What are the benefits I can expect from
A delicious and satisfying meal
option with a low-glycemic-index
(approximately 28) and
heart-healthy soy protein that
ensures sound nutrition in a
convenient, tasty bar form.
Ensures a high quality source of
soy protein with a typical range
of 15 mg to 23 mg of
Provides a typical range of 2 to
2.5 mg of inulin, a prebiotic
fiber to support healthy
Contains a typical range of 70
mg to 100 mg of catechins, which
support a broad range of health
functions (including healthy
hormone balance, glucose
function, and blood sugar
Available in a variety of
Chocolate Raspberry, and
Chocolate Fudge (available
Apple Cinnamon and Lemon Zinger
feature a non-dairy vanilla soy
Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate
Banana, and Chocolate Fudge
feature a dairy-free chocolate
coating (ActivCoat™) with a
bioactive phytonutrient blend
that contains a typical range of
70 mg to 100 mg of catechins,
which support a broad range of
health functions (including
healthy hormone balance, glucose
function, and blood sugar
Is there caffeine in the chocolate UltraMeal
Yes, there is ~20 mg of caffeine per serving. To put
that in perspective, a cup of brewed coffee generally
contains 150 mg of caffeine, so the amount of caffeine
in UltraMeal products are probably too low to
significantly affect most people.
Can I use salt while on this program?
We suggest you use salt sparingly or not at all. If you
have been advised to restrict your salt intake, look for
salt-free products whenever canned or processed foods
are used in the diet. There are many good salt-free
seasonings available at your local health food store.
What additional spices or flavorings can I
Seasonings can enhance the natural flavors of food
without added butter, margarine, or salt. There is an
abundant array of other herbs and spices that can add
flavor and variety to foods. They have practically no
calories and can be used in endless combinations. Ask
your health care provider for suggestions or experiment
yourself with the list of herbs and spices we have
provided on the shopping list.
Can I drink coffee and tea?
This is a decision best left up to you and your health
care practitioner. We generally recommend consuming
water-processed decaffeinated coffee or decaffeinated
tea. Many herbal teas are naturally decaffeinated and
can add variety and flavor as well.
Can I drink diet drinks?
While diet sodas contain no calories, they often leave
people desiring other sweet snacks because of their
sweet taste. Additionally, there is some research that
suggests the artificial sweetener aspartame may be
associated with some health problems. We therefore do
not recommend diet drinks, although that decision is
best left to your health care practitioner. We do
recommend you consume 6-8 glasses of water a day.
Low-sodium seltzer or mineral water may also be used.
Can I use canned vegetables instead of fresh
vegetables with this program?
Fresh and frozen vegetables retain more of their
vitamins and generally have little added salt. If these
are unavailable, try to purchase canned vegetables that
don't have added salt or fat.
Can I swap menus from one day to the next?
Yes, by all means. The menus are meant as a guide for
the kinds of dishes you may be consuming. Keep in mind
that some of the menu plans are designed for the
1400-calorie dietary program and some for the
1000-calorie dietary program. Choose from the
appropriate menu for the program you and your health
care practitioner have decided upon.
Should I exercise while on this plan?
Yes. Exercise is an appetite suppressant, and it also
accelerates the burning of calories. Besides acting as
an aid in weight stabilization, aerobic exercise will
improve cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness. Your
exercise program can be as simple as 30 minutes of
walking 3 times a week. (This level of exercise led to
improved muscle mass in our UltraMeal research studies.)
Is the Program an appropriate for children?
No. UltraMeal products should not be the sole source of
nutrition for infants or children under age 12.
UltraMeal's nutritional content is based on the adult
RDIs, and no testing in children has been done at this
time. Under the supervision of a health care
practitioner, however, the program may be appropriate
for older children or adolescents, although it may be
advisable to start the program at the second week when
they would use UltraMeal twice daily. Your health care
practitioner must help you decide if and how the product
may be used with your child.
Can I use this diet if I am pregnant or
No. UltraMeal products have not been tested in these
situations; therefore, it is not recommended for use at
Can I take supplements during this program?
Yes, although the UltraMeal Program is designed to
provide at least 100% of the RDI for all vitamins.
Follow your practitioner's recommendations.
How much UltraMeal will I need in order to
complete 4 weeks of the program?
For 4 weeks on the UltraMeal Program, you will need to
purchase 5 canisters of powder or 7 boxes of the bars.
After that, 1 canister or box will last 1 to 2 weeks
depending on whether you use the product once or twice
What are some of the benefits of UltraMeal
UltraMeal has been clinically tested as part of a
balanced dietary and regular exercise program and shown
to reduce body fat while preserving lean muscle mass.
The typical over-the-counter product is an extremely
sweet drink or bar with generally small amounts of poor
quality proteins. UltraMeal has 15 or more grams of
protein per serving. Lower protein products may result
in loss of lean muscle mass in body composition
programs. Also, the main ingredient in many
over-the-counter products is plain table sugar or
sucrose. There is no added sucrose in UltraMeal
products. UltraMeal contains the low-glycemic index
carbohydrate fructose (fruit sugar) as part of the
macronutrient blend. Fructose does not cause the rise in
blood sugar that sucrose can. Third, unlike many
over-the-counter products, UltraMeal varieties are
fortified with a complete vitamin and mineral core
supplying valuable sources of all these important
nutrients. It is a particularly rich source of non-dairy
calcium for improving bone health. Fourth, unlike many
other products, UltraMeal shake formulas are formulated
to exclude yeast, eggs, hydrogenated oils, sucrose, or
gluten. The UltraMeal Bar contains a very similar ratio
of vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and fat
to the UltraMeal soy powdered drink mix.