I just thought the world could use a quick, unbiased opinion on this supposed health drink by Beachbody, and it’s benefits. Is Shakeology all it claims to be, and is it really worth the money? Note that I am not being compensated in any way for this review.
First of all, I will walk you through the preparation process.
- You will need: a blender, ice, water, and Shakeology mix of your flavor choice. I chose cafe latte flavor.
- Blend 8 ozs of water with one scoop of Shakeology and ice cubes. I like mine to be the consistency of a slushy, so I added six or seven cubes to mine. You can use less if you prefer a more liquid consistency.
- Drink while cold.
So it’s super simple to make. Five stars for ease of preparation.
Next, we need to talk about the flavor.
They say it is made from the whole coffee fruit, but the flavor of actual coffee wasn’t really there for me. It tasted almost more like a mildly chocolate protein drink with the very slight darkness of coffee. It wasn’t the best, but if you use some kind of milk instead of water, the flavor improves, although the calorie content also raises.
Now a walk through the healthy side.
The protein comes from a blend of whey and pea protein, with a small amount of chia, flax and quinoa seeds, and a small amount of something called something called Sacha Inchi, the newly discovered superfood nut. The total amount of protein in one serving is actually less than the protein in a single cup of greek yogurt. And with roughly the same amount of calories as a full-fat greek yogurt, it hardly could be counted as a meal replacement.
Other exotic ingredients include Spirulina and Chlorella, Camu-Camu, Maca, Goji Berry, bla-bla-bla. Are these super healthy ingredients? Yes! They are. But let’s be honest for a moment. How much of these super ingredients are actually in a serving of Shakeology? We don’t know. So we turn to the nutrition facts label, which looks like the label to a prenatal vitamin.
When you glance at the nutrition label, it all seems splendid. You’re getting a great combination of vitamins and minerals. But then let’s get down to the bottom, where they’ve hidden a few secrets that they don’t want people to focus on. The other ingredients.
First we see Non-GMO fructose. This is a sneaky little ingredient that sounds healthy. Non-GMO, so that’s a healthy ingredient, right? Not at all. Fructose is an awful sweetener, whether it’s genetically modified, high fructose corn syrup, or just regular fructose. Fructose has a low glycemic impact, and is present in fruits, making us think that it must be healthy and natural. This is far from the truth. Fructose has been shown to cause fat stores around the mid-section (right where we don’t want it), obesity, and advanced aging of the skin. Fructose in the low concentrations found in fruit is considered a healthy amount, but we don’t know the concentration used in this product.
Natural coffee flavor is a possible way to cover up a sneaky ingredient. Manufacturers have come up with ways to synthesise “natural flavors” to create something of an addiction in consumer’s brains that makes them want more, and not feel satiated even when they are full. Read this article about “natural flavors” for more on what this label means.
The next concerning ingredient is Stevia leaf extract. Stevia sweetener is a popular no-calorie sweetener because it has no effect on your blood insulin. However, the way this sweetener is manufactured is a forty-step process using chemicals such as acetone, methanol, ethanol, acetonitrile, and isopropanol.
Here’s what it claims to accomplish:
“Designed to deliver the nutrients you need to help you lose weight, maintain healthy cholesterol levels, and support healthy blood sugar levels.** …support energy levels, support regularity and digestion, and help curb junk food cravings.*” and then they add a cute little “Drink Shakeology daily.” Of course they would love that. But if you follow the little asterisks down to the bottom you will see this: *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and **Results vary. Results based on a twelve-week independent clinical trial sponsored by Beachbody, where fifty people consumed Shakeology as their breakfast and lunch with no other changes to their diet, or exercise regimen.
So basically we find out that their claims are based on nothing. Of course if you have one Shakeology drink only for breakfast and lunch (a grand total of 300 calories) for twelve weeks, you are going to experience weight loss, healthy cholesterol and blood sugar. The other statements about energy levels, regularity, and cravings isn’t even under the twelve-week study, it’s just something they decided to throw in that the FDA never evaluated. This doesn’t mean that their statements are false, but it does leave some room for doubt.
But how did it work for me? After a week of using it, I didn’t lose any weight, but I also didn’t gain any weight. After I made it I felt a little surge of healthy pride that I was making a good choice for my body for only 150 calories, and that motivated me to work out more. But I did not experience lasting fullness, and would never use it as a complete meal replacement for the simple reason that I would be more likely to snack heavily between meals, and that’s never a good thing for me.
Finally, the price tag:
A whopping $130 for 30 servings. If you have one a day, that’s $4.33 a serving, $130 a month, and $1,560 a year. Is it worth it? That’s up to you. Personally, I wouldn’t ever buy this product for such a high price tag. Maybe if it had been more effective for me I would consider it. But if you can afford it, the vitamins and minerals it contains may be worth it, rather than taking a supplement. Or you can use the preferred method to good health and eat natural fruits and vegetables to reach your best potential. Whatever you do, focus on your health and do it for your body.
Would you buy this product, or are you using it or something similar right now? Let me know! Also, let me know what I should review next in the comments!