Monday, January 12, 2015

Shakeology...What is this magic Shake? – Everything You Need to Know About Shakeology


Have you been searching for a meal replacement that offers a variety of healthy ingredients as well as give you some really great benefits on your overall health and body? Well in your searches you probably have stumbled across Beachbody’s Shakeology. You may have thought to yourself...this is just another gimmick, this is just a shake and I can get the same thing off of something from GNC for cheaper. Or maybe you have thought, all protein shakes are the same, what makes this so special. Or so many people sell shakes, whats the difference between all of them? Or maybe you have thought, wow this sounds amazing I should look into this more!

First and foremost, Shakeology is not a protein shake. It is a meal replacement. No matter where you
look, you are not going to find something that compares. Shakeology is so incredibly healthy, there's no other single food item out there that can supply you with all the nutrients, vitamins, proteins, and minerals in the amounts you need the way one delicious shake can. Go to GNC or somewhere else and find a drink for cheaper? You know what they say, you get what you pay for. I have tried other drinks, they would either taste absolutely disgusting or the amount of food items I had to put in it to even try and come close to the nutrients I needed I was paying so much more per drink. Could you get Shakeology from someplace other than a coach? Yes you can. But then who will you go to for help on your nutrition? Help you to create clean eating meal plans? Give you support and motivation? Who is going to give you suggestions on how to make it using different recipes? Can you find it on Ebay? Yes probably...but chances are it is going to be an expired bag, and again no support system at all.

When I first came across Beachbody & Shakeology in March of 2014, being the most skeptical person in the world, I decided to due my own research. I scoured the internet and read everything I could. I finally decided the only way I am going to be able to make a complete decision is by trying it myself. With a money back guarantee even if I finished the whole bag - I figured I had nothing to loose. So if you are hesitant as whether to spend some money and try something that claims to give all these benefits, keep reading since this Shakeology review will cover everything you need to know about the product that I have come across while using it. I have a serious issue for detail so keep going for a in-depth description.


How I came across Shakeology

As I mentioned above, I stumbled upon Shakeology and Beachbody in March 2014. I was at my lowest point. I was feeling absolutely awful about myself, inside and out. I was over 255 pounds, could barley make it up a flight of stairs, let alone run around with my kids or nieces. My eating habits were deplorable, and with every moment that I felt awful about me, I would comfort myself with another bag of chocolate chip cookies. My coach reached out and invited me to a Challenge Group. She showed me the 21 Day Fix, and told me about Shakeology. I am a huge skeptic. And even though I had been watching my coach for the last 3 months, I was convinced that this was all nonsense. It wouldnt work for me - because nothing has in the past, I thought this Shake thing was absurd, and I was convinced I would never be able to do the fitness program as I was way to heavy. I was determined to prove my thoughts right and my coach wrong. And then I was going to tell everyone how this all was garbage.

The main things concerning me were mostly in terms of whether or not this product would deliver what it has promised energy wise, helping to subside cravings, as well as what kind of impact it would have on my health. Clearly the cookies I was consuming on a daily basis was not improving my health, but I was worried that I would be missing out on foods I loved and I worried about the fact that I have food cravings almost all of the time, so intending to replace a meal with something in the form of liquid was already sounding downright stupid.

Reading Shakeology reviews for me was as good a place to start as any as to gain some perspective on how much it delivers. Truth be told, it promises quite a lot, hence the skeptic in me was concerned.

What does it offer?

As you probably already visited the official site as to take a look, there are couple of things Shakeology iclaims to offer.

If you are looking for a magic bullet that will solve all your health and weight loss problems then keep looking. You may ask whether this is some steroid like supplement, and in short that’s a NO.

Shakeology is, as they claim to be, a meal replacement comprising various healthy and natural nutrients. It is NOT a magic bullet, and this alone will not answer all of you weight loss goals.

Here is what it really delivers:

Meal replacement

Beachbody likes to refer to it as nutrition simplified. This allows you to gain the picture that this product is meant to actually replace a meal. That is in short the description of Shakeology, a meal replacement. However, they offer quite more than just the equivalent of a meal in terms of nutrition.
You save a lot of time when compared to preparing and consuming a conventional meal. And if you believe that nutrition is a necessity rather than entertainment, then you would be correct and this is for you. For me, this is one meal I no longer have to plan, prep and pack away. I do not have to think about it. It takes 2 minutes to make and I am out the door. I am a super busy, full time working mom and wife - sometimes I do not have an extra 20 minutes to make a healthy breakfast.

Detox and a better absorption of nutrients
Shakeology claims to have a detox effect on your body as well as promote a better absorption of nutrients. As for the detox, it is quite noticeable even after a week since you feel refreshed, more in tune, as well as feeling better in general. I have even being told that I have a glow. A very awkward and interesting thing to hear for someone who doesn’t do well with compliments....

