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Shakeology Review - Does This Meal-Replacement Work? Are steep price and customer complaints deal breakers?

By Summer Banks on Aug 24, 2016

In my never-ending search to discover the best diet product, this week I reviewed Shakeology. We’ve noticed a lot of discussion about this meal-replacement shake, so we did one of our in-depth reviews, examining the ingredients, side effects, level of customer care and scientific studies. We also took the time to sort through hundreds of dieter comments posted online. At this point we compacted all of this information to give you the info you need.

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What is Shakeology?

To start, Shakeology is a line of meal-replacement shakes that claim to improve health, boost energy levels, reduce food cravings, enhance digestion and assist with weight-loss. The ingredients include whey protein, probiotic enzyme blend, superfruit/antioxidant blend, proprietary adaptogen blend, quinoa, chia, sacha inchi, schisandra, pea, papain, camucamu, goji berry and amaranth. Flavors like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, greenberry and chocolate vegan are available.

Shakeology has been around since 2011 and was created by BeachBody, LLC. These shakes are low in calories and contain all sorts of plant ingredients. Also, you can buy them directly from the website, but read on…

Isn’t 9 grams of sugar a lot? Especially if it is in the form of fructose?

Steep Price Tag – “Ouch?”

The first issue we found with Shakeology ingredients was price. “The actual cost of Shakeology is quite high at $129.95, which is only 30 servings,” says our Research Editor. “If you consume two shakes per day, this is only a 15-day supply.”

One customer complained, “You can go to GNC or Vitamine Shoppe and get a great protein shake for 20-40 dollars. The cheaper shakes taste great and have way more protein, less sugar and more necessary ingredients like glutamine and BCAA’s. Please do not buy shakeology. You are paying someone’s salary.”

Another said, “So let’s recap, pay $4.83 per Shakeology serving OR Pay $1.26 per serving for Protein Shake Plus Multivitamin.”

We can’t help but share a few positives from other users. One said, “Yes it is ‘expensive,’ but the other protein supplements and meal replacements cannot compare to the nutrition.”

One user says you have to weigh the benefits against the cost, “If you have the money to spend this is one of the better products out there.”

Customer Complaints – “Lots!”

Take a look online and you will notice a high number of customer complaints about Shakeology. One dieter said, “This tastes awful, strawberry and chocolate, what a waste of money.”

“It had the after taste of a diet soda, yuck. Then I compared labels – really nothing special,” said another user.

There are always customers that fall on the other side of things. As one buyer put it, “I have tried many different products similar to Shakeology but this product is better than others I have tried.”

We also found a comment that said, “It tastes good and is packed with awesome nutrients.”

According to our research, if there is a particular part of a weight-loss supplement or meal replacement that is considerably troublesome (bad taste, high cost, too many issues) the likelihood of real success for the long term is very low. So, if Shakeology really does lead to a lot of customer complaints, this could be a major problem.

The Science – “Backed Up?”

There is no scientific research presented on the official website to back Shakeology supplements. We know that replacing meals with shakes like these can help you lose more, but that’s not to say you have to spend more than $200 a month to do so. At DietSpotlight we need to see documented clinical facts that supports the diet and its ingredients for weight-loss. If there is no actual science, we really can’t stand behind it.

Also: read our Leptigen Weight-Loss Kit review »

The Bottom Line – Does Shakeology Work?

At the end of this road, our conclusion is final. While we appreciate that Shakeology is low in calories and that it comes in different flavors, we are skeptical about this product. First of all, this shake is very expensive, as many customers have pointed out. Furthermore, the amount of protein used in Shakeology supplements is actually lower than many other protein shakes.

If you really need to lose more pounds and slim down at a faster pace, we suggest trying out a weight-loss shake or diet supplement that contains clinically-proven ingredients, but does not break your bank account or come with a long list of complaints.

Among the best products we’ve seen in 2016 is one called Leptigen. This diet pill offers a proprietary blend of four ingredients, which have been shown in documented scientific studies to help boost metabolism and increase fat loss. Also, we didn’t see any complaints of harmful side effects and dieter feedback around the web shows people are seeing wonderful results.

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About the Author:

Summer Banks has researched over 5000 products in the past 10 years. She has years of nursing training, experience as a manager responsible for 15 supplement brands, and completed coursework on Food and Nutrition from Stanford University. full bio.

How Does Shakeology Compare?

Previous Shakeology Review (Updated July 17, 2014):

What You Should Know

Shakeology is a line of nutritious meal replacement shakes designed to help people lose weight. It was created by BeachBody, LLC (more on them on their wikipedia). This company not only makes supplements and shakes but also routines like Cize and others. The shakes can also be used to help people gain weight for a variety of reasons, in addition to regular meals. The shakes are all natural and available in many different flavors.

List Of Ingredients

The full list of ingredients is not available from the Shakeology official website. Instead, they say the meal replacement shake contains a proprietary blend of all natural ingredients known to help promote healthy cholesterol levels, improve digestion and more. If this is the case, what are they hiding? They say it contains green tea extract, but maintain that it is caffeine free. More info on its contents can be found on the Shakeology Ingredients page.

Product Features

Shakeology is an ideal healthy meal in shake form that comes in a bag or individual packets. Each bag contains 30 servings, or a 30 day supply for one shake a day. It is perfectly fine to drink two shakes per day for those who are looking for a bit more "umph" from their program, though it will cause the program to be more expensive. Each shake costs around $4, and when you break it down, a $4 meal is hard to find these days, let alone a healthy $4 meal. The product is safe for most people, and is completely vegetarian. You can see how they do this on their official site. Whey protein is the only thing that keeps it from being vegan. This product is safe for children aged six and up, though you should probably speak to a pediatrician first. The shake comes in two flavors: chocolate and greenberry.

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Advantages

  • These shakes are ideal for both weight loss and weight gain, either as an addition to or in replacement of meals.

