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22 Apr 2006

Meal replacements
What do meal replacements actually do? Will they provide enough energy when I train as oppposed to a full "edible" meal?
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Sports Nutrition
Sports nutrition

01 Jan 0001


Meal replacements products can be seen as healthy fast food. They are usually in the form of shakes or bars. They assist you in nutrient timing. The science thereof tells you to replace the nutrients that you have used during training. It allows you 45 minutes to shuttle nutrients effectively back into the muscles straight after training, thus liquid food is the answer as “edible” food would need to digest firstly and secondly we can not always determine what the nutritional value is of that what we have eaten. They also have the advantage of being instantly ready therefore saving you preparation time and they are convenient.
Re providing you with enough energy: you have to understand the energy equation:
Energy balance mean if you take in more calories (energy) whether it is from protein / fat / carbs will make you fat and if you take in less you will lose weight. Therefore you have to determine what amount of energy your body output needs per day which will obviously include your exercise regime to make sure that you get enough energy to make your body do what you want it to do and that can be from ‘edible” food or liquid food.

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