(Please keep in mind, that I’m not a doctor or health expert. This is simply what works for me. I recommend talking to your doctor before starting a weightloss journey)
I know there’s a lot about diet shakes out there, especially a lot of hate. Now, I’m not saying some of the hate isn’t true. If you take four weeks on diet shakes, and then go back to your old diet, chances are that you’ll put on every single pound you lost. But, lets be fair. It’s not really the diet shakes fault. If I look at all my different kinds of diet shakes, they all say that they can assist in weight loss, but that dietary changes are needed to keep the weight off.
What kind do I use?
I like the danish diet shake NUPO. My favorite is the chocolate shake which has a nice thick consistency, and a great taste. I’m not a super big fan of their berry shakes as they tend to have a rather chemical aftertaste, but I know people who love them.
Another one I use is the swedish Nutrilett. Again I use their chocolate shakes, and they are quite good (and less expensive). They don’t have the same rich chocolate flavour as NUPO, but they are quite good.
How do they work?
The ones I’ve used are all “Very Low Calorie Diets” or VLCD. This means that while your body get all the nutrients, minerals and so on it needs through the shakes, it only get around 800 calories a day. Now this is a drastic cut to calories and most people will see some ponds disappear real fast.
So how do diet shakes help me lose weight?
I normally have a shake for breakfast every day. This is more about me not being very good at eating breakfast, so this ties me over until lunch. It’s an easy way to get some calories if you’re not the breakfast type, so your blood sugar doesn’t crash around 10 am, and you end up snacking on bad stuff.
Another way I use the diet shakes is if I’m stuck on a number and my weight just wont go down any more. A few days on purely diet shakes normally kickstarts my weight loss back up again.
And, because of the low calorie, but chocolaty flavour, I find that using them against cravings can be real good.
Now is there no bad sides?
Yes there are. As mentioned, if you think diet shakes are gonna be some magical pill that will make you super thin in no time, you’ll be disappointed. It’s a great help if you need to get rid of a bit of weight fast, or if you like me are in it for the long run, and just need some help once in a while to move on.
Another downside is that it gets real boring real fast. Especially if you’re like me and sticking to one taste. Also, you’ll miss chewing. It sounds so weird, but being on a liquid diet, you’ll miss actually chewing food.
And the last one, the headaches. Cutting your diet down to 800 calories a day, will most likely leave you with a headache the first few days. It takes your body a bit to adjust, especially if you’re coming from a high carb, high sugar, high fat diet.
Diet shakes can do so much good for your weight loss, but only if you put in the work to actually change your ways. If you’re looking for a quick fix, you’re gonna be disappointed, but if you are ready to make the changes needed, diet shakes can be a great extra help.