While meal replacement powders (MRPs) won’t make you lean or give you huge muscles overnight, they can be an important element to a solid nutritional program. As such, MRPs are one of the key supplements available for everyone interested in developing a quality physique.
MRPs are precisely what the name suggests they are: quick and convenient replacements for meals. The good ones will give you plenty of high-grade protein along with a wide-variety of other nutrients that are usually lacking in stand alone protein powders.The importance of eating small, frequent meals (4-6 meals per day) is now almost universally accepted in the elite fitness community. Without MRPs, this can become a daunting task. I mean who wants or has the time to prepare six well-balanced, protein-rich meals day in and day out? That’s where 2-3 MRPs per day can really make a significant difference.
Some people complain about the cost of MRPs, but quite frankly I don’t know anywhere else where you can get such a well-balanced meal for only a couple of bucks . . . they’re a nutritional bargain no matter how you slice it. I think a quality MRP is a must-have in terms of getting in adequate amounts of protein without driving yourself crazy preparing food. I personally use at least 2 or 3 per day.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
When selecting an MRP, you want to make certain that its nutritional content matches up with your health and fitness goals.Are you looking to get lean? Then you certainly want to make sure your MRP is low in fat and, especially, low in sugar. Nothing will derail your fat-shredding efforts like a high sugar content. Stick with MRPs that are below 10 grams in sugar; below 5 grams is even better!
Are you trying to add muscle mass? If so, you’ll need lots of protein. Select MRPs that have at least 30 grams of quality protein per serving.
There are many solid MRPs on the market. The key is for you to find one that meets your specific nutritional needs and tastes good! What follows are my top specific choices.
THE MOST VALUABLE MRP
The Myoplex line from EAS is the top-selling MRP, the MVP of MRPs if you like. There are flavors and varieties for every taste. Indeed, one of my favorite things about the Myoplex MRPs is that there are so many flavors and varieties to select from. Regular Myoplex is a great everyday MRP. With a whooping 42 grams of high-quality, muscle-building protein and a measly 2 grams of fat and 3 grams of sugar per serving, Myoplex is a can’t miss MRP for keeping you lean and tight year round. All the flavors are pretty tasty, but I particularly like the chocolate lovers pack.
If gaining weight and adding muscle mass fast is your goal, then Myoplex Mass is your MRP of choice. This is a moderate protein and high carb product with 33 grams of protein and 76 grams of carbohydrates. Each serving has a full 500 calories. I’ve found that taking 2 servings of Myoplex Mass a day is a great way for most people to gain weight by easily adding 1,000 calories to the diet.If weight loss and fat reduction is what you’re after, the Myoplex product line has an answer for you as well: it’s called Myoplex Lite and this quality MRP has only 190 calories per serving. And those calories are truly quality calories with only 1.5 grams of fat and a solid 25 grams of protein to fuel your fat-burning furnace.
I like the Myoplex products, use them myself, and have no hesitations about recommending them.
MRPs FOR WOMEN
Women who train hard and watch their diets have unique nutritional needs. It makes sense that women should select an MRP designed to meet those individual needs. The best MRP product on the market designed specifically for women is Lean Body For Her from Labrada.
BEYOND THE MRP . . . BIOACTIVE SUPERFOOD
Finally, a new product called Micellean from VPX Sports is something I’ve been using a lot of lately. It has a very clean taste, no artificial sweeteners, and great protein content. It’s a bit pricey, but very high quality. With 45 grams of sustained release protein, a super-high fiber content of 7.5 grams, and only 2 grams of sugar per serving, Micellean is truly the cutting-edge of MRPs for those looking to add muscle mass and get lean NOW!