Weight loss and fitness are multi-billion dollar per year industries. It is no wonder that this is the case in America. After all, according to the Centers for Disease Control, circa 2016-2017, 39.8% of Americans were overweight or obese. That means that the battle of the bulge is being fought by 93.3 million adults in America. So, the solution? Well, if people actually knew that answer, the industry would not be so profitable. It is my suspicion that different things cause different people to become obese, and different solutions work for different people. But, there are always new options available, and in this post we are going to give you the skinny on one of the hottest new health and weight loss trends: Shakeology.
Now, I am sure you have heard of a million and one types of diets that include some kind of meal replacement or supplement shake. We've all been privy to the shelves upon shelves of protein shake mixes on display in the weight loss aisle of every grocery store, and placed in pride of position in health food stores across the nation. Therefore, it is likely that you may be skeptical of any health regime that may include the idea of using shake-like supplements or meal replacements. That's okay. We aren't here to change your mind. We are just here to give you the lowdown on Shakeology.
Understanding Why We Struggle To Lose Weight
Before embarking on any quest to understand a weight loss plan - and, more importantly, whether or not it will work for you - there is a need to understand the weight loss struggle in the first place. Why do we become obese in the first place? Why do "diets" not work? Is there anything out there that will work for you, or are they all money-making scams? These questions and more run round and round in the heads of dieters around the nation and world every time they read yet another article on the best way to finally lose the weight and keep it off. The quest to find out more about Shakeology is no different. So, to that end, first, we should explore the basics of the weight loss struggle.
1.The Quality of Food In America
Let's face it - America's food habits are not at all healthy. People mock those who do things like go vegetarian or vegan, or try to go organic. However, perhaps instead of mocking, we should understand something. All the high fructose corn syrup, fat, sodium, extra calories, and, of course America's oversized portions are what has turned America into one of the fattest nations in the world in the first place. So, what to do about it? After all, nobody expects people to never eat at a burger joint again.
However, the key here is all things in moderation. McDonald's should not be a staple in your diet. That should be a treat. We know there is almost nothing good on a fast food menu, despite their peddling the "healthier" versions of things along with being required to provide nutrition facts upon request. It's still terrible food. Common sense tells us that. So, instead of eating fast food several times - or even once - per week, try and have it just once per month. It may not be much, but it is a start.
You can also try harder to shop the perimeter of your grocery store - you know, where the fresh produce and meats are - and stay out of the middle aisles except for spices. That way, you eliminate all of the extra sodium, fat and preservatives that you find in canned and processed foods.
2. Sedentary Lifestyles/Too Many Calories
In general, calories in/calories out is the key to maintaining or losing weight. If you eat at a deficit - meaning you burn more calories than you consume - you will lose weight. If you consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. Since most Americans work desk jobs that require little to no movement, life in and of itself is easily a ripe recipe to gain weight. So, try and get a little exercise in daily.
You don't have to join an expensive gym or start training for marathons. All you have to do is make half an hour a day to get moving. You might even find the bit of activity you need via YouTube, which has countless videos that allow you to get a bit of exercise in right in the comfort of your own home.
It really is that simple, barring any kind of health issue that would render these general rules incompatible with one's body. Of course, that diagnosis would have to come from a qualified medical professional, which I am not. I am just another recovering sufferer of obesity who has been around the block with this issue a time or two.
3. Emotional Eating
Sometimes, eating is not about hunger. Have you ever come home from a hard day at work and gone straight to the fridge without even thinking? I know I have. And, the next thing you know, you've wolfed down several pints of Ben and Jerry's. That only makes you feel worse than you did before, because you know you'll step on the scale tomorrow and it will have gone up a point or two. You swear you'll never do it again - until you do. So, what is the solution? Break the cycle. Find something else to do that relieves whatever stress you might be under. Meditate. Read. Draw. Hop online and surf topics that interest you. Do a little YouTube yoga. The list goes on and on. The point is, eating should be about nourishment and hunger, not emotion and stress.
4. Eating Out of Boredom
The same thing can happen when you are sitting at your desk, or in front of the television. You tend to reach for the nearest bag of chips or package of chocolate, or whatever your comfort food in the moment is. Now, we all know that it's nice to sit and have some comfort food while we binge watch our favorite show, or watch our favorite movie for the umpteenth time. So, how to keep these perfectly acceptable activities from making our waistlines expand? Well, find a better snack, and be conscious of what you eat.
