The Shakeology Substitute!

December 15, 2011Comments Off

Is there one? Let’s take a look…

With Shakeology being expensive, it makes sense that some will look for alternatives to save money. There are alternatives…right? The short answer is yes, there are several alternatives. Here is just a few.

  • Whey Protein Powder
  • Body by Vi Shakes
  • Herbalife
  • Ensure
  • Monavie
  • Slim Fast
  • Myoplex
  • Isagenix

I am quite sure that if you searched the internet, in no time you could triple the length of this list. What are we really trying to find out here? Perhaps the better question is, are these other shakes that claim relevance a SUBSTITUTE for Shakeology? LOL…sorry, it just sounds funny to say it. Makes me giggle a little.

So why then do these other products so often get compared to Shakeology? Why is there even a debate? Well its one thing to say your comparable, its another to sit down and actually compare the ingredients. Just talking about another product does not legitimize it’s existence.  All debates end as soon as you get past the “meal substitute” generalizations and start looking at the INGREDIENTS.

This is often where the fun begins. Try doing research on some of them, often it is difficult to find a list of ingredients on their websites. Why would this not be information that is easily accessible on their site? Perhaps its like the dog food debate. They hide the ingredients so we all don’t find out is all fillers and of little nutritional value. In some cases, consumption on a daily basis can actually lead to health problems. You will not have this happen with Shakeology. Beachbody has nothing to hide and has put together a list of ingredients (over 70) from all around the world that would blow your mind.

If all you are looking for is a Meal Replacement Shake, Beachbody has one. It is very comparable to these other meal replacement shakes, and sells for $39. Why aren’t these shakes seeking to be compared to the Beachbody Meal Replacement Shake? Because most of them cost more than Beachbody’s meal replacement shake and instantly lose any competitive advantage. But if they can somehow make people assume they are a cheaper alternative to Shakeology, rather than a more expensive alternative to the Beachbody Meal Replacement Shake, then they con people into trying their product. You simply cannot compare them to Shakeology. Yes I said it, when someone is actively trying to compare their product to Shakeology…it’s a con job!

In this debate, make sure you are informed! Look at the ingredients and you’ll quickly see that these other products simply cannot compare. Don’t take my word for it. Look at the labels of any one of the alternatives, and compare it to the amazing ingredients in Shakeology. These meal replacement shakes are mass produced from synthetic materials, unlike Shakeology which is made from whole food sources.

I do think there are some ingredients that Beachbody could do a better job marketing in Shakeology. Early in my journey for better health with Shakeology I heard of a SUPER MUSHROOM called Ganoderma Lucidium. It’s found in remote forests in China. Some companies are even adding its extract to coffee and selling it for ridiculous prices. This magic mushroom has been used for centuries to heal, there is also evidence that suggests it helps combat cancer. SO WHY THE HELL IS IT NOT IN SHAKEOLOGY? This was my first thought. So I searched the ingredients, surely Beachbody was smart enough to include it in the formulation. It wasn’t there. DAMNIT! I did not see Ganoderma Lucidium listed anywhere.

Needless to say, I thought Beachbody dropped the ball here. I was upset to the point that I sent Darin Olien (Co-Creator of Shakeology). Take a look…

Darin Olien Co-Creator of Shakeology

Ganoderma Lucidium…also known as Reishi. :)

Even though Shakeology seems expensive at first, it is interesting to note that of all Beachbody supplements, Shakeology has one of the lowest profit margins. Even if you searched all over the world, you probably wouldn’t be able to find all of the 70-plus, ultra-high-quality ingredients included in Shakeology. Not only do you get a wide range of essential nutrients, from the fruits and vegetables you should be eating more of every day, you’ll also get the benefits of important foods from all around the world—foods that the latest scientific research has shown to be highly advantageous to your well-being.

  • Protein and Essential Amino Acids to help build long, lean muscles and reduce food cravings
  • Prebiotics and Digestive Enzymes, which aid in improving digestion, regularity, and nutrient absorption
  • Antioxidants and Phytonutrients to help counteract free radical damage that can lead to degenerative diseases
  • Vitamins and Minerals your body needs to function for
    optimal health

It is incredibly expensive to combine ingredients from all around the world in the quantities needed for Shakeology. After doing your own research you will soon realize that the $119 price tag is more than justified. There are even ways to buy Shakeology cheaper…become a club member and get a 10% discount on all supplements, gear, and programs from Beachbody. Its a shame you can’t save more than 10%! Oh Snap…YOU CAN!!! Become a coach and get a 25% discount.

Even if you pay the $119 for Shakeology, that is still less than $4 per day. Name one meal that you eat on a daily basis that can compare with the nutritional value of one Shakeology shake. You cant!

Shakeology Alternatives

Hopefully this helped make your decision easier! 

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