Mind you, not a single one of the points I’ve made in this article has been successfully refuted. Arguing against me does not make you or anyone else correct, it just means that you disagree with me (and ya know, science). Soy oil, denatured proteins, synthetic vitamins and artificial sweetener will never be acceptable products (not food) to consume. I will always advocate eating locally, sustainably and organically raised food over pre-packaged garbage. You can disagree with me all you want, but never again question my integrity or motives.
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.
I have been living with two people who sell it, for the past 3 months. One of them eats pizza all of the time (2-3 times a week) and he also takes a lot of prescription drugs, ie. Ambien, anti-anxiety meds and others, the product does not seem to help him, obviously. The other sells it full-time and his motivation seems to be money and becoming on of the ‘millionaires’, you know, like the good ‘ole Amway days, remember the ‘millionaires’. He doesn’t seem to care that much about the actual product, except he works night and day on his sales ability and is quite aggressive in convincing people of one thing or another.
3. And for the love of veggies, don’t go on a starvation diet! Diets that are 1,000 calories (and less) simply backfire. They are not sustainable, don’t provide enough nutrients or protein to keep your lean muscle tissue and they are so restrictive that it’s impossible to keep them up for long. When you return to normal eating, you’ve lost muscle—and lowered your metabolism—and weight gain is inevitable! Ahh!
Isagenix is all hype! Just eat “clean” foods; organic, non-processed fruits vegetable, whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, etc.)! Yes, the product has nutrients, but there is an absence of research studies. The only studies conducted are those by Isagenix, which is no good. If results are not replicated then how do we know something is really working, and not due to chance. Eat less calories by cutting out processed foods, and enjoy what mother nature gave to us :)..a perspective from a molecular biologist.
Lets not forget, that we are talking about life here. Not just mine. Not just yours. Not just nutrition. We are what we ABSORB. Psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, AND nutritionally. And those things are all inherently interrelated. Our spirituality can dictate our emotion. Our emotion can dictate our brain chemistry. Our brain chemistry can dictate our body chemistry which in turn can dictate what nutrition we absorb. And ALL of those can dictate our psychology. And round and round we go…
I am way late to this party but I wanted to get some feedback…. I have been doing isagenix now for 6 days, today is day one of a two day fast. I feel, well, I just feel awful. The initial 5 days with the shakes and one healthy homemade meal was fine but today, oh, today is not good. My wife wants me to give this the old college try but I am concerned. This feels like a starvation diet with suspect supplements. I may be wrong, I am NO expert. It is alarming that I cannot find any independent studies on isagenix. It is equally concerning that reading the responses to this review, there is a cult like vibe associated with this diet. I don’t want to give up coffee and beer forever and eat isagenix snack logs, isagenix nuggets and shakes the rest of my life! Not to mention it is expensive as… well, its really expensive!
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Some diets and detoxes are so extreme, the body needs protein and if it does not aquire that through good nutrition it will start to break down muscle tissue. You may think it’s fat and fluid loss that you see on the scales and it might be, but it also might be the breakdown of your lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass is so important for your metabolism and burning calories.
A colleague was telling me about the product who has lost quite a bit of weight. She says she feels amazing… How could I not want to know more? But, I am cynical by nature and wanted to know more. I guess the things I was wondering were; if this product is so great, why is it only available via MLM methods? Wouldn’t it be available everywhere for everyone, rather than kept quiet? Something just didn’t add up, and I wonder if in fact the colleague is being conned? The more I look, the less I like what I see, almost like a pack mentality from the people involved?
The federal regulations that define the term natural flavors and enforce its correct use ensure that it’s used appropriately by manufacturing companies, and not as a way to hide ingredients that might be considered unhealthy. By listing flavoring compounds as natural flavors, consumers are being told what they do (impart flavor), while also making labels appear simpler and less cluttered. In addition, using natural flavors on labels helps to prevent competing manufacturers from creating copy-cat versions of products.