Disadvantages

  • Some people may not like replacement meals because they may feel deprived.
  • The flavors may not be ideal for a lot of people.
  • There is a lack of ingredient information available.
  • There are rumors that the products are nothing more than a scam.
  • Possible Shakeology Side Effects and other trade-offs may deter dieters.

Conclusion

Though the shake claims to be healthy, we don't really know if it is or not. It's nice to see this company has a sound BBB rating though. Without a full list of ingredients for us to examine, we can't determine what it does, and how it does it. Most meal replacement shakes leave people feeling hungry and needing more, which is why they tend to fail as a weight loss option. It is a better idea to do more research on your own and find a weight loss supplement that contains proven weight loss ingredients such as fat burners and appetite suppressants.

Shakeology Questions & Answers:

We summarized hundreds of user comments about Shakeology into this helpful FAQ.

What are the side effects of Shakeology?

Shakeology side effects, based on some customer comments, may include gas, bloating, constipation and dehydration.

What is in Shakeology?

Shakeology ingredients are whey protein isolate, pea protein, chia seed, flax seed, quinoa, cacao, pea fiber, yacon, cordyceps, chlorella, spirulina, acerola cherry, chicory root fiber, pomegranate, astragalus, camu-camu, bilberry, blueberry, goji berry, spinach, maitake, reishi, rose hips, methylsulfonylmethane, ashwagandha, amylase, cellulose, lactase, glucoamylase, alpha-galactosidase, invertase, kale, luo han guo, Himalayan salt, lactobacillus sporogenes, schisandra, maca, cinnamon, green tea, ginko biloba, moringa, sacha inchi, fructose, natural flavors, xanthan gum and stevia.

What is the active ingredient in Shakeology?

The active ingredient in Shakeology is whey protein.

Does Shakeology work?

There’s no scientific research proving the effectiveness of Shakeology. There are studies linking green tea to weight-loss, but that’s the same with all varieties.

How much does one bottle of Shakeology cost?

One bottle/bag of Shakeology costs $129.95. You only receive a discount on multiple purchases if you are a Beachbody coach. You can sign up for auto-shipment when you place your order.

How do you take Shakeology?

You take one scoop of Shakeology per day. Each bag contains 30 servings, meaning it lasts for one month.

Can I take Shakeology if I have a health condition?

People taking prescription medication, those with health conditions, anyone under 18 years of age or women who are pregnant or nursing should contact your healthcare provider prior to using a weight-loss supplement of any kind, including Shakeology.

What do users like about Shakeology?

Some users liked the convenience and portability of Shakeology.

What do users NOT like about Shakeology?

We found that some dieters didn’t like the side effects from Shakeology. Additional concerns related to the high price tag and the difficulty canceling the recurring payments.

Who makes Shakelogy?

Beachbody is the maker of Shakeology.

How do I contact the Shakeology customer service department?

You can contact the Shakeology customer service department by calling 1-800-207-0420, using the customer feedback form on the official website or by mailing correspondence to Beachbody, LLC 3301Exposition Blvd. Floor 3 Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Can I contact Shakeology through social media?

Yes, you can contact Shakeology through Facebook and Twitter.

Is Shakeology a meal-replacement?

Yes, Shakeology can be used as a meal-replacement.

How much protein is in Shakeology?

Each serving of Shakeology contains 17g of protein.

Is Shakeology vegan-friendly?

Shakeology is available as a vegan-friendly option.

Does Shakeology some with a guarantee?

Shakeology come with a guarantee. You have up to 90 days to return the product for a full refund.

 

Shakeology User Tips:

Shakeology is a meal replacement drink from Beachbody. You can purchase from a coach or online. The nutrition is solid, but the taste is not the biggest selling factor for some. Tips for this and other issues are often found in user reviews.

 

“It does have a funky aftertaste. Nothing that a piece of gum or brushing your teeth can’t take care of though.”    LeAnne

 

“I generally use double the liquid, just so my shakes last longer. So, I mixed 1 cup of almond milk, 1/2 c water, and 1/2 c. coconut water, then threw in a tsp of vanilla extract. That was downright tasty!”    Darragh

 

“There is no miracle supplement, and anyone that purchases a shake or other product of ANY brand and thinks that this is going to result in a 30 pound weight loss or a fitness model physique is delusional.”    Ellyn

 

“When you make a smoothie/shake with one of the recipes, the taste is very good and you don’t get that terrible Stevia aftertaste.”    Tricia

 

“It’s not a McD’s shake, so don’t expect it to taste just like that.”    Leslie

 

“By itself, it tastes pretty nasty. I mix the chocolate with a tbsp peanut butter, 1/2 cup almond milk, and a cup of ice.”    Ginger

 

“They are DELICIOUS! However, I’ve never made them with water. I actually blend mine in a blender with ice, milk, a banana, a spoonful of peanut butter and a handful of raw spinach leaves.”    A. Phillips

 

Shakeology Side Effects:

Shakeology is a meal replacement product designed to replace food calories with a shake. The idea is to improve weight-loss naturally. There is a rare occasional when they are associated with side effects, but we did find a few to speak of.

 

“Started using this product have been getting headaches and severe stomach cramps after consumption.”    Lori

 

“This has had my stomach so swollen, hard and bloated.”    Suzanne

 

“He started to get really bad headache and feel really bad again. He was also very tired on it.”    Rashell

 

“I tried this for the first time and a couple of hours later, I was puking my guts out and sitting on the toilet for hours.”    Morgan

 

“I found this shake to be incredibility difficult to digest. Gave me horrible gas.”    Kerensa

 

“I felt bloated every time I tried to drink it. I even cut down to 1/2 a scoop, still had weight gain and bloating.”   Amanda

 

“I had some diarrhea and that is a side effect.”    Viki

 

“I was afraid to go places or do things because at the drop of a hat, I’d get sick to my stomach.”    Meli

 

“I dropped it for a few reasons. First off, the taste and it made my stomach feel sick.”    Janie

 

“I tried Shakeology last summer and got severe cramping, nausea, and diarrhea.”   June

 

“Not only did it make me cranky, it also made me very angry and hormonal as well as extremely tired and sick .”    Sue

 

Shakeology is a meal-replacement, superfood shake from Beachbody - the same company responsible for workouts like P90X, Insanity and the 21-Day Fix. There are multiple blends providing protein, antioxidant support, fruits and vegetables, but this is not the only product offering these types of ingredients. Each shake supplies about 160 calories, 17g of protein, 17g of carbohydrates (6g of sugar), 6g of fiber and 2g of fat.

