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Are Meal Replacement Shakes Healthy?

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Looking to win that battle of the bulge this year? Are you tired of the diet crazes that just leave you feeling defeated? Look no further. At 180 Nutrition, we’re thinking of new and exciting ways to help you lose that extra weight whether you’re a workout aficionado or a busy working mom.

The truth about many high-street meal replacement shakes

health food weightloss shakesYou may have heard rumours about meal replacement shakes and the possible weight-loss potential from these drinks, but before you go grabbing just any diet shake off the shelf, do your research. Many diet shake companies try to sell you a gimmick with catchy slogans and promises of a lighter you, but in reality the majority of meal replacement shakes contain synthetic ingredients that actually make your body hold on to body fat. They use artificial ingredients like aspartame, genetically-modified soy fibre, synthetic vitamins, and other elements that can potentially harm your body. Forget those misleading products and let 180 Nutrition do the hard work for you.

Why 180 Nutrition is different

We’re leading a protein supplement revolution with our meal replacements shakes. Our natural superfood blends are loaded with fibre, protein, and good fats without the sugar, preservatives, or synthetic processed ingredients. Feel free to compare us to popular top sellers you see in the marketplace. If you look at their ingredients, you’ll notice a plethora of synthetic and modified ingredients.

We only use the best 100% natural ingredients in our diet shakes. Healthy ingredients like Sesame, Chia, and Flaxseeds along with cocoa for a little bit of flavor. Our supplemental shakes will assist your metabolism and help keep that digestive system of yours functioning at an optimal level. If you’re looking for a more balanced diet to help regulate your natural body weight, our shakes truly deliver while giving you the stamina and endurance you need to get through your day.

So what are you waiting for? Join the revolution and make a positive change for a healthier you. We’re so confident in our all-natural product that we even offer a 100% money back guarantee if you’re not happy with the results you receive. Not all protein supplements are created equal, and with 180 Nutrition you’ll notice a big difference!

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7 Exercise & Fat Burning Myths Exposed

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Guy: Working in the fitness industry for almost 10 years, I would get exposed to hundreds of people each week. It was during this time that I got to understand the public perception of the exercise and fitness world.

Being in the firing line every day I got to cut through the noise, confusion and misconceptions of it all and felt inspired to write this post. So if you find yourself practicing any of the below, maybe it’s time to rethink your strategy.

exercise myths sit ups1. Sit-ups Burn Belly Fat

I can’t tell you how many people would be doing sit-ups, medball twists and crunches because they wanted their stomach and obliques (side ab’s) flat and toned. I know many athletes and weightlifters that have abs popping without doing a single sit-up. Why is this you may ask? Drum roll please… It’s because they understand nutrition, reduce inflammation and work with fundamental exercises that activate the core. Crunches give you strong abdominals, the fat that sits on top of that is a whole different story. If this sounds a little foreign to you and you want to learn more, download our free eBook here.

exercise myths running weightloss2. Running for Weight Loss

It’s a common sight, people pounding the streets or spending hours on the treadmill with weight loss as their goal. At first glance this seems like the right thing to do, but the simple answer is this – if you are running for weight loss, your diet is wrong.

So with this golden nugget of information, the first place you should start is the kitchen. Don’t believe me? Watch this short clip with Professor of Exercise and Sports Science, Tim Noakes, as we ask him what he thinks about running for weight loss.

exercise myths weight lifting3. Lifting Weights Make You Bulky

This is the greatest fear with women but I would see it with men occasionally too who don’t want bulky thighs and giant biceps! If only it was that easy. Lifting weights is one of the best strategies for increasing metabolism, toning the body, steadying blood sugars and burning body fat. Did you know fat occupies 4 to 5 times more space than muscle? If you exchanged 5kg of body fat for 5kg of muscle you would reduce your body size and have a more toned definition. This is why weighing scales should only be used to weigh your suitcase when you are going on holidays. Learn more reasons why weights are awesome here.

