Saturday, February 27, 2021

South Beach Meal Replacement Bars: do they work?


South beach meal replacement bars were developed as an aid to help people lose weight as part of a program that teaches healthy eating habits.  The diet plan includes the bars as a healthy alternative for those who do not always have the time or inclination to prepare or sit down to eat a well-rounded healthy meal.  They were never intended to be the sole source of nutrition but part of a healthy eating plan.

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to Aid in Weight Loss

They have been effective in helping with weight loss when used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and eating plan.  The program focuses on teaching you to eat healthy including the necessary nutrients in your diet such as the healthy kind of fats, carbohydrates, proteins and other healthy nutrients that are necessary not only for weight loss but for a healthy body.  Used as directed with a healthy eating and exercise program they are effective in aiding weight loss.

Nutritional Facts

The south beach bars offer good nutrition when used for meal replacement, they should not be eaten as a snack because they are meant to replace an actual meal.  Using them as snacks may cause you to gain weight as opposed to losing weight.

Each bar is considered to be one serving and contains 210 calories.  There are 6 grams of fat with 19 grams of protein.  The carbohydrates are a total of 26 grams but none of them come from sugar, they consist of 5 grams of fiber and the other 18 grams being sugar alcohol.   Each bar provides 100% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin E and vitamin C.  Twenty five percent of the RDA of thiamin, biotin, niacin, zinc, vitamin K, iron and zinc.

for Weight Management

If you follow a healthy eating program and have learned to eat healthy, using the meal replacements can be effective in helping to maintain a healthy weight. Skipping meals is unhealthy when trying to maintain appropriate weight or a healthy eating plan.  Many people today are simply too busy to stop and prepare a healthy meal to feed their bodies the nutrients it needs.   Skipping a meal will also cause your metabolism to slow down; eating actually propels your metabolism into gear.  When your body is given the nutrients it needs you are less likely to snack on unhealthy foods which can cause weight loss or maintenance to fail.

Do Meal Replacement Weight Loss Programs Work?

If meal replacements are used and the directions are followed they are effective in helping to lose weight.  They limit caloric intake, most will provide a boost of energy to help you with exercise and additional protein and nutrients necessary to replace fat with lean muscle.  By choosing to use a meal replacement instead of skipping a meal you keep your metabolism working which again will aid in weight loss.

How Do They Work?

THe programs work by supplying the body with nutrients that you might normally receive from eating a good healthy meal.  Many will cause you to have a feeling of fullness, helping you to avoid between meal snacking.  The use of meal replacement has actually improved the nutritional health of some people because they provide protein, carbohydrates, fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals to those who are not able to eat a healthy meal due to medical or time restrictions.

Meal replacement programs are used for many reasons including:

  • Weight loss without counting calories or measuring portions
  • Convenience for busy individuals who might otherwise skip a meal
  • Balanced nutritious meals for those who cannot eat a nutritious meal
  • They are usually less expensive than diet pills
  • They provide a feeling of fullness and curb the appetite preventing snacking
  • Many are useful for diabetics in controlling blood glucose when they are maintaining a carbohydrate or calorie controlled diet because they usually contain little sugar or sugar substitutes.

Do These Programs Work to Keep Weight Off?

Although effective in shedding unwanted weight when you adhere to the program, if you have not made changes to your routine eating habits you will not keep the weight off.  While they help you lose the weight, they do not teach you to change unhealthy habits in the foods you choose.  If you simply use the program to lose the weight and then return to these unhealthy habits you will regain the weight.  They are best used in combination with making lifestyle choices that will help you maintain the weight loss.


Meal replacements have become increasing popular in the battle of the bulge and even for those who are simply looking to maintain their current weight or need a quick meal on the go. Meal replacement programs include not only shakes, but also nutritious snacks in the forms of bars, puddings, soups and even frozen meals that are purchased at your grocery store or delivered to your doorstep.

Overall they are an option yet only if you don’t have enough time to prepare a full meal.


Gloria Brown
Women's health and wellness retreat leader providing vacations and trips for women to get in shape -- and stay that way! On you can find my articles about weight loss, health and women's issues. Please feel free to contact me on


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