310 Shakes, a popular meal replacement drink made by 310 Nutrition, debuted in 2003 and has become a popular meal replacement shake, mostly because of all the buzz generated online by the company and users who hashtag the heck out of 310 Shakes social media posts.
The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind 310 SHAKES
A study published in 2003 in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders says that partial meal replacement (PMR) strategies for overweight and obese people (meal replacements are almost universally some sort of shake-like drink) are generally effective, although it does not mention 310 Shakes directly.
Word on the Street About 310 SHAKES
The 310 Nutrition website reviews page is not likely a location for full, candid, and objective reviews. In fact, more than 56,000 reviewers gave 310 Shakes an average of 4.75 out of 5 stars. Hmm.
So to Amazon.com we go, where candor is common. There are 214 reviews on the 310 Chocolate Shake with an overall score of 3.6 out of 5 stars. Nearly 60 percent rate it as a five-star product, but otherwise reviews are all over the map, from 1 to 4 stars. We’ll look at one from each:
“Renee” (2016, 5 stars) is a huge fan.
There were 16 1-star reviews, and all save one or two took issue with the taste. But “Mahakall” (2017, 1 star) took issue with a lot more than taste.
“Jack of All Trades” (2014, 2 stars) had a kinda-sorta critique:
The Bottom Line on 310 Shake
Depends. Meal replacement plans are generally safe if you drink shakes that are full of protein, vitamins, essential nutrients and are not “energy” drinks. And at only 90 calories per, and if you can get past the taste some complain about, it may work for some. 310 Shakes are not cheap; but then again, you are replacing whole meals and they don’t come cheap either.
310 SHAKES Claims
310 Shakes claim to be “unlike any other meal replacement shakes you’ve seen or tried.” 310 Nutrition claims its meal replacement shakes are “absolute best of the best in a product that will not only enable you to lose weight, but will also give you a new lease on life – helping you develop a functional, healthier lifestyle that’s perfect for you.”
That’s quite the claim. What makes these meal replacement shakes better than the hundreds of similar meal replacement products? 310 Nutrition says it’s their “unique proprietary blend of proteins, called Tri-Plex.”
Each 310 Shake is packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and comes in vanilla and chocolate flavors. At 90 calories each, this shake is a fraction of the average daily 300-to-800 calorie meal, so subbing that big lunch out seems like a no-brainer way to lose weight by significantly reducing your intake. And that’s exactly what 310 Shake contends.
Nowhere else will you find meal replacement shakes that taste as amazing as 310 Shakes, or proven weight loss and fitness products that actually work (with millions of real user reviews to prove it), or ingredient lists so good that your doctor will be thoroughly impressed.
One reason 310 Nutrition Shake has been so successful is its assertive, focused social marketing strategy: millions of followers across all social media platforms. Big-name paid celebrity endorsers hawking 310 Shake on Instagram and Facebook, and boasts from 310 Nutrition about the as-seen-on-TV, in magazines, blog posts and in videos—think TMZ, Shape magazine, E!, even celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton—has likely made a huge impact on sales.
Another key for 310 Shake is the support, coaching, and “community” of users:
Because taking the steps necessary to live a healthier lifestyle is not a process you need to embark on alone. The 310 Nutrition Community is an unmatched group where you can share with others who are also on journeys to better health, and find all the resources, as well as health advice you need to succeed.
310 Nutrition also claims that its shakes are good. No, way better than good:
So they taste good (we’ll see if that’s true in a minute). But what about effectiveness? Will you lose weight drinking 310 Shakes?
310 Nutrition does not make any claim of a specific number of pounds of weight loss a user might see.
Everyone is different so we cannot tell you exactly how much you will lose. However, users have reported good results when replacing one meal a day with a 310 Shake, and enhanced results when replacing two meals a day with 310 Shakes as well as adding other proven 310 weight loss products. Many users report seeing results fast when sticking to a disciplined regimen.
310 does promise that the shakes taste good, that they will boost metabolism, curb appetite, and cravings, increase energy, and provide dietary nutrients, and finally they will “maximize your weight loss.”
There it is: 310 Shakes will maximize your weight loss. And it offers a full 30-day (well, the returned product has to be back in their warehouse by day 30, so I’d give that a week’s leeway) money-back guarantee and a price match compared to other meal replacement shakes. And it should be noted that 310 Nutrition doesn’t claim the shakes or other meal replacement products will alone do the job: you must eat right and exercise.
A 310 Shake 28-serving package runs almost $70. The starter kit includes 310 Shake recipes e-book, a 30 minute session with a live online coach, a shaker, the shake mix, and either their Thin energy drink or Metaboost supplement, for $98 plus shipping, handling and taxes, which vary. There are a number of other options, including a bundle for $250 that includes four bags of shake mix and an extra plastic shaker.
310 SHAKE Ingredients
310 Shake ingredients run the gamut from superfood greens, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, plant proteins, and amino acids. But it’s not all good greens.
310 Nutrition’s proprietary blend TriPlex is made from pea, brown rice and hemp, a so-called plant-based protein formula with “immense support to aid in weight loss.”
