Diet Shakes – Not Again…?

After the Tony Ferguson Meal Replacement Shakes meteoric rise to fame  in 2006, and the sudden demise just 7 years later, we might have thought the ‘lose it with a shake’ idea has passed. But it seems not. It seems so with our social media and MSM bombarded by the latest version of ‘The Man & Lady Shake’s’. Crash dieting using meal replacement shakes has been tried by many others before – with no long term results for the promoters or clients e.g. Tony Ferguson.  While drinking shakes for weight loss may seem ‘easy’, one has to consider if this really is an effective way to lose weight.  Is eating one meal a day really good for your body?   

There are also many other supermarket /online options available for unsuspecting (and possibly uninformed) desperate people looking for a quick fix to their weight problem.

Following a meal replacement diet means you can only drink a pre-packaged shake (just add water) for breakfast and lunch and then have a calorie controlled meal at night.  This means you only eat one meal every 24 hours.  How can your body possibly cope with this after being used to having 3 square meals a day?

A great concern is the lack of nutritional value in the shake sachets.  In some instances in a single 52g sachet, 25g was added sugar – this is just under half of the entire shake’s content.  That equates to 5 teaspoons of sugar per meal replacement shake.  Besides this extraordinarily high amount of sugar, the overall nutritional content is very questionable.  The shake sachets are basically made from milk protein, and have added vitamins and minerals to prevent micronutrient deficiency.  Therefore, they contain the very bare essentials you need to stay alive, and that’s it.  Most of them contain little or no fibre (which is why constipation can be a problem) and they contain little or none of the beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids.  They also contain no disease-fighting phytochemicals found in abundance in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

The average diet meal replacement shake is equivalent to around 200 calories.  For the same amount of calories, you could also have a 200g tub of low-fat natural yoghurt, a small banana and a few strawberries and get much more nutritional benefit from eating REAL food rather than drinking a sugar-laden shake filled with preservatives, additives and colourings.

Finally, it’s the rebound effect that these diets have earned a notoriously bad reputation for.  Our clinics have stacks of files filled with clients who have lost weight using weight loss shakes, only to put it all back on again once eating normal food resumes (and often a little bit more)! 

While using meal replacement shakes may be a convenient way to lose weight, I don’t see what you can possibly learn about good health and nutrition!

If someone resorts to a ‘too-easy’ meal replacement shake diet which takes meal choices away from them, what on earth makes them think that once they are back in the real world of choosing their own foods, that they are going to be able to maintain healthy eating practices, especially given that they have not learnt any new motivational or food choosing skills?  This just means that all the lost weight will be quickly regained, and back on the weight-loss merry-go-round they go again.

Losing weight should be about making sensible food choices and learning the necessary skills needed to maintain your weight loss in the long term.  The Natural Way offers exactly this.  Our holistic approach allows you to eat real food, while being closely monitored, motivated and educated by a well-trained, experienced weigh loss consultant in the comfort of personalized one-on-one consultations.  Our Healthy Living Program contains valuable information to keep you at your goal weight once you reached it, as we are just as determined as you to keep your weight off for LIFE.

If you would like to find out more about losing weight while eating REAL FOOD, call The Natural Way today on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754 663)  or if you are unable to visit a clinic, call Cora on 0458 SLIMMER ( 0458 754 663 ) for the ‘Stay At Home Program’ or  visit our website for online formulation orders:  Our ‘Value Packs’ groups together your essential formulations and/or Recipe Book/Eating Plan, matched with a bonus discount – see example here:

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