18 Oct. 2011

The Big Shake-Off: Like Comparing Apples and… Tang


How To Compare Shakeology

Or, “How Do I Really Know If This is Worth the Money When Everything Else Costs Less?”

There are many “protein shakes” and meal replacements that are less expensive than Shakeology. But  comparisons – based on the simple “protein shake” or even “health shake” are usually off the mark because of intangibles like quality of sourcing, efficacy, and the delicate balance of incredible health benefits and delicious flavor that is unique to Shakeology.

When we developed Shakeology, our goal was to fill a void in the marketplace where the benefits of the shake would live up to the promise of the line “The Healthiest Meal of the Day.”  Shakeology was designed for people who want more than protein, and for people who really expect  the health benefits being represented by the ingredients on the label. With Shakeology not only do you get what you pay for, but because it tastes so good and the attention to every detail is so complete, you get more than you pay for.

To really know whether a product measures up to Shakeology, you need to keep some things in mind:

How Much is “Enough”?

We are proud of Shakeology’s 70+ ingredients. Other shakes will trumpet the number of ingredients they have too. But are the ingredients they are counting actually good for you?

Are they derived from whole food sources? They are in Shakeology! Too often the “magic ingredient” has been isolated from the enzymes and phytonutrients which actually are what is needed to make the “magic ingredient” effective when consumed.

And does the competition formulate for the synergistic benefits between the ingredients, or just slap together whatever is hot in the media? Shakeology was specially formulated for the collection of ingredients to work together like a symphony; this combination is so effective some people report dramatic benefits within the first week. We’re not just talking about weight loss here, we’re talking meaningful health benefits; regularity, energy, vitality!

Other supplements point to one or two individual ingredients and build a “story” around their super food attributes…  that’s like saying you can put Michael Jordan on a team of amateurs and still have a championship caliber team. Shakeology’s specially selected ingredients work like the dream team, all working together so YOU get the health benefits from the healthiest meal of the day.

Vanilla?

If the shake you’re considering is vanilla, how do they achieve vanilla flavoring? Our research indicates that it is impossible for the superfoods, adaptogen herbs, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients and digestive enzymes to co-exist and taste good in a vanilla flavor, unless the vanilla flavor is achieved chemically and artificially. (It’s the “dirty little secret” of the flavoring industry even though labeling guidelines still allow this artificial flavoring  to be called “natural vanilla flavoring”) Other companies are willing to use that labeling loophole for their benefit. But not Shakeology.

So here’s the question; are you drinking the shake so you can enjoy vanilla, or so you can get the incredible health benefits from a shake that doesn’t taste like a “health drink”? We call Shakeology “the healthiest meal of the day” for a reason, and we plan on doing what it takes to live up to that.

Protein:

When it comes to comparing protein quality, you need to look closely to see the truth:

“Say NO to soy”

Does the competition use ANY soy in their formulation? Soy protein contains estrogen-mimicking compounds that can interfere with your hormones, and on top of that most of the soy in the marketplace is GMO (genetically modified), two important reasons why we don’t use soy in Shakeology.

It is our general opinion that many people are consuming too much soy in the pursuit of health – and thus perhaps producing too much estrogen which can cause many adverse issues in the body.  Do a little research of your own on the topic, and you will be as shocked as we are at what you will learn about soy.

Likewise, if a company is promoting that their protein is “more absorbable”, be careful. Protein sources like Whey Protein Hydrolysate have been shown to trigger a much higher insulin response in the body. That’s not an outcome we would tolerate in any health shake, much less Shakeology.

Our protein source is whey protein isolate, which is more than 90 percent pure protein. Plus, Shakeology is loaded with digestive enzymes-and lactase, that’s the enzyme that breaks down lactose and is found in over-the-counter products like Lactaid®.  Don’t confuse whey protein concentrate with “isolate”. Whey protein concentrate is the least pure form of whey protein made. The benefits of “isolate” vs. “concentrate” is that the fat has been removed to achieve “isolate”. The fat in whey protein is what carries toxins consumed by the animal. That’s the reason Shakeology can be used by so many people who are lactose-intolerant – because those toxins have been removed through the isolate process.

We also look at the source of every single protein batch that shows up at the manufacturer.  If we find the manufacturer is cutting a corner by bringing in protein from farms that use hormones or are ok feeding inorganic materials to their cattle, we tell them to find another source.  This is the kind of scrutiny that other companies just don’t give their product, and it’s the kind of attention to detail which doesn’t show on the label. (But it does show in how you feel when you consume the product over the long term!)

Glycemic index tested…

In terms of sugar, many protein shakes have 1g of sugar or less. This is because they are using artificial chemical sweeteners (check the label for sucralose, aspartame, or sugar alcohols). Shakeology’s small amounts of sugar comes from natural sources which are easily processed by the body and in fact has been tested and certified by an independent lab to have a Low Glycemic Index of 24 – that’s lower than most fruits (an apple is 36 and an orange is 43)!

What is not in the base, they may suggest you add later:

Other shakes don’t cost as much as Shakeology at first glance, but they also don’t contain the full profile of  vitamins and minerals or whole-food sources of anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, adaptogen herbs, prebiotics, probiotics or digestive enzymes. We’ve seen competitors make you buy a separate vitamin pack for $150 per month! And if you want chocolate flavoring you have to buy a separate flavor packet for an extra $25 a month. If you want metabolism boosting effects and appetite control, you have to buy 2 additional products at $50 each. Once you add it up, this is hardly a “good deal” and it is usually questionably healthy..

To achieve the benefits of Shakeology we’ve seen competitors charge between $250 and $335 per month! $120 doesn’t seem expensive when you realize all of the benefits Shakeology delivers.

 

SUMMARY:

Formula: 70+ of the healthiest ingredients from whole food sources from around the world (including anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, adaptogen herbs, prebiotics, digestive enzymes, vitamins and minerals VS. protein, fillers, artificial coloring, and isolated glamour ingredients

Winner: Shakeology

 

Protein Source: Shakeology’s 15g of pure whey protein isolate plus 2g from plant sources VS soy, hydrolyzed whey and/or whey concentrate blend.

Winner: Shakeology

 

Taste: Rich chocolate or greenberry Shakeology Vs. chemically derived artificial-flavored competition?

Winner: Shakeology

 

Price: $120 for Shakeology  VS. Oops! It’s impossible to compare lesser formulations on price. But if you add in all the separate vitamins and flavoring agents the other companies ask you to buy to (try and) match the benefits and nutritional content of Shakeology, you would easily spend over $300 every month – that’s  2 ½ times the cost of Shakeology!  Sure, chocolate milk is cheaper than Shakeology. A vanilla soy shake can be cheaper than Shakeology – until you try to add what Shakeology’s got, and match what Shakeology can do for you, and then it’s no contest.

Winner: Shakeology

 

The best comparison is results. From weight loss and reduction in cravings, to regularity, to healthier cholesterol levels, to energy, to an overall sense of well being… We give a bottom-of-the-bag money-back guarantee on Shakeology because we KNOW people will be amazed at how they feel. Shakeology is the winner by a total knock out!

Speaking of knock outs, check out Katie F.’s full Shakeology success story here on Thursday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Compare Shakeology

Or, “How Do I Really Know If This is Worth the Money When Everything Else Costs Less?”

There are many “protein shakes” and meal replacements that are less expensive than Shakeology. But  comparisons – based on the simple “protein shake” or even “health shake” are usually off the mark because of intangibles like sourcing, efficacy, and the delicate balance of incredible health benefits and delicious flavor that is unique to Shakeology.

Shakeology was designed for people who want more than protein, and for people who really expect  the health benefits being represented by the ingredients on the label. With Shakeology not only do you get what you pay for, but because it tastes so good and the attention to every detail so complete, you get more than you pay for.

To really know whether a product measures up to Shakeology, you need to keep some things in mind:

How Much is “Enough”?

We are proud of Shakeology’s 70+ ingredients. Other shakes will trumpet the number of ingredients they have too. But are the ingredients they are counting actually good for you?

Are they derived from whole food sources? They are in Shakeology! Too often the “magic ingredient” has been isolated from the enzymes and phytonutrients which actually are what is needed to make the “magic ingredient” effective when consumed.

And does the competition formulate for the synergistic benefits between the ingredients, or just slap together whatever is hot in the media? Shakeology was specially formulated for the collection of ingredients to work together like a symphony; this combination is so effective some people report dramatic benefits within the first week. We’re not just talking about weight loss here, we’re talking meaningful health benefits; regularity, energy, vitality!

Other supplements point to one or two individual ingredients and build a “story” around their super food attributes…  that’s like saying you can put Michael Jordan on a team of amateurs and still have a championship caliber team. Shakeology’s specially selected ingredients works like the dream team, all working together so YOU get the health benefits from the healthiest meal of the day.

Vanilla?

If the shake you’re considering is vanilla, how do they achieve vanilla flavoring? Our research indicates that it is impossible for the superfoods, adaptogen herbs, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients and digestive enzymes to co-exist and taste good in a vanilla flavor, unless the vanilla flavor is achieved chemically and artificially. (It’s the “dirty little secret” of the flavoring industry even though labeling guidelines still allow this artificial flavoring  to be called “natural vanilla flavoring”) Other companies are willing to use that labeling loophole for their benefit. But not Shakeology.

So here’s the question; are you drinking the shake so you can enjoy vanilla, or so you can get the incredible health benefits from a shake that doesn’t taste like a “health drink”? We call Shakeology “the healthiest meal of the day” for a reason, and we plan on doing what it takes to live up to that.

Protein:

When it comes to comparing protein quality, you need to look closely to see the truth:

“Say NO to soy”

Does the competition use ANY soy in their formulation? Soy protein contains estrogen-mimicking compounds that can interfere with your hormones, and on top of that most of the soy in the marketplace is GMO (genetically modified), two important reasons why we don’t use soy in Shakeology.

It is our general opinion that many people are consuming too much soy in the pursuit of health – and thus perhaps producing too much estrogen which can cause many adverse issues in the body.  Do a little research of your own on the topic, and you will be as shocked as we are at what you will learn about soy.

Likewise, if a company is promoting that their protein is “more absorbable”, be careful. Protein sources like Whey Protein Hydrolysate have been shown to trigger a much higher insulin response in the body. That’s not an outcome we would tolerate in any health shake, much less Shakeology.

