Is Team BeachBody Ultimate Reset a Snake Oil Scam?

At this point, I have a lot of real-food-loving, whole-foods-eating friends. They’re mostly online, but it’s still a group of like-minded people.

Something I keep seeing is really disconcerting to me, so maybe someone can explain it.

There are people who aim to eat real food, who are also either buying or even selling the Team BeachBody Ultimate Reset program. They share pictures of their Shakeology drinks and talk about their real food dinners in a single breath.


I am not an expert on the BeachBody program. From what I’ve seen, it looks like a pyramid scheme (ahem, “affiliate marketing program,” if we need to be politically correct about it). I find that to be shady from the get-go, but that’s just my personal opinion.

The real problem is that Shakeology does not seem like food. The Ultimate Reset program does not look like it’s compatible with real food values.

So what gives? How is it that I have smart friends who are working hard to treat their bodies right, eating real food, exercising, etc-…and they end up wrapped up in this BeachBody stuff?

I went to see what was in the Ultimate Reset. I had to dig deeper than I would’ve liked, which is a red flag. I switched gears and googled “shakeology scam” and came up with a ton of results…on the blogs of BeachBody “coaches” (the people selling the stuff). Riiiiight.

Anyway, the products amount to some organic food, processed into powder, along with some other less healthy inclusions. (Someone feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.) My initial reaction:


-highly processed=highly suspect

The processed, powdered remnant of what was once a whole, organic food is a far cry from where it started. The powdered version≠the whole version. Extremely processed food is something real food types usually eschew, but in the context of Shakeology and the other BeachBody products, it’s met with open arms. I don’t get it.

Shakeology calls itself the “healthiest meal of the day.” Who eats real food and then tells people they should replace an actual meal – comprised of real food - with a meal replacement shake? (And as far as the shake goes, I’d think it’s the slightly more naturally-based equivalent of any other protein or meal replacement shake. Check out the Shakeology ingredient list.) Another meal replacement shake? SlimFast. We are not in the land of things that are good for the human body. How can a protein shake be a staple in a truly healthful, real food diet?

shakeology beachbody reset scam

Is this healthier than actual, real food?

I’m asking. Maybe I’m missing some big piece of the puzzle.

Slapping “organic” in front of all the stuff on the ingredient labels is good marketing. It’s enough to get a lot of feet in the door. And then people try it, and they lose weight, so they promote it. Near as I can tell, Shakeology and SlimFast do the same thing, but the Shakeology lovers would probably not line up to drink SlimFast. A slightly better ingredient list and a very savvy marketing team are the only differences I can discern.

So are people just being swept up in the savvy marketing for this stuff? You tell me. How is replacing one meal a day, every day, with this shake that’s got an ingredient list a mile long, compatible with valuing real food?

PS: If you’re looking to lose weight, read GoKaleo on body image and the nonexistence of shortcuts. If you’re exercising, Katy Says has tons of good info on doing it in ways that are kind to your body (in proper alignment).

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  • Debi July 18, 2014, 8:58 am

    I am a Registered Nurse with a nutritional background. Beachbody is not telling people to stay on shakeology forever unless you want to. I personally love the shake, quick easy on the go.. Better than stopping at McDonalds. It is one replacement drink per day. The rest of the day you eat real food. 2 other meals and snacks. They give you a meal plan. with different exercise programs to fit all type of people from young to old.

    Drinking shakeology helps stop your craving for bad food.

    This I can tell you works. You really didn’t do your research before you wrote this.

    My husband tested it out before I started he lost weight within the first week.. He had high BP and he went to the doctors and his BP is down. With his weight lose his doctor looked at the ingredient and said they were good, won’t hurt you, keep it up see you in 2 months.

    Our whole family is now doing the 21 Day Fix. We eat healthy meals right along with it.

    Take care..

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  • Janet July 11, 2014, 2:11 pm

    I purchased the ultimate reset dual kit and my friend and I are currently on day 10. I am very unhappy with BeachBody customer service and need to vent. I have been trying since June 27th to get access to the portal for my friend. It says in their FAQs that you just have to contact them and they will magically add the other person in so they too can access the portal. Well I call BS. After numerous attempts at contacting BB through the phone and emails I simply can’t get anyone to help. I was on hold for an hour and they had no idea what to do. So everyday I send in a request asking for the dual access in hopes that someone with half a brain will be able to see the problem through to a solution. Okay now onto the program. I find that the food planning is on the poor side – they make you go shopping for all these different / specialty items that I didn’t have in my pantry (like Mirin for example). Well once I looked through the recipes they only use 1 tsp in one recipe for the program. Also, when they say to have a half an apple – well what am I supposed to do with the other half? I don’t like eating brown apples, call me picky, but that’s the way it is. I just find it is on the wasteful side. Who makes a recipe with a half a can of beans? What am I supposed to do with the rest of it because of the poor planning, we don’t need it for the rest of the program. Oh and if you are going to do the program, prepare to spend a lot of time in the kitchen …. I mean A LOT!!! I am one who cooks and bakes and enjoys a moderate amount of time in the kitchen, but this is a royal pain. Your life for 3 weeks is work (if you work), go home and prep for dinner, eat dinner. Then get back in the kitchen and prep for breakfast and lunch. We already eat “real food” so I know what it is like to be in the kitchen, but this is extreme. Same with my friend, she is finding the same issues only her hubby is able to eat the same food, whereas mine can’t. We’ve spent a lot of money on this program so we’re seeing it through and following the plans, but if I knew now how the reality of it was going to be I wouldn’t do it. I would say to people save your money and find some clean eating menu plans and make a week plan for yourself. There’s so much info out there it would just take a little bit of planning, but a person doesn’t need the Ultimate Reset to get healthy.

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    • Elizabeth July 11, 2014, 2:28 pm

      So… we use 1/2 an apple, 1/2 a can of beans in recipes frequently. I don’t do ultimate reset as I don’t need to lose weight. But is having leftovers from recipes, or buying a jar of spices you only use once a year really that uncommon?

      “Your life for 3 weeks is work (if you work), go home and prep for dinner, eat dinner. Then get back in the kitchen and prep for breakfast and lunch.”

      Wow, no wonder we’re thin. That’s our life for our whole life. Except we probably eat more oatmeal.

      But then, I didn’t find the Beachbody menu all that different from what we eat, either. Spanish omelette with avocado? No problem!

      Oh, and for your apples… squeeze some lemon juice on them and store in a Ziploc baggie.

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      • Janet July 14, 2014, 11:24 am

        Thanks, but I wasn’t looking for advice. I just wanted to share my experience and hopefully answer some of the questions people had out there. Oh and vent about BeachBody’s extremely poor customer service. I still think the menu plan is poorly planned and there is a lot of waste and over-spending that is not necessary.

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    • Sporty40 July 11, 2014, 8:12 pm

      How did you come across the Ultimate Reset? Was it through a coach or a friend or? If you were referred by someone, they did you a horrible horrible disservice by not informing you of the 1/2 apple issue. I bought a lot of ingredients I only used once or only a tiny bit of. I also cooked and prepped a ton. BUT I was forewarned that this was the case. I read the book too, and it was pretty upfront that this was a labor intensive system. By the third week I was just ready to start cooking my own meals. I use all of the stuff I bought so nothing went to waste. I also lost 13 lbs so and moaning I had about 1/2 apples was insignificant. I’m still losing weight and cooking more than I ever have. It did what it advertised, it changed my ways. I had a lot of warning in advance and support through it and beyond. I am sorry that no one can help you.

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    • Debi July 18, 2014, 9:04 am

      First off they tell you to contact your coach.. before you try to contact Beachbody help.

      As far as shopping for food items not in your house.. Wrong, they say to pick your meal plan.. you pick your meals as long as you stay within the amount of fat, dairy, etc.. I don’t buy anything special.. I use what I have.. and then I do a shopping list after I have picked our my meals plan for the week.

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  • R.P. July 10, 2014, 10:27 pm

    BRAVO!! Excellent post. Shakeology/BB cultists are scary.

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  • Curt June 4, 2014, 11:20 pm

    Firstly, I am a BeachBody coach, but strictly for the discounts on the products. I am not involved in selling the products or marketing things as I just don’t have the time or the need. I have done P90x, Insanity, Les Mills Combat and a few other programs and they are very motivating and they work. All of these programs have helped me progressively improve my fitness and health. I think the big thing the author and many of you are missing is the fact that BeachBody is a “Business” and as a business they have a target audience that they market towards. The target audience for their products are your everyday overweight to obese Americans that follow the SAD (Standard American Diet) either high carb & low fat or just your good old fast food diet which is in excess of everything.

    The reality is the average american that follows the SAD diet is ignorant to anything different because these individuals also spend 40 + hours a week watching T.V. or sitting on Facebook being bombarded by ads and marketing for products that they subconsciously purchase or think they need. If you have never looked into marketing tactics I recommend you research it and you will see all the tricks they use to relate to viewers and make them want to buy their products. For example, let’s market “low fat cookies” everyone knows that fat is bad (sarcasm) thus SAD dieters will think they are healthy and buy them and eat the whole box :). Anyways, the point is that your negative comments towards BeachBody as a whole are quite interesting and I think very misleading to your readers. You are coming off as an individual that is trying to paint a company that is actually developing and trying to give individuals a foundation to start learning how to eat healthier and make better decisions about their eating habits and their fitness as this huge devious conglomerate without the facts to back it up.

    Yes they are a business and just like any other business they want to make a profit, but that does not change the fact that they are changing peoples lives for the better by raising awareness around the unhealthy state of this country and giving them information and programs on how to be healthier. Change is hard for humans especially when you consider the immense marketing pressure that we are bombarded with by the food industry. The programs and the community that Beachbody offers is actually a positive thing especially when you consider the struggles that their target audience go through on a daily basis. While you see the marketing as misleading it really is not in the confines of the target audience that eats McDonald’s daily.

    I suggest you actually try some of the programs so you can have first hand knowledge of what the eating plans consist of. Every single program that I have purchased has a balanced meal plan that emphasizes whole foods. I am an avid Paleo eater so I don’t support the grains portion, but considering the purchasers of the program these meal plans are million times better than the SAD diet.

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  • Joanna May 25, 2014, 9:54 pm

    I came here because I am on day 7 of the Ultimate Reset and I wanted to see how my next week could play out via online reviews. I am strictly a purchaser of products, not a coach. I only pour money into the program, not gain any from it. That said, there are people out there that this product line will not help. I cant drink Shakeology any more, it gives me raging headaches. I LOVE the shakes but they don’t love me. It’s a shame because I am a busy working mom and that was an easy meal for me, plus it gave me energy and weight loss. My coach didn’t press me to buy something else, but she is a coach not a sales person so my health was the main interest.

    About the reset. I thought I was eating healthy but I wasn’t. I ate crap and drank sodas and energy drinks to make it through an hour, never mind a day. Between the supplements and the food I’m making, I have more energy and no cravings for drinks or carbs. I would love to be lean and only eat fruit or veggies at a meal. Hopefully this will reset my ways of thinking so I can achieve those goals. I know what it takes to be lean but people like me need direction. I feel so good and have stuck to this plan so well, I can testify that this is not snake oil.

    If you were going to offer advice to me to achieve those goals you would prescribe smaller meals, more real foods, fruits and vegetables etc. because as the guy from Seattle wisely pointed out, you are already there. It’s the people who can’t get their $&/) together like me that need this stuff. I would pay a nutritionist and a personal trainer to help me achieve my goals, so why not buy products that teach me to work out when I can, where I can and eat better?

    Maybe I just have a great coach who was in my shoes a few years ago and just wants to pull every one up to her level. Not make a buck or push a crappy product.

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  • jenny May 13, 2014, 4:34 pm

    I’m highly skeptical because the only “reviews” I can find are obviously scripted. Whether they are written reviews or YouTube, it doesn’t take much to see that all of the “reviewers” are literally following the same format in their presentation.

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  • Pam Danzig April 29, 2014, 1:38 pm

    I am a huge believer in real food! However, I also coach real people in the real world
    And most people are not going to take the time and energy to prepare three healthy
    Meals per day. My working moms have trouble with even one! Have you tried
    Shakeology ? I think it speaks for itself it’s loaded with vitamins and super foods
    That’s very difficult to duplicate in our american diet!!!

