Shakeology reviewShakeology is a nonprescription weight loss product that is sold as a shake that is to be used to replace meals in order to encourage weight loss through calorie reduction. This dieting aid is made by the company called Beachbody LLC, which is a manufacturer that produces a range of different products, primarily within this same category. It is also recognized for the highly popular Shaun T INSANITY, for the fitness program called P90x by Tony Horton, as well as the Slim in 6 diet program.

According to the official website for Shakeology, each shake contains only a paltry 140 calories, but it will replace a complete meal. At the same time, it says that it will help to promote weight loss as it cuts down food cravings and gives dieters an advantage in building lean muscle mass. On top of those benefits, it is also supposed to improve the body’s ability to effectively digest, and it is meant to increase energy levels.

There are six flavors of the Shakeology meal replacement products. These are: strawberry, tropical strawberry vegan, chocolate, vegan chocolate, greenberry, and vanilla. These are sold in boxes of 24 packets, each of which contain an individual serving. They are also sold in larger re-sealable bags that provide 30 servings. At the time of the writing of this review, both of those types of packaging were being sold for $129.99, which makes it clear that the dieters who choose the individual packets will be paying considerably more for this convenience. That said, considering that even in the cheaper format, it provides only a month supply, it is a notable price to pay to diet in with this tool.

Though there is some information available through the manufacturer’s official website for Shakeology, how it should be used, and what should be expected from its use, it never makes any specific reference to scientific study that would suggest that it has been proven that its use will actually result in weight loss.

The idea is that by replacing a meal with these products, the calorie intake in a day will automatically be reduced, because a higher calorie meal will be dropped down to the 140 calories of the shake. At the same time, the protein in the shake (which is mainly from 90 percent whey protein isolate) is supposed to digest slowly in the body so that even though the calories are few, there will still be a sensation of lasting fullness.

Hydroxycut Lean Protein Shakes

Hydroxycut Lean Protein Shakes reviewHydroxycut Lean Protein Shakes are meant to function as an appetite suppressant so that dieters will be able to enjoy a beverage for only 100 calories that will satisfy their hunger and keep it from coming back before the next meal. The idea is to assist the dieter to be able to resist overeating so that calories can be reduced without discomfort and weight can be lost.

The official website for this product calls it both “delicious” and “guilt free”. Every serving of this product provides 16 grams of low fat (2.5 g of fat) protein. As protein is filling and is digested slowly, it means that the dieter is able to keep up a full feeling for a longer period of time.

Customers that have left reviews on the official website have given this product an average of 4.7 stars out of five. Surprisingly, this is exactly the same average review (4.7 out of 5 stars) that the product has scored on Amazon. There, 90 customers have left reviews. That said, the majority of those were not verified purchases, so it is unknown whether those are real reviews or if they are reviews that were left by members of a marketing team – which is a common practice in the nonprescription weight loss industry. If this does represent genuine feedback left by real customers then this means that the product truly is good tasting and satisfying, as it claims to be.

In order to use the Hydroxycut Lean Protein Shakes according to the directions on the package, the dieter is supposed to drink one of the shakes two times every day. Ideally, they should be enjoyed a half hour ahead of the two largest meals of the day. This is meant to help a smaller amount of the meal to be more satisfying, and for that feeling of satisfaction to last longer than it usually would. It is a product that should be served cold, but that does not have to be refrigerated until after it has been opened.

This is a product that is based on dairy ingredients so while it is likely to be well tolerated by the majority of dieters, those who have sensitivities or intolerance to lactose will do well to take precautions with this product or to select something else that might be more appropriate to their needs.

Diet Fuel Protein Soup

Diet Fuel Protein Soup reviewDiet Fuel Protein Soup is a weight loss product that is meant to function as a meal replacement. The product has been designed to offer dieters an alternative to shakes so that they can have an actual meal that they know will work well within their diets but that will keep their protein levels high, giving them a better chance at keeping their hunger under control.

The flavor options are Chicken & Herb or Vegetable flavor. They are made with both whey and soy protein to help the dieter to feel as though he or she has actually consumed a meal. The goal of the Diet Fuel Protein Soup is to provide a fast and easy option that avoids potentially fat and sugar filled alternatives.

According to the manufacturer, USN (Ultimate Sports Nutrition), these soups also help to provide the user with added fiber, a good source of protein, and an easy meal option that won’t break their diet. The official website calls these proteins soups delicious and nutritious and hot, instead of a cold shake or a room temperature bar.

The directions on the official website say that when following an energy (calorie) restricted diet, Diet Fuel Protein Soup and other meal replacements from the company, such as the Whey & Oats protein porridge, can replace up to two daily meals. They claim that this can help with safe and dramatic weight loss.

