If you've ever tried one of your mother's weight loss shakes when you were a kid, you probably remember that they were chalky and disgusting. Well, it's not your Mom's jolts.
A good shake is to nail the right mix of simple and high quality ingredients, says Andrew Abraham, MD, an integrated medicine doctor and founder of Orgain protein shakes. "When you're trying to lose weight, protein is the most important nutrient," he says. "It increases satiety, prevents peaks in blood sugar, and helps build lean muscle that will increase your metabolism." You can use herbal protein powder (pea, chia or brown rice) or animal protein (whey, casein or collagen), depending on your taste, but make sure that it is free of hormones , additives, fillers and ingredients you can not pronounce, he says, adding that the bio is the best.
The next most important ingredient for weight loss is fiber, he says. It also helps to keep you full, nixes cravings, and keeps your gut healthy. Fruits and vegetables are the best source of fiber and nutrients.
What you do not want: added sugars and other empty carbohydrates. "Contrary to what you might think, you do not need to add a lot of sweeteners to make a good shake," he says. "If you use high quality ingredients, they will taste great."
You can add a pinch of stevia, monkfruit or erythritol as these calorie-free natural sweeteners do not spoil your blood sugar, but it takes a misunderstanding on artificial sweeteners, he says.
Sounds complicated? Nope! These 20 weight loss shakes meet all of these nutritional requirements, says Abraham. Bonus: They also have an incredible taste.