Alcohol is particularly bad for your weight because it’s a toxin. Your body mobilizes to burn off the calories in alcohol as quickly as possible—ignoring any other calories that might have come along with it. So whether it’s wine and cheese or beer and wings, the body metabolizes the drink while shoving more of the accompanying food calories into fat cells.
Hi, so I found your page researching Isagenix, and must admit I do use the shakes products, I recently went to a meeting with a friend and thought I would give it a go. For about 5 years now, since I had kids, I have been a determined eater of healthy, whole foods, we hunt and fish our own meat, and purchase or swap for as much food as we can that’s organic and actually come out of someones back yard. I thought I would give Isagenix a go as for so long my body has felt like concrete, like I had absolutley no energy and felt like I was dragging myself around. Now while I have only been on this product for a wee while I must admit I do feel better, more energy and not so heavy feeling. But what I do no like about it is the cult like atmosphere that came with purchasing the product, the first day I posted a pic of a shake I made on my FB page, and within a few minutes I got a private message from the person I started from, saying that they do not like it when Isagenix is mentioned in comments as then people would do their own research and get misinformed

Also, I was extremely frustrated after I initially signed up. The person who had “sold” me on it immediately sent me links on how to branch out and get people to ask me about it. It was suggested that I post my success (there was not success) on my facebook page and to watch videos on how to talk to other people in order to sign up. The exact words were “you will be a great brand rep as you are already active and healthy, people will flock to you”. That was not my intent at all and I did not sell it to one person.
My youngest daughter has recently joined this silliness. She has never been fat a day in her life (unlike her dear old mom!), is active, energetic, successful and (like her dear old mom) can “sell” pretty much anything to anyone . . . except her dear old mom. LOL I promised her I would look into it because she knows how adamant I am about whole, real, unprocessed, healthy, raw foods.
To be ‘on a diet’ is depressing and boring and doesn't deal with the toxicity within our bodies. Diets are often hard to stick to and require a lot of motivation and effort. If something is too hard to maintain you won’t stick with it. The Isagenix system is not a diet or a quick fix, it is a lifestyle change where your body is getting nutrients that are hard to get from our food today and feelings of deprivation diminish.

I think sometimes people in your profession forget just how much most regular people do not know, and condemn products that may be a far better choice when compared to what they are currently eating, as in my case. What that does, is confuse people even more and they throw up their hands in defeat and return to their good old American Processed diet. An entire generation plus, has been born and raised into this over processed, convenience food country….Perhaps the all or nothing approach to better nutrition with them will not work? It does appear to be failing, as American’s keep getting heavier and heavier, and far less healthy than say 45 years ago. But wait, not true, we have pharmaceuticals to keep us alive in our unhealthy state even longer 🙂 

I googled Isagenix and came across this crazy conversation. I also noted that I am on a website for a HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH. Why is everyone attacking her?! A bunck of people asked her to give HER review of Isagenix, and she did. You don’t have to agree with her. You can think whatever you want, this is HER blog. Make your own and post you own opinions there!