Chel – The multi-level marketing scams like Isagenix are well within my wheelhouse. I am also well-educated enough to know that crappy shakes used as meal replacements are not good for people, and are certainly not as good for anyone as healthy meals plus a daily multi-vitamin. No one with any credibility would ever suggest that it’s a good idea to take the crap that Isagenix sells rather than just eat a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Good luck shilling!
If they’re so great, you shouldn’t feel the need to ‘report’ anyone. People are welcome to make their own opinions on the subject and she wants people to be informed is all. We all own a brain and while most of us use it to make good choices, some make more informed choices. I personally would never put something from a can into my body, or my families body, but then I guess that’s because they’re my family and not yours. Not really sure why people are so passionate about a diet supplement…maybe because there is money involved. I know a large number of people in my town who have used it and only two have kept weight off and they are selling the product. Both have ‘fallen off the wagon’ as well. Another woman was over 400 pounds, took some weight off and put it all back on…most likely because of personal choices, of course. But healthy eating and exercise, again, in my opinion, are the best way…life style change, not change in a can. Also, what happens to all of the extra vitamins? They have to go somewhere right? kidneys? liver? I would be concerned
I give the shakes to my kids and of course they also eat plenty of real food. My daughter who has always been small and had asthma and chest colds has stopped getting sick and shot up in the last few months. We were eating an organic, whole food diet before we started Isagenix. I took a very long time to sign on because of the fact that it IS a network marketing company and I am very well-versed in nutrition and supplementation. (Incidentally, I think it is INSANE to think that you can live in this toxic world and be able to effectively detox and fill your nutritional needs without SOME sort of vitamin or mineral supplementation, whether it be through soaking in salts or imbibing) We were using ALL of the holistic tricks and we were still getting sick on a regular basis. Since being on isagenix I have noticed that it has fixed a long-time hormonal balance that I was suffering from–which was making my periods really rough. I also feel as if sickness cannot get a hold in my body. In addition to that, I have had all of the other benefits you would expect taking high-quality supplements. I am happier, sleeping better, have more energy etc. In the interest of full-disclosure, I am “selling” the product. I have helped a number of people get better from-long term illness as well as lose weight with this line.
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!!!
I have physically seen positive results from using Isagenix and as a result I’m going to commence a “cleanse” program and whilst I agree with the benefits of “natural” options I also need to approach this with a degree of practicality. My lifestyle choices determine my longevity, (genetics aside), and the Isagenix option seems to provide me the ease at accomplishing my goal.
Wish I have read your blog before buying the Isagenix crap. I’m 155lb 5’5″ and healthy. I don’t eat junk food and cooked healthy meals. Isagenix weight watch shake did seem to control my appetite I still very hungry after each shake and the supplements that came along with it , increased my body temperature, I began to feel really hot when everyone else around me was feeling cold. I cannot not sleep at night I’m restless after taking the night pill. Now my morning breath is awful that my husband stays far away from me. My stomach cannot stop growling and I’m full of gas. So will I be returning this product. As I read in a previous comment, perhaps the chemicals will work in a system that it’s already polluted with toxins. My body is use to I eat organic fruits,vegetables and meats, this product is not for me. Perhaps it will work with someone who is used to fast food. After each sake I’m still craving for real food, and I have not lost a single pound in one week . PS. I spend $230.00 too expensive!. Rated 3/10
Wow! My heading is spinning. Soooo much information. It seems the more I try to research and learn about eating healthy, the more confused I get. You have to be scientist to figure out all the terms, what they really are, how they affect your body. Labels, ingredients, random words to hide or disguise real meanings…..so frustrated and just wish I understood all of this. The more I read, the more confused I get. Trying to eat healthier, natural(which now doesn’t seem like a safe term when read on a label) and real food. Have used the the Isagenix shake for protein and meal replacement but always had questions, especially after recently reading many shakes have hidden metal in them? So now I have looked again at Isagenix and feel if my goal is to add protein, I need to go to the shake link provided earlier or one I found recently from the Ton It up gals in California. I have read the label for their product and it seems very similar. I did learn quite a bit about fructose and realize even though fruit is good for me, I probably was overdoing it and now I understand the connection of fruit and the liver. Do you have any good books to recommend that break down some of the things mentioned in your posts that could help me learn more about foods and our bodies…….in non-scientific terms?
