Finding the right meal replacement shake

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2014 11:52AM MDT
Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer Melanie Douglass explains what makes SKINNY Meal Replacement shakes so unique and effective. 

Replacing breakfast or lunch with one SKINNY shake 5 days a week will help you:
  • Control your hunger,
  • Reduce overall calorie intake,
  • Promote the burning of stored fat during exercise,
  • And build lean muscle.


Finding the right meal replacement shake

Meal replacement shakes are a great way to reduce your daily calories without leaving you feeling starved. They can also satisfy cravings for something sweet for people on a low carb diet. Unfortunately, many meal replacement shakes are so loaded with sugar they actually spike your blood sugar levels, and your appetite, so they actually defeat the entire purpose of a meal replacement shake. 

As I mentioned in another post, foods loaded with simple sugars set you up for weight gain while more complex carbohydrates are digested slowly which controls your blood sugar, provides natural energy for a prolonged period of time, and satisfies your appetite longer. I typically recommend for people to look for protein shakes that are low in carbohydrates (5 grams or less), but the new meal replacement SKINNY, developed by Proform, is a unique shake that I highly recommend for dieters.

What makes SKINNY so unique?

SKINNY contains isomaltulose, a naturally occurring, low glycemic index sugar found in honey and sugar cane. This unique ingredient is digested more slowly than sucrose, so it provides a steady supply of energy without spiking your blood sugar. This means you will feel full longer, you'll have a steady supply of healthy energy, and your body will actually burn more fat during exercise while building lean muscle. 

Nice and mild

Something else SKINNY got right in my opinion is its mild chocolate flavor. I’ve tried a lot of protein shakes, and most try to bury you in overpowering flavor. They also load on the artificial sweeteners until the taste is almost sickening. SKINNY has a nice, mild flavor that doesn’t draw attention to itself. That’s what you want in something you’re going to eat day after day. Too much artificial flavor makes it a burden that you will chose to quickly ignore. 

When should I take it?

Each container has a 20-day supply of shakes. If you want to stretch it out to a full month, then use one to replace either breakfast or lunch 5 days a week. I personally prefer to have one daily, but 5 days a week has been shown to help with weight loss. If you’re not a fan of breakfast, then this is a great way to start your day. If you like to start with a big breakfast, I would suggest replacing your lunch with SKINNY to stretch your satisfied feeling deeper into your day. For weight loss, I’m a big fan of exercising first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, but if you can’t do that, a SKINNY shake before exercise can help give you energy during your workout when your diet-related energy levels are low.

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