Ultimate Profit shake Review: Does it work?

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Expert rating: 2.8/5

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Intro: What is it?

Ultimate Profit shake is a meal replacement offering 3 patented ingredients meant to help you lose weight. It’s marketed as providing a smart blend of protein, with low calories and mood elevating properties.

It claims to have only natural whole ingredients with the capability of being mixed with foods or simply drank as a beverage. What are the benefits if any? Is weight loss possible? This review will help you understand what can be gained from using Ultimate Profit shake.

Ultimate Profit Ingredients

Their Creamy Vanilla flavor has the following:

Crossflow Microfiltered Whey Protein Isolate Soy Protein Extract Oat Fiber Whole Milled Flaxseed Soy Hull Fiber
Psyllium Maltodextrin Flax Fiber Beet Fiber Flax Protein
Cellulose Guar Soy Lecithin Soy Protein Isolate Ultrafiltered Whey Protein Concentrate
Fitzyme Sunflower Oil Powder Sunflower Oil Sodium Caseinate Mono & Diglycerides
Natural Tocopherols Silicon Dioxide Tri-Calcium Phosphate Natural Flavors Stevia
Salt Xanthan Gum

Some of the ingredients are worth investigating further:

Tricalcium Phosphate: Used to prevent the caking of ingredients, it’s found in fertilizers as well.  It provides calcium though there’s debate whether or not the body absorbs this ingredient properly. There were no studies which showed this additive has a better effect as a mineral than other sources.

Silicon Dioxide: A mineral often used in the construction industry, this ingredient can be damaging to the lungs when inhaled. It’s been known to cause bronchitis, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. It’s a filler additive used in food to promote stability of other ingredients.

Mono & Diglycerides: Known as an emulsifier that helps fats and waters combine together.  This may contain trans fats, but it’s unknown since the FDA does not require emulsifiers to list their trans fat content. Trans fats have been known to lead to cardiovascular damage, and an increase in obesity related diseases.  The FDA has said that avoiding trans fats is important since there’s no health benefit to them.

Macronutrients and Calories

Calories 100 Calories From Fat 20 Total Fat 2g, 3% Saturated Fat 0.5g, 3% Cholesterol 6mg. 2%
Sodium 140mg, 6% Potassium 140mg, 4% Total Carbohydrate 5g, 2% Dietary Fiber 3g, 12% Sugars 1g
Protein 14g Fitboost Proprietary Blend 420mg Calcium 4% Iron 1%

 Calories

Per serving each shake will provide 100 calories, of which 20 calories are from fat.

The total fat is 100/20= 0.2 times 100= 20% fat per serving.

Anything 20% or above is considered a high fat product. This means this brand is considered high fat according to FDA standards. As mentioned previously, some of this fat may come from trans fats available through the emulsifiers added.

Fiber

3 grams of fiber are added which are from many mixed sources that includes:

Xanthan Gum: Fermented sugar that is used as a cheap thickener. Large amounts can lead to diarrhea and bloating. It’s also known as potential allergen that can also cause breathing problems. It’s often found in many processed foods.

Guar: Legume that is used to make foods more viscous.  In gum form it’s known to cause potential risks for choking and loss of vitamins and minerals.

Psyllium: These seeds are a soluble fiber source. Some people are allergic to this, and there are also no long term studies performed on safety. It’s also a potential choking hazard for those that don’t drink enough water. Particularly in elderly people and younger people, if not consumed with water it can lead to side effects.

Sugars

Sweetened only with Stevia which is a natural plant that does not raise blood sugar like other sweeteners. This alternative sugar source has a minimal to low effect on blood sugar. It’s also known to produce very little to no grams of sugar.

The Quality of Ultimate Profit’s protein

The full 14 grams of protein comes from a few different sources:

Crossflow Microfiltered Whey Protein Isolate: The crossflow microfiltered process is a complex way of describing a common practice. This means the whey is processed with low heat, and that it retains much of its protein content. Whey is a quality protein extracted from the cheese making process that provides all the amino acids. In isolate form it provides more protein by weight than concentrates.

Soy Protein Isolate: Soy is often GMO though it does contain all the amino acids. It’s been defatted and this Isolate provides at least 90% protein. Soy has been criticized over its effects on potentially producing estrogen and causing thyroid issues.  There are also reports that this ingredient prevents the proper absorption of protein.

Ultrafiltered Whey Protein Concentrate: Lower in protein than Isolates, this form of protein is optimal for long term protein requirements, since it’s slowly digested.  The extra filtration allows for there to be less fat and lactose, while retaining the protein.

Studies on the effects of these filtration processes has been limited. However, it is known that soy has a potential for major side effects. This includes thyroid issues, estrogen production, and blocked protein absorption.

The Price and Quality of Ultimate Profit

The retail price from the manufacturer is $115 per 30 serving bag. The daily cost for 2 shakes is:

$115 divided by 15= $7.66 a day.

This is considerably pricy for a shake offering such a limited amount of vitamins and minerals. There’s also soy protein added which isn’t optimal for weight loss. Since the nutrients are low this means you have to either supplement with more vitamins and minerals, or through whole foods.

Limited Vitamins and Minerals

Each serving has only 4% Calcium and 1% Iron. Vitamins and minerals usually are offered in a meal replacement shake in high amounts. The reason for this is because it’s necessary to provide the body with the fuel it needs to stay healthy.

