Have you ever felt like it was time for a reset on your health? I’ve had this feeling many times before. It might be stress getting in the way of my healthy habits, the holidays or struggling to stay active during the winter. One time when this happened I tried something different a Shakeology Challenge.
Shakeology is the name of a powdered shake packet that you mix with with water or milk. These are made by BeachBody and are usually sold through coaches. I decided to try this product as a meal replacement to jumpstart my health, this was my experience.
What is Shakeology?
Before trying Shakeology I did some research. I talked with my readers about feeling fed up with my weight and some poor eating habits. A lot of you could relate and asked if I had tried any shakes for meal replacement. I had not done this before, Shakeology was the first time I tried this.
I did some research on meal replacement shakes first. I’ve read about other healthy living bloggers trying meal replacement shakes such as Shakeology and Body by Vi so I thought it might be a new way for me to jump-start my healthy eating regime again.
After some careful research I decided I would try Shakeology for a Shakeology challenge because the ingredients seemed more natural. This being said there is some debate as to whether these shakes are safe if you are pregnant or nursing. I was not at the time.
There is also debate about children consuming these shakes. I would recommend adults only based on the research I performed. I also decided that only eating shakes would not be a good idea for my overall health. I decided I would have one shake a day as a meal replacement, primarily breakfast.
One of the big deterrents initially to this challenge was cost. I wasn’t willing to commit financially to 30-days of shakes, so I just purchased enough shakes for a 7 Day Shakeology challenge. The cost of the shakes can add up quickly.
I don’t think this is technically allowed by the Beachbody reps but I ended up finding the shake packets for sale on eBay. A lot of people are interested in Shakeology Amazon or Amazon Shakeology as well. I have not seen the product for sale on that website.
If you know a Beachbody coach they might offer you Shakeology sample packets. It ended up that Shakeology eBay was my source for the shakes. My shake packets arrived on a Friday. I had one shake a day as a meal replacement since then. I tried to weigh myself but I have no idea if I made any weight progress.
Beachbody Shakeology Challenge Pack
I purchased only one flavor for my challenge although the shake packets come in multiple flavors. The chocolate shake mix was 160 calories per shake in addition to whatever liquid I added. I used mostly whole milk which was roughly 150 calories per serving, rounding out my shake to 300 or so calories.
Other options would be to make the shake only with water, this would probably work better if you are only having a snack versus meal replacement. Alternately you can add different milks such as almond milk or coconut milk. Another idea is to beef up your shake even more by adding not only the powder and a liquid but fruit, nut butter, spinach, etc.
If you try this you will need to blend your shake in a blender. IF you are only using the powder mixed with a liquid you can do this with a hand held shaker cup.
Shakeology is marketed as a meal replacement and dietary supplement. Other claims include the shake will help you lose weight, reduce cravings, feel energized and will help improve digestion and regularity. What is in Shakeology? The company says protein and essential amino acids, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, prebiotics, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
7 Day Shakeology Challenge Meal Plan
I was not hungry after a “meal” of Shakeology, which was great. There were 17 grams of protein in the Shakeology mix alone which I found impressive. The only thing I didn’t like about the mix was it was sweetened with stevia. While natural, I simply don’t like the taste of stevia.
I prefer turbinado sugar or honey. Overall I enjoyed the shake and would use them again if they weren’t so expensive. The shakes helped me in that as a result of having one each day, I was extra conscious to plan healthy options for my other meals of the day.
While the shake challenge ended up not really being about weight loss, I really enjoyed trying shake meal replacements in this form. This challenge prompted me to try other shakes and protein bars over the years. While I do not have these replacements regularly I have found them helpful from time to time if I am need of a body reset.
Shakeology Challenge Pack
This was my experience with the shakes. I had one Shakeology shake with whole milk as a meal replacement each day. I did this for one week. The shakes typically replaced my breakfast each day. This is a nice option to jumpstart your health.
Have you tried Shakeology? What was your experience?
*This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated and republished for accuracy and comprehensiveness.