Because two supplements can be added to the Starter Kit, we’ll glance quickly at them.
310 Thin, the appetite suppressant, contains the so-called “safe” version of ephedra, Advantra Z from Nutratech Sciences, which 310 Nutrition claims is “clinically proven to increase the body’s metabolic rate and increase energy.”
We’ve looked at this ingredient before, and I noted that while it’s basically bitter orange—often used in diet and performance enhancing supplements—combined with caffeine, it’s banned by the NCAA, can cause high blood pressure and increased heart rate.
Capsimax Plus is found in the 310 MetaBoost and is essentially capsaicin, the hot pepper extract . In this case, it is “microencapsulated using a patented OmniBead technology, which delivers effective levels of the active principles in the peppers while reducing internal irritation.”
Of course, MetaBoost also contains Chromium Picolinate, Caffeine, and Green Tea Extract, all also known for their claims of energy boosting, so it’s not all the peppers.
310 SHAKE Alternatives
Based on our research people frequently try to compare 310 Shake to other weight loss solutions. Often the brands and their products are different in many ways which makes it hard to compare apples-to-oranges. This is our attempt to compare below 7 and pick the winner, even if in some cases the margins are very, very small, and the choice is personal. This is not necessarily to say that we recommend any of the winners, instead this is simply author’s opinion when asked to compare each. Please take this information with the grain of salt and do your own research. If making dietary changes we recommend consulting with your medical doctor.
|310 Shake||Thrive Patch|
|310 Shake||Plexus Slim|
|310 Shake||18 Shake|
|310 Shake||Ideal Shape|
|310 Shake||Trim Down Club (Favorite)|
310 SHAKE vs Thrive Patch
In the Thrive Patch vs 310 Shake showdown, forgetting the marketing and direct sales and dubious efficacy of the gimmicky dermal patches from Thrive, I’m just looking at their shakes, which are not specially called meal replacement options (because the rest of this brand is not worth the money by any stretch). Oh, wait. Sorry. You can’t just check out their shake or any of their products until you register. Ugh. That’s part of the reason I am opposed so emphatically to the multi-level marketing scheme in the so-called weight management and nutrition business. Anyway, I was nonetheless able to find out what exactly is in in their shakes by poking around online. There’s some good stuff inside, but the not-so-good stuff cancels the rest of it out: sucralose, soy (which is likely genetically modified as much shipped to the US is), additives like maltodextrin, polysaccharide and then, garcinia cambogia which I recommend against. In any event, I’m not even sure what purpose this shake serves, if any. On the other hand, 310 Shake is chock-a-block with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and at 90 calories each, it’s a fraction of an average meal that can run from 300 to 1000 calories. Sub out that meal with this shake once a day, and if and only if, you’re seriously overweight or obese, (ask your doctor first) perhaps even two meals. I am going with 310 Shake. No question.
310 SHAKE vs Plexus Slim
And in this corner, it’s Plexus Slim vs 310 Shake. The pink drink that promises to make you shrink isn’t the worst thing in the world and some people have success with it, but I love science and science has backed up the claim that a healthy, protein- and nutrient-rich shake (or smoothie) as a meal replacement can be effective for weight loss, or at least to kick start the shedding of pounds, in those who are very overweight. The 310 Shake is mostly nutritionally sound (with a few exceptions but nothing too dangerous; though ask your doctor before starting any meal replacement or energy drink diet plan) and is sugar, soy, and dairy-free with no artificial ingredients or harmful chemicals. Plexus Slim, which is a multi-level marketing company, pushes their Pink Drink, which the company early on called it’s ‘winner,’ pretty forcefully. You should know the original formula contained the now outlawed 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA) and that raises the question: was the original pink drink a winner because of the potentially dangerous compound? Who knows. Who wants to find out? Not me. I will say however, that Plexus Slim does include prebiotics which help to grow healthy flourishing flora in your gut and of course a healthy gut is a better gut and can lead to a smaller tummy. I know this to be true because I began incorporating more foods with natural prebiotics and I dropped a couple of pounds (true story). Foods including plant fibers like artichokes, avocados, garlic, leeks, onions, shallots, chives and any breads made from 100 percent whole or sprouted grains without any added junk. In short, skip the Plexus Slim and cook these foods or, if you want to do the meal replacement thing, stick with 310 Shake, folks.
