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Shakeology Substitute?

Two of the most common questions I get about Shakeology are:

“What can I use as a substitute for Shakeology?”

and

“Why is it so expensive?”

These are good questions.  As you know, I always try to give you all my honest feedback on every product, whether good or bad.  I’m not trying to sell y’all on products that I don’t use and spend my own money on.  With that said, let me answer these most commonly asked questions about Shakeology.

Q= What can I use as a substitute for Shakeology?

A= Nothing.  There really is nothing at all on the market today that is a substitute for, or even a comparison to, Shakeology.  If there was, I’d be the first to talk about it.  I am happy to compare beachbody products to store-bought products and look at cost, ingredients, effectiveness, etc.  But there isn’t a product like Shakeology offered anywhere else.  So the simple answer to the question of substituting something else for Shakeology, there isn’t an option other than the real thing.

This always leads to a variation of the second question, COST!  And believe me, I had the same question myself!

Q= Why is Shakeology so expensive?/ Is Shakeology worth the cost?/ What is in it that makes it worth $120?/ etc.

A= When I answer this, you’ve got to remember that I’m not a Shakeology pusher.  I’m simply a firm believer in the product as someone who used it myself as a customer during my own transformation, and now as a coach.  With that said, let’s look at Shakeology from a cost perspective:

Shakeology costs $120 for a 1 month supply if you are a customer.  It’s $89 if you are a coach.  So for me, it’s about twice as much as a tub of whey protein powder.  If you aren’t a coach, it’s more like 3 times as much.  But is it fair to think of Shakeology as a protein powder?  Not at all.  That’s like comparing a house to wood.  I would expect to pay much more for a house than for wood, because wood is just one of the hundreds of parts, all put together, to make a house.  Shakeology is like the house.  Whey protein is like wood.  Whey protein is great, but Shakeology has hundreds (literally hundreds) of ingredients in addition to whey protein, all put together in the right amounts and combinations, to give us the best possible way to fuel our body each day.  So I would EXPECT to pay a good bit more for Shakeology than whey protein.

Secondly, I see the misconception that Shakeology is going to ADD $120 (or $89) to your monthly expenses if you use it.  This isn’t true at all.  In my case, I don’t spend $89 MORE each month because I use Shakeology.  I simply re-allocate what I was already spending each month to buy food/supplements and spend it on Shakeology INSTEAD of whatever else I was spending my money on.

Look at it this way — we all spend money each month on stuff to put in our mouths.  What would we trade in order to be putting Shakeology in our mouths? For me, I traded so many things in that I actually SAVE a ton of money now compared to the habits I had before starting P90X and Shakeology.  For example:

1)  How many times per week/month do you eat lunch out?  I ate out at least 4 times per week.  Simply trading that expense for taking a sack lunch can re-allocate enough to buy Shakeology and not spend anymore $$ per month.

2) How often do you get Starbucks?  Will you trade coffee for Shakeology for 1 month and see what it does for your health?

3) How often do you zip into the convenience store for a candy bar and a pop?  That was a daily (at least) occurrance for me before P90X, and by giving up that I save way more per month than I spend on Shakeology! LOL!

4)  How much do you spend on your combination of whey protein, multivitamins, etc. per month already?  By the time you add it up, you may be spending close to the amount you’d spend on Shakeology and not even getting nearly as much benefit as you would from Shakeology, which has not only the protein and vitamins, but fruit and vegetable blends from around the world that would simply be impossible to find even if you had all day to look for them.

So, do I sound like a Shakeology salesman?  Yeah, I do … I know!  But I’m not ashamed of that because I really believe it’s the single best thing I use to fuel my body each and every day.  I started using it during my transformation as a meal replacement.  I was on a strict diet, and I did not want my body to miss anything it needed to run at 100%.  With Shakeology, I knew I was giving myself exactly what it needed every day.  Now that I’ve upped my calories for Round 2 and 3, I use Shakeology not as a meal replacement, but as a meal enhancement.  I eat it along with my breakfast every day.  I can’t go a day without it!  Don’t mess with Daddy’s Shakeology!! LOL!

