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Meal Replacement: Futuristic Food for Controlling Calories

Obesity, which has become a weighty problem worldwide, is also on the rise in Singapore. The last National Health Survey in 2010 found that 11 per cent of Singaporean adults aged between 18 and 69 were obese, up from 7 per cent in 2004. One in nine Singaporean adults aged between 18 to 69 years were obese in 2010, and Singapore’s obesity rate is increasing at about 1 per cent per year.

Obesity occurs when energy intake (through calorie consumption) exceeds energy expenditure. When this occurs, excess energy is stored as fat, leading to obesity. Obesity has multiple interacting causes including biological, genetic, behavioral, and social factors. One of the factors is due to poor diet control of food intake. A diet that is high in calories, for example, excess processed food, sweetened beverages, and eating oversized portion all contributes to obesity.

What is meal replacement?

Taking meal replacement as a form of diet control to combat obesity has been getting more popular recently, which started from US and Europe. A meal replacement is a drink, bar, soup or in any forms, intended as a substitute for a solid food meal, usually with controlled quantities of calories and nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Different countries have different definition about meal replacement. For example, in Europe, a meal replacement must provide between 200 and 400 food calories of energy, of which not more than 30% from fats, and not less than specified amounts for various vitamins and minerals.

Why dieting can eventually cause weight gain?

According to recent studies, the act of diet control which often known as dieting, can actually cause weight gain in the long term. Dieting programs can be in form of skipping meals, replace carbohydrates and meats with fruits and vegetables, taking slimming pills, excessive exercise and many others. It sounds weird, but there are two major reasons dieting can cause weight gain.

STRESS: Dieting is often too harsh to your body and your mind. Dieting is ineffective because it increases chronic psychological stress and cortisol production. Cortisol is known as “the stress hormone” and increased levels of the hormone make you crave sugary, fatty foods. Basically, by dieting, it causes more stress, resulting more cortisol and higher appetite for junk food which eventually converted to more belly fat.

BINGE EATING: Research has shown that frequent dieters are more likely than non-dieters to binge eat and gain weight. So, if dieting does not work, what is the answer to weight loss? The answer might be different for every person, but millions of people have used meal replacement drinks or shakes as a simple way to control hunger and start losing weight.

Why does the meal replacement drink work?

Many people are curious on how exactly do the meal replacement drinks work and whether the weight magically falls off are drinking. The answer is not quite.

When it comes to losing weight, you must burn more calories than you consume. This is best done with a combination of eating less and moving your body more. Eating right can be extremely difficult in a world where fast food chain restaurants exist. The opportunity and temptation to overeat presents itself nearly every meal nearly every day. On the other end of the spectrum, we have dieting which is really not any better for your health and waistline. This is because when most diets failed, it backfires.

Diets fail because they often restrict too much too quickly leaving dieters hungry, craving everything, and in a poor mood. Once you end the diet, you go right back to your bad habits, binge eat because you have been so deprived, and put the weight back on (or more).

It is a vicious cycle, but meal replacements can help end it as meal replacements are delicious ways to cut calories without starving or depriving yourself.

When should you drink a meal replacement?

Meal replacement drinks can be used in place of any meal or used as a healthy snack to satisfy your hunger until your next meal.

Many people enjoy using a meal replacement for breakfast because they are quick and filling. Simply shake and go! Others prefer to have them for lunch or dinner. You can decide which meals to be replaced.

We would suggest using it for the meal you struggle with most. So if lunch is when you tend to make poor choices and end up eating two cheeseburgers and one French fries or three pieces of spicy fried chicken, try a meal replacement drink instead and save yourself hundreds of calories in the process.

Another opportune time to use meal replacement drinks is in the evening as a way to fight cravings. Next time when you are dying for something sweet while watching the TV shows, mix up a yummy meal replacement drink instead of opting for that entire bag of Oreos or potato chips or crackers or nuts or a chocolate bar.

Which meal replacement drink is the best?

Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, author of The SuperfoodsRx Diet, recommends to look for drinks with at least 325 to 400 calories, 15 to 25 grams of protein, at least 5 grams of fiber, and 10 to 13 grams of fat from a healthy source like avocado, fish oil, olive oil, or nuts.

Many puzzle on how to choose meal replacement drinks are effective for weight loss. When it comes to choosing the right drinks, there are some things you are going to need to consider:

  • Does it provide adequate vitamins, minerals, carbs, and protein?
  • Does it taste amazing?
  • Is it a good price?
  • Does it able to fill your stomach until the next meal?
  • Is there any sort of guarantee with the drinks or social proof?

If the drinks you choose can answer all of these questions, chances are it is a good fit.

Lab Nosh Meal Replacement Drink is an award-winning meal replacement product from Korea. It is specially formulated with 3 essential nutrients plus 23 types of vitamins and minerals. It is packed in a bottle which is light & compact, easy to carry, no measuring and no washing is required when finishing the bottle (one-time use bottle).

It has special features which you would certainly want to try out:

  • It has high protein content and low in calorie. It supplements the insufficient protein in a normal meal and contains less carbohydrate than the regular meal
  • It has five different types of mixed digestive enzymes which aids the digestion
  • It has 5 to 10 grams of fibers
  • It contains less sodium
  • There are seven tasty flavours such as Yoghurt Granola, Chocolate, Green Cereal, Uva Milk Tea, Purple Sweet Potato, Flat Gain and Flat Tomato to choose
  • There are five different types of Lab Nosh Boosters available as an enhancement for the drink. You can mix and match with Probiotics (for digestion), Slim Fit (for further control of body weight), Creatine Alpha (for building muscles), Stress Relief, and Waterfull Skin (for moisturizing skin) into the drink.
  • It provides a quick yet balanced meal on the go to active or busy working individual
  • It control your meal portion and ensure you are filled up for about 5 hours
  • It has reasonable price equivalent or lower than a regular meal

We suggest replacing one of our daily meals with Lab Nosh Meal Replacement Drink and Lab Nosh Booster, and slowly increase your desired frequency of intake. Lab Nosh Meal Replacement Drink of Flat Gain and Flat Tomato are suitable for serious dieters as they contain low calorie and the portion is reduced. For those who are gym goers, drink half of a meal-replacement drink 30 minutes before hitting the gym, then down the rest afterward.