“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of underWAY and Smart for Life and received samples of the products to review.”
After giving birth to my son a over three months ago, I’ve been eager to try anything that will help reprogram how I eat. I received samples of the Smart for Life line of weight supplement foods and drinks to review. I was intrigued by the fame this diet had received. Touted as the cookie diet, its website says their weight loss products “include natural ingredients that have proven health benefits including reducing cholesterol, increase bone health, improving intestinal health and maintaining cholesterol, glucose and insulin levels that are already in the normal range.” Excess sugar increases hunger, a truth I know well. Often I’m hungry, rifling for snacks in my purse or hoping that I left a frozen lunch in the office fridge. It’s not the way to live or to get back to my pre-pregnancy body.
The accompanying materials included advice about food and that the goal was to keep between hunger and satiated and to do that is by controlling insulin levels. It has been a successful diet for some. This paragraph alone made me believe that it was worth looking into: “A recent study done at the Boca Raton Smart for Life Weight Management Center. Out of 46 subjects that visited and used a portion-controlled, protein-rich, low fat cookie with unique fiber technology, all subjects lost weight with the average being 13.1 pounds in 35 days. Five subjects lost over 20 pounds in 35 days and 20 subjects lost over 15 pounds in the first 35 days. The 46 participants lost a total of 601 pounds with one patient losing 38.7 pounds in 35 days.”
The cupcakes were very tasty and much bigger than I had imagined. They were little cups that had a warm and rich taste. Often cupcakes are more flighty, tasty but without the substance that keeps me hungry for more. They were filling and sweet, a perfect way to introduce anyone to this diet.
The cookies had the same flavor profile as the cupcakes. I was suprised by their size and heft. These were dinky desserts, they had a lot of texture. They contained a bit of a crunch and spice, a simple but not too sweet combination. Another surprise was how filling they were, much more than the cupcakes. I had only one cookie and was done. I thought that I would be hungry again, but with these cookies, I was fine after one. Fine! I have never felt this way about cookies, and cookies and I have had a very dark and storied past. As skeptical as I was about a cookie being a meal, these really felt like meals.
The Smart Crunch tasted much like the cookies and resembled similar flavors. But as a snack, they were perfect. A handful was fine to carry me through an afternoon which is a sentence I’ve never typed. Normally, I would have said something like, this was a nice precursor to the Chinese buffet, but a few bites of the Smart Crunch kept me thinking about other foods.
The smart bagel looks more tempting than it actually is. Perhaps it was the way it was packaged or prepared, but this was not my favorite of the dried products. I thought it would have more of a melba toast quality, but it was chewy with a burnt aftertaste. I would rather skip bagels altogether than try to recreate the experience with one of these.
One of favorite Smart for Life products is their underWAY drink. This is delicious. I received both Grape and Acai-Pomegranate flavors and both of them were phenomenal. Whenever I’ve had a drink like this, I usually crave another salty food to match the fake sugar, but with this drink, I wasn’t craving anything when the bottle was done. That is not normal for a hungry gal like myself. I’m the type of person who finishes a drink like this and then yells ravages a bag of chips. With the drink, it was enough to keep me satisfied and quenched.
The vanilla shake didn’t have the same success as with the underWAY beverage. I poured cold water into the dry mix and set the bottle in the freezer. When I tasted it, it had the same frothy consistency as a malt but it was far too sweet for my palate.
Most of the Smart for Life products did have the ability to curb hunger while being tasty at the same time. While not every product was a hit out of the ballpark, there were enough options for me to enjoy myself while keeping my calories and insulin levels in check. The products for Smart for Life are perfect for someone who wants a flavorful way to health. It’s strict with what you can eat in addition to the products (no fruit, lean protein, etc.) but to achieve any kind of result, it requires work. Luckily, there are different products that match your flavor preferences and enough to choose from that can make this diet a success.
If you’re interested in purchasing underWAY and Smart for Life products, there is a special 10% discount code. Please use MCUS10OFFUW for underWAY products at www.underWAY.com and MCUS10OFFSFL at www.smartforlife.com. These expire August 30th.