Best Diet Shake to Lose Weight

ShakeThe trend these days for many to lose weight is to drink shakes. Some are replacing a meal, and others are to help with exercise performance. Whatever they are for, this has become a popular item to aid with weight loss. Not to mention, it’s a quick grab and go, especially for those who don’t have time to make breakfast or must skip a full-size lunch.

What is the best diet shake to lose weight? Below I share my findings on these now everyday norm supplements to our diet and my results as I incorporated them in my weight loss journey.

Protein Shakes

According to PubMed, “proteins are nitrogen-containing substances that are formed by amino acids. They serve as the major structural component of muscle and other tissues in the body. In addition, they are used to produce hormones, enzymes, and hemoglobin”.

Protein can come from animals, vegetables, or plants. It is usually consumed as a powder mixed with water or another type of liquid or from food. The most popular way to add protein to a diet is as powder since it is already made and readily available for purchase.

Whey is the liquid part of milk. Casein is the other protein that comes from milk. There is also vegetable protein such as Soy. Foods can be eggs, meat, fish, or poultry.

A protein shake does not have the nutrients found in a meal. For example, it does not contain vitamins or minerals.  Therefore, it does not serve as a meal replacement and is used to help increase the consumption of protein.

Protein shakes are usually popular among athletes. Bodybuilders, in particular, are the largest consumers of protein and protein shakes.  A study showed that protein is effective in maintaining muscle mass and boosting metabolism. Other research shows that protein helps with losing belly fat.

What I found to be most common of all protein powders when I read the labels is that they are to be consumed before and after an exercise routine. Once mixed with water, or whatever liquid it is mixed with to create the shake, it is meant to help replace muscle lost during the exercise.

My experience with these was not all that favorable. Most of the time, the mix was super sweet. That alone discouraged me from adding protein to my diet. I tried it out for only a month. I don’t remember feeling any energy boost neither before nor after I drank the mix, and when I did, it lasted a short period. Being that I did not keep at it for too long, I cannot attest to whether I replaced muscle. I did not add the powder to a fruit or other type of shake. I tried drinking the plain mix. That may be where I made a mistake. It’s possible that adding the powder to a shake would have been a way to change or add to the flavor.

I have heard many positive reviews about protein, and studies show its effectiveness. Although my last try was not favorable for me, I didn’t try it long enough to see a result. I plan to try it once more.  My friends and family who regularly include protein in their diet have shared that their secret is the 4Life protein products. Learn more by visiting the link on 4Life or here.

Fruit shakes, on the other hand, are super delicious. My experience with them, although favorable, also had its drawback.

Fruit Based Shakes, Green Shakes, or Smoothies

Fruit Smoothie

Fruit-based shakes or smoothies are usually a very healthy way to gain vitamins, minerals, and fiber and contain many antioxidants. They can also help with weight loss. They are high on fiber. The fiber, in turn, helps create a healthy gut. According to PubMed, there is research supporting that healthy gut bacteria helps reduce inflammation, promote healthy immune function, and support mental health.Green Smoothie

Fruit-based shakes allow for the consumption of the required daily fruit servings. If you don’t eat much fruit, these shakes are bound to help you fill up on what you’re missing. You may also fill in on missing vegetables since some of them call for ingredients such as spinach. The fruits usually overpower the vegetable taste, and because of that, they continue to be delicious in flavor.

Smoothies or fruit shakes are easy to make and are portable. They are accommodating when there is no time for a full  breakfast. Some are made mainly with green ingredients, and because of that, they are green in color and are called green smoothies. Some of these ingredients are spinach and avocado. Yet others are added green powders that contain the vegetables desired. The powder overpowers the other ingredients, and that is how it acquires its green color.

My experience with these shakes or smoothies was very positive. I made them with banana, almond milk, almonds, oats, mango, strawberries, blueberries, spinach, and sometimes avocado. They were tasty and thick, which I love. I drank them for breakfast for some time at one point when I began my weight loss journey. I also added one vegetable powder to it, the NATURELO Raw Greens Superfood Powder.

When I made this smoothie with the NATURELO Raw Greens Superfood Powder for the first time, I felt extremely rejuvenated and so light within a couple of hours.  At the time,  I was having extreme pains in my right arm for approximately four months.

After I drank the shake, I felt terrific and had already felt the pain in my arm receding.  I know it was due to the powder because I had not felt that way before I added it to the smoothie.  My continued consumption of this powder truly helped me finally begin walking the road to healthy living. Other green powders such as organic greens as shown in the picture are great ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.  Click the picture to learn more about it.Purely Inspired Organic Greens Powder with Superfoods & Vitamins, Naturally Flavored, 24 servings

There is one thing to consider, however, when adding smoothies to your diet.  Too much sugar can be an issue.  Fruits have their sugar, and too much of it can do more harm than good.

When adding fruit smoothies to your diet, whether you make them yourself or purchase them ready-made, remember to look into the amount of sugar to understand better how frequently to make or go for this delicious treat.  It is easier to control the sugar content if you make them yourself.  I certainly think they are a great and delightful addition to our diet and will help with our weight loss goals when made with the correct ingredients.

Meal Replacements

Meal Replacement

A meal replacement is exactly that, a meal that is replaced by some other form of food. It is supposed to be lower in calories but be as nutritional as a regular meal. Some forms of meal replacements are shakes, bars, and frozen meals.

