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The Skeptics Guide to Shakeology

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Darrehn "the Fit Attorney" Wall

Darrehn "the Fit Attorney" Wall

This is a Guest Post by Darren “the Fit Attorney” Wall

As an attorney, I am skeptical by training. Anytime I hear claims that are too good to be true, I assume they are not true. When I first started to hear the claims about Shakeology, my BS radar went on full alert. Below you will find a full description of Shakeology along with the unbelievable claims I saw and my personal experience. Was my skepticism warranted? Read on to find out.

First, what is Shakeology? It is a meal replacement blend made up of over 70 high quality, all natural ingredients, and unlike most meal replacement shakes, it is high in protein. According to Beachbody: It is a daily nutritional shake that helps your body gently eliminate toxins more efficiently while allowing for better absorption of the essential nutrients you need. It contains a proprietary blend of digestive enzymes and prebiotics, which helps your body progressively eliminate the toxins that have built up over time from eating today’s highly processed foods.

At the same time, whole-food ingredients deliver the essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals your body needs to curb cravings, allowing your body to shed stored fat while the more than 20 different antioxidants and phytonutrients help reduce free radical damage that can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and stroke.

Here’s what the doctors who ran an independent study on it observed:

  • Reduced oxidative stress, a risk factor for degenerative diseases, by as much as 90%.
  • Participants lowered their total cholesterol levels by an average of 30% and their “bad” cholesterol levels by an average of 38%.
  • Participants reduced their cardiovascular risk factors by an average of 24%.

Listen to what the doctors have to say:

Second, what has my personal experience with Shakeology been from a physical perspective? In a word it has made me feel Fantastic. I started by substituting Shakeology for my lunch. It is like Slimfast on steroids. People ask me if I get hungry during the day. Shakeology controls my cravings. I do not feel hungry for a long time. I have increased energy about 30 minutes after I drink my shake that lasts a long time. Since starting my program on January 1, 2012, which included P90X2, I’ve gone from 204 pounds to 172 pounds. I’ve cut my average sleep down from about 7 ½ hours to 6 ½ hours and I feel completely rested. The extra hour allows me to do more every day. One extra hour a day gives me 365 more hours per year. That is huge. The final difference I noticed, which might make you laugh is that I go to the bathroom much more regularly. Although, this might be too much information and it might be gross, it sure is important.

Third, what does it taste like? I am a picky eater and think it tastes great. I have only used chocolate and can’t comment on the other flavors. There are many recipes and blending methods that Beachbody provides. Mixing it with Almond milk and strawberries is awesome. When you are on the go as much as me, blenders are not convenient. Shaking it up with water, skim milk or Almond milk works great. Although, water is probably the least favorable option because it does not add anything to the taste or consistency. No matter how you mix it, it is like a liquid brownie.

Fourth, the actual medical results. For those of you that don’t know me, I am jinxed with a hereditary medical condition. I have battled high cholesterol and triglyceride levels most of my adult life. My highest cholesterol level was around 350. On March 21, 2012, I had my annual medical appointment to follow-up on my cholesterol levels. When the doctor opened my results in her computer, I could tell she was very surprised. May 2011 versus March 20, 2012:

Total Cholesterol

214

144

HDL

59

67

LDL

130

64

Triglycerides

124

69

My doctor asked me what dietary changes I’ve made, I told her that I worked on eating better and substituted Shakeology for my lunch. We examined my test results for the prior ten years and almost without exception, I had never been below 200. She said she was going to look more into Shakeology because she had never seen anything like it short of medication. She reduced my Zocor level from 40mg to 20mg and said if they remain look after a follow-up test in mid-June, she would completely take me off of a medication that I have been taking for almost 15 years. I am astounded.

Although Shakeology is fairly expensive, it actually ended up saving me money. I typically spent six to twelve dollars per day on lunch at work. At three to four dollars per serving, I am actually saving money.

Finally, I really appreciate how much the Company believes in their product. They provide a bottom of the bag guarantee. If at any time you decide you don’t like it, you can send it back as long as there is something left in the bag. When I purchased my first bag, this made me feel confident because I was not taking any risk.

People that know me understand my integrity and honor are my at the core of my beliefs. I would not hype this product if I did not believe in it and can point to actual results (some of them medically documented). This truly is an amazing product that does what most products fail to do. It meets the hype.

 

To learn more about Shakeology and to connect with Darren “the Fit Attorney” wall, visit his website here – The Fit Attorney.

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