I was introduced to Isagenix by sister who is a massage therapist. She shed about 55 lbs in the course of 4 months and really kept off the weight. I was always very excited for her, but for a long while I wasn’t interested in having to do anything with Isagenix. I thought I could merely, “pull myself up from my bootstraps” and do it on my own, just by eating clean and exercising.
This 9-day cleanse really lasts for 11 days. The first two days are “shake” days, which is a combination of drinking a shake for breakfast, eating a light, low-glycemic lunch, and drinking a shake for dinner. And in between you can eat Isagenix Snacks, which remind me of my dog’s vitamins, but actually have proven to be quite tasty. (But who knows, maybe I only liked the taste because I had forgotten what good food tastes like), drink lots of water, and take capsules that are meant to speed up your metabolism and give you energy.
Pseudoscientific claims peppered many comments, such as this one: “Most people only absorb 8% to 12% of what we eat-the rest is waste which we flush down the toilet. With Isagenix we can absorb up to 94% of what is ingested with less waste going down the toilet. Isagenix is full of good probiotics which help rebuild our digestive systems, fights candida. Isagenix also helps the body become alkaline, which is a healthy body. John Hopkins 2008 Cancer Report stated that cancer cannot live in an alkaline body only acidic bodies. Processed food makes our bodies acidic-thus the epedemic [sic] of cancer and diabites [sic] in the USA along with heart disease.” [This is all nonsense.]
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I actually read all of the comments and your responses to your review of Isagenix. Let me just state for all credential seekers out there, since that seems to be a recurring issue with them, I have M.D., NMD, and DC degrees. I am also board certified in Internal Medicine and triple board certified in clinical nutrition including the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and the Certification Board For Nutrition Specialists and btw I am a recovering MLMer.
If you have not used the Isagenix Nutritional food.. then you simply do not know the benefits of eating clean food. You are very mis informed re: Isagenix. The foods we are getting from the grocery store now a days is killing us, causing illnesses, creating a bigger business for the pharmaceutical companies. Food for thought~ try Isagenix, you will love the way you feel!! Blessings
However for people who are more passionate about fitness and nutrition, for athletes, and for those who already maintain a balanced diet with the input of a nutritionist, Isagenix is likely a step backwards – and this is where there always seems to be a conflict. Isagenix salespeople (that I have spoken to) will not accept that a whole food diet with minimal supplements, tailored to the individual, which likely requires vastly more preparation time and persistence to stick with could possibly be better than Isagenix. And that is about the time I lose interest and am in turn labeled closed minded.
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 😉
Our bodies have the natural ability to detox itself of these toxic impurities, however our organs are so overloaded with impurities and overworked which often lead to health problems as the ability for our bodies to detox these toxins and impurities is weakened. The Isagenix detox cleansing system is a deep nutritional cellular cleanse that helps to gently and naturally remove toxins and impurities from the body with the highest quality, no-compromise products and support the body's natural processes to allow it to function optimally.
The Isagenix 30-day plan replaces two meals per day with shakes and has you eat a 400- to 600-calorie meal for your third meal. You also take their supplements, and two days per week in the first two weeks you drink their cleanse product instead of eating regular meals or drinking meal-replacement shakes. The ingredients of Isagenix include whey protein, fiber, enzymes and herbs, and the Natural Accelerator supplement also contains cayenne, green tea, cinnamon and ginseng, all of which the manufacturer claims assist fat burning. According to the manufacturer, these meal-replacement shakes and supplements improve energy, promote digestive regularity, increase endurance, encourage weight loss and help you maintain lean muscle mass.
Also, (to address some other points that came up from my observations), when I attended one of Isagenix’s conventions last year, the founders were clear to point out to the audience of 10,000 that their products were not intended to be a substitute for whole foods. With my own research into nutrition, I know very well, that as important and good advice as that is, with the severe mineral depletion of our soils through chemical contamination, a certain amount of supplementation is necessary, due to lack of complete nutrients from those whole foods. The other thing I was impressed with was Mr. Anderson pointing out how they spend one million $ a year on testing to ensure there are no contaminants in any of their products. Then, Dr. Andrews, pointing out how he was approached by numerous other MLMs (like them or not) and related how none of them had the integrity that Isagenix has and that’s why he chose them to help formulate Product B based on his scientific discoveries for anti-aging. Hope this is helpful.
This case is a highly unfortunate example of a person who believed in a supplement, and at no fault of his own, fell victim to the health detriments it caused. Do you think he would have been better off if he had an un-credentialed friend who recommended he stay away from the product, or maybe even recommend he eat whole foods and unprocessed foods instead? I think so.
Still freaking out… My mental turmoil led me to a Facebook group of other Isagenix cleansers for support—some of whom started their cleanses on the same day as my fiancé and I, while most were people who go on cleanses repeatedly. (Wait, people do this more than once?) Apparently, some even do it for 30 days at a time. I don’t think I’m quite that dedicated to my body or nutritional well-being. I'm happy to report I've lost 5 pounds so far (my fiance lost 12!).
