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.