Shakeology vs Plexus: Moving From One To The Other
In a previous article on Shakeology I examined a meal replacement aid, Shakeology shakes. Now, I wanted to look into a comparable company I had only heard about recently, Plexus.
Plexus is a worldwide company offering “life changing products” that will aid in weight loss, breast health, weight management, and lifestyle. First examination showed that individuals who didn’t like Shakeology shakes seemed to be trying Plexus drinks and loving it, especially this infamous pink drink Plexus Slim. Plexus 96 would be Shakeology’s equivalent to a protein shake.
Plexus 96 helps curb cravings and hunger, it is filled with 20 vitamins and minerals for optimal health, and easy to use. Plexus, similar to Shakeology, have boosts and probiotics that you can add to your daily routine. When combined with healthy eating and exercise, they pride their drink on controlling blood sugars so weight loss is obtained.
Plexus is known, however, for it’s drink called Plexus Slim. It’s the infamous pink drink powder that if you add a little bit to water before you eat a meal or drink, helps manage your weight. This is not a meal replacement shake like Shakeology and Plexus 96 but when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, Plexus Slim is known to make you feel great!
So which one? Do I shake or do I plex?
They are both wildly expensive in my opinion, Shakeology being $129.95 a month for a thirty day supply and Plexus 96 $98.85 a month for a thirty six day supply. The pink Plexus Slim comes in at $84.95 for a thirty day supply.
First off, I like the idea of not partaking in a meal replacement. What is so wrong with chewing these days? Everyone is missing meals and replacing it with a drink. I remember as a child seeing mothers walking around with Slimfast but then it seemed to have dwindled away and we are back at it again. The only difference nowadays is that it’s Beachbody and Shakeology instead of Jane Fonda and Slimfast.
And what about the ingredients?
Plexus Slim contains mostly chromium. What is chromium? Chromium is a mineral our bodies use in small amounts for normal body functions, such as digesting foods. Chromium helps move blood sugar from the bloodstream to be used as energy and to turn fats, carbohydrates, and proteins into energy. According to webmed.com, the human body requires very little chromium. And guess what? There has been no proof that chromium supplements aid in burning fat and building muscle. If you take too much chromium, you risk stomach issues and possible hypoglycemia and too much can damage kidneys, liver, and nerves. Keep in mind that the daily recommended intake (DRI) for chromium ranges for adults 50 to 200 mcg whereas Plexus Slim contains 200 mcg per serving. According to the National Institute of Health, one must be careful that excess chromium does not interact with medications on board in your bloodstream as well.
How do I safely add chromium to my food if I wanted to reap the benefits, but not take the financial punch?
It’s pretty easy actually. Just add bran cereal, orange juice, romaine lettuce, broccoli, potatoes, grape juice, green beans, wheat germ, etc. to your diet! Just by adding a cup of broccoli, you can receive 53% of your DRI.
So what else is in Plexus Slim?
Other Plexus Slim ingredients are coffee bean extract containing something called chlorogenic acid and less than 2% natural caffeine. Sounds like a stimulant, doesn’t it? Green coffee beans are just un-roasted coffee beans containing chlorogenic acid that have been known to aid and stimulate weight loss as well as reduce glucose absorption. Once again, efficacy of these supplements has not been proven by many studies or clinical studies to warrant an absolute. Other ingredients used are alpha-lipoic acid which aids in the break down of carbohydrates to energy, polydextrose, which is a synthetic compound of glucose known as sorbitol, citric acid that cannot be broken down or digested, and silicon dioxide that is found naturally have shown no negative effects on the human body based on research.
Stevia is also used in Plexus Slim, a sweetener 200 times sweeter than the same amount of granulated table sugar, however, does not add calories to your calorie count for the day.
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So where does that leave you? My opinion is always going to lean towards eating a well balanced diet, however, if I had to choose between Plexus Slim or Shakeology, I think I would choose Shakeology.