Is Shakeology Worth It???
Is Shakeology worth it? ABSOLUTELY. It pains me when I hear someone say that Shakeology is too expensive for them and they opt for a cheaper protein powder or simply go without any nutritional supplements.
I’ve been coaching for over a decade now and I have gotten independently educated and tried a lot of different products and I can say with unequivocal confidence that, if you are truly serious about your health, Shakeology is one of the very best things you can do for your body. It’s a power tool for the re-construction or maintenance of your body.
Making Educated Decisions About Nutrition
Although this post has a ton of well researched information, I don’t just want you to take my word for it when I answer your question “Is Shakeology worth it?.”
A crucial component of being healthy is getting educated about everything you put in your body. My primary goal with this post is to get you educated so you can start doing right by your body.
If you were buying a new car, you’d research…probably a lot, if you were doing it right. You’d look at safety, reliability, quality and the reputation of the manufacturer first—then, you back into the price and make your purchase.
Why would you not use these same standards with something that you are putting inside your body??? Why would you not be educated about something that directly impacts the length of time you will be on this planet???
We must look at all food and all supplements from an educated point of view. Price should NEVER be the only consideration for anything that has a serious impact on your life. Neither should convenience or impulse.
You have no place to complain about current or future health issues if you don’t get educated enough to understand how to fill your body with good things. Poor health is a self-fulfilling prophecy if you compromise on quality when it comes to your body. If people had education-based healthy habits, they would NOT be in many of the bad health situations they are now.
Advocate for yourself. You deserve quality nutrients, food, and water. Invest in your future and don’t skimp on healthy habits. YOU are a top priority.
Now, I want to give you a little background on Shakeology.
A Brief History of Shakeology
About 20 years ago, Isabelle Daikeler, the wife of Beachbody’s founder and CEO, Carl Daikeler, was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. As a result, she changed her way of living, thinking, eating—everything. She read, researched and investigated all that there was to learn to help herself get better.
One important component was to rid herself of stress in order to live in harmony with her body, another was proper nutrition. Hence, the idea of Shakeology was born.
In 2006, Carl gave Darin Olien permission to formulate a top notch, top quality nutritional supplement as he saw fit. He scoured the entire world to find more than ethically sourced herbs and superfoods and, together with Beachbody’s R&D and quality assurance teams, they created one of the highest quality nutritional supplements on the market.
Shakeology was officially born on March 15, 2009. Chocolate and Greenberry were the first flavors. Over the last nine years, they’ve added Tropical Strawberry, Vegan Chocolate, Vanilla and Vegan Vanilla, Café Latte and Vegan Café Latte and Shakeology is a leader in the nutritional supplement industry.
You can read more about the history of Shakeology here—Who Invented Shakeology? Most people have no idea what a truly amazing product it is.
Why Drink Shakeology?
These days, the typical person’s diet is woefully lacking. Even if you’re eating healthy whole foods, it’s no longer enough thanks to corporate shortcuts, increased use of chemicals, and over-processing. We simply don’t get the same nutrients that our grandparent’s did by eating the same foods.
This is where supplements come in—they fill in the nutritional gaps to ensure our body gets everything it needs. (We cover this topic in a little more depth in these posts—Why Do We Need to Take Nutritional Supplements? and What Does Shakeology Do?)
Unfortunately, now I have to tell you a discouraging truth—the nutritional supplement industry is messed up. There is little follow through on regulations and you ultimately have to just trust the company to do the work.
Beachbody puts every single one of the 60+ ingredients in Shakeology through stringent R&D and quality checks. They get their ingredients directly from the source, each one subjected to the same thorough quality checks. This is NOT typical in the nutritional supplement industry. Most supplement companies get their ingredients from suppliers and don’t know much about where it really comes from.
Shakeology is an all natural nutritional supplement that is packed with enzymes, macronutrients and antioxidants. Beachbody put all of the necessary nutrients and a variety of superfoods into one shake AND made it a nutritionally complete meal that tastes good. Beachbody worked extremely hard to create a pure product that was made with serious integrity.