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  • Rachael April 10, 2014, 6:30 pm

    I have done 2 beach body work out plans, shakeology and am currently doing ultimate reset and love all of it. I feel much better than I used to and I have always been a healthy eater. certified organics whole raw foods etc. I also know many beach body coaches including one woman who is a certified beach body trainer with all her certifications and schooling in nutrition and training. I have seen incredible results from people who only used shakeology and mild workouts (walking/jogging) and significant results from the resets as well. you googled this stuff… some research of your own/ try them out
    instead of being a hater on line who didn’t follow the diet plan so didn’t see results or still felt like crap.

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  • Renee March 29, 2014, 4:24 pm

    I think you are right to be suspicious!

    I actually LOVE beachbody work out programs (did P90X, Insanity,Asylum, T25 and now P90X3).

    But I see only one difference when drinking Shakeology compared to any other home made Veggiejuice/fruit shake. And that is the terrible break outs I get from Shakeology. And then of course the numbers on my bank account! NOT worth the money!

    I wrote my coach. She told me to keep drinking it for a month more. So I did, and she made money on my efforts. I wrote her again (about the break outs) and cancelled my subscription. And suddenly she didnt reply to my emails. Go figure.

    So… I highly recommend the work outs. But spend your money on healthy Real food instead. Almost anybody would loose weight if they cut their portions as required for Ultimate Reset or 21 Day Fix.

    And yes of course the Beachbody system is a pyramid scheme. ….thats how the coaches make money. (Which is fine by me! Just Think everybody should know)

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    • JENIFER May 11, 2014, 2:16 am

      you are def wrong about the 21 day fix. you are not cutting portion sizes for that- i mean obv you have to eat less calories than you are burning to lose weight but you are not on some super calorie restricted diet- it helps with portion sizes. AND the bottom line is these products speak for themselves. Beachbody says you can use it in addition to or in place of a meal. It is called the ‘healthiest meal of the day’ because its so loaded with healthy ingredients that almost no 1 single meal can equal up to.

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      • Holo June 20, 2014, 12:23 am

        Actually the 21 day fix is a low calorie diet. Dangerously low actually. I got light headed when doing it so I decided to see how much I was consuming. I was only eating about 500 calories a day and my calculations were right. This company is a scam and their programs are dangerous.

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        • Laura June 27, 2014, 2:21 pm

          Holo – you clearly were NOT following the eating plan on the 21 Day Fix if you were only consuming 500 calories per day. The guidelines provide 4 different plans to follow depending on your current weight, calories you’ll burn per day, and calories needed per day, with the absolute lowest daily range of calories being between 1200 and 1499 calories per day.
          If you actually did the program as directed you would know this!
          Shame on you for your inaccurate comment on a program you either didn’t do or didn’t follow the guidelines for.

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    • Anonymous June 17, 2014, 12:01 pm

      You are also wrong about it being a pyramid scheme. Pyramid schemes are actually illegal. There is no way this company would be around as long as it has or be so well known to so many if it were a part of some pyramid scheme. How about you research what multi level marketing companies are?

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  • Bryan March 22, 2014, 3:05 pm

    So you’re an expert and suspect of their products because you know how to use google? Why don’t you try them then come back and change your mind.

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  • Brian March 20, 2014, 12:18 pm

    Thanks for this. From what I have read from the public health exports detox diets work no better than simply eating whole foods over a long period of time. In addition, they believe detox diets could potentially be addictive and dangerous. Beachbody has apparently conducted their own clinical trials and determined that their detox diet is effective. The FDA does not require testing for the supplements that are considered safe in general. So no need for FDA required testing for effectiveness, too. But this doesn’t mean that the Detox Plan that BB recommends is safe.

    Regarding Shakeology, I think it is no different than any other meal replacement drink except that I do believe it tastes better than any of their competitors including Slim Fast and the variety of GNC powder mix drinks. It is also much more expensive and I don’t think from a value stand point it is worth it. I’d get VegaOne from Whole Foods or something more affordable. That said, I do believe they work for some people who are rushed and don’t have time to prepare breakfast and want to avoid fast food. But you are right. If you have then time, then eating whole foods is the best option. “Best Meal of The Day” is marketing. That’s just something the government allows them to get away with. Definitely not true.

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  • Jill March 14, 2014, 8:45 am

    Can someone tell me what the 6 supplements in ultimate reset program are? Its hard to make a decision about a product when I don’t even know what is included. Thanks!

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  • Jenny March 13, 2014, 8:20 pm

    I started with the Ultimate Reset and lost 11 pounds in 21 days. My cholesterol dropped 20 points and my blood pressure dropped down to normal. Altogether I’ve lost 32 pounds since August and I’m off 2 of my 3 heart medications and down to the lowest possible dosage of my Metformin for diabetes. The Ultimate Reset is anything but fake food. It’s three square meals a day plus snacks along with herbal supplements that detox the body. I was suffering from brain fog, extreme tiredness, digestive problems and insomnia. Since using the products, all of that has normalized and I’m doing so much better. I have pictures of what I looked like in August when I looked sickly. I was taking care of my mom who has since passed away. Five days after she passed I was rushed to the emergency room with chest pains. Turns out I had a heart block. Looking for something to turn that all around, I found the Ultimate Reset and the Shakeology. I can’t vouch for anyone else but myself, but it’s made a huge difference in my life and I’m feeling so much better. I really do believe this are top notch products and Beachbody is a first class operation. I wasn’t a coach, but I became one to obtain the products for myself at a discounted rate. I don’t have anyone under me so I’m not into the marketing of these products at this juncture of my life. All I can say is that they worked for me. Best, Jenny :)

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  • Laura March 11, 2014, 11:02 am

    I am not a beachbody coach and have lost over 50 pounds on the products they sell. They are in NO WAY a “pyramid scheme”. They have coaches who help you through the process and create workouts that suite anyone’s lifestyle, whether it be a busy mother or somebody who has hours to workout. I will not do any other workouts now that aren’t Beachbody because THEY WORK.

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  • Kristen March 7, 2014, 3:49 pm

    Welll not only did I COMPLETE P90X2, halfway to completing Insanity, have done the Ultimate Body Reset and take Shakeology daily….I have concluded that Beachbody is the best fitness company I have dealt with. Maybe you should actually research what is in Shakeology before you pick it apart. The company promotes good health, they don’t scam people.

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  • Elizabeth February 28, 2014, 1:10 pm

    “So what gives? How is it that I have smart friends who are working hard to treat their bodies right, eating real food, exercising, etc-…and they end up wrapped up in this BeachBody stuff?”

    BeachBody is awesome. It makes it possible for ANYBODY to do a really challenging fitness program. I will tell you how people get wrapped up in it. It is what makes it so incredibly successful as a fitness program: they use hypnotherapy techniques to keep you going throughout the videos. I view that as a positive. I doubt they’d even say that themselves, to be honest. But I’ve done hypnotherapy for Internet addiction and I know what it looks like, and this is definitely along those lines.

    They help people be successful by *helping them re-write their internal script*. “You can do this to your body!” “Muscle burns fat!” “Get extreme!” “You did it! You can do this! YOU ARE AN ATHLETE NOW!”

    These are all incredibly positive things for people who are deciding to change their lifestyle and get off fad diets and into positive living.

    Having personally benefited from the program (I <3 Insanity!), I would recommend it to anyone.

    That said, this is how they sell Shakeology. It's a vitamin-enhanced drink with less crap than a lot of other supplement options.

    I personally don't buy the Shakeology stuff as I'm already into real food. I know that's how my coach makes her money, and I know that it's not horrible, but I also know that I know how to eat better and that I have time. For the person who is trying to change their entire lifestyle, from sleep to food to exercise to self-image, it provides an excellent "jump start" and fallback.

    The whole coaching thing does look sketchy, but it's not a pyramid scheme. There's no required inventory to buy and no bonus for recruitment. It's just not that lucrative.

    But the thing is, the product they sell–life coaching for the masses for total lifestyle transformation–really works. It's a really good product. And it's a really good production of something that a lot of people really, truly need: fitness and health.

    "Maybe I’m missing some big piece of the puzzle."

    You are. Do Insanity, sign up for a message board, but do it. Follow the whole thing, including the recipe book (all real food, by the way). You can check the whole kit out from the library. You might never be tempted to try Shakeology, because you already have your solution for nutrition, but I dare you to never think, "Holy smokes. This is the most challenging hour of fitness I've ever experienced. I have to finish this. I can't believe I just did that. I feel amazing."

    I'm a lifetime whole-foods (not Whole Foods), organic eater, hiker, outdoors-lover, but Beachbody took my fitness to the next level. I love it.

    (Oh, and it is absolutely not hard to find the ingredient lists of these supplements. Jesus. I mean, someone asked about Shakeology and pregnancy and I was able to find an entire list of ingredients to explain which were not safe for pregnancy, within five minutes. True, it's a huge website and if you go for the first time, it will probably take longer, but it's really not that hidden.)

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    • Nessa T. March 3, 2014, 12:24 pm


      There absolutely are incentives for recruitment. You only begin to earn new customers from Beachbody (not including the customers you personally find), when you recruit at least two coaches under you. Not to mention that those two coaches have to be spending a certain amount to be “Active”.

      I’m not knocking the business, but it helps to be honest. That is all. :-)

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      • elizabeth March 3, 2014, 1:17 pm

        I meant that they do not get paid for recruitment. Nearly every for profit business has some kind of incentive for success. But it is pyramid schemes that reward you by paying you to bring in people, rather than raising commission with sales. I hate the commission model but it’s not a scam. That’s why it’s legal whereas pyramids are not.

        I wasn’t trying to be dishonest (insert passive aggressive smiley face here) but to clarify. The point is that you can buy Beachbody products without ever buying shakeology. You can be a coach and do just fine purchasing nothing up front. Most importantly, they are selling fitness, not a business opportunity. NOWHERE will you see people claiming to get rich as coaches. There are definitely people trying to use coaching to make a little extra money, but Beachbody never claims that this is anything other than a way to make extra money doing what you love. They are up front about the costs. They recruit coaches by offering them an impact on others, not riches.

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        • Nessa T. March 3, 2014, 1:28 pm

          I agree with you there Elizabeth! I also didn’t mean to imply you were being dishonest, I definitely could have worded that better. Apologies, :-)

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  • Michael February 26, 2014, 2:31 am

    Hello…I know this is an old post, but I just found it while looking up info on nutrition, supplements, etc.

    I’m 43 years old. I’m obese…BMI 33%, 5’8″, 220lbs. I’m not proud of it. I’ve allowed myself to develop some terrible nutritional habits. I am not a coach for anything, but I did start P90X Lean. Which I bought direct from the team beach body website.

    Interestingly enough, P90X is what brought me to this post. I’m trying to follow the nutrition plan, in which they emphasize the importance of nutrition.

    So…I do have some questions for you because maybe there’s a big flaw in my plan..

    I started P90X because frankly…they make it easy. I can barely do most of the moves and all of my pull ups are assisted. But…I am moving, and I am exercising, and according to my doctor, this is a good choice for me. I’m excited about working out, I’m hitting the play button, sweating my guts out, and taking ownership of my current state. I’m fortunate to be able to “waste my money” on a product that someone took the time to put together…that gets me excited to do something I haven’t done in 17 years. How is that bad? Eventually, I’d like to be active enough to never have to do a “workout”. Ideally, I’d be out hiking, climbing, kayaking, etc and do them frequently enough where my “lifestyle” eliminated the need for a dedicated “workout”. Maybe someday…but I’m not there now.

    I’d love to be able to roll out of bed tomorrow and go compete in a triathlon. But, that would be ridiculous, not many people could do that. I wouldn’t really do it even if it were possible. My point is, P90X and the people that produced it….are getting me to make a positive change in my life. How is that bad? Is it not better to walk up the stairs than to take the elevator? Is it not better to do P90X, then sign up for a gym membership that I’d never use…for whatever reason.

    Likewise…I’d love to wake up tomorrow and enjoy a delicious diet of excellently thought out, whole foods, that provided just the right nutrition for me, tasted great, and I ate this way throughout the day regardless of schedule, habit, and knowledge.

