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Shakeology makes a pretty decent shake packed full of a lot of good stuff. If you can afford/stomach this product it’s definitely the shake for you. We’ll talk about that more in the breakdown.

Value

6.5

Wow, this shake is not meant for the dieter on a budget. A 30-day supply of Shakeology came in at $129.95 which is $4.33 per serving! That’s one of the most expensive shakes we’ve had posted on MRSR.com. We wanted to sample all the flavors for you, but we just couldn’t afford it! As you can see in the comment section you can sign up as a coach (their MLM) and get a reduced price but it only drops it to about 3.83 per serving after it’s all said and done.

That being said, this shake has a ton of extra ingredients, which makes it more expensive. You don’t really need all the stuff in the shake for weight loss, but it’s certainly healthy. Checkout the nutrition panel link below for more info on all the good stuff inside.

Hunger Blockers

9.0

Just a heads up, this shake mixes up thick and we mean really thick. It’s loaded with all sorts of fiber and proteins and if you can get through the entire shake, you’re going to be full for a couple hours. We really suggest mixing this with a very watery beverage, (skim milk, water, or maybe a fruit juice). It turns to concrete in your stomach. There wasn’t really any hunger blocking ingredient other than fiber, but it kept us full for a few hours, so we gave it a high rating.

Nutrition

9.8

Shakeology stands above the crowd when it comes to nutrients. Holy cow this shake is just jam-packed with essential vitamins and minerals, placing it well over 50% of your RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) per serving. The chocolate shake we tried has 160 calories plus they’ve thrown in ton of non-essential health nutrients like wheat grass, barley grass, all sorts of fibers, and other “holistic” nutrients to keep you feeling healthy. One shake and we had enough energy to keep us going throughout our day, that’s for sure!

Each shake has different ingredients, calorie levels, carbs, etc., so pay attention to the label. For example, the vegan chocolate has 170 calories, 16g of protein, 22g of carbs, 9g of sugar, and 5g of fiber.

Taste

8.8

Okay, other products that have been offering us only vanilla and chocolate flavors have been given lower scores for lack of variety. Well, Shakeology made us eat our words in a bad way.

Shakeology comes in multiple varieties: chocolate, vegan chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and green berry, which is definitely something we hadn’t expected. Due to the cost, we could only try a few shakes, so we decided to go with green berry and chocolate.

We weren’t sure what a ‘green berry’ was, so our taste buds had no idea what to expect when we tried the shake. We thought about video taping and posting some of the horrified faces of our staffers as they tasted this shake, but Youtube already has that covered if you’d like to check it out. Basically, it had a grassy sort-of taste. Very ‘green’ tasting. Blech.

We did try the chocolate, though, too, (someone sent us a free sample because we’re so poor) and it was better. This is where we’re going to get in trouble because a lot of people assumed that when we said in the comment section that “chocolate tastes better” we meant we liked it better. This isn’t entirely the case.

Their chocolate tastes better, but it’s certainly nowhere near the best we’ve tried. We still haven’t tasted the new strawberry flavor, but when your nutrient list is 74+ ingredients long, you’re going to really have to work hard to cover up that vitamin taste…it didn’t go away even in the chocolate.

If you’re going to try this shake though, we’d highly recommend the chocolate over the…other one. (I can’t even say it…the memories haunt me)

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Comments

  1. I would argue that the value rating should be higher- consider the cost of each of the 74 ingredients in Shakeology… the price of Shakeology is fair value.

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    • 74 Ingredients is nice and all, but a lot of them (to us) seemed like fillers. And while they WERE the highest ranked on nutrition and hunger blockers we’ve given, there are shakes that come in a close second while being 1/3rd the cost.

      The overall score takes into account value vs nutrient by balancing them.

      As a side note: We understand that you’re just here for the “back-link” Mr. Shakeology Cleanse and we wouldn’t have approved this comment if it hadn’t brought up a good point. However, we would like to remind our readers that pretty much anything with the word ‘cleanse’ in it has statistically been proven time and again to be terrible for your health. We gave the shakeology shakes a decent review because they are good. But using these shakes(or any shakes for that matter) as part of a cleanse gets a huge thumbs down. It’s not healthy. it’s not safe. Just ask a doctor.

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      • Hi Can you tell us what comes in a close Second at a lower cost. I just can afford this stuff.

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        • Isagenix is a little less expensive.

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          • Julie Crosswaite says:

            I was given a packet of IsaLean by Isagenix and it was more expensive then shakeology. I’d also like to know what the close second is.
            I want to lose weight but more importantly get healthier and I just can’t afford the shakeology.

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          • Yeah, Julie. Those are good shakes, but definitely expensive due to the way their company is structured and some ingredients. We’ve found the IdealShake to be the best value per serving, with the overall best hunger control and taste.

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        • melissa stockman says:

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        • Visalus Vi-Shape Shake Mix is an affordable nutritional meal replacement shake that has over 3 million documented success stories . It will definitely help you loose weight, develop lean muscle and you can acquire a 30 day serving for as little as $49. It comes in one delicious flavor which eliminates multiple flavor purchases. It can mixed with a variety of ingredients(fruit, flavorings,etc.) and all types of liquids, including water, to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Best part, it comes with a 90 Day Results Guarantee. Visalus promotes a very rewarding program for chilfren called “Project 10 Kids”. Every time someone looses 10 pounds, Visalus donates 30 meals to children dealing with obesity through the Food Bank of your choice. If you would like additional info go to http://www.walterpane.com.

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        • Juice plus complete shakes are about half the price of shakeology. They are great I would love to see a review on those!

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      • Uh, sorry, I just found your ratings. I am new to this site. :)

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      • I bought shakeology when I started doing p90x. I liked the taste ok, but it gave me the runs soooooo bad I had to stop taking it. It did fill me up though. I haven’t heard anyone talk about my specific “adverse effect”, but it was terrible.

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        • The reason you got the runs was because shakeology eliminates all the nasty toxins in your bowel, it would have gone away once it regulated you, thats what it is all about! Plus it works different for everyone! Still the best out there in my opinion!

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          • Uh, no. The Detox thing isn’t what’s happening…pretty much ever. Detox is a pretty loaded word. Your body is not getting rid of toxins, it’s actually getting used to the shakes. Your body isn’t used to you eating this way and there is an adjustment period.

            So, it’s not a good or bad thing. It’s not your body clearing toxins from your body…it’s actually getting rid of the excess vitamins and minerals from the shake that it’s not used to absorbing. In time it will get used to them and your digestive problems will go away.

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          • Is the body trying to get rid of the excess waste. Most people eat to much carbs regularly. All these work out plans emphasize supplements high protein diet, high fiber diet increases metabolism. It is about losing fat by increasing metabolism and gaining muscle resynthesis from breakdown done in initial phase.

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          • Careful with that “increases metabolism” claim. There are no studies to support it and quite a few to discredit them. It is VERY difficult to change how your metabolic rates function and it doesn’t happen instantly.

            If your metabolism altered as easily as some people think–and health companies claim–that it did then the whole diet/gain all the weight back/diet/gain all the weight back/ frustrations that seems to go along with dieting wouldn’t happen.

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          • I used it as well and had no problems. And I’ve done full cleanses for 20 days and have had no problem. However, the word “cleanse” is being thrown about in this post with a fervent amount of ignorance.
            The first thing I did was examine the fiber content on the label. It has more fiber then 1 serving of oatmeal! It has as much fiber as a serving of carrots! There is no magic or evil in shakeology:)
            However, do a small bit of research and and find, sadly, that many folks move their bowels 2 times a week or 1 time a week. And they believe this is normal:(
            In that case, if you suddenly down a product with the fiber content of shakeology, of course you’ll be running to the bathroom:D You should be. Healthy bowel are moved 2 to three times each day. And if that amount disburbs anyone then don’t get shakeology get an appointment with a doctor (One that excercises).
            And if you don’t like the idea of shakeology then like the idea of going to your supermarket and picking up a giant container of oatmeal, some wheatgerm, and your fiber filled veggies.

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        • I had the same issue with the runs. I have been doing shakes for a month now and was given some shakeology by a coworker. It was a very bad taste and kept me in the bathroom. I would not rec it to ayone that I know…..

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          • Mupdite136 says:

            I dont particularly like the cost of shakeology. However, If anyone (that was serious enough about sustaining a healthy life) were to purchase any of the ingredients individually, they would find that they would have to spend a lot more than what shakeology offers. Again, I am not excusing the price, just explaining the value of all the ingredients. Personally, I am currently taking the Chocolate right now, without any side effects, and will be eventually be making an investment to buy more. I call it an investment because my rate of return will be optimum health; by this product and the life style I live.

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          • Danielle Taylor says:

            I’ve been drinking Shakeology for three months now. Today there is a Vanilla flavor available. You can mix it with frozen fruit and almond milks to aid in covering up the taste problem, just keep in mind you’re also increasing your calories and sugars, etc… when the extras are added. When I first began drinking supplement shakes I also had a problem with my body being a liquid fountain in places it wasn’t welcome to be. So, I instead of taking in the full suggested serving, I decreased and slowing increased as my body became acquainted with the new changes that I was making.

            Have you ever heard of caffeine headaches? I mention this to use as an example. When a person stops drinking caffeinated products they get headaches. The body is withdrawing. It’s not accustomed to the change that is occurring, so it needs a period of adapting. This period for withdrawing can be uncomfortable and painful for some, but not for all. I, myself, quit my daily coffee without getting caffeine headaches.

            I just wanted to point out that when you make a change to your body it can react and you may have to make adjustments. Quitting the change isn’t always necessary, sometimes it’s about starting out slow, but unless you try, you’ll never know.

            I’ve lost 56lbs. in the three months I’ve been drinking the shakeology. I also make desserts with it; granola bars, pies, sorbets, etc…. You just can’t bake with the stuff. Shakeology is more than just a weight loss shake. ……… Instead of spending over $100 a month on coffee and eating out, I now eat at home or at friends/family and never have coffee. I don’t miss the coffee nor the restaurants.

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          • Just my two cents. I’ve been on these shakes for just a week and I’m amazed at the results. I’m a fairly active 58 year old guy and I need to drop some weight. Overall I’d be thrilled if I could loose 30 lbs to lower my blood pressure and hopefully get to the point I don’t have to take blood pressure medication. I’m on a 10000 steps a day program, and since it is winter I supplement that with time on my elliptical and bike. I also throw in some wight training three or four days a week. I’m very pretty careful about what I eat. Lots of fruits and vegetables, little red meat. My weight loss has been going very slowly, a pound a week if I’m lucky. My wife ordered this shakes for herself but is unable to use them because she has heart rate issues that these seem to trigger (She is on a no caffeine, no stimulate diet because of her heart rate issues.

            Since we already had an open case of these, I thought “Why not? I’ll try them.”

            We have a mixed case of Chocolate and Vanilla.

            I use these as a meal replacement shake for breakfast, so instead of oatmeal or yogurt, I have one of these. In terms of calories that’s a pretty even swap.

            I generally blend these up with about 3/4 cup of 1% milk, 1/2 a banana, and some ice cubes. Taste is pretty good on these two flavors. Mixed up like this they are about 260 calories total.

            I started the shakes last monday morning. I have experienced none of the bowel issues others have reported. It is now Sunday morning so I’ve been on the shakes just under a week. So far I have lost just under 7 lbs. I’m thrilled beyond believe after the first week results.

            Are they boosting my metabolism? Don’t know, don’t care but they are doing something to help me lose weight because other than making this one small change my eating and workout habits are unchanged.

            Are they expensive? You betcya. But to be honest I wouldn’t blink at walking into a bar and being charged 4-6$ for a premium beer.

            I’m going to at least continue with this box. Would I consider other alternatives? Probably but only if I can achieve results like this.

            Just to disclaim. I’m in no way affiliated with the manufacturer or the beachbody program. I’m an IT professional who proudly works for the Auto company who didn’t take the taxpayer bailout.

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        • I had similar digestive problems when I tried Shakeology, so I waited a while and tried it again–in small amounts (about 1/4 serving) and gradually worked up to a full serving. I didn’t have any trouble after that.

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      • “…pretty much anything with the word ‘cleanse’ in it has statistically been proven time and again to be terrible for your health.” WHAT??? Very irresponsible thing to say.

        You need to qualify that blanket statement. Detoxes/cleanses done properly are extremely healthy…just ask a doctor who knows what he/she is talking about in this area. Good grief!

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        • We’ve linked in several places to many third party studies that show cleanses do little/nothing/make things worse. Trying to say “link to sources about how it’s ineffective, but don’t just say it’s effective” then turning around and saying “doctors will tell you it’s totally healthy!” without linking to any studies (third party studies in particular) is kind of hypocritical, no?

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          • I agree with you Mrs. R. I just stumbled on this site and I can see you do your homework. I am a clinical pharmacist with a penchant for nutrition. I would say to anyone, go ask a gastroenterologist what they think of these “cleanse” products. The “cleanse” product scam is ridiculous, just like saying that there are 10 lbs of undigested waste / red meat in your “hiding” in your intestines or colon. If that were actually true, you would hear a lot more about it from people after doing a bowel prep for a colonoscopy. It is always amazing what people will believe when uninformed.

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          • How do you recommend we “cleanse” if all the cleansing options actually don’t work?

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          • Cleanse what?

            The entire idea of “Toxins” and “Free Radicals” are mainly scary marketing terms. They are the Boogey Man of the health industry. Free Radicals are oxides that your body naturally takes care of. Antioxidants can assist your body’s response to do this.

            Your body is not a toxic swamp needing to be cleansed. Put good things in it and you will feel better.

            Cleanses aren’t necessary in any way, shape, or form.

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      • I find it interesting when the term hunger blocker is used because the whole concept of being hungry is just homeostasis doing its job! Why is it a bad thing to be hungry? Message to all people struggling with obesity, fill your body with the right food!

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        • Appetite Suppressant and Hunger Blocker are industry terms. The feeling of hunger can sometimes be misleading (often times it’s dehydration) and getting the nutrients you need plus feeling full is healthy for you. Often times this is done with dense ingredients that take longer to digest (things like fiber.)

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      • Jeanmarie Dahl says:

        I like you Mrs. R. Thanks for being full of common sense and research :)

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      • Have you ever tried and reviewed the Vi-Shake from ViSalus?? I used to be a distributor. Its a pretty great price and it tastes like cake mix!

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    • Momma Dee says:

      I started with Shakeology about a year ago. I really love the chocolate shakes, they taste great to me. I agree the price is too expensive, and I can’t afford to consistantly buy it like I need to. I lost 75 lbs in a year with this product. A shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch and a protein/vegetable dinner. I worked really hard with exercise too, I think no diet will work without some kind of exercise. Shakeology gave me the energy I needed to keep that up, not to mention my appetite was nearly nothing. I would recommend this product to everyone, and I have. I’ve been through a lot of products, and never have I found anything that taste this good and works this well.

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      • Debbie Karper says:

        Well when I signed up for an exercise program called Slim in 6 I got a bag of chocolate shakeology and left it on the kitchen counter for nearly a month, I really hate shakes with vitamins but since I was barely getting around with my weight and could not work out to hard since I broke both femurs, my right arm, got a bar in my hip, and over 20 pieces of metal in my left ankle when a car pulled in front of me while I rode my harley, I decided I needed to try the shake and to my surprise I loved it and in 2 days time with dvd doing crunches and leg lifts with short walks I have lost 3 pounds and I am walking without a noticable limp now ( the accident was a year ago) I needed nutrients that would deal with healthy bones and this has the ingredients that needed. I would go home and binge every evening, now I drink a shake and workout with energy and feel great! I have just ordered a months supply and I must admit I was reluctant because of the price but the results are out weigh the cost! Thank you for this link and all your advise Mrs. R I love to read your pros and cons on products.

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      • I would absolutely agree. I LOVE Shakeology, and highly recommend it. I feel balanced, energized, and healthy. I have lessened the cost by only taking 1/2 of the recommended amount per shake. So, I use 1/2 of a scoop every morning, and the flavor seems to be more more mild, and I feel like it is easier to digest. Plus, I am spending half the money each month. The bag can actually last for 2 months now, which is definitely worth it!

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      • Alex Punchello says:

        Hey Jen I’m with you, I think the chocolate is delicious and I look forward to them daily. I don’t understand how people think they are expensive; if I had a chicken cesar salad instead of a $4 shake i would be spending probably $10 or so; $4 and very convienent, you can’t beat it. Keep up the hard work!
        Alex

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        • rachael jenness says:

          lol that’s so true about the salad

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        • cheryldzimmer says:

          I want to try shakeology but I can’t get my husband to agree to the price. It is so expensive, and we don’t eat out much so for us the “I would spend more than that for a salad” doesn’t fly.

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      • Precisely MommaDee, good clean nutrition and Shakeology plus a proper fitness program daily will keep you balanced emotionally and physically and help you to keep the excess weight off while feeling great!

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      • Melanie says:

        Shakeology is NOT a meal replacement it is basically meant as a snack you still need to have your main food even if you are taking the Shakeology. People with a budget cannot afford this I think that if the price was lower more people would use it. I did Shakeology and the price was high (Its much higher now) however I ended up getting stomach cramps, and had an allergic reaction to it HOWEVER it did taste good lol. I Would suggest that people can try it but make sure your not killing your budget, with a workout program it helps

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        • Shakeology is actually a meal replacement…you can use it as a snack if that what works in your calorie needs…but it is a meal replacement. I drink Shakeology for breakfast every morning and love what it has done for my health and weight! I am on a budget but its worth it to me. I budget in my shake!

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      • Ashley Brissel says:

        I personally LOVE the way the chocolate tastes! I have tried all kinds of other chocolate shakes that don’t compare. In my opinion it has the best chocolate taste out there. BUT realize everyone has their own idea of what the perfect chocolate tastes like. If you love milk chocolate, this is not the chocolate for you. If you are like me and absolutely ONLY do dark chocolate, you will most likely love this. All the other chocolates I have tasted are gross to me and taste too sweet! Blah My 6 year old son even adores this one.

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        • Tastes chalky, do not like taste, tried all!

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          • If mixed with water, it tastes like crap. I mix mine with milk and frozen berries or a small banana. I love it! My husband loves it and my 4-year old daughter as well. It’s expensive for sure, I am still trying to justify the cost. Not sure how long I am going to keep it up.

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    • After using Shakeology for the last 2 1/2 years (and yes, I was a coach for BeachBody so I could get the discount) I knew that it was time to move on to another product. I have nothing bad to say about the product (other than it is expensive compared to other health shakes) however, they have a lot more healthy ingredients and go to great lengths to get them and process them. The shakes got my kid through college, helped my husband lose some weight and started my mornings off right. Good stuff. However, now it’s time to move on because there are other products now on the market that are comparable and for half the money. It’s all about what you’re willing to pay and if dropping $120 a month (I was getting 2 bags) then go for it. I’m trying some new stuff as it’s also good to vary up your diet.

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      • Lisa, I was wondering what other shakes you’ve tried? I use to drink Isopure and liked the taste much more than Shakeology!

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      • Hey Lisa, good for you, I’m a Beachbody coach, I’ve tried Shakeology n I thought the taste wasn’t bad, but, .i became a coach to help people achieve their fitness goals, n, not to make a dollar off of them. I think someone mentioned did they get Shakeology through a coach, they just want to make a dollar (sure everyone, or most want to make a dollar) but, I’m not one of them, I also moved on from Shakeology, people have been working out for years, n made progress without Shakeology, there r products out there that will get u the results without the high price. I now take 310nutrition, n glad I made the change, so, I’m with u. Right now I’m doing P90X3, along with taking the shakes!

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      • m yvettes says:

        Lisa,
        You said you were a coach and on shakology for two years. If you don’t mind what are you using now? I have to kids and we’ve been on it for 6months. i LOVE IT and feel like I’m addicted to the product, but actually, I need to find something cheaper. Yes, I did the coach as well, but I don’t push the business side. Most of my friends could not afford this products. Thank you for answering.

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    • Sorry, I find the taste chalky, do no care for
      it, tried all flavors, like making own smoothy with fresh fruit!

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    • I have used Shakeology for near 2 years, I did and do enjoy it for breakfast, it is tasty with added berries. Here comes the but, It is far to pricey for me. I didn’t find it helped in the bowel problem, or losing wt. I did lose 4 lbs at first, cut all extra calories and continued my exercise 3- times a week as I teach exercise group exercises. As for being more healthy, I am all for that, I am 72 and love having all the nutrition in one drink. More positives than negatives.

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  2. OMG, thank you so much for doing this. I am going to put this link up on my blog. I sell Shakeology and love the stuff but the price is crazy high. People on a budget can’t afford this shake. I would love to see more reviews on other shakes. I have two that I know of, that I would love to see how you rate them. Thank you Mrs. R, love this site. Keep it up and keep tasting shakes for us.

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    • But ppl in a budget can afford to go get something to eat each day or buy a coffee at almost the same price. You cant get meals under $4. Also it helps with ppl going to buy vegetables and fruits when they end up rotting in their fridge.

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      • Lizard…have you ever lived on a really tight budget?

        If you have, then you know that these people are not spending money on those trivial things each day. And it’s very easy to make a meal with under $4. Maybe not one as healthy, but I used to survive months at a time on $40 or $50 worth of food when I was in college.

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        • I couldn’t stand Greenberry, most people can’t. I LOVE my chocolate though with regular milk or almond milk. Haven’t tried Strawberry yet. I will say though that the price is worth the health benefits. What people aren’t thinking of is this is NOT just a “slim fast” or “herbalife” type shake. Their nutrition can’t even compare to Shakeology. BUT, if you look on the site, there is an actual meal replacement shake that would probably be more like them. Again though, not nearly as many nutrients. I think to actually measure the value of the shake it should be USED and not tasted. You can’t really know how much it’s worth until you experience for yourself what it does to your body. With any meal replacement you can lose weight, but Shakeology is built to do a lot more than just give people a few nutrients and help them lose weight. I have to say though, I burst out laughing out loud when I read you scenario about the greenberry shakes lol!

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          • Most of us use one shake or another, and one of the staff does use Shakeology. It got great marks on nutrition, but that doesn’t change the cost or the flavor which is very much a part of how we rate these shakes. Chocolate is much much better than Green Berry, but if you try flavors of other shakes, Shakeology just doesn’t compare.

            Flavor and Cost are very important factors for many people. So are nutrients and hunger blockers, which is why we base it off all 4.

