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Postby youngmumof2 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:07 pm

Just wondering what everybodys stance is on meal replacement shakes
want to lose 3kg and tone up
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Postby Sassygirl » Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:17 pm

I am currently on Kate Morgan (2 x shakes a day) and I have had success - nearly 9 kilos in around 8 weeks. So I am a advocate of it!
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Postby chubbywife79 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:53 pm

I tried the shake diet and got seriously sick on it, so I had to quite. I know lot of the people are doing them but I'm against them since (no offence) I find it the lazy way!
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Postby milkyway » Fri Nov 16, 2007 8:16 pm

I don't really have a stance. I've never used them. I've thought about replacing one meal per day with them. I know lots of people have had success losing weight with shakes, but the thing I worry about is what happens when you return to eating normal food???
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Postby hushpuppy » Fri Nov 16, 2007 9:15 pm

i did them for two months and lost 6-7 kgs but missed my food lol . They are great to give u a kicstart on losing weight .
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Re: Diet shakes.......

Postby help6363 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:06 pm

youngmumof2 wrote:Just wondering what everybodys stance is on meal replacement shakes


Some people here have had great success with them....I tried the shakes and hated it! I felt tired all the time and missed food. Calorie counting works better for ME!

We are not all made from the same blueprint, so if shakes work for you...that's excellent! However, I couldn't do it!
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Postby Mandie » Sun Nov 18, 2007 12:03 pm

I wrote this not so long ago to somebody else who asked my opinion on shake diets:

I think shake diets are good for rapid weight loss. They can be really useful to kick start weight loss, especially in patients who are extremely obese and trying to lose weight for surgery, or say patients with arthritis who would be able to exercise more with less pain if they lost some weight fast.

I think they are a short term solution.

Ultimately, people go back to eating food and unless they are following a strict maintenance plan with a healthy, balanced diet AND regular exercise, they will gain the weight back.

Shakes have NOT been proven to be effective in the long term, because people tend not to go into this "maintenance phase".

I think what happens, is people think it is easy - yeah, I just drink these shakes, eat a healthy dinner, and I lose heaps of weight! No need for exercise! And they do lose weight.

But once they go back to normal eating, their metabolism has slowed even more than before (because of the low calorie diet) and they begin to pile on the weight again.

People are also less likely to stick to shake diets in the first place, because they can be restrictive and therefore people will get hungry, frustrated, and then binge.

In summary:
I think shake diets can be useful in certain circumstances, when supervised by a doctor/dietician/naturopath/chemist, and when a specific maintenance plan is put in place.

Generally, I would ALWAYS recommend a healthy, low fat, balanced diet, with NO skipping of meals (especially breakfast) and DAILY exercise. And for the idea to be that this is the same on maintenance, although you may be able to get away with eating a little more. This is HANDS DOWN the ONLY proven way to lose weight, and keep it off for good!

Nobody likes the concept of the "lifestyle change" because you lose weight slowly - sometimes only 1kg per month, and we live in a time when we are extremely impatient, and want what we want now. Also, I think people want to lose weight to look a certain way, but don't necessarily care about being healthy - only about being a size 8 or 10 or whatever. Until this mindset changes, fad diets, shake diets, diet pills etc will all remain popular.
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Postby GoddessInside » Sun Nov 18, 2007 12:42 pm

I'm on them, 3 meal replacements per day with 2 cups of vegies per day ! I dont find it the lazy way out. Yet I understand where people come from by making these statements.

For somebody in my circumstances that needs to kickstart my weightloss in order to be able to move to exercise. I think they are warranted. I am under specialist supervision and had thorough testing before I was given the all clear to commence this program.

Once I have lost sufficient weight that will allow me to move more freely with reduced pain, I will be weened off them and put onto a healthy weight plan.

Under these circumstances I am all for it, but for those who want a quick fix, Im not.
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Postby Mandie » Sun Nov 18, 2007 12:52 pm

You are a PERFECT example of what the shake diets are designed for Helen.. well done for doing it absolutely the right way! :)

Once I have lost sufficient weight that will allow me to move more freely with reduced pain, I will be weened off them and put onto a healthy weight plan.


Right there, that's the key to success... having a plan for "real life" AFTER the shakes. That's why you will succeed Helen, for sure :)
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Postby GoddessInside » Sun Nov 18, 2007 1:44 pm

Yup ! There really isnt a point in relying on meal replacement tablets, shakes, bars whatever to help u lose weight.

As once you reach goal, theres a greater chance you will put everything back on as you have robbed yourself of re-acquainting & educating yourself with food, portion sizes, calories etc.
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