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Herbalife Shake Review

Herbalife Meal Replacement Shake Review

Herbalife has been making weight loss products for years, so I thought it was time that I finally gave them a fair shake (no pun intended).  Here are my thoughts on .


You can find Herbalife meal replacement shakes on Amazon for about $30 bucks.  That’ll get you 30 servings, which comes to about $1 per shake.  Talk about a wow factor. You couldn’t get a cheaper meal unless you were looking at Wendy’s value menu.  So it definitely gets an A+ from me.


The nice thing about Herbalife shakes is the variety.  It comes in a number of different flavors like Dulche de Leche, Wild Berry, Pina Colada, and Café Latte (to name a few).  I actually decided to go for the most basic flavor —  French Vanilla. It was just okay.  It had a slight milky taste with a serious vitamin after taste.  That I could’ve done without.  So the vanilla flavor was really just “meh.”  But because Herbalife has so many choices, it gets a B score from me.


When it comes to being an appetite blocker, Herbalife shakes are kind of a mixed bag.  On one hand, it has 9 grams of protein, which does an adequate job of making you feel full.  But it only has 3 grams of fiber, which means you’ll probably end up getting hungry after a few hours.  In order for me to actually stay satiated, I had to mix my shake with a lot of fruit.   That’s not good when you’re using your shake as a meal replacement.


Herbalife shakes does a decent job on the nutritional scale.  It only has 90 calories, just 5 of which is from fat.  It also has 25% of your daily serving of vitamins and minerals.  That’s not bad for a meal replacement shake.  The negative is that it has 9 grams of sugar per serving. That’s a little high for me, which is why I gave it a middle of the road score.

Herbalife beats a lot of shakes hands down when it comes to its price.  Unfortunately, it falls short in all the other categories.

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  • Terry Demello May 17, 2017, 12:48 pm

    I have a slight intolerance to lactose. Doe the Herbalife shake contain lactose?

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  • Brittany October 21, 2016, 1:31 pm

    I have done Herbalife for several months. I do not sell it, I just strictly use it to help me balance my days out. Before I started Herbalife I ate out for every meal, I was so unhealthy and never ate breakfast. I now have a shake for breakfast and lunch and this encourages me to continue being healthy throughout the day and into dinner time. I don’t use it as a fast way to lose weight, I use it as a motivator to do better during the day. I don’t have an excuse to leave the office on my lunch break and go get McDonald’s anymore.

    When doing Herbalife it is recommended to purchase the protein powder for added protein in your shakes. They also recommend a high protein healthy snack 2-3 hours between your meals so you don’t crash. 5-6 small, balanced, healthy high protein meals are encouraged.

    I also like to use unsweetened vanilla almond milk to give my shakes a creamier texture. There are tons of recipes and different varieties and ways to make new creations with your shakes. Throwing fruits in the shakes makes them even tastier!

    I honestly love Herbalife and I will continue to use this product even after I achieve my goal weight.

  • August 11, 2016, 7:19 am

    Fast food and junk food snacks with Herbalife breakfast I’ve changed, I’m very pleased. My favorite chocolate shakes and protein bars.

  • nizy August 5, 2016, 7:55 pm

    hi all
    could somebody please tell me if any of you have tried breakfast cereals (jst a scoop full) or nuts with herbalife shakes?
    many thanks

  • Dru March 2, 2016, 12:51 am

    The reason why it’s not a hunger blocker like everything else is because they actually encourage you to eat every two hours until dinner- which is the healthy way. Herbalife is a way of life that I have been doing for 3 months now when I used to think it was a load of crap, but with the health coaches helping you what to eat / workout routine goes best with the way you want to live is awesome! I’ve never been healthier in my life and I’m not heavily reliant on meal replacements, I have 4-5 of these meals a week (lunch time) and I eat healthy foods in between meals such as, almonds,carrots and broccoli. All the other meal replacements make you reliant which in time make you gain weight when you quite

  • Jazmine February 10, 2016, 3:11 pm

    I’ve loved it so far. I’m down 20 lbs over the last 3 months using this. I feel like I’m losing weight at a healthy rate. I decided to start distributing this week. It’s better to order real and safe products from a distributor than to risk what may be delivered from amazon or other places that are not authorized to sell the product! 🙂

