Shake up weight loss: Meet Shakeology
Shakeology walks in, a powdered meal replacement packet, at the most opportunistic time possible.
If you have been hiding in a cave somewhere or in a remote location, you may not have heard of a little shake called Shakeology but if you are like the rest of us, you most likely have seen women and men walking around with Shakeology cups out and about at stores, playgrounds or the gym. Shakeology came out at the perfect time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of the United States adult population (78.6 million) are obese. Task forces from the White House came out and said our American children were obese and something needed to be done. Michele Obama was promoting the “MyPlate” campaign. Healthier, organic, and non-GMO foods were promoted as healthier choices over the alternatives.
Shakeology had a great opportunity to hit this target obese audience as well as those who just generally want to eat healthier, lose weight, or maintain their weight.
Shakeology promotes this drink as “the healthiest meal replacement drink” full of superfood ingredients to curb your appetite, aid you in losing weight, and reduce those cravings that drive you to eating bon bons on the couch. It makes claims that the drink aids in digestion with prebiotics and probiotics as well and is made of 23 of the essential vitamins and minerals for optimal health. It’s a pretty amazing sales pitch and comes with a Shakeology mixing cup and all.
But what is in it?
A superfood blend of chocolate Shakeology consists of:
“Protein Blend (Whey protein isolate (milk), Pea protein, Chia (seed), Flax (seed), Quinoa (seed)), Cacao (bean, Chlorella (whole plant), pea fiber (seed), Yacon (root), Cordyceps (fungi), Acerola cherry (fruit) , Chicory fiber (root), Pomegranate, Astragalus (root), Camu-camu, Bilberry, Blueberry, Lyceum berry, Spinach, Maitake (fungi), Reishi (fungi), Rose hips, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Ashwagandha (root), Enzyme blend (Amylase, Cellulase, Lactase, Glucoamylase, Alpha-Galactosidase, Invertase), Kale, Luo Han Guo, Lactobacillus sporogenes, Schisandra, Maca, Cinnamon, Green Tea Extract, Moringa, Sacha inchi, Spiralina, Non-GMO fructose, Natural Chocolate flavor, xanthan gum, stevia extract, and himalayan salt”
Most of the ingredients are fruits, vegetables, fungi, enzymes, etc and one(Methylsulfonylmethane) that I had to research out of curiosity. MSM is commonly used for osteoarthritis, but may also benefit in alleviating GI upset, musculoskeletal pain, and allergies; boosting the immune system; and fighting antimicrobial infection. (Drugs.com) OK.
There are 16 grams of protein in a serving size of Shakeology, perfect for building muscles and keeping those cravings between meals in check. Unfortunately, there are only 160 calories in a serving so hopefully such a limited amount of calories will keep you feeling hungry till the next snack or meal. On a 1500 calorie per day diet, one should really seek out a 300-350 calorie breakfast.
There are 7 grams of sugar, most likely from the stevia extract so the sweetness can mask some of the bitter tastes of some of its ingredients. If you have ever tasted a Shakeology shake, it is much sweeter than you would think, most likely a direct relation to the stevia extract.
The best part, Shakeology targets taste preferences. If you aren’t craving the normal chocolate and vanilla flavors, there are seven flavors to choose from and even for those picky coffee lovers, cafe latte is offered. There are even Shakeology shake Boosts that are said to aid in increased digestive health or focused energy as well as power you up with power greens.
But does it work?
Does it really obtain results?
Does it taste well enough to drink everyday?
I have to be honest, I tried it. I tried it as a woman who wanted to see what all the hype was about. There are Facebook groups, blogs, success stories, and consultants that say they cannot live without this shake every morning. I have a friend who is a consultant and I decided to request a trial run. I really really wanted to like this drink. I really wanted to climb to my roof and jump on that bandwagon right from there. In fairness, I have never liked fads much and I do not want to discount that taste preference plays a role in this debate. So, unfortunately, my husband, the guinea pig, just had to try it for me. He didn’t care for it either.
So why does it work?
By drinking it in the morning, you consume all those required nutrients and start the day off on the right foot. However, would you eat right the rest of the day or would you decide that you had already done well in the morning and you can cheat a little? There are ton of success stories online so it must work to some degree. However, Shakeology works well and you see results when other exercise programs on board it seems.
Drinking this shake every day takes a financial punch on your bank account as well. Shakeology being $129.95 a month for a thirty day supply, means that each morning you down about $4.33 worth of nutrients in that fancy Shakeology cup.
You are paying for the convenience factor! If you enjoy the taste or prefer to get most of your nutrients in a shake format, this drink would be a great way to start. However, you need to remember to supplement exercise and physical activity daily for it to really yield results.
In my opinion. Take that $130 and choose to take the time and make a nice balanced meal. Take the time to shop and choose the right leafy vegetables and fruit that would yield the same results in nutritional value as seen in Shakeology. If you do happen to want to try Shakeology. Reach out to a consultant and ask for trials before you commit.