I have come to realize that taking care of my body with exercise, nutrition, and supplements doesn’t require MORE time and money.  It just requires RE-ALLOCATING my time and money from what I was doing before.  I’ve traded an hour of watching TV for an hour of working out.  I’ve traded lunch at fast food restaurants for healthy choices from the grocery store.  I’ve traded convenience store pop/candy for Shakeology and supplements.  I’ve traded a pantry full of junk food for fruits and veggies to snack on.  It’s easy to say I can’t afford healthy food, or to say I can’t afford good supplements, or to say I don’t have time to exercise.  I say re-allocate the way you are spending your time and money to give yourself the best chance at success.

To learn more about Shakeology, read my review and the product specifications here.  You can also watch my Shakeology YouTube video here.

Keep Bringing it guys!

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63 comments
Gurujon
Gurujon

Coach, although I haven't tried Shakeology, I am very tempted to get it.  But being in the UK, its a bit of pain.  I've got to jump through hoops and it takes forever and it costs even more.  I take your point about it replacing some of your food intake and so reduces that cost, it still represents quite a lot of money on average unless you are one of them wealthy folk eating at the Ritz every evening.  I'm not complaining, I would just love it to be sold here, then I wouldn't' have to fork out the 75 bucks for postage.  Thanks for your comments by the way.  They are very helpful.  

Yuriy M
Yuriy M

Hey coach, i just received a package from Groupon a 30 day meal replacement which i will compare with shakeology today when i get home. The name of this product is called Ichoice check it out on this site ( http://lyf.com/ ). Have you ever heard of it? if not can you take a look into it and give me your feed back on what you think? Thanks. I greatly appreciate it! BTW Thanks for the new large shirt. Received it Monday and its looking good.

Nick
Nick

Wayne your an inspiration mate.

Georgina
Georgina

Hi, I live in the UK and am just starting the INSANITY program. I know you can't buy Shakeology here in the UK so can you suggest an alternative? I am currently making 5 meals a day from the nutrition guide but it is too time-consuming. I need something quick and easy like a shake.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Hey wayne, do you need the shakeology to get the insanity results?

kate
kate

Ive seen shakeology for sale online, a few people in the uk are selling it on ebay? :)

Dorita
Dorita

Hi, I live in the UK and there is not stockist of Shakeology, do you know how I can get Shakeology without it costing a fortune in shipping - I am not entirely sure that it is shipped to the UK? Many thanks, Dorita

J.Miller
J.Miller

There may not be any shake out there that is equal to Shakeology but Ensure High Protein shake comes really close and its a lot cheaper. about $75 per month.

Kirk
Kirk

Hey Coach Wayne, I have been using a meal replacement product called Monavie RVL and adding a scoop of protein to it. The RVL has alot of the extra good ingredients but have yet to do a detailed comparison. I tried shakeology for a week but was not committed to P90x like now. If you want I can provide a detailed comparison for you. I still think I might go to shakeology but I will become a coach so I can get the discount.

Robin
Robin

I live in the UK and Shakeology is not available, what can I use as a substitute?

Khafre Deans
Khafre Deans

Hey Coach...first off I hope you saw that I sighed up on beachbody I am so excited...but does that mean i have to be a CLUB member to order through you??? "K"

k.v.
k.v.

hey wayne! big fan... you are a huge inspiration! but... i think that animal products are disgusting (whey) i know that P90X is offering some alternatives on the meal plans that are vegan. there is a product called vega out there... and it is amazing! just letting you know. who knows... you might love it!!!

