Let’s get right to the Ideal Shape Reviews. I’m sure you have a lot of questions, why wouldn’t you?
Meal replacement shakes were thought of as fad diets a few years ago.
Honestly, they were. It was a gimmick. Companies were quick to get meal replacement shakes onto the market to compete with the smoothie explosion.
But it goes back further than that. Do you remember Carnation Instant Breakfast?
Yeah, those go way back, but let me tell you, as time has gone on companies such as IdealShape have improved on their formula’s to provide people with a good replacement meal alternative.
Meal replacement shakes have become a reliable resource for people who want to accelerate fat loss without sacrificing nutrition.
Shakes now contain substantial sources of protein and other essential nutrients.
That was Then, This is Now
Our society is increasing placing importance on products that allow us to be in better health and stay in better shape than any time in the past.
Just because we are busier than ever, we seem to have less free time between appointments doesn’t mean that we have to live on fast food.
Meal replacement shakes can provide a fast, nutritious, and tasty alternative to breakfast or lunch.
Ideal Shape’s line of meal replacement products is becoming one of the most popular brands currently on the market.
Ingredients & Nutritional Value
Meal replacement shakes are ideal for people on diets, or those that have a hard time finding good places to eat during the work day.
A meal replacement shake has the nutritional value of a meal but total calories per shake ranging only between 100 to 120 calories when made with water.
Only 25 of the calories are from fat. Isn’t that great!
The shakes are also very low in sugar. Only 1-gram per serving. Most other meal replacement shakes have between 5- and 9-grams of sugar.
Who needs the empty calories? No one needs empty calories when you can get benefits from your food.
A single serving of Ideal Shape shake (one level scoop) weighs about 29 grams.
Over one-third of that scoop contains protein or 11 grams per serving size.
Only 3-grams of total fat. There are no trans-fats at all in the product.
The total carbohydrates in a shake are 9-grams, but 5-grams of that is from dietary fiber, which is not digestible, and only 1-gram is from sugar.
That makes Ideal Shakes a prime candidate for those that need Low Carb Meal Replacement Shakes.
These values do vary slightly depending on which flavor of shake you chose.
Below is a photo of the label from the strawberry Ideal Shape meal replacement shake that I received. Sorry for the glare on the one side but below I have the percentages written out for you.
If you need more information on the product, you can visit the official IdealShape website.
Vitamins and Minerals
Ideal Shape Shakes contain 19 different vitamins and minerals. The majority of them range between 50% to 70% of the recommended daily values.
Below is a listing of the vitamins and minerals included in Ideal Shape Shakes:
- Vitamin A: 70%, improves eyesight, promotes healthy skin, and boosts immune system
- Calcium: 50%, strengthens bones and teeth and improves nerve communication
- Vitamin D: 80%, supports heart health, bone healthy, and healthy immune system
- Niacin: 70%, helps maintain healthy levels of good cholesterol
- Folate: 50%, helps regulate brain functions and improves mood
- Biotin: 70%, promotes healthy nails and skin
- Phosphorous: 30% supports bone and muscle health
- Magnesium: 50%, supports healthy kidneys and heart
- Copper: 60%, increases energy and helps healthy blood and nerve function
- Vitamin C: 90%, promotes an active immune system
- Iron: 50%, increases energy and improves blood health
- Vitamin E: 70%, helps protect the brain and liver
- Riboflavin: 70%, a metabolic agent that targets fat and increases energy
- Vitamin B6: 70%, breaks down the protein consumed daily
- Vitamin B12: 80%, promotes red blood cell production
- Pantothenic Acid: 70%, helps turn food into energy
- Iodine: 60%, supports the thyroid gland
- Zinc: 25%, supports the immune and respiratory systems
- Chloride: 4%, essential for digestive health
The All Important Taste
Ideal Shape currently sells four flavors of shakes:
Based on personal experience and other Ideal Shape reviews all taste good to excellent.
Most people like the chocolate and vanilla flavors.
I use strawberry, and I like it a lot. It has no chemical or chalky taste even when mixed with water. Of course, the shake tastes better when mixed with milk, coconut milk, or almond milk.
The milk products add a few more calories, but it also increases the nutritional benefits.
One of the reasons I purchase meal replacement shakes is the lack of time for a healthy lunch or the lack of a good lunch alternative. So I have a container at work and use water as the mixer.
It tastes great!
Where Ideal Shape shakes have some negative comments is the consistency of the shake.
Some consumers like the consistency of the shakes, but others have stopped buying the product due to the thin consistency of the shake.
Most of the complaints I saw were that the shakes were not thick enough when mixed with water.
As you will see in a video below the shake is not thin when mixed with water. I’m not sure what the people who complained were expecting?
Several people said the consistency of the shake improved when Ideal Shake is mixed with other liquids.
If this is an issue, I recommend using coconut or almond milk as a mixing agent to help thicken it up a bit.
Again, I have no problem with the product when mixed with water, but maybe that is because I realize it will be less thick than when mixed with milk or milk-like products.
In the end, it all comes down to personal preference.
If you think that a meal replacement shake should have the consistency of a milkshake, then you should probably go with another brand that adds chemicals to reach your desired consistency.
Other products just load you up carbohydrates and sugar that only satiate me for a short time.
Ideal Shape shakes stop those hunger cravings.