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          • I remember my first Green Berry experience and it was like drinking horse hay. However, once I found a recipe I liked, it was very good. I simply added 2 Tbl PB2, 1 Cup unsweetened almond milk and 1 Tbl of raw honey blended in 1.5 cup of crushed ice. I still prefer the taste of the chocolate mixed with the same ingredients and occasionally adding a banana in either flavor for extra calories after a workout.

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          • i saw this passinga bubble tea shop in westlake park (seattle) today. i’m a fan of chocolate, so that’s what i tried. it was good, BUT they added banana to their chocolate. it did not have the vitamin/healthy for you taste!

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          • If you are looking for a better tasting shake from Shakeology try the new vegan chocolate. Much better flavor than the original. For the Greenberry, add some fresh fruit that really improves the flavor. Bananas especially.
            (Sure there are other shakes on the market that may taste better, but why do you think that is? Because they add sugar and fats to it. What is more important to you?)
            As for getting the runs, you are cleaning out your insides. Getting fit from the inside out. A detox is nothing but good for you when you are doing it a healthy way with all the right ingredients and nutrients. That’s what Shakeology does for you.

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          • I loved chocolate until they changed the formula. Yuck! Drinking strawberry now. I do like it. :)

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        • Ms R ….you really seem to have an issue with this stuff. Is it in competition with something you are selling? Just curious. I have been doing the Shakeology for 2 months now. I replace 1 meal a day with it. . I have lost 25 lbs using it and exercise. I have tried several diets and NEVER got results like this. With a cost of 107.00 per month That equals 3.56 per meal. Now I dont know where you shop but for me I can NOT eat a meal for that. Then add the cooking time and resources ie electricity/gas or whatever it is you cook on. My digestive system is working better and have had energy through the roof. I think this product is the best thing on the market. The greenberry is powerful but with fruit you can alter it. The chocolate is wonderful and I have changed to it permenantly. All in all Im very happy with it and will continue to use it as it actually saves me money over eating regular meals.

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          • We seem to have issue with one of our top 3 shakes?

            What? Greenberry tastes not good and it’s expensive, but otherwise this was a glowing review of the product. As you can see from many, many comments; this is not just our thinking. This is what a lot of people have issue with.

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          • I know a lot of coaches are on here who swear by Shakeology but don’t you think it is the diet (high protein, low carb and fat) that helps you lose weight, not the shakes?
            I spend 150 every two weeks to feed my family of three. That is breakfast, lunch, and dinner which means I am spending 10 a day to feed three. With a budget like ours, it really isn’t possible for one person to spend a third of it on one meal a day.

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          • I think it is a bunch of crap that people are knocking Shakeology. I love my daily shake and look forward to it. I love all 5 flavors. It may be expensive, but it is worth every penny for the nutrition it gives you, digestive benefits, and the way it makes me feel. Some people spend more than $4 a day on a non-nutritional meal and don’t think anything of it, but won’t spend $120 on a month of Shakeology? You can’t get your health back once it is gone!!

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        • Amealia says:

          I have a family of 4 on a very tight budget, between my husband and son I felt like we were eating half our income a week! I worked very hard to change how we ate and bought food. My family eats extreemly healthy now, most all organic, and mostly vegan. I have found when you cut out processed crap buying whole fresh foods is a lot easier. I do spend a lot of time in the kitchen but it is worth it, and I have lost 20 pounds and 3 dress sizes. I guess for me I am just not sure why a shake is nessasary or how people sustain their progress once they stop using them? When people ask me what I have done, I simply say I eat less calories than I burn each day and make sure I get off my ass and move for at least 45 minutes each day. Everyone wants a quick fix (including me) and this is the quickes and fix I have found, and healthiest. I have a friend who is a coach for this program and wants me to do it so I thought I would look into it, and just not convinced that its better than eating actual food. BTW we eat for about $1-3 a person per meal!!!

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          • You said it yourself Amealia, while the healthy choices you made are WONDERFUL, you admit the amount of time you spend in the kitchen is a bit intense. It’s hard for some of us to find the time necessary to be as healthy as we can be, so sometimes the shakes are a big benefit as they can be nutritious and easy.

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          • The biggest problem in this country is that lots of people are just lazy, I’m a mom of 3 kids and always I was cooking, so what it takes 2 hours every day, but if you are organized you can do it, lots of people just looking for new excuses, so I’m not surprise that so many people have obese. People are crying that shakeology is so expansive but lots of them spent much more buying fast food for themselves or for their kids, then we should not be surprise that lots of kids have no idea, that a dinner should be cooked at home or I don’t mention about healthy snack for children. The most important food habits we have from our homes. Sorry for my English but it’s my second language but when I’m reading what some people are telling and how they count every penny, of course I understand, but sometimes is better spent more money for vegatables and fruits than buying another pair of pants or something else. Summarizing I wanna say that the shakeology is the best option for people who really can not organized themselves or for those who really can not know how to cook :)
            I hope the times in this country will change for better, thank you, :)

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          • In response to Edyta: it’s not fair for you to assume that all who do not have time to cook for 2 hours per meal are unorganized! When people hold 2 jobs and have to get children ready to go to school and ourselves ready & off to work, it’s hard to be able to focus on a nutritious breakfast. Replacing one meal with a shake as nutritious as this is the only way I know that I will get what my body needs. It’s not because I can’t cook or am unorganized, it’s because I have many other things that are important that require my time & attention. This allows me to take the time that my family & responsabilities need. I hope that you can try not to judge people so quickly as that usually leads to false assumptions.

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          • Im reading all of these comments cause i am looking in to purchasing Shakeology for the reason it being CONVENIENT!!!!! Im a mom of 4, work 2 full time jobs….I need the nutrition part..not looking to lose weight…I think this might be the way to go

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        • starr cooper says:

          I have been able to live every month on a $140 with a very healthy eating regimen. You just have to be so very careful and if you really wanted shopping for frozen vegetables isn’t bad for you as long as there are no sauces added. not only that if you want you can always freeze your vegetables and proteins. All I eat is fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. I can’t eat gluten or consume dairy. What are good vegan and gluten free protein shakes? YES the price of shakeology is ridiculous.

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          • I recently saw VegaSport company on the market with protein shakes. I didn’t check into it yet but they have this product in the vitamin shop. I also make my own green shakes every night and bring it to work in the morning.

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        • Mrs. R I have no idea where you live but you are wrong about living on a $40 to $50 budget for food. That never happens these days. If you did you would not be eating healthy nor would you be eating 3 meals a day. With everything Shakeology replaces, it is more economical than any other alternative. There are many inconsistencies in your responses that you need to be careful with.

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          • So you’re saying that doesn’t ever happen? Never ever?

            It might not be super healthy, but people are doing it. Assuming every single person ever can afford $120 a month for this product is incorrect. Just look at how many commenters have said that they like the shake but just cannot afford it.

            We’re not saying $120 is ridiculous and no one should drink it. What we are saying is that it might be too much for some people, and saying that they’re lazy, uncaring about their health or anything else is ridiculous. Not everyone can afford these shakes, they are pricey.

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          • Elisabeth says:

            You are incorrect Terry. I know this is an old discussion, but I do in fact live on about a $50 a month food budget. It is very possible, and sometimes there are no other choices. And I don’t buy a bunch of crap, I buy fresh fruits and vegetables, freeze a lot, and have a lot of pasta, rice, and chicken. You learn what is economical and what will last. I wish I could afford a $120 a month shake, but for someone like me, that just makes me laugh! And I know I am not alone.

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          • First of all, Thank you Mrs. R for putting this site together! I clicked on the link expecting a fake advertising/review of the product and instead received a delightfully knowledgeable review and conversation!

            Terry,
            When I was houseless, (kind of by choice so don’t feel bad) we would eat Jack in the box $1 menu, Taco Bell and free meal from a local church. On my lunch breaks from work I would buy two hard boiled eggs and a roll. I would mix the eggs with mayonnaise they had out in a free cup. Put that on my bread and it was a good lunch. Don’t be so quick to say what everyone can and can’t afford. At that time, whether it would have fed me for a week, I wouldn’t have had $120 to spend on anything.

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        • Mrs. R. Yes I’ve been unemployed for 2 yrs and still find the money to buy shakeology because it’s high quality. Health is not trivial, it should be a priority – poor or not.

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          • Fine. I’m done arguing this point. Every single person should be able to afford this shake.

            If they can’t, they obviously just don’t care about their health enough. They’re lazy and uninspired and they just don’t understand the benefits.

            There. Happy?

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          • Really amber? My husband have been doing beachbody programs for over a year, make decent money and we STILL won’t incorporate shakeology in our budget. I know the stuff is healthy, and my health is very important to me. But if I can get a quality product, for 1/3 of the price…shoot why not? You have been unemployed for two years and you can still afford shakeology? Heck…must be nice.

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          • Debi Harker says:

            My husband and I both work and I guarantee you I am not lazy and I do care about my health….but I can’t afford to spend money like that on a shake product. It is not worth it to me, when I can buy a lot of other food with that money or pay bills…

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          • Oye! Hi Mrs. R.! Appreciated the testing by your staff and comments on your reviews of this product. An acquaintance of mine needs coaches and I want to get in better shape. Although some people need to read all of the comment in context to learn what is being said here. Don’t despair Mrs. R. It’s kinda like reading what I watched on the debates last night. Thanks again!

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          • Maureen Farren says:

            I really love reading all the comments posted and enjoy you Mrs. R for all your honesty!!

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          • MRS. R

            You are right, many people do not know how someone’s financial condition is. If you don’t know someone’s situation, how can you say that about poor or not, you’re not in everybody shoes, get your nose out of the air. You tell them Mrs. R, you said the right thing, good you are in charge and the others are not, some can’t take the truth, and I know about the 40 dollars a month, It can be rough.

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          • It’s $120/month per person. If you don’t have kids, it might be a good idea to replace your morning routine with Shakeology (better to spend $4/day on a healthy shake than $4/day at Starbucks) but this isn’t a reasonable option for families. A family of four would spend $480/month and a family of six (like my family) would spend $720/month for just one meal out of the day! The cost is simply too high. And even if just one person out of a big family used Shakeology, that is a huge chunk of the food budget. Families tend to buy foods in bulk and cook at home. It saves money to make a big pot of each dinner, and the leftovers usually get eaten (1 or 2 nights a week are “leftover nights”) so there isn’t much waste. Eating out is too expensive in this economy.

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          • John Dough says:

            I sat here for like 5-10 mins reading this comments section. This being my first time to the site I was amused by all the people posting their opinions as fact. Not that it’s anything new, its very typical of a comments section. What is different about this one is MRS. R posting. Normally the comments section opens up and the mob goes at it, each arguing to death that his/her opinion is a fact. It makes sense with each poster assuming he/she has more knowledge of the subject, is of higher class, uses better logic etc that it would come across as a battle with no possible winner. Yet here we have MRS. R. My first time to the site, I have no idea who she is, her educational background, her biases, BUT she did the review. This is a review site. A professional review site. So I’m sitting here scrolling down the comments section watching the masses argue that it is worth the price even though mrs. r said that it was too expensive. Well from my own experiences such as finding a rock as a child that was so pretty I had to keep it and treasure it for years to picking up a quarter off the pavement that no one else had picked up yet, I know that the value of ANYTHING from rocks, dirt, electronics or cars was different to each and every person on earth.

            I imagine, as a reviewer(which I’m not) VALUE is a hard thing to cover. You would have to look at the price of something compared to its competitors. Perhaps draw up a diagram, assign a value from 1-10 of each nutrient in the ingredients based on daily requirements. Take the total of all the numbers added up on the competitor, compare it to all the numbers added up on the shakeology(which would be higher due to having things the other doesn’t). Calculate the difference as a percentage, then compare that percentage to the percentage of price over the cheaper product. This would give you the direct value increase. This site however isn’t to compare values 1:1. It is a review site. So the final value would be have to be opinionated by the reviewer, who would take into consideration that some of the extra ingredients might be completely unnecessary to the majority.

            I respect that Mrs. R was even replying to most of you whose posts were obviously based simply on the fact that you use the product and most likely have not ever even tried the other top 2 she was comparing it to. It reminds me of how many of my friends will swear by the iPhone when it is the only phone they have ever used. Others, who have never used an apple product in their life will tell you apple sucks. Here we have someone though who doesn’t work for any of the companies and simply tests the products in a group and decides an overall winner. This is great for us because then we can make a more informed decision on what to buy without having deal with buyers remorse from buying something expensive and hating it.

            I don’t understand how so many people can come to a review site and try to tell the reviewer that he/she is wrong and the real #1 should be this or that. I am however glad that the reviewer is obviously much smarter than most of you, actually uses logic and has an open mind. What inspired me to post though was as I read all the dumb replies I kept seeing her posting, trying to help inform and educate about topics such as cleanse and detox. 2 things that are total scams. After she explained this fact in slight detail, another person claiming to be in medicine backed her up. The instant I read it I knew later down the page I would see idiots posting again a/b how detox works based on what they read on some website rather than what they learned in school(if they went). What got me the most though is she appeared like this 1 man army against ignorance, constantly defending knowledge from the mob of angry morons that are mad because the product they use didn’t get first place because its a rip off. As I read on I thought o myself my god, I can’t believe she had the energy to even reply once to them, let alone multiple times. I swear a second after I had that thought I got to her post where, frustrated, she gave up and sarcastically sided with everyone. I burst into laughter because I could totally hear her voice saying it. The laughter soon subsided though as I knew even agreeing with the angry mob, would not stop them from blindly zombie spamming their opinion as fact, as they will until the internet is no more…

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          • Someone please give that man John Dough a Medal! Mrs. R, i applaud you and thank you for doing what you do.

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      • AnotherFormerShakeologyUser says:

        Lizard, I thought that sounded great when I first started using it, and even being a coach and getting the discounted price, it was too expensive for us. The price is for one person/month, and if you have a family, that is just outrageous! We buy less than $500 worth of groceries a month and make it work. That is including fresh fruits and veggies and the healthiest/cheapest versions of everything that we can. It is not easy, and adding another $90-$120/month for Shakeology per person is just not feasible. AND, we do not eat out often or buy coffee at a coffee shop, so that price includes all that.
        Anyone living on a budget still may not be able to afford Shakeology.

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        • very true! I’m a mother of 4 with one income and although I would love to incorporate shakeology into my P90 workouts I simply can not afford it. After rent and bills are paid it leaves my family with about 400.00 for the month which has to go for food, house hold needs, diapers ect. I’m so happy I’ve found this site, I’m going to order the shake listed as number 1. Oh and we never eat out or get to buy fancy cups of coffee unless its on a gift card my mother in law gives me.

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          • Krystle says:

            Lisa, Did you end up buying the #1 listed? How do you feel about it? I am also on a budget and trying to figure out what shakes to drink.
            Thanks!

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        • Debi Harker says:

          I’m with you….I don’t buy coffee at a coffee shop and we do not eat out but very little….when you only have this much___….you don’t pay this much __________ when you can’t afford it….not everyone can afford it…wish I could, but I can’t…

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      • I had the same issue… loved Shakeology, but I just cannot afford it. My favorite is the Greenberry flavor. I won’t be buying it in the future, unless I win the lottery. This is not a product that the average working-class person can afford.

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    • It’s not much more than a fancy cup of coffee.

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      • That’s assuming that you’re talking to a person who buys a fancy cup of coffee every day (I don’t know anyone living on a budget who does). Some of us already eat healthy without ever meeting/breaking the $4 per meal “value” that is a Shakeology serving.

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  3. Ben Ice says:

    Mrs.R – Just wanted to let you know you won a reader. I have recently purchased the Power90 program and was looking at the site and reviewing the various product offerings. I came to the same conclusion — I can get similar value for a lot less money — but then decided it was time to see if anyone was reviewing meal replacement shakes. I love what the TBB folks do with their web site etc but it is definitely a money drain to buy into all the product. Thank you for the reviews, and please keep it up. I’ve already bookmarked this and will return often

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  4. I thought I’d provide a followup to my previous comment. The Power90 program came with a seven day sample supply. While it was a bit gritty I’ve been happy with how I feel after drinking them for my snacks. Unfortunately the cost is prohibitive for me but I do like the shakes. I have the chocolate and it’s not bad. I mixed some coffee the first day and loved the flavor. Today I blended in some fresh strawberries…and it’s not bad, but definitely will finish the balance of it with coffee…then I’m off to find something a bit more value-centric.

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  5. I have been reading alot of reviews on various shakes trying to decide if I want to go this route. One thing I did discover about Shakelogy – it contains Gingko. For anyone with a seizure disorder, this drink should be avoided (confirmed by doctor). Gingko can increase seizure activity.

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    • Thanks Kim, this is great info.

      We get a lot of email questions from readers about disorders they have and the safety of the products they wish to take. This is the main reason why the products all have that bit of legalese of “Consult a doctor before beginning this product” on the bottles. You just never know which ingredient might react negatively to you and especially with shakes like Shakeology, where their ingredient list reads like a novel!

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      • Ginko is also not good for people with high blood pressure. I know, it happened to me – my BP rose profusely.

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        • I also got crazy palpatations and high BP with Shakeology!!

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          • In regard to the BP, my BP actually decreased while on Shakeology. This was recommended to me by my doctor as my family has a history of high BP. I guess it goes to say, that even doctors don’t agree. I did check with several other doctors and clients and found the same response I found from my doctor. We all react differently. As far as taking Shakeology or any time you supplement, review it with your doctor and then get a second opinion. Hope this helps.

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      • Whitney says:

        Mrs. R,

        I really appreciate the way you write. You are humorous, informed and professional all in one.

        I just ordered the Slim in 6 w/ chocolate and I will now know what to expect when I drink it. I think it is a little pricey but I will determine whether it is worth the cost/benefit after this next month.

        What I took from your review is that it’s expensive compared to “real food” but compared to other shakes on the market it has many advantages (health benefits). This is really what people want to know when deciding whether to make such an investment.

        At the end of the day, it’s personal preference as to whether you want to buy real food or pay more (in affect) for a meal replacement program. As a single person, it’s an easier decision since I am typically cooking for one. I imagine that people with families to feed have to consider many more variables and satisfy different appetites.

        Thanks for your amusing review. I also learned a lot from the various comments that resulted from it.

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  6. MissR –

    Would you be willing to revisit your ratings if I got you a sample of both Chocolate and the top secret new flavor coming out next week (no, its not vanilla!). Let me know. Send em an email to the address of record and I am curious to see what you think of these 2 flavors…I personally drink greenberry with Grapefruit…its an acquired taste for those of us with a penchant for self punishment :)

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    • Greenberry and Grapefruit? That does sound a bit like torture to me! Yes, we’ve have been looking at updating this review a bit because the chocolate has a better taste. We also need to score Nutrii Vida lower because unbeknownst to us, our reviewer of that shake hadn’t actually tried it…how unprofessional of us! That person no longer writes reviews and we have, in fact, tasted it now as a group…it was awful. So yes, by popular demand we’re updating a few of our shake reviews in the near future.

      PS: If you want to send us an email we will give you a shipping address where you can send any secret samples to us. We’re like Fort Knox but without any security and a website where we constantly gab about anything we feel like.

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      • will p90x still work without shakeology?

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        • Shakes are shakes and exercise is exercise. You’ll still do very well following an exercise program without shakes and eating a sensible diet.

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        • Yes it will work just fine without shakeology, watch your diet and stay committed! :)

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          • NineZero says:

            I am a coach of 3 months and I think shakeology is a selling scam, we are supposed to get people to sign up as customers and buy from us so we get some commission, or tell them to become a coach and get discounted price , which I have not done at all because it is hard to get people to spend that kind of money. From the videos it looks like they get all these products from poor countries for nickels and dimes and sell it for top dollars (modern slavery).
            The price for shakeology for a coach is $99.99, + $15.95 + 2.00 SHIPPING and a $42.Something clubs membership fee. And you must be on a monthly auto shipment. WtF??
            The price for a regular customer is 129.99 plus shipping and that does not include a $140-$240 Workout set…….
            They have other coaches who lure you in with this free coach crap, you can make 6 figures crap, and they don’t even look healthy or fit like mine, all they do is pyramiding people under them to help them get paid.
            All I have to say is the reason I started was because a friend of mine lend me insanity, I did not do any shakes, adjusted my eating habits, cut out sodas, and lost 20 pounds.
            The workouts work along with better food intake. Right now I am doing P90x3 and 21 Day fix while drinking shakeology and I’ve only lost 6 pounds in 2 months mainly because the workouts have gained me muscle and I am doing 2 work outs at once. All I have to say is that you can find another alternative, don’t get caught up in this if you can’t afford it , I am about to quit being a coach because I cannot afford to get a monthly bill for 157.91 and pay a mortgage, car insurance, cell phone, cable, light n gas, gasoline, food shopping, etc. My budget is maxed as it is.

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        • Yes! I did it without and just followed the meal plan, or the macros at least and got great results. I drank regular protein powder and had protein bars, whatever brand I could find. I lost a lot of weight! I am doing shakeology now, but I don’t drink it every day, simply can’t afford to.

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  7. Alexandra says:

    It should also be noted that you can get Shakeology at a discounted rate. It would cost a little less than NutriiVeda.

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    • I thought you can get it reduced if you pay to be part of their MLM stuff. People say this a lot and when we ask how much it costs to take part in the MLM, no one responds. To us it usually seems the cost to participate in the MLM is not worth it unless you’re actually going to try to sell the shake yourself.

      Personally, I want a meal replacement shake, not another job.

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      • Alexandra says:

        To get the discount, you must become a coach. It costs about $40 to sign up as a coach and $14.99 a month after that. I pay $98 and some change every month plus my coach fees of $14.99. It is still cheaper to buy it as a coach, given that you also get free shipping. As a coach you get discounts on their other products as well, such as P90X. While obviously they want you to promote and sell their product, they cannot force you to. They strongly discourage trying to promote the product if you are not using it. They want your personal testimony to be your strongest selling point. When you start losing weight, people want to know how you did it.

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        • Looking For Shakes says:

          That’s not cheaper at all! The shake for us common folk costs 115.00 and for you 98.00 +14.99 is essentially the same thing; so excuse me if I wish to keep my add’l 40 bucks.

