I have been invited to a Visalus shake party. A friend of mine has had some weight loss success with this 2x a day shake plan. I need to lose some weight for my event, but I worry I won't get the right level of nutrition my body needs to sustain training for an endurance event on a plan like that. Anyone have any experience or thoughts on this?
I think it probably depends on a couple different things... first do you know the nutritional content of these shakes? You'll want to make sure that it has a good balance of carbs/protein/fat for the training that you are doing. During my two half marathons last year I was in the process of losing weight, and my weight loss continued providing was eating the proper amount of calories, etc. Secondly, sometimes with shakes the plan tends to have too low of calories for people training for events such as a half marathon.
Even though your goal is to lose weight, if you don't eat enough you will not have the energy to complete your training runs. A good balance for endurance athletes training for Half Marathon distance is probably 50% Carbs, 25% Fat and 25% Protein. I've recently changed my up to be more towards 60% Carbs, 20% Fat and 20% Protein, but that is because I've moved into the Marathon distance training. I'm not a nutritionist or anything, but this is what I've done for over a year and in that I have dropped 75lbs and reached my goal weight!
5K - Apr 2009: 39:00
5K - Jun 2009: 36:55
5K - Sep 2009: 34:06
10K - Oct 2009: 1:13:45
5K - Nov 2009: 34:23
5K - Feb 2010: 32:28
Half Marathon - Apr 2010: 2:39:06
5K - May 2010: 29:49
10K - Jun 2010: 1:01:48
5K - Aug 2010: 27:57
Half Marathon - Oct 2010: 2:12:18
10K - Nov 2010: 52:44 (PR)
5K - Feb 2011: 23:45
Half Marathon - Apr 2011: 1:49:18
Marathon - May 2011: 3:56:05
Half Marathon - Oct 2011: 1:49:14 (PR)
5K - Nov 2011: 22:20 (PR)
Marathon - Dec 2011: 3:41:42 (PR)