Fads & myths: Shake diets

10 July, 2018 Nutrition

Shake Diet Article

Weight loss shake and powder diets are great for quick weight loss results. And that is the problem with them.

It’s a no brainer. If you go on a low calorie liquid diet of shakes, you are going to lose weight, fast!

Ask yourself, how many people do you know have loss more than 5kg in a short period of time on a shake diet? Probably quite a lot. Of those people, how many were able to maintain their weight loss long term? Probably not many and in 100% of cases, they put back on the weight.

There are many reasons why weight loss shake diets DON’T work. These 3, in my opinion, are the main reasons:

1. You drastically lower your calories

Let’s look deep into it. The reason why you’re losing weight isn’t because of the shakes themselves. It’s because you’re consuming less calories than your body needs, and the day you return to your normal routine, you’ll instantly put all the weight back on.

2. Your body needs real food

Your body needs real food to function so your body receives a variety of nutrients from protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals mainly.

Shakes may seem like they fill you up but using them as a meal replacement is dangerous. Most of the shakes don’t have the wide range of vitamins and minerals you need and if you’re not eating healthy meals along with the shakes, then you may develop nutrient deficiencies and other health problems.

Study after study has proven that the best way to get your nutrients is through real food.

3. You’re not addressing the root cause

The reason why people have a weight loss issue is either because they are an emotional eater or because they fail to plan or both.

People turn to food when they are emotional because food gives them endorphins, giving them a temporary boost of happiness that only leads to more guilt and negative feelings later.

If you’re an emotional eater you need to create mechanisms to help you cope like seeing a therapist, devoting time to increase your mindset or developing new stress release habits.

As we get older and receive more responsibilities we become time poor and our priorities change from looking after our health to looking after other people or other things like your career or earning money.


One of my favourite saying is “You fail to plan, you plan to fail”. There are so many things in life that happen to you and are out of our control. Equally there are things that are in your control, so you need to plan yourself so you can achieve your fitness goal.

Having shakes all the time is not the answer. If it were, then everyone would do it! If you want an answer for your personal circumstance, then contact me  on

Keep your eyes on the prize.