Overweight and obesity has become a global challenge in recent times. This has forced many people to seek ways to reduce excess weight along with a strategy for maintaining a healthy body weight. Presently, the growing trend in overall obesity has been observed in many advanced countries. Obesity develops due to excess build-up of fat in the tissues and fat cells. Medical weight loss remedies using gastric bypass and liposuction have not been successful in maintaining ideal body weight after such surgeries for a longer time. This study aimed to draw attention to the use of substitute meals, which are calorie-regulated weight control plans. Meal replacement diets (MRD) have received more interest and attention around the world. More trials will be done to evaluate various meal replacement diets as successful remedies for weight loss over a long duration. MRDs in the form of liquids, shakes, powders, or bars have been found convenient to replace normal meals, and consequently maintain an ideal weight. Balanced and adequate nutrients in meal replacement diets help in weight loss and weight maintenance.
N.L. Onuoha, N.N. Uchegbu, I.F. Asogwa and N.F. Amulu, 2021. Actualizing Sustainable Development Goal Using Meal Replacement Diet to Improve Health Status. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 20: 135-140.