Our protein source is whey protein isolate, which is more than 90 percent pure protein. Plus, Shakeology is loaded with digestive enzymes-and lactase, that’s the enzyme that breaks down lactose and is found in over-the-counter products like Lactaid®.  Don’t confuse whey protein concentrate with “isolate”. Whey protein concentrate is the least pure form of whey protein made. The benefits of “isolate” vs. “concentrate” is that the fat has been removed to achieve “isolate”. The fat in whey protein is what carries toxins consumed by the animal. That’s the reason Shakeology can be used by so many people who are lactose-intolerant – because those toxins have been removed through the isolate process.

We also look at the source of every single protein batch that shows up at the manufacturer.  If we find the manufacturer is cutting a corner by bringing in protein from farms that use hormones or are ok feeding inorganic materials to their cattle, we tell them to find another source.  This is the kind of scrutiny that other companies just don’t give their product, and it’s the kind of attention to detail which doesn’t show on the label. (But it does show in how you feel when you consume the product over the long term!)

Glycemic index tested…

In terms of sugar, many protein shakes have 1g of sugar or less. This is because they are using artificial chemical sweeteners (check the label for sucralose, aspartame, or sugar alcohols). Shakeology’s small amounts of sugar comes from natural sources which are easily processed by the body and in fact has been tested and certified by an independent lab to have a Low Glycemic Index of 24 – that’s lower than most fruits (an apple is 36 and an orange is 43)!

What is not in the base, they may suggest you add later:

Other shakes don’t cost as much as Shakeology at first glance, but they also don’t contain the full profile of  vitamins and minerals or whole-food sources of anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, adaptogen herbs, prebiotics, probiotics or digestive enzymes. We’ve seen competitors make you buy a separate vitamin pack for $150 per month! And if you want chocolate flavoring you have to buy a separate flavor packet for an extra $25 a month. If you want metabolism boosting effects and appetite control, you have to buy 2 additional products at $50 each. Once you add it up, this is hardly a “good deal” and it is usually questionably healthy..

To achieve the benefits of Shakeology we’ve seen competitors charge between $250 and $335 per month! $120 doesn’t seem expensive when you realize all of the benefits Shakeology delivers.

 

SUMMARY:

Formula: 70+ of the healthiest ingredients from whole food sources from around the world (including anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, adaptogen herbs, prebiotics, digestive enzymes, vitamins and minerals VS. protein, fillers, artificial coloring, and isolated glamour ingredients

Winner: Shakeology

 

Protein Source: Shakeology’s 15g of pure whey protein isolate plus 2g from plant sources VS soy, hydrolyzed whey and/or whey concentrate blend.

Winner: Shakeology

 

Taste: Rich chocolate or greenberry Shakeology Vs. chemically derived artificial-flavored competition?

Winner: Shakeology

 

Price: $120 for Shakeology  VS. Oops! It’s impossible to compare lesser formulations on price. But if you add in all the separate vitamins and flavoring agents the other companies ask you to buy to (try and) match the benefits and nutritional content of Shakeology, you would easily spend over $300 every month – that’s  2 ½ times the cost of Shakeology!  Sure, chocolate milk is cheaper than Shakeology. A vanilla soy shake can be cheaper than Shakeology – until you try to add what Shakeology’s got, and match what Shakeology can do for you, and then it’s no contest.

Winner: Shakeology

 

The best comparison is results. From weight loss and reduction in cravings, to regularity, to healthier cholesterol levels, to energy, to an overall sense of well being… We give a bottom-of-the-bag money-back guarantee on Shakeology because we KNOW people will be amazed at how they feel. Shakeology is the winner by a total knock out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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164 Responses

  1. Lisa says:

    seems like this contains gluten is that correct?

    • The quick answer to this question is no, Shakeology contains no gluten. Gluten allergens come from the “protein” found in wheat, barley and other grains The protein develops once the grains mature. The wheat grass, kamut grass, barley grass and oat grass used in Shakeology are gathered just as they sprouted, BEFORE the wheat matures. These fresh sprouts are collected PRIOR to the development of any wheat protein (gluten). It’s true that mature wheat and barley grains contain gluten. However, the freshly sprouted young grasses used in Shakeology are certified gluten free. Shakeology is tested for gluten by an independent lab in order to receive the “Gluten Free” certification.

      (From the FAQ’s at http://www.shakeology.com)

      • Amy Saucer says:

        How about people with dairy allergies??

      • Jerry says:

        Hi Carl, Tried to meet you in person last year in Vegas and at the summit in L.A. this adt june, No such Luck.
        Question, When is the Tropical flavor coming out! I hope it will not end up on the cutting room floor like the Vinella flavor a year or so ago.
        Best,
        Coach Jerry

        PS. Mr. Pete Pena is my upline coach.

      • gene ellison says:

        Sorry Carl – I can’t agree. Love p90x, 3 years of it – tried shakeology 1 to 2 meals a day for a year, hated every sip, got no results – switched to a competitor, kept doing P90X and lost 22 pounds in 70 days and have kept it off for 90+ more. Love the BB fitness products, love recovery drink & protein bars – shakeology was a waste of my money. Sorry, Gene

        • For a year?!!! Why would you continue drinking a shake that you hated for a year hating every sip and feeling you are wasting your money? Something doesn’t sound right. There’s a reason we offer a money back guarantee. it’s not a trick. It’s so if anyone tries Shakeology and for any reason doesn’t feel the difference in their health and energy, or doesn’t like the flavor, or doesn’t like me – they can return the product for their money back.

          • gene ellison says:

            Sorry Carl – I love BB, still using other BB products, shakeology gave me no results, and honestly tastes terrible. I really wish it produced results for me, so I could consolidate my purchasing of nutrition…I am now getting great results, with a product that also tastes good. Keep up the great fitness programs, they really work. Thanks at least for responding. Gene

          • I have no problem with honesty. I suppose taste buds are different for everyone, but I have met few people who have tried “health shakes” which have this amount of greens – or worse, wheat grass shots – who didn’t taste either the Chocolate or the Greenberry and feel like we had done some flavor-saver magic! Seriously, try a wheat grass shot sometime. Have a vomit bucket nearby.

    • We all know there is no comparison to Shakeology!!!! The proof is in the package and the results.
      Thanks Carl and all of Beachbody!
      I enjoy my shake daily

    • Just wanna know when Tropical is coming out?

      • Exactly when it is ready and lives up to the requirements we set out for it to be considered the healthiest meal of the day. I wish i could snap my fingers and make it happen, but the flavor profile is delicate when you are not bombing it with artificial ingredients. Sorry for the delay, but it will be worth it!

  2. Sabrina Clasper says:

    absolutely fantastic. I shared this of course, I am in love with Shakeology and Beachbody! Bri

  3. Angie says:

    Is Shakeology a meal replacement or just an extra source of vitamins and protein?

    • I can attest to the powerful boost Shakeology provides for your immune system. When I got my Shakeology sample I was just coming down with a cold. I drank the sample and the next day I felt totally fine. What would have taken about a week to run it’s course was wiped from my system with one single shake. Needless to say, I instantly became a believer and have been drinking Shakeology ever since. Also happy to report that I have not gotten sick since in spite of being around sick people frequently. Shakeology is more effective than any multivitamin I have ever tried!!

  4. Gabriel says:

    I world love to buy shakeology. I live in Mexico City. Is there any way I can get it here?

    • I believe you can buy it direct from any coach in the US for shipment to Mexico and personal consumption.

      • Laura says:

        Carl, got a customer from Mexico, she’s trying to buy Shakeology, but it says only USA and Canada. I heard it was possible that BB do shipments to Mexico. What should I do? Don’t want to lose my customer! Thanks.

    • Raul Ponce says:

      Gabriel, as Carl mentioned it’s available through our coaches network, I’m a coach and if you like get in touch and I can help you with that. Saludos!!!

    • shakeology is amazing!!! u will love it!! i feel great

    • Megan Wight says:

      Gabriel,
      My name is Megan Wight and I am a BB Coach here in the US. I would be more than happy to connect with you if you are interested in trying Shakeology! I myself cannot get enough of it. I have experienced so many benefits already and have only been taking it for a month and a half! I would love for you to be able to try it for yourself!! Everyone should have access to Shakeology no matter where they live and by connecting with me, you do!! You won’t be disappointed. Shoot me an email..meganwight@ymail.com and let me know if you’re interested!

    • Alex says:

      Hi Pamela!

      This is Beach Body Coach AlexanderB, I just read your post on wanting to buy shakeology from the Mexico City. I would love to assist you on this!

      All you would have to do is order shakeology through me, have it shipped to my address, I then would ship it out to you in Mexico City. You would just have to pay the the shipping from me to you through pay pal. Pretty Easy!!

      Let me know if your interested and we’ll chat more.

      BeachBodyCoach.com/AlexanderB

  5. Lisa says:

    I began using Shakeology and LOVED it! I was mixing my shake with soy milk (I didn’t realize soy was not good to for me) and a banana. I used it for the first 4 weeks with NO problems when I began having symptoms like gastritis. One day after taking my shake, I developed severe pain in the stomach. It lasted about two hours then went away. So here are my questions: Have you heard of anyone having these kinds of symptoms with Shakeology? Is it possible the soy milk had some kind of adverse reaction with Shakeology? I noticed one time when I put the second part of my shake in the frig for a few hours it seemed to “grow” a little, kind of like yeast would in bread. I am sincerely hoping my stomach pain was completely unrelated to Shakeology and I plan to try it again in a couple of weeks but would really appreciate your input. Thanks, Lisa

    • There are so many variables in people’s lives and the stage of nutrition, aging, exercise, stress, etc that there’s no way I could advise you on the issue. I have noticed that if i have a weekend of eating poorly and/or having a few drinks the next day or two the shakeology and my body are working harder to clean up. Once your body sweeps the party-weekend out, I’ve found the situation returns to normal, and it is safe for other people to enter the room. :)

  6. Pamela McVey says:

    Hi. I live in the UK and would like to purchase Shakeology but there is no facility for this at present. Would you be able to tell me when it will be available here? Thankyou

    • You should be able to buy Shakeology from any Team Beachbody coach and have it shipped anywhere in the world for personal use.

