If you don’t have time to cook a healthy meal when trying to lose weight or you need something quick, healthy and fast – weight loss shakes can be a great solution!
Weight loss or meal replacement shakes have gained popularity nowadays as more and more people are busy and need a healthy and quick meal – and weight loss shakes have it all. Although weight loss shakes are not magic, with steady commitment and determination they will do wonders. Plus weight shakes are quick, portable if you need to eat on the run, and are full of essential vitamins and minerals, together with added fibre and calcium that your diet may not always include!
And if you are looking for a fast low calorie breakfast – you can’t go past weight loss shakes!
Why Try Weight Loss Shakes instead of Dieting?
Everyone is busy. And when you are so time poor, it is tempting to skip a meal or grab a hand full of chocolate biscuits…I started having weight loss shakes for breakfast about three months ago and it has been fantastic. It’s easy, I’m full and, well it’s easy! So for me personally I have them for convenience and if I lose a kilo or so every month – that’s awesome too.
Fitting the shakes to suit your lifestyle is the best long-term plan!
More Reading: List of Keto Weight Loss Shakes
What Exactly Are Weight Loss Shakes?
But first things first, what exactly are weight loss shakes or meal replacement shakes? Weight loss shakes are a powder that you add either cold water or skim milk to make a smoothie. These smoothies can replace one or two meals per day. The meal replacement shakes are low in calories, are full of fibre and therefore are filling.
Most weight loss shakes are protein based and are made on either dairy milk powder or soy-based powder, but there are dairy-free versions now on the market – as well as gluten-free and vegan weight loss shakes – so there is a shake out there that will suit you and your dietary requirements. The shakes are made with as little kilojoules as possible – ensuring that you ingest fewer calories, and therefore lose weight.
The average person requires approximately 8700 kilojoules per day to maintain current weight. When using weight loss shakes, you are reducing those kilojoules to 1800 – 2500 kilojoules per day. With that calorie deficit, your body enters ‘ketosis’ where your body has no choice but to use fat as a fuel – and then weight loss is ensured.
However – if you reduce the amount of fuel your body needs so much that you are tired and cannot maintain your current activity levels, then the weight loss shakes may not work.
If you are planning on embarking on this kind of weight-loss method, we’ve got you covered. We enlisted here some of the best weight loss shake options you can include in your diet. Some of our Askers even attested to these when we asked about this at our Ask SAHM page.
More Reading: Review of The Lady Shake Weight Loss Shake
What to Look for in a Weight Loss Shake
Weight loss shakes are all slightly different and will suit different people – the trick is to find the one right for you.
Taste is SOOOOOOO Important!
Yep, that’s why we have this reason first! One of the most important factors is taste because let’s face it – if the weight loss shake tastes terrible, you are certainly not going to drink it on a regular basis. We always recommend (if you can) seeing if you can try a sample of each to see which suits you the best.
We here at Stay at Home Mum thought the Optifast was the best tasting of the lot although it does contain a fair bit of sugar. The second best tasting shake was The Lady Shake. Jody from the office described The Lady Shake taste as:
“Like eating a slightly watered-down version of a chocolate mousse – still thick, but drinkable chocolate mousse.”.
We also found that the coffee flavoured shakes were probably the nicest of the lot.
The Sugar Content of Weight Loss Shakes
Another option is the sugar content. Many weight loss shakes contain a whole lot of sugar – so check the side of the box. Sure, sugar might make the shake taste a whole lot nicer, but sugar is what we are trying to avoid. You want the shake to taste good but at the same time have a low or no sugar content.
The shake with the lowest sugar content we looked at was The Lady Shake, which we love because it also has a five-star health star rating.
Fibre Content (ie Is it Filling Enough!)
Fibre content is important too because fibre makes you feel fuller. You don’t want to replace a meal with a shake, then be hungry an hour later and go scoff a whole apple pie with custard and ice cream – it defeats the purpose. So fibre, fibre, fibre!
Even adding a teaspoon or two of Benefiber to your morning coffee can assist to get that bit of extra fibre in your diet (you can’t taste it or even detect it in coffee!). You can pick up Benefiber from the supermarket or your local chemist.
The Quality of The Ingredients
Sure, buying weight loss shakes from the supermarket or chemist is super convenient – and probably cheaper too – but do they contain all your body needs to function properly whilst on a diet? Well maybe at a minimum.
