shakes to replace mealsTelevision personality Joan Rivers once said, “Diets, like clothes, should be tailored to you.” That’s very true, especially if you’re planning to use shakes to replace meals. While there is no one diet fits all plan, Vega One Nutritional Shakes are for everyone!

Maybe you indulged too much over the holidays. Or perhaps you can’t bring yourself to leave the warm cocoon of your bed to brave the chilly winter weather for an early morning trip to the gym. Whatever the reason, it’s showing.

With swimsuit season on the heels of springtime, which is right around the corner, you have plenty of time to tackle those extra pounds. While nutritionists prefer that people balance a well-balanced, healthy diet with exercise to lose weight, that’s not always possible.

Diet Is a 4-Letter Word

4-letter words often cause us to cringe, with things like PAIN, WORK, or GOLF rounding out the list. But the crowning glory of 4-letter words for most people is DIET. Food is tasty stuff, and if you need proof just look at all the Americans with eating problems.

From eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia that people use to shed pounds to unhealthy eating habits that are an attempt to make up for something missing in their lives, Americans seem almost obsessed with food.

But how big is our country’s eating problem? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s huge! They report that more than 33% of adult Americans weigh enough to be considered obese. (www.cdc.gov)

Shake Up Your Eating Habits

Using shakes to replace meals is not ideal for everyday use. But if you’re trying to lose weight, then drinking Vega One Nutritional Shakes is the way to go. Here are some other benefits from using Vega One Nutritional Shakes to replace meals.

  • Plant-Based – Because Vega One Nutritional Shakes are made from natural, whole-food ingredients they are easier to digest. It also means you’ll get 3 servings of veggies per shake.
  • Vitamins & Minerals – Replacing one meal with a Vega Shake gives you 50% of your daily recommended vitamins and minerals as well as protein, probiotics, and omega-3s.
  • Delicious Flavors – You can purchase them in berry, chocolate, vanilla chai, and natural flavors. Each flavor offers the same nutritional benefits.
  • Various Mixes – Blend the shake powder with any non-dairy beverage, such as water or fruit juice. Blend with ice chips and fruit for a scrumptious smoothie you’ll love.
  • Nothing Artificial – You won’t find artificial sweeteners, colors, or flavors in this product, and it does not contain any type of added sugars, either.

In addition to using the shakes to replace meals, you can also swap out your carbohydrate-rich desserts and bedtime snacks with healthier, low-cal alternatives.

And each tub of Vega One Nutritional Shake powder is free from dairy, gluten, and soy, which means that you can enjoy drinking your vitamins every day, even if you are on diet that restricts those ingredients.

Drink Your Vitamins Each Day

This shake powder is filled with vitamins. While it is nearly impossible to list them all, here is a quick overview:

  • 15g Protein – Although this protein is plant-based from things like peas, hemp seeds, and sprouted whole grain brown rice, it still contains all the essential amino acids necessary for a well-balanced diet.
  • 6g Fiber – Each serving of the Vega One Nutritional Shake boasts 24% of both the soluble and insoluble fiber you need each day. This is important for maintaining blood sugar levels, healthy bowels, and supporting a healthy weight.
  • Healthy Carbs – Because the shakes are sweetened with stevia extract, it has only healthy carbs which allows the product to boast an impressively low glycemic index of 19.2.
  • Omega-3 – If you are on a vegetarian diet, then consider this fact – each scoop of Vega One Nutritional Shake powder give you as much Omega-3 as eating 6 ounces of wild chum salmon.

Sip Your Way to Better Health

shakes to replace mealsThere is no magic shake that will help you shake off your bulge, but replacing one meal a day with a Vega One Nutritional Shake can help you lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight while giving you both physical energy to exercise and mental energy to resist sweets.

Whether you lack the time to prepare balanced meals, are trying to lose weight, or are just so busy that you find yourself skipping meals, then check out this amazing meal replacement now! You can sip yourself healthy in no time at all!

About Carol Newman

Carol Newman is long time advocate for natural and healthy living. Carol is the host of the BioGirl Health Show on Spreaker Web Radio (subscribe), and is dedicated to helping women realize their full potential. She will help you achieve the best possible health and teach you to embrace your inner beauty. Carol invites you to subscribe to her weekly lifestyle podcast and to share your experiences about the BioGirl Health Show on one of the online review sites.

Comments

  1. You say it is all natural ingredients..but is it? it seems like a concoction of herbs. How could this be safe. Do you think they would tell you if what binding agents they put it,and how many added chemical they are in it

    Just wondering your opinion

    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Gerald, You are correct. Many companies use fillers, additives and questionable ingredients. The product you are commenting on happens to be a good product. Are you aware who is the driving force behind Vega One Nutritional Shakes? Brendan Brazier a former professional Ironman triathlete and two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. He is now a successful performance nutrition consultant, the bestselling author of the Thrive book series and formulator of the award-winning line of plant-based Vega nutritional products.
      Brendan is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on plant-based foods. He has dedicated his life to spreading the word about an ethical, environmentally-friendly, and healthy lifestyle through plant-based nutrition. This is what Brendan has to say about it. “I formulated Vega using the highest quality, least processed, plant-based superfoods available. Armed with Vega, you will no longer need to compromise between whole food goodness and fast food convenience. To me, Vega is a way of life. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.” He would not compromise his own health to formulate or take something that would jeopardize his healthy, vegan lifestyle. I do thank you for commenting. I really want to know what is on people’s minds.

  2. I was thinking of drinking a Vega shake as a meal replacement every day, but would it be safe, hypothetically, to drink it for every meal? How often could I use it and what else should I be eating? I am overweight at 6’1″ 205lbs and need to lose my gut.

    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Justin, You did not say if you were vegan or not. Nevertheless, Vega One does have everything you need nutritionally in it to replace a meal. I must add that, if you are a multi-sensory eater, replacing all three meals with a shake may prove to be difficult. I would suggest starting with one meal, such as breakfast, and eating a healthy lunch and dinner. Another suggestion, not knowing anything about you, would be to have wholesome, freshly-made meals delivered right to your home. I have used the program; it is amazing. Every entree and every day in your program will be balanced to a specific nutritional foundation to help promote healthy weight loss. You can customize your meals too. If you decided to go with two meals a day and have a Vega One shake for your third meal, that is also an option. You can read my review. Here is the link http://www.biogirlhealth.com/reviews/bistromd-review/. Please let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

  3. I was wondering along the lines as replacing 2 meals in a day. Is it ok to do?

    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Vina, I would start out replacing one meal a day. Breakfast is always a good place to start. Matter of fact, I had my morning Vega One shake today. It is just about lunch time, and I am still satisfied. Of course, I do alternate my meal plan. I also use http://www.defenseproteinpowder.com if you do consume dairy. It is a whey protein concentrate made from raw milk and pasture raised cows. Give that about a week (replacing one meal), and, if you feel comfortable, you can try replacing a second meal. Since I do not know any of your medical history or weight concerns, please get permission from your physician. Have a blessed day!