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          • Just a note, the cost to individuals outside of coaches is $119.95 and you can free shipping as well by being on an auto ship. The coaches pay approx. $98, and yes, the $14.95 monthly upkeep. It does save about $5-$6 a month that way. As far as the value, I am one of those who has studied (along with several family members) the affects of some of these “fillers” you’ve mentioned. If you are already supplementing with juice drinks, green stuff, etc. then taking Shakeology and dropping your other supplements would save you money. Just a side note, my wife was on Shakeology during here recent pregnancy (approved by her doctor and mid-wife) and only gained 18lbs. She then lost it by sticking with Shakeology in only 2 weeks. Gotta love it!!

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          • So that drops the price from $4 per shake to $3.83 per shake. Still around a 5 in value, but better!

            We also know what many of the fillers are reported as doing, but until someone says you *need* this in your body on a daily basis; they’re fillers. The problem is that some of them have some positives, there are also negatives that get added with each ingredient. As you can see from some of our commenters above, they’ve had some issues with nutrients that just don’t need to be there.

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          • Heather says:

            Just to add because I am a new coach….right now military any branch, active, retired, reserve and dependents Get all of the fees waved except the shakeology. So You don’t have to pay the $40 to start or the 14.99 a month. If you think about it one would pay more eating out than ordering the shakes. Forgot breakfast, you could easily spend $6-$10 per meal.

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          • It’s actually $89 a month, plus $14.99 and no shipping when you’re a coach.

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          • Damon – Drop my other supplements? That’s pretty fanciful thinking and not really practical. you assume a lot making that statement, like one size fits all and that is the farthest thing from the truth, especially when it comes to nutrition. Shakeology is good. It is expensive. It doesn’t fit everyone’s needs, and you should be smacked on the palm by a Catholic nun for telling people to drop their other supplements…Shakeology gets a black eye when you make statements like that. I understand people wanting to defend their turf, but don’t be silly when doing so.

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          • Hi. The cost for coached for the Shakeology protein shake is $89.99 The cost to be part of the team is $14.89 so the total cost is aprox $105 if you are a coach The saving is about $14. I love this shake, I have tried many others, and there is no comparison!!

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      • Trina88 says:

        If you are military you coach for free. I actually love the Greenberry with almond milk, orange juice, strawberries, and a banana. But I am in no way a picky eater so the flavor doesn’t bother me :-)

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  8. The green berry is really good if you blend it with orange or pineapple juice, a banana and 1/2 cup frozen fruit ( strawberries, peaches, etc.) and a couple table spoons of plain yogurt. If it is just shaken into water or plain juice it looks and smells quite a bit like pond water! lol

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    • Okay so I must say this, if you are adding ALL of that to make the shake taste good then it is a waste. By adding all of that you are adding calories. Most people use meal replacement shakes to help reduce their calorie intake. if it works for you though I say stick with it!!!

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      • Actually, when using a shake as a true meal replacement you should make it be 200-400 calories. Contrary to what most people think, your body NEEDS calories to lose weight or yes you will go into starvation mode. Now, if someone is using the shake as a snack, then that is when they should not add anything to it unless they are trying to gain weight.

        Remember, the lower calorie option is not always the BETTER option.

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        • So not true says:

          If one is only replacing one meal then they will not go into starvation mode if less than200 calories. Raw fruits and vegetables juiced would be far higher in micro nutrients. A man made processed shake is never of higher value than a nutritious meal with fresh fruits and vegetables with live enzymes. Most people giving it raves are coaches trying to market a product. I would not recommend it to my patients because of the cost. Some barely have enough for real food. That is reality. They cant afford fancy coffee either. As for breakfast, it doesnt cost 10 if on a budget. I can go to subway and get an english muffin with egg white and have it loaded with veggies fo 2 bucks. I bring bottled water from home to drink.

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          • “man made processed shake”. The powder in the shake is actually the food dried and pressed. That was impressive to me!

            The price is high because of what you are getting. 70 superfoods and 9 servings of fruits and veggies in one shake! If you can’t afford the cost, then you can’t afford the cost. What has been getting to me is people saying that they can find the same thing but cheaper. i have a hard time believing that. You might be able to find a shake that you like and is healthy and helps you, but if it was “the same” as shakeology, I would be very surprised.

            Mrs. R- I really appreciate your professionalism. A review site can always get quickly out of hand…I feel like this one is handled very well!

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      • Not a waste… You still get the nutritional value and you add fruit. How is fruit bad?

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        • Fruits, especially those she listed are extremely high in sugar. When you are cutting every corner on sugar intake throughout the day, you just give it all up and then some by adding a handful of frozen fruits every morning.

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          • I agree with Sheri and add this-if you are trying to cut every corner and only drinking the “base” shake-maybe Shakeology is not for you. I love it! I am a 39 year old 20 years in service active duty Marine and I start every morning with Shakeology. At first I couldn’t stand the green berry, however with strawberries, OJ and ice it is my flavor of choice. I find my energy up all day when I use it, even after physical training (run 3 miles 4-5 times a week and two days of weight training and martial arts). IT IS EXPENSIVE! However as an individual who prides myself on my physical and mental well-being-I have yet to try a MRS that gets me rolling like shakeology.

            P.S.-Thanks Mrs. R for a great site!

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      • Adding all that also increases the price!!!

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    • Southern Jill says:

      I tried the Greenberry Shakeology this morning for the first time. I thought it tasted just fine – not at all unpleasant. I used 8 oz lowfat milk and 4 ice cubes with it – mixed in blender until ice was broken down. I can’t imagine anyone disliking it (unless you mixed with just water and didn’t blend it well or something). It didn’t taste much like berries to me – tasted more like honeydew. Regardless, it was very pleasant tasting, and I’m pretty picky about flavor.

      It’s been about an hour and a half since I drank it, and my belly is making all sorts of noise, like something is happening in there – I’m sure it’s all good. I’ve been drinking JuicePlus vanilla shakes in the morning with blueberries, ground flax seed, plain yogurt, almond milk, and a banana for a couple of years now. That tastes awesome – Shakeology was not far behind that in taste; but seems to be nutritionally superior to JuicePlus’s shake. If this stuff keeps me out of the doctor’s office – it will most definitely be worth the money – especially if it helps me lose about 40 pounds.

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  9. Derek Pata says:

    My wife and I are Beach Body Coaches, we have been on the chocolate shakeology since feb of this year, since then my wife high blood pressure which she used to take 150mg of medicine for, after exercising and eating properly- good vegitables, try to stay organic as much as we can, since then her doctor took her off the blood meds completely- i have lost about 10 pounds so far, and my metabolism has gone through the roof, shakeology may not be perfect for everyone but its one of the best shakes out there, and if you cut back on mcdonalds, milkshakes and starbucks- its not expensive at all, just watch the video 100 doctors dont lie…

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  10. I just purchased the P90X and i loved it! When i saw the that the same company was selling that type of shake, i was amazed so i purchased both flavors.. i love the taste of both shakes, but i have to admit that i prefer the chocolate one. I’ve been on the shakeology diet and i already lost 8 pounds in two weeks:) i love it!!!!

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    • Brenda,
      I love the Shakeology!!! Yes it is exspensive but it is well worth it. I was on the Shakeology for 2 months and I lost a total of 20 pounds thanks to my beach body coach. She was right, you pay for what you want!!!

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  11. teresa kinka says:

    i am interested in the trial size of chocolate shakeology as written about in oprah magazine. i only want the the 30-day supply. is that eligible for the free shipping ? -teresa

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    • Hey Teresa,

      We’re not actually a distributor of Shakeology, but I bet you can find some fitness coaches near you that might be. Maybe do a google search for beach body coaches in your area and give them a call and see if they distribute Shakeology. I’m sure they would be happy to help you.

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      • Teresa~ you can contact me at dwaldron@dawalcorp.com for more information on Shakeology. Or visit me at http://www.FitAndPaid.com. Hope this helps.

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      • Mrs. R,

        I’ve been reading all the comments on here and I want to praise you for being so unbiased. It’s annoying that all these people that sell it keep fighting you so much on this. This is EXACTLY what people want – someone’s opinion that have nothing to gain. Of course, people who are selling this stuff will vigilantly defend this product because it’s in their best interest… Anyway, I wanted to make another comment about the weight loss – there is nothing remarkable about the weight loss aspect and it does nothing special in that regard. It all boils down to how many calories you are taking in vs. the amount of calories you are expending. Naturally, if you spend more calories than you deposit (resulting in a negative calorie intake) you will lose weight. Now maybe they can help you not feel hungry, and that would be helpful with weight loss, only because you would be less likely to cheat. Therefore, I would expect ANYONE who replaces a meal with a 120-calorie shake to lose weight (especially when they may normally eat a 400-700 calorie meal)… The only thing that will help you lose weight and KEEP it off is true, sustained lifestyle changes. Also, to the guy who’s wife was taking Shakeology during pregnancy and only gained 18lbs?!?!? I hope he was already overweight at the time??? Otherwise, if she was already at a healthy weight DOCTORS like to see women gain 25-35lbs during pregnancy – by saying “she only gained 18lbs” makes it sound like it is a great thing, when in many cases it can actually be a bad thing if you were already at your ideal weight. Anyway, Mrs. R, I digress – you are awesome!

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    • I’d love to help you with all of your shakeology questions and provide you with a free sample. You can email me at Atexanpt@gmail.com or check out my website at http://www.shakeology.com/fittexas. Thanks, Alexis

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      • Hey Mrs R…these coaches are pimping themselves on your site. I don’t think that is kosher. I like this site because of the lack of commercialism …

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        • People have asked for specific information from suppliers that we cannot provide, so these links can be helpful. We have blocked a few that didn’t add anything to the discussion or weren’t responding to specific requests.

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  12. You state:

    “there are shakes that come in a close second while being 1/3rd the cost.”

    can you tell me what they are please?

    Thanks

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    • All three of our highest rated shakes can be found for under $2 per shake. They’re a good place to start. You can also check any reviews with a 10 in value means they can be purchased for under $1.50 per shake.

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      • YES………. but *WHAT SKAKES ARE THEY***?????????? What is the NAME OF THEM?????We would probably like to RESEARCH and or PURCHASE THEM???

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        • That comment was written some time ago, because not all the top 3 are at the lower price (Shakeology is now a top 3). If you’d like to do research on what we think is best, you can start by clicking a few links on our site. The “Reviews” button at the top of the page lists all the shakes we’ve reviewed from highest rated and their overall score in the title.

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  13. I was disappointed to see that the rating was lower on Shakeology, however when it is noted because of the cost, that’s understandable because it is one of the more expensive out there. For me, I’ve done the research, it’s helped me so much, and i love it so the cost isn’t an issue. It’s a give and take relationship to make it a daily part of my life! I’ve done a poll with my customers and often times it’s the expense over the nutrition, which is sad because there’s just nothing else like this out there to compare it to hence the cost!

    Also just a side note – Greenberry is a very acquired taste I will tell anyone that! Chocolate is my favorite by far (as well as the new flavor coming later this year) but, some people are confused by the “greenberry” Greenberry is simply the name of the berry that is used for flavoring, it wasn’t meant to say “oh it’s green and supposed to taste like berries” Chocolate is Chocolate because it’s flavored with the Cacao plant and Greenberry is Greenberry because its’ the greenberry plant!

    I hope that you try a chocolate sample and update this review! :)

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    • Using the Chocolate or Greenberry.
      I start with a dozen or so ice cubes in the blender, add 1 scoop of Shakeology powder, 1 glass Unsweetened Almond Milk, 1 Banana, 1 serving of other fruit (StrawB.,BlueB., RaspB.), 6 oz.Light fruit flavored Yogurt and Blend thoroughly. Add water if necessary to thin. I have also used other fruits, nuts and Peanut Butter(WOW!).
      You can be as creative as you want when making your shake and for me, this truly is “My Best Meal Of The Day”.
      Oh, by the way, I’m 63 years old, have lost over 55 lbs since Jan./11 and am now a Beachbody Coach.
      Join me. http://beachbodycoach.com/myront

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  14. The price isn’t that much when you consider people are buying a coffee at Starbucks for $4.00 . Also when you take Shakeology, you no longer need to take a multi vitamin which will save you money that way. Plus you will be healthier so you won’t be going to the doctor and paying that bill and the medications. I guess it comes down to is your health worth it. Well mine is.

    If you have any more questions please feel free to check out:
    http://www.shakeology.com/angluvsfitness
    http://www.beachbodycoach.com/angluvsfitness

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    • Angela,
      You’re missing the point of price comparison.
      MRSR isn’t comparing Shakeology to the cost of Starbucks.
      MRSR is comparing Shakeology to the cost of other meal replacement shakes.

      I agree that $4.00 for a meal as healthy as Shakeology is an INCREDIBLE value when compared to a less healthy fast food combo meal for $6.50.
      However, when you compare $4.00 for Shakeology to $1.50 for other meal replacement shakes, Shakeology is a HORRIBLE deal.

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      • D. Hazen says:

        Also, some of us don’t eat fast food, don’t drink coffee and buy only the best food to eat, so the price comparison the McDonalds/Starbucks isn’t helpful.

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        • I agree. My husband and I make our meals everyday that are less than $2.00 per meal. And it’s enough food for us to have left overs. So $4 is a HUGE price for a meal replacement.

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      • It’s a great deal because it DOES compare to a full meal and not other shakes. Other shakes can’t give you the nutrition you need, like Shakeology does. Yes, it’s is a meal replacement but not your typical meal replacement shake. Also Shakeology has helped so many get off of meds (with a Dr.’s okay) that it so hard to compare it to anything else.

        I do understand the resistance. But when I hear the stories and talk to people who have lowered their insulin intake or cholestoral meds… It’s hard to dispute.

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        • James McNeill says:

          Liana, I agree. I think the key with the shakes is “meal replacement”. If the nutritional value is not adequate to replace a meal, then it’s just a supplement. MRSR takes all that into account, to her credit, in her ratings. I think her TOP 3 rated MRs are good nutritionally, but Shakeology appears to have the fewest artificial ingredients. Therefore, if you can handle the cost, Shakeology makes sense. Otherwise, it seems like the #1 rated MR seems best. I just ordered the #1 MR to compare.

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      • It seems Shakeology is just in a league of its own if you can’t really COMPARE them apples to apples w/ any other meal replacement based on the ingredients in the Shakeology. So comparing Shakeology to Slim Fast isn’t even a comparison bc the same ingredients aren’t used in Slim Fast, so of course its CHEAPER.

        I dont even sell it, but from research it seems you are comparing a LEXUS with lots of features to, say, a KIA.

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  15. I will start off by saying that I am Beachbody Coach and have used Shakeology for a year now. Also, thank you for the high rating for Shakeology. I just want to cover a few things no one else has.

    If we only consider Shakeology as a meal replacement than yes, it is over priced. I looked at your top rated meal replacement shakes: IdealShape, RightSize, and PrGrade Lean. As far as vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber — all four (including shakeology) are pretty comparable.

    And honestly, if all you’re looking for is a meal replacement then I would recommend trying anything else but Shakeology…

    What makes Shakeology different and therefore a little more costly is because of it’s added nutrients that no one else has mentioned. Without sounding too salesy…

    Shakeology includes: Adaptogens, Phytonutrients, Prebiotics, and Digestive. — None of which are included in the other meal replacement drinks. These ingredients allow Shakeology not only to be a meal replacement but also a shake for digestive health.

    If you want to learn more about the ingredients of Shakeology go to:

    Again, I just want to state that if all you want is a meal replacement drink then there are other great options. If you want a meal replacement and something that will benefit your overall health as well, then look into Shakeology as an option.

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    • First off, I am very happy to have found this site! Thank you Mrs.R!

      Thank you Julio, for your comments about the “other” reason to drink Shakeology. I originally started using this as part of a lifestyle (diet /exercise) change, but have continued using it because it completely regulates my gut! I have Crohn’s disease and will spare the details, but say that this is the ONLY thing that hits my stomach for the first 4 hours of my day. I take it everywhere we travel! NOT drinking Shakeology is not an option for me anymore! It’s improved the quality of my life.
      ps, I am also a registered nurse and my daughter, is a certified clinical herbalist. My gastroenterologist and my daughter have also given Shakeology their stamp of approval:)

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    • I would also like to add a comment on this or maybe a question – I thought PROBIOTICS had to be refrigerated because they contain LIVE ACTIVE CULTURES (like yogurt). It is my understand that they don’t actually survive unless they are refrigerated. Has anyone actually tested shakeology off the self to see if it has any live active cultures????? Otherwise, if they are not alive, you are not getting their benefit. I don’t know – I’m just asking. My husband is a doctor and we sell products that have probiotics and they all have to be refrigerated…

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      • Stacy Braxton says:

        The shake contains PRE-biotics, not PRO-biotics. Prebiotics nourish the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Probiotics are the bacteria themselves.

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  16. Elizabeth says:

    This product is wonderful! I received a seven day sample, felt great and lost some weight, however, the price is way beyond my means. When I called to enroll in the auto ship, I nearly fell off my chair. If the company cut the price in half, they would make a ton of money.

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  17. I want to say thank you for this great review on Shakeology. Very honest and well reviewed. I am a Beachbody coach and I had the same reaction concerning the price and taste of Shakeology. (definitely prefer chocolate over greenberry). Anyway, I took the plunge and invested on the product for my health. I must admit that I am happy with my monthly investment in Shakeology. I have been able to maintain my target weight, feel more energy and get the nutrients I need for my body.

    Here’s what people need to understand with regards to the cost. This product doesn’t have ‘crap’ ingredients inside of it. The ingredients are gathered from countries around the world. Also, keep in mind that this is a “meal” replacement shake. You are replacing an entire meal for the day. So think of this investment as part of your grocery bill. People go out here and easily spend $6 to $8 on a fast food combo meal that doesn’t add any nutritional value to their bodies.

    Everyday people are getting fatter and fatter in America because of the way they eat. And everyday more and more people are going to the doctors and being diagnosed with diabetes and high cholesterol. Obesity trend is getting higher. All because of the way some people are eating. Think about the money these people are spending going to the doctor.

    So when I think about the $100 or so investment in Shakeology, I don’t complain. I’m coming up at year of using Shakeology and I have yet to visit the doctor for any illness. While most people got sick over winter with flus and colds for long periods of time, I quickly got over my colds. This product is amazing to me and I will keep investing in it for my health.

    Again, thank you for doing this review on Shakeology. Hope you get to try the new Tropical flavor coming out soon. I think it taste absolutely wonderful and will definitely out beat greenberry in sales.

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    • Claudia says:

      Thanks Lisa. I was thinking the same thing. I have been drinking Shakeology for 2 months now and I feel great!!. I have not gotten sick while all my friends and some of my family have gotten colds and the flu.
      Shakeology is an aquired taste, especially the GreenBerry, but i’ll do it for my health. I actually really like the Chocolate. I tried Greenberry with 4oz of Apple Juice and 1/3 of an apple. It was really good.

      Thanks again for your comment. It made me feel good about my decision.

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    • Jennifer says:

      Lisa~I couldn’t agree with you more.. :)
      I am a Beachbody coach and I tried Greenberry first. I literally had to hold my nose when I drank it. I called Beachbody and they allowed me to return the Greenberry and sent me a 30 day supply of Chocolate at no cost. I’ve been on the Chocolate ever since (approximately 2 years). I grave the Chocolate Shakeology and drink it everyday for breakfast, mixing with soy milk or skim milk.
      I am 40 years old and maintain my weight at 125 Ibs. Unfortunately being “healthy” in America isn’t cheap, but, of course, eating “unhealthy” is very cheap and there are fast food restaurants on every corner. In the long run, I do agree that obviously the unhealthy people are sicker individuals (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) and bills start to pile up for these individuals.
      I truly believe Shakeology is the best investment for my health, and aren’t we worth it?? :)

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      • Being healthy IS cheap when you know what to look for. It’s just the TIME that goes into making your food that is the problem for most people. It’s super cheap to buy in season produce and also most of the time alternative food markets such as Indian, Middle Eastern, Oriental, and etc. have fairly priced items. I found that Indian grocery stores were FAR cheaper than mainstream American ones and they have more pure food than we do (no gmo crops or irradiated produce) Plus if you ask around with these foreign grocery stores (if they don’t have an item that you need) they usually know where to direct you to where you need to go.

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  18. Danielle Maynard says:

    What do think in comparison to Isalean Shakes?
    Also, if I wanted to try something along the same lines as Shakeology, what would you recommend? Value wise? There are so many out there!

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    • Isalean Shakes are part of the Isagenix products, which we’ve reviewed here.

      Value-wise for a comparison along the lines of Shakeology, try any of the shakes with high points in value and nutrition.
      Shakeology has the best nutrients bar none, but IdealShape and RightSize do very good at a much better price.

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  19. Regarding your value formula…you give Shakeology a 5.0 b/c it comes out to $4 a serving. Yet value Visalus gets a 8.0 at $3.33 a serving?

    Shakeology has a $89 price when you join their HD program as distributor…just like Visalus.

    So either Visalus needs to be downgraded or shakeology needs to be re-evaluated to remain a level comparison. Am i missing something?

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    • Hi Linea,

      We explained the difference in the ViSalus review. Visalus Shakes can be bought for $1.33 but unlike most companies, their adders are upgrades to the shakes, flavor packets, hunger blocker packets, and the like that you add to the shake. To get all the bonuses you end up at 3.33 which is about a 6. So we went in-between with an 8.

      While there are other factors that we sometimes take into account, the general rating scale starts at $1.50 is a 10 and drops a full point for every 50 cents from there on out. $2 is a 9, 2.50 an 8 and so on.

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  20. Mrs. R….thanks for this unbiased review….not only the review but your respectable comments as well. I’m using shakeology now and pretty much everything you’ve said is pretty spot on….I think I’ll incorporate some of the other products you’ve reviewed for cost reasons and I’ve been adding some ingredients to my shakeology now to water it down and add a little flavor, but that is also increasing the calorie intake, but not by much, especially if you’re adding fruit and such. Anyways, just wanted to take the time to say thank you!

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  21. I mix mine with coconut water and they r wonderful in taste and not thick at all :)

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  22. Shakeology is not expensive at all. I thought it was when I first found out about it, but then I came to my senses when I learned everything about it. There is no way to get that kind of nutrition at that price from any other source than Shakeology. For the people who said they can’t afford it, I bet if you actually tracked the cost of your lunch or dinner for 30 days, you would find you spend more than Shakeology costs (or at least comparable), and therefore in most cases, Shakeology would actually save you money and give you better health.

    Greenberry plain with water is something few people enjoy but I do know some that do. It is good when you make it into a proper shake.

    If you become a Coach and buy Shakeology, you have the ability to sell it to others, and getting only four customers (buying it monthly) would completely cover your own Shakeology costs and would actually start paying you about $7 per month once all your costs are accounted for. After less than five months, that $7 would cover the initial $40 you spend to become a coach, then you would start actually making money on it (and you make an additional $30 per month for every customer you get after that). There is basically no time spent in doing this if you don’t want there to be, and there is NO inventory, shipping, or customer service you have to deal with. It’s a no-brainer!

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    • I don’t want to be a part of a MLM – all you guys are turning me off to this product. Just give me the best price and I’ll be a loyal customer. All this MLM stuff is a BIG turn off for me. “It’s cheaper if you just…” BOO! I just want to buy it and not mess with all this other crap. I understand that you don’t actually have to SELL it but still!

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  23. If price is the reason you are giving the rating you are giving… I think I will drink Shakeology. I am allergic to soy. I love the ingredient list on Shakeology, and at $4 or $5 bucks a shake… not that much money. You get what you pay for. If I want Filet, I go to Ruth’s Chris… if I want a burger, I go to Burger King… so guess what? I’ll take the filet

    In the scheme of things… it isn’t that much. I’ve been drinking it for almost 2 years now, and my health has greatly improved. No cold or flu (could be coincidence, but I get them every year), weight loss, perfect cholesterol, low glycemic index which is great for my sugar issues, and I love the taste, I have more energy. I’m happy. JMHO.

    But if you are a bargain hunter… hunt away.

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  24. Thaks for all the insight and research. Im a bb coach(distributor) but am writing as a consumer and advocate for healthy living. I tried all types of shakes and a variety of other products to help w bloating and digestion and nothing did the trick. shakeology was the first shake to not only provide me w the daily nutrients an prbiotics i needed but that really helped change and improve my daily digestion. I am now 5 mos pregnant and despite the percentage of preg women w constipation and heartburn, i have not experiened any of that. My doctors were impressed w the quality ingredients and integrity of shakeology and although i dont drink daily during pregnany, the doctors i spoke to agreed that it could very well be the reason im feeling so good and having no tummy issues. I had been drinking it daily for about 8 mos before conception. Just wanted to share, as for me, its cost vs benefits have been worth the exoense. Thaanks

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  25. Have to jump in here. The price is just fine. If you join as a member there is a discount and possibly free shipping.
    I buy shakeology because I don’t have to buy these all separately:

    1. protein shake
    2. Vit/min
    3. probiotics
    4. enzymes
    5. adaptogens

    Sold separately these would cost $25-30.
    $125-150 total.
    If you want total nutrition this is it.
    If you want to cut corners, you won’t get healthy, you will keep the pounds on.

    I love that they go straight to the farmers for the raw product.

    You still gave a great rating, but the low rating on price means people are just looking for cheap junk. And that’s what they’ll get.

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    • If lower costing shakes all were “cheap junk” then no one would’ve ranked higher.

      “If you want to cut corners you won’t get healthy, and you will keep the pounds on.”

      Statements like that are ridiculous Lisa. Sorry, but even our worst rated shakes are getting results for people. Meal Replacement Shakes are not some super weight loss thing that creates success if formulated perfectly…and this is coming from someone who spends a lot of time around meal replacement shakes and their marketing materials that tend to make these bold claims. We’ve somehow avoided the brain washing…

      These are a tool. A powerful tool to help you lose weight by keeping your calories low through meal replacement.

      Many people don’t spend money on everything on the list and referring to the price as “just fine” is a bit presumptuous. $120 a month is a lot of money for many people. And that’s for 30 servings. If you wanted to replace more than one meal a day, or are doing the shake with your spouse, the price climbs significantly.

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      • Right again MRSR – It reminds me of people who have gastric bypass surgery for example (I’m not slamming that procedure because it has helped a lot of people) because the surgery restricts the amount of calories people can consume, therefore reducing their calories, therefore causing weight loss. Nothing magic – and the fact that they lose weight after this procedure proves that simply consuming less calories than you spend doing activities like, being alive, or moving, or working out, will help you lose weight.

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  26. the average person “wastes,” $7 a day buying energy drinks, designer coffees, lunch at work, and quick pick me ups at the gas station.
    That alone is $140 a month if do you it during the work day and work 20 days a month

    We do take out once or twice a week, that can go up to $60 a month.

    I find many people have malabsorption issues that lead to nutrient deficiencies. if you don’t have a well rounded supplementation plan the deficiencies will persist. Shakeology meets all these needs.
    I bet most of your readers still buy additional supplements to meet their health needs so include that price in with what they’re using for a meal replacement.

    That’s another 30-40 bucks depending on what the person is taking. And if they say they take one a day or centrum…..they are still not getting enough nutrients.

    You’re right this is not about weight loss it is about adequately fueling the body bc our modern day food processing and getting it to the market has woefully ruined our food. We need to supplement.

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    • Anecdotal evidence does not equate to fact.

      Do you have statistical proof of this “average person”? Or do you just mean ‘you and like, all your friends, and, like, everyone…’

      The people who look at $120 for Shakeology as being cost prohibitive are likely not blowing $30 a day on junk food, nor are they likely to be affording $160 a month on “current supplementation”.

      I’m coming off as snippy, but this is a huge problem we have with this kind of sales line. You create a hypothetical situation, using things like “the average person” where we’re supposed to substitute ourselves into there even though the hypothetical doesn’t significantly apply to us, or, in some cases, apply to us at all.

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      • Thank you for bringing to light the amount of anecdotal evidence that individuals tend to use in general discourse. (For those who catch themselves doing so, I recommend reading a research psychology book. You’ll be grateful that you’ve finally armed yourself with intelligent argumentation.) I loathe blogs for the amount of garbage that people write, however, I believe you’re lucky in not having that problem on here. In addition, the information you share is succinct and really appreciate that. I’ve been debating about Shakeology for a while now and this has made my decision a heck of a lot easier. I’m glad I took the time to read through one of these things. Thanks.

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      • Just the facts says:

        Mrs R. I think your comments are on point not snippy.

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      • Mrs. R you rock! I just love reading your comments as I’m contemplating which one to try. I just want to say thank you for your integrity.

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      • I have to say I am offended by your comments Lisa. Where is your proof of what the “average” person spends? Did you do a research? I was looking into Shakeology as well but it is A LOT of money. If you have forgotten we are in a recession. I appreciate all the information on this site because my family is on a budget. I don’t know anyone that eats out 3 times a day or buys expensive drinks every day like you are suggesting. If you are single with no kids or married with 2 incomes then yes 120 a month is probably doable. My family is a family of 5 with one income. It’s a pretty good income but when I think of what 120 a month could buy for my family it just doesn’t seem worth it. And yes I am a “bargain hunter” I coupon and everything. So I appreciate you having an opinion but please don’t try to pass it off as facts. Thank you.

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        • All I have to say is we are a family of 5 on one income and we buy 2 bags of Shakeology a month at the coaches discount! I truely believe you find money for what you think is important in life and to us our health is important! I chose Shakeology because it is All Natural and no other shake can say that! Plus all I know is it works for us!

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      • I have to butt in here… how the heck are people eating organic at $3 a meal? I work at Whole Foods. Its not possible even with my discount. I make just above the minimum wage, I am a single mother with no other income. I do buy red bull, 5 hour energy, herba mate energy shots at $4.99 a pop. NO ONE CAN EAT A WELL ROUNDED MEAL AT $3. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE! The cost of grass fed beef or farm raised fish is EXPENSIVE. To eat gluten free or vegan is even more expensive. If you are VEGAN you absolutely need supplements. I am about to start shakeology and feel I will be saving money using this. Im sorry you guys are so closed minded, maybe take the time and look around a Whole Foods. Oh and PROBIOTIC supplements start at $50.

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        • Who said they were eating organic at $3 a meal? Just because for you the “average” person means eating organic, I would say that most people AREN’T exactly eating organic every meal.

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    • “I find many people have malabsorption issues that lead to nutrient deficiencies”

      As a family practitioner, I find many people eat the wrong foods that lead to nutrient deficiencies. In fact, most people don’t need any kind of supplementation at all aside from calcium and vitamin D. Not if they eat a healthy diet, which also will lead to weight loss.
      In fact, in my experience, it is the wastes that lead to the weight gain, and so if everyone didn’t buy the pick me ups, didn’t buy the designer coffees, and didn’t go out to lunch, and of course didn’t buy meal replacement shakes, not only would they maintain healthy weights, but would have $120-150 extra dollars per month to put toward retirement, etc.
      The majority of people I see with weight problems eat very few fruits and veggies and way too many processed foods, and would feel much better if they would plan ahead and pack a lunch and skip Starbucks.

      I find this too expensive and wouldn’t buy it. I am not average, though… I go out for coffee no more than 1 time per week if that, pack my lunch, and sit and eat a healthy breakfast with my family every morning, so this cost seems great to me. (and I can’t think of many of my patients who would find this inexpensive enough to buy.)

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      • dlovely says:

        Great post! It is a bit annoying hearing people trying to justify a product that is not needed as we get all the supplementation and vitamins in the first place from just eating clean healthy foods.

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        • Auntigramma says:

          I am new to Shakeology, I don’t sell it. I actually liked the greenberry with almond milk, my daughter did not. People are different, that’s what makes the world a grand place. Our income is very limited, (one income 5 people, including 2 teenagers :) ) For me the price is worth it, because I often get home late from work and I would eat something much worse before bed than this. I feel healthier already, and I do spend alot on supplements that I can discontinue. I take them to stay healthy because my family needs me.
          I feel the shakes have, and will continue to improve my health and my energy is MUCH improved. If people wish to choose another avenue for WHATEVER reason, there is no reason to be snappish in our reply. Everyone should do what’s best for their health, their budget, their taste.
          Thank you for this unbiased site. I love your work and appreciate your kind responses.

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          • Auntigramma says:

            Sorry, I have never written on one of theses, my note was for MrsR.
            But also, its difficult to get”nutritious, non-gmo ”
            veggies and fruits any more at the market. Sometime you can hit a farmers market, but when you work, its often not possible.

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    • James McNeill says:

      Your comment may be fine for an upper middle income “average person” in America, but is hardly appropriate for the “average” American, let alone the “average” person in the world. The “average” person in many countries makes less than $7 a day.

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  27. The taste is very bad even chocolate which doesnot taste good. It does seem to help health problems as i drank only a small taste and my hearing in my ear that was bad cleared up within a few minutes of drinking half a serving. I havenot used since but if it helps health problems it is worth doing. They need to improve taste and they would sell lots more of it.

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  28. I can not believe that so many people are saying they do not like the flavor of these shakes! I have tried many shakes and have never stuck to drinking them because of the bad tastes. I was so happy to find one that taste great! The chocolate mixed with almond milk, bananas, peanut butter or strawberries is so good my 15 yr old son is now drinking one every morning before school. I do wish they would lower the price though it is expensive! I think you would see many more people purchasing this shake if they did.

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    • In reguards to Marie’s comment on taste. You can’t believe so many people don’t like the taste of Shakeolegy and by your example you don’t seem to either. You add almond milk,bananas,peanut butter,strawberries. If you have to add all that to get your son to drink it then you both don’t really like it. When you taste test something you make it the way it comes just add milk or water. All those other things greatly change the way it tastes. I’m not a big fun of broccoli but if you add ranch dressing or nacho cheese I will eat the hell out of it.

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      • “I’m not a big fun of broccoli but if you add ranch dressing or nacho cheese I will eat the hell out of it. ”

        LMAO…i hear ya dude:)

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  29. There are ways to get a better product than Shakeology with more benefit to both your health and your pocketbook. All you have to do is a little searching on the internet and you will be able to put together programs that are superior on most things except taste. Its hard to beat Shakeology on taste, its like drinking a ghirardelli brownie, everyone loves brownies!!!

    By the way the coaches discount people are talking about happens to be the commission that you are paying when you are not a coach buying shakeology, That’s why so many coaches are defending it on this site.

    The best part of finding a good alternative is you will never have to hear a Beachbody coach use the same tired company tagline about the $4 coffee…

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  30. As with my previous comment about sugar. This product has 9 grams of sugar per serving. As far as cost, sugar content, protein quality, etc. Visalus is a great product that you will not review, I guess because you have a built in bias about the mlm part. I dont have a problem with the mlm part of not, just a good product but I would challenge the fact that if you are an mlm business owner, you have a job. How near-sighted can you be. When you start any business from home, make money or not, you get advantages and experience to tell you to keep your job or keep going. All this prejudice against one group or another based on total misinformation is so tiring and so useless. If people want to start a business with mlm or baking cakes, it is the same thing – looking for freedom from a job or to learn how to work for themselves and you poo-poo it because it is not as conventional as your little brain can conceive. I am sorry but I believe you are not being truthful about this entire site. And no, I am sure this will not be published. Thanks!

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    • “Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted” -Randy Pausch

      Anyway, typing “Visalus” into the search bar before saying we would never review them might be helpful. We reviewed them already. Being an MLM doesn’t get you a lower score (well maybe in value as their prices are always inflated) and it certainly doesn’t get you kicked out of the review process. We’ve reviewed many MLMs and will review many more. Sugar content isn’t everything. Grasping at the one nutrient that ViSalus has better than Shakeology and waving it around like a torch isn’t going to make us rate them any differently. We’ve explained why we dislike the MLM’s and yes we have acknowledged that there is some good that can come of it.

      I also don’t see where we’re being prejudice and where our misinformation lies, but thanks for reading Ben.

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    • Apparently Ben hasn’t checked out your entire website. Ben, you should apologize to Mrs. R. How rude, shame on you!

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  31. Barbara Ashley says:

    Thanks for this site!! It is very helpful and interesting. I have been using Shakeology for about a month and, while I TOTALLY agree that the flavors are an acquired taste, I appreciate the nutritional values and plan to continue using it.

    My only question is, why did you give a nutritional rating of “9.8″ and not “10.0″? What does Shakeology lack that would bring the rating to a “10″ in your estimation?

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  32. stephanie says:

    best meal -replacement! but i will not buy it- too $$$! Really? why does it have to be so $$$!

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  33. so it wasn’t just me!!! shakeology really does not taste good…
    I ordered a month supply and have not yet be able to finish it because of the taste.
    so glad that I found this website!

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    • leelee, try blending it with 1/2 cup mik and 1/2 cup water with either flavor. It helps to take away that wheat grass taste. :) Add in only 2 ice cubes to make it cold. It helps!

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  34. Seriously, people that are complaining about the cost should think twice. There is no way you can go to the grocery store and buy all of the nutrients that are in this shake for 4.00. If you take a regular sack lunch, whether it be the left overs from the night before or sandwich, veggies and chips…you will be only hurting yourself in the weight department. So if getting healthy is a priority for you, there should be no concern regarding the price. Think about the meals that are eaten at restaurants-people do not think twice when a beverage is $6 for a martini or $3 for a soda. Watch your budget a bit more and this should not be a strain on your pocket-book. Best of luck.

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    • Liz,
      There are ways of buying foods with the stuff in the shake if you go to costco and a few other places. I will spend $6 on a martini with dinner because I only go out to dinner 1 or 2 times a month. I don’t buy a martini for 30 straight days. I am looking into buying a meal replacement shake as I have not done so in the past. The problem I am having is this. The nutrional value of shakeolgy vs some of the others are really close. Shakeolgy is the best but at more than twice the cost. It would be different if Shakeolgy was twice the shake of the others but they are not. Better yes but not by that much. I see it like this, buying a new BMW for 80,000 or buying a Lexus for 40,000. Both are great cars with great features. but is the BMW worth twice the amount of a Lexus? Just because something is better doesn’t make it the best value per dollar spent.

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  35. Greg Shakerman says:

    The word Value does not mean cost. Please change your evaluation term to “cost” since you are only talking about cost. Shakeology actually has much greater value than other shakes because of its ingredients and relative health benefits. Your analysis is kind of like saying lettuce has a better value than spinach because it costs less. But spinach is much more valuable than lettuce nutritionally.

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    • It would be…if we just rated the shakes on value alone. Since we factor in 3 other major factors, spinach would probably end up higher than lettuce.

      We understand that Value is more of the total score we give, but calling the first category price doesn’t work. As you can see from the Right Size review, there is other factors that can effect a shake’s Value rating.

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  36. I just want to thank you for the review. I started Turbo jam back in June and was looking for a meal replacement shake..As a single mother of 3 kids Shakeology is way out of my price range.

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  37. Thank you for a great and fair review. Since I am a coach and love Shakeology I know there is a bias but I see you are calling it as you see it and that is alright with me.
    Keep up the great work

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  38. OK, I loved your review of Shakeology!!! I am a Coach and have to agree they aren’t the best tasting, but the way they make me feel, I will pay for it. You had me laughing so hard about the greenberry flavor. I can’t stop laughing! Thank you for having this website so we can all get a non-biased review of these products. Love it!

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  39. I drink the shakes and agree they are some what expensive! I did my research and wish there was a cheaper way to go! There is no other shake that gives you all the ingredients and nutrients that shakeology gives you! Chocolate is awesome, I do not think I would try the green berry just cause it is green! I am not a seller or trainer, I just wanted something for health, appetite control, and i liked to drink every day! I really think this is a neat web sight and have found nothing negative about these skakes until I read the HBP or seizure reply up top! The shakes have lowered my BP and also cholestrol, I do not have seizures so that is something I am not concerned about, but glad someone posted it for other individuals with the same issue! I guess I just keep reading and wander if I will find something crazy wrong with shakeology, cause it is to good to be true and pricy! Wish there was a way I could go cheaper, but healthy is better! thanks for the forum I really enjoyed it

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  40. Shakeology calls for 8oz of water….but I use 10-12 to water it down…SO much easier to get down…and it’s an acquired tasted….kinda like beer..that first beer (think WAY back to your first one) is AWEFUL…but in time, you grow to love the taste…don’t knock shakeology so bad…even try blending it with a banana, peanut butter, etc…YUM!

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  41. Shakeology has balanced my daily diet. I have been on many fad diets and all sorts of shakes and meal bars. None compare to Shakeology. I started this program October 7th 2011, and just 31 days later I am down 11 lbs.!!! I still eat what I want just smaller portions. I have one shake per day at lunch and snack in between breakfast and dinner. I am 5’4 and started out at 147 lbs and today I weighted in at 136lbs. I have been this weight for the past week so now I am starting the 3-day cleanse to fight through my plateau and get down to 130. I have so much energy and love the way I feel. Cheers!

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  42. I was reluctant to purchase Shakeology the first time as well. I am no professional on nutrition by any means but my results with P90X changed drastically once I started replacing my breakfast with this shake. I would recommend to anybody that this shake will help them out if they struggle with nutrition and have a hard time curbing their appetites when the “sweet tooth” comes on. I do however understand that there are many people who can not afford an additional $120. That is not a problem. I personally coach many single mothers through P90x, Insanity, Turbo Fire, and Chalene Extreme who just plain and simply can not put out $4 extra per day for a shake. They have all tryed it and absolutely love the taste and flavor but it is not for everyone. The results produced are amazing though when used daily with workouts. ……..one more thing… can I get a 5 star rating for Tropical flavored Shakeology coming out January 7th!

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  43. I just started Shakaloy and absolutely love it!!! I lost 20 lb. in 8 months and had trouble losing my last 15 lbs. I started Shakaloy 6 weeks ago and have lost 10 lbs. I drink my shake in the morning and it keeps me going for at least 4 hours. I love the taste and all the nutrients. It was the missing food I needed to stay active and met my goals. Health and fitness first!!!

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  44. I am considering buying Shakeology and this review has been very helpful in swaying my decision to do so. I am on Day 28 of the Insanity workout and have lost 13 pounds thus far. I am following a good diet, avoiding all the stuff I like such as chips, hot wings, fried foods, sweets, and late late night fast food missions. My only question is should I use Shakeology as a meal replacement or as a recovery drink after my Insanity workouts? Will the benefits to weight loss be any different depending on when I take it? Any insights would be appreciated.

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    • Jonathan~ not sure if anyone answered you yet, but the benefits will be noticed within the first day or two of taking it. The very first day I took it, I felt similar energy to having taken an energy drink without the jitters, crash, caffeine high, etc. Use Shakeology as a meal replacement. You are probably eating 4-6 meals a day already, so just make it one of your meals. I would recommend putting it about 30-60 minutes before your workout. You’ll digest a bit of it through and the energy boost will have kicked in already. Hope this helps!

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  45. Mrs. R~

    Thank you for the “re-review” of Shakeology!! I haven’t posted since your latest update, but I feel you have given Shakeology a fair “shake”! It is definitely pricier and there are great options out there. Having been a certified personal trainer and am currently a Beachbody Coach, I know the value of having options and I feel several of the other “meal replacement” shakes you’ve rated are very comparable and I have tried, use and would even recommend several of them. We’ve got to realize, what is our goal here?! To have a healthier society and most of the do just that. I hope everyone posting on here as well as studying about these different options, takes a good long look and I would much rather have someone make a healthier choice they can afford than the “dollar menu” at your local fast food. Keep up the great work!!

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    • Just to clarify, when I say comparable, I am referring to their value over substance. Shakeology is head and shoulders above as far as nutritional value and health benefits. But it is one of the most expensive on the market. Some of the others do make a good option if you can not afford Shakeology, but when your situation changes, I would HIGHLY recommend Shakeology!

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      • Sorry to continue to write. If Shekology is too expensive Mrs. R, it would be great to have you take a look at and review, Beachbody’s Meal Replacement shake. I’ve had several clients use their “basic” meal reaplcement shake which is only $39.99 for a 30 day supply. It tastes good, has a great amount of vitamins and minerals and does a good job of giving you that full feeling for a few hours. Shakeology is really the top of the line, but the other is great as well too. We are all here to help end the trend of obesity in the US.

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        • We are looking at Beach Body’s other shake, and have added it to the list.

          The biggest problem with “it costs a little more because it’s so full of nutrients!” sales pitch for us is that…it’s not the whole story.

          The biggest inflation comes from the fact that the product is an MLM which means unless you’re a part of it, you’re spending money that you shouldn’t have to.