With the ranges of weight loss shakes available now, you can have the options for clean and green, keto-friendly, gluten-free or made from only local ingredients if that is important to you. If this is a non-negotiable for you – look for the smaller, more boutique weight-loss shake brands such as 180 Nutrition or Pro Define.
The more boutique brands of weight loss shake contain the quality ingredients your body will love you for – and they usually taste fantastic too.
And lastly, price. With weight loss shakes we do find that you do get what you pay for. The lower costing shakes and shakes you pick up at the supermarket tend to just contain very basic ingredients – as the more expensive kind has added vitamins and minerals (see Quality of Ingredients above).
So these are all important considerations when weighing up the right weight-loss shake for you!
More Reading: Do Weight Loss Shakes Really Work?
Okay here are our findings on the weight loss shakes we tried
The Lady Shake is a relatively new weight loss shake to the market. Designed specifically for women’s needs, the shake is designed to be taken as a meal replacement for breakfast and is high in protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, and is low in sugar. This shake has 88% less sugar than other meal replacement shakes on the market (and if you add that up – that is 88 teaspoons less sugar per week). As it is low in sugar, these shakes are suitable for diabetics.
Unlike many of the other weight loss shakes, The Lady Shake isn’t recommended to replace all three meals per day.
- They have Vegan shakes available
- Great flavours including vanilla, chocolate, choc-mint, coffee, banana, caramel and strawberry
Cons of The Lady Shake:
We didn’t really find any. These seem like a good all-round choice. They taste good, are very low in sugar and are reasonably priced.
The Taste of the Lady Shake Weight Loss Shakes
I purchased the coffee flavoured Lady Shake (with my own money – this was not a paid exercise). I mixed it with cold water as recommended. It tasted like a watered-down chocolate and coffee mousse. I found it quite filling too and I did like that it was low in sugar.
Where you can purchase The Lady Shake Online:
Optifast comes in chocolate, caramel, vanilla, coffee, banana, strawberry, and chai flavours, among others. You can purchase it as a single-flavour box of 12 or 18 sachets, or as a 10-pack assortment (2 each of chocolate, coffee, strawberry, vanilla and chai).
Optifast tastes really great (especially the coffee flavour) – and they are the weight loss shakes that are recommended by Bariatric Surgeons. As well as weight loss shakes, Optifast has a range of low-calorie soups, muesli bars and desserts!
- Cost Per Shake: About $4
- 7 Flavours
- Taste: Probably the best tasting of the shakes, especially the coffee flavour.
Cons of the Optifast Shakes
They do contain a fair bit of sugar, however, because they are Medically endorsed, this makes them one of the best weight loss shakes for those that need to lose a lot of weight.
Where you can purchase Optifast Weight Loss Shakes Online:
3. The Healthy Mummy Shakes
The Healthy Mummy Shake range is 96% sugar-free, 100% fructose free and 100% artificial sweetener free. Their smoothies contain apple pectin, rice bran fibre, cellulose, psyllium husks, inulin, flaxseed meal, and pumpkin seed meal. It’s dairy and gluten-free and breastfeeding friendly.
- Price Per Shake: About $3
- Fructose Free
- 96% Sugar-Free
- 11 flavours
Cons of The Healthy Mummy Shakes:
According to reviews some of the Healthy Mummy shakes taste a little gritty.
Where you can purchase The Healthy Mummy Shakes Online:
- Purchase directly from The Healthy Mummy website
This one is a bit more ‘floofing around’ as there are three products instead of one – all in one shake – however, the quality of these products are amazing and I really wanted to include them here as a bit of an alternative to traditional weight loss shakes – but with the same result – but in a cleaner way. The 180 Nutrition products have no fillers, so everything is pure, clean and good for you. The blends can all be made into smoothies with water or added to milk or juice to make it more delicious if you want to up the taste.
The collection also comes with a weight loss guide to help you on your journey including an exercise plan, shopping lists, meal plans and snacks and drinks you can have in addition to the smoothies.
Yes, they are more expensive, but I think they are worth consideration.
Cons of the 180 Nutrition Weight Loss Collection:
- A bit more work to put together
- Quite pricey
The Isowhey Weight Management range has been scientifically formulated by qualified healthcare practitioners to give you pure whey protein and other premium ingredients in the right balance to nourish your body, manage your weight and feel your best. Isowhey is Australian owned and is sold in more than 2000 pharmacies and health food stores across the country. Isowhey also has a range of weight loss bars (in berry and chocolate) if shakes aren’t your thang!