exercise myths carb loading4. You Need to Carb Load

This is the strategy we are taught as fitness trainers and is even more applicable to endurance athletes. Ramp up those carb’s to get you through your workout. The short answer to this is that there are many studies showing that fat adapted athletes respond better than carb loaders. Carb’s are reduced and natural fats are increased with some of the benefits of delivering quicker recovery times, reduced inflammation, less injuries, steady long lasting energy and reduced excess body fat. If you want the more scientific answer, listen to our full interview with running legend Professor Tim Noakes here.

exercise myths overtraining5. Spend Hours in the Gym to Get Fit & Buff

There’s a big perception that more exercise means more results, whether it be muscle building or weight loss. That is so simplistic it’s not funny as there are so many variables at play. There really is a minimum effective dose when it comes to results, and with the multitude of factors in place like nutrition (yes that means eating real foods and avoiding marketing fads), intensity, variation, recovery periods, sleep, type of exercise etc, you must have a clear understanding of all of these to realise your own true potential. They say a six pack is made in the kitchen, and I tend to agree with this. If you understand and implement all the other factors you’ll be the envy of all your friends in half the time :)

exercise myths exercise machine6. The Single Best Exercise for Weight Loss

This kind of marketing drives me nuts. I’m all for educating people and simplifying things so it’s digestible and easier to understand, but TV and dodgy advertising tends to skew the message. I would get constantly asked what the best exercise for weight loss was, and my answer would always be the same… ‘do you want the fluffy chocolate covered strawberry answer, or do you want the facts? Sorry to tell you that there is no single best exercise for weight loss… But if you want just the straight facts then watch this short video (2 ½ mins) with us and Australian Institute of Kettlebells founder Dan Henderson.

exercise myths yoga7. Yoga is for Women, Vegan’s & Tree Huggers

Being a male yoga fan, I had to include this one as I swear some of my mates think that I’m the only guy (pun intended) in the class breathing through one nostril and visualising flowers. To all the guys out there who are reading this, get in there as you are missing out! Especially if you’re an athlete or take your sport seriously, as I’ve seen many of them greatly improve their flexibility and mobility. Personally I practice two to three times a week and mine has gone through the roof. Physically and mentally I’ve found this the perfect counter-balance to the intensive training I do and it compliments it perfectly. There is also magic to be found in a Yin style class (i’m addicted), and I would urge anyone with high workout routines to check them out too. Yoga’s popularity over the years has grown massively for a reason, so don’t let the ego get in the way ;) Watch this 2 min clip with ex army officer Duncan Peak why athletes benefit from yoga.

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Is coconut oil the ultimate fat burner for weight loss?

coconut oil for weight loss

By Guy Lawrence

Eat fat to burn fat, sounds counter-intuitive right? But coconut oil is a staple in my daily diet and it’s one of the first things I’d recommend to anyone if they are looking to burn fat for weight loss. I can also recommend watching this video interview with Christine Cronau on the benefits of natural fats when you’ve got some spare time… It really cuts to the chase!

When I was working in the fitness industry, the amount of people that would ask me about fat burning and fat blocking products was unbelievable (think high caffeine and guarana). They generally speed up your metabolism which will come with longer term side effects. The reason for this is that they elevate your heart rate which will end up raising cortisol levels. If you know anything about cortisol then you will understand that this prompts the body to hang on to body fat (hint: I feel this is why stressed people struggle to loose weight).

Why coconut oil for weight loss?

Without trying to get technical, coconut oil is a saturated fatty acid that is predominately a MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides). This is very different to most of the vegetable oils on the market today.

The short and medium-chain fatty acids which can be found in coconut oil (and grass-fed butter which I use too), are sent directly to our liver and used directly for energy. So this means:

  1. It does not get stored in fat cells as easily as long-chain fatty acids, and produce ketones which gives us a steady source of energy
  2. Enhances thermogenesis which increases fat burning
  3. Helps eliminate food cravings with increased feelings of satiety

According to Christine Cronau’s book the Fat Revolution, there are studies of participants that were fed the same diet which was not designed for weight loss. But some of them were fed medium-chain fatty acids and they lost weight, whilst the weight in the rest of the group remained the same.

