Shakeology: Is the latest diet craze worth all the hype?

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You’ve probably seen it on social media.

Maybe your friends are trying it.

Shakeology is the latest diet craze that promises weight loss, increased energy and decreased cravings for unhealthy foods.

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Mary Ziegler has tried a bunch of stuff.

“I always say I’m a notorious quitter. I start on Monday and I’m done by Monday afternoon,” Ziegler said.

Then a personal trainer recommended she try Shakeology.

“It’s a nutrient-dense meal-replacement food that has all the essential vitamins and minerals that someone would need,” said Darin Olien, a Shakeology ingredient hunter.

Shakeology takes these raw ingredients and reduces them to a powder form you can mix at home into shakes.

You learn how to dehydrate them in a way that doesn’t get rid of the essential nutrients.

Mary started with the program’s three-day refresh.

“After three days, I dropped almost five pounds, and I was feeling better and happier,” Ziegler said.

Shakeology’s web site claims the shakes can help you do more than lose weight — they can also reduce junk food cravings, increase your energy and improve your digestion and regularity.

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” said Dr. Lauri Wright, USF Professor of Nutrition.

Lauri Wright, PhD

Lauri Wright, PhD

Wright said it’s better to make your own meal replacement using fruits and vegetables from your local farm or store.  She also said that, despite what’s on the label, you don’t really know what you’re getting.

“They all fall under the terminology of nutritional supplement.  And we know the FDA does not regulate nutritional supplements.  We’ve seen all the newest research out there that says many don’t contain what they’re supposed to, and some of them can have harmful products in them,” Wright said.

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Dr. Lauri Wright is an assistant professor in the USF College of Public Health.  A registered dietician, Wright is one of 10 national media spokespersons for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.