Unfortunately, in this day and age everyone is so busy and there just never seems to be enough time to accomplish everything, let alone take the time to eat properly.
It’s so much easier for people to look for a good meal replacement substitute as long as it’s only once in a while. A healthy, nutritional meal replacement should provide ingredients that are beneficial to your body, will cut your appetite, and help you continue to lose a few pounds.
You might be wondering what the big deal is considering replacement substitutes are much better for you than hitting the fast food vendor around the corner. That is not necessarily the case! There are many replacement shakes and candy bars that are loaded with sugar and are high in caloric intake. It can be very confusing when consumers are trying to sift through the mountain of replacement shakes and bars to come up with something healthy.
Labeling doesn’t help out at all! Manufacturers load on the hype making health claims that are unsubstantiated or just bunk! So, how do you get through the jargon and actually select a shake or candy bar that will help you lose weight or what’s good for workout endurance?
Initially, nutrition bars and shakes were targeting workout enthusiasts looking for added fuel to get through high-intensity programs. Today, the market is loaded with nutritional replacement shakes and bars for everything from weight loss to all forms of exercise. Marketers also target the general public who are on the run and never have the time to sit down to a healthy meal.
Health food stores, supermarkets, gyms, and everywhere else have shelves loaded down with nutritional meal replacement shakes and candy bars. How are you supposed to know what is the real deal and what’s really bad for your overall health?
The best way to make a good choice is reading the ingredients on the label and compare one to another. You should be able to find a meal replacement that doesn’t include ingredients that would take a degree in chemistry to understand. A good nutrient should provide carbohydrates, low levels of sugar, some healthy fat, and protein.
Look for the following information on the nutrient’s label:
- 220 to 230 calories per serving.
- 5 grams or less fat
- 10 to 15 grams of protein per serving
- 3 to 5 grams of fiber per serving
- One-third of the recommended daily requirement of vitamins and minerals
If you need more fiber in your diet, add some vegetables, fresh fruit, or vegetable juice.
Keep in mind, nutritional bars and shakes can add up in cost, they are not cheap. No matter what manufacturers claim, there are no meal replacements on the market that provide the nutritional value of a healthy meal.
You can save money by choosing food alternatives that are a great deal less expensive and do not include some ingredients that might be bad for your health:
- Peanut Butter
- Granola Bars
- 100% Fruit Juice
These choice and many others will provide the energy boost you are looking for or curb your appetite for a successful weight loss.
Nutritionists advise you only use a replacement meal once or twice a week. Long-term use is not advised and can lead to health issues. When possible, you are better off having soup or a salad instead of these meal replacements. They are fine if you are on the run and need something quickly but should not be a daily part of your nutritional life.