Jz
Jz

Hey coach Wayne , I am new to the team and looking forward to seeing what my body will look like. I just ordered my protien and other vitamins.. All I need is this Shakeology, butt before I purchase it I would like to sample the green berry and the chocolate so see which one I like more. Hope to hear from you soon. I will also be sending in day one pics and keep u posted on my progress. This will be my second attemp at completing the P90X . First time I managed to get to wk 5 and then lost it. Lack of guidance and motivation I guess.

maisie
maisie

hi wayne is it ok to have Shakeology twice a day for breakfast and lunch.

john
john

Hello Coach I was wondering if you know the new numbers: calories/Protein/carbs/fat for the reeses Shakeology now that you use the wheybolic 60 instead of the other one and also now that the glutamine is already present in the wheybolic 60? I saw your old numbers of 360 calories, 44 g protein, 23.5 g carbs, and 9.5 g fat....would it be roughly the same as this? thanks.

Chrissy
Chrissy

Hi, I just want to say I am ADDICTED to Shakeology. My current coach was nice enough to send me a weeks worth of samples and got me hooked! I can barely stand it until my order comes in the mail! :) I was a huge skeptic and couldn't see how it could possibly be worth the money. The reason I tried it is because I am suffering from extreme stomach issues they think it may be an ulcer or GERD or both. So, I can't eat much, I am a vegetarian who can't even keep down vegetables :(... but I can acutally keep Shakeology down! AND it improved my symptomes.... within the two days I've been off of it waiting for my shiptment to come in my stomach is back to the way it was so I know it was helping me. I think it is an AMAZING product! It gave me back my energy to complete my TURBO FIRE workouts and know that I am getting the nutrients I need when I can't eat much because of my stomach issues. Coach Wayne my question is since I can't keep much down is it ok if I were to have shakeoogy replace two of my meals a day?

Kevin
Kevin

Coach Wayne, I have watched your video and all I can say is awesome job. You are an inspiration to all of us doing P90X. I have bought a tub of the whey protein from walmart and it seems to give me heart burn. I have tried mixing it with water, milk and juice and it still happens. I then bought a product called Super Whey protein Shot (fruit punch) it is a liquid and comes in a plastic tube. I have no problem drinking this. I am interested in the Shakeology product and was wondering if this may work for me. Have you ever heard of this before. Thank you, Kevin

John
John

My pleasure and yes I just ordered the Shakeology, it has too many important items in it to pass up, besides the syntha after checking it again yesterday has too much sugar in it. Wayne could you tell me the name brand of the whey you use, all the other items I already take such as the glutamine and Omega3 fish oils etc, etc. Thanks

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Oh, and by the way John, thanks for ordering through me! I appreciate it!!

John
John

Hello I just ordered my P90X along with the pull up bar and push up things...sorry forgot the name. My only concern is the Shakeology and it's price. I would like to know if something like Syntha6 protein can be used instead because it is a good product and less expensive, also is this to be taken as a substitute for a breakfast meal?. I am 6'2 and 194lbs and in good shape and regularly workout so I do not really want to loose too much weight maybe just some body fat % and more want to gain muscle mass...would I still take this shake in the mornimng as a substitute for a meal? thanks and look forward to getting started on a new journey. John M

Michael Brooks
Michael Brooks

FINALLY, beachbody was able to get me access to the site, seems they had an issue with their auto response, how that affected me I don't know but anyway. Coach I have been feeling really worn down before and during the workouts. Question is should I order the Jack3d or N.O. load in order to increase my energy or is a diet change in order containing more protein? Michael

Michael Brooks
Michael Brooks

Still waiting coach for an auto response...been going on three days now. I only have enough supplements to last me thru the week, so hopefully whoever is snoozing at the switch keeps up to use the bathroom and notices the computer bug has been busy...lol. I understand it is a holiday weekend, but, as Gomer would say to Andy....Golly...

