Shakeology vs. Protein Shake vs. Multi-vitamin

Wondering about the benefits of Shakeology over a protein shake and/or a simple multivitamin? Here’s the breakdown and analysis.

Protein shake – The purpose of a protein shake is to help build and repair muscle tissue. It is an important element of a healthy diet, particularly if weight lifting is part of your workout regimen. However, protein does not replenish essential nutrients lost during strenuous exercise.

Multi-vitamin – Helps replenish the vitamins and minerals in the body often depleted during exercise. As such, you need to consume the recommended daily allowance of vitamins, which is harder to do as you reduce calories. Taking a daily multivitamin helps prevent disease, maintain energy and keep your immune system strong. However, a multi-vitamin cannot be used as a meal replacement.

Shakeology – Provides a source of protein (17g) and all the benefits of a multi-vitamin, and can be used as a meal replacement, there by promoting rapid weight loss. It’s a premium meal replacement shake that combines many of nature’s most health-boosting ingredients, including real food sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, plus protein and phytonutrients to help rebuild muscle, maximize cellular health, eliminate toxins, and keep blood sugar from spiking.

Cost Comparison – Shakeology leads to a cost savings by:

  • using it as a meal replacement leads to a daily savings of $5 or more per day (a savings of $150 a month)
  • allows you to replace many nutritional supplements with just one shake a day (a savings of $20-$50 a month).

Shakeology – Cost and Health Benefits:

Greenberry or Chocolate

  • Retail price $119.95 ($4 per serving)
  • Club price $107.95 ($3.60 per serving)
  • Coach price $89.86 ($3 per serving)
  • “Bottom of the Bag” guarantee: Try Shakeology for 30 days. If you don’t LOVE it, send it back for a full refund.

Shakeology Benefits:

  • Lose weight
  • Reduce cravings
  • Increase energy and stamina
  • Promote healthy digestion and regularity

Proven results
As part of the recommended Shakeology program of replacing a meal with one shake per day, along with regular exercise and a balanced diet, participants experienced even more remarkable health improvements. The study also showed that participants were able to:

  • Reduce total cholesterol by 30% on average
  • Reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by 38% on average
  • Reduce cardiovascular risk ratio by 24% on average
  • Reduce oxidative damage caused by free radicals on average by 45%, which can help decrease the risk for developing degenerative conditions like heart disease, dementia, and arthritis.

Shakeology Ingredients:

Protein & Amino Acids: Amaranth, Camu-Camu, Goji berry, Sacha Inchi, sprouted quinoa, whey protein.

Health benefits: Help the body build lean muscle, heal wounds, improve skin and hair. Support optimal brain function, mental clarity, improved mood, and reduced cravings.

Antioxidants “Red Super Foods”: Açai berry, Acerola cherry, bilberry, Camu Camu, Goji berry, grape seed extract, green tea, Maca root, pomegranate.

Health Benefits: Help reduce oxidative damage in the body caused by free radicals. Oxidative damage is a major cause for degenerative (aging) conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure (which can lead to stroke), dementia, and arthritis.

Phytonutrients “Green Super Foods”: Barley grass, blue-green algae, Chia seeds, Chlorella, flax, grape seed extract, Hydrilla, spinach, Spirulina, sprouted quinoa, wheat grass.

Health Benefits: Boost immunity, help fight diseases, can slow down the aging process, detoxify the body, and have alkalizing properties.

Adaptogens: Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Cordyceps, holy basil leaf, Maca root, Reishi mushroom, Schisandra, Suma root.

Health Benefits: Plant derived agents help to adapt the body or protect it from stress. Adaptogenic herbs are unique from other substances in their ability to balance endocrine hormones and the immune system.

Prebiotics: Pea fiber, yacon root. Promote better intestinal health.

Health Benefits: Stimulate growth of friendly bacteria for better digestion.

Digestive Enzymes: Amylase, bromelain from pineapple, cellulose, lactase, lipase, papain from papaya, protease.

Health Benefits: Help the body break down foods and increase absorption of nutrients.

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Written by MaShelle Dean
Hey Fam! I'm MaShelle, your Fit & Fabulous Coach. I'm an AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor and lifestyle blogger living in Atlanta with my husbae, Ron. The Jiggle Free Zone is the place to come for fitness inspiration, product reviews, and workout proof hair tutorials. Be sure to sign up for the Fit & Fab newsletter so you never miss my tips on living a #fitandfabulous life!