What We Really Think About IdealShape
Many of us know that diet and exercise are good, but have to constantly fight with our own selves to do either one of those. Sounds familiar? Then you came to a right place as we are about to discuss the benefits and the shortcomings of meal replacement shakes from IdealShape.
Meal replacement shakes are all the rage now with more and more people turning to them to help them get all the needed ingredients, save time, and get in better shape.
Meal replacement shakes can definitely be a good part of weight loss plan, help with dedication, staying on track, and ensure the adequate intake of all vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and protein. They can’t, however, replace all your meals, so take caution and don’t abuse them.
What ingredients can you expect to find in the IdealShape shakes?
Each shake contains multiple vitamins, minerals, good amount of protein, less than 110 calories, and 1-2 grams of sugar, making it a great option. Vegan shakes use Stevia and regular shakes use sucralose for sweetening.
Each shake also has 11-12 grams of whey protein and 5 grams of fiber, so it is definitely sufficient amount to replace a meal and still ensure muscle development and hunger management.
Vitamins, minerals, and what each is good for:
- Sodium – blood pressure and nervous system function
- Vitamin A – eyes, skin, immune system, red blood cell production
- Potassium – muscle health, blood pressure
- Calcium – bones, muscle movement, nerve communication
- Vitamin D – bones, immune system
- Vitamin B – nerves, muscles, heart
- Niacin – healthy cholesterol production
- Folate – reduces tiredness and fatigue
- Biotin – nails, skin, hair
- Phosphorus – bones
- Magnesium – blood pressure, bones, heart rhythm
- Copper – energy, youthfulness
- Vitamin C – immune system, cancer prevention
- Iron – blood, nerves, gives energy
- Vitamin E – antioxidant
- Riboflavin – helps metabolize fats, carbohydrates, and protein
- Vitamin B6 – protein digestion
- Vitamin B12 – brain and nervous system
- Pantothenic Acid or Vitamin B5 – treats many diseases
- Zinc – immune system
- Chloride – digestion system
In addition to all those vitamins and nutrients, each shake has patented potato protein Slendesta, which helps suppress hunger for 3 hours. This protein is extracted from potato skins and is natural. Slendesta causes the release of hormone Cholecystokinin, which is responsible for the digestion of protein and fat we receive with meals. When this hormone is present it triggers the feeling of fullness. Some research has been done to back these claims, but it is far from conclusive, so more work is needed in the future to establish strong correlation.
What flavors of shakes are available?
The shakes come in 15 flavors, most of which are 100 calories, except for cinnamon bun, which has 110. You can choose from chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mocha, chocolate peanut butter, cookies and cream, salted caramel, chocolate cream pie, orange cream, mint chocolate chip, key lime pie, egg nog, banana cream pie, and chocolate coconut.
This is what we liked best when it comes to taste:
We feel that even people who are not big fans of chocolate flavored drinks will enjoy this one because of how gentle it is.
- Chocolate Peanut butter
Find us a person who doesn’t like chocolate peanut butter cups! The shake really tastes like that, especially if pared with milk or almond milk instead of simple water, which is what we used with all the flavors just to see how it tastes with the most basic ingredient.
- Orange Cream
It tastes like orange cream Popsicle even with water, so imagine the tasty combination it would make with milk.
We might be biased here because strawberry is our favorite flavor, so yes - we loved it even if it felt a little thin and watery.
All coffee lovers rejoice as this flavor is rich, thick, and is sure to wake you up!
We have no complaints about any of the flavors, but the above ones stood out best. Taste is definitely why IdealShape shakes are very popular and known in the industry.
The shakes come in powder that can be mixed with water, milk, or milk substitutes of choice. They all are creamy and sweet, kind of like healthy desserts – definitely pleasantly tasting.
Some people complain about thin watery consistency, but we haven’t experienced it even mixing the powder with water, let alone milk. You should make sure to get proportions right.
IdealShape shakes come with a book of recipes with ideas how you can make customized shakes with other ingredients in addition to the powder. We loved adding frozen fruit to strawberry shake, so use your imagination. Make sure to use a shaker cup for blending the shakes if you don’t want to see any lumps. Blenders work best if you plan to add any other ingredients.
Do the shakes have any side effects or cause allergies?
It is very important to understand that every time you introduce something new to your diet, you should start slow and be careful. Some users complained about light stomach pains for the first couple of days. We haven’t experienced anything like that.
When you start replacing your meals with these shakes, your body will miss the calories and you might struggle with hunger at first. Give yourself some time to adjust and you’ll be fine. To keep your energy up, replace some meals, not all. The shakes are not designed to replace all food because calorie intake is way too low then. We love those shakes for breakfast and as healthy snack.
When it comes to allergies, you should read the ingredient list and make sure you are not allergic to whey protein, milk, or soy. All shakes are gluten-free, except Cookies and Cream.
What are some pros?
- Long shelf life
- Shakes are individually packaged
- Each shake has loads of vitamins, nutrients, and protein
- Naturally sweet
- 15 flavors to choose from
- Shakes block hunger with the help of Slendesta
- Affordable at $1.50 per shake
- Low calories, high protein
- Easy to mix
What are some cons?
- Can taste a bit grainy and watery
- Can be very sweet for some people
- Shakes contain some artificial sweeteners
- Customer service department needs some improvement
Where can you buy IdealShape shakes?
The best place to find all flavors is the company’s website. You can order packages with 30 shake pouches for $39.99 or 60 pouches for $89.95.
IdealShape offers various promotions on a daily basis, such as Buy 2, get 1 free or extra bonus, so there are some savings to be had on top of already very good price.
In conclusion, we absolutely recommend IdealShape shakes 1-2 times per day. The results vary, but if you combine them with some exercise and healthy diet, you are bound to lose some serious weight. They taste good, are not expensive, and make your life easier as making them takes no more than 2 minutes. Enjoy!