Garden of Life Raw Fit Review - Does This Meal Replacement System Work? Are cost and taste deal breakers?PUBLISHED: 09/10/2015 | BY: SUMMER BANKS, SENIOR REVIEWER
We’ve heard a lot of good things about the Garden of Life Raw Fit meal replacement protein shakes, so we did an in-depth review of the ingredients, side effects, consumer reviews, customer service, and scientific research behind the product. We’ve compiled what we found into this condensed review to provide the information you need to make a decision on this weight loss product.
What You Need to Know
The strength of Garden of Life Raw Fit is definitely in its ingredients. The all-natural, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free formula is healthy for anyone to take, and doesn’t have any ingredients that can be considered harmful. Garden of Life Raw Fit contains coffee bean extract, chromium, cinnamon, sprouted grains, and more than a dozen more all-natural ingredients. The weight also has a low glycemic index, and can mixed anywhere, making this a convenient meal replacement shake.
This meal replacement shake has been around since the early 2010s, and is created by Garden of Life, a diet supplement company with multiple weight loss products. We like that this product doesn’t use synthetic ingredients, and that it’s readily available online. We also like the convenience that this product allows for, but read on…
Price – “Yee-Ouch”
The complaints about Garden of Life Raw Fit all start with price. At $30 per container plus shipping and handling, this meal-replacement system seems like a bargain until the customer realizes that each container only contains 10 servings. “If you used Garden of Life Raw Fit consistently as a meal replacement shake, you’d see weight loss and overall health improve,” said our research editor. “But the high cost makes it impossible to afford this meal replacement system for more than a few weeks.” For users that replace 2 meals per day with Garden of Life Raw Fit, the total monthly cost can add up to over $200 per month.
“Way too expensive to justify adding to my daily routine,” said one user.
“I’ll never know if this works or not, because I can’t afford to try it. More affordable alternatives are easy to find” said another.
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Taste – Another Concern
In addition to the high cost of using Garden of Life Raw Fit on a daily basis, many customers also complained about a chalky taste. This is a common problem with all-natural meal replacement shakes, making it difficult to find a weight loss shake that is easy to get down. “Extremely chalky and tastes like cardboard,” said one online review. Many customers agreed that the taste was less than ideal, with some offering humor or helpful advice to voice their frustration.
“If you like the taste of something foul in your mouth – this is the product for you,” said another. Some people did have success when mixing it with a smoothie or shake. “The flavor is bad and the texture is worse, but I choked it down by adding it to a smoothie,” said one helpful review.
We’ve researched diet and exercise programs, and have concluded that anytime there is an element of a weight loss supplement that is more troublesome or difficult than necessary (taste, cost, difficult exercise routine, negative side effects, etc.) the likelihood of losing weight and keeping it off decreases significantly. If Garden of Life Raw Fit really does have a bad taste to many users, this could make long-term success difficult.
If you do stick with Garden of Life Raw Fit, we recommend you mix it with something to mask the taste. Reviewers online seemed to have success mixing this with fruit juice, chocolate milk, and smoothies.
Garden of Life Raw Fit seems to have some research proving that their ingredients are a healthy way to lose weight, but the studies are far from impressive. This meal replacement supplement hasn’t been featured in any published studies, and no research has been done comparing this supplement to a placebo. With the high cost of this product, we’d also like to see some research proving that this is more effective than supplements that are available at a fraction of the cost.
The Bottom Line
We like the variety of products and flavors offered by Garden of Life Raw Fit, and most users seem to have some success with their weight loss and fitness goals. We also like the convenience and all-natural ingredients that this meal replacement offers, but because of the lack of scientific data backing up their claims, we can’t recommend this meal replacement system as a long-term weight loss solution. We’re not sure that the high cost is justified with improved results, and we’re also concerned with the chalky taste.
If you’d like a more affordable weight loss alternative that offers proven results, we suggest a supplement that has clinical studies backing up its claims, doesn’t have a chalky taste, and is affordable for those trying to lose weight on a budget.
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For a limited time, the makers of Leptigen are even offering a special trial offer, which shows how confident they are that you’ll love their product and see positive results.