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  46. Michele Arnoldy says:

    I’m using Shakeology for the first time and have been for a few weeks. I actually love the taste of the Chocolate using the recipes that come with it. I get energy and it really does carve my appetite. So I really want to continue using it to loose my 5 persistent pounds.
    Question, has anyone reported getting headaches from the shake? I’m still in process of ruling it out, but it seems it might be the case.For a trial, I have stopped using it, headaches subsided in a week or so. I had a shake yesterday morning and by late afternoon had a whopping headache again!
    Any help from the coaches or anyone would really be appreciated. Thank you!

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    • Yes, Michele, I was sent a sample to try, and got a headache within 15-20 minutes after finishing the shake. Very disappointing, as it really did keep me feeling satisfied (as in NOT HUNGRY) for a good 5 hours…..I wasn’t thrilled with the flavor, either :-(

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  47. I was diagnosed with high cholesterol this year and was put on medication for it. The funny thing is that I was using another Shake product reviewed here, for nearly 3 years with claims that it would help lower my cholesterol. Reluctantly I tried Shakeology and didn’t want to like it because of my affiliation with the other Shake Company. Due to the rich vitamin taste of Shakeology I wasn’t wild about it at first, but because of the 30 Day Money Back Guarantee, I continued using the product to see if it would really help lower my cholesterol. To my surprise, within 90 days, my cholesterol dropped 45 points, I lost 12 pounds and many inches. Today, I am down 16+ pounds, 26.75 inches, down 11/3% body fat, and my cholesterol is down 48 points. The taste is an acquired taste because it is packed with so many nutrients, something fast food, processed food, the American Diet in general, has so little of. I was paying out of pocket almost $60 a month for my cholesterol meds, and I am so glad that money is now being spent on Shakeology, a SuperFood Shake that is delivering all that it promised. When I started on Shakeology, I wasn’t a coach, paying full price. Because I got such amazing results, I decided to pay it forward and now have enough very satisfied customers, that I get mine for FREE!

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  48. Health Consumer says:

    The ONLY reason shakeology cost so much is to fill the pockets of all the people on the MLM. Look at the beachbody website you will make a note that most of the products that are popular sell for 129.00, Why is that so everyone gets a cut of the money you spend on somehting that you can get for half the price. As far as how much it costs on the MLM side it is 89.00. This is not much of a savings. I enjoy the honest reviews. If we truly want to change obesity in American make certain items more accessible to the ones who need it.

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  49. I have used Shakeology for the past 2 months and have mixed emotions. I wanted to lose the baby weight after my 2nd child but aso wanted the energy boost and health benefits as it touts. This product came highly recommended by a close friend, but it just didnt seem to work the same way for me. While the shake was filling and reduced cravings and I did lose the weight (15lbs), It made me feel like I had taken a sedative and I was exhausted! It also didn’t prevent me from getting colds and other ailments, and gave me terrible digestive issues, gas and cramps.So while I was getting the benefit of the filling meal replacement, I wasn’t getting any of the other benefits and therefore, the price was unjustifibale. I like using the shake meal replacement method, but am going to try Ideal Image now to lose the remaining 10lbs and cut my costs in half.

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    • Do you have a gluten intolerance that u don’t know about? I have one and when I use products with lots of fiber and barley etc I get gas…cramping..bloating. Take notice in your diet and see if that may be the case. Maybe not so much in everyday life but in larger quantities it does a number on me.

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  50. Curious about high blood pressure….are there folks out there that their BP has gone up after using Shakeology???

    I got my partner on this stuff and he loves it but his BP has gone up….curious if this may by why???

    Please help

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  51. I used to be a beachbody coach and left for SEVERAL reasons. I KNEW shakeology inside-out…earned 125 SC points (if you are a coach you know that’s a lot in 10 months – won a free cruise, free trip to the bahamas, an ipod at summit…so you know I clearly believed in this stuff for the 1.5 years that I didn’t skip ONE to TWO shakes a day of my ShakeO)…or so I thought. Corporate never let us near a lab, never allowed us to see the process, just told us about it and answered with pat responses when we asked questions. I can tell you this much. Shakeology caused stomach issues for family members, customers, etc. It seemed to help me since it had digestive enzymes but now that I have discontinued it for a solid 2 months I realize that, that’s what CREATED a sulfite sensitivity and digestive issues (carried an epipen bc of how severe my reactions were) that is now gone after 1.5 years (stopped drinking it in November 2011). I also was having an issue with gluten (I am NOT celiac) and was trying to eat gluten free….Shakeology is still marketing itself as gluten free but this is what I found (maybe why I couldn’t lose weight on it?):

    Is Shakeology really gluten free? According to this list of foods to avoid and foodfacts.com – the answer is NO! Ingredients in shakeO are on the AVOID list for people with celiac/avoiding Gluten. NOT COOL!

    http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/#examples

    http://www.foodfacts.com/NutritionFacts/Meal-Replacement-Drinks/Shakeology-Chocolate-Meal-Replacement-Shake-14-oz/57988

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    A coach I was speaking to today contacted coach relations to find out how much blue green algae/ spirulina is in the drink. Because it is a proprietary blend they won’t tell her how much blue-green algae is in the shake and supposedly anything beyond 70g is a problem (AKA toxic…in fact they recommend you consume 50g or less per day) so she is concerned – if anyone knows anything – please pass along that info! If you would like to see the consumer lab report, I have a copy of it…it’s pretty interesting with a list of issues with blue green algae/ spirulina.
    —-

    Next, I recently learned (well, re-learned but now fully understand) that there is a plant based steroid in Shakeology (hence the added WARNING on the back of the bag that says, “Shakeology contains suma root, a source of ecdysterone, a naturally occurring phyto-chemical compound that could be erroneously detected in synthetic steroid screening tests.” Then in bold it states… “Athletes and anyone subject to banned substances testing should consult with their physician and athletic organization.” — check with your doctor if you are someone with chronic pain – I have heard of some very unfortunate outcomes for some individuals.


    OH and remember when they said that the American Diabetes Association (ADA) BACKED shakeology? That was a lie…they have since removed ALL ADA info from the coach back office and the symbols (stop diabetes hand that was previously on the bag – is no longer!) are not located anywhere connected to shakeology (you may find it on a coaches personally created site who is not in the “know”).

    Since I started on SHAKEO they also removed the “caffeine free” statement from the chocolate shake – never was caffeine free!


    I have to wonder what else are they hiding from consumers????

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    • As of April 18, 2012 Beachbody announced that it was removing Blue-Green Algae and Suma root from its Shakeology products. Here is their statement:

      Blue-Green Algae Removed from Supergreens Blend in Chocolate and Greenberry Shakeology

      Due to future concerns about the ability to source blue-green algae in a way that ensures its purity, it is being removed from all Shakeology formulations. Additionally, while blue-green algae is a widely recognized dietary supplement ingredient in the United States, many countries around the world are still evaluating its status for supplement and food use. Because of our intention to make Shakeology available in Canada and other countries worldwide, the removal of blue-green algae from the formula will allow us to more easily register Shakeology for sale in these other markets.

      It’s important to note that similar health benefits derived from blue-green algae are also found in various other nutrients in our formula such as spirulina, as well as the other supergreens and grasses which contain protein, vitamins, and minerals for energy, digestive, cognitive, immune, anti-aging, and mood support.

      Suma Root Removed from the Adaptogen Herb Blend in Chocolate and Greenberry Shakeology

      The World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) and the National Football League (NFL) updated their list of nationally banned substances to encompass a group of all-natural phyto-chemical compounds known as ecdysteroids, found in various plants around the globe, including suma root.

      Because current drug-screening technologies are unable to differentiate between natural, healthy substances and synthetic banned substances, the ecdysterone found in suma root could result in a false positive test reading. With the growing popularity of Shakeology amongst high performance athletes, the military, and other customer groups subject to testing, we have chosen to exclude it from all Shakeology formulations.

      Please note: Neither blue-green algae nor suma root can be found in the Tropical Strawberry formula, so no changes there!

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  52. I am a beachbody coach. That being said what I do not understand is why people are so quick to be skeptical about everything. Try different products, find out what works and what doesn’t work for you. We are not all the same and never will be. Shakeology has done wonders for my diabetic Aunt who has a lot of trouble losing weight and is already down 16 pounds. I have heard many great stories from tons of people who have tried many different Shakes. I also know in regards to cost that United States citizens are more wasteful with their spending (I am a financial planner as well). We will spend $4-$10 at a coffee shop multiple times a week or spend much more on eating out, alcoholic beverages, etc. When it comes to spending money on our health or healthier options we want the cheap way out, even though we waste money on bad habits. My grocery bill was decreased when I started on Shakeology. As an Ironman Athlete I now eat less “fillers” throughout my day to keep satiated. Shakeology might seem like a high cost Shake, but in comparison to what people spend daily it is really not that out of the ball park. In fact I bet most people spend more than $4 on average for 30 meals a month. What is your total cost for 30 meals a month?

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    • James McNeill says:

      Kristi, you hit the nail on the head. Try different products until you find the right fit. I just bought the #1 rated product to test against ShakeO and Raw Meal. I’m thinking ShakeO has the edge nutritionally due to the so-called “filler” ingredients that, based on my research, are naturally healthy. I’m looking for a complete meal replacement with minimal artificial ingredients. On the other hand, I can see where the better value may be in the #1 rated product due to cost, if that is an issue.

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  53. I’m a little appalled that Idealshape is getting recommended when it has CORN SYRUP SOLIDS and SUCRALOSE? Those are horrible ingredients compared to Shakeology. I just looked up the nutrition for both. I will avoid any shake with CORN SYRUP SOLIDS. Gross. The first ingredient in RightSize, almost, is corn syrup solids as well, and also contains acesulfame potassium, another nasty ingredient. Wouldn’t recommend it, even if it is cheaper – I know shakes for 20 dollars that have those ingredients – but on the bottom. I don’t see any of those in Shakeology. READ YOUR INGREDIENTS – just because the list is long (and it’s really not that long when you get down to the “less nutritious” ingredients like xanthan gum and cocoa/cinnamon powder) doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be accountable for what you are putting into your body. Just my two cents.

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    • As we’ve pointed out previously, Sucralose ranks higher than Sugar for health according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

      Corn syrup solids rank as “Cut back”, the same level as Sugar.

      Just because it isn’t all natural doesn’t mean it’s bad for your body.

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      • I totally disagree with you about the corn syrup and especially the sucralose. Bad, bad, bad. And shame on you for trying to tell people it isn’t. Thanks but no thanks.

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        • We’re properly shamed Heidi.

          You see, we feel that diets don’t have to be all about leaving things out. Enjoying that diet coke every now and again isn’t going to kill you and all that.

          I know, I know, we should banned from ever giving out health advice on the internet because our views of health aren’t yours. Somehow we’ll go on.

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          • I think Mrs.R needs to do some research on artificial sugars! Nothing artificial or processed is good for you! Why do you think we have so many cases of cancer now days compared to back before processed foods or artificial ingredients were invented! I still with natural sources!!

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          • Hi Erin! There’s been a lot of changes in the world between pre-GMO and GMO produced foods. C02 emissions, technology, and the like! And we honestly have very little idea of cancer rates in the past as they were unaware of what cancer was.

            Check the research and also remember that artificial sugar doesn’t always mean non-natural. It means that it’s trying to replicate sugar. I.E. Stevia is an all-natural artificial sweetener.

            You can read all the research we’ve compiled in this nice little post.

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  54. Before you distributors state things like “no one else give you the same nutrition…” yadda yadda, please do your research. We are not idiots.

    Thank you Mrs R, love this site! I am completely happy with my vegan meal replacement but am looking for one I can buy spur of the moment off the shelves that gives me the same nutritional value when I run out or if I want additional flavors for a comparable price. It’s certainly not Shakeology.

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  55. I don’t think the Chocolate tastes like vitamins at all. This is by far, the best tasting chocolate protein drink I’ve ever had in my life. Even my husband likes it. It’s very chocolatey and I love that. It’s a little too chocolatey for my husband so we add a banana to his and it’s much better that way. I love it by itself with almond milk and sometimes I add frozen fruit. $4 per shake is a great deal considering all of the nutrients you are getting.

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  56. I received a free sample of both the “green” one and the chocolate one from a friend and I had to dump the green one out – I was horrified at the taste. I read your review and couldn’t stop laughing.

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  57. WOW! I love reading all of the comments here! Such a range! It seems a lot of coaches have stopped by to defend, (even me, I admit it), but things got a lil scary farther up the chain! LOL
    I drink Shakeology, I prefer Chocolate. The greenberry is WAY better w/plain soy milk or almond milk which gives it a smooth nutty flavor..Too sharp for most people w/any kind of juice. I was a BIG supplement user and I save TONS of cash using this product! I signed as a coach for the discount, as my kids use it too. Every time I hear about a new supp that I might want to take I check the shake cuz it is usually there. The only other supp I add is additional calcium. so I save around $100/month. It is not for everybody…but you get what you pay for usually. I am going to try the #1 shake on your list to see how it is too and because the price is so low! But Shakeology packs the nutrients..even the ones that some people think don’t need to be there. I like them there..that’s a pill I don’t have to take! :-D I have taken all of the other shakes on the list and always had to add other supps along with them. So the basic thing is that people will use what is right for them. I ALWAYS appreciate reading an honest review on meal replacement shakes! Thanks so much for your site! I will be back!

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  58. I am so happy I found this site. My boyfriend and I are currently having to maintain two hoseholds (the joys of being in a military family) so I needless to say don’t have the money to aford shakeology. I don’t drink cofee, don’t buy energy drinks, don’t eat out often (if i do it’s no more then two times a month and under $15 and yes this is my unhealthy eating), and I I am very careful on what I spend my money on. I do care about my health, I try to eat healthy and I do excercise. Not trying to loose weight just maintain and be healthy.

    I have wonderful friends and thrugh them I have been able to do turbo fire, insanity, and try shakeology. I LOVE!! the chocolate and have to say that I felt wonderful when I was taking it for breakfast and yes I did add fruits and yogurts to make it taste better. I had so much energy I loved it and I did notice a drop in energy a few weeks after I stop taking it. I decided to go on the hunt for something that would be similar to shakeology at a price that I may be able to budget in to my expenses. I will be trying some of the other top rated shakes. thank you so much for all this good information.

    If it seems like I babbled more about my life style then the shake its so that I wont get placed in to the “I don’t care enough about my health, starbucks drinking junky, who wants a miracle weight loose supplement to replace healthy eating and exersice” catagorie. I do care about my health and I have experienced the benefits of shakeology I just simply cant afford it even if I became a coach.

    Thanks again Msr. R

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    • Laelah – the surge in energy that you feel when you drink shakeology is most likely from the maca root supplement. You can buy a decent maca root supplement for about $10 for a 60 day supply.

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      • Hi Yvette were would I find this supply of maca root that we can get for $10.00 for 60days supply , I would be very greatfull if you could let me know.

        Thank You
        Virginia

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  59. I really don’t feel the value is there to commit to Shakeology. I tried it and the taste is horrid. I also don’t need all those fillers. If I need a meal replacement, I opt for the less expensive, but worse tasting Vega. I will gladly save the extra money or use it to buy fruits and vegetables. I also have a problem with any supplement that states that it is healthier than actually eating fruits and veggies.

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    • It doesn’t say it’s healthier than eating fruits and vegetables. It says it has a days servings of fruits and vegetables but it states right on the bad that in no way does that mean you shouldn’t eat healthy meals through out the day. You should still eat fruits and vegetables. It’s just hard for most people to eat enough of them so the shake is a helpful way to get the nutrients. Also, Shakeology is not a meal replacement shake. It’s a diet supplement drink and it can be a meal replacement by adding calories, with milk, almond milk, ect and maybe some fuit. It should be at least 250 calories to be a meal replacement. The 70+ whole food ingredients are not fillers. They are actually whole foods that work together like a symphony to help your body feel it’s best. Did you try the chocolate or the new tropical Strawberry? They are really good. I haven’t tried the greenberry because I don’t think I would like it based on what friends of mine who drink it have told me.

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  60. Does shakeology really makes you lose weight? Of course with working out and watching what your eating. I’m on the fence is far as purchasing this product due to the price. Also when is the best time to or most effect meal to replace? Looking to shed 10 pounds and havent been able too. Will this work? Thoughts…..Or is there something more in my price range maybe half the price that would work like shakeology.

    Theresa

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    • James McNeill says:

      I have lost 27 pounds on P90-X. Shakeology was a key in losing the last 15 pounds quickly. Aside from the nutritional value, I think the simplicity and ability to control hunger were important. Regardless, don’t use any of the meal replacements with the idea that you can forgo exercise. Generally, if you choose to just lose weight without exercise (i.e. change your lifestyle), you will lapse back into your old weight and habits. Just pick one of these top rated shakes and a good exercise program and you’re there.

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  61. Go to the beachbody page on facebook and find the coaches, or ask them to message you. Ask each of them for some samples. Don’t tell them that you’re getting samples from others.
    Win.

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  62. This shake is disgusting…couldn’t find a better word. However, I also tried a few sample packets b/c the product is over priced, and agree with the value ranking. I couldn’t drink the entire green berry shake b/c it made me nauseous, I couldn’t eat anything for a few hours. I tried it again a week later, thinking maybe it was my mood…but nope, green berry shake made me nauseous again. The chocolate shake didn’t make me nauseous, but isn’t that great either. I paid 6 dollars for each sample packet, 2 green berry and 2 chocolate flavor and am so disappointed that I spent that much money on a product that tastes this horrible.

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  63. A very informative site…thank you for posting all this. I like learning how everyone perceives this product. I have my own experiences with Shakeology and P90X which have been very positive so I like to see the other side as well.

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  64. I just want to ask why are people so intent on comparing the price per serving of a meal replacement with the price of a meal that isn’t a meal replacement? Of course you can get a meal for less than 4 dollars a day, it’s called McDonalds! But if you are trying to become healthy and get in-shape, you obviously are going to have to spend a bit more on it than buying something that has no nutritional value. If you’re on a budget, and trying to use supplements or meal replacements, then save a little bit of money each month and then buy this stuff!
    Just my 2 cents…

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    • Jack, the strawberry flavor is much better than the other two flavors but just more pricey.

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    • James McNeill says:

      I think Mrs R is doing a great job of trying to define the difference. Her top rated shakes are deserving (or appear to be) and should get the job done if used with common sense to make them a true meal replacement. I absolutely agree that these top rated meal replacements are far superior to the average meal consumed by Americans. Sadly, that’s not saying much, but I’m confident they can be a key to a sustained weight loss and maintenance program.

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    • morningstar says:

      I’ve been reading and reading and can’t believe that I haven’t found the answers to my own questions. I am a very healthy-focused mom of four who is married and works very long hours and I also commute one hour each way per day. I literally leave home in the dark and return in the dark. I cook most dinners at home and we focus on proteins/veggies over carbs. Of course our kids like snacks, so we also try to stay healthy and still please them. Because of all of this, we spend $200 plus per week on groceries, and then splurge on going out to eat every once in a while. We can do this because we work very hard, but we have also built up to this over many years, so there is no judgement on others.
      SO…..now that I’ve said all of that…I mentioned that I work hard and long hours and I think in a healthy way, BUT I can’t lose the 15-20 pounds that I want to lose, and I also have very limited energy by the time I get home to my kids. I am truly looking forward for a convenient alternative to making a disaster of my kitchen with my blender for smoothies (I do this at 5 a.m.) that will help with energy as well as give me the nutrition I need to give in less to the “easy” foods that tend to be most convenient and most terrible for you. I would truly die to actually have the energy to go from work to the gym (I love to work out…when I have the energy!) instead of driving with my eyes barely open as I stumble home to make dinner for the family.
      After filtering through judgments and biases, it truly does sound like this product may help me and I am willing to cash in my quarters to try it.

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  65. leticia desouza says:

    Well i tried the sample, the chocolate its okay but the green its horrible!!!! its both to thick even mix w just water, so if you want add fruit its kind of “just forget it”, and the price is way tooooo , i would try it again if you have a strawberry flavor and better price

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  66. Thank you for the review. I tried Shakeology after a beachbody coach convinced me it would be SO good for me. I tried both Green-Berry and Chocolate and HATED the taste and the consistency of both. Yuck! Maybe it’s an acquired taste but it made me want to vomit. I do my best to eat healthy and as a LPN to RN student, married to an RN-BSN with an M.D. daughter I feel it is important to set an example. I read several of the reviews and many of the benefits in bp were probably due to weight loss – not the shake itself. I know MANY people that by losing just 10 pounds were able to get off blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes medications. It’s not any “magic” formula from Shakeology – or any other products. I choose to drink these types of products as a meal replacement I can take on the run. As to Shakeology, I thought the cost was prohibitive (and I don’t eat at McDonalds or Starbucks coffee), but the taste was definitely the deal breaker for me and I don’t want to have to “doctor” it up. As I said I’m in a hurry, but I don’t want all the sugar in a “slimfast”. I went back to Atkin’s shakes. I enjoy their coffee flavors, milk chocolate, strawberry and dark royale cause they are quick, easy and tie me over for an hour or so; giving me enough time to get a healthy and nutritious meal. I also love Beverly International’s Cookies & Cream. I’m going to to try some of the others you mentioned. Thanks for the objective review.

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  67. Corrine says:

    I’ve used Shakeology for about two months now and I love it. I haven’t had the green berry kind but I’ve use the chocolate flavored one and I honestly think it’s delicious, although a bit thick so I use more than 8 oz of liquid, and it’s usually skim milk.

    I normally cannot afford the high price, but I actually asked for it as a gift (that’s how much I like it). I’ve tried Alive and couldn’t stomach the taste and many other meal replacement shakes that have any real nutritional value made me gag and leave me starving. This has been the only shake that keeps me full. I completely disagree with the cement feeling. The shake’s a little thin? Add more liquid. I get about 4-5 hours of sleep a night and I notice a huge difference in my energy when I don’t drink this. I’m not saying it’ll happen to you but my nails and hair started growing faster plus my skin looks amazing now.

    My dad’s trainer started drinking it because she has total disdain for vegetables (hey sometimes you can’t help it). About a week after drinking it, she said her very weak and fragile nails started growing back..