I have been reading most of what has been published here … not all because WOW is there a ton of comments … talk about advertising, this could be taken and taught as a Master Class in Marketing … Anyway, I just wanted to make ONE THING PERFECTLY CLEAR and I will be brief and not include links or anything of the like. Anyone who has a Professional Degree, Certification, a Doctor, Scientist etc. CANNOT make false claims … cannot report product ingredients that DONT exist. They simply cannot make reports, claims or put ANYTHING in WRITING that has not been validated or proven by a governing body – ESPECIALLY FOOD; and food that is allowed to be sold to the general public. They will stand to lose their careers, reputation, business, livelihood (and I’m sure most of these professionals do not want to lose their livelihood) … that said, it is profoundly irrelevant if Isagenix Sponsors a study or not … the Doctor or Scientist who puts his/her name to it will be held accountable if their reporting is inaccurate – this is not arguable. And for those of you who will say that they just get paid off to report whatever the Company in questions asks them to do – I’m sure I will also see you rallying at the next UFO pick-up point, or stocking your fallout shelter for the coming “End of Days” ushered forth by the “One World Government.” So, while I like some of the points you make Dani, you cannot deflate and set aside information because it came from the Isagenix website or further, you cannot discredit any information source because it comes from the producer of the product (let me be clear, I am speaking only for the the FOOD WORLD here – not Spiderman toys, or toothbrush makers) – do you really believe that the world, the government, will allow just any LARGE organization to produce whatever FOODS they want, however they want to, without any organized, highly educated Governing Body to be held accountable to? Just to make money? If so, then see you at the rally.
I agree that all natural is the best way to go. Recently came across the Wahl’s Protocol reinforcing my belief. Have also reviewed studies and TV clips, including 60 Minutes coverage, about how any type of sugar is in fact toxic and increases the bad kind of LDL is our bloodstreams leading to more heart disease. Any company making money by selling a weight loss diet to and because we are a mostly uneducated public, while not illegal, is borderline unethical and most likely quite profitable at least for those who own the company or are high up in the ranks. The list of product ingredients provided above looks to be low quality/least cost similar to highly processed food items. This may lead to an increasing likelihood of negative health side effects as time goes on.
If my students wrote a review like this they would get an F. The ingredients may come from Isagenix but your “facts” are not supported and are conflicting. Despite saying the use genetically modified ingredients you later state that you “doubt” that the products are non-GMO. That alone brings all other statements into question. You should back up your statements of the “toxic ingredients” with references, or are they specifically your opinion? Finally, you have neglected to reference your education/expertise.

As I mentioned, the Body Beautiful 7 Day Detox is very simple. First thing we do, is train your body to utilize fat for energy. Your body is a machine and it runs on carbs as its primary fuel. So just for this week, we will leave only the minimum amounts of carbs in your nutrition plan. This will allow your body to transition to its secondary fuel source – fats.


I was in poor health and using the Isagenix products helped me lose weight, begin exercising, and make healthier food choices. I continue to use Isagenix products as part of a healthy lifestyle. Unlike Dr. Hall, I am not an MD, but with that being said, many of her criticisms of the Isagenix products are not really accessible to the average person. So, Dr. Hall, I guess since you are writing so much about Isagenix, maybe refer us readers to other health professionals, perhaps in the field of nutrition that can speak with more credibility, to what you are saying.
Instead of consuming nutrient-rich fruit and vegetable juices, alternative-day water fasts promote consuming only water every other day. Jantz says this is not a good idea for weight loss. “Eliminating all protein and carbohydrates from the diet will result in a catabolic state where the body has to break down muscle mass in addition to fat in order to provide ketones to the brain to continue to function,” he says. “If you don’t want to slow your metabolism down and decrease your muscle mass, then I wouldn’t do a water-only fast.”
I do believe the Isalean shakes can cause bloating, because that is how I feel. Bloated. Constipated. I can no longer button jeans that fit me fine up until they reached my distended belly. This is in the wake of drinking adequate water and exercising and confirming ( on multiple occasions) that I am not pregnant (which would make me very happy if I were).
I stumbled across this article because a friend gave me samples of Isagenix to try. I’m ever glad I read your article Dani! After approaching my friend with my new findings, she said to me “so what!” and that the health part is only the “side benefit” and that I can make a lot of money selling this to my family and promise that there’s no harm in her product!
Toxicity contributes to inflammation, which leads to a heavier toxic load, stalling fat loss in the bargain. An anti-inflammatory diet includes wild-caught seafood, plant foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids including flaxseed and chia seeds, lots of non-starchy vegetables, and spices including turmeric. Work with your chiropractor or other healthcare professional to incorporate anti-inflammatory nutrients including fish oil, krill oil, resveratrol, and curcumin into your diet.
I have a busy schedule and even though apples, homemade vegetable chicken soup, salads and an ocassional “bad” food worked for me in the past, now that I dont have time isa seemed like a great solution. Except, I think its to expensive and sometimes I just crave a good old meal…I am still giving it a try until my product runs out, but I am not sure if I will continue.

