It’s hard to turn down an irresistible offer sometimes. Let’s be honest, as humans we’re drawn into advertisements that show us what we really want.
As much as you might hate to admit it, those images of beautiful, ripped people, smiling while clutching their shaker bottle can get you to click through to a product page before faster than you can say “how many carbs does this have in it?”
Though it is easy to fall into a supplement, protein drink, or meal replacement shake trap set by good advertising, there’s a reason we all bounce around from product to product: because not everything is always as promised.
Guarantees such as “lose weight fast” or “great for your immune system” fall to the side when we realize we made a mistake and the product we purchased doesn’t hold up to company’s end of the bargain.
Lucky for you those advertisements don’t have to be a daydream! We’re here help you sift through all the false assurances, so you can find your way to a happy, healthy, and fit life.
Today we’re looking at a product called Shakeology. This a drink mix of the meal replacement variety, which means its marketing is heavily dependent on them selling you those weight loss promises we just talked about.
It’s a product developed by Beachbody, which is famous for selling the P90X and Insanity workouts. Shakeology is their MLM (multi-level management) offering. If you’re not familiar with MLM businesses like Mary Kay and Herbalife, individuals are incentivized to sell products on their own time, becoming brand ambassadors, or “health coaches.”
The programs are often called scams or pyramid schemes, and to those unfamiliar with the selling process, it can definitely look like that. For more on MLM businesses read here.
It is important that we point his out in our review is because MLM companies are set up to do one thing: make money. The “coaches” and “reps” they train to sell you their products don’t go to Beachbody headquarters to learn about the health benefits of the Shakeology ingredients, they go there to learn how to sell more.
And while there’s nothing wrong with wanting to make money, it can often cloud the view of those pushing products to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Of course if a product is good, then just like there’s nothing wrong with making a profit, there’s nothing wrong with selling something that’s going to legitimately benefit you.
But does Shakeology do that?
A quick glance at Shakeology’s website shows the typical imagery we mentioned earlier; beautiful, fit people smiling next to words of encouragement and promises of shedding those pounds.
More specifically they promise that Shakeology will help you:
- Lose weight
- Reduce junk food cravings
- Provide healthy energy
- Support your digestion and regularity
Buzzwords like “superfood” and “nutrient dense” are thrown at you with colorful pictures of shakes that are dripping with beads of moisture.
What you DON’T find very easily on their website is a list of ingredients, or the nutrition facts. You have to dig deep into their FAQs to finally find them. Here’s the lowdown straight from their chocolate flavored blend:
Wow, what a list. While we could go into each ingredient and their benefit, we’ll spare you, and let the relevant nutrition facts speak for themselves:
- 160 calories
- 2g total fat
- 17g carbs
- 6g fiber
- 6g sugar
- 17g protein
So what can we take away from this? Well, all of the ingredients that are added to the mix are meant to supplement nutrition. This isn’t a bodybuilding type product, again, it’s touted as a meal replacement. By adding all the crazy herbs and fruits you’ve never heard of, Shakeology is trying to convince you that their drink mix has enough nutrients packed in it so you’ll go without food, thus fulfilling the meal replacement prophecy.
The Hard Truth
One thing that caught our eye right away was the amount of calories. One hundred and sixty calories might not be a great number as a substitute for a meal, no matter how much goji berry extract your enzyme blend has. With the low amount of protein, and high carb count the shake mix is looking like it may not provide the appetite suppression it first promised.
Again, this is dependent on your own fitness goals and if these nutrition highlights fit into your diet, then so be it. But Shakeology on it’s own will NOT help you lose weight unless you’re on a low-calorie diet that also involves eating actual food.
We’re also not hearing such good things about the taste either…
As you can see from the ingredients, Shakeology has a variety of different fibers, which translates into it being rather thick in consistency. And not the good thick either, a very chalky, and sometimes “coarse” consistency according to reviews on Amazon.
We also have a huge surprise for you. If you haven’t already, get a load of the price:
$129 USD for a 2lb., 30 serving bag.
You’re definitely free to make your own decisions here, but no matter how much Chicory Root and Camu-Camu you put in a bag, we’re not entirely sure it’s worth that much.
- Nutrient dense
- Company ethics
- High in carbs
- Low in protein
While nothing in Shakeology is inherently bad for you, it seems a bit basic for the price you pay. We began this review by explaining the profit motive behind Shakeology’s parent company, Beachbody. The price clearly reflects the points raised.
You’re welcome to try Shakeology if you are looking for a meal replacementachieve your fitness goals.
Just know that there are many other products out there at a fraction of the cost that offer similar benefits.
Be sure to do your research and find the one that works best for you!