I follow Vani the food babe and she has a wealth of information on this, too. There’s a reason she was able to get fast food companies (chik fil a for ex) to agree to switch to certified organic chicken in the near future. It all comes down to awareness…you cannot trust a company backing their product, nor can you trust the FDA. It’s the sad truth!
I’ve never craved a scrambled egg this much before in my life. This shake is not doing the trick. I feel a little lightheaded and weak. Somebody give me protein, please! And these snacks, they might as well be potato chips. When you eat one, you want to have another, and another, and another. The snag? You can only eat 2 in between meals (and they’re the size of quarters!). When lunch came around, it was like heaven. Putting that first piece of grilled chicken in my mouth was like an explosion of taste like I’ve never had, and that was when I realized what a luxury consuming actual food was. But yeah, I’ve lost 3 pounds.
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I was being harassed by a few people on FB that I was friends with, but I did not buy from them because they were too pushy with it. I purchased from a girl I went to college with, who was never “blowing up” FB feeds with posts. And the only reason I did actually try it, because the price is RIDICULOUS, was because I had some extra cash from a side job that I do.
I’m not presenting an opinion. I’m presenting facts. That’s what all of you Isagenix supporters seem to not understand. It is a fact that the shakes contain denatured proteins. It is a fact that they use inflammatory oils. It is a fact that they use processed ingredients. So what exactly is my opinion in this? That these ingredients are unhealthy? Yes, because science says they are, and science does not lie.
Wow, what a read!…l understand your problems with Isagenics Dani, however my daughter and a couple of her friends have recently completed their Isagenics 30 days, and tell me that they have never felt better!..l can see that they r so well…shining eyes, hair energy, clear skin, sleeping well etc …all the usual markers of good/improved health! I can also see that is not for everyone, and definitely do not feel that l could trust the company and just a smell of the “artificial smelling” products is a turn-off!…so lots of warning bells but personal experience so far, quite amazing!…
Dani, thank you for posting such a well-researched article, and I’m sorry that the Isagenix lemmings jumped on you for exposing the truth. Posting ingredients right off their websites is not false information, unless the website is a liar itself. Isagenix is GMO free in SOME COUNTRIES but it has NOT been officially verified as GMO-free for the US. Also, they are not certified organic and by reading the ingredient list it is pretty obvious why. The ingredients don’t lie. For those that are arguing should take a REAL nutrition class. Did you know that Isagenix is calling their representatives “health and wellness coaches”? However, they don’t offer any nutritional coaching, just promote the Isagenix products. It’s absolutely despicable.
Your intellectual honesty and integrity is much appreciated on your unbiased review. As a practitioner of integrative and functional medicine, as well as bioidentical hormone replacement, many patients come to my practice looking for effective weight loss solutions. Your approach in my view is the most optimal and your advice is clinically valid. Some patients are looking for faster weight loss solutions and do have very deranged lipids and metabolic parameters including hypertension and prediabetes and lipid disorders. For patients looking for some quicker weight loss and to promote self confidence I had used Medifast with their nutritional coaches for three years with many patients losing weight to their desired goal and then switching to maintence phase with most of your dietary recommendations. For the past six months I have been using Isagenix products on patients with better results than medifast for patients that have more than twenty pounds to lose. After they have achieved their weight loss goals most move to eating a whole, organic diet that is either paleo or a hybrid with the Mediterranean diet with good results. I hate the MLM aspect so am not affiliated as an associate but the products do work. Since 96% of patients with significant weight loss gain their weight back your idea of eating whole organic foods to detoxify is sound advice as is all the nutritional advice I have read on your site. The adaptogenic herbs in Ionix Supreme in my opinion is why people can stick to this diet for 30 days. Since high protein diets do produce quick weight loss I found this protein to be superior to the soy protein in medifast and more filling. I do not advocate eating this way for life and would refer patients to you for your sound advice that are interested in taking a slower more sustainable path. I have met many Isagenix associates who have personally lost and maintained their weight loss with Isagenix. Since there are no clinical trials comparing products all we have are testimonials. Some users are overly zealous just like religious fanatics who have had great results with their particular brand of religion. I use it as one clinical tool in my bag to help patients to a better way of eating and health like you promote. Keep up the great work you are doing! Most within Isagenix as well as Medifast are doing good things with great intentions but have not reached the higher path you are advocating.
