Those looking for the best value on an effective weight loss shake that tastes good enough to drink have their hands full. There are dozens of popular products on the market right now all claiming to provide the best appetite control and the best results. How do you begin to navigate the market without being deceived by aggressive advertising and multilevel marketing motives?
Unfortunately, thousands of people have spent countless dollars on weight loss shakes that are less than effective, difficult to prepare, or too awful to choke down. Let’s face it – it doesn’t matter if you would look like Gwyneth Paltrow in six weeks if it can’t make it past your gag reflex.
Here, we aim to make the process easier for you by comparing two well-known weight loss shakes, IdealShape and Shakeology. We’ll give you the low down on each company and then discuss all of the most important factors: appetite control, taste, texture, ease of use, nutrition, value, and special considerations. Finally, we’ll summarize our findings and recommendations for you.
This is meant to be an honest, useful review and comparison for the health conscious reader.
IdealShape products are produced and distributed by IdealShape, LLC. The IdealShape Plan consists of a combination of shakes, nutrition bars, and your own healthy meals. They recommend replacing both breakfast and lunch with a shake, supplementing your snacks with bars, and eating a light, healthy supper in the evening. The products are sold online.
Shakeology is produced and distributed by Beachbody, LLC. The products are promoted and sold by Beachbody coaches as well as online. Beachbody recommends replacing one meal a day with a shake, following a structured meal plan or “lifestyle change” for the remaining meals, and participating in a fitness plan such as 21 Day Fix or PiYo.
IdealShape shakes control hunger using a combination of fiber and a product called Slendesta. Slendesta is a natural extract of proteinase (or P12), a protein found just beneath the skin of a potato, that promotes the release of cholecystokinin (CCK). CCK tells your brain that your stomach is full so you stop eating sooner. IdealShape shakes do provide significant appetite control. I felt full immediately after consuming a shake and for at least three to four hours afterward. It curbed my cravings and made me less likely to snack out of habit or boredom between meals. As an added bonus, I felt an energy boost as well.
Shakeology uses vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber to curb cravings and block hunger. The essential amino acids found in the protein in Shakeology Shakes curb hunger pangs. I noticed that some of the shake flavors provided more appetite control than others. For example, the Greenberry and Chocolate filled me up immediately and curbed my appetite for about three hours, but I was beginning to feel hungry only an hour and a half after drinking a strawberry shake. This may be due to the fact that, according to their website, the Chocolate and Greenberry shakes contain whey protein isolate and 23 vitamins and minerals that are not in every flavor.
Winner: IdealShape shakes take the win for appetite control. I felt full longer after the IdealShape shake and less likely to snack out of boredom or habit.
IdealShape shakes come in seven flavors: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mocha, cookies ‘n cream, chocolate cream pie and orange cream (newest). A smoothie recipe booklet was included in the box that offered some great recipes and gave options to mix it up a little by changing shake ingredients.
The shakes actually taste pretty good, even without blending in additional ingredients. I simply mixed it with almond milk and found it to be more than tolerable.
When I needed a change or had extra time, I could experiment with the recipes in the book and try some different combinations, most of which I really liked. The mocha shake option is different and exciting.
Shakeology shakes come in a variety of flavors including chocolate, chocolate vegan, strawberry, tropical strawberry vegan, vanilla, greenberry and cafe latte (newest). The downside is that none of the flavors I tried tasted good. I sampled strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla, and tasted cardboard, cardboard, and cardboard.
While I don’t blame Beachbody for not being able to mask the taste of the vitamins, minerals, and superfoods included, I also couldn’t bring myself to drink it as directed. I did find that mixing the strawberry with orange juice masked the awful taste slightly better than other combinations.
Winner: It’s a tie. While my experience places IdealShape as the winner, I was not able to sample all flavors of Shakeology and I do have to give them kudos for offering so many flavor options. Variety is important when you’re drinking the same thing daily or even twice daily.
Texture is often overlooked when researching weight loss shakes but is important. If you would rather go to McDonald’s than drink a gritty, chalky shake, then clearly your results are going to suffer.
IdealShape shakes come in powder form to be mixed with other ingredients such as water, milk, almond milk, juice, or ice. They blend quite well and provide a pretty smooth shake. The grainy texture that sometimes characterizes powdered shakes is there but the chalky flavor many fear is not. On a positive note, the powder is quite fine. The texture is overall fair to good.
Shakeology shakes also come as a powder to be mixed with other liquid ingredients or blended with fruit and ice. While Shakeology avoids the chalky taste as well, it doesn’t blend well. No length of time in the blender eliminates the somewhat large granules in your shake. They leave a residue in the glass and are still in your mouth after swallowing.
Winner: IdealShape shakes win this one by being smoother than a Big Mac.
Ease of Use
The IdealShape program consists of two shakes and two IdealShape bars per day. The meal plan encourages you to replace breakfast with a shake, have a bar for lunch, replace lunch with a shake, have a bar and/or light snack, and then have a healthy supper in the evening.
