Meal replacement drinks were initially created for people that wanted to build muscle and reduce body fat. These drinks are usually high in protein, low in fat, low in sugars, and rich in vitamins and minerals. They also contain a reasonable amount of carbohydrates. For optimum fat burning and muscle building results, your meal replacement drink should contain anywhere between 250-300 calories, 34-45 gm of protein, 20-25 gm of carbohydrates and 2-4 gm of fat per serving.
Meal replacement drinks obtain their protein from whey and egg products which by nature, are ultimately absorbed into the body allowing a larger amount of protein to be used for functions such as tissue growth and quicker muscle repair.
Meal replacement drinks are also good for people that have bad eating habits. Drinking them can help them initiate better and healthier eating habits.
Benefits of Meal Replacement Drinks
So what are the benefits of meal replacement drinks?
- Quick and easy to make. They come in a powder form that can be mixed with either water, milk, or juice.
- Low in simple sugars.
- Low in cholesterol.
- Suppress appetite.
- Highly nutritious.
- The average cost of these drinks average to about $2 per serving.
However, it is very important to remember that you should not only be drinking meal replacement drinks. The best, and most nutritious way to use these drinks is by always eating a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meal replacement drinks should be used as “in between” meals and post workout meals. It is widely known that a person should be eating 5-6 meals throughout the day. Using them this way, you will receive the best nutritional value. Meal replacement meals should NEVER be the only meal a person is receiving. You should be substituting some meals, not all.
So now that you know a little bit on what meal replacement is, it is time to decide which meal replacement drink is right for you.
First, you have to determine your goal. Are you looking to lose weight or gain weight/build muscle?
If a person is looking to lose weight, a highly popular product is Myoplex Lite. One serving includes 190 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, and 2 grams of sugar. Lean Body for Her contains 30 grams of protein, 200 calories, and 1 gram of fat in each serving.
One product to stay away from…Ultra Slim Fast! This product is not only high in sugar but it promotes a low-calorie regime that is not good for your metabolism.
A person looking to gain weight should be looking for products that are high in protein. Thirty is ideal but over forty grams of protein is even better. Myoplex Deluxe contains 42 grams of protein, 300 calories, 25 grams of carbs, and 29 vitamins and minerals. For those who are serious about putting on the weight, Isopure is your answer. It contains an astounding 50 grams of protein, 25 grams of carbs, and 300 calories. Those who have tried it have said the taste is not the best, but not the worst. You decide.