    But, that’s not where I’m at. Until recently I was eating fast food 4 times per day. Four times per day. Yes, it is sick, and it is wrong, and it is pathetic, but that’s where I’m coming from. So, if all I did was replace one of my meals with Shakeology.. wouldn’t it actually be the healthiest meal of my day? Of course it’s not the healthiest meal of the day for you super fit, disciplined, whole food diet experts…but for me, mr. obese guy…isn’t it my demographic they are marketing to?

    It’s interesting to me that it is the P90X nutrition guide that brought me to this post. It really bummed me out, but then I thought about it and realized…you are writing from the perspective of someone who is already “There” in terms of knowledge, habit, discipline. I’m not there. It’s pathetic in your mind I am sure, but it’s my reality.

    I am working to change it. I’m eating broiled chicken, I’m eating steamed vegetables, I’m watching portion size. I’m a nutritional infant in terms of expertise. Thankfully, with support from P90X nutrition guide and the internet, I am slowly changing my habits, and (thanks to the internet mainly…my food is tasting better). Until I started P90X I’d never broiled anything…on purpose. I certainly had never Googled Paleo, or started looking into the details of how to change my dietary lifestyle.

    Is what I’m doing wrong?

    I believe you advocate a healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet. I think that’s awesome. At the same time, not all of us are where you are. If a company like Team Beach Body manages to get me excited, turned on about making improvements in my life in terms of exercise and nutrition, what’s wrong with this being a STARTING point?

    As my knowledge increases, my diet improves, I realize results (I’m down 1olbs…) and I get excited about this part of my life……I am reading, I am learning, I am trying new things. Someday…I hope I have a blog and help people see the benefits of my super awesome Paleo/Kaleo/Vego…lifestyle.

    However, I sincerely hope I remember…I wasn’t always there and that some people don’t know how to do it, and remind them that any journey starts with placing one foot in the direction you want to go. If Team Beach Body aides people in getting that first footstep……so be it, hallelujah. I hope I would dissuade them from making a change that could ultimately be the best thing for them, the ones they love, and for those that love them.

    From my vantage point…you and the P90X people have alot in common. Both, are helping people improve their lives. Maybe your just targeting a different demographic?

    For now…my victory is just not eating fast food, and exercising. I have a hard time seeing how a vitamin shake, or an at home exercise and nutrition guide are all that bad for me.

    Seattle WA
    A future fit guy

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    • Henderson February 27, 2014, 7:27 am

      Good for you Michael!! Keep doing what you doing, separate yourself from the negative and you will reach your triathlons dream. Keep pushing play!!

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    • Rene April 12, 2014, 12:47 am

      Thank you soooooo much for this post. The positive response that you pulled from what appeared to be a negative introduction was awesome! I’m sure this was not only helpful to me, but to many other viewers.

      I have completed P90X and absolutely love it – – It is the only exercise program that has ever held my interst and I was looking forward to ordering p90x3. Soooo, I was considering signing up as a coach to get a discount on the p90x3 and to be able to share the experiences I have had on my ‘fitness journey’ and the knowledge I have gained about nutrition. I have never tried the Shakeology and was researching a little about it to decide if I wanted to order it for my mom when I came across Amys post, and your response.

      As I mentioned, I absolutely love p90x – but just because I am a huge fan, that does not mean the next person will be. For example, my mom loves the slim in 6 and won’t even consider the p90x. But the most important thing is that we both found something to keep us moving. Our lives don’t afford us the luxury of spending a lot of time outdoors with natural exercise, and these at home DVDs are how we can still get off the couch and do something. And, while I am not a fan of replacement shakes, my mom is and they help her to lay off the ice cream. :-) For me, the p90x nutrition book has introduced a lot of meals that I can make that I love and that I never knew even existed. That book, and the beachbody website has been my introduction into healthy eating and I am very thankful that I found it.

      I guess what I am trying to say is that I totally agree that we are not all at the same level of fitness and its not realistic to think that what works for one will work for all. Just as some will say ‘one man’s garbage is another mans treasure,’ we can just as easily say ‘one mans scam is another mans gold mine’ (or woman’s, of course). Lol

      Anyway, with the insight you have given us here, I have no doubt believing that you will succeed in reaching your goals :-).

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  • C Annette February 18, 2014, 9:43 pm

    Nessa T I just became a Beachbody coach in November I really was not interested but was told becoming a coach would afford me discounts. I chose the challenge pack Shakeology with T25. This product worked great and it taught me how to make healthy choices however I too am thinking about backing away from being a coach because of a few nagging questions I have I am not sure if they are personal or ethical but some of the actions of the team I do not agree with. I am using another email address because I do not want to get into any debates I would be interested to know if we share the same views

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    • Nessa T. February 22, 2014, 11:27 pm

      Hi C Annette! I’d be glad to discuss with you why I decided to stop coaching, :-)

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      • Laura March 11, 2014, 11:06 am

        i’m interested in knowing as well if you don’t mind? i’m currently thinking of becoming a coach but i’m NOT a salesperson. i’m very shy and feel terrible making people buy things from me when they have told me out front they don’t have the money. could you share your reasons with me please? i’d like an outside opinion aside from the coach who is trying to get me to sign up :)

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        • Nessa T. March 13, 2014, 3:24 pm

          Here’s my two cents on the Beachbody coaching opportunity, :-)

          In a nutshell, Beachbody coaching is a great opportunity to help people reach their fitness goals…but ultimately coaching with Beachbody is a business.

          Yes, you offer people tips and help on how to improve their health, but the main reason you’re cultivating these relationships is to build a customer base. Consequently, you’re building a customer base to sell products and receive commissions and rank advancements. There’s absolutely nothing wrong that, but I personally had some moral issues with it. I didn’t feel right telling people that in addition to a workout program, they absolutely HAD to buy expensive supplements to ensure optimal health. I didn’t feel right telling people that they absolutely HAD to spend a ton of money to get fit when that’s not 100% true, even if I would be receiving a percentage of the sale.

          I was also disturbed by the fact that when I had doubts about coaching and went online to search for varied opinions about the Beachbody coaching opportunity, literally all of the results that I found were just propaganda pieces from other coaches telling me why I shouldn’t quit. I know that loading Internet search engines with articles such as these is a common practice, but it’s still questionable.

          Finally, I will say that I LOVE Beachbody’s programs. They’ve helped me reached a lot of fitness goals and they are excellently produced. Shakeology is also a pretty good meal replacement shake compared to similar products on the market (albeit a tad pricey). However, Beachbody’s programs and supplements are just one way that people can get fit. As long as people are eating real and healthful food and engaging in physical exercise, I’m happy. As a coach, I felt pressured to tell and encourage people that Beachbody was the holy grail of fitness when it’s not.

          That was a really long ramble, but I hope it helps you make a decision! Good luck on whatever you choose! :-)

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          • Elizabeth March 13, 2014, 3:27 pm

            I just want to say my coach never said anything. She told her personal story (truly inspiring) and I just kept repeating that while I’d buy workouts, I was not interested in supplements. She was totally supportive regardless.

            That said, she has a day job!

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          • C Annette March 29, 2014, 10:04 pm

            Nessa T I totally agree with your comment I too do not feel that a person has to pay a ton of money to get fit I also so not believe that Team Beachbody products is the only way. I have used the products and workouts and it has definitely worked for me however it is very costly I do not eat out I am a single parent and sometimes what I pay for the shakes is what I pay to try to feed my children.

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  • Jim January 29, 2014, 3:30 pm

    A dear friend of mine started advertising this as the end all beat all health food on FB so I decided to check it out. What I have found is pretty typical for products like this in as far as Google keyword loading. “Shakeology sucks” for example yields hundreds of results to promo sales sites run by “coaches”. Shame on Google for allowing it but a buck is a buck I suppose.

    What is not so common is how many people are getting sick from this train wreck of a product and worse being told any number of ridiculous excuses by what outwardly appear to be total fanatics as to how it could not POSSIBLY be the product and MUST be them. Usually the response involves that there bodies must be “heavy in toxins” that are getting flushed out by the vomiting and diarrhea. The #1 response by the coaches/sales team/mid level cult leaders? Keep taking it in small doses until your body “gets used to it”.

    The personality types of the coaches is the pretty typical pushy salesman as can be seen from the responses both here and virtually every forum and blog on the net that dares to call out an overpriced mystery chemical shake for what it is. But I probably just don’t understand how much I need to to “alkalize my blood” which is good I suppose since no one in the Scientific community does either. Read your asterisks people, it’s all total nonsense.

    Look, I know it sucks when you realize that you’ve been had but folks, anything you eat that makes you sick you should stop eating immediately. Seriously people…just buy good food and exercise.

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    • elizabeth March 3, 2014, 1:29 pm

      You lost me at “just”.

      If it was easy everyone would do it.

      Beach body provides people who were not raised with healthy habits, the scaffolding to get to that point.

      By writing “just”, you show how totally disconnected you are from their customer base.

      People need structure, community, and psychological support to change their lives and that is what Beachbody sells.

      Telling people to “just” do it on their own is like telling someone with depression to “just” get off the couch, or someone who dropped out of high school to “just” go back and get that degree. Thank your lucky stars that you have good habits and had what you needed to get there. I sure as hell do. But I don’t judge people who use Beachbody or Crossfit or whatever to turn their lives around. Chances are those of us who “just” are active and eat healthy will never do anything that hard, because the hardest thing in life is change.

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      • Jim March 13, 2014, 6:35 pm

        This is not about me. It’s about a pushy infomercial of a company selling overpriced protein shakes as something they are not.

        You can try to twist BB into some sort of people’s champion but they are not. They are a for profit business that sells “stuff” using questionable tactics, high pressure sales techniques and fanatical reps.

        Did you even read your first post? Hypnotic suggestion? Don’t give it to pregnant women? Less crap than the other crap? Good God woman get hold of your senses and stop worrying about how other perceive the world.

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        • Elizabeth June 6, 2014, 2:18 pm

          My point is that you don’t get their customer base.

          They aren’t trying to pull people away from real food to Shakeology.

          They are trying to pull people away from junk food via Shakeology.

          Not everyone who sells something is selling total crap.

          Of course pregnant women shouldn’t use multivitamins. Everybody knows that. It’s not some secret. It’s one of the first things you do when you get pregnant.

          Likewise, hypnotherapy is a great way to break bad, ingrained habits. Lots of people use it.

          I’m writing to you because you seem to think that there is no need for Beachbody’s products. But they have a system that works really well for many people. So you don’t need it. Go look in a mirror and tell yourself how much better you are than Beachbody customers. Enjoy that feeling. Then think, “But, they’re weak, they use a few shortcuts and need some in-depth mental attitude resets. Beachbody sells that way cheaper than others. That’s not a scam.”

          And it’s not.

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  • Sarah January 25, 2014, 9:12 pm

    I am all for sharing opinions.

    Say you dont like Shakeology because you dont like meal replacement shakes (which is kind of what is sounds like), you dont like the taste, it costs too much. Great. You can bash Shakeology all you want. My issue is not with Shakeology, beachbody, or whatever you dont like. My issue is that you throw around the word “process” like all processing is equal.

    Water is processed to remove harmful material. It also has additives such as flouride. Flour is typically bleached. Arsensic is added to naked juice to increase shelf life. I can go on with examples. The processing in water is typically not considered as bad as the processing of flour.

    The processing in the 2 products you are comparing is very different. Shakeology ingredients are dried and crushed and that has the possibility of changing the chemical make-up but its very unlikely. Slim fast has preservatives, flavor additives, added sugar, modified products. It is highly likely the chemical make up is changed in these products.

    I understand your intention but the comparison really isn’t there from a chemistry standpoint.

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  • Chris January 21, 2014, 5:50 pm

    pyramid scheme

    This is the definition of a pyramid scheme. Explain to me how beach body is a pyramid scheme….I know when I order stuff from them, I am sending my money to the company, I do not order through one of their coaches…I order straight from the
    Pyramid Scheme (noun)
    a fraudulent scheme in which people are recruited to make payments to the person who recruited them while expecting to receive payments from the persons they recruit; when the number of new recruits fails to sustain the hierarchical payment structure the scheme collapses with most of the participants losing the money they put in.

