One month ago I decided to take a risk and try out a product I had heard so much about, Shakeology. On Instagram people RAVED about Shakeology, how much weight they had lost while using it and how great it made them feel. I couldn’t help but be curious…
I always strive to be as honest as possible here on Coffee Cake and Cardio and my Shakeology review is no different. It took me weeks to decide whether or not to spend the $147.99 and I hope that my review of Shakeology is helpful to anyone considering trying it out.
Ok, first things first… what the heck is Shakeology and what is it not?
Shakeology is a nutrient packed protein powder that can be mixed with various liquids to create a shake. Now I could have spent a whole lot less on a protein powder, like $120 less, but I saw the value in the unique nutrients Shakeology provided. Shakeology is packed with various proteins, amino acids, antioxidants, probiotics, and so much more…
Now what Shakeology is not is a weight loss powder. You can’t just take Shakeology and lose weight… that’s just not how it works. Now I do agree that you can lose weight while taking Shakeology but that’s because you 1. consumed the right number of calories for your body, 2. ate nutrient dense foods, and 3. burned calories through various workouts.
For those wanting to lose weight, doing a structured fitness program like Turbo Fire and then replacing one meal a day with Shakeology often results in pounds being lost…but again, you have to see that it’s because you’re working out, eating healthy foods, and staying within your calories count.
I honestly loved the product! I really liked the Chocolate Shakeology, how it made me feel and how it helped me to stay within my calorie goal. You see, dinner is a real struggle for me… actually anything after work is a struggle for me. After work, I struggle to 1. not eat a whole meal worth of snacks as soon as I get home before making dinner, 2. watch my portion sizes during dinner, and 3. not snack or eat after dinner.
Replacing dinner with Shakeology worked really well for me because it helped me to control some of my nasty habits. Now if you go through Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4, you’re going to see that SHOCKER, I’m not perfect. I still had days where I snacked after work and/or ate after dinner.
I think Shakeology is amazing purely because of what it’s made up of, but I think there’s also a lot to be said about what replacing one meal a day, your toughest meal of the day, with Shakeology can do for your weight loss. Again, it’s not because of Shakeology, but replacing an often uncontrollable meal with a controlled one.
I don’t think 4 weeks is a long enough time to get into a real groove, so as I shared last week, I am going to continue using Shakeology for the month of July. Shakeology is expensive, and although I don’t know if I will continue it long term, replacing dinner with Shakeology really helped me to see how much I was overeating at night and how it was wrecking the hard work I had done all day.
So how did I do after one month on Shakeology??
- Starting weight – 234.2
- Week 1 – 235.2
- Week 2 – 230.2
- Week 3 – 230.4
- Week 4 (plus 3 days to hit 30 days total) – 228.2
I was thrilled to have lost 6 pounds total during the month I was using Shakeology. I do not believe that I owe my weight loss to Shakeology, but instead to the habits I learned while on Shakeology for 30 days. This month I learned that in order to be successful in my weight loss I must eat enough calories, workout, drink at least 64oz of water a day, and not eat uncontrollably before, during, and/or after dinner.
Using Shakeology for one month also made me want to try out some of the other Beachbody products. My husband Neal swears by Power90, which he owns, so I thought I’d look into some of their other workout DVDs.
I really hope that my Shakeology review has been helpful. For those struggling with whether or not to try it out, I hope it helped to hear my opinion and thoughts. Whether you try Shakeology or not, I hope that my review helps you to see how important a healthy diet, regular exercise, and consistency are to losing weight.