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Weight loss shakes have become an increasingly popular option among people who want to lose weight. Recently, many dieters are opting for weight loss shakes over traditional methods, such as fasting and taking dietary pills for their weight loss plan.
Weight loss shakes can contain some of your favorite types of vegetables and fruits, all blended together to form a delicious and tasty shake. They can serve as a large snack or a meal alternative, thereby keeping your stomach filled and helping to prevent overeating. Furthermore, drinking healthy weight loss shakes allows you to obtain the nutrients your body needs to keep you energetic.
Unlike some traditional dieting methods, drinking weight loss shakes means that you do not have to starve and put up with the urge of not eating for the whole day. They are also a much more affordable option, compared to dietary pills and supplements. These shakes can easily be purchased from stores, or you can make them yourself.
In this article, you will discover the pros and cons of both shakes off the shelves and home-made shakes.
Buying shakes “off the shelves”
There are a variety of brands and flavors available in stores. These shakes are usually very easy to prepare. They are packaged in ready to drink form, just like 3-in-1 coffee, so you can enjoy your shakes simply by adding hot water.
Furthermore, despite being a health product, weight loss shakes can be tasty. These weight loss shakes come in many delicious flavors, such as chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
One down side to purchasing these shakes, however, is that it can be draining on your pocket over the long-run.
If you are on a low-budget, making your own shakes is definitely much cheaper over the long-run.
Making your own shakes does not require much effort. All you need is a blender and your favorite healthy ingredients.
Also, preparing your own shakes allows you to create and add the ingredients you prefer into your shakes, to suit your personal taste. Be creative and add in whatever healthy ingredients you like when making your shakes. Knowing what actually goes into your shakes is another advantage of home-made shakes.
To keep your shakes healthy, make sure you are only adding healthy ingredients, such as vegetables and fruits. Steer clear of foods that are high in sugar and calories. Some of the ingredients you can add into your shakes to make them tastier are plain yoghurt, low fat milk and protein powder. Try looking up recipes online for healthy shake ideas.
Making your own shakes does not, however, mean that you must avoid commercial shakes completely. The most important thing is to check the ingredients list printed on the packaging of commercial shakes. Make sure that the ingredients used are healthy ones, especially low in both sugar and calories.
Making your own shake will certainly add some fun to your dieting journey, as you get to experiment and explore different ways to create different shakes. When you feel creative, you can actually make modifications to the recipes you already use. Before long, you will probably be coming up with your own recipes for weight loss shakes and will be a step closer to your ideal weight.
Have you tried weight loss shakes? What are your favorite combinations of flavors?
Edited by Registered Dietitian Arielle Kamps, M.S., R.D, L.D. Via HealthMatters.sg, a Singapore Health and Fitness blog that aims to help you lose weight, keep fit, and live healthy. Click here to get our free guide “Eat Your Way to Health – Secrets of a Healthy Diet”.
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