The past two years has been tough for me and there’s been a lot of changes in my life. I’m going through a divorce, dealing with chronic pain and lack of medical help and working to build my business. Stress has taken its toll and unfortunately with that the weight slowly creeped up on me. I’m on two types of medication that cause weight gain so I have to be very vigilant with what I eat. I got to the point where I didn’t care anymore and just ate what I wanted when I wanted it.
Thank you for writing this article & correctly informing people on why these fad “food” replacements are nothing more than marketing gimmicks. I have been consuming a mostly plant-based diet all my life & have recently (over the past year) switched to a strictly plant-based diet. I only consume whole, unprocessed, organic foods. The produce section at my local supermarket has become my second home. The reason why I came across your article is because I was recently told by my doctor that I should try Isagenix. I knew right away that I would not be consuming this filth but I just wanted to research exactly why it’s bad for you. I was SHOCKED that a doctor would recommend this. He told me that I would have more energy & that fasting is good because if you consume a high quantity of food then your body is too busy digesting it rather than repairing itself. This doctor clearly has no idea what he’s talking about & should be ashamed of himself for recommending this junk to his patients. I wish I could forward him this article. I will stick to eating REAL, whole food that is free of toxins and pesticides. Like you and Dr.Fuhrman say, there is no magic pill or shake for weight loss. Proper nutrition comes from real, wholesome food, not synthetic and toxic products that are packaged in a pretty bottle or can. Thank you for educating the masses. The people that are leaving insulting comments just don’t want to believe that there isn’t a “quick fix” for weight loss. They are clearly brain-washed by the company’s brilliant marketing scheme so don’t even bother trying to argue with them. People need to spend less time and money on fad diets and synthetic products and more on trips to the local farmer’s market. It’s stupid simple, proper health equals proper nutrition that comes from real food (i.e. fruits and vegetables). Thanks for writing this article!
7. I experience hunger. Not appetite, but hunger. My stomach growls furiously between meals and suggested snacks and snack rates. I’ve had enough experience in the last 20 years of learning to know that hunger is your stomachs way of telling your brain that it needs energy. I don’t think starving yourself daily is healthy. And, by the way, when I say “suggested snacks” I mean snacks and snack rate recommendations directly from their website.
I found myself about 25 days ago, being faced with the choice of trying Isagenix. I looked into it. I did some research. I was discerning. And given that those who introduced me to it were close family and I had been watching their results closely and was actually impressed, I decided to give it a go. But lets be clear about something: I owned that decision completely. It was not sold, because I will not be sold to. Now, 20 days in, so many of my hopes and dreams are back in gear and the adventures I’ve been hoping and praying to be part of are within my conscious control. Isagenix didn’t do that. I did. I saw Isagenix as a tool and I realised that my application of that tool would be paramount to the success or failure of the venture. Sure, I understand and appreciate that some of the ingredients are suspect. But so is the fluoride added to water supplies that is still mandatory in most provinces and states of New Zealand and Australia where I’ve spent the majority of my 39 years. And we know what that stuff does to our pineal gland… right? And what the pineal gland does for us and how important latest neurological studies are suggesting it is to our overall experience as “living systems?” I really hope thats a bandwagon those of you with “credentials” are on. I don’t mean that disrespectfully, I sincerely mean that.
One more thing…. organic is kinda a joke, you know that right?? With the amount of pollution in our air, water and soil….. how can it be organic? Yes it can be free of pesticides, color, flavor and they have grown it to their best ability, but locally grown food is just as good. My opinion, organic is a money grab…. do I not buy organic? No! But I most certainly don’t buy only organic. I do buy 90% of my produce and meats from Canada though… keeping local 🙂 But that’s just my opinion…. and I don’t judge or recommend anyone do anything but what they want 🙂
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!
– 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.
I do enjoy your site Dani, have visited it numerous times. Am a little disappointed in this article however, instead of taking a researched approach it seems you are only looking topically at the system. The College of Applied Sciences and their clinically backed research holds more factual, referenced truth than a quick blog post based on biased reporting or personal opinion. You are also selling a service of $130 a month, clearly stating your monetary compensation disclaimer, who is to say that you aren’t paid to write harmful reviews, in order to attract more attention to your service? Increasing your overall orders, paid promotion of other products, or kickbacks. Seems like more of a case of “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”.
