You meant to drop a few pounds this summer, but you never got around to eating less and exercising more on a regular basis. With summertime here, you're considering how to shed that extra weight, and fast. Are meal-replacement shakes the ticket to a slimmer you? ‘Perhaps.’, I thought to myself while reaching for a 12 pack of Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) banana flavored meal replacement shake packets.
5 days of meal-replacement shake diet.
Shakes taste moderate, nothing overwhelming or too bad. Energy levels seem just about right; you may start to feel hungry around 4pm.
Hunger strikes! You need food! 80% of your energy is gone in the workout.
Hunger gets even more intense, you start to crave unhealthy processed and fast food, not fun!
Hunger is still an issue, you may want to stop and give up.
The thought of food is all consuming. Made it to the afternoon, then finally ate – food never tasted so good. As I sit over my first meal with sauce covering one third of my face, I ask myself these questions:
Would I recommend Shake Week? No.
Did I cheat? Yes. A few glasses of wine. Bad idea.
Did I lose weight? Yes. Plenty.
Summing up Real food, portion control, and exercise – it's dull a procedure, but it's the only journey for weight loss and maintenance. Forget the meal replacement shakes.