    Explain to me how beach body is a pyramid scheme….I know when I order stuff from them, I am sending my money to the company, I do not order through one of their coaches…I order straight from the company. So that means it isn’t a pyramid scheme. However, it could still be a scam, but the stuff I have ordered has been worth every cent I spent on it!

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    • amy January 25, 2014, 11:19 am

      Glad you think it’s worth it.

      If it’s not a pyramid scheme, why do coaches have their own unique URLs through which people can order? Offering a direct purchase option doesn’t eliminate the existence of their coach compensation scheme.

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      • Chris January 25, 2014, 2:57 pm

        Again, you can order through the coaches but your payment goes to beachbody…you still OBVIOUSLY do not know what a pyramid scheme is so let me break it down for you. You are my boss and I am under you and I have one person under me…They sell something and they give me a cut of that sell, then I give you a cut of the cut I got…that is a pyramid scheme where it comes out of the pay of the person directly below you not from the company. If beachbody is a pyramid scheme then so is Thrity-one, Mary Kay, Pampered chef, etc.

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      • Kristen March 7, 2014, 3:59 pm

        You do realize that you get the products at a discounted price through your BeachBody coach. They have their personal URL’s probably to show success stories (or something).

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    • Jessica February 12, 2014, 2:02 am

      I agree with Chris. When you order from Beachbody, yes you order OFF of a person’s website. You are not ordering FROM that person. It comes from the actual company. The coach does not in any way give you these items. I have ordered Insanity from them and recently 21 Day Fix from them. The last time I ordered, I ordered off of my friend who is now my coach’s link. All that does is make it so they see where I got it from so SHE gets commission. It doesn’t mean the cost of the product goes up in any way shape or form. Back when I ordered Insanity I ordered it direct from beachbody, not off of anyone’s link. The prices was no different. Therefore he is correct. This is in no way a pyramid scheme. If this was a scheme of any kind I wouldn’t have seen results like I did, people wouldn’t have so many success stories … and I can personally say I know some of the “coaches” you place quotes around. They are real people. I went to school with them. One of which went from a heavier weight, to a lower, fit weight.

      You can be skeptical, that’s fine, you don’t personally know anyone on there. I get that. But I can promise you it isn’t a scheme. I successfully received my Insanity, no issues. I am awaiting my 21 Day Fix and know 2 people who personally ordered it and received it who are both coaches.

      Hope this helps you understand, as well.

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  • Marie January 20, 2014, 11:57 pm

    Hey there just wanted to set the record straight on the Ultimate Reset. I am not affiliated with Beach Body in any way shape or form. I did do the Ultimate Reset and it does not claim to be a diet, but instead a detox/cleanse. You do not drink Shakeology on the RESET. I don’t, and cannot live on shakes. There is a set diet for 21 days. It’s eating real foods and I won’t lie there are recipes that are awful and others that are great. The RESET is not cheap, but does include supplements and teaches you to eat and view foods in a totally different way. My husband followed the meal plan with me, sans the supplements and had great results like I did. We’ve kept a lot of the meal and feel a lot healthier. Very happy we participated in the plan and no, I don’t want to be a Coach as a result, just wanted to try to set some of the misconceptions straight.

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  • Heather December 30, 2013, 11:45 am

    I stumbles on this website because I am researching Beach Bodies ultimate reset results. I am not sure why you can’t find the ingredient list, but here is a link. . When on the home page click on ultimate reset on the left. Once there click on the blue “buy now” tab. Click the “view details” tab of the complete kit, once on that page scroll down and you will see the supplement facts for each ingredient. Simply click which one you want. FYI I tested this link as I noticed the other commenter’s link did not take you to the correct page. Hope this helps :)

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  • Nessa T. December 10, 2013, 3:39 pm

    First off, full disclosure. I used to be a Beachbody coach. I quit for some personal and ethical reasons…I’ll just leave it at that.

    Secondly, it’s pretty disturbing reading some of the cult-like and super-defensive comments from some of the Beachbody coaches. If you want to drink and/or sell Shakeology, that’s perfectly fine. But let’s please stop pretending that it’s a “real food.” It’s a processed product. Point blank period. Is it a healthier option as far as other meal replacement shakes go? Sure, I guess you could say that. However, is it better than eating a meal with grass-fed, protein, fresh veggies and fruits and other real food? No, it isn’t.

    Also, I have a HUGE problem with the Ultimate Reset. Telling people that they MUST have this product to “alkalize their blood”, lose weight, and feel healthier is quite dishonest. You can lose weight and feel healthier simply by eating real and healthful food. You DON’T have to spend $200+ on questionable supplements to be healthy.

    And that’s all I have to say about that. :-)

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    • amy December 10, 2013, 4:06 pm

      Thanks so much for commenting with this info! Your insight is much appreciated.

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  • Rayveniael November 22, 2013, 1:55 pm

    If you send me an email I can send you a link to my personal facebook and show you pictures of the food. ( I don’t want to post it here for privacy reasons) The food is real. Other than the supplements – Which honestly I am on day 10 and I lost 10 lbs the first 2 days but I HONESTLY believe that is because they have you drink water with salt added to it, and I think I being a heavier person basically was retaining water and the salt flush is what set the weight loss in motion. I am not sold on the supplements. But I can however give you definitive proof you are not starving on the 21 day program. I do however think you could do this without the supplements. And that is coming from a new discount coach. ( discount because I do like the Shakeology meal replacement, it has a lot of nutrients you just wouldn’t be able to get and could it be done with another shake? Totally. The shakes were designed to work with P90X and the other BB workouts and to make life a little simpler. IMO)

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    • amy November 22, 2013, 3:41 pm

      My qualm isn’t with the food the diet prescribes, it’s with the marketing of the supplements as being superior to real, whole foods. (Or somehow necessary in addition to those foods; they’re not.)

      If the diet is, indeed, based on fewer than 1800 calories….that’s not enough to sustain normal adult activity levels. Of *course* you’ll lose weight. Doesn’t mean it’s healthy or good.

      You don’t need shakes or any of that BS to get a complete, nutritious diet. Their marketing would have you think it’s somehow easier/superior to eating real/whole foods. It might be easier, but it’s no match for eating real food in ample enough qualities to get enough nutrition/calories to support your activity.

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  • carolyn November 19, 2013, 6:01 pm

    Wow, I am blessed because of Ultimate Reset. I’ve maintained a new way of eating months after finishing the program. I even keep some of the supplements in my life, like the green drink, and the turmeric. I learned a lot about eating differently, and still use the recipes on a weekly basis. It is an alkaline based diet which is proven to help the body defend it’s immune system. Losing weight, which I did, 12 lbs, was a plus. Letting my body rest from caffeine and wine was good, real good.
    your negative comments are quite alarming. In fact aggravating. No one roped me into any pyramid scheme…no one gave me false hopes…no one SOLD me on this. It gave me information, and left me with great ways to eat food. Google some of the recipes …like the kale, Hearty Vegetable Miso Soup, squash soup, mico green salad.

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  • Charlene November 19, 2013, 11:22 am

    The ultimate reset is a little different. You do not have to drink shakeology while doing the Reset. I did the reset and it really changed my life and I am a skeptic through and through. I drank the vegan shakeology as a snack sometimes, but not for the first week or so and not every day. A lot of people do the Reset without ever drinking shakeology.

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  • Tammy November 11, 2013, 8:09 pm

    I’m really not sure how I feel about your post. I agree with a previous post in that you didn’t do your research completely, if at all, based on your comments. I too found the same information from various sites that we’re not Beachbody. If you go to their site you can find the information you’re looking for. Full disclosure of the ingredients in all of the Shakeology flavours, that is if you scroll down, if you would like to read them for yourself here is a shortcut to the site:

    As for the Ultimate reset it is meant as a food cleanse, it is short term and if you choose you can opt out of the supplements and order just the book to help you along the food side to see if it works for you testing the placebo effect. Again if you looked through the site you would see this yourself.

    Beachbody is a pyramid scheme. You’ll see this on many sites if you google but I ask you this – your current job is it a pyramid? You’ll probably say no but wait, stop and think for a minute. There is someone who works on the bottom, reporting to tier boss and helping them make bonus and targets. That boss reports up, and up and so forth until you get to 1 person or board who in reality make all the money while you do all the work. Yup pyramid. Any job is and in that respect so is Beachbody but unless it’s a mom and pop doing all of the work every job is. A pyramid scheme does not allow you to surpass and be more successful than your boss, or the on who recruited you. Beachbody does not do that. You can do better than those above you, can you say the same for you traditional job?

    If you’re looking for more answers let me know.

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  • Lipgloss and a Backpack November 9, 2013, 11:24 am

    I can’t believe how hard it is to find the full ingredient listings of the supplements on the Beachbody website. What are they hiding?

    We also know that the 21-Day Reset is essentially a low-calorie diet with a few supplements tossed in. I would like to see a clinical study of people following the proposed diet and taking a placebo, versus those following the diet and taking supplements, as the supposed clinical trial supporting the use of this program acknowledges that “as an observational study, the lack of blinding, randomization, and a control group limits the generalizability of the results. Participant selection bias limits the generalizability of the results. Participants only logged compliance with the consumption of prepared meals plus regimented supplementation program, and the return of the supplement products was not required. Thus, our adherence data may be inflated… Future studies need to address the potential additive effects of supplementation programs, that is, independent of dietary interventions alone, on weight loss, weight maintenance, and lipid profiles.”

    It is entirely possible that people would experience the same results eating within the same calorie ranges but not taking supplements, or by taking another supplement, or by eating 1400-1600 calories of Twinkies every day. There is NO clinical evidence that either the supplements or the particular combination of foods in the 21-Day Reset had anything to do with the participants’ weight loss.

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    • amy November 9, 2013, 2:14 pm

      I love this…thanks for bringing reason and insight to the discussion! I hadn’t thought of that angle, and I bet you’re right…14-1600 calories of *anything* will still leave most people losing weight, because it’s not enough to support normal activity in a human. (People pay $200/month to go on starvation diets…SMH. Just because it’s “a lot of food” doesn’t mean it’s giving someone sufficient calories & nutrition.)

      And I second your comment about what they’re hiding if they aren’t sharing the ingredient list…

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      • Bob December 18, 2013, 4:53 pm

        They’re hiding their intellectual property. It’s usually a pretty good business practice.

        If they publicized a full list of precisely what is in every single supplement, then everyone would be able to immediately copy what they’re doing, and people wouldn’t pay the premium. For instance, the “mineralize” supplement — it’s just Himalayan salt. You can buy that for next to nothing; but they charge quite a bit for it. Is that wrong of them? Perhaps, but they’re a business.

        That doesn’t mean they’re hiding terrible-trying-to-kill-you chemicals in their products — it just means they’ve put time, money, and human capital into the development of a product, and they need to see a return on that investment. They see a return on that investment by charging a premium on the products they sell — and if they release the specifications of those products to the public, people will immediately be able to undercut them (without the sunk cost of research and development) and the business loses money.

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        • amy December 18, 2013, 9:47 pm

          If they publicized a full list of precisely what is in every single supplement….like food manufacturers are required to do? Funny, food brands manage to retain their intellectual property while still (albeit, by force from the government) fully disclosing their ingredients.

          If they’re selling salt for bloated prices and *that* is why they don’t disclose…that’s how snake oil salesmen work. I’m not saying they’re hiding anything that’s harmful, I’m saying they’re charging bloated prices for what a trip to the grocery store could accomplish in a way that’s much more human-body-friendly.

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          • Bob December 18, 2013, 10:03 pm

            Well, that’s not accurate. Food manufacturers aren’t required to list precisely what’s in the products they sell; they’re required to list the nutritional facts, and list the ingredients, but there’s no requirement that they disclose the precise quantities of individual ingredients. This is why you and I can’t sit down and make homemade Coke just by reading the label — the recipe is a proprietary blend of flavors, and they don’t list the specific quantities.

