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The Best Weight Loss Meal Replacement Shake Ingredients

By Dr. Eric Berg DC
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Our Educational Content is Not Meant or Intended for Medical Advice or Treatment

The fundamental problem with weight loss programs is that they are not based on how fat is burned. They just do not mention the hormone-food connection. In this short article, I will discuss 4 ingredients I believe burn fat more than any others and make up the best weight loss meal replacement shake.

The first one is eggs. Eggs are the perfect because they are protein rich as well as nutrient rich.

Protein activates fat-burning hormones, such as growth hormone. In a powder form, egg white powder is an exceptionally good fat-burning trigger because it is low in carbohydrates but rich in nutrients. It’s superior to soy and whey protein powders.

Soy can act like estrogen, which is a fat-promoting hormone. Soy gained popularity largely because Asians eat it and are thinner and healthier than Americans but this logic is faulty. In their traditional diets, Asians rarely consume as much soy as Americans and Asians don’t eat soy as a protein powder, which is highly processed and hard to digest. Traditional Asian diets include small amounts of unprocessed soy foods that are fermented and easily digested.

Whey protein, which comes from cow’s milk, is also highly processed and is most often made using heat. Whey naturally contains cholesterol and when this is exposed to heat, it becomes oxidized, somewhat like butter that becomes rancid if it isn’t refrigerated. Oxidized cholesterol is not a healthy thing to eat because this form of cholesterol is not found in nature and our bodies are not equipped to deal with it. So if you find weight loss meal replacement shakes using whey, then make sure there is no oxidized cholesterol.

Some whey protein “isolates” contain no oxidized cholesterol but this form is still highly processed and refined. I believe that when you alter the natural structure of a food in this way, you can create imbalances because your body simply doesn’t know how to utilize foreign substances.

The second food is spirulina.

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows in freshwater lakes and ponds and it’s a nutritional powerhouse. In addition to being loaded with vitamins A and E, iron, potassium and calcium, it contains essential fats and high-quality protein that is easy to digest and especially effective for weight loss. Spirulina is particularly rich in amino acids that activate fat burning, such as arginine, and is superior to the protein in red meat or soy. By giving your body concentrated nutrients, spirulina helps to ward off cravings and hunger and enhances overall health. You can learn more about spirulina here http://www.livestrong.com/article/232330-benefits-of-spirulina-for-weight-loss/

The third one is flaxseed.

Flaxseed is a leading plant source of healthy omega-3 fats as well as fiber, vitamins, minerals and some protein. Its nutrient-dense fats make you feel satisfied for longer periods of time and keep your body in good health. The fiber in flaxseed also helps to keep you regular, an important part of losing weight and keeping it off. Most meal replacement shakes never add healthy ingredients instead their weight loss shakes are filled with sugar and artificial flavors.

And lastly there is kale!

Kale is a cruciferous vegetable, in the same family as Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Kale is one of the healthiest foods you can eat because it contains massive amounts of concentrated nutrients, including vitamins A, K and C, potassium and calcium. And, it contains tons of phytonutrients, plant factors with special health-promoting properties that correct a slow metabolism, so that you can burn resistive belly fat.

I personally found kale by accident, in my 40s. After developing an online analyzer that measures nutrients in various foods, I kept noticing that kale was always at the top of the list for the most nutrients. I started to eat it and noticed huge changes in my own person energy and vitality. 

Over the past 6 months, I have working on developing a way of combining these 4 foods and of course making it taste delicious. I wanted to find better ingredients than most meal replacement shakes and avoid the sugar, hidden MSG and cheep protein powder.

I used two sweeteners; stevia and erythritol because they are natural, zero-calorie sweeteners and then added cocoa powder for a great taste. Simply add water or almond milk and stir or blend.

For maximum fat-burning, add 1 scoop of Instant Kale Shake powder to 8 ounces of water and stir. If you prefer a richer taste, add unflavored almond milk instead of water.

You can learn more about my Instant Kale Shake, a great weight loss meal replacement shake, go here.

 

Hey Dr. Berg here. In this short video, I want to talk about the four foods that I feel are the most powerful foods that trigger the fat burning hormones. I think most fat burning programs don’t talk about the hormone triggering of fat—they’re more like, “Cut calories. Portion control.” But, as you age, you have to starting looking at the relationship between hormones and certain foods, especially the fat burning foods. Number one: eggs. Why eggs? Because it’s such a complete food. It has every single nutrient that your body needs. You could pretty much live on eggs if you want. But it has dense protein that allow you to trigger the fat burning process. So eggs are at the top of the list, because they also do not contain hardly any carbs. So they’re a great protein food. They will stimulate fat burning. So we have eggs, and number two: we have this thing called spirulina. I don’t know if you’ve heard about it, but spirulina—you’re going to hear a lot about it. It’s a sea vegetable. This stuff has a 60% protein. That’s more protein per weight than red meat. It has 94 trace minerals and elements. It has b12, all the vitamins, so it’s a great way to trigger the fat burning process too. Spirulina—it’s a vegetarian protein. And then we also have flax seed. What’s so special about flax seed? Flax seed actually has a lot of protein. It has all nine amino acids, so it triggers the fat burning hormone called growth hormone because it has arginine. Growth hormone is the anti-ageing and the main fat burning hormone. It also has something else—Omega -3 fatty acids. And what does that do? It feeds the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouses of the metabolism. Your metabolic rate is controlled by hormones but all the metabolism occurs in your mitochondria. The structure of your mitochondria is made by Omega -3 fatty acids. So this restores the raw material to restore a good metabolism as compared to burning out. And then lastly my favorite, which is kale. Now, the kale that I’m holding right here has been growing in my backyard. It survived the entire winter. Kale is probably the most nutrient dense food on the planet, other than parsley. But of course, you can’t eat a lot of parsley. It’s kind of strong. Kale has a lot of vitamin A, potassium, and calcium. So follow the principle of getting healthy to lose weight—not lose weight to get healthy. But, consuming this will get rid of cravings; it will satisfy your body, it will also prevent the storage of fat, because of the potassium and the blood sugar situation. So we have egg, flax, spirulina and kale—those are the four top ones. So what I did in the last six months is, I found out a way to combine them, put them in a powder and make them into a shake. Here it is, it’s called “Dr. Berg’s Instant Kale Shake”. So it comes in a mint, if you like mint, and then it comes in a milk chocolate. The reason it took so long to make is because—well first of all, the taste. To try and make something taste good and have it healthy too, that’s been a challenge. I have had to fly out to the manufacturing company and spend the entire day to come up with the exact taste, because this stuff tastes incredible. You can even combine the mint with the milk chocolate. But it has in here: egg white without the hormones, it has organic kale leaf powder, spirulina, flax, and it’s sweetened with two sweeteners, one is stevia and the other is erythritol and they’re basically zero glycemic on the index scale so they have no affects on their blood sugar. We basically have the ultimate fat burning, with the sweet but without the insulin factor. Because in the presence of insulin, you can’t burn fat. So it’s great to enhance the fat burning process. So if you’re interested in something that’s convenient or something that’s fast, you can just add water or almond milk or coconut milk and it makes a wonderful shake. So check it out!

Learn the best weight loss meal and see more Nutrition advice from Dr. Berg Video Blog.


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