Shakeology Ingredients and Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 1 Scoop
Serving Per Container: 30
Amount per Serving % DV
Protein Blend * *
- Whey Protein Isolate * *
- Pea Protein * *
Chia Seed * *
Flax Seed * *
Quinoa Seed * *
Cacao Bean * *
Chlorella * *
Pea Fiber * *
Yacon Root * *
Cordyceps * *
Acerola Cherry * *
Chicory Root * *
Pomegranate * *
Astragalus * *
Camu-Camu * *
Bilberry * *
Blueberry * *
Lycium Berry * *
Spinach * *
Maitake * *
Reishi * *
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 * *
Spirulina *

Other Ingredients: Non-GMO fructose, natural flavor, xanthan gum, stevia extract, Himalayan salt

We looked into the Shakeology ingredients so we could give you the information you need.

Whey Protein

Whey is a bi-product from the creation of cheese. The protein is derived from this liquid substance and is usually found as a powder.

What Is It Supposed To Do?

Since whey protein is one of the more pure forms of protein, it can be used as a supplement to ensure a nutritional diet. It is also used as an extra protein source for those looking to build muscle.

Clinical Research

In an article from the Mayo Clinic, authors noted that, “Studies have shown whey protein to be an inexpensive source of high-quality protein and that it may reduce short-term food intake. Overall results suggest that whey protein may promote better weight loss when compared to lower-protein diets, but results are unclear when whey protein is compared to other protein sources.”

Chia Seed

Chia seed, also known as Salvia hispanica, is a plant found in the mint family. It is often used in nutritional drinks and foods in Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Mexico, and Guatemala.

What Is It Supposed To Do?

Chia seeds contain a large amount of healthy fatty acids. They hold twelve times their weight in water, and therefore can be a substitute for various products while baking. It is also thought that the high absorbency can curb appetite.

Clinical Research

Chia seeds does not seem to be an effective weight management solution, according to the study published in Nutrition Research, New York, NY. Researchers concluded, “In conclusion, ingestion of 50 g/d CS [chia seeds] vs P [placebo] for 12 weeks by overweight/obese men and women had no influence on body mass or composition, or various disease risk factor measures.”

Calcium

Calcium is a chemical found in nature. It is considered the most abundant metal by mass for many animals and can be found in places like bones, teeth, and shells.

What Is It Supposed To Do?

Calcium is generally helpful to bone health, cardiovascular health, and cancer treatments.

Clinical Research

Although calcium seems to be essential for a diet, it does not seem to have an effect on weight-loss. In a study published by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers concluded, “There were no significant differences in body weight or fat mass change between the placebo and the calcium-supplemented groups in the pooled analysis (adjusted mean ± se; body weight, placebo –6.2 ± 0.7 vs. Ca –7.0 ± 0.7 kg; fat mass, placebo –4.5 ± 0.6 vs. Ca –5.5 ± 0.6 kg), and no significant interactions of calcium supplementation with menopausal/diet status”

Phosphorus

Phosphorus is a mineral that only takes up 1% of the body.

What Is It Supposed To Do?

Phosphorus helps the way the body uses carbs. Additionally, it is vital for kidney function, muscle contractions, normal heartbeats, and nerve signaling.

Clinical Research

A study performed by the American University of Beirut Medical Center concluded that, “Phosphorus supplementation for 12 weeks significantly decreases body weight, BMI, waist circumference and subjective appetite scores. These findings support a promising role of the mineral phosphorus in the prevention and management of obesity, especially abdominal adiposity.” However, no other studies could be found on the correlation.

 

88 User Reviews About Shakeology

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    Molly

    I think Shakeology is very expensive and I would be interested to see a study on the effects of taking it. I don’t like the taste, and I wish it had more protein. But…. what I will say is that when I drink it, I seem to have a disappearance of cravings and my hunger levels go way down. That’s exceptional for me, because having struggled with binge eating disorder, I’ll pay whatever I have to in order not to feel those horrible urges to binge eat. Maybe it’s placebo effect or whatever, but there are plenty of other methods I have tried to stop the binge eating urges and nothing else seems to have helped the way Shakeology has. I don’t know, but I’m going to keep it at one serving a day and if that stops working, then I’ll know that it was all in my head.

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    Andrea

    Just started using it. Helps with cravings and the keeps me full for hours. I can justify the cost by cutting out my morning and afternoon coffee run because I feel totally energized all day. Also I stopped snacking as much or drinking alcohol which gets pricey. I have not lost any weight yet but it’s only been a week. The first 3 days I was farting like crazy.

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    paulette Ritchey

    I found Shakeology to be exceptional! I am not a coach or distributor, just a person wanting to lose some pounds and be healthy. I did a bit of research myself, too, and found that, while most people consider Shakeology a “meal replacement” in fact, I would not consider it to be that at all! It is a meal “supplement!” Great vitamins and minerals! After just 2 days of drinking just ONE shake a day I felt great! As I continued that week, just one shake a day, I found the sweet cravings gone! I only drank the chocolate flavor, and, because I wanted to add a little more protein, I stirred in a TBSP of peanut butter. Yum! We also have “Isagenix” in our house, so I was able to do a comparison there. Isagenix IS a protein meal replacement! Shakeology is not, in my opinion. It is a really great product. Vitamins and minerals from all plant sources. Very good. Can’t wait to get my next bag! (yes, it does cost more, but it is very much worth it!)

