Looking to lose weight? Some are effective, others not so effective, and some are downright dangerous. Of all the diet techniques out there, one of the most effective ones is the meal replacement shakes method. By changing out a few meals a week with low-calorie alternatives like shakes, people can lose weight quicker than through general "healthy eating" alone 1 Check Top Rated Shakes of Many of these meal replacement shakes are packed with fillers, low-quality ingredients, and sweeteners that can not only slow down your weight loss, but even cause unpleasant side effects that leave you feeling worse than before. Why Meal Replacement?
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Isagenix IsaLean Alternatives Isagenix core weight loss systems is based on its meal replacement shakes , called IsaLean. Isagenix says its IsaLean shakes are nutritious and balanced meal replacements that aid in weight loss and lean muscle-building.
The shakes, which come in three flavors though not very imaginative ones : vanilla; strawberry and chocolate. Furthermore, the studies proving their nutritional claims are questionable, and not all of their products have been studied 1. Balanced meal replacement This claim is mostly false because Isagenix shakes are fairly high in added sugars and carbohydrates, which does not make for an optimally balanced meal.
They do provide enough protein, however, when compared to a whole foods based meal CDC recommendations would be around 20 grams per meal, and Isagenix shakes provide 24 grams. Clinically tested to promote healthy weight loss As stated above, the study done on Isagenix shakes are questionable and full of holes. When compared to any other calorie restrictive weight loss approach, it has not been proven that these products are any more helpful.
Clinically tested to promote lean muscle building While many studies have been done on whey protein and lean muscle building 3 , Isagenix products have not been clinically studied to promote lean muscle building. The only clinical study carried out was the above-mentioned study, which focused solely on weight loss in a group of obese women between the ages of Their shakes do not use high fructose corn syrup, and fructose is considered a low glycemic sweetener 4.
However, an excess of fructose can be harmful to the liver, so proceed with caution 5. With energy-fueling carbohydrates This is mostly true because carbohydrates are, by definition, energy-fueling.
However, getting our carbohydrates from whole foods sources found in nature is equally as energy-fueling, and comes along with more natural fiber and nutrients, making them preferable to a meal replacement shake. Good fats Isagenix shakes contain sunflower oil and canola oil, neither of which are healthy fats.
Both are highly processed omega 6 fats, which in excess are known to cause systemic inflammation 6. Furthermore, many of the vitamins provided by a shake will put the consumer at well over the DRI daily recommended intake of said vitamin if they drink the recommended two shakes per day. Whey protein has been shown to build muscle 7 , lower blood pressure 8 and reduce inflammation 9 , among other benefits.
Superior branched-chain amino acid profile While each shake does provide all branched chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine, valine , it is likely not superior to whole foods sources such as meat and eggs protein foods found in nature.
Generally speaking, supplementation is unnecessary for people with adequate dietary protein intake Active enzymes to help ease digestion Yes, IsaLean shakes come with enzymes to aid digestion, along with a certain strain of probiotics Lactobacillus acidophilus. Like any food produced in a laboratory versus foods found in nature, the body is unlikely to utilize these enzymes as effectively as they would from naturally occurring enzymes, such as those found in fermented foods and fresh fruits, for example.
Essential trace minerals This statement is mostly false because, while Isagenix shakes do contain a long list of vitamins and minerals, all are synthetically produced.
Synthetically produced vitamins and minerals as opposed to food based are debatable in terms of their effectiveness and safety, and some studies show that they could actually increase risk of mortality Isagenix shakes are synthetically made, and while many of their ingredients are derived from plants and foods found in nature, this can pretty much be said about any processed food-like product.
IsaLean Shake contains superior nutrition compared to other meal replacement shakes on the market. This statement is false because there are meal replacement powders on the market that do provide organic, less synthetic and more nutritious ingredients. No meal replacement product can replace the macro and micronutrients needed from whole foods. IsaLean Shake provides balanced nutrients to maximize nutrition while helping you track caloric intake for weight loss and effective weight management.
Our shakes also have added enzymes to help break down carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and other key nutrients. The vitamin and mineral content in IsaLean shakes will not be balanced for each person, as everybody has very different nutrient needs. You can track the caloric intake of these shakes more easily than if you were eating real foods, but at a serious cost to your overall health. So there are a lot of meal replacement shakes on the market.
And many people make their own. So what makes Isagenix IsaLean shakes different? But Isagenix says their sakes give you the nutrition you need to keep going and stay healthy while cutting your calories sufficiently to shed that weight. So depending on your weight, the amount of calories you need and ultimately, your weight loss goals, IsaLean Shake can be used to replace one to two meals a day.
For those who have higher calorie needs, IsaLean Shake can be used to replace up to three meals. Depending on who you ask, this is either a ton of nutrition or or ton of not-good-for-you junk.
The latter would have opponents point out that fructose the third ingredient listed may be the one ingredient found in processed foods that has helped people get, and stay, overweight. And the omega-6 refined oils, the excessive carbs, the genetically modified ingredients GMOs ingredients are all dubious.
In other words, the process of just letting you know what the product is and where it comes from needs to be better standardized and have a more defined methodology. You know, make it easier. The ingredients include but are not limited to whey and milk protein concentrates, isomaltooligosaccharide powder, fructose, refined oil powders, tapioca maltodextrin, refined seed powders, xanthan gum, medicago sativa leaf extract, beet juice powder, magnesium oxide, tricalcium phosphate, potassium citrate, enzyme blend, lipase, cellulase, invertase, protease, amylase, bromelain, papain, acid stable protease, magnesium citrate, sea salt, stevia leaf extract, silicon dioxide, yucca root powder, ascorbic acid, magnesium stearate, selenium amino acid chelate, and an alphabet soup of vitamin derivatives.
All the below options have comparable to identical ingredient profiles for vitamins as well as enzymes not compared in the table while at the same time saving you a pretty penny. Keep in mind that what company makes you believe about the product is not necessarily true and verified.
Isagenix IsaLean Alternatives Isagenix core weight loss systems is based on its meal replacement shakes , called IsaLean. Isagenix says its IsaLean shakes are nutritious and balanced meal replacements that aid in weight loss and lean muscle-building. The shakes, which come in three flavors though not very imaginative ones : vanilla; strawberry and chocolate. Furthermore, the studies proving their nutritional claims are questionable, and not all of their products have been studied 1.
IsaLean® Shake Dairy-Free
Taste A great thing about this shake option is there are a lot of great shake flavors to choose from and there are both dairy and non-dairy choices. The PRO shakes are great for using post workouts as they help in building muscle, and they also offer more protein than the regular shakes. The texture is thick, but not too thick where it is hard to drink. Editors Tip: Studies suggest that meal replacement shakes offer the best results when used for at least 5 months. Save money and buy in bulk or bundles. Diet shake reviews show that this shake is great for staying active and building lean muscles. With weight loss, you want to use low calorie foods and with this shake, which you will be taking twice a day, less calories would be preferred.