It is to bad Dani, for such an educated researcher you pinpointed a couple of ingredients which are in just about everything, and you used that to bash a company you obviously have no idea about…just some website information…there are 11 years of testimonials and scientific evidence backed by Isagenix…you should really further your research on solutions for getting people healthy and teaching them how to stay healthy…nothing is perfect we can only try and work together…if you have not tried something or know anyone who has tried it, how could you talk about it just by reading some information…You are missing out on the best solution in the world…If you really want to know what Isagenix has done for millions over the past 11 years , try it yourself and only then will you become a believer…results and stories do not lie my friend…i love that you are concerned and want to educate people, but make sure you know what you are talking about first…Proud Isagenix user for a long time, a health nut myself and have not found anything close to what this system has done, is doing and will continue to do for people…thank you:)
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! 

Sorry, kitchen’s closed (for 12 to 15 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 researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. The scientists fed adult mice one of four diets—some high in sugar, some high in fat, some both. And each of the four diets contained the same number of calories. From there, mice in each diet group were then given set times to eat. Some could eat whenever they wanted, others were restricted to feeding times of 9, 12 or 15 hours a day. Regardless of what kind of diet they ate, and regardless of the fact that they ate the same number of calories, mice in the 9-hour and 12-hour groups remained healthy, while all of the mice in the 15-hour group became obese.
I understand that you sell Isagenix and have no nutritional knowledge, but canola oil is one of the most toxic oils on the market. This is a fact, and anyone who disagrees with this literally knows nothing about nutrition. Not only is canola oil one of the most highly genetically modified crops, it undergoes a ton of processing to be made into an oil, including being extracted with hexane – a neurotoxin. You’re right about it being high in polyunsaturated fat – though I don’t know why you would tout this as a good thing when PUFAs are the exact fats that cause heart disease and inflammation.
Let me clarify something for you, I wrote this article and receive hate mail because of it every single day. If I didn’t have integrity, I would erase it. But I leave it up despite the hate mail, despite the ignorant comments, despite the people like you who continually comment with no actual argument against my very valid points, because people need to know the truth about products like this. People need to know that they’re being sold junk that’s packaged as health. People need to know that the people selling it know little to nothing about nutrition. I wrote this article because I wanted to help people, I wanted people to question what they’re told instead of believing it. That is why I do what I do, to help people.
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I do encourage you to keep at what your doing tho. Despite im one of those rare exceptions where things have to be completely clean doesnt mean you shouldnt be at least attempting to educate people of how bad the toxicity and how bad food in general has become this generation. However I will say isagenix is not as bad as you think it is. Not by a long shot.
It started with a bite-sized cookie. A sip of beer. A handful of chips. You promised yourself today would be different. And you were doing so well! But that was days ago. And now it’s days later and you’re in the same sorry state: groggy, bloated and (at least) 5 pounds heavier than you were before you caved to that first cookie. Now what? Before you launch into a new regime, kickstart your weight loss with the easiest 24-hour cleanse of your life. These simple, by-the-hour Eat This, Not That! detox tips will help you beat the bloat, boost your metabolism and exceed your weight loss goals without having to do a full-blown juice cleanse. And melt fat in just seven days on The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse! Test panelists lost up to 10 pounds in one week!
The ingredients in Isagenix Cleanse for Life are known to promote weight loss and to have a cleansing effect on the body. There is some question regarding the amounts of the ingredients, and even the safety of some of them to the overall health of the consumer, but as a whole, it appears as though most consumers have found Isagenix Cleanse for Life to play a positive role in their journey to their weight loss goals.
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!!
I feel sorry for you getting all this negative shit thrown at you. I read your creds and the isa website. I saw the ingredient lists. These isa people who get on their high horse over a review, need to take 10 chill pills and have a nap, not have a go at you. I looked into it after a presentation I went to last week. I stumbled onto your blog and man, am I glad I did. I was gonna sign up. But I didnt like the idea of being stuck in a year long contract. I live in New Zealand and it costs $702, delivered. For 1 month of shakes and pills galore. Frecking ridiculously priced . Not for the average joe blo. Far too expensive, even for me and my hubby earns over $2,600 a fortnight. So its not that we cant afford I just refuse to pay over $700 for shakes.Dont need to get personal either guys! Keep mean names and comments to yourself. I was taught, if you cant say anything nice, then dont say anything at all!! Eli, grow up. Your acting like a 5 year calling people names because you have no real idea about anything thats been said here. You go Dani!! I appreciate your honest review of ingredients. And I learnt some stuff too.
Hi Dani – You clearly know your stuff! I have been involved with holistic health, body cleansing and clean diets since the last 70s. For most of my adult life, I had to travel, and look far and wide to find a “health” food store, and most family dinners and dinner parties included me bringing my own dish. I totally get it! Unfortunately, “big money” is capitalizing on Americans’ demand for “healthy” and/or gluten-free/sugar-free/fat-free/hfcs-free, etc. products by flooding the market with packaged products that are poisonous… in fact, even the packaging is often poisonous! Like yourself, I have been a regular on Mercola’s website, and have seen the power of food to both heal and destroy vibrant health.
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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.
I also was going to have forgo having my daily coffee for the duration of the 9 days. That part had me a bit nervous because I seriously love my coffee. However, I told myself it was only 9 days and this was a challenge to me and I wasn’t deviating from the plan. You are allowed to drink green tea and herbal tea though. However, I do not like either of them!
Thanks so much for standing your ground. I have just been introduced to Isagenix from a friend as my body weight had plateaued. In the last 12 months I have lost over 20kgs from eating organic and whole foods, no red meat and little dairy. We can still eat foods that our body will love and respond well to. Your blog supports all my thinking towards toxic eating, especially of GMO products.