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    Jean

    The chocolate has a weird taste. I have to add stuff to it. Used unsweetened almond milk 1/2 banana and peanut butter. It was a bit better. Added salt cinnamon and a little leftover coffe and it was drinkable. Honestly. I’d rather have a glass of chocolate milk and a multivitamin. Not worth the price but I bought it to support my friend so I’ll finish it. It does fill you up so drink it when you crave sweets.

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    Carolyn

    Just starting so will write more later, but I just want to say that anything containing flax has always always given me middle of the night cramps. Like anything tho, if you keep it up, that subsides after not too many nights.

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    Alexis

    Here is my 2 cents. I only recently started drinking shakeology in conjunction with the 21 day fix. The program takes a holistic approach with exercise- being the main focus, healthy eating and the optional shake. The shake isn’t meant to be a magic weight loss tool- or a meal replacer in the sense that you don’t eat food but drink the shake 2x a day. The eating plan is full of whole foods with a focus on vegetables and pelted with some carbs and a little healthy fats- quite balanced if you ask me. The shake doesn’t take any of that away. It just fills a space when you are eating 6 small meals a day. If you drink an indulgent feeling chocolate shake instead of eating crap for breakfast or snack or possibly lunch- then you will have great benefits. It counts as 1 protein when you are designated 4 per day (I am small). It doesn’t mean you still don’t eat all of the fruits, vegetables yadda yadda that you are supposed to eat. As for bloating and gas- a common side effect of probiotics to people who haven’t had them is that. Your gut flora is getting used to the new bacteria and it can take a while if you have had a terrible diet. I like the shake so far but I don’t have any real opinion on it yet. Vanilla tastes good- I make it with homemade almond milk and it definitely does curb cravings and give me energy so far. It tastes indulgent. It keeps me fuller than a proper serving of Greek yogurt and fruit or 2 hard boiled eggs, Etc. it’s a good low calorie protein source for after a grueling workout. We will see how I like it after time, but I think the point of the whole thing is working out and eating healthy, not a miracle shake that you drink and magically lose weight. It may be expensive. That I cannot debate. But it’s all about choices. You can still do the workout and eating plan without the shake.

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    Lisa

    i used Shakolgy for approx 1 month and it literally almost killed me, literally! I was in the emergency room ex in one week and finally had a procedure done to look around my stomach. I was belching 4-500x a day. After the procedure was finished they said I was filled with open sores everywhere. I spent 3 days in the hospital. This all started when I first started taking Shakolgy and started clearing up when I stopped taking it.
    Then another time approx 4 months later after the first incident I started using it again, I thought maybe it wasn’t related. But after being on it for only 3 days the symptoms started all over again, this time I stopped immediately.
    This stuff literally was eating at me from the inside out.

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    BETTY

    I LOVE SHAKEOLOGY, YES THE COST IS HIGH BUT IF YOU FOLLOW THE PLAN, AND LEARN ABOUT EATING RIGHT THEN YOU WILL LOSS, YOU CANT JUST DEPEND ON DRINKING AND SHAKE AND THE WEIGHT WILL FALL OFF, YOU HAVE TO WORK AT IT. ONE THING ABOUT THIS PROGRAM IS THERE IS LOT OF HELP IN THE GROUP AND COACHS. OH AND BY THE WAY I HAVE LOSE 50 YES IT TOOK ME A YEAR AND 1/2 BUT ALL MY BLOOD WORK HAS COME OUT IN THE BEST THAT IT HAS BEEN IN 25 YEARS.

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    Kc

    The strawberry shakeology is my favorite. The only turn off is definitely the high price. I think it’s way too expensive and I don’t know if worth it. The ingredients are great and can help promote weight loss if you have a healthy diet and excercise!

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    AM

    I started using Shakeology and approximately three months after using Shakeology I developed what I now know is lichen planus. It requires a biopsy to confirm it and my biopsy indicated it was linchen planus caused by a drug reaction of some sort. I have not added anything new or do I take medication on a regular basis with the exception of over the counter medicines like Tylenol or Ibuprofen. I have never had any allergies to either one of these. Like I said before I cannot be sure however I had to eliminate anything new and this was new.?

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    Ayanna

    Safe for sure it was a cause but shortly after using this product for about 3 month, I developed lichen planus. My biopsy indicated it was a drug reaction 2 something. Other than that I had not added anything new to my diet or taken any unusual medication.

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    Sarah

    Drank shakeology, did p90 didn’t loose Amy weight and gained 50 lbs. Ate low fat foods, stuck it out for 5 months…. got pissed a said forget thus crap. Went to a dietician got on a low carb, no sugar diet and started my elliptical and stationary bike and so far have lost 44 lbs. In 4 months!!! I feel like I got scammed out of the 800.00 or so I spent on crap in a bag!!!!!

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    Your Janine LoganName

    I THINK ITS RIDICULOUS THAT YOU HAVE TO CHARGE 129 FOR A 30 DAY SUPPLY THAT IS REALLY A 15 DAY SUPPLY, THIS IS A RIP OF. I AM SURE IT TASTES GOOD AND HAS A LOT OF GOODNESS FOR YOUR BODY BUT MOST PEOPLE CANT AFFORD THIS, AND ITS A BUMMER BECAUSE I REALLY ENJOY HIP HOP AB’S.

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    Your Name

    Actually it is a 30 day supply. Its only 15 if you do it twice a day. But for less than 5.00 meal, its not terrible.

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    Your Name

    Shakeology is only once a day.

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    Laura

    Shakeology is a great product – but it’s like anything – you have to ACTUALLY WORK! I do shakeology and come up with different recipes every week. The accountability groups and coaches are invaluable to be. I lost 70 lbs total so far. 40 since last May with walking and their free accountability group alone. I had to have a surgery for acid reflux in February – grueling recovery, so I decided to order the shakeology. It has been amazing and I am loving the 21 day fix workout program. I am more skeptical than most and I now believe in the product – everything they teach you is not only about buying product. It’s about total health and wellness.

