Now, I’m no expert on Shakeology or nutrition (although I am learning TONS everyday and would actually LOVE to be a certified nutritionist some day – if that even exists) BUT I wanted to throw my two cents out there when it comes to Shakeology and weight loss, and hopefully help anyone who is looking for a ‘weight loss shake’.
I have people come to me all the time, looking for help when it comes to losing weight. I am happy to do it! That’s why I started the 21 Day Fix and drinking Shakeology. There’s just something about seeing and feeling your body flabby and weak – your back hurts (no core strength), your energy is down (poor nutrition), and you dread visits to the doctor. Not to mention just not loving the way you look in clothes – although physical beauty is not something to put as your number one priority, God created each and every woman with beauty and with a desire to feel beautiful – to fight against that is to fight against your God given design…so treating your body with love and respect and stewarding it well (as God intended) will bring out that God given beauty and you will FEEL beautiful. Wow – how did I get down this rabbit hole? I think I need to do an entire blog post on beauty and weight loss, but not today.
So, most people (myself included) are focused on the scale or the pants size, going down. That is A WAY to measure success, but not the ONLY way (and not the most important way). If you are starving yourself and the weight is going down, I can ASSURE you, your body is not healthy and you will have problems in the future. Let’s think of our bodies as INVESTMENTS. Put good in, get good out. But, when you invest in your retirement account, do you have enough to retire after 2 weeks of contributing? Nope. You have to do it consistently – over years – to reach your goal. Now, I know, in our day and age of ‘instant’ everything, that’s not what you or I want to hear. However, with working out, you don’t have to wait years to see (and feel) the difference that being healthy makes. After just a week of eating right, even though I wasn’t at my goal weight, I FELT INCREDIBLE. My body was getting fueled like it never had before (honestly). I had never eaten so many vegetables (and since I could pick and chose which vegetables I liked, it really wasn’t a chore – now I was just eating MORE of them), or protein! My body had never worked out a FULL week straight before. Even though I was sore, I was feeling stronger and SUPER energetic.
What does this have to do with Shakeology? Well, there are other ‘meal replacement’ shakes out there and the SOLE purpose of them is to limit your caloric intake. So, instead of eating a 350 calorie breakfast, drink a 150 calorie meal replacement that is full of protein, so you can make it to lunch without passing out. It’s SIMPLY a calorie game. This will help you lose weight (obviously) BUT many of these shakes are actually REALLY bad for you. I’m not going to bash other companies, but I am going to mention Slim Fast because it really is THE WORST. The chemicals and artificial sweeteners in that are absolutely terrible for your body. Losing a few lbs is not worth all the junk you are pouring into your body with that stuff. <<end rant>>
With Shakeology it’s a totally different approach. Hence the title. Shakeology IS a low calorie meal replacement, but it’s amazing value isn’t in what it LACKS in calories, but what it is FULL of. Shakeology GIVES your body an unprecedented profile of superfoods (Pomegranate, Blueberry, Goji berry, Acai, and more) – not the ‘extracts’ from these superfoods – the actual thing. It’s a WHOLE FOOD shake. Then, on top of the superfoods, it gives you Pre- and Probiotics that help with digestion and CRAVINGS – those probiotics go to work equalizing the levels of Candida in your gut. Candida feeds on sugar and carbs, and thus makes you CRAVE sugar and carbs, getting Candida levels in check does WONDERS for those late night sugar cravings.
As if that wasn’t enough, it also contains Adaptogens (I’m not entirely sure what they do, but I think they help your body absorb all the nutrients in your food) and Super Greens (Spinach, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Spirulina, etc.) and then PROTEIN. Although it’s not a “protein shake” it has 16g of it and NEVER uses SOY (this is super rare! but important because soy is awful for you).
So, yes, a 130 calorie Shakeology CAN help you lose weight, if you replace your 350 calorie breakfast with it, or your 500 calorie lunch, but that’s not PRIMARILY where it’s value lies. It’s an investment into your health…fueling EVERY cell in your body – combating diseases on the front end (prevention vs perscription – am I right?). Giving you natural energy without ANY chemicals, artificial sweeteners, soy or JUNK. I drink it for my HEALTH and for my clear skin, and energy, and mental clarity, and strong immune system, and lower blood sugar levels, and internal vibrance!
Is that worth $4 a glass? HELLS ya!
I’ll take internal health over a size 0 EVERY DAY.
If you want to learn more about shakeology – from the real experts – I have tons of resources on my website.