Best Meal Replacement Shakes for Weight Loss


my selection of meal replacement shakes for weight loss
Having all the rules defined on the article How to lose weight with Meal replacement Shakes  (including for diabetics) I’ve searched for and gathered, what I considered to be, the best meal replacement shakes powder on the market. I’ve also taken into account an “acceptable” price and customer’s reviews.

1 -IdealShake® Meal Replacement Shake (Chocolate)

meal replacement shake by idealshakeContaining 30 servings, 30 grams per scoop, IdealShake has a sweet chocolate flavor, from cocoa powder, with only 1 gram of sugar per shake (perfect for diabetics also).

Contains no trans fat and includes healthy fats like Sunflower Oil Creamer, with only 3 grams of total fat per serving.

Packed with Vitamins A, D and low on Sodium, great for reducing the water retention which is perfect for a weight loss diet.

Per serving, there are 11 grams of whey protein isolate.

Patent formula includes Slendesta (an all-natural vegetable protein from potatoes read more at “What is Slendesta ?“), as a natural appetite blocker to reduce cravings. Available at IdealShake Official Site.



Compared to the other two meal replacement shakes in this Top 3, this is the one with the better taste. Of course, taste is very subjective, but when I say better I really mean “sweeter”, so it’s easy to make more people happy about it.

Some users found it too sweet, if that’s your opinion too, when preparing your shake, use sugar-free almond or soy milk.


It gets a little gritty, but if you add ice/water and with a good blender it gets more creamy.


The price of $1.50 per serving is very acceptable for the quality of protein, nutrients, natural appetite blocker, good taste, and a free shaker bottle is included.

Comes with 30 Day money back guarantee so, if you are not happy, you’ll get a refund.

Customers say it’s a better and cheaper alternative to Shakeology and rate it as one of the best meal replacement shakes on the market.


Their patent formula really works to reduce your appetite and fight cravings.

If this is the first time you use a meal replacement shake, taste plays a very important role on your motivation when starting a diet plan. The taste of this shake is sweet (despite only containing 1g of sugar) which I like and was appreciated in most of customers’ reviews I’ve found.

The price is very attractive, $1.50 per shake, and that includes a free shaker bottle.

If it’s the first time you are trying these shakes, this should definitely be your choice.

If you have already followed a meal replacement shakes diet, I’d recommend you just to give it a try to for healthy yet good tasting shake and see how it works for you.

Rated as one of the best alternatives to Shakeology by many customers, IdealShake is my Top 1 meal replacement shake because it has the right ingredients that a shakes need to lose weight. Available at IdealShake Official Site

2- Vega One – All in One Nutritional Shake

Created by Vega, meal replacement shakeA tub of 29.2 Ounce, contains 20 servings at 41 grams per scoop. In this Top 3 this is the one with the largest scoop (11g more than IdealShake and 7 more grams than RAW Organic Meal Vanilla). On Stock at .

Nutrition Facts

Remember, this shake powder, compared to the other two products on my top 3 list, has a bigger scoop of 41 grams where the other two have around 30 grams.

Per serving (1 scoop 41 grams)

  • Only 160 calories
  • Low-glycemic: less than 1 gram of Sugar
  • No trans fat, low Total Fat of 6 grams
  • No Cholesterol, low sodium and potassium levels: perfect for weight loss goals.
  • 20 grams of protein (protein source: pea)
  • Include superfoods like Açai, mangosteen, shiitake and maqui
  • Gluten, Dairy and Soy free
  • Vegan Certified
  • Probiotics: good for immune and digestive system health



High quality plant-based protein as it’s Grain-Free, Non-GMO verified and soy-free.

No sugar added, 100% Sugar free, no artificial flavors and Vegan Certified.

Doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, sometimes associated with stomach pain.

Includes probiotics to improve your digestive and immune system health.


This product has a good sweet taste, from stevia leaf, though not as sweet as IdealShake and not as “bad” as RAW Organic Meal Vanilla.

Since taste is very subjective, I’ve searched other customers’ opinions and most of them find the taste to be good or acceptable, and not too sweet or bad.