  4. Hi I just picked up one of your vega one chocolate shakes it was pretty good my questions I have a thyroid condition and take synthroid also take Xanax I am 54 excersise every day I lost 75 pounds over the years but here is my question I am starting to put lots of belly fat on and getting very depressed about it do you recommend 1 or 2 shakes a day

    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Debbie, I am very sorry to hear about your frustration over you belly fat and feeling depressed. I do not take that lightly. There are many questions I would ask you to get to the bottom of your problem. Has your thyroid levels been checked recently? Also, you mentioned you were 54. Are you going through menopause? My sister, had to go on bio-identical hormones, and she said she gained weight in her abdomen. Also, when my thyroid is out of balance, I can look at food and gain weight. Without knowing more about you, I would be hard-pressed to pinpoint what is going on. However, if you are basically healthy, you can start with one a shake and work up to two or vice versa. Brendan Brazier created Vega One to provide a nutritional complex product for his very active life style. I also would like to applaud you for the weight you have lost….75 pounds is know small feat. How did you do it?

  5. Hi Carol! I was wondering if one of these shakes can be used as a post-workout drink? I’m currently becoming active in order to shed some (well, lots of!) pounds and I’ve been reading that a whey protein shake after a workout is effective; the thing is although I’m not vegan/vegetarian, I can’t have soy or milk products. This product really intrigues me, but do you suggest I look for a more “whey protein” specific shake for my goal?

    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Amy, If your problem with soy and dairy is severe, I would not use a product which contains either. However, depending on your severity, whey protein from defense protein powder can be tolerated by some individuals who have a sensitivity to milk products. This is because raw milk from pasture-raised cows is used to manufacture the whey protein. In addition, very strict manufacturing is utilized to preserve the essential elements which help decrease a sensitivity reaction. This product is the best I have found. I wouldn’t think you would need to continue to look for another whey protein powder especially if your intolerance to milk products is severe. The alternatives, Vega One or Sun Warrior are vegetarian protein powders. Neither one contains soy or dairy. Both are great products. If you want to learn more about both, you can go to http://www.livehealthyfood.com. The information provided should give you the answers you need to move forward in your health goals. I hope this helps, and if you have any more questions or concerns, please let me know. Have a great day!

  6. Hi Carol. I’m interested in trying Vega but am concerned that it has Stevia in it. I have low blood pressure (I am healthy) and stevia is not great for those with low blood pressure. Ive heard that I should try the chocolate or natural flavour as they have lower Stevia. If I am planning on replacing one meal a day, should I be concerned?

    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Cathy, I can understand your dilemma. Through my research, what I found out is stevia appears to lower blood pressure in humans, but only when it is already elevated. I actually also have low blood pressure due to being an avid fitness person since I was 16 years old. I have been using stevia for about 20 years, on a regular basis, and my blood pressure has not gotten any lower. In addition, I do use the whole plant stevia extract, not the commercialized, isolated rebaudioside A. The whole plant extract does have more of a licorice flavor and can be somewhat bitter depending on what you put it in. I have to ask, “Is your blood pressure naturally low without medication,” and “Do you exercise regularly”?

      In addition, with all the other healthy ingredients, I doubt there is that much in the product anyhow. If you plan on only replacing one meal a day, you can keep an eye on any symptoms such as: dizziness, lightheadedness, unsteadiness, dimming or blurring of vision. Also, if you are seeing a doctor keep him informed of any changes you are making in your current regimen.

      As a side note, unrelated to your question, as with any positive dietary change, some people may experience temporary, cleansing-type symptoms, including headaches, constipation, diarrhea and nausea when first taking Vega One. To minimize symptoms, start with one-quarter (1/4) of a serving and gradually increase intake over the next few weeks. Be sure to drink plenty of water (at least 8 cups a day) with increased dietary fiber intake. Whatever you decide, please let me know. 🙂

  7. Chrissy Chescholhowa says:

    Do you have to live a vegan lifestyle to enjoy these shakes? I eat chicken, fish and beef, along with all whole foods.

  8. Is this product good for gaining weight?? Im currently suffering from malnutrition due to the fact that EVERYTHING I eat gives me a migraine,,so in order to avoid the migraine I cut out all the foods that make me sick ,,,My doctor put me on Glycernia but that has 6 grams of sugar in it so I got one whopper of a migraine,,I have been tested for everything but they cant find whats causing the headaches more tests to come,,a scope next 🙁 I bought some Vega One but havent tried it yet ….Want to mix it with milk because I dont think it would taste that good mixed with water,,and I cant make a smoothie because fruits have sugar that gives me Migraines,,,,*Sigh* NOBODY understands or knows the hell Im going through 🙁

    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Valerie, I am sorry to hear about all that you are going through. Years ago, I actually went through some health issues which went undiagnosed for six years. I was beginning to think I was a hypochondriac. I still struggle with my thyroid, but am doing much better. As for the Vega One. You can be confident that it is a nutritionally-packed meal replacement. Far better than any commercial product such as Ensure or Glucerna which is loaded with unhealthy sweeteners and other not so health-friendly ingredients. Vega One was formulated by Brenden Brazier, a former professional Ironman triathlete and two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. He is now a successful performance nutrition consultant. He formulated this product because he needed a nutritionally-dense product to sustain his vegan lifestyle and fuel his body for his intense training.

      If you are able to use milk products, coconut milk or almond milk, for making your smoothie, that would be great. Making your own kefir, using organic milk or coconut milk, to use in your smoothie will provide beneficial micro flora which will aid your digestion. I have a recipe on my sight for making it (http://www.biogirlhealth.com/blog/biogirl-healths-raw-milk-kefir-recipe/). If you need kefir grains, they are very hardy and can be easily transported via United States Postal Service. I can send you some.

      Additionally, there is a website that has great information and testing available to help people with health issues which maybe related to gluten and casein sensitivity. I do not have any affiliation with them. I heard about them through a friend, and I signed up for the free webinar. It was very informative to say the least. Here is the link: http://theglutensummit.com/registration/
      The home page you are directed to has a short, approximately, four-minute video to explain the Gluten Summit.

      I pray you find answers to all that you are dealing with. Please keep me informed on how you are doing. I really do care. Carol, BioGirl Health

  9. hi there-
    I’m so happy I found your site as i’m about to start using Vega and ordered the Starter Kit- and was worried about how my body would react to using this in place of meals. I know to start with a very very low amount, perhaps 1/4 of the actual serving size.
    I’m worried about the stevia and am trying to do research on whether stevia will trick the body into thinking it’s sugar so as to produce insulin and pump out as if it were sugar? Similar to the recent health news that sugar substitutes actually do trick the body.

    My other protein that i had settled on was Boku. What a phenomenal company. However I think it was a little difficult for me to get used to that flavor of a plant-based drink with that one. So i went with trying Vega first as it has various flavors– and then possibly down the line i will go to Boku again. (they use maple syrup instead of stevia and have excellent business practices)

    Also, Vega had that shifty product recall last year that was very quiet so I’m hoping they are more on top of their stuff now! Many other blogs talked very badly about how that was handled so i’m hoping they really are on top of production.

    I wanted to inquire with you if you knew anything about Vega’s new product- the Protein Smoothie– so it’s not the Vega One, but just a Protein drink. I called them and they said you could use either or for weight loss/ meal replacement issues but the Vega One does include much more vitamins and minerals and good stuff in it.
    Well, i’m going to try and see how it goes.
    I am not a vegan, i consume animal protein, am trying to veer away from cow’s milk as i think it’s dangerous (just a theory i have), so i’m new to these plant-based powders. I am also using this primarily to start weight loss. I’m going to work up to hopefully 2 meals a day of shakes/ one solid good meal of food and solid snacks.

    Incidentally i also have thyroid issues (and i’m only in my 30s??!!??)- and recently they had to up my dose 2x — and i don’t know exactly why. I wonder if it’s because i occasionally consume edamame and kale but i NEVER eat anything soy.

    Sorry for the long post, but so glad i found your site and will now play around and find more info.

    Thanks for your great article/ post!

    • Carol Newman says:

      Hi Olive, I can so relate to your health concerns. I also deal with thyroid issues. Mine was completely obliterated, when I was seventeen, due to radioactive iodine. What a mistake. Hence why I embarked on my life-long journey to acquire all the knowledge I can on anything health related.

      In regards to your uncertainty about stevia, let me say this. Stevia, in the broad sense, is a sugar substitute. However, it comes from a plant just like sugar does. It is made from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. A commonly known difference between sugar and stevia is it has a negligible effect on blood glucose. Stevia has attracted attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar sweeteners and is attractive to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets. I personally have been using stevia for 30 years, and my body has not been tricked into thinking it is sugar. Incidentally, I have perfect blood sugar levels. By the way, I am 50. Also, the Japanese have been using stevia for decades. In your research, no matter what you are looking up, there is usually a positive and a negative side, and you have to decipher what is truth. I have read the negative articles about stevia but have determined to continue its use.

      You also were asking about the Vega Protein Smoothie, I like it just as well as the Vega One, maybe even better. Since I take my vitamin supplements separate, I do not need vitamins added into my shake mix. Even though I like Vega One, I notice most fortified shake mixes tend to have a vitamin or medicinal taste. Some brands more than others. I like to switch between plant based and whey protein concentrate. Each has its own benefits that is why I also use http://www.defenseproteinpowder.com which has nothing extra but non-denatured whey protein concentrate from pasture raised cows. If you are concerned about milk, you should go to the website, listed above and read all about it. If anything, you will be that much smarter, lol. I learn something new everyday. I am currently in college. Yes! at 50.

      I actually learned something from you. I checked out Boku. I think I will try it when I use up what I just ordered. Other products that are just as good, which I just ordered, are Sun Warrior, Warrior Force and Amazing Grass Raw Reserve berry flavored. You can read all about them at http://www.livehealthyfood.com.

      Olive, it really sounds like you are taking the right steps to get healthier. I sure hope you get your thyroid regulated. An unregulated thyroid wreaks havoc causing many health problems. You did not say if you still have a thyroid. My doctor currently has me Nature Throid. I also started taking Sea Vegetables plus (from http://www.docsbestmultivitamin.com) which has naturally occurring iodine, from sea vegetables) and L-Tyrosine, nutrients for a healthy thyroid. I was taking Iodoral from my doctor, which is an iodine supplement.

      I would like to hear how you are doing with the Vega One and the Boku. Using both is actually a great idea. It is good to give our body variety. I look forward to hearing about your progress. All the best to you. 🙂

  10. A friend of mine turned me on to Vega One a few weeks ago. I’ve been doing a shake every day and feel great – but am insanely bloated. I’ve done a lot of reading about the inulin but I don’t know what to do about it. I have actually gained weight and sometimes look like I am 6+ months pregnant. I have never carried weight in my belly before – usually hips/butt/thighs – and I don’t know what to do. I love the energy it gives me and I feel overall much more healthy, but it’s been three weeks now and the bloating is not going away like I thought it might. So do I have to stop taking it altogether? Is there another supplement that might counteract the bloating??

    • Hi Jenna, Thanks for sharing your experience. I totally feel for you. I had a terrible reaction to the Dr. Oz 3 day cleanse. You can read my review on my website. Also, I also had an experience that I did not have a reaction to one ingredient by itself, but it was a combination. I was using whole fruit goji berry powder and whole fruit cranberry powder. By themselves, no problem, but, for some reason, combining them as a drink is not optimal for me.

      It is hard to say what, in particular, is causing the problem. You can find a similar product or another product that does not contain inulin and see if that is the culprit. There is a product I have been using, because I like to variate what I eat. I even switch my shampoo brands, lol. The product is Raw Reserve. I Purchase it from http://www.livehealthyfood.com. It not only tastes great, for being a green drink, but it is raw, vegan and of the highest quality.

      I generally, cannot use chia seeds, but the small amount that is in it does not bother me. I cannot buy chia seeds and add them to smoothies or eat protein bars consisting of chia seeds. I get very ill e.g., bloating, flu-like symptoms and reflux. Maybe because they are in powdered form, instead of the whole seed, that I cannot tolerate it.

      I hope this is information is helpful. Let me know how you are feeling. It is miserable to be bloated.

  11. Hello,

    I just started taking Vega One shake mix about a week ago and I’m very happy with how i feel. I have celiacs disease so i was happy to find a protein that is actaully gluten free, but I’m having a hard time with the taste.

    The directions state to drink it with a non-dairy product, however drinking it with water is just disgusting in my opinion. I do like the taste of it with Almond milk, but I’m not sure if almond milk is ok.

    Can you please explain why this shake mix can’t be used with dairy?

    • Hi Marianne, How wonderful to hear how good you are feeling since using Vega One shake. You mentioned you have used almond milk which is fine. I use almond milk too. Have you also tried it with coconut milk? The reason they recommend using a non-dairy beverage to mix it with is because most people, who are purchasing it, want a vegan product which is dairy free, gluten free, soy free and no artificial sweeteners. I sometimes use raw milk from pasture-raised cows free of hormones and antibiotics. If you are not sensitive to milk, give it a try. Raw milk from pasture-raised cows is preferable and best, but, if you cannot get it from a food/dairy co-op, at least use organic. Let me know how you like it with the milk. Thank you for letting me know you are doing so well using Vega One.

  12. Hi Carol,

    If I replace 2 meals a day with the Vega One Chocolate Nutritional Shake and dont exercise at all, will i lose weight?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Veronica, To lose weight there are many factors involved. Of course, burning more calories than you consume does help in shedding pounds. Exercise helps you to burn more calories. However, if your body burns, for example, I do not know your age or other factors, an average of 1600 calories per day, and you consume less than that, you should lose weight even without exercise.

      Additionally, the right foods helps you lose weight too. If your main meal of the day, besides the two Vega One shakes consists of a Paleo style meal, you will most definitely lose weight. Also, do you know if you are gluten intolerant or do you have a thyroid disease? Like I mentioned, many factors are involved in weight loss. Nevertheless, the steps you are taking to supplement a nutritional shake or two for a meal is a great start.

      Please keep me posted on your progress and also any other concerns you may have. If you have any type of medical condition, you should always keep your doctor informed of any changes you are making in your daily regimen.

