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Current Evidence for Meal Replacement

Hey there,
Dr. C here.

I was finishing my morning run earlier today and was feeling optimistic. There have been a few new projections that look much more encouraging than the previous ones. As I was running and listening to a report with the newest projections I saw this picture on the sidewalk.

It was along with several other sidewalk chalk drawings. My guess is a little girl in her first few years of elementary school spent some time outside yesterday.

If she can stay strong then so can we! I do believe we will have less social isolation by summer or early fall. Nice to have some good news.

It is important to also remain vigilant.

COVID-19 Complications

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog you know I’ve realized that we are likely to get infected and the best thing we can do now is lower our risks for complications. The main thing to do now is safely to lose weight and get fit. All the risk factors relate. Obesity itself may be the largest. Others include high blood sugar, high blood pressure, lung function, and kidney function. All can improve with weight loss.

One thing I don’t want you to do is to live your life on a restrictive diet. We have pretty strong evidence that the more food categories you restrict, the more likely you are to regain the weight.

Oddly, the risk of regaining does not relate to how much less food you eat as much as it relates to how many food categories you cut out. It seems that willpower is depleted when you have to think through complicated rules more so than from just eating less.

A few years ago I went through all the literature I could find on what made for lasting weight loss. Something that I think has gotten far too little attention is the idea of meal replacement. The idea is to have a premade item for two of your meals and a regular meal for the third.

It cuts the number of decisions you have to make by 67% – freeing up all of that willpower to apply toward continuity. Most studies on meal replacement use liquid meals because they are the easiest ways to combine protein, fibers, and many food categories without elaborate cooking.

If you’d like some free shake recipes, we’ll have a bunch in the upcoming metabolism challenge. Get them here.

Stay strong!
Dr. C

P.S. Whenever you are ready, here is how I can help you now:

1. Download and use my Favorite Recipes Cookbook Here
2. Check out my podcast Medical Myths, Legends, and Fairytales Here

Dr. Alan Glen Christianson (Dr. C) is a Naturopathic Endocrinologist and the author of The NY Times bestselling Adrenal Reset Diet and The Metabolism Reset Diet.

Dr. C’s gift for figuring out what really works has helped hundreds of thousands of people reverse thyroid disease, lose weight, diabetes, and regain energy. Learn more about the surprising story that started his quest.