Out of all of the weight loss shakes on the market – Isowhey is the lowest in sugar which makes it one of the healthier options. Not only that – Isowhey also has a Diabetic Formula!
Flavours of Isowhey include:
- Ivory Coast Chocolate
- Salted Caramel
- Mango Coconut
- Banana Smoothie
- Madagascan Vanilla
- Strawberry Smoothie
- Classic Coffee
- Isowhey Keto Chocolate
Where can you buy Isowhey online?
OptiSlim has different diet shake ranges according to your weight loss goals.
- OptiSlim VLCD Classic
- It comes in chocolate, strawberry, espresso, vanilla and banana. It is sold in boxes of 21 individual sachets.
- Advanced VLCD Platinum
- It also comes in chocolate, strawberry, espresso, vanilla and banana but it offers “increased fat burning, reduced hunger, and higher energy levels for faster results.”
- OptiSlim LCD Life
- This range is for those aiming for a less intense weight management program. It comes in 10 flavours (banana, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, strawberry, caramel, honeycomb, lemon cheesecake, choc mint, and French vanilla) It is sold in boxes of 7 sachets of the same flavour, or as a variety pack with the first five flavours.
- Cost Per Shake: $2.00
- Not Gluten-Free
- Not Dairy Free
- Taste: A bit gritty, but not too bad.
- Available at Chemists
Where to Buy OptiSlim Online:
I’ve included this weight loss shake as it gets great reviews online (4.9 stars based on 426 reviews). This is a premium weight-loss shake that is high in protein and low in carbs. It’s the additional ingredients in this product that makes it premium, it contains Carnitine which is proven to assist in weight loss, green tea extract and coconut water powder (so it tastes good too).
Comes in Chocolate and Vanilla flavours and can be mixed with water, juice or coconut water.
The Taste of the Pro Decine Weight Loss Blend:
I purchased the Banana and Honey flavoured shake – and it was really delicious – like a ‘slightly weaker banana smoothie’. I found this one out of all the shakes to be the most filling – even though it wasn’t nearly as ‘thick’ in the consistency of the other shakes. So filling, in fact, that hubby had to remind me to eat my dinner as usually, I’d go chasing it.
Suitable for vegetarians, is gluten-free, has no added sugar and is blended and packed in Australia from New Zealand ingredients.
Fat Blaster has two types of weight loss shakes.
- Regular diet shake range which comes in vanilla ice cream, double chocolate mocha, chocolate smoothie, and raspberry ripple. It also has a version with 30% less sugar and has green tea extract.
- Super Shake range which comes in two flavours — vanilla bean and rich milk chocolate. It contains four ‘superfoods’ such as green tea extract, chia seeds, maca powder, and green coffee bean. It is sold in 430g tubs, containing 13 servings.
- Nut Free
- Cost is $17.95 for 430 grams
- 3 flavours
- Taste: Not too bad, tolerable.
- Available at most Supermarkets near health foods.
Where you can buy Fat Blaster Weight Loss Shakes Online:
Rapid Loss Weight Loss Shakes are perhaps the most affordable of the weight loss shakes available on the market. The program is based on the concept of most weight loss shakes, that replacing a meal reduces the overall intake of calories, therefore weight reduction is achieved. They have just released a 30% less sugar range and all of the shakes are gluten-free.
Flavours of Rapid Loss include:
- Salted Caramel
- Choc Mint
Where Rapid Loss Shakes can be purchased online:
- Catch (cheapest option)
- Chemist Direct has 575-gram containers of Rapid Loss for $19.55
- Pharmacy Online
Okay so this isn’t exactly a Weight Loss Shake – but it does go hand-in-hand with weight loss and is a great way to minimise over-eating. Because sometimes you really do get hungry on the shake diets (and one of the fella’s in our office who does Keto also takes this and highly recommends this product!).
Zotrim has been developed by an international team of medical researchers and is a world-renown powerful weight loss formula. As the patent for this product is protected, you can only buy it directly from the manufacturer.
It contains natural ingredients and has zero side effects.
Which weight-loss shake would you like to try? Or have you tried any of these?