Meal replacement shakes are becoming increasingly popular as people become more health-conscious. Aside from providing a convenient on-the-go meal, a meal replacement shake can also be used in order to reduce overall caloric intake as well as to bump up your daily protein intake. Shakeology and Body By Vi are arguably the two most popular meal replacement shakes. At first glance, the two appear rather similar, but the devil lies in the details and both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Shakeology costs $129.95 for a 30 day supply of both the whey formula and the vegan formula. However, if you are a “Beachbody coach”, which includes a monthly fee, you can get the whey and vegan formulas for 25% off or $97.46, among other benefits. By retailing to 3 customers, you can get your month’s supply for free.
ViSalus comes in kits which can cost anywhere between $49 and $299. The Shape kit ($99) is recommended for weight loss. The 30-day supply kit comes with two bags of shake mix and 10 mix-ins which help change the flavor of the shake. Be warned though, these mix-ins contain several artificial ingredients. Like with Shakeology, you can also get your kit for free if you can manage to convince 3 of your friends or family to try out a month’s supply.
Both companies offer a 30 day money back guarantee so if you decide that you are not satisfied with the shakes, you will get a full refund minus shipping and handling costs.
Protein per Serving
Shakeology’s non-vegan formula has 17g of protein per serving, which comes from all natural products and is a blend of whey protein isolate, sprouted brown rice protein and pea protein. The vegan formula contains 15g protein per serving, made from sprouted brown rice protein and pea protein.
Visalus contains 12g of soy protein per scoop. Soy may seem like a healthy and vegan-friendly option, but there is a plethora of research that indicates health risks associated with soy protein especially involving the development and functioning of reproductive systems in both males and females.
People who are trying to improve their health need to develop long-term healthy eating habits. Artificially sweetened foods are not an ideal part of one’s diet, but there are certainly lesser and greater evils here. Shakeology contains 6 grams of sugar, which comes exclusively from plant sources, but on the other hand, Body by Vi only has 1 gram of sugar. On the surface, it might seem that Body by Vi wins this round, but unfortunately that is not the case, because to make the shake taste sweet, they use Sucralose, which is an artificial chemical sweetener that can cause several side effects not limited to gastric problems, blood sugar spikes, and, ironically, weight gain!
Shakeology boasts a respectable 160 calories per scoop, whereas Visalus contains a mere 90 calories per two-scoop serving. But, you ask, aren’t lower calories clearly better? This is a trap many dieters fall into. Adequate caloric intake is essential if you want to lose weight, because without sufficient fuel, your body will shift gears into starvation mode, which means it will fight back harder to hold on to the fat you so badly want to lose. The food equivalent of 90 calories would be just a few bites, hardly worthy of being called a “meal”.
Shakeology is also endorsed by the most popular celebrity fitness trainers in the industry such as Tony Horton (P90X, Power 90, 10 Minute Trainer), Shaun T (Insanity, Hip Hop Abs, Asylum), Chalene Johnson (Turbo Fire, Turbo Jam).