I am in total shock! If you agree with Dani then great, if you don’t-thats your choice. Im disgusted that people have commented the way they have. This world of living infront of a screen & typing rude/nasty comments is disgraceful. You came to this blog for info, you read it! Move On!! you either obtained the information you wanted or you didnt. It really is that simple. If Isagenix works for you, then great. If it doesnt, oh well, life doesnt end there, do more research on something else & see if that works for you.
Thank you for posting this. I lost weight on the Isagenix system, however, I gained a fatty liver in return!!! (and no, I am not an alcoholic, which is usually why people get a fatty liver). I’m post pregnancy and not easily losing my baby weight so I contemplated returning to Isagenix for that quick fix…THANK YOU for reminding me that it’s just a bad idea all across the board!
Dani, you mention fructose in high amounts can be toxic to the liver. Can you elaborate on that? There is no definition or explanation as to what is a high amount. While I agree that eating items with high fructose is bad, this is a result of poor diet where items with fructose have little to no fiber or protein content. That would allow the body (liver) to break down the “sugar” and process it similar to glucose. I’m not expert, just an interested reader.
A few commenters expressed concerns about the product. The Isagenix rep couldn’t answer questions about origin of ingredients and quality control. There have been no controlled studies. Where is the evidence? How do we know it is safe? Long-term results remain to be seen. How many can maintain this restrictive lifestyle for years? Why isn’t it being regulated by the FDA?
With your qualifications you should understand how things work in synergy in the correct balance. You are still picking out what you deem negatives and if you had reviewed the Isagenix products in full you would be able to cite the herbal/Ayurvedic ingredients for yourself. Evidently you haven’t so I’ll give you a few to get you going with some further research.
Herbalife, Isagenix… and all the rest. Those products are all terrible and marketed disingenuously, taking advantage of people’s ignorance on nutritional matters. However, this article is truly awful and just presents a different set of bad information also sourced from people profiting from people’s ignorance on nutritional matters. Mercola, specifically.
Secondly, I find it interesting that it is mentioned several times about the gluten and soy – the shakes don’t have soy in them. There are a few products now that have gluten however the shakes don’t. I am gluten intolerant as well and have major reactions when even a bread crumb touches something i eat. I have been using the product for about 8 months after being on a completely organic diet where my body could only eat sweet potatoes, avocado and organic vegetable soup. I was anorexic, malnutritioned and exhausted all the time. I wanted to give up before I was introduced to the isagenix product line. I had done so much damage to my body that even my brain was affected. I had a hard time holding conversations and my focus was gone.
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).
Wow – the ignorance level in these comments is absolutely astonishing. Thank you Dani for pointing out the obvious. Anything processed and put into your body can be unhealthy and dangerous! All of the cited research and development into packaged food is PAID FOR. That alone should make your skin crawl. That isnt food, its a food replacement. And the argument about not being able or having the time to prepare whole food… that is simply a choice. People will do what they feel is important, anything less and its just an excuse. Hold your head high Dani!
If you don’t feel like brewing tea or adding fruit slices to water, then just drink plain H2O. It doesn’t get any simpler than this if you want to detox and lose weight. Many people are surprised that the best detox for weight loss involves nothing more than what makes up 70% of our bodies. Go beyond the recommended eight glasses a day and drink at least 12 cups. Aim for a gallon or more if you’re physically active.
When fructose is consumed in a normal range as our hunter-gatherer ancestors did when they ate fruits and vegetables all year round – and as part of a reduced-calorie diet for building muscle and losing weight – it and its cousin sweeteners such as sucrose, glucose, honey, agave nectar, fruit juice concentrates, and sugar alcohols really aren’t so freaky after all.