Michael Brooks
Michael Brooks

Hey coach, Last night after our workout, I finally decided to breakdown and buy some Shakeology and power bars on your site from beachbody. However the beachbody site kept telling me I was using the wrong password, which was weird cause I save all my passwords and know I used the correct one. So I did as they asked on the site and got a new one, that one that they gave me said the same thing. "Wrong password, well I tried again, and again and a 4th time. So needless to say, it appears I can not purchase anything from beachbody. So I sent them an email to them, well, no answer....so I will have to go to my local GNC and buy what I bought the first time. But I will keep trying, just kinda wondered if anyone else was having this issue or is beachbody site experiancing some hardware problems? Michael Brooks

Ron(rhoward22)
Ron(rhoward22)

I have been taking Shakeology(chocalate) for one week now,and I got to say,I really enjoy how this product makes me feel and it has become my meal I really look forward to.Great Call......

Sarah
Sarah

Haven't tried the other flavor, but the chocolate Shakeology is pretty tasty. We've been doing it for a week and I really think it's made a difference for me. When I've cut my calories to 1500 prev I've felt exhausted. Doing it with Shakeology I feel great. And between Shakeology and frequent meals, I really am not hungry. Just one question-how do you mix the stuff without a blender? I mean, it's thick!! Shaking it with a water bottle and even with a blender bottle I have a hard time getting it all to mix. It glunks up on the spoon....what a silly question, huh?

Gurj
Gurj

Thanks for the response; you're right, I was talking about the Recovery drink. Wayne, can you email me on how to make you my coach on Beachbody, my current Coach isn't cutting it for me. Cheers

Gurj
Gurj

First, I want to start by saying, Coach Wayne, your results are stunning and a motivation for me. I have readjusted my diet as per the info provided on your site and the P90X manuals. Living in Canada, it is difficult (expensive) to get the Shakeology drink, so I have found a sound alternative. Chocolate milk! 12 oz of 1% Chocolate milk has the 4:1 carb:protein ratio (also same number of grams) as the P90X recovery drink. The sugars are also equivalent, the fat is about a 1.5g higher (but it factors into my 30/50/20 ratio). Kepp up the solid work, and I hope to be able to add you as my coach on beachbody.com so that I may get the most out of my workouts and nutrition. Cheers.

Phil
Phil

Just finished my first month replacing my breakfast with a post morning workout Shakeology shake. I love it, leaves me feeling full... sometimes I don't even finish it all until midmorning. I too was skeptical at first about the price, but when you really break it down it cheaper than most of my meals by far. I just reordered and plan on making it a permanent part of my routine. Today is day 28 for me and I have lost 10 pounds while putting on some visible muscle. I have used things like Myoplex and Muscle Milk in the past, but nothing is as complete as Shakeology. I recommend it. I ordered greenberry at first and don't mind the "sweet-wheatgrass" type taste, but I am going to try chocolate this month. Good luck

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

Gurujon, hopefully it will get to the UK soon, through TBB. That would save a lot cost. Keep tracking your nutrition and working hard. 

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Never heard of it Yuriy. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Georgina, it wouldn't replace Shakeology but you could use a protein shake for a quick meal. If you want to add some more calories, blend in a banana.

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Hey Kate, that's one option for overseas people, although by not buying Shakeology (or any other product / supplement) through Beachbody, you get no warranty or customer service. And you obviously don't get the bottom of the bag guarantee to get a refund if you aren't fully satisfied. So buyer beware because your only recourse is with the person you bought it from on ebay.

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Hey Dorita, unfortunately due to customs restrictions Shakeology can't be shipped to your country at this time, but BB is working hard to get through all the governmental red tape to make international shipping possible. Sorry!!

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Nothing against Ensure J., but I'd much rather have whey protein powder than an Ensure pre-mixed shake. The top 3 ingredients are water, milk protein, and corn maltodextrin (aka sugar that they don't have to call "sugar"). I'd stick with something like ON 100% whey or Wheybolic Extreme 60 for a good quality, low sugar source of protein rather than a pre-made shake like Ensure or Slim Fast.

