People will do just about anything to lose weight nowadays. With a rising percentage of people who are overweight, it is important for some to shed those pounds as quickly as they can.
A way for people to do this is by using shakes as a meal replacement, with one of the most popular being Shakeology, manufactured by Beachbody.
But what exactly do these shakes do? Read on to find out everything you need to know.
What is Shakeology?
Shakeology is a dietary supplement created by Beachbody, that when prepared with certain liquids, healthy ingredients and fruit could have enough calories to replace a meal, although it shouldn’t be more than two times a day. It contains lots of nutrients, proteins, vitamins and minerals to give you everything you need, and it comes in a range of flavors, which include:
- Chocolate Vegan
- Tropical Strawberry Vegan
Not only can you have it in the form of just a shake, you can add fruit or even create food such as cinnamon rolls or chocolate covered strawberries with the range of recipes online.
You can choose a 30 day supply of a flavor that you like or alternate it from month to month. As well as this you can have a Shakeology convenience pack, which is made up of 24 single servings of whatever flavor you want or choose a combo with 2 so you can change it up and keep them in your bag, or car.
You can customize the shakes by adding boosts to it, such as Focused Energy Boost, to give you a pick-me-up without harming your health, Power Greens Boost, to give you a full serving of nutrient-dense veggies and exotic greens, and finally Digestive Health Boost, to support digestive system health with soluble and insoluble fiber.
Shakeology states it can help you to lose weight, reduce junk food cravings, provide healthy energy and support your digestion and regularity.
What’s in the Shakes?
Protein and Essential Amino Acids
They help build and repair muscles, reduce hunger and food cravings, promote healthy skin, hair and nails.
The Chocolate and Greenberry Shakeology include whey protein isolate, a source of high quality protein ideal for building and maintaining lean muscle mass.
The Tropical strawberry and Vegan Chocolate Shakeology contain high quality plant proteins from brown rice, pea and other sources.
Essential amino acids are found in these, help repair muscle tissue and heal wounds, as well as reducing hunger pangs.
Prebiotics, Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes
These help to aid digestion, support a healthy intestinal tract, increase absorption of nutrients and are beneficial to the digestive system.
Prebiotics are natural components of certain plants; help support friendly bacteria in digestive tract. Probiotics are strains of live good bacteria that help with digestive process. They also assist in absorbing nutrients and minerals and help support the immune system. Digestive enzymes break down food into individual components, making the nutrients easier to absorb.
Adaptogens help promote a strong immune system, help increase energy, help protect the body from stress and help balance endocrine hormones an the immune system. They are special herbs that grow in harsh climates, at high elevations where soil is rocky and oxygen is thin.
They have highly concentrated nutrients that help the body cope with stress, provide energy and maintain a strong immune system. Shakeology has 9 adaptogens, more than any other shake on the market.
Antioxidants and Phytonutrients (Plant Sourced Ingredients)
These ingredients help to neutralize harmful free radicals, help decrease inflammation, help maintain the immune system and potentially decrease the risk of degenerative diseases.
Many of Shakeology’s fruit and vegetable sources have high concentration of healthy natural substances known as phytonutrients, including flavonoids, polypehnols, anthocyanins and catechins. They have antioxidant properties and help neutralize free radicals, which damage cells and contribute to ageing process.
23 Vitamins an Minerals
These offer a wide range of essential nutrients, help get your necessary vitamins every day and make up for dietary deficiencies.
Most people don’t get the necessary vitamins every day, as some are water soluble, like vitamin C and B, and get flushed out of your system quickly. Others like vitamin E are difficult to get from food. Shakeology Chocolate and Greenberry provide all the nutrients, tropical strawberry and vegan chocolate do not have the vitamin and mineral ingredients added.
Are there side effects?
For people using Shakeology for the first time you may experience some initial digestive distress such as constipation, bloating and gas. This an be from a variety of factors such as changing your diet, lack of hydration or what a person is, or isn’t eating, in addition to Shakeology.
The Pre/Probiotics, fiber and digestive enzymes can also contribute to digestive distress. It’s a cleansing process to reclaim healthy microflora in your system.
Although symptoms should lessen in a week or two of starting Shakeology. A suggestion is to always reduce the dosage you are taking.
What are the reviews like?
On the Beachbody website there is a section for reviews where customers can comment on what they think of the products. Most of the reviews are positive, with lots of people commenting on the taste and the energy boosts they feel.
This product far surpassed anything I have ever tried…The taste is amazing but more importantly it helps fight cravings, keeps me full, and makes me feel good about providing my body with the nutrition that it needs to be strong and fit!
I tried a 10 day challenge of Shakeology and it really works, it does everything it says it does and I would recommend it to anyone…I would take this forever if it didn’t cost so much, that is the ONLY downside to this product.
But there were a few out there who weren’t satisfied.
I gagged trying to drink them…they taste like perfume!!! While they do curb your hunger they are horrible to get down!!
I’ve only been using this for a week, but I haven’t lost any weight. I’ve actually gained a pound. It does keep me full for a few hours, but then I have to eat again.
Sourced from: http://reviews.beachbody.com/3047/shakeology/reviews.htm
So as you can see from this there are mixed reviews but on the whole it seems that people are giving Shakeology 4 or 5 star ratings on the website and saying that it really does work wonders.
What do the professionals say?