    • Pamela, I am a Team beachbody coach and would love the opportunity to coach you through your fitness goals and assist you with the purchase of Shakeology through my website. I am a big believer in this great meal replacement/protein shake as it has greatly improved my health and is a great compliment to my workouts. Please contact me anytime either through my email address, Facebook, or my web site. Thanks, and continued success with your fitness! – Tim

    • Brent Bucy says:

      I am a Beachbody coach and after years and years of fighting the weight battle and trying just about everything out there I can attest that Beachbody fitness programs and nutrition products are the most elite on the market. I sat in and listened to the Shakeology presentation at the coaches summit in LA, CA a few months ago and it was nice hearing about the great research, time and tremendous effort that took place to make this the best product for us all. I use Shakeology once a day and it is the most powerfully packed meal replacement out there, by far!!! If you need proof that a lifelong “fat guy” can actually get ripped in 90 days and maintain a fit lifestyle than I encourage all of you to take 1 minute and look at my transformation. http://www.doitxstyle.com or http://www.epicshake.com. I’m in this to help people stay accountable to improving their lives. Good health to you all, Brent

    • Alex says:

      Hi Pamela!

      This is Beach Body Coach AlexanderB, I just read your post on wanting to buy shakeology from the UK. I would love to assist you on this!

      All you would have to do is order shakeology through me, have it shipped to my address, I then would ship it out to you in the UK. You would just have to pay the the shipping from me to you through pay pal. Pretty Easy!!

      Let me know if your interested and we’ll chat more.

      BeachBodyCoach.com/AlexanderB

  7. Amy says:

    Thanks for this article Carl! It spells everything out perfectly! I love Shakeology and it really has given me energy and there has been a huge difference in my well being! I’ve been drinking it for over 10 months now and it’s apart of my life!

  8. Chad says:

    Nice article, though, personally, I wish Shakeology wasn’t sweetened at all (naturally, or otherwise) so that customers can choose their sweetener of choice or none if they don’t wish for any. Not all artificial products are unsafe, and not all natural products are safe. For instance, Stevia, which is used to sweeten Shakeology is on the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Caution list, while Splenda (sucralose) is on the safe list. http://www.cspinet.org/reports/chemcuisine.htm#safety_summary

    I understand as an artifical sweetener, sucralose would go against Beachbody practices, which is why I would suggest not adding any sweeteners to Shakeology.

    Besides that, sucralose gets a bad reputation because the sugar industry pays a great deal of money to discredit it (www.truthaboutsplenda.com is paid for by the sugar industry), and there is a delicensed doctor that spread rumors to tons of websites claiming it is “toxic”. Do just about any search for sucralose, and you’ll find this misinformation, but it was much more difficult to find the source of it all, a Dr. Jim Bowen (copy of his original article is here, among many other places: http://www.rawfoodinfo.com/articles/art_splendanotsplendid.html
    And his quackbuster file is here: http://quackfiles.blogspot.com/2005/06/dr-jim-bowen-on-nutra-sweet-politricks.html

    Otherwise, Shakeology is an amazing product. I’ve been on it for nine months now, and as of three months ago, can now tolerate lactose without any issues, and I could not do that before Shakeology.

    Oh, and my flavor of choice is a near-vanilla Shakeology (which I get from adding a scoop of a vanilla whey protein powder sweetened using 1g of sucralose to a scoop of Chocolate Shakeology, almond milk, and ice). It tastes about as close as you can come to a vanilla Shakeology at the moment. :)

    Thanks for the awesome product!
    One more suggestion I would have is to make a shakeology calendar with a new recipe for each day of the year. You guys keep coming up with new ones, and they are now taking up all the room on my refridgerator door. A calendar would help keep them in a more compact form, and who wouldn’t want a Shakeology calendar? :)

    • I like the calendar idea.

      As for sucralose, I just have a hard time trusting man-made molecularly manipulated foods/sweeteners. I’m no scientist, but stevia has been used for thousands of years. I trust that. I am not saying sucralose can’t help people cut sugar calories out of their diet, but for the healthiest meal of the day, it’s not my choice.

      • Karla says:

        Sucralose is not good. See my research on it below
        “Splenda/sucralose is simply chlorinated sugar; a chlorocarbon. Common chlorocarbons include carbon tetrachloride, trichlorethelene and methylene chloride, all deadly. Chlorine is nature’s Doberman attack dog, a highly excitable, ferocious atomic element employed as a biocide in bleach, disinfectants, insecticide, WWI poison gas and hydrochloric acid.
        “Sucralose is a molecule of sugar chemically manipulated to surrender three hydroxyl groups (hydrogen + oxygen) and replace them with three chlorine atoms. Natural sugar is a hydrocarbon built around 12 carbon atoms. When turned into Splenda it becomes a chlorocarbon, in the family of Chlorodane, Lindane and DDT.
        “It is logical to ask why table salt, which also contains chlorine, is safe while Splenda/sucralose is toxic? Because salt isn’t a chlorocarbon. When molecular chemistry binds sodium to chlorine to make salt carbon isn’t included. Sucralose and salt are as different as oil and water.
        “Unlike sodium chloride, chlorocarbons are never nutritionally compatible with our metabolic processes and are wholly incompatible with normal human metabolic functioning. When chlorine is chemically reacted into carbon-structured organic compounds to make chlorocarbons, the carbon and chlorine atoms bind to each other by mutually sharing electrons in their outer shells. This arrangement adversely affects human metabolism because our mitochondrial and cellular enzyme systems are designed to completely utilize organic molecules containing carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and other compatible nutritional elements.
        “By this process chlorocarbons such as sucralose deliver chlorine directly into our cells through normal metabolization. This makes them effective insecticides and preservatives. Preservatives must kill anything alive to prevent bacterial decomposition.”

        • Chad says:

          This is the common misinformation that the delicensed doctor posted to all the websites, as I mentioned. I have seen the same everywhere, so don’t worry, I’ve seen the chlorocarbon posts.

      • Chad says:

        Carl,
        I am a researcher, myself, so I trust science much more than most nutritionists. I especially trust the CSPI, who have worked diligently since 1971 to help promote healthy nutrition practices. They were initially against sucralose, too, until the science proved it safe.

        Tobacco had been used for thousands of years, as well, and is natural, just as Stevia is. But, it wasn’t until as recent as the early part of the last century that the science proved it was bad for us.

        As far as Stevia goes, in the 1990s, the U.S. FDA rejected stevia for use as a food ingredient. Likewise, Canada did not approve stevia, and a European Community scientific panel declared that stevia was unacceptable for use in food. High dosages fed to rats reduced sperm production and increased cell proliferation in their testicles, which could cause infertility or other problems. Pregnant hamsters that had been fed large amounts of a derivative of stevioside called steviol had fewer and smaller offspring. In the laboratory, steviol can be converted into a mutagenic compound, which may promote cancer by causing mutations in the cells’ DNA.

        In the 21st century, Cargill and Merisant (which marks aspartame-based Equal) developed extracts of stevia that are 95 percent pure rebaudioside A and 200 times as sweet as sugar. The companies call their products Truvia and PureVia, respectively, with the nickname of rebiana. In 2008, Cargill and Merisant told the FDA that rebiana should be considered “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS. (GRAS substances are given less scrutiny by the FDA than standard food additives.) A third company, Wisdom Natural Brands, declared that its stevia-related product to be GRAS without even notifying the FDA.

        UCLA toxicologists and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, however, urged the FDA to reject the GRAS claims for rebiana. They reported that FDA’s guidelines call for major new food additives to be tested for two years on both rats and mice, but rebiana had only been tested on rats. The toxicologists and CSPI said that testing of rebiana in both rats and mice is particularly important, because several tests found that rebiana-related substances caused mutations and damaged chromosomes or DNA.

        This is why I wouldn’t use Stevia in the healthiest meal of the day.

        I, however, understand your point of view, and I know it would be a really bad marketing decision to use sucralose because of posts similar to Karla below. The misinformation on Splenda is literally everywhere, despite scientific evidence otherwise, and the fact that it’s considered safe for use in 80 different countries around the world. That’s why I suggested not sweetening it at all and letting consumers decide what is best for them.

        Glad you like the calendar idea! :)

        • Tom Hirt says:

          Chad, as part of your research, you should include the book “The Hundred-Year Lie. How to protect yourself from chemicals that are destroying your health”. It sites some interesting points on page 109-110, explaining how the FDA banned Stevia as unsafe from a complaint filed by the FDA refused to identify in 1994. Arizona Congressman Jon Kyle charged the the FDA was engaging in “a restraint of trade to benefit the artificial-sweetener industry”. The book sites several more examples along with the disgusting facts that led to aspartame’s approval, and once made, the commissioner of the FDA, Arthur Hull Hayes jr took a position with G.D. Searle & Company..the good folks who make aspartame.

          The book also sites how Stevia has been used for hundreds of years in South America, it has been used since 1970 in Japan as a sweetener and widely tested in Japanese laboratories with no record of any health complaints.

          I’m sorry, but I’m going to lean on the side of nutritionist that advocate whole food solutions and stay away from the hundred year lie of “Better living through chemistry”.

          • Chad says:

            I’m sorry, but I’m going to lean on the side of nutritionist that advocate whole food solutions and stay away from the hundred year lie of “Better living through chemistry”.

            You can do anything you want and live your life the way you want to. I tell no one how to live their lives. :) Aspartame has been shown to cause brain cancer and leukemia in mice, and I do not advocate it. However, Splenda is considered safe, much as Stevia is considered unsafe because of the reasons I mentioned. It has been tested in laboratories, I agree with that. However, it has been found to cause problems, unlike what you are saying.

            I don’t get my research from books entitled, “The Hundred-Year Lie”, written by a longtime UFO investigator. I rely, instead, on scientific studies, much like this one:
            http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/stevia-report_final-8-14-08.pdf
            A summary of that study can be found here: http://www.cspinet.org/new/200808281.html and mentions there is, “evidence that derivatives of stevia that are closely related to rebiana damage DNA and chromosomes.”

            And, as I said, tobacco has been used for thousands of years, so if you want to use a product based solely on how long it has been used, go chew some tobacco.

