By Coach Jimmy Hays Nelson
Shakeology is Too Expensive!
If you have been following me for any length of time, it is no secret that I love my Shakeology and it’s been instrumental in me keeping off the weight from my 100 lbs weight loss journey! But I haven’t always been convinced. When Shakeology came on the market, I already had success with P90X and was a cast member in Shaun T’s INSANITY DVD series without having touched the stuff. I initially thought Shakeology is too expensive for just another meal replacement shake.
And $120 for a bag? Are these people nuts??? Shakeology is too expensive! As a struggling actor living in NYC, it just seemed like an expense I didn’t need to take on and I’ll admit it, I was a little cocky too.
I made it through two of the hardest Beachbody workout programs they had at the time. I already lost 100 lbs on my own, why do I need this overpriced protein powder? I’ll just save my money for more important things!
That was before I did my research and educated myself on what makes Shakeology different than the $19 tub of whey protein powder that I can get at the nearest grocery store. Fortunately, Beachbody CEO Carl Daikeler is a friend of mine and his wife, Isabel Daikeler, is the co-creator of Shakeology.
Carl did a brilliant blog post where he answers the following question:
“How Do I Really Know If This is Worth the Money When Everything Else Costs Less?”
There are many “protein shakes” and meal replacements that are less expensive than Shakeology. But comparisons – based on the simple “protein shake” or even “health shake” are usually off the mark because of intangibles like quality of sourcing, efficacy, and the delicate balance of incredible health benefits and delicious flavor that is unique to Shakeology. When we developed Shakeology, our goal was to fill a void in the marketplace where the benefits of the shake would live up to the promise of the line “The Healthiest Meal of the Day.” Shakeology was designed for people who want more than protein, and for people who really expect the health benefits being represented by the ingredients on the label. With Shakeology not only do you get what you pay for, but because it tastes so good and the attention to every detail is so complete, you get more than you pay for.
Shakeology vs. Whey Protein Shakes
It’s easy to mistake Shakeology as a whey protein supplement since it comes in powder form. Most people that are unfamiliar with supplements see a bag, or barrel, of shake mix and immediately think “protein powder” and that’s totally understandable! I even thought that Shakeology was just some generic protein shake with some fancy packaging that was just being marketed differently by Beachbody, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s so much more.
Difference Between Shakeology and Protein Powder
You have to realize that whey protein shakes and Shakeology just aren’t in the same class. You have to divorce the words “protein shake” from Shakeology. Yes, Shakeology does have a comparable amount of protein as many whey protein shakes, but it’s densely packed with so much more vital ingredients that your body needs for proper nutrition and protein shakes don’t even come close.
To really understand the difference between whey protein vs Shakeology, we have to break down what’s in them and what they do for you.
Whey Protein Powder Shakes
The primary ingredient in whey protein shakes is, you guessed it, whey protein and the main reason people drink these shakes is to boost their daily protein intake so they can build bigger muscles in a shorter amount of time. If that’s your main goal, then a good old-fashioned protein shake is all you need.
What is whey protein?
Whey protein is what’s known as a complete protein that has all 9 essential amino acids and is fast and easy for your body to digest. Drinking protein shakes that use whey as the protein source, which almost all do these days, is the quickest way to fuel your body’s muscle growth with complete proteins without having to cook an entire meal.
Types of Whey Protein
- Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC): The cheapest of the three, WPC’s have the least amount of protein / 100g and is normally higher in fat and lactose than the other two.
- Whey Protein Isolate (WPI): The most popular of the three as 95% of its weight is made up of protein and doesn’t taste like concrete powder.
- Whey Protein Hydrolysate (WPH): Tastes like concrete powder. If you don’t care about taste or you just slam your shake down, WPH’s are 99% protein and digest very quickly in the body, but are the most expensive type of whey.
Regardless of which type of whey protein you go with, they all share the same purpose and function. Supplementing your protein and amino acid intake to get your muscles the protein they need to recover faster.
Shakeology is a protein shake, but in the same way that a tiger is a cat and that because it’s a protein shake doesn’t mean that it’s just a protein shake. Shakeology is a high quality, complete meal replacement and nutritional supplement containing nearly 50 different superfoods!
