More than anything else, I just had to see what a “revolutionary blender bottle” looks like. As a guy who loves smoothies, that’s the part of Steve Bostic’s radio commercial that actually grabbed my attention. Steve introduces himself as the president of ‘Right Size Smoothies’ and proceeds in his pitch to offering the ‘free’ bottle:
“Order right now and get my ‘revolutionary blender bottle’ absolutely free.”
Well… I wondered. So when a buddy of mine told me his wife was using ‘Right Size Smoothies’, my curiosity got the best of me. On my way by their house for a short visit, I asked if I could take a look at the Right Size Smoothies container and its accompanying bottle. During the visit, before even asking “do Right Size Smoothies work”, I found myself holding the plastic blender bottle up to the light of the kitchen window:
“That’s it?” I asked with surprise, “That’s the revolutionary bottle?”
“Yeah”… said my buddy. “It’s a shaker bottle with a whisk ball inside.”
“Clever!” I replied… actually suspecting that the powder would probably mix fine without the whisk ball. Any frozen fruit or other added solid foods would obviously need an electric blender.
I grabbed the can of powder and instinctively turned toward the macro-nutrient breakdown on the label. Anyone wanting an answer to the “do Right-Size Smoothies work” question needs to know the basic nutrition per serving.
A single scoop has a scant 110 calories. It contains 12 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of protein, 3.5 grams of fat, and 4 grams of fiber. If a single scoop represents the ‘right size’ in ‘Right Size Smoothies’, then they’re definitely formulated to starve the fat off; this stuff would emaciate a 95-pound school girl. I’m guessing that a “meal” would be comprised of two scoops?
“No!” was the answer when I inquired as much of Jenny, my buddy’s wife: “I take a single scoop for a meal… that’s what the instructions say”, She said.
“Wow”, I replied. “I personally couldn’t make a decent bodybuilding meal out of this without using four full scoops. That would give me sufficient macro-nutrient quantities at a respectable ratio.”
Actually, it turns out that the macro-nutrient ratio of ‘Right Size Smoothies’ is pretty good. It comes out to about 40/30/30 – forty percent carbs, thirty percent protein, and thirty percent fat. Nice… gotta give’em a thumbs-up for that. They seem to have done their homework on macro ratios. This, despite the fact that they cite a ‘New England Journal of Medicine’ study showing that “weight loss” is mostly a matter of calorie counting. I guess they wanted to cover their bases… and the key word here is ‘mostly’; ‘Right Size Health & Nutrition Corp.’ (marketers of Right Size Smoothies) is – at least by assumption and practice – acknowledging that macro ratios play a role in health and fitness. That’s a good thing.
But this bright spot is a bit eclipsed by the fact that a suggested serving size would be enough to cause hunger pangs in a bird.
Oh… but they’ve got that taken care of. Anyone asking the “do Right Size Smoothies work” question should know the product contains ‘Appemine’, an appetite suppressant that will bury those nagging hunger pangs under a false sense of satiety. So apparently, the way the shakes “work”, is by feeding overweight people just enough nutrients for them to believe they’re being sufficiently nourished and then ‘zapping’ the nervous system warning that’s designed to tell them they’re not. Oh… maybe not so nice.
‘Do Right Size Smoothies Work’… and ‘What is Appemine?’
Before you conclude that I’m being hyper critical, you need to consider two important questions pertaining to long-term leanness:
- What will drastic ‘weight loss’ do to lean body mass and metabolism?
- Is there a rebound effect when coming off the use of an appetite suppressant?
As my regular readers know, I hate the term “weight loss.” I think nothing’s done more damage to many people’s long-term prospects for leanness than the reckless tossing around of these words. When this overly general semantic sears into our subconscious minds, we program ourselves to forget that it’s ONLY body fat we want to lose and lean body mass that we want to keep (or gain). By forgetting this or never being aware of it, we tend to reduce calories too much and lose youthful muscle tissue as a result
With this in mind, I wouldn’t want to see an appetite suppressant (like appemine) having someone believing that nine grams of protein is a sufficient serving to preserve muscle mass while losing body fat. I don’t think it’s enough even for a small-framed woman who spaces her meals three hours apart. I’d say that amount needs to be at least doubled, bringing potential quantity up to a respectable twenty grams (or close to it) per meal. The simple addition of eight ounces of nonfat milk as a mixer will do the trick – effectively doubling the amount of protein (and calories, I might add).
According to the Right Size Smoothies Website, appemine is a proprietary blend of green tea, guarana, fiber, cinnamon twig, galangal root, and cayenne pepper fruit. The first two ingredients – green tea and guarana – contain caffeine and are known to stimulate the nervous system and suppress appetite. Added fiber (third ingredient listed) is also good for prolonging satiety, along with maintaining digestive health. Cinnamon twig is an herb that’s touted for its antioxidant qualities and many health benefits. Galangal root is widely used as a food additive in Asia and could provide antioxidant and possible lipid-lowering benefits. Cayenne pepper fruit has been shown in some studies to slightly boost metabolism and help with fat loss.
So that’s a quick description of appemine. Does it suppress appetite? I can’t say for certain because I’ve never personally tried it. If it does, I would hope it’s somewhat subtle and not too powerful in its effect.
“Why?” You ask.
Because it’s unrealistic to stay on the stuff indefinitely and I can only imagine the possible rebound effect of ravenousness when coming off it. Maybe this is speculative on my part, but long-term success is worth considering when asking “do Right Size Smoothies work.”
‘Do Right Size Smoothies Work?’ Probably “Yes”… and “No”
I’ll tell you straight-up that this topic is unlikely to ever elicit an unbiased answer from me. That’s because I’m a bodybuilder, and an advocate of people building their figures and physiques rather than tearing them down. Even clinically obese people I see on the street are viewed by me as possessing strong, athletically muscular, and lean persons trying to emerge from within.
For this reason, I see Right Size Smoothies as likely being effective in the short term for “losing weight” while probably being ineffective for long-term leanness and body fat control. Moreover, if a fat-fighting dieter becomes conditioned to believe that he or she can only control body fat with an appetite suppressant-laced, premeasured smoothie, well… that’s great for the company selling it and possibly not so great for the dieter.
Your feedback is welcome and encouraged… especially if you’ve used Right Size Smoothies.