Does it Help in Weight Loss?
Review of: Ideal Shake, produced by Ideal Shape (now The Hut Group).
*the values above fluctuate depending on flavor
Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Mocha, Cookies N Cream, Orange Cream, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Cream Pie, Chocolate Peanut Butter
IdealShake is available for as little as $1.66 per serving (with discount applied). That’s definitely one of the best shake prices you can find..
IdealShape combines fiber and “Slendesta”, a hunger blocker, to suppress your appetite.
This shakes does everything it’s supposed to nutritionally. It provides 50% of your RDI for 20 minerals and vitamins, as well as 11 grams of fiber per serving.
Awesome taste and improved line of flavours with Mocha and Cookies. Additional: offering free recipes definitely earned them a few bonus points more.
- Awesome taste
- Proper and healthy ingredients included
- Most important, this shake works, I've lost weight!
- Low calorie count & low sugar
- Good source of protein
- 30-day money back guarantee
- Few reports about not so responsive customer service
Summary: After reading countless IdealShape reviews I found online, as well as trying them myself, I feel like I can give a thorough and honest review of the shake.
I found the shakes to be so delicious, smooth, and creamy that it felt like I was cheating on my diet each time I drank one. I like the fact that you have the option of adding different fruits to your shake to get a whole new flavor instead of just adding water (though it tastes great this way too). The excellent taste helped me feel like I wasn’t missing out on an entire meal when I drank one.
Each shake has only around 1g of sugar and 110 calories, which is perfect for me. Also, they have 11g of protein that kept me feeling full, as well as helped me build muscle.
Each shake/meal costs around $1.66, making IdealShape shakes a very affordable option. It is way less expensive than any food I could buy.
If you are still not convinced, read my Ideal Shake review bellow.
I honestly doubt that there is anyone who wants to be overweight. After all, it can make it impossible to do some of the things you want to do and it usually completely depletes your energy levels. That’s before you even begin to think about all the health issues associated with being overweight.
Yes, some operations can help you lose weight, but if you are like me, the thought of unnecessary surgery is scary. It almost scares me as much as weight used to. Then I was introduced to IdealShape shakes, and I loved them so much that I developed an entire page just for IdealShake reviews.
After trying it, I have to commend the makers of IdealShake for putting together a great shake that has quickly become one of my preferred meal replacement shakes.
My Personal Idealshake Story & Experience
2 years ago, I was diagnosed with a mild depression due to severe B12 deficiency and was put on medication. The heavy dosage induced a lot of sleep, and I could barely find the motivation or strength to move around. My food intake had reduced drastically.
When the deficiency was diagnosed, it was found that I had lost 11 lbs in a short period. When the medication stopped (after 2 years, i.e., 6 months ago), I was 41 lbs heavier than my weight at the time of diagnosis. Reason? The lethargy induced by mood controllers.
I was due to join a multi-national company as a Quality Analyst (I had managed to graduate in the meanwhile), and I couldn’t bear to look at myself in the mirror. I am a firm believer in positive body image, but it did me no good – I was suffering from low self-esteem because I had gone from a fit 21yo to an overweight 23yo.
When I discussed this with my doctor, she pointed out that she had asked me to eat right and exercise every day, because the medication was bound to make me drowsy throughout the day. I sat in front of her sheepishly, asking for a damage control solution. She suggested that since I wasn’t eating right anyway, I could take the easy way out of a „planned diet“ and go for a meal replacement shake instead. Of course, I’d still have to take B12 shots at regular intervals throughout the year, but the meal replacement shake would ensure that I would have my ideal share of vitamins (including B12) and proteins daily.
There is a host of awful tasting meal replacement shakes out there. I was skeptical at first, but I was also determined to lose weight. I shared my concern with her. Being the awesome doc that she is, she gave me a sample of IdealShake – one of her medical representatives had presented it to her. It was chocolate flavored. Within a week, I was hooked!
How I fell in love with my meal replacement drink…well, almost.