      All the best to you and your desire to be beautiful inside and out. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. 🙂

  13. Jeannette says:

    Hi Carol,
    I am about to start 1 meal replacement with vega one, and in the past I did optifast shakes for all my meals from Kaiser for 21 days. Kaiser shakes were a total of 500 calories a day with some potassium supplement. If I do only shakes, and snack on the protein smothie shakes that are 90 calories also from vega one, do I need potasium supplement? My plan eventually is 3 shakes a day and 2 shake smoothie snacks of 90 calories.

    That would put me about 500 calories. I really need to loose weight, I am planning to do an IVF but the doctor told me that I am obese and can be dangerous since I am 40. 5″4 220 pounds, Any adivise? I need to loose 40 pounds in thre months. do you think is doable? thanks!

    • Hi Jeannette, I think you are doing yourself a favor by switching to the Vega One shakes, if for only one reason, Vega One is better for you. Made from real, whole food ingredients, Vega One has everything you need all in one, delicious scoop. Vega One gives you:

      20 grams premium plant-based protein
      6 servings of greens
      50% daily intake of food-based vitamins and minerals
      25% DV fiber
      1.5 grams of Omega-3s
      Antioxidants
      Probiotics (1 billion CFU)
      Certified Vegan
      Non-GMO
      Gluten Free
      Only 160 calories. (French Vanilla)

      Vega One, all in one, nutritional shake is designed so that a person can have it as a meal. Also, if you are concerned about potassium, you can add a handful of dark, green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, to your shake or a half of an avocado. The avocado will also provide you with healthy fats.

      Keep in mind that you are more likely to keep the weight off if you lose it slower. In addition, it is healthier and less stressful on the body. Drinking three meals a day will grow old very quickly. We are multi-sensory eaters, so having a healthy meal once a day and 2 shakes and a snack may be easier to sustain. I was sick with the flu last week. I ate chicken soup for a week. After the week, I was definitely wanting to have something else to eat.

      By the way, you said you are planing on doing IVF. Did you mean In Vitro Fertilization? You most certainly want to be in the best of health. I wish you all the best and make sure to have a good doctor who is understanding and can help guide you to better health.

  14. Hi, very interesting info, I am new to shakes etc, i current am trying to lose about 15 pounds and began with the whey protein isolate shake for breakfast, I have a fruit just after for a healthier meal. Being I like to snack between meals I have chosen to use the vega all in one for breakfast to keep me full until lunch my question is, for lunch should I have another vega shake or the whey protien shake? I guess I’m not sure if I should not snack between the shakes or would it matter depending on the type of shake? Thanks for your help! Oh my age is 48 female rather healthy.

    • Hi Joanne, We are about the same age. It sounds like you take care of yourself. You said you wanted to lose 15 pounds. I usually have one shake a day just because I like them and it is healthy yet quick and convenient to take on the go with me. I do alternate between whey protein shakes and Vega One shakes. I try to give myself variety. I personally do not recommend protein isolate or hydrolyzed protein. Of course, you can read proponents for both. The protein concentrate I recommend, from http://www.defenseproteinpowder.com, is very pure and made from pasture-raised cows. I would suggest going to the website and reading all about why I recommend it. There are other very good whey protein concentrate powders out there, but I found them to be over priced for the same product. The website also offers high-quality supplements which I also use and recommend.

      Losing weight quickly is not recommended, because, generally, the weight is put back on. As I mentioned in an earlier reply to Jeannette, we are multi-sensory individuals. Eventually, you will want to eat a meal. I would either do one shake and two healthy meals or two shakes and one meal, temporarily, as a jump start. The Vega One shakes are designed to provide necessary nutrition. In addition, it is made with real food. It sounds to me, if you are able to have all your meals in shakes and a piece of fruit, eating healthy would be easy for you as well. I really hope this helps. If I can help in any other way, please email me at carol@biogirlhealth.com. Wishing you the best of health in 2015. Remember we are what we put into our bodies. 🙂

  15. Hey im wanting to try vega. I just read on another site its not for weightloss? I need to loose a good chunk of weight and started juicing but its so full on messy and everyday its hard I was going for 6 a day! I wanted something easier and my cousin told me about vega plant based shakes. I dnt want to purchase it if its not going to help me. Any advice? Will this work for weightloss? 🙂 thnx

    • Hi Ashley, Vega One is not sold as a weight-loss program, but it most certainly can be part of a weight-management. It is a nutritionally, whole-food based all in one shake mix. If you’re working to reach your optimal weight you’ll need a fool-proof plan to get there. Managing a healthy weight does not have to be painful. Vega One can assist in taking out the guesswork of fueling your body.

      Why consume more plant-based meals, like Vega One’s all in one nutritional shake? Because, it is nutrient dense, helps you feel full, and includes many low-glycemic foods which help to manage your weight (not to mention your appetite). I personally, have a breakfast smoothie. I follow with nutrient-dense foods for lunch and dinner to get optimal nutrition with fewer calories.

      Ashley, you mentioned juicing was to hard. If you are after convenience and still would like to enjoy eating foods, such as pasta, that is carbohydrate free, go to http://www.noguiltpast.com. I use the dry kanten pasta and the detox soup. While I am at work, I put a couple tablespoons of the dry soup in my stainless steel, insulated tumbler, along with a half a package of the kanten noodles, pour very hot water into the tumbler, put the lid on and let steep for 10 minutes. Voila! you have a very healthy soup that is low carb and satisfying.

      If you have any more questions, Ashley, email me anytime at carol@biogirlhealth.com. 🙂 All the best to you in the new year.

  16. Hi I currently make a green smoothie in morning with flax, chia, hemp protein, and occasional add the progressive greens if I only use spinach, I also add fruit and a banana as well. I was looking at possible using the vega nutritional shake as a lunch time replacement to help with the post holiday wt gain. Is this advisable or am I taking on too much ?

    • Hi Sue, It sounds like you are already on the smoothie bandwagon. Adding a Vega nutritional shake for lunch sounds good. You used the operative term nutritional. Brendan Brazier is a former professional Iron-man triathlete and two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. Did you also know he is a vegan? He wanted to make sure he was getting enough protein and nutrition to feed his muscles/body with how much he exercises. He designed Vega One because of the energy he expends in being a professional athlete and he wanted an ethical, environmentally-friendly plant-based food. Vega One is made with whole food. Cheers/here’s to your better health and wellness. Have a blessed day.

  17. Hi Carole,
    I’ve been using the vega one for a couple of weeks now and I like it with just water. I tried almond coconut milk but it was way too sweet. I’ve make a shake, using a half of a banana and ice which was great. Anyway, I digress…what I noticed when I used straight water is that if I don’t drink it within two minutes it get so thick and “gloppy”. You could (almost) stand a spoon up in it. What is in this that makes it do that? It almost has the consistency and texture of psyllium.

    • Hi Lana, It most likely is the acacia gum. Acacia and psyllium are two dietary fiber supplements marketed for increasing soluble (absorbs water) fiber in the diet and helping to relieve constipation in those who need it. They both form a gel-like substance that promotes digestive health. I guess you know now not to let it sit, lol. Don’t forget to hydrate with good clean water throughout the day. Cheers! To your health.

