Meal replacement shakes that aim to help you lost weight are very popular, and they probably won’t disappear very soon. Healthy smoothies and shakes are definitely having a moment. But do these shakes for weight loss really work, especially the ones whose purpose is to replace meals? If it’s a meal replacement shake, it should contain minerals, vitamins, fiber, and protein, as well as a sufficient amount of calories.

To lose weight, you need to make sure you’re eating well, instead of starving yourself. The purpose of shakes for weight loss is to help you stay full and to help you continue to intake the nutrients you need. An important thing to remember with meal replacement shakes specifically is that they should only be in place of one meal and are not substitutes for your entire day’s intake.

That said, these are the top 5 meal replacement shakes that are great for weight loss and are currently on the market.

Best Meal Replacement Shakes for Weight Loss

1. Soylent 

Soylent is very popular, and many people know about the brand. It’s available in three different flavors: Chai, Mocha, and Vanilla. One bottle contains four hundred calories, which is excellent compared with other shakes.

It also boasts 20 grams of protein and lots of caffeine. These shakes provide a great number of nutrients, but some people have sickness and pain in their stomach after consumption. 

2. Huel

A Huel kit includes two bags full of powder, a scooper, tips booklet, and shaker. A single pouch will have almost four pounds of powder, amounting to 7,000 calories in each pouch.

Huel is all natural, and includes rice protein, sunflower seeds, oats, flaxseed, and peas. It also comes in different flavors, including unsweetened and unflavored, vanilla, and gluten free vanilla, however some people don’t agree with the taste. 

3. Met-Rx 

Met-Rx’s target audience is people who are really into fitness and athletes, but this doesn’t exclude the ordinary person. Its powder contains your daily protein, 25 minerals and vitamins, and almost all of the daily calcium you need. With an order, you’ll’ receive forty powder packets. Many people like the taste, but mixing can be difficult.

4. Labrada

You can increase your metabolism and your recovery after workouts with Labrada’s protein shake. It has 22 minerals and vitamins and all the nutrition you need daily.

These shakes help you keep off cravings and control your blood sugar. It also comes in many flavors, including cinnamon bun, cookies and cream, strawberries and cream, bananas and cream, cafe mocha, and salted caramel. However, some people have said there’s a bad taste to the shakes.

5. Kate Farms 

Each shake from Kate Farms has almost 20 grams of protein that’s plant-based. They’re also gluten, dairy, soy, and corn free. The shakes come in three flavors, chocolate, vanilla, or coffee, each with 290 calories and a lot of fiber so you can stay full. While the taste is great, some people have complained that the texture is off.

(Last Updated On: March 11, 2021)

Annalise O'Conner is a Registered Dietitian and Personalized Nutritionist. She is a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, teaching nutrition in the School of Public Health and APAN (Asian Pacific Islander American Network) Email: [email protected]

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