Nutrition milkshakes

Published on August 2nd, 2013 | by Joe Starks

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Eat That! The Milkshake Diet

Almost everybody loves milkshakes. Creamy, indulgent and delicious, milkshakes are refreshing and filling. We all know there is a downside to drinking too many of them. After all, milkshakes owe their appeal to their high sugar and fat content. This makes it very surprising to hear that there is a whole diet devoted to the drinking of this beverage. Imagine drinking two or three frosty, fatty milkshakes every day and actually lose weight instead of gaining it. Is it perhaps a bit too good to be real? How could this possibly work scientifically? Let’s have a closer look at this milkshake diet, shall we?

What is the milkshake diet?

The idea behind the milkshake diet is that if you replace a meal or two every day with a milkshake you will lose weight. Typically breakfast and lunch are replaced with a milkshake, supposedly keeping you full and helping you slim down. This might sound totally absurd, but the real question is: what milkshake exactly?

If we are talking about the world’s fattest milkshake then you’d actually gulp down 4000 extra calories every day, which will probably turn you into a morbidly obese person instead of slimming you down. If you’d drink a meal-replacement shake instead you might be under-eating too much, since those specially manufactured diet shakes usually have less than a hundred calories in them.

On the other hand if you go through the trouble of finding the perfect milkshake to replace your meals with, why not just start calorie counting instead?

Is the milkshake diet healthy?

Thankfully the answer is easy: No, it is not. Milkshakes in their natural form have far too much sugar and fat, while also including far too little of any other nutrient to be healthy. People who are sensitive to high blood sugar levels might actually get very ill from this diet and that does not go only for diabetics. Many people feel ill when they eat too much sugar at once, like it happens to children when they overindulge in sweets.

Also, milkshakes aren’t really very filling. They are liquid and thus quickly absorbed and secreted by the body, leaving you quite hungry in a very short amount of time. You might have an initial feeling of fullness because of all the fat, but that last half an hour tops.

If we are talking about meal-replacement shakes on the other hand then this is a totally different story. Meal replacement shakes usually have very few calories, a low sugar and fat content and they are often fortified with vitamins and minerals. This can actually make one of those milkshakes a day a good snack.

I say snack, because replacing a whole meal with them can lead you to under-eat. But if you replace, let’s say, a candy bar with a meal-replacement milkshake you will probably avoid eating up to 250 calories or more. This means that drinking meal-replacement milkshakes can actually help you lose weight if they replace a very fatty snack you’d usually indulge in.

It is important to remember that even meal replacements do not have everything your body needs, especially when it comes to essential fats, proteins and some vitamins. Having a monotone diet might cause you more harm than good, so make sure to replace the worst parts of your diet with a meal-replacement shake and to keep the healthy parts. Perhaps even think of adding a bit of vegetables or fruit just to boost the whole diet a bit.

What is important in the end is that you never go below 1200 calories and that you start learning to eat in a sustainable manner. Milkshake meal replacement are usually very expensive and not that delicious when you have eaten them for months. This makes it almost certain that you can’t continue drinking them forever. So, if you start a milkshake meal-replacement diet make sure you begin to improve your diet as a whole before you quit the milkshakes.

It is important to make gradual changes, even when you have lost all the weight you wanted to get rid of. When you want to return to a non-milkshake diet, take your time and cut down on the shakes slowly, perhaps drinking one every other day or so.

In general, this diet is not good for anyone with a chronic illness and even the healthy individuals should get their doctor’s opinion first before changing their lifestyle so radically.

There is a very high danger of gaining more weight when starting a very odd diet, because we usually return to our old habits with renewed fervor after failed dieting attempts. So make sure you are ready for this.

Conclusion

The milkshake diet is not a very scientific diet at all. Drinking normal milkshakes instead of meals is downright unhealthy in the long term, while substituting meals with meal-replacement diet milkshakes is not a sustainable way of living. All in all the milkshake diet is one of those fad diets that usually end up disappointing everyone with a few extra pounds.

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