My husband joined me during my second week on the diet, and as of week 3 he has also lost 10 pounds. Last box most of the packets were leaking. I find the chocolate shakes taste wonderful and not chemical. Bodybuilders may supplement their diets with protein for reasons of convenience, lower cost relative to meat and fish products , ease of preparation, and to avoid the concurrent consumption of carbohydrates and fats. Some MRPs also contain flax oil powder as a source of essential fatty acids.
While many of the claims are based on scientifically based physiological or biochemical processes, their use in bodybuilding parlance is often heavily colored by bodybuilding lore and industry marketing and as such may deviate considerably from traditional scientific usages of the terms.
In addition, ingredients listed have been found at times to be different from the contents. In , Consumer Reports reported unsafe levels of arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury in several of the protein powders that were tested. In the United States, the manufacturers of dietary supplements do not need to provide the Food and Drug Administration with evidence of product safety prior to marketing. In a CBC investigative report found that protein spiking the addition of amino acid filler to manipulate analysis was not uncommon,  however many of the companies involved challenged these claims.
The US FDA reports 50, health problems a year due to dietary supplements  and these often involve bodybuilding supplements. In addition to being potentially harmful, some have argued that there is little evidence to indicate any benefit to using bodybuilding protein or amino acid supplements.
The muscle mass increase was statistically significant but modest - averaging 0. Bodybuilders may supplement their diets with protein for reasons of convenience, lower cost relative to meat and fish products , ease of preparation, and to avoid the concurrent consumption of carbohydrates and fats.
In addition, some argue that bodybuilders, by virtue of their unique training and goals, require higher-than-average quantities of protein to support maximal muscle growth;        however there is no scientific consensus for bodybuilders to consume more protein than the recommended dietary allowance.
Protein powders are the most popular and may have flavoring added for palatability. The powder is usually mixed with water, milk or fruit juice and is generally consumed immediately before and after exercising or in place of a meal.
The sources of protein are as follows and differ in protein quality depending on their amino acid profile and digestibility:. Some nutritionists claim that osteoporosis may occur from excessive protein intake because protein can put pressure on the kidneys and lead to bone loss due to calcium leaching. Some bodybuilders believe that amino acid supplements may benefit muscle development, but consumption of such supplements is unnecessary in a diet that already includes adequate protein intake.
Prohormones are precursors to hormones and are most typically sold to bodybuilders as a precursor to the natural hormone testosterone. This conversion requires naturally occurring enzymes in the body.
Side effects are not uncommon, as prohormones can also convert further into DHT and estrogen. To deal with this, many supplements also have aromatase inhibitors and DHT blockers such as chrysin and 4-androstene-3,6,trione.
To date most prohormone products have not been thoroughly studied, and the health effects of prolonged use are unknown. Although initially available over the counter, their purchase was made illegal without a prescription in the US in , and they hold similar status in many other countries. They remain legal, however, in the United Kingdom and the wider European Union.
Their use is prohibited by most sporting bodies. Creatine is an organic acid naturally occurring in the body that supplies energy to muscle cells for short bursts of energy as required in lifting weights via creatine phosphate replenishment of ATP. A number of scientific studies have shown that creatine can improve strength,  energy,  muscle mass, and recovery times. In addition, recent studies have also shown that creatine improves brain function. Creatine increases what is known as cell volumization by drawing water into muscle cells, making them larger.
Creatine is sold in a variety of forms, including creatine monohydrate and creatine ethyl ester , amongst others. Though all types of creatine are sold for the same purposes, there are subtle differences between them, such as price and necessary dosage. Creatine monohydrate is regarded as a necessity by most bodybuilders. Creatine monohydrate is the most cost-effective dietary supplement in terms of muscle size and strength gains.
This can be accomplished by mixing powdered creatine with grape juice, lemonade, or many high glycemic index drinks. Some studies have suggested that consumption of creatine with protein and carbohydrates can have a greater effect than creatine combined with either protein or carbohydrates alone. The inhibition of exercise-induced skeletal muscle damage by HMB is affected by the time that it is used relative to exercise. Meal replacement products MRPs are either pre-packaged powdered drink mixes or edible bars designed to replace prepared meals.