    I can’t afford this on my college student budget (fifty bucks a month for food… sooo.. yeah.) But as soon as it’s plausible I’ll definitely have it on auto-delivery :)

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  68. I started working out.. at 1/2 hour a day at 272..not by any shakes, or pills or fad diets.. but just exercise and watching what i ate and lost 105 lbs.. I agree.. a sensible diet, and exercise is KEY… though.. I will say.. I have 30 more lbs to lose.. and have started fluctuating up and down.. I am considering trying some of these shakes… I have looked Vi, and Shakeology.. I have tried Shakeology, and after three days.. I just couldn’t stomach it anymore.. not sure why.. BUT.. the energy I felt, and fullness stayed with me.. I have never had a shake do that. I am waiting on my sample from VI to give it shot, and see… It’s the last 30 lbs that are driving me nuts!!!! BTW.. I love your site Ms. R… and find it very helpful :)

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  69. Because someone sent me a free sample of the new tropical flavor Shakeology, I was just a few minutes ago putting an order through for it to have variety with the Idealshape that I just started. I had wrapped my head around paying $119 for a month’s supply. Found out that the new tropical flavor costs $129! Then tax for me was going to be $9.10 for a total of $139!!! Shipping had not even been included yet. That did it….changed my mind on the order. Wayyyyy too expensive for my pocketbook.

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    • Padgett says:

      Ideal shape in my opinion is the very best!! Was given a sample of shakeology, OMG that was the yuckiest stuff ever..I’ve been on Ideal Shape sinced August.Love IT!!

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  70. First: I’m not a Beach Body coach and have no interest in becoming one. I’m also not a doctor, and I get wary when reviewers use too many exclamation points, so I’ll try to stear clear of those, too. I ordered my Chocolate Shakeology about 2 days before I stumbled on to this website. I’d been dying to find real reviews of the stuff and not ones from coaches. I got really nervous after all the mixed answers on taste and effects, so I figured I’d cut my losses and send it back once I gave it a try…I don’t think I can give it up!(sorry, there’s one) I’ve been on for 8 days and I’m able to go without caffeine–something I’ve clutched through most of my teaching days and in general for the last 5 years. I don’t crave junk food (at least not physically, the mental temptations will always be there), and it keeps me full. Now, lots of people had me terrified to try it, but honestly, I blend it with 5 ice cubes, 8 oz of milk and 2 tbs of PB2 and it makes me look forward to finishing my 5am workouts so I can go make it. It’s been a great week.

    Here’s how I’ve justified the price: I don’t go to McDonald’s or Starbucks every day, but I do spend a good deal on coffee I brew at home as well as wine. By cutting that out (which I thankfully can, now), that’s already more than half the cost. And by buying less junk food to pig out on the weekends, I’m honestly replacing a whole bunch of bad stuff with one awesome thing. I could care less who you buy it from, but I’d recommend anyone giving it a chance.

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  71. Nathan Gholz says:

    I love this site and all the comments. I started p90x and heard about this shakeology I’m glad there is someone out there to sift through the Mary Kay of health foods to help us find an affordable and comperable alternative……(you notice your sponsor always wants you to buy more not sell more)

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  72. Jennifer says:

    I agree the price is not ideal – but the other cheaper ones have Sucralose – no greens – and no probiotics. I only get one body – I will pay the money for the healthier one. Thanks for the info!!! Oh and the chocolate – is OUTSTANDING!!!! :)

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    • Hey Jennifer, I would definitely check out this article on artificial sweeteners before bashing them.

      Antioxidants are awesome and yes, shakeology does great at putting them in.

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      • The artificial sweetners are terrible…at least for some of us regardless of what some web article states. I know how my body reacts to them, and it’s not pretty.

        It’s good to know that this product avoids them.

        PS. I love the chocolate, have more energy and it does fill me up much better than EAS. The price is what I am choking on, but I guess you get what you pay for.

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      • James McNeill says:

        Mrs R, I will definitely check it out. I’m ambivalent about artificial and processed sweeteners, particularly corn syrup. At that same time, I could not agree more with your assessment that cane sugar has historically and continues to be a scourge on American health. At this point though, it’s only reasonable to accept the fact that corn syrup has become the low cost alternative for America’s sweet tooth, making it an insidious part of virtually any processed food. Once the chemists learned how to change that single molecule to make it sweeter, we were doomed. The only defense is to refuse anything with corn syrup when possible.

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  73. I like this a lot. It’s nice to get an honest review from someone who DOESN’T sell it.

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  74. Most here seem to be missing the boat on the subject of nutrition here. I have not used Shakeology, but what I did do was to invest in a Vitamix blender last year and it has been the best investment in my health I have ever made! Yes they are expensive at $450 a pop, but it has a 10 yr warranty and has more than paid for itself many times over. My point is that I can buy all kinds of organic vegetables, nuts and fruits very inexpensively, stuff not even available in Shakeology and I can make an unlimited variety of my own shakes, soups etc. If you are always on the go then Shakeology might be a good substitute. But why not feed your body with fresh organic produce. BTW, are the ingredients certified organic and pesticide free in Shakeology? Better do your research!

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  75. I tried Shakeology – chocolate and greenberry. I vomited violently along with diarrhea every single time with the chocolate and I only bothered with greenberry once, which was also met with the same reaction. I wanted to like Shakeology because I had read about all the benefits and weight loss others were experiencing. I do have a sample of the new vegan version but I’m wary about trying it. I did try Myoplex without incident. I may pick up the IdealShape based on the review. Thank you for researching and providing some alternatives.

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  76. i don’t get the Greenberry hate, I thought Greenberry was great, the Chocolate is crap.

    But I just can’t afford Shakeology, and I just ordered IdealShape, I’m confident it will do the job

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  77. Shakeology has a new flavor. It is strawberry tropical. It is kinda grainy at first but if you add milk or bananas it isnt so bad. It is entirely vegan and the protein is brown rice. I like this WAY better than the chocolate and green berry.

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  78. I just wanted to add that Shakeology is not just a weight loss drink. People claim it has helped with their migraines, their cholesterol, and their fibromyalgia to name a few. It’s an overall health drink. I love the tropical strawberry Shakeology!

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  79. Everyone should know that to lose weight your caloric expenditure must be greater than your caloric intake.. so in theory you would lose the same weight by exercising (moderate 3 or more times a week doing 35 to 45mins of cardio a day) and reducing your calories.

    Taking a multi-vitamin for the micro-minerals, a boost shake (breakfast and lunch, about 5 bucks for 6 and usually 190 to 240 cals each), and exercising will do the trick. If you need help eating healthy go to myplate.gov for help. In other words, if you were scarfing down 2500 to 4000 cals a day and you reduced to half of that with exercise, you will see results

    As a personal trainer, I would never steer a supplement(s) or products to my clients AND I know as a MLM distributor thats required in order to make ends fit. I prefer to educate them on healthy eating and sending them to a dietitian as certain issues are beyond my scope of practice.

    So for my people on budgets, look at your local wal marts Meal replacements section like slim fast, boost etc and do the math!

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  80. Danielle says:

    Shakeology is pretty awesome. I use it all the time (even when I can’t work out). It helps keep me regular and gives me energy. Fantastic product. Pretty expensive though =/.

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  81. I was wondering if women who are breastfeeding can drink this shake without it affecting milk supply or nutrients for my baby?

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  82. My problem with Shakeology and the cost is that it isnt a true meal replacement shake. Meaning, you cant just substitute it for “lunch”. At only 140 calories, plus a little more if you mix it with milk, etc. its just a supplement. So you cant compare the $4 cost per shake to a “meal” that you’d buy. And if you do just use it as a meal replacement for breakfast or lunch,on a normal 3 meal a day plan, then you are doing “ultralow calorie” dieting which has a success rate of about 4% over the long haul. As a nutritionist with a PhD told me – “eat a balanced diet, exercise and burn more calories then you consume – you’ll loose weight”. Our society is too geared towards instant gratification. Your life isnt the Biggest Loser – thats not realistic, or healthy.

    The whole marketing side of it turns me off too – this could be the best shake in the world, but with it being sold under a MLM scheme, makes me feel like i’m buying an overpriced vacuum.

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  83. Wow…I am surprised how many people think that it taste terrible…I love it. They give you several different receipes to make.
    I add PB2, skim milk and sometimes coconut(just a little)….it has been a life savor for me.
    After a long lax time of not working out I started doing P90x and now am on my second round…having one a day has pretty much taken care of my need to always have something sweet….it fills me up and I think it taste great.
    I agree it can be expensive…but I do use it as a meal…because I am to full to eat after….and it is less then a Starbucks…..
    I was very reluctant to try it…but I love it.

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    • kim,
      IN your 3rd line you prove its not that great tasting by having to add pb2, skim milk or coconut. If it was truely great tasting to you then you wouldn’t have to add anything.

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  84. This review is super helpful. Thanx a bunch Mrs. R.
    I’m looking for the product with the best ingredients and Thanx to your site I think I’ve found it.
    I can’t say price isn’t an issue, who wouldn’t love to pay less for anything? At its most expensive Shakeology is still around the same price as my morning jamba juice with with way better ingredients so the price is fine with me. I’m a 21 yr old waitress living on my own (well with a roommate but whatever) so I’m am on a budget. But mama always said we find money for the things we really want lol

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  85. My husband and I just found this site after doing Shakeology for almost a year.

    We have tried all 3 flavors, Chocolate, Green Berry and Strawberry. I can safely say that Chocolate is their best tasting flavor by far, I would then rank Green Berry then the Strawberry.

    We would have our shakes for breakfast, if you let the shake sit for any substantial amount of time while driving to work the shake should start to turn into a sort of gel and taste so bad that you could not finish it. You must drink this shake fast, i can not stress that enough.

    The shake powder with just milk or water is not something that I would recommend. For a year almost i have been having the same breakfast which is peanut butter, banana, and chocolate power mix. The mixture is thick however if you drink it fast it does have a good taste.

    My husband and I are currently looking for a new shake to try because of cost. We will be sad to no longer drink our shakeology, however we are looking forward to trying something new, after a year of the same breakfast.

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    • James McNeill says:

      I’m a Shakeology fan too, but based on cost, I’m checking out the # 1 rated product on this site. Seems that Mrs R deserves some respect, so I ordered it. The cost is substantially less, but I’ll be careful to evaluate the overall health benefits as comparison.

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  86. AuntieM says:

    I started Shakeology in August last year. I have lost 30 pounds and have gone down 4 pant sizes. My energy has gone up and I just feel “healthy” all over.

    The price is a little shocking….HOWEVER I can vouch that even with adding different things to the shakes for the many different recipes, my overall grocery bill each month has gone down…and that includes buying the shake mix each month.

    I eat less and feel better. So as the price is hard to swallow, in the long run, if you track your costs, its cheaper.

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  87. For me the only bad thing about shakeology was the cost (I was warned ahead of time to stay away from “greenberry”). The chocolate one is really good mixed with coffee and a little vanilla extract–the coffee definitely cuts that vitamin taste.
    What I did was search craigslist. Lots of people get shakeology delivered to them every month. If they go on vacation or just get slack they’ll end up with like 4 months supply, and it DOES go bad eventually so they unload on craigslist. Got 24 days for $50 which is much more reasonable! Didn’t find any good deals on amazon or ebay. YMMV.

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  88. I tried the shakeology several years ago and had a severe, and I do mean severe as in I dared not get 2 feet away from the bathroom each time I took it, I tried for 2 weeks, it never got better. I have put so many nasty things in my mouth that the taste didn’t bother me. By the time the 2 weeks was up I was dehydrated and needed an IV. I understand that this isn’t typical. I did find out recently that I am gluten sensitive which would account for the digestive trouble. I would just add do your homework, read everything you can and then have common sense! Healthy regular eating is not a sin and done correctly contributes to sane, safe happy, healthy weight loss. Just sayin. Can we stop the craziness?

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    • Jennifer says:

      Shakeology is gluten free. My mother has a gluten intolerance and she can drink them. I honestly feel like if someone has such a violent reaction to the product, then they’ve filled their body with so many toxins that Shakeology can’t do it’s job.

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      • Gluten reactions work very differently for very many people. The same with lactose intolerance. Something that works fine for someone with it, might cause all sorts of negatives for someone else. Some people with gluten allergies can eat oats just fine, others cannot; that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

        The “you have so much toxicity in your body” thing is a marketing line and it’s well, untrue.

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  89. livewell mom says:

    Like the review site but overall I agree with other comments made here. The market is getting flooded with all these Shakes and Cleanse packets and all it really is is more processed food on our market. How ironic some of the comments saying how we should combat processed, modified food with more processed, modified food.
    The strongest studies out there still support the basic facts: calories in need to be less than calories out to lose weight. These replacements do nothing to teach people how to maintain themselves for the long term with real food and learn how to buy their food smartly. Instead, it just keeps them hooked on a processed product. We cannot teach our own children to eat this way, why should we?
    Better to spend your money at weight watchers which has proven to work and work long term for many people and teaches people at least how to eat out in the real world instead of traveling with their powdered (which btw any raw foodist will tell is dead) food.

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    • I agree. I have used many a meal replacement shakes and lost weight. However realizing I am not going to live on a meal replacement shake for life I would gain the weight back while struggling with portion control. I’ve been fluctuating between 145 and 160 for years. I was 185 at my heaviest and have never seen that again but struggle to maintain the 145. At 5’7” 140-145 is an ideal weight to me. Thank you for your comment. It’s a reminder that losing weight is simple, eat well and exercise, for life!

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    • Jennifer says:

      Weight watchers didn’t work for me… I also feel like weight watchers does not teach you the value of eating GOOD foods. They just say, you can eat anything you want as long as the portion control is there.

      I’ve been drinking Shakeology for 4 months (since March), and eating clean foods for about 2 months. I feel better, stronger, and have way more energy, and I’m down 20 pounds. In 9 months at Weight Watchers I lost 7 pounds. It didn’t teach me the good things to eat.

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  90. I drink the Shakeology chocolate and strawberry flavors and love them both, not so much a fan of the greenberry though. Most times I drink it fairly plain with just water or milk and some ice. I’d put fruit in it but I already put a bunch in my bowl of oatmeal. It’s an easy way to get many of the nutrients my body needs, so I continue to drink it.

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  91. Ok, I have heart failure, high blood pressure along with a few other things, but have to lose weight, would this product hurt me? Please send me a list of whats in it, so that I could let my heart Dr. look at it and tell if it would help me lose the weight without killing me.

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  92. I’m a musician and have erratic hours. The first time I had a Shakeology, I bounded out of bed the next morning instead of lying there arguing with myself about getting up. Every body is different and what works for some may not work for others. I had some diarrhea, but figured it was because I also take metformin for my diabetes, and that is a side effect. No one mentioned that Shakeology can decrease one’s cravings, but that definitely occurred for me. My husband bought the Greenberry and I hated it, but he liked it. I like the chocolate, the new vegan chocolate, and the tropical strawberry is okay. It is expensive, but my husband and I buy it even though we’re living on our savings (and my gigs) because it makes us feel great. We did sign up as coaches just for the discount and for free shipping on the auto-ship. When I have mood swings, I’ll have a shake and it calms me down. We can’t imagine NOT having this in our lives, as we had tried Isagenix and others. We’ve dropped 55 pounds in 3 months, my blood sugar is much better, and my blood lipids are amazing, according to my doctor. Again, each body is different; there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to how bodies react to various nutrients. This is a great site, and it’s wonderful to have this conscious dialogue available. Thank you, Mrs. R., for providing this venue for comparison.

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  93. I am so glad I found your website, I enjoy reading about meal replacement shakes and learning all I can before I buy anything. I did try Shakeology’s new shake and actually like it over the other two flavors. It is still a littlw grainy but for me not as heavy as the other two.

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  94. HeatherD says:

    As a 41 year old working mom, triathlete, former aerobics instructor, and fighter of the middle age spread, I’ve become a connoisseur of shakes. I must admit, Shakeology rocks! I did purchase the chocolate off the P90X site, and loved it. When I ran out, I had a friend that had the green kind. I was skeptic that such a green, nasty looking shake would be good, but gave it a try. After slugging that bad boy down, I love it! Tastes more like banana to me. I make my shakes in a rocket grade blender, add almond butter, water, ice, and then blend to the consistency of a Wendy’s Frosty. Currently I am training for Lake Placid Ironman, and this shake helps hold me over for about 2-3hrs. Not cheap, but good value for good nutrition. It also blends far better than your typical health food store/GNC protein blend.

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  95. I bought shakeology after extensive online research. I loved the idea of all the nutrition it had, and I love have shakes for breakfast. The idea of one that helped decreased my cravings and increased my energy was really appealing. I went with shakeology because, again, the nutritional content, as well as my love for the insanity workouts. Needless to say, I was very disappointed when I tried the shake. I tried it plain, I tried it with recipes I found online, and I tried it with the recipes they provide. Any way I tried it, it was gross. Far too sweet for my taste, and not the good kind of sweet, the kind that makes your lips pucker and tastes artificial. I thought that if it made me feel as good as they claim, I could muscle through. Alas, it did not- I had no change in cravings, no increase in energy, no change of any kind (except a headache that I couldn’t quite shake for two days). I am returning this, and I will try the number one or two rated shake on this site. Definitely not worth the money to me.

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  96. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been taking Shakeology for 2 weeks now used as my breakfast meal. I also follow the P90x2 nutrition to a “T” and do the workouts. I am a P90x graduate but did not get the results I had hoped for. When doing the program I did not follow the nutrition and I still drank my bottle of wine twice a week! My body fat percentage is that of an athlete. I have told people I’m taking Shakeology and they think I’m crazy because they say I don’t need to lose weight. From my understanding this shake isn’t just for weight loss correct? Isn’t this also a great nutritional suppliment? I bought a months worth and plan on taking it until I finish P90x2. Do you think I’m doing a good thing by using this as a meal replacer considering I’m not trying to lose weight or am I just wasting my money???

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    • No, this is not just a weight loss supplement. Shakeology is not for the casual dieter. It is for those who commit to making health and fitness a 24/7 lifestyle. It does so much more than help you lose weight. It nourishes your body properly, giving your body every single nutrient it needs. I am doing Insanity and P90X and I will tell you what. There is NO WAY I would have the energy to keep up with those workouts if I was not drinking Shakeology. Keep it up! You will not be disappointed.

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  97. Brick ONeil says:

    Shakeology is way to expensive for people on limited income like me and the ‘coaches’ feel like MLM, amway or primeamerica scam artists: constant pushing, cajoling, buddying almost bullying one to purchase the way overpriced shakes and ‘buy a coaching’ membership to bully others to buy the shakes and coaching memberships. They just dont take no for an answer.

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  98. You are paying that price because of the pyramid scheme to sell it. They have to pay te people slinging it.

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  99. I’m still perplexed as how you gave this a high score for taste. This is the nastiest stuff I have ever tried to drink. Truly awful. And I’m talking about the chocolate!

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  100. I just received p90x in the mail today. I bought it for my husband. He has so many health problems due to his weight that if he doesn’t do something he will not be with us much longer. In the package was a pamphlet for their other products one of them being Shakeology, In their nutrition plan that goes along with the exercise portion of it they have you consume Shakeology. I didn’t buy Shakeology because I just couldn’t afford it. It isn’t in our budget. I admit the nutrition part of it looks good but the price is beyond us. We follow Total Money Makeover to help us budget and $120 to replace one meal for one person for one month is just too much. It is much simpler to just buy the right food and have a great meal with great nutrition all day long instead of doing Shakeoloy once a day. And it would or should be cheaper if you shop smart.

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  101. I don’t understand why people don’t like the Greenberry. I love it with just water or adding in some blueberries or raspberries. Although someone did ask me if I was drinking motor oil. I don’t think Ii would like the strawberry or chocolate as those two items always have a very sweet side to them no matter what it is. I will stick with the greenberry but how in the heck to I just get one extra bag without dealing with the issue of repeatative orders. I already receive my monthly shipment but would just like to have one extra bag so I can do the cleanses

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  102. I tried this shake! The chocolate wasn’t bad, the green was awful. I always had a bloated feeling after though, so I disontinued use, and yes, the cost is very high.

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  103. Hi Jane,

    Just a thought..the bloated feeling might just be your body getting use to the high fiber and other ingredients…if you still have the shakes you might want to give it some more time. I have not tried the other flavors yet, but I LOVE the chocolate.

    So far it has helped my digestion and regularity, I am not as hungry, I crave less garbage food, and my skin is softer.

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  104. “Pyramid” schemes are illegal except for the government. Beachbody is a very reputable company with a proven business model that allows those who want to share their experience of getting fit and healthy with others a chance to make money at the same time. It is not a get rich quick scheme by any means but like any business the harder you work at it the greater the rewards. And the rewards are not all monetary. These coaches, yes I am a new coach myself, are reaching out and helping tens of thousands of people live a healthier lifestyle. We are dedicated and are the products of our products. I was overweight and couldn’t walk two blocks without being in great pain. I’m 58 years old and I battle chronic fatigue. I started with Shakeology and Insanity. I also just finished Insanity/P90X Hybrid. I I work out every morning now and then walk/jog a mile without pain. I dropped 60 pounds of fat and gained 10 back in muscle. I did not become a coach until just a few days ago. I believe 100% in this company. I am a product of their products and just want to help others achieve the same results. And in these times when jobs are scarce Beachbody is actually putting people to work by giving them a chance to own their own business by helping people get healthy. What are you doing to help

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    • Well said! ..I’m just a coach because I want the discount for the products..especially Shakeology. I love the fact that they offer an opportunity to become a coach, save on products, and share a healthy lifestyle with others. If someone comes to me through my facebook I do tell them to visit my blog, but i dont have the time or commitment to really make big bank.. BB coaches are REALLY TRYING TO HELP! I only recommend people becoming a coach IF they love shakeology and plan on drinking it for as long as they can

      P.s. Some people are Okay with drinking a shake with artificial ingridients.. I had to learn that the hard way. lol I don’t really push anyone to try shakeology unless I know they are serious about their health and what exactly is going into their bodies

      Some people are willing to buy organic fruit, others think fruit is fruit, organic or not. There is a price difference! But it just depends if you care about what you are consuming..or do you just want it to taste good and fill you up??

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      • No offense Sandra, but there’s a reason that organic food lovers are considered annoying by quite a few people.

        This comment is an example, where you seem to be a nice person but the comment itself infers that anybody that doesn’t eat organic just doesn’t care about what they are eating and are, therefore, lazy.

        It implies a sense of superiority and it tends to alienate those who might be willing to learn more about organic vs non-organic and the health benefits that come along with.

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        • James McNeill says:

          Agree wholeheartedly Mrs R! So-called “Organic” is an unregulated industry with unproven results. I understand the hype and it may have valid results, but it is far from certain that “going organic” is worth the cost in a world with billions of hungry people. If you can afford it, fine. Now, Mrs R if you can get my wife to buy into my argument, then you could save me a ton of money, because she drank the “organic Kool-Aid” LOL!

