What is the best protein shake for weight loss? Building muscle? Overall health?
In this article I will be comparing a few of the most popular protein shakes in terms of ingredients, cost, and taste. I will focus on a few of the most well known brands, most of which also have an income opportunity attached, but I will focus solely on the product itself, not the business.
First of all let’s explore Isagenix.
Isagenix is a multi level marketing company whose main products are it’s protein shakes. Having tried them myself, I can verify that the shake are very tasty. Even my kids like them and that is saying a lot because they don’t like too many of the shakes I have tried. Isagenix shakes come in creamy french vanilla, dutch chocolate, black sesame, natural berry harvest, and strawberry cream. Isagenix claims to use a very high quality whey protein isolate that is natural and free from pesticides. They claim to be a very healthy shake, despite the fact that each serving contains 16 grams of sugar. Perhaps that is why my kids like them so much.
The cost of a 14 serving canister is approximately $52 plus taxes and shipping so most people would need 2 canisters per month. If you sign up as a distributor you get each canister for around $40. Isagenix promotes a ’30 day cleanse’ and you will find a ton of success stories from people using Isagenix all over the internet.
The main pros for Isagenix are its high quality whey and the taste.
The cons are the high sugar content and the lack of other ‘superfood’ ingredients.
Next let’s have a look at Visalus.
Visalus is also a multi level marketing company whose main products are it’s shakes. The cost of the shakes are less than Isagenix. A package is $59 but contains 30 servings. The company does an excellent job on marketing it’s products and claim that their shakes taste like cake mix. Personally, I would find that a little too sweet, but many people like that. I have not tried the Visalus shakes myself for the simple reason that they contain a few questionable ingredients like sucralose and soy that I stay away from.
Those who are distributing Visalus shakes will have argue that the soy is non GMO and the sucralose is in such a tiny amount that it doesn’t matter, but I personally am not comfortable putting those ingredients in my body on a daily basis. If you Google the Visalus ingredients online you will find people in both camps on this issue.
The pros of Visalus are the cost and for those who are okay with soy and sucralose, the taste.
The cons would be those same ingredients.
Another popular shake is Shakeology, by BeachBody.
BeachBody changed their marketing to into a network marketing structure in 2007 after many years of success through infomercials. Their name is well known mostly for it’s fitness programs like P90X and Insanity. The ingredients in Shakeology are very high quality and many of them are considered superfoods. To source all these ingredients separately would be extremely expensive. Overall, the protein content and the nutritional content are exceptional, and one look at the ingredients list will impress anyone in the health industry.
The cost of a 30 day supply is $119, making it the most expensive of the brands. But as a ‘coach’, you would receive 25% off plus free shipping. It cost’s $15/month extra to be a coach with BeachBody in order to get the discount. When you look at it that way, the monthly cost for Shakeology including taxes and all fees would be around $110.
However, despite the high cost, many people who are conscious of ingredients choose Shakeology. In terms of taste it’s one of my favourites. And my kids love it.
BeachBody also offers some well known fitness programs like P90X, Brazilian Butt Lift, Insanity, and TurboFire, that go along with their weight loss incentives. They promote nutrition, good eating, plus exercise to lose weight, and like Isagenix and Visalus, you will find tons of success stories with Shakeology as well.
The pros of Shakelogy are the superior, wholefoods based ingredients that are nutritionally dense.
The only con would be the cost.
The final shake I am going to review is the Zen Pro Shake by Jeunesse Global. This shake has surfaces in the last year and seems to be gaining popularity.
I ordered the chocolate version and it was a hit with everyone in my family. It contains several kinds of protein including bioactive whey (so there’s no need for the vitamin fillers of some other shakes), chia, pea and rice so that it keeps you feeling full. Another thing I liked about the Zen Pro is the fact there is no added sugar. It’s sweetened with Lo Han Guo extract and stevia.
Zen Pro costs about $54 for a 14 day supply.
The pros of Zen Pro are that it is a very clean, holistic shake with high quality. And the taste.
One con could be the price, although compared to every other shake and given the ingredients, it does seem to have the best value.
The bottom line when choosing the best protein shake for you is to look at the ingredients first and then choosing the highest quality you can, that also fits into your budget. You may have to try a few to find one you like the taste of but hopefully this review should help you narrow that down.
You may have to try several brands before you find the one that’s best for you, but always remember that along with finding a good protein shake, drink a lot of water, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly.
Source by Rebecca C Ness