You may have heard about meal replacement shakes in magazines when celebrities are discussing their “loose weight fast” schemes for their latest appearance, or you may have heard some people that aren’t educated about the item telling you how it’s the worst thing that you could drink during your weight loss journey. Nevertheless, you’ve most definitely heard about it. But, do you know what it actually is?

Just to put it out there… a meal replacement shake IS NOT a protein shake – contrary to popular belief. A meal replacement shake does exactly what it says on the tin. It replaces a meal. Whilst a meal replacement shake should still provide you with an adequate amount of protein, it also provides your body with so much more. Many people opt for meal replacement shakes as part of a healthy lifestyle. This is because they are higher in calories than a protein shake, and they provide your body with everything that a meal would provide it, minus the unhealthy additions such as high saturated fat levels, high salt levels, and “bad carbs”. Instead of a person having a sandwich for lunch, for example, with white bread and a bit of cheese, maybe some mayo here and there, they instead have a meal replacement shake. It has the same number of calories, minus the bread, cheese and butter!

Meal replacement shakes often release energy much slower than regular meals, therefore they can be drank for breakfast, lunch or dinner – whichever suits you best! The reason people are turning to meal replacement shakes rather than dieting, is because it’s easier and the effects are longer lasting. Diets tend to leave people hungry; possibly leading them to consume more on “cheat days”. Whereas a meal replacement shake provides the body with the correct amount of nutrients and minerals, such as fibre which is key to curbing your appetite.

It’s up to you when you choose to drink your meal replacement shake too! Many people like to have theirs in replacement of breakfast in the morning since it’s quick and easy, others prefer to have theirs on an evening to help fight late-night cravings. Be honest with yourself, which meal are you most likely to make bad decisions on? Drink your shake then!

Here at USN, we provide a range of high quality meal replacement shakes (which also come in a wide range of delicious flavours!) which are designed to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Find out more about them here:


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