            So, whereas you don’t trust chemicals, I don’t trust the whole “natural is always safe” hypothesis.

        • Wally says:

          Chad,
          Your post seems to be a fare and well thought out. Other than comparing the use of tobacco as a hundred year old practice with the use of natural ingredients. Inhaling any kind or smoke, rather pure tobacco or not, is never good for the lungs and overall health.

          • Wally says:

            I also chose not to take nutrition advice from a UFO investigator. I don’t see how they relate.

          • Chad says:

            That was kind of my point exactly. Tobacco isn’t healthy at all, yet it is a natural plant. Not all natural products are safe is my point. Tobacco, whether smoked or chewed, can cause cancer, and so, isn’t safe at all.

            We can take another natural product, sugar, and see how longterm use of excess sugar also can lead to many problems including diabetes, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and pancreatic cancer, to name a few. This is true of unrefined (organic, or sugar in the raw) sugar in its natural state or refined sugar. Thus, not all natural products are safe, regardless of how long they’ve been used by people.

            As far as how the UFO investigator relates, the same person that wrote a fear-mongering anti-science book, “The Hundred-Year Lie”, is mainly known as a longtime UFO investigator and also gave us the book, “Mammoth Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters”.

    • Talia says:

      I agree, I would love a non-sweetened option too. I appreciate the natural ingredients, but would prefer to not have any sweetness in my shakes, unless I am adding it myself via fresh fruit. For all the work that goes into Shakeology, I am thankful, this in my opinion would make this product outstanding.

      Thank you,
      Talia

  9. Cherry says:

    Is this formula lactose free? I have never been able to find a protein shake that doesn’t give me a stomach ache due to the lactose content.

    • It does have lactose, but as I described, because of the formulation, many people who are lactose intolerant actually CAN tolerate and get healthy with this shake. It is smart to talk to a doctor, and perhaps try a smaller serving size with Shakeology until you are aware of your personal reaction.

      • Chad says:

        As someone who was lactose intolerant before starting Shakeology, I can vouch for this. I have had zero issues with my body digesting Shakeology. Not only that, but because of Shakeology, I can now handle other products containing lactose. I would suggest giving Shakeology a chance. They do have a bottom-of-the-bag guarantee, so if you are unable, for some reason, to handle Shakeology, you can get a refund. And, as Carl mentions, always consult your doctor first.

        • I can vouch for this too. I am lactose intolerant. I have been using Shakeology for 2 years and have never felt more regular and energized (no stomach pain or gas). I now sporatically incorporate cheese and greek yogurt in to my meal plans with no issues.
          Shakeology works! Also, incorporating body movement, healthy eating practices, and mental destressor techniques are just as important to having optimal wellness.

    • Daniell says:

      Cherry,
      Check out Carl’s post above…he addresses the lactose concern! I would love to help you out if you’re really considering shakeology…contact me:)

  10. Barbie says:

    What a wonderful Article Carl. I’ve seen this debate so many times and you brought up points I hadn’t even considered, like the amount of EXTRA Supplments you are asked to buy just to come close to everything Shakeology has in it.

    I have also privately emailed a few of my customers, one who was morbidly obese and asked for her honest feedback on Shakeology and that ‘other’ me-too shake and she clearly stated that she Gained weight on the other shake and was hungry 30 Minutes after. Shakeology was delicious and kept her full. There is no comparison, in my opinion. Shakeology is in a class all by itself.

    It makes me so proud to be a part of a company where the CEO takes the time to write a blogpost like this to truly educate people.

    Thank you Carl for all you do!

    Barbie

    • Carl,

      I am truly blessed because of these products. Not only does it help me, but I am able to share and help others…many of which are simply loving it too. I just learned about the Gluten-Free and am so excited to know this…I was under the false assumption that the whey protein contained Gluten….I am so grateful for the continuing education Beachbdoy is giving me and the opportunity to share this every single day. Life is Good.

      PJohnnyX

  11. Terri McCann says:

    Hi Carl,
    THANK YOU!!
    I explain to people every day…”Good Nutrition is the Best Ammunition”…and Shakeology covers all the bases!! Love it!!

  12. Renee says:

    Hi Carl!
    Thank you so much for this review! I will be sharing it!

    Just wanted you to know that I absolutely LOVE Shakeology, not only because it tastes good and is good for me but it has helped with my overall health! Just had my blood work done and after drinking Shakeology everyday for 6-7 months, my total cholesterol went down 37 points, LDL down 34 points, and triglycerides down 16 points! They noted on my paperwork that they “Verified by repeat analysis”! This is Shakeology at work!!

    If there is anyone who hesitates to buy Shakeology, don’t hesitate! It is THE BEST HEALTH SHAKE ON THE MARKET… HANDS DOWN!!!

    Thanks you Carl for all you do! I love being a part of Beachbody!
    Sincerely,
    Renee

    • Carl,

      As always great post. I been a believer for quite some time. I even took it a step further. I gave a sample to a scientist friend of mine. We studied it together and did a calculation to determine what would be the cost if anyone would decide to put this together by themselves. The average price would be in the excess of $300-500. Also, oftentimes what people failed to realize is the science behind the process. I recorded the findings, and we are now creating a little video about it. Shakeology is more than just a meal replacement and protein shake, it is a change of lifestyle…

  13. GIPPE says:

    Carl, another superb literary offering! Thank you! This blog succinctly summarizes how Shakeology truly separates itself from “the pack”; a task I sometimes find difficulty in verbalizing because the comparison hardly seems worthwhile when there truly is no comparison – however others remain whom obviously still need to be convinced… and your insight will help.

    Additionally, if I may ask, considering your statements on soy, does that indicate a potential recipe change to a product such as the P90X Protein Bar, or is that not as significant of a concern based on the fact that the bar is meant to occasionally fill a void in an active lifestyle – not to truly serve as a meal replacement, or a daily habit, as Shakeology has done for so many of us?

    Best Regards,

    Jonathan GIPPE
    GIPPEfitness.com
    StudyOfShakes.com

    • Because we suggest Shakeology as a daily supplement, soy was not a consideration. P90X bars are different, as they are not really meant to be an every day thing. But again, the continuum of opinion is wide, and we don’t want to tell people what they can and can’t consume. It’s just that in the case of Shakeology, it didn’t fit the objective of “Healthiest Meal of the Day”.

  14. Corinne says:

    My husband and I love Shakeology, first. I’m also a lifestyle coach and Beachbody coach. One other feature of Shakeology that I have found quite useful with my customers is what we call a “sugar binge-buster.” I have several girls who can’t so no to candy and then go all off program. Shakeology included in their daily meals or used when they need the “sugar fix” has been a weight loss life saver for many of them.

    Being out of control feels gross and leads to a lot of negative feelings. When the girls are in control and getting a healthy shake on top of it they feel good and stay on track. From a coach’s standpoint I am just pleased and happy to use it and recommend it.

  15. Great info Carl! It answers the questions people are asking and addresses the science and quality behind Shakeology. I was not a “shake” person before Shakeology but the benefit and quality is undeniable! I’m so happy to be a part of it.

  16. Jon Perez says:

    Shakeology helped me lose 100 lbs in just 9 months! Thank you, Beachbody!

    • Janet Denny says:

      Pls. give me more info on ur success w/Shakeology i.e. did u just do the shakes and for how many meal replacements per day Also did u do like the Beachbody exercise program w/it as I am limited mobility wise I appreciate ur response Thank you and God bless! I look fwd. to hearing from u soon

  17. Cheryl says:

    I’d like to know how specifically how shakeology compares to the isagenix shake. They boast very similar claims regarding nutrition, organic ingredients, and fair protein sources.

    • I really don’t want to get into ripping apart other people’s products, and this could be a never-ending comparison of every shake on the market. Ultimately it comes down to how a shake makes you feel and what you want to achieve. Knowing the cost profiles of the shakes on the market, I personally feel Shakeology is the best because i know how hard we work on sourcing, how shocked our vendors are at how hard we work on the sourcing (compared to the industry at large) and I know how thin the margins are on our shake. The margins are thin for us because we packed this thing with the best stuff on earth and didn’t process it in a way that kills it. Few companies do that. Try Shakeology. use the whole bag. You don’t like it, you get your money back.

    • Denalee Bell says:

      I wrote a cookbook for people suffering from Diverticulitis. People who suffer from this disorder require certain nutrients. I did an exhaustive research on available meal replacements, as it is necessary for them to eat 5-6 small meals a day – as we all should. At the time of my research, I was an Isagenix distributor. I wanted to sell my customers Isagenix. After all I was already a fan of the product and using it. Unfortunately, for my network marketing business with Isagenix, Shakeology won the test of ingredients. Though, Isagenix had more fiber, the additional ingredients that help promote regular digestion were the keys to my switching to Beachbody. My customers have had great results using Shakeology. It’s simple and all in one shake.

      • Cheryl says:

        Thank you Carl and Denalee both for providing responses to my question. I’ve been debating the two products for some time now. I have a sample on it’s way for the greenberry flavor. I’m really excited to try it out.

  18. Laura Green says:

    Do I need to continue taking a multivitamin and calcium supplement when I start using Shakeology? Are there any supplements that should be added to my routine along with Shakeology? I placed my order yesterday and am so excited to get it!! Thanks for making such a great product!

    • That’s a personal thing depending on the rest of your diet and your potential vitamin/mineral deficiencies. I do take a multi each day. I even add a little Shakeology fiber to my shake. We only put 3g of fiber in Shakeology because the formulation was so potentn, we didn’t want to put people into a (gassy) detox. Now that i have gotten used to the potency of this formula, I add a little fiber to get it to around 6g or 7g a serving, but that’s something that should be odne over time as your body gets used to it.

    • Aaron says:

      Laura,

      I take Activit (Beachbody’s multi) even though I drink Shakeology on a daily basis. I do this because it keeps me in the habit of taking a vitamin. I have days where I get in a rush and forget to grab a shake so taking the vitamin ensures that I get the nutrients I need. Your body will naturally filter out the minerals it doesn’t need. If you’re exercising a lot (Asylum, marathon training, triathlon training)then you may want to continue to take it. Keep a record of how you feel and assess whether or not you need to continue taking a multi. The calcium is of course, another matter that would best be discussed with your doctor. Just my humble opinion. Hope it helps. And enjoy your Shakeology!