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.
But when I consciously choose to travel to far away countries, be accepted by the indigenous people and accept them in return, who hold ancient knowledge and wisdom for the future betterment and evolution of our species, do service to a community, to be part of a combined and soul felt movement for love, understanding, acceptance and peace, then I am SOMEBODY.
1/4 an apples worth of fructose per shake is nothing, my family has grown apples locally for over 100 years and we are often eating over 6 per day ALL YEAR ROUND, that’s a dozen shakes worth 365 days a year, now obviously there are a lot of factors involved, but JUST that alone suggests that there is more going on, my family all live into their 90’s or older, I doubt that eating that amount of fructose is deleterious to our health. And yes an apple is different then fructose alone…I’m just talking about the sugar amount.
Bottom line if you want something to happen for yourself you can do it, you can make it work without all these products. Eat clean, exercise, include a good protein shake from vitamin shop, add a vitamin or two and be determined to exercise with a good program. Have a plan, be a leader don’t have someone feed you like a baby. Don’t forget come up with a meal plan. Do your own research and save big bucks by keeping money in your pocket and not these huge multi marketing companies who want nothing more then your wallet.
Wow, I came on here to research the product as a friend was doing a hard sell on me. She has lost about 10 kg. ( good on her I say ) But from what I have learnt from Isagenix supporters is you’re all a bunch of Nutters ! If you have any faith in your product then you should not be threatened by a review. But listening to you all, then listening to Dani’s replies, I would have have to trust her opinion in a heart beat. It also seems most of you are believing what you have been told by the company and have not done any independent reasearch yourself. ( And by independent I mean not from the lsagenix website ). So before I get sucked into this cult like diet culture, I am saying NO ! And BTW you are not doing yourself or the company any favours by defending it in this “obsessed like nature”. I’m of to make a banana smoothie ! Thanks Dani if anything you helped me stear clear of this product as the peolpe are ” A Special kind of Special”
There is only 1 product out of 47 that contains gluten it is the slimcakes which contain oats and wheat flour and therefore not suitable for gluten intolerant people. Their meal replacement shakes do not contain gluten, which is the main product people use to loose weight. Many gluten intolerant people use the products. You can find this on the allergen table http://media01.isagenix.com/corporate/ww/pdfs/Allergen-Table-2012.pdf

I tried Isagenix because all over my facebook, people were posting about all this success that they were having etc. I was very reluctant to try it, but I finally gave in, because in March 2013, I had rotator cuff surgery and was not cleared for any exercise until almost a year later. I gained a lot of weight during that time and I was miserable. It was affecting my relationship with my boyfriend and I was desperate.


