I’m going to write something that may be a bit controversial. In fact, it may seem contradictory to my association with Beachbody, considering they sell supplements. But it’s the truth, and everyone knows it whether they want to admit it or not (and most times, they will not admit it due to the financial gain they lose…more on that later).
So here it is:
It is NOT the supplement you are taking, drinking, whatever that is causing you to lose weight!
No, it’s not.
Supplements are named “supplements” for that very reason: They are there to supplement some other change you are making in order to reach the desired effect.
To make my point: If you started taking a supplement that promises weight loss, but you continue to eat like a pig, you may lose a couple of pounds (depending on what the supplement does), but you will not have any real long term success.
However, if you “supplement” a good diet, healthy habits like exercise, rest, etc, then the supplement MAY help.
No supplement is a miracle, though. You will not magically lose weight unless you have already made drastic changes away from the standard American diet (SAD) and are eating how your body needs to be fed for the results you are wanting to do.
Yes, Shakeology is a supplement. It is also usable as a meal replacement. It is a GREAT product, but it is not a miracle product. If you want long term results, use it to supplement a otherwise healthy diet. You cannot drink a shake each day and then eat tons of other calories, sugars, bad fats, junk food, etc, and expect to look like Tony Horton or Shaun T. It’s not happening.
So what brings this rant on?
There are so many companies out there in the direct sales industry that believe their supplements are miracles. They truly believe that by just adding that supplement to their life that they have magically lost all of this weight. And for a majority of them, that is simply NOT true.
The real truth is this: They were approached by a product that could help them lose weight (so they were told), and they were given a plan to take the product, change how they eat to a cleaner, more wholesome diet, do some exercise, and they lost weight. They made a lifestyle change that was supplemented with a supplement.
Who knew that eating healthy foods and exercise would help you lose weight? (no sarcasm at all, I know)
But these people will never, ever admit that is the case. Doing so would hurt their paycheck. It would hurt their credibility.
When I first started P90X in 2009, I took no supplements. I ate according to the guide. I did my workouts every day. I lost a LOT of fat. Eating well, exercising, getting results…a novel concept, I know!
I did not add Shakeology until sometime in 2010 after my second round of P90X. At that point I was taking the P90X multivitamin. But again, it was there to support my lifestyle change I had already made.
You’re probably asking yourself, just as I have asked myself: Why do you still use Shakeology then, Brent?
Because Shakeology to me has nothing to do with weight loss and everything to do with solid nutrition. I’m not taking it as a miracle drink to help me shed pounds. I am taking it, though, to make good nutrition convenient. I credit the shake with helping me eat healthy, not lose weight (although by adding it in as a lower calorie meal option, with all natural products, toxin flushing ingredients, etc, it may aide in weight loss).
So please…quit trying to convince me that your product made you lose weight. No….making the decision to change your life by eating better, exercising, and then supplementing your lifestyle with your supplement is what caused you to lose weight, plain and simple.