On the Beachbody home page there is a section where professionals are commenting on the product and the effects it has. Here are what a few had to say.
I truly believe that we can prevent a lot of major degenerative diseases by incorporating the proper nutrition, exercise, and a low-glycemic diet. I would encourage my patients to use Shakeology as a meal supplement.
-Dr. Shahab Mokhtare, Age Management
One of the things I love about Shakeology is that it’s not a stimulant. You don’t take this to actually ramp up your system, like other drinks do. Those drinks have extremely high levels of caffeine. In Shakeology, you’ll find nutritious things that are good for you. While it is low in calories, it’s a meal. And your body will treat it as a meal.
-Dr. Mark Clemens, Plastic Surgery
Are there similar products out there?
One of the main problems we have found with Shakeology is the price, costing $129.95 for a months supply, costing about $4 dollars a day, which isn’t too bad when using this product as a meal replacement.
There are lots of different types of meal replacements out thee and here are a couple of cheaper options we have found.
PhD Woman Meal Replacement Shake
This product is described as a delicious, satisfying shake that has been created to help you lose weight safely and effectively. It has a blend of vitamins and minerals, tailored to just women. It helps you to control your calorie intake to help you achieve your weight loss goals healthily and easily. Not only does it help support weight loss, it also reduces tiredness and fatigue, maintains weight loss and muscle tone, is driven by research and only for women.
It is recommended that you use up to two servings of the shake daily, at any time to replace a balanced meal.
One tub comes with 14 servings and has 204 calories in it. At only £25.99 it is definitely a cheaper option and comes in some tasty flavors such as Chocolate Cookie, Strawberry Delight and Vanilla Crème.
The reviews seem to be mainly positive, with most giving the product a 5 star review.
Really great taste and texture, much more filling than the support and recovery shake…After five days I’m already feeling much less tired, despite being on about 1,450 calories a day.
Good value for the size of bottle. Tastes good but could be a little better, that’s the only downside. Works great as a meal replacement when paired with a banana or piece of fruit. Would definitely recommend.
Sourced from: http://www.amazon.co.uk/PhD-Woman-Replacement-Strawberry-Delight/dp/B00D1YLG82
This product would suit anyone who wants to make a change to their lifestyle and make lasting ones without splashing out too much money. The only downside is that it isn’t really for the men.
Slim-Fast Powder Shakes
These shakes aren’t just for women, they’re suitable for everyone.
Not only this, but they’re the cheapest ones we’ve found with places like ASDA, Amazon, Tesco and Boots selling them at anything from £5.80 to £7.99, prices varying slightly depending on where you get them. A tin of powder has 12 servings, so the price isn’t too bad at all.
With only 230 calories it makes the perfect meal replacement, just add it to milk and they become highly nutritious and allow you to cut calories.
Not only that, but it comes in some amazing flavors such as Caramel, Banana, Rich Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry. They have a Slim-Fast 3-2-1 plan which is easy to stick to. You replace 2 meals a day with the Slim-Fast meal replacement and have a third meal that will be around 600 calories for a female and 800 for a male. It is recommended that you have up to 3 snacks a day to keep you satisfied. In total you will be having between 1200-1400 calories a day and drink 1.5-2 litres of water.
Slim-Fast has received lots of good reviews on amazon with over 276 people giving a 5 star rating on one of the flavours.
Tastes just like a proper milkshake, don’t listen to negative reviews about this. The people that say it doesn’t work are those with no will power or those who use it for a week or to get bored…I stuck to it for about a month and lost over a stone.
The slim fast powders are very tasty especially for a diet drink. Would recommend these to anyone.
Sourced from: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00APJZTU2/
If you’re looking for something that is cheap and effective at getting rid of those hunger pans then this is the product for you.
MyProtein Low Calorie Meal Replacement
This meal replacement shake by MyProtein provides a full range of essential nutrients, with just 200 calories per servings. It is ideal for anyone on a strict calorie diet. This is suitable for people who want to increase their protein intake.
The 19g of protein per serving contributes to growth and maintenance of lean mass, with the vitamin and mineral blend contributing to normal energy-yielding metabolism, normal marconutrient metabolism, normal muscle function, normal function of the immune system and to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
The website states that:
The Low Calorie Meal Replacement combines a unique protein blend of the highest quality whey protein concentrate and soy protein isolate to deliver 19g of protein per serving.
It comes in 4 flavours, Banana, Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry. Not only that, but it isn’t too expensive at £14.99 for a 1.6kg pouch. The reviews for the product are mainly positive with lots of 5 star ratings.
Bought the strawberry one, it smells and tastes lush. Have a shake in the morning and after 4HOURS, I still don’t feel hungry! Other products, I’ve been craving real food after an hour. Highly recommend to anyone just starting their weight loss journey.
Will Meal Replacements work for me?
It seems to be that with these shakes you need to stick to a good and healthy balanced diet, with protein and veg, avoiding anything classed as ‘bad’. There have been plenty of people who say that the low calorie shake do help with cravings which ultimately leads to weight loss. Not only that, but they can be used to help maintain the weight loss.
However it is important to follow the instructions given for optimal results. The fact that they are low calorie shakes means that because you are eating less you will lose weight quickly without the temptation to eat junk food or act on that sweet-tooth craving.
In our opinion it seems that these shakes could really work and you could see some lasting changes, but you must be dedicated. But as you can see, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get products that work nearly the same as each other.
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