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    LJ

    This product has changed my life and how I treat my nutrtion. Shakeology is not a weight loss supplement. If you don’t focus on your nutrition and physical activity you won’t see results. It’s a protein shake with added superfoods. Just like any other whey product you can’t not workout. Challenge groups are invaluable resources to staying motivated, building community & getting results!

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    Julie

    I am a nutritionist and the nutrient dense ingredients far surpass any product I have found or could make at home without significant expense and time. The new mocha latte flavor is great. Incredible product worth more than the price tag.

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    Carmen

    This taste horrible and is too sweet. If you buy from their website, be careful. They get you enrolled automatically for monthly shipments. You do not know it because the letters are small and many people ignore this. Read carefully and cancel any monthly shipments. You better hope they don’t send you a shipment and then you have to return it because they do not pay for returns. You will have to pay out of pocket. All the money you pay and then they can’t even provide a return label. LOSERS!!!!

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    Your Name

    Actually we just canceled ours after it already shipped and they gave us a full refund pulse let us keep this shipment.

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    Ashley

    They paid for my return label when I didn’t like the flavor and sent me a new flavor at no additional cost.

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    Laura

    Every company has small print.

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    Maddie

    I personally thought it was gross and had a horrible gritty texture. I canceled everything that had to do with shakeology and they still sent me out 2 shipments I got a return label but they do not like to do their job. I’m not happy with them.

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    Trish

    I’ve had great success with Shakeology. It has an amazing blend of powerful nutrients including enough protein. For a bit of extra protein I add a little greek yogurt. First off, I have a fantastic coach which comes with the shakeology who offers free closed groups online so the support team is amazing. Train your body to metabolize burning fat naturally and flush toxins naturally. There is no such thing as a miracle drink or pill. Learn to eat healthier! With Shakeology, healthier eating habits, exercise and lots of water I’ve lost 55 pounds in 4 months, maintain and feel great. It’s about a permanent healthier lifestyle which is what my beach body coach promotes. Again no such thing as a miracle drink or pill. These products are just tools in your journey to health & fitness.

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    Lisa Sessoms

    I’ve been using Shakeology for about 2 months now Absolutely love it.Its the best.

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    Angel

    I signed up to be a coach knowing nothing about beachbody or shakeO. Crazy I know but I did my workouts have definitely been lagging but I’ve lost 7.5 pounds and 14.25 inches in my first 30 days. I don’t crave sweets nearly as often and I love the energy it gives me. Wouldn’t change my decision for the world. Shakeology.com/angeldobler

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    Colleen Moran

    you get a coach with your shakeology. Free! Someone to advise you on how to use the shakes in conjunction with healthy eating and exercise. This is not a scam. I have been coaching for 2.5 months (after 13 years of personal training), and every single one of my 20+ participants have lost significant weight. Averaging from 15-20 in 2 months….that is better results than I have seen in my career!
    No protein shake or meal replacement is going to miraculously yield weight loss. BUT, it is what you do with it that will bring you a change in weight.
    I’d like to know of one protein/meal replacement shake that gives you an accountability coach with it???

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    Joe

    I’ve been using it for 2 months with no weight loss. A little better digestion and a little less cravings. But I make 300k a year and even I say this is far too expensive for what your getting. The cost to make a bag is probably around 10 dollars so for them to charge 1300% mark up is absurd.

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    Mona

    I had ordered the 21 day Fix from BeachBody. I stuck with it for about 10 days, but because of intensity of the workouts, I could only perform about half of the exercises. So it did not work for me as far as exercise, but the diety part with the colored containers is a good way to develop better nutrition. I ordered a 7 single serving variety pack of Shakeology to try all the flavors. The new Caffe Latte is very good. The regular chocolate was not too good, have an after taste. The greenberry is just nasty, though I drank it. The strawberry was okay, I threw some blueberries in it. All the shakes require a blender so it is not convenient to take to work or on to travel. I do seem to have more energy when I drink one. I will probably order a bag of Caffe Latte. I am not a Coach, they make a profit from Shakeology and when tell you it is great.

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    Patty

    Put 1 cup frozen mango in the tropical strawberry. It’s fantastic! I never liked strawberry anything. I agree, the chocolate has an awful, bitter aftertaste.

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    Carol

    Mona, you might want to try their Beachbody on Demand as see what would work for you. The 21 day fix was too intense for me as well when I started….but Cize was fun although some were intense. TiCheng was way to slow. Piyo is my next one.

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    KrysM

    All workouts can be modified! Don’t quit!

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    Debbie

    I have noticed the mornings I use Shakeology I have more trouble with leg cramps at night. I love the shakes! Any correlation?

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    Cameron (Editor)

    Debbie, did these cramps coincide with when you started taking the shakes? Try taking a break to see if they settle down.

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    Your Name

    I also Have cramps at night

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    april

    thank you for saying that, as I was debating getting this, I have bad leg cramps and have to take muscle relaxers before bed, im glad you pointed that out-don’t want to take the risk of even more pain!

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    sally

    Debbie, you could be depleted in potassium, calcium, or magnesium, most likely the first 2. I would steer clear of the product if they are the insufficient or causing depletion.

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    JoyYour Name

    Being dehydrated will cause cramps too. Devote focus on getting lots of water in your
    ..even if you’re drinking the shakes. Hydrate. Hydrate. HYDRATE.

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    Your NameJune

    This is about leg cramps. This sounds really weird, but it works. It was in a number of Dr. Gott articles because it worked for so many. Leg cramps at night, put a bar of soap between your sheet and the bed, at cramp level. I use a small flat motel size one. One day I had a very bad leg cramp and I got a bar of soap and rubbed my leg with it and the cramp went away in a minute! I have helped a number of people with this trick and they were all amazed. No one knows how or why it works, but it does. It doesn’t hurt to try.

