Here’s the “Skinny” on Weight Loss Shakes!
As obesity continues to climb, along with the baggage that goes along with it (high blood pressure, type II diabetes, joint pain, etc.), the challenge to lose weight seems to be increasingly difficult for a variety of reasons including:
*Busy lifestyles tend to cause us to grab unhealthy foods on the go;
*Economic recession (it is cheaper to eat unhealthy foods);
*Tight schedules and fatigue make it difficult to count calories, fats, and carbs and after a long, stressful day, who wants to try to figure out something non-fattening to cook?
One solution that is helping millions of people, especially women, is the availability of weight loss shakes. Weight loss shakes first appeared on the market in the 1970′s when women were entering the job market in increasing numbers and found that a shake for breakfast and lunch was a huge timesaver that also helped to control weight. The shakes were less than great, however. Some had a chalky taste and texture, while others had very little taste at all. But, it was acceptable for the intended purpose.
Weight loss shakes are now a common sight in stores, on the internet, and in television advertisements and offers. In fact, they seem to be everywhere, which makes one wonder if they are basically the same in nutritional content, or if there are differences that should be considered before purchasing such shakes.
After researching the matter, we found that there are very discernible differences between some weight loss shakes that merit mentioning. As with any weight loss product, it is important to read labels and be an informed buyer. We found a few such products that we felt are worth considering.
Nature’s Way Metabolic ReSet
This product contains an impressive amount of fiber (6 grams), that is water soluble, which is important for feeling full, and for intestinal health. It contains between 22% and 33% of the minimum recommended daily allowance of key vitamins and minerals, which allow one to obtain the remaining percentages from food sources.
It is sweetened with Stevia, which is a natural sweetener, along with xylitol, which is a sugar alcohol-based based sweetener. Xylitol affects different people in different ways, but can cause some to have an embarrassingly high amount of intestinal gas, which the high fiber content may aggravate as well. Nature’s Way Metabolic ReSet is available in three flavors: strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla and one shake contains 130 calories.
Lepti Trim Shakes
Available in chocolate or vanilla, Lepti Trim has some interesting ingredients including colostrum and Garcinia cambogia. Garcinia cambogia has been associated with some liver disorders, and buyers should just be aware of this.
Reviewers have reported that Lepti Trim Shakes are superior to other weight loss shakes in flavor and also in the way it quickly dissolves without clumping. Each shake delivers 118 calories which include 27 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and about one-third of the minimum daily requirements of key nutrients.
Quick Trim Fast-Shake
This product is available in chocolate or vanilla, and only in powder form. These shakes can be used for meal replacement, or for supplemental purposes for nutritional needs. Quick Trim uses soy protein to help build lean muscle mass, and also has 6 grams of fiber per serving. It also contains green tea extract and Korean Ginseng Root Extract. Each serving has 110 calories.
Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Shake
What list of weight-loss shakes would be complete without Slim-Fast? This one has been around for over 30 years, and is generally accepted as a good product.
A few caveats, however: When examining the ingredients list, we noted that the first ingredient listed was “sugar”. With so many low-calorie, natural sweeteners on the market, we are unsure as to why sugar is included, much less first on the list. And, despite the sugar content, many report the flavor as bland, with a metallic taste. In all fairness, however, others have stated that they find Slim-Fast to be very tasty and noticed no metallic taste.
At 200 calories per shake, it is definitely higher in calories than the other weight loss shakes we have reviewed, but 200 calories is not unreasonable for a shake that replaces a meal. The importance of reading the list is ingredients cannot be overstated.
Vi-Shape Shake Mix
This one is definitely worth a serious look. We examined the Vi-Shape Shake Mix with the same parameters as the other weight-loss shakes, and we are impressed! The Vi-Shape Shake Mix uses common sense ingredients, zero sugar, and zero xylitol. Its sweetness comes from sucralose which is tried, true, and safe for diabetics as well as people with digestive problems.
The flavor of the Vi-Shape Shake Mix is, according to reviewers, “amazing”. It is reputed to have a flavor very similar to cake mix with no metallic aftertaste.
This shake contains absorbable proteins in a complex formula for optimum muscle maintenance. The prebiotic enzymes in the shake will actually make your digestive tract healthier instead of plaguing it with ingredients that cause uncomfortable gas and bloating.
Mixed with 2% milk, the Vi-Shape Shake delivers a nutritious meal for 170 calories and less than 1 gram of sugar.
While there is no miracle weight-loss shake that will cause one to lose weight simply by consuming it. But, as we have shown, some shakes are superior to others, and some should be consumed with caution. Regardless of the product you choose, may your weight loss endeavors be successful!