Dr. Oz: Liquid Meal Replacements
Dr. Oz talked about liquid meal replacements. They’re a growing trend, but is it more harmful than helpful? He showed some of investigative reporter Elisabeth Leamy‘s special report on the subject. Liquid meal replacements have been around since at least the 1960s. In recent years, dozens of new products have appeared. Sales have gone up 30 percent in the last five years.
He talked to nutritionist Dr. Rovenia Brock, who said gross calorie restriction will always cause weight loss. But you may be paying in more than weight lost.
Dr. Oz: Can You Lose Weight with Liquid Meal Replacements?
Dr. Oz talked to Joelle, who has used meal replacements for eight years. She’s tried several. She usually just tries them if she’s getting ready for a wedding or something like that. She’ll use them for about a month and lose 20 to 30 pounds, but when she phases into the maintenance plan, she gets her weight back.
Dr. Brock said this is very common. When she loses weight with a liquid diet, she’ll gain weight when she goes back to normal food.
Dr. Oz: Do Liquid Replacement Meals Have Vital Nutrients?
Dr. Brock said that the nutrients are a concern. When you have lots of liquid meals, you lose out on the ability of these nutrients to fight cancer and heart disease and boost immunity. Dr. Brock said the magic is in real foods like fruits and vegetables.
Liquid meal replacements do often have vitamins, but they lack these vital nutrients.
Dr. Oz: Calories in Liquid Meal Replacements
Dr. Brock said that the calories are also an issue. The calories you eat should be full of the things that are vital for your body and add to your health. One popular liquid meal replacement had sucralose, fructose, sugar, and dextrose, which are empty calories that don’t give us nutrients. These are sweeteners.
Dr. Oz: Healthy Liquid Meal Replacements
If you use liquid meal replacements, make sure to 10 to 15 grams of protein and 3 to 5 grams of fiber. Also, make sure not to have more than one liquid meal replacement per day.
What do you think? Have you tried liquid meal replacements? Does this make you not want to try them anymore?