All About Nutrition

Nutrition Questions and Answers

Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Lesa Rusher, who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.

Lesa Rusher is a qualified naturopath with a thriving business in Canberra, Australia and has a wealth of experience treating clients on a variety of health issues. Lesa Rusher's full credentials can be found in our experts area.

Lesa Rusher will answer your nutrition-related questions.

Q: I would just like to enquire about how weight loss programs work with replacement protein shakes for meals?

Is it healthy to be replacing your meals with protein shakes?


A:Protein shakes contain high levels of protein, adequate levels of carbohydrate and fats, plus all the vitamins, minerals and amino acids necessary for good health. The various protein shakes recommended by the weight loss companies have varying levels of all these nutrients.

Protein shakes are used as meal replacements for 1-2 meals each day. The energy (calories/kilojoules) of the protein shakes is less than what would normally be consumed at these meals and together with the higher protein levels, ensure that there is less energy going into the body enabling it to start burning fat for fuel. That is the basic premise of protein shakes as meal replacements.

Most dieticians would not recommend replacing meals with protein shakes, as they are not providing you with healthy eating strategies, nor are they providing you with all the nutrients in the whole foods you would be normally consuming at a meal.

The best way to try to lose weight is to have a calorie controlled diet plan created just for you by a registered dietician, limit processed foods and exercise for at least 30 minutes each day.

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.


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