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Hi everyone! In this IdealFit review, I’m taking a look at some of the products I ordered from the company: IdealLean BCAAs for women, the IdealLean Protein Bars, and the IdealLean Oatmeal. Note: I did use an IdealFit coupon code for the order to save a few dollars. Because we promote the brand, and its sister brands here on MyFavDeals.org, we cannot order through our own links; however, we are allowed to use the coupon codes to help us save money – just like the promo codes we have here on the site!
Of course you can order through our links, and we do hope you will if you decide to try any of the products – in fact, here is a great link to check out some IdealFit Sample Packs: IdealFit Sample Bundles – Only $9.99 You’ll find IdealFit BCAA samples there too! (Thank you!)
Anyway, I initially spoke about WHY we were ordering these products in our review for the IdealShape brand (you can read that review here).
Then, in my initial video about the IdealFit brand, I review the ordering process, along with how to use the coupon codes. I’ve put that video here – and you can just continue scrolling past the video to jump right to the full IdealFit review.
IdealLean BCAAs Review – Branched-Chain Amino Acids for Women
Okay, let’s start with the IdealLean BCAAs for women. BCAA stands for “Branched-Chain Amino Acids,” and are basically a combination of 3 different amino acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine.
But, what are amino acids to begin with, and why are they important? Without getting into the chemical structure of amino acids (you can learn more here at this government site: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002222.htm, and here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amino_acid), amino acids are compounds that are considered to be “building blocks” in the human body, and they combine to make protein.
While each amino acid has a different function, the BCAAs in particular come in very handy for people who participate in strenuous workouts, because they help repair muscle tissue, relieve soreness, and help relieve fatigue after your workout.
A lot of people who go to the gym I’ve been working out at are really into BCAAs, and I decided to give them a try. The IdealLean BCAAs for Women are also supposed to help energy levels.
Contains Green Tea Extract
So, I decided to try them! One of the things I liked about the IdealLean BCAAs, is that the source of the caffeine in the blend is green tea extract. When I first took it, I noticed something very interesting. When I go to the gym, I typically don’t have tea or coffee in the morning, before I go. I like to just kind of go, maybe have my IdealShape meal replacement shake, if anything.
So, what I did is I sipped the BCAAs during my workout. After the workout, by the time I got home (it might have been 11:00 in the morning or so) I noticed something. I noticed that I didn’t have any headache! Seriously, usually when I go out in the morning and I have not had coffee or tea, by late morning I feel a little headache. I always just accept that it’s part of drinking caffeine every day and then going without!
But I didn’t have that with this and I realized it was probably because of the green tea. But, there was something else. I didn’t have any jitters either!
I know I’ve mentioned this before (in my Lumonol review here), that I am very prone to caffeine jitters by nature. So, that’s why I usually stop drinking coffee or tea after even just one cup – maybe 2, max, because if I drink too much of it, I just don’t feel real well. I didn’t experience anything like this at all with the IdealLean BCAAs. So, that’s something to keep in mind, especially if you are caffeine sensitive, this might work really well for you.
A Little on the Sweet Side
The other thing that I did notice is, if you mix this according to the directions, which is one scoop of the product, to eight ounces of water, I found it to be a little on the sweet side for my taste. So, what I’ve been doing is mixing the scoop into a full quart of water. Besides cutting the sweetness, it also lasts me my entire workout, and is more refreshing.
So, if you find that it’s too sweet, just go ahead and dilute it. A lot of people like sweet drinks, but I’m not terribly keen on overly sweet drinks myself.
I do like that they include coconut water powder (which has electrolytes, and helps rehydrate).
I’m going to continue using these during my heavier workout days and I also think on some really hot days when I’m doing yard work. The other day when I was mowing the lawn, I was out there for nearly an hour and a half straight and it was well over 90 degrees out. It’s also a push mower – that is, not self-propelled – so it was a pretty strenuous workout just doing that!
After I came in, I mixed up some of the BCAAs, and I just felt a little bit better. Of course, in hindsight, what I should have done (and what I’ll do next time), was to premix a quart of this, when I’m out there doing the lawn and especially on a hot day and have that to help support my “lawn work out!”
Best BCAAs for Women?
But, is IdealLean the best BCAAs for women? IdealFit seems to think so. And, because they add Tonalin CLA along with the Green Tea Extract with the idea that this could possibly help with weight loss, it would most likely appeal to women who are working on losing weight (me included!).
I didn’t see anything in the mix that would preclude men from using it.
