Want to lose huge even when life gets stressful or busy? All it takes is a trendy twist on a time-tested diet hack: two shakes and one sensible meal a day — done keto-style. “Keto shakes are so good. They’re honestly like milkshakes,” says Florida great-grandmother Karen Lyon, 77. “I was losing weight fast, and there was nothing complicated to figure out.” Down from a size 20 to a 10, “it not only worked for me, it worked better than other diets!”
Experts back her up. Because everything is pre-calculated and pre-measured, each shake meal has exactly the right mix of fat, protein, and carbs proven to make the keto diet work best. “Shakes are a shortcut that actually optimizes your results,” insists keto advocate and mega-selling Grain Brain author David Perlmutter, M.D. More proof: University of Kentucky research shows that enjoying multiple meal replacements a day triples weight loss. No wonder keto shake devotees report sipping off up to 19 pounds super fast!
The basic keto plan gets 70 percent of its calories from fat, 25 percent from protein, and 5 percent from carbs. It’s a food formula that shifts our bodies into fat-burning mode, explains Dr. Perlmutter. Turns out, the body is programmed to use carbs as its main fuel — skimp on carbs, and it switches to a backup fuel called ketones. And because the body makes ketones in large part from fat stored in fat cells, university findings show keto actually speeds fat loss by 900 percent! And that’s any ordinary version of a keto diet — shortcut keto shakes take it to an even higher level.
Shortcut Keto Shakes
While all keto meals are based on the same food formula, no other option hits the bull’s-eye with the precision of keto shakes. “Any time you inadvertently take in too many carbs or an excess of dietary protein, you stimulate the production of blood sugar, which stops production of ketones and stalls progress,” notes Dr. Perlmutter. Shakes are a no-cook, no fuss way to stay in the fat-burning zone.
There’s more: Yale research shows the fewer calories we eat on keto, the more deeply we dig into existing fat stores and the more we lose. Of course, no one wants to count or cut calories. Luckily, when we have a shake meal, we tend to take in fewer calories without struggle.
“So many women tell me they’re eating healthy but can’t lose weight,” says University of Kentucky shake researcher James Anderson, M.D. “It’s because they’re taking in far more calories than they realize. Meal replacements are a fast and convenient solution.” That doesn’t mean we go hungry, either. Studies show ketones are natural appetite suppressants, so shortcut keto shake dieters feel fully satisfied while powering off pounds. Bonus: Dr. Perlmutter says ketones have an amazing effect on our brains that boosts focus, memory, and mood.
The Shortcut Keto Shake Plan
For speed and ease, enjoy two keto shake meals a day. Add a simple keto dinner with protein, veggies and good fat; a small low-carb snack is fine too. Prefer to be more precise? Try the free tracking apps at SlimFastKeto. com and CarbManager.com. Tip: Studies show prepackaged meals and snacks (like a Quest pizza or SlimFast fat bomb) keep portions sized for fast results. Always get a doctor’s okay to try any new plan.
Breakfast: Enjoy a keto shake with any keto extras you like. For example, blitz 1 scoop shake mix with 1 cup water, 2⁄3 cup coconut milk and a few frozen strawberries.
Lunch: Have another shake or simply fill a low-carb tortilla with ketofriendly options like bacon, avocado, meat, cheese, veggies, mayo and/or no-sugar dressing.
Snacks: Nibble celery with cheese and nuts, 1 to 2 hard-cooked eggs or a ready-made fat bomb — but only snack if you find yourself hungry between meals.
Dinner: For a tasty alternative to keto shakes, heat Keto Chow’s meal-replacement soup with any keto extras you like, such as sausage and veggies.
Mocha Almond Milkshake
This recipe turns an ordinary meal replacement into a luscious treat.
- 2 cups brewed coffee
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 serving mocha or chocolate keto shake mix
- ½ tsp. almond extract
Freeze coffee in an ice cube tray until solid. Blitz cubes in a blender with milk, cream, shake mix and extract. Add more almond milk if too thick. Serves 1
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