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Is Shakeology a Meal Replacement Shake or a Protein Shake?

The biggest problem with Shakeology (that’s right, there’s actually a problem with Shakeology) is that it’s really hard to classify. It’s not really a meal replacement — nor is it just a protein shake. So what the heck is it?

The thing is, Shakeology is so much more. By placing it in a category, you only limit how dynamic this shake is. So let’s break it down.

Is Shakeology a Meal Replacement?

By itself, Shakeology does not replace a meal. That being said, it certainly can be part of a balanced meal when combined with healthy foods like berries and other fruit, nuts, seeds, and nut butters, avocados, various milks, or whatever else tickles your fancy.

Or what about drinking it before your meal? “Wait!” you say. “Won’t that ruin my appetite?”

It sure does—but in a good way! Shakeology is loaded with protein and provides fiber—both which help promote a feeling of satiety and curb appetite. So drinking it before breakfast, lunch, or dinner is what’s referred to in clinical circles as “pre-loading,” or consuming a pre-meal snack to suppress hunger and decrease food intake.

In other words, Shakeology is not a meal replacement, but it could be considered a healthy way to tide you over, keep you from “pigging out,” and help you stay on course with your balanced, healthy diet. That said, it’s not just a plain old protein (and fiber) shake!

Is Shakeology a Protein Shake?

With 16 to 17 grams of globally-harvested protein per glass, depending on your flavor, Shakeology comes in at roughly the same protein level as a serving of Greek yogurt (18 grams per 7 ounces) or tofu (16 grams in 7 ounces). And it surpasses eggs, which check in at 12 grams for two. While it’s not as high as meat or fish, it still has enough protein for it to count as a Red Container in the Portion Control Container system.

So, yes, Shakeology is a protein shake.

That said, regular protein drinks tend to focus almost exclusively on, well, protein. Therefore they have more protein grams at the expense of other nutrients. This isn’t the case with Shakeology, given it includes a variety of nutrients, including carbs and fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, enzymes, pre- and probiotics, adaptogens, vitamins, and minerals. Shakeology is even low glycemic index-certified by an independent laboratory.

The combined effect does so much more than just provide amino acids. Shakeology works to benefit your overall health, helping to support healthy energy, curb cravings, and support your digestive health. So while you can certainly drink Shakeology to add protein to your diet, you’re missing the big picture—and some of the prime benefits—by focusing exclusively on this one macronutrient.

So what do you call Shakeology? The marketing gurus at Beachbody have gone around in circles with that one for a while. “Your Daily Dose of Dense Nutrition”? Sure, that’s a spot-on tagline, but given Shakeology’s diversity, it’s a hard product to pin down. So instead of spending all this energy coming up with a label, how about we do what we’re supposed to do with the stuff: Drink it, keep active, eat right, and get healthy.

Don’t have Shakeology yet? Get Shakeology here!

This article is intended for the U.S. audience. Check back for country-specific information when Shakeology is available in the U.K.


What is the best diet?


This is a great question!

Really, what is the best diet?

That’s like asking what is the best size shoe. Think about it…

I wear a size 7 women’s shoe.  Some shoes – I actually need a size 6.5.  There have been a few times that I needed a size 6.  Then – there are the shoes that are generic…  S   M   L   or 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 – I almost always have to go with the smallest option.

Then – the brands…Nike, UGG, Target, Toms…

Then – the style…flip flops, house shoes, slip ons, running shoes, dress shoes…

Every single foot is different. Every single shoe is different. Not just the brand or style is different, but the style within the brand.

So, my point is: to ask which diet is the best is the same as asking which size shoe is the best.  Notice that I’m not saying which shoe is the best. That fact is less debatable.  There are several shoes which are actually, factually, common sensically better. There are several shoes that will do in a pinch. There are cheap shoes that are good for lots of reasons. But to ask which size shoe is the best…that’s not even answerable.

I wear size 7.  My daughter wears size 7.  So we must love the same shoes, right? Her shoes must fit me very well. My favorite running shoes should also be her favorite running shoes, right? No way.

Here’s a conversation that will never happen:

Person A: “These are my favorite running shoes. I bought you a pair because I hear you love to run.  These are the best.”

Person 2: “Great, I love them. I see they are a size 6 narrow and I wear a size 8 wide…and Nikes usually make my tendon blister and my heel hurt, but yes – I tried these on and they are perfect. Thank you for giving me these great shoes. I love them!”

But diet / nutrition conversations do usually go like this:

Person 1: “This is the best diet / eating lifestyle. I hear you are interested in your health. This is the best.

Person B: “Great, I love eating that way. I see you eat lots of protein and fats. I’ve got gallbladder issues and can’t really process fat.  I’m also allergic to nuts, but that high nut serving sounds great. Thank you for sharing this great way of eating. I love it!”

That might be a bit extreme – but when we say that this diet or that diet is the best – you are assuming that every single person is made just like you.  That will never be the case. Even people with similar genetic make-up will have different food needs and tastes. Every one processes food differently, whether it’s carbs, meat, juice, alcohol, fruit, veggies…

I’m not going to go into specific diets here. I’ll save that as a day-by-day topic. But, please stop assuming that what I do will work for you or what you do will work for me.  That’s not how it works.