Weight loss by diet shakes is temporary

Health experts have expressed uncertainty regarding the effectiveness of diet shakes for weight loss.

At least 15 brands of diet shakes – some promising `a new you` in a matter of weeks – are on the market in Australia, but nutritionists remain sceptical about their benefits.

The Dietitians Association of Australia said 95 percent of all dieters would regain their lost weight in one to five years.

Weight Watchers` nutritionist Emma Stirling said the key concern for many health professionals is that meal replacement shakes are a temporary fix.

`Contrary to popular belief, there is no miracle weight-loss cure or proven fat-blasting ingredients lurking within a chocolate diet shake,` the Sydney Morning Herald quoted her as saying.

`They are simply a combination of vitamins, minerals and other additives in a flavoured milk or water-based drink.

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