MRPs are generally high in protein, low in fat, have a low to moderate amount of carbohydrates, and contain a wide array of vitamins and minerals. Some MRPs also contain flax oil powder as a source of essential fatty acids.
MRPs can also contain other ingredients, such as creatine monohydrate , glutamine peptides, L-glutamine , calcium alpha-ketoglutarate , additional amino acids, lactoferrin , conjugated linoleic acid , and medium-chain triglycerides. A sub-class of MRPs is colloquially known as "weight gainers", which are meal replacement products with a higher carbohydrate: Whereas a MRP will typically have a 0. A thermogenic is a broad term for any supplement that the manufacturer claims will cause thermogenesis , resulting in increased body temperature, increased metabolic rate, and consequently an increased rate in the burning of body fat and weight loss.
Until almost every product found in this supplement category comprised the " ECA stack ": However, on February 6, the Food and Drug Administration FDA banned the sale of ephedra and its alkaloid , ephedrine, for use in weight loss formulas. Several manufacturers replaced the ephedra component of the "ECA" stack with bitter orange or citrus aurantium containing synephrine instead of the ephedrine. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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January Learn how and when to remove this template message. From experimental data to clinical evidence in sarcopenia". HMB is widely used as an ergogenic supplement by young athletes. B; Serrano, J; Hoofnagle, J. First, you don't really need a whole 2 scoops per serving. If you only have a scoop a day, you can easily make a container last close to a month. Works for me and it tastes great. When it comes to weight loss, there is no magic potion that will cause you to lose weight.
But when I took Herbalife I lost 45lbs in 4 months. Herbalife really does curb your hunger. This is just a personal account of my own experience that I should get out there. But it certainly worked for me. So far I've only tried it mixed in with water so I don't have to deal with the extra calories that come along with milk. Even with water it tastes VERY good. So refreshing and doesn't have a protein shake or your standard meal replacement flavor.
Alot of the other flavors have 9 grams of sugar but this has only 5 for two scoops. Unofrtunately, this is only a seasonal flavor, while supplies last. And that really sucks, because it is that good. Luckily, not too many people know about this flavor so there's still a big chance to buy some more of the Mint Chocolate. I so cannot wait to have this again, which will be for dinner when I have a nutritious lunch.
Then this is perfect. A minty chocolate that --amazing--goes pretty well with pretty much any smoothie vegetables, avocadoes, etc.
I wish the product was totally organic, but then for the occasional change it's great and tasty. Like my brand this one is an 8oz bottle and I regularly purchase this product on request for a family member who drinks bottles a day. There are many other drink products available but this particular one is the Only one that is requested and it must be the Rich Chocolate Royale flavor. The local supermarket does carry this flavor but only has limited supplies and it sells out fast. I even had the store manager order me special case orders but still many of times there are out of stock issues.
I drink another brand only because my doctor suggested for me but did try this one and have to agree the taste of a rich dark chocolate is present. Like my brand this one is an 11oz bottle and goes down quickly. We use a smaller diameter straws to drink from which gives the impression that the drink last longer.
Great Flavor This is the only flavor I will drink and its hard to find in stores anymore!! I replace my morning coffee and breakfast all in one bottle!! Btw Ive lost 40 pounds with these shakes and vigorous exercise since Nov !! I've been buying this for years and love it for a quick meal I don't know what was changed with the Slim Fast Cappuccino Delight. The bottle is different, and the taste is different. In fact there is little flavor at all. It's almost like drinking water.
It's always been good in the past, but something has changed and not for the better. It's a lot of money for something with no taste. I hope next time I will get the previous version. It arrived a couple days after i ordered it.
I got the vanilla, as i figured i could always add unsweetened cocoa powder to it, if i wanted chocolate. I use it as my breakfast alternative. The taste is great, and it doesn't taste overly, chalky. I add half a banana, a handful of blueberries, a tablespoon or two of yogurt depending on how thick and creamy you want your smoothie , a handful or two of cubed ice, and a teaspoon or tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder depends on how chocolatey you want. Blend good, and voila! I only gave 4 stars; because i thought this would keep me a little fuller, until after lunch.