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
I’m a CrossFit coach and as well as training lots of people on a daily basis, I often get alot of questions about nutrition. At our gym we encourage people not to eat any processed foods almost a paleo diet but never push it on them. When we get a few ladies that want to lose weight they seem to want to jump on the Isagenix wagon, for what seems a quick fix, rather than eating clean and training hard, so I decided to look into it a bit and asked a few reps a few questions.
A friend of mine on Isagenix also wound up in the hospital with severe abdominal pain after her 30 day cleanse… it was diagnosed as an intestinal blockage… guess what… once released and feeling better she went right back on Isagenix… talk about brainwashing! Claims it had nothing to do with the products. My ex mother in law who is also on the products when I warned her of what happened to my friend stated “she must not be eating right on her daily meal”… it’s crazy!!!
I was recently sent this article/blog/discussion by a patient. I get hundreds of “Dr. Google” articles sent to me to evaluate and frankly, I evaluate products and supplement/diet systems for a living from a physician’s and nutrition and medicine perspective. Old companies (GNC, Vitamin Shoppe/ Hebalife/Shaklee/4Life/Usana/Nuskin, etc) and new companies/products (IDLife/SilverWolf, etc) and all the “new and improved products” each produce. They all have commonalities: Most products are not new, just recombined and renamed. No one can distinguish the sourcing of ingredients just by reading the label, and it is very difficult for the consumer, let alone the self described online blogger experts to distinguish and evaluate the science and science officers of each company and product.
This article is well written and well informed. It’s actually a sad state of affairs that peoples diets are so bad that they have to turn to products like Isagenix for solutions and even worse that they get results, creating a vicious cycle of defending uninformed positions with confirmation bias. Isagenix is a prime example of how we can still avoid real nutritional science and capitalize off peoples desperation. It is clear that the ‘pro-Isagenix’ posts in this forum are either from people selling Isagenix products or those who feel they have to defend their position due to the great results they have had with isagenix fixing part of their nutrient deficiencies….. in the least efficient and unhealthiest way possible.
5. Shakes diets cause cravings for people who just enjoy solid foods. I’m not exception. The reason is because conditioning to a positive stimulus is pretty common to most people. Boring, comparatively tasteless diet shakes aren’t going to replace what the brains knows as the delicious sensory pleasing crunches, flavors, textures, smells, sights and sounds that come from eating solids. Food is art.
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.
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.
In addition to my journey, I started sharing my story with others and helping them do the same. I have now personally helped dozens of people shed 10, 20, 30, 40 and even (3 people) have shed over 70lbs! They’ve taken back control over their health and their lives. They feel good about themselves, they are happier than they have been for years and they are OPTIMISTIC about LIFE!
First off, I’d like to thank everyone for their views. But, I don’t see the purpose in slamming a particular person or their educational back ground based on the fact that you may disagree with you. Commenting and or slamming Dani’s view based on her educational background then proceeding to share your thoughts, when you dont have any kimd of educational background in the matter is totally hypocritical. Second, one person mentioned that this IS… stuff is not a diet. I dont think you realize what diet means. A diet refers to the food choices you make through out the course of your life. Indivuals who eat a lot of chips and icecream can be said to have a diet of that which contains chips and icecream. So, yes this product is considered as part of a indivuals diet. And if this is all the person consumed, the IS… stuff would be their diet. It would be much more benifitial if people would stop slamming one another and actually just presented various facts. Maybe I didn’t read far enough down the list on these comments, but I didn’t see too much information solidly explaining the contraction of the product or how the ingredients that Dani listed from the toxic product list were of any kind of benefit for the IS… products.
