Lichi Super Fruit Meal Replacement - Does It Work?

Lichi Super Fruit Meal Replacement

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Marissa Taylor
By Marissa Taylor
January 30, 2013

Customers describe the Lichi Super Fruit Meal Replacement shake as “delicious” and “one of the best tasting meal replacements.” But if deliciousness was all that mattered in a meal replacement, I would be eating a milkshake.

Is there something that makes the Lichi Super Fruit Meal Replacement stand out? Let’s take a look.

What’s Inside the Chocolate Blend?

Let’s check out what’s inside the Lichi Super Fruit Meal Replacement shake that supposedly makes it different. There are about 45 total ingredients, including many additives and vitamins, so I’ll summarize.

Protein Blend

Whey Protein Concentrate – Among the most popular forms of protein, whey comes from dairy sources. Whey protein concentrate contains 89% or less pure protein, but has enough calories and fat to be a meal replacement. It helps you feel fuller longer, which can lead to weight loss.

Weight Loss: Studies show whey protein prompts weight loss and fat loss. In one study, participants drank a whey protein shake before breakfast and dinner for 12 weeks. They lost weight and body fat. [1]
Soy Protein Isolate – Derived from soy beans, this is another popular ingredient in meal replacement shakes. The fat and carbohydrates are removed from soybeans, and soy protein is all that’s left.

Weight Loss: Soy protein lowers body weight as well as fast mass. [2] In animal studies, soybean protein improves insulin resistance and promotes fat loss. [3]
Unfortunately, the total protein content in this blend is only 5 grams, which isn’t enough to prove as effective as these studies. It also may not be enough to suppress your appetite.

Flavoring

Cocoa – Not only does this ingredient create flavor, but cocoa is full of antioxidants and fiber. It’s also low in calories.

Lichi Berry – This berry contains vitamin C, potassium and other vitamins. It’s also directly linked to weight loss studies.

Fat Burning: One study showed that daily lychee extract results in lower body weight, abdominal fat, and waist size. [4]

Vitamins

There are many vitamins that contribute to a general healthy diet. These include biotin, potassium, niacin, calcium, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamins A and D, zinc, and many more.

Because ingredient amounts are unlisted in this chocolate blend, it’s difficult to know how healthy it actually is.

What Customers Are Saying

There aren’t many reviews for the Lichi Superfruit Meal Replacement online, but most existing reviews are positive.

Amazon user laner says, “One of the best tasting meal replacements I’ve tried.”

Customer JB Adventures writes in a review, “I love using this stuff in my smoothies with fruit! Most shakes have a funky taste but Lichi’s tastes great!”

Amazon user A. Gonzales describes her success with a combination of the Lichi meal replacement and a fairly low calorie diet, plus exercise. She says, “I drink this every morning around 8am to replace my breakfast. It keeps me full and satisfies my sweet tooth. After three weeks of a healthy 1,200 calorie diet and exercising 4-5 days per week, I have lost 8 pounds already…Thanks to the meal replacement, I save calories by reducing my breakfast intake.”

What We Love About Lichi Super Fruit Meal Replacement

• The website – It’s full of recipe ideas, meal plans, exercise routines, and other helpful information.
• Low calorie content – 120 calories is low for a meal replacement.
• Whey and soy protein – Both protein types are proven effective for weight and fat loss.
• No false claims – This supplement doesn’t claim to be magic; you have to put in the work to see results.
• Easy to find – There are several websites and stores that sell Lichi products.

Where the Lichi Super Fruit Meal Replacement Falls Short

• Low protein content
• Ingredient amounts unlisted
• No free trial offer
• No guarantee or returns
• Few customer testimonials
• Bad for people with milk, soy, or fish allergies
• Long ingredient list, which means more chance of side effects or allergies

What You’ll Pay

Below are prices for the 30 ounce canister:

• LichiSuperFruit.com: $24.99
• Amazon.com: $24.99
• DrugStore.com: $30.98
• LuckyVitamin.com: $28.94

Should You Try the Lichi Super Fruit Meal Replacement?

First and foremost, this product is not for people with milk, soy, or seafood allergies. But if you’re looking to cut down calories, the Lichi Super Fruit Meal Replacement could do that. It may not be an effective appetite suppressant because it only has 5 grams of protein.

Because the official site lacks a free trial, guarantee, or return policy, I would suggest buying from a third party site or store.

References

[1] Frestedt J, Zenk J, Kuskowski M, Ward L, Bastian E. “A whey-protein supplement increases fat loss and spares lean muscle in obese subjects: a randomized human clinical study.” Nutrition & Metabolism Journal. 2008. Available from: http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/5/1/8

[2] Velasquez M, Bhathena S. “Role of Dietary Soy Protein in Obesity.” “International Journal of Medical Sciences. 2007;4(2) 72-82. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1838825/

[3] Iritani N, Sugimoto T, Fukuda H, Komiya M, Ikeda H. “Dietary soybean protein increases insulin receptor gene expression in Wistar fatty rats when dietary polyunsaturated fatty acid level is low.” Journal of Nutrition. 1997 Jun;127(6):1077-83. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9187620/

[4] Nishihira J, Sato-Ueshima M, Kitadate K, Wakame K, Fujii H. “Amelioration of abdominal obesity by low-molecular-weight polyphenol (Oligonol) from lychee.” Journal of Functional Foods. Volume 1, Issue 4, October 2009. Pp. 341-348. Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1756464609000565

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