Meal Replacement Therapy: The Beginner’s Guide to Weight Loss
Susie is a 26-year-old front desk clerk at a local clinic. In the morning when she arrives at work, she takes her breakfast that consists of two whole cups of white rice, 3 pieces of pork sausage, paired with a cup of coffee.
Come 9 AM, she complains of being hungry and consumes a whole bag of chips and a can of soda. She then takes her lunch at exactly 12 noon and watches TV.
At exactly 3 PM, she takes another snack that usually consists of a burger and shake. And come 7 PM she eats her dinner consisting of another two cups of white rice and a large serving of pot roast (or sometimes, meat stew).
And yes, at 5 feet and 8 inches tall, she is 90 lbs overweight and is already suffering from gout.
Would you prefer to be like her? I for one, certainly don’t. So today, here is a simple beginner’s guide to meal replacement therapy that can help you curb your appetite and lose weight.
- Never Ever Skip Breakfast. Yes, even Medical Doctors are willing to back this up. Nothing else triggers you to eat more during the course of the day than missing this crucial meal.
- But don’t overdo it either. It is recommended that breakfast generally should consist of around 350 to 500 calories only.
- Depending on your daily caloric intake, the maximum calories you can consume for breakfast is 600 calories.
- Go for Natural. As much as possible, stay away from those high calorie-containing processed foods.
- This goes for drinks, as well. Meal replacement therapy will not work if you keep on sipping that soda. Drink up to 10 glasses of water and believe me, your body will thank you for it.
- Remember, it is always beneficial to keep a handful of nuts to keep hunger pangs away than to give in to that one whole burger.
- Stay rehydrated with water. Although an occasional glass of red wine will not hurt, too. Experts recommend taking a glass of red wine for better heart health, actually.
- Have you ever heard about those popular infused waters? They actually work!
- Water also helps you to stay refreshed, and helps to keep hunger pangs away.
- If you really can’t help but eat, try to split one meal into 2 smaller ones. This will give you up to 6 small meals a day, resulting to fewer hunger pangs and minimizing the tendency to overeat during the course of the day.
- Focus on the ultimate goal of losing weight and being able to move freely without limitations, this one personally works for me.
- Eating smaller rations of food spaced adequately during the day (and even at night time) helps you to overcome that feeling of being deprived.
Remember, with this strategy, your own will to lose weight is your biggest asset. Imagine being able to move freely without feeling tired, being able to wear smaller sized clothes, and being an inspiration to friends and family. The high is more than what any food can give!