Today we’re talking about a great fitness program called IdealShape. The product is sold as an entire package, but you can easily just pick individual items like their meal replacement shake. This review is a little longer than most because first, they’ve received the highest score we’ve ever given at MRSR, and they have a pretty big product package to cover!
Let’s start with the bread and butter. Their meal replacement shake comes in a 30 serving tub. At $39.99 – $49.99 that means you’re paying from about $1.33 to $1.66 per meal which is a steal. I tend to like protein mixes for various reasons, and the number one being is the cost per meal is usually pretty low. In the price category, anything under $1.50 per meal is going to get a 10 on value from us, and these guys hit below that line on their best value.
Alright, next we have the hunger blockers. IdealShape uses a combination of three main hunger blockers. Slendesta® is a extract from potatoes. Basically this one has your brain release CCK (Cholecystokinin) into your body which is just the hormone that tells you that you are full. They also throw in oat bran and barley beta fiber which are very dense so they help actually fill you up physically. It’s a great combination and from our tests we noticed that it did the job. One shake and we were doing awesome until the next meal. IdealShape is 2 for 2 on the 10′s. Not only were we not hungry but many of us commented that we felt more energized.
That’s brings us to the next section. Nutritionally, this shake is a powerhouse. Each serving contains over 50% of the RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) and that’s good news for anyone using this shake to supplement any sort of exercise regimen. Sometimes when you come into contact with shakes they just put in enough nutrients to replace the one meal, which is fine when it comes to calories and fat, and sugars, but what about the good stuff? The kind that increases energy and promotes general health? Let’s get some more of that, which is exactly what these guys did! With only 100 calories and 2 grams of sugar, we settled on a 9.7 under the nutrition side.
Last, but certainly not least comes the flavor. The IdealShape shake comes in two basic flavors milk chocolate or vanilla. It’s hard to ask for variety when overall these two flavors are the ones that are always going to sell best, but we’re going to go ahead and do it. IdealShape, get some more flavors! We say this not because we didn’t like the shake, but actually the opposite. Their Milk Chocolate and Vanilla (Chocolate was the preferred flavor for most of the staffers) were delicious, and we would love to see what they could do with a Berry or some other fruit flavor. Not only were the two flavors they offered some of the tastiest we’ve come across, but if you’re feeling a little bored of drinking the shake constantly, Carla Meine, the CEO of IdealShape, runs a free site where she incorporates their shakes into other delicious recipes! It’s a terrific idea, (I tried her carrot cake recipe and it was just awesome) and it definitely earns them some bonus points on flavor. Subtracting a few points for want of more variety, then adding a few back on for the recipes, we’ve settled with a 9.5 on flavor, which is still the highest ranking we’ve ever given!
The program they offer is, as far as we’ve seen, uniquely their own. The very base package comes with an eBook, the shake, and something they call “Audio Brain Food”. The eBook is a great guide for anyone looking to incorporate a nutritional/fitness plan into their diet. Carla Meine’s site also gives you some recipes to follow and daily meal plans that she has logged into DailyBurn (another terrific FREE resource for you guys)
I’ve covered the shake pretty thoroughly, but now we come to the ‘Audio Brain Food’. I have to admit that I was pretty skeptical about this part when I first tried it out, but I quickly found it to be one of my favorite parts of their program. They talk about self-hypnosis, but basically, it’s a really encouraging CD that has 4 different tracks that you can listen to it. After listening to the CD you feel like you can do anything, and it provides some excellent motivation to help change negative behaviors which is always nice. I got the 30-day risk free trial and planned on sending it back after we finished the review, but honestly I just couldn’t part with it! It’s a great product and I’ve currently ordered month 2!
Update: Okay, so we let IdealShape know what we thought of their product and they were so excited with the praise that they are offering a special deal to all MRSR.com readers! So go ahead and check out their meal replacement shakes. Follow that link and use MRSR as a coupon code to get $5 OFF any product package that contains their meal replacement shake. We do it because we love you.