  19. Julie Cottrell says:

    Carl, thanks for this awesome post about Shakeology. I am a registered dietitian and am always scrutinizing foods, ingredients, etc, and I am so impressed with all that was stated in this post. I am so happy that Shakeology does not contain soy–so many people are unaware of the negative health consequeces of soy. I liked the gluten explanation you gave as well. Sprouted grains are absolutely the way to go–and who would eat sprouted wheat grass, kamut grass or any of the others without the help of Shakeology? I also loved the clarification re: the protein source. As we try to avoid animals who have been eating hazardous diets, it is awesome to know that Shakeology has such a high standard for the protein source. Thanks for making such a wonderful product! I have mine for lunch every day and I love it!

  20. Ryan says:

    Carl — could you explain to me why Shakeology is only recommended once per day? A nutritionist (with a masters’ degree) at my local wellness group looked at it and said that she didn’t feel the body could adequately absorb that much in one sitting, and it would be better to “split” the shake up into two servings per day… because the body fully metabolizes all its nutrients every 4-6 hours.. but then… half a shake wasn’t very filling…

    • I drink the shake for breakfast every day and know thousands of others who do and have very good results. But perhaps Shakeology is not for everybody. I do know some people who split the dosage, especially as they start the product, but eventually they can process the product and feel the energy benefits/appetite suppressant, and regularity benefits.

  21. Christelle says:

    I drink Shakeology for breakfast and love it. Sometimes I have 2 in a day. It has healed and improved my digestive system. I used to be so prone to regularly suffering from candida in the intestines due to having to take high doses of prednisone for my kidney for a long period of time. I was taking prebiotics, digestive enzyme pills, fiber, different teas, all in the name of helping my digestive system. I was taking so many pills a day. I had to remember what time to take what pill. I was on zantac for my stomach. I spent well over $150 a month on all of these products. When I tried Shakeology, I could feel my body changing for the better and releasing all of the toxins in my body. One superior product that helped me so much and also saved me money. My elimination was regular and productive. My skin cleared up, daily bloating in the afternoon was gone and I just felt better. Thanks, Carl and Beachbody for an amazing product that has literally changed my life for the better.

  22. Christelle says:

    Forgot to mention that I am now cured of my kidney disease but still have to be careful what I take and pass it by my nephrology doctor. When I showed him the ingredients in Shakeology, he told me it was safe for me to take it and had a lot of great things in it for my body.

  23. jessica says:

    YOU SELL A SOY PROTEIN SHAKE CARL……….and a VANILLA one at that……did I miss something here???

    • Yes you are exactly right! That’s the point of post – that not all shakes are the same. I don’t drink our vanilla soy protein shake, nor do I suggest it as the healthiest meal of the day in any way. (Some people still use that to supplement their protein. Freedom of choice. Freedom of health.) The point of this post is to help people understand why we feel Shakeology is better than inferior shakes who try to look like Shakeology but don’t measure up. They compete on price, where we are competing on a level of excellence for the objective of truly delivering a healthier product. You can use this post to compare Shakeology to other products, including our $39.95 vanilla soy protein.Shakeology is better. I am ok with that, because that is the point. And you are totally free to buy whatever you want, consume whatever you want. If you want to consume something that is truly, DEEPLY good for you, Shakeology is the right call. And I want people to know that THIS kind of substance, this kind of efficacy, this kind of whole food formulation without being processed to death or laced with preservatives cannot be achieved at the kind of price other companies are trying to represent. Can’t be done. It’s ok that they aren’t the same as Shakeology. It’s ok that our soy shake is not the same as Shakeology. Nobody should represent them as the same as Shakeology. But it’s not cool when people mislead people who could really benefit from this shake into thinking that there really isn’t a difference. There is a difference. That’s is the point.

  24. Martin Gardner says:

    I really really want to try this, but live in the UK and don’t seem to be able to get hold of it. Can I purchase online and have it shipped overseas? Or do you have any plans for distribution to the UK? All of the Beachbody exercise programs have really taken off here, so seems silly for your company not to take advantage of this market for your other products.

  25. Ginger says:

    I have tried your product and think it is absolutely fabulous! I have struggled so much with different cravings throughout my days and I couldn’t believe it, but the very first day I tried a shake, I had zero food cravings and felt full and satisfied for hours. That astounded me! Thank you for all you’ve done to research and develop such an incredible product!!

    I have a question about giving this product to children/youth. Are there any precautions about kids drinking this? Is there a certain age group that should avoid it? Or for younger children should they use only partial doses? I would love to supplement our kids’ diets with Shakeology, but am hestitant to start doing so without asking the experts first. Thanks for any input you can provide!

    • In our house we let our kids have a few shakes a week. Some of the super foods are so potent, we decided that a half serving is right for the 3 year old, and my 11 year old only has it a few times a week. you do not want to interfere with hormones (either suppressing or manipulating them) in kids while the hormones are doing important functions for development, but isabelle (my wife and co-formulator) has a great quote when asked this question: “You’re giving your kids Happy Meals from McDonald’s and you’re worried about Shakeology? Come on man?!”

  26. Ahmad says:

    Does it really matter when I take the shake? I would love to take it to replace my breakfast but I usually work out around 10 or 11 in the morning and would love to be able to take it after my workout. Do you have any recommendations?

    • It doesn’t matter. AFTER a workout is good too. I definitely don’t like taking it too close to a workout. Some people use it as a midday snack. Just make sure you are eating SOMETHING for breakfast!

      • Danielle says:

        So nice to seea CEO know the product. I use my shake for my breakfasr replacement. I add cottage cheese and peanut butter. It is super easy to make my shakeo while trying to get myself and 1yr old and 4yr old out of the house. I eat lunch and dinner. What do you think of this?

  27. What are you thoughts on adding protein to Shakeology as a higher protein content meal supplement? When looking at “protein” shakes I see values as high as 32g per serving. Not that it is the right thing to do pouring 60g of protein into your body (double servings to increase protein intake) but comparatively speaking, is the 15g per serving in Shakeology enough protein and if not, what recommendations would you have for augmenting the protein in it?

    • I really don’t know. i think many people consume too much protein actually. You might pose that question on the Team Beachbody message boards where our advisers will answer from their more technical experience.

    • Hey Robert – I personally think that people consume too much protein in a shake. Your body can really only process about 20-25 grams at a time so it doesn’t make sense to bump that up to 50 or so – it’s just extra calories then. I’d be glad to chat more about details and help you with your fitness goals if you email me. I’m a Beachbody coach and help people get great results with Shakeology or any of our other programs. We can look at your whole nutrition plan and make sure you’re doing everything you can to make your workouts work for you! Hope to hear from you!

  28. Diana Huss says:

    My sister Dawn Barca, Beach Body Coach got me started on Shakeology and in a 12 week challenge I lost 26 pounds. I had my shake every day for lunch, chocolate, with milk and crushed ice. The rest of my meals were healthy food in moderation, no “dieting”. I have to attribute my increased energy and sense of well being to my daily shake. I didn’t intend as a meal replacement but it often became one and it made me feel great! I am up for another challenge and have found shakeology to be a life changing addition to my diet. Thank you Carl (and Dawn).

  29. Felicia says:

    I absolutely love Shakeology and if I don’t have it I can automatically see the difference in how I feel. It is a great product and has helped me lose weight, curve cravings and not to mention not be pre diabetic so I recommend it to all of my friends and family members!!

  30. Scott says:

    Carl, I started using Shakeology 2 weeks ago and I can tell the difference in a big way. I have been unable to control my appetite during times that I am working out or under stress and Shakeology squashed it immediately. Shakeology is so good that my wife has started using it and is joining me in P90X. So that $120 is now $240, or should I say $180. Our grocery bill is being chopped and the amount of foods we bought and never ate is down 95%. We are on a budget and fitting Shakeology into our original food cost and still saving money monthly (estimate 25% food/eat out savings this month). 6.5 lbs in 2 weeks, i’ll take it. Thanks again Carl for starting Beach Body.

    P.S. love the blog but the back ground and font size/color is hard on the eyes.

  31. Garrett Wolff says:

    I have a few possible Shakeology customers overseas in the Europe. They have troubles purchasing through my site, as they can not set the shipping address international. Thoughts??

    • Paul says:

      The best way to do it is to have them order over the phone and give your coach ID# when ordering. Customer service # 1 (800) 470-7870.

  32. Julie says:

    Carl,

    On Oct 7th of this year, coach relations sent this answer in reply to my question on whether or not we can ship Shakeology to anywhere international other than Canada or APOs:

    “I am glad to hear of your great interest with our supplements. Please be advised that due to FDA regulations, we cannot ship or sell our supplements internationally, I do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

    Could we please have this clarified for our whole community?

    Thanks for the post. I enjoy reading everything your write.

  33. Sheron says:

    Thank you Carl for setting the record straight! I am a true believer of what shakeology can do. I put shakeology to the test to see if I could increase my HDL(good cholesterol)level. I dranked one shake a day for 3 months before my annual physical. My HDL level increased from 55 to 77 without doing anything different in my diet, etc. My sister gave shakeology a 10 day test before her physical and was happy to report that her doctor wrote good!good!good! on the report, and all that my sister could say was that her results have never been this good! So if anyone wants to compare shakeology to the other “me too” products, my only advice is to make sure that you’re comparing apples to apples, and not apples to oranges!

  34. Jaime says:

    I really want to try Shakeology, but I’m currently breastfeeding. Is it safe to take this supplement while bf’ing? Or should I wait until I stop?

    • That’s a question for your doctor. My wife isabelle did drink the shake while breast feeding Daniel, but since we never did any clinical studies on this population, it is not something I can really advise.

  35. Great post! I have been drinking Shakeology since I started as a coach. It has done wonders for me! I am lactose intolerant, and I did notice I had to cut down my dairy; but it was well worth it. My kids are both allergic to dairy, so they cannot have Shakeology; and I know that the vegan Tropical Shakeology is going to be released next year; I am excited for my kids to try it! Before Shakeology, I was buying all these powders, acai, camu camu, the list goes on; and was spending too much in trying to get all these superfoods (I love reading about superfoods, and have made my research). I know some people might think that $120 is a lot; I feel like I am saving money compared to all the powders I used to buy. I researched every ingredient in Shakeology, and since I was pre-diabetic I cleared it with my doctor (he was really impressed by the ingredients). I am happy and proud to be part of help ending the trend Carl!

