Are These Meal Replacements Worth It?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Those who are looking to diet sometimes go the way of meal replacements. Why? Because they’re easy, low calorie, and provide one less meal that you have to plan or think about. But with so many meal replacement options out there, how do you know which is right for you? And are they even worth it? Before buying, take a look at these three meal replacements to determine which is right for your health.

Slim Fast

This meal replacement has been around for a long time. You can buy it in liquid form in a can, or you can buy a powder to mix with either water or milk. As far as taste goes, it’s OK. It tastes a lot like a watered down milk flavored drink. Strange? Yes, but once most people get used to it, they don’t have much problem with the taste. As for nutrients and calories, this drink is comparable with most other meal replacements. It has a little under 200 calories and is fairly well balanced in its nutritional content. The best part of this option? It’s easily accessible and incredibly affordable, making it one of the top sellers.

Shakeology

This is an option offered by Beachbody, who are the creators of exercise programs such as Insanity, 21 Day Fix, and P90X. It’s actually incredibly nutrient packed, which is its biggest seller. Other big sellers for this option are that you can get it vegan, it’s promoted by famous fitness professionals, and the recipe options are endless. The two downsides are the taste and the price. Some people love the flavor, but many others find it difficult to swallow until they find the perfect recipe. It’s also less accessible, as it can only be purchased through a Beachbody coach, and is a bit pricey, coming in at over $100 a bag.

Orgain

Orgain is a little lesser known to the general population. It’s an all organic meal replacement with just under 300 calories. The benefits of this choice? It actually tastes decent as far as meal replacements go, and it’s also affordable. A four pack of Orgain can be found at your local CVS or health food store for under $10. It also packs a powerful protein punch, which helps with hunger and muscle growth. The downsides? There aren’t many flavor options, and it doesn’t have much in the way of fiber. But as meal replacements go, it’s a decent choice for the all organic crowd.

Are these meal supplements really worth it? It depends on your body, your goals, and your specific needs. If you have any questions, you can always ask a doctor for advice. If you’re interested in a meal supplement, find one that suits your needs and taste buds, and you’re more likely to stick with it long-term for ultimate success.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

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