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Introduction

The Great Shape Meal Replacement shakes are ASDA’s answer to the Slim Fast Shake; they’re cheap and cheerful, low in calories and overall seem like a nice little weight loss shake. In this ASDA Great Shape Meal Replacement review we’re looking in-depth at whether this is a product that can deliver good weight loss results to users.

Readers please note that statements on this page are fair comment based on observation. This content is produced on a matter of public interest.

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What Is ASDA Meal Replacement Shakes?

Great Shape Meal Replacements is a weight loss shake produced by the UK-based supermarket retailer ASDA. One pack contains 10 servings (i.e. 10 meal replacements), costs just £4 and will last users for approximately 3 days based on the directions of replacing breakfast, lunch and dinner with the shakes per day.

You can buy this product in most ASDA stores as well as online via the groceries.asda.com website.

As the product name implies, these shakes are targeted towards those looking to lose weight and be in “great shape”. Interestingly, no immediate promises of weight loss are made by ASDA, rather the shakes are simply marketed as nutritious, low-calorie meal alternatives.

The product concept is a solid one, though it’s certainly nothing new; the theory is that by replacing your daily meals with the shakes, you’ll be lowering your daily calorie consumption and will eventually lose weight.

Rather than being full of “fat burning ingredients” ASDA’s Great Shape Meal Replacements are essentially just a complex of skimmed milk powder with some added soya protein, vitamins and minerals.

Does The ASDA Meal Replacement Shake Work?

Based on our research into this product, we believe that these shakes may be useful for the purposes of weight loss if they are used correctly.

It’s important to note that these are no some kind of magical “fat burning shakes” that will melt away your body fat – users will only see weight loss results from sticking to the directions over a longer-term period.

In sticking to the directions you will see yourself replacing three of your daily meals with the Great Shape shakes, meaning you’ll be significantly lowering your daily calorie intake to the range of a VLCD (very low calorie diet).

With sustained usage, consumers can expect slow but steady weight loss results over 8-12 weeks, as long as they do not eat in-between the shakes.

Please note that shake-only diets are very difficult to sustain and require lots of willpower, however if you can successful stick to one you will reap the rewards (stellar weight loss results).

The Pros & Cons Of ASDA Meal Replacement Shakes

Let’s take a look at the top level positives and negatives of this product:

The Pros

  • Only 206 calories per serving
  • Useful for those looking to reduce their daily calorie intake
  • Multiple flavor choices

The Cons

  • Doesn’t contain any ingredients that will directly and independently “burn fat”
  • May not cause long-term appetite suppression
  • Shake-only diets can be difficult to stick to
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What Are The ASDA Meal Replacement Shakes Ingredients?

We have found the following ingredient information from the ASDA product page:

One 29g Serving Contains: Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Inulin, Soya Protein, Milk Protein, Whey Powder, Soya Bean Oil, Emulsifiers, Maltodextrin, Thickeners, Flavoring, Magnesium Carbonates, Ferric Pyrophosphate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Sulphate, Cupric Carbonate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite, Salt, Ascorbic Acid, Nicotinamide, Vitamin E, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Retinyl Acetate, Thiamin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Sweeteners, Alpha Tocopherol, Fatty Acid Esters of Ascorbic Acid.

Are ASDA Meal Replacement Shakes Suitable For Everyone?

These shakes aren’t suitable for those with allergens to milk or soy. They’re suitable for vegetarians, but may not be for vegans.

Are ASDA Meal Replacement Shakes Safe?

The formula is completely free from any banned or dangerous ingredients, therefore we’re confident in saying that they’re completely safe from consumers.

What Are The ASDA Meal Replacement Shakes Side Effects?

We have found the following potential side effect information:

  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea [1]

These side effects are possible but may not be typical.

Are There Any ASDA Meal Replacement Shake Reviews From Customers?

We have found the following ASDA Great Shape Meal Replacement review testimonials:

So I bought these strawberry ones and the taste is amazing, they taste like strawberry angel delight! I thought they wouldn’t work cause of how cheap they are and although I haven’t stuck to my diet as planned (it’s so hard) I have had a shake every day since starting and I lost 2lbs in my first week. Can’t moan as I’ve ate like 20 bags of crisps and loads of chocolate haha. But I’m definitely going to keep at these and try work out and get my diet plan sorted!

I’ve been drinking these 2/3 times per day, I feel really great, full and the taste of the strawberry shakes are really satisfying, I feel less bloated. It keeps me going throughout the day without feeling hungry which is surprisingly good compared to other products that I have recently tried. I’ve read some of the other reviews and to sum this up the shakes tastes great with both milk or water but I would recommend using water that’s a little colder than tap water, for the weight loss it’s only been a couple of days so I’ll review back in a couple of weeks or so.

As we have found the reviews via the official ASDA website, we cannot fully guarantee their authenticity.

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Our Final Verdict On ASDA Meal Replacement Shakes

To conclude our ASDA Great Shape Meal Replacement 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 wouldn’t fully class this product as a “weight loss shake” per se, rather we’d advise our readers to review it as a nutritionally-complete convenience product. There are no fat burning ingredients inside ASDA’s Great Shape meal replacements, but as with anything, you get what you pay for.

If you’re just looking for some low-cost, convenient meal replacement shakes to bring down your daily caloric intake, then these are certainly a decent choice, however if you’re looking to really get serious about weight loss and are willing to invest in a cutting edge weight loss shake, there are plenty more products on the market that you should consider.

Marina Ma, MD
Marina Ma, MD
Staff Writer & Fact Checker at DietProbe
Marina has an MD from U-M and is a resident writer and fact checker at DietProbe.
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