Most diets have a very strict regimen that needs to be followed to see the desired results. This can have a detrimental effect on your health, making the entire purpose of the diet counter-effective. The Isagenix diet eliminates the ill effects and uncomfortable trips to the toilet. This is because the shake and cleansing days work together to improve health and flush out toxins from the body.
Regardless of the drink or recipe you use, just be sure to stick to unprocessed ingredients. The best detox for weight loss will always require nothing more than what’s found abundantly in nature. The same holds true if you decide to use a detox supplement like Digestive Refresh. These detox drinks alone won’t give you six-pack abs, but they’ll certainly help you achieve your ideal body weight.
If you are trying to endorse a whey only supplement as a substitute for a protein based MEAL REPLACEMENT as part of complete program including supplements then you have failed. Isagenix does, in fact, have a whey only NON GMO, UNdenatured product as well called isapro, however, the shakes you are reviewing are not this product (though they are also fabulous if you take the time to find out the source of the ingredients). You are clearly trying to stir the pot because you don’t like programs like this. I believe in real food, but I also find nothing wrong with this particular program. They are not all created equal. If you are going to say that even though the products are stated non GMO that they likely aren’t, then how can you not think the same for the things you eat? If it says non GMO then it should be assumed it is, as far as we know (unless there is a situation like the GMO wheat in which no one is aware, but it is unfair to assume this). In all honesty I think you are trying to use the big name of Isagenix to draw attention to your blog so you can get more sponsorship. Blogs are nothing but marketing tools for your own interest in the same way you are trying to say these programs are.
I’m not too sure what happens to people when they become Isagenix Reps. It’s almost like a cult. Their sales reps become zealots. As soon as someone even says the word “Isagenix”, I run the other way. As just one example of my many experiences with people who are associated with this company……..I’ve recently had to dissociate with a very dear life-long friend because after she became an Isagenix Rep, she became unable to have a conversation about any life topic without using that topic to illustrate how an Isagenix product could be used to resolve all issues. I was invited to a “spring into wellness” education evening where educated experts in the field of health and wellness would be presenting. It turned out to be an Isagenix Pep Rally. VERY offensive. Any company that teaches those kinds of tactics to their sales reps, rather than providing transparent, factual information about their products, is not to be trusted.
halu tanya…but tanya – you are an advocate/supporter of the Isagenix. Of course you will have a subjective rebuttal. And if you was a past student of mine at JCU you would know that research can be undertaken without being a specialist. The research gives you the information for an informed opinion. Profiling you as you have profiled/judged this lady – a supporter of De Generes has their head in the sand…the audience are paid monkeys similar to Isagenix supporters…
I just have to say since I can not post the pictures I took of the IsaLean Shake container the issue can not put to rest. There are no DENATURED protein in Isagenix IsaLean Shake and is FREE of GLUTEN and SOY (reads on the front of the container). I take it and I looked the actual ingredients and all I read UNDENATURED and have not found anything that reads “artificial” There is FRUCTOSE, but I as looked up fructose I found this article: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutrition/a/fructosedangers.htm
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!
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?
There are some vegetable oils contained in products however these are non-hydrogenated. Meaning they do not have trans fatty acids like hydrogenated oils do. Palm Kernel Oil is a stable vegetable oil that is extracted from the seed of Elaeis guineensis, the oil palm. Thriving in tropical areas, oil palm is commonly found in Southeast Asia and central Africa. Palm kernel oil is solid at room temperature, which is something that is unique for a plant-based oil. The reason is because of its high content in the medium-chain triglyceride lauric acid (similar to coconut oil).
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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…
Back to basics. We live in a commercial world where money is the currency and “I want that now” is on the lips of many. Everyone lives by selling something and there’s no objection to that! The pathway to good health is the same as it’s always been. Keep bad stress to a minimum; eat a balanced diet, get 30 minutes of exercise a day, have consideration for yourself and your fellow human beings; find a way with integrity to make money and do unto others as you’d have them do unto you and make happiness a goal.
If you’re interested in using Isagenix’s Nutritional Cleansing products, Joy recommends the 30-day cleanse system, which can be most effective when split between “shake days” and “cleansing days.” On the “shake days,” drink two IsaLean Shakes per day, which are less than 300 calories each and packed with 24 grams of high-quality, undenatured New Zealand whey protein with activated live enzymes. Blend 2 scoops of the shake powder with 8 ounces of purified water and some ice and you’re all set. These creamy, filling shakes build leaner muscle mass and help to fight off those unwanted carb and sugar cravings. Two shakes replace two meals per day; however, you can also have one regular meal on “shake days” (at 400-600 calories the most).
On a Cleanse Day, you drink four deep cleansing servings of Cleanse for Life, spaced evenly throughout the day in the morning, noon, late afternoon, and evening. You also choose from Cleanse Day support tools, or small snacks, to help you manage cravings and provide steady energy while still keeping calories very low. Choose from a combination of four to six Isagenix Snacks™ plus two small snacks, one in the midmorning and one in the early evening.
The other things you mention are anecdotal. If someone switches from eating McDonald’s and Burger King to Isagenix and starts paying attention to their overall food intake, yes, they will improve their health markers all around. But that doesn’t make Isagenix ideal, it doesn’t even make Isagenix healthy. It just makes Isagenix healthier than the previor poor diet.
Anyone who did the cleans and did lose weight, I can’t even fathom. each shake has 240 calories add in a light dinner say 400 calories, thats 880 calories a day as an intake. I know calories are not always perfect and I don’t pretend to know what I am talking about but I think you would have to be 80 pounds to eat 840 calories a day and not lose weight. At my size I burn approx. 3400 calories a day, hence my weight loss. Add in about 3-500 burned at the gym and I am losing a pound a day in just calories (which I know id not a perfect science)
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.
I have to question anyone’s credibility who makes an ignorant statement that wholefoods is causing obesity. Clearly, these individuals are misinformed. ANY food in excess may lead to obesity. However, health is not just about weight. There are many variables which determine good health. If one where to eat 8 cups of brown rice a day 8 bananas and 14 avocados a day, YES this could lead to weight gain. It is still important that when eating whole or raw foods that we are eating a balanced diet. Even eating too much of the same greens may have an adverse affect on the body.
My nutritionist is amazing. Thanks to her encouragement, I went from 206LBS to 157LBS. I smoked while losing the weight, but did learn to eat right, thanks to her. My goal weight is 130LBS-135LBS, and I have gained 15 LBS since quitting smoking, but will not lose sight of my goal. A few months ago, a nice lady, a friend of a facebook friend, approached me about buying these Isagenix products, and I put it on hold. After reading up on them, they are probably not bad, but the issue is this: How can one really keep the weight off buy drinking shakes, power bars, and all that other crap. It has to be a lifestyle change. It takes more will power and is less fun to do this Isagenix crap than to cook right. At first, it was an adjustment, buying salmon, vegetables, making salad, cutting out soda and snacks. Eventually; however, it became easier. It is on this path, I will continue, and eventually get to my goal weight. Now that I am no longer smoking, and using that as a crutch, I feel better and know that now I can continue my weight loss journey. Quick fixes are not the solution. We got fat because we love to eat. Now its time to amend one’s eating choices and portion sizes. That is the key, not these silly shakes, power bars, and all that other crap. Finding an amazing nutritionist is the key.
I know several people who are Isagenix reps. I stumbled across this video post while searching for Isagenix ingredients/reviews. I’ve got to say, it just makes sense to consume real, natural, unprocessed food – in a healthy manner, while steering clear of lab created manufactured products that promise miracles. Thank you immensely for highlighting the list of poor ingredients and bringing to light that, just like all the other miracle “lifestyle change” plans out there, Isagenix also has “junk” in it. Job well done on promoting healthy living and I will definitely be following your blog.
IF they lied they would get shut down. I could care less about what you think but, as a fitness competitor I do eat Really Clean! When I added these shakes into my program it only made my body respond so much better. I eat 6 times a day 2 of them being shakes. I am in the BEST shape of my life. I look and feel younger. Seriously, it enhanced the great nutrition I was already having. I love that you are all about whole foods, but wow. I know you will copy and paste your statement on answer me why they put those ingredients in. Matt already covered that. But I know someone will be contacting you from Isagenix soon. Its fine to have an opinion but full on disregard all the data that shows different about it being unhealthy is not right. The undeniable fact of so many people having results where health was turned around tremendously. With blood test work and everything . Not everyone is about weightloss and fat loss. Some are strictly for their last hope. And some is simply to supplement their already clean diet. Like me.
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.”
I love what you have written, it’s wonderful but it’s a shame that you advertised your own program on there, it just gives them a reason to say you are only putting down isagenix to sell your own product. Drives me nuts the shit they carry on with and I know your products are the best way to get healthy but they will use anything to support their argument!
"The term 'detox' has become a buzzword that is often misused by the media and consumers," says Jackie Armstrong, MPH, RDN, EP-C. Jackie is a Performance & Wellness Nutritionist at Stanford University and the founder of Well-Fueled.com. She says that detox diets are often misunderstood. "Our organs and tissues are constantly in a state of detoxification — getting rid of unwanted substances produced by the body or from our environment." She goes on to explain that research is lacking to support the effectiveness of most detox diets.
I’d be more inclined to use Isagenix if ANYONE could even respond to your question about the toxic ingredients. I addressed one person about it and their response, for example, was that Agave nectar is a healthy ingredient. That just tells me that they’ve also been “sold” into the Isagenix sales pitch without doing their own research, and I find that very disheartening.
Not true Dani. Good pick up Emma! A person eating a mainly organic diet with lots of fresh fruit and veges could be eating just as much fructose through the fruit they eat, if not more. I have already explained the low sugar levels in the isagenix products, 11gs in the shake, The swiss study I linked to mention that it could be dangerous at high levels like more than 100grams per day!
Many of the commenters seemed to think that doctors know nothing about nutrition. Doctors just put bandages on problems: they sell pills that mask symptoms and wreak havoc on your body instead of treating underlying causes. They only want to make money. They want to keep people sick so they won't lose their kickbacks. [What kickbacks?] There are lots of malpractice suits.
I wish people would open their eyes a bit and spend more time criticizing and ripping apart the REAL scammers in our world, like Big Pharma whose job it is to keep us sicker than ever and not a product or company that promotes and believes in REAL solutions for a healthy body, whatever the company may be. If any of you actually believe that our bodies can naturally defend themselves against all of the toxins and pollution that is bombarded on us WITHOUT our consent, then good luck to you…you will need it. Start fighting against those making you ill….NOT those trying to at least help! And btw…this lady’s job is to pick apart anything she gets her hands on….open your eyes!
I wouldn’t say defensive. I believe that society is full of misinformation, deceptive marketing practices and corrupt companies that have no interest in our well being. I also believe that the internet, as wonderful as it is, can be a detriment to our health. I watch people everyday, making the wrong decisions because of something they read on the internet, saw on TV or heard from a friend “who’s really healthy”.
Apple and cinnamon seem to go hand-in-hand for whatever reason. This is another one of those infused water recipes similar to the cucumber water. These water detox drinks are actually quite trendy because they provide tons of flavor minus the calories and artificial flavors. Apple and cinnamon are another two awesome ingredients that make for a terrific weight loss cleanse.
2. Include water and potassium-rich foods (and drinks) that are low in sodium. This is a potent combo that restores normal fluid balance and flushes out bloat and puffiness. Why is this combo so magical? Fluids help to flush out your system while potassium helps to counterbalance sodium. (Go for vegetables [all of them, especially green leafy veggies] and fruits).
