Sun | Aug 20, 2017

Weight-loss side roads: Shakes

Published:Monday | June 27, 2016 | 6:00 AMJody-Anne Lawrence
Though healthy shakes do have some pros and cons.

Jennifer Thomas* wanted to lose weight but her love for food made it a real challenge. She decided, however, that a lifestyle change was needed.

Dieting usually failed but Thomas had heard about a number of shakes on the market that she wanted to try. She was, however, a little unsure about them.

"I was a bit sceptical about the shakes and what they were putting in them. I did research and started making my own with almond milk or soy milk as the base, adding necessary fruits and vegetables," she told Flair.

Adding shakes to her weight-loss strategy seemed to give her that boost she was looking for.

Physical trainer Lipton Lee said that while he does not believe that shakes are the key to weight loss, he does agree that they can be useful in greater weight-loss plans. He said that shakes can be used as replacements for meals.

For him, a good shake has a solid protein base with fruits, nuts and/or greens added to the mixture. He said it is important to monitor portion sizes in order to ensure you are not having too much. If you are having fruit shakes, he recommends you have it only once or twice per week. He said that persons having shakes should remember that too much of anything - even a good thing - can be a bad thing.

* Name changed