To my dismay my favorite brand ranked among the worst offenders. I found this one, which costs less and tastes as good. Add to that the fact that Nature's Bounty is a trusted brand, I found it easy to order and it has come to replace my former brand. The clean label project gives this powder good marks. Very chalky taste after wards 2. Not very thick as other shakes PROS: Because of the nutrional fact, will aid in weight loss if the individual eats and exercise right.
Good meal replacement 5. Keeps you full Will I continue to buy? YES because it only cost 10 bucks, will help to lose weight!! Most of the reviews where about the flavor and many reviewers just said great.
I want to be more specific than that First let me say, I am not being paid or compensated in any way for writing this review of Ideal Lean, French Vanilla. I want to be more specific than that. I am 71 years old and have gone through a lot of stress and depression, not to mention I deal with Skin Cancer and sadly, for about 3 years I pretty much neglected my body. But have been slowly taking the weight off, with other brands of Whey Protein, and Fat burners, they worked for a time.
Then this year, during my yearly physical, it showed I was border line Type 2 Diabetes. Great taste for only 80 calories especially good with Great taste for only 80 calories especially good with 8 oz of unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
This is a god-send if you are trying to lose weight, if you want a pre- or post- workout protein, or if you simply are very busy and need a quick meal. Awesome product I actually ordered this product directly off their website as it was cheaper.
After doing a bit of research online and liking what I was reading, I ventured and got their 2 pack with Vanillla and Chocolate Brownie. I actually am reordering today another 2 pack as I am now on my end of my last tubs. Flavor is great, even a tad bit on the sweet side sometimes and I am a sweets person!! At night before I go to bed, when I get hungry again or am craving sweets, I like to do a chocolate brownie and it satisfies my craving and hunger.
I find the chocolate shakes taste wonderful and not chemical I've used these HMR shakes on several occasions to lose about pounds. First found them as part of a medically supervised weight loss program 20 years ago. I find the chocolate shakes taste wonderful and not chemical. I use 70 Plus because I am lactose-intolerant. I mix them with milk and a few ice cubes and to me they taste like the Frosty's at Wendy's! I like that they are only calories and I've already lost 8 pounds! Taste great and good weight loss tool, but the new box has got to go I use these shakes to lose weight and to maintain.
I currently use per day. After 25y of blending and shaking, I've come up with the perfect double recipe for me: Strain the water into another shaker bottle. Add two packets and shake. I think that the super-cooled water makes the product taste much better. I've used a blender in the past, but this is soooo much easier and makes a shake that is easier to drink than one that is blended with ice.
I'd have given the product 5 stars except for one thing: So I'm getting g of sugar a day just from these shakes. I'll do a 1 week turbo orders the bars as well to give me that system boost to continue. Using the 2 items for 1 week, I didn't feel like I was missing anything. Cheaper than in Nutrisystem! Very good, good price for the package. Four Stars Pretty good for a shake you mix with water and a little ice.
I have been using Slim Fast for several months. The milk shakes taste good, and they do take away hunger for about 5 hrs. I have been eating one meal a day, usually at dinner, and have put myself on a calorie diet. I have to up the calorie intake when I am very active around the house or in the yard. I have lost 10 lbs. My goal is to lose 40 lbs. I do count my calories when eating a meal. I do not deprive myself of desserts completely.
I will usually eat to small bites of cake, pie, donut or whatever dessert is around. I figure out the calories roughly in those bites and include them into my daily meal.
It prevents binge eating. As someone who never eats breakfast and then ends up snacking all night or having a way-too-late mega meal, this is perfect! I purchased the Creamy Chocolate, and I mix it with 8oz unsweetened almond milk calories total. When I first tried it I was gladly surprised it did not have an artificial taste, it wasn't gritty, and even better, it kept me full well into the afternoon, so I wouldn't end up snacking like crazy of having a large meal later on.
It tastes very good and I enjoyed drinking it It tastes very good and I enjoyed drinking it. The only thing I don't like about it is that, just shaking it in a shaking glass or even with a spoon, I can't get it to dissolve completely. I'm guessing if you use a blender it would be okay.
Terrible with water Terrible with water, better with milk. I found it best to mix right before drinking, gets a little thick is mixed ahead of time.
