- How do MET-Rx® products help "Shape Every Body™"?
- How is MET-Rx® different from a meal-replacement product or other general purpose nutritional supplements?
- Should you eat MET-Rx® with other whole foods?
- MET-Rx® Original Meal Replacement Powder is more than 50% protein, with 37-38 grams of protein per serving. Is it possible to consume too much protein in one meal?
- What type of protein is the most valuable to the human body and what makes MET-Rx® METAMYOSYN® protein so special?
- How much total protein per day should you consume on the MET-Rx® program and what do you recommend as whole food sources of protein?
- Is MET-Rx® useful for people who do not lead active, athletic lifestyles?
- Can women benefit from taking MET-Rx® products and following the suggested meal plans?
- What is the best way to use MET-Rx®?
- I have heard that you can achieve optimal body composition and health by eating a well-balanced diet of whole foods without any additional supplementation. Is this true?
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HOW DO MET-Rx® PRODUCTS HELP "SHAPE EVERY BODY™"?
MET-Rx® products offer engineered nutrition -- products that have been specifically formulated with a precise nutrient profile to produce specific metabolic effects. Infant formulas are an example of one of the most commonly used engineered foods. Nutrient levels in these products are specially formulated to enhance the growth and development of newborns.
At MET-Rx®, we've formulated our products to provide superior nutrition that promotes optimal health and fitness,* and an easy and convenient way for you and your family to benefit from a wide spectrum of nutritional benefits.
HOW IS MET-Rx® DIFFERENT FROM A MEAL-REPLACEMENT PRODUCT OR OTHER GENERAL PURPOSE NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS?
The term "meal replacement" is misleading. It implies that your body can distinguish between the nutrients in a snack and a meal, which it can not. The body simply metabolizes the food it takes in by reacting to the size and nutrient make-up, as well as the pattern of food consumption.
MET-Rx® products are more than just a random load of dietary calories; they are precise nutritional formulations designed to deliver positive nutrients necessary for optimal function.* Several MET-Rx® products may be used either as a meal or in addition to regular meals. They provide a balanced nutrient base and can be used to help satisfy most of the body's nutritional requirements.
SHOULD YOU EAT MET-Rx® WITH OTHER WHOLE FOODS?
Absolutely. In fact, MET-Rx® precision nutrition is most effective when used with other foods. Check out the MEAL PLANS from Team MET-Rx® Athletes, for ideas on how to incorporate MET-Rx® products into a whole foods diet program.
MET-Rx® ORIGINAL MEAL REPLACEMENT POWDER IS MORE THAN 50% PROTEIN, WITH 37-38 GRAMS OF PROTEIN PER SERVING. IS IT POSSIBLE TO CONSUME TOO MUCH PROTEIN IN ONE MEAL?
While it is possible to consume too much of any nutrient, the amount of protein in one serving is relatively small considering how much the body can absorb. The human intestine is extremely adept at absorbing all nutrients, including protein.
WHAT TYPE OF PROTEIN IS THE MOST VALUABLE TO THE HUMAN BODY AND WHAT MAKES MET-Rx® METAMYOSYN® PROTEIN SO SPECIAL?
The physiologic value of any protein is related to its amino acid composition, among other factors. Amino acids are the elemental building blocks of protein and are crucial to the operation of the majority of vital metabolic pathways.* Specific techniques help us to measure quantitatively and qualitatively the exact impact that ingesting specific amino acid arrays has on different aspects of metabolism. The amino acid array contained in the MET-Rx® Original Meal Replacement powder was developed to score high in tests that measure overall protein quality. It was formulated to achieve several specific metabolic effects, including helping to increase lean muscle and improving body composition when used in conjunction with regular exercise and a balanced diet.* Several variations of the original METAMYOSYN® protein blend exist in MET-Rx® products today.
HOW MUCH TOTAL PROTEIN PER DAY SHOULD YOU CONSUME ON THE MET-Rx® PROGRAM AND WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND AS WHOLE FOOD SOURCES OF PROTEIN?
The amount of protein required per day varies per person. Athletes and bodybuilders will require more protein to support lean muscle mass as compared to sedentary individuals. Highly active individuals should consume about 2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, which translates to approximately one gram of high-quality protein per pound of body weight per day. Overweight individuals should consume less total protein and should consult their doctor.
