Editor’s Review: 60/100
After a long hiatus we’re back with some more reviews! Holy cow we’ve gotten quite a few emails that we’re getting around to answering. One shake we’re consistently asked to review is Shakeology which is one that wasn’t even on our list to be reviewed as to us it’s more of a protein supplement shake instead of a weight loss shake. We’ll explain more about that in the review.
Appetite Suppressants – 13
Shakeology’s only hunger blocker in the shake is the somewhat low 3 Grams of dietary fiber. While this shake is packed with lots of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and mixes up thick, it’s not a lasting full. You feel full when you first finish the shake, but because it’s a liquid and because the low fiber, it’s going to move through your body faster than a shake that does contain higher fiber and an actual appetite suppressant. You’ll be hungry sooner.
Proven Results – 10
They have a slew of testimonials to the product, but the problem is that most of these people are on one of Shakeology’s other exercise programs. Shakeology is part of the Beach Body MLM thing and with intense work-outs like those you’re going to lose weight. We’re always for exercising, but we’re supposed to review the weight loss from the shakes here, and they contain no patented hunger blockers that we can talk about. A minor note to athletes here; Shakeology does contain something that might make you test positive for steroids, which is something to keep in mind.
Nutrients – 19
Overall we were quite impressed with Shakeology, but the problem comes from the fillers. Yes many of them do have benefits, but the question is, was your weight loss really struggling solely because of your lack of Kamut Grass in your diet? Let’s break it down.
The Good (9)
– With 20-300% of your vitamins and minerals per serving and 18 grams of protein these shakes are a great way to replace a meal as they provide a lot of nutrients your body needs.
The Bad (8)
– 150 calories and 1 gram of fat is pretty good. 9 grams of sugar is slightly on the high end, but passable. Atkins fans will note the 17 grams of carbs per serving.
The Ugly (2)
– We’ll talk about the price later in the review, but the jest of it is that you’re paying a lot of money for stuff that…isn’t bad, but isn’t required for your body. Antioxidants, Adaptogens, Phytonutrients. All naturally harvest from the rain forests in china or wherever, but in the end, these might provide some benefits, but they are definitely fillers. Expensive ones.
Taste – 8
Alright, Shakeology has “three” flavors. We put three in quotes because technically they only have two. Chocolate and Tropical Strawberry. The other one is a Green shake labeled “Green Berry”. For those of you unfamiliar with what a Green Shake is; that means it has no flavoring whatsoever. Frankly, they taste (and smell) like drinking bog water. Not appetizing in the least. Green Shakes are for your hardcore fitness people that used to drink raw egg slurries in the morning and not bat an eyelash. As for the other flavors…they’re just okay, not that tasty compared to other shakes we’ve tried.
Price Point – 8
$4 per shake. That’s $120 a month for this shake (unless you join the MLM which costs you monthly but you can sell it to your friends and recoup some of the costs) and that’s just way too much. The sellers will tell you it replaces your morning Starbucks run or a fast food meal from Wendy’s so it saves you money. But anyone that’s having a healthy protein/carb breakfast isn’t even spending $4 per meal and that’s the one we usually replace. Frankly $4 is just too much for our budget, even if they DO have the Kamut Grass that my body just needs and doesn’t get from anything else!
Convenience – 2
Yeah, Multi-Level Marketing products aren’t ever going to get high points in convenience from us. Anyone that has participated in an MLM and gotten out of it will tell you…the hassle you’re going to deal with from your up-line and the pressure of creating a down-line is…really not convenient in the least.