Replacing 2 meals a day with Ultimate Profit will have you miss out on B vitamins, Vitamin E, C, K, A, and much more.

This requires a full dinner with plenty of variety to satisfy the body’s demands.  WebMD says that a healthy meal replacement should have:

Fortified with a third of daily vitamins and minerals”

This means Ultimate Profit greatly misses this standard by a large margin, there’s 0% of many important vitamins and minerals.  This increases the price of an already expensive meal replacement.

The Fitzyme Blend

There’s an added proprietary blend of 15 different ingredients such has Spinach Powder, Cacao Powder, Carrot Powder, and much more.

While many of these ingredients are nutritious, the fact that the vitamins and minerals is almost nonexistent means you’re not getting the full benefits.

The company claims this blend will

“help’s maximize your body’s ability to absorb”

There’s no evidence to help support this claim at all.  No clinical studies or science shows that these additives are at all useful. According to Live Strong:

B vitamins, may be lost during the rehydration process of dried vegetable”

The point of this blend however, is to promote healthier digestion of the overall shake. I couldn’t find any studies which support this idea.  Since the company has failed to provide their own proof, it’s likely there’s no benefit to this.

Business

It Works! is a multilevel marketing company that some have criticized is running a pyramid scheme. Their contact information is listed as:

Phone Number: (941) 348- 6650

Address: 908 Riverside Dr

Palmetto, Florida 34221

There are hundreds of negative reviews on the Better Business Bureau website, which tracks legitimate customer complaints. The consensus about the company is that:

  • There is a $50 undisclosed cancellation fee if you subscribe to purchase the companies brands.
  • The company has also been criticized for continuing to charge even after people tried repeatedly to cancel. This includes customers who wanted just one product.
  • There are also numerous complaints about receiving the wrong products, yet the company still manages to charge people for their mistakes.
  • Many of the reviews left on this brand are left by people looking to sell Ultimate Profit. This can be seen with the numerous affiliate links offered at the end of what claims to be a real review.

Customer Opinions

Finding reviews on these shakes is hard since many of its distributors leave positive reviews; this makes it hard to know if these are exaggerated benefits. Many retailers leave an affiliate link or contact information to purchase this brand through them.

A few reviews which seemed legitimate have this to say:

“Product was only average”

“I didn’t lose weight”

“mediocre”

“many of the people who promote this brand also sell it”

It’s really hard to understand the truth about what customers have experienced, due to the numerous reviews left by distributors. There’s multiple blogs, YouTube videos, and websites dedicated to promoting this brand. At the end of these pitches, you’ll always see a link that these people leave to earn a commission from.

All the positive reviews I saw were from people looking to sell, not to inform. This type of aggressive business tactics have been noted on the Better Business Bureau, where people can leave truthful reviews.

Conclusion

The main things to consider include:

  • It’s missing key vitamins and minerals: Per serving there’s only 1% Iron and 4% Calcium. No other key minerals and vitamins which the body needs are provided. This means you have to supplement with many different whole foods to make up for the lack of quality ingredients. There’s also a blend of different fruits and vegetables added which have lost their nutritional value. This can be seen due to the lack of vitamins which would have been higher, had it been whole foods instead of the powders found here. These vitamins and minerals have to be replaced in order to help provide your body with the things it needs to rebuild and stay healthy. This is why you’ll often see meal replacements offering large amounts of nutrients.
  • Some of the protein is good, but there’s added soy: The company claims there’s no GMO soy; however, avoiding soy altogether is necessary since clinical studies show it produces estrogen, and it can lead to a reduction of protein. Soy is also potentially damaging to the thyroid gland. There have also been studies which show it prevents healthy testosterone, and that it can cause issues like mood problems.
  • Many complaints have been filed against the company: There are over 300 different negative reviews against the company. With so many added the Better Business Bureau was forced to leave a summary of the 3 most common complaints. They were over the $50 charge for people who cancel complaints about the reoccurring shipments, and the often wrong shipped products. There’s also aggressive marketers for the brand who leave biased reviews. Some of these customer opinions aren’t from real customers; they’re from salesmen of these brands.
  • There are additives which aren’t necessary: There are plenty of thickeners and binders added to this. It’s only included to provide the shake with some consistency, but these processed ingredients are numerous. Ingredients like Xanthan Gum, Mono & Diglycerides and others have been criticized. It’s possible there’s trans fats added as well. These additives are often extracted from common allergens that aren’t listed. Considering the high price for this brand, it’s odd they add so many inexpensive additives.
  • It’s expensive: One of the most expensive meal replacements at 30 servings for $115. This coupled with the fact that it’s missing key vitamins and minerals means you have to supplement with whole foods. It’s far pricier than any other formulas, and it features soy protein as well, which isn’t as wholesome as whey. The overall price is baffling when you consider the cheap processed additives. Some of these ingredients have also been known to lead to side effects, which wouldn’t be the case had it be replaced with its more expensive counterpart.

There’s been many complaints against the company, and the overall quality of ingredients is lacking considering the higher than average price tag. There’s also been numerous fake reviews left on this brand, with the very few real reviews being from those who didn’t experience any weight loss benefits.

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