5 Things You Need to Know about Meal Replacement Shakes

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Hoping to sip your way to a slimmer you? Then meal replacement shakes might just be your golden ticket. These shakes are low in calories and high in essential vitamins and minerals.

But, before you decide, you need to really understand what meal replacement shakes are and how they work. Read on to learn five things you need to know about meal replacement shakes before deciding if this weight-loss method is right for you.

1. Meal replacement shakes aren’t what you think they are.

You’ve seen your neighbor drinking them, and you’ve seen them advertised on TV showing people’s amazing before and after photos. But do you really understand what a meal replacement shake is? First off, they’re not going to magically help you shed 50 pounds (no matter what that inspiring commercial showed), they’re not meant to be used to starve yourself and they’re not protein shakes.

Meal replacement shakes do contain ample amounts of protein and other nutrients your body needs, and they can help you lose some weight, when used right. That means you drink a nutrient-rich shake in replacement of one or two meals a day to help you cut your calorie intake during that mealtime.

2. Successful meal replacement diets require more than drinking shakes.

You can’t drink a shake, wait 10 minutes, step on the scale and expect to see that you’ve lost a couple pounds. If you really want to lose weight, you have to eat less and exercise more than you currently are. Meal replacement shakes help with the first part. When you drink a shake packed with good nutrients, it’s less than eating a normal meal that’s typically filled with unneeded calories, fats and sugars. It should also keep you full longer so you don’t get the munchies before your next meal.

The exercising part, that’s on you. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommends you exercise 150 minutes a week.

3. Meal replacement shakes are filling—when they’re made with the right ingredients.

A growling stomach too often keeps people from being able to lose weight. Feeling hungry, and having others hear your hunger pains, is what causes many of us to overeat during and in between meals. But, meal replacement shakes help keep you full and slim down. And the best meal replacement shakes contain a healthy trio of ingredients:

  1. Protein—Helps you stay fuller for a longer time frame.
  2. Fiber—Makes you feel full instantly.
  3. (Good) Fat—Work with your body’s hormones to tell you to stop eating.

4. It’s an easy, convenient diet to follow.

Some people worry they won’t be able to follow the strict rules some diets require. But with meal replacement shake diets, it’s a pretty easy daily system to follow that doesn’t require calorie counting at every meal or reading every label of everything you cook with. Just replace one or two of your meals a day with a meal replacement shake, most choose breakfast or lunch, and then eat a healthy mid-afternoon snack and a balanced dinner.

Along with easy to follow, it’s also convenient. Wouldn’t you rather sleep longer and whip up a shake in five minutes or less in the morning that you can drink in the car on the way to work than wake up 20 minutes earlier to make and eat a hot, healthy breakfast?

5. You can choose whichever meal you want.

The best time to drink a meal replacement shake is whatever time you feel is best for you. Nobody knows your body better than you. Some people choose breakfast because they’re not super hungry in the morning and need something convenient, and shakes are light and filling, plus easy to make and take. Others pick lunch so they’re not tempted to get a calorie-filled, drive-thru meal on their 30-minute lunch break or for dinner as a post-workout source of protein that supports muscle repair and recovery. It’s up to you to decide which meal or meals you want to replace with a shake.

If you’ve decided to try meal replacement shakes, then you need some delicious, nutrient-dense shakes to drink. Check out our favorite shake recipes that give you a healthy, well-balanced meal replacement option—and don’t skimp on the flavor.

Your Option for High Protein Meal Replacement Shakes

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Around the holidays, we all want to drink as much eggnog and eat as many Christmas cookies as we can, without gaining any weight—but we all know that’s a dream that unfortunately is never going to come true. (If you’re someone who can do that, I envy you.)

While this time of year isn’t the time to restrict yourself from all the tasty goodies or try and lose weight, it’s also not the time to just let your waistline and your health go. You may not be able to lose weight; but what you can do is maintain your current weight by regularly exercising, eating only one of Grandma’s sugar cookies instead of five and cutting your calorie intake each day.

The first two I can’t help you with. But the last one, I have your answer—meal replacement shakes.

Meal replacement shakes aren’t just low in calories, they’re high in essential nutrients your body needs to keep yourself nourished and your stomach feeling full, while helping also you maintain or lose weight. And the best meal replace shake in my opinion is one that’s packed with protein. Like how your iPhone charger powers that handheld device you can’t put down, protein powers your life. Protein provides numerous benefits to your body, including fueling the entire body, helping build muscle mass and being a key component to essential substances your body needs, like antibodies and blood.

