Are meal replacement shakes a bad idea?

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  1. 127.0.0.1

    127.0.0.1 New Member

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    Alright, so I've been working out 4-5 days a week since school started, but I have a terrible habbit of snacking throughout the day. I'm trying to change over to a shake before class in the morning, one at mid day, then a real meal for dinner, then I go to the gym at night.

    Where will I see a downside to swapping this out for regular food?

    By the way, the shakes I have become acustomed are...
    scoop of protein
    spoon of peanut butter
    some blueberrys
    1/2 cup milk
    ice

    Anything I should substitute/add in? Thanks
     
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    Well for one youll have to drink the same boring crap day in and day out, and also you need some fiber.
     
  3. Jeff Merr

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    Make breakfast in the morning
     
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    127.0.0.1 New Member

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    I don't have enough time. 8:30 class M-W-F

    Most tuesday-thursdays I have a big bowl of raisin bran with a banana
    how much fiber do i need from day to day?
     
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    get up 10 minutes earlier and have breakfast
     
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    alright, what next?
     
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    meal replacement shakes are NOT bad for you.. sometimes these are GREAT ways to get much needed nutrients, fiber, and protein that you're missing throughout the day because you don't eat the right foods..

    Make sure you also balance it out by having a larger breakfast.. since you're in school this is going to help you concentrate better and you'll start the day right..

    Make some egg whites, 100% whole wheat toast, and a little yogurt or something for breakfast..

    Make your meals the night before if you're in a time crunch.. but always eat a big breakfast and save the meal replacement for your third meal of the day or something.. (Keep in mind I am basing this on having 6 meals a day.. this doesn't mean full on meals it at least means snacks..)

    Make sure you eat every 3 hours.. try almonds, veggies, a little stir fry or something as a snack.. it will help a lot..

    snacking isn't bad .. what you're snacking ON could be bad though..
    Make good choices!
     
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    127.0.0.1 New Member

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    I really don't have the ability to eat that big of a breakfast. I live in a dorm. So cooking breakfast isnt an option. I can do the yogurt and toast. What about some cottage cheese in the morning too?

    Is there any way to eat six meals a day without spending a fortune?
     
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    cottage cheese is fine... protein bars then? :dunno: all in all you need to eat more for breakfast ..

    p.s its not really 6 MEALS its eating 6 times a day this is small snacks too.. It shouldn't cost a lot if you plan ahead..
     
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    Wheres the protein?
     
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    stirfry has protein if u throw chicken or steak in it..
    also did you see i said almonds? :mamoru:
     
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    Like I said :ugh:
     
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    :ugh: what????????
     
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    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    Almonds are like 8g for a serving which is around 200cals, so stir fry is mainly veggies and rice and maybe 2-3oz of meat. Great Im up to 20g of Protein
     
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    ok whatever
     
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    I'm confused now. Are you saying that you are gonna have a shake in the morning, a shake for lunch, and then food for dinner and that's it?

    A shake for breakfast isn't a bad thing. I do that in the mornings since I usually can't eat anything solid right when I wake up.
     
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    :rolleyes:

    My first class is at 7:30, every morning i make 7 eggs/toast before i leave for school, takes me 20 minutes to PREPARE/EAT breakfast, stop being a pussy and wake up 20min earlier.
     
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    No, the problem is I live in a dorm, and don't have the access to a stove/oven/microwave. So I'm kind of limited to a toaster oven and refridgerator.

    If it would be better for me to eat food in the morning instead of a shake, then I'm more than happy to do that. I'm trying to adjust to what you guys think the best choice is, and what works best for my current living situation (because options are limited).
     
  19. LancerV

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    No microwave?
     
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    All I see are excuses
     
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    Nothing wrong with them at all unless you are a douche
     
  22. Phineas Q Stork

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    he clearly stated no microwave
     
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    Sounds like you live in a prison, not a dorm. Buy a microwave for $40 at walmart, and your problem is solved.
     
  24. Oscar

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    I make my own MRP....oats ground up in a coffee grinder and whey. I've gotten used to the taste/texture of it in water. It's great for when I'm at work and need a really quick clean meal.
     
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    If you want to go the ultimate easy route. Buy Fiberteq from VPX. I used this during my transformation. For breakfast do 2 scoops of protein, 1 scoop of the fiber and eat about 24 almonds. You can literally have this on the go. Be sure to bring a toothpick if you go out the door with this. Almonds have a bad habit of getting stuck in your teeth.
     
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