As for the part of promoting better absorption of nutrients...just take a moment to think about it. Since Shakeology is nothing but nutrients, it makes sense that you have a better absorption!! It has all the things the body really needs and nothing more. The increased energy levels are partially due to this
since not only do you use the nutrients from Shakeology more, but your body is also learning to use more nutrients from all the other meals throughout the day, as you are changing your eating habits and eating as clean as possible. I should hope you are now drinking Shakeology with a side of fries!

Weight loss

It promotes as an assistant to weight loss. When it comes down to the point, it’s really just a simple math. Even if you were not that good in Math (like me) by replacing one meal daily where you normally stuff your body with 50% unnecessary nutrition, here you are actually supplying it with no more than it needs as in order to function. Doing the math over the period of using it, it makes sense.

I’m now losing weight at a different rate, due to the fact that I incorporated a fitness program to my daily regime. I did 6 rounds of the 21 Day Fix,and for the last 4 weeks I have been doing Insanity Max 30. 

The thing that helps the most with losing weight is probably the fact that Shakeology eliminates food cravings. As I am writing this, I am actually having my daily dosage, and I feel quite full. I like to make mine taste like a Reeses Peanut Butter cup. So I feel like I am cheating, and I am satisfying y sweet tooth -in the most healthy way i can. You feel this way for the bigger part of the day whenever you choose to drink Shakeology. This is either due to the claims for eliminating food cravings, or a simple side effect of teaching your body to need less in terms of quantity.

Improved digestion

For someone who has suffered from a various amount of eating disorders, from eating a lot or not eating anything at all, and never did any physical activity, it’s a strange feeling. It’s like you feel lighter and all that tension you never even quite noticed is gone. Once again, this may also be just the fact that you consume less in terms of quantity, more in terms of quality.

Lower cholesterol

Albeit I never had any particular problems with cholesterol an improvement is still apparent.

Cognitive focus

With energy levels increasing you will most definitely notice an improved cognitive focus as well. It is balance and clarity of mind similar to nothing of the like, when no other techniques are applied. This may again be just the exercise speaking, but it seems logical to me (reading about nutrition and all) that healthy nutrients can in fact influence your mental focus.

Reduces Blood Sugar Spikes

I know personally some type 2 diabetics, insulin dependent. Their sugars have always been all over the place, mainly because of poor eating habits. Since drinking Shakeology thier numbers have leveled, been steady, and A1C has dropped 7 points!!


The ingredients:
Here is in short what is contained inside:

Isolated whey protein, an easily absorbable source of high-quality protein

This one is ideal for building and maintaining muscle mass. I definitely see better results in terms of muscle gain. Not only that, but the muscles regenerate faster, not being sore after every other day when working out.

The blood sugar is also steady due to this ingredient.

Found in the whey protein are also the essential amino acids, which are responsible for the increased cognitive focus by supporting the brain to promote clarity of mind.

The lack of food craving is also due to this ingredient. Now asking about the quantity, you can decide to trust them or not, but judging the effects that I felt, it legit.

Phytonutrients, including flavonoids, polyphenols, anthocyanins, and catechins.

These have antioxidant properties, which in short is getting rid of molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals damage cells and are somewhat responsible for the aging process and even more for some degenerative conditions. These Phytonutrients are actually known for preventing many of these conditions, and when taken in mix it is believed that the effect they have on improving the immune system and preventing degenerative conditions is even greater.

Prebiotics

Prebiotics are ingredients that support the “friendly” bacteria that help the digestive track. They also help with absorption of certain minerals, most notably Calcium. I guess this is one of the biggest reasons for better and improved digestion.

Digestive Enzymes

Originating from sources like Pineapple and Papaya these enzymes help food to be broken down into its individual components, thus improving absorption of nutrients. If this claim is right, it means that whatever you eat throughout the day is absorbed quite better in terms of nutrients.

23 vitamins and minerals

A certain amount of vitamins and minerals. And if you don’t eat enough of fruits and vegetables, then this is a great feature.

In total over 70 super nutritious ingredients 


Taste and preparation

My favorite is Chocolate. It resembles a chocolate shake, and I love adding almond milk, but tastes delicious even if you just use water. After a drink or two you get used to it, and start to crave it and is really sweet and tasty in fact. Never too tasty sweet. I have also tried Vanilla, Greenberry and Strawberry. Not a huge fan of Strawberry, but again I see nutrition and diet as a necessity, remember?

Using a blender you get a smoother texture, though it is still quite thick. However, if you want to make things faster for you in terms of preparation you can use shaker, since the blender requires to be washed. I always recommend adding ice, as having it cold keeps all the nutrition in place. Warm Shakeology takes away from the nutrients, and frankly tastes gross.

The preparation is quite easy in fact. You just take one scoop of Shakeology and one cup of water or milk (regular, almond, coconut, soy, etc). You also add two scoops of ice as to get that texture and the refreshing feel. You can add fruits, raw honey, extracts, cinnamon, whatever you like to create different recipes.