Vega have improved their formula and this new version has no grains. You can always add ice to make it smoother.


Vega One costs $2.54 per serving, being the most expensive of this Top 3. Remember that is also the one with a bigger scoop size (41 grams).

If you compare with the other two of this Top 3 selection, it’s more expensive, but when you compare in the market the price it is still very good and acceptable when you take into account the ingredients included (superfoods, probiotics, sugar-free, protein source) and the taste.


If you are Vegan, than this product is a no brainer. It’s the best vegan meal replacement shake available on the market.

If you are not a Vegan, I would still consider this product as it’s packed with high quality ingredients from a very well-known and respected company.

By far, the best feature of this shake powder is that its ingredients are Non-GMO, grain-free and Vegan certified.

These high standards make the product more expensive than others, but if that is important to you then this is the meal replacement shake for you. Available at .

3- RAW Organic Meal Vanilla by Garden of Life

Garden-of-Life-RAW-Organic-Meal-VanillaContaining 33.5 oz (949 g), contains 14 servings of 2 scoops serving or 28 serving of 1 scoop (34 grams). 1 scoop is recommended for snacks or breakfast, and 2 scoops when replacing a lunch or dinner. Available at .

Nutrition Facts

For 1 scoop (34 grams, ideally for breakfast or snacks)

  • Only 1 gram of total Fat
  • 0 mg of Cholesterol
  • 10 mg of sodium: no water retention
  • 140 mg of Potassium
  • Total Carbohydrate is 8 grams, Only 1 gram of sugar
  • 20 grams of Protein: plant-based protein
  • 45 Superfoods: for extra nutrients and energy
  • Probiotics: helps your immune and digestion system healthy

Perfect for vegans and lactose intolerant, soy allergies, it’s:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Soy Free
  • No Artificial Flavors or Sweeteners



With only 1 gram of sugar, very low levels of sodium and potassium and practically no fat (1g of Total fat), this product meets all the requirements for a meal replacement shake for losing weight, especially for diabetics.

Nutrients and Digestive System

Including 45 natural and non-GMO superfoods, provides a very good selection of nutrients, healthy fats, vitamins, energy and minerals that your body needs.

Probiotics are “good”/healthy bacteria that are beneficial to your immune and digestive system, making digestion easier.


RAW Garden Life it’s a very respected and well-known company, but their shakes are known for their “not so good” taste. Although I must say that this new version of the vanilla flavored shake is a huge improvement to the old version. If you don’t like the taste, I recommend you to add almond extract or vanilla extract to your recipes.

Note: This shake is vanilla flavored with very low sugar levels, so don’t expect the typical sugary vanilla taste.

When using 2 scoops (I only use one as I mentioned earlier) the shake gets really thick so don’t add banana and remember to add juice/water/ice to make it thinner. If you are going for only 1 scoop, the drink is perfect for snacks or breakfast as it doesn’t get so thick.


If you use 1 scoop per shake, which I recommend for breakfast and snacks, one serving costs $1.25. When using 2 scoops it’ll cost $2.50. This is a very good price-quality-healthy ingredients ratio.


RAW Organic Meal Vanilla formula includes superfoods and live probiotics, which will give you energy and improve your digestive system.

It’s very low in sugar, sodium and potassium and this will help you to lose weight.

Being Lactose, Gluten, Vegan and Soy free makes it suitable for most of us.

The taste is not the best, especially the first time, but you can always add ingredients like cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla extra, almond extract, berries to spice it up.

It’s only $1.25 for shake, when using 1 scoop, which is a very good price.

If you are looking to lose weight, this is definitely a candidate for your meal replacement shake. Available at .

Which one is the best for you ?

All the 3 products are perfect meal replacement shakes for losing weight.

With top market products like these to choose from, in the end, it comes to:

  • Price
  • Taste
  • Allergies


1 – IdealShake® Meal Replacement Shake (Chocolate) $1.93 per serving but includes a Free Shaker Bottle

2 – Vega One – All in One Nutritional Shake costs $2.54 per serving.

