I have used isagenix for the last 4 years. exactly one or 2 months of that year. I am healthy, run about 10 miles total a week but I eat and drink like I was on lifestyles of the rich and famous. I go from about 220 pounds to 245 pounds through out the year (I’m 6’3′ not fat). Once I hit 245 I go on a 30 isagenix cleanse. I only do the shakes and I do it for usually 22-25 days. In that time I completely cut out all toxins (coffee, booze everything). 2 shakes and a grilled meat and veggie for dinner. In that time I lose 20-25 pounds. Every time. I repeat every time. Then for the next 6 months it is nothing but the best bourbon and Prime steaks 😉
I do want to say (and nowhere did you say or suggest otherwise), that I met MANY great people in Isagenix. Many were kind, caring, motivated, fun to be around, and truly wanting to live a healthy life-style. I could go on and on about how Isagenix does what it does and succeeds in the ways that it does but I don’t feel like that is right on your blog and quite frankly, would be quite an endeavor of writing – as I have given much thought to the subject having been an Isagenix Associate myself. I will say, however, in a nutshell that structure, convenience, eating better (“better”, as you clearly pointed out, doesn’t mean healthy), being told things from people representing themselves as “experts” and health professionals, seeing and reading testimonials, and feeling apart of something bigger than yourself that’s preaching health and wealth can be very powerful.
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.
Most responsible dairy owners do not continually milk their cows year round. Often, after the calf is born, the farmer waits 2 – 3 months before breeding the cow back, another 2 – 3 months, either weaning the calf off or sharing the milk with the calf, then during the last few months of the cows pregnancy, the farmer will dry her off and let her body concentrate on growing that new baby and prepare itself for the birth and milk for the new calf. Even small farmers sometimes have two cows and breed them for alternating winter/summer or spring/fall calves so that they will always have one freshened (in milk).
I do enjoy your site Dani, have visited it numerous times. Am a little disappointed in this article however, instead of taking a researched approach it seems you are only looking topically at the system. The College of Applied Sciences and their clinically backed research holds more factual, referenced truth than a quick blog post based on biased reporting or personal opinion. You are also selling a service of $130 a month, clearly stating your monetary compensation disclaimer, who is to say that you aren’t paid to write harmful reviews, in order to attract more attention to your service? Increasing your overall orders, paid promotion of other products, or kickbacks. Seems like more of a case of “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”.
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I have read all of the essays put out by Isagenix because someone close to me is involved with the company. I have written to its higher-level employees with questions and received replies. I have watched their videos, listened to their podcasts. My conclusion is that the folks who control this company are dishonest and so are their stated scientists. I do not believe that their products, if consumed on a short-term basis for the purpose of either losing weight or kick-starting one’s diet to a more disciplined daily regimen, place the consumer at any real risk. And I’m not sure if the Isagenix products place anyone at risk who eats a meal per day of real (actual) food. What is pathetic and sad about this company is the the untested claims it makes to sell its product. When I say “untested,” I mean not tested by an independent third party. Isagenix, and only Isagenix, says it tests its products (“really we do, I swear,” to quote a recent podcast narrated by an Isagenix “pro”). The company operates within the law — just.
So should we also only take medicine that is natural from the earth as well? Should we leave it up to our bodies to cure itself without the aid of doctors? I am not understanding this post at all. Science with foods and nutrition is awesome. Our foods are tainted with all kinds of pesticides and poisons. Their are pollutants in the air that your breathing in daily. So you need products to help you get rid of the toxins in your body. The other option would be to just stop breathing as this post would suggest. This is just another nonsense post without any real facts to back it up. It’s all opinion and to my knowledge, people these days are too opinionated. You want to advise people, then spend the years needed and get well informed before you speak on such matters. Thanks for the comments, but no thanks!
A friend of mine on Isagenix also wound up in the hospital with severe abdominal pain after her 30 day cleanse… it was diagnosed as an intestinal blockage… guess what… once released and feeling better she went right back on Isagenix… talk about brainwashing! Claims it had nothing to do with the products. My ex mother in law who is also on the products when I warned her of what happened to my friend stated “she must not be eating right on her daily meal”… it’s crazy!!!
