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I Tried Meal Replacement Shakes for a Month (Here’s What Happened)

  1. Nicole Poche

    April 3rd, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    I LOVED reading your experience. It really felt like you were talking directly to me. This is day 15 for me. I replace 2 meals with a sensible meal. I been walking 45 mins to an hour every morning. I cut out fast foods bread pasta some sugar(my coffee in the am need 2 tbs) juices sodas. Only water. I would love to hear more.

  2. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    April 4th, 2019 at 10:01 am

    It sounds like you’ve got it down! Have you lost any weight? Cutting out fast food and bread/pasta is SO HARD!! I really like using meal replacement shakes to lose weight because it’s so easy to execute (no calorie counting) but for all the reasons I talk about in the post it’s difficult to do it for very long because, let’s face it, they don’t taste very good and they are in NO WAY like food. Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment!

  3. Jack Spencer

    May 3rd, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    I started with Premier Protein shakes twice a day and average 500 calorie dinner plus 3 pieces of fruit as snacks. i’ve lost 4 pounds so far, but I’m 60 pounds overweight and the first pounds go fast if you’re obese.
    I do one or two cheat meals a week. I have what I want, but don’t stuff myself. This keeps my metabolism from stalling.

  4. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    May 4th, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Hi Jack! I’ve never tired Premier Protein shakes. How’s the taste and consistency? It sounds like it’s working for you! Thanks for sharing and keep me posted on your final results. I’d love to know how long you’re able to maintain the shakes. It’s a tough ‘diet’ plan because there’s just not enough variety with meal replacement shakes (in my opinion). Thanks for reading! Best, Mickie

  5. Grace Waits

    June 26th, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I just started the Premier Protein shakes twice a day as well. Jack, can you give me an update on how your doing and how long you’ve been doing it?

  6. valerie

    May 12th, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    The equate shakes are good whether you are dieting or not. I worked in health care many years and on our breaks in the hospital, we often drank an equate shake. Working the midnight shift, you can easily gain weight. Drinking an equate shake, is a good way to get some nutrition without the pounds. Now that I am older, retired, more sedentary and need to lose a good amount of weight, I have chosen to eat the following: Coffee for breakfast. Toast with jelly or a plain bagel with jelly for late morning snack. Equate shake in the afternoon. Healthy Choice Meal or green salad for supper. Late Evening Snack or TV Snack as I prefer to call it, fruit such as strawberries, grapes, melon, or apples. It’s not just about dieting. It’s about a life style change. I don’t think it is good to deprive yourself because you will gain the weight back and then some. So while dieting, choose the foods you enjoy and eat them at a minimum, a few days per month. For example, instead of eating an entire package of Oreo’s, eat two or three. Be sure to drink lots of water……not just during your diet, but every day. Dieting truly does not need to be real difficult. I think a big problem people have is wanting to see weight loss immediately. If you’re very obese, you will see weight loss faster than someone only needing to lose ten pounds. Of course, do some sort of exercise daily and it does not need to be formal. In other words, rake the yard, mow the yard, pull weeds, go for a brisk walk, mop the floors, etc. The point is, get moving!

  7. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    May 14th, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Hi Valerie! There’s so much great advice here! I love your term ‘TV snack’…we can all relate to that one. Thanks for sharing. And yes, yes, yes to that last one! Get moving! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Best, Mickie

  8. Chantelle

    August 28th, 2019 at 8:56 am

    This has definitely made my day…this was so close and as personal and realistic as it gets… THANK YOU DO MUCH FOR SHARING‼️
    I searched this “diet” plan to see if it was realistic and common. I recently purchased a few cases of the meal replacement shakes (equate- creamy strawberry and french vanilla flavors) and didn’t really like that one distinctive “protein shake” after taste. So today I decided to use my little bullet blender and add ice cubes and a banana with the shake and I AM IN LOVE…it’s a shake now! I could really get use to this taste and it’ll be easy for me to stick to replacing 2 meals a day. I initially tried to start keto but I am way too busy to keep up. I can maintain eating within the keto guidelines for dinner though. This is day one of replacing meals so I will definitely be back to give an update in 4 weeks from now. (I personally added the memo to my Google calendar). Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  9. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    August 29th, 2019 at 7:20 am

    I’m so glad this helped you!! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback and YES please check back in! I can’t wait to hear about your next 4 weeks on the shakes! Have an awesome day!

