If you’re like me, you would have seen your fair share of the latest meal replacement shake commercials. Just from having a magical milkshake, they all promise to shed the kilos fast with minimal work and effort involved. Packed full of nutrients. High protein. Leaves you feeling full. Blah blah blah… The real question is, are these miracle shakes actually good for you, and do they help with fat loss? The quick answer is no and here is my opinion on why.

Over the weekend, curiosity got the better of me and I picked up a packet of Slim Fast meal replacement shakes to see what was inside. Keep in mind a medical professional recommended this brand of shake to a relative of mine. To my amazement there was a massive 17 grams of sugar per serve. I could barely believe my eyes… Hold on what? Slim fast? Sugar? Meal replacement? Was I reading this correctly? Surely not.

These supposed “health” companies prey on people looking for a quick solution to fat loss when everything your body needs can be found in the fruit, veggie and butcher aisles of a supermarket. Drinking a shake packed with 17 grams of sugar seems counterproductive to real life fat loss. While every type of shake claims to be packed with vitamins and minerals, the truth is, so are vegetables. For every shake that boasts to be full of good fats, so is coconut oil, olive oil and salmon. If you’re looking for something packed with protein, why are you looking past grass fed beef or free range chicken? Shall I go on? Everything in these shakes can be found in REAL food rather than switching out a healthy diet for a sugar packed beverage.

I have no doubt people that replace their meals with these shakes get quick results as they are in such a large calorie deficit, but the majority of people would see the weight come straight back on once they stopped. If you swap out real food for extra fluid, your body ends up in starvation mode and will eventually start holding onto excess fat as it starts to feel malnourished and worried you are not going to feed it for long periods of time.

If you are looking to kick start some sort of fat loss, start nice and simple with your breakfast. Ditch the insulin spiking cereals and aim for a high fat and protein breakfast. Good old eggs and avocado are ideal for something like this. Also make sure you eat enough servings of green leafy vegetables in each meal and you won’t need to indulge yourself on the latest meal replacement shake.

Have you ever tried any of these shakes? If so we would love to hear how it turned out for you, good or bad.