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Re: Meal replacement shakes...

Postby Diminishing » Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:09 pm

Ummmm. I have to agree with Helen on this one.

I am not sure how anyone can be "against" shakes. No one is ever forced to purchase or drink them?

I have voiced my opinion on this before, so I will re-write it here.

My argument is this:

I KNOW WHAT A HEALTHY DIET IS........I HAVE A FIRST CLASS HONOURS DEGREE IN NUTRITION........SO HOW COME I AM OVERWEIGHT???! :evil:

Also, whilst I know what a healthy diet is, I have, for way too long, allowed myself to ignore my own knowledge because of a multitude of MENTAL reasons. I have consciously chosen all the WRONG foods, despite my education.

A prescriptive shake diet, for me, removes 99% of the choices. I can do it without thinking, and therefore WITHOUT TEMPATATION!

Ummm, shall I have a couple of slices of toast with nutella & peanut butter for my brekky? Or a low fat yogurt?
That is a choice I would rather not have to make right now.

So my choice currently is "cappuccino shake or vanilla shake". I make it, skull it, and move on with my day. No guilt, no choice, no shame, no beating myself up at all.

I think a lot of people poo poo shake diets. But with a lot of weightto lose, I JUST KNEW that it would help me SHIFT the large proportion. Then I could start focusing on the psychological issues.

Most intelligent women KNOW what a healthy diet looks like. The mental issues are far far more complex.

I have lost 30kg so far this year. I started on shakes. I still use a shake each morning for breakfast, as it is high in protein, and this works for me. The rest of my diet is high protein, fibrous carbs and a lot of water and low fat. Pretty balanced. And a lot of exercise.

But I kind of think, for me personally, shakes gave me the opportunity to kick start something I had failed to do via any other method........
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Re: Meal replacement shakes...

Postby mel08 » Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:12 pm

so agree with you about the "shakes are ok" thing. the temptation is too great. i have been thinking about trying a shake too. just wanted to say thanks for all the good opinions and i hope you get back to us all with the results of your taste test :)
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Re: Meal replacement shakes...

Postby liz1984 » Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:57 pm

A few months ago I got some shake stuff from Coles, went home to make it, and it wouldnt stir in well and it tasted so ewk, so i gave up on that one...and it was chocolate flavoured appparently...

I think i prefer to stick to normal foods. i would crave food if i went on the shakes. Plus they are expensive. Would be good if people with private health insurance were able to claim money back for going on the shake kinda programs
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Re: Meal replacement shakes...

Postby kayla70 » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:53 am

I have just started the celeb slim shakes and tried a vanilla before i bought the starter pack as i wanted to know wat they was like and it passed. someone also said to be diffrent the choc one mix then warm in the micro its like a hot choc drink i not tried it yet but will soon
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Re: Meal replacement shakes...

Postby MelbourneT » Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:30 pm

Hi there. I am also using a meal replacement shake and having it breakfast & Lunch and have lost 4kgs in about a month. I have to say I agree with a previous poster on this topic - i needed choice removed - and also I usually skip breakfast but this is quick & easy so I do it.

I am learning & reading lots about Lw GI eating too and putting that into practice at nights for dinner. When I reach goal weigth I will probably still do 1 shake a day for lunch as i work till 2 pm but after picking up my daughter, gettign groceries or whatever errands need doing i usually wouldnt eat till 4pm (and then be so ravenous I eat ridiculous things) -- so will have the shake for lunch just to keep myself on the straight and narrow.

It still takes discipline for me with the shakes as I have to choose NOT to have tim tams with my coffee, hot cross buns with my coffee, cake at work etc etc - so I am still working on self control which is one of the issues I have with food. For me this is positive and I am feeling much healthier and happier for it.

Anyway, it is great to be part of this site as I think we I can learn a little from everyone on their journeys.
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Re: Meal replacement shakes...

Postby MissSonia » Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:58 pm

Save yourself the money, replace the expensive shakes with Up & Go's, especially the Vive range. They have less sugar and are already made for you and the best bit, a 3 pack costs about $4, compared to approximately $3 per sachet of meal replacement shakes.
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Re: Meal replacement shakes...

Postby miss parker » Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:06 am

are the Up and Go shakes comparable in terms of calories/protein/carbs etc?

If so, it sounds like a good alternative - and cheaper yeah!
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Re: Meal replacement shakes...

