Sorry if I missed this somewhere along in the thread. It was dizzying reading through the comments and I had to skip to the bottom. I can see where it becomes so difficult for people to make good choices or know what to trust with so much different information out there and competing facts about ingredients. I just watched the documentary “Fed Up” this weekend and that also illustrates how people can become so misguided and it’s really sad. From now on, sticking to my gut and trying my best to eat clean, organic real foods!!
I’m embarrassed and somewhat ashamed to admit that I was an Isagenix Associate for 2 years. I became aware of Isagenix through a friend (at the time) that I respected in the local fitness industry. I took only the main products (“Pillars of Health”), enrolled others, and for a while made some decent money. Luckily, I met another Certified Nutrition Consultant purely by chance during a layover at an airport and when I brought up Isagenix to her, because she knew a good amount about it from some of her clients that had come to her, she filled me in on many of the same “facts” (and I mean “facts” in a real and positive way) that you have mentioned throughout your blog. Well, of course, after meeting her I was bummed because I had so wanted to believe in Isagenix, and when I got home I spent hours doing research on my own – I had even taken notes at the airport. What the woman that I had met at the airport had told me was backed up by the research I did. Truthfully, there was always a part of me that didn’t feel comfortable with the whole thing, especially the 9 day and 30 day cleanse “systems” Isagenix highly promoted. I, personally, only sold a couple of the cleanse systems and one was to a good friend and he felt like crap during the 9 day cleanse and couldn’t wait until it was over. He did lose 3 pounds but like you said so many times, just because something makes you lose weight doesn’t make it healthy.
The bulk of the food items on the list consists of green leafy vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats. The trick is to follow it to the T. So if you find yourself wondering whether you can eat something that’s not on the list, the answer is no, you can’t. It’s a simple rule that’s not easy to follow, but bear with it for just a week (and perhaps review my clients’ results – they all stuck to it).
I was overwhelmed a bit at first, but quickly figured out how it all worked. They include lots of literature in the kit so I was able to read more about the products and how they work and when I needed to take them. I was ready to begin! I started on a Thursday and I got up that day and weighed and measured myself (ugh!). The kit provides an area for you to record both your starting weight and measurements and even included a tape measure. I knew this weight had to go and I was excited to finally have some direction!
Ohh yes I see these guys in my gym, they started using it and hey I have so much energy, suddenly I have improved my personal record by 40kg? Really? just that you have trained like shit for the last decade and suddenly you got a bit of motivation through a shake? Ahh and yes obviously you stopped eating junk food and drink lots of beer due to the isagenix program, which you should have done to start with.
Here’s where some of the discrepancy lies… these people (and I was one) are spoon fed that the proteins come from grass fed cows and the whey protein is undenaturated, what they are failing to see is that your review questions the low heat non fat dry milk. Both of which can be true, the company may in fact use grass fed cows that produce the whey protein BUT it also adds low heat non fat dry milk 🙂
I met a usually fit bubbly friend from the gym today for a green tea (it’s my fast day so coffee tomorrow) and she is really un well after 6 weeks on Isagenix. She has stopped taking it for a few days and is slowly starting to feel better. Hence why I decided to do some research on this poison. This is not natural it’s in a jar for Christ sake, if you want natural buy whole fruits, vegetables and fresh fish and meats. Take an hour out of your day and prepare and cook beautiful food, sit down with your family and enjoy healthy good food and they weight will drop and you will feel great in no time…and guess what along with the bargain you save money as you aren’t lining other peoples pockets in a pyramid scheme. Wake up!
First off people should know better by now to run as fast as they possibly can when they see any multi level marketing companies. They feed off the weak minded and its a somehow legal ponzi scheme based model. Second, Just because these products might help someone lose weight here and there doesn’t mean they are healthy. The nutrition industry is not regulated and we all know how corrupt the FDA is…. So to all these people who take these products, Body by Vi, Isagenix, etc just admit it that you bought into some sleezy sales pitch and sure the product might have worked a little bit but in reality you have no idea what you’re putting into your body.