Wow, what do have against a good diet exactly? These products offer a legitimate quick fix for very sick, very lazy, very broke and very desperate and also very sales-orientated people (network marketing scheme) It works for them but for others who lead a normal life , earn an income and eat well and exercise, they can be unhealthy and unnecessary products. Only internet trolls (so many in this blog – named) would stoop to calling people evil, when they are presenting factual information. Who care if Dani charges for health advice? That doesn’t change the fact that she is correct about some of the ingredients you twirp. Just because you were nearly dead does not mean it’s good for everyone!!! Get some real scientific knowledge. You were nearly dead remember – gotta ask yourself why !!! Keep up the good honest approach Dani…..dont worry about the trolls on this blog. They all deserve a lot worse, given the problems they cause
I will tell you that the science behind the system is rock solid. Everything is based on clinically proven science. Clinically proven science is also NOT fixed… it is fluid and ever changing so adaptation is important. What we are taught now in schools is 15-20 years behind current research… it’s the nature of our educational system. It takes time for information to flow down to the classroom level… and not just in nutrition.
Any research paper produced by a group, no matter how independent they appear, will be suspect if the research is funded by the producing company. No company would publish results that show their product to be bad. It just doesn’t fit with the bottom line. A company will only spend what is required to convince the people, who need to be convinced, that their product is good. Long term, expensive research projects are not in the best interest of the company.
1. Millions of people on countries throughout the world have experienced profound reversals in the steady decline of their health due to the Isalean shakes. This is factual. There are, to date, no recorded cases of long-term users of the products experiencing a decline in their health. So, how can this be if the shakes contain toxic, rancid or other ingredients that are dangerous to one’s health? Here is the answer: Most people who reach for Isagenix as a system of overall health, weight loss, detoxification, etc., are people who have been addicted to simple carbohydrates, fast food, and the “typical” American diet, which as we know is way more toxic and carcinogenic than Isagenix. Most users of the product lose weight, and experience a dec rease in their CRPs, and other inflammation markers because the products are *replacing* frozen dinners, grab’n’go meals and snacks, vending machine “food,” and just about anything that can be purchased in a drive-through. While a micro- and macro-nutrient balanced, whole, organic food diet is by far a better option than any processed or fabricated meal replacement, the sad truth is that virtually every user of an Isagenix shake is incapable (for whatever reason, i.e., socioeconomic status, lack of understanding of food choices, peer pressure, lack of portability, etc.) of doing “better” than they have been — until they are told to simply consume 2 scoops of this powder twice a day. What I have seen, time and again, is constant improvement in health…and even the elimination of debilitating physical and emotional symptoms….when a person adhere’s to the Isagenix shakes, the cleanse liquid, and one meal per day of whole, preferably organic, macronutrient balanced foods. What I have seen, time and again, is that overweight people were consuming 1000s of empty calories of literally toxic food, yet were malnourished! Vitamin and mineral deficient, with leaky gut syndrome and the full gamut of dysbiosis-related syndromes and conditions.
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.
And we’ve got just the tips to get your mind and your body immediately on the healthy train! Remember, during this time, the last thing that you want is something high in calories and heavy; it will only dig you further into a hole. Instead bring an abrupt end to the discomfort from overindulging that you’re feeling (feeling bloating and heaviness anyone?) with wholesome, nutrient-packed foods, i.e., your new besties.
I also stated: They repeat the tired old myth that our food isn’t as nutritious as in the “good old days.” They put digestive enzymes in their products to help you assimilate them, not realizing that orally ingested digestive enzymes are themselves digested in the stomach before they can do anything. They say that their electrolytes “ignite the body’s electrical system” – I have no idea what this means, and it certainly is not scientific terminology. – Again none of them could comment.
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.
Cleanse away toxins and impurities the natural way with Cleanse for Life®. With no artificial colors or flavors, this synergistic blend of natural cleansing herbs and botanicals nourishes your body's systems to help boost metabolism and energy levels. When used as part of an Isagenix system. Cleanse for Life: Protects cells and vital organs from aging Encourages safe weight loss Boosts mental and physical performance Supports detoxification and protects against toxins •Encourages safe weight loss •Boosts mental and physical performance •Supports detoxification and protects against toxins •Cleanse away toxins and impurities the natural way with Cleanse for Life®. With no artificial colors or flavors, this synergistic blend of natural cleansing herbs and botanicals nourishes your body's systems to help boost metabolism and energy levels
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.
