Pushed hard by beachbody coaches everywhere, I take a look at this fitness supplement to find out if it measures up to the hype.
What is Shakeology®?
Their website has an answer to this question.
Shakeology is so incredible, there’s nothing out there that can supply you with the nutrients, vitamins, proteins, and minerals in these amounts the way one delicious shake can.
If it’s unclear, I’ll fill in the gaps. It’s a powdered shake mix, but what makes shakeology special? Well they have some information about that as well. They claim that shakeology helps to:
- Lose weight
- Reduce junk food cravings
- Provide healthy energy
- Support your digestion regularly
How does it accomplish all this?
Well reducing cravings for junk food and lose weight go hand in hand. Remember CICO? Well if you’re eating less calorie dense junk food, you’ll be reducing your calorie intake. Fair enough, but how does it reduce calorie cravings? It makes you feel full. Remember when I broke down food? Shakeology has 17g of protein and 6g of fiber to help you feel full. The healthy energy comes from 17g of carbohydrates (including 6g of sugar). Finally the digestion comes from prebiotics, the aforementioned fiber, and probiotics.
Can it be made with substitutes?
So with all this benefit, Shakeology seems pretty great. And at $129.95 for a 30 serving bag, sure seems worth it right? Just $4.33 a serving, less than the cost of a footlong at Subway.
But can we, with a little effort, come up with a cost effective substitute? I think so. I’m putting up 1 scoop of Gold Standard Whey protein supplement, and a Meijer brand daily men’s multivitamin. I can pick up 6lbs (~82 uses) of the whey protein at Costco for $60, and the Meijer multivitamin costs me $10.99 for 200 pills.
How they stack up
How does my proposed alternate do? Well the full data is available here, but I’ll break down the important stuff. Compared to Shakeology’s 17g of protein and 160 calories, the alternate packs 24g of protein into only 120 calories. So far so good, Shakeology does have the advantage on sugar and fiber, but a teaspoon each of sugar and a fiber supplement could fill the gap if you really wanted it. When it comes to vitamins, the alternate has the edge, with more of 24 vitamins. Shakeology surpasses the alternate in seven vitamin categories, and they contain equal amounts of three vitamins. Seems like the alternate is a pretty good subsitute, if not better. But what about the cost? Well, compared to the $4.33/serving cost of Shakeology, the alternate costs a whopping… $0.73/serving.
So where do we stand? Is Shakeology worth it? Well value is subjective, so I can’t make this call for anyone but me. So this is just my opinion but…
No. Not even a little bit. In the immortal words of up Lil’ Dicky,