A new Dutch study developed by the team at Unilever Research and Development found that those consuming a replacement meal shake containing gelling alginate felt full for longer than volunteers drinking the shake without alginate. Oh, this is new? I’ve been drinking that drink for years, it’s called ANYTHING WITH CAFFEINE. According to the study, the alginate, which is a dietary fiber (and sounds a little too much like “algae” for my palette) , expands only under gastric conditions, thereby making it easy to swallow and a preferred treatment for curbing hunger. My question is, if you’re practicing healthy eating habits, why are you worried about curbing your hunger?
If you want to get thin quickly in an unhealthy manner, you’re probably not eating healthy to begin with. This yet another stupid study designed to encourage people to find fast-track routes to weight loss rather than put in the hard work necessary. Weight loss is work! What did you do in school when you wanted good grades? You studied hard. Guess what, if you want to lose weight, you need to workout hard. Stop looking for the fancy new drinks and supplements and schemes to do all the work for you. Also, since when did “hunger” become a bad word? If you’re working out and lifting weights, you may find that you are hungrier afterward. That’s because your body begins to crave fuel. Different foods compliment your workout regime. Protein helps rebuild lean muscle, and carbohydrates help with cardiovascular endurance. Eating is not the culprit, it is unhealthy eating that gets people in trouble. Drinking this shake may curb your hunger, but if you’re eating nothing but croissants and Double Down sandwiches from KFC in between shakes, chances are you won’t lose an inch.
In addition, I’d be wary of any drink labeled as a “meal replacement” to begin with. Meal replacements, like the infamous Slimfast shake, essentially work because you’re starving your body, whether you “feel full” or not. Just because you don’t have the feeling of hunger doesn’t mean your body isn’t starving for nutrition. This gelling alginate drink only has 190 calories in it. That’s a pretty low-calorie meal. If you consumed that shake three times a day, you’d only have 570 calories a day. (As a point of reference, consuming less than 1200 calories a day is considered starvation.) And that’s not even getting into the lack of nutrition and fresh ingredients.
Don’t fall prey to the get-thin-quick, easy-solution-lure of meal replacement shakes. Instead, try shaking your booty. That’s a lot more fun and doesn’t have any gelly algae, or whatever, involved.