Diet shakes are on the menu for dietitians - Nursing Careers Allied Health

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Dietitians are using diet shakes among a range of options for weight loss clients, the Dietitians Association of Australia says.

Former Australian international cricketer Shane Warne's dramatic 12 kilogram weight loss in the past year, which he has partly credited to TAIslim diet shakes, has propelled the use of meal replacement shakes into the spotlight.

But dietitian and DAA spokesperson Melanie McGrice said the publicity surrounding Warne's use of diet shakes could generate a negative flow-on affect, with people buying the shakes off the counter instead of seeking professional advice.

"People always want a quick fix," she said.

"They don't understand to get the best results you actually need to do it under a health professional."

Ms McGrice said diet shakes are a "fantastic tool" if used properly under the guidance of a dietitian.

"They are one of many options that dietitians may use for people for weight loss," she said.

"We have a whole range of different tools up our sleeves. What a dietitian does is take a comprehensive nutritional assessment and we work out the best tools for the individual.

"We need to make sure they are choosing an appropriate brand, they are meeting their nutritional requirements and part of the plan they have set up is how they are going to get off the shakes."

Ms McGrice said diet shakes are one of the fastest ways to lose weight but she said they also need to be nutritionally complete for consumers to avoid a nutritional deficiency.

And she said they are only a short term solution for keeping the kilos at bay.

"They don't really teach you a lot about long term healthy eating and about keeping weight off in the long term," she said.

"You can do more harm than good to your weight loss."

14 Sep, 2011

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