A message from Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen, NY Times Bestselling Author of “Dr. A’s Habits of Health”
When working with individuals, I hear skepticism about using portion controlled meal replacements as a tool to get to and stay at a healthy weight. They say things like “I don’t want to eat fake food” or “I want cut out processed foods” or “I am on the Paleo diet” or “I don’t want to eat that packaged food that has a shelf life and isn’t fresh.”
As for the potential of meal replacements as a tool for creating health, their power should not be overlooked. High quality meal replacements with a healthy balance of protein, carbs, fiber and the 24 essential vitamins and minerals from a reputable source like Take Shape For Life are time-tested and incredibly safe. They help people reach a healthy weight—even people who have failed to lose weight in the past—and create teachable movements that boost self-confidence and increase intrinsic motivation. Without this drive, an individual is likely to struggle to learn how to eat healthily in this obesegenic world.
Additionally, as a healthy, portable, fast food that is portion controlled, low-glycemic, and full of vitamins & minerals, meal replacements can also offer great alternatives for meals and snacks for those times when you cannot make food on your own. In our busy, hectic, and sometimes unpredictable lives, having meal replacements available can help already-healthy people avoid eating unhealthy foods.
And that’s ultimately what meal replacements are designed to accomplish: to help people reach and maintain a healthy weight in a way that is healthy, manageable, and maintainable. Reaching a healthy weight is a critical component of optimal health. Unfortunately, 70 percent of our population consumes more energy than they burn and struggles to make the healthy choices necessary to make a lasting change.
Meal replacements, combined with the support a health coach, make that process easier. Clients gradually learn to take control of their health and learn to eat healthy in all their meals while also learning to incorporate the Habits of Health into all other aspects of their lives.
As you look to create health in your life and to encourage the people you care about to do the same, you are right to be skeptical with the torrent of fad diets and workout routines vying for your attention. Meal replacements, as part of a system like Take Shape For Life, are not a fad. Explore their success stories and talk with your health coach. You’ll see the same potential that I see.