I am sure if I drank meal replacement shakes and ate protein bars all day every day I would totally lose 10 lbs a month if not more. That’s just a higher priced Slimfast diet. Additionally, the price is crazy. I was quoted $20 a day for ‘meals’ (medium package). Again, you can’t make meals out of shakes, wafers, and supplements! When I asked what was used to sweeten the bars I didn’t get an answer, but I did get a link to the website with the products. I didn’t bother to go, mainly because if someone wants me to buy into what they are selling, they better know their product backwards and forwards and not give me some anecdotal “oh go to the site for specifics I am here to testify that it works!” type response.
Thanks so much for this. I was trying to tell my friend that there is NO way I could drink 2 shakes a day in place of my meal for the rest of my life. It’s just not practical. I have recently started taking Zijas Smart Mix with moringa oleifera. It’s been the first thing that made sense to me. Don’t stop eating real food. small amounts of lean proteins and complex carbs and the largest portion being LIVE FOODS. Real food. but adding in nutrition. I would love to hear your opinion on moringa…..not all are created equal. Dr. Plant who does the research for zija just did an article on how bad synthetic vitamins and proteins are for our bodies and how many people are capitalizing on that right now. Its so sad. Anyway, thanks again.
Sorry if I missed this somewhere along in the thread. It was dizzying reading through the comments and I had to skip to the bottom. I can see where it becomes so difficult for people to make good choices or know what to trust with so much different information out there and competing facts about ingredients. I just watched the documentary “Fed Up” this weekend and that also illustrates how people can become so misguided and it’s really sad. From now on, sticking to my gut and trying my best to eat clean, organic real foods!!
The Isagenix 9-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning system is marketed as a weight loss supplement to help you to lose up to seven pounds in nine days, according to the Isagenix website. The package includes meal replacement shakes, supplements, snacks, program guide, measuring tape and a CD explaining the importance of cleansing. It retails for at $174 as of December 2010. Consumer Reports states that most dietary supplements aren’t regulated, so it’s important to exercise caution when using them. KVS12 Heartland News further reports that long-term affects of the Isagenix program aren't clear.
This is an excellent and informative blog about Isagenix. I have some friends who, sadly have fallen for the “get healthy, get wealthy” brainwashing that Isagenix promotes. People are, or seem to be taught to push push push selling. If Isagenix is so interested in helping people, why not sell it to health stores, grocery stores etc? They exclusively use a pyramid sales model.
Tasty, low calorie, nutritionally packed snacks that support heart and digestive health. Each serve contains 5 grams of fibre and omega-3s from whole oats, inulin and flaxseed. A delicious blend of antioxidant-rich blueberries and cranberries, which can help neutralise free radicals. The SlimCakes are sweetened with natural agave and help curb cravings. Low in fat and cholesterol – fewer than 100 calories!
Great answer! Well done. Why eat “pretend food” when you can get the real thing by eating organic and wholesome food. Meal replacements are dangerous, especially with the toxins in this. The ingredient list is shocking! People are obviously uneducated about these things and are just desperate to lose weight without understanding the facts. I feel sorry for them that these things are marketed the way that are and people believe it! Crazy!
Soybean oil is extremely inflammatory and high in omega-6 fatty acids. It’s also one of the most genetically modified crops and is processed with hexane, a neurotoxin. Agave is extremely high in fructose, not to mention that fructose is also added to these products. Fructose is toxic to the liver. Corn bran is extremely hard on the digestive tract, any bran is. Majority of corn is genetically modified. And might I remind you that these products are not certified GM-free in the US.
In 2012, as a recap, Isagenix reached a major milestone when a UIC-conducted clinical study comparing an Isagenix system to a top, physician-prescribed “heart healthy diet” was published in two high-profile, peer-reviewed journals, Nutrition & Metabolism and Nutrition Journal. The UIC study also won a prestigious award in obesity research at the American Society for Nutrition’s annual meeting at the Experimental Biology conference in 2013.
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
– Dr. John Anderson – Dr. Anderson made extensive plant tissue studies in organic soil. He discovered ionic minerals. In 1980, he translated his knowledge to the nutritional field. He has worked as a private-label supplement manufacturer and formulator for more than 600 companies, including GNC, Nature’s Sunshine, MetRx; creating more than 2,300 nutritional and weight loss products. His products are internationally recognized.
Now, don’t even get me started on the whole organic movement. Everyone knows that no organic farm out there is 100% free of pollutants and pesticides. As much as the organic farmer tries to be free of pesticides there is no guarantee. You see, the farmer next to him might use pesticides and depending on environmental conditions i.e., wind, rain, those pesticides and pollutants can easily end up on an “organic crop”. And there are no governmental controls in place to govern the whole organic market.
Jay got me started on the Isagenix 9-Day Deep Cleansing and Fat Burning System. He explained to me the average results were 7 lbs. and that I would definitely see and feel a difference when I was done. He corrected me when I said it was a “diet”. He said that it’s NOT a diet, but a cleanse that is safe and effective to rid your body of toxins and giving it all the nutrients it needs. He also said to look at it as a challenge to yourself. I found those words of advice extremely helpful in successfully completing the 9 days.
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?