Disclaimer: This is an unbiased review. As an SPA, I am often provided with opportunities to review certain fitness/health related products. I was not paid for my review, but did receive a free product for testing.
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A few weeks ago I was awarded the opportunity to try out MealEnders signaling lozenges. What are MealEnders? They are toted as the cure to overeating and work by acting on our body’s physical and psychological cues to help you avoid overeating and master portion control.
According to the MealEnder’s website this is how they work….
“MealEnders’ active-taste formula rewards and resets your taste buds, distracting you from the temptation to overindulge. First the delicious Reward Layer treats you to the sweet taste of dessert – a signal we typically associate with the end of a meal. Then the Inner Core’s Active-Taste Layer releases a proprietary blend of gentle, cool tingling sensations on the tongue, which engage the trigeminal nerve, distracting your mind from the urge to continue overeating. You can feel your MealEnder go to work instantly.”
I wasn’t quite sure what to think when I heard of this theory, but figured it couldn’t hurt to give them a try. I’m all for finding things that can help stop my brain’s hunger signals and popping a piece of ‘candy’ seemed easy enough.
Let’s first talk about taste! These little lozenges were not what I expected. I imagined that they would just be straight up hard candy that I would suck on. They’re not just hard candy though, they are coated in a creamy outer layer that is super decadent. I loved each flavor, but my favorite was the Chocolate Mint.
Chocolate Mint: These reminded me of Andes mints and they were delish! The only down side is that they left me craving Andes mints!
Cinnamon: These were not what I expected, the flavor is reminiscent of apple pie or coffee cake. I unexpectedly enjoyed these.
Citrus: These reminded me of lemon custard or a creamy lemon meringue flavor.
Mocha: These were my least favorite of the flavors, but they were still good. I’m just not a huge mocha person.
I wish I could say that these little lozenges are miracle workers, but I can’t. I do think they aid in keeping your mind occupied after you’re finished eating a meal, but for me the first few minutes of tasting the creamy outer layer send me into craving mode. I know this might not be the case for everybody, but I try to avoid candy like foods because they are triggers for me.
That doesn’t mean I didn’t think they had a positive effect. I did find that waiting it out and getting to the end of the lozenge did help to stop my urge to eat more. The taste of the lozenge changes as you work your way through and the unique tingling sensation at the end does help to turn of the urge to eat more.
I do like having them for days where I struggle with overeating, but I don’t feel like they are meant for me at every meal. I might be more apt to use them when I’m dining out or indulging in foods that I am more prone to overeating. I know that right now, with my current meal plan, I’m having a hard enough time eating all of the food on my plate (I’m in a higher bracket of the 21 Day Fix Extreme plan and it’s a lot of food!) and adding in a hunger stopping lozenge doesn’t make sense.
In short, I do sense the effect and have seen the most success with using them after an evening meal (when hunger cues are high).
I recommend these lozenges for your cheat meals or for when you have a hard time shutting off the hunger (when you know you’ve had enough to eat). I don’t necessarily think they are good for people like me that struggle with craving triggers–for me these often left me craving more chocolate or sweets and for the 20 minutes I worked on them I couldn’t stop day dreaming about desserts.
I do feel like once you get to the end the effect is greater, but I find it hard to believe that you can’t achieve the same effect by brushing your teeth immediately after a meal. I will continue to use the remainder of the product and hope that my view may change, but upon my initial uses I’m not extremely impressed.
I do think they would work great if you’re someone that doesn’t struggle with food triggers and would highly recommend them to you. For me the triggering effect is too high and I felt like it outweighed the benefit. I should add that on the days where the trigger wasn’t as bad I did notice a decline in my hunger cues, especially when used in the evenings.
If you’re interested in trying these out for yourself be sure to get entered into my giveaway!! To enter visit the link below and get entered!