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    Stephen (Editor)

    I guess it’s true you never stop learning. Very interesting!

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    Your Name

    I take Plavix which causes your blood to take longer to clot. This is due to having stents. I know that chia, flaxseed and others have an anticoagulant properties. I was wondering since both of these are in Shakeology mix would it cause my blood to get too thin or interact negatively and maybe dangerously.

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    Kathy

    potassium!! If you are not eating at least one banana that will cause cramps!

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    Kelly Bandstra

    Beware if you change your mind and decide to return it for your money back. They got my package back on November 24th. They said it would take 3-5 business days to give my refund. Well it is now December 16th and I’m still waiting. They are quick to take your money out but it takes forever to get your money back. Aholes!

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    Jasmine

    That has to do with bank processing. It takes 3-5 business days for THEM to make a refund. It takes additional time for YOUR BANK to process. Try an additional 3-5 business days or up to 15. I’ve worked for a bank for YEARS, and hear this a lot. There is a lot of legal processing involved in returns so the bank doesn’t look like they’re stealing money

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    Von

    I have been taking the Vegan chocolate shake for almost 2 weeks now. It tastes way better than the regular chocolate. No metal taste. The only probable I am having is it makes me hyper. It seems when I go to bed at 9-9:30 work nights I am wide awake at 2am…..I am so tired the next day from lack of sleep however; the shake keeps me anxious/energy…… I like everything else about it just not the sleep/energy. I am very sensitive to caffeine and even 1 cup decaf in the early morning gets me going all day

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    Sally

    i was excited to try this product. I’ve been successful losing weight without shakes, but thought the boost of nutrition in this one would make the journey better. Well, I was wrong- $150 later- and sadly. My stomach bloated, the taste and after taste were the worst, it’s way too thick and I was starving 2 hours later. A good 500 cal meal makes me feel better with better results and an extra 150.00 in my bank account. Really disappointing

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    Crystal

    If you feel bloated after taking it, it is because your body is adjusting to all of the nutrients and Superdoods. Your body is cleaning out all of the junk.

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    Karen

    I personally love this product. $4 a day….I would spend way more a day on snacks or foods from wawa….and I get the vitamins I need….saving money on all the multivitamins I would normally take. Sorry you were disappointed!

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    Lynn

    Sally – Listen to your body and keep doing what works for you! My friend loves Shakeology but I’ve always had problems taking dietary supplements. Either I have problems with the taste or an upset stomach. Shakeology is still processed and that should be taken into consideration if you don’t have a positive response to it. For me my body responds best to whole foods like an apple, blueberries, or walnuts. But I have friends with nut allergies and have to get that nutrition else where. Supplements are tools that may or may not work for everybody. Good luck with your fitness goals!

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    MelYour Name

    ive been on and off of shakeology for 7 mths have had a lot of issues with passing out low sodium… Has anyone heard anything regards to the shakes with this?

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    Anna (Editor)

    Hello. All users are different and can experience different side effects; please make sure to consult with your physician before continuing to take this product and let them know about the side effects you were experiencing.

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    Sm

    I also have been using shakeology for a month and I love the new latte flavor but I haven’t slept in a month. This is the only thing new I have added and as soon as I stopped my sleep returned to normal.

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    Jim

    I have been drinking shakology everyday for 5 years now. No more pain in knees or shoulders, blood work is better than perfect, BP 112 over 70. I’m 45 years old do physical labor everyday and don’t even take so much as an Advil. It does work, but takes time. I have friends and family drinking it too with the same results. You’ll notice after 6 moths blood work starts to improve. After 18 months very noticeable inprovement. Then the aching joints start to go away. I used to get injections in my shoulder and are oxyicodone for pain. GONE!!! Couldn’t drive more than an hour knee would stiffen up and had to stop. GONE!!!! And no more acid reflux either.

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    Your Name

    Are you a coach?

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    Your Name

    I AM SURE IT HELPS AND WORKS BUT ITS WAY TOO MUCH! I HAVE TROUBLE PAYING MY RENT AND BILLS ALREADY!

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    Melissa

    I love shakeology. It is pretty expensive, but I think it’s worth it. I tried a bag for the first time a couple years ago and had great results with no negative side effects. Shortly thereafter I had to take a break from it for financial reasons, and kept up with my healthy lifestyle, which prevented me from putting back on the weight I had lost. Eventually I got to the point where I was so satisfied I became a coach, mainly just for the big discounts you get when you order a new bag ? But if anyone has any questions or wants to know more, feel free to email me!

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    Renee parkin

    Where is Shakelogy produced? In the USA ?

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    Lori J. Gauthier

    Yes, Renee. That is correct.

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    Jamie

    I use this product. I have been using it now for almost 2 years now. I have use it along with P90x and going to the gym. I have noticed that my body works at maximum efficancy when i take it. I have had increased energy, weight loss, along with less cravings. Also i have noticed that my blood sugar no longer bottoms out. I believe in this product and stand behind it. Please if anyone has any questions please email me.

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    Alyssa

    I sell shakeology and am a beachbody coach, it is a toola long with workin gout to help you lose weight and get fit. Join my team and you will learn healthy eating and how to keep the pounds off for life. The support is priceless and a good business opportunity for a motivated individual to help others.

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    Shannon Frontz

    I tried a fre trial I got when I ordered a work out video!! And I like it just want to talk to someone! See some pricing g ect….

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    Mike

    Alyssa I am doing insanity but I am interested in shakeology can you send more info about it

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    Rita

    I’ve used shakeology for almost a year now. I love the taste. If you don’t you haven’t learned how to make it. I’ve lost 25 lbs, have better digestion , improved blood pressure, more energy, less arthritis pain and overal improved health! Highly recommend it to improve health. Nothing compares. I’ve tried other protein shakes and they just didn’t help. If you want to know more contact me!

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    janice bafford

    how do you order?