Dani doesn’t need credentials to read a label Leisa and if you weren’t so brainwashed by the whole “we’re a family that want to be free and healthy and live life crap” then you would realise this too. Recently my girlfriend who works as a physiotherapist at a top clinic in Melbourne and knows a fair bit about Nutrition was pushed samples of these products by one of probably 10,000 ‘unique’ sellers in Australia . She mentioned she had fructose intolerance as diagnosed through thorough testing and the seller said “oh you’ll be fine there’s no fructose in these” she didn’t even know what was in her own products. Stop being little passengers in a world where you can create your own path and get some thoughts of your own Leisha and crew. Its a shit product on the same lines as progenex and herbalife.
Thanks for the article, Dani. I really appreciate the insight. I am always entertained by the constant back and forth. I tried Isagenix because a friend of mine has been using it and having a great deal of success. Since January, I have been trying to really get my health and weight under control. I had a real unhealthy lifestyle (eating like crap and very little exercise) and was bound and determined to get it under control. I started Isagenix in February (after a solid month of clean eating and exercising 6 days a week), and experienced a great deal of success in the first week and a half. I had more energy and my body was feeling great. However, after that first week and a half, I experienced serious hunger and harsh digestion reactions. It was really a struggle to follow the plan and all of the suggestions that my friend gave me. I felt like my body was holding onto everything I ate (or drank) – I was exhausted all of the time, dizzy, and constantly hungry.
My very sweet friend has been suckered in by Isagenix. I have always known that “cleansing” and “toxins” were lies and used to sell products, but she raves about Isa being a whole food and full of nutrition. She is a nice person, so I was willing to hear her out even though I hate MLMs. All I had to do was read the ingredients list on the shakes – who actually thinks this is healthy? I tried googling and very little comes up about the products that isn’t positive. My friend added me to some Isagenix support groups on Facebook and what I have seen in them frightens me. It is cultish. These people are unnaturally positive. They do not necessarily make health claims, but they “share their personal experiences,” which end up being health claims. New members come in asking questions like, “I am hypoglycemic. Should I cleanse?” People tell them to cleanse, anyway and not doing so would be worse for them. They tell people that they need to take this stuff while pregnant (um – taking too much vitamin A while pregnant is dangerous, even if it is beta carotene). They talk about how doctors just don’t know anything about nutrition. Really? And THEY do? None of these people are physicians or nutritionists, and their knowledge of human nutrition comes only from reading Isagenix propaganda. They talk about how the FDA is corrupt so the fact that it isn’t FDA approved is a good thing. Are you kidding me? I am genuinely concerned about people I know and love and it scares me how they are more willing to listen to these companies that are profiting handsomely from them, than they are to listen to friends, family… And doctors. I wish I knew what to do. Thank you for providing this article. I hope more people will read it.
This article is actually ridiculous. I will continue to feed these products to not only myself, but also to my 1 year old son, and my husband. No one in my family needs to lose weight. We don’t need extra money, we eat organic local food, and I have plenty of time to cook, however, I have done my research and have taken these products to my doctor, and I know that Isagenix is one of the best things I could ever put into mine and my families bodies. I am sorry that you are missing out. Your loss.
However for people who are more passionate about fitness and nutrition, for athletes, and for those who already maintain a balanced diet with the input of a nutritionist, Isagenix is likely a step backwards – and this is where there always seems to be a conflict. Isagenix salespeople (that I have spoken to) will not accept that a whole food diet with minimal supplements, tailored to the individual, which likely requires vastly more preparation time and persistence to stick with could possibly be better than Isagenix. And that is about the time I lose interest and am in turn labeled closed minded.
