Nutrition

The Busy-Body’s Weight-Loss Guide

Bzzz… that’s the sound you make as you zoom from one appointment to the next, just as the busy little bees do, flying from one flower to the next. From work, to student-teacher meetings, to doctor appointments, to the grocery store; it’s no wonder you don’t have time to eat, let alone get a workout in!

You’ve been desperately wanting to lose weight and get into shape, and it’s not like you’re not trying. You’ve been adding in veggies where you can, you opt for wheat bread over white, you’re chugging water, and for heaven’s sake, you’re basically running a marathon all over town each day anyway! So, why aren’t you losing weight?

Did you know eating too little food is just as harmful on your metabolism as eating too much food?

But, you heard being in a calorie deficit is how you lose weight, right? You didn’t hear wrong, but there’s a balance needed for a caloric deficit to be beneficial.

Your body needs fuel (food) to burn fat, so when you miss meals as a consequence of rushing around all day, your brain tells your body food is scarce and orders it to store whatever fat you have to protect your precious organs in case of a food famine, which is why the fat around your belly is so stubborn.

Skipping meals is also harmful for another major reason. Your brain needs glucose to function, and if it doesn’t get it in the form of digested food, it will take it from your muscles. Missing meals = muscle loss, not fat loss; and without adequate muscle mass, you will never be able to burn fat.

Just like a fire burns wood to create heat, your body burns food to create energy. What happens when you put wood into a fireplace that hasn’t ignited? It sits untouched by flame, but if a fire is roaring, it’ll burn just about whatever you put into it.

When you eat enough of the right foods throughout the day, your metabolism remains ignited and burns up just about anything you eat. Once you skip a meal and the hunger pangs set-in, the fire dies and anything eaten during that time isn’t used efficiently. This is one of the main causes of a slow metabolism.

Of course, this is all fine and swell for the people who have time to prepare their meals so as to avoid skipping them, but what if it’s an especially busy week and you don’t find the time?

This is when you need supplemental help in the convenient form of a meal replacement shake (MRS). MRS are everything and more when it comes to keeping your diet in check.

Meal Replacement Shakes: a high protein food

Meal replacement shakes are like that of a protein powder, but are used to replace 1-2 meals a day, rather than used as a pre/post-workout snack. Just like your whey protein powder, a good MRS shake contains a high amount of lean protein. Because they contain the nutrients you need, they make the perfect meal while remaining low in calories. You get all the nutrition you need in a super convenient way, while creating a healthy caloric deficit; win-win.

MRS: One of the best ways to lose weight?

What can a Meal Replacement Shake do for you?

  • Eating healthier or more consistently.
  • Convenient. Just scoop, shake, then drink!
  • Effectively low in calories, fats, sugars, and carbs.
  • High in protein and fiber to help keep you feeling fuller longer.

Just like anything worth having in life, weight loss must be earned. A MRS won’t help you meet your fitness goals on its own. It needs to be combined with consistent exercise and diligence in your diet, so it’s important you find the time.

Your diet should be a reflection of your ideal lifestyle, because a well-balanced diet allows for a domino effect in your life — like improved sleep, which increases energy, which increases metabolism, which allows for healthy weight loss. A well-balanced diet also plays a huge roll in controllable factors of your mental health (remember glucose and the brain?).

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One study done a few short years back sampled a large group of people who were successful when using a meal replacement shake. In just a 12 week period, the men and women of the study lost approximately 10% of their body fat by replacing 1-2 meals a day with their low-calorie shakes. That’s amazing!

I think we are past the leering question of, ‘will this really work?’ The answer is yes, it will work. Again, it must be used in combination with a healthy lifestyle, but I know you’re willing to put in the effort, otherwise, why would you be reading this right now?

Now, don’t go rushing online looking for your cheapest MRS option. Quality over quantity is majorly applicable when it comes to your diet and finding the right MRS for you.

There are a few things you should look for when buying a MRS.

What to Look For In a Quality Meal Replacement Shake

  • Low in calories
  • Low in sodium
  • Low in sugar
  • High in protein
  • Vitamin and mineral content
  • Affordable
  • Tasty

Here’s where things get really convenient. IdealFit has launched a Meal Replacement Shake to go along with your other IdealLean products. This means you no longer have the hassle of making your protein into a MRS. Let performance protein be just that, and use a MRS dedicated to helping you succeed in maintaining a healthy diet.

Is IdealLean Meal Replacement Shake Right for You?

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Macros

A good MRS should have a proper balance of macros: protein, carbs, and fats. An even better MRS shake has a healthy combination of macros, plus some of the vitamins and minerals women need — like calcium, potassium, and iron, all of which are in the IdealLean Meal Replacement Shake.

What else makes this Shake amazing?

Fiber

Healthy whole grainsIdealLean’s Meal Replacement Shake contains 18% of your daily value of fiber per serving. Why is this important? Fiber helps support a healthy digestive track and takes longer to digest. Statistically speaking, people don’t get enough fiber in their diet. Are you one of them?

 

Oats

OatsThis is something I’m really excited for. Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth, because they are so nutrient-dense. I like to use oats in place of other grains, because it produces the same outcome in your meals, but on a way healthier level.

Oats are a great source of complex carbs and fiber. They also contain more protein and essential fats than most other grains. Oats also contain a plethora of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants!

 

Chia Powder 

Chia SeedsChia powder contains calcium, manganese, phosphorus, many essential vitamins, and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, just to name a few nutrients.

 

 

 

FLAX SEED

Flax SeedFlax seed contain the heart-healthy omega-3, as well as fiber. You’ll find both chia powder and flax seed in the IdealLean Meal Replacement Shake.

 

 

 

Whey Protein

Whey Protein PowderWhey is a complete, high-quality protein that contains all of the essential amino acids. It is easily digested and absorbs quickly into your gut, especially compared to other types of protein.

There aren’t many body-builders, fitness competitors, or fitness-savvy people out there who would disagree with the health benefits of consuming whey protein.

Why IdealLean Meal Replacement is the Whey to Go!

I trust IdealFit. The products are high quality and when you combine them with an overall healthy lifestyle you get quality results.

Your life may be hectic, but your health shouldn’t take the fall for it. Buzz around without worry, little bee. With IdealLean Meal Replacement you’ll have what you need to sustain you through the busiest of days.

Enjoy the rush with IdealLean Meal Replacement HERE!



Lindsey Mathews

Lindsey Mathews

Head Trainer & Nutritionist

Lindsey Mathews is the Head Trainer and Nutritionist at IdealFit. She is a NSCA-CSCS certified personal trainer, C-ISSN certified sports nutritionist, Pn. 1 certified nutrition coach, and a nationally qualified NPC bikini competitor. Before joining IdealFit, she ran the largest boot camp program in Utah County.


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