It also compared diets with three types of fat intake. Low fat, monounsaturated fat and coconut oil. There was a 60% reduction in fat storage for the groups consuming coconut oil.

So what’s the magic dosage?

If you do not consume many natural fats including coconut oil, start in small amounts or the toilet may come calling. Add a teaspoon to a smoothie, or if a sugar craving comes calling eat a teaspoon straight from the jar as this will kill those cravings. Cook with it or just start adding it to things where you usually wouldn’t. I have it in a high fat smoothie most mornings.

I consume up to 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil a day. But I eat a low-carb and natural high fat diet, especially after getting my DNA results back.

So if you are on a weight loss plan, eliminate sugar, grain, soy and all processed fats & oils. Increase your coconut oil up to 2-4 tablespoons a day for your steady source of energy and over time you will feel the magic happen!

Do you use coconut oil? Are you worried about saturated fat? Are you a weight loss plan but are frightened of fat? Would love to hear your thoughts… Guy

On a side note: I truly enjoy writing these posts, hence our frequent blog posts. At the end of the day though, these are just my thought’s and feelings around a topic I’m passionate about. I encourage everyone to do their own research and check out the facts for themselves.

If you did enjoy the post and got something from it or have something to share on the topic, I would love to hear your thought’s in the comments section below. If you feel others would benefit from this then it would be great if you could share it using one of the icons below (Facebook etc). Cheers, Guy…

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Protein Powder for Women

low carb diet shakeIf you’re a woman on the go, you need food to support your busy lifestyle. It’s difficult for a busy woman to eat a meal with all the nutrients necessary for health in the limited time available for lunch.

Perhaps you have tried protein powders as a meal replacement during hectic lunches. The majority of protein powders on the market today are loaded with chemicals. These chemicals are difficult to pronounce as well as trust. The 180 Natural Protein Superfood is the perfect quick lunch you have been looking for. The simple snack mix will refuel you as a quick snack between errands. Helping you avoid reaching for less healthful choices, the powder is a nutritious meal replacement.

Invented by fitness trainer Guy Lawrence, the 180 Natural Protein Superfood is the best choice for before and after workout snacks. Filled with simple ingredients like flaxseed, almond meal, sunflower kernels, whey protein and more, the powder replaces a full healthy meal.

Although anyone can benefit from the 180 Natural Protein Superfood, it is especially good for busy women who have limited time for a good meal. The powder increases the metabolism while eliminating toxicity. This increases much needed energy for busy moms and career women. Taken before or after a workout, the 180 Natural Protein Superfood helps build muscle, stamina and energy.

The 180 Natural Protein Superfood is a perfect meal replacement. If you want to lose weight, simply replace a meal with the powder. You could do this even if you’re at your optimal weight for improved health and nutrition. If you’ve been eating prunes and fiber cereals, try eating a bar every day instead. It will improve your digestive health with its fiber rich combination. The powder is good for everybody. It won’t harm those with diabetes, cancer or other illnesses. It is safe. It doesn’t alter blood sugar, making it the safe, ideal protein powder for pregnant women as well those with diabetes. Used as a meal replacement or snack, the powder adds extra protein, fatty acids, fiber, and minerals to your diet.

Everyone can benefit from the 180 Natural Protein Superfood. Made with your needs in mind, this superfood may not turn you into superwoman overnight, but your health and energy will be on the right track!

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Best Meal Replacement

The best meal replacement programs can be quite effective in weight reduction. The popularity of meal replacement products greatly increased after the turn of the 21st century.

These products are helpful to people who do not receive the right nutrition because of their eating habits. The need to lose weight is also another factor that makes people go for meal replacement programs.

