Weight Loss Shakes – 2014 Ratings

Posted by Canstar Blue September 30th 2014

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ALDI Slim & Trim Weight Loss Shakes win award for second year running

Weight Loss Shakes Reviews: ALDI wins awardThere’s no time like the present for getting trim, and certain products can go a long way in helping you achieve your weight loss goals. With this in mind, we have once again surveyed Australians to see what they think about their weight loss shake purchases, and they’ve responded positively to one brand in particular: ALDI.

Thanks to the newest iteration of its weight loss shake range, ALDI has once again secured the top spot in our survey, racing past eleven other brands for our Most Satisfied Customers Award.

ALDI Slim & Trim meal replacement shakes are designed to replace whole meals, to help you achieve optimal weight loss. Each flavour – chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, and coffee – is 99% fat free. This brand received five star ratings in this survey for overall satisfaction, value for money, and the taste of its shakes.

Isowhey were hot on the heels of ALDI, with five star ratings for the taste of its shakes, availability (e.g. in pharmacies, supermarkets, online), variety of flavours available, and effectiveness. FatBlaster also received five stars for its availability.

Make sure you check out the results table above for the full results.

Why use a meal replacement shake?

Weight loss shakes can act as a supplement to your existing diet. They are calorie controlled 1 so you can drink one instead of eating a denser meal, but still feel full and energised to get through your day. Effectively, it’s a smoothie diet.

1 According to Weight Watchers, these shakes typically have a total kilojoule count of 500 – 800kJ (recommended daily intake is 8,700kJ).

Do weight loss shakes work?

In these results, we found that 58% of Australians who had used weight loss shakes in the last six months successfully lost weight. Furthermore, close to two thirds of survey respondents managed to keep the weight off for more than six months.

As any health professional will tell you, however, you should consider making permanent changes to your diet and exercise regime if you are looking for lasting weight loss. We also highly recommend you check out our gym ratings to find a health club to work out at.

How much do meal replacement shakes cost?

One online retailer we found supported many different brands, and prices tended to vary. We saw products ranging from $20 to $54.99. The average of all the different products we found was roughly $33 for packets containing 21 sachets, but keep in mind this is just an average, and is only representative of what we personally compared.

It’s also worth mentioning that 45% of Australians think that weight loss shakes are good value for money. Considering you get 21 sachets in most packs and they replace an entire meal, it’s not altogether difficult to see why.

Who benefits from using weight loss shakes?

These meal replacements are well positioned to help anyone who needs to lose weight quickly, or particularly time poor. Because they’re widely available online, in supermarkets, in pharmacies, and in fitness stores; they’re also an easy product to pick up during the week and incorporate into your diet without fuss.

More than a third of survey respondents told us they find it difficult to lose weight without the aid of meal replacement shakes, and obviously these people in particular could really benefit from these products.

We suggest you go see your local GP or a dietician and work out a long term plan for keeping your weight at a healthy, normal level. It is well worth speaking to a professional who can outline what might be best for your particular circumstances.

How we rated weight loss shakes

We commissioned Colmar Brunton to survey 5,000 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used a weight loss shake in the last six months – in this case, 749 people.

Each brand must have received at least 30 responses in order to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey.