Weight loss shakes-- do they work?

Weight loss is a huge industry in the United States, and weight loss shakes can be a part of the solution.  Being a part of a society that offers almost unlimited access to all the rich, delicious, junky and addictive food you could ever want makes staying slim a very difficult proposition.  Many people in the US and worldwide in the developed nations of the world continue to pack on the pounds in what many healthcare workers and officials have called "the obesity epidemic."  It effects children as well as adults.  I heard recently that pretty soon 200 will be the new 120 for women!  Well, that would make me look better, but overall I would say that that would not be good for society at large, and of course, not good for the health of the individual.

Why have we put on so much weight as a nation?  Well, as I noted earlier, there is just so much food available to us at any given moment.  Our bodies were originally designed to survive food shortages, and the body's natural impulse when it sees yummy food, is to eat it!  But also it goes beyond our eating habits.  Our work habits have changed overall dramatically, requiring much less manual labor, and much more sitting and staring at a computer screen. 

So eating habits are even more critical to losing and/or maintaining a healthy weight, as we are moving farther and farther away from an active lifestyle.

Weight Loss Shakes
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Why are weight loss shakes a good solution?

Protein shakes for weight loss are a great solution for people with busy lifestyles who want to lose weight and increase their health.  It is well known that a diet high in, or at least with adequte amounts of protein, can increase satiety and fullness when dieting.  Some of the foods that are highest in protein are eggs, chicken, and beans.  The issue with those high-protein foods is that they all require cooking.

Enter the protein shake for weight loss.  These shakes are quick and have as much protein as meat or eggs, and can be made quickly and consumed on the go.  Many blenders are even to-go cups that don't even require one to pour the blended concoction into a separate glass!

Credit: medifast on amazon

1. Medifast

The Medifast meal replacement program is more than just shakes, such as soups, chips, puddings, bars, snack crackers, etc., but I wanted to mention it here because the shakes are quite good, and also you can add other products, such as soups etc, to your meal plan, which make losing even easier.   Or, you can just do the shakes which is the cheapest way to do medifast.

There are all sorts of flavors to the medifast shakes, and they also have hot beverages that have the same amount of protein like hot chocolate and cappucino.  I had good success with this program.  The only negative side to Medifast is that is is somewhat pricey, but sometimes you really do get what you pay for. 

2. Slim Fast

Ahhh, Slim Fast. An oldie but a goodie.  It is less expensive than some of the "new fangled" shake products out there, but it still works.  I think the #1 thing that Slim Fast has going for it is how readily available it is.  You can get it at Wal Mart, KMart, Target....you get the idea.  Usually you can save the most by getting it on Amazon, but it is nice to know that if you run out, you can run to most any store and replenish your supply. 

One other good thing about Slim Fast products is that, like Medifast, they now offer a variety of products.  In addition to the protein shakes, there are protein bars, snack bars and more. 

The downside of Slim Fast is that, on average, the products contain more sugar than other similar weight loss products.  If you have a sugar problem such as diabetes, this may not be the best overall option for you.

ViSalus Body By Vi Challenge Shape Kit, 48 meals, 10 mix-ins
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3. Body by Vi

Body by Vi is fairly new to the meal replacement scene, but it is very well known for it's reasonable price and good flavor.  The shake comes in one flavor- vanilla cake mix.  But you can buy many different mix-ins, in addition to there being tons of great recipes for mixing it up and adding nutritional value.

If you are interested in Body By Vi, please see my 2 other articles on the subject:

Top 10 Body By Vi Shake Recipes

Body By Vi- Why I love it!

Here is my favorite shake recipe that I invented 'cause I love peanut butter and bananas!

Peanut Butter Banana Fandango

2 scoops Body By Vi Shake Mix

1 small frozen banana, sliced

1-2 Tablespoons of peanut butter (or other nut butter)

1 cup Almond Milk (or skim milk, but I like to use Almond milk because it is lower in calories)


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4. Nature's Way Metabolic Reset

This shake is unique in the way that it combines fiber and whey protein to increase satiety and nutrition at the same time.  It can be used as a weigh loss supplement, nutritional supplement, or meal replacement. 

It is supposed to work by actually slowing the diegestion of carbohydrates, thus decreasing your appetite for consuming more carbohydrates.

Which one is right for you?

One suggestion I have for you is this:  Before you go buying a 5 pound jug of whatever, ask if you can have a sample, or buy a sample packet.  Even though it may be more expensive per ounce to try several different ones, you will save overall.  I have made some buying mistakes with protein shakes for weight loss and have ended up having to throw them away, which is so wasteful, but what can you do?  Some of them taste and work better than others.

I hopo you have enjoyed my review of these different weight loss shakes, and best of luck to you in your healthy endeavors!


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