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Can meal replacement shakes help me achieve my wedding weight-loss goal?


Problems with Meal Replacement Shakes
Some people find these shakes don't keep them satisfied. Drinking an extra 8-ounce glass of water or eating a piece of fruit can help.
Some people find these shakes don't keep them satisfied. Drinking an extra 8-ounce glass of water or eating a piece of fruit can help.
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It can be difficult to stick to lifestyle changes, even when you've got an important goal to reach -- like slipping into a bikini on your honeymoon. Of course, you probably start each day with plenty of resolve. And then hunger strikes.

The truth is, it's hard to think clearly when your stomach's calling for food, and for some people, meal replacement shakes don't seem to satisfy for more than an hour or two. The amount of liquid doesn't distend the stomach the same way a large meal of solid foods would, so try tricking your tummy. Drink an 8-ounce glass of water with each meal replacement shake.

In addition, make sure you aren't going too long without food. You should be splitting your intake into five small meals a day. You can also add low-calorie fruits or veggies. The fiber will help you feel full; just remember to include the additional calories in your overall daily count.

Although it's generally OK to consume meal replacement shakes during a weight-loss phase (even if takes several weeks), shakes are a short-term solution. In the long haul, meal replacement shakes may cause bowel problems because of their meager fiber content and, because you're not eating whole foods, you're at risk of eventually depleting vital nutrients.

As with any dietary change, balance is key. So during your one "proper" meal each day, include whole grains, lean protein, fruits and vegetables to keep the body functioning properly. With these strategies, you'll be ready for your wedding day and beyond.