What are some supplements that can help with weight control?

In all studies, meal replacement bars and shakes have been shown to be an extremely effective weight loss aid, and, in almost all cases, more effective than conventional methods of dietary restrictions. Additionally, meal replacements have been shown to be just as effective as dietary restriction combined with drug therapy. Most importantly, continuous use of meal replacements may be the most effective means of all treatments when it comes to maintaining weight loss. Meal replacements are generally used to replace one or two meals a day and allow freedom of choice for the remaining allotted foods/calories.

Meal replacements allow:
  • Between meal snacks as an energy boost or appetite control aid.
  • Portion control. People generally attempt to consume meals to completion, regardless of portion size. Therefore, portion size significantly impacts a person’s total calorie intake. Overwhelming evidence validates that the smaller the portions, the fewer daily calories consumed and vice-versa, i.e. people tend to “eat with their eyes not their stomachs." Use of portion-controlled meals has proven to yield greater weight loss than conventional diet therapy alone.
  • Accurate calorie counts of total daily food intake when compared to having to estimate the calories of self-prepared foods or those without food labels.
Final note: Properly formulated meal replacements or meal supplements (as they may be called) are food, just in more convenient forms for specific times. You will always eat traditional foods, but in today’s hectic world meal replacements can remain part of everyone’s caloric intake to help satisfy hunger between meals and/or replace at least one meal daily. This allows freedom of choice for other meals such as lunch and dinners.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.