3 – RAW Organic Meal Vanilla $1.50 per serving (for snacks or breakfast) or $2.50 per 2 servings

Option 3 is the cheapest when using 1 scoop (34 grams) but option 1 has a better taste and includes a free shaker bottle.

Number 2, is the most expensive but it’s one with the higher ingredient standards.


This is very subjective, but in my opinion, IdealShake® has a good and easy to like taste because of the chocolate flavor.

Vega one is not as “sweet” as IdealShake but contains less sugar.

Garden of Life is the one with a “not so good” taste, but as I said before, you can easily overcome this by adding vanilla/almond extract and other ingredients, as explained in the recipes below, to make your shake tastier.


Vegan One and RAW Organic Meal Vanilla are the winners here because they are both gluten, soy and lactose free.

IdealShake contains milk and soy, so if you are lactose intolerant or have soy allergy it’s not suitable for you.

My personal recommendation

If this is the first time you are trying Meal Replacement Shakes, go for IdealShake. Get it at IdealShake Official Site.

If you are vegan, or lactose intolerant or have any soy allergy go to Vega One or RAW Organic Meal Vanilla.

If you are serious about losing weight you’ll continue your diet and you’ll have the chance to try different products, and these 3 products are, in my opinion, the best options on the market today.

So, which one is the winner for you? Let me know with your comment.

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Questions & Answers

1.What’s the difference between a meal replacement shake and a protein shake?

Ans: Both types of shake look similar but are actually very different. A meal replacement shake is designed for weight loss. They are low in calories and you drink one in place of a main meal to reduce your calorie intake.

A protein shake is often taken in addition to meals and is designed to help you gain weight in the form of extra muscle. They are often used before or after exercise and can also contain a lot of extra calories – something called a weight gainer shake.

Make sure you use the right one for your goals and read more about the difference here.

2. I heard that Shakeology is one of the best meal replacements around but they are too expensive for me. Do you know any cheaper alternatives? 

Shakeology can seem expensive but remember, the money you spend on Shakeology is money you won’t have to spend on other food.

I get where you are coming from though which is why I wrote this article about “Shakeology Alternatives” that are every bit as good and a bit cheaper too. There is also a nice-tasting recipe you can make yourself.

3. Can I replace all my meals with shakes to lose weight faster?

While you could do this and lose weight faster, I really don’t recommend it. As good as meal replacement shakes are, they do not provide your body with exactly what it needs. It’s impossible to cram all the essential nutrients into a single shake.

Also, eating great-tasting food is one of life’s pleasures. Why would you want to rob yourself of the joy of eating?

Finally, losing weight too fast is rarely a good idea. In many cases, fast weight loss means fast weight regain and nobody wants that!

Instead, just replace one or two meals per day and let weight loss happen slowly and naturally. You’ll also avoid weight regain this way. I lost weight replacing only my breakfast each day and so can you.

4. Do I HAVE to exercise to lose weight with meal replacement shakes?

No, you don’t have to exercise but it’s a good idea to do so if you can. Exercise will speed up fat loss and also make you healthier. The key is to find a type of exercise you really enjoy and can do consistently. Don’t become a slave to a workout you hate – you’ll soon resent it and stop doing it if that happens.

Instead try a few different things until you find something you really love. If you hate running, try swimming. Don’t like the gym? Go for a walk. Hate high-energy workouts? Try yoga? Like exercise that allows you to socialize? Join a dance class.

At the very least try and fit in a 30-minute walk per day. For more information on exercised, check out this article

5. How much weight can I expect to lose with meal replacements? 

The great thing about meal replacements for weight loss is you can lose as much weight as you want. Unlike many diets that are for 21 days, 30 days, 90 days or whatever, you can replace one or two meals a day for as long as it takes you to get to your target weight. You can expect to lose 1-2 lbs. a week for as long as you want to. Once you reach your ideal weight, simply stop the meal replacement shakes and eat normal, healthy meals again. Stay on top of your new weight by occasionally swapping a meal for a shake – especially after a big meal or in preparation for an important date, like a wedding, where you want to look your very best.