Personally, I found Dani Stout’s article and entries to be educated, informative, and unbiased. Really, what is with the insults? Dani is a professional in the industry who is giving us quality advice for free. If I didn’t understand something like a lot of people commenting here, rather than being a non believer screaming insults, I would certainly be picking her brain as to why things are fact, and educate yourselves. I find it comical, I really do. Why? I am educated in another field, yet Dani has given us so much educated advice about nutrition, that I feel I could formulate a healthy diet plan just on the information she has provided in this blog! Save your money, we are being educated for free if you care to have an open mind.
I am looking for a new cleanse just to mix it up. I have never made a dime off of being a distributor but I have signed up over 10 people, I never did it for a profit center, just for people that I knew that wanted to lose weight. If you follow the plan. I get crazy headaches and feel like crap for a 3-4 days when I start, could be the caffeine or the lack of calories, probably both but to me it is worth it.
At the company’s Top Achiever’s 2014 event, Isagenix Chief Science Officer Suk Cho, Ph.D., said Dr. Paul topped the selection process for a research partnership because of his “extensive background in researching and designing programs that optimize nutrition and athletic performance.” Although Skidmore College could be considered a “small school,” Dr. Cho said, their lab has invested in some of the most advanced equipment, including dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) machines, for measuring total body composition.
Hi Dani, I absolutely love your article. You are extremely knowledgeable. I hate everything to do with GMOs and Monsanto. I avoid processed and non organic foods and only buy local organic foods. I am a health and fitness coach and I try to steer my clients towards organic products. Recently I have been asked about this product and I knew very little on it. The only thing I knew was they claimed to be “Non GMO and Organic” I now know they are not. Isn’t it a shame that we have to worry about what is in our food? I am so glad I stumbled upon your article!! Best wishes!!
I’m a little bitter about this. I agree, Isagenix is a terrible product. I have never taken it, nor will I, because any product that is made in a factory and has the storage life to be shipped across the country and sit in a person’s cupboard for weeks on end, must be terribly processed. Any wholesome food, such as a strawberry, dehydrated, ground, or whatever they do to turn it into a powder, seems suspect. It makes me think of Kool-aid or Ice Tea powder. My aunt sells Isagenix and tries to get everyone on board with the product as well. She thinks she’s gifted because she has helped “1000’s” of people lose weight and live a better lifestyle. My aunt considers herself to be a very knowledgeable health professional but likely has no inkling of what each ingredient is or what it does to you. She doesn’t have the nutrition courses, or the chemistry, biochemistry, or biology courses, in order to understand how the body works and what types of nutrients, and chemicals are harmful to a person. I haven’t read your credentials but you do have far more knowledge than the average person in regards to what is healthful and what is not. People don’t seem to understand that company’s are going to “find” that information they need to back up their products; there is a lot of manipulation of “facts” in order to get people to believe in the product. Also, how can any product be beneficial that forces you to starve yourself, and losing weight so rapidly….. from my understanding, 1lb a week of weight loss is best, and it’s healthful eating and exercise that get people functioning optimally.
Pomegranate contains vitamins C and K, folate, proteins, fiber, and potassium. Punicalagins present in pomegranate are antioxidants and help boost the overall immunity. Pomegranate prevents type II diabetes, cancer (prostate and breast), and heart disease. It is also beneficial for those who have arthritis, blood pressure, skin diseases, and cognitive disorders. It improves memory and blood circulation (19).
I have a similar opinion to Mickhael. You need to be more considered with your use of buzz words like toxic. Moderation is absolutely the key. If you drink too much water it is toxic. Yes maltodextrin is a food additive, one that serves a useful purpose as a thickener in some processed foods. I agree that processed foods should be limited, cooking with unprocessed ingredients is definitely the way to go. But I still eat processed foods in moderation because I enjoy them, and they serve a useful purpose on many occasions. I think you need to improve your understanding of a few nutrition topics (there are many that I need to improve my understanding of also, nutrition is a relatively new science).