That said, it is important to consult with a doctor before starting a diet with products such as this, which are designed to replace full meals, as this can not only cause many dieters to struggle with overall nutrition but it can also mean that once the product is no longer being used, weight will come back on very quickly because “normal” food will be a shock to the system and to the metabolism.

When looking at the ingredients, many dieters may become somewhat concerned, as the ingredients list is exceptionally long, with dozens of different substances that make it up. Moreover, many of those ingredients are chemicals, thickeners, gelling agents, and flavor enhancers. A very small fraction of the ingredients are foods that are recognizable and that would be found in the average pantry. This makes it even more important for anyone considering the use of this product to speak with a doctor in order to make sure that vitamin and mineral deficiencies will not result from the regular use of this soup for up to two meals each day.

Is Your High Protein Diet Putting Your Life at Risk?

High Protein Diet DangersWhile there is no question that protein is an essential part of a healthy balanced diet, studies are finding that too much protein could do you more harm than good. For instance, if your diet includes more animal-based protein than protein that comes from plants, a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has found that this could cause as much harm to your health as smoking.

The study involved 6, 381 participants from the U.S., who were 50 years of age or older. It was discovered that participants who were under 65 and who regularly ate plenty of meat, dairy and eggs, were four times as likely to die from diabetes or cancer. Interestingly enough, the study also found that for those who were over the age of 65, a high protein diet reduced death from cancer by 60% and death from any cause by 28%.

When you take what this study has found into consideration and you think about the number of renowned and touted low-carb and high protein diets that are popular on the diet market, such as Atkins, the Dukan Diet, Paleo, etc., you may have a moment of pause. While weight loss diets that emphasize a dramatic decrease of carbohydrates and encourage you to eat lots of protein could turn out to be great for trimming your waistline, at the same time, they could be hazardous to your health. Thus, even if following these diets results in weight loss, will you have paid for these results by taking years off your life?

This might leave you wondering – how much protein should you consume in a day? According to U.S. researchers from the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California, a person should consume a maximum of 0.8g of protein per day for 1 kilogram of body weight. For instance, a person who weighs 60kg, should consume no more than 48g of protein per day. Essentially, protein should not make up more than 10% of your daily caloric intake. Furthermore, it is best if the majority of ingested protein came from plant-based source.

A high protein diet is only as good as the type of protein consumed.That being said, if you are a meat lover, you don’t have to panic. Limiting the amount of animal protein you eat does not mean you have to become a vegetarian or vegan to be healthy. All it means is that you should eat less meat and eat more plant-based protein. You can still enjoy your favorite foods; just do it in moderation.

The Protein Express Diet Review

The Protein Express Diet reviewThe Protein Express Diet is a low carbohydrate and high protein diet plan. It is a diet book that focuses on providing dieters, who lead busy lifestyles and who are prone to choosing fast food or pre-made meals, with quick and easy food preparation solutions that will help them achieve rapid weight loss. The book contains tips and strategies that dieters can use on their own or they can apply them to other low carb and low fat diets.

This weight loss plan emphasizes adding protein to your diet to help you shed pounds and keep them off. Adding protein to your diet can boost lean muscle and promote weight loss. That said, the diet’s author recommends dieters substitute meals with supplements and protein shakes. While this may potentially result in weight loss, it would only be for the short-term. In other words, what is lost will come back. This diet is not ideal for anyone seeking weight management for the long-term.

The Protein Express Diet provides a 5-step plan for achieving rapid weight loss, instructions on how to make nutritious, easy and affordable high protein meals, and explains the roles of fat, carbohydrates, protein and the hormone insulin. In addition, the plan provides information about exercise. Furthermore, there is also a section regarding thermal weight loss techniques in terms of how exercising in cold temperatures can increase thermogenesis, which causes your core temperature to rise and can lead to more calorie and/or fat burning. Aside from this information, none of which is unique or revolutionary, no new dietary recommendations are provided.

There is no clinical proof that you will lose weight following this diet plan. There are no scientific studies or research associated with this diet that can serve as evidence that it is effective for weight loss. Furthermore, the individual who is behind this diet, M. R. Ford, is not a nutritional expert, dietician or doctor. Ford is just your average dieter who happened to lose weight over the years through trial and error. There is absolutely nothing ground breaking or even remarkable about this diet.

At the time of this review, the Protein Express Diet does not have an official website. The book “The Protein Express Diet: Rapid Weight Loss with a Simplified Low Carb, High Protein Diet” is sold for less than three dollars at reputable third party websites, such as Amazon. It has received mixed feedback from consumers and several negative customer reviews.