What is a meal replacement powder?
Possibly the easiest category to explain, meal replacement powders (or MRPs) are supplements for people who can't always manage to eat the right kind of quality calories. Typically they contain a healthy balance between proteins, carbohydrates and good fats. They're usually fortified with fibre, vitamins and minerals so there is no excuse - leave the burgers and the fried chicken for someone else.
MRPs are very similar to all-in-one supplements, and if you're paying close attention you'll notice both types share similar nutritional profiles. The balance between proteins, carbs and fats is almost identical. For convenience you'll see some products listed in both the MRP and all-in-one categories. The only thing that really differentiates the two categories is that all-in-ones verge on crossing over into the weight gainer category, hence they are more suited to the bodybuilding community and strength training athletes. All-in-ones typically have additional anabolic enhancing ingredients like creatine, branched chain amino acids, taurine and HMB.
Owing to the composition of MRPs, the fast and slow digesting proteins / carbohydrates are designed to help stave off cravings and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Would MRPs suit me?
MRPs would suit most people with normal dietary requirements with the exception of those on strict diets, including those restricted in carbohydrates. They're particularly well suited to busy professionals who can't always manage to get the nutrients that their lifestyles demands.
The bottom line
A meal replacement powder could be an option for you:
- If you're on the go and you realise your choices for breakfast or lunch aren't always the best.
- If you need to change your habits, stop snacking, and you're striving for higher quality calories.
One caveat - it's important to remember that MRPs should not replace food consistently. The bulk of your calories should always come from food, not from powders.
If you're still not sure, you can find a supplement that will suit your goals with our protein finder.