You can get protein from meat, eggs, nuts and even some plants and seeds. But, sometimes our busy schedules or taste buds don’t allow us to get the needed amount of protein we need from these foods. If you’re looking for something that’s quick, convenient, tastes good and is loaded with protein, then you need to start drinking high protein meal replacement shakes.

And lucky for you, Nature’s Sunshine offers two viable options for protein shake powder. Both our Nutri-Burn Vanilla and Nutri-Burn Chocolate shake powders provide 25 grams of lactose-free whey protein per serving and promote lean muscle mass. But that’s not all these delicious powders can do for you. They also:

Promote weight loss
Boost energy levels
Increase resting metabolic rate
Provide 60 percent more of the Daily Value of essential vitamins and minerals your body needs.
So to help you balance out all the extra calories you’ll likely be consuming during the next few weeks, swap out your breakfast or lunch with a high protein meal replacement shake. Consuming enough protein not only nourishes and repairs your body, it’s going to help stop those hunger pains you normally feel two hours after eating so you don’t overeat and gain any extra weight.

If you want to look and feel great throughout this holiday season, start drinking Nature’s Sunshine meal replacement shakes.

Something New in the World of Weight Loss


Have you tried so many weight loss programs that you are way too familiar with the terms like body fat and calories? Does the quote “I went on a 2 week diet and all I lost was 14 days!” apply to you? Have you gained back the weight that you once lost? Maybe you are looking for a weight loss solution that will work for you? Something that becomes a way of life?

Some people have luck. The rest of us need a plan. You can’t just hope your way to health. Nothing worthwhile comes easily or haphazardly. You may have not had the success that you wanted with other weight loss programs.

Your plan may start with something small. Do you have a worst meal of the day? Maybe it’s the breakfast that you don’t eat? Maybe it’s the quick bite to eat at a local fast-food restaurant because the lunch you brought from home doesn’t look very appetizing? Replace your worst meal each day with a meal replacement drink. These mixes offer protein, fiber and amazing nutrition in a variety of tastes.

Eating right is only part of the weight loss journey. It’s also important to increase your physical activity. This may mean walking up a flight of stairs at work to use the restroom or lifting weights while you watch your favorite show.

When you are trying to go from fat to firm, it is important to have a weight loss support group. You need someone to celebrate with – someone who is reaching for the same goal you are reaching for. The American Psychological Association states “Psychological research has found that a group approach [to weight loss] helps, at least in the short-term. It’s easier to stick with a weight loss plan when you have support, can share tips on diet and exercise and have an exercise buddy.”

In March 2014, Nature’s Sunshine launched IN.FORM. It is truly a different kind of weight-loss program. The IN.FORM program looks at all of the aspects of losing weight and keeping it off, including eating right and exercise, but it also includes the social support that is missing in so many programs. It’s a holistic, 13-week, program that brings together group support, accountability and health education into a series of fun, highly-informative, weekly classes that include biotracker analysis and delicious protein shakes. With IN.FORM, you become part of a community that is there is support you, not hinder your progress. You’ll be recognized when you make progress and meet your goals!

NSP’s IN.FORM is a thirteen week program that will change your life. Here’s what you’ll learn about week by week:

Week 1: Program Overview

Week 2: Let’s Get to the Point: What’s Your Reason for Burning Fat and Being Fit?

Week 3: Lose Weight by Losing Toxicity

Week 4: The Good, Bad & Ugly of Weight Loss

Week 5: Mastering Your Food Environment

Week 6: What do my Cravings say About Me?

Week 7: Are Your Thoughts Making You Fat?

Week 8: Dealing With Stress

Week 9: Glandular Health, Wealth and Wisdom

Week 10: Let’s Get a Move On

Week 11: The Importance of Social Networks

Week 12: Mindfulness Eating

Week 13: Keeping Your Change Alive

THE MIGHTY MICROBIOME

Did you know that microscopic organisms called bacteria living on and in your body outnumber human cells ten to one? In fact, the total weight of bacteria in your body can weigh anywhere between two and six pounds! This bustling, hidden ecosystem that resides primarily in your gut is known as the microbiome, and emerging science is quickly gaining an understanding of just how important these billions of microorganisms are to our health.