  18. Hi Carole. I’ve read all the above reviews and I’m excited to try Vega One. I am aged 44. I have 15lbs to lose and have been on all sorts of diets over the last 10 years. The most I’ve ever lost in weight is 6lb, then I reach a plateau. I have hypothyroidism and take 100mg of levothyroxine per day.
    I’m thinking of having a shake for breakfast, adding things like peanut butter, coffee, cocoa etc to decrease the monotony.
    Does the Vega One effect the medications I have to use? Does it increase the metabolic rate to create weight loss?
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Hi Sarah, Have you ever considered seeing a functional medicine or integrated physician. You mentioned you are on levothyroxine. Many people do not do well on certain thyroid medications for many reasons, one being the fillers and two the conversion from T4 to T3. My Doctor uses a compounding pharmacy to create a thyroid medication specifically for me which includes T3 and no additives. My body does not convert the T4 to T3 very well. This could be why you are not losing weight easily even though you are on 100mg of levothyroxine per day.

      Also, I take my thryoid medication first thing in the morning away from any food. By the time I shower and get ready for the day, I do not need to worry about what I am eating. The medication leaflet that comes with your prescription gives you detailed information on possible side affects and time frame to take in regards to certain foods or vitamins.

      I use the Vega One, and I am on thryoid medication. Incidentally, if I am on the incorrect does or take levothyroxine or even Armour Thyroid I gain weight very easily, because my body does not utilize it effectively. Since I have been on the compounded medication, I can eat normally, three healthy meals a day with a snack or two. Before, when I wasn’t properly medicated, I cut my caloric intake drastically and had a very difficult time maintaining weight, and I do not generally fluctuate in my size and weight.

      What I like about the Vega One, is it is considered a meal replacement. It is a whole food product. I make a quick smoothie and drink it before I leave for work. I get up very early. I start work at 5:00 a.m. and it gives me energy. I do eat a breakfast too usually about and hour or two after I arrive at work.

      There are foods that help with thermogenesis, but I would not rely on that to achieve significant weight loss. I hope I have given you the answers you need to get to the bottom of your weight-loss plateau. May 2016 be a healthy and blessed year for you, Sarah. Please keep me updated. 🙂

  19. Hi, I’ve been reading the reviews about the various ways to prepare your drinks or shakes. Every one seems to use either water, juice, almond or soy milk. I started using the shakes because I have a lot of food allergies and almonds and soy are on that list. I’m not vegan but I love this product and I’ve been able to tolerate it. My problem is, even though I like it fine with juice, I can’t tolerate juice every day so I mix it with milk. It seems ok but I’m worried that there is a danger of using dairy since every one seems to say not to use it. Is there a problem with using dairy or is that just a vegan thing? 🙂

    • Hi Sonja, If you want to try milk, I would recommend raw. It contains all the necessary enzymes for proper digestion, which is why many people have problems with commercial milk. Where I live, I lease a cow from the farm that milks and bottles the raw milk from grass fed/pastured and hormone free cows. They do have an FDA approved facility. I feel safer drinking this milk than commercial milk from cows that are treated, often times, inhumanely.

      Signs of lactose, which is the milk sugar, intolerance generally occur within 2 hours after consuming milk-based products. Symptoms include: Abdominal bloating, pain or cramps; flatulence or gas; diarrhea; rumbling or gurgling sounds in the stomach, called borborygmi, and nausea and/or vomiting. The symptoms are similar for a sensitivity to casein which is the protein in milk.

      Another option is using yogurt from grass-fed cows. Try to find one with no thickeners. I use plain. You can add a little stevia or lo han guo if you find the shake is too tart/sour. Alternating these with juice on other days will give you some variety. Incidentally, I do add a probiotic capsule to my shakes too even though there are probiotics in Vega One, All-In- One, Nutritional Shake.

      Best of health to you in the New Year. Keep up the good work on taking care of yourself. 🙂

  20. Stéphan Richer says:

    Hi Carol. Good article! 🙂 Not everyone finds it difficult to have strict diets. I can fast for 7 days on just water with no problem. Drinking two or three shakes of Vega One a day would not be a sacrifice for me but quite a luxurious experience compared to fasting. 😉

    My question therefore is similar to one that a few have asked already but I want to push it further : can you use it as a TOTAL meal replacement? As in : NOTHING ELSE AT all except Vega One? I am not asking if it can be “part” of a diet. I want to know if the content is complete enough to sustain someone. And for how many days safely.

    Thanks!

    • Hello Stephan, Excellent question. My first thought is: I have many questions. How old are you? What is your physical activity? Are you overweight? Do you have health concerns? Do you take any medication, etc., etc? I am very healthy, but I still need to take natural thyroid medication. Nevertheless, how many days were you thinking on using it as a total meal replacement? Without any information to go on, in regards to you personally, I can say that Vega One is a whole food, nutrient dense meal replacement.

      Vega One is a food, so you can enjoy it anytime you would eat other foods you love. For example, meals, snacks or anywhere in between. Check the Nutrition Facts Panel to be sure that it has the amounts of macro and micronutrients that you are looking for to meet your daily needs. There aren’t limitations to the number of servings you can enjoy in a day. Of course, just like most things, moderation is the key. Kale is considered a superfood, but you shouldn’t or wouldn’t want to eat it everyday. Our bodies need balance. Also, even if it was the absolute perfect meal replacement, it would get boring over time. We are multi-sensory people and enjoying a good meal out with friends and/or family has many health benefits. 🙂

      I would recommend you substitute short term, based on your needs, (what you are trying to accomplish) and, then, take Vega One as part of a balanced diet. It’s best to talk to your health care practitioner if you have questions about your specific health and nutritional needs. I hope this answer is helpful to you, and I commend you on being pro-active in you quest to be in the best of health. 🙂

  21. Diana Coleiro says:

    Hi Carol, I love the Vega products. I have been using them on and off for many years now, my daughter also. I recently started back on Vega One every day. I mix it up with only water and only have it for breakfast. I am 63 and supposed to be on estrogen – Premarin. I was on it for a few weeks and started getting this annoying pounding in my temple that wouldn’t go away. I am also on medication for high blood pressure which the doctor knew. I went off the estrogen and started thinking what I could do instead. I decided to give Vega One a try on a consistent daily basis. I did ask at My Vega about the estrogenic properties in the Vega powders. They could only say that it would help balance things out but not sure beyond that. I know that it has the maca powder and I have been hearing good things about it helping balance hormones. I was wondering if you had heard anything different. thanks

    • Hi Diana, You are a smart woman. You know your body better than anybody else. I am glad to hear you stopped the Premarin. Do your homework on it, and you will know what I am talking about. In regards to Maca, research shows that Maca can act like estrogen. It is important to be aware that hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast, uterine, ovarian cancer or endometriosis, even uterine fibroids can possibly be made worse by exposure to estrogen. Since Vega One is food, Maca is considered safe for most people when taken in amounts found in foods. Maca is likely safe when taken for up to four months in larger quantities as medicine in doses up to 3 grams daily. Additionally it is well tolerated by most individuals.