The worst part? Isagenix says that Cleanse for Life is safe for people ages 12+. If anyone reading this is giving this product to their kids (or for that matter, consuming it and/or other diet products in front of their kids), please STOP NOW. Kids do NOT need to be on a diet, a cleanse, or any fucked up supplement regimen when they’re KIDS. I’m sorry for the language, but I have seen more than my share of adults with messed up relationships with food because their parents convinced them that they needed to diet when they were younger. Kids should never hear the words ‘diet’, ‘skinny’, ‘detox’, ‘cleanse’, or any weight-related jargon. Never.
There is absolutely no rationale for the particular combination of ingredients in their products. They have LOTS of different products, and have included just about every nutrient and herbal remedy in existence: 242 of them! Some of these we know to be useless, some are potentially harmful, and we have no idea how the particular ingredients in the mixtures might interact for better or for worse.
I’ve been eating a whole food plant based diet for 3 months – no pre-packaged stuff, no Gluten, no refined sugar, no dairy ( although I do allow myself the odd bit of seafood, as it sits very well with my stomach ) and I’ve never felt better. I’d eat dirt before I ever started eating some “meal-replacement” shake. Meals shouldn’t need to be replaced if you’re preparing them correctly.
When I first heard of Isagenix and saw a friend in her bikini photo post to Facebook, I kept listening because the photo was amazing and I knew it was her and not a product of photoshop. I was told it was all natural, no sugars, etc. I expected it to be a food delivery service from a local cook but then found out it was another meal replacement diet. Red Flags for me. I don’t drink my calories and I believe we need to stop believing a lab is going to produce anything better than what you can do with whole foods.
I’m on a mission to do my own before and after pics – which will involve eating healthy foods and exercising to prove to people that you don’t need a ‘wonder product’ to look great, nor do you need to pay anything other than a normal grocery shop to achieve it. I’ve always been slim thanks to regular exercise and involvement in sport but I’m keen to prove to people that if I want to get great abs I can increase my exercise and reduce my carb intake.
thorough and informative review- nothing but straight facts.. Thank you! As a Chiropractor (and a CNS) I had an Isagenix rep approach me a few months ago about selling the products to my patients in the practice. I researched the products and chose not to be a part of the Multi-level marketing scheme because of the ingredients (besides it not being very professional) and many of the same reasons stated here. Whole foods is the only sensible way to go and there are plenty of products out there that are made with whole foods (I use standard process in my practice). Isagenix and the ingredients artificially added during production defeat the whole purpose of a cleanse!
Lastly, there is the detoxification that can take place on Cleanse Days. Often misunderstood, improved detoxification (or the increased efficiency of phase 1, 2, and 3 enzyme systems) while on Cleanse Days may be one of the most fascinating parts of the scientific story behind Cleanse Days. Nutritional support in the form of antioxidant vitamins and botanicals is essential in the detoxification process because some toxins are produced as the result of free radical activity. Additionally, nutritional support is needed to counteract the oxidative damage caused by toxins.
Dani, you like in your references above to Sunflower oil which is high in omega 6 fatty acids. Isagenix uses “high-oleic sunflower oil” along with cold processed olive oil and alpha-linolenic acid from flax seeds as the main sources of fats. Consumptions of which has been linked with better control of blood pressure and heart health. More details at:
Dr. Harriet Hall writes more below about the junk science behind Isagenix. In short, there are no proven benefits to using the Isagenix products. Users of the products may offer anecdotes about their success with them, but that is not the same as having independent scientific studies supporting such claims. Of course, Isagenix prohibits reps from making medical claims about the products, but such a prohibition never seems to stop the distributors in any company.