Best tasting shake I've tried so far with no side effects! I really enjoy this! I have tried just about every meal replacement shake there is and most of them either taste gross or I get really nauseous after drinking them.
These are really tasty and I enjoy drinking them. I bought the Dutch Chocolate and the Cookies and Cream. Both are good but I prefer the Chocolate. It definitely tastes best blended with ice instead of just shaken. The only thing I would say is watch your calorie count when adding stuff to it because it's easy to get out of control without realizing it. I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 2 scoops Herbalife powder, 2 TBS sugar free jello pudding mix and ice and blend away.
It's really thick and creamy with no nasty after taste like some of the protein shakes. I tried Shakeology and immediately loved the meal replacement concept for lunch I tried Shakeology and immediately loved the meal replacement concept for lunch. I told the nutritionist that I was specifically looking for meal-replacement and I don't really have any fitness goals, and he pointed me to this Labrada product.
I originally tried the mixed pack of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate but I don't love the vanilla flavor and I've never been a huge fan of chocolate. For now, I'm sticking with strawberry only. I mix my strawberry packet with 8 oz of OJ and 4 oz of water in a blender bottle, and it tastes like a smoothie to me I honestly have no problems with the taste of this powder.
Labrada makes some of the better tasting and higher quality meal replacements Labrada makes some of the better tasting and higher quality meal replacements, and this is no exception. I love that I essentially get a refund on this purchase in the form of sample credits.
Be sure to check integrity of packets inside I have had these for years. Mix with skim milk and a banana. Last box most of the packets were leaking. One had a one inch gap at the top. The product all over the box and the other packets. A few small black bugs in the box. The box was not smashed. Must have been packaged wrong.
Ordered a replacement to see if any better. Great nutrition and very tasty I'm impressed with this product because it does not have a lot of sugars in it, it does have 30 grams of protein, and it's tasty enough to be considered "dessert-y".
I'm taking a bunch with me on vacation for at least one meal substitute a day, should help keep me on the straight and narrow clean and lean? I feel less anxious about the effects of a vacation week on my eating plan. I figure this will be a staple in my kitchen. I really like the Chocolate Ice Cream flavor, but the vanilla is definitely good too.
Haven't tried the strawberry yet, not fond of strawberry-flavored anything, even real ice cream. Best Taste and No Aspartame! Building muscle while burning fat became paramount to me while on the Body For Life program several years ago.
After being on the program for 9 months, I developed muscle for the first time in my life in addition to losing lots of fat. I attribute a great deal of my success to fueling my body with the right foods Finding the right meal replacement powder MRP for those two meals a day became almost an obsession.
I had four main criteria: Low sugar content very important to me as the more sugar I have, the more I crave it 2. High amounts of vitamins and minerals 3. Good tasting without the Aspartame I have a sensitivity to it 4.
Easy to mix--especially on the run I did a lot of research and a lot of testing. I've always been a fan of Labrada products and am Feeling like Skinny Blend is going to be the only one Feeling like Skinny Blend is going to be the only one I will be ordering going forward, good-bye Isagenix and shakes.
Skinny Blend shakes taste good not great , fill me up and give me a burst of energy. When I'm hungry, I can eat and eat and eat!!!
I get cravings crazy-intense cravings!!! Shake one up with 6oz of water, twice a day and my cravings are about gone. FYI, when you buy Skinny Blend, you don't get a shaker cup. Not a problem for me as I have at least 6 shaker cups from my Isagenix and purchases. I haven't weighed myself--holding off of the scale as I know I have gained weight during the five months I was on Isagenix.
I love skinnyblend strawberry I love skinnyblend strawberry. I've tried to many different low carb protein powders and a lot of them tastes chalky but skinnyblend does not.
I usually blend it with a few frozen berries and coconut milk but it's nice even when just blended with water. I don't stir it in a glass as I like it to be a little more "airy" which it only gets in a blender or blender bottle. The best part for me is how well my blood sugars I have been using Skinny Blend for approximately 3 weeks.
I have lost 11 pounds without really adding much exercise to my diet. I use the two shakes per day and a normal meal with my family in the evening. I can honestly say I do not feel hungry at all. My energy level has increased too.