Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, which means you’ve got plenty of time to start slimming down for swimsuit season (or even spring break). The key to getting lean is to combine cardio exercise with the right diet. First, you need to make sure you’re doing enough cardio to burn fat every day. Next, clean up your plate. When mapping out your weekly meal plans, consider including high-quality meal replacement shakes. Let me tell you why.
The benefits of meal replacement shakes
Not everyone has time to plan, shop for and cook healthy, diet-friendly meals. If you’re busy, and hungry, it’s easy to grab whatever’s available, telling yourself you’ll make up for the poor choice later. Occasional slip ups can be remedied, but it’s best to stay well prepared. Here’s where meal replacement shakes come in. Keep a canister handy (in your desk drawer at work, your gym bag, etc.), and you’ll have a quick, nutritious option any time healthy food is scarce.
Figuring out the ideal balance of nutrients in a meal isn’t always easy. With a pre-made (or ready-to-mix) shake, the work is done for you. One of my favorites is Vitacost ARO Lean, which delivers 24 grams of protein to feed muscles and help with weight loss, plus 9 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fat and just 190 calories per serving. The nutritional profile is perfect for a light meal that fits with any diet or weight management plan. Plus, you get 5 grams of filling fiber and nourishing omega-3 essential fatty acids in each serving.
Ever heat up a diet-friendly, ready-to-eat meal in the microwave and think you’d rather just skip lunch than suffer through the terrible taste? With a quality meal replacement shake like ARO Lean, you get a creamy, dessert-like drink that goes down easy, keeps you satisfied and provides nutrients you may not get from typical diet foods. ARO Lean Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup is my favorite flavor, with Angel Food Cake coming in a close second.
Which meals are the best to replace?
It’s the most important meal of the day””but sadly, it’s also the one that’s most often skipped. Rather than running out on an empty stomach, give your body the boost it needs first thing in the morning with an ARO Lean shake. Simply add the ingredients to your blender, whirl and go. If you double the ingredients, you can pour half into a shaker bottle and take it with you for a healthy mid-morning or afternoon snack. No time to use an electric blender (or fuss with clean up)? A wire-whisk shake bottle makes shake-making even easier.
Are you an ARO Lean fan””or does another meal replacement shake help you stay slim? Please share your picks in the comments below!
IFBB figure professional Melissa Transou, a fitness expert, wife and mother, blogs about the unique sports and nutrition needs of women and female athletes exclusively for Vitacost.com. Learn more about Melissa in this recent RXMuscle.com spotlight article, connect with her on Facebook or email her at email@example.com.