I will be honest, I rarely look at these types of articles let alone care to comment. But somebody wanted me to look at this. I for one am using isagenix. I have tried the Paleo diet. Although it is a great thing to use, the single biggest problem is you have no clue what is what. Even if you buy local or organic has no bearing if it is healthy or not. To slap an organic label while still using certain types of pesticides, herbicides and so forth still apply. My body personally can tell the difference.
Not everyone has fresh raw milk at their fingertips and some of the other ingredients, like grass fed meat. But you can get a lot of protein from organic produce. The big thing about Isagenix is the amino acids. Amino acids are protein. But you can lose weight with organic bone broth too. There are a hundred ways to lose weight without eating synthetic concoctions.
I completely agree with everything you wrote in the article bec everything you wrote is the truth. I recently came across an article where isagenix claimed they could not verify if their ingredients were GMO free bec there isn’t accurate testing. I have a new product I bought sitting on my desk called vital proteins which is labeled GMO free. I also have a protein powder in my closet at home which is GMO free and labeled. Isagenix is another gimmick….ANYONE who calorie reduces will lose weight it’s a no brainer!! besides the fact that their ingredients are ok at best they are super effing expensive. and FYI to other readers our bodies are quite capable of removing free radicals on a daily basis if it weren’t we’d be all sick or dead. there are tons of other ways to detox free radicals and heavy metals out of your body; try juicing fresh vegetables and fruits. Dark green vegetables especially cilantro pull heavy metals from the body plus they are loaded with LIVE nutrients. lets be honest if it’s in a can and can sit on a shelf for years how loaded with nutrients can it be. Isagenix is a money making tool for primarily the people at the top! end of story.
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.
Hey dani, i just want to say everyone has an oppinion. there is always the bad and the good. i play defense in the nhl. i do not sell this product as i did it to lose a few pounds and cleanse my body in attempt to gain more energy and tone my body. isagenix did just that, i dont feel ill and i have been using for past year. this product has also been certified by the nsf which certifies that athletes in pro settings can eat or use without worrying about toxic ingredients that are banned from us using
I still DISLIKE the fact that Isagenix is a MLM Co & do feel the products could be sold for less if the commissions weren’t being paid but it is what it is & if I want to feel this good, then I’ll continue to use them. My grocery bill has drastically dropped as I was told it would but how can I put a price tag on good health. I listen to my body & my body tells me this is a good thing. I won’t argue w/ the above posts b/c I know little about nutrition but again, I listen to what my body tells me.
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.
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.
Just a year ago, a University of Illinois at Chicago College of Applied Sciences study comparing weight lost using Isagenix® versus a “heart-healthy” diet won a prestigious award from the American Society of Nutrition. The study was lead by Dr. Krista Varady, Ph.D., an Associate Professor and researcher at UIC. She’s contributed to more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and been featured on television, in print and in person as an authority on intermittent fasting for weight loss.
This is my unbiased comment about Isagenix. First, let me give you a quick background. I have always eaten healthy and exercised than the past few months happened. 1) We had the worst winter I have ever experienced… hubby and I ate a lot of comfort food. 2) I broke one ankle and sprained another hiking in March. 3) blood clot formed in my leg broke of and went into my lungs causing a bi-lateral embolism which almost killed me. 4) I quit smoking. Between the terrible winter, in-mobility (two bad ankles), hospital and recovery time and letting go of my nasty habit… I was at the heaviest weight I have ever been at.