Till now, I have ordered 6 of the 11 flavors available on Amazon, and I am delighted to say – they have been the perfect weight loss food for me. My personal favorite is the Orange Cream one.
In the past 6 months, I have managed to lose the extra 27 lbs and am close to my ideal body weight for a girl who’s somewhere between 5’3’’ and 5’4’’ – i.e 119 lbs from the awkward 146 lbs that I used to weigh. If this doesn’t bear testimony to the effectiveness of Idealshake, I don’t know what will. You have a good reason to try it out, girls!
IdealShape Video Review
What are IdealShape Shakes?
Look, it’s hard to control your hunger and decrease the number of calories you consume. Obviously, it’s hard to lose weight if you can’t even control your hunger.
That’s where IdealShape comes into play. This meal replacement shakes include a hunger blocker (We’ll talk more about this later.) that keeps you full longer while helping you lose weight.
To clarify little naming confusion, Idealshake is a meal replacement shake produced by company named Idealshape LLC.
Who is Behind Idealshake?
The company originally behind Idealshakes is Idealshape LLC, founded by David Maine (author of several books about weight loss and healthy nutrition).
Idealshape has wide line of supplement products for weight loss: protein shakes, protein bars, fat burners and weight loss drinks.
As of September 2016, the Idealshape LLC is acquired by The Hut Group, one of the biggest Europe's brand owner and retailer in weight management and sport nutrition.
The Hut Group was founded in the USA in 2003 and is a multi million $ company. They are global leaders in online sports nutrition successfully running these brands: MyProtein.com, ExanteDiet.com, MyVitamins.com, LookFantastic.com, SkinStore.com and many others.
As The Hut Group is located in London, there is no BBB record for this company, but they have very good score of 7.5 points at TrustPilot.
At the same time, Idealshape LLC has the BBB file in the records with score of A+.
Inspection of Ideal Shake Nutrition
Let's have a look deeply is Ideal Shake really that nutritious?
For the purpose of this review, I will use the chocolate taste (please note that each taste has slightly different nutritional value, but they are all very similar).
Inside IdealShake, you will get 30 servings per container. Each serving weighs 100 calories according to the nutritional label. But if we make simple math in which each fat gram equals 8 calories and each protein & carbohydrate gram equals 4 calories, we get a total of 104 calories. According to this, I have made this table of nutrition which will help us understand the healthiness amount in each Idealshake meal:
% in one Serv.
Let’s see an explanation of these values:
Fat: In one serving of Idealshake meal you will get 19.2% calories from fat.
For me, this is one of the most important ingredients. Although the USDA recommends between 20 and 30% as normal for adults, my personal top border is 20% (which complies with FDA recommendations also). So we can conclude that this fact makes Idealshake FAT SAFE.
Saturated fat. Another thing that backs this statement is the fact that Idealshake has only 1 gram of saturated fat. That puts this shake in „low“ area of saturated fat, which is very good. Also, as saturated fat is the „bad fat“ it is good to know that only 1g of total fat is saturated.
Trans fat. No trans fat at all, or very low (bellow o.5g), which is also very good!
Carbohydrates: In one serving of Idealshake you will get 10grams of Carbs or 38.5% of all calories.
Nothing special to note here except it is very good to see that there is only 1g of sugar ingredient.
Protein: The biggest amount of calories in Idealshake comes from protein (42.3% of all calories) or 11grams.
That is a fair amount for me, but those who would like to build their muscles more would certainly be happier with few more grams.
The protein in Idealshake comes as a mixture of these ingredients: whey protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, and whey protein isolate. I think it is a good to have this kind of blend with both concentrate and isolate of protein.
Fiber: 5 grams.
In the end, let’s take a look for the second most important ingredient. Why? Well, the fiber is what should keep us hunger blocked. And that is the purpose of this shake, isn't it?
5 grams of fiber equals to 20% of daily recommended value. Not too bad. This fact makes this shake as high fiber meal. The fiber comes from these hunger blocker ingredients: Slendesta & Innulin.
