Meal Enders is a company that was recently featured on the ABC hit TV series show, “Shark Tank.” The product is simply a small pack of lozenges you will suck on, similar to a cough drop, that is supposed to help you naturally regulate your portion control. The flavors are: Chocolate Mint, Cinnamon, Citrus, and Mocha. The website states the lozenges “Naturally transition you away from your desire to eat too much and help train the body to eat healthy, right sized portions.” Mark Bernstein is the CEO and founder of this simple little weight loss product, and they have a large list of other team members ranging from a chief nutrition officer, to a eating disorder specialist.
How Does Meal Enders Work?
It is a fairly simple process to follow, as these small lozenges can be consumed at any time. The most optimal time that the company recommends is in the middle of the meal. Many people are prone to overeating because they fail to realize what the small “pause” in a meal truly means. Many times, when we set our forks down for a small pause, it means we really have had enough to eat. This is when the meal ender should be taken, in hopes that it will lessen your desire to finish off your plate of food. It takes roughly 20 minutes for the brain to signal to the stomach it is full after eating, so understanding the pause is crucial for success.
These small lozenges are said to help reduce the urge to keep on eating, but how? The company makes it clear this product is not a drug or supplement rather a sensory activating food. How a meal ender works in the body can be broken down below:
- The hormone ghrelin travels to the brain and signals hunger.
- You will eat, and food will go into the stomach.
- Once you have been eating, it is probable you have eaten enough but the brain is not aware that you are full yet because it takes 20 minutes.
- TAKE THE MEAL ENDER AT THIS POINT IN THE MEAL
- The brain will be able to signal fullness more quickly which will result in less overeating.
Pros and Cons of Meal Enders
This product seems like it would be a “no brainer” to purchase, but what are the risks involved in doing so? An obvious positive is how easy the product is to take. Some cons are the ingredient list, so see below for an example of “mocha.”
French Vanilla Semisweet Chocolate (Chocolate liquor sugar, Cocoa Butter, Soya Lecithin), Dark Chocolate Coating (Sugar, Non-Hydrogenated Palm Kernal and Non-Hydrogenated Palm Oils, Cocoa, Nonfat Milk, Sorbitan Monostearate and Soy Lecithin, Pure Vanilla), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Palm Oil, Dried Coffee, and Natural and Artificial Flavors.
As you can see, these are not the healthiest lozenges to consume multiple times per day. Another con comes in the fact of the price, as these are not cheap to buy! This doesn’t really surprise me at all. For one bag (25 pieces) you will pay nearly $20.00. The company gives a 3 pack ($34.95) and a 9 pack ($89.95) option alongside of an auto ship program option. Those who have tried Meal Enders said that the products taste “okay” at the beginning but when you get to the inner layer they taste awful. Some even reported to have a sore tongue from eating the lozenges as they give off a numbing effect.
The Bottom Line: These are somewhat of a fad. There were more negative user comments than positive experiences when looking back at the facts. These little lozenges can also do some damage to your mouth, so beware!
This seems like a great idea and is very catchy right off the bat. When diving into actual details on the product and how it tastes along with its efficacy it seems as if they are a waste of money all together. They were featured on Shark Tank, which will automatically spark natural interest within people, but they are not worth the investment when it is all said and done. I would say to steer clear of this product and find another product that will help you become healthier overall, with better ingredients. This involve taking zero supplements at all, and just focusing on eating a more wholesome diet. There are ways to lose weight out there, and this lozenge that markets to help someone not to overeat is not one of them.