"Excluding foods is never a good idea," Larson says, "but focusing on eating primarily whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats, and more fruits and vegetables is the best way to change eating patterns." And, of course, sticking to a balanced, nutritious diet can definitely make it easier to deal with other health issues. But you should leave the actual treatment of those conditions to your doctor.
Your hypothesis that most systems of “this type”, meaning shakes, et al., are poorly contrived is bang on but I assure you in this case your assertions are way off. Most of these companies create their products and then find studies to support their “case”… often using obscure, one-off studies. Isagenix has clearly built their system around the proven science… not single, obscure studies.
I have studied for years to become a Nutritionist & yet people disbelieve my (science supported) facts & listen to those selling these products (who often have no nutritional or medical qualifications). I have had many clients come to me after having issues with these products due to the “experts’ who have sold them not even checking past medical history (eg. giving them to someone who is lactose intolerant or allergic to soy). There is no due diligence in these salespeople, they are only worried about making a quick buck.
I just stumbled on this article because a friend is planning to do Isagenix and was suggesting I might like to do it with her. I have to admit that it sounds terribly seductive, albeit expensive. However your article makes a lot of sense to me and I admire the way you have held your own against so much abuse…Isagenix loyalists sound like Scientologists! If anything, the way that they are attacking you so viciously makes me MORE cautious about their products.
I find the Isagenix review accurate regarding ingredients of Isagenix. It seems in multiple blogs/article comments that those who sell products for profit become overly defensive/angry if you do not agree. Working in the health care field as an RN, I have met a multitude of people from different educational levels and cultural backgrounds. You acknowledge their beliefs and propose other options that have scientifically proven facts that actually prove what you tell them. There is no valid scientific studies on Isagenix. Truthful products do not necessitate rude, offensive, threatening, disparaging remarks, etc. be made at anyone who does not agree. The products speak for their self –just as natural healthy foods do. When I read angry and emotional comments made at someone who does not agree with a product reviewer, I know they would not be so upset if the product they sold or used was valid.
Fats often get a bad rap. Although there are some types of fat you want to avoid or consume sparingly, such as trans fats, our bodies do require fat for survival. Fats are necessary for providing an important cushion around organs, they are essential for building hormones and cell membranes, and they supply the body with an efficient source of energy. In addition, fats assist in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins K, E, A, and D). For these reasons, it’s important to have a healthy amount of fat with every meal.
It’s working out great! Let me guess… you’re on that “nutrients in food have been depleted” bandwagon???? While soil is generally less rich in minerals than it used to be, it is not a problem for us when consuming fruits and vegetables. They still have lots of vitamins in them and are very good for us! Eat good food, take a simple multi-vitamin, and you will get all the nutrients you need. Still no crappy shakes necessary!

I don’t even know why I’m responding to this as opposed to trashing this comment. It’s evident that you know nothing about nutrition – you just said soybean oil is high in omega-3s. Uh no, it’s high in omega-6 which causes inflammation and heart disease. This is literally a fact. Not to mention the fact that soy oil is extracted used hexane – a neurotoxin. I’ve provided several credible links about soy oil. Please look for them in the comments section, it’s incredibly frustrating to repeat myself almost daily to people who don’t have the slightest grasp on nutrition. And unlike you, my sources are from sources that are actually credible – i.e. PubMed.
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.
Actually losing 1lb per day is unhealthy even if you are overweight. If you are losing any more than 3lb per week you are more than likely losing muscle mass and not fat. Healthy weight loss should be steady and maintainable. You shouldn’t be consuming less than your base metabolic rate unless advised to do so by a qualified health professional – and there are very few situations in which they will advise you to do so.
