Expert rating: 2.8/5
Customer rating: voted
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.
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|
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%|
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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:
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”
“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.
The main things to consider include:
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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