What Dr. Lustig and Dr. Sievenpiper obviously do disagree on is in their choice of rhetoric. Dr. Lustig’s uses with words like “toxic,” “addictive,” and purposely compares the fruit sugar’s metabolism to that of alcohol. Dr. Sievenpiper is more reserved, suggesting that fructose (like anything else) can be beneficial at some levels, such as in amounts found in fruit, and harmful only at extremely high levels (even then, not any different than other sources of carbohydrate)”

Wow that is a lot of information about all kinds of nutrition and Isagenix products. I wonder if there is a healthy balance in this somewhere. I personally prefer a diet of organic fresh food, locally grown, but yea it is time consuming every week to shop or find the right foods, then prepare everything in a manner that is fairly convenient each week, since I commute about an hour each day and work a normal day, plus I love to work out or just get some good exercise walking, playing golf, and general enjoyment. So why cant I use Isagenix moderately for those times when I may slightly rushed or am just craving a snack of some kind. I love ice cream, pizza, hamburgers, cheese, pasta, any kind of bread, milk, and I feel fairly normal in that sense. But of course most of this is not so good for you especially if you eat like that all the time. About five years ago I just started this organic nutritional program and lost 60lbs, I feel awesome. I will never go back to the old katdaddi who ate whatever he wanted. No more fast food, no sodas, prepared food etc. I love my new life. I generally have plenty of energy. I was introduced to Isagenix a few months ago and of course had been through the herbal life to lifevantage slew of products so the shake and cleanse was really not appealing to me at all. I was getting kind of bored though even though my daughters are so great about shopping with me and sharing all their cool organic recipes and even cooking for me sometimes. I thought ok I will try this Isagenix thing for 30 days. I hate shakes, sold my blender and 2 tubs of shake mix to one of the other guys at the gym, you know I just thought this ain’t for me. But since I had the product I decided to go ahead and use it instead of just throwing it out or hassle with sending it back. After about 3 weeks of consistent use, I started to notice a difference in my energy level but mainly I started seeing some gains at the gym. I like the crossfit thing and am 57, so its not like I am in this for the competition. I think we all know that is not going to happen. But not being super fatigued after a hard workout and actually being able to lift more weight and not be the last one to finish every time you do a work out was a win for me. The only thing I did different was adding the Isagenix to my routine. I don’t drink the vanilla shakes everyday but usually 2 times a week or like I said before if I am in a little time crunch. I thought some of the energy bars were good tasting and filling. Those little round snack things and the small little chocolate bites were great for killing a craving. The cleansing pills actually did seem to help me get rid of water weight and pass some toxins, nothing wrong with a little diuretic occasionally. Don’t be stupid and take it all the time ins not intended to be used in that manner. Of all the shake programs I have tried Isagenix is really the only one I have actually enjoyed and saw any evidence that something was different with my body. My wife has actually noticed a difference in my body as well. And believe me she is smart about this stuff. So maybe you can reach a balance, not every ones body is the same. Obviously not all people can tolerate whey, fructose, lactose, or other ingredients. I have seen vegans who tried to come off the vegan lifestyle and there body would totally reject healthy organic foods simply because they haven’t eaten them in 10 years not because they are bad for you. Sure there are some nutritional absolutes that hold true for 99% of the population. Anyway lighten up and recognize that what’s right for you may not work for someone else. All I can say is that I have a good combination of a very healthy diet eating locally grown organic foods (and I grow my own during summer, so I do know what is in my food) plus the Isagenix products. It seems to be working great for me with no side effects that I can identify. I am not a scientist, I have a BA in Marketing but I am not selling Isagenix just using it. I work in the IT industry but like we may sometimes, study long, study wrong.
I have read pretty much each and every comment. There is no disagreeing with your main theme which if I am correct essentially there are a couple of ingredients which are not considered good for our body. i.e. soya lecithin, and fructose. Agree with you that its likely a bad idea to ingest both of those ingredients in in fact you want to eat healthy. Making your own protein shakes with all natural ingredients is preferable. NO DOUBT. Just one other point that I found kind of weird. Why do food manufacturers call “Salt” Sodium Chloride?
When I first heard of Isagenix and saw a friend in her bikini photo post to Facebook, I kept listening because the photo was amazing and I knew it was her and not a product of photoshop. I was told it was all natural, no sugars, etc. I expected it to be a food delivery service from a local cook but then found out it was another meal replacement diet. Red Flags for me. I don’t drink my calories and I believe we need to stop believing a lab is going to produce anything better than what you can do with whole foods.
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!
Very interesting article, I’m with you 100% Dani, I’ve been fructose free ( apart from eating no more than 2 pieces of whole fruit per day) for a year now and doing the 5×2 ( don’t like to call it a diet but a plan). I’ve never felt and looked better in my 46 yrs. My gym is plugging Isagenix and it saddens me to see the amount of people sucked in. When they tried to sell it to me the first thing I did was check the ingredients and as soon as I saw fructose listed I said there is no way am I putting that into my body.
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.
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I really dont care that your not FOR isa. Or that you prefer one product over another. Its sad you think that just eating organic is preventing you from taking in toxins. Evidence shows that even eating organic you are eating 1/2 a liter of pesticides every year! What about the stuff you drink or bath in……skin is the biggest organ we have. Its impossible to get away from them.
Easy, majority of people involved with Isagenix are primarily interested in the business element, making money and receiving free product. The individual who hyped the system up so much to me, has no science or medical background. The support groups are endless, but you dare not question the actual performance of the product in relation to the hype. Everyone has an answer, its hormones, it can take a few months before you see real results…………
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!!
I just started the 30 day plan today and I have such a bad headache and mentioned it to a co-worker. She said that these types of plans are drastic and it can take a couple of days for your body to get used to it. I decided to read about it ( I know a little late for that) and everything seems so positve but when I saw the ingredients under the label (you need to peel it back to read it) I got a little nervous. I like the keep it real approach, buy whole and local food when I can, but I struggle with LIFE. A sit-at-the-computer all day job, low energy, high sugar intake and drinks on the weekends. I wanted something that would give me a boost and my girlfriend was selling this and I thought I would try it. I read all this back and forth and I realize that most of these people “FOR” Isa are worried about people not buying or stopping Isa and you are wanting people to make informed decisions, so coming from 2 totally different places. If I was selling it and making money I wouldn’t want people saying it not good for you but I am really glad that you choose not to worry about being popular with all these folks and wrote this article, because I am going to buy a salad and return my Isa products for a refund. I think I will buy your book too while I’m here!
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It’s been around for more than 70 years, and recent use by stars such as singer Beyoncé have reaffirmed Master Cleanse is one of the most popular — and most controversial — cleanses. Essentially a fast, Master Cleansers live on a drink made from lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for 10 days, or as long as they can take it. Jantz says that weight-loss fasts this extreme are simply not healthy. “It is not necessary to fast to do any toxin removal,” he says. “In fact, the amino acids found in protein are critical to helping the liver to process toxins. When the body is in a state of starvation, metabolism slows down.” That means you’ll still feel hungry post-cleanse, but your metabolism will have slowed. “That is why people gain extra weight back after a very restricted diet plan,” Jantz explains. “There is no way around this.”