Hello Dani! WOW! Truth is.. The BodyDoesn’t Lie! So you are right on the money when you mention listening to your “intuition”. Oh my holy goodness.. I have been taking the Isogenix Shakes etc for almost two weeks..because a ‘well meaning’ someone signed me up under her to sell, sell, sell and had a UPS package of products shipped to my home at no charge to me. I didn’t have a good feeling about them and immediately voiced my concerns about the high fruitcose and sodium content to a top representitive of the company who repeated a continuous looping of ‘these products are formulated by a Master Formulater and everything balances out.. He knows what he’s doing!” I just came across your site late this afternoon and read clear through to the end. So gratefull for your staying in the arena here with all these cultish holy rollers.. I drove to the small market in this small mostly one religion town and bought a Kombucha and took a swig in your honour…because I have felt so fuzzy headed, unclear and with an ache in my back in the area where my right kidney is since taking this “stuff “! There is so much more I could say.. Instead ~ I’ll just say how much I appreciate you and look forward to reading more of your other articles! It’s probably a ‘runaway train’ with the long winders. .. But keep your post up..for those who know the truth doesn’t lie!!!! My best to you!
1. Go for foods that are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. They help to neutralize toxins and prevent inflammation and damage caused by overdoing it on less-than-healthy toxin-creating foods and drinks. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory foods actually help to revitalize cells (think vegetables, [especially brightly colored, but all work—and the more the better! After all they are 80-90% water and provide potassium and fiber], fruits, beans, fish).
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 😉
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.
Isagenix was introduced to me by my sister who is a MLM fan and specialist. I am the antithesis of her when it comes to this but she’s my sister and I love her. She lost all her weight on Herbal-life and was a fan of that for many years. Now “Isa” is all I hear about. Suffice to say, Isagenix appeals to potential distributors for many different reasons – none of which need to be discussed here. The point is, MLM companies wouldn’t exist without distributors who are willing to follow the MLM doctrine. They are incredibly savvy at the “buy in to me” process and clearly there are millions who want to “buy in” and do.
My seventh grade debate teacher told me I’d make a good lawyer and I appreciate the compliment coming from you as well! I think it’s incredibly commendable that you stopped using/recommend Isagenix once you found out the truth about it. There are so many people who still recommend and sell it, fully knowing (and having read this review) that it’s not a healthy product. It takes a lot to walk away from something like that, especially when you’re making money from it.
I am telling you as a person who no longer uses Isagenix because I have developed an intolerance for fasting. So I have no vested interest in promoting these products. In my younger days in 2006, it helped me to lose 85 pounds as part of a diet program. I used the 9 day program probably about 4 times during that stretch and an average of about 13 real pounds, not water weight.
When you challenge a way people think and what they have been led to believe their entire life, it scares them to think they’ve been lied to (medical field, food manufacturers–I mean, really? If the food has been manufactured and made in a factory, how CAN that be REAL food?, people and corporations and chemical companies “out to feed the world and raise more food”–how is that working out for us, when we have people literally starving all over the world?). The whole concept of everything people have been told, taught, and have done their entire life isn’t necessarily the right or correct thing to be doing.
Raw nuts and seeds provide healthy fats and protein. Dried beans and legumes, such as lentils and chickpeas, provide protein and phytonutrients. Brown rice, quinoa, teff and millet are whole grains that you can find in the bulk bins at health-food stores and in some grocery chains. The fiber in the whole grains and produce will help keep you full and helps regulate your digestive tract.
Don't forget healthy fats. Though you may be tempted to avoid anything labeled "fat" when trying to lose weight, fat is actually an essential part of our diet — they are good for your mental health and mood; reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer; reduce fatigue; and help keep you mentally sharp.[18] Fats should be consumed in moderation, and certain types of fat should be avoided.[19] Focus on monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (like those found in avocados, nuts, olives, fatty fish, soy, and tofu) and avoid trans fat (found in commercially baked goods like cookies, pastries, cakes, muffins, and hamburger buns; packaged snack foods like crackers, microwave popcorn, candy, and chips; fried foods; pre-mixed products like cake mix, pancake mix, or chocolate milk; and anything with partially hydrogenated oil).[20]
Note, if you are watching calories, limiting your daily food intake or have drastically changed your diet to help support a nutritional cleanse, you may want to consider taking it easy with physical activity. Intense or vigorous activity requires adequate calories (especially from carbohydrates and protein) and if you are limiting your intake, you may not be eating enough to support this level of activity.
