It’s common knowledge that setting too many health goals can backfire. But since achieving your ideal health will likely require changing at least a few bad habits, it helps to find one positive “anchor” change that paves the way for others. A meal replacement shake is more than just a low-calorie meal. With convenience, versatility and appetite control, it often helps people pull off a complete nutrition and fitness makeover.
Here are six unhealthy eating habits that a meal replacement shake can fix…
1. Eating Too Many Calories
Many people eat more calories than their bodies need, and you’d be shocked how quickly those calories add up. Researchers from Cornell University found that people who are overweight tend to underestimate their calorie intake by 30-40%! A meal replacement shake takes care of the calorie counting conundrum: you have a fixed calorie amount and it’s fairly easy to keep track of any calories you add with smoothie add-ins. If a shake has built-in appetite control, like Shakeology does, it can also help you successfully reduce calories without the boomerang effect.
2. Skipping Breakfast
In my experience, people who skip breakfast are much less likely to lose weight. You set yourself up to enter the “hunger danger zone” around late morning, which is the land of unplanned meals and impulsive snacking (see habit #1). Breakfast starts your day on the right foot, especially if it includes the ingredients to fuel your willpower by keeping you full. If you’re pressed for time, it takes just two minutes to make a nutritious breakfast Shakeology with a great balance of protein and carbs for fullness. Just toss some fruit and a little Greek yogurt into a blender with your meal replacement shake powder and you’re set!
3. Not Exercising Regularly
It’s hard to be motivated to exercise when your meals aren’t timed right. You could hit the gym after work… but you haven’t eaten for hours and a no-energy workout is hardly worth it. Then again, if you go home for dinner first, you’ve got a heavy meal in your gut for hours. What are the chances you’ll really work out later in the evening? A meal replacement shake steps in here as perfect pre-workout fuel. It’s a light meal with enough carbs and protein to deliver both quick and sustained energy, yet it won’t weigh you down. You can even take it right into the gym with you. Knowing that you’re amplifying the results of every push-up and lunge by facilitating lean muscle development (Shakeology does this) is great motivation!
4. Skimping on Vegetables
Most of us don’t get the recommended amount of vegetables in our daily diet (in fact, not even close). Vegetables are literally my secret weapon in weight loss because they’re low calorie and fill me up for hours. They’re also essential for health and reducing disease risk. But it’s not easy to load up on vegetables if you don’t get an early start. While I love to sauté a skillet full of vegetables and whip up an egg frittata, that’s not practical on weekdays. Enter: Shakeology. You can add a variety of veggies to Shakeology like spinach, kale, swiss chard, dandelion, collards… any of these low-calorie, health-boosting greens taste great with vanilla Shakeology, a drop of honey, some yogurt, and a banana or wedge of avocado.
5. Having Lunch or Dinner Late
Eating evenly spaced meals throughout the day is a smart goal—not only because it helps to keep your glucose and energy levels stable, but because it controls hunger and cravings, like I mentioned above. For the same reason that skipping breakfast is troublesome, having a late lunch or late dinner can open the door to less healthy choices when you do finally sit down to eat. Work schedules and unexpected tasks definitely make eating on-time tricky sometimes, though. If this is an issue for you, then a shake is easy to keep handy. This way you can ensure that you get a meal on time, so you’re less likely to get to that starving point where anything goes… into your mouth.
6. Forgetting Your Multivitamin
Supplementing the nutrients you get from foods can help ensure that your vitamin levels are optimal each day. A high-quality meal replacement shake is a great source of fiber and essential vitamins and minerals. That means if you tend to forget about taking your daily multivitamins (guilty), your shake has you covered. Shakeology provides 23 vitamins and minerals your body needs to function for optimal health. Most of us don’t get the complete range of essential vitamins and minerals in our daily diets. Some important vitamins, such as vitamin C and the B vitamins, are water-soluble, meaning they’re flushed out of your body after a short time and need to be replenished regularly. Others, like vitamin E, can be difficult to get enough of in food. Shakeology Chocolate and Greenberry provide all these nutrients in an easy-to-take form, so you never have to worry.
Are you ready to try Shakeology?
In a study published by the University of Melbourne, people who used a meal replacement shake lost weight faster than those who didn’t. Because they saw results faster, they stayed motivated: 81% of the shake-drinkers achieved their target weight loss, compared with 50% of the gradual dieters. Incorporate Shakeology into your daily nutrition and you have a great chance of crossing “achieve ideal shape” off your wish list by summertime!