As for the aroma, you get the scent of cocoa, if of course you are drinking chocolate. Strawberry smells like strawberries, vanilla like vanilla, greenberry does not really have an aroma, and the snozberries...oh wait...



What are you gaining in terms of energy

I’ve been drinking Shakeology for 10 months, and judging on the energy I have I can say there has been a huge rise. I measure things in terms of how tired I am after doing my workout, working full time, shuffling kids all over, and then working my Beachbody business and having enough energy to do that and still feel good is a great indicator of the boost Shakeology provides.

You are not going to be like a super human, the truth is you just feel way better and more energized.

About food cravings

During the first two or three days you will feel hungry quite more than usual. This process is quite normal since you replace solid food with liquid, and you are changing you eating lifestyle. Using correct portion control, and foods filled with nutrients instead of garbage. 

About weight loss and looks

If there is something that you will take from this Shakeology review let it be this –this is a meal replacement that is full with benefits on your health, time and money saving, as well as a great source of energy. Expecting that it will make all of your weight problems go away overnight is downright stupid. Not the oh-look-how-adorable kind of stupidity, either. It’s more of the driving-down-the-wrong-side-of-the-road variety.

Granted, replacing a meal with only healthy nutrients that are easily absorbed by your body as well as eliminating the food cravings will for sure shed some pounds either way. But don’t expect more than 10 pounds in a month. And of course those types of results will vary.

You will look better though. Smoother and healthier skin, that glow I was talking about, more refreshed and alarmed.

In combination with some fitness routines

If you are into sports you will find this meal replacement useful since it provides a lot of energy. However, if you really want to see what a great combination of intense fitness program and a great nutrient source is capable of, go and try programs like The 21 Day Fix or Insanity Max 30..

The effect it will have on your lifestyle

Having a busy and dynamic lifestyle you probably ask whether this is going to make some change, for better, for worse or if any.

Having all the things discussed above there is a conclusion to be made.

First of all you save some time in preparing and consuming a meal. Schedule it for the mornings as a breakfast, and it’s a jewel in terms of saving time. Also, if you experience stress in the mornings, having to prepare a meal and rush to work, you can now deal with it in a better way.

Feeling full and craving less for food, it definitely puts you in a better mood overall. And while we are discussing mood, here is what is found on the Shakeology site:

“One scoop of Shakeology provides 100% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin B12. B12 is often linked with good mood maintenance; B vitamins are also essential for the production and proper functioning of neurotransmitters like dopamine, crucial to the experience of pleasure. Shakeology also contains cacao, which is very high in phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA acts as a neuromodulator to enhance one’s mood.”

I guess that explains some of the great mood I’ve been experiencing :)

One of the better things in terms of lifestyle change is definitely the increased cognitive focus and alertness. You can forget caffeine from now on.

However the best thing that you can experience while on Shakeology is the boost in energy levels. You will have so much energy that there will emerge a need for you to go and waste some. If that’s the case and you find yourself short of ideas, be my guest and try the 21 Day Fix or Insanity Max 30, or any of the other amazing fitness programs Beachbody has to offer. 



The price issue – What many Shakeology reviews fail to tell

Before trying Shakeology I did think a lot about the price. And here is something I like you to take with you in this Shakeology review – it’s cheap. How come?

The reason why people feel strong about the price is mostly because you pay it upfront. If you do the math and calculate how much you spend on breakfast during the entire month, or how much you just spend on snacks as to satisfy your food cravings, then thinking that Shakeology is too expensive is just wrong.

You see, if you try and squeeze some healthy ingredients in your breakfast (proteins, vitamins, minerals…) it will be a lot more than paying for Shakeology.

Besides you are paying more for food with less nutrients and health benefits.

Combining it with other supplements

An interesting thing about Shakeology is that you don’t really need to take supplements while on it.
You will get a plenty of protein, as well as enough vitamins and minerals. Now, some may seem quite skeptical just as I did when comparing the amount of vitamins and minerals with traditional supplement intake, though here is the thing.

Since Shakeology promotes better nutrient absorption, even what you take less of some vitamins is actually used more by your body. Instead of being flushed through your system, the vitamins and minerals actually go where they should.

That’s why there is no need of any additional supplements while taking this meal replacement.

Once again talk about savings huh? Recalculate the price again I dare you.


Final note of the Shakeology review

No matter whether you are looking for something that will aid you in conquering your fitness goals, or simply improve your overall health and well-being, you can really consider Shakeology.

Though nothing magical, it will add some energy as well as improve various aspects of your health due to the ability to use more from nutrition, having better digestion, improved mood and even detoxification of your body. It is easy to use and prepare meal replacement, and the price is fairly set when thinking about how much you are gaining when compared with the junk food people spend money on.

If you have a demanding fitness routine, requiring a lot of supplementing and a lot of protein and overall healthy food, then this is a real jewel.

Try it and see your lifestyle improving by the day. Remember, there is always the bottom of the bag money back guarantee!

I sincerely hope that this Shakeology review helped you decide whether this is the right thing for you.


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