Cleanse for Life contains a blend of herbs that are very gentle on your body and has over 100 nutrients in it! It works with your body to flush out all the toxins. If you are wondering if it has a laxative type effect, it does not. I was going pee a lot though! I think because I was drinking so much liquid and ridding myself of the toxins that built up.
Anyone can lose weight on diet products like these, but can they sustain the weight loss? It is a roller coaster for many people of losing and gaining. Weight loss is one of my most popular services for hypnosis. I find that until someone can get to the root cause of the problem (through the subconscious mind) and neutralize it, they are going to struggle indefinitely. It is the emotions that drive any habit, such as overeating, and the emotions originate in the subconscious mind. One poster said that you don’t understand the rush she gets from eating a donut. That is the kind of emotion I work to neutralize. My purpose in pointing this out is not to advertise my services, as I am not leaving any information on how to contact me. I am only pointing this out for informational purposes, to let people know that there is hope, and that they CAN see a permanent change if they can find a good hypnotist in their area who knows how to do regression work. The health coaching that you do Dani is also beneficial. I am also a certified health coach myself, by the way, and it is a good adjunct to the hypnosis.
Thanks for all of the comments. Yes, I too, firmly believe that Isagenix is a complete and total scam. Its marketing scam works because management convinces their sales agents that they are saving the world – yeah by selling expensive highly processed nutritional products (I don’t even want to use the word food) using questionable means and unscientific and undocumented claims.
Let’s start off by clarifying that in general, multilevel marketing companies are legal scams in the United States. The government allows them to exist and multiply. They offer products which are little more than a “front” for the schemes, since without a legitimate looking product or service, the companies would be at risk of appearing to be illegal pyramid schemes.

Jeni S., a 31-year-old mom of two and group fitness instructor, first discovered cleanse diets after talking with a fellow fitness instructors. "I was complaining to her about my post-holiday bloat and she recommended I try a cleanse to 'flush' it all out and sort of reset everything." On her friend's recommendation, Jeni started with the Shakeology Jumpstart Cleanse—"a nutrient rich, calorie restrictive cleanse designed to help rid your body of undigested food and other toxins." She adds, "The goal is to get as many nutrients with as few calories as possible."


Instead of using Isagenix products whether it is for weight loss or for muscle gain or energy & performance, what would you recommend to be a healthier option or diet to begin with, just say to feel more energised? I myself have gone to incredible lengths to gain more energy and still haven’t been able to find an answer. Whether its changing what foods i eat (carbs/fats) or keeping hydrated by drinking up to 1 gallon (3.785ltr) of high alkalised (9.5PH to be exact) water per day or getting more sleep. I am a pro. footballer from Australia and still being quite young, my aim and dream to play overseas has never been higher. I came across your blog as i am just about to get started on Isagenix and i wanted to add a little more research to gain a better understanding about the product because to be quite honest, i am unsure as to how all of their products will effect my body/health. I have spoken with plenty of health professionals about what foods i should be eating, when i should eat them, all the where’s and how’s and to be honest, I’m sick of wasting my time/money going around in circles not finding any results. I have also done a bit of research by myself (not a lot or else i would probably be as qualified as you are haha) and still no luck. How can i find what will work and be beneficial for me, with out “trialling” products for 30 days and “hoping” it will be right? To put it straight, i am sick of this trial and error BS and honestly would love to know something, anything that will help assist my performance playing football and feeling more energised. If there is any chance you are able to provide any websites that I can take a look at, that would be incredibly helpful not only to myself, but to everyone reading through your blog as it would give a number of different, healthier alternatives but very similar results.
Wow, took about an hour, but went through all the reviews. I have tried all sorts of “fad-diets”, some successfully and some not so. Always ended up with same result, back to being unhealthy. I agree Dani, that the truest form of weight control is controlling what we put in our mouths. Putting chemicals in the body will give a short-term result, and if able to stick with on longer periods of time, one will achieve longer results. At what cost though, have we forgotten that in the 80’s chemicals that body builders were legally putting into their system was killing them? Yes steroids, but this is off topic. From what I am reading in the article is that the ingredients that are listed in their product is what Dani is trying to convey that are harmful to our bodies. For some unknown reason the people using these products are bashing her like she p**ped on their holy bible! Look, if you do not like her review ignore and go on. No sweat of her back, she is just trying to inform you of HER findings. I like Fords, but when Chevy guys criticize my vehicle I ignore them and move on, I don’t try to convince them that their choice of vehicle is worse or mine is better. Reading this article has informed me about their product and I will make my decision based on that choice. Which to me, is putting cleaner food into my system than chemicals. Thank you Dani for a well-informed review, one that isn’t sponsored or performed by the company. Look, I am not discrediting their scientists or doctors of Isagenix, just saying that if I work for a company that is paying me good money, I highly doubt I am going to put my name on a bad review, or give the whole-truth. I know people in marketing and this is a gimmick used by ALL companies, they give half-truths and have a little wiggle room with generalized statements. I am leary about a company that pushes a product so hard and only reviews and scientific studies are only found on their website. Especially one that has been around for years. Well, another point I would like to share is everyone is asking her of her credentials. I look at it like this, I can study up on the ingredients on my own, all she (Dani) did was inform me of what is in the products listed. I don’t have to be a mechanic to know that the knocking sound coming from my engine isn’t normal. Thank you, once again for the information Dani. Much appreciated.
Whether you're dealing with acne, anxiety, or pretty much any health problem, according to various corners of the internet, you could solve it by way of a restrictive "detoxifying" cleanse. But not only are these cleanses often ineffective, they can also be legitimately dangerous. It's understandable to want to kickstart your health, but there are much safer and healthier ways to refocus your eating patterns — and they certainly don't require you to subsist entirely on liquids.

Isagenix likes to say that this 30-Day Cleanse is like intermittent fasting, but it actually isn’t. The shake days are too low in calories, and intermittent fasting usually lasts at least 6 weeks and more frequently, longer. IF also doesn’t dictate that you consume this many supplements and laxatives, either. So no, this is not intermittent anything except for maybe common sense.
Most of the shakes contain around 11 grams of sugar. If we assume half of that is fructose and people are consuming two shakes a day, plus one of the snack bars, like this one: http://www.isagenix.com/~/media/product/isalean-bar/isalean-bar-fact-panels/us-en-fact-panel-isalean-bar-chocolate-decadence.pdf which contains fructose and a whopping 16 grams of sugar – a person would be consuming at a minimum 20 grams of fructose per day – not even including any they’re consuming from actual food! And it’s worth mentioning that PaleoLeap is including naturally occurring fructose, ya know, from an unprocessed, whole food. Not from an overly processed shake or “IsaLean bar.” For someone who likely already has issues with blood sugar, insulin, liver function, etc – they should be consuming nowhere near this much fructose.

Also, above there were some comments about the low-heat nonfat dry milk. I have a shake canister right here in front of me. It mentions that the whey protein concentrate and the milk protein concentrate are undenatured…it does not say the low-heat nonfat dry milk is undenatured. Isagenix claims it’s whey protein is undenatured. Not the low-heat nonfat dry milk contained in the shake. Just for clarification of what Isagenix is claiming.


With both options, the Isagenix 30-day cleanse system sees you replace two meals per day with our super nutrient packed shakes, accompanied with a range of all natural supplements. You eat a portion controlled 400-600 calorie controlled meal for lunch or dinner in addition to your Isagenix products. If you are using Isagenix for the health and wellbeing benefits and not weight loss, you will ensure to eat more during each day.
Anyway, I wondered what your thoughts were about the effects on your metabolism from going on those cleanse days. You can do the cleanse days either one day a week through the month or they highly recommend doing two days back-to-back. When I had talked about what I was doing with a friend they were concerned about the possible effects on my metabolism. Even the super gung-ho supporters of Isagenix admit to gaining pounds back right after a cleanse despite losing weight during the cleanse. I know you mostly focused on the ingredients, but I wondered if you had any thoughts about how this might effect metabolism?

Even as registered dietitians and certified personal trainers, we love a good celebration and having fun as much as anyone, but we’re not gonna lie, we’re a bit relieved that some of the holidays and many of the social gatherings are slowing down a bit so we can all (us included!) get back on track. After all, everyone feels better after losing the extra party LBs, bloat and heaviness that most feel after too much indulgence.
THANK YOU! I have several friends who are currently on this and are trying to recruit me. I have hashimotos and have had three babies in five years. I am 60lbs heavier than I was five years ago and have tried everything. I eat clean, gluten free, soy free, refined sugar free, and try to be active (even though I want to sleep my life away) and don’t seem to be getting anywhere. I am at a point of desperation and was very close to caving and trying it been though it goes against everything I believe to be healthy. This article has reiterated the things I was already telling myself. So glad I found you before I caved 😉
• Veggie Flush Salad: Light and refreshing, beets have nutrients which help detoxify the body by purifying the liver and blood. A powerhouse trio of asparagus, a natural diuretic; fennel, which relieves gastrointestinal ailments to get your tummy feeling flat; and kale, which plays a role in both phases of the liver’s detoxification process, will have you feeling rejuvenated in no time.
Toss the remaining candycanes and enjoy a zero-calorie peppermint-scented candle instead. The essential oil found in mint leaves has analgesic properties that studies show serve as a muscle-relaxant and natural remedy for headaches. Relax into your recovery by lighting a minty candle or sniffing some peppermint oil; you may actually get the added benefit of losing a bit of the weight. One study published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that people who sniffed peppermint every two hours lost an average of 5 pounds a month! Let a minty candle burn for a couple hours before you go to bed (blow it out before bedtime, though). And to lose even more weight, don’t miss these 42 Ways to Lose 5 Inches of Belly Fat.
I have just one tiny piece of information to add. I’m a medical librarian so I always like to find peer-reviewed studies to help illuminate an issue. There is still a lot of uncertainty about that whole fructose toxicity thing. Recent reviews of several studies found that there really isn’t enough evidence to show that fructose is causal for metabolic disease, clinical hepatic toxicity, etc. I don’t think the studies are saying we will never find a relationship, but that it’s too soon to make public health declarations or policy based on the science that exists. See: 

Thank you for this post. It is unnerving that people are questioning your “professional background”. What credentials do these so called blog-blashers have? Now, I’m the first one to say that if it works for you, GREAT! If using whatever-shake-pound-reducing product has been a stepping stone in the right direction, than that too deserves applause. However, we all know there are many foods that even our beloved FDA trumpets as “healthy” even though they are chalked full of toxins. Nitrates in lunch meat comes to mind here. Nitrates that have long been (and ban from most European countries) known to cause cancer and other illnesses. Just because something has been “approved” by doctors, doesn’t necessarily mean it is safe! Phen-phen was also the wonder drug, and many many people lost weight, and now the use has been banned. This too was hailed as “safe”. Canned food is another example. It is now becoming widely known that approximately 10% of canned foods have high levels of BPA that is known cause various cancers, especially in children where many infant formulas contain high levels of BPA. These canned food were also toted as “safe”. So let’s stop with the “doctor’s research and doctor approved” jargon.
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