The Nutritional Value of Weight Loss Meal Replacement Shakes

January 18, 2011 2 Comments by Sara

This article will be evaluating meal replacement shakes for weight loss. Read on to find out what to look for in a good shake and how it may benefit your weight loss efforts.

For convenience purposes many people choose to rely on meal replacement shakes to aid in their weight loss efforts. Sometimes these shakes can be a great resource and are even necessary for some if you have had bariatric surgery. They can be an adequate way to meet your protein needs especially at breakfast when you are eating on the run. However, it is very important to look at the overall quality of the shake that you are consuming. Does it have too much sugar? Does it have fiber? Does it have protein? How much fat does it have and where is the fat coming from? All are very important questions to ask yourself when making such a decision. Below are comparisons of a few different meal replacement shakes for weight loss.

As you look at each of these, ask yourself which would you choose?


  • Whey Protein
  • Good balance of carbohydrates and protein
  • 17% carbohydrates coming from fiber
  • 53% carbohydrates from sugar
  • Rich in antioxidants and probiotics
  • No artificial sweeteners or refined sugars
  • 1 g fat, 17 g carbohydrate, 17 g protein, 140 calories per scoop

Special K:

  • Whey and Soy protein
  • 62% carbohydrates coming from sugar
  • 17% carbohydrates coming from fiber
  • Contains artificial sweeteners
  • 5 g fat, 29 g carbohydrates, 10 g protein, 190 calories per bottle


  • Milk and soy protein
  • 20% carbohydrates coming from fiber
  • 72% carbohydrates coming from sugar
  • Contains high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oil
  • Contains artificial sweeteners
  • 6 g fat, 25 g carbohydrates, 10 g protein, 190 calories per can

Ultimately, when looking for a meal replacement shake you want to choose something that is…

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