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Introduction

You’ve more than likely seen this product before – it’s in just about every health food store in the country. With phrases like “body sculpt” and “diet” written all over it you’d be forgiven for thinking this shake may be an effective weight loss product.

In this PhD Diet Whey review we’re getting to the bottom of what exactly users can expect from this popular protein shake.

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What Is PhD Diet Whey?

PhD Diet Whey is a high protein, low calorie shake produced by PhD Nutrition, a company based in the United Kingdom.

It is available in multiple flavors and sizes, with a 1KG pouch costing about £20-£25; it is available from the official PhD Diet Whey website, as well as Amazon and Holland & Barrett.

PhD claim to produce “innovative and inspirational products that not only tastes great but also deliver incredible results”.

These shakes are designed to be used on an ‘as-and-when-required’ basis, rather than users sticking to regular daily servings. This is not a diet shake, it is simply a protein shake – you should look at this product as a low-calorie means of supplementing protein, CLA and Green Tea into your diet.

Does PhD Diet Whey Work?

PHD Diet Whey is not something we’d really recommend for fast weight loss results. It is not the worst diet shake in the world, but it is certainly not the best shake we have ever seen. This product highly resembles a regular protein shake, just with lower calories and a few added extra energy-boosting ingredients – in our opinion this product shouldn’t be viewed as a fully dedicated ‘weight loss shake’.

The PhD Diet whey formula is something that is more suited to the typical gym goer looking to add protein into their diet, rather than your average Joe who wants to just lose a few pounds. As the formula does not contain any appetite suppressing ingredients, it is not suited to be used as meal replacement; We found several customer reviews stating that they felt hungry again shortly after drinking the shake when they tried using it as a meal replacement.

The only way you will really see results from this product is if you are using it in conjunction with a calorie controlled diet and exercise. The additional energy that this product provides will allow you to work hard in the gym, thus allowing you to burn more calories. To be clear and there are no ingredients inside the PhD Diet Whey that will actively burn fat on their own – users should not expect miracles or rapid results from this shake.

The Pros & Cons Of PhD Diet Whey

Below is a list of everything we believe is either a positive or negative:

The Pros

  • Formula will help boost energy levels.

The Cons

  • Shake doesn’t contain any scientifically proven fat burning ingredients.
  • Nothing inside this shake will provide long-term appetite suppression.
  • Some potentially bad side effects.
  • Certain users have reported the product does not taste good at all.
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What Are The PhD Diet Whey Ingredients?

We have found the following ingredient information from the PhD website:

One Serving Contains: Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Concentrate, Soya Protein Isolate, Waxy Barley Flour, Golden Brown Flaxseed Powder, Acacia Gum, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Flavoring, Conjugated Linoleic Acid Powder, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Green Tea Extract, Sodium Chloride, and Sucralose.

Is PhD Diet Whey Suitable For Everyone?

This product is not suitable for vegans, or anyone with allergens to milk, barley or soya.

Additionally, we do not recommend PhD Diet Whey for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or for any person under the age of 18.

What Are The PhD Diet Whey Side Effects?

We have compiled the following list of potential side effects to PhD Diet Whey:

  • Increased bowel movements
  • Nausea
  • Thirst
  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Headache [1]

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

Are There Any PhD Diet Whey Reviews From Customers?

We have found the following PhD Diet Whey review testimonials from customers on Amazon:

Mixed really well with water, and a nice consistency, but a chemical taste. Would have probably tried a different flavor next time if only it had filled me up, but it didnt. My usual product keeps me feeling full for around 4 hours, but with this one I was hungry again in two. Not as many flavors available in my usual brand but I’m going back to them I’m afraid.

It did give me energy for short period but I couldn’t use it as meal replacement as I was hungry again with in half hour of drinking the shake.

Disgusting taste, doesn’t mix well at all, weird texture. I don’t know how to explain it but there visible golden(?)colored bits in there.

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Our Final Verdict On PhD Diet Whey

To conclude our PhD Diet Whey 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 if your aim is exclusively to lose weight. The formula is totally unsuited for such a task – there is no scientific research to suggest that any of the ingredient inside PhD Diet Whey exclusively contribute towards weight loss.

We would also highly advise against using this product as a meal replacement – the nutritional values of this shake are not suited for this purpose and users may find themselves become quickly malnourished and lacking in essential vitamins and minerals. Another downside is the formula will not suppress your appetite for too long.

Yes, this product will boost your energy levels, which will let you work harder in the gym but ultimately it’s not going to do that much. It’s a great option if you’re just looking for a low calorie protein shake however.

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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