Maybe replace those chips and dip with Melba Toast and fat free cream cheese or some celery sticks. Or, perhaps some Orville Redenbacher's 94% fat free popcorn. It even comes in handy 100 calorie bags! While you still might overeat a little, you sure won't do anywhere near the damage that you could have.
Those are just a few things that you need to keep in mind when exploring new ways to lose weight. After all, the key to all of this is, well, you. Nothing will succeed until you commit to making very real lifestyle changes that can stick long term. Now that all of that is out of the way, it's time for the main event.
Just What Is Shakeology?
Shakeology is, according to its creators, a "nutrient-dense superfood protein shake." Dorien Olien is a nutritionist, and she created the formula for her husband, who apparently avoided vegetables like the plague. It purports to improve vitamin and mineral absorption, all while delivering probiotics and prebiotics, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, superfoods, and more to help your body function like the well-oiled machine it was meant to be. It is also worth noting that the latest version of the formula came out just last year, in 2017. The new mix is supposed to be even better at doing what it claims.
Now, to their credit, the makers of Shakeology do not claim to be some kind of magic pill or powder to help anyone look like a supermodel overnight. There are no huge, glaring "START LOSING WEIGHT TODAY!" headlines on their website. They even promote the idea that Shakeology can help you lose weight faster if you pair it with exercise programs. Further, there are no claims of not having to make lifestyle changes for Shakeology to help you. In other words, Shakeology, is, essentially, a supplement. It just may be a powerful one that really works, though. So, let's go ahead and see what Shakeology can do for you and your weight loss journey.
Just How The Heck Do I Use Shakeology?
The first thing you need to know is that Shakeology is not a meal-replacement shake. It can be part of a healthy meal, though. If it does what it claims, which is to improve the content of vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and other essentials to the body's functioning, you are sure to feel the difference. According to the Beach Body on Demand blog, which is run by the man for whom Shakeology was created, cravings for junk food, hunger pangs, and other barriers to weight loss are curbed by this plan. You can start your day with a Shakeology shake, to head off cravings of other, less healthy options before you have a chance to assert your will power.
Depending on the flavor you choose, Shakeology can range from 140-170 calories per serving. Like most shakes, they are available in attractive flavors like Cafe Latte. You should also take into account the sugar content, though it is really pretty much comparable to that of the average medium banana or large apple. So, in short, Shakeology is not bad for you. It does not promise quick weight loss. It is, in effect, a nutritional aid for those looking to be healthier, and lose weight in the process. The creators recommend using Shakeology along with either their SHIFT SHOP workout or their CORE DE FORCE.
Should I Buy Shakeology?
That is up to you. I am not here to tell you what to do. This is a hot trend right now in the healthy eating and wellness community, though I am unsure how well it actually would work for each individual person. That is something that cannot be measured. It is my personal belief that if you are a person for whom drinking a shake in the morning or during a busy working lunch hour might stave off hunger cravings, why not go ahead and incorporate Shakeology into your routine for a week? You never know what benefits it might bring you. If you are looking to lose weight, you might even drop a few pounds. There's nothing to lose, unless you are buying the stuff in bulk, only to have it sit in your cabinet unused. There's nothing like trying, right?
Personally, I have no animosity toward the good folks over at Shakeology. They do not promote their product as anything other than what it is, which is a nutrition supplement. They do not tell potential buyers that they will instantly drop every ounce of fat by using this product. They clearly say that it works better with a workout routine. Common sense would dictate that a good, clean diet plan would be in order for Shakeology to be of any benefit as well. So, as to the headlining question on whether you should try Shakeology?
Well, if you are a shake drinker who is ready to make a lifestyle change to shed some extra pounds, I'd say go for it.
The Bottom Line
Like any weight loss product, Shakeology will not do the work for you. You have to be ready to make a real, permanent change. Many people fail on these dieting programs because they lose the weight, only to pack it back on, or they refuse to follow the program properly in the first place. Perhaps the most common reason people don't succeed, regardless of the weight loss program or product, is their inability to make real changes.
If you can pinpoint the source of your path to obesity in the first place, chances are you can reverse it. Can Shakeology help with that? Sure, if you use it as intended. Otherwise, it is likely to fail like any other health and fitness program. The inspiration for all of this here has to come from you - and when you're running low, maybe a few weight loss quotes to help you along.
The bottom line is this: Losing weight is hard. That is why so many people make so much money off the desperation of those seeking to do it. Only you know if Shakeology is the right path for you. But, among the weight loss trends out there, I'd say it is an honest product, marketed by honest people. That is more than can be said for most, so why not give it a try?