Some confuse protein shakes with meal replacements. Meal replacements, although they have protein, are not the same as protein shakes. As I mentioned earlier, protein shakes are to replace muscle. They do not have the same nutrients as a meal. It is best not to apply them in this fashion.

According to WebMD, studies show that meal replacements allow for the successful loss of weight by its consumers. Meal Replacement Bars WebMD also confirms that studies show that they help with weight loss of those suffering from metabolic syndrome.

My experience with meal replacements was non-conclusive. I lost weight the few times I tried to follow a diet by replacing meals with shakes. Most of the time, I felt hungry more. Unfortunately, I felt more like I was starving than replacing a meal.   Since I did not see enough weight loss and felt hungry more, I decided to search for other options. That is not to say that is the case for everyone.

What Is The Best Diet Shake to Lose Weight?

The best diet shakes to lose weight are all dependent on what works best individually.  Because we are all made differently, and products work differently for us, we must test and try to find what works for each of us.

I hope sharing my experience helps shed some light on the subject and inspires others to learn more and research to find their best diet shake.

A friendly reminder, exercise is another critical component in the journey to weight loss. What other ways are there to exercise to lose weight? Are there fun ways? Come back to learn more, as I share in my next post.


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10 thoughts on “Best Diet Shake to Lose Weight

  1. Wow! What a great post you’ve shared. I found it very informative and educative. I thought weight loss can be a bit of a challenge, but after reading this article I realized that it can be very simple. I never knew that there are other ways to lose weight like taking a shake. I am glad I came across this article, I will be trying this method and I hope I lose a few pounds thereafter.
    I agree with you that products can work differently for our bodies, that is why I will be trying the protein shake, I hope I get the best results. Thanks anyway for sharing this amazing piece of writing with us, I will be sharing it further too.

    1. Hi, Kokontala,

      Thank you for your comment and kind words. I am happy that you found my article of value.

      People have indeed lost weight replacing meals with shakes. I have seen others do it. As I shared in my post, I did not get the chance to test the protein shake but have heard that it does help with weight loss and belly fat. I have seen off-hand friends and family lose both by adding protein shakes to their diet.

      If you do try it out, I would love to hear what results you see. So please do come back and share.

      I wish you all the best, Nyny

  2. Thank you for reminding me about Protein shakes. In particular, I’d use Whey Protein Isolate. It’s is very good for muscle building and weight loss. 

    When you use Whey Protein Isolate you’ll look very lean and muscicular. It’s my favorite when it comes to the list here.

    Do you know of a reputable website i can buy some whey?

    1. Hello, Sebastian,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I am happy to meet another person who has added protein to their diet and has seen positive results. That sure motivates me to try adding it again to mine.

      As I mentioned in my post, I know of friends and family who swear by this. As you share here, they say that is how they continue to be lean and muscular looking; I need to try it again.

      To answer your question, this is not a recommendation; my friends and family get their whey and protein from 4Life. You can visit their site by clicking this link: or the links in my post, which I have added.

      If you do get the whey from them, please do come back and share your results.

      I wish you all the best, Nyny

  3. Yes, these diet shakes has increased in popularity. It’s a very good method to use for young people to loose weight. It’s healthy and they will get some of their daily nutrients.

    I have tride the protein shake before, and a friend of mine used to use it when she was gymming. The combination helped her loose weight.

    I currently don’t want to loose wait but if I do later I might try the fruit diet shake. 

    1. Hello, Fatoumata,

      Thank you for your comment. Your knowledge and personal experience will help others learn of some of the benefits of these shakes. Thank you for sharing them. Real-life testimony helps give others who feel hopeless hope.

      I share my experience for the same reason. I hope those who are reading my post and your comment get some valuable insight.

      Thanks again.  I wish you all the best, Nyny 

  4. Hey there! This really was a great and informative post;  I learned a lot more than i thought I would.  I have a blender at my office and tend to keep a large quantity of smoothie making ingredients there…although I do use them to replace meals while I’m working, i dont imagine that thats what theyre doing.  I think that they are just providing me with a little padding so i dont feel so hungry at the time.  After reading this article however, i think im going to be more thoroughly looking into healthier ways to make shakes. thank you so much!

    1. Hello, Rene,

      Thank you for your comment. I am glad my article was educational for you and you learned from it.

      It sounds like eating fruits for you is normal, which is great! Everyone needs their serving of fruit daily.
      I am glad I have piqued your curiosity to look into other ways to make your shakes healthier. 

      It would be great to hear what you have incorporated to do that. Please come back and share. Many who visit my page and read your comments would gain new knowledge from what you share.

      Till then, I wish you all the best, Nyny

  5. Hi Nyny. Thank you for very interesting article. Holidays is close, and it would be good to loose some weight but of course its not so easy to do. I tried few different diets and supplements but I wasn’t fully satisfied with results. But looking on your review I think focusing on green shakes and smoothies may be healthy and tasty addition to exercises. Looking forward to test them in practice!

    1. Hi, Cogito,

      Thank you for reading my article. I am glad to know it was of value to you.

      I think fruit smoothies are a great addition to anyone’s diet. Interestingly, many people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables because they find them boring alone. I like that you can incorporate both in smoothies and fruit shakes. For those who don’t enjoy vegetables, this is a perfect way to include them without the taste. And it works for kids too. They are a very healthy way to consume the daily recommended amounts of each without mentioning they can help with weight loss.

      I hope you come back and share your experience once you add them to your diet. Until then, I wish you all the best. Nyny

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