            If you just want to know *what* is in the Ultimate Reset supplements, that’s readily available online. All you have to do is go to, click on ‘Shop’, click on ‘The Ultimate Reset’, and then under each supplement, click ‘View Details’, and then click the link that says ‘Supplement Facts’. If you’re wondering how I found that out, I googled it right now as I’m typing this — “ultimate reset supplement ingredients list”. It was the very first google search returned.

            The only thing they don’t show is the precise amounts of each ingredient — because, as I mentioned before, that’s proprietary information, and it’s entirely understandable that they’d keep that secret.

            Also, your definition of snake oil salesmen seems to be off; a snake oil salesman sells *fraudulent* goods — and the Ultimate Reset very obviously isn’t selling fraudulent goods. They may be overpriced in your and my opinion (in fact, the reason I stumbled upon this blog post is because I was googling around for comparable, cheaper supplements), but that certainly doesn’t make them snake oil salesmen.

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            • Bob December 18, 2013, 10:10 pm

              I did just realize one thing though — if you personally believe that *all* supplements are inherently fraudulent — that they do nothing to facilitate health and wellness, or enhance workouts — then I understand you calling them snake oil salesmen. Based on a lot of your comments here, it seems like that may be the case. But given that many, many, many people do believe that supplements can be effective, maybe calling the program a total fraud is a bit harsh?

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              • amy December 18, 2013, 10:17 pm

                I don’t believe all supplements are inherently fraudulent. There are a handful I take every day.

                I’m saying what is essentially an overpriced diet (“cleanse” or “detox”…whatever) is being marketed in ways that make me shake my head. Like another commenter said, if you follow this program (which doesn’t overtly mention calorie restriction, but that’s a big part of it), you’ll probably lose weight. You’ll definitely lose money. There are cheaper and safer means to the end of eating better and losing weight. This program wants people to think it’s compatible with real/whole food values…it’s not.

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  • Loretta Longo November 5, 2013, 10:14 am

    You keep insisting that the Ultimate Reset is not real food – which only goes to show that you have not done your due diligence in researching the program and are therefore doing a disservice to your audience. I, for one, am upset.

    The Ultimate Reset is a Vegan diet consisting of three meals per day and one snack. Each day has a specific menu and you are to buy your produce, follow the recipes and cook each meal. One of my days consisted of an oatmeal breakfast with fresh fruit and yogurt with cinnamon and sweetened with maple syrup, a microgreen salad with a zucchini/cashew soup, and a mediterranean beet dish over quinoa with coconut collard greens.

    Yes, there are supplements (dehydrated and ground turmeric, cumin, wheatgrass, etc. and probiotics) — but I ask, do you take vitamins? Those are supplements, too. There is TONS of food, and I struggle to finish each meal. I began following the program to learn how to live a gluten & dairy free life for my child (who needs to adopt that lifestyle), while eradicating false hormones from my body after removing the Mirena.

    If you’re not a fan of Beachbody, that’s ok. If you don’t want to drink a superfood shake, that’s ok. But you can NOT take a 21 day meal plan of all organic, plant based foods structured into a healthy Vegan diet and tell your fans that it’s not “real food”… unless I’m missing something here.

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    • amy November 6, 2013, 7:03 pm

      I’m saying the “take supplements instead of just eating foods” mentality within a marketing scheme that promotes real, whole foods is misleading. I’m saying supplements are NOT real or whole food (duh). That doesn’t mean I have anything against them, it just means I’m calling a spade, a spade. Supplement≠food. Marketing the Ultimate Reset as “real food” while shilling non-food supplements doesn’t jive with me.

      Eat real food. Skip the hundreds of dollars in ridiculous supplements. The end.

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  • Angel October 4, 2013, 12:43 pm

    I totally do not agree with the product what so ever. It is a pyramid that sells powdered drinks that are way over priced.

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  • Erich October 3, 2013, 12:46 am

    I did the reset a while back. I didn’t do the shakes because none of that type of stuff tastes good to me. To keep it short I lost about 15 lbs which was not the point of it but a nice addition. More importantly my health improved dramatically. My insomnia decreased dramatically. Now I didn’t follow it 100% but kept in line with similar fresh cooked meals. I replaced the green stuff with gnc’s mean green pill which was the same thing. But I used the rest of the stuff and I was very happy with the results. I lost 4 inches at the waist and my blood pressure dropped 10 points on average. I felt awesome. And it touts itself as a short term clean not a diet like all of the fads. If you can do it then I would say go for it. Expensive is relative if you consider your health to have a price tag.

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  • Kelley Allison September 23, 2013, 11:10 am

    I’m not a ‘coach’ (other than to get a discount on the products), but I do use Shakeology, have used the Ultimate Reset, and have bought two of the work out programs. It’s a legit business because it works. Granted, Shakeology is quite expensive even with my discount and would be the only reason that I would ever stop using it.

    Amy, you seem to promote whole60 or whatever. Is there a reason? Are you related to them/a friend? It’s certainly worth checking out, but nothing is ‘free’. I’m sure there’s a book involved and you have to buy it or what’s the point?

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    • amy October 6, 2013, 11:20 am

      Nope, Whole 30 is 100% free if you want it to be. I think there are premium support things you can get, but I’m not sure. I have absolutely no affiliation with them. It’s a real food program that actually uses real food, which is why I present it as an alternative to the snake oil of Beachbody here.

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      • Jessica February 12, 2014, 2:26 am

        the book is not free. I googled this whole30 thing to see if it gave you the food for free because I’ve never run across any good “diet” or anything without it coming with a cost. Who would just create this great “diet” or lifestyle change without a price? I don’t know anyone. Above is the link off of the whole30 website…if you click the “PURCHASE it” link it takes you to the book to buy off Amazon. Is it a lot of money? No. But I fully believe in “you get what you pay for”, as well. Haven’t read up on it or anything, just thought I’d point out that it’s not free if you want it to be like you stated..that the original commenter was correct.

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  • haven September 12, 2013, 4:25 pm

    A member of my thyroid cancer support group on FB is trying to get everyone on the group involved in one of BeachBody’s Challenge Groups. They have a goldmine in thyca survivors. I was diagnosed 3 years ago, have maintained my weight and finally was able to lose 20 lbs when my thyroid levels were kept normal for about 4 months. Then I had to go off my thyroid hormone for 10 weeks to prep for radiation. I gained 40lbs. I am now being kept hyperthyroid for the purpose of cancer suppression and can’t seem to lose this weight to save my life. sounded like a really cool idea until I saw the price for one month of shakes! YIKES! I don’t think you are ranting at all. I’m glad to get an opinion from someone who isn’t making money off the product. Even if it were a magical product that works amazingly well, it’s not anywhere close to my budget, for one meal, for one person, for one month. We are a one income, enlisted military family, and my monthly grocery budget for all 4 of the people in our family for the entire month is $400. I can’t even begin to afford those shakes.

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  • Maddie September 3, 2013, 9:00 pm

    I’m a twenty-something who usually eats pretty clean but still struggles at times, so I’ve been doing some research on various clean-eating programs. I came across Ultimate Reset and then decided to Google it for more info and this post came up. Unfortunately this post was not helpful at all. It seems to me that the author did not do her research and is thus lashing out at commenters who have valid points. I saw that another commenter stated that the Beachbody “coaches” who posted were “hyperdefensive” but it seems to me that the only person who is hyperdefensive is the author of this post. It sounds like the Ultimate Reset is a clean-eating program with some supplements that are to be taken as well. If the author of this post does not agree with taking supplements, she’d be better served by politely educating her readers as to why rather than ranting and raving in such a condescending manner.

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    • amy September 7, 2013, 9:11 pm

      I get ranty about shady marketing tactics, especially those that masquerade as “real food” programs when they’re no such thing. Guilty as charged.

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      • Rachel Duclos October 7, 2013, 5:41 pm

        I am a coach and I sell Shakeology. Both my husband and I, and my two children drink the vegan Shakeology daily. I’ve looked into the “real food” claims of Shakeology as I’ve had a few inquiries about it from friends. Here is the information I found: Shakeology is considered a whole food b/c none of the 70 (yes 70, it does sound like a lot) ingredients have been “processed” in any way over 115 Degrees F which allows them to retain all of the original nutrient and enzymatic value that they had when they were picked. They are considered “raw” foods.

        It seems that maybe people have varying levels of what a “processed food” is. Some people sayed that if you make water into ICE, then it’s process. Do the ingredients go through a “process” from being pick to being in your glass? Sure do. But are they chemically treated, NOPE. Over heated, NOPE. Lab created, NO WAY! So in my opinion they are not a “processed food” in the way that you are representing here. The reason that most people could get value in a drink like Shakeology is because most people do NOT eat a whole foods diet. Most don’t eat 9 fruits/veggies a day and some that say they do are counting their V8 in the morning!!!
        Obviously, you’ve gotten a bad taste in your mouth about Beachbody. I see what you’re saying about the marketing. I had to think about that before I decided to represent Beachbody and Shakeology. Sure, it’s not for everyone. But I choose to think of Shakeology AND Beachbody as a catalyst. It’s hard for many individuals to get the leverage they need on themselves to make a big life changes, such as eating healthy. I know it was hard for me. I felt like I was doing it on my own, until I found my coach.

        To ME, Shakeology is a catalyst that can bring people to light of a healthy way to live. Beachbody, the challenge groups, Shakeology, Ultimate Reset…all catalyst to bring people to a healthier lifestyle, and if that’s what the company is about, then I’m all for it.

        Lastly, I’m on day 5 of the Ultimate Reset, that I’m doing WITH my husband. Who has finally began to learn what eating healthy and clean is all about. And I can tell you, I’ve never eaten so well in my life and I’m grateful for finding a positive source of encouragement and support such as Beachbody. Have you seen the recipes in the Ultimate Reset?

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        • Michelle December 1, 2013, 8:05 pm

          Wonderful comment Rachel. I did the same research myself before giving the shakes to my family and came up with the same thing. I noticed that chatty Amy had not comment for your hard facts. Thank you for the great comment :)

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          • amy December 3, 2013, 10:35 am

            “Chatty Amy” went on a trip to see her family for Thanksgiving and didn’t bother herself with your chirping, actually.

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        • amy December 3, 2013, 10:46 am

          The rest of the comments cover anything I have to say to this. You sell this stuff, it’s working for you, great. It’s an expensive diet and the supplements are not “real food.” End of story.

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        • Jim January 30, 2014, 8:33 am

          Really? Not processed in any way? I wonder where they get their free range protein powder? Do yourself a favor and read this-

          Sort out this nonsense for yourself and stop making yourself look foolish in public.

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          • amy January 30, 2014, 1:48 pm

            Good point!

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  • Renee September 3, 2013, 2:29 am

    Me a year ago: age 36 250lbs 50%body fat.
    After working out twice a week for almost two years, I decided to seek a coach for nutritional support. I had known this individual within my community but was unaware he was a diamond coach for Team Beachbody. I didn’t know what Team Beachbody was. I joined his 90 Day challenge and this is what it entails:
    Accountability & Support (tapped into a group of folks who like you, are following a goal for a healthy lifestyle. You chime in daily to account for how you think you are doing both nutritionally and physically plus a weekly team call to share success or struggle).
    Daily goals for proper rest and hydration, activity of your choice, personal development (been the biggest part of
    It). Personalized meal plan based on macronutrient/caloric needs. Yes, Shakeology is apart of it, but it is my only expense…I have not paid him anything to be apart of this group or for his coaching and support. I talk with others and see success photos of those who live in my community who are a part of this challenge. Personally, it has been wonderful for me. I lost 25lbs after 2 months and another 10 over 6 more weeks. 8% body fat. Though I’ve maintained the Weightloss, I haven’t been on my A-Game nutritionally nor with Personal Development. My coach has taught me a lot. I plan on trying Ultimate Reset simply to detox and restart. I’ll chime back in next month to give my review.

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  • Lenny August 25, 2013, 7:52 pm

    I completed the Ultimate Reset in December 2012. Best $200.00 bucks I have spent. I went from 167 lbs. to 150 lbs. in 21 days and changed the way I think about food, acquire food and consume food. I also bought into the Beachbody programs of P90 and Les Mills Pump. The programs are great for working out at home and I’m saving $67.00 a month that I would spend on our local recreation center or more on a private fitness center. My plan is to begin another reset in about a week to help drop the coffee and sugar habits that have reappeared. My feeling is that I have not been scammed and in fact have benefited from the Ultimate reset as well as other Beachbody products. If you want it, great. If not, that’s OK too. Thanks for a great post and following comments. Love hearing what others think and feel.

