IdealShape is a weight loss shake that several people have recently asked about so I thought it would make a good review. The shake has been around for a while and its active ingredient is said to be something called”Slendesta.” Does the Idea Shake work? Is it legit? In this review, I'll look at its ingredients and nutrition information and along the way, try to give you better insights as to whether, the shake can benefit your weight loss goals. If you were curious about the Ideal Shake, I hope this review helps.
IdealShape or Ideal Shake?
If you search online for this product you may have been a bit confused because some people call it the Ideal Shake and others call it IdealShape. To be clear, IdealShape is the name of a company called IdealShape LLC. The company was founded by David Meine, a writer and motivational speaker. His personal site is DavidMeine.com. He's the author of several books which you can see here.
The idea of the company is that each of us has his or hers “ideal shape.” The company offers a variety of supplements, including bars, weight loss drinks and fat burners. The Ideal weight loss Shake is what I've know the company most for and that will be the focus of this review. I'll use both names interchangeably in this review.
IdealShape LLC is located at 921 W 500 N, Lindon, UT 84042. The Better Business Bureau gives the company a rating of A+ at the time I wrote this review. Here's the Better Business Bureau file if you want to see it. Do see the BBB file for updates and more information.
Ideal Shake Nutrition Facts
Each container of Ideal Shake has 30 servings. From the label, each scoop of the Ideal Shake equals 31 grams (that's about 1 ounce). Each scoop has 100 calories and 30 of those calories comes from fat. The shake has the following nutrition information:
|Nutrient||Amount Per Serving||Percent Daily Value|
|Total Fat||5 grams||5% DV|
|Saturated Fat||3 grams||5% DV|
|Trans Fat||0 grams||N/A|
|Cholesterol||20 milligrams||7% DV|
|Sodium||270 milligrams||11% DV|
|Potassium||260 milligrams||7% DV|
|Total Carbohydrates||11 grams||4% DV|
|Dietary Fiber||5 grams||20% DV|
In the table above, “N/A” means that no Daily Value has been determined yet for that particular nutrient. Now let's take a closer look at what these ingredients tell us.
How Much Fat in IdealShape?
From the Nutrition Facts table we know that each serving (each scoop) of the Ideal Shake has 100 calories. They also tell us that 30 of those calories come from fat. Knowing the calories from fat doesn't really tell us much but we can us that information to figure out something better – the percent of fat that the shake actually is. Here's how to do this:
Fat Calories / Total Calories X 100
30 fat calories / 100 total calories = 0.3. Now, if we multiply 0.3 X 100 = 30%
Answer. Each serving of the Idea Shake is 30% fat.
Technically, that makes it “high” in fat by FDA guidelines.
FDA guidelines state that anything that is 20% or more is “high” and anything that is 5% or less is “low.” Remembering these guidelines let you quickly analyze the Nutrition Facts label of any food/supplement in the US.
Basically this means that each Ideal Shake contributes 30% (or about 1/3) of the total fat that we are allowed to eat per day. I think knowing the percentage of fat that a food is is more useful than knowing how many fat calories is in the food.
I think the FDA believes this too because rumors are that when the food label is revamped, calories from fat will be removed from the Nutrition Facts label.
The Ideal Shake has 3 grams of saturated fat. This contributes only 5% of our saturated fat content. Because it's 5%, this makes the Ideal Shake “Low” in saturated fat.
While this is good, most of the fat in the shake does come from saturated fat. I say this because each scoop has 5 grams of total fat. Of those 5 grams, 3 of them come from saturated fat.
Keep in mind that the Ideal Shake is still “low,” in fat/saturated fat (it doesn't provide much of either), I thought this was worth bringing up in case it matters to anyone. It's up to each person to judge how valuable this information is for her/him.
What About Trans Fats?
Trans fats are created when saturated fats are made. Food label guidelines allow foods to be listed as containing “zero trans fats” when they have less than 0.5 grams of trans fats per serving. Because of this loop hole, I often read the ingredients list and when I see words like “hydrogenated” and “partially hydrogenated” that is often a tip off that the food/supplement has some trans fats, even though its not at the level that makes the company actually tell us they are present
I looked through the ingredients in the Ideal Shake and I did not see these words. Therefore, I think the Ideal Shake really has no trans fats. That's good.
