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What is Shakeology?

You may have heard of Shakeology but are wondering what it is. Or, perhaps you’re looking for a way to help stick to your diet plan. This page focuses on Shakeology - for some additional ideas, you might like this article on the P90X diet plan.

Shakeology can help you:
  • Lose Weight and Reduce Cravings
  • Increase Energy and Stamina
  • Promote Healthy Digestion and Regularity
  • Lower Cholesterol
  • Increase P90X and Insanity Workout Results
  • Simply The P90X and Insanity Workout Meal Plans

This is not just some protein shake. It's got over 70 ingredients in it, which you'd have a hard time finding in the first place, let alone put together at an economical price. You can use Shakeology as a meal replacement shake – although you could use it as healthy snack as well, if you’re not needing to replace meals. It currently comes in Chocolate and Greenberry flavors, as well as Vegan Chocolate, Vegan Tropical Strawberry (my favorite) and Vanilla. When you order, you receive a card with different ideas for shake recipes to help you mix it up.

I started Shakeology about 1/3 of the way through my first round of P90X because I kept screwing up my lunches. I can honestly say that while it’s light in the stomach, it does a great job of keeping me feeling full. I have my shake, and then a P90X protein bar as a snack later in the afternoon, and I’m all good until dinner.

The chocolate is very chocolately, which I love. One thing that surprised me is that my cravings for chocolate, and junk overall, have gone way down. If my kiddos have a chocolate candy or we take them out for ice cream as a treat, I don’t want to just grab their food and wolf it down anymore. I get a super chocolately shake every day, and if I want a creamy-style I make it with almond milk instead of water.

I also have a noticable jump in energy, and can tell when I don't drink it.

Cholesterol has never been an issue for me, but check out the user comments at the bottom of the page that have come in since I created this page to see how it's helped others SIGNIFICANTLY with this.

I also did a Shakeology cleanse, which was a good experience.

Finally, if Glycemic Index is a concern for you, you won't have to worry. All Shakeology flavors have been certified by an independent third-party lab (Glycemic Index Laboratories) as having a low glycemic index. Products with a GI of 55 or lower are classified as 'Low GI'. Heres the Glycemic Index Scores:

Greenberry and Vanilla: 26
Chocolate: 29
Tropical Strawberry: 46
Chocolate Vegan: 36
Strawberry: 15

What’s in it? How does it compare to other products?

A scoop of shake by itself is 150 cals. Obviously a little more if you mix it up with a cup of skim milk or add a banana or some berries as some of the recipes call for. Have you ever heard of wheat grass, acai, goji berry, sacha inchi or chia seeds? These are just a few of the supefood ingredients. It's got:

  • Protein and amino acids help build muscles and reduce food cravings.
  • Prebiotics and digestive enzymes aid in digestion, regularity, and nutrient absorption. (remember the bit I said before about elimination?)
  • Antioxidants and phytonutrients help fight off degenerative diseases.
  • A daily dose of vitamins and minerals to provide your body what it needs to function properly.

There are a ton of competitor products out there, I can’t begin to address them all. You can check out the ingredients for Chocolate and Greenberry, Strawberry, Vegan Tropical Strawberry, Vanilla, and Vegan Chocolate.

Read more about it on the Shakeology info site so you can make your own determination. There’s plenty of videos there to show you that it’s not just some protein shake.

What I can say from personal experience is that it does a great job of keeping me full. My husband for a while was buying giant bags of straight whey protein at Costco and mixing that up for a hold-me-over shake. He was getting hungry, and there was more sugar than we wanted in it. Not so with Shakeology.

I've got some FAQs below, but first see what doctors are saying:

Learn more about the ingredients:

Is it vegan?

Chocolate, Vanilla and Greenberry are not because they use whey protein. Vegan Chocolate and Vegan Tropical Strawberry are.

Chocolate, Vanilla and Greenberry have 15 grams of whey protein, what if I'm lactose intolerant?