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Derek – Those testimonies about income are often false. Sometimes they lie outright about how much they’ve made in commission. Usually the lie is in the information they don’t tell you… how much they spent to get the relatively small commission. Almost everyone loses money in MLM: http://www.pinktruth.com/mary-kay-facts/myth-of-mlm-income-opportunity-99-lose-money-in-mlm/
I too am a health coach and would NEVER use my credentials to further an MLM business. People trust us and come to us when they have no other place to turn. To drain their pocketbooks and push them to a lifestyle that does not give them any recourse but to stay on an unhealthy program or risk gaining all the weight back is unethical and cruel. You are no better than Jenny Craig or Nutri System… geared toward customers for life. Call yourself what you are… an Isagenix Rep, but please don’t confuse that with a HEALTH coach.
Jay got me started on the Isagenix 9-Day Deep Cleansing and Fat Burning System. He explained to me the average results were 7 lbs. and that I would definitely see and feel a difference when I was done. He corrected me when I said it was a “diet”. He said that it’s NOT a diet, but a cleanse that is safe and effective to rid your body of toxins and giving it all the nutrients it needs. He also said to look at it as a challenge to yourself. I found those words of advice extremely helpful in successfully completing the 9 days.
Okay, so you won’t be dining at Waffle House this week. To make the cleanse work for you, you’ll need to make your own dinners for the next seven days, or special order off the menu of your favorite restaurant. Cleanse Dinners consist of protein and vegetables, and healthy fats, but no grains or fruits. A little harsh, but again, it’s only temporary. Metabolism decreases up to 35% during sleep, so any extra carbs in your system at bedtime are more likely to get stored as fat. Grains and fruit are the main carb sources in our diets, so I’m stripping them out at dinnertime for the next seven days.
Debate provides a platform informed choice – in the spirit of increased knowledge and insight – thank you for this blog. We are all doing the best we can – for our bodies for our future 🙂 This program works for me – I am not an evangelist – as it may not be for you – but it just might be a better option than what people choose now – with obesity as an epidemic – I would suggest its the mainstream consumption habits of the western world that require a sprinkling of this education contained within this blog.
Will I sell Isagenix in my gym, probably not. Anything that uses a pyramid scheme for its sellers is very suspect. Also, the vast majority of athletes who come here are under 18 and I don’t feel that this type of product is appropriate. I do believe that natural is better. My grandmother lived to 93 without food supplements or replacements. It was good enough for her and it’s good enough for me.
Organic agave nectar is relatively mild, is not chemically processed, and is free from harmful additives. This is the kind that Isagenix uses. Agave has beneficial properties which support digestive health. Agave contains naturally occurring inulin, a form of fructan found in a number of vegetables including onions, green beans, asparagus, and artichokes. The fructans in agave have been demonstrated to support the growth of beneficial microbial flora in the digestive tract. M.G. López and J.E. Urías-Silvas, “Prebiotic Effect Of Fructans From Agave, Dasylirion And Nopal,” ISHS International Symposium on Human Health Effects of Fruits and Vegetables (Québec City, Canada) 2007 (http://www.actahort.org/books/744/744_45.htm).
Now, don’t even get me started on the whole organic movement. Everyone knows that no organic farm out there is 100% free of pollutants and pesticides. As much as the organic farmer tries to be free of pesticides there is no guarantee. You see, the farmer next to him might use pesticides and depending on environmental conditions i.e., wind, rain, those pesticides and pollutants can easily end up on an “organic crop”. And there are no governmental controls in place to govern the whole organic market.
Proponents say a juice cleanse can purify your body, remove toxins, and kick-start your weight-loss efforts, but many health professionals say that’s nonsense. “Cleanses can be helpful or harmful, depending on the type of cleanse and how aggressive it is,” says Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, a mental health expert and certified eating disorder specialist. “Done properly, they are an excellent way to improve focus, energy, and mood.” Jantz adds that a healthy cleanse involves getting plenty of nutrients through fruit and vegetable juice, not depriving your body of calories by fasting.