      Currently, I am starting to go through menopause. If you are interested, I use a product from http://www.docsbestmultivitamin.com called Belle Femme. Helps eliminate the xenoestrogens while balancing the natural/good hormones our bodies need. I am affiliated with this company, but I love the products because they contain no magnesium stearates. If you have any further questions, just let me know. I am more than happy to help all I can. Take care!

  22. Hi Carol,

    I am on a journey to lose 47 pounds after having a baby. I workout and live active lifestyle prior to babyland but a little lazier lately. I have decided to do a half marathon run to kick start my weight loss program. This starts March 7th. I also started drinking Vega One Essential Shake for breakfast, Salad with Chicken for lunch or Quinoa/Sweet potato beef stir-fry, another Vega One for supper. I do know the more miles I run the more my appetite would grow. I hope to grab healthy fruits and veggies when that occurs.

    My question is would I lose weight on this routine if I sustain on it? Also, should I be taking Vega One Sport rather than Essential Shakes? Also, would you recommend RapidDrive Glutamine 2500 Power for muscle pain or Vega One Protein bar? Lastly, Do I need to get an Energy Gel to refuel half way through my runs?

    What are your thoughts on Amplified N.O. Loaded V2 and Burn 60 supplements?

    • Hi Moni, Congratulations on your new, precious (baby) bundle of joy. Of course, I can understand your desire to want to get back in shape. Your eating and exercise plan is very good for shedding the pregnancy weight gain. As far as using the Vega Sport over the Vega One, I, personally, would use both. The Vega Sport is great for post work out, and I like the fact that it has 6 grams of glutamine in it. The protein bars are good to have around for a snack.

      If you are going to be running long distances an Energy Gel, taken with a little water, can be great for refueling. Of course, there are a lot of products out their, and, oftentimes, you are paying for more than what you need; e.g., added aminos, vitamins, protein, etc. Incidentally, I have read that honey is a great substitute and is cheaper. It’s got just about the right ratio of glucose and fructose for maximum carb absorption, and there are no additives. You can put individual portions in small zip-lock baggies, bite off the end and squeeze into your mouth.

      In addition, the Amplified NO Loaded V2 isn’t really necessary especially because there are very strong levels of stimulants in there. I also do not recommend taking the Burn 60 supplements. Remember, Moni, more is not better.

      I hope these answers are helpful to you, and I wish you and your family all the best. Good luck on running your marathon.

      • TANIUSCA LOPEZ says:

        In regards to this, I too just bought the sport shake for a post workout shake and I waneed a preworkout shake but when I looked into it , it said not for breastfeeding. Do you know why?

        • Hi Taniusca, I am so sorry about the delay. I didn’t have an answer right away for you. Then, of course, other distractions caused me to forget. I always recheck my comments on my admin, and I saw this. To answer your question. As you know, no to snowflakes/people are alike. The recommendation is to always check with your doctor or healthcare practitioner on whether or not you personally should use Vega products while pregnant or breastfeeding. Your doctor has the full scope of your overall health and wellness goals so they will be a better judge in determining whether this is a time when you should be introducing a new food or supplement into your routine or continuing with your current intake. Congratulations! To you.

  23. george maguire says:

    I started with one 8 oz. glass a day after my wife read the ZERO BELLY FAT DIET. I liked the energy I experienced but after about a month my blood pressure went through the roof. My blood pressure had always been very consistent at 120 over 70. Of course I stopped using the product and my blood pressure has normalized. Have you heard of these side effects?

    • Hi George, Your question left me a little perplexed, because you did not say what you started drinking 8 oz. of. Also, what other suggestions were you taking from the book? Are you taking any medications? If you could give me a little more detail that would be very helpful.

      I look forward to hearing back from you.

  24. Laima Dambrauskas says:

    Hi Carol,
    Thanks for all the information above! I started using VegaOne in January or was it December? Anyway it was for occasional use. Then i noticed when I took it in the morning, I could last well into the afternoon because i had lots of protein from the VegaOne. I am a woman, 65 yrs of age, way past menopause, very healthy other than being substantially overweight (5’6″ 330 lbs) recovered well from a hip replacement in Nov.2011 and knee replacement June 2012 (same right side). my weight increased after my surgeries due to lack of activity so am striving to up the activity levels as well as jumpstart my weight loss. (it has worked for the past 6-7 weeks) I use the VegaOne (faves are French Vanilla, Mixed Berry and Vanilla Chai all taken with almond Silk, coconut Silk or cashew Silk as they are more substantial than with water. I drink about 1 litre of water daily, however am still feeling bloated and constipated. Flatulence (thankfully mostly at home) helps with the bloating but am trying to solve the constipation issue. Around Easter I will return to regular foods (healthy portions and variety) but would like to use VegaOne until then. Any other suggestions?? Thanks for your time and information! Have a fantastic Spring!!

    • Hi Laima, I am so proud of you taking such a proactive approach to your health. It takes great discipline. How is your mobility since your knee and hip surgeries? Have you thought of starting a walking program. It is the most easiest thing to do, and it is not too strenuous.

      My suggestions for your constipation is to try making a gel with chia seeds and then adding it to your Vega One smoothies. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day, as you have been doing, is very good, especially when you add fiber to the diet. You may also want to add a probiotic to your smoothie.

      Those are both needed in our diets, fiber and friendly flora, even when you start back onto regular foods.

      I pray you have a blessed Easter. By the way, Spring is a great time to start walking if you haven’t already. You have a fantastic Spring as well.

      All the best to you, Laima.

      • Laima Dambrauskas says:

        Hi again Carol, thanks so much for your speedy reply with suggestions to help me. ; ) I neglected to mention that I had been exploring gastric bypass surgery to aid in the elimination of this excess weight and they use optifast for several weeks in preparation for the surgery. When I compared the ingredients list of Optifast versus VegaOne I decided to use VegaOne instead as it is far superior IMHO! (turned down for surgery due to age!!) WTF? My mobility is quite good and as the weather’s better as of this week, my walking program will go outside! As I had been sedentary during most of my working life and counted on my extracurricular activities for balance, I do need a kick in the butt oftimes. Am using a cooking timer to get up every hour and walk around, and will use something like that to get out and walk also. i am blessed with an optimistic outlook and use my strong spiritual beliefs to keep myself going despite any obstacles which may present b4 me. It sure helps having others like yourself for encouragement and information when needed! Keep up the great information!! 😉 Thanks!!

        • Hello again, Laima, My heart goes out to you. I must say, though, I like your cooking timer idea to get you moving. Your optimistic attitude and strong spiritual beliefs are a God send. I also, have an optimistic outlook and strong spiritual beliefs, which I am grateful for.

          At the moment, I have been laid up for five days due to my lower back and sciatica flaring up. I haven’t slept very well for three of those days the other two, I haven’t slept at all, literally. Unfortunately, sitting or lying down intensifies the pain, so I am forced to walk around the house all night. Nevertheless, I haven’t been able to exercise. It can be very discouraging when you want to do something and you can’t. I do continue to eat healthy and do all I can for a speedy recovery, so I can get moving again.

          Even though you are in your sixties, why do they feel that is too old for gastric bypass? Could you get a second opinion? Other people have had it done in their sixties. Is it due to Medicare? If you were able to have it done, using the Vega One in preparation would be far superior for the reasons you stated.

