Herbalife Shake Reviews

Herbalife’s Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake mix is one of the core herbalife weight loss products, and it is marketed as part of their weight-loss program. The shake mix is primarily a soy-based protein, which comes in 10 different flavors. They also offer three versions of the vanilla flavor: kosher, non-GMO, and an alternative protein version made from pea, sesame, and rice protein. The flavors are Banana Caramel, French Vanilla, Dulce de Leche, Orange Cream, Mint Chocolate, Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, Wild Berry, Cookies ‘n Cream, and Piña Colada Café Latte.

Herbalife Shake Ingredients

The main ingredients include: soy protein isolate (a form of protein), fructose (sugar), corn bran (fiber), natural and artificial flavorings, casein (a milk protein), canola oil, medium-chain triglycerides (a type of fat), carrageenan (a thickener or stabilizer), inulin, psyllium husk powder, citrus pectin (all fibers), ginger root powder, honey powder, blueberry powder, pomegranate powder, papaya fruit powder, proteases (digestive enzymes), and various vitamins.

Two scoops of Herbalife Formula 1 Shake provides 90 calories, 1 gram (g) of fat, 13 g of carbohydrate, 3 g of fiber, and 9 g of protein, along with about 25% of the daily value for many vitamins. The product must be mixed with low-fat or soy milk, which adds additional protein and carbohydrate, as well as calcium and other vitamins and minerals.

Research which examines the efficacy of low-calorie meal replacement shakes on weight loss and change in cardiometabolic risk indicates that they can be effective in achieving short-term weight loss, improving cardiometabolic risk factors, and they may also be effective in helping individuals maintain weight which was lost on a reduced-calorie diet.

How to Use

To lose weight, replace two meals with the Herbalife shake and eat sensibly for the third. For maintenance and for good energy, replace one meal. To gain weight, take three times a day after normal meals. Mix two scoops* (or dessert spoon) of Formula 1 with 250ml of liquid. We recommend using soya milk rather than cow’s milk to avoid lactose intolerance. You can also use fruit juices. You can optionally add fruit and yoghurt. For best results use a blender.


The ingredients list and nutrition label on Herbalife Formula 1 shakes suggests that they are safe to use, and especially when mixed with milk as directed, they provide adequate nutrients for a low-calorie meal replacement or a snack.

• For weight loss, the shakes are beneficial in the short term, especially when combined with a healthy meal plan, exercise, and behavioral therapy.
• Cardiometabolic improvements, specifically abdominal obesity, lipids, and glucose, result, likely because of any weight loss and positive change in eating patterns. The shake mix also contains sources of soluble fiber which help to improve glucose and cholesterol, and antioxidants, which have other protective benefits.
• Meal replacement shakes are convenient and a controlled source of calories for those who are on the run and too busy to plan or pack a healthy meal or snack.
• For those with diabetes, the shakes contain approximately 25 g of carbohydrate, which is appropriate as a snack or small meal for many. The fiber they contain may also serve to delay glucose absorption.

Research and recommended reading

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Formula 1 healthy meal nutritional shake mix product label. Herbalife Nutrition website. http://catalog.herbalife.com/Catalog/en-us/Core-Products/Core-Products/Formula-1-Healthy-Meal-Nutritional-Shake-Mix. Accessed June 3, 2016.

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