Here are all the ingredients so you can see them for yourself:
|Whey protein concentrate||Whey protein isolate||Soy protein isolate||Maltodextrin|
|Sunflower oil creamer||Cocoa powder||Inulin||Potato protein extract|
|Dicalcium phosphate (calcium)||Natural & artificial flavor||Salt||Magnesium oxide (magnesium)|
|Cellulose gum||Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)||Sucralose||Xanthan gum|
|Vitamin E||Copper gluconate (copper)||Biotin||Ascufame potassium|
|Potassium choloride (potassium)||Niacinamide (Niacin)||Vitamin A palmatate||Calcium pantheonate (pantothenic acid)|
|Electrolytic iron (iron)||Bromalen||Papain||Amylase|
|Zinc oxide (zinc)||Cholecalciferol (vitamin D)||Pyridoxine HCL (vitamin B6)||Thiamin Hydrochloride (Thiamin)|
|Riboflavin||Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)||Folic acid||Potassium iodide (iodine)|
Read the ingredients table above from left to right. That will tell you which is present the most and least. Ingredients at the top /front of the list are present the most. Those at the end/bottom of the list are present the least.
Because ingredients lists can be overly complicated, I also put their more common name in parentheses. For example, notice the ingredient “dicalcium phosphate” in the 3rd row. Dicalcium phosphate is a fancy way of referring to the mineral, calcium.
Protein In Ideal Shake
Each scoop of the Ideal Shake provides 11 grams of protein. That's not bad although, personally, I wish it provided a bit more. That's because protein can help preserve muscle during dieting.
The protein comes from what they call the “IdealShape Protein Blend.” This is composed of the following ingredients:
- Whey protein concentrate
- Whey protein isolate
- Soy protein isolate
I've listed them, in order, as they occur on the label. Remember ingredients are listed from most to least. So the IdealShape weight loss Shake has the most whey protein concentrate and the least soy protein isolate.
Concentrate vs. Isolate. A concentrate contains the protein as well as other ingredients. An isolate is a form that is said to better “isolate” certain things. For example, whey protein isolate, better isolates just the whey protein. Whey protein concentrate contains whey protein as well as casein protein and other ingredients too. While some feel isolate is a better way to go, I don't think this is always so because milk, soy etc. is more than just its protein content.
While it's good that IdealShape has some protein (yes, I wish it was a bit more), I don't think the protein is it's main active ingredient. I feel its the fiber in the shake. Let's discuss that now.
Each serving of the Ideal Shake has 5 grams of fiber. This gives us 20% of our Daily Value (20% of the amount of fiber we are supposed to have per day) so that makes this a “high fiber” shake. The fiber comes from what they call the “IdealShape Hunger Blocking Blend.” This is a combination of these two ingredients:
- Potato protein extract
This a fiber that is often added to foods and supplements as way to bump up the fiber content. Inulin is also a prebiotic. That means the the healthy probiotic bacteria inside of us eat inulin (they got to eat something right?). Other supplements I looked at that also contain inulin include:
Inulin is also found by itself on Amazon (click to see the products).
Can it help weight loss? On the surface, it makes some sense because as a fiber, it might fill us up and prevent overeating. There hasn't been much research on inulin as far as weight loss is concerned so it's hard to say either way.
Potato Protein Extract
Potato protein extract is the Slendesta ingredient you may have heard of. Slendestra is a tip off that this ingredient is supposed to help make us slender. This is what I believe may be the main active ingredient in the IdealShape Shake.
Slendesta is a trademarked name and refers to a compound called Proteinase Inhibitor II (“PI2”) which is found in potato skins.
The company that holds the patent on Slendesta is called Kemin Industries. I thought I'd mention this as you may see their name showing up if you decide to research Slendesta on your own.
It's said that Slendesta (PI2) works by inhibiting an a hormone called cholecystokinin (CCK). CCK, in turn is said to play a role in making us not want to eat as much.
Because the potato protein extact (Slendestra) is part of a blend, they don't have to tell us how much of this ingredient is in the IdealShape weight loss shake. This may be a problem because if we knew how much it had, we could compare this to what research shows might help people lose weight.
To support the weight loss benefits of potato protein extract, on Slendesta.com, the actual website of the product, it's stated that there are “Clinical studies conducted with Slendesta with over 400 participants.” Unfortunately when I looked, the product website did not list supporting studies. I wanted to see the research for myself. So I searched online for these phrases:
- Slendesta weight loss research
- Potato protein extract weight loss
While I was not able to locate the research human studies, I did find a mouse study on potato extract and weight loss. This may or may not be the slendesta ingredient.