A short juice cleanse might not pose an immediate danger to most people, but going all-juice might have more subtle risks, experts warn. “This type of diet is like shock treatment to the body,” says Meredith Luce, RD, a nutrition consultant with the Rosen Medical Center in Florida. “By eating one day and fasting the next, you stimulate the body’s starvation response. When you do eat again, your body hoards calories, making long-term weight loss more difficult.” Another problem Luce notes is that dietary cleanses don’t instill healthy eating habits. "Cleanses of this type allow people to justify bad behavior,” she says. “In other words, ‘I’ll eat and drink whatever I want this week, because I’m doing a cleanse next week.’ Cleanses promote the mentality of a quick fix as opposed to long-term balance.”
The Code of Federal Regulations defines a natural flavor as “the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional”. Artificial flavors are defined as those that do not meet these particular standards.
I was in poor health and using the Isagenix products helped me lose weight, begin exercising, and make healthier food choices. I continue to use Isagenix products as part of a healthy lifestyle. Unlike Dr. Hall, I am not an MD, but with that being said, many of her criticisms of the Isagenix products are not really accessible to the average person. So, Dr. Hall, I guess since you are writing so much about Isagenix, maybe refer us readers to other health professionals, perhaps in the field of nutrition that can speak with more credibility, to what you are saying.
I came across your site because I wanted to read your reviews on Shakeology and Isagenix. I have a very good friend and a family member who use both, respectively and SWEAR by them and I am very concerned about what they really DONT KNOW about the products they’re consuming! And they are VERY intelligent individuals and super health conscious! If you’re supplements can’t help reverse your health issue…no matter what it is, i.e.: all auto-immune diseases, actually diseases of ANY kind, even cancer, then I’m not interested. I had Lupus for 5 years….I no longer have it because of what I’m doing and how I’ve changed WHAT I’m eating……especially GLUTEN….and the supplements I’m taking. I reversed my Lupus in less than 90 days and people don’t understand that you CAN reverse any health issue with REAL nutrition AND REAL supplementation.
I cannot thank you enough for ALL of this. You are a hero in my eyes. I have been training my five children how to eat an organic, non-gmo, real, whole food diet (gluten free) and will be sharing this info with them as we are being bombarded at church (yes, church) and school by isagenix sellers. Real food and healthy moderate exercise are the key. xo
Thank you for this article! I have been a very successful network marketer with both Beachbody and Visalus…I did help A LOT of people lose weight and “get healthy…-er” than they were. But through my OWN research and dissecting each ingredient in the products I consume as I became more interested in researching all of the supposed healthy ingredients, I have found that google does a body good! If you copy and paste the ingredients into google and ask “IS ______(insert ingredient)___ non-gmo/organic?” you will get ALL sorts of reliable info. I have YET to find an MLM that produces a truly NON-GMO and Certified Organic product. Now, some claim they do…but their ingredients say otherwise. And let’s be real…every website is going to vouch for their product. What kind of company would they be if they outed themselves? Think about it!
thanks so much for your article about isagenix products. My husband has been using them since Nov. last year and just last week I decided it was about time to CUT IT OFF!. He has lost a lot of weight and his IBS got much better, but I think it was because he finally started eating a more cleaner diet and giving up things like, coffee, cold cereal in the morning, etc…
You may be asking yourself, “will I be hungry during a cleanse?” Luckily, the answer is no. Kathy states that the Nutritional Cleansing program feeds the body hundreds of nutrients, organic minerals, and several other ingredients that nourish the body while cleansing it so that hunger urges are avoided during the process. Kathy also says that the hardest challenge during a cleanse for product-users is being surrounded by food. As a helpful tip, she recommends that you conduct a Nutritional Cleanse on a day that you won’t be grocery shopping or cooking a dinner for your family so that you can effectively avoid unnecessary food cravings.
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Once I stopped, I put on some weight, then more, then even more than before I started. I was gaining weight in places that I never did before. I prided myself on my great metabolism. Not anymore. I can’t lose weight no matter how much I exercise (which was the way I could lose weight in the past). Isagenix destroyed my metabolism and I still have not been able to repair it.
