One of the most popular of the nutritional supplements on the market right now is Shakeology. Shakeology provides you with meal replacement shakes that help you to combat food cravings and lose weight. They taste pretty decent, and they give you energy. These days, there are a lot of meal replacement programs out there, and Shakeology is just one of the major companies providing healthy shakes to substitute for meals in a goal to promote weight loss. Some of the competitors include Nutrisystem, Isagenix and Ideal Protein. We’ll see how Shakeology stacks up next to the competition in this review.
According the website, there is nothing out there that can provide you with the nutrients, proteins vitamins and minerals that are in Shakeology shakes. One of the encouraging things about this program is that they do feature testimonials from actual doctors right there on the homepage.
The shakes come in various flavors including coffee flavors, chocolate, vanilla and even some vegan options. There’s also strawberry, greenberry, and vegan tropical strawberry.
Like with most of the other meal replacement programs on the market, Shakeology works by a simple principle: eat less calories than you are burning and you will lose weight. There is some added benefit that you get from this product due to the ingredients that are in each of the shakes, but the basic principle that is getting people results has very little to do with the shake itself.
One thing that Shakeology claims to excel in is the taste of their shakes. While this may make the shakes more palatable to some people, it may actually work against others, making them crave sweets because their body isn’t getting enough calories. However, there aren’t too many weight loss replacement programs out there that cater to vegans, so that is a positive thing.
The company information on this product was a little difficult to pin down. Shakeology was created by the parent company BeachBody and it has been around since 2011. Unfortunately, the company information just says pretty much that they are a health and nutrition company. They do have a pretty active community, so for those needing support, that’s a positive thing, and they have a wide variety of products to offer people. In addition, you do get a coach when you sign up for the program, and they’ll work one-on-one with you to help you use Shakeology to actually lose some weight.
However, there were definitely some issues about the company when you research them. They have multiple complaints at review sites like the Better Business Bureau. Many customers reported that Shakeology kept charging their card even after they tried to cancel the service. They continued to receive products and had to deal with multiple charges to their credit cards. This is not a good practice and may want to make you think twice about Shakeology.
The list of ingredients in the Shakology shakes is pretty short, but it also doesn’t tell us a whole lot about the product. Here is what is in these shakes according to the official website:
- Digestive Enzymes
- Adoptogen Herbs
Science behind Shakeology
Let’s take a closer look at some of the ingredients that you’ll find in Shakeology shakes and the science is these ingredients are based upon. As you see from the list, protein is one of the primary ingredients in Shakeology shakes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t tell us what kind of protein is used, and not all protein is equal.
With a little deeper research into Shakeology, we were able to find out that the protein used is from peas – or legume extracts are the technical term. The problem with this protein is that it is lacking in a couple of important amino acids, namely, cysteine and methionine. The likely reason that it is used in these shakes is that there isn’t much chance of triggering an allergy.
However, Shakeology also contains whey protein isolate, a popular addition to most of the meal replacement shakes out there, and this protein is high in amino acids. Unfortunately, we were unable to determine how much of the isolate is used versus the legume-based proteins.
There are a few other ingredients that have not been shown to be effective for weight lost like camu-camu, rose hips, astralagus and ashwagandha.
What Results People Get
The results were not encouraging when it came to customer reviews. Even though Shakeology makes a huge part of their marketing about the taste of their shakes, there were a lot of people who simply hated the taste of them. Of course, there are five flavors to choose from, but the dislike for Shakeology flavors was pretty much all across the board.
In addition, people said that they didn’t lose any weight, even when they used the shakes as directed and worked out. The problem was, several customers noted, that the shakes didn’t take away hunger pangs nor did they calm cravings for specific foods. One customer made a point to information everyone that they felt Shakeology was “overpriced and overrated.”
There are some worries when it comes to side effects. The type of protein that we discussed earlier can increase the amount of uric acid in the body and this can cause several gastrointestinal symptoms including bloating, stomach pain, indigestion and diarrhea. Some people also found that they didn’t like the taste of the pea protein at all, and those who have a pea allergy will want to stay away from this meal replacement.
Value & Pricing
One of the good things about Shakeology is that you can find it just about everywhere. In fact, Amazon sells Shakeology products as well as some retail stores. But is the value good? Actually, the price is considerably higher than the average. In fact, even with a whole lot of negatives about this product, the price might be the worst thing of all.
You get a bag of shake powder that is meant to do 30 servings. The price is $129.95, which means that you are paying almost $5 for each shake that you drink. If you double that so that you can do the recommended two shakes per day, then you are looking at nearly $260 a month, plus your grocery bill for the one meal a day that you don’t use Shakeology for.
There just isn’t any reason to recommend Shakeology as a weight loss supplement and lots of reasons to stay away from it. The list of ingredients is really vague, even if you take the time to track them down and find out what they are (because they don’t tell you before you buy).
Plus, the fact is, most people didn’t like the taste of these shakes. The flavors sound appealing, but the taste doesn’t live up to the promise of those flavors. We should also mention the fact that people didn’t seem to lose weight on the program.
Finally, the price is utterly ridiculous, and one of the highest that we’ve ever found in a meal replacement program. When you combine that with the complaints that the company keeps charging you after cancellation, it makes Shakeology a good company to stay away from.