Meal replacement shakes come with the promise that if you drink them, you can lose that weight fast! Let’s find out if these shakes deliver on their promise.
As discussed on WebMD’s article Diet Shakes: Sipping to Slimness:
Australian researchers writing in the Journal of Nutrition found that diet shakes, also called meal replacements, were just as effective for producing weight loss when compared with conventional, structured weight loss diets. However, study subjects using diet shakes were more positive about dieting in general, rating their eating plan more favorably for its convenience than those on the regular food diet. That may be just the motivation some people need to diet.
This study proves that the best diet shakes are indeed effective for weight loss. They are easy to prepare and are extra convenient to those who use them. They are also useful when you have trouble knowing what to prepare to help you lose those extra pounds. There are a lot of shakes out there so we’ve rounded up a few to review so that we can help you make your decision.
Below are our five best diet shakes that are ranked based on ingredients, taste, appetite suppression and price.
This shake uses Slendesta and fiber for hunger suppression.
Slendesta has Cholecystokin in it, which is a hormone that tells you that you are full. The hunger suppression lasts for about 3-4 hours.
The shake has 50% of your Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of 20 different minerals and vitamins and 11g of protein per serving.
You can buy the shake for only $1.33 per serving. That’s a real steal when you compare it to other similar shakes. IdealShape has four different flavors including vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and mocha.
GNC Total Lean
This shake has 24 minerals and vitamins with 25g of protein, making it excellent in the nutrition department. In terms of appetite suppression, it uses soluble and dietary fiber. These fibers help you to feel full until your next meal but it might not fill you up from the very beginning.
A tub is $49.99 but is only 16 servings so you are paying about $2.80 per serving. This is still a decent price but can be considered on the high price range.
The chocolate flavor was okay but a little gritty.
Isagenix Isalean Shake
Isagenix uses chromium and fiber for suppression of appetite. The appetite suppression won’t last as long as other shakes but it will still fill you up somewhat. It also has a great balance of vitamins and minerals.
Because it has 24g of protein, you are going to want to have a workout routine going. It costs about $52 for a 14-day supply or approximately $3.71 per serving. This is very expensive.
The taste is very good but this is probably due to the high sugar content. The chocolate flavor is especially good. However, there is still that inevitable aftertaste which the best diet shakes tend to avoid.
The consistency of this diet shake is very thick because of the protein and fiber in it. If you drink an entire shake, you will definitely feel full for at least a couple hours.
The shake has more than 50% of your RDI because it is filled with minerals and vitamins. With 160 calories per serving, it also contains nutrients like wheat and barley grass. The fiber content is hard to beat and it has all sorts of superfoods.
If you’re on a budget, this shake is not for you. For 30-days, this shake will cost you $129.95 or approximately $4.33 per serving. That makes it one of the priciest shakes on the market. The flavors for Shakeology include vanilla, chocolate, vegan chocolate, strawberry and green berry. Do not get the green berry. If you go with this shake, get the chocolate.
ViSalus VI-Shape Shake
This shake has very little fiber in it but enough that it can fill you up. The shake has 12 grams of protein, which is acceptable for a meal replacement shake. It has 30% RDI of your vitamins and minerals which is okay but not great. However, a great feature of this shake is that it has 0g of sugar and only 90 calories per serving.
The shakes cost about $1.50 per serving but they sell their appetite suppression separately.
If you want to make your weight loss program simpler, then a diet shake may be the right move for you but be sure to pair it with exercise and a healthy diet otherwise. Please use the aforementioned reviews to make your decision about which meal replace would be your best option. Happy shaking!