          Thank you for writing. I am always encouraged too…knowing that you are doing your homework to find out answers.

  25. Need a clear answer.. Is it safe to take more than once per day. Im in good shape and no health problems.. Just concerned that its 50% daily vitamins per scoop.. So it is safe to take twice a day?

    • Hector, Thank you for your comment. Vega One is designed to be able to be taken as often as you like, of course, I do not mean 20 times a day, lol. Most people have a problem with being under nourished not over nourished. I do typically use Vega One twice a day even when
      I am also having two to three healthy meals a day.

      Our soils are so depleted that taking a whole-food supplement that has been grown in fertile soils is not a bad way to go. Hopefully, you will see the results of using a whole-food supplement to nourish your body.

      BTW, the RDA is what is recommended. For example, the RDA for vitamin D is between 600 IU to 800 IU depending on age and pregnancy and so forth. I live in Michigan where we have a long winter, and I am unable to receive the appropriate amount of sun exposure to synthesize vitamin D in the body. I take 5000 IU of vitamin D. I am tested once a year during my annual exam and my levels are within the normal range. I am not overdosing. In the summer months I do take less (2000 IU) daily.

      I wish you all the best, Hector. If you have any other question, I am more than happy to answer them. 🙂

  26. Rhonda T. says:

    Hi Carol, I found your blog and need some info… I am wondering if I can safely do the VegaOne nutritional shake as a baseline for eating and a primary source for vitamins and minerals; or would it be recommended to add other items to my diet. Also, how long could a person stay on this regimen? I am currently on Amour Thyroid for hypothyroidism (low T4 T3), and Caberfoline (high prolactin levels). I am also lactose intolerant after a while. Appreciate any advice you can give. Many thanks.

    • Hi Rhonda, I have a question. Is your high prolactin levels due to your hypothyroidism or from pregnancy? Also, if you are otherwise healthy, Vega One is a whole-food supplement. It can be used in addition to your meal plan or as a meal replacement. It all depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Eating or drinking the same thing every day, for a long period of time, would get boring and can be very difficult to stick with. I modify my meals plans. Although, I do enjoy my shakes. I change up my recipes to keep it from getting boring. I wish you nothing but health, health and more health. 🙂

  27. Hi Carol,
    I have tried multiple places to get a answer regarding Vega-One Nutritional shakes. I emailed Vega also with no luck.

    My question is: I take a womens multi twice daily vitamin (plant based) and get my supplements that way. I worry about “To Much” supplement if I drink the Vega One Nutritional shake once or sometimes twice daily. I currently am just using the Vega Proteins and Greens. However, truly love the taste options of the Vega One Nutritional shake. Just don’t want to Over do it on the vitamins by ingesting multi and the shake? Your thoughts would be appreciated!

    • Hi Karen, To answer your question without getting too wordy, most people are undernourished not over nourished. I also use the Vega Products, sometimes a couple times a day as well as eat very healthy meals and take a list of supplements. I have had blood tests taken to measure my levels. I was not over supplementing in any areas. I even take 5,000 IU of vitamin D and my levels were in the normal range. The RDA are recommended daily allowances. Matter of fact, the RDA for vitamin D is between 600 – 800 IU. I am well above the RDA, but, according to the blood levels I was withing the recommended range. You can always have a physician test your levels if you are concerned.

  28. Hi, I am writing on behalf of a relative whom has had a kidney transplant. She says her medical team is encouraging her to lose weight, she’s gained plenty due to the medications she is required to take and is finding it difficult to lose any of it. I came across this product, actualy the regular Vega protein shake at Costco. I told her about it. Then I discovered that wouldn’t be the product for her, but instead Vega One would be. She of course needs to know exactly what it contains, well her medical team needs to know in order to let her know whether or not she can take it. Some herbs and such can potentially cause the loss of the organ, due to contradicting the medication she is taking. She says that she can NOT take ALL herbs, and she also needs to know specifics like: the levels of calcium, potassium, phosphorus and other vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, I don’t recall them all. We both have tried to locate a list of what Vega One contains, but just can’t seem to find a full list. They don’t restrict her from everything, other than what they know will be a detriment to the transplant, they also need to watch her levels on those as mention among a couple of others so as not to cause her issues. Depending on what it is, they’ll just have to monitor the lspevific levels in question, as she takes the product. They may be breaks she’ll have to take or cut out those same levels in question, from meals in order for her to continue. Either way, we’re hoping this may be a good product for her. From the list that you mentioned sounds like it won’t be bad, but that’s up to her Dr. & Med. team. I just came across this site tonight, I’m happy I did. I’m hoping you can help. Is there any way you can send me that info, or direct me to where we an get it. Thank you in advance. In trying to help her, I’m getting ready to start on this myself. We’re just hoping to be able to do it together. Thx again. 👍😊

    • Hello Si Lu, Thank you for writing. What a blessing you are to your relative to care so much and to be an advocate for her in regards to her health and recovery.

      I have attached the ingredients list and the nutrition facts label, so you can easily print them out, and they could be given to the doctor for review. I hope this helps. I would have replied through the comments section, but I could not include the attachments which is why I sent you a personal email also.

      Please let me know that you received these attachments. Also, the information is for Vega One Nutritional Shake, chocolate flavor.

      God bless you and your family!

  29. Hi Carol
    I stumbled upon the “Vega Clean Protein” (chocolate) and “Clean Energy” (berry) products while shopping at Target about a month or so ago. Having done a little research before hand on Protein powders, I knew my body would not respond well to Soy or Whey, and that I should be looking for a Vegan based solution. It just so happened I noticed Vega on the shelf at Target and thought I’d give it a try.

    Long story short, I loved them both! Neither bothered me like Soy or Dairy would. I just finished both containers a few days ago and I’m thinking of expanding into some of the other Vega product lines. (they were a little gritty, even after vigorous shaking in the blender bottle, but that doesn’t bother me – I can look past that for the benefit of what they provide). I’ve also recently started trying the “Vega Protein Smoothie” (berry) for a snack alternative and sometimes a breakfast meal replacement.

    I’ve been reading your comments above about Vega One. I think I would certainly try that as a meal replacement drink (probably breakfast like you state), but I’m also considering the Vega Sport line for when I’m working out. I am 38 years old, and go to the YMCA to work out about 3 times a week (I plan to try and get that to 4 times a week, but it’s tough right now with the family schedule). I do have somewhat high blood pressure, something I’m trying to counter act by working out and losing weight. I’ve been attending for about a year now. Right now I’m weighing in around 195 (I’m 5 foot 8). While I definitely can state I’ve been getting stronger and building muscle since joining the Y about a year ago, my weight hasn’t really dropped more than 10 pounds since I started, in fact it’s gone up a couple pounds in the last few months. I usually will either do the Elliptical or Indoor bike for 30-45min (I push myself on them with the higher resistance, but realistic settings – and aim for about 300+ calories burned on average on those machines). Additionally I’ll use the 45 degree leg press with the back as far down as possible (again pushing myself, but safely). I’ll usually follow up with a series of pushups, lat bar pulldowns, curls and planks on average. After that I’m pretty much exhausted and sore. Needless to say, when I’m at the Y I make it count. I also use my Fitbit as a daily motivator.

