The science behind meal replacements
What is meal replacement?
Well, it is exactly what it sounds like! A meal replacement is a substitute for a solid food meal.
It can be in the forms of a drink, bar, soup and etc. People consume meal replacement for different reasons such as to lose weight or simply because they are too busy.
But, is it healthy?
Generally, meal replacements contain fiber, carbohydrates, and other nutrients per serving. However, be careful with your choice because it can contain some serious hidden calories and sugar. Also, no meal replacement can replace an actual meal no matter what it promises!
Can meal replacement help you lose weight?
Yes and No. To lose weight, you have to eat less than what you burn. It is as simple as that. No amount of meal replacement can make you slimmer or thinner if you fail to reduce your calorie intake.
Some studies have proved that replacing one or two meals per day with meal replacements can help promote weight loss provided you are able to control your overall calorie intake and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Also, do note that the human body doesn’t treat liquid calories the same as calories from real food. Meal replacement won’t satisfy you like the calories from an actual meal will.
Meal replacement advantages
- Perfect for ‘on-the-go’
- Contain necessary vitamins and minerals that your traditional diets may be lacking
- Contains fewer calories than regular meals
- May help you avoid unhealthy meals
Meal replacement disadvantages
- May contain unhealthy ingredients
- Doesn’t fix your bad eating habits
- Not a long-term solution
Whatever your reason for consuming meal replacement, real food is still the best option!
Real food options
If you’re still not convinced with meal replacements, here’s a list of food you can consume that will make you full quickly and satiated for longer periods.
- 100% fruit juice (squeeze-them-yourself)
- Low-fat cheese
- Whole wheat bagels
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