The program requires individuals to replace the intake of their usual meals with those suggested by the meal replacement program. There are different types of programs; some provide a person with complete healthy meals while others simply consist of some foods such as milkshake that provides a person with the nutrition he would get from a complete meal. Sticking to a meal replacement program has helped individuals lose and maintain their weight as well as receive proper nutrition.

There are a number of vitamins and minerals packed in meal replacement shakes. It is important to check the ingredients in a meal replacement shake before buying. Ensure the ingredients are nutritionally balanced. This is essential because there are certain shakes that are designed to help people lose weight and may not have the proper nutrition for those who do not need to lose weight.

The other type of meal replacement program offers individuals with a complete and healthy meal. Such meals can be purchased from various stores and are normally located in the frozen foods section. A person can also make an order from a meal replacement program and have them delivered to the door. The reason why these meals are effective in weight reduction is that they are low on fat. However, they contain all the nutrition a person needs on a daily basis. Though shakes are common as a meal replacement, energy bars are also gaining popularity. The bars contain a high amount of proteins and are nutritionally balanced.

Meal replacements are nutrition sources that are portable and healthy. They are most suitable for individuals who may not be able to fix healthy meals when in their homes or away from home. They are also suitable for old people with low appetite, body builders who want to gain muscle weight and those who are ill. Meal replacements can lead to weight gain or loss depending on the product used. There are three types of meal replacements: powder, bars and shakes.

The choice of a meal replacement will therefore depend on the goals of an individual. A meal replacement product that is low on calories is suited to those who want to lose weight while one that is high in proteins is for weight gain.

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180 Nutrition Meal Replacement Protein Bars

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Our world is absolutely saturated with products on the market to help you lose weight, shed pounds, gain muscle and have more energy.

But when you read the labels of most of the superfoods, the ingredients may leave you scratching your head. Many of these companies have even been involved in lawsuits over the contents of their products for causing terrible side effects.

In a world where we are so focused on chemical composition, we often lose sight of the natural goodness in the foods right at our fingertips. 180 Nutrition has made all natural meal replacement protein supplements and bars that are safe, delicious and can be shared with the whole family.

The 180 Nutrition Meal Replacement Protein Bars are made from the same core ingredients as the original 180 Nutrition supplement, including cocoa powder, almond meal, coconut flour, stevia and flaxseed meal. The 180 Bar has added almond paste and tahini paste for extra vitamins, minerals and organic rice malt as a binding agent. Click here for the full ingredients list. The protein bars are available in a 45g Superfood Bar and a 60g WOD bar.

While the 180 Nutrition system shakes can be added as a snack or meal replacement, the protein bars are perfect for giving you a boost of energy with real nutrition before and after a workout, for late night study sessions or as a after school snack for the kids. Resist those midday cravings with a nutritous protein bar. They also help to increase protein intake and decrease cravings and intake of fats, calories and preservatives. Help your body lose weight, have more energy and feel great with all natural ingredients. Made from real ingredients and free from chemicals, gluten, artificial additives and preservatives and available in both chocolate and coconut flavours.

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Getting On The Right Track With a Low Carb Protein Powder

low carb protein powderIf there’s one thing that plagues practically every health enthusiast, it’s the high carbohydrate levels found in so many protein powders.

Everyone knows that the best way to become lean and strong is a combination of a good diet and regular exercise, but doesn’t it seem horribly counter-productive to take a protein shake that practically does as much harm as it does good?

Enter 180 Nutrition protein powder. This protein powder cuts the carbs, preservatives and otherwise unnecessary chemicals out of the protein drink and gives you exactly what you want – protein. The body doesn’t store protein, so it’s important to stay well-stocked when building up muscle. Other protein drinks throw fancy words around to throw you off, but 180 Nutrition protein powder cuts right to the chase with a mere 12 natural ingredients that won’t send your head spinning.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of the 180 Nutrition protein drink is that provides a boost of energy through purely natural means. The sad fact of the matter is that the vast majority of the foods we consume are full of fillers meant to make us feel content rather than energised. Sadly, even other “nutrition” drinks fall victim to this. Other protein powders implement artificial sweeteners and unnecessary bulking agents, but 180 Nutrition cuts to the chase, fueling you up right away.