Shake preparation can require some work and planning if you choose to utilize ingredients that require blending or peeling such as fruit or ice. The snacks are prewrapped and quite simple to pack in your lunch bag or grab on the go.
The Shakeology shake doesn’t come with a full program; Beachbody fitness programs typically include the meal plan. They suggest you replace one meal a day with a shake and follow the meal and exercise plan that is recommended by the fitness program of your choice.
Typically, you would replace breakfast with a shake, workout once daily with the exception of rest days, and prepare your other meals and snacks carefully according to either color-coded containers or serving sizes. The shakes, like IdealShape, can either be mixed in a shaker bottle or, if you choose to add fruit or ice, blended in a blender.
Winner: IdealShape wins this one as well. Both companies refer to the program as a lifestyle change rather than a diet, indicating that significant effort and change of habit are required. In my opinion, any trustworthy weight loss product will 1) require some effort on your part and 2) be honest about the amount of effort required. However, IdealShape is slightly easier to accommodate in a busy work schedule and requires less advance preparation as two meals and two snacks are included in your monthly subscription.
Without debate, the nutrition of the product you choose is of utmost importance. If you’re replacing one to two meals a day, you must ensure you are still receiving adequate calories, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals to maintain good health.
IdealShape shakes contain 100 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, and 11 grams of protein per serving. They contain 30-90% of your recommended daily value of 20 different vitamins and minerals per serving, but two servings per day are recommended. IdealShape shakes meet your nutritional needs when used as meal replacements, and with only 100 calories per shake, allow you some wiggle room to add fruit or milk without guilt.
IdealShape Nutrition Label
Shakeology shakes go above and beyond when it comes to nutritious ingredients. Each flavor of Shakeology varies slightly on calories, carbohydrates, etc. so it’s important to read the label of the shake flavor you have selected. For comparison, one strawberry shake contains 130 calories, 1gram of fat, 5 mg of cholesterol, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 16 grams of protein. It also boasts exotic superfoods including acai, rose hips, ashwagandha, chia seed, acerola cherry, wheat grass, grape seed, and yacon. While some of the shake flavors contain up to 160 calories, that still allows you plenty of room to add calories in the form of milk, yogurt, or fruit.
Shakeology Nutrition Label (Strawberry)
Winner: While IdealShape offers adequate nutrition for meal replacement, Shakeology wins by a mile because of their high quality, superfood ingredients. One serving provides more protein, vitamins, minerals, and superfoods to help you achieve your weight goals and improve your overall health.
So which product is easier on the pocketbook?
You can purchase a thirty day supply of IdealShape at their official website, which includes 60 shake servings, 28 bars, a blender bottle, and a meal planning guide, for $119.99. That replaces two meals and one snack daily, which brings your cost per meal to less than $2. When you consider the price of a breakfast sandwich or a trip to Subway, that’s pretty inexpensive. It would be nearly impossible to even make a meal at home for less than that. An added bonus is that they offer a 30-day 100% money back guarantee if you don’t like the product for any reason. Simply send the shake back and they’ll issue a refund.
A one month supply of Shakeology, on the other hand, costs $129.95. You have the option of purchasing a 30-serving bag or 24 individual packets for convenience on the go at the Official Shakeology website. This amount would replace one meal a day, which brings the price per meal to $4.33 on the 30-serving bag or $6.66 for the individual packets. Your order comes with thirty sample smoothie recipes to compliment the flavor you selected.
Winner: IdealShape clearly provides the best value. While $4.33 is still a reasonable price for a meal, it doesn’t beat the value IdealShape offers at less than $2 per meal.
Gluten Restrictions: IdealShape shakes are gluten free but Shakeology shakes are not.
Lactose Intolerance or Dairy Allergy: IdealShape shakes and most Shakeology shakes contain whey protein. However, Shakeology offers two vegan options that are dairy free.
Soy Allergies: IdealShape contains soy lecithin (not soy protein) and Shakeology contain no soy.
Artificial Sweeteners: IdealShape contain an artificial sweetener (Sucralose). Shakeology does not contain artificial sweeteners or flavors.
IdealShape or Shakeology
In the IdealShape vs Shakeology argument, both offer some great benefits including adequate nutrition for meal replacement and adequate appetite control. Shakeology outdoes IdealShape in terms of high quality, superfood ingredients as well as the variety of flavors and options offered. However, due to its value, taste, texture, and ease of use, IdealShape left a better taste in my mouth overall (no pun intended). Both shakes are great options for weight loss and appetite control and produced the desired results.
Whichever you choose, keep in mind that both companies acknowledge that weight loss is the result of the products in combination with appropriate exercise, portion control, diet choices, and water intake.
If you are interested in learning more about IdealShape or purchasing a thirty-day supply of IdealShape shakes and bars, you can find what you need at the official IdealShape website.
If you are interested in Shakeology, you can purchase or learn more at the official Beahcbody Shakeology page. You can learn more about getting a personal fitness coach and the fitness programs they offer, such as 21 Day Fix and PiYo, at www.beachbody.com.
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