  36. Anne Dovel says:

    Well…now you’ve gone and done it. I’m going to have to have another shake today! Water, ice, chocolate shakeology and almond butter. :) Thanks, Carl!

    Anne

  37. Mom2Boys says:

    Just wanted to confirm the anti-inflammatory benefits of Shakeology that haven’t been talked about yet. I had major surgery in July and was expected out of work a minimum of 3 weeks and on expected on pain pills. I never took a pain pill, swelling was gone in a day and I lost 10 lbs just doing shakeology 2x per day with a regular meal. I was back at work in 1 1/2 days off total. I had energy and felt incredible. I was back doing exercise within 2 weeks and fully released from Dr. care 4 weeks earlier than expected. The healing benefits were incredible. Thanks for a great product!

    • While I would love for Shakeology to get the credit for that, it’s a pretty strong claim. No doubt the product helps the body function better than it would without better nutrition, we wouldn’t be responsible if we made “anti-inflammatory” claims without real double-blind scientific clinical trials.

  38. Hi Carl,
    My name is Steven, I am 41 and a Beach Body Coach (loving it), I am a T1D meaning Type 1 Diabetic.. I have been using Shakeology now for about 2 months, and I have lost 9lbs and feeling great. I have also LOWERED my insulin intake everyday by about 20, I check my sugar about 2-3 hours a day and normally use up to about 70 units a day before I started using shakeology, now mind you I have also changed up what I eat too (more healthier).. And On another matter, I find this funny but still have to share, The Shakeology has also taken out some of the grey in my beard, i know crazy right,,lol so I have a low hair line, so I shave my hair off, but i let it grow a little longer to see and I have new growth of hair on my head about an inch wide, where there wasn’t any before.
    So I just wanted to thank you on a few great things that are happening to me because of you..
    Thanks
    Steven Kvamme
    http://www.beachbodycoach.com/stevebkvamme

    • I’ve gotten taller recently, and I think maybe it was the Shakeology. KIDDING! I said this earlier – we can’t make an y statements or claims that are not scientifically proven, and that goes especially with the prospect of changing hair color or reducing the need for medications. So many factors at play (especially the change of diet!) that you should be proud of your results, but we all have to be exceptionally responsible not to claim Shakeology is going anything more than great nutrition is known to do. Thank you for helping us help people responsibly!

  39. I’ve been drinking this shake since it was released. At that time I had suffered a small heart attack just before Shakeology came out. My doctors put me on meds, and told me I would be on them the rest of my life. I added Shakeology to my diet; and long story short, 30 days later I was taken off all medication. The ingredients in this shake seem to work in harmony with our body’s natural ability to heal. I’m hook for life on this shake vs meds. I’m looking forward to the vegan version of this product! Thanks Carl for not taking short cuts, and creating a standard that the rest of the industry should follow.

    • I wasn’t aware of that story. Who knows if it was the shake, or all the other factors that were in tandem with your healthier approach to living… or maybe your body just heals well! We don’t claim Shakeology does anything more than help people lose weight, lower their cholesterol, improve regularity, and generally contribute to their health and vitality. It’s not a drug, and none of us should treat it like a drug. But it is proof that the body craves real, deep, nutrition, and it’s time that more people advocate it, vs. promote short cuts that really don’t deliver. Thank you for being a part of the responsible solution!

  40. Hi I believe Shakeology is the best Nutrient drink in the world.My sister Has Been doing beachbody since 2003 and started with Shakeology 2 years ago.When I Started drinking it she brought it to me when I was dealing with my cancer and told me this would help me recover .It is an awsome prduct Eveyone should be able to get this product.I became a coach myself even before I could do the workouts.I just started walking every day and went to fit club once a week.Where we were doing one of Tony Hortons workouts, and he said something like do your best. So I did that was 2 weeks after my last sergry . now its been 3 months and I still doing my best and have energy because of shakeology.Is there any way I can get this product to people who can’t spend 120. out of their paycheck at once ? I have People who want the product but can’t take that much money out of one paycheck. I believe I could sell more product if I could break the Price up in to two payments of 60. instead of 120. at once.I believe in this product and I want evryone to be able to get it .

    • Hi Kathryn! You might want to consider selling the packets of shakeology. It ultimately costs your customer more though, but they can buy just as many packets as they want to use. I contacted compliance quite a while ago to confirm whether this is an acceptable practice, and they told me that as long as I sold them at $5 per packet, it was okay.

  41. Hi Carl! Thank you for all of the great info! I recently signed up to be a Beachbody coach and love all of the programs and LOVE Shakeology!!! My mom has Systemic Lupus and am wondering if Shakeology could help her symptoms. I know you’re not a doctor and so I won’t ask you your ‘professional oppinion’ ;) but I would like to ask you if you’ve known anyone with Lupus who drinks shakeology and what benefits they’ve had? Thanks so much for all of you and your wifes great work!!! ~teambeachbody.com/tiffanygritton

  42. Jason B says:

    There should really be a shakeology success stories page , I hear so much about it healing people who get off medication, this is from a friend who has been on shakeology for about 4 months now and just recently got in a car wreck “My doctor called me earlier and told me that the MRI I had done a few days ago looked very good and in fact she said much better than she has ever seen for broken bones. She said she has not seen broken bones heal this much so quick. Question is: Do yall really think that Shakeology has anything to do with that? Any thoughts?”

    • I t would be irresponsible for me to say that Shakeology had anything to do with that. Who knows what powerful nutrition is capable of doing? All I really know is, the BODY is capable of healing in amazing ways. But so many people take it for granted – in fact most people take it for granted. They think is is a mechanical machine – when it is an organism with so many billions of cellular interactions that you can’t imagine how hard it is to function and heal itself without powerful nutrition. So it’s the body that is the hero. Shakeology is simply feeding it nutrition which helps it do what it was designed to do. That’s the difference between “saying” something is nutritious, and something BEING nutritious. And that’s what saddens me when people think they are outsmarting us by representing products that taste like candy, cost half the price, but don’t deliver the same nutrition. It’s great to create financial independence for yourself and your family, but I believe you can have both financial independence, and you can enhance the people around you with a source of nutrition that they truly need.

  43. Fritts M. says:

    I LOVE Shakeology and what its done to me in a relative short amount of time!!! Thank you Carl!

  44. Tod Hufferd says:

    Carl, first off thanks for a great product and the extremely thorough article. Shakeology has been a key component of my 97 pound weight loss transformation. I have certainly seen the benefits of more energy, regularity, and overall wellness. One of the additional benefits I have experienced is that Shakeology is my daily nutritious treat. When blended with a banana, skim milk, and ice it tastes better than any shake that you would purchase at fast food joint which has little to no nutritional value. Having this treat daily has helped me to avoid sweets for 15 months now and I do not feel deprived which is key to making and maintaining a healthy lifestyle change.

    Thanks again,
    Tod

  45. Ashley says:

    During my last pregnancy (my 3rd) I became extremely hypoglycemic and it was something that never went away after the baby was born. She’ll be a year old this weekend and I still deal with it. I know Shakeology only has 9 grams of sugar, but for some reason it keeps my glucose levels at an even keel rather than the daily roller coaster that I was dealing with before. I still have to eat several small meals a day, but I don’t “bottom out” the way I used to. The only think I’ve changed in my diet is Shakeology…so that must be what’s doing the trick. I’m not going to tell you that this will be the solution for everyone out there in my position, but I wouldn’t be exaggerating by telling you that this is an EXTREMELY huge increase in my quality of life. I don’t have to live in fear of migraines, irritability, or nausea creeping up on me everyday. I have three children ages 4 1/2 and under. I run a business from home, we homeschool, and my husband works long hours. So I rarely have time to fuel my body with a good, healthy meal. Peanut butter and jelly over the kitchen sink just doesn’t cut it for me anymore. Every time I drink a Shakeology shake I feel like I’m pampering my body. Thank You Beachbody and Thank You Carl!

  46. Iva Young says:

    Carl, thank you so much for such a comprehensive blog post that really says everything that I keep telling people and most people are just so confused. I have always been attracted to your tenacity to tell the truth and not cut corners…you and your company should be very proud of yourself and I know that you can sleep at night due to the way you run your life and business. Congrats and always stay REAL! I love SHAKEOLOGY…my household orders 3 bags a month…sometimes 4…I am extremely grateful at the care you and Bella took into the creation process and how high standards continue even to this day. FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART….THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! XOXO

  47. Jim Wyatt says:

    Hi Carl,

    I appreciate the time you took to present great information about what I believe it the best single source of super nutrition available in the world today. I have been drinking it for over a year and have been taken off blood pressure medications, better mood, increased energy, vitality and overall feeling of well-being. I am also as regular as a watch! :)

    It taste great and I have refined my daily glass to the morning consisting of 1 scoop of chololate in 10 oz water and mixed up in my shaker cup I got with Home Direct. It gives me that boost of energy and keeps me full for at least 3 hours when I am eating my second meal of the day.

    Thanks for all you and Team Beachbody do to promote healthy and more fulfilling lives. It is a pleasure to be assiciated with such a great company!

    To your continued health and success,

    Jim

    • Wow that’s amazing. I don’t know if i can even agree that it’s the single best in the world. But I do think it is the best single source that is also not foul tasting. There are good companies outt there who also sell great shakes with the clear intent and mission to help people get healthy. We just happened to also make it taste good without the kind of compromises that are so common in the industry. No one should ever go off of meds without a doctor’s oversight, and i would never attribute Shakeology as a “cure” for anything – except for the fact that in this case, the body knows how to cure a lot of what’s wrong with us, if it is fed well. That’s what Shakeology does. Thanks for the feedback, and thanks for your business!

  48. Madeline says:

    Is there a print version of this Shake off blog

  49. Bruce Brown says:

    Excellent post, Carl and the posts and discussions have been excellent. I’m a Team Beachbody coach and have reposted your post in my blog (with full credit, backlinks, and copyright statement). Thank you for the clarity and strength of your statements in this post.