I want to make sure you’re very clear on this—Shakeology is NOT just a protein shake, it’s a bona fide meal replacement. In fact, it will be your most nutritionally complete meal of the day.
Shakeology is one of our “go to” meals. We drink it daily and especially appreciate it when we are on the go or just too tired to cook. It fits into every Beachbody program, including our favorites—the 21 Day Fix, the P90X Workouts, PiYo, and LIIFT4.
When you’re truly focused on good health, there is no room for compromising—you’ve got to invest in yourself and stay committed to doing what’s best for your body. You really need to drink it every day to realize the full benefit of this powerful supplement.
Is Shakeology worth it? Who better to answer this than Isabelle Daikeler herself and her comrade in life and business, Carl Daikeler.
You Get What You Pay For
We get it—$130 is not chump change. If you simply look at this total, it does sound like a lot. But, once you break it down and make some very real comparisons, you won't have to ask the question "Is Shakeology worth it?" again—because you'll totally understand what a valuable investment it is.
I'll help break it down for you...
For $130, you get 30 servings of Shakeology. That's $4 per serving. Let me be a bit more accurate—you don't just get 30 servings, you get 30 meals. I don't know about you, but $4 for an almost ready-made nutrient dense meal is a deal in my book.
This is about the price that those foofy coffees cost. If you want something that will actually curb your hunger and provide any nutritional benefit at all, you'll spend more like $6-$8 to add on a carb and sugar-filled snack.
It might get you a small sandwich at your local fast food joint—with loads of fat included in the price.
These days it won't even get you a regular smoothie from a smoothie joint.
In short, what it buys you elsewhere is a nutrient deficit—far from the healthiest meal of your day.
I have more good news. When you drink Shakeology daily, you do not need to take all those vitamins, antioxidants, and pre- or probiotics any more. A highly rated probiotic prices out at about $1 per serving. That does NOT include all the protein, enzymes, and other nutrients that your body needs to be its healthiest and are included in Shakeology.
Shakeology could be made cheaper, but Beachbody refuses to do this because it means they would have to add products that they could not stand behind. This is why we—along with thousands of other Beachbody employees and coaches—feel so good about the products we represent. Yep, you get what you pay for, folks.
With this perspective, we sincerely hope you don't choose any cheaper alternatives because you can clearly see why we think Shakeology is a fabulous deal at $4 per serving. (If you're still stuck in the "I can't afford it" mentality, PLEASE read this post that Monica wrote—I Can't Afford Shakeology. Really???
How to Read Nutrition Labels
The nutritional supplement market is overwhelming. You need to be educated and aware or you will overspend to undernourish yourself. Learning how to read and understand a nutrition label is imperative.
Here's a little help with that...
Look at the kind of protein that is used in anything calling itself a protein powder or meal replacement shake. What kind is it—isolate or concentrate? It's also important to know if it comes from a single source or many. Does it come from soy? (In case you weren't aware, most soy in the typical market is genetically modified, which is a BIG no-no for our bodies.)
Regular Shakeology has whey isolate protein, which is the highest quality protein available today. Whey isolate is more concentrated, has less lactose, is highly filtered, and is more diversified than lesser proteins.
In addition to isolate, Shakeology also contains several plant-based proteins—from quinoa, chia, flax, rice, and oat—to provide more amino acids. There is NO soy in Shakeology.
Look at the carbohydrates. Are they complex? How much comes from sugar? Natural sugar is not that bad IF it's in the proper proportion.
There are very few sugars in Shakeology and some stevia, which has been well studied and found to be a safe natural sweetener. It does NOT contain any of the gnarly chemical-based sweeteners that are found in many other supplements.
You can learn more about Shakeology's ingredients in these posts:
Free Shakeology Sample
So have I answered your question, "Is Shakeology worth it?" I believe I did, but if I missed something, please message me and I can answer any other questions you might have. You can also check out our Shakeology FAQs.
The final part of your Shakeology education is to try it for yourself. I sincerely hope this helps you make the same MAJOR life change we did back in 2007, when we started faithfully drinking Shakeology. If you're not already working with a coach, we would be happy to send you a FREE Shakeology sample. It's a quick process that starts with a single click below: