In my never-ending search to discover the best diet product, this week I reviewed Shakeology. Our in-depth review examined the ingredients, side effects, level of customer care and scientific studies. Additionally, we picked apart hundreds of user comments and experiences. Then, we summarized and refined to give you the info you need.
What is Shakeology?
To start, Shakeology is a line of meal-replacement shakes . 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. Supposedly, it improves health, boosts energy levels, reduces food cravings, enhances digestion  and assists with weight-loss . Flavors like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, greenberry and chocolate vegan are available.
Shakeology has been around since 2011 and was created by BeachBody. You can buy it directly from the website or a coach. We like that it contains a few natural ingredients and that we found some positive customer comments, but read on…
Price Tag – “Pretty Steep?”
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, “The cheaper shakes taste great and have way more protein, less sugar and more necessary ingredients like glutamine  and BCAA’s.”
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.”
Reviews of Shakeology – “Customer Complaints?”
We found multiple 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.
A dieter said, “I have tried many different products similar to Shakeology but this product is better than others I have tried.”
A user reported, “It tastes good and is packed with awesome nutrients.”
According to our research, if there is a particular part of a meal replacement that’s problematic, like being associated with negative customer comments, long-term success is limited. There’s an issue is dieters aren’t impressed with Shakeology.
The Science – “Researched?”
If you’re looking for Beachbody to share clinical research proving Shakeology is better than Slimfast or that generic, non-brand meal replacement, you’ll find they don’t. This is a huge company, which leaves us a little disappointed that no one took the time to check around for some support. We did and we found that meal replacements can help reduce caloric intake and supplements can be necessary, in some cases, for overall health, energy metabolism and nutrient sufficiency . You also have the benefit of support for immune system function . We have to say when it comes to weight-loss, the International Journal of Obesity says it best, “suggests that these types of interventions can safely and effectively produce significant sustainable weight loss and improve weight-related risk factors of disease.” 
The Bottom Line – Does Shakeology Work?
At the end of this road, will Shakeology help you lose weight? Well, we like that use of some natural ingredients and that we found some positive customer comments, but the lack of research to support the claims is concerning. We’re also a bit skeptical about this one due to customer complaints, especially about the high price tag.
If you want to lose more pounds, we suggest going with a supplement that contains clinically-tested ingredients shown to support weight management  and doesn’t break your bank account.
Among the best products we’ve seen this year is one called Leptigen. The supplement contains four clinically-tested ingredients, which have been shown 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.
To boot, the makers of Leptigen stand behind the product so they’re offering a Special Trial Offer, quite the positive.
Previous Shakeology Review (Updated July 17, 2014):
Shakeology: What You Should KnowShakeology 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, similar to Muscle Milk, in addition to regular meals. The shakes are all natural and available in many different flavors.
List Of Shakeology IngredientsThe 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 FeaturesShakeology 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. Athletic Greens is a superfood protein shake blended with fruits and vegetable extracts that can be used by vegetarians. 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. Similar to these meal-replacement shakes, SlimFast is an alternate system offering on the go drinks and 100-calorie snacks.
Advantages of Shakeology
- These shakes are ideal for both weight loss and weight gain, either as an addition to or in replacement of meals.
Disadvantages of Shakeology
- 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.
ConclusionThough 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.
Where to Buy ShakeologyWe've had a number of people ask about where to buy Shakeology. You can find it at the Beachbody website and through a Beachbody coach. Sometimes you can also find it on Amazon and eBay.
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 Shake?
Shake, coined after 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 Shake is whey protein.
What are the Shakeology flavors?
Shake flavors include chocolate vegan, chocolate, strawberry, cafe latte, greenberry and tropical strawberry. New Shakeology flavors are released from time to time.
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. There’s also evidence that meal replacements can help users to lose weight, without negatively affecting the liver or kidneys. 
How much does one bottle of Shake 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.
I want to know where to buy Shakeology.
For those wondering where to buy Shakeology, you can visit the official website or seek the help of a coach.
Is there a Shake alternative?
Beachbody claims Shakeology alternatives don’t live up to the formula they offer. To some extent that’s true. We were unable to find a Shakeology alternative that was 100% the same, but meal replacements with fruit and vegetable formulas tend to be close.
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. This is important no matter why you’re thinking of trying a natural product. 
What do users like about Shake?
Some users liked the convenience and portability of Shakeology and Shakeology ingredients.
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?
Is Shakeology a meal-replacement?
Yes, Shakeology ingredients 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 ingredients are 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. However, our readers have been going crazy over the past several months taking advantage of the Leptigen’s Special Trial Offer. Click above to read more.
- 1. Protein-enriched meal replacements do not adversely affect liver, kidney or bone density: an outpatient randomized controlled trial (2010). Nutrition Journal. May 27, 2016.
- 2. A Snapshot of Why People Use Dietary Supplements (2013). National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. February 25, 2016.
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 Scientific Abstracts:
Chia seed is thought to be exceptionally healthy and consumed worldwide for a variety of reasons, especially in maintaining healthy serum lipid levels, which might be caused by the effects of phenolic acid and omega 3/6 oil within the seed itself. Even though it’s thought to be a healthy product, further scientific research is required to substantiate these claims. 
Twenty-seven male participants with cardiovascular risk factors were tested with a mean age of 33 ± ten years to GflaxLC and 40 ± nine years to GflaxLC. There was an experience of weight-loss and systolic blood pressure re-education in both groups, and all the participants showed improvement in uric acid, levels of total cholesterol, LDL-c, and adiponectin. It was concluded that flaxseed added to a diet could be a significant nutritional plan to decrease inflammation markers such as CRP and TNF-α. 
There had been no significant differences between insulin and fasting plasma glucose, although hemoglobin A1c had been decreasing due to the ingestion of chicory root. The level of adiponectin was substantially improved in the chicory root extract participants when the baseline and post-intervention values had been compared. Additionally, chicory root extract can improve VAS score for fecal properties. The results of the study suggest chicory root extract could be helpful in postponing (or prevent completely) the early onset of diabetes mellitus and help bowel movements. 
The phosphorus group had found that their body weight had been significantly lower than those who took the placebo (−0.65 kg (95% confidence interval −1.69 to 0.40) versus 1.13 kg (95% CI 0.19 to 2.06), P=0.01). Waist and BMI circumference were substantially lower in the phosphorus participants when compared to placebo (−0.24 kg m−2 (95% confidence interval −0.59 to 0.12) versus 0.42 kg m−2 (95% confidence interval 0.05 to 0.78), P=0.01; −3.62 cm (95% confidence interval−4.90 to −2.33) versus 0.38 cm (95% confidence interval−0.44 to 1.20), P<0.001; respectively). The phosphorus-supplemented group had found several parameters of subjective appetite scores had been lower. In conclusion, Phosphorus supplementation for a twelve week period significantly lowers body weight, waist circumference, subjective appetite ratings, and BMI. The discoveries back up a likely role of the mineral phosphorus when regarding the prevention and the management of overweight/obese individuals, especially abdominal adiposity. The precise mechanisms of action, as well as longer-term effects, still require further testing to become clearer. 
After the 2 hour-long run, participants experienced a time to fatigue which was significantly longer after taking spirulina supplementation (2.05 ± 0.68 vs. 2.70 ± 0.79 min). Also, ingestion of spirulina substantially reduced carbohydrate oxidation rate by 10.3% and increased fat oxidation rate by 10.9% compared to those who took the placebo. Spirulina supplementation induced a great increase in exercise performance, GSH concentration, fax oxidation and constricted the exercise-induced increase in lipid peroxidation. 
- 1. The Promising Future of Chia, Salvia hispanica L. (2012). Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. October 19, 2016.
- 2. Impact of weight loss diet associated with flaxseed on inflammatory markers in men with cardiovascular risk factors: a clinical study (2015). BioMed Central. October 19, 2016.
- 3. Effects of the extract from roasted chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) root containing inulin-type fructans on blood glucose, lipid metabolism, and fecal properties (2015). Journal of Traditional and Complimentary Medicine. October 19, 2016.
- 4. Effect of phosphorus supplementation on weight gain and waist circumference of overweight/obese adults: a randomized clinical trial (2015). Nutrition and Diabetes. October 19, 2016.
- 5. Ergogenic and Antioxidant Effects of Spirulina Supplementation in Humans (2010). Medscape. October 19, 2016.
Shakeology Side Effects:
In today’s world of weight-loss supplements, it’s crucial to understand that natural alternatives and issue-free aren’t always one in the same. With any formula there is a potential for a negative reaction, and while Shakeology side effects are relatively uncommon, it doesn’t mean everyone is immune to adverse symptoms.
Boating is the general swelling or increased size of the abdomen area. This effect is generally accompanied with pain, tightness in the abdomen, and shortness of breath. Bloating can be painful, often times mistaken for chest pains.
What causes bloating?
There can be a variety of causes, including diet, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or reflux. More common causes are gas, although bloating can be the result of internal inflammation or another more serious medical condition.
Headaches are dull, moderate, or severe pains in the head and neck. These symptoms occur in tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches. 
What causes a headache?
The brain does not have pain receptors, although several areas around the neck and brain do. Headaches can be caused by injury or overexertion, as well as eating cold foods, stress, or caffeine consumption.
Diarrhea is the loosening of stool, causing excessively soft or liquid bowel movements. People who experience diarrhea typically have three or more movements a day. On average, diarrhea lasts one to three days and is fairly common.
What causes diarrhea?
Diarrhea is most commonly caused by diet, stress, or medications, but could be a more serious medical condition if symptoms persist longer than three days. Viral infections are common, causing fever and sweating.
Abdominal pain could be classified as a cramping feeling to a severe pain in the abdomen. Though common, extreme or long-lasting pain could require medical attention.
What causes abdominal pain?
Indigestion, gas or food allergies could cause abdominal pain. Ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or appendicitis could be among more serious factors.  Pain in the stomach or abdomen area can cause nausea, vomiting and in some cases, fever and frequent urination.
Shakeology side effects are scant, but some individuals have reported negative reactions like abdominal pain, headache, bloating, among others. In order to save yourself the potential issues, always talk with a doctor before taking supplements, especially if you are pregnant or nursing, under the age of 18, have a pre-existing medical condition, or are taking prescription medication.
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
Side effects with Shakeology are rare. However, one supplement we have our eye on is Leptigen, who is offering a Special Trial Offer. Click above to learn more.
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 Per Container: 30
|Amount per Serving||% DV|
|- Whey Protein Isolate||*||*|
|- Pea Protein||*||*|
|Luo Han Guo||*||*|
|Green Tea Extract||*||*|
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 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.
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, 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.
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, “…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 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.
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 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.
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.
You can combine Shakeology with a supplement like Leptigen, that’s been shown to help spark metabolism and fat loss. The amazing user reviews are another reason to give it a shot.
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- 1. Drugs and Supplements: Whey Protein (2013). Mayo Clinic. June 30, 2016.
- 2. Chia seed does not promote weight loss or alter disease risk factors in overweight adults. (2009). Nutrition Research. August 31, 2016.