180 Nutrition is great for weight loss as well. Supplement yourself with regular exercise sessions and eat 4-6 times a day and you’ll be in great shape in no time. It’s not uncommon for the 180 nutrition smoothie to replace as many as half the recommended daily meals, so it’s safe to assume that this low carb protein powder produces a very filling drink as well.

180 Nutrition is a great supplemental drink that caters to literally everyone. Whether you’re young or old, sick or well or merely looking to add some nutrients to your life, 180 Nutrition powder drinks are for you. Stop consuming fillers and start putting natural, nutritious contents in your body – you won’t regret it.

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The Best Protein Powder for Weight Loss

best protein powder for weight lossPeople are looking for answers when it comes to weight loss. They want a quick and easy fix. While there is no magic pill out there that will make an instant transformation, 180 Natural Protein Superfood is the best protein powder for weight loss.

When all others have failed, this is the supplement that can make the difference and help consumers to reach their goal.

180 Natural Protein Superfood has been carefully created by a team of nutritional experts to provide people with the perfect blend for a healthy diet. Each ingredient was carefully selected for its beneficial properties. Grass fed whey protein isolate, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, almond meal, flaxseed, and inactive brewers yeast are only a few of the substances that have been combined in this powerful supplement. Everything is completely natural as it should be when putting anything into our bodies. Chemicals and artificial preservatives are not intended for digestion. If we want to get the most out of our bodies, we need to think about what we are putting into the system. 180 Natural Protein Superfood is a protein powder that has all of the right proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for maximum performance.

When weight loss is the goal, choosing the proper form of protein is essential. Foods high in fibre, low in fat, and low in carbohydrates will give the body powerful fuel that will increase metabolism, burn fat, and build muscle. In order to lose weight, it is important to make a permanent change in lifestyle. Four to six small meals are recommended each day. One to three of these meals can be replaced with a protein shake made with 180 Natural Protein Superfood. In addition, avoid processed foods and artificial ingredients. Include plenty of vegetables, especially green, leafy vegetables, and fruits as well. Berries are especially rich in antioxidants. Add plenty of water to the diet and regular exercise. You’ll be amazed at how satisfied you feel while cravings are reduced. The fat will start to melt away while the body is performing at full capacity.

Weight loss is all about being active and putting the right substances in our bodies. If we choose wisely and are vigilant, we’ll reap the benefits of our efforts. Choose 180 Natural Protein Superfood as a first step in achieving weight loss goals. Add it to shakes, sprinkle it on foods, or incorporate it into a variety of recipes. Use it in a smoothie for a boost before and after workouts.

Try the protein supplement that equals positive results in a variety of ways to spice up the menu. It’s time to power up the body today with the best protein powder for weight loss.

Meal Replacement for Weight Loss

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Losing weight requires more than just cutting calories and paying attention to the meals. In some cases, it might require changing the dietary plan completely. Meal replacements are often used to help cut back on calories, but not every replacement solution is appropriate for long-lasting weight loss. Finding the right weight loss solution starts with selecting an appropriate meal replacement option.

Avoid Meal Replacement Options on the Shelf

Buying a meal replacement in the store is not a healthy alternative to a real meal. Many of those shakes and options might have a low caloric intake, but it also has unnatural nutrients or low levels of nutrients.

The shakes and meal replacement options in the stores are made with weight loss in mind. As a result, the replacement option has low calories and limits nutrients the body needs to feel fully satisfied. The best option to replace a meal for weight loss is a homemade shake that includes protein, fibre and nutrients from berries or vegetables.

The options available in stores in a shake form are full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other processed items. Losing weight means that it is necessary to cut out processed food items because it does not have nutritional value and is ultimately empty calories that leave the body craving for healthy foods.