You may like to post the nutrition panels along with the ingredients. For instance the “toxic agave” that’s “loaded with fructose” is in the slim cakes. This product has a total sugar amount of only 4 grams. This includes the sugar from the cranberries and sugar. So the amount from the organic agave is minuscule. You really have to put things in perspective. If you were drinking a bottle of organic agave everyday you might have problems:)
I was genuinely curious about Isagenix and its ingredients when I discovered your website as my wife has been using it for a few years now, thanks for the reminder that people justify eating whole foods don’t actually use any science to back up that belief. Word to the wise, any vitamins your body doesn’t use are excreted which at worst gives you expensive urine.
Anyone who openly promotes this garbage as a cure for type 2 diabetes should be named and shamed. A seller has sold this crap to my partner and told him to follow it to the letter and his diabetes will be gone in no time. Seriously? My response is if that was actually the case why dont the respective diabetes associations and the medical profession put their clients and patients on this crap? I guess the answer is that they know the detrimental effects this stuff can have on the body and they have most latest peer reviewed research at their disposal which states the most effective treatments and lifestyle choices. This crap is not part of it. Well done on speaking out !
Listen to your bodies people. If you are using these products as a stepping stone from a fast-food lifestyle, great…but don’t let your journey stop there…keep making an effort to push forward. THere is a reason Kraft foods mac and cheese has a long list of ingredients (including ingredients used to make TIRES) in the US…but only has 5 ingredients on the box in Italy. Europe has protested Mansanto and these other companies for a long time. The sad truth is American’s are just unaware. I admit that was me just a few years ago even though I always ate “healthy”. Keep your eyes and ears open, be mindful of what you put in your body and LISTEN to your body…just don’t give up and stop with these network marketing products…I have been on both sides of it and will not put my name behind any of the products currently on the MLM market. I commend everyone who is trying to get healthy and do what works for them, I pass no judgment, but know that these articles are not trying to cr*p on your efforts, they are actually very necessary and USEFUL and I am so grateful for this information and further confirmation on all of the studies I have read about just by googling myself.
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.
A cleanse is different than a fast. And the body knows the difference. During a fast the body slows the system and its workload/efforts to compensate for a perceived lack of nutrients. To this end, if your cleanse doesn't supply sufficient nutrients (the range of nutrients -- carb, pro, healthy fats) it's likely that the body may alter its metabolic functions in a way that prevents sustainable results and may compromise short term energy and immune function.
I appreciate healthy debate (pun intended). Anyway, just wanted to add my 2 cents. I started a strict Paleo diet in Jan. 2013 (90% of the time). While I found many benefits to it, I still had lots of struggles. That 10% when I wouldn’t eat paleo completely derailed me of any progress I had. It was disgustingly frustrating. Then I had bloodwork done in Nov. 2013, and my triglycerides and cholesterol were very high and my blood sugar was in the prediabetic level. I’ve been a life long athlete. I work out daily. I’ve done triathlons. I do yoga, strength, and cardio on a regular basis. I’m only 33.
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.
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.
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.
Sorry, kitchen’s closed! At least for 12 hours since you last ate. Nighttime fasting—or reducing your “eating window”—may help to reset your metabolism and burn the extra glucose in your system after a period of overindulgence, according to a study in the journal Cell Metabolism. Researchers put groups of mice on a high-fat, high-calorie diet for 100 days (and you thought the 12 days of Christmas were bad!). Half the mice were allowed to nibble throughout the night and day on a healthy, controlled diet, while the others only had access to food for eight hours, but could eat whatever they wanted. The result of the 16-hour food ban? The fasting mice stayed lean, while the mice who noshed ‘round the clock became obese—even though both groups consumed the same amount of calories! There are more aggressive fasting protocols, but 12 hours without food is enough for most people to enter into a fasted state, according to some experts.
What I DO care about is the use of the word “unbiased” in your title. Just because you use facts does not make an opinion “unbiased.” Facts can easily be twisted to suit your needs, see the above paragraph about fructose…. So you don’t eat fruit, ever, right? Because of the horrid fructose? Or do you eat some, in reasonable doses? My guess is the latter. How horrible for all of those people who died from eating too much fruit. Except that you said you recommend honey as a viable sugar alternative, and honey contains fructose. You shouldn’t eat honey, it contains fructose and fructose is toxic.