That’s the beauty of meal replacement for weight loss, you are the boss and can use them for as long as you want.


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    • Hi Anna,
      Start out by replacing your biggest meal of the day with a diet shake. If you feel like you want to lose weight faster, replace another meal. I don’t recommend replacing more than two meals per day with diet shakes and most people I know do really well just replacing one. Personally, I got great results by just switching my breakfast for a meal replacement shake.

    • Hi Mary. Thanks for your comment. Protein is a very important ingredient in meal replacement shakes. It helps keep you feeling full up, it prevents muscle break down which would lower your metabolic rate, and it also boosts your metabolism leading to faster weight loss. Meal replacement shakes do not contain as much protein as protein shakes so don’t worry – you won’t be consuming protein like a bodybuilder. Hope I’ve answered your question. Have a nice weekend.

    • Hi Doona,

      Meal replacement shakes are designed to be nutritionally complete. They contain protein and healthy fat, vitamins and minerals and fiber, and are also low in carbs and have little or no added sugar. This means they provide your body with everything it needs without a whole lot of calories. In fact, most meal replacement shakes contain more healthy nutrients than a real meal – especially if it’s processed. Hope I have answered your question.

    • Hi Peter. There are loads of things you can make with a blender! Of course, you’ll need some recipes but you can make things like soups, smoothies, parfait, sorbets, purees, meal replacements, and hummus and other dips. You can find some great recipes here and here to get you started.

    • Hi Ashley,

      This is quite common for exercisers. I suggest adding some soft fruit to your meal replacement shake – either blended into the shake or on the side. A banana is a great choice as its fat-free, packed with potassium and very healthy. Frozen berries are also a good choice. Alternatively, you could use more of the meal replacement shake powder, say three scoops where you normally use two. Hope I’ve helped.

  1. I was wondering why you selected these flavors? Is it because they were the best tasting or are all the flavors good with these 3 shakes?

    • Hi Sarah,

      This are the flavors that I’ve tried for this shakes. But I’ve heard good things about IdealShake Vanilla flavor so I’ll try this one soon.

  2. Hi Sarah, did you try “Labrada Lean Body” or “Labrada Lean Body for her”? If yes, what do you think about them? Are they good?

    BTW, your “RAW Organic Meal Vanilla” link is broken.

    • Hi Brian,

      Thanks about the broken link, it’s already fixed. Labrada Lean Body is a very good option if you are looking to build muscle and recover fast. It’s a very good product but, in my humble opinion is not the best candidate if you’re looking to loose weight. Have a nice day . Thanks

  3. Hi i am 314lbs and i am trying to lose it as fast aa possible. Do you honeatly think one of these shakes will help me?

    • Hi Aubrey. Thanks for your comment. The shakes combined with healthy meals and snacks are an effective way to lose weight. I would honestly say, and don’t take me wrong, but it all depends on the motivation you put in this journey. If you want to lose weight, you will prepare healthy meals and snacks, have a shake per day and I’m sure you’ll lose weight. Avoid soda, candies and processed food snacks to reduce your sugar intake (sugar contains a lot of calories and is quickly transformed into fat on your body). With only this changes you’ll see great improvements. Are you ready ? I’m sure you are, take the first step and don’t look back. No excuses, remember your goals and believe in yourself. Hope I’ve helped. Have a nice day.

    • Hi Ana. I’ve never used fat burner pills, and I may be ignorant about it, but I don’t like the idea of taking pills to lose weight. I would combine meal replacement shakes with exercise, reduce sugar and healthy snacks. With this formula you can get quick and effective results. Have a nice day.

  4. Can I still lose weight with them if I continue to drink alcohol on the weekends? Or would I need to cut that out completely?

    • Hi Desiree. Alcohol contains sugar, and it increases the chances of stomach bloating. But, if you drink with moderation, like a couple of red/white wine, is not a problem. It all depends how much you drink and how much you workout 🙂

  5. Good Morning,
    I am looking for a good protein to add to my smoothies plus a meal replacement on the busy days. I would like to lose just a few pounds but mostly just looking for a healthy protein meal replacement. So many to chose from and some are very expensive. The research is trying.