I dunno even know where you pulled the ingredients list from! It’s so inaccurate. So what if you are a holistic coach it doesn’t mean anything. First of, your source is not accurate. I am into supplements and truly believe in whole food and clean eating. However, Isagenix is by far the safest when comes to Herbalife, Shakeology, Nuskin, Usana and Unicity when comes to toxicity and percentage of chemical compounds. Like you mentioned, US soil is depleted so where else do you get the nutrients; plants, fruits? LOL
People who are involved in the nutrition field are far more knowledgeable, they have vast amounts of education on this subject, and a huge advantage over let’s say a car mechanic when it comes to figuring out the good from the bad at the local grocery store (which is where the majority of Americans shop for their food) Label reading is extremely hard, especially if you do not know all the bad things to look for as a trained professional would know like the back of their hand, such as yourself. A great portion of Americans know the simple pit falls in eating, like, do not eat at McDonalds, don’t eat donuts for breakfast lunch and dinner. I am not saying it is the total education of the individual, but nutritional education which not that many people have, is key here.
Get weight loss and cleansing off to a fast start with the 9-day supply of the Cleansing and Fat Burning System. Seven pounds is the average weight loss for people using the Cleanse and Fat Burning System for nine days.The five nutritional components of the system help you cleanse while infusing your body with premium nutrients for optimum health and safe weight loss. Stimulant free.
Your comment on nonfat dry milk confuses me as you’re saying it’s denatured protein. This product, as it states in your heading, says ‘Low heat nonfat dry milk’. What I know about ‘low heat’ dry milk is that is classified as ‘Grade A’ or ‘Extra Grade’ and is required to contain a minimum 6.00 mg of undenatured whey protein nitrogen. This not classed as denatured. In addition, the theoretical ‘oxidised cholesterol’ contained in nonfat dry milk is negligible, particularly as in this instance low heat nonfat dry milk is not the product’s main ingredient. You say are sceptical about the pasture-fed cows but there is no evidence to suggest it is sourced from anywhere else. If your grocer tells you their spinach is locally grown and organic, do you follow the delivery van back to farm to see if they’re telling the truth? Do you stand in the farms and factories and watch the process of each and every product you buy to make sure they are doing what they claim? Who does that? We are all at the mercy of whatever our food labels and sellers tell us, along with some government rules and regulations to keep them in check.
Dani, Thank you for performing the due diligence in researching Isagenix. I was unaware of its existence before tonight when an acquaintance hit me up and invited me to the FB group. I began first by reading the ingredients of the Isagenix shakes, and then worked from there. My shakes typically consist of only a few ingerdients: Almond milk, kale, spinach or other leafy greens, dates, a few berries, sometimes I’ll add add a dash of maca powder, Hemp hearts and occasionally Chia seeds. So I’m naturally on my guard with any food source that contains so many ingredients that are synthetic.
“2 things about this article – firstly this blog clearly states that Dani is paid by products to endorse their products which means she is a paid blogger, who gets paid to write about products or write against them. I know because I hire bloggers for a living, it’s a great way to make money but it doesn’t mean they know everything about the nutrition side.”
I think sometimes people in your profession forget just how much most regular people do not know, and condemn products that may be a far better choice when compared to what they are currently eating, as in my case. What that does, is confuse people even more and they throw up their hands in defeat and return to their good old American Processed diet. An entire generation plus, has been born and raised into this over processed, convenience food country….Perhaps the all or nothing approach to better nutrition with them will not work? It does appear to be failing, as American’s keep getting heavier and heavier, and far less healthy than say 45 years ago. But wait, not true, we have pharmaceuticals to keep us alive in our unhealthy state even longer 🙂
I don’t know if it’s psychological or not, but that chai latte is throwing me off my game. I haven’t craved coffee for days, but now I’m feeling the shakes and I’m so close to running to the Starbucks across the street. Like a shock to my system, that chai latte was. Damn that chai latte to hell! I know I’m being punished for cheating, my stomach isn’t feeling so hot… But I’m going to be strong and drink water instead. I’ll drink it warm and in a coffee cup to trick myself into thinking it’s the real deal.
A meal replacement shake is possibly better than fast food (although you can make better choices depending on the restaurant), but is certainly worse than normal, reasonably healthy food. Drinking stupid shakes filled with sugar and other crap just isn’t good for you. It’s easy, but it’s certainly not healthy. Not even when these companies lie and tell you IT’S ALL NATURAL!!!