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        • No way! I’m not implying in any way that people who don’t eat organic are lazy.. I know it’s much more expensive, I myself don’t buy everything organic. I get told all the time that organic food is just pure hype. But it’s true! some people don’t care.. they don’t care if their food is organic or not.. if their eggs are cage free or not..if their food is processed with artificial ingridients or natural. It’s not wrong, but I’m pretty sure any “health nut” would agree organic food and all natural food is better.

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          • Oh and I want to add!! lol I think most of these coaches are getting attacked a little, but I’m sure no one is trying to sell here. They are true believers, this shake (for those who can afford it) doesn’t compare. Why? Honestly it changes lives. I know for me it changed mine. It’s not really just a meal replacement, and only someone who has drank it for at least a month or two can see what a difference it makes.

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  105. The Skakeology “green berry” is a tough chug to swallow. But after a few packets of it, you can get it down. Yes, it does turn to cement in your stomach, blocks hunger for 8 hours, and comes out as hard as it went down. I did not have loose stool, mine became rock hard. I don’t know why my body rejected it. . .but it did. So there were benefits, and there was that downside. I had to stop taking it because of the severe constipation and straining to go. . .that’s not healthy. Maybe there’s a balance somewhere for som, because that was a huge problem for me. Best of luck folks!

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  106. Stephanie says:

    I have had such wonderful success with Shakeology. My doctor warned me a year ago that if I was not careful I would be diabetic before another year passed. Sure enough soon after that, I became diabetic but my blood glucose was still only about 132. My doctor told me that if I would lose weight and begin to bring my numbers down that he would not put me on diabetes medication. I started using Shakeology once a day as breakfast. My favorite has been chocolate and I just mixed it with 1% milk in a shaker. It was just so delicious, easy and helpful that I had to keep myself from drinking more than one a day because frankly, it is expensive and I couldn’t afford more than one a day. After three months I had lost 18 pounds, my cholesterol was in the normal range for the first time in 10 years (even on medication) and my blood glucose had gone down several points. Still not back to normal yet but it was well on its way.

    Then, along came Beachbody owner’s big idea that he had to change the formula to make it even healthier and take out what tiny bit of sugar (from natural sources) there was in it. They also “bumped up the fiber” and added a bunch of “super foods”. Well, they have made the chocolate completely undrinkable. For the loss of a better word, it is just simply disgusting. The texture is gritty and slimy at the same time. After using my shaker to mix my shakes, the little grate inside the shaker is left with a stringy, slimy residue hanging from the cross pieces of the grate. All they have done is completely ruin a good thing and what was a virtual life saver for me. Shakeology was helping me so much, along with eating a sensible diet and getting a bit of exercise. All I was able to do was walk a bit each day so I was not doing all the insane work outs – just what I have mentioned above.

    I do not know what I’m going to do now to continue to help myself. There are no other Shakeology flavors that I could stomach. I’ll keep eating right and walking but the Shakeology helped me feel full and the rich chocolate flavor mixed with 1% milk actually felt like I was having a milkshake every morning for breakfast. I just don’t understand why they felt to need to make an unnecessary change. I’ve always lived by the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If anyone has any suggestions as to another meal replacement shake that is healthy and tastes good, please let me know.

    I am so discouraged…

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    • I have been using chocolate shakeology for the last 6 months and was very happy with it (price and all) until they changed the formula to the new super-food style.

      It is now undrinkable. The texture is even thicker and made my throat feel like it was swelling. I read the BeachBody message boards and many other people had the same reaction to the “new” formula.

      I really loved shakeology and it was perfect for what I was looking for, a low weight watchers point, on-the-move breakfast that was good for my body. I just cannot drink the superfoods version.

      To replace my daily shakeology I ordered the chocolate version of ideal shape. Here is to hoping it is a good replacement.

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  107. I thought Shakeology was a bunch of bull! I was wrong! I was doing Insanity and saw the commercials for Shakeology and thought it was way too much money and it probably doesn’t work. I was in week 3 of Insanity when I decided to go for it! I really wish I drank the shakes from day one, but I can’t look back now. I am down 35lbs and I am smaller than I was before I had children. Shakeology is a family lifestyle change. My husband and son are also big fans! My son doesn’t eat any fruits or veggies willingly (he is 4) so I feel confident in giving him Shakeology. With no stimulants or caffeine I feel confident in this product. I love the fitness programs and Shakeology so much that I became a BB Coach! Changed my life!

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  108. the new chocolate shakeology has a terrible bitter after taste… yuck ! I tried to fix it up with some of my favorite additives, but no go.. I liked the old formula choco shakology soooo much better. I’m a coach and I can”t sell something I don”t even like ! What a shame.

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  109. James McNeill says:

    Stephanie, just try Idealshape. It’s the #1 rated meal replacement on this site and Mrs R seems to know what she’s doing. I currently do Shakeology with great results, but am trying the Idealshape product since it’s highly rated and much lower cost. Since Idealshape rates higher in the “Taste” category than Shakeology, this could be your answer!

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  110. I was using the chocolate shakeology for 7 months now, and had amazing results in my health. Now that the formula has changed, I can not even get one drink down. I’m suggesting MRSR do a new review with the new formula. I used to suggest this product to everyone, now I wouldn’t even feed it to my dogs. Please be warned… It is not the same shakeology from this review. I am moving on to ideal shape

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  111. I love Shakeology! I have tried the chocolate and the strawberry and love the taste. The chocolate is not sweet and I like that. The strawberry is great especially mixed with strawberries, bananas, and blueberries (separately or all together). I already have a high level of energy, but I experience even more energy with Shakeology. My endurance is longer and I feel better. This is a great product!

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  112. I am baffled by the comments that Greenberry tastes terrible or strongly of supplements. I LOVE GREENBERRY just the way it is – no fruit addition needed. To me it has a slight taste of oatmeal cookie or banana bread – nothing overpowering but really pleasant and tasty. I like it more than the chocolate. So glad I found it.

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  113. Ok, I have to say, I am a mom of two, living on a single income of $900 a month. my rent alone is $500 including only water. Not to mention my electric bill, phone, car insurance, gas, and my kids’ school expenses, and I STILL manage to find the money for Shakeology. I would rather drink this, than number 2 or 1 on your rating list. Those were cheaper, but had less nutrients, more sugar, and more calories. You get what you pay for. I’m willing to spend a few dollars more to get SOOOOOO much more out of your shake. Shakeology is not for the casual dieter. It is for those who make health and fitness a 24/7 lifestyle. I am doing Insanity and P90X and I run 8 miles a day. I don’t understand how anyone would have the energy to sustain as active a lifestyle as this one without Shakeology! And my kids love it too. We drink the chocolate flavor and I’m sorry but I don’t know what anyone is talking about when they say it tastes anything but amazing! When I got my first bag of Skakeology, I blendd it with nothing but milk and ice and it tasted like a chocolate milkshake! DELICIOUS!! And since putting my family on Shakeology, my 4 year old son can do 50 push ups in a row! I know plenty of adults who can’t even do that! There is no other shake. Only Shakeology. Pricy? Well what about all the medical expenses you’ll have when you get older and have health problems because you didn’t make your health a priority now? You think those won’t be pricey? The price is worth it, hands down. Your health should be priority number 1 in your life.

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    • The math gymnastics you must doing is pretty crazy just to get this shake, but good for you if that’s what you believe is important.

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      • Well, I’ve read some of your other shake reviews and none of them are 100% natural like Shakeology. You have said things like “this nutrient is extracted from this food”. Well to extract something, you must use chemicals. And the chemicals used to extract these nutrients are now going into my body. If I wanted to ingest a bunch of chemicals, I would just eat McDonalds every day. The point in spending money on a meal replacement shake is to be healthier, not ingest crap in liquid form instead of solid.

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        • Actually there are quite a few 100% natural shakes that we’ve reviewed. The most well known being Garden of Life Raw Meal.

          Also, your reason for drinking these shakes could actually be different than others. I, personally, don’t have a problem with GMO (I limit my intake of course) but when it comes to losing weight my main factors are:

          -does it actually have the nutrients to replace a meal while keeping sugars/fats/calories low?
          -does it taste good enough that I can actually see myself drinking it in the long term
          -does it actually fill me up enough to count as a meal

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  114. I use greenberry. I put it in a blender with a couple ice cubes, a banana(or strawberries, or both) and 12 oz. of water. It tastes great. mixing it with just milk would probably taste bad, but add any fruit, and you’re golden. More energy, less cravings for me. I’m doing my own thirty day challenge with it to see if I like it, partnered with working out, and I think I’m going to extend it to 90 days because I already feel the difference and I am so much more productive in my everyday life and my workouts. oh yea, I’m 21, 6’4″, and 225 pounds. The way I eat, its really hard for me to feel full with fruits and veggies. Its also hard not to eat out a lot, even though I don’t make a huge wage. I work in the service industry, and 4 bucks for a meal replacement is actually saving me money from what it would take me to fill me up. I recommend this to anyone that has a hard time including the right amount of fruits and veggies into their everyday eating habits, and wants to reduce cravings for massive meals. It won’t take long to feel it and adjust. You’ll feel fuller after your other meals and you’ll feel better having the right nutrients your body needs if you live a busy life. I’m no expert, but I really like shakeology. rememeber, add any fruit and you fix the only negative thing that can be said about this drink. Joe Silva

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  115. Luis Moreira says:

    I just tried the Tropical Fruit Vegan (someone gave me a free sample) and it tasted really good. might even consider buying it.

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  116. This has been a helpful and entertaining read. I can make a better educational decision about Shakeololgy from reading this information. I love your comments Mrs. R, I believe I understand where you are coming from. “Some” people just purchase supplements on what they “hear” about them instead of doing the research. Thanks for your website on this topic.

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  117. I just wanted to say – for what it’s worth – when I used Shakeology, I only replaced breakfast. And when there were times I replaced breakfast and lunch, I would cut my scoop in half. I was able to make my 30 day supply turn into 60. Side note – I drink the Chocolate with almond milk and PB… taste like a healthy reese cup. And for someone who is a yo-yo’er and struggles with giving up the sweets while trying to “get healthy” again (I won’t say diet in hopes that one day I’ll have a lifestyle change in the right direction) this was the best. I looked forward to waking up to my shakeology. Yes, it is pricey, but when I want to feel my best, I’ve found this shake to do just the trick. And no, I’m not a coach, and yes, I’m currently in between coming off the couch again and beginning another workout program. ;o) Bottom line – to be healthy you must eat healthy and exercise!! There are no easy outs!

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  118. The cost is always a hesitation but when you compare the ingredients to the others, it’s an easy decision.

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  119. I am not the leave a comment type of person, but I just loved Mrs. R straight forward answers. Most reviews in the market are made by Coaches… and we are “a little” biased and give it 5 stars of all day so people buy. So finding a real review is great!
    With that said, I found Shakeology to be a really good product. I am a meal replacement, protein bar junkie, and as far as I can see it is made with very high quality ingredients. However, it has SO many ingredients that many people get some kind of reaction and it’s pretty much impossible to know what causes it. I personally break out a little bit when I drink the regular chocolate flavor. Remember that they have a 30-day money back guarantee, if it’s not for you return it!
    The flavors… Chocolate and Strawberry are very good if you mix them with unsweetened almond milk. It cuts down on the sweetness and it makes them creamier. Also, if you blend them for more than 30 seconds they become goo, sooo thick I can’t down them, so I only pulse blend them for like 5 seconds.
    For anyone looking for natural alternative, go to WFM and get Vega One, specially if you are looking for a Vegan meal replacement. They taste ok and as far as I can read on the labels, they are very comparable to Shakeology.
    Thanks for the great site!

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  120. I was very skeptical about Shakeology, but after just 2 weeks I fell in love. I love the Vegan Chocolate and the Tropical Strawberry. I also LOVE the GREENBERRY! I mix it with 8 oz of unsweetened almond milk and frozen tropical fruit. It tastes great. I have tried nearly 30 shakes in a 2 year period and this is by far is my favorite, nutritionally and in taste. I have a severe adrenal disorder and Shakeology has saved me 100′s of dollars per month on the vitamins and minerals I was having to take and I no longer require the strong steroids I was on. THANK YOU SHAKEOLOGY! It is a part of my monthly grocery budget every month!

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  121. Christopher Martin says:

    I like the taste too all the shakes that have been rated. I will not use artificial sweetners . These sweetners are linked to negative impacts to the body. Synthetics should not be used as a type of filler. Raw vegan is the choice I have made over the top 4. Steva is great as a sweetner and does not have a negative impact in our bodies. Thank you

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  122. Someone mentioned that many of the reviews come from coaches, which may be the case. But, something to keep in mind is that many coaches became coaches because they loved Shakeology and wanted to save money on it. So, it’s not necessarily reviews from coaches wanting to sell a product, it’s reviews from customers who became coaches because they loved the product and believed in it enough to sell it. I am a coach and I did not fall in love with Shakeology because I was selling it. I started selling it because of how much I believed in it. I have been drinking it for more than 2 years, and despite the $89 price tag, it’s worth it a million times over to me. I used to get sick so often that I couldn’t say out of the doctors office. Bronchitis 4x a year and laryngitis that would last for a month at a time. IBS symptoms that were so bad I could literally be in the bathroom 10x a day. Since I began drinking Shakeology, I have not had more than a sniffle and the only time I ever have stomach problems are when I eat a LOT of really fatty, rich, junky processed foods. I never get sick anymore, and that is 100% Shakeology and regular exercise. And, because I never get sick, I don’t fill prescriptions, I don’t pay deductibles and copays and I don’t miss work. That’s where the value comes in for me. There is value in other places, such as eliminating the fast food I used to eat for breakfast which cost about the same. But, the real value is in my health. There are many things I would sacrifice in order to continue to drink Shakeology and if money does get very tight one month, then I will either drink half a scoop or drink it every other day so that I can prolong the life of the bag and then just change the ship date on the next order.

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  123. i drink chocolate shakeology and agree its too thick ,but I used common sense and added more water and omg it was thinner and tasted much better. I have let all my coworkers try it and it made them all feel great. It is costly ,but some of the more powerful ingredients are only available in far away countries around the world.

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  124. for those of you that say you wouldn’t need this nutrition if we just ate healthy ,well I dont know what planet your living on , but that is not easy , and is also expensive ! Not to mention its pretty hard to eat healthy when every food on the market claims to be good for you ,even when its horrible for you.

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  125. I think I have to agree with Mrs.R on the price, Shakeology is justa little too exspensive for me to regularly buy, mostly because my husband and I on a $200/month food budget. I tried Shakeology when I started Slim in 6 and so far it really does work,. I didn’t feel as hungry and I had more energy but I cannot afford to keep using it.

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  126. Hi Mrs. R,
    Just found your review of Shakeology, and found it honest, humorous, and informative.

    Weirdly enough, the Greenberry was my favorite, and I thought the chocolate tasted…off. Probably because I just mixed it with water. But I like it better than the greenberry now. I usually blend it with some frozen fruit and some peanut or almond butter. And yeah, it doesn’t taste as good as some of the other shakes out there. And hells yeah, it’s expensive, but for me, it’s worth it if it keeps me full and feeling energized, which it does.

    I recently got the tropical strawberry and vegan chocolate. I thought the strawberry was too sweet, but the vegan choc tasted more like a “traditional” protein shake-blended with 1/2 banana and a TB of peanut butter. I would be happy to send you a packet of each so you can keep your review updated.

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  127. How does a shake that you admit taste terrible rate an 8.8 out of 10 in taste?

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    • In the review you can see that we updated the flavor when someone sent us chocolate. The chocolate was a lot better than the green berry, but still not the best. Around an 8.8

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  128. Hi there!
    I am iterested in taking this BeachBody shake and because I am so excited an pumped my 13-year-old daughter (14 in April) is also wanting in but I’m not sure about letting her join. Is she too young for this?
    If so, are there any safe shakes out there for young teens?
    -Isabel.

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    • I think taking your daughter in for a physical and speaking with your doctor about her options is definitely a good place to start.

      Working with an exercise program is also going to be healthy for her.

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  129. LOL!!! Mrs. R, I just have to say I love your review here!
    “Looks like vomit…… call it Green Berry and ship it!” LOL…
    I just found this sight as I am looking for UNbiased reviews of different shakes. Thank you! I am so please to find a sight dedicated to trying and reviewing these meal replacements. I amost bought into the Vi hype but was really turned off by the distributor pushing me to sign up for the “challenge” phewy.
    I will be puchasing the IdealShape because of your reviews. Thanks again for your honesty and humor.

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  130. Can someone clarify their automatic credit card renewal? My wife wants to try this, and get the Les Mills Combat DVD’s. I have been resisting on the shakes because while she has been working out a good bit, she is also eating ice cream, chips, chocolate, etc… So I was going to agree to a one month trial…. she can get the shakes and DVDs, then cancel. Still not cheap at all. BUT…. after reading the terms and conditions on their website, it sounds as if you provide a credit card, they will automatically bill you 30 days in advance of your order running out. So…. if I order on Monday, in that first day or two I will already be within the 30 day window, and they will also bill me for NEXT month.

    I am okay agreeing to one month, but not two. Can anyone confirm that this will happen? …or am I misunderstanding their policy?

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  131. I think this summary is spot on. I used Shakeology for over a year and loved it. If money were no object I would still use it. However, it is way over priced. I used to be a Beachbody coach, but I found it to really turn me off to the company. I still love the Beachbody workouts, and I will continue to use them. The supplements are good and high quality, but overpriced. The big reason for this in my opinion is because coaches get a cut of their sales, the biggest cut coming from Shakeology. The only way to make money as a Beachbody coach is getting people to sign up for Shakeology Home Direct and signing up as a coach. So many coaches try to steer everyone to Beachbody supplements, which is understandable, but disingenuous. My coach is a good one who I still follow, in fact he is the top coach. However, he still keeps his integrity and recommends things outside of what he makes money on. I find him to be an exception to the rule.

    I would suspect most people giving you grief for your assessment are coaches, if not all of them. I want the best bang for my buck, and I just think there are better alternatives. I also don’t like anything where you have to sign up for automatic shipping or else the cost goes up $15.

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  132. I don’t get how a shake that you describe as being hard to drink because of the taste (which I agree I have only tied the chocolate and spat it out — but to each their own) rates a 8.8 ? What’s a 2? Dog poop? Please explain you scale cuz based on how you described the taste it seems that 8.8 is a bit high…

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    • We’ve always been more lenient on the flavor category because taste is so subjective. The worst tasting shake we’ve tried was NanoMeals and we still ranked it above a 5. We’ve had shakes that everyone here thought were truly awful but commenters say was the best tasting shake they ever tried.

      Even here you see a lot of people talking about how much they love the taste of Shakeology.

      It’s hard to kill someone’s overall score on something so subjective, so we try to keep it a little higher.

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  133. I’ve purchased shakeology. Its very expensive and you can save about 10% if you auto ship it. Luckily if you return it before the 30 days is up (even an empty bag) they will refund you 100% which is what I did. I did feel better when drinking it, and it did keep me full. I ordered the green berry, and although its not my favorite, I will say once your body starts getting used to all the nutrients you stop tasting them (as much), and it actually has a flavor (a little) . Still not the best, but you catch the drift. I mixed it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and honey also, which I think helped!
    At the end of the day, I’m not entirely sure its worth 120 a month… But I will say I have a friend who drinks it like her life depends on it, and her cholesterol has lowered, her blood pressure, her digestive system is more stable… things like that. Its a good shake if you can get past the flavor and the cost!

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  134. Dave Murray says:

    Hi Mrs. R,
    Have you been to many Doctors lately?
    You mentioned that using a shake with a cleanse is bad, “just ask a doctor”!
    A doctor definitely does not have the final word on healing or nutritian. As a matter of fact
    I wouldn’t ask a doctor anything about health and nutritian. They only know about symtoms and chemicals to relieve them and don’t like it when asked to use a holistic approach to healing. I think they don’t believe in it. However I do know one doctor that is well rounded in both.

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    • You know what they call Holistic medicine that has been proven to work?

      Medicine.

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      • This may be the worst tasting shake I’ve ever had, and according to my wife that’s saying something. I’ve used Creatine, Nitrogen, Meal Replacement and so many Proteins like egg, soy and whey. I also use BCAA’s, and even the vegetable replacement powders and nothing has even come close to how poorly this product tastes. The trouble is that there are so many of these independent marketing people getting paid 25 % of the price, which at $ 129 a bag isn’t shabby ($32 commission) so they say how great it is.

        Also, as I found out when I ordered this product, they place you on an “Automatic” replenishment cycle where they just ship and bill you for the products. Not cool! I was very displeased with this practice and have had to call the center which of course is foreign run (so you take an hour to get this resolved).

        Do your homework folks. Just about every nutritional shake they offer has a less costly and much better tasting alternative. Shakeology is by far the worst tasting product I have had in my 15 years of fitness and nutritional training.

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        • Not all coaches with Beachbody are created equal. As a coach with Beachbody for the past 4 years I have always been up front with my customers about ordering a single order or registering for the monthly auto-ship option. There are choices and it is clearly written on the order website. Your poor experience doesn’t always happen with customers. In addition, our customer service is based out of two locations in California and we have received an A+ rating from the BBA for our customer service. I have called several times over the past 4 years and I have never been on hold longer than a couple minutes. I hate that your experience was not good with the company or the product. Too each their own, that’s why there are several choices out there on the market. I personally, think their workout programs are the best available and when it comes right down to it exercise is the most important part of staying healthy.

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  135. Thanks for this review!

    I will start by saying I am a BB coach, BUT shakology is tastes horrible and is overpriced. I have tried both greenberry and chocolate flavors and they both taste like stevia. I can’t taste anything except the overwhelming stevia flavor – gross!

    In regards to value, yes – there are alot of really great ingredients. But if you are fitting 74 ingredients in that little scoop, you are talking about very small amounts of each ingredient and of course (like all shakes) the ingredients have been highly processed. Every time we process foods we are destroying their nutritional integrity to some degree. SO, while BB makes some great workout products, I actually would advocate avoiding shakes altogether and eating real, whole foods. They are not that time consuming to make, taste good, and contain the best nutrition you can get because they are not processed. It is that simple. And I am a busy, hard working mama that still manages to cook real food daily.

