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Are these the best possible meal replacement shakes you can get for your money? In this Advocare Meal Replacement Shake review, we’re taking a look at whether this is something you should be considering if you’re aiming to lose weight.

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What Is AdvoCare Meal Replacement Shakes?

AdvoCare Meal Replacement Shakes are a weight management product produced by a US-based nutrition company named AdvoCare LLC. At the time of writing this review, AdvoCare have a rating of A+ on the Better Business Bureau – there are currently 20 customer complaints filed against the company, all of which have been resolved.

This product is available via the official AdvoCare website (www.advocare.com) as well as via Amazon. AdvoCare’s products can also be bought from the “distributors”, as they’re also an MLM company.

One pack of AdvoCare Meal Replacement Shakes contains 14 servings and costs $44.95, meaning one replaced meal will cost you around $3.20.

This product is targeted towards those who are looking to lose weight in a natural manner (i.e. it’s primarily a product designed for those who aren’t interested in using fat burner pills or appetite suppressants).

The Advocare Meal Replacement Shake is described by the company as “a delicious and portable shake that delivers a blend of protein carbs and fiber”. The brand also go on to state that it’s a useful product to be used for the purposes of weight management because it helps support the body’s ability to low body fat “when used as an alternative to high calorie foods”.

Does The AdvoCare Meal Replacement Shake Work?

Based on our research into this product, we believe it may be useful for weight loss, but you’ll need to approach using the product in the correct manner.

Firstly, it’s important to note that this isn’t a “fat burning weight loss shake”, strictly speaking – the formula doesn’t contain any ingredients that will boost metabolism or burn fat. AdvoCare’s meal replacement shakes simply provide a convenient means of lowering your daily caloric intake without having to painstakingly come up with a meal plan. As the shakes will be putting you on a caloric deficit, the weight loss results from this product will be from entirely natural means.

In order to see the best results from AdvoCare’s meal replacements, you’ll need to use it to stick to a VLCD (very low calorie diet). By replacing your three daily meals with this product you’ll be lowing your daily caloric intake to a range where you should see gradual weight loss over a period of 3-4 months.

Bare in mind that shake-only diets are effective, but are very hard to stick to and require lots of willpower. The weight may also quickly return once you finish the diet if you return to your old eating patterns.

The Pros & Cons Of AdvoCare Meal Replacement Shakes

Below we’ve listed what we believe are the positive and negative highlights:

The Pros

  • Can be useful for weight loss when used to replace 3 daily meals
  • Low in calories
  • Contains lots of vitamins and minerals
  • High in protein

The Cons

  • Doesn’t contain any ingredients that independently burn body fat or boost metabolism
  • May not keep your appetite suppresses for very long after consumption
  • A reasonably expensive product to sustain usage of
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What Are The AdvoCare Meal Replacement Shake Ingredients?

We have found the following nutritional information via the Advocare official website:

One Serving Contains: Whey Protein Concentrate, Calcium Caseinate, Milk Protein Isolate, L-glutamine, L-lysine, L-leucine, L-isoleucine, L-valine, Crystalline Fructose, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Choline Bitartrate, Ferrous Fumarate, Inositol, Vitamin E Acetate, Zinc Oxide, Niacinamide, Vitamin A Palmitate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Chromium Citrate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Selenomethionine, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Folic Acid, Phytonadione, Cholecalciferol, Sodium Molybdate, Potassium Iodide (Iodine), Cyanocobalamin, Maltodextrin, Gum Arabic, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Guar Gum, Beet Root Extract (For Color), Xanthan Gum, Medium-chain Triglycerides, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Oat Fiber, Cellulose Powder, Citrus Pectin, Soy Lecithin, Sucralose, Bromelain and Papain.

Are The AdvoCare Meal Replacement Shakes Suitable For Everyone?

The product isn’t suitable for those with a milk or soy allergy. It is suitable for vegetarians but not vegans. We do not recommend them for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or persons under the age of 18.

Are The AdvoCare Meal Replacement Shakes Safe?

The formula is free from banned or dangerous ingredients; we do not believe these shakes pose any risk to consumers at all.

What Are The AdvoCare Meal Replacement Shake Side Effects?

We’ve compiled the following potential side effects based on the ingredients inside this formula:

  • Increased bowel movements
  • Nausea
  • Increased thirst
  • Bloating
  • Stomach cramps
  • Increased tiredness
  • Headache [1]

Note: these side effects are possible but may not be the typical user experience.

Are There Any AdvoCare Meal Replacement Shake Reviews From Customers?

We have found the following Advocare Meal Replacement Shake review testimonials via customers online:

A great replacement for lunch when I am on the run. Filling and satisfying.

Too pricey for the product, cheaper shake mixes with less sugar work just as well.

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Our Final Verdict On AdvoCare Meal Replacement Shakes

To conclude our AdvoCare Meal Replacement Shake review, it’s a bit of a mixed bag – there are things that we like about it and things that we aren’t too blown away by.

We like that the shakes are low in calories and rich in vitamins and minerals, but for the most part we feel that this product is pretty much just a standard food substitute shake that doesn’t have too much to offer users who are looking for fast weight loss. For the price AdvoCare are charging, we think customers should be getting a more advanced formula.

Remember, don’t expect miracle-results, these types of products can take time; By using these shakes you’ll need strong willpower and commitment to make them work.

Kath Ross, PhD
Kath Ross, PhD
Health Editor & Fact Checker at DietProbe
Kathryn is a Ph.D Health Editor here at DietProbe. She specializes in diabetes and weight control research and in her spare time she's a professional cat lady and wine connoisseur!
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