    On a related note I got into a discussion with some folks on Facebook about soy products and cancer and eventually found (and posted) the following directly from the American Cancer Society web site:

    “Soy products
    Can soy-based foods reduce cancer risk?

    Soy-derived foods are an excellent source of protein and a good alternative to meat. Soy contains several phytochemicals, some of which have weak estrogen activity and appear to protect against hormone-dependent cancers in animal studies. At this time there is little data showing that soy supplements can help reduce cancer risk. High doses of soy could possibly increase the risk of estrogen-responsive cancers, such as breast or endometrial cancer.

    Women with breast cancer should take in only moderate amounts of soy foods as part of a healthy, plant-based diet. They should not ingest very high levels of soy in their diet or take concentrated sources of soy such as soy-containing pills or powders, or supplements containing high amounts of isoflavones.”

    Thanks again, Bruce

  50. Jen says:

    The Real difference between shakeology and those other shakes.. Soy is bad no matter what anyone else says. Cheaper ingredients cheaper cost does not equal better. So keep you’re cheap vita shakes and I’ll keep shakeology.

  51. DebbieTudor says:

    Carl, your comments Saturday in Atlanta about Shakeology and the integrity of the ingredients rang true to me. The next version, whether it is Fruit based, Vegan or low soy, will be of the same high quality, I am certain of it. Knowing I have found this miracle food makes me say Thanks, Beachbody! even more heartily! Kudos to all who work so hard to make this Shake happen!

  52. Kevin Kane says:

    I want to weigh in on the Stevia issue. I looked into the topic when Shakeology first came out. Here is what I found:

    A broad array of studies looked to see if stevia extracts called steviosides have the ability to cause dna or chromosomal damage. Almost all of them showed no reason for concern.

    There were two studies, one in a petri dish and one in rats, however, that appeared to show toxicity at high doses.

    Multiple other studies in mice and rats failed to show any genotoxicity up to huge dose levels of 2000 mg/kg/day.

    In addition, a studies in cancer-prone rats who took up to 2400 mg/kg/day of stevioside over 2 years showed no evidence of cancer formation. The author concluded that stevioside was not cancer causing.

    And all attempts to duplicate the two concerning studies resulted in no mutations. So in both cases, it is thought that the results were false positives.

    In 2006, the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives of the United Nations and World Health Organization (JECFA) stated that there was no evidence of stevioside-induced genotoxicity. At dosages of up to 2000 mg per kilogram body weight in males and 2400 mg/kg in females, stevioside did not promote any incidence of cancer.

    But because they wanted to be extra safe, they approved a much, much smaller amount for an accepted daily intake. Instead of 2000 mg/kg, they approved a servings of only up to 5 mg/ kg body weight of stevioside per day. Seems like erring on the safe side to me!

    Dose in perspective.

    So the JECFA said it was safe to take in up to 5 mg/kg per day. That’s about 400 mg of stevioside in an average size person.

    How does that compare to the amount in Shakeology?

    The label of Shakeology says it contains 75 mg stevia, which I will assume is a general extract from the stevia leaf. The total stevioside content of stevia extract is around 15% by weight, or about 11 mg steviosides per serving of Shakeology. (Somebody from Beachbody please correct me if I am wrong.)

    So doing the math, you’d need to drink 37 glasses of Shakeology per day to exceed this safe amount!

    You could drink an entire bag every single day (one month supply in each bag) and never exceed the JECFA guidelines! (Not that I’m recommending that!! I’m just sayin’)

    • Chad says:

      It looks like you did some good research. The only problem with that research is that your information is from 2006, whereas mine is from 2008. So, mine is the more recent study that does show problems exist. I posted a link to the study and the summary of it, as well, if you’d like to learn more about that.

    • Chad says:

      In fact, even the JEFCA only set a temporary safety limit because, as they said, “The temporary acceptable daily intake (ADI) for steviol glycosides set by JECFA is 0-2
      mg/kg bw/day (based on steviol content) with a steviol equivalent of 0-6 mg/kg bw/day
      of rebaudioside A (steviol equivalent=[stevioside]*(0.4); [rebaudioside A]*(0.33)).
      JECFA has concluded that there is insufficient data to give steviol glycosides a
      permanent ADI.” Thus, even they don’t know how much is safe, if any.

  53. john says:

    Carl, if “Whey protein concentrate is the least pure form of whey protein made.” then why do you use it for your Protein Mix Supplement?

    • We offer a range of supplements, and try to keep people informed of what their decision to consume can mean. I am not a fan of soy for instance, but that doesn’t mean we don’t offer soy products for those who still want it. It’s not a black and white world, but people should understand the potential differences so they are living consciously. That’s how we go from feeling like victims (“nobody told me that was bad for me”) to being responsible adults who own our decisions, are in control of our destiny, and take responsibility for victories and/or consequences. I still eat pizza. I can’t complain that I am not a ripped hard body when I know that the bread/cheese/sauce on that pizza is undermining my results.

      • john says:

        Carl, thanks for taking the time to reply. But, that makes me wonder. In your article you refer to other things people want (ie. vanilla flavor) but wont do it because it would compromise the integrity. Then you say that protein concentrate is the lease purest form of protein. And then you sell it in another product. And the reasoning, if I read your reply correctly, is because you are banking on the fact that people make poor buying decisions (your example of buying pizza even though you know it wont help you get a “hard body”). Doesnt that kinda nix the whole “integrity” thing? I agree, I make conciously bad decisions (I just ate TWO brownies!). But, I like to think that my regular buying decisions are informed and will help me reach my goals. If I am to believe that protein concentrate is the least purest form, then I am not going to purchase your protein mix. AND, if you sell products based on the fact that people make poor buying decisons, what other products do you sell that fall into that category? I personally would like to know so I can avoid them. I am not trying to degrade your company, I am trying to be a responsible adult making good informed decisions.

        • That’s not the point. The point is that this is the thinking behind the formulation of Shakeology. That’s what the post is about. I don’t use Yoga Booty ballet, but many people like that program. P90X bars have quite a bit of soy in them, and I keep my soy consumption to the bare minimum. The more conscious someone is about their personal rules around diet and fitness (and even prescription drugs, shampoos, toothpaste, soap, etc.) the more responsible you will be for your own destiny.

  54. Kevin Kane says:

    Chad, nice discussion, interesting stuff. Do you have a link to the part about the temporary limit?

    I forgot to mention that I completely agree with your point that ‘natural’ does not mean healthy. The tobacco example is great. I often use heroin as an example of natural but certainly not healthy. — Er.. I mean I use the example of heroin, I don’t use heroin ;-)

    I found a bit more updated info today from the European food Safety Authority Journal in 2010. (http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/1537.htm)

    “JECFA reviewed the safety of steviol glycosides (in 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009) and established an ADI for steviol glycosides (expressed as steviol equivalents) of 4 mg/kg bw/day.” Which sits right between the amounts you and I both quoted.

    “Considering the available toxicity data (in vitro and in vivo animal studies and some human tolerance studies), the Panel concludes that steviol glycosides, complying with JECFA specifications, are not carcinogenic, genotoxic or associated with any reproductive/developmental toxicity.”

    “The Panel establishes an ADI for steviol glycosides, expressed as steviol equivalents, of 4 mg/kg bw/day based on application of a 100-fold uncertainty factor to the NOAEL”

    My understanding of that is that it is 1/100th of the level that has shown No Observable Adverse Effect in studies.

    So I stand by my understanding that it appears to be a very safe sweetener.

    • Chad says:

      The temporary data is in the study I posted way up above.

      Personally, I don’t like the fact they based all their data on a rat study.

      As my study mentions, “Carcinogenicity studies have not found stevioside to be carcinogenic in rats (Hagiwara et
      al., 1984, Toyoda et al., 1997, Xili et al., 1992), but further studies on rebaudioside A,
      including a study on mice, are needed for several reasons:
      • The rat is an imperfect model for evaluating steviol glycoside toxicity and
      carcinogenicity risks in humans because of the differences in metabolism in
      the two species.
      • Several genotoxicity studies that found that stevioside and steviol cause
      mutations, chromosomal damage, and DNA breakage indicate the need for
      greater reassurance of noncarcinogenicity.
      • The differences in pharmacokinetics between rebaudioside A and stevioside
      indicate the need to test rebaudioside A itself in two rodent species.
      • Based on a maximum estimated intake level of steviol glycosides of
      1.7 mg/kg bw/day (steviol equivalent), steviol glycosides should be
      considered a concern level III chemical, for which the FDA recommends
      carcinogenicity studies in two rodent species (usually mice and rats) (FDA
      Redbook, 2000).
      The value of testing chemicals in two species is indicated by the fact that bioassays of
      chemicals with a variety of structures that did not find carcinogenicity in rats did find carcinogenicity in mice (see appendix C). In sum, a lifetime carcinogenicity study in mice of rebaudioside A must be conducted before that substance (or other steviol
      glycosides) can be accepted as a GRAS ingredient that likely would be consumed by tens
      of millions of people.
      In conclusion, the FDA should ensure that the genetic toxicity studies that produced
      either positive or conflicting results be repeated. Studies that look at potential DNA
      adducts related to the potential reactive metabolites (C-13 carbonium ion or the epoxide) of steviol would be a strong addition to the genotoxicity data. Finally, the FDA should require carcinogenicity4 and toxicology studies in rats and in mice before accepting rebaudioside A as a GRAS substance or approving it as a food additive. Ideally, all those studies would be conducted by an independent party, such as the National Toxicology Program of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.”

      However, if you wish to view the rat studies as valid enough to support safety, I’ll not condemn it. I will continue to believe there are enough studies that say it isn’t safe until mice studies are also done, and the problems outlined by the study are corrected.

      Either way, I personally feel it would be better if Shakeology were unsweetened, giving consumers the option to choose their own sweetener. As Talia mentioned, she would like to use fruit, which would be a great option. I would prefer to sweeten it with sucralose or leave it as unsweetened myself. I’m sure there are many others that would prefer an unsweetened version, as well.

    • Chad says:

      One thing that is for sure, in my opinion, is that there needs to be more studies done to fully understand whether Stevia is safe as there have been many studies that have produced problems with Stevia. I don’t see what the rush is to approve Stevia when much more research needs to be done to be sure of it. Better safe than sorry, right? If you’re right, and Stevia is found to be a “very safe sweetener”, that’s great! But, if the studies that have found problems later find the same problems in humans, then that is horrible, and I’d rather see the science fully support Stevia as a safe sweetener before endorsing it or supporting it in any product humans consume. Until then, I’ll stand by my own understanding that there have been problems found, and those problems were major.