  • Christina January 4, 2016, 10:08 am

    Only downfall for me is it makes my blood pressure high, but so does everything else. 🙁

  • Annu October 14, 2015, 5:57 am

    Will it have any sideeffects like fertility…

    • Kayla October 29, 2015, 2:36 am

      Yes. Soy is proven to harm reproduction. Do research! My aunt was a major fitness instructor. Unable to get pregnant for years. No doctor could tell her why. Finally she stopped eating processed soy and boom, baby was made quickly after. It’s harmful and I can’t imagine why Herbalife feeds this to people. It’s a shame 🙁

      • angie maldy February 13, 2016, 8:06 pm

        There are non soy ones too

  • Danielle August 6, 2015, 7:54 pm

    How do you make the shake taste good? Im gagging on it i hate the taste i use vanilla water and ice?

    • Katie February 1, 2016, 10:57 pm

      I add about a tablespoon of sugar free pudding mix. Pistachio is my favorite.

    • angie maldy February 13, 2016, 8:08 pm

      Try other flavors than vanilla, vanilla flavor is simple. I wouldn’t suggest adding stuff to the shakes it adds calories. Cookies and cream is the most loved! It’s 8 oz of water 2 scoops of the Formula 1 !

      • Sam February 19, 2016, 5:39 pm

        My nutritionist gave me a copies of a bunch of HerbaLife shake recipes. You can add other flavorings like almond extract, teaspoons of sugar free pudding mix and ect. that really really helps! i love them!

      • Merlin September 23, 2016, 9:44 am

        I just started taking it my friend got it for me and she said to add ice and fruit and instead of milk to add water and it tastes awesome oh and by the way it it the strawberry one….I didn’t want to finish it. I added banana and strawberrys loved it 🙂

      • vicky March 20, 2017, 7:00 pm

        8 oz of water is about 200 ml?

        • Cathy May 20, 2017, 10:03 pm

          8 oz = 250ml = 1 cup

    • La April 7, 2016, 11:53 am

      My fave was adding frozen ripe banana (1/2 of one) and 1/4 teaspoon coffee (I use decaf but regardless works) …. I still get cravings for this blend once in awhile lol

    • Eddie April 17, 2016, 1:32 pm

      I use skim milk and ice. Very good

    • Olivia October 4, 2017, 11:48 am

      I use different flavors such as banana caramel and dulce de leche. You can add cinnamon, vanilla, or nutmeg to enhance the flavors. I find them pretty tasty

  • SAKZ SHAIK March 6, 2015, 9:59 pm

    I love the Herbalife Shakes. I lost 99.8kg on it! Changed my life! 2 heap scoop shake + 2 scoop herbalife protein pwd

  • Heather January 11, 2015, 8:28 pm

    Just started drinking the herbalife meal relplacement shakes 2 days ago as a replacement for my breakfast and dinner and they are NOT filling me up. I Don’t binge when I eat normally and I consider myself to be healthy. I’m 5’7 and 140 pounds, I’m 21 years old and my bmi is at 22%. I mix it with 8 ounces of milk with 2 scoops.. I even added some of my own protein powder this last shake and I’m still noy full! Is this because I just started? I feel like they will only make me gain weight due to me drinking a shake and eating a full meal anyways!

    • Warley August 13, 2015, 5:38 am

      Have you got the full eating plan Heather? You should be eating regularly as well as having the shakes too.

    • Olivia October 4, 2017, 11:51 am

      To my knowledge the shakes are not designed to block appetite, so it will not make you feel full for long periids of time. The plan encourages healthy snacking between shakes and meals

  • Brad January 3, 2015, 11:11 am

    What I find interesting on all the Herbalife reviews of the meal replacement shakes is the lack of use of the personal protein powders. No review I have seen shows the use of the combined serving of Formula 1 Meal Replacement shakes plus the personal protein powder. That’s typically the recommended serving. So the 9 grams of protein goes to about 20 or so.

    • Michelle January 3, 2015, 11:18 am

      I am an Herbalife member and distributor, I love HL. However, that being said, the others do not have to add an additional product to get the additional benefits. I do not understand why HL does not add the protein into their product so you dont have to buy an additional protein product to get the same benefits.