Homemade Meal Replacement Smoothies

The best replacement for a meal is a homemade smoothie. The smoothie can vary in taste based on the items placed in the blender, but it should include protein, fibre and nutrients from fruits or vegetables. Ideally, the best fruit is a handful of berries, which are high in antioxidants and nutrients without the high sugar content found in fruits like bananas or apples.

A simple way to make a meal replacement smoothie is with milk, yogurt, organic oats and berries. Those who are lactose intolerant might substitute water for milk and avoid the yogurt, but the dairy products will provide natural protein.

The smoothies are fully satisfying due to the high fibre and protein content. The body needs fibre and protein to feel full, so it is better than any store-bought shake or alternative replacement option.

Losing Weight with Meal Replacements

Replacing a meal is not enough to lose weight. The only way to effectively lose weight is making changes to the diet that focus on healthy nutrition and avoiding processed foods. A high nutrient diet combined with regular exercise will result in losing extra weight and feeling healthier.

The body needs nutrition to continue functioning properly and maintain a healthy weight. Cutting out a meal is not usually advised during a diet because it can result in low nutrient levels in the body. With the right combination of nutrition, supplementation and exercise, it is possible to shed extra weight.

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Meal Replacement Shakes

best meal replacement shake

When wondering what the best meal replacement shakes are it ALWAYS pays to read the label. If you are staring at a long list of ingredients that you struggle to pronounce then you’d have to wonder if your meal replacement shake is actually healthy.

Did you know that many popular meal replacement shakes contain ingredients that have actually been linked to weight gain? Artificial sweeteners such as Aspertame (also known as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Canderel & E951, etc) have been known to inhibit weightloss and cause many uncomfortable side effects. This toxic chemical has long been recognised by prominent medical authorities as a neurotoxin, yet it is found in many diet supplements and diet foods.

So what is the answer when choosing the best meal replacement shake for you? We recommend natural ingredients over synthetic and a good ratio of protein, carbohydrates and fat, with enough fibre thrown in to keep you feeling full.

We compared the ingredients of our 180 Natural Protein Superfood with a current top selling nutritional meal replacement supplement and it even shocked us!

This is how the supplements stack up:

180 Natural Protein Superfood Brand X (Current Top Seller)
Grass Fed Whey Protein Isolate Whey Protein Isolate
Flaxseed Whey Protein Concentrate
Almond Meal Calcium Caseinate
Sunflower Kernels Micellar Casein
Coconut flour/shredded coconut Milk Protein Isolate
Cocoa (Chocolate flavour only) Egg Albumen
Pepita (Pumpkin seeds) Glutamine Peptides
Sesame Seeds Sunflower Oil
Chia Seeds Corn Syrup Solids
Psyllium Husks Sodium Caseinate
Inactive Brewers Yeast Mono- & Di-Glycerides
Stevia Di-Potassium Phosphate
Tricalcium Phosphate
Lecithin
Tocopherols
Natural & Artificial Flavors
Polydextrose
Cellulose Gum
Medium Chain Triglycerides
Non-Fat Dry Milk
Disodium Phosphate
Silicon Dioxide
Processed Cocoa Powder
Sucralose
Acesulfame Potassium
Papain

At 180 Nutrition our Natural Protein Superood makes a nutritious meal and will become your favourite meal replacement shake. With all natural ingredients and zero chemicals you can start your day with a healthy smoothie, the perfect meal replacement shake.

This super quick breakfast idea is packed with protein, fibre, valuable nutrients and essentialmeal replacement shake fatty acids to give you the energy you need to get through the day, making it the perfect meal replacement shake:

Prep time: 3 minutes

Makes 1 high protein meal replacement shake

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 big spoonfuls of 180 Natural Protein Superfood
  • 100ml water/ or your choice of milk
  • Dollop of probiotic yoghurt (optional)
  • Handful of berries (blueberry or strawberry)

Preparation:

In a blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth.

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