Proponents say a juice cleanse can purify your body, remove toxins, and kick-start your weight-loss efforts, but many health professionals say that’s nonsense. “Cleanses can be helpful or harmful, depending on the type of cleanse and how aggressive it is,” says Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, a mental health expert and certified eating disorder specialist. “Done properly, they are an excellent way to improve focus, energy, and mood.” Jantz adds that a healthy cleanse involves getting plenty of nutrients through fruit and vegetable juice, not depriving your body of calories by fasting.
I also looked at the amino acid distribution. Firstly, since the mixture is completely and totally fabricated why not get the amino acid distribution to reflect the optimal profile of the essential amino acids for humans? Secondly, when one looks at the branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, valine) it is clear that one shake provides the required daily dose. Of course, convincing people that they need to consume two shakes a day works wonders in enhancing their profit margin.
Once I stopped, I put on some weight, then more, then even more than before I started. I was gaining weight in places that I never did before. I prided myself on my great metabolism. Not anymore. I can’t lose weight no matter how much I exercise (which was the way I could lose weight in the past). Isagenix destroyed my metabolism and I still have not been able to repair it.
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.
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.
We had to include green tea because it’s as mainstay as it gets. We especially recommend matcha green tea due to its high flavonoid profile. Green tea is even widely available in capsule form as a weight loss aid. What makes Green tea a top weight loss cleanse drink? Aside from containing a bevy of antioxidants that help flush the liver, it’s also long been touted as a natural fat reducer. How so?
Thank you so much for posting this. I have been concerned about the claims members of this corporation make. I have heard IBS is cured, weight loss (of course), off anxiety/depression meds, child off ADHD/behavior meds, sleeping better, lots of energy…basically this product saves lives! Of course, you can’t try a “sample…” you have to sign up and it’s very expensive. The biggest thing they “Share” (remember, they don’t “sell” they just “Share their stories of transformation”) is that this does cellular cleansing….so we won’t get heart attacks, etc. When you’re not feeling well and/or your child has autism, it’s very tempting. I do appreciate this balanced perspective! It is very hard to see studies done on how people are doing after 7-10 years. A lot of hype and disillusionment. The people on the top are making millions while those on the bottom are spending a lot of money for something whose long-term sustainability is dubious….thank you!
Hi dani! I enjoyed reading this article. I am a Isagenix user myself and i feel great using the products. I don’t want to dispute the points you make but you don’t interpret the data correctly. I encourage you to take the opportunity to tour the head quarters in chandler Arizona sometime to learn the actual facts or simply call the customer service #1-480-889-5777 with an open mind.

