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Spiru-Tein & Weight Loss

By Jill Corleone, RDN, LD

If you're struggling to lose weight, you may find meal-replacement diets helpful. They help control calories without the need to count any. Although it's not marketed as a weight-loss supplement, a mix such as Spiru-Tein may work for you as meal replacement to help you limit your calorie intake and lose a few pounds. Consult your doctor before starting any weight-loss diet.

Spiru-Tein Nutrition

Spiru-Tein is a plant-based, high-protein meal replacement. One scoop of the powdered product has 99 calories, zero grams of fat, 11 grams of carb, 1 gram of fiber and 14 grams of protein. It also meets 100 percent of the daily value for a number of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, D and E, all of the B vitamins, iodine and zinc. It's also high in calcium, iron, phosphorus, selenium and molybdenum and meets 250 percent of the daily value for manganese.

Spiru-Tein for Weight Loss

Weight loss isn't as complicated as some diets make it out to be. It's a matter of creating a negative calorie balance, which means eating fewer calories than you burn each day. Spiru-Tein is a low-calorie meal replacement, which may help you save a few calories if you drink it instead of eating your usual meal. Reducing your daily calorie intake by 250 calories a day can help you lose up to 1/2 pound a week. Due to its high vitamin and mineral content, and to maintain a balanced diet, you may want to limit Spiru-Tein as a meal replacement to once a day.

Mixing Suggestions

To save the most calories, mix Spiru-Tein with water. But as a low-calorie powder, you may be able to mix it with other fluids to add flavor without adding too many additional calories. For example, mixing it with 1 cup of nonfat milk adds 90 calories, 12 grams of carbs and 8 grams of protein. You can also use a plant-based milk alternative if you're trying to limit your intake of animal products. Soy milk is a good choice with 130 calories, 15 grams of carbs, 8 grams of protein and 4 grams of fat per cup. Choose unsweetened plant-based milks to keep your calorie and sugar intakes low.


Using Spiru-Tein may help you save calories to lose weight, but you might have a hard time sticking with it if eating the same thing day after day gets boring for you. Using different flavors and fluids to mix your Spiru-Tein may help prevent diet boredom. Also, once you lose the weight, you may have a hard time keeping it off if you don't continue to either use the meal-replacement supplement or limit your calorie intake.

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