What is a food substitute?
Meal replacement is a supplement intended to replace a meal and provide complete and practical nutrition with the precise doses of macronutrients and calories. They are available in powder, bar or liquid form.
These products are approved by the medical community and are prescribed by specialists, as long as they are enhanced with vitamins and minerals. Bodybuilding athletes use meal replacements to save time when doing harder workouts and must feed more frequently.
The ideal is always and at all times to eat natural food but for those moments when you don’t have time to prepare your meal a substitute meal is an interesting alternative option.
Why exactly take food substitutes?
Food substitutes provide a number of benefits for people who play sports and for those who want to lose weight:
? They can assist in forming more muscle as they can be used as a nutritional supplement to gain more energy even before training and prevent fatigue after training;
? They replace a meal with a less calorific alternative option, which is always and always preferable to skipping a meal, while slowing down metabolism;
? They have a balanced nutrient content. They generally have an enormous amount of protein, a moderate amount of carbohydrates and high levels of the recommended daily dose of vitamins and minerals;
? They are cheaper than eating out or buying ready-made food;
? They are very practical for busy people with difficult schedules. The bars can be taken wherever you want and the smoothies are available ready made or in powder form and are simple to prepare;
? There are plenty of flavors and ways to eat them, which are getting better and better;
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What’s in these food substitutes?
Food substitutes have a convenient amount of: carbohydrates, high-quality protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.
Their contribution to health is enhanced by combining them with a balanced diet and a consistent and programmed training.
Science confirms the advantages of food substitutes
Scientific research concluded that daily supplementation with a meal replacement accompanied by an exercise program 3 times a week can help you increase your fitness level and progress your anatomical structure. Thus, the athletes who consumed the food substitutes improved their performance on bench presses and leg presses[*1].
A study published in Nutrition & Metabolism reported a loss of related muscle mass and less fatigue from exercise in a given set of individuals once they had consumed meal replacements[*2].
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REFERENCES OR NOTES:[*1] ? Poole, Chris N. et al (two thousand eleven), The Combined Effects of Exercise and Ingestion of a Meal Replacement in Conjunction with a Weight Loss Supplement on Body Composition and Fitness Parameters in College-Aged Men and Women, Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, Janeiro two thousand eleven, vol. twenty-five, 1:pp.51-sixty, two thousand four (LINK) [*2] ? Lockwood, Christopher M. (two thousand eight) (Minimal nutrition intervention with high-protein/low-carbohydrate and low-fat, nutrient-dense food supplement improves body composition and exercise benefits in overweight adults: A randomized controlled trial, Nutrition & Metabolism dos mil ocho, 5:11 (LINK)