can't seem to do it. I am allergic to eggs and I am not suppose to eat much dairy. I am on a strict low-sodium, reduced potassium and phosphorous diet. I am on dialysis. Simple ideas for adding protein to my diet besides going on the sugar or the sugar substitute side of food and drinks would be appreciated. Quick and simple cooking ideas, or supplements that might lead to savory instead of sweet dishes is what I am hoping to find somewhere.

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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby Ben » Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:39 am

Hi Sattva,

There are heaps of whey-based protein powders on the market. Some are formulated for weight loss while others are formulated to assist in gaining muscle mass. Given your sensitivity to sodium, perhaps you should be takiing advice from your doctor or a nutritionist as to the best option for you.
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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby Justsit » Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:26 pm

Hi Sattva,
Plant Fusion is a pea-protein based powder, 22g protein per 30g serving. No soy, no whey,
no dairy, no gluten, hypoallergenic. Has all essential amino acids. Dissolves quickly in liquid, easy to digest, well absorbed.. Straight up, tastes kind of like powdered peas, but less so when mixed. I prefer the unflavored version, do a shake every day with 30g powder, a banana or other fruit, a dash of honey (you could skip this), and almond milk. For my weight, that's about half my daily protein need. Try different fruits or play with the recipe. You can also sprinkle or mix it in with other stuff, like on oatmeal, or in yogurt. Quick and easy - a bit expensive, my local co-op has 2lb jars for $40. Still, per gram of protein, not too costly, especially since it's a very high quality protein, and it lasts a long time. If you decide to try it and don't like it, I'd be happy to purchase what you don't use. It's a win-win!

ETA - I just tried looking on the website zip code search, it seems a bit difficult to find. If you have a problem, let me know, I can buy some locally here and mail it to you. :hug: :heart:
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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby jonno » Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:53 am

Hi lb, hope you're feeling better. I came across this site which has a list of savoury protien powder plus recipes .try googling ... Thefitwriter.wordpress.com savoury protien powder. Worth a try anyway. However I would heed bens advice and consult your doc or dietician.Love and prayers as always . BB
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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby Feathers » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:17 pm

For protein, can you stomach quorn? (assuming you have it where you are - it's in most UK supermarkets now). It's vegetarian, much lower fat than meat, easy to cook and make tasty, and a good source of protein.

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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby Buckwheat » Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:16 pm

Cooran,
I don't know if this will help, but here's my story. Several months back, I was attempting to maintain the precept to not eat after noon. I felt great while staying at a monastary for a week, but when I got home the practice had too many drawback (namely headaches that would not go away after trying many remedies). I have decided that I'm just not ready for the practice. But I recently started eating 3 light meals, breakfast ~6am, lunch ~11 am, and dinner ~3 pm, with nothing but water after dinner. I try to keep daily calories <2300 (I'm 6'2" and 190 lbs, so my allowance is higher than avg). Unfortunately, I have not been doing this every day, but when I do have success, I find myself feeling light and clear the next day. My biggest difficulty is that my roommates do not eat healthy and tend to offer me sweets and other treats in the evening.

My purpose of this post is to share that my "dinner" is capped with a table spoon of chia seeds. They are very high in fiber and other nutrients. Apparently, they form a gel in your stomach that slows digestion down to a crawl. They seem to work, I have been getting through the evening without much difficulty. Maybe it's something you can try as a way to stay "full" without a large amount of calories.

The chia seeds are neither delicious nor disgusting. My favorite thing is to simply dump the tablespoon into my mouth and wash them down with a large glass of water. I have also added them to yougurt, pudding, etc.
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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby Alex123 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:12 pm

cooran wrote:Hello all,
Has anyone had any experience with the Meal Replacement shakes?


I typically take whey protein shake after working out. I prefer to eat real food.

cooran wrote:Any hints for staying with them over a long term?


Real food is healthier and with real food you can avoid sugar, aspartame, and other similar additives for flavor.

cooran wrote:What are the pluses and what are the minuses?


Pluses: convenience, especially after workouts. Also if you don't have time to eat, meal-replacement-shakes can help if time is an issue.
Minus: What additives are used for taste?

cooran wrote:I’m thinking of using meal replacements to lose a little weight before a family function next April.


It is better to eat real food. Avoid sugars, processed foods, trans fats, bread. This is good start.
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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby sattva » Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:24 am

Thanks! I am checking out these links. Both the nephrologist and the nutritionist suggest I add more protein to my diet.
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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby cooran » Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:33 am

Hello all,

Thanks for all you posts in this thread - much food for thought.

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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby Kim OHara » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:49 am

One more for you, Chris: a friend of mine has a shake for breakfast each day and normal meals for the rest of the day, which she says helps her keep her weight under control and the routine isn't at all difficult to maintain. She reckons the coffee flavour is best.

Good luck :toast:

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Re: Meal Replacement shakes

Postby alan » Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:51 pm

Whey concentrate is the best. I use Jarrow brand.
Typically, I'll have a drink of that with some coconut oil, then go do some Yoga and run, then wait awhile before having breakfast.
I also use it after lifting weights.
Don't think of it as a meal replacement, however. You should be eating small meals every 3 hours or so, making sure to avoid all sugars and simple carbs like rice and bread. Make sure to include lots of veggies.

Best way to lose weight is to lift weights. More muscle, less fat. Good for you!

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