What You Need to Know About Meal Replacements

Meal replacements come in bars, powders and ready-to-drink shakes and come in an array of flavours. To decide if a meal replacement product is the right fit for you, review below to see if one or more of these statements describes your lifestyle.

You are trying to lose or maintain your weight and…

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  • You work long hours
  • You travel far to work or school
  • You’re always on the go
  • You require convenience
  • You’re an absent-minded dieter
  • You want to avoid unhealthy meals
  • You don’t have time to prepare balanced, calorie-controlled meals

If you said yes to one or more of these statements, then meal replacement products might be a great option for you. But before you invest in a meal replacement program you may want to check out these Q & A’s.

1. Are Meal Replacement Products Healthy?

Unfortunately, not all meal replacement products are created equally.  According to Health Canada, a meal replacement is a single food, which is able to replace one or more daily meals but not be a sole source of nourishment.   While some meal replacement products may successfully help you measure calorie intake, they may fail in their lack of nutritional content. Two different bars or shakes can have dramatically different sodium content, fiber, chemical preservatives or carbohydrates.

Health Canada establishes the required minimum amount of calories, a specified amount and quality of protein, a maximum amount of energy derived from fat (35 percent), a specified amount of various vitamins and mineral nutrients, and the balance of energy coming from its carbohydrate content.  Nutribar meal replacements are proudly Health Canada regulated.

2. Do Meal Replacement Products Help You Lose Weight?

The concept: Replace a meal with a shake or bar that is calorie controlled to help you lose weight.

Meal replacement products can help you lose weight if you use them consistently and correctly.They can even be part of a high protein diet.  A meal replacement product should not be used at every meal. Aside from the fact that this is not sustainable over weeks and months, it’s important to slowly develop good eating habits, including healthy food preparation over time. However, a nutritionally responsible meal replacement product like Nutribar’s will definitely help you boost your weight loss program.  For example, a Nutribar Original bar contains only 250 to 270 calories per bar and contain enough protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling full longer.  Another simple reason is this, if you’re hungry while on the go it may help you resist a high-calorie, high-fat snack or fast-food option. And Nutribar products taste amazing (think chocolate-fudge, chocolate and peanut-butter and creamy caramel) and don’t have weird textures or after tastes like some of its competitors. Read the Nutribar’s breakthrough clinical study to learn more about product efficacy.

Tip: Use a Nutribar Meal replacement product:

To replace the meal you struggle with the most

In the evening to help you stave off night time cravings

When you need an extra boost of vitamin D, calcium, potassium or iron.

In general, any plan for weight loss or weight maintenance should emphasize a healthy lifestyle and a change in eating habits, and include physical fitness as part of that change. Keep in mind that a safe weight loss consists of 1-2 pounds per week.

3. Are meal replacement shakes and bars good for diabetics?

According to Diabetes Canada, Diabetes is projected to rise to 4.2 million people (10.8%) by 2020. There are a number of different types of diabetes, some of which are more prevalent than others but the most common form of diabetes in the general population is type 2 diabetes and it’s often linked to being overweight or obese. Type 2 diabetes can result due to an excess of adipose tissue causing a decreased sensitivity to insulin. This leads to poor blood glucose levels, which can result in the development of severe complications such as heart disease and kidney disease.  By reducing weight and adipose tissue, insulin levels along with blood glucose will improve, reducing the risk of complications.

Along with medication and exercise, diabetics should prepare healthy, nutritionally complete meals containing non-starchy vegetables, small portions of fresh fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products.  Like regular dieters, meal replacement shakes and bars can provide a safe and tasty option when a healthy, prepared meal is not at hand.