Many of the leading meal replacement shakes tend to use fiber to make customers feel full. Ideal Shape uses a combination of whey protein and a hunger-blocker called Slendesta to satiate hunger.
Slendesta is made from potatoes. It is a protein extract found just beneath the potato’s skin.
Slendesta makes the body produce more cholecystokinin, which satiates the body.
According to Ideal Shape, Slendesta doesn’t conflict with your body’s natural metabolism, nor does it give you anxious feelings like other hunger blockers.
Slendesta does an excellent job at hunger-curbing; there’s no doubt that Ideal Shape shakes are very effective at it.
How Long Does the Hunger Curbing Last?
People state that Ideal Shape shakes tend to curb hunger for 2- to 4-hours. Of course, each individual is different, and the length of time it controls your appetite will depend on your activity level.
Consumers who drink a shake and are not exercising or doing physical labor tended to stay full for around 3 hours.
I would agree with most of these people. When I’m at my desk, and I have an Ideal Shape shake, I don’t even start to think about food until 3 or so hours later.
If I have a shake with some leftovers, then I don’t even think of food until I get home from work.
Based on other meal replacement shakes I’ve tried and reviewed, Ideal Shape shakes have one of the longest appetite suppression time frames.
In my opinion, this is its greatest advantage over all the other meal replacement shakes.
Ideal Shape Reviews & Weight Loss Results
Since I don’t use diet shakes as a means of losing weight, but rather as a means to stay at the same weight. I looked into the other Ideal Shake reviews posted on the internet that mentioned weight loss for individuals.
People lost 5 to 7 pounds in the first 2- to 3-weeks. The rate slowed down after that initial period unless they amped up their exercise levels.
Some people lost as much as 19 pounds in 6-weeks without adjusting their exercise.
Without a doubt having an Ideal Shape shake instead of a burrito or burger every day for lunch is going to help.
Especially with the hunger-curbing effects that these shakes have.
If you want to see these testimonials, visit the Ideal Shape Website by clicking the banner below.
I talked about the cost of Ideal Shape shakes in my post blog Ideal Shape Shake if you want more information. The cost per shake is below $1.35!
The lower cost is in part because of the special deals Ideal Shape gives customers when they buy multiple container packages.
I have included some videos of a shipment of Ideal Shake I received.
The three videos show how Ideal Shape shakes are packaged and delivered to you.
How the product looks before mixing.
And a video of the shake once it has been mixed and poured into a glass ready to be consumed.
In this video, you will see some Ideal Shape shake powder mixed with water. Notice that it isn’t thin at all, and also, how well it mixes with water.
Here is the package delivered to my house.
Pros and Cons
Low in calories and low in sugar. Ideal Shape shakes contain only 100 to 120 calories and 1gram of sugar per serving – the lowest of all meal replacement shakes I have reviewed so far.
Great hunger-curbing. As we stated above, on average these shakes suppress hunger for 3- to 4-hours.
High protein levels. Ideal Shape shakes contain 11g of protein per serving. You can always add more to increase the protein level.
Low price, Ideal Shape has the lowest price of all meal replacement shakes I have reviewed. Down to about $1.35 a shake.
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee. Anytime I see a guarantee with a perishable product like meal replacement shakes; I feel confident that the company believes in the quality of their product, as well as care for their customers.
Some customers thought the shakes were too thin. I didn’t find this so.
Some didn’t like the taste; they found it too sweet which is ridiculous. And as with any product, there are going to be those that just don’t like the taste of a product, similar to why some people like Burger King over McDonalds and vice versa.
Some consumers reported of poor customer service. Looking deeper into these complaints I found that most of the complaints came from people who bought the product from Amazon and were requesting service from Ideal Shape.
This is one of the main reasons you should buy direct from Ideal Shape. Ideal Shape has no control over what Amazon or other sellers do. Ideal Shape will not provide refunds for product that is not bought directly from them.
There is one post saying that Ideal Shake label states the product contains lead. I looked the label over, and I didn’t see a warning anywhere on the jar or packaging.
Looking into this further, I found that packaging meant to be shipped to California does have a lead warning. California has some of the strictest labeling requirements in the country.
Ideal Shape says they’re required to label the canisters with the lead warning due to the Proposition 65 law in California. California is the only state that requires such labeling for compounds that are well below the USEPA action limits. Ideal shakes have less heavy metals in them than fresh produce grown in California. Labeling fresh produce is not a requirement of Prop 65.
That is all the negative feedback I found about Ideal Shape shakes.
Summary Of Our Ideal Shape Reviews
Comparing all aspects of a meal replacement shake, Ideal Shape is my favorite brand of all the ones I have tried.
Considering taste and the ability to blend and mix well with a variety of liquids all of the meal replacement shakes are about the same as the ones I have tried.
Ideal Shape is a step ahead of more than a few meal replacement shakes for the amount of protein, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that they contain.
Ideal Shape Shakes are without a doubt the best in providing hunger control. The addition of Slendesta, a natural appetite suppressant, reduces the urge to want to snack between meals.
The benefits give me the confidence to recommend Ideal Shape shakes to anyone committed to losing weight and getting in better shape.
The cost per shake is much lower than comparable competitors product. This was the first reason I looked at Ideal Shape as the other brands were biting into my budget.
If you would like to know where you can get Ideal Shape shakes, read my post Where to Buy Ideal Shape as it includes important information on how to save money and get the best deal.