IdealShape Hunger Blockers
Most shakes aimed at weight loss load up on fiber to keep you full, but that has never worked well for me. I almost always ended up drinking more shakes than I was supposed to. Thankfully, that’s not the case here.
The NPD team of IdealShape shakes did a lot of research while creating the shake and determined that a combination of fiber, protein and Slendesta (a patented hunger blocking ingredient) would work better at preventing hunger than fiber alone.
Slendesta is a whole natural potato protein extract that has had no reported side effects. As a result, IdealShape is one of the industry’s top products for blocking hunger and suppressing appetite. The shakes can easily keep you full and go strong until it is time for your next shake or meal. Best of all, they keep you full using natural ingredients, something you won’t find in other weight loss shakes.
Yes, a skinny shake has to have an excellent texture and taste for me to drink it, but I also pay careful attention to the ingredients so that I know what I am putting in my body is not harmful. After looking over the list of ingredients for IdealShape, I was happy with everything I saw. Of course, you shouldn’t just take my word for it. Here is some of the actual research that I found.
According to the IdealShape website, the following are their top unique ingredients. (Keep in mind the shakes also include soy protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, and whey protein isolate, but they are in almost all weight loss shakes.)
This all natural potato extract has been shown to erase inches and get rid of weight. I believe this is truly IdealShape’s magic ingredient because it makes you feel so full after you finish it. I am also happy to report that NO adverse side effects have been reported when this product is used as directed.
Oat and Barley Beta Fiber
In weight loss, fiber has two important functions. It makes you feel fuller for longer, so you don’t consume as many calories, and it helps move fat more quickly through the digestive tract. I appreciate both. It also moderates the body’s absorption of glucose to keep your cravings for sweets under control.
Bromelain and Papain
IdealShape Bromelain and PapainFrom the pineapple and papaya respectively, these two ingredients help you body to digest all the right protein IdealShape sends your way. In addition to weight loss, they offer other health benefits.
What I Liked About IdealShape
While I liked IdealShape any way you put it, there are a few things that I wanted. First, the taste is fantastic. They are the best tasting weight loss/protein shakes that I have ever tried, especially the vanilla taste. (I like that mixing other ingredients, such as bananas and strawberries, make the shakes taste even better.) I also appreciate all the proper ingredients so that I know I am not harming my body when I swap out my meals for a shake.
Finally, I like that IdealShape shakes worked. I lost weight, and that is huge for me!
Where Can You Buy IdealShape Shakes
You can’t just run into your local store to buy IdealShape shakes. That’s why I felt like it was so important to do these reviews. So, where do you go to purchase your IdealShape shakes?
For more detailed information read my in-detail post about where to buy Idealshape Shakes.
IdealShape shakes are available on several different sites, including Amazon. However, I have found that the cheapest place to buy IdealShape shakes is on the company’s website.
In addition to being cheaper, it comes with a 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee. If you are not satisfied for any reason, you just return the product and get a refund.
Be sure to check my post for up to date IdealShape Coupon Codes in order to save some money with great discounts.
How To Use IdealShape?
Keep in mind that IdealShape is not intended to take the place of all your meals. Your body has to have real food. For a healthy lifestyle, it is suggested that you eat five small meals a day with maximum 2 of these meals being replaced with a shake by IdealShape.
There are plenty of Idealshake recipes around, so search for some on Google.
Is IdealShake Healthy & Does It Work?
According to my inspection of Idealshake nutrients above, we can conclude that Idealshake is healthy. But, it is also very important to know that too much of meal replacement shakes per day is not so healthy. As long as you take only 1 (or max 2) meals of Idealshake per day, you can say that you are on healthy path with it.
If you mix this shake with other healthy meals (rich with vegetables, fruits and lean protein) and regular physical activity, Idealshake will work for you and you will lose weight for sure. But this is easy to say. It's different when rubber meets the road!
What are you thoughts about Idealshake? Have you tried it yet?