Are you tired of all the sales-driven recommendations for diet shakes that leave your head spinning every time you enter the grocery store? Stories which are neither here nor there from supposed consumers only fanning into flame your fear of bulking up as a result of poor choices.
After much deliberation, l came to the conclusion that the time is now or never, and l went into investigative mode to find out the facts. I must say visits to the store are less headachy (that is if the word exists), and they can be for you as well.
We all know that a good diet shake should:
This is why diet shakes are actually good for you:
· They sustain lean muscle
· They curb appetite
· They support weight loss and a higher metabolism
· They keep blood sugar levels stable
· They help to maintain a healthy immune system
I know, it sounds too good to be true, but you’ll never know until you try, right? Anyway, the hard part is yet to come, and l dare to say that it is where you must exercise keenness. And this is in the area of Ingredients, as they are responsible for the final outcome of any product and shakes are no exception.
Compounds in the ingredients list that you must avoid:
If your body flares up whenever you eat gluten, then stay clear of a shake that suggests the existence of such in its label list. When it’s all said and done, you may end up doing more harm than good to yourself. Go for one that has no visible or hidden forms of gluten. Even when not included, find out if the company processes gluten products within the same factory as cross-contamination is likely. Possible effects include inflammation, hormonal imbalances, skin conditions and leaky gut syndrome, among others.
2. A limited or excess amount of calories
The calorie intake is dependent on your target. Getting too little calories might not help to control hunger as you might end up eating more to fill up the deficit. On the other hand, high calories might work against a diet plan that requires less calorie intake per day.
3. Artificial sweeteners, hormones and everything else in the faux category
I know tasty food items make for palatable drinks, and sugar and sweeteners are famous for spiking blood sugar levels, to create what is commonly referred to as sugar rush. The consequences of high sugar intake may include: weight gain, insatiable cravings for food, type 2 Diabetes, depression, gastric distress and much more.
These are some of the names you are likely to see: NutraSweet, sucralose, fructose, saccharin or aspartame.
Artificial hormones can be introduced into your body when you take protein products derived from animals that are injected with hormones to increase growth or production rates.
4. Unpronounceable components
When you realize there are compounds that you cannot pronounce, chances are that they are not good for your health. Make a point of going through the list and finding out what each item means especially the not-so-obvious ones.
Make Google your friend as it will help you decipher even the most scientific names.
To get value for your money, go for diet shakes that have been widely reviewed by a good number of consumers and are considered to deliver results. Remember that your body’s health is dependent on the food choices you make. Healthy, nutritious foods do more than just quieting down hunger pangs; they also act as natural medicine to our body.
So, the next time you get to that aisle full of nothing but diet shakes, take a bold step and pick the one that suits your diet needs or requirements best.
Did you know that shakes are great even for those who have no desire to lose weight? Well, now you know.