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  • Carolyn Kobayashi August 23, 2013, 2:40 am

    I don’t understand why you keep referring to the Ultimate Reset vs real food. A large part of the program is learning to prepare and eat real, clean, organic food. Did you really take a good look at the program itself? There are 21 days of easy healthy recipes!

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    • amy September 7, 2013, 9:16 pm

      The healthy recipes are great; the supplements are the issue. You can get healthy recipes from Whole 30 for a heck of a lot less cash, with the support community, to boot. Ultimate Reset is not real food. It is not whole food. It is not “clean eating.”

      Forgive my skepticism that a program selling you these supplements can also teach you what “real food” is, when they count their non-food in that definition.

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  • Nae August 3, 2013, 6:48 pm

    I am not a beachbody coach. I did the Ultimate Reset in January 2013 at 175lbs. At the end of the 21 days, I was at 162lbs. Shakeology is not a part of the Ultimate Reset unless you want it to be. I have taken Shakeology before and I LOVED it, but I developed an allergy to it, so I DID NOT use Shakeology during the Ultimate Reset. Ultimate Reset and Shakeology are both made by the same company, but that does not mean that you have to use them together.

    The Ultimate Reset was an AWESOME experience and as an avid carnivore with a caffeine (mountain dew) addiction whose favorite condiment is bacon, that is saying a lot. I was never hungry, I actually ate ALL the time. I never once had caffeine withdrawals or the spectacular migraines that typically come with it. I learned about a lot of vegetables and foods that I NEVER would have tried before that I actually love now (blackberries, zucchini and smokey tempeh to name a few).

    The downside to it is that it takes a lot of planning and prep, which is not something someone that eats a lot of convenient and processed food is used to. The food was AMAZING, but it did take time to find (I’m in Michigan and this was during the winter when I did it), prep, cook, etc. Also, I hated the Alkanalize supplement (wheatgrass shot). It had a horrific taste, so I literally just put it in my Jack Daniels shot glass and downed it.

    Now that I’ve gone through it, it doesn’t take nearly as much time when I want to make the recipes that I enjoyed. I truly do recommend it, even though it is costly, but if you’re going to spend the money to do it, REALLY do it and not give up. That’s the only way you will see it is worth it.

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    • Roly September 28, 2013, 1:22 am

      The best, most helpful comment I’ve read so far. I’m a total carnivore and terrified of going vegan, even for just 21 days. I hate vegetables, but I need to do something! I know I eat like crap and I love that there is something out there I can do and receive support from others like me. I loved your story and I am going to give it a legit shot.

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      • Nae October 6, 2013, 3:52 pm

        I’m glad you found it helpful. I know it’s hard for us carnivores to trust other people’s reviews. I know I always feel like “but you don’t understand how much I need meat!” LOL

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  • Kathleen August 2, 2013, 7:33 pm

    I have been curious about the ultimate reset and kept noticing that most people on Youtube that are proud of their results are already thin. I have been looking for a video of someone that is genuine. A person like myself that has to lose 20 lbs. and with this program it helped half or whatever. I have not found a video that I can trust yet.
    I guess I am just not ready to spend $150. Please Amy if you end up trying this please review!

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    • amy August 3, 2013, 1:41 pm

      I would never try this – I’m not advocating anyone try it. It’s disgusting to me, honestly. Follow Go Kaleo on Facebook and read her site: everything anyone needs to know about weight loss and eating is there!

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      • Sarah August 3, 2013, 1:55 pm

        Negativity and judgement don’t help those advocating a paleo lifestyle.

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        • amy August 3, 2013, 9:42 pm

          I agree. I think the tone of my prior comment was lost. I’m not judging people, I’m judging the program (which is patently awful). The marketing for these programs is predatory; it’s a problem not to talk about that.

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  • Melisa July 30, 2013, 10:48 am

    Not sure why the comparison or talk about Shakeology with the Ultimate Reset? Yes they are both made by Shakeology but during the Ultimate Reset you do not use Shakeology it is advertised with the program to be used after the Reset the only foods used during the Reset are in fact whole foods, not in powder form as you have pointed out Shakeology is. If you are against Shakeology than I am assuming you must be against any protein powder?

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    • amy July 30, 2013, 3:43 pm

      The common ground is that they are made by the same company and are both marketed as food, when they are most certainly not.

      And yes. Healthy people don’t need protein powder, they need whole protein in real food.

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  • dmax July 4, 2013, 2:14 pm

    It’s $4 a meal for shakeology. It’s a helluva lot better than a mcdonalds extra value meal. I’m personally stretched for time working 6 days a week. It’s difficult to eat healthy all the time when you work so much and don’t know a lot about cooking. In my situation it’s a no brainer picking shakeology over any “fast” food out there. And nope I’m not a Beach Body coach but I do enjoy their workout videos and their free support. They are a company and yes companies are out there to make money but I do not believe they are scam artists. They are genuinely passionate about fitness and they’ve helped many people achieve life transformations.

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    • RealWorld July 29, 2013, 12:55 pm

      I can go to the store and buy a couple apples, a few carrots, a banana and some pineapple and a yogurt, all for under $4 and it’s healthier than both options you just listed.

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      • Kim August 5, 2013, 11:47 pm

        Sure, you can, RealWorld. But you also just ate a butt load of sugar. ;-)

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        • amy August 6, 2013, 10:28 pm

          Sugar=enemy is the result of fad diets. Real, whole food sugar isn’t bad for you.

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  • Liz July 2, 2013, 10:22 am

    Yeah, the hyperdefensive comments flooding this post from the beachbody “coaches” tells me all I need to know.

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    • Ironbear October 24, 2013, 2:31 pm

      Seriously, thats your comment?! Because people are defending a product that has worked for them, they are hiding something? So does anyone take multivitamin? Prenatal care I guess is bad too? Look Bodies are different and results vary. You don’t like supplements? ok wierd but ok. You don’t like TBB/Shakeology marketing? Fine its a business but the dont pretend if that you dont need to put effort and thought into your body. They state from the beginning these programs only work if you put in the effort. Shakeology wont cure your problems but it might be a healthy option than what you might normally go for or its a faster solution since some of us work 60+ hrs a week who would rather spend my time working out than cooking for 6-8 hrs. So $4 bucks for a shake is not expense when put into perspective, of the other alternatives. So Hate away but I guess you cant argue with peoples results. Cheers

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      • amy October 24, 2013, 3:12 pm

        You missed a step in your logic. It’s not a problem for someone to defend something that worked for them…it’s a problem when they stand to profit from that which they’re so vehemently defending.

        “Shakeology is a healthy option.” PFFT. We disagree. Health doesn’t come in a meal replacement shake.

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      • Scott December 30, 2013, 11:12 am

        That is a hugely ridiculous statement! Pre-natal vitamins have really world double blind studies from multiple sources that all came separately and without bias to the same conclusion. That it’s a benefit! I have been looking for the last three days for a similar study (if only from one unbiased and nonaffiliated group) and can’t. So if your going to pick something to compare to do not pick a FDA regulated supplement! These are not regulated by the FDA and are therefore don’t have all the data to back it up as something that is.

        I know I’ve open myself up to being ripped from all of the beachbody cultists but I disagree with selling a product while misleading someone who will buy anything if it has the smallest chance to make them feel more attractive.

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  • C June 24, 2013, 2:13 am

    You took the words right out of my mouth! It makes no sense!! Hahaha …I wonder how many veggies you could buy for the price of that powder…

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  • Sarah June 17, 2013, 11:24 am

    I found Beachbody’s answer to the processing questions: This link:
    “Shakeology mentions “whole-food” ingredients but how can this be possible if it is a powder?

    Shakeology uses several whole-food sources of nutrients, rather than using only synthetic extracts or isolates (like some multivitamin pills do). The benefit of whole-food derived ingredients is that the nutrients are preserved as close to their natural state as possible and are therefore delivered to your body in the most holistic way possible. Your body will better absorb and more efficiently use nutrients from whole-food sources. The process of converting a food from its natural state to a powder, if done incorrectly, can destroy the nutrients in that food. With Shakeology, we ensure that the highest levels of nutrients are preserved through strict temperature-controlled drying and processing.”

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    • amy June 17, 2013, 12:02 pm

      That’s marketing talk. Whole food=whole food. Processed powder shake thing=processed non-food. Blowing smoke about how the stuff in that final product started out as a whole food is just that: blowing smoke.

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      • Sarah June 17, 2013, 12:57 pm

        Yeah, I agree with you, it is still processed and I prefer food in its whole form to powder. Well, that’s not true because I do love making smoothies. So, I love food in it’s whole and smoothie form. :) But I don’t think the Shakeology stuff is as bad as you do I guess. It is the powder form of food instead of man-made vitamins. At least they aren’t adding “GUM ARABIC, CANOLA OIL, CELLULOSE GEL, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, MALTODEXTRIN, SOY LECITHIN, CELLULOSE GUM, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CARRAGEENAN, SODIUM BICARBONATE, SUCRALOSE AND ACESULFAME POTASSIUM (NONNUTRITIVE SWEETENERS), SODIUM CITRATE” (That was all coped off a Slimfast label online. I mean, Mark Sisson, the Primal Blueprint author and popular primal/paleo blogger, offers his own form of a powdered protein drink while also promoting whole foods. I’m pretty sure he is “in” with the Whole 30 crowd you keep talking about as they tend to pair up on different promotional events. I remember receiving an email about buy this Primal Blueprint stuff get this Whole 30 ebook free. I have been on the paleo bandwagon for a while now, so I am a supporter of Whole 30 and agree with you there. But, it has been a hell of a lot harder for me to help certain family members take on the Whole 30 as a way to get healthier than it has for my friend to ease her friends into changing their food habit by starting with Shakeology first. The Whole 30 just scares a lot of people off at first. I don’t want to condone that by any means, but I do want to be supportive of people trying to get healthy even if it was not the path I chose.

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      • Meg July 2, 2013, 10:24 am

        If you want to get technical about it, McDonald’s french fries started as “whole foods” too

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        • Sarah Cullington July 2, 2013, 10:49 pm

          Yeah, with added: Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*, Citric Acid [Preservative]), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt. Prepared in Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil with TBHQ and Citric Acid added to preserve freshness), Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.

          Can’t even avoid gluten in their fries. :/

          I don’t understand the connections you keep making between overtly harmful products and a product that is basically like drinking a multivitamin. I’m guessing, or at least hoping by your arguments, that you don’t take vitamins either since they fall into that non-whole food, processed category. So, it is clear, you don’t agree with drinking powdered food and calling it the healthiest meal of the day. That is fine. But that doesn’t take away from what other people have experienced with it or who choose that route. And putting so much energy into having to prove another group wrong in order to validate your dietary beliefs is not supporting the Whole 30 community either. Whole 30, and any other similar groups, are more about providing information about what is healthy and will improve a person’s quality of life. It takes away the value in that by focusing on negativity and having to bring down another group who has also had success in helping improve people’s quality of life. And maybe your coach friends were getting a little annoying with their posts about Shakeology and you felt a need to say something. I just don’t see the benefit in it for you or anyone who might seek the advice of someone who has had success with Whole 30.

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  • Ryan June 11, 2013, 1:03 pm

    I found this article really interesting. As I search through all of the reviews about the Ultimate Reset that I just ordered… It is great to see both sides of the story and opinions. I really found the reviews extremely interesting too. So before I continue… thank you for opening up this channel of communication.

    That said… there is just so much wrong with the issues of our unhealthy culture that you can not pinpoint a perfect solution or magic pill that will cure everything. Beachbody does not do that. I have been a coach 3 different times… and even when I was not a coach, I was still promoting it because its not just about the product. We all know its our way of thinking and being stronger than all the media that tries to tempt us with their crap foods, that will bring us pleasure and the energy and nutrient we need for our bodies.