The eternal nerd, I researched the ingredients, found this article and breathed a sigh of relief that I had found it prior to giving in and purchasing the system. Most of these sales reps have no nutritional training, and some of them haven’t studied past high school. One look at the ingredients puts me off. I also wish people would stop referring to my body as a car and regurgitating info from other idiots who have no clue.I can’t help but be highly irritated by their pushy sales tactics, poor spelling and “holier than thou” attitude. We get it – you’re skinny, have lots of energy and making some money. Back to whole foods and exercise for me! I’m not wasting my money!
The Cleanse for Life drinks are really good and they taste like fruit punch! It’s basically just mixing two scoops of Cleanse for Life in a tall glass and adding cold water and mixing. I’ve tried cleanses before and Cleanse for Life is the best one yet hands down. I’m actually still craving that drink even though I’m off the cleanse now because it’s that good.
thorough and informative review- nothing but straight facts.. Thank you! As a Chiropractor (and a CNS) I had an Isagenix rep approach me a few months ago about selling the products to my patients in the practice. I researched the products and chose not to be a part of the Multi-level marketing scheme because of the ingredients (besides it not being very professional) and many of the same reasons stated here. Whole foods is the only sensible way to go and there are plenty of products out there that are made with whole foods (I use standard process in my practice). Isagenix and the ingredients artificially added during production defeat the whole purpose of a cleanse!
Juice diets do prevent your body from going into a state called ketosis, he says. Ketosis means your body has no carbohydrates to burn for energy, so it has to burn stored fat or whatever else is available, he tells WebMD. "You feel bad, even smell bad. That's what makes you feel like hell during a [water-only] fast. But is that because the toxins are coming out? No! You're going into ketosis. It's known physiology."
Wow! What a ride! Reading through these comments had me laughing out loud at several points. It’s quite cringe-worthy to see people lashing out at you simply because they can’t comprehend the difference between opinion and fact, ESPECIALLY in the field of nutrition. Perhaps those people will eventually realize that an argument appears much more credible and relevant when combined with grammar, punctuation, and actual reasoning. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for all of the info, witty remarks, and hours of entertainment!
Not only is Isagenix a blessing in my life, it has changed the life of thousands of other people… So whether you like this comment or not, I want you to understand that there are people out there that are looking for Isagenix and people that NEED it too. Your blog post, which is all just your opinion with no credibility at all, can directly or indirectly be the reason someone doesn’t take this opportunity for what it really is, which is a gift and you can potentially be hurting a lot of people without even realising it.
So now, I am taking my health into my own hands for the first time in 43 years. I am slightly overweigh but the extra weight is fat and not muscle. I have joined a gym and am working out 4 times a week for the first time in my life. My trainer/nutritionist has recommended Isagenix as a quick and convenient meal replacement to supplement my diet. See, I work in an office all day and don’t have access to blenders, huge refrigerators, cooktops, kitchen utencils. I also have 2 kids and am extremely busy – I don’t want to spend what little free time I have in my kitchen. So when a product is available that isn’t bad for me, and that is easy for me to shake up in my little handheld smoothie maker, I will give it a try.
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!
Isagenix is for anyone that wants to feel better and needs to do a 30-day detox cleanse. The ultimate goal is to get the mind and body in perfect balance through cleansing the body of toxins and providing it with all it needs nutritionally. The aim is to move the body from an acidic to an alkaline state and to reduce inflammation in the body. It supports gut and brain health and boosts the immune system.
What’s disconcerting to me is the culty behavior of all these Isagenix drones. “You must use Isagenix. Isagenix is like manna from the Gods. How dare you criticize it! It heals the world!” Blahblahblah. So annoying and anyone with half a thought in their brain could see through this rubbish. Dani, thanks for all you do and ignore the trolls. They are all brainwashed. I’m sure some people are “healed” and lost weight and cured of every disease under the sun but the fact of how they attack and defend and argue would make me run for the hills and never even consider their products. I know a few Isa-head drones in real life and every conversation is a ploy to get me to “just try the healthy lifestyle”, “just give it 30 days”, “don’t you want more energy?” blahblah and even one has gone so far as to say that my doctor who treats me via functional medicine and nutrition is robbing me of money and she wishes I could just try this program. Then she talks all about how much money she makes from the sales. I’m put off. I’m sticking with the ancestral nutrition route forever.