The Pressing Question: IdealShape vs. IdealLean Meal Replacement?

We are at it again!

IdealFit has created the answer to your healthy food problems, but do you know it yet?

If you are familiar with our IdealShape weight loss line, you may not be clear differentiating between IdealShake and IdealLean MRS.

Consider this article Everclear.

If you want to meet your goals, you first need to determine what it is you’re trying to achieve. Are you trying to lose excess weight (25+ lbs.) or are you looking to tone (build muscle mass)? Losing weight and getting toned are two different processes that require different diets.

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When you know which goal you are focusing on first, you can take the next step in deciding which products you should incorporate into your diet. Not sure which one you should use? Let me explain the fundamental differences between these products.

Healthy Food Options: IdealShape vs. IdealLean MRS


IdealShape’s IdealShake MRS

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The IdealShake was created for individuals who are wanting to become active, or just starting a workout regimen and typically need to lose more than 25 pounds. Those who are less active generally require less protein, as their body fat to muscle ratio is skewed in favor of body fat.

Here’s the science to it: when you have a slow metabolism and a high-fat, high-carb diet, your gut struggles breaking down and utilizing foods. This plays a role in insulin resistance and ultimately a slow metabolism.

To combat this, it’s important you’re not only watching calories, but your fat and carb intake as well. This helps your gut regain its health and start breaking down healthy food and use it the way it’s supposed to.

The IdealShake is:

  • Lower in fat (2.5g)
  • Lower in carbs (10g)
  • Lower in protein (11g)

It is recommended to replace up to 2 meals a day with the IdealShake, which allows for healthy food substitutions. It also uses the ingredient Slendesta to block hunger and keep calories in a deficit for effective weight loss.

Is IdealShake designed for you?

If you’re currently looking to lose over 25 pounds and need help improving your diet, the IdealShake is a great option for you.

IdealFit’s IdealLean MRS

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If IdealShape isn’t meant for you, then IdealLean most likely is.

The IdealLean MRS was created for those who are active and looking for healthy food options to add into their diet. Individuals who are regularly active require more carbs, protein, and fats to help with building lean muscle mass; especially those who weight train. Why? Because lifting weights creates stress on your body, and eating a proper amount of macros is important for your recovery process and your results.

The IdealLean MRS is:

  • Higher in fat (4.5g)
  • Higher in carbs (20g)
  • Higher in protein (20g)

Here’s the science to it: your body uses macros (protein, fats, and carbs) differently when you’re active. Moderate to high-intensity exercise actually changes the form of the molecules that make up your healthy foods when they are broken down in your gut. They are used efficiently and actually work better with other molecules in your body too, when compared to someone who isn’t active.

If you regularly exercise moderately to intensely, you exhaust your carbs and fat supply every day. If you’re not getting enough through a proper diet your body will actually take those nutrients from your muscle supply!

IdealLean is not designed to be used like the IdealShake. Rather, it should be used as a healthy food option in situations when you need a quick meal and haven’t had time to meal prep, or need something healthy on-the-go that still fits into your meal plan.

Supplements: MRS vs. Protein Powder


IdealFit’s IdealLean Whey Protein Powder

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I think it’s important I mention the difference between the IdealLean Whey Protein Powder in contrast to the IdealLean MRS, as well. This Protein is specifically a performance supplement.

This means it should be used as a pre and post-workout snack to replenish your muscles in order to build them. Because it is strictly a protein supplement, it lacks the carbs and fats needed to make it a complete meal.

The IdeaLean Whey Protein is:

  • Low in fat (0g)
  • Low in carbs (0g)
  • High in protein (20g)

For this supplement to be most effective, it should be consumed right before and after your workouts and followed with a nutritious and balanced meal within about 2-3 hours following your Lean Protein — like the IdealLean MRS.

The Breakdown

Healthy foodThere’s so many supplements out there that it can often be confusing deciding what you should you use and when. Your goals will determine which you should use, and as you progress, your goals may change.

Perhaps right now you need the IdealShake to help manage your cravings and get to a weight where you can start incorporating moderate to intense exercises regularly.

Once you can start incorporating exercise throughout the week, using the IdealLean Whey Protein Powder will help you build that lean muscle mass you need to tone your body and reach that end goal of eliminating stubborn fat leftover from the weight loss process.

When you’ve established this regimen, you have the option of using the IdealLean MRS as a healthy food option when you need something that meets your macros and gives you the nourishment you need during your active days.

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Lindsey Mathews

Lindsey Mathews

Head Trainer & Nutritionist

Lindsey Mathews is the Head Trainer and Nutritionist at IdealFit. She is a NSCA-CSCS certified personal trainer, C-ISSN certified sports nutritionist, Pn. 1 certified nutrition coach, and a nationally qualified NPC bikini competitor. Before joining IdealFit, she ran the largest boot camp program in Utah County.

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