Meal replacements

February 2017

Replacement meals enable you to substitute certain meals, which are low in calories and are usually part of a diet framework to help you loose weight.

Eating sachets, milk shakes, or food bars containing few calories temporarily reduces the desire to eat.

Caution when eating replacement meals


  • This type of diet consumed for more than 3 or 4 continuous weeks can cause certain deficiencies or cause digestive or cardiac disorders
  • Eat only one replacement meal per day and to have two real meals per day: these meals must be balanced and not exceed the recommended calorie intake.
  • Eat a piece of fruit or a dairy product with the meal replacement in order to obtain a more balanced meal

Positive aspects

  • Weight loss is easy if you do not exceed 1500 calories per day
  • The replacements can easily be prepared anywhere.
  • Meals are not missed or avoided

Negative aspects

  • The weight loss is fast, but stabilisation is difficult and the weight is likely to be regained quickly.
  • The replacement meals are often eaten quickly and leave a feeling of not having had a real meal
  • They can cause deficiencies, digestive and cardiovascular disorders
  • They contain very little fibre
  • They are expensive
  • They can be unpleasant to eat
  • They cause weariness, frustration and the feeling of having an empty stomach after having had one.
  • There is often a desire to eat genuine food rather than a packet meal.
  • This diet offers little choice when socialising at a restaurant or dinning with friends.


The use of replacement meals can have an positive effect for people who wish to lose weight but who adopt a well-balanced diet for other meals and who regularly exercise.

Replacement meals are not recommended for breastfeeding or expectant mothers, children and adolescents, tired people, deprived or having a great physical activity and for those with behavioural eating disorders.

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