A major obstacle when following a dieting regime is buying, cooking, packing these calorie-restricted, exactly measured meals. It’s especially hard when you have to also cook for the whole family, and they are not dieting with you. For a lot of women, it doubles the workload in the kitchen. And eventually becomes a huge deterrent to sticking with the diet. For those of us who are working, it’s even harder to do while running against the clock in the morning, or coming home late from work with no energy left to cook.
Don’t let this be another stressor to your day. A meal replacer may just be your ideal alternative, with fixed amounts of macro and micronutrients, that can be used as a healthy substitute for one, even two main meals per day.
Studies have shown a weight loss of about 2-4 kg in the first 6 months with the regular use of Meal Replacer.
Meal replacers increase losses by 2.5kg and 2.4kg at 3 and 6 months respectively, as compared to conventional foods. Along with its ease of use, Meal Replacer also prevents the risk of fat deposition and obesity which can happen due to deficiency of certain micronutrients. This may be attributed to the fact that the inclusion of a meal replacer results in a reduction in the ad libitum food choices consumed leading to decreased caloric intake.
One research shows that intake of high protein results in almost double the amount of fat loss as compared to a moderate-protein diet.
They also can be a great healthy alternative to our regular meal. Typically, processed foods are something we look or when in dire need to curb our hunger. This we usually experience during mid-morning or mid-evening, and these processed foods are high in sugar, fat, and lack the required nutrients.
Apart from these benefits, meal replacer not only provides fibre and protein, but also essential vitamins and minerals which your traditional meals may not provide.
As per Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), a meal replacer should not contain less than 200kcal and more than 400kcal per meal and minimum 25% of energy available from food should be met by protein- the most satiating nutrient, of which whey protein is considered to be the most readily available and easily digestible form. It’s important to meet your daily protein requirement which is 0.8 – 1.2 gms/kg body weight/per day. (ICMR, 2010)
Along with protein, a good meal replacer should contain fibre. Soluble Fiber-rich diets tend to be more satiating as they slow down gastric emptying by forming a viscous gel in the small intestine, which reduces the absorption of nutrients, thereby prolonging satiety reduces postprandial glucose and over a long term improves insulin sensitivity. So make sure you check for the soluble fibre in the meal replacer nutrition labels.
GNC’s Total Lean 25 powder is a scientifically formulated product that provides exactly the 200 kcal required, with 25gms of High-quality Whey Protein which contains all essential amino acids.
- GNC Total Lean shake 25 contains high-quality protein, fibre, and 27 vitamins and minerals.
It contains soluble fibre, which is a naturally –occurring, powerful, low-glycemic soluble fiber found in oat bran that helps support normal, healthy blood glucose levels and keeps you fuller for longer.
- 25gm of protein also contributes towards satiety and makes you feel fuller for longer.
- Healthy meal replacement to support lean muscle tone.
- It improves the body’s metabolism and helps in managing weight.
- It helps to keep a gap between your two meals.
- Convenient to carry, while traveling.
When on a diet plan, the flavor can actually change the game! Perhaps a chocolate shake will save you when you’re craving dessert for dinner, or maybe a vanilla or cookie & cream milkshake for breakfast will keep you from giving in to that tempting plate of cookies on the reception desk at work.
Combining just two delicious shakes per day with a calorie-controlled meal and exercise plan, and you can be on your way to living a lean and healthier life.