Robbie Bianchi Pray In addition to “natural flavors”… I agree that there are a lot of things that may be included in this umbrella term and it just so happens that natural flavors can be one of them… I would not trust natural flavors in top ramen… But natural flavors is also a way for companies to not reveal everything so that their recipes will not be duplicated… I am not confident that you can confirm to your readers that this is not safe due to its “Natural Flavors.” You can find more on this exact topic by researching isagenixhealth.net. I am in no ways trying to convert you or trying to say this company is the golden goose. I just think that their protein is pretty great. It also tastes amazing:)
I am sure if I drank meal replacement shakes and ate protein bars all day every day I would totally lose 10 lbs a month if not more. That’s just a higher priced Slimfast diet. Additionally, the price is crazy. I was quoted $20 a day for ‘meals’ (medium package). Again, you can’t make meals out of shakes, wafers, and supplements! When I asked what was used to sweeten the bars I didn’t get an answer, but I did get a link to the website with the products. I didn’t bother to go, mainly because if someone wants me to buy into what they are selling, they better know their product backwards and forwards and not give me some anecdotal “oh go to the site for specifics I am here to testify that it works!” type response.
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Former Isagenix customer Megan Moulton says that the power of the social media groups and the communities can be the magic bullet for hardcore fans. "You can become a celebrity within the Isagenix community. Social media can make you feel special and affirmed, and the more you post the more important you can feel. Some people really seem to need that."
Either you are getting bad advice from your coach or you are not doing the program correctly, my wife and I have been on Isagenix for over 2 years have lost weight and have never been healthier, there is no reason why you should be hungry you can do your shakes plus your meals make sure taking in enough calories, if your not happy you send your products back and you will get your money back they offer a great money back guarantee. Most that fail on this program either have bad coaching or are not being honest with themselfs and are not doing the program correctly
This isn’t the only company that uses this tactic. Beachbody (maker of some great workout DVDs) is an MLM that sells a product called Shakeology in addition to the workout programs. The vast majority of Shakeology customers are also sales affiliates (or “coaches” as they call them). The shake costs $115 A MONTH(a little less if you are a coach), and the claims that these coaches make are ridiculous, unfounded, and irresponsible. They claim that Shakeology cured their IBS, helps them manage their diabetes, got them off a whole slew of medications, etc. (look at their Facebook page for a small sampling). If you say $115 a month is too expensive, they’ll tell you that a) it’s NOT expensive when you consider people spend that much on Starbucks, and b) well, you save $30 if you sign up as a coach under me. I was intrigued, so I figured I would do some research. EVERY page that I came across about Shakeology was written by a Beachbody Coach. If you type in “Shakeology scam,” you are directed to a site with an article that explains why Shakeology is NOT a scam. Type in “Shakeology pyramid”, “shakeology sucks”, you get articles written by Beachbody coaches saying why Shakeology is NOT those things. You need to be careful with these MLMs. They have a way of brainwashing their sales people
I love you for this thread alone! I have had so many friends and family members drink the IsaGenix Kool-Aid (or Ionix Supreme, to be exact), and it makes me cringe every time I hear of someone else falling for it. This company preys on the insecurities of its minions. There is so much mis-information perpetuated throughout their circles that I want to slap them as a collective and to wake them up to reality. Yes, calorie restriction is going to make you lose weight. Yes, some of the Ayurvedic herbs and caffeine in their products may make you feel euphoric, especially when you ingest them all day long. But that ‘s about it. There is nothing magical about this, but for the gold that appears in the pockets of the executives at the top. It’s such a scam. Anyway…you already know that. It’s refreshing to see an educated voice lifting the veil off the crap they are selling. I’m so sick of hearing about how awesome it is. If everyone on it would just eat healthy, organic, whole foods and exercise regularly they might just be surprised at how good they feel for a fraction of the price.
Before Isagenix I ate VERY healthily (Organic vegetables from our farm, pasture raised meats, whole grains, etc). I also was very active physically (vegetable farming is very labor intensive and during the winter time I went to the gym three or four times a week to do intense cardio). Despite these efforts, I wasn’t just overweight, but I was in the obese category ( I was 60lbs overweight).