Studies on Meal Replacements
A 2003 study published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders was conducted on 487 participants aged 18 years and older, with and without diabetes mellitus.
The study, conducted in six randomized controlled trials, showed that participants who received an MR shake lost more weight than those who received a regular calorie diet.
In another 2003 study, overweight or obese adults with MR shakes in soybeans had significant weight loss. Their total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) also showed positive changes after the 12-week prospective study.
Meal replacement recommendations
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) nutritional recommendations for diabetes recognize that using meal replacement products once or twice daily to replace a regular diet can result in significant weight loss.
However, these recommendations suggest that dietary replacement therapy should be maintained indefinitely to lose weight. Maintaining an accurate food journal is a recognized component of a comprehensive weight loss program. Meal replacement shakes and nutrition bars help nutritionists not only track their weight, but also more accurate calorie intake.
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