  10. Kelly Martens

    October 6th, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Well I don’t know if anyone is reading this but I started using “Raw Organic Meal Organic Shake and Meal Replacement” 90 days ago. You are right, its not going to be a drink you go “YUMMY I WANT MORE”! I did make changes. I added goodbelly and flax seed. I bought a shake bottle with a ball and shook it vigorously. I took one to work and kept it in the fridge. During work I munched on grapes and low salt pretzels when the “busy eating” craving struck. At night I ate whatever I want for supper. How did I do? I lost 10 pounds in 90 days. More importantly, I feel better then I have in years. Also the cravings I had for years… the cravings for many of my favorite foods – bacon,eggs,potatoes and such diminoshed in a huge way. My favorite snacks – Doritos and other high fat foods – don’t even taste good anymore. It makes me wonder if something happens to the brain with what we eat, as if its like a poison we become addicted to and when its removed the body rebels, thus the craving. I won’t lie it wasn’t an easy transition initially. I still don’t really know who I am anymore food wise because it all keeps changing. Its also inspired me to address other areas. I drink at least 6 22 ounce bottles of water a day and have watched the swelling of the tissues due to toxicity almost null. Last week I switched to decaf (first two days sucked) and next week going to try a herbal tea in the mornings instead. My only daily meal I’ve been looking at ways to improve. I could never be a vegan. I think some of it is very unhealthy. But the bottom line is I’m very very glad I stuck with it. It worked for me. I’m also learning to ignore the “experts” because everybody’s journey here is truly they’re own

  11. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    October 6th, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Kelly! I read every comment so thank you for taking the time to give yours! I love all your insight. Congrats on 10 lbs! My favorite part of your feedback is ‘I’m learning to ignore the ‘experts’ because everybody’s journey here is truly their own’. I don’t necessarily ignore the experts but it’s so valuable to recognize that your personal journey will be unique to you so it’s important to find your own way. Thanks so much for sharing this! Have a great day. Mickie

  12. Angela McCarley

    October 8th, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Oh my goodness! I should have lost 3 pounds just from laughing so hard. I started my liquid diet out of the blue today and wanted some advice on what to do besides replace the shakes and drink tons of water. This article has given me so much laughter and life! Good luck to all and please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

  13. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    October 9th, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Oh Angela, you made my day! I love it when I find another person who ‘gets me’ and my humor. Thanks for taking the time to write this (and read about my experience with meal replacement shakes). Good luck with your liquid diet! You’re certainly in my thoughts and prayers.???? Mickie

  14. Tracy

    February 21st, 2020 at 10:51 am

    I use slim fast shakes (cafe latte or chocolate/caramel and I add instant coffee granules to those). I love the shakes both taste wise and ease, like you I’m not into complicated. Missing chewing so much I even started to snack on crisps which are not my go to junk food. I also fit normal chocolate in most days which is my weakness. Even with some massive cheat days I have managed to lose 28lbs in 8 months so I am going to continue. My main issue is that I skimp on the meal so I can squeeze in choc or ice cream or some kind of baked goods. Slowly, repeat slowly, getting there though I like veg, meat and yogurts so trying to increase those and decrease sweet stuff. Not easy, but worth it x

  15. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    February 21st, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Hey Tracy! 28 lbs! That’s amazing! I know what you mean about ‘missing chewing’! lol! You never even think about missing that until you start ‘eating’ liquid meals all the time. And I can totally relate about the chocolate. I can’t go very long without it, either. Thanks for taking the time to share this. I know it helps others who’re thinking about trying out meal replacement shakes. Congratulations on the weight loss! And thanks again for your insight. Best, Mickie

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