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    Cameron (Editor)

    We have listed contact info for this company in our Q&A section, Janice.

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    Sophie Pierce

    Hi Janice! You can order through me if would like. I’m a Beachbody coach. If you have any questions about our products just let me know. I love Shakeology!!

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    kay roney

    Ihave taken shakeology a whole bag of it and it seems like I am blouted all the time. I go to bathroom , but I feel like Iam not full, SO should I get off of this since I went thru a bag already.

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    Your Name

    me too

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    Willa Tolder

    I can’t complain I use to weight 194 and while using shakeology I have loss 10 pounds now I’m at 174 no high blood pressure I feel good and look good so I love it …thanks shakeology

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    Andy Lanzr

    You lost 10 pounds and went from 194—->174… interesting. Do this product have side effects including the loss in the ability to do simple arithmatic

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    Angela

    Kay- What are you mixing it with? I am a Beachbody coach and a Fit Pro. I truly believe in this product. I have been drinking it daily for almost 6 months now. That bloating MIGHT be from the ingredients in Shakeo being combined with other foods you are eating at other meals. I usually mix mine with Almond Milk. When I use regular milk, I tend to feel bloated. Everyone is a bit different, so I would try another bag and play around with your mixers and if you can, follow the 21 day fix grocery list and meal plan. Even if you don’t use their portion cups, the foods in that plan compliment Shakeology really well.

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    Jaime

    Shakeology is not meant to be a protein shake or a diet/fat burning shake. It’s meant to ensure that your body receives ALL of the vitamins and nutrients and minerals that it needs to function at its very best. It’s better to think of it as a really badass multivitamin and protein supplement than as anything else. Except that it comes in an easy shake form so that it can replace a meal and help keep you full, unlike a regular multivitamin. It helps with weight loss when people use it as a meal replacement or drink it instead of eating junk, but it’s not magic and doesn’t cause you to lose weight just because you drank it after the pizza you ate. The entire Beachbody company is about exercising daily, eating healthy, whole foods and using shakeology to fill in any gaps in nutrition. People looking for a magic pill or powder will be disappointed. People who realize there are no short cuts to a healthy lifestyle understand and love shakeology.

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    Brian

    I think Shakeology is awesome stuff. I am recovering from a back injury that left me overweight and lazy. I watched a P90X infomercial and decided I was going to give it a try. I got a free five day supply of Shakeology with my order, and I fell in love with it. I ordered more, and began to share it with a few friends. Everyone I know that takes Shakeology says the same things: Cravings gone, higher energy levels, and weight loss.

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    Shelby

    The ingrediants ARE on Shakeologys website – look under details on the order page – they are easy to find elsewhere too PLUS MAY 2011 Oprah has an artical about the inventor of the shake!
    I do not sell it but I do love it – I had a few vanity pounds to lose and I not only lost them I have MORE energy than I have had in years – and I ATE really well before but having a Shake for lunch (I mix it up half strength because I am very tiny anyway) is a wonderful way to get NATURAL nutrition and weight loss without drugs!
    There is 100 percent guarantee on it too return after 30 days if you don’t feel a diff!
    Has an A rating with the BBB too

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    Bonne

    It was taken from Herbalife (last 30 years) created by award winning science and herbal teams, which includes Lou Ignarro, winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine. Be wary of companies that don’t list ingredients. Green Tea does have caffeine, so impossible to be caffeine free. The Herbalife shakes have the best flavor and there are allergen free options too. We are in 76 countries now, and it takes a lot of investigation to do that. Thirty years of weight loss and cellular nutrition.

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    christine

    Herbalife is a scam and should be avoided. Their representatives are brain washed to believe in their products. Major scam…

