So I have a LinkedIn account and until last year I kind of did nothing with it. But since January 2016 I’ve been more or less active. Adding connections, posting articles, generally keeping myself occupied. But with added connections comes the constant barrage of Herbalife MLMs (Multi-Level-Marketers), if you don’t know who these people are … Then you’re very fortunate.
The idea is that you take a product, mostly meal replacement shakes but there are also make-up and beauty products. And instead of selling it to a shop, you sell it to all of your friends and family and if you really want to make some money you can also get your friends and family to become a seller, and sell your products to their friends and family (With you getting a share of their products).
Essentially it’s pyramid selling, and it is a fucking plague! It wouldn’t be so bad if the products themselves were any good, but they’re not. They are distinctly average, and are not good value for money. What really irritates me though, isn’t that the MLMers are trying to sell me a shitty product, it’s the fact that the ‘seller’ knows absolutely dick all about nutrition! How can you sell someone nutritional products when you haven’t spent any time learning about if it works or not?
Because if they had, they wouldn’t be selling this shit in the first place! Now don’t get me wrong, I have gone back and forth on the subjects of meal replacement shakes and currently I am of the belief that they have their place. Study  after study  has shown that meal replacement shakes can be effective for weight loss in overweight and obese people, they are also more effective at keeping the weight off and preventing weight-regain. Something that is criminally underrated in most diets.
This is because meal replacement shakes are low-calorie, nutrient dense, and high in protein. But the main reason for their success is that they are simple and easy to add to a routine. Cleverer diets are great for the truly obsessed. But most diets are almost impossible to follow long-term – with most diets lasting less than 2 weeks! **Made up stat alert**
But a meal replacement shake can be any form of protein shake, and absolutely does not need to be from Herbalife! One company that seems to have a really decent product is Huel. And no I am not being paid to say that. If we compare the two products in their protein content per serving:
Now as we know, high protein diets have many benefits. Including increased metabolism (protein is harder to digest which raises body temp and therefore metabolism), increased muscle, increased strength, and improved body composition. If you had 3 servings of Huel per day you would hit 112g of protein. Compared to just 27g of protein if you had 3 servings of Herbalife. This is a bit unfair on Herbalife as they actually recommend eating 1 x meal per day and 2 x shakes, but I’m just trying to illustrate a point here.
Herbalife can be effective as a meal-replacement shake, but there are other more effective meal replacement shake companies out there (such as Huel) or alternatively you could just buy a regular protein shake. Remember though, this is a very effective tool for people who are very overweight or obese. This doesn’t mean that it will suit everyone and there are many other methods out there, personally I prefer the flexible dieting approach to nutrition.
From a business perspective, Herbalife is one of the worst business models out there. The majority of “entrepreneurs” end up out of pocket. Please avoid this as it will not make you a quick buck, and as mentioned above it is a shitty product. But if you do end up selling it – Don’t fucking try and sell it to me!
Matt “Replacement Shake” Smith
 Konig, D., Deibert, P., Frey, I., Landmann, U., Berg, A. 2008. Effect of Meal Replacement on Metabolic Risk Factors in Overweight and Obese Subjects. Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism 52(1): 74-78  Noakes, M., Foster, P., Keogh, J., Clifton, P. 2004. Meal replacements are as effective as structured weight-loss diets for treating obesity in adults with features of metabolic syndrome. The Journal of Nutrition 134(8): 1894-9
Matt Smith is the owner of Beer N Biceps. He has a degree in Sports Science, 10 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and has written for hundreds of fitness websites. He is a lover of good quality beer and believes that drinking in moderation can form part of a healthy lifestyle.