IdealLean Protein Bars Review
The next thing on the list is the IdealLean Protein Bars! I ordered a box of the chocolate mint flavor bars. There are 180 calories in a bar, and I have to say that they continue to “hold” me very well! As I mentioned earlier, I have been using the IdealShape Meal Replacement Shake, which also tends to hold me well. Again, Martin and I spoke about the IdealShake earlier (here).
Protein Content vs Carbs
So, the bars have 180 calories and a total of 20 grams total carbs. 12 of those grams is fiber – so that’s really good! There is only one gram of sugar. There are six grams of sugar alcohol – so if I’m doing the math correctly, the net carb content on a bar is only 2 grams.
Also, the protein is a whey protein isolate, which was another real good plus about it since I’ve come to prefer whey protein isolate. I try to avoid any type of soy protein.
The only thing that I found about this IdealLean Protein Bar flavor was that the chocolate was not quite as “chocolatey” as I’d like. The mint flavor was fine. But, for my tastes, the chocolate flavor was a little light.
Now, if I could describe the texture, I’d have to say that it’s like a chewy brownie. There is no crunch or other textures in it at all like I have gotten used to with Quest bars. It’s more like a kind of a chewy, dense brownie.
I like the overall nutrition content of the bars, and again, they keep me feeling satisfied for quite a while – more than a few hours, actually. So, that’s really good!
IdealLean Oatmeal Review (with 20 grams of Protein)
I ordered the Peaches and Cream flavored Oatmeal and was pretty impressed! I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of another company other than IdealFit or IdealLean adding protein to oatmeal, but this really clicked with me. The fact that this little packet has 20 grams of protein is good for me because I KNOW that I tend to need protein. I can’t really touch any type of cereal.
And, I always liked oatmeal, but one of the reasons I stopped eating it as much is because I just felt like it was too high in carbs and not enough protein to kind of give me that full feeling that I need. People always say stuff like, “it sticks to your ribs,” but that has never been the case for me!
Whey Protein Concentrate and Milk Protein Concentrate
Now, the protein source in the oatmeal is whey protein concentrate – and not whey protein isolate which, as I mentioned, is my favorite source of protein powder. But it is whey protein concentrate, along with milk protein concentrate. I’m not sure why they didn’t just go with the isolate, but perhaps it’s a textural thing? Or, maybe they needed it to get a more creamy flavor since it is “peaches and cream.” Hard to tell.
When I saw that the sweetener was sucralose, I was a little concerned because that’s what they use for the BCAAs, and I was afraid it might be too sweet – after all, you can’t really dilute oatmeal with as much water as you can the BCAAs!
But, I needn’t have worried, because the oatmeal was NOT too sweet. I don’t know why. Maybe they just went a little lighter on the sucralose but the flavor was more of what I expected.
The texture of the mix coming out of the package appeared to be a little powdery, and I wondered how it might mix. But, once I added the water and let it sit a little, I found that the texture was exactly what I would expect with a bowl of oatmeal.
Like I said, it wasn’t too sweet either. The peach flavor was not too heavy either. I guess you can tell I’m not a real fan of like super sweet, super sweet stuff (unless it’s chocolate, then we’re good!).
No Sugar High or Crash for Me!
What I then wondered about was how my body would feel with what I felt was a high ratio of carbs to protein. The total carbs was 22 grams, with only five grams of that as fiber. Then, there are 9 grams of sugar in the mix.
I was hoping that the 20 grams of protein, would offset the carbs for me, and that I wouldn’t get a sugar rush or crash.
So, while I was doing the IdealFit review on video (you’ll see the whole thing below), I kept track of how I felt for about 45 minutes, and then again after a couple of hours.
So, I have to say, at least for me that the total of 9 grams of sugar may have been offset a little bit by the protein content. I don’t know for sure but I can say that I did not have any adverse effects. How it will feel for you, personally, I don’t know. But, so far, this is kind of a win-win as far as I’m concerned because I get to enjoy a breakfast oatmeal again and have the added benefit of the protein.
Well, that pretty much wraps up my IdealFit and IdealLean review!
They also have an IdealLean Protein Powder – which I’d be willing to bet is similar to the IdealShape Meal Replacement Shake that I really like.
If I wind up buying any kind of different products from them like one of the supplements, I’ll do another review for that!
Don’t Forget the IdealFit Coupon Codes and Specials!
If you are planning on trying IdealFit products, we hope you’ll consider checkout out our IdealFit Coupon Code section here: https://myfavdeals.org/store/idealfit-coupon-codes/ The company lets us know when they are having new specials, and when they do, we post them in that section of the site!
Thanks so much for reading!