    And for all of the tired comparisons to starbucks, fast food, and adult beverages: In my home, we feed 4 people on $100 per week. We do not eat out (at all), we do not buy fancy coffee. We do not buy beverages (like juice, soda, and so forth). We buy real food as minimally processed as possible. And we are not alone. Many families have an actual, tight budget and are not squandering money on junk. To say that they are simply not prioritizing health enough is rude and ignorant. I realize most coaches have swallowed the company lines whole, but meal replacement shakes are not the be-all, end all of weight loss or health. They are a flimsy substitute for eating clean, wholesome and balenced foods.

    Coaches, please stop comparing shkology to starbucks and mcdonalds. You just make yourselves and the company look ignorant and insensitive. You can do better!

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    • Chrissy says:

      LL, I believe you are in the wrong business. First of all you need to do your research on this AMAZING product because clearly you have not done so. You are a BB Coach but you ARE NOT a product of the Product. You should consider finding a new passion, because obviously this is not it and You are telling Coaches to stop comparing Shakeology to fastfoods and coffee houses but what are you doing?? You DO NOT even support the product!! Not trying to be rude, just being honest. You do not belong in this business as a BB Coach.

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      • Frankly, I appreciate LL’s honesty. If the real goal of BB is to actually help people become healthier, then they don’t need any gimmick or information on top of what we already know to be true about energy, calories, and nutrition. I am currently using Shakeology/Clean Eating and it IS affective and I like it. But people are still able to use their brains and figure out that you don’t NEED a meal replacement shake to be healthy and fit or even lose weight. Now, I’m using it temporarily because I can afford it for a certain amount of time and it is a nice boost to kick-off weight loss and getting back in shape. But I’m not ignorant enough to think that I have to use this stuff for the rest of my life in order to continue to get or even maintain good results. This is just ONE way to do it. Someone doesn’t have to drop their personal integrity in order to be a good employee of BB, nor do they have to commit intellectual suicide. So, kudos to you, LL! Consumers really appreciate people like you! And nobody likes to be snookered into spending money that they really might not have.

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  136. Two questions-
    1. Why do you send people to amazon to buy any of these products?
    2. What length of time do you try these products for? One day? One week? And why?

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    • It’s an affiliate link. If you purchase the product through the buy now button we get a small portion of the sale. We have these on all shakes so it doesn’t create bias, and helps pay for the upkeep of running this site.

      This site is not our full time job and we didn’t want to cover it with ads, so we went with affiliate links.

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      • Thanks for answering my first question. That makes a lot of sense.
        Would you please answer my second question? :)
        2. What length of time do you try these products for? One day? One week? And why?

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        • We try the products for one day as we’ve been using meal replacement consistently for almost 3 years now, and can usually get the information necessary from the first test.

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  137. With the price increase its definitely over priced. They will lose a lot of customers if they don’t become competitive!!!!

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  138. Just wanted to say that there are 4 Shakeology Flavors Greenberry, Chocolate, Chocolate Vegan And Tropical Strawberry Vegan. May i add the Greenberry formula has been updated it is now way better Tasting . Chocolate and Chocolate Vegan to me taste almost the and are by far the best flavors!!!

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  139. I have been drinking the Vegan Chocolate now for 2 months…I like it…but its has the adverse effect on me…I don’t go to the bathroom…:( May have to give it up..

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  140. Jennifer Woodruff says:

    I too am a Beachbody coach. I am only speaking from mine & my husband’s experience with Shakeology. #1, yes it can be considered expensive, but for the convenience alone, it’s worth it to me. Am I lazy? By any means, no. Due to having so much to get done, especially in the a.m. with 3 kids, I normally would miss breakfast, “the most important meal of the day.” Now, I can blend up a shake for me & hubby in just a few minutes & drink it while getting to work. #2, we love how we feel & the energy it helps give us. I don’t crave the junk foods, especially chocolate, like I used to. More times than not, I don’t even want anything like that…even when it’s available! I know it’s b/c we started these shakes as before, I couldn’t kick my sweet-tooth cravings. #3, I’ve experienced other shakes & I think this was tastes good compared to the others. Our fav is the chocolate with milk, 1/2 a banana, & a Tbsp of peanut butter. Blend up with some ice & put in freezer for a few minutes to get extra cold. :)
    Is this for everyone? No, otherwise everyone would have it! All I’m sayin is, it works for us. It helps us live our lives with more energy, better health, etc. Building a business that can help us financially is just another perk to allow more freedom. :)

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  141. love the berry says:

    I bought the Green Berry shake and loved the flavor BUT I am a fan of the vitamine flavor soooo that sounds about right… my only bad comment is that about mid-way through my very expensive bag of Green Berry I was scooping up a measure and out came a dead moth in the powder.

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  142. A friend of mine just gave me her chocolate flavored supply because she is not big on chocolate but I am. I really like it. I drink it for breakfast on days I don’t workout. I am not a big breakfast person so it really works for me. It came with a 30 day recipe guide so I don’t have to drink the same one every day. I am really going to hate it when it’s all gone. I can’t afford it. The price is the only reason I can’t give it 5 stars. I will have to go back to drinking slim fast.

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  143. Kaniska Steele says:

    I purchased my Shakeology from a coach & I am very pleased with this product. They have 2 more flavors now(vanilla & tropical strawberry). I’ve tried the chocolate(not a fan) & tropical strawberry(yummy!). I’m not a fan of the price but it sure does work.

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  144. I love the vegan berry Shakeology, agreed with me very well, however, I just couldn’t justify the price any longer, so regretfully, have given it up. The coach who sold me on it tried to convince me that it was only $4/day. That’s fine, but none of my other home prepared meals cost that much per serving. Also, I add 1 cup of almond milk and one banana or a handful of strawberries to each shake, so it’s even costlier. Too bad.

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  145. Michelle Mendoza says:

    Ok let me just say I couldn’t over the price of Shakeology but it truly helped me! As for you saying something about the taste, Shakeology is one of the only meal replacements that doesn’t use artificial sweeteners in it. Yes it has Stevia in it but that also comes from a plant not a chemical plant. That is probably one reason you couldn’t stand the taste. Of course if it had artificial sweeteners in it you would love the taste!! Second you can mix so much in your shake so it doesn’t even taste healthy. A lot of people aren’t fans of it with just water and ice. As for the “cleanse” idea you are giving off, that’s not what this product is for. They have a three day cleanse for you to do but they don’t recommend you doing it all the time!! I have done it and I didn’t feel awful at all! I can also vouch that the effects of this product don’t come into play for a week or so, so for you to say drinking one shake you didn’t notice a difference, duhhh!! Anything you try isn’t going to show the effects in one use, that is just common sense!!!

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  146. I tried for almost a year Herbalife I would go to one of there “clubs” n have breakfast there and I had too pay $5.00 for a small shake . I tried buying the shakes but I also had to purchase the protein powder to mix in the shake separately and they each cost about $45 dollars each. and it did not taste good and the nutrition didn’t even come close to Shakeology.

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  147. What can I say, I love Shakeology! It has help me alot, no side effects except that I feel better than ever. At first I thought it was expensive but when I compared its ingredients with all the other shakes in the market, the first thing that came to my mind is “Wow, Shakeology is cheap!” I mean it is all fricking natural, No artificial flavor … Oh come’on it even has moringa, Flax, Camu-camu-, Chia Quinoa.. It is perfection in a bag! I would never change Shakeology! I’ve tried all 4 flavor, but I don’t change my chocolate one.

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  148. I’ve been using a different shake for a little over 2 years. Though I do mine with almond milk, p-nut butter, and frozen bananas, I do agree that the true taste comes out when mixed with just product and water, as called for. This, the taste after openly trying many others, including 30 days of Shakeology, the year prior, is the main reason that I have stuck with this one. It makes getting a lot of what I need simple and has become part of my daily routine. I feel great, but wonder what MRSR.com would have to say.
    Is it possible for me to send some of this brand shake in for review?

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  149. I was going to cancel my monthly Shakeology autoship due to the price and was looking for a comparable shake when I stumbled on this website. After reading the reviews and the comments, I’m going to continue with Shakeology. After using it for at least a year, it has helped keep my low blood sugar tendency stable, kept me energized, regular, and at an appropriate weight. I have stopped taking expensive multivitamins due to the high nutritional value in the shake.

    I supplement the shake for flavor and because I use it as a true meal replacement.

    Here’s my recipe:
    chocolate Shakeology as directed
    coconut milk 1 cup (not the canned kind for cooking but the drinkable kind that comes like almond or soy milk. I use Trader Joe’s brand)
    a splash of plain kefir
    a few frozen mixed berries (1/4 cup aprox. They replace icecubes and add flavor and nutrition)
    an occasional banana or half (depending on workout schedule or morning hunger level)
    mix in the blender until yummy and delicious
    enjoy!

    Thanks Mrs. R!

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  150. My wife and I are Beachbody coaches BECAUSE of Shakeology. It amazes me that people say it’s expensive. Yes, it is expensive compared to all other shakes – BUT – look at the ingredient list. Find me one other shake in the universe that has absolutely no artificial flavors, chemicals, or ingredients of ANY kind, with the same number of all natural ingredients. It doesn’t exist! Even your number 1 shake pick: IdealShape has oil and artificial flavors in it. Sure you can go to your local nutrition store or Costco and buy a 30-day bag of shake mix for a fourth of the cost of Shakeology, and that you may think tastes better, but you are buying artificially flavored, chemically enhanced protein and fillers, and getting none of the other benefits provided by Shakeology. My wife and I became coaches in 2013 because we believe so strongly in what Shakeology has done for us:

    She was diagnosed with thyroid disease in January 2013 when a huge growth appeared on the left side of her thyroid that doctors thought was cancerous. After having it surgically removed and finding out that it was not cancer, she contracted hypothyroidism as a result (constant exhaustion, brittle nails, hair falling out, dry skin, insomnia). She spent months trying to find natural endocrine and adrenal supplements to help regain her energy while also getting her synthroid regulated. She was depressed and too tired and sore to exercise, until I decided to order Shakeology with my next workout program and convinced her to try it. After just 4 days on it, she felt better than she had all year since surgery, and after a month on it, she felt better than she did BEFORE the surgery. She gained 10 pounds from her hypothyroidism, and after 2 months on Shakeology and 6 weeks doing Focus T25 she has lost 11 pounds and 14 total inches from her body. We replaced $220 a month worth of vitamins and supplements with a $130 bag of vegan Strawberry Shakeology, and that doesn’t even count ‘replacing a meal’ cost comparison.

    I have always been skinny and am trying to add muscle mass. I’ve been drinking Shakeology every day for several months and after 6 weeks of Body Beast I have gone from 6’2″ 183 pounds and 16.3% fat to 194 pounds and 13.6% fat. I recently had my annual physical and my doctor immediately wanted to know what I am doing because she said I look healthier than I ever have in the 7 years I’ve been seeing her, and my bloodwork numbers are also the best they’ve ever been. My total cholesterol dropped from 187 to 167, my LDL (bad cholesterol) dropped from 108 to 98, my HDL (good cholesterol) increased from 40 to 54, and my triglycerides (fat in the blood) dropped from a whopping 153 down to 77 – all because of Shakeology, eating right, and exercising.

    Personally, I am not on a tight budget – BUT – I refuse to pay less for a shake mix full of chemicals, with a much smaller list of ingredients, to save $1 or $2 a serving. Think $130 a month is expensive? Cancel your cable TV service, cancel your home telephone and use your cell phone, don’t buy that new $200-300 iPhone or Droid when it releases, go to the library instead of buying a new kindle, set up a car pool to work so you only have to drive 1-2 days a week, wait for that awesome movie to come out on blu-ray instead of going to the theater. We live in a society with unlimited choices – if you are on a budget, dig deep and you will find the money for the things you prioritize…

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  151. This shake tastes terrible. 8.8 should be a 5.0 rating.

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  152. Missdiva87 says:

    I have been drinking shakeology for 1 year and got the most amazing results ever. Going to the bathroom was a daily issue for me. Once I started working out and drinking the shake my bowl movements became regular 2x aday. I also eat clean, I stay away from processed foods and carbonated drinks. Shakeology has taught me to eat, and grounded my new lifestyle! I highly recommend to anyone!!

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  153. crdancer83 says:

    I am a very healthy eater and I work out 6 days a week. A friend of mine is a Coach and had been asking me to try it for months. I used Shakeology for a week and I gained a tremendous amount of weight-to the point that I can not fit into some of my jeans. Needless to say I am NOT a fan of this product. I’m sure it would be good for someone who currently doesn’t eat well and doesn’t work out, but for someone who already lives a very healthy lifestyle, I would not recommend it.

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  154. In 2012 I felt the same way as you about the taste of Shakeology and not just the Greenberry, although it was THEE worst of the lot. They have since improved the flavors, added a vanilla flavor and they all taste really good! There are also vegan options that includes a strawberry flavor.

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  155. My favorite is the Greenberry. If i use Chocolate too often i do get some intestinal issues.
    I always mix my shakes with water and So original coconut milk to cut the calories. It really keeps me satisfied for hours!
    I do wish i would loose more weight. I excursive three times a week at least but will have to rev it up I guess.
    I tried Chocolate with warmed up water/So and did not like it – it is best cold.
    When i stopped taking Shakeology for awhile and the bags started piling up – i asked to put my account on hold and they did this for 4 months.
    Yes it is expensive and I think they should give loyal customers a break every once and awhile.
    The long and short of it is that this is the best meal replacement product I’ve ever used.

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    • Definitely a great product. I’ve noticed some things you said. Have you been purchasing the product and not a challenge pack? Also has anybody mentioned to you about becoming a coach and the benefits? Please contact me, as you are already purchasing the product and I will explain to you some things that I think you missing,

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  156. I love Shakeology and I buy the Vegan Tropical. It tastes fabulous! If you are having stomach upset, they suggest that you only use 1/2 the serving. This is due to the extra fiber.

    As a result of using this product, I have lost 20 lbs in about 4 months. This along with following the eating plan outlined in Myfitness Pal and doing the exercise program. It all works together.

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  157. I’ve been using the Vegan Chocolate Shakeology for two weeks now. I really like it. For a few years I’ve been on a fairly strick Nutritarian style of eating (greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries, nuts, seeds) — eating nutrient dense foods — uber healthy eating — no dairy, meat, cheese, fast food, boxed processed food, non-organic foods, etc. Perhaps that’s the reason I’ve experienced no adverse effects and my body needed no time to adjust to Shakeology. The taste was a little chaulky with the first few shakes, but I think I wasn’t blending the shake long enough. I’m drinking the shakes for the added nutrients, not as a meal replacement — who doesn’t love a smoothie a day? It’s expensive, but you get what you pay for. I’m buying the vegan stuff because it doesn’t have the whey, which I’ve read is really not good for the innards (says Dr. Joel Fuhrman and others). Looking forward to receiving the Vegan Tropical strawberry. I hope I like it as much. I would recommend this product … quality ingredients and good taste.

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  158. Ok, here’s my beef about the price: I keep hearing things like, “NO! Shakeology is not REALLY expensive, because after all, if you are eating out every day for lunch or stopping at Starbucks every day, it ends up being the same or less money that is usually spent.”

    However…what if you DON’T spend $140.00 eating out/going to Starbucks (on top of your monthly grocery bill)? You’re not saving money anywhere! In fact, being on the Shakeology/Clean Eating Diet causes you to then spend more money in groceries, because produce and whole foods naturally cost more than processed things (which are prohibited.)

    So, I think the whole “You can’t afford not to!” is a bunch of crap, money-wise.

    Now, I will say that I just started Shakeology/Clean Eating, and I really like it and see the benefits. It’s not a scam, as far as I can tell. But they’re totally lying when they try to sell you that bit about it not being expensive.

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  159. I loved the review on this product. Funny! Although, I prefer the GreenBerry over the Chocolate. I ordered the shakes with my Brazil Butt Lift workout dvd’s and I gotta tell ya….You will need these shakes to get through those workouts, lol! They will replace your coffee on most days. And, like the review stated, mix well with a liquid, they will sit in your belly and keep you full.

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  160. I do give these shakes 5 stars. They are absolutely worth every penny

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  161. Ron House says:

    What do you mix with shakeology? I have two sample shakes (chocolate); do you use water or something else?

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  162. Mrs. R,
    You are actually out of date on the flavors. There is a new flavor of chocolate which is very good tasting, and the new vanilla as of last year, besides green berry there is tropical strawberry and as of this month there is a new just strawberry flavor.

    I personally mix my shake with Rice Milk, or skim milk, but it can be mixed with any liquid preferred.

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  163. Interested in Meal Replacement says:

    This site and the reviews has helped me a lot. I was going to spend the money even knowing I really shouldn’t. I’m like everybody else that this is just too expensive. You can tell by a lot of the comments they are super biased and probably sellers which is why they would defend this product so desperately like with the comments “if you can buy a fancy cup of coffee” Well most people probably don’t buy a fancy cup of coffee on a budget. Anyway thanks for the very good input!

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  164. Fernando says:

    I have discovered my new morning routine. While I’m sure we should all limit our Caffeine my favorite way to go is a Chocolate Shakeology, 8 oz coffee, 2 oz 1% mild and a little ice. Blend up until completely smooth and sip on it for the first hour of my day. Ticks all the boxes.

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  165. I just wanted to know if you have tried the Thrive shakes by Le-Vel. I did post a referral link to their site. They are suppose to be all natural and I have been replacing breakfast with one going on 5 weeks. Just would like an unbiased opinion. Thank you.

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  166. I have used Shakeology for a year and a half now and while yes, it is more expensive than others, it really is THAT much better. I was a complete skeptic at first but decided to stick with not only Shakeology but also the entire BeachBody suite of products and meal plans.

    I was your typical ” I want to see results today” type person but after getting schooled on how all of the products work together, my story changed.

    I allowed the Shakeology to actually work putting all of those “Fillers” to work and naturally begin to cleanse my body of all the junk. This process took longer than a month but my body started to feel amazing and my energy level was increasing more and more each day.

    I changed my eating habits to eat cleaner and began excercising with the Les Mill Combat at home program.

    Flash forward to today and (at 41 ) I’m in the best shape of my life and in fact, I recently completed a 1/2 marathon in just a little over 2 hours

    To close – It is all about balance and the complete package..
    #GottaShapeUp

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  167. I tried the chocolate Shakeology and had a reaction to the whey protein. I then switched it to the chocolate vegan (uses rice protein) and still had a little digestive trouble. I ended up cancelling the monthly shipment but actually miss it as part of my routine. I thought it tasted good! To save money, my husband bought Natures Plus Spiru-tein chocolate shake from GNC. It’s significantly cheaper but pretty bland. I have used almond milk, 2 tsp. almond butter and 1/2 banana to give it some oomph! It says it’s a high protein energy meal. Would love to hear your review on it! It’s about $42 on Amazon for 34 servings.

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  168. Lotus323 says:

    I tried Shakeo when it first came out and didn’t care for it. Last week, a friend gave me some packets because she really didn’t care for it. So even though I have been making my own delicious, natural and nutritionally equivalent shakes from “scratch” for a few years now, I decided try it again.

    I just don’t get why these are so popular, I just about forced it down. I followed a recipe from the Beachbody site, in which 1/2 of the added ingredients were the same as mine). It’s so sweet and bitter at the same time (must be the Stevia?). The tropical strawberry tastes artificial, like a sweet tart candy, it’s gritty, (and I have a high end blender) and the yield is 1/2 of what I get from mine.

    Nutritionally and calorically, mine are equivalent, with the exception of probiotics which I get from eating yogurt daily, at least 1/3 of the price.

    1 scoop of Vanilla or Strawberry Whey Factors protein powder, GMO Free
    2 TBS (1 svg) of Complete Multiple dietary supplement by Liquid Health
    1 Cup unsweetened almond milk, plain, vanilla or coconut blended

    Then comes the fun part!
    I use frozen fruits and veggies mostly. PB Powder, unsweetened cocoa powder (eliminates the need to buy chocolate flavor, add to vanilla), packets of all natural instant oatmeal, spices, concentrated brewed chai tea, vanilla, almond, etc. extracts. Overripe bananas cut in 1/2 and frozen in a bag, I put a can of 100% pumpkin puree in a freezer bag, flat, or I can just break off a piece to use. Using mostly frozen fruits and veggies eliminates the need for ice. Flavor is much creamier and richer! Really the add ins are limitless!

    I buy the protein powder and supplement on line and the cost is almost always under $60 for about a 45 day supply. Vitacost has great, buy 1, get 1/2 off deals, free shipping, coupon codes, etc., but I still shop around, usually I end up there though.

    All the other add ins are a “wash” because shakeo users typically add some of them also. So the claim of $4.33 a shake really is inaccurate because very few drink them with just water and ice.

    Hope this helps some that struggle with not only the cost but the taste. Namaste!

    P.S. Great job Mrs. R! I enjoy reading your reviews and responses, especially setting the record straight about cleansing and detoxing!

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  169. Love these reviews – but I thought it was funny that you said what many say about these shakes – that they taste like mud, but you still gave it an 8.8 on taste?
    I’m all about dense nutrition and can choke down a seaweed shake no problem. I bet I’d like the greenberry shakes – but I’d never expect my friends to!
    I mean, us health nuts like some weird stuff.
    Anyway, keep informing and entertaining. Loving this site!

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  170. stephanie says:

    does anyone know of 310 shakes and how good are they? i know they are all natural and less expensive

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  171. Thomas Canty says:

    hmm.. I see that Bodykey by Nutralite hasn’t been reviewed and I’ve compared the two and found That Body Key is a lot better and cheaper than Shakeology. I love and use Beachbody products, but when it comes to meal replacement shakes, I think BodyKey takes the cake. I’d like to see what you think.

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  172. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, so I asked relative — also a “Coach,” for a sample.
    I had the Chocolate. Not the best, not the worst tasting things I’ve ever tried. The Beachbody site says the Vegan is easier to digest, so I went ahead and ordered Chocolate Vegan. The taste is far superior to the regular chocolate and bitterness and chalkiness. I’d only ever bother to buy the Chocolate Vegan. No complaints. I have been eating healthier, and I do feel like it works well with my stomach – and I never feel constipated. I’ve noticed I’m not retaining a ton of water, as I had done before I started with better eating habits. I hate the price, BUT I do like the product. By the way, I mix it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and it’s great!!

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  173. Amazing loved it recomand it

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