Guide to Proteins supplements: Meal Replacement Powders to build muscle, burn fat
Posted Apr 07 2010 12:00am
Meal Replacement Powders are another very popular protein supplement available in the supplements market. Protein makeup, carbohydrate content and vitamins/minerals levels are the main big differences between a straight whey protein and Meal replacement powder.
Whey protein has almost no carbohydrates, fats and very less percentage of vitamins and minerals and is made up of just one type of protein. Meal replacement powders, on the contrary, are generally composed up of many types of protein (whey, casein, egg, milk) and will also contain a decent amount of slow-release carbohydrates alongside a good vitamin and mineral profile.
Knowing about the above benefits of Meal replacement powders, you may feel like Meal replacement powders are the way to go, huh?
Well, actually they have both,, a few advantages, as well as disadvantages.
It is basically a matter of convenience in getting nutritious diets with ease when we speak of using Meal replacement powders. By simply mixing it with water, milk or juice, we have a meal which contains all of the nutrients of a complete meal. For the people who are constantly on the go and need to get a lots of quick liquid meals here and there,or when they do not have complete access to the resources that make up a good healthy meal, Meal replacement powders can definitely come in handy.
A really big disadvantage of Meal replacement powders is actually the cost of these. When compared to straight whey protein and for a fraction of the servings, they tend to be a bit more expensive. Just for a rough reference of cost, a bag of 25 MRP packs could cost almost same as a tub of optimum nutrition whey protein powder, which would be providing you with 4 times the number of servings you could get from the MRP’s bag. Carbohydrates are cheap and we must remember thi thing in the back of our mind. We are actually after the protein that which build muscles, because adding carbs to a meal can be done really easily. You can actually make your very own meal replacement right on the spot and most importantly, at a fraction of the cost of MRP. Here is the method: Take a scoop of whey protein, a banana, some oatmeal, blend it up with 400ml of milk and you’ve made your very own meal replacement right there and at a fraction of the cost.
Having discussed that, I still use MRP’s myself, more for the sake of variety and convenience it provides me to prepare my meals. I am sort of busy at work and do not have much time to do the meals stuff myself, so I am mostly using the easiest way to get my nutritioous meals. I am planning to disclose a lot of my 3 minute recipes, which will be easy for all of you to follow. It is much cheaper and just as effective to take your whey protein and mix it with your own carbohydrates and milk which is inexpensive way to get whey proteins with all other carbs and minerals. This will provide you with all of the benefits a meal replacement would, but at a much cheaper price.
I recommend a safe method for those of you who are busy,i.e., purchasing a pack or 2 of MRP’sand keep them in your bag for the times when you are out. If you are out for some work or a trip and couldn’t stop for a meal you could simply mix an MRP packet with some water and you’d be good to go.