      • Andreina January 20, 2016, 8:37 am

        Hi Michelle, the personalized protein powder’s function is not only add protein to your meal, but to personalized it according to your needs. Every person has different daily protein range needs so that’s why Herbalife does it that way.

  • Motshedisi December 18, 2014, 9:24 pm

    Which herbalife shake is safe for me while breastfeeding?

    • Warley August 13, 2015, 5:40 am

      All of them are fine for breastfeeding. They only contain natural products and its only a well balanced meal but in a shake. Much better for you than a bowl of cereal or sandwich 🙂

  • sheri April 6, 2014, 7:25 pm

    Hi Do u use just the Shake to loss weight or the protein powder with the shake please let me know for anyone who has used it and Lost weight

    • TW May 4, 2014, 2:18 pm

      Hi, Sheri. You can make an Herbalife shake using 8 ounces of low fat milk, which increases the nutritional value, or you can make it with what Herbalife calls Protein Drink Mix (PDM). Most who use the shakes prefer this method. It adds an additional 15 grams of protein as well as more of the minerals and vitamins we should be getting each day. There are also many, many ways to make your healthy shake taste great! I’ve lost 30 lbs. and I feel great! I love these shakes and will share any info I can with anyone who wants it… 🙂

      • kim August 26, 2016, 7:05 am

        please share i ordered french vanilla and i hate the vitiamin after taste i cant bear it at all/

  • Tam March 28, 2014, 12:37 pm

    Herbalife contain a lot of artificial ingredients

    • Warley August 13, 2015, 5:31 am

      Which ingredients are artificial?

  • Marcus Carter March 2, 2014, 8:06 pm

    If you use Herbalife shakes properly, you well get better results. I’ve tried most of these shakes, and Herbalife tastes better than all of them. On top of that, their shakes helped me burn more body fat and give me a ripped body. You give Herbalife a lower score because you aren’t using it correctly. You don’t need to add fruit to curb your hunger, and you’re supposed to be having 5-6 meals per day anyway. That’s a few hours between meals. You have it twice per day to lose weight. You have one for breakfast, and another got lunch, and with a protein snack in between. You give yourself about 3 hours between each meal. Simple.

    • Fit Girl March 3, 2014, 9:23 pm

      Thanks for the insight, Marcus!

  • yeap yoon sheng September 24, 2013, 8:17 am

    Hello.. I would like to ask u regarding the london weight management meal replacement shake. What do u think about it? Thank you for reply in advance.

    • Fit Girl September 25, 2013, 5:45 am

      Hi Yeap Yoon,

      I’ve heard of London Weight Management, but unfortunately, I’ve never tried it myself. If I do ever end up trying it (or talk to someone who has gone through the program), I’ll make sure to let you know. Wish I could be more help!

  • sean September 14, 2013, 1:29 pm

    yeah I agree. I do think herbalife can do wonders for you IF you use it properly. like any meal replacement. the reasons people say it does not work, in my experience, have been the people who don’t change there lifestyles. They don’t change what they eat and don’t exercise. it by no means a ‘miracle weight loss shake’, but it helps towards losing a decent amount.
    I think the main benefit of herbalife is the fact it keeps you fuller for longer. this means you don’t binge as much or at all between meals. it can be expensive, but you can take what you’ve learned from it and after a while stop using it. as long as you stick to your diet. you can even make home made shakes that are near similar.

  • Fit Girl June 28, 2013, 1:03 am

    Hi Madison,

    That’s exactly right. In order to lose weight, you’ll want to take Herbalife twice a day. But don’t skimp on eating healthy food the rest of the time. I’d say shoot for eating about 5 small meals a day. Start off by having the Herbalife shake for breakfast. Follow that up with a mid-morning snack (maybe a protein bar), then have a sensible lunch. Think grilled chicken with a side of green vegetables. Again, you want to have a healthy mid-afternoon snack. Then for dinner, you’d do Herbalife again. Eating consistently throughout the day should minimize your hunger. Hope that helps!

  • madison June 27, 2013, 3:10 pm

    can you have snacks through out the day whiel replacing breakfast and dinner with herbalife?

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