milkshake-1021027_1280Have you considered using a meal replacement in your weight loss efforts but wondered whether or not they work?  Do you wonder which products not only work, but are a healthy choice?  Here’s a summary of the effectiveness of meal replacements along with a delicious recipe!

Do meal replacements work?

Yes, they do work!  Nothing works for absolutely everyone, but when we see people who are willing and able to stick with a plan including meal replacements, they can be a very effective tool.  Additionally, research suggests that people aren’t more likely to regain weight after using meal replacements any more than with other program.  If you get a good meal replacement that’s appropriate for you and stick with the program, you will lose weight!

Are there good and bad meal replacements?

YES!  There are many things that can make a meal replacement “bad.”  Some of those include:

  • Not enough or too much protein
  • Not enough fiber
  • Not enough or too many calories
  • Poor nutritional quality (doesn’t provide the appropriate levels of nutrients for a meal replacement)
  • Poor palatability (doesn’t taste good enough to actually eat)
  • Not a reliable manufacturer (the product doesn’t contain what it says it contains or has contaminants)
  • Purchased from an unauthorized seller (like Amazon, Ebay, etc.) – you aren’t guaranteed the quality of the product and you don’t really know what you are getting (it could have been tampered with)

How do I know the best meal replacement program for me?

We recommend having a 30 or 60 minute Nutrition Consultation with our Registered Dietitian to get the most effective meal replacement program catered to your body’s and your personal needs.  The exact same program is not appropriate for everyone, so if you want it to be effective, we recommend getting professional guidance to get you going on a program you can stick to!  This can vary from meals delivered to your home to shakes and bars to meal replacements you prepare yourself.  Schedule a convenient, remote Nutrition Consultation today to get started!

We recommend Metabolic Reset!

15732It would be silly to say there is “only one good one,” but at Olivera Weight Management we recommend Metabolic Reset.  It is nutritionally superior, third-party tested, high in fiber (7 grams), high in protein (21 grams), low in calories (130 calories), low in carbohydrates (13 grams), contains about 1/3 of your daily needs of a variety of vitamins and minerals and tastes great!  It is specifically designed to help keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer.  Also, it’s more affordable than a lot of other products and programs.  Metabolic Reset is available for purchase in our office.

Fast, easy and delicious recipes!

Better yet, if you purchase Metabolic Reset at Olivera Weight Management, we will provide you with a variety of delicious, fast and easy recipes for meal replacements made with Metabolic Reset.  One tasty example:

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1 scoop Metabolic Reset

1/2 fresh orange

Small splash of orange juice (1-2 TBSP)

2 cups ice

Blend well.  Serve!

If you are considering using a meal replacement to help you in your weight loss efforts, please consider visiting us at Olivera Weight Management.  We use research-proven strategies, approaches and tools to help our patients acheive successful weight loss.  We offer remote Nutrition Consultations, in which our Registered Dietitian develops a plan customized to meet your needs without you ever having to leave your home.  Phentermine, an FDA approved appetite suppressant proven to help patients lose weight, is available at Olivera Weight Management for patients who qualify.   For more information on pricing and our other services please visit our webpage or give us a call at 773-327-6624.  Follow us on Facebook for free weight loss tips, recipes and more.

*Please note, appointments are required for new patients and strongly encouraged for returning patients to minimize wait times.*