I think sometimes people in your profession forget just how much most regular people do not know, and condemn products that may be a far better choice when compared to what they are currently eating, as in my case. What that does, is confuse people even more and they throw up their hands in defeat and return to their good old American Processed diet. An entire generation plus, has been born and raised into this over processed, convenience food country….Perhaps the all or nothing approach to better nutrition with them will not work? It does appear to be failing, as American’s keep getting heavier and heavier, and far less healthy than say 45 years ago. But wait, not true, we have pharmaceuticals to keep us alive in our unhealthy state even longer 🙂
3. I have personally coached thousands of people on these products and I have only seen positive results. Improved blood work, lowered medications, total BMI transformations, strengthened immune systems, children being able to focus and transform their brain chemistry, and on and on and on.. too much to even type here, but literally LIFE changing results.
I must say that this is a well-written article although, it is unfortunately not accurate. I have been using the products for almost 5 years now and being gluten, wheat and lactose intolerant, I’ve never felt any better. There is NO SOY and NO GUTEN in the products!!!!! Also, the whey used in the shakes are from New Zealand where are found “happy cows”. The cows don’t get injected with growth hormones, no pesticides, herbicides and other “ides” are used in New Zealand since it is ILLEGAL.
Easy, majority of people involved with Isagenix are primarily interested in the business element, making money and receiving free product. The individual who hyped the system up so much to me, has no science or medical background. The support groups are endless, but you dare not question the actual performance of the product in relation to the hype. Everyone has an answer, its hormones, it can take a few months before you see real results…………

“Dr. Lustig uses the term “liver toxin” to describe fructose, but he’s also CAREFUL to note that it’s not fructose per se that is toxic. There are instances when your body can use it, e.g. post-workout or fasting-induced glycogen depletion. The problem is that most people consume so much of it that it turns toxic by virtue of the fact that your body cannot use the excess. It simply gets shuttled into your cells and stored as fat. So it’s the massive doses you’re exposed to that make it dangerous.”