This was a study actually performed by a third party which found positive results, and keep in mind that Isagenix may have payed for the study but the University of Illinois at Chicago has its name and reputation on it. It seems to have been a well carried out study and is thorough in both it’s criticisms and possible improvements as well as its conclusions.
You could look at the fact that these EXPERTS have been experts for much longer than Isagenix has been around, and when they took a look at the formulation of the products, the source of the ingredients and the quality of the products, they formed an EXPERT opinion that Isagenix has produced a superior product to anything else on the market. After establishing their expert opinion, that Isagenix is the real deal, they decided to align themselves with Isagenix. After all, why wouldn’t you associate yourself with a company that produces superior nutritional products.
Wow! What a ride! Reading through these comments had me laughing out loud at several points. It’s quite cringe-worthy to see people lashing out at you simply because they can’t comprehend the difference between opinion and fact, ESPECIALLY in the field of nutrition. Perhaps those people will eventually realize that an argument appears much more credible and relevant when combined with grammar, punctuation, and actual reasoning. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for all of the info, witty remarks, and hours of entertainment!
I’ve had about 10 of my friends use Isagenix. Admittedly, it didn’t work for everyone. Maybe 6 or 7 out of the 10 got results they were satisfied with. I was already pretty skinny so wasn’t using it for weight loss as such, but I did ‘feel’ healthier, and I did notice improvements in my energy levels. It’s not for everyone, but overall I would think most people would be happy.
In addition to my journey, I started sharing my story with others and helping them do the same. I have now personally helped dozens of people shed 10, 20, 30, 40 and even (3 people) have shed over 70lbs! They’ve taken back control over their health and their lives. They feel good about themselves, they are happier than they have been for years and they are OPTIMISTIC about LIFE!
What people fail to realize is that for at least the past 60 years, corporations have taken over our food, our farming, our medical field. Basically, our life. THEY dictate what we should eat, what we should feel, what we should wear, what we should buy, basically, how we should live our lives. It’s called consumerism, and consumerism means dollars, which help keep the corporate board members happy and insanely rich.
Do you people even listen to yourselves?? “This stuff is formulated by scientist and doctors”. ” Our bodies are made to get rid of the toxins put into the foods we eat”. There couldn’t be a more ignorant statement made. The doctors, government, and scientist are all in this together with the pharmaceutical companies and food industries. This is one way they control the population and make money in the process. Don’t y’all watch the drug commercials. All of the synthetic crap they make is what’s causing heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more. They all make money off the drugs that they sale. More people should listen to bloggers like this on eating healthy organic whole foods. You’d spend a lot less time at the doctor if you did. Our government does not care about “We The People”. The last 7 years should have proven that much. All they are out for is the all mighty dollar.
If a cross-fitter needs meal advice based on his/her specific needs, then that cross-fitter has some responsibility to bear as well. Isagenix has never claimed to offer personalized meal planning though some associates are fully qualified to do so. Would it be fair for me to expect my personal trainer to live with me to ensure that my very specific issues are being addressed while on my own as well… no, at some point, I have to take what I learn from him/her police myself. Isagenix is excellent at providing advice on healthy meal choices.
“Organic” does not automatically mean “pesticide-free” or “chemical-free”. In fact, under the laws of most states, organic farmers are allowed to use a wide variety of chemical sprays and powders on their crops. Organic means that these pesticides, if used, must be derived from natural sources, not synthetically manufactured. Also, these pesticides must be applied using equipment that has not been used to apply any synthetic materials for the past three years, and the land being planted cannot have been treated with synthetic materials for that period either. When you look at lists of pesticides allowed in organic agriculture, you find warnings such as, “Use with caution. The toxicological effects of [organic pesticide X] are largely unknown,” or “Its persistence in the soil is unknown.” Again, researchers haven’t bothered to study the effects of organic pesticides because it is assumed that “natural” chemicals are automatically safe.
So, Dani, your world appears to be about being fit and healthy. You take a holistic approach to that. You advocate organic food – and that’s fine as long as we recognise that this food is subject to the toxins in the environment – like fumes for example on their way to market just as we are on our way to buy them. Does the organic farmer check the trucks they use to ensure the fumes from the vehicle itself isn’t polluting the carefully grown crops in organically optimised soil?