Shakeology is Beachbody’s line of meal replacement shakes that promise to deliver a number of benefits to users including improved digestion and weight loss among others. As of this writing, the product is probably one of the more popular brands of meal replacement products in the market.
I’ve been into meal replacement for quite some time now after I decided to drop the excess weight a few years ago. I fully believe in the benefits of meal replacement shakes, but I wanted to determine whether or not Shakeology can live up to promise, hence this review.
Beachbody is primarily known among those in the fitness community as a leader in workout program development and innovation and so it’s no surprise that the company has also branched out into supplements and nutritionals such as Shakeology. The only question now is whether or not the product works and how, if applicable, it can help a person achieve everything it promises to deliver.
What is Shakeology?
Shakeology, in a nutshell, encompasses Beachbody’s meal replacement product line in the form of nutrient shakes. The product is offered to almost everyone who wants to cut down on meal intakes without sacrificing the needed nutrition to power daily tasks. Whether you are a fitness junkie, a serious bodybuilder, or an average person who just wants to lose weight and get back into shape, Shakeology is a product that you can try without compromising your health.
There are several factors that make Beachbody’s Shakeology meal replacement shakes stand out from other meal replacement products in the market, chief of which is the combination of ingredients present in each variant. Aside from this, the product also claims to provide other benefits – aside from being an effective meal replacement – that that are not usually offered by its counterparts, among which include better nutrient absorption and detoxification.
As a meal replacement product, Shakeology is designed to address nutrition issues that most people have to face when working out or just trying to cut down on calorie consumption. It aims to provide the necessary amounts of nutrients to the body while allowing users to eliminate the problem of following a strict diet plan without worrying about their health. As for its role in weight loss, Shakeology offers users the logical approach when it comes to calorie reduction and fat burning. It allows a user to feel fuller longer, therefore decreasing cravings for other types of food. As a result, fewer calories are consumed and the need to eat heavy meals and snacks is greatly reduced.
How Does It Work?
If you’ve already tried meal replacement products you’ll find Shakeology to be just the same. Users are advised to drink a serving to replace one meal in a day’s set of meals. I prefer to drink my shakes in the morning as a breakfast replacement, although I also use them either before or after a workout to ensure that the muscles in my body receive the most amounts of nutrients and make the recovery phase faster and less painful.
One scoop of Shakeology goes with a cup of water or milk and if desired, two cups of ice to make the mixture more refreshing. Because it comes in powder form, it can easily be mixed even with just a shaker, although there are some that prefer to use a blender in order to achieve a smoother and thicker consistency. There are also those who add fresh fruits and vegetables into the mix to provide texture and additional flavor, so it really depends on the preference of the user.
Pros and Cons of Shakeology
One of the things that users will find likable about Shakeology is that it does not taste like the more conventional meal replacement shakes in the market, meaning there is no ugly after taste. With other products, one can experience a bitter after taste once the shake has been consumed, but not with Shakeology. Although the taste needs some getting used to because it is, after all, made primarily with whey isolates, it is not horrible as a few similar products being sold in the market.
Another thing that users will like with this meal replacement product is the optional fitness program that can be followed in order to achieve maximum results. Although there is no requirement to follow the recommended fitness plan as outlined by Beachbody, those who are looking to maximize their gains can take advantage of this as well. In general, meal replacement shakes work best when the effort to control excessive calorie consumption is combined with a regular exercise and diet program, and this is what users can also gain from Shakeology.
As for the downsides to Shakeology, the product does cost more than the usual whey protein shakes. One would simply argue that he or she can purchase other brands or products that provide the same amount of nutrition without burning a hole in the pocket. Besides, there are protein powders that cost less per tub than what you would usually pay for Shakeology and although it will take more time to prepare these, the savings are quite significant. It all boils down to the ingredients and the amount of nutrients in each serving, and based on my research Shakeology does have more to offer in this area as compared to some of the most popular and affordable meal replacement brands.
Pricing and Recommendation
There are 4 Shakeology flavors to choose from and users can expect to pay different amounts depending on the chosen variant. Regular Chocolate and Greenberry flavors cost $119.95 for a month’s supply while Chocolate Vegan and Tropical Strawberry (Vegan) go for $129.95 for a month’s worth of shakes. There is an option to enroll in the company’s auto-ship program, meaning one can get a month’s supply shipped out on a regular basis as long as needed. Those who are skeptical about the effectiveness of the product on the other hand can bank on the 30-day bottom-of-the-bag guarantee that entitles one to a refund even if the product has been fully consumed within the 30 day period.
All in all, Shakeology is worth a try whatever your fitness goals. Although it may cost more than your some meal replacement shakes, the amount of nutrients found in the product and the level of quality that Beachbody is known to deliver is something to consider. One can also take advantage of the money-back guarantee so there’s no risk involved when trying out Shakeology.