Meal Replacement buy online at American Supps
Synonyms: MRPs (short form), meal replacement powder (German translation)
Application: meal replacement
Desired effect: high quality meal replacement
Proven effect: Inferior to high quality meal replacement
Side effects: possible gastrointestinal problems
Dosage range and duration of use: As required
Natural occurrence: The ingredients are usually of natural origin
If you have already read the chapter on weight gainers and protein powders, you can roughly imagine what the dubious name meal replacement means. While weight gainers are intended as an addition to the daily diet and protein powder as a supplement, meal replacements are intended to replace a complete meal. You know it: You are on the go and you have no way of frying a steak and cooking a portion of rice with it. As a figure-conscious person, you would like to do without junk food and starving is out of the question. In such a case, what can you do to avoid a complete meal and still not have to go without nutrients? OK, in this situation you can buy a few apples and bananas as a source of carbohydrates and swallow any amino acid tablets you carry with you. Another option would be to carry a handshaker with a meal replacement that, when mixed with water, provides a delicious shake that is high in high quality protein and carbohydrates and can replace a full meal.
While in Arnold Schwarzenegger's time thermos flasks were still carried around with shakes that they had mixed up themselves, today's athletes have a wide selection of different products that can be mixed quickly and easily - often even bought ready-mixed in small tetra packs, bottles or cans can. What you should look out for when buying, you will find out below. The nice thing about meal replacements compared to weight gainers is that they contain far fewer carbohydrates, which limits the potential for fat accumulation. There are now even meal replacements for low-carb diets that usually contain less than 10% carbohydrates but a concentrated load of protein.
Meal replacement carbohydrates
When you have picked a suitable product, look at the label. If the dextrose, glucose or maltodextrin is listed first, it is best to leave it directly on the shelf. Named carbohydrate sources are extremely glycemic, i.e. they increase the insulin level in no time at all, but that doesn't last long. The result: fat deposits, hunger and tiredness. A meal replacement should be expected to replace a full meal, as the name suggests, and that includes providing enough high quality nutrients to be able to go two to three hours without any additional food. The only possible sources of carbohydrates are ground oat flakes and barley (see also Weight Gainer). These have a relatively low glycemic index and ensure a constant insulin level for around two hours. All other carbohydrates have no place in a meal replacement.
Meal Replacement Protein
Let's get to the types of protein that are welcome or undesirable in a meal replacement. One of the most undesirable sources of protein here is, of course, gelatine, which is cleverly listed on many products as protein hydrolyzate. Another term for this is collagen protein, which is basically nothing more than inferior slaughterhouse waste. Here cartilage and connective tissue are processed and sold to ignorant buyers at expensive prices. The "whey protein" (whey protein) is a very high-quality, yet critical protein. Although this has an extremely high value of 104, the metabolism is so fast that it does not guarantee a continuous supply for two to three hours. As a single protein, whey should be avoided. It looks different when it is combined with slower types of protein such as casein (milk protein). Casein takes up to eight hours to be completely metabolized, which has earned it the nickname anti-catabolic protein for nothing. Egg protein and multi-component proteins are also suitable here. However, here again with reservations, because gelatine or wheat protein (low biological value) have no place here either.
Meal replacement fat
Many meal replacements are also fortified with essential fatty acids. The CLA and omega-3 fatty acids are particularly high quality. A certain amount of fat can be quiet, as fat slows the metabolism of protein and carbohydrates and so for a long time provides a better supply of nutrients. If your meal replacement is low in fat, you can add a spoonful of olive, flaxseed or walnut oil, which are particularly rich in essential fatty acids. You can also recognize good meal replacements by the fact that they contain a lot of basic supplements and few bells and whistles. Recommended products usually contain a wide range of different vitamins and minerals that should not be neglected. You can safely do without "miracle cures" such as Smilax, Boron and Succinate. If someone offers you such a preparation, you can be sure that this seller either has no idea about the subject or that he is brazenly trying to lie to you.
Meal replacement intake
How are meal replacements best used? Well, how often you should use such a meal replacement depends on many factors. For example, one would be your job. Do you travel a lot and rarely get around to eating a nutritious meal? Then it's better to use a meal replacement several times a day before you eat nothing or junk food, because neither will make your muscles grow. Do you work in a factory and can't get away from the machine every two to three hours? In such a case, it has proven useful to consume a full meal during the breaks and to drink a prepared meal replacement quickly during the breaks. But even if you have children or animals at home that cost time and nerves - whenever you need a meal and don't have time to cook a full meal, you can make a meal replacement.
However, what you should be careful of is that you don't get lazy with the help of a meal replacement. It is of course a lot easier to quickly mix up a meal replacement, even though you actually have the time to cook. Don't make this mistake, because no matter how good the powder is, it can never replace a full, solid meal. Use it carefully and save it for days when everything goes haywire and you get nothing. Then the use certainly makes sense.