The makers of Slendestra have applied to the European Union for the ability to make a weight loss claim on products. I did locate a review of Slendesta by the European Food Safety Association (EFSA), which denied the authorization of the food claim.
The EFSA found 4 studies on Slendesta but basically said the evidence did not conclusively show that it worked. That appears to be because the studies had some issues with how they were conducted.
Kemin, the maker of Slendesta, fired back with their own review of the research which you can read here if you like.
Slendesta was also said to be the active ingredient in the Full Bar which was developed by weight loss surgeon Michael Snyder, MD. I remember seeing the Full Bar in Bed Bath and Beyond stores.
Either way you look at it, if Slendesta really works, then its own research appears to show that it would take at least 30 mg. I don't know how much Slendesta is in IdealShape. I'll assume that it's at least 30 mg.Here is Slendesta on Amazon
Enzymes in IdealShape
The ingredients list tells us that the shake also contains a variety of enzymes. They are, in order as they appear on the ingredients list:
Honesty, I don't believe these contribute anything to the effectiveness of the shake. They won't hurt anyone and if you have digestion problems, maybe they help some. But, as for weight loss, I don't see any proof of it.
Is IdealShape Gluten Free?
Yes, the label states there is no gluten in IdealShape shake. By FDA guidelines, foods/supplements can claim to be gluten free if they have less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten. Here are the gluten free FDA guidelines.
IdealShape Side Effects
I don't see anything in the shake that I would consider “bad” or not safe for healthy people. I think for healthy people, its fine. As for side effects, it's possible the inulin might cause people to pass gass (burp and fart) a bit more than usual. That's due to the gas given off by probiotic bacteria as they eat the inulin. While some may not like that the shake has some soy, I personally would not worry about it.
Soy contains compounds called goitrogens which inhibit thyroid hormone production. If you have a thyroid problem, it's theoretically possible that this may reduce your production of thyroid hormone. How much of a problem this is for those with hypothyroidism, I don't know. For those who are concerned about thyroid hormone levels, just separate IdealShape from when you take your thyroid medication by about 2 hours. I think that should stop any interaction from occurring. That said, many healthy foods can also have goitrogens. For example, broccoli also inhibits thyroid hormone production.
Is IdealShape Healthy?
I think the IdealShape weight loss shake is healthy as long as it does not replace most of the food you eat per day. If people use it as a 100% replacement for food, then I say that is not healthy.
If, on the other hand, the shake is used to replace one or two meals per day – AND the person still eats a healthy dinner, then I think its ok. For the record, by “healthy dinner” I mean a meal that contains fruits, vegetables, lean protein and is not fried. Look at how the Food Plate is arranged and you will know what I'm talking about.
As I was writing this review I came across several different recipes for the Ideal Shake. While it can be fun to try new things, always make sure you look at the calories that these recopies will have. The Ideal Shake only has 100 calories. Any recipe that makes the shake 400 calories is probably not a good recipe if you ask me.
By adding fruit etc. to the shake – even though this is healthy -it will bump up the calories to a degree. Remember, it's a reduction in calories that causes weight loss. Even if Slendesta really works, it won't be enough to overcompensate for eating too many calories.
How To Return It?
If you order from IdealShake.com, the product comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. To do this, call the company toll free at 800-515-0896. You must get a return merchandise number (RMA number) which must accompany the product (on the outside of the box) before you return it.
If you buy IdealShape from Amazon, they will have their own return policy. The price may be different too.
How Much Does IdealShape Cost?
When I checked the product website, one container cost $49.99 and they were including a shaker bottle. There were also various other prices depending on how many were purchased at a time.
Does IdealShape Work?
I didn't try the IdealShape weight loss shake so I can't say for sure how it tastes of if it works. What I can say is that the ingredients, to a degree, make some sense. Those ingredients being the fiber and the protein. While IdealShape contains a specific ingredient from potatoes (Slendesta), I'm still not willing to put all my eggs in that basket yet. In other words, the Slendesta ingredient can't hurt but whether it adds significantly to the effects, I'm just not sure yet. If it really works, I think it has to be combined with eating fewer calories and of course exercise for healthy weight loss. For the person who does that, I think IdealShape might just help.
Here is IdealShape on Amazon if you want to see what others are saying.