Do these shakes really help to loose weight?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-03-2013
Do these shakes really help to loose weight?
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Thu, 01-23-2014 - 9:45am

I ran into some ladies at work who, are trying lest say a “new “diet” according to them. They are drinking a protein shake by some brand (HLife) that has a diet plan for those who want to loose weight  by using their products. So this lady at work is following this plan . She told me that they have to drink one shake for breakfast, some fruits mid morning, another shake for lunch, and another shake for dinner.. I was like what?? No real lunch? I mean like some chicken, fish, veggies, salads. And she replied me no according to thiis plan, because the shakes are very fulfilling and that is the objective not to be hungry throughout the day.

 

Do these shakes really are so fulfilling and nurture you that it is ok if u skip the ral veggies, meat, ettc?  Or the main question is do these kind of diet plans that includes shakes really work? Or people just buy anything  and believe anything in order to loose weight without first know by hand that  you can loose weight by eating right and not necessarily mean those special shakes they believe they can help.  This lady by the way do not exercise.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-18-2013
Thu, 01-23-2014 - 10:34am

I think we all should face the fact that gimmics don't work. I have tried every shake, pill, wrap, bar, and anything else and a sensible diet is the only thing that really has worked. Unfortunately, old habits die hard and I wind up right back where I started every time. I have been told by those who have truly succeeded in weight loss is that the only thing that really works, and permanently, is to change your life to incorporate healthy eating and exercise.

 I don't know why this is so hard. I wish all I had to do was drink a shake.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2002
Fri, 01-24-2014 - 8:31am
You are so right " its tough" but one must continue to strong and enjoy a healthy lifestyle and exercise is a must..
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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 01-30-2014 - 12:44am

They can help in certain situations, like to jump start weight loss or to break bad eating habits. But I don't think that they can safely be used long term; and most people get bored with the same thing at every meal and/or they start wanting to chew something. People need to learn how to control portions and make healthy food choices to live in the real world. You would have to read a label to see if the shakes are nutritionally balanced.

For more than a week or two, a doctor should be supervising a liquid diet. My nephew performs bariatric surgery and they put some patients on a liquid diet for weeks or months leading up to the procedure but these are very obese people under a doctor's care.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2002
Sat, 02-01-2014 - 2:41pm
I agree to learn portion control and do a little exercise each day.. Slow and steady at first to get oneself into the new lifestyle..
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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-04-2014
Tue, 02-04-2014 - 5:27am

I think you should avoid to eat junk foods and also eat healthy and do work out which will help you to lose weight.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-06-2010
Sat, 03-01-2014 - 8:52am

There is a woman I talk to on another board who uses protein shakes but she doesn't use them for every meal. At least one meal a day, and other meals if she's pressed for time. She is losing well.

I can't do shakes because even though they might fill me up, I don't feel as though I ate and still crave real food. Then what happens when you go on maintenance and go back to eating food. You still don't know how to eat healthy and control your portions. Also, exercise is for much more than losing weight. Everyone should exercise, not just those who want to lose weight. It keeps your muscles toned, increases your lung capacity, lowers your BP BS and cholesterol. Keeps you limber. So I would not recommend the shakes. Overall, you're better off learning how to eat a healthy diet and exercising.