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Hey Kirk, I haven't heard of the Monavie product called RVL, but you are more than welcome to compare it to Shakeology and see how it stacks up. Look at my article called "Shakeology Ingredients" to see exactly what is in Shakeology and why.

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Hey Robin, unfortunately there is nothing similar to Shakeology. BB is working to get international delivery going, so I'll be updating everyone when it becomes available.

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

No, you don't need a club membership. The free one is just fine.

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

K.V. I've heard good things about Vega, but it's more expensive than Shakeology and doesn't have as much in it. But if you can't take whey or don't want to do whey, that's a good product.

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Jz, this time you'll go all the way! And I got your request so I'll be sending you the Shakeology Samples! Hope you like them!

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Yes Maisie! You can have Shakeology multiple times per day with no problems.

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Hey John! Using the Wheybolic 60 reduces the overall calories compared to O.N. Whey. The new #s are: 333 cals, 40g protein, 22g carbs, 9g fat. Hope that helps!

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Hi Chrissy! Welcome to the teamRIPPED site! You can definitely use Shakeology more than once per day. It is completely balanced nutrition. I'm glad it's helping you so much!

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Kevin, I'm not sure which type of whey protein you tried. I do not believe that heartburn is a common side effect of taking protein powder, but it must have something to do with the other ingredients if the protein shot doesn't bother you. You'd probably not have any problem with Shakeology, but I can send you a sample if you email me your mailing address (and if you are a member of my team).

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

I used to use Optimum Nutrition 100% gold standard whey (and I've still got some that I use occasionallY), but lately I've switched to GNC Pro Performance Wheybolic Xtreme 60 (It's got high glutamine in it so that I can cut out my glutamine powder supplement).

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

I am at 5.5% body fat right now, and I use Shakeology as a meal "enhancement" along with breakfast to give my body all the nutrients it needs to function at 100%. I used it as a meal replacement during Round 1 because I was trying to lose a significant amount of body fat and still wanted to fuel my body with all the good stuff it needed for the workouts without getting too many calories. Now I've got different goals, so I use it differently, but I still think it's critical to keeping me at 100% and I never miss a day. I haven't used Syntha6 protein, but from what I understand it's just a combination of 6 proteins. I have no doubt it's a great protein powder, but it doesn't provide (nor claim to provide) the total array of nutrients, probiotics, minerals, and nutrients found in Shakeology. I use both Shakeology and whey protein powder daily.

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Good Mike. I left them a message yesterday at coach relations, so I'm glad they got it worked out for you. Jack3d and N.O.Loaded are similar, and you get both of them at GNC (unless you can find them cheaper somewhere else). I'd say do the Jack3d to start because it gets better reviews. I found them about the same to be honest. Both will give you way more energy during your workout!

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

They are closed for Labor Day weekend, so hopefully you'll get word back from them. Make sure you send them an email and get a reference # for your complaint, because I have seen lots of orders go through on my coach office from my other team members.

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Sarah, I agree that without a blender it's hard to get it to mix. I only use a blender with mine!!

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Hey Gurj, glad you are bringing it man! Not to burst your bubble, but Chocolate milk is not anything like Shakeology. When you bring up the 4:1 ratio, I think you must be confusing Shakeology with Results/Recovery formula. And again, not to burst your bubble but Chocolate milk is not anything like Results/ Recovery. It's just milk with a bunch of sugary syrup in it, which is not the same as the fructose blend of Results / Recovery (not to mention the electrolytes, nutrients, antioxidants, and minerals. I'm not telling you that you have to buy Results/Recovery, but I am saying that you'd be better off doing nothing than drinking a bunch of chocolate syrup every day!! Just FYI!!

Coach Wayne
Coach Wayne

Hey Phil! Glad to know you are liking it, and even more glad to know you are still bringing it! Mike hadn't given me an update on you. I know he's going hard! Y'all should both have some great Day 90 results!! And yeah, you'll like chocolate better!