Shakeology vs. Xyngular Lean Comparison I've had some friends try out this new fad diet from a company called Xyngular. They seem to have a ton of energy from the products they've ordered, but I was really curious about the nutrition value of their products, along with whether they were safe, viable options for someone who is looking to make a lifestyle change and get healthier. After doing a bit of digging into the product, I am reassured, once again, that Shakeology out-ranks their products, hands down!

I have several objections to their products, but my first one came when I hopped on their website to take a look at their options and programs. Instead of being greeted by messages about health and wellness, the focus seems to be about the business opportunity. What kind of a health and wellness company would lead with recruiting representatives, instead of the worth of their products? It seems they are more worried about the trips offered to successful reps or leading points earners than they are about the value of their shakes or supplements. Intriguing...and, it kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.

Moving along, I checked out the 8-Day Ignite Fat Burning System, which is an 8-day diet consisting of extremely low calorie intake and a variety of supplements. Out of the eight days, participants only get to eat true meals during three of them. And, then their calorie intake is still incredibly low. Any nutritionist will tell you that when you begin to habitually eat fewer than 1,000 calories per day it really messes with your metabolism. But, that's what you're asked to do with this quick-fix plan. Do people lose weight on it? Of course -- because, they are eating next to nothing. Will their weight loss be maintained? No!

Additionally, nearly every package they sell, ranging from weight loss to starter packs to transformation kits, include the Xyng pill. Although they have reformulated it, originally the pill contained geranium root, also called DMAA, which has been banned by the FDA for being linked to heart attack and other cardiovascular issues. Who wants that in their "get healthy" routine? Not this girl! The old formulation also included phenylethylamine HCL, also known as PEA. It's a stimulant that is psychoactive and structurally similar to amphetamine. Many medical professionals find this compound to be questionable, at best. So, you have two ingredients that were in the Xyng pill that do not meet my safety criteria for what a beneficial health product should be. Additionally, if the Xyngular company was willing to put unsafe and questionable ingredients in its formulation back then, how safe and legitimate are their practices today? It's not something I'm comfortable risking with my family.

And, speaking of family. My kids, friends and other family members and loved ones drink Shakeology regularly. I've written a blog post about how it can be advantageous for children to drink it. BUT, the Xyngular company includes a warning on the packages that their supplements and shakes should not be consumed by anyone under the age of 17 years old. Furthermore, many specific conditions are listed that should prohibit someone from using their products, including: pregnant/nursing, high blood pressure, caffeine-sensitive, depression, heart disease, recurrent headaches, etc. Wowsers! That doesn't sound like a legit nutrition supplement to me.

It's easy to compare Xyngular's Lean shake and Shakeology against each other, label to label. But, the story unfolds when you start to consider some specifics:

  • Protein: The Lean shake contains 10 grams of protein. Shakeology offers 16 or 17, depending on the flavor.
  • Whole ingredients: Shakeology consists of whole ingredients, not extracts in the formulations. When you extract certain compounds from their original form, you lose much of the nutritional content. Lean is sustained by many ingredients derived from extracts.
  • Sweetener: One of Lean's two sweeteners is acesulfame potassium, also referred to Acesulfame-K. Reported side effects include: nausea, headaches, mood problems, impairment of the liver and kidneys, problems with eyesight and, possibly, cancer, according to (The other sweetener is Stevia, which is also included in Shakeology and thought to be safe for consumption.)
  • Lacks several vitamins and nutrients: Lean doesn't include iron and several other vitamins and minerals. Shakeology is chocked full of the good stuff.
  • The proprietary protein blend: Lean's protein blend includes soy isolates and soy milk. While much of the soy produced in the U.S. contains GMOs, it's impossible to determine if Xyngular's ingredient list is GMO-free. If it were, it is likely it would say so on its label. But, it doesn't. So, you're left to assume either way. That's not good enough, in my opinion. Shakeology is soy- and GMO-free.
  • Clinical trials: Lean has none. Despite the company's astounding claims about how the shake will help you lose weight, generate energy and create optimal health, there are no clinical trials to prove this. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Does Shakeology have clinical trials to prove its claim that it aids in  weight loss, lowers cholesterol and helps maintain healthier blood sugar levels? You bet it does!

I tried to find some things to like about the Xyngular company and its products. But, I was unsuccessful. They are overpriced, especially for the quality you receive, and ineffective for long-term use and health. The Xyngular products promote yo-yo dieting, low restricted-calorie meal plans and products that are little more than chromium and caffeine. It's your choice -- you can choose to live a life of restricted calorie diets and a whole arsenal of "supplements" (including a laxative, in some programs), or you can opt for one big bag of Shakeology for your health journey. For me, I'll take the clinically proven, safe-for-my-entire-family choice of Shakeology.