The first thing I’m going to point out is that different programs work for different people. To some, Beachbody will be exactly what they need, and that’s great! Don’t think that I’m telling you to never try it. No, I’m telling you why I stopped.
Two Main Reasons I stopped using the Beachbody program:
1. The Cost
When I initially shelled out $150 for the PiYo workout DVDs and 24 servings of Shakeology, I was buying into the hype. My rational brain was furious with me and my credit card, but I promised that it would all be worth it and this program was going to change my life!!
Considering how much Shakeology costs to renew the following month, the PiYo DVDs only cost $20, and that is actually not a bad deal at all. I would pay that again because of this whole ordeal, I do believe in the workouts and would keep using them. It’s the $130 Shakeology I have a problem with in this situation.
But but! If you become a coach, you get 25% off your Shakeology!! I’m sorry, but bringing the cost down to $97 for 24 servings is still insanely expensive to me, and out of my budget. If this is a selling point for you, though, great. I will note that you do not have to actively coach anyone to be a coach and get the discount. So there’s that. I also need to point out the important distinction that I purposely chose the 24 serving option because it’s was individual packets of different flavors. Since I was trying this for the first time, I wanted to give myself options. You can buy a bag of one flavor for the same price and that has 30 servings, as long as you’re not heavy handed with the scoop.
When looking into reviews of Shakeology before I started, a lot of them were from coaches and praised the products like you wouldn’t believe. The one big comparison I saw when any of them bothered to tackle the cost issue, was that when you break down the cost and compare it to eating a fast food meal instead, you’re saving A TON of money!!! While that may well be true, the simple financial truth for me is that I’m saving a ton of money by buying groceries and making my meal at home instead of fast food OR a shake.
The cost was a huge factor for me, considering if I had one shake a day, even at the coach’s discount, I would be spending just over $1,500 a year. Yikes. It would have to be an amazing product for me to shell out that kind of cash in a year, which brings me to my second big problem with Shakeology.
2. The Taste
How can I put this politely so I don’t hurt any feelings, step on any toes, etc.?
I hated it.
I own the mistake of my first shake to my novice blending skills, but the shakes after that didn’t improve in taste despite my growing skill with the blender. I purchased the chocolate and vanilla combination pack so I received 12 chocolate servings and 12 vanilla servings. I will admit to being a chocoholic so most of the time I stuck with chocolate.
The biggest drawback for me was that I absolutely had to blend it with something else to make it drinkable. Just shaking it up in a blender bottle with milk was awful so into the blender it would go with fruit, peanut butter, etc. until the taste was manageable. To be fair, at this point I was comparing Shakeology to Body by Vi and many brands of your basic protein powder that I had tried in the past. All of those tasted amazing compared to Shakeology, and all of those were simply shaken up in a bottle with milk, no additives needed.
If I blended the chocolate Shakeology with enough peanut butter, the taste was passable. Of course, that just upped my calorie count for the shake quite a bit (and no, I don’t recommend peanut butter powder..having one powdered substance in this shake was bad enough). The thing that got to me the most though, was the aftertaste. No matter what I did, including the aforementioned peanut butter, there was a horrible, bitter aftertaste from the shake. It was awful. I had never encountered a weight loss drink or protein shake with that horrible of an aftertaste. I had to gag the drink down sometimes anyways, but knowing the aftertaste was coming made it all the worse.
You are probably thinking then why on Earth did you keep drinking it if it was that awful? Well, I didn’t and that was why the blog posts stopped. I couldn’t lie to you and tell you it was working, because it wasn’t. Even with peanut butter added, the shake as a breakfast only kept me full for about two hours and then I was really hungry and started overeating the rest of the day.
Admittedly the whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth (Ha), which wasn’t helped by the fact that when you sign up for Beachbody, you get in their automatic renewal system so guess what showed up on my doorstep the next month even though I could swear that I canceled in time? Yup. 24 more servings of that delicious drink (if you haven’t noticed, I’m getting a bit sarcastic… reigning it in now). They also charged my credit card again and the return process left me upset even more. For your reference, do NOT open the package even if they tell you you need to make sure there’s a packing slip in there. If the package is unopened, the post office can send it right back as refused. If you DO open the package to ensure there’s a packing slip, you have to pay over $7 to ship the box back to Beachbody. They claim their return process takes a few days for them to process and then up to 4-5 more days for your bank to process the refund. It took just over two weeks.
So there you have my account of Beachbody and Shakeology. No, I will never buy it again. I know that Shakeology has a lot of added vitamins and things that other protein drinks do not, and honestly that most likely accounts for the taste. I still wouldn’t do it. I’m hoping to move away from drinking my nutrients and focusing on eating better foods as a whole. At no point does this account have anything to do with my Beachbody coach. My coach is an amazing woman and the program is definitely working for her and she loves it. I will say that her positive attitude, and the Facebook support group she had for us were the real selling points of this whole process. The PiYo workouts are also still great in my opinion and now that I have them, I will definitely incorporate them into my future workout plans.
I will be focusing my energy on eating better and moving more from here on out. I will start posting to the blog again as updates to my progress but for now I have no plans to start any other programs or diet plans other than your basic calorie counting. A great example of this process would be to go on over to Andie Mitchell’s blog and read all of her posts about putting her mom on a diet. Not only does she break it down by every single meal, but her whole blog is full of delicious meal options that can easily be incorporated into a calorie counting process. Putting her mom on a diet was encouraging enough, but don’t forget to read Andie’s own story because that’s how I found her years ago and have been faithfully following her blog ever since.