Weight Loss with Meal Replacement and Commercial Diet Plans

Posted: Aug 18 in Obesity Medicine by

The most successful diet plans involve managing your calorie consumption and participating in physical activity regularly. Meal replacement diets are a great weight loss program strategy for controlling your calorie intake while getting the essential nutrients you need. Commercial diet plans are effective for short-term weight loss, but require dedication to stick with long term.

What is a Meal Replacement Diet?

Typically one or two meals are replaced with nutrient-rich shakes or food in a meal replacement plan, such as OPTIFAST. The shakes and bars are calorie-controlled, but contain essential vitamins, minerals, and protein. According to an International Journal of Obesity review of six studies, participants in a meal replacement weight loss program, saw an average of three to seven percent body weight loss after one year. Study participants were all overweight or obese at the start of the program and ate at least one normal meal every day.

Commercial Diet Plans

Research indicates that commercial diet plans can help with short-term weight loss and reduced cardiac risk, but adherence rates are low. Commercial diet plans involve following a strict daily caloric intake, such as 1,000 to 1,500 calories per day. Participants in a commercial diet program may follow an outlined diet plan, join a brick and mortar diet center, or subscribe to an online weight loss program that includes member interaction and tools to track weight loss progress.

Rapid Weight Loss

There is no doubt that being obese increases your risk of developing health programs. But any meal replacement or commercial diet plans that promise fast weight loss need to be viewed with skepticism. Rapid weight loss can cause its own considerable health complications. Losing weight too rapidly can result in losing lean muscle mass, rather than excess fat. Only follow a very low calorie diet under the recommendation or supervision of your bariatrician.


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