310 SHAKE vs Slim Fast
Oof! The old school versus the new! It’s Slim Fast vs 310 Shake showdown time. Slim Fast has been around for decades. It started just with shakes (one for breakfast, one for lunch, then a sensible dinner, was the direction). But like so many other diet products, it had it’s iterations and changed with the times like when it went low-carb following the Atkins and South Beach trends (and the overall move away from carbs for some serious weight loss). Then it was the 3-2-1 and now it’s the ‘eat 6 times a day’ protocol; two meal replacement shakes (or smoothies), one 500-calorie meal, and three of their Slim Fast brand snacks. Listen, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that partial meal replacement shakes can produce weight loss and improve weight-related health risks, but, they add, those shakes better be good for you. It’s debatable whether Slim Fast shakes meet these requirements. The ingredients have changed over the years, but the big plus is the massive amount of protein found in the shakes and new smoothies. Slim Fast has been in business since 1977 so maybe they are onto something. People use Slim Fast all over the globe. My issue is that they now want people to make it Slim Fast stuff all day, every day with a measly 500 calorie regular meal including their snacks; 100-calorie servings of indulgent stuff like s’mores, cinnamon bun crisps, and sour cream and onion chips. You know what they’re doing here: they’re helping to keep you eating the crap you are used to eating in hopes you’ll stick with their plan. Skip the snacks, folks. They are made with soluble corn fibers, sodium, skim milk powders, and artificial marshmallow flavors. These little 5-ounce bags cost more than $5. They are a fix, a substitute, and are designed for only consuming 1 ounce per serving. I can see someone ripping open the bag and before you know it, the whole whopping 5 ounces is eaten and 500-plus calories of junk consumed. No. Sorry. Just no. 310 Shake may not be perfect, far from it, but it’s likely a better choice if you feel like a meal replacement strategy is your best bet for weight loss.
310 SHAKE vs 18 Shake
Still in the meal replacement shake territory, how about 18 Shake vs 310 Shake? I am not an 18 Shake fan in part because it’s maker 18 Nutrition strongly suggests you use the meal replacement shake with its brand Sletrokor, a terrible stimulant appetite suppressant. I was not happy when I learned this. The website features very young and very thin girls, which also got my Irish up. But okay, let’s just talk shakes here. Diet shakes. Who wins in the battle? 18 Shake does sub out the awful GMO soy for whey protein so that’s cool. But, it’s the Fibersol-2 appetite suppressant that I question, so I dug around. Made by global chemical giants, Fibersol-2 is a soluble corn fiber that acts as a low-calorie bulking agent containing 90 percent dietary fiber. An engineered ‘food’ to make you think you are full. It’s a digestion-resistant maltodextrin spray-dried powder produced by messing around in the lab with it and cornstarch. When this hits your gut, it is not digested. And people, this stuff is everywhere and in so many foods. Anyway, 18 Shake has a huge social media following and people generally are kind of thumbs up. But I still prefer 310 Shake and it has a lot to do with how 18 Nutriton, parent of 18 Shake, tries to sell users an appetite suppressant loaded with garcinia cambogia and other appetite suppressants, none of which are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). So it’s 310 Shake in this matchup.
310 SHAKE vs SHAKELOGY
How about Shakeology vs 310 Shake? One reason 310 Shake has been successful is it’s smart social media marketing strategy which led to millions of followers in nearly all platforms and it has shown up in celebrity social media posts, on TV, and in magazines. There is a lot of buzz. Although, the same could be said for Shakeology. Shakeology is very similar to 310 Shake in that it is a meal replacement. But that’s where it ends. Shakeology, made by BeachBody, is a multi-level marketing business that pushes it’s product and I mean pushes it. And, the ingredients are a bit sketchy—lots of herbs you and I are unfamiliar with. And it’s not cheap; the cost is the biggest gripe from users. Many say to shop around if you want a healthy meal replacement shake. I don’t disagree with that. But keep this in mind: on Google, of 2700 reviews, 310 Shake earned a 4.6 out of 5 stars. Now Google reviews can obviously be biased. Really, who knows? But overall, I think 310 Shake may be a better option in this case.
310 SHAKE vs Ideal Shape
Ideal Shape is made up of shakes, bars, energy drinks, vitamins, probiotics, collagen and you name it. Let’s look at their shakes and compare: it’s Ideal Shape vs 310 Shake. At $230 (before discounts and coupons on the website) for 120 servings, the Ideal Shape meal replacement shake does not come cheap. But maybe it’s worth it? The Ideal Shape shake contains Slendesta, a potato protein extract that controls appetite and cravings for a few hours. This engineered ingredient, though not genetically modified (GMO) is made by a company called Kemin, and is supposed to effectively suppress appetite. I have not found any serious side effects or negative reviews on this ingredient…yet. It does seem to work to help you feel fuller longer. It’s made from potato so makes sense, I guess. But it also has sugar, sucralose (artificial sweetener), and sunflower oil cream. Sunflower oil cream? I’ll pass. Congrats 310 Shake, you’ve made it this far, but sorry, no cigar.
310 SHAKE vs TRIM DOWN CLUB
In the bout, Trim Down Club vs 301 Shake, I am here to tell you, this is not a fair fight: Trim Down Club has it all over 310 Shake and every other diet I have just reviewed here today. And for a bunch of reasons. Beginning with the fact that Trim Down Club doesn’t rely on bogus ingredients and dubious claims. It is quite simply a smart way to eat—whole healthy nutrient-dense foods—making sure to get a good stretch of the legs every day and it’s also a Club where like-minded folks meet to share and support one another. That’s it. And people lose weight and are healthier and when you feel and look better, it may make you a little happier. And it’s far cheaper than a date night. There’s just nothing better that I have found. Yet.