Protein shakes are helpful products to support a healthy and well balanced diet.
Meal replacements are just as efficient, promoting diet stability and providing vitamins and minerals.
However, some people cannot make the difference between a shake and a meal replacement. Improper intake may be diminishing all the potential benefits of these products.
Don’t be confused. Let’s try to understand the differences step by step.
First, a protein shake is a product to be taken in between meals. For example, you may drink a shake for a mid-morning snack between breakfast and lunch, or in the afternoon between lunch and dinner. A shake may also be ideal after your workout or late at night.
Second, a meal replacement is a very different product and should be consumed instead of breakfast, lunch or dinner. Meal replacements generally offer high amounts of carbohydrates and protein, providing vitamins and minerals as well.
Shakes don’t normally have as much nutritional value, therefore, should not be taken instead of a meal.
The idea of having a shake instead of meal could be costly because not enough nutrients are provided. You may not notice a big difference skipping a “real meal” every once in a while, but consistently having a shake as a meal could significantly affect your diet and, as a result, your health.
Finally, knowing what you are eating is essential for a healthy diet. Plan your diet ahead of time, making sure you understand how much protein you need and when you need it.
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