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Is Shakeology a safe and effective weight loss option?

Meal replacement shakes have been shown to be highly effective and safe for weight control. However, the claims presented by Shakeology have no peer-reviewed scientific studies to validate that the ingredients (i.e. Super-Fruit blend) in Shakeology remove toxins and lead to weight loss. The shake mix is very expensive (24 servings is $119) and there are other more economical and complete meal replacement formulas that would be at least as effective in assisting in your weight loss goals.

Corey Schuler, MS, DC
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
When using a protein shake of any kind, determine which protein is best for you. Shakeology is a whey-based protein. Protein is not a one-size-fits-all macronutrient. Some people have sensitivities to whey or casein (proteins in dairy), while other cannot digest egg well. Also, many protein powders contain other sweeteners than can be problematic. Even stevia can improperly stimulate the immune system of some people. So when you hear about a protein or protein powder that is "the best", just be aware that it may not be the best for you.
There are many things out there that claim to be a great supplement and that will change your life.  However no product is ever life changing.  Remember it is all about a lifestyle change and burning more than you eat to lose weight.  There are many products you can take to fill in the gaps when you are lacking something in your diet.  I am not a big advocate of supplements if you can get whole foods in your diets.  These are really meant to be taken when you are on the go and don't have the time.  Our bodies are meant to process natural occuring foods not chemically progressed ingredients.   So if you want an effective way to lose weight make sure you are eating 5-6 small meals a day and burning more than you eat.

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