Kathy urges that it is important to be aware that Nutritional Cleansing products were not designed as weight-loss supplements. Although Nutritional Cleansing products from Isagenix do benefit weight-loss for those who are overweight, their primary purpose is to successfully detoxify the body, build leaner muscles, manage stress, and improve energy and sleeping habits through this easy-to-follow systematic program.
5. I think we just have different perspectives, and I completely appreciate your comment and taking the time to write it in a way that doesn’t attack me. I’m not saying Isagenix is the worst product out there, I’m just saying most of the products are not healthy. There are better options. Some of their products are fine, like you pointed out earlier. But most people resort to the shakes, and I personally support different methods of detox.
I find the fact that we have lost the ability to eat correctly astonishing. All these supplements,quick fixes,wonder drugs etc. They are all lies! We have allowed ourselves to be completely dumbed down! My basic philosophy is: Move regularly with intensity. Eat the most natural,whole foods you can and just monitor your portion sizes. It`s not rocket science..is it? Avoid the obvious foods like soft drinks,processed foods etc. Surely it can be THAT hard? I think the majority of the problem is that people have just become far too lazy and are too quick to blame everybody else for their own lack of discipline.
This is a low-calorie diet that lasts 30 days, makes untruthful claims, uses unproven ingredients, has no research behind it, and is a huge waste of money. The salespeople are clearly not supervised in how they promote the product, and to be honest, I’m not sure how Isagenix gets away with this entire racket – the products, claims, and the sales pitches. And marketing to kids under 18? What are they thinking? I guess they want to hook people for life…do you really want to give this company your money?
I have been looking for negative feedback on Isagenix and am having a hard time finding anything. So glad to find your blog! What gets me is the people that are selling this product..and I have several on my FB page, claim not only can you lose weight, but selling the product has made them incredibly rich! Buying Ferarri’s, huge homes, fishing boats and flying on their ‘private planes’ to speak about the product. Come on already!!!!
I have been at events that executive team was drunk and it was the VP of HR. from what I found out later on reputable that is a joke. Plus they have family members that work in the same department when it clearly states in employee handbook that they cannot. If you really dig deep you will find the as many people as they say they improved creating wealth and happiness you will find there are just as many the wrecked…….
This celebrity-backed juice cleanse (Salma Hayek is a company co-founder) can’t be beat when it comes to convenience. After you can choose either the three- or five-day plan, everything is delivered right to your door, nationwide. But Jackie Newgent, RD, a dietitian and author of the Big Green Cookbook, says that relying exclusively on juice can cause problems with overall nutrition. “Though a natural fruit-based juice cleanse may offer some people a ‘mental’ kick start for following a diet without harm, I don’t recommend the use of cleanses,” she says. “Cleanses have never been necessary to jump-start weight loss or remove ‘toxins,’ and they never will be necessary.”
One of the most important defense mechanisms the body has to guard itself against aging is a process called autophagy (8). Autophagy can be thought of as the body doing its own internal “housekeeping” so that all organ systems and processes continue to run smoothly. Old, damaged cell components are repaired or discarded so that cells can continue to function optimally. Autophagy in the body decreases as we age, so the body’s ability to self-help itself is reduced as well. Calorie restriction, including fasting, has been found to promote autophagy to mend the body’s cells (9). It’s as if the consumption of fewer calories allows the body to rest and to go into recovery mode. This has been proposed to be the reason why calorie restriction and fasting have an “anti-aging” effect.
A friend inquired about a product, Isagenix (actually a whole family of products) that is being pushed by the leader of her weight loss group, claiming that “The Isagenix cleanse is unique because it not only removes impurities at the cellular level, it builds the body up with incredible nutrition. Besides detoxing the body, Isagenix teaches people a wonderful lesson that they don’t need to eat as much as they are accustom to and eating healthy choices are really important and also a lot of the food we are eating is nutritionally bankrupt.”
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.