Postby MissSonia » Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:11 pm

Below is a comparison of the Up & Go's with a few of the popular meal replacement shakes. The Up & Go's come in a 250ml tetra pack and the shakes are made up as directed with water/milk and usually ends up being around the same amount of liquid.

Sanitarium, UHT / Longlife Soy Drinks: Up & Go, Vive, Average All Flavours 250ml
Calories 178 ( Kilojoules 738 )

% Daily
Value*
Total Fat 3.8 g 6%
Saturated Fat 0.5 g 3%
Cholesterol - 0%
Sodium 175 mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 25 g 8%
Dietary Fibre 3.8 g 15%
Sugars 13.8 g
Protein 9 g
Calcium 400 mg

Celebrity Slim, Shakes: Slimming Shake, Average All Flavours 55g
Calories 208 ( Kilojoules 869 )

% Daily
Value*
Total Fat 2.4 g 4%
Saturated Fat 1.3 g 7%
Cholesterol - 0%
Sodium 210 mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 27.4 g 9%
Dietary Fibre - 0%
Sugars 24.6 g
Protein 18.5 g
Calcium 399.9 mg
Potassium 199.7 mg

Tony Ferguson's, Shakes: Chocolate, dry 53g
Calories 208 ( Kilojoules 869 )

% Daily
Value*
Total Fat 2.4 g 4%
Saturated Fat 1.3 g 7%
Cholesterol - 0%
Sodium 200 mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 29.8 g 10%
Dietary Fibre - 0%
Sugars 25.7 g
Protein 15.3 g

Ultra-Slim, Shakes: Milk Shake Mix, Chocolate, prepared as directed 33g + 230ml skim milk
Calories 209 ( Kilojoules 875 )

% Daily
Value*
Total Fat 2.6 g 4%
Saturated Fat 1.3 g 7%
Cholesterol - 0%
Sodium 165 mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 32.6 g 11%
Dietary Fibre 3 g 12%
Sugars 28.1 g
Protein 12 g
Calcium 400 mg
Potassium 620 mg


Lowest in calories: Up & Go Vive @ 178
Highest in calories: Ultra Slim @ 209

Lowest in fat: Celebrity Slim & Tony Ferguson @ 2.4g
Highest in fat: Up & Go Vive @ 3.8g

Lowest in sodium: Ultra Slim @ 165mg
Highest in sodium: Celebrity Slim @ 210mg

Lowest in Carbohydrates: Up & Go Vive @ 25g
Highest in Carbohydrates: Ultra Slim @ 32.6g

Lowest in Sugar: Up & Go Vive @ 13.8g
Highest in Sugar: Ultra Slim @ 28.1g

Lowest in Protein: Up & Go Vive @ 9g
Highest in Protein: Celebrity Slim @ 18.5g

So basically, there are low and high points to all products. I guess that if you feel that you must use a meal replacement, you need to weigh up taste, cost and which nutritional elements are most important to you.
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Re: Meal replacement shakes...

Postby Jisgone » Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:12 pm

are the vive ones nice? and do they only come in soy? im not a fan of soy :P
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Re: Meal replacement shakes...

Postby MissSonia » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:28 pm

Yeah, they only come in soy. There is banana or wild berry flavour, the banana is nice :)
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Re: Meal replacement shakes...

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:34 pm

Does that mean they're vegan safe? Oh please, please, please let them be vegan safe.
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Re: Meal replacement shakes...

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:40 pm

Just looked the ingredients up online. Sadly it also contains skim milk powder.

*Sigh*

Seriously. Soy AND skim milk? What's the point? Lacto-drinking people are going to hate the soy and vegans are not going to drink the skim milk. Are they trying to p1ss everyone off?
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Re: Meal replacement shakes...

Postby Jisgone » Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:43 pm

haha you should write to them!
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Re: Meal replacement shakes...

Postby MissSonia » Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:15 pm

Complain to your local MP :P
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Re: Meal replacement shakes...

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:34 pm

Tee hee. Thank you Miss Sonia I've been waiting YEARS to use this quote.

"...I'm going to write to my MP."
"You haven't got an MP Rick. You're an anarchist".
"Oh. Well, then I shall write to the lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen!"

"Dear Mr. Echo..."




10 points and a pot full of lentils to anyone else who's old enough to get the reference. :wink:

Bonus 80s points if you get why it's so funny.
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