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How Do Meal Replacement Shakes Work?

If you’re looking at ways to lose weight, you’ve probably heard of a meal replacement shake. But you might not know what one is or even how a meal replacement shake works!

This is a complete guide to help you to understand what a shake is and exactly how it helps you to lose weight?

What Is A Meal Replacement Shake?

A meal replacement shake is exactly that. It is a shake that is consumed instead of a meal. The shake is usually a specially formulated powder, which is mixed with water, and is calorie controlled with essential nutrients. They also often contain a hunger-blocker, for example, IdealShakes contain Slendesta to help you to feel and stay feeling full.

In a study published by the University of Melbourne, people who used a meal replacement shake lost weight faster than those who didn’t. Because they saw results faster, they stayed motivated: 81% of the shake-drinkers achieved their target weight loss, compared with 50% of the gradual dieters.

So how does it help us to lose weight?

How Does A Meal Replacement Shake Work?

Woman blending up an Chocolate IdealShake smoothie.1. Limits The Calories You Eat

It’s surprising how quickly those calories add up. A meal replacement shake eliminates the stress of counting calories as each shake contains around 110-120 calories in IdealShake) and it’s fairly easy to keep track of any calories you add with smoothie add-ins.

If a shake has built-in appetite control, like IdealShake does, it can also help you successfully reduce calories by keeping you full in between meals.

2. Provides An On-The-Go Breakfast

People who skip breakfast are much less likely to lose weight and to keep it off. You set yourself up to enter the “hunger danger zone” around late morning, which is the land of unplanned meals and impulsive snacking. But lots of us rarely have time to sit and eat in the morning.

So if you’re pressed for time, a meal replacement shake makes a nutritious breakfast smoothie with a great balance of protein and carbs for fullness.


Trainer Kaytlin making a Vanilla IdealShake smoothie.

3. Helps You To Eat Enough Greens

Most of us don’t get the recommended amount of vegetables in our daily diet. But vegetables are great for losing weight because they are low calorie and fill me up for hours. They’re also essential for health and reducing disease risk.

A shake can be an easy way to eat more vegetables. Add ingredients like spinach, kale, swiss chard, dandelion, collards to you shake powder and blend for a convenient way to eat your greens. You could even try a drop of honey, some yogurt, and a banana or wedge of avocado.

Here are some shake recipes with added superfoods!


Drinking idealshake

4. Gives You No Excuse To Skip A Meal Or Eat Late

Eating evenly spaced meals throughout the day is a smart goal—not only because it helps to keep your glucose and energy levels stable, but because it controls hunger and cravings. But busy schedules can make eating on-time tricky.

Because a meal replacement shake is quick to make, quick to drink, and is easy to carry, it is the perfect thing to have on the go.


5. Gives You All Your Vitamins

Vitamins are important for our general health and wellness. Especially if we’re cutting back what we eat to lose weight.

A high-quality meal replacement shake is a great source of fiber and essential vitamins and minerals.IdealShake provides fiber and is packed with vitamins and minerals. Adding some fruit or making a green smoothie will give your immune system a boost too (berries, oranges, kale, and spinach are a few terrific sources of antioxidants).



Salted Caramel IdealShake tub and delicious drink.

6. Controls Sugar Cravings

Refined sugar is a major contributing factor to diabetes, obesity and numerous chronic diseases. But it’s tough to control the persistent craving for sweets.

A meal replacement shake can help you avoid that sticky path altogether. A shake might taste sweet and delicious, but it’s a low sugar alternative! It lets you indulge in something desserty without the high sugar and calorie content.




Why Try IdealShakes?

Since 2003, IdealShape has been developing the perfect meal replacement shake diet, so we’re something of an expert!

Our meal replacement shake works! We’ve seen our IdealShake help thousands of individuals change habits and find their ideal simply by changing eating habits! Here are just a few of the transformations and success stories from IdealShape customers!

Kami Price

Kami Price

Head Trainer & Nutritionist

Kami Price is the Head Trainer for IdealShape. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a Pn.1 Certified Nutrition Coach, and Certified Yoga Instructor. Kami has been in the fitness world for over 10 years and prior to joining IdealShape owned one of the biggest private gyms in Utah.

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