Updated May, 2014
As you’re reading various Shakeology reviews, let me first say that I’m very skeptical when it comes to products like this. I think it’s probably my background as a doctor that makes me this way. I had been hearing about it for a long time and basically just blew it off without really looking into to it. I continued to hear a lot of good things though, especially from people I trust when it comes to fitness and nutrition, and finally decided it was time to give it a try and see for myself if this stuff was legit or not.
I had been doing P90X and was doing well with it, the weight was coming off and I was getting stronger by the week. Then around the 60 day mark, I hit a bit of a plateau that I couldn’t break through. I knew it was due to nutrition but wasn’t quite sure how to go about fixing it as I was already eating pretty clean as it was. This was when a trusted source told me that he had experienced the same thing and was able to break through it with Shakeology. That was enough for me to at least give it a try. With a 30 day empty bag guarantee I figured I had nothing to lose.
If you don’t know, Shakeology is a meal replacement shake that comes in six flavors … chocolate, vegan chocolate, vanilla, greenberry, strawberry, and vegan tropical strawberry. Many people make the mistake of thinking that it’s just a protein shake but it’s really much more than that. Yes it has protein in it but it also has 70+ other whole food and superfood ingredients in it as well. This was the first thing that impressed me. So many other products on the market in the meal replacement shake category are full of artificial ingredients, artificial sweeteners, and fillers that have been shown to be actually harmful to your health. I didn’t see anything like that on the Shakeology ingredient list. So far so good.
I ordered the chocolate flavor and was convinced it was going to taste horrible because of all the good stuff in it. After all, supplements are supposed to taste bad right? But you choke them down because you know your body needs it. Well I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted it and it was good…I mean really good! I thought I was just drinking a regular chocolate shake. Now I was really convinced this wasn’t going to be good for my health!
Fast forward a few weeks and I had now lost an additional 12 pounds, my blood pressure was lower, my cholesterol was lower, cravings for sweets and junk food were gone (that was a big one for me), and I felt better than I had in quite a while. The only thing I changed during that time was the fact that I was drinking Shakeology once a day. Many people say that they notice a considerable increase in energy. I personally didn’t notice that, but like I said, I just felt good…that’s the only way I can describe it.
At the time of writing this, it’s been over three years since I started drinking Shakeology and I can count on one hand the number of days that I’ve missed…and that was because of a trip where I just couldn’t bring it with me. Needless to say I’m a huge believer in this product and have even started recommending it to my patients. I’ve lost a total of 50 pounds and have kept it off for over three years now. I’ve also had the opportunity to hear from many others who have tried it and I’ve heard story after story similar to mine…and some much more amazing than mine.
- Tastes great
- Quick easy meal (one less meal to plan and prepare)
- Actually saves me money compared to the junk food and fast food I used to eat
- Measurable improvements to my overall health and fitness
- Some feel that it’s too expensive
Here’s my take on the price issue. When you break it down it comes out to about $4 per serving. I think it’s a steal for what you’re getting personally. Like I mentioned above, I used to spend more than that per meal for fast food or other junk that was slowly killing me. It seems pricey at first glance because you’re paying for it all at once. However, when you think of it as $129 for an entire month’s worth of breakfasts or lunches, then it makes a lot more sense! I think Willy Wonka says it best in the picture you see to the right haha! It’s so true, people don’t think twice about dropping $5 a day or more on Starbucks (or fast food) that is typically loaded with sugar and is quite unhealthy, but $4 a day for something extremely healthy and just as delicious is somehow too expensive! I don’t see Shakeology as a luxury, I honestly see it as a necessity! Ok I’ll step down from my soap box now.
Here’s what I would suggest…if you’ve been thinking even a little bit about trying Shakeology, just go ahead and do it. There’s no risk because, as I mentioned earlier, they offer a 30 day bottom of the bag guarantee. This means that you can try it and if you don’t love it, you can send it back for a refund even if the bag is empty! You read that right. I think that says a lot about the company and how confident they are in this product.
MONEY SAVING TIP: When ordering Shakeology, select the autoship option even if you’re not sure you’ll continue with it. It will save you about $13 on shipping…and you can easily cancel autoship or put your order on hold anytime so there’s no worries there. The banner below will take you to the official order page.