For those on a busy schedule, meal replacements can be an ideal weight loss option. Meal replacements are available as shakes, bars, soups and puddings and are low in calories and carbohydrates and rich in protein and other essential nutrients. Preparing a low carb/high protein meal may not always be possible so meal replacements help substitute some of your meals saving time and helping you avoid junk food.
Meal replacements for weight loss or weight maintenance are specially formulated. They are easily digested and do not raise your metabolic rate as much as whole foods do. Unlike protein shakes which focus on increasing protein intake, meal replacements contain a wide range of essential nutrients and minimum of 200 calories so you can safely use it to substitute a meal.
Meal replacements should be supplemented with a healthy diet. If you are eating 3 meals a day, a meal replacement should not substitute more than 1 meal. For those on diets with 5-6 small meals a day, two meals can be substituted with a meal replacement. It is recommended you use a meal replacement for meals that you are likely to skip or find difficult to prepare to prevent unhealthy snacking. Using a variety of meal replacements helps avoid boredom.
The Ideal Protein Protocol is a four-phase, low carbohydrate, moderate protein, ketogenic weight management solution. We offer the protocol to their patients to help them lose weight and as a result, reverse metabolic syndrome – the cluster of conditions including increased blood pressure, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels that are often pre-cursors to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. In-House coaching helps keep you on track as we help you to achieve your goals. Most patients lose 3-5lbs per week and notice quick improvements in their metabolic health.