We all know that a “balanced” meal should consist of a proper protein source to rebuild the body and muscles, carbohydrates to fuel your energy, and good, healthy fats to keep you fuller longer. When you are looking for meal replacement shakes you should expect no different.
Just in case you missed it…
…a good carbohydrate source is just as important for energy levels as a good protein. Fat is just as important for slowing down digestion which will keep you full longer, and assist in proper weight management.
Let’s start by explaining why only consuming just any whey protein as a meal replacement is not a good idea…
Whey protein is just protein.
Having little to no carbs will make you feel lethargic, you will simply not have the energy to get you through the day. That 3pm nap that you used to fight as a toddler will now be welcomed and appreciated. Most whey protein shakes are very low in calories. Whether you are substituting your higher calorie meals in the hopes of weight loss, or replacing your meals for convenience if you are eating 5 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner with 2 snacks) at 1500 calories per day you are going to need at least 160-200 calories per meal. Most protein shakes are generally only 120 to 150 calories.
Fat is necessary.
Fat is what creates satiety, the feeling of being full. Healthy fats are what helps your metabolism give it the boost it needs to rid your body of unwanted, excess body fat. Your body doesn’t naturally just rid itself of the excess fat you are eager to shed. Fat does not make you fat.
If there isn’t a good “balance” of carbs, fats and proteins in the foods (or protein shakes) you are consuming, your body will essentially cannibalize off its lean mass for the energy to burn its fat mass. “Lean Body Mass (LBM) In a nutshell, your body is made up of bones, organs, muscle and fat. Organs, muscle and bones are active mass, while fat is passive mass. ” (http://spidersport.com/lean-body-mass_en.php)
Just for fun did you know…
“A small body fat percentage (3% for men and 11% for women) is necessary for proper functioning of the body. The rest serves as a reservoir for fuel, thermo isolation and a shield against injury. Optimal values range between 5-8% for men and 12-14% for women. Any values higher than that are a sign of excess stored fat. “ (http://spidersport.com/lean-body-mass_en.php)
By consuming carbohydrates with your protein, your body releases insulin. Elevated insulin levels help your muscles absorb amino acids, especially during muscle-building exercises. That means eating carbohydrates right before a high-intensity workout yields the best protein-absorbing results.
So what exactly are we saying?
We are saying choose your meal replacements wisely. Read your labels. Look for a meal replacement that contains protein, carbs, and fats. There are many available at HerSUPPZ that will fit your needs.
Here are a few that we recommend:
Core Nutritionals MRP is a meal replacement with everything you need to fuel your day and stay healthy with added vitamins and minerals. Core Nutritionals MRP carb sources include oat and barley flour. These are both very low glycemic sources, which means they digest slowly and support healthy weight management. Protein sources are cold-processed whey protein , milk protein, micellar casein, and whey protein isolate. Core MRP contains peanut flower to keep you fuller longer and is a good source of fat.
NUTRABIO MUSCLE MATRIX MRP 40% protein, 40% carbohydrate and 20% fat. NUTRABIO MRP can either be used as a meal replacement or a snack by adjusting the scoop size. It keeps blood sugar levels in a normal range with its low glycemic index. Not only does it contain the macronutrients that are needed in a balanced meal replacement (carbs, proteins & fats) it also contains the necessary micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that your body also thrives on.
MTS Nutrition Macrolution MRP uses excellent sources of protein by using whey concentrate and isolate, the purest form of protein. Using real ingredients and slow digesting carbs this meal replacement is a good choice. The fat sources used are sunflower oil and medium chain triglycerides for nutritional support during training, as well as for decreasing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass.
You can also add in a serving or two of Bell Plantation PB2 to get in more great healthy fats and make your shake unbelievably great tasting!
Don’t be afraid of a higher calorie meal replacement options …it is ok… you are replacing a meal.
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