- Wedding: St. petersburg, FL
(Disclaimer – I promise i’m not trying to sell you anything – this is my personal experience and decision, so I thought I would share since I tried a few shakes).
I am kind of in the same boat as you are… I’ve lost about 20 pounds in the past nine months, but definitely have about 30 more to go. That being said, I’ve tried a few different shakes – this was my experience:
My boss got me a bag of chocolate shakeology, and I was super skeptical. My dad is a protein shake FIEND, and was excited for me to try it. I had been doing a buzzfeed 4 week running challenge, so he thought this might help me boost my weight loss since I was trying to do the exercise part, too.
I tried my dad’s shakes, and they were all whey protein, and made me feel bloated and were not good to my stomach. When I tried the shakeology, I noticed several things:
- more energy
- more regular bowel movements
- clear headedness/alertness (this was my favorite – I actually noticed a difference in the way I acted and felt, and especially how much more productive I was at work)
I’d like to think that this helped me get into a weight loss swing, and I kept drinking Shakeology for that month and finished my running challenge. The thing is, I could NOT JUSTIFY the price.
So, I looked for alternatives, and found Orgain on Amazon. I bought the 2 pound jar and tried that for a month. I still felt good and kept exercising, and kept losing weight. However, I noticed a few things:
- the brain fog/fatigue returned
- energy fell
- weight loss continued
- I still felt good with my stomach/digestive stuff
I attributed the stomach issues I had with my dad’s protein shakes to them being made from whey protein, which is animal based protein. Shakeology AND Orgain are natural, plant-based proteins, so I learned that about my body, which was cool.
The thing about the orgain, though, was that I didn’t like the taste as much.
As a reward for losing those 20 pounds, my boss (we are very close, and she is an avid Shakeo user) gave me ANOTHER bag of chocolate shakeology. I have tried the vanilla and strawberry, and absolutely hated the taste of both. I will stick to chocolate.
Since I went back on Shakeology, my energy went back up, and my head is clear and I feel alert and just better overall. So, this gave me my justification for spending that money on this shake.
I signed up as a coach just for the discounts. My friend is also a coach, and is one of those in-your-face kind of shakeology coaches, so she also kind of persuaded me to do it because I paid $160 initially, to include a bunch of “start your business” crap and those portion control cups (I already have those anyway)… but I did get a year access to their videos on demand, which is what I really wanted to do. And, I get to have a bag of shakeology delivered every month for about $100, which is way less than what just ordering a bag would be if I weren’t a “coach”.
I’m going to now try to use their workouts since I have access to them, and see if the shakes really do help combined with those workouts. Since i’ve been using shakes (not just shakeology- this includes the Orgain), I have not put the weight back on, and just generally feel better. I also cut alot of gluten/bad carbs out of my diet, and a lot less Diet coke (my weakness).
I found that I really don’t crave sugar anymore, but sometimes I do like salt, so i’ll have some lightly salted peanuts as a snack.
Good luck, bee! Let me know how you do with the Ideal shakes, please!