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    Gmarie

    The following is my experience with Meal Replacement Shakes and although this may or may not work for everyone, it is only my opinion. It will be very interesting if my comments are removed. The last comment I placed in a website that claims they have the best meal replacement shakes reviews, removed my entire comment. Probably they are endorsed by one of their companies that they posted as the Best Meal Replacement Shake otherwise my comment would still be there. I emailed the lady that oversees the website to ask why it was removed, she never returned my email. So beware where you go to get a review.
    Let’s begin with Herbalife. Does it work or is it a scam? There are 2 types of comments you can read on the subject. One from a person who can re-tell their experience on a subject matter and one who has personal agenda against a company. For the record, I am not brainwashed and a huge skeptic and I am too opinionated to allow anyone to feed me their garbage. What I do is conduct research. I research companies and what they are doing to make a difference in someone else’s life. Not just going out there to blah, blah blah. So here it is. Herbalife is feeding impoverished countries with their shakes. They have even sat down with the Dalai Lama to work out programs for the poor and high risk kids along with other Nobel Peace Price Laureates. Ok, so they have a big heart but are their shakes worth it? Here are my results:
    Herbalife- Very thick shakes, different flavors, very sustainable for long term use. Ingredients- some are natural, some are not. They said they took out the bad and kept the good. Herbalife believes that even if an ingredient is natural, it does not mean it is safe or good. It can be can be toxic after long term use, can cause side effects in contact with other ingredients that we digest or that thrive in our digestive tract. They believe that even if they have a good ingredient, it always has to work synergistically in the body and backed up by scientific research or they will not put their stamp on it. One of the labs used in USA to conduct their research is at UCLA. Olympic athletes use their shakes, as well as, as other professional athletes.
    I tried their shakes and never had any side effects. I have made them with ice and water to keep it economical and they are actually thick shakes and fill me up for at least 2-3 hrs. I am slightly hypoglycemic so I have to eat every 2 to 3 hrs. If I make it with almond milk, I am good for 3-4 hrs. I have been to the doctor and my blood work and scans have shocked even them on how well my body is healing and the weight I keep losing. Their snacks are good and curb the appetite. They have a patented fat burner “prolessa” that I have tried and it’s awesome. Your body starts shrinking and does not leave you flabby. Their products are easy on the colon and not harmful like other fat burners. I suffer from “colitis” and have to be careful what I digest. Their fiber, flora and aloe are healing my ulcer and colon. All their products can be a little pricey unless you become a distributor but waking up and not being in stomach pain, not being scared to go out because of my gases and colic, having energy now to exercise that I never had before, was worth everything I invested. I don’t recommend joining until you have tested it for yourself for at least 3 months to see the results and why it works so different from the rest. My eyelashes are growing and not falling off like before, my skin is clearing up and looks rejuvenated. I did more research on their products and found out they heal from the inside out, not just for losing weight.
    Here is why the rest did not work for me and I am not going to say they are a scam and brainwashing people, because that would be a lie and I don’t even know if they are doing that. They just did not work for me. Visalus tasted like slush unless I made it with almond milk. After I spoke to the distributor she advised, they are only suppose to be made with milk or almond milk to become thick like a shake. I did not like that idea; I should have that option. Did not curb my appetite, unless I used their appetite suppressant. No problem, I purchased it but it gave me stomach ache and jitters. IdealShape was a little better with water but still tasted like watery potatoes and slushy not thick unless I made it with milk. Another no option for me and it did not hold me off my hunger unless I purchased the suppressant. Their suppressant “slendesta” made me bloated and gasey. I guess this means I was not hungry. Worse than Visalus. This is not to say, I did not lose weight with them, but seriously, I don’t care to end up without a colon in the process and walking around with a swollen stomach and so miserable I don’t even want to get out of bed. Next Shakelogy. If Herbalife did not exist, I would probably choose Shakeology but only for a weekend. Good ingredients for cleansing the body of toxins. Some things are meant to thrive in your gut and you can’t keep wiping them out over and over again. You will have malabsorption issues if you exasperate your digestion. Also did not curb my appetite for long. You might have to add extra protein while you drink the shake to help in between meals or if you want to take it longer. The ingredients have not been scientifically tested and that frightens me if you use it for too long. We all know how that works. Great today, and you screwed up later in life. I have gastric problems, therefore, I recommend starting with half a scoop until your digestive tract gets used to it. I followed the directions on the bag and ended up in the hospital with a “colitis attack’. A lot of sprouted, wholesome ingredients and packed with energy, great for the active athletes or someone looking for losing weight that has no gastric issues. Not a shake you can give a child either (too strong) and I do not recommend using twice a day for a long time unless you are replacing what it lacks in the remainder of the day. This shake was not created to replace meals forever. Lacks amino acids and not a great source of protein that other meal replacement shakes tend to already have. Green and strawberry not the best. Chocolate is the best but it smells like smelly feet. Get pass the smell if you can, because it is good for you once in a while to clean you out. For me it was not a sustainable meal replacement and I got bored with the same choc taste. Did not matter what I added, it still was very chocolaty. I love chocolate but its overkill.
    I did lose some weight with the above shakes but could not keep up with them after a while. People might complain because you have to join their company. But then again, we join Costco, BJ’s, Sam’s Club, and when did they give us anything back when our family and friends shop there. Therefore, of all the Meal Replacement Shakes, Herbalife to me was the best overall of the shakes that I have tried, tested and will continue to take. No matter how many times, I have cheated on them to try something else, I end up going back to Herbalife. They have to be doing something good. Enough said.

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    Your Name

    I appreciate your truthful approach. thank You

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    carolyn

    Thank you for you very thorough and objective opinion. I just ordered the sampler for shakeology but I too have IBD , though mild I already had a night where I experienced pain in my abdomen. Ity may be a wonderful product for some but if you have any form of IBD you may want to sample it before purchasing a month supply.

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    Larry

    I have used Shakeology for a month and have lost 5 lbs. I should add I am not really using it for weight loss rather I am using it for it’s antioxidant and probiotic benefits.I drink it in the morning and usually have an apple around 10 then a healthy lunch. Good article in Oprah’s magazine (May 2011) on how it was developed.

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    Elizabeth

    Hi, I just started using Shakeology and won’t use anything else. I just love it. I usually have it in the afternoon for my snack and it helps eat smaller dinners. I love, love, love the cholocate flavor. I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like it. Gives you enough energy without the shakes and it is helps you look and feel great. If you every want more information, just let me know. I can give you my web address because I am a beachbody coach and can help answer any of your questions.

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    Karen

    Hello. I have used Shakeology for about 1 month now. I love it. I have tried a lot of other replacement meals Shakeology is very different this does not make me feel deprived at all. I feel so much better it has also keeped down my cravings for sweets. I just dont seem to want them anymore. I am also using the Power90 system from beachbody, with the combination I feel great. On and something else worth mentioning if you order the home direct you also get an awlsome workout program. Oh and I have lost 10lbs in a month.

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    Amy

    I use Shakeology and LOVE it! I have it in the morning and I think it tastes better than other meal replacement drinks out there! Actually tastes like I’m having dessert for breakfast. Also, it competely fills me up and found I wasn’t ever hurngry for my usual 10 a.m snack! I found I wasn’t hurngry for 5 hours after. I don’t particularly like the greenberry one, but the chocolate is great! I add in natural peanut butter and half a babana and it is so good. Highly recommend it!!

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    Treasha Burgess

    I was just wondering if there was a phone number to call and talk to someone about shakeology

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    Sophie Pierce

    Hi Treasha, I’m a Beachbody coach and I am happy to answer any questions you have! Just let me know 🙂

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    Jaqui

    I just started drinking shakeology last week I’m going to the gym 4 times a week i do like to know at what time is better take it shakeology I’m want to take it as a meal replace but i don’t know is better for breakfast.lunch.or dinner i used this to help me loose weight thanks

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    Trisha

    You can message my coach via Facebook at Team Healthy 4 Life closed group, or healthywithcoachheather.com
    She is real and has a lot of knowledge about Shakeology and would be happy to answer your questions. Good luck on your journey!

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