    I workout and run 2/3 times a week, I’m also menopausal which means more workouts and less food just to maintain my weight. I am so tried of spending so much money on protein, plus so many different programs to follow.

    Do you think idealshake is the best choose for nutrient, appetite curbing and cost. Thank Brenda

    • Hi Brenda. Thanks for your comment. I’ll share with you my method. I usually do 1 meal replacement shake to replace breakfast, and a lot of times it’s enough until lunch time and if not I do prepare a healthy snack, or a homemade protein bar or I have with me a healthy protein bar. This way I avoid constant snacking in the morning, and process food between meals. The meal replacement shake also gives me a good amount of protein

      I would focus on avoiding sugar, no processed food, reduce carbs and prepare healthy meals. And yes, running is one of the quickest ways to burn fat. If you are consistent, this is are very effective program and it’s totally free 🙂

      If you combine that with meal replacement shakes, you’ll get faster results. And I will not hide it, idealshake is my favorite, because it’s the one with the best flavor, best to curb your appetite and with a very reasonable price. But that’s just only my opinion, and maybe other people don’t agree with me. I would say the best way for you is to give it a try, and see the results by yourself.

      Hope I’ve helped. Have a great day !

  6. First time committing to a shake and I LOVE Vega One. I blend with ice, oatmeal milk and the occasional mango, pineapple or strawberry chunks. I have at least two a day. (Breakfast and dinner). And no I’m not vegan but it is still worth it. The goal is to lose fifteen pounds but I’m sure even after the loss I’ll still go for these shakes anytime.

  7. If I replace two meals, exercise, eat only lean healthy meal everyday how fast could I lose 100 lbs? I weigh around 250 now and 5″5 tall. I would really like to lose within 5 months or so?

    • Hi Michelle,

      I don’t have an answer to “how fast”. But replacing one meal, do exercise and a healthy diet is an amazing good start. I’m sure you’ll start to see quick results and you’ll get motivation to continue. Do the first step and good luck to your journey. Have a great day.

  8. is it possible to bloat up with Vegan protein powder sweetened with stevia. My flavour is vanilla bean, i add 1 cup frozen blueberries, raspberries and blackberries and i add 1 tbsp pure cacao powder as well for it anti oxidant purposes as well as changing the flavour up some, i also use unsweetened almond milk, and i add a few chia seeds as well. i always feel awful, bloated afterwards. I am lactose intolerant but my Vegan powder is gluten free, soy free, milk free so i am not sure why i feel this way afterwards. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Angel,

      Thanks for your comment. Indeed, some people feel bloated after meal shakes, there are different causes but there’re also solutions. I’ve recently published an article about “Gas and Bloating after Drinking a Superfood Drink” which also applies to meal shakes. Meal shakes also contain superfoods, fiber, and probiotics, the usual suspects of this story. One solution, if you’re having meal shakes everyday is reducing for 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday for example), to give time to your body to get used to this diet change. Another solution is to reduce the size of the serving by half. This will give time to your body to slowly get used to the shakes, and once the symptoms are gone you can get back to your daily meal shake. Hope I’ve helped. Have a great time.

  9. Hi Sarah,
    I came across your website after some researching. I am one of ProteinWorld’s customer, yes I bought their Slender Blend. 3 in fact, finding out it is a waste of money. Because I did not realise that they were that dodgy in terms of their nutritional list. Found out that they had 17 times more carbohydrate than stated on their website/tub nutritional list. Very disappointed. Now, I am on a new venture to find a good meal replacement product brand that is honest. Since I live in NZ, far away. The only shake easily available to me (through iHerb) would be the 3rd option on your best list which is Garden of Life. Am I able to buy other flavours such as chocolate instead? I am thinking to use 1 scoop instead and replace for a meal as I find 2 scoops seems to be much high in calories.

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