Originally Posted by justdazed
Is there a dairy free "slim fast like" powder out there that I could use a meal replacer but wouldn't completely derail my weight loss plans?
Just as an example I went to Trader Joe's today and they had a Hemp based meal replacement powder but it said on the bottle not intended for weight reduction.
"Not intended for weight reduction," doesn't mean that the product can't be used for weight reduction. The product will not prevent weight loss (only excess calories can do that).
It's just a disclaimer companies use to mean "don't sue us if you don't lose weight, we never said you would."
I learned that there is often very little difference between weight control shakes (like Slim Fast and others like it) and weight GAIN shakes (like Ensure and some of the body building supplements like Muscle Milk).
Check it out for yourself. Read the ingredients and calorie, fat, carb, fiber, and protein counts on weight loss shakes and weight gain shakes, read the ingredient lists, and you'll see how similar the weight gain and weight loss products are. Sometimes the weight gain shakes will have a little more fat or sugar, but even so you will find weight loss shakes with very similar nutritional profiles.
Sometimes you'll find them identical, except for the name on the label. I've found this in many store brands especially (stores like Walgreen's, K-Mart, Walmart, ShopKo, Target, IGA, Kroger...).
Not only was the calorie count the same on the weight loss and gain products, so were ALL of the nutrition stats and the ingredient list (down to the order of the ingredients). When made by the same company, what's happening is that they're changing the can and the box, but not the formula going into those cans.
The weight loss shake and the weight gain shake are the same shake, only the label is different, and the instructions (use in place of a meal, or in addition to a meal).
The difference is in how they're used (as meals, or in addition to meals).
In other words, you get to decide how to use them. If you're using them and reducing your calorie intake, you will lose weight. If you're using them and are increasing your calorie intake, you will gain weight.
You get to decide whether they're intended for weight loss or weight gain.
They won't "make" you lose or gain weight either way - it's the calorie intake (and expenditure) that will determine weight gain or loss.
After all any calorie-dense food can be a weight loss food or a weight gain food, depending on your calorie intake.