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Understanding Meal Replacement Diets

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:13:22 PM Europe/London

So what are meal replacements? And why use them? These questions are among the questions being asked by those who want to lose weight or who advocate for weight loss through dieting on natural foods and other weight loss regimes. A meal replacement is a scientifically formulated product that contains the major nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates and fats in the quantity that will bring about weight loss and also the minor nutrients like vitamins and minerals that assist the body to perform fat burning and the whole weight loss process adequately.

Meal replacements were originally intended for patients who were required to lose weight before a medical procedure but have been lately used in the treatment of obesity. Meal replacements when used exclusively enable the body to go into ketosis that enables the body to lose fat rapidly and his is due to their low carbohydrate to protein quotient. Meal replacements are normally prepackaged portioned meals that have the needed nutrients in the right quantity to bring about weight loss.

While taking normal meals, it is left to the person eating to determine the calorie count and this in time becomes tedious but with replacement diets, the calories are already specified and cater to the needs of the person taking them considering that men and women have different nutritional needs. The replacement meals are high in protein, low in carbohydrates and most of them come in weighted packages that are prepared then taken in whatever forms they are in, as they can be soups, food bars, stews, etc.

Due to the low calorie count found in the replacement diets, consuming them forces the body into a calorie-hunt and due to the inability of the normal calorie demands to be met by the food being eaten, the body resolves this deficit by burning its fat for energy that leaves the muscles intact. They are designed to nab hunger pangs, the cause of failure in many other diet regimes, and this loss of appetite controls the amount of calorie intake. Meal replacements are formulated in a way that they are easily taken as they are in the form of snacks, soups and drinks, and this allows them to be taken without drawing unnecessary attention to themselves. Glucose is the chief culprit in weight gain because if taken in more quantities that the body requires it is converted to fats that bring about the increase in weight therefore meal replacements cut sugar use completely and replace its use with other sweeteners like stevia.

Living in a world that promises quick fixes, one wonders how effective are these meal replacement diets? The efficacy of the replacement diet is determined by the person who decides to embark on a replacement diet, but mostly one is expected to lose 2 to 5 pounds in a week. But in order to maximize the weight loss process, it is recommended that the replacement diet be combined with simple exercises like swimming or cycling. One key advantage that meal replacement diets have is that they contain all the necessary nutrients and are not like the usual diets that require you to hunt for all the nutrients you need individually in different food types.


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