    Overall… we are not going to fix 40 years of what the food shortcuts, mass producing, regenerating technologies epidemic that our culture has created with just one program… but Beachbody offers A solution, not THE solution. Price? well what price tag do you have for your health? You are not just buying the product, you are buying a huge community of supporters and helpers, something that Slim fast, I do not believe, has out there ;)

    Thanks again for your review!

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    • amy June 17, 2013, 12:20 pm

      “…being stronger than all the media that tries to tempt us with their crap foods, that will bring us pleasure and the energy and nutrient we need for our bodies.”

      Isn’t that exactly what BeachBody is doing? Tempting people with non-food shakes to bring them pleasure and energy and nutrients? (Really, food for thought there…)

      I agree, there’s no quick fix. As for the price…redirect that money to high quality real food and now you’re talking! (You can get the community element for free via Whole 30 or somesuch.)

      Thanks for the even-keeled comment. :)

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  • Jenn Graham June 7, 2013, 4:54 pm

    I was skeptical at first too. I suffered from medical conditions that prevented me from conceiving, something that meant more to me than anything. I have tried many things under the sun to lose weight but women with PCOS really struggle in this department. I was especially skeptical of Shakeology due to the price. I mean what the hell could a shake do that was so great. Well it literally did the following for me personally:
    1) curbed sugar cravings. I still craved food, but not sugar the way I used to. Which is good. Women with PCOS need to avoid sugar like the plague.
    2) It made my head more clear if that makes sense. I found that I was less scatter brained. I have pretty bad ADD and it seemed to curb this. Still distracted by butterflies but I focus better.
    3) I had increased energy. Not like the energy I got from phentermine but what I can only explain as “clean energy”. I am not hyper or jittery but I don’t feel like I am falling asleep either.
    4) It helped me kick coffee which I was dramatically abusing in an effort to survive my day. And with no headache, very surprised by that. I usually get that headache behind my eyes when I don’t have my coffee.

    So for me, this was a no brainer. I am a very gifted engineer and don’t like scams but am completely sold on Shakeology.

    Regarding the ultimate reset, I think the reason you don’t hear so much about it is because it is also a colon cleanse. Not exactly easy to advertise a colon blow, you know. I have done several colon cleanses but not the Ultimate Reset, yet. I actually ordered it a few days ago and will be doing it in 5 weeks with my husband. If you have never done a colon cleanse, google “mucoid plaque” and you will totally want to do one. I tried to purchase the products in a colon cleanse that are doing the actual cleansing in an effort to save money and it ended up being the same price. One of them is a clay and some other stuff. Not cheap! So I give in one time every year and buy a colon cleanse. Always glad I did. But like I said, I have not done the ultimate reset but will be more than willing to share all the gory details when I do. I wish I could say that the methods you mentioned worked on me but unfortunately my bum bum is a stubborn asshole, literally. I try and drink a lot of water and eat lots of veggies and take psyllium regularly, but I still do a thorough cleanse every year.

    Hope this clears up what some people are addicted to. I am just addicted to feeling good. And I am now clear of PCOS and can get pregnant so it has been a real gift for me. But what works for me is not what works for everyone. And if you are wondering, I am indeed a beachbody coach. Only for 8 weeks but I have been drinking shakeology for 8 months. I really want to help other women suffering the way I was. Knowledge is power and everyone deserves to be happy and healthy, however they choose to make that happen.

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  • Bev June 7, 2013, 10:36 am

    what is Whole 30

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    • amy June 7, 2013, 12:21 pm

      (There are both paid and free options.)

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      • Jessica January 24, 2014, 3:20 am

        Am I missing something here? Out of curiosity I clicked on the link you provided for Whole30. It took me to the site, but the page for Whole30 was blank stating no results for your search. Alright, so I have to dig, I can do that. I found an explanation of the concept, but no actual life changing information. They have a page of free downloads such as shopping lists, menu template, dining out guide, etc. And they list the “program rules”. But all of the information is freely available all over the internet, including (for free) on Beachbody’s site. Most of the site is pushing their book, which you have to buy, along with t-shirts and the like. They also endorse a company paleo2go, a premade, frozen meal delivery system that doesn’t list the ingredients they use. Not to mention its expensive (the lowest plan is $200), shipped cross country, and has mostly terrible reviews concerning quality. That seems to fit alot of complaints you have about Beachbody. If it’s supplements you take issues with, first of all, you admitted in a reply that you use some. Secondly, they’re meant to be just that, a supplement to the nutrition you get from “whole foods”. And just like anything else, there are high and low quality supplements.Even with “whole foods”, no one can ensure the quality unless they grow, raise, or process it themselves. As consumers you’re putting your trust in companies who are in the business to sell their products for a profit. So, with a little bit of digging, all the same valid points you’ve made can be made about the thing you’re pushing. And, no, I am not a Beachbody coach. Honestly, I came across your article looking up info about Ultimate Reset. I, personally, have decided against it because I know I can take some time, do research, and do something similar on my own. Maybe not for cheaper. Maybe I can. We’ll see. I simply think it’s unfair for you to label a company a “snake oil scam” based purely on your opinion and seemingly limited research (limited in that you found exactly what you wanted to use as an argument and stopped looking. All the ingredients for their products are listed. And it would’ve taken all of 2 minutes to discover Beachbody has a huge supply of FREE information and guidance, along with community). Having an opinion is one thing. Putting a well run company with essentially good intentions that has helped thousands of people on blast based on presenting your opinion as thoroughly educated and knowledgeable to people who are genuinely looking for guidance to better their health is unfair, ignorant, and counterproductive to what you claim your intentions are. This post isn’t meant to be condescending, angry, or offensive. I’m only hoping to point out that everything has two sides and actuality is usually somewhere in the middle. Hopefully, your negative attitude hasn’t turned people away from trying something that may have been the right solution for them. Hopefully, the people who come across this article will take out of it that there are endless options and they need to do their own in-depth research.

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        • amy January 25, 2014, 11:17 am

          It’s their marketing that I take issue with.

          If my Whole 30 links are dead, apologies. This is an old post. There is something very different about endorsing some frozen meal program VS selling it themselves, for the record.

          You say, “This post isn’t meant to be condescending, angry, or offensive.” Well, if you have to explain that…

          I’ll wholeheartedly agree that people should do their own research. Absolutely!

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  • Renee June 2, 2013, 9:15 am

    Amy, it’s sounds like no matter what anyone else says, you are dead against the beachbody products and will never change your mind. That’s fine. I happen to like their products but I will say this: Loosing weight and starting a healthy lifestyle is mostly a frame of mind, you’ve gotta want it. Beachbody helps those who really want it. Thats all. You still have to use common sense and find what works for you. They don’t want you to do the ultmate reset forever, they don’t want you to use shakeology forever. It’s to kick start you into eating healthy foods. Can you do this without them? Absolutely, but most people don’t. It’s incredibly hard to “diet” and most people fail. This makes it so it’s not so much a diet but a lifestyle change and they take small steps to get you there. They also provide a coach and other support to help you through. It’s not incredibly expensive, you can join their site for free. I believe they are just trying to help people get and stay healthy. It’s not a quick, easy fix. It’s hard work. It’s exercising and eating right. They provide you with grocery lists and recipes. In the end, it’s all about learning how to eat right….with real food and how to add daily exercise to your life. Maybe that’s easy for you, so you don’t understand why others might need that push, but as a mom of 4 little ones, I was having the hardest time. Joing beachbody was the best thing I ever did for myself. Now I have more energy, look and feel healthy and am an all around happier person. My husband and girls love that! My girls love grocery shopping with me and cooking healthy meals. They even love to exercise with me (they are only 4 & 3 years old, 2 sets of twins, so it’s super cute to watch them exercising!)
    So, yes, they make money while they help. And yes, a meal replacement is not as good as eating real food, but it’s better than skipping a meal or eating junk food. People stick with it because they get results. So if your friends are trying to create a healthier lifestyle for themselves and need the push of shakeology or ultimate reset, then how about a pat on the back and a good job, not critisizm.

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    • amy June 6, 2013, 2:46 pm

      RE: using a system to make lifestyle changes, I think Whole 30 is an excellent (FREE) alternative to Ultimate Reset, complete with support online. Whole 30 provides everything the Ultimate Reset does, except it’s free and they’re having you eat real, whole foods.

      A Shakeology shake is junk food. We can just disagree on that, but that’s really what it is. Of course, there’s better and worse junk food, but it’s all hyper processed crap at the end of the day. Shakeology is just selling theirs as ‘healthy’.

      I’ll pat anyone on the back for making these changes. I’ve BTDT and it’s hard! I’ll also tell them to save their $200 and do something even better for their body. If they still want Ultimate Reset, more power to them…but I’m going to give them my honest take on it.

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  • Amy Kozik May 31, 2013, 4:59 pm

    I love that you question everything. That is very smart. Can I ask what you based this off of? You said you don’t really know that much about the program. How did you come upon your info that you did know?
    A pyramid Scheme is a case where people recruit others and no products are ever being exchanged so that it is not. Thousands of people get products and see results everyday.
    Here’s a little schooling on that
    I would be happy to answer any questions that you have about the ultimate reset but your post here seems very unresearched and unjustified. I’d like to help you write a more accurate and researched post after you learn more and if you still have ill will towards beachbody.
    Can eating real food get you your results? Absolutely. I do have to say however no where on the shakeology label does it use the word organic for any of the ingredients. Also there is nothing artificial in it. Is the real food processed into a powder? Yes. Chemical fake stuff like in junk food, it has none unlike the other “cake shakes” on the market.
    I do appreciate your posting and expressing your right to freedom of speech!

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    • amy June 6, 2013, 2:50 pm

      I reviewed the program info via the Beach Body/Ultimate Reset/Shakeology websites. All company info, nothing else.

      How is my post unresearched? Is there anything factually inaccurate here? I’d be happy to correct it, if there is.

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      • Sarah June 17, 2013, 11:10 am

        Maybe a more thorough review with less ranting would help people. Have you tried interviewing people who have experienced Beachbody, good and bad? It might be hard to get an objective POV from a coach, but I’m sure there are tons of people willing to share the pros and cons of their experiences. For example, on the Shakeology, a number of my co-workers drink it regularly with different reviews. Two women report that it gives them energy, keeps them full, has improved skin, etc. However, one woman just had to cancel her order after having an allergic reaction and breaking out in a rash. There are so many ingredients in the mixture it is hard to know what caused it, but maybe that is the problem. Sometimes less is more. But then again, another former co-worker, is obsessed with the drink. And, to her credit, she looks amazing now. She was 40 pounds overweight and experiencing skin problems and UTIs regularly. Apparently that is all gone now and her skin does look great.

        On the workout programs offered: My same co-workers and other FB friends succeeded with these programs over others because of the structure and accountability. The co-worker who lost all the weight was the kind of person that needed that coach to check in with her and a calendar with specific workouts to check off each day. It helped her stick with it. Not everyone needs it, but many people thrive with structure. I have done Insanity and Asylum and they were fun, but honestly, I also felt a little burned out. I wanted to try them with a co-worker and it was fun to do with a friend, but that much intense cardio that often did not agree with my body. But, I do like the workouts, just prefer to do them on my own schedule and choose doing something outside before doing a video. Great for the winter or when stuck in the house with a sleeping baby!

        And on the pyramid scheme, I have to agree with the commenter above, a product is being sold so it is not much of a scheme. The business with coaches selling the product and signing other coaches is set up like a pyramid with a left and right leg, downline, ranking and all that. But many businesses are very successful with this structure. I say it is smart on Beachbody’s part to go this route. When a customer buys something, they have a coach who is constantly available to check in with their progress. It is basically free personal training without an annoying schedule or having to actually go to the gym. This makes for more committed customers who will probably buy more Beachbody products. However, I have to admit, some coach friends on FB can get a little carried away. I can understand their enthusiasm, but the number of posts can get a little over the top when they are just Beachbody focused. I do have a friend who uses her posts to focus on health tips, whole food advice, etc, and uses personal messages to talk to people about Beachbody if they are interested. I think that is a more tactful approach but maybe she isn’t as successful as the others, who knows. I still prefer her posts and chose to buy Insanity from her because she actually took the time to talk to me about my goals and everything. She is also open to hearing my criticisms.