    My main goal right now is to try and drop some belly fat while getting in better athletic shape, and to hopefully see my blood pressure go down as well. I’m pretty mindful of what I eat. I stay away from fried food as much as possible, avoid bread as much as possible (since I also think I have a wheat sensitivity that affects me like Soy and Dairy), and stay away from soda like it’s the plague. In general I try to eat as healthy as realistically possible when I can and not over eat (i stop when my body feels satisfied, which doesn’t always mean full). I’ll admit I could do a lot better with my water intake per day.

    Anyhow with that little bit of knowledge about my current situation, would you recommend the Vega One line as a meal replacement, along with the Sport line for pre-post workout. I like the Vega Clean line and have no reason to stop taking it other than I know Vega offers other products I haven’t tried yet. I pretty much know I’ll be using a variety of their products in the future since my body doesn’t over react to it, but I’m a little lost on what might be overkill as far as what combination of Vega products I should / should not be taking.

    Thanks!

    • Hi Greg, First of all thank you for sharing your experience with Vega One. I am a big fan of using many of the Vega One products. I like the Vega Sport because it has glutamine in it. Glutamine is a precursor to glutathione, which is known by the health community as the master antioxidant.

      Secondly, it sounds like you are very discipline. If I read between the lines correctly, over the past year. you were able to sculpt your body by shedding fat and building muscle to some degree. However, you said that you still needed to lose excess girth. You also stated that your weight hasn’t dropped more than 10 pounds. Do you look leaner. It could be that you lost inches and gained muscle. I use the analogy of a feather pillow. The feather pillow representing fat. What does a 5 pound feather pillow look like, and what does a 5 pound weight look like? They both are totally different in composition.

      Lastly, in comment to your work-out routine. Some athletes perform interval training routines to burn calories and shed extra pounds. Begin at a lower intensity, around 50 to 65 percent of your maximum heart rate, for two minutes. Increase your intensity until your heart rate is from 75 to 85 percent of maximum for one minute. Alternating between low and high-intensity activity boosts fat-burning processes by forcing your body to burn its energy stores which is the stored fat in your cells.

      The program I prefer is called P.A.C.E. PACE stands for progressive accelerated cardio exertion. Pace uses the concept of acceleration, shortening your rest periods and getting up to your target intensity a little faster with each workout, to retrain your metabolism to store energy in your muscles instead of storing it as fat. This helps you build lean, strong muscles and have very low body fat. Furthermore, It is important to change up your routine. As your body responds to your workouts, it will adapt to what you are asking it to do. If you keep doing the same thing, no matter how intense, your body will stop responding. So it’s important to continually push yourself by increasing the pace and intensity of your workouts. Your body needs a consistent set of new challenges to grow and achieve. I also believe this could further help your blood pressure.

      Wishing you the best of health, Greg. Keep us updated on your progress.

  30. I just want to let everyone on here know that Vega One is the first time I actually lost weight and it stayed off! I was 200 pounds, 5 foot 2, frustrated because I tried everything under the sun (besides exercise, I have a lot of back issues) and so my diet was my only way to try to lose weight for me. Even going on the milk diet, the WATER diet-yes, ONLY WATER FOR 44 DAYS! (My Dr. was furious, said I could have had a heart attack with the lack of electrolytes, but anyways, desperation!). My allergies to food products were getting worse and worse, severe IBS, and products like Slim Fast had so many “fake” ingredients, I would be so sick. I don’t remember how I discovered Vega One, but being that it is all natural, no gluten, soy, has stevia-I’m diabetic, so have to watch those sugars-and so on, I figured I should try it. Lost 30 pounds just having the shake only, 3 X day. After that, I would eat Paleo but then have moments of fast food cheating because I still struggle with my love of fast food, even though it makes me sick. It’s been 6 months, and though not losing because I am eating regular food, for the first time, I haven’t gained back the 30 pounds either-even eating fast food! I am resolved to losing the last 60 that I need to, so back on the shakes only, I take with water, the chocolate is delicious with just the water as a mix. Seems that with Vega, you don’t lose “water weight”, you actually lose fat, because I don’t see how I didn’t gain back, but just this morning the scale still said 170 pounds! Amazing stuff! Just wanted you all to know this is the real deal, I’ve called Vega and emailed to tell them they have to always make this because I also don’t have any IBS issues either anymore. Healed me, not just helped me lose weight. Buy it and do it, you won’t struggle with diets and weight anymore (well, I still struggle with fast food, but that’s an emotional eating thing I am seeing a therapist for. For now, again, no fast food, and hopefully when I am at a healthy weight, I will finally conquer fast food). DO IT!

    • Diana, What a wonderful testimony. Thank you for sharing. It means a lot to me and the readers. Because, like you, many people going down so many different roads trying to regain their health. Congratulations on your 30 pound weight loss, but especially that you are feeling much better physically and mentally. All the best to you in shedding the remainder of your unwanted pounds. Please keep us updated on your progress. Cheers/Here’s to you! Diana.

  31. This morning, 5/17/16, now down to 160 lbs! Just Vega One with water, 1 scoop, 3 times a day. Never had that with other so called shakes, because Vega One is real food in powdered form, not just sugars and milk like Slim Fast. 50 pounds to go! And for the first time, I know I can do it! (And it would have been sooner on those 10 lbs, but had a couple eating weeks, so really, only on the shake only for 2 weeks and lost 10 lbs). Feel great and so healthy, as I’m not having junk like other “meal replacements”. They are all about calorie amounts, fats, carbs, no matter how unhealthy that source is. It’s the equivalent of having just a banana and a spoon of peanut butter with toast and that’s your day. And that’s a healthy option, but we can just say a chocolate bar, Doritos and a spoonful of peanut butter. What about all the other vitamins and minerals? Vega One provides all the vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, etc, from real food. I can’t get over the fact I don’t feel hopeless, frustrated, despaired, this is actually working for me, and I’m not exercising, just working a desk job, and watching my clothes get looser-yay! Please, if you are anything like me, with obesity that runs in the family, have diabetes, back or knee issues so exercising is painful, and digestion issues, go on Vega One three times a day and nothing else and you will feel amazing! And if you do “cheat”, you don’t gain back what you lost. I’m sure as well that when I am at a healthy weight, I won’t keep losing, this weight loss is a matter of feeding my body healthy food and weight loss is a natural result. Seems it’s helping my insulin resistance to finally let go of the fat! Ok, enough exclamation points here, lol…just so happy, at 46, I can get my life back and can see the end in sight 🙂

    • Diana, What a great testimony. Thank you for sharing. How encouraging to me and, I am sure, to my readers as well. It is important to know that Slim Fast or Ensure are not the same as Vega One. They are fully of unwanted ingredients. If you feel comfortable sharing before and after pictures, I would love to post them on my website. Thanks again!

  32. Will do! Just gotta get to the “after” part, lol

    • Hi Diana, Sounds great! Look forward to hearing all about your progress. If you are trying for big foot steps, remember, baby steps. 🙂