Shakeology’s nutrient dense formula gives you a natural boost of healthy energy without forcing you to consume copious amounts of caffeine or processed sugar, promotes a healthy digestive tract, boosts your immune system with an antioxidant blend, and helps you fight cravings with a heaping helping of protein.
A single serving of Shakeology has 17 grams of protein from a whey protein isolate formula so a Shakeology shake has almost the same amount of protein per serving as a comparable whey shake which makes it perfect for athletes who are concerned with their performance as well as people just looking for a healthy meal replacement to aid them on their weight loss journey. On top of that, Shakeology is packed with fiber, probiotics, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes to promote a healthy gastrointestinal tract and digestion as well as aiding in the absorption of nutrients.
There isn’t a single shake on the market today that can boast anything that comes close to the health benefits of Shakeology. Nothing.
Shakeology as a Meal Replacement
Some people will tell you, “Oh, just eat a healthy diet, take a multivitamin, drink your protein shakes, and you don’t need Shakeology,” but it’s really not that simple. As I continued to do my research, I discovered that if you separately bought all of the superfoods, vitamins, and minerals that Shakeology has and whey protein shakes don’t, you would easily spend over $300 extra every month! That’s more than twice the cost of Shakeology!
And that’s not even counting having to rebuy the perishable ingredients, i.e. blueberries, pomegranates, etc., because of their short shelf-life. You’ll never say “Shakeology is too expensive!” again when it’s actually cheaper that buying the foods individually!
Shakeology is actually cheaper!
At the retail price, Shakeology breaks down to about $4 a day. I started looking at what I spent on food while I was running around NYC from audition to audition. Most places I went into, I grabbed quick food choices on-the-go that would cost me around $8 a meal with little-to-no nutritional value. (That doesn’t include the 2-3 Starbucks stops I would make spending at least $3 a pop during each visit!)
I also took a look in my own cabinets and the money I was spending at health food stores on vitamins, powders, joint support, digestive enzymes etc. All that stuff adds up fast, and became completely unnecessary with Shakeology.
But let’s be honest, at the end of the day all you, or I really care about is two things:
1. How does it taste?
2. Does it work?
First, the taste was surprisingly awesome! I tasted just about every shake on the market, and had grown accustom to ‘tolerating’ that chalky fake chocolate flavor of most. But Shakeology really did taste like I was cheating on my diet. I was getting to drink a milk shake every day and not feel bad about it!
Second, what were the results? Like I said before, I was already well on my weight loss journey when I started drinking Shakeology. I felt I was pretty fit on the outside, but I had a lot of internal issues no one could see. Within the first month of using Shakeology consistently each day, my digestion issues were better, my skin cleared up, and my thinning hair was noticeably thicker to my stylist.
But the thing that sealed the deal for me was the effect it had on my family. In the video below, I share how Shakeology literally saved my Dad’s life, and has allowed him to be around to be an awesome Grandfather to my son.
HOW DO I GET SHAKEOLOGY AT THE BEST PRICE?
As I stated in the video above, by ordering Shakeology on Auto Ship Home Direct, you’ll get Shakeology at the best retail price. That means that you will automatically get your Shakeology every month, so you NEVER run out! Our clients who are on Home Direct see over twice the results than those that just place a one time order.
Don’t let the thought of Auto Ship scare you. You are not locked into any type of long term contract and it is VERY easy to cancel or postpone your order anytime by writing [email protected] One of the biggest advantages of getting Auto Ship is that you receive FREE shipping and you will also receive TWO FREE WORKOUTS!
Lastly, the absolute best part, if you order Shakeology Home Direct, try it for 30 days and you aren’t 100% satisfied with any part of your experience – NO PROBLEM – you can return an EMPTY BAG and still get your money back. I call it the Coach Jimmy Guarantee!
So what do you have to lose? Check it out for yourself. Order Your Shakeology Here. And let me know how your Shakeology experience compares to mine!
Toast to Your Health – Coach Jimmy