        Do I like Beachbody? It has its pros and cons, but I do notice how many people have changed their lifestyles by starting with Beachbody, and that can’ t be a bad thing. It is definitely not the same as drinking Slimfast, and in their programs, like the Ultimate Reset, they talk a lot about real food, plant rich diets, etc. The Reset looks like mostly a meal plan more than anything. It is really pricey. That’s probably my main criticism. The programs and products are really pricey, and not sustainable in the long run. But, if Beachbody helps turn an obese SAD eating person into one who starts eating better exercising more and feeling better about themselves, then that’s great. I don’t think it is fair for someone to criticize others for finding something that worked for them just because it doesn’t align with his or her values.

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        • amy June 17, 2013, 12:06 pm

          “It has its pros and cons, but I do notice how many people have changed their lifestyles by starting with Beachbody, and that can’ t be a bad thing.”

          People on SlimFast and the HCG diet change their lifestyles, too…it absolutely can be a bad thing.

          This is not real food. If people don’t care if their food is real, more power to ‘em. But this program is marketed toward people who ostensibly care what they put into their bodies as though it is consistent with a real food mentality. It’s not. I’m criticizing the underhanded marketing that gets people in the “real food matters” category to buy into this.

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      • Angel October 4, 2013, 12:41 pm

        That is not true about a pyramid scheme. There are many that sell products. They are based on the person at the top recruits and then they recruit and the higher up you are on the pyramid the more money you make as you collect sales from all the people you recruited and they recruited and so on.

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  • Adnane Charchour May 27, 2013, 11:07 am

    AMY, thank you for your article. It is good to question the phenomena behind the Beach Body success. Let me start by saying that I am not affiliated in anyway with Beach Body or sell or promote their product. However I am your average user. I stated with the P90X program 2 years ago, which tranformed my life, then did the Insanity program . I continue to date using both workout programs in my weekly exercise regiment. So I am a big beleiver in those. I also tried the Ultimate Rest program which was amazign and transformational and introduced me to a whole new world of healthy eating. I also tried their Shakeology programs and I have to agree with you, it taste like your drinking chemicals. It smelled, tasted and felt totally unatural and very unhealthy to me. I tried it once and never went back. I think though your article does mix the Shakeology and the Ultimate Reset. Ultimate Rest is all based on healthy eating habits and traning your body to get away from processed foods whereas Shakeology is the total opposite. I never undersood why Beach Body pushed to opposite products. I have to saythough, although I love the Ultimate Reset healthy food menu choices and healthy eating, the suplements might be in question and might raise a small shadow of doubt about why are they needed at all. So I will give you that, but given that you only take them for 21 days (and not permanently), I found ot to be more acceptable. However I found myself after the 21 days continuing to eat healthy and using the receipies provided by the Ultimate Reset.

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    • amy May 28, 2013, 3:09 pm

      I think Ultimate Reset as a catalyst for new habits and cleaner eating might be ok, but I definitely think something like WHOLE 30 can accomplish the same thing for free.

      It’s interesting to hear that the Shakeology stuff tastes like the chemical shit storm that it is….thanks for that insight!

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  • Rachel May 26, 2013, 7:32 am

    Amy, I completely agree with you. Several of the ladies I work with have been drawn into this new system as well, but none of them have healthy lifestyle habits to begin with. You can jump headlong into a lifestyle change, especially if you have no willpower. We have been planning a potluck at work and they keep saying, “I can’t eat that,” even when I bring up healthy salads and side dishes, yet they seem to be just fine eating junk food. I can’t impress enough that eating food you can grow in your own yard is the best way to go. I am not a vegetarian, and I do not discriminate against some delicious carbs, but I also don’t buy my groceries from the middle of the supermarket either. Healthy lifestyles are comprised of food you make yourself, from ingredients you chose yourself, and exercising. That doesn’t mean spending half of your life at the gym, it just means getting of the couch once in a while!

    On another note, can anyone tell me what an individual CAN eat on this “reset”? I really want to know, because I have several events I am going to have to provide food for and I don’t want to be the only person eating my fruit salad.

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    • amy May 28, 2013, 3:09 pm

      I have no idea what they are allowed to eat! GL with that. I’d probably eat my fruit salad while they drooled lol!

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      • JL August 16, 2013, 6:49 pm

        In Ultimate reset basically you’re eating all vegan foods getting weaned off of meat and other addictive substances like caffeine and alcohol. Any veggie or veggie you can think of, along with miso soup and other similar products that contain all or parts of the soybean. Shakeology doesn’t even have to be purchased with it, and regardless of your feelings towards it, Ultimate Reset by itself contains the supplements that would cost more if you actually went out and bought the ingredients for yourself. Colon cleansin, Ph balancing, mineralizing, and boosting the immune system are the main parts of it, with the goal of lowering both weight and cholesteral. so as far as your fruit salad, guarantee they’d have already had one for breakfast and would definitely not be drooling.

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  • BBadg May 25, 2013, 10:38 pm

    You are combining two completely different programs! Shakeology is a meal replacement product. Ultimate Reset is a 21-day food cleanse that is 100% eating real food. The food is mostly fruits/vegetables/grains, etc. But, all real food that you cook-that is why the results are so great. I have never done a shake and hate meal replacements-but, I have loved Ultimate Reset. It changed the way I ate and gave incredible results.

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    • amy May 25, 2013, 11:27 pm

      “100% eating real food” – except the Ultimate Reset supplements, which are far from real food. If it’s enough to be a catalyst to get you eating real food, maybe it’s worth it. I think Whole 30 can do similar things, for free, and even with online support groups. This is so pricey that I could never come around to what they’re selling.

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  • TiSe April 30, 2013, 9:04 am

    I am a Beachbody user. I differ of your view of the product. I think the Ultimate Reset system is not designed to substitute meals, it actually comes with a nutrition guide and recipes with very healthy and balanced real food that you HAVE to follow in order to get the results. The ultimate reset is a 21 day plan, not a life time plan… It was created to help people reset or clean their body from toxins before they start a workout program, so they can start healthier and cleaner.
    Now, Shakeology is not at all part of the Ultimate Reset. This is a meal supplement for when you are in a workout program and for any reason you can not have a meal, lets say you did not have time for breakfast today, or you stayed at work until late night and are too tired to cook, or any reason… Given that people lose a lot of calories with beachbody workouts, it is better to drink a suplement rather than skipping a meal, its healthier and safer. Its up to every person to take shakeology the way its recommended or substitute all meals with it.
    I hope it helps.
    Just in casem I am not a beachbody coach, I do not get any money or benefit from them… The only benefit I ever got from them is to be healthier and in better shape every day.

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    • amy April 30, 2013, 2:00 pm

      My point is that this is all hyper-processed, far-from-REAL-food junk. Eat real food. Skip expensive, processed substitutions. That’s it.

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  • Sheri March 17, 2013, 1:51 pm

    This is where I say trust your gut. Anything that is too good to be true probably isn’t. I will stick with unprocessed foods that I can tell exactly how a meal was made. It may take longer than meal replacement diets, but I guarantee the results will last longer than that method. I also hate when friends real or online get sucked into these scams and try to suck me into it.

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    • amy March 17, 2013, 1:59 pm

      Yup. There are no shortcuts.

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      • Geoff May 25, 2013, 3:56 pm

        This isn’t a shortcut. The ultimate reset is not a “diet”. That’s the big mistake people make. They treat the reset like a diet. This is meant to clean your body of the toxins you put it in it. There are dietary supplements meant to clean your colon, clean your stomach and help increase your metabolism. The guide calls out recipes of meals that you shop for and prepare. I would consider it extremely naive to believe this to be a shortcut. It’s hardwork. The routines are hardwork. The results are accurate. Despite not using this as a weight loss programs, I have still lost 16 lbs in two weeks. My wife has lost 11. We feel amazing. That’s all I have to say.

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        • amy May 25, 2013, 11:26 pm

          I would be equally put-off by the other supplements you mentioned…there is nothing in those capsules that can’t be bought and eaten whole at a grocery store. (Not to mention that a capsule full of what used to be food is not processed by your body the same way as chewed up, real food.) The program is problematic. Want to cleanse? Eat real food. Don’t eat junk. (And you don’t even have to drop a boatload of money to do that.)

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          • Tracey June 6, 2013, 2:06 pm

            With all due respect, Amy, I think what you are failing to realize here is that the supplements in the Reset (along with eating real food), help the body to revert to an alkaline state. When the blood is in an alkaline state, all body systems work as they were intended to work. That is, in part, the reason for the weight loss that people who have done the Reset are experiencing. While I agree that eating real food will help, some people just need a little kick to get them feeling better, etc. The Reset does that because it is “resetting” the body’s digestive tract and ph levels. Yes, this can be achieved, over a longer period of time, without the supplements…but, with anything else in this day and age, people don’t have the time. This is a product and a service that many people have benefited from…and I think it is insulting to just assume that you know better when you are unsure of what you are talking about.

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            • amy June 6, 2013, 2:42 pm

              The body can be returned to an alkaline state with food. (Or maybe it can’t….anyone have science on that?)

              If someone needs a little kick to feel better, it’ll come from the vitamins and nutrients in real food. The same ones you’re advocating getting through the highly processed Ultimate Reset program, no? Except real, whole food is a heck of a lot better for people than anything in a capsule.

              The “people don’t have time” card is nonsense.

              I’m quite sure when I say real, whole food trumps anything in a capsule. Pills can’t make up for what people eat the other 23.98 hours of the day. People who’ve bought into the Ultimate Reset marketing and program don’t like hearing that. I get that, but it doesn’t change the truth of what I’m saying.

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              • Paula June 11, 2013, 6:55 pm

                I used the ultimate reset program, I have not used Shakeology. I think the reset is a great way for people to cleanse their system. And that’s what the intention of the program is. I love my turkey, chicken and occasional beef too much to continue to eat vegan, but I did notice a huge difference in the way my body looked when I completed the 21 days. While I agree the program is expensive, I would recommend it for someone who is looking to make a change in the way they eat and view food.

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                • amy June 17, 2013, 12:18 pm

                  I think I’d spend more money on higher quality meats than try to clean up after the damage from poor-quality ones, but that’s just me! We can agree to disagree.

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              • Ruth June 13, 2013, 7:47 pm

                I spent a long time researching the Ultimate Reset. A lot of the supplements are actually pro-biotics, vitamins, minerals, and digestive enzymes, which is akin to taking a daily multivitamin and probiotic. As someone who suffers from IBS I usually take probiotics on my own daily along with eating whole clean foods, or I will not be able to be ‘regular’.

                For someone who needs the structure I think the Ultimate Reset could be a good jumpstart into a healthy vitamin and clean eating routine, if not, its something that can probably be replicated on one’s own for a fraction of the cost.

                And yes, foods like lemons, limes, leafy greens, yams and quinoa help return the body to an alkaline state.

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                • amy June 17, 2013, 12:16 pm

                  Fair enough. It’s not compatible with my food values, but if it is compatible with yours or someone else’s, I agree with you.

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            • Lauren L. June 15, 2013, 5:05 pm

              Please don’t be fooled into thinking alkalinity is some kind of silver bullet for health and wellness, according to the wiki page there is no medical research to support this idea:


              Also, don’t get roped into this idea of cleansing your body of “toxins” either. Your liver and kidneys do that just fine, if they are working properly.

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                • Thyroid gal September 1, 2013, 12:36 am

                  Another thing you may like to know – one thing the ultimate reset doesn’t tell people is that it’s actually dangerous for people with hypothyroidism and Hashimotos disease. It overloads you with soy products which suppress thyroid function.
                  I personally tried P90x and liked it. I had no problems with Beach Body until a coworker got sucked into their cult. My coworker now has an eating disorder and won’t go to a doctor because her Beach body coach tells her she’s so healthy now. I can’t even talk to her anymore because the only thing she’ll talk about is how I should do her reset diet, despite my autoimmune thyroid disease.

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                  • amy September 7, 2013, 9:13 pm

                    Holy moly. Thank you so much for chiming in with that. That is really important (to me, personally, as someone with Hashi’s, but also in general). Soy is already consumed in massive amounts in the US. Adding to it is nuts.

                    I’m so sad for you coworker.

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