Meal Replacement Shakes and Protein Powders Ensure Proper Nutrition
Want to know how less than three minutes each day can have a dramatic impact on your health and weight management? Of course you do, but let me ask you this first…do you ever skip meals? Do you miss breakfast? Do you ever feel rushed when it comes time to eat? If you are like most of society, you surely do and quite often too.
As we have discussed in many posts previously, convenience is one of, if not the main reason, people fail to reach their health or fitness goals. Although there are certainly times where the inconvenience is tied to the exercise side of the equation, it is most often an inconvenience surrounding eating better that keeps people from achieving a better look, a better feel, or better performance. This is truly unfortunate, especially in today’s world of nutrition and solutions.
For the last 50+ years, nutritional supplementation has been making amazing strides, but the most impressive aspect of this industry is that it is no longer for elite athletes alone! Truth be told, we now know that everyone can benefit from some nutritional supplementation, as it has been proven, over and over now, impossible to get all the necessary nutrients from daily diet alone.
Please understand, nutritional supplementation includes such things as multivitamins, omega -3 fatty acids, individual vitamins, etc. and is not limited to protein powders, creatine, glutamine and the like. This is important to understand as many people seem to frown at the term “nutritional supplementation” only then to share that they are popping a half a dozen different vitamins and minerals a day, plus the most recent “fad” diet pill to hit the market! Yet they absolutely refuse to use nutritional supplements…as they drink their Red Bull!
Yes, there is an irony behind the lack of education most people have when it comes to good general nutrition, but it is far more sad than ironic. Consider this…how many people will visit their doctor, take a prescription from them for their blood pressure, with no question at all, visit McDonald’s on the way home, never once asking for the nutrient profile in those things they call “hamburgers” but stand tall on their “position” on nutritional supplements! Go figure! We are an ironic and often times uneducated society on some of the most important things in our world….our health and wellness being a very big one!
The Epitome of Convenient Nutrition
So, with all that said, how do these meal replacement shakes and protein powders make such a difference you ask? Quite simple really! Let’s go back to convenience first! Something like 60% of Americans fail to eat breakfast and I would almost bet that less than 10% of the remaining, actually meet their actual breakfast requirements even though they do “eat” breakfast! Here is where we recommend meal replacement shakes be used most often, for two simple reasons. First and foremost, convenience is no longer an issue as they are mixed in less than 60 seconds and can be finished in almost the same amount of time. Secondly, if you select the right shake for your needs, they will meet your “breakfast” requirements and thus kick-start your body and day off properly!
From a convenience stand point, high quality Meal Replacement Shakes and Meal Replacement Bars cannot be beaten. They can be thrown in a purse, briefcase, kept in desk drawers or gym bags and provide ample nutrition under almost any set of circumstances.
Now, before we go on, one quick note. Meal Replacement Shakes, Meal Replacement Bars, Protein Powders, etc. are NEVER meant to replace regular food, they are however, meant to supplement your daily diet in order to meet your true nutritional needs. Many find that tough to do, once they figure out just what their real needs are, through whole food alone. It is more expensive, more inconvenient and sometimes downright tough to “eat” that much food day-to-day. This is where liquid meals come into play and work wonders.
Remember, nutritional solutions and supplements are meant to help your daily nutrition, but they certainly won’t provide you with everything you need, so they are not meant to be relied on solely.
Cost Effective Nutrition
Meal Replacement Shakes or simple protein powders are not only extremely convenient and portable, they are also very cost-effective! This alone is a reason you might want to give them a try, especially in today’s economic scene where every penny should be saved. McDonald’s, Starbucks, even frozen breakfast burritos are more expensive and not nearly as sound nutritionally!
To put things in quick perspective, you could get two full Meal Replacement Shakes plus two servings of Muscle Gain protein for about the cost of the average McDonald’s meal! It is NEVER about cost! A little education and a desire to eat better and viola…you are saving some money too!
Meal Replacement Shakes are generally low in calories, making them great choices for men and women alike, but also contain minimal simple sugars, while higher in protein (needed) and fiber, to control appetite. Additionally, the controlled portion size will do wonders to managing weight issues for just about anyone.
While these shakes can be used for just about any meal or snack, there are times where a simple protein powder will work a little bit better. For those exercising first thing in the morning, this might be the perfect snack before and immediately after your training, for those restricting carbs a bit more, this will provide great snacks and for anyone looking to stave off the evil catabolism, this is a near perfect before-bed choice.
Now, if you are someone looking to gain a little lean muscle mass or simply someone, like myself, that needs the extra calories, you could even find yourself mixing extra protein into your daily Meal Replacement Shakes. This is not for everyone obviously, just like not everyone should mix their shakes in milk or with fruit. Those calories do add up.
Hopefully, you can see now, how liquid meals, such as Meal Replacement Shakes or a high-quality protein powder like Muscle Gain can play a vital role in helping you meet your daily nutritional needs, while saving you a ton of time and money. Nutritional supplementation is not a bad thing. It is essential to everyone in one way or another, but liquid forms can certainly be helpful to many, maybe even you.
Final note, as our regular readers know, we choose AdvoCare for our clients, family and friends for a number of reasons, but mainly due to the science, testing and company’s integrity! In an industry with no governmental oversight, the level AdvoCare goes to have their product tested (by the same agency that tests all products for the International Olympic Committee) provides us with more than enough comfort to recommend and make our solutions of choice.
No matter what you choose for your liquid meals, be sure to do your homework in advance, choose wisely and do not make your decision based on some magazine ad, television or slick marketing. Always remember, this industry is not regulated and you could literally be buying sand in a bottle! You want nutrition that saves you money and gets you results!