  55. Question. You made a point to discuss that most soy in the US is GMO. Agreed. Are the cows where they whey protein isolate comes from fed corn? If so, is it organic corn or conventionally grown corn? Or are they grass fed? The same problem comes in with conventionally raised cows that are fed corn as 95% of the corn in the US is GMO.

    • Here’s what I got form our Chief Science Officer (you can tell, cause he uses words like “feedstuffs”):

      The whey protein isolate source we use is antibiotic and steroid (BST) free. Furthermore, it is from commercial dairies which typically use corn silage, grass hay and various grains in milk producing rations. These feedstuffs are not specified as organic. However, since dairy cows are ruminants all consumed feeds are fermented in the rumen before passing to the other stomach compartments for further utilization. Therefore, the issue of GMO feedstuffs is significantly minimized because of the digestive physiology of dairy cows.

  56. Lois says:

    Carl,

    What are your thoughts about one of the newest Shakeology competitors out there, Body By Visalus? I’ve seen lots of folks in the Midwest choose that over Shakeology – yet there really is no comparison, in my humble opinion? I know you don’t want to rip on other products, but what are your general thoughts????

    Thanks! Keep up the GREAT work! I love shakeology and Beachbody!

    • You are right, I don’t feel it is my place to rip on other companies and their products. There have been meal replacement shakes on the market for decades from hundreds of companies. What is original about Shakeology, and what is completely unique to this product is the sophistication of the formula from a HEALTH BENEFITS perspective, and the level of scrutiny of the ingredients and their source. Weight loss by cutting calories is one thing and not all that original. Weight loss in a way that support the metabolism so you don’t put the weight back on is another. And then, weight loss that supports the metabolism and also truly, deeply enhances the body’s ability to heal itself is another matter completely, and that’s why I drink Shakeology.

  57. Curious, clients question to me was for Vegins and ciliac disease. Will this product fit in their diet needs? I am a Shakeology lover use it as two meal replacements most days and have lost 20lbs and no longer drink coffee or need caffeine. Love the products and want serve the vegins who need protiens with out animal products.Thank you!

    • Whey is an animal by-product, so they need to decide if that’s ok. And it’s important that they ask a doctor if Shakeology would be ok for them, rather than me try to give that advice here. Glad you’re having such success with the shake though!

  58. Michelle says:

    As a BB coach, can I re-blog this? It says all rights to BB and Coaches with written permission. I will try calling Coach relations, but I just re-blogged it…
    http://www.michellekelloggfitness.com/the-ceo-himself-speaks-about-shakeology

    Is this ok to do? This whole blogging, social media, and website stuff is a challenge for me, but I’m trying! Thank You! I did keep the link to here and linked your name to your blog site. You can tell it’s linked though! I’ll get there, lol! SMILES!!

  59. Jeff says:

    I’m extremely interested in this product but the price is really scaring me. I’m going to be starting P90 as soon as it gets here as a preparation for my P90X2 which I’ve pre-ordered. It seems like from what I’ve read this product is great, but I’ve read that about terrible products before on the internet.

    If I by this should it be used as a meal replacement? Taken once a day? I’m in this to lose weight first and foremost and I think this product can help me, but like I said the price is scaring me a bit.

    • I’ll let coaches chime in here if they want – but I’ll start by saying we offer a 30 day money back guarantee on this because it is not just a once-a-day meal replacement, it is a dose of truly bio-available nutrition that will help your body fight food cravings (because it is getting fed what it needs, not just what your tongue needs) and help the body release toxins in a mellow way that won’t throw you into a detox (detoxing can feel like the flu sometimes, but it’s important to lose the stored toxins as you get healthier). The real proof is in using the product for a month and feeling the difference.

  60. Allison says:

    I am a beachbody coach and I have a customer who wants to know if shakeology uses compounding agents, such as fructose compounding, for vitamin absorption. I don’t know much about this, but she said without this the vitamins and nutrients will be flushed from the body.

  61. AFrancke says:

    I am still not 100% educated. I guess it is more of a lack of education than anything. I do not understand the difference between carnation instant breakfast, Isagenix, the Beach Body shakes and any of the shakes found at GNC…they all claim to have exactly what the body needs..some all all natural and organic and claim to be the best. It is hard to do a side by side comparisson when there are so many to have to look at. I am not trying to sound antagonistic, I just do not understand the difference. I am not against Shakeology..I just do not understand the difference. I am hoping you understand that I am coming from an educational need rather than an antagonistic place and I hope you will be able to help me understand. Thank you and have a great day.
    ..

    • I TOTALLY understand that. It’s what is wrong with business/marketing. It’s easy to say things work (just look at the fitness gadgets that promise EASY results with no work! pshaw!)

      That is one of the reasons we offer a money back guarantee. People really do FEEL the difference when their body is fed well vs. simply gratifying the tongue and giving the body a zap of coffee.

      For a little more depth go to Shakelogy.com, or if you really want to go deep, look up the ingredients in Shakeology. But if you want to make it simple, think about how much a meal costs. Good protein, greens, fibers, etc. Why would a wholesome meal cost $20 when well-prepared and a shake rich in super foods from all over the world, which have not been cooked and laced with preservatives to maximize shelf life could cost less than a cup of coffee? It’s not possible if it’s really, REALLY good and true source of bio-available nutrition.

      Shakeology is really really good nutrition, and frankly should cost twice as much as we charge if we followed the margins that most nutrition marketers do.

      • AFrancke says:

        Thank you so very much. I will look a bit more into it. What do I have to lose but the weight and the tired sluggish feeling!

  62. Sarah French says:

    Carl,

    Thank you so much for the informative post – I can’t wait to try Shakeology! Aside from that, I’d just like to ask will you please please bring the opportunity for Beachbody coaching to the UK soon? I know it’s in the pipelines, I just hope it’s not so far away. We would so benefit from more coaches over here, and I know there’s plenty of people, including myself, who would be interested in being a coach!

    Oh and of course Beachbody rocks :) Kudos to the life-changing programme!

  63. Judy Caughlin says:

    I just ordered one of the fitness programs. I was tempted to order shakeology but I would rather have a sample before putting that much money out. Is there samples available?

  64. Denise says:

    Carl, I’ve loved this article since it came out and love sharing it… Hmm, maybe write an updated one with info on Vegan Tropical Shakeology? :)

  65. Shakeology says:

    [...]   I wouldn’t recommend something I didn’t believe in.   If you want more info about Shakeology, send me a message!!   Coach.Gisselle@gmail.com   Click HERE to read a Complete Review on how SHAKEOLOGY compares to other products & if it’s … [...]

  66. Dave says:

    Hi Carl, I keep bumping into Beachbody coaches on various forums and they all pimp the product like it is the second coming. As i’m a bit skeptical of evanglism in as a sales pitch I was wondering if you could please link to a peer reviewed scientific study of Shakeology (not the individual ingredients) to substantiate the claims about the product and its efficacy in comparison to other products? Anecdotal evidence may be okay for an infomercial but I’d appreciate a non-biased report.

    • Dave we have our own (non-clinical/double-blind0 results studies which we do on every product to make sure that a product does what we expect it to do – before we put it out to market. Those results are what we use to support the claims we make in our marketing materials (www.shakeology.com) We do not position it as a drug though – as a cure, pre se – but we did the kind of results that can be attributed to improved nutrition. That’s really the way to look at this 9at least, it’s how i look at it). i don’t need a study to tell me that eating more vegetables will be good for me. This is a food in that respect, and the specific anecdotal proof that you may be reading usually comes from people experiencing the shift when they go from horrible eating habits to replacing one meal a day with this shake. But likewise, we give everyone a money-back guarantee to the bottom of the bag so they can see for themselves. it’s not a miracle, it’s great nutrition. Great nutrition works 100% of the time.

  67. [...] not convinced?  Check out this blog by Carl Daikeler on how Shakeology is made and the integrities to which Beachbody holds their products.  Then, if [...]

  68. Paul says:

    You can no longer say the New Chocolate is Gluten Free my boy. Not good. And you can no longer call the taste, “rich”…in the “Taste: Rich chocolate” part. Also not good. All I gotta say is for $120 it’s gotta taste good my boy….

  69. [...] out what Beachbody CEO Carl Daikeler has to say about Shakeology: “How Do I Really Know If This is Worth the Money When Everything Else Costs Less?” There are many “protein shakes” and meal replacements that are less expensive than Shakeology. [...]

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  71. Rachx230484x says:

    Will this product ever come over to the uk? Why do International guideline prohibit it? Anyone know??

    • The formulation is not approved for sale in the UK yet. it’s complex, and most governments don’t even know what these super foods are. So we need to seek approval market by market, and it takes a loooong time because we don’t want to reformulate just to expedite entry into a new market.

  72. [...] I also found this question and answer below on Carl Daikeler’s, Beachbody CEO and husband of the co-creator of Shakeology, blog. [...]

  73. [...] why it was so much better than the $50 protien I was buying. I found a blog post by Carl Daikeler comparing Shakeology to other protien brands. And it hit me. I was spending $50 just for a protien, no superfoods, no vitamins, no antioxidents. [...]

  74. [...] Contact What’s the Beachbody Challenge? Pushing yourself gets results How to Compare Shakeology By admin On October 19, 2011 · 2 Comments (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Buffer (function() { var li = document.createElement('script'); li.type = 'text/javascript'; li.async = true; li.src = 'https://platform.stumbleupon.com/1/widgets.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(li, s); })(); 0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Pin It Share 0 LinkedIn 0 StumbleUpon 0 Email 0 Filament.io 0 Flares × The Big Shake-Off: Like Comparing Apples and… Tang [...]

  75. [...] The Big Shake-Off: Like Comparing Apples and… Tang | Carl Daikeler [...]

  76. [...] by CEO Carl Daikler just underlines my reasons for recommending Shakeology without reservation. You can find the full article by Carl Daikler here but I’ve included the take-away highlights and score a knockout in terms of addressing [...]

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