When it comes to weight-loss shakes, some super important things to look out for are the ingredients (whether they are naturally derived from food or chemicals) and nutrient value it can provide the body. Shakeology is not only known as a weight-loss shake, but also as a nutrition shake with ingredients derived from superfruits, vegetables, and plant-based protein providing healthy benefits to our entire body.
Well lookie here! I made a video that explains what Shakeology is, what’s in it, and how it has changed my health:
What is Shakeology and what makes it so special??
Shakeology is not just your normal, run-of-the-mill nutrition shake. Shakeology is a powerful superfood formula that is designed to deliver 23 vitamins and minerals to your body to help give you energy, reduce cravings, maintain healthy body weight, and support your immune system.
Watch this Video about all the wonderful foods packed in a Shakeology Drink!
What are the Shakeology ingredients and benefits?
One really cool thing about Shakeology is that all its ingredients are derived from REAL food; so, that means your body can better absorb nutrients at a rate that is totally natural to your body and reap the benefits of a top-notch diet that can help make you feel your absolute best – like a well-oiled machine!
Here are just a few benefits of shakeology listed below:
Build lean muscle, improve skin and hair, support mental clarity, and reduce cravings
Made possible by proprietary super-protein blend (Whey*, Sacha Inchi, Flax, Quinoa, Amaranth, Pea)
2. Provide antioxidant support and promote a healthy heart and optimal blood pressure
Made possible by proprietary super-fruit/antioxidant blend (Camu-Camu, Acai, Acerola Cherry, Bilberry, Goji Berry, Grape Seed, Green Tea, Luo Han Guo, Pomegranate, Rose Hips)
3. Helps alkanize the body and promotes detoxification for health and vitality
Made possible by proprietary super-green/phytonutrient blend (Moringa, Chlorella, Spirulina, Spinach, Kale)
4. Helps protect the body from stress, support the immune system, and balance the endocrine system
Made possible by proprietary adaptogen blend (Ashwangandha, Astragalus, Cordyceps, Ginkgo, Maca, Maitake, Reishi, Schisandra, Tulsi (Holy Basil))
5. Helps increase nutrient absorption, promotes regularity (yay poop more!), and improves digestion
Made possible by proprietary Pre-and Probiotic/Digestive Enzyme Blend (Yacon Root, Chicory Root, Lactobacillus Sporogenes, Amylase, Cellulase, Lactase*, Glucoamylase, Alpha-Galactosidase, Invertase)
*Vegan shakeology flavors do not contain whey or lactose
6. Tastes Better than other Whole Superfood Powders
In the past, I have tried other forms of whole superfood powder supplements, like RawMeal for example. I will admit, drinking Shakeology is a much better drinking experience, both in texture and taste.
7. Diminishes Cravings for Junk Food
One thing I learned when it comes to a good diet is this: if your body has received all the daily required nutrition it needs, you will feel full and satisfied; only when your body is malnourished or deficient in nutrients will you feel cravings to eat more food, good or bad. Shakeology does wonders for me in this department.
I really don’t have huge cravings for junky foods anymore. The desire has diminished to a point where I can manage and control myself so I don’t make mistakes or fall off my good eating habits.
8. Contains the Right Amount of Protein
Unless you are doing strenuous strength training or looking to bulk up, you do not need a huge amount of protein in your diet, which makes Shakeology a winner with 17g of protein.
9. Great Supplement for Working Out
Like we mentioned before, the proprietary blends in Shakeology effectively help your body turn those nutrients into energy for your body to use, helping you feel more energized throughout the day, alert, and had better endurance when it comes to exercising.
10. Healthy Weight-Loss
I personally am feeling the amazing weight loss benefits when drinking Shakeology. After 1 month of drinking Shakeology and exercising with PiYo, I have lost 8lbs and lost 1.5” from my waist!!!!!!!
90 days later, I continued to drink Shakeology with my regular workout routine, and I lost a total of 10lbs and 4.5″ from my waist! Never ever ever ever EVER have I ever been in such great shape as I am now!
But the benefits do not stop there….
As someone who suffers from early signs of hair loss on my scalp, I also noticed my hair is growing back stronger and shinier (thanks to all the hair-essential vitamins and minerals Shakeology offers like magnesium, biotin, vitamin B-complex, iron, zinc, and manganese). All the effects of my terrible dieting habits and malnutrition have been replaced with an army of essential nutrients my body craves, all thanks to Shakeology.
Currently there are 6 Shakeology flavors to choose from including (in addition to the main proprietary blend ingredients listed above):
- Chocolate (my personal favorite! It tastes like rich dark chocolate milk because of the natural cacao powder)
- Chocolate Vegan (100% vegan, soy-free, dairy-free)
- Vanilla (the vanilla is from pure and organic vanilla beans)
- Strawberry (flavors are derived from actual strawberries)
- GreenBerry (for green food lovers, this flavor is packed with greens and fruits)
- Tropical Strawberry Vegan (flavors are derived from strawberries, banana, papaya, pineapple and guava, 100% vegan, soy-free, dairy-free)
Want to try all the flavors and find your favorite? Check out the Shakeology 7-Day Sampler here
Sugar Content Concerns?
When I first did research on Shakeology, I was pleased when I read all the wonderful nutrition facts; however, I was a bit concerned when it came to the sugar content, which is 6g per serving. As a woman, I look to only have 6g of added sugar per day (for men, aim to get 9g of added sugar per day), and I was concerned that Shakeology might send me over the limit.
So I did some digging and inquired about the content of natural food-based sugar versus added sugar (fructose and stevia leaf).
I was assured that a good majority of the sugar content did naturally come from the superfoods, not from added sugar. So, that did put my mind at ease, and eventually, got me to purchase the 30-day supply.
Possible Side Effects?
Some have reported to having side effects including headaches and slight stomach irritation during their first two weeks of drinking Shakeology.
This may be happening for the following reason:
Going from an OK diet to one that is substantially more whole-foods based is bound to have some transitional effects on the body. If your body is accustomed to eating processed foods, then introducing more whole-some food will naturally cause your entire body to realign itself in an effort to better process the food you put into it, hence the bloating, headaches, gassiness, and general grumpiness.
But once the 1-2 weeks is over (which is the approximate transition time it takes for your body to get COMPLETELY used to the food change), then your body can finally enjoy the full effects of eating and drinking clean!
Of course, if you want to better ease into the transition, a lot of Shakeology drinkers started with just a half scoop of Shakeology every day for a week, and eventually worked their way to one scoop daily after the 1st week. Listen to your body and adjust your scoops to make the transition easier for you.
The Final Thought: Two Thumbs Up for Shakeology!
If you are looking for a delicious beverage that will satisfy your hunger, help fill in your nutritional gaps, help you lose weight, and be all around delicious, I would definitely point you to Shakeology. It really is what I look forward to drinking every day, and it certainly is a gift to know that something this delicious is also the healthiest meal of the day!
Plus, anyone who purchases Shakeology and is not satisfied with it, they can return the bag within 30 days and get a full 100% refund, no questions asked!
But, I can sit here and talk about Shakeology all day if I have to, because I just believe in it so much.
Watch this Video about all the wonderful foods packed in a Shakeology Drink!