Ep. 48 Shake Up Your Weight Loss

In This Episode

To put a cap on weight-loss resolutions for the new year, Neal and Daena are discussing meal replacement shakes today.

We take a look at what a meal replacement shake should include, and how it differs from just protein powder.

Neal talks about what to look for on the label, the different types of proteins, and what NOT to add to your shakes and smoothies.

He also explains sweeteners used in meal replacement shakes, amino acids, fat, carbs, and why anything marketed to athletes is not for civilian use.

Topics Discussed

  • Neal favors shakes for weight loss
  • The concept of meal replacement
  • Paying attention to labels so as not to double up on vitamins
  • Doubling up on micronutrients by adding too many ingredients to shake powder
  • Smoothies as another good option for micronutrients
  • The problems with ‘body builder’ or ‘sports’ shakes
  • Types of proteins
  • Amino acids
  • Whey vs plant
  • Fats and carbs
  • Sweeteners


Dr. Neal Smoller, Holistic Pharmacist

About Neal Smoller

Dr. Neal Smoller, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist: and owner of Village Apothecary, an independent pharmacy in the most famous small town in America—Woodstock, NY. He’s also the host of the popular wellness podcast, The Big Mouth Pharmacist.”


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