AN IMBALANCED BIOME

Modern diets, stress and environmental toxins can upset the delicate balance of our gut microbiome, from one that supports normal, healthy function to one that triggers a host of cardiometabolic issues.

How? Too many ‘bad’ bacteria in our microbiome can create toxins that make us fat. Diets high in added sugars and carbohydrates lead to greater populations of certain kinds of microbes that produce toxins. These toxins cause us to use energy inefficiently and store too much of it as fat. Over time, this process can develop into metabolic dysfunction and unwanted additional weight. These cascading effects can cause our body to operate like that of someone much older! In other words, an unhealthy microbiome can add years to our ‘metabolic age.’

There is hope!

THE BOTTOM LINE

IN.FORM utilizes the untapped power of the microbiome to lower metabolic age. It does this through lifestyle changes combined with proprietary, patent-pending supplementation that targets gut nutrition to support optimal body composition and cardiovascular health.

Nature’s Sunshine Products has been in the health industry since the 1970s. Gene and Kristine Hughes became herbal pioneers, planting the seeds that became Nature’s Sunshine. Plagued with a nagging stomach condition, Gene started taking cayenne pepper at the suggestion of a friend. While the herb provided relief, it was difficult to ingest cayenne pepper by the spoonful. His wife, Kristine, suggested putting the powder into capsules. It was a revolutionary idea—delivering the benefits of herbs through encapsulation. Since becoming the first company to encapsulate herbs in 1972, Nature’s Sunshine has grown from a small, family-owned business to one of the leading health and wellness companies in the world.

To learn more about IN.FORM™ , our weight loss program, click here. IN.FORM™ is truly a different kind of weight-loss program. It’s a unique, 13-week, duplicatable program that brings to life all of the elements of NSP’s Transformational Habit of Health, beginning with weight loss…all the way to lifelong health.

 

 

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6 Ways to Avoid Holiday Stress

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The holidays are supposed to be merry and bright, but they can be unnecessarily stressful—causing anxiety. Get a jump-start on your holiday cheer and see it last the whole season through with these six tips to keep your stress levels low and your holiday happiness high!

1. Exercise for at least 30 minutes daily

Never underestimate the power of exercise. Make time each day for a little calorie-burning session. It doesn’t have to be an intense workout, just something to get your heart rate up to get the endorphins going. This time of year offers a lot of unique ways to burn calories. Take a break from the gym and try snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or sledding.

2. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine

Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine are stimulants which may increase your heart rate and cause anxiety. Instead of alcohol, drink water, or natural fruit juice. Sodas are not a good alternative to alcohol because sugar also has many adverse effects on the body, which can become worse when stressed.

3. Do your shopping early, or online. Or better yet – at small businesses.

If you are the door-buster type, waking up early on Black Friday to get the deals can be quite the rush. It can also be a huge nightmare causing undue stress and anxiety. You can usually find deals that are just as good, but without the crowds, before Thanksgiving and after Christmas. Shopping online can be much less stressful—you don’t even have to get dressed or fight for a parking spot! Shopping at local businesses is also great because they are usually less busy, have unique items, and more of your money will stay in the community.

4. Get enough sleep

Getting adequate sleep helps with digestion, clarity of mind, immunity and morale. Sleeping-in because you went to bed late doesn’t produce the most quality sleep. Getting to bed earlier and waking up earlier gives the body more restful sleep and allows for a more productive morning, giving you time to get things done so you are less stressed throughout the day.

5. Eat regularly

If you feel like the world is crashing down around you and you are about to just toss in the towel and cancel Christmas—ask yourself, “ When was the last time I ate?” Hunger is a very real ailment that gets the best of us when we allow our blood sugar to drop from not eating regularly. It’s best to avoid this in others as well, so make sure you have snacks on hand, especially if you decide to brave the crowds on Black Friday.

6. Learn to say ‘No’

The holidays are a time when people want to be around the ones they love. Between family members, friends and neighbors, the number of invites to gatherings can become overwhelming. Learn to say ‘no’ to avoid over-committing and you will save yourself from being spread too thin. Also, keep an eye on your budget. Over-spending in December makes for a depressing January when the bills show up. Say ‘no’ to buying things you don’t need.