The primary consideration when it comes to dietary sources of protein is the amino acid composition of the whole-food source. Based on extensive studies on amino acid profiling, the following list comprises several whole foods that provide high quality protein sources:
- Low or non-fat cottage cheese.
- White skinless turkey breast meat.
- Egg whites.
- Various fish like tuna, salmon and halibut.
- Broiled, skinless chicken breast.
- Lean cuts of red meat.
IS MET-Rx® USEFUL FOR PEOPLE WHO DO NOT LEAD ACTIVE, ATHLETIC LIFESTYLES?
Without question. Even people who are routinely sedentary can benefit from using MET-Rx® along with a healthy diet plan. The optimal nutrient composition of MET-Rx® products, the meal patterns suggested in the guide, and the whole foods prescribed all contribute to improved metabolic function and enhanced overall health.* For optimal health and body composition, we recommend that everyone engage in some form of daily activity.
Use in conjunction with an intense daily exercise program and a balanced diet including an adequate caloric intake.
CAN WOMEN BENEFIT FROM TAKING MET-Rx® PRODUCTS AND FOLLOWING THE SUGGESTED MEAL PLANS?
The MET-Rx® program offers several unique advantages to women who want to improve their appearance and overall health.* Taking MET-Rx® and incorporating the prescribed meal plans is a perfect way for women to optimize their physique.* When combined with a daily exercise program, the MET-Rx® meal plan is designed to support your metabolism.* With MET-Rx®, you can enjoy eating balanced meals and snacks frequently throughout the day.
The solid nutrition of MET-Rx® is also ideal for seniors. As we get older, we continue to lose nitrogen and body protein and it becomes more and more difficult for us to get the nutrients we need. Maintaining muscle mass and strength is critical to maintaining a high quality of life. Good health at any age depends on good nutrition. Practically everyone can benefit from MET-Rx®.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO USE MET-Rx®?
Clearly, the best way to use MET-Rx® is to take advantage of all the elements METRx® has to offer. The synergistic effects of favorable macro and micronutrients combined with a meal-patterning profile and regular exercise that includes progressive resistance training can have a significant impact on body composition.* It can also substantially improve the body's lean muscle mass stores while improving overall vitality and health.* As a rule, meals and snacks (including MET-Rx® products) should be consumed at regular intervals (every three hours or so) throughout the day. This allows for consistent delivery of nutrients to the bloodstream and maximizes benefits.
I HAVE HEARD THAT YOU CAN ACHIEVE OPTIMAL BODY COMPOSITION AND HEALTH BY EATING A WELL-BALANCED DIET OF WHOLE FOODS WITHOUT ANY ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTATION. IS THIS TRUE?
Theoretically, yes, it is possible to attain the metabolic effects of MET-Rx® with a well-balanced diet of whole foods, but it would be extremely difficult to do so. Here's why: the positive metabolic effects of MET-Rx® result from its special formulation and precise levels of macro and micronutrients. For example, the protein component of MET-Rx®, METAMYOSYN®, is a blend of several different proteins with optimal amino acid compositions and sequences. These proteins are purified, isolated and recombined to create a unique final amino acid array.
The concept behind engineered foods is to fortify whole foods to make them extremely nutrient dense. Calorie for calorie, engineered foods provide a very high concentration of extremely important nutrients. Try to imagine a 300 calorie whole food source that offers over 50% of your daily protein requirement, 100% of your daily calcium requirement and a very high percentage of the recommended daily allowance for a host of vitamins and minerals. While several whole foods contain a high concentration of a few nutrients, it's highly unusual to find any whole foods that have a broad spectrum of nutrients at very high levels. Also, most people do not have complete control over the selection, growth, storage and preparation of most foods they consume. Many people have become less and less inclined to prepare and consume whole foods in their homes. Much of our daily food intake is consumed outside of the home, which makes it virtually impossible to be completely aware of the nutritional characteristics of foods consumed.
With MET-Rx®, you have the peace of mind of knowing that the leaders in sport's nutrition have done the work for you. Reaping the benefits of superior nutrition has never been easier or more convenient.