The Benefits of Drinking Your Meal to Lose Weight

Learn how you can shake up your weight loss routine with blended drinks.

The Benefits of Drinking Your Meal to Lose Weight

Did you know that with the right ingredients you can consume the same vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals in liquid form as you can in a solid meal? Read on to find out how meal replacement shakes and smoothies work, and if they can help you on your path to weight loss.

Consume Recommended Daily Protein and Fiber Intake

Protein is a vital component to your diet because it helps rebuild and restore the body, from building bone and muscle tissue to making sure your cells are in top condition. Fiber is another healthy essential, because it moves slowly through your intestines allowing vitamins and minerals you’re consuming to be absorbed more efficiently. It also aids in weight loss by helping to regulate bowel movements and reduce bloat.

If you’re having a difficult time getting your recommended dose of protein and fiber, drinking a meal replacement shake could help. You can either incorporate protein sources like soy milk, greek yogurt, or nut butter to your shake, or buy it in powdered form and add a measured amount to your drink. Likewise with fiber, you can throw in natural sources of it like raspberries, bananas, and blackberries to your smoothie, or incorporate it in powdered form.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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