Simple, try Vegan Chocolate or Vegan Tropical Strawberry. But as far as regular Chocolate, Greenberry, and Vanilla, the whey protein (which is derived from milk) is whey protein isolate - it's over 90% pure protein, leaving less than 10% (or 1.5 grams) of ingredient where lactose can be found. Lactase (the same ingredient found in Lactaid or other over the counter lactose digestion aids) is also included. That makes it more likely to be acceptable for those with lactose intolerance,and there are lactose intolerant people who use it. However, you should of course check with your doctor, and it's best to start with a small amount build up from there, so you can monitor your reaction.

Can I get a sample?

I can send you a single sample, contact me about this. Or, you might like the Shakeology Taste Sampler for $19.95. It's 4 single-serve packets of the most popular flavors (1 Chocolate, 1 Strawberry, 1 Vanilla and 1 Greenberry).

What if I order it and I don’t like it?

Beachbody has a bottom of the bag guarantee, which means you can send it back within 30 days, even if the bag’s empty, and they’ll refund you (less shipping).

How much does it cost?

The price recently went up for the first time since the product was released to $129.95 for a month's supply. You can choose a bag with a scoop, or you can choose on-the- go packets.

For some flavors, you can also try a combo of two different flavors in one box of the packets.

Ordering on Home Direct means shipping is only $2 each month.

Many people balk at the cost upfront, let me give you a few ideas about how to defray that.

  • When you order, choose Home Direct. This means it will be shipped to you automatically every month, and by choosing this option you get $2 shipping, as well as online access to 2 free workouts. You can of course cancel anytime, so you might as well just order on Home Direct and save the higher shipping rate of a one time order.

  • Consider becoming a Beachbody Coach. It gives you a 25% discount on all products, so your cost knocks down to about $97. Combine this with Home Direct and you've got $44 per month savings.

  • Consider becoming a Team Beachbody Club member, which gives you 10% off. Being a Club member costs $2.99 per week and gives you access to awesome recipes, VIP chats with the trainers like Tony Horton, etc etc.

If you just order it at the straight out retail price, $130 divided by 30 days equals $4.33. If you become a Coach so you can get the 25% discount, it’s $97 divided by 30 days equals $3.23 per meal. How much do you spend on your lunch or dinner each day now?

For me, it was more a matter of shifting my mindset – I looked at my grocery budget and decided I could spend it on whatever I was spending it on, or I could decide that I was going to dedicate the cost toward covering 30 of my meals that I knew would help me stay on track with my fitness goal, guaranteed. The added plus was the energy boost it gives.

It also made me take a hard look at how much I was spending at the drive-through each month – when I started P90X I knew I had a going-out-to-eat habit. A lot of that was for drive-through – it was more about the convenience than the food. I’m now re- directing my funds toward something healthier. Because of being more conscious about cash AND nutrition, we pack better snacks more often for my kids instead of buying food on the go, and are being super careful about the food choices we make when we do go. Gotta love that diet plan.

Consider the fact that the ingredients in Shakeology are a lot healthier than what you can get for $4 at the drive-through and it looks like a good option indeed. If you were to buy the ingredients that are in Shakeology separately it would cost over $400 - and then if it's like it is at my house, some of that would sit in the back of the fridge and rot. :P

The best way to know if you’ll like it is to try it and use it regularly. You can order Shakeology here, or try the Shakeology Taste Sampler. The Taste Sampler costs $19.95 and gets you 1 packet each of Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla and Greenberry. Again, I recommend becoming a Beachbody Coach first and ordering it on Home Direct when you sign up for the maximum savings.

If you are not sure about Shakeology yet then sign up for a Free Beachbody Account and send me a question. Since Beachbody offers the bottom-of-the-bag guarantee, there’s really not much to lose – I’ve found it to be a great tool to help me in my fitness goals, and wish you all the best during your workout and diet journey as well!

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