One of the best ways to stick to your diet when there isn’t time for real food is to drink a meal replacement drink. Unfortunately the large selection of products available makes choosing the best powder to meet your needs difficult. This article discusses the unique features of the two most popular diet related meal replacement powders: low calorie powders and low carbohydrate diet powders. Popular meal replacement products from each category are also reviewed. Use the information in this article when shopping for a meal replacement powder to make your shopping experience easier and your diet more effective.
Low Calorie Meal Replacement Drinks
This category is one of the most popular amongst both consumers and supplement manufacturers. Unlike the products that preceded them, the low calorie meal replacement powders of today provide a quick and nutritious meal that will not put you over your daily calorie limit. Most of the products in this category contain 200 calories or less. Sucralose is becoming the most popular sweetener since it is as sweet without the caloric value or negative effects such as increased blood sugar and energy swings. The best products in this category use whey protein, considered the best protein source available. Whey protein has been shown in scientific studies to improve immune system function, build muscle, and even help with weight loss. One study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine found that dieters who supplemented their diet with whey protein lost more fat than dieters who did not include whey protein in their diet. In addition to using whey protein, each of these products is formulated with vitamins, minerals and amino acids to help you stay healthy, build muscle, and lose fat.
Twinlab Fuel Plex Lite
Less than 200 calories per serving. Available in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavors. Each flavor tastes great. A recipe guide is included with each box with dozens of delicious recipes for each flavor. Mixes easy in a shaker bottle. Consistency can be either light or thick, depending on your preference and the length of time you mix the drink. 25 grams of whey protein per serving. Enriched with branched chain amino acids, carnosine, arginine, and glutamine to help build muscle, burn fat, and improve overall health. Only 8 grams of carbohydrates, making it acceptable for low carbohydrate dieters. Uses sucralose instead of sugar or aspartame as a sweetener.
EAS Myoplex Lite
Comes in a variety of great tasting flavors including chocolate, vanilla, tropical variety pack and cappuccino. Capuccinno has added caffeine which makes it a great breakfast meal replacement shake. The tropical flavors, especially Pina Colada and Oranage Jubilee are great dessert replacements. Uses a combination of whey and soy proteins. Contains 25 grams of protein and 20 grams of carbohydrate per serving. Less than 200 calories. Added l-glutamine and taurine. Mixes best with a blender. Consistency is thick and creamy, making it a great substitute for a sugary dessert.
Each serving of Cytoplex provides over 40 grams of a proprietary whey and casein protein blend per serving. Whey protein blend similar to Designer Protein. Contains 4 grams of fiber to help keep you fill between meals. Cytoplex also has added tyrosine and acetlyl l-carnitine to keep you mentally alert when on a diet. Available in chocolate and vanilla flavors. Chocolate flavor tastes like Nestle Quick. Mixes easily without a blender into a creamy, smooth consistency.
Low Carbohydrate Meal Replacement Drinks
Low carbohydrate diets are very popular and effective for helping you lose weight rather quickly. One problem with this type of diet is the need to count carbohydrates at each meal. Meal replacement powders specifically designed for low carbohydrate diets eliminate this task. Like any meal replacement powder, you should always be sure to choose a product that uses quality proteins such as whey protein. Also important for this category of meal replacement powders is the amount of added carbohydrates. When following the Atkins or similar diet, it is important to choose a product with as few grams of carbohydrate. Most in this category contain less than 5 grams per serving. Products with the least amount of carbohydrates per serving include Atkins Shake Mix, and Twinlab Metabolift Shake Mix. Some products also have added fats, which can help you remain full between meals and provide other health promoting benefits.
Atkins Shake Mix Low Carb Drink
Only 3 grams of carbohydrate per serving. Uses a variety of proteins including whey, egg, and casein. Has 8 grams of added monounsaturated fats per serving. Chocolate, vanilla, cappucciono, and strawberry flavors. Strawberry and chocolate are the most popular flavors. Mixes best with a blender.
Metabolift Meal Replacement Powder
Only 4 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Chocolate, peach, and vanilla flavors. Uses whey protein as its protein source. Added fiber helps keep you full between meals. Designed to work in conjunction with the entire Metabolift line of products.