Well Tracy… having experience in the food industry and seeing what happens to the chemically laden, GMO crap that sits around for months before getting to the produce aisle I would have to disagree with you. Even if the vegetable has some value coming out of the ground by the time it’s gone through the process that value is gone… Oh and the organic profit machine…yep they have your best interests in mind as well…LOL…
Dairy cows on New Zealand farms are free to feed on spacious pasture in a temperate climate and the pristine environment that the country naturally provides. Research has shown that when cows are fed their natural diet of grasses in this way, it also keeps them healthier in comparison to grain-fed cows on feedlots. The farmers’ milking process is also more humane and natural where the cows are milked only according to season (rather than being artificially impregnated constantly to maximize profits).
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…
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.
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.
Dani just keep doing what you’re doing. These idiots think Isagenix and herbalife garbage is the be all end all of nutrition. Little do they know the supplements that are being manufactured are coming out of the same manufacturers as all the other supplements out in the market. I know this as fact. So keep thinking “scientists and doctors” are working on formulas.
Still asking the Hangover Gods for forgiveness? Ask a loved one to please prepare you a side of steamed asparagus with a protein-rich lunch. According to a study in the Journal of Food Science, the amino acids and minerals found in asparagus may alleviate hangover symptoms and protect liver cells against toxins. The veggie spears are also a natural diuretic, which will help flush the excess toxins from your system. Avoiding starchy carbs will help to further relieve your body of bloat, while protein—rich in vitamin B6 and amino acids—will help to alleviate groggy hangover symptoms.
I am a Weight Loss Coach who teaches people how to eat mindfully, and end emotional eating. I have friends who swear by Isagenix. Since it’s all the rage and I have clients who use it, I decided to try it for one week so that I could have first hand experience. I have never been so thirsty in my life. I easily drank 2 gallons of water a day, and still could not satisfy my thirst. I woke in the morning with the worst dry mouth of my life. I quit after day 2 as I was concerned with how this product was affecting my liver and kidneys.
In my humble opinion… What I learned from reading the comments is that this ” Iso” thing is like some sort of scary pyramid sales cult. I was interested in trying it and found your page. Even after reading your review I was still interested because the packets and bars were easy for travel ( I am on the road a great deal) but after reading the nasty ignorant comments posted by the bully sales force who peddle the snake oil, Im gonna pass and stick with my no wheat, no soy, no preservatives, no refined sugar hand make all my shakes way of life. Keep up the good commentary!
Cleanse Days aren’t complicated, but for most people, they are very different from the usual daily routine. Planning a Cleanse Day might even seem a bit intimidating. The overall goal is to significantly limit calories for a period of up to two consecutive days per week (a total of four days per month) while receiving nourishment from Cleanse for Life® and other Cleanse Day snack options. Cleanse Days are about letting your body rest and recharge – there are no laxatives or diuretics involved.
Agreed! I sold Isagenix, and I used the products and had amazing results. I even called myself a “coach”. (very dangerous, as I was “teaching” people about something I knew nothing about) I knew nothing then compared to what I know today. While SOME ingredients that are in Isagenix’s products are very healthy for you, there are SOME that are not. So why would I use a product that has only some good things in it? I am going to share my research on one of (what used to be) my favorite bars: Here is the link – http://www.isagenix.com/~/media/product/isalean-bar/isalean-bar-fact-panels/us-en-fact-panel-isalean-bar-chocolate-decadence.pdf

I just think the important thing to remember when using these products/systems is understanding that you need to use them in a way that fits your lifestyle and what you want out of their use. I think the two most important aspects of getting fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are exercise and eating right in a consistent manner. It’s important to plan out your meals and try to get the most you can out of natural foods and probably only supplement when it is necessary. I used to supplement with a ton of other, more sketchy products than Isagenix and I most definitely feel better after the switch. But I also think it’s really important to note that if your goal is to go all natural, or as natural as possible, that most supplements are going to compromise that goal in some form or another.
In regard to high oleic oils, I came across this in other countries’ Isagenix product content (by selecting a different country at the top of their website). The label does state in Australia, Canada and Malaysia and Taiwan (for example, on the IsaLean bars and the FiberSnacks) that it contains high oleic sunflower oil. As far as I am aware, the products distributed world wide are made from the same ingredients in the same place. So there seems to be a difference in labelling requirements in the USA. Incidentally, I am not from the USA.
Just 10,000 that’s it. Wow, you are right that is not long at all. Really??? When considering the age of civilized man 10,000 years is still forever – sorry but anyway….How long have people consumed wheat or grains that has not been affect by man that contain gluten? Please do include actual references in your response on this. Also, gut issue? Had everything tested nothing wrong with my gut. For me when I eat certain veggies and NON-GLUTEN GRAINS I still have problems; allergic reactions it’s genetic. True my family eats horribly but I don’t. I have done the whole foods and holistic diet and life style for 12 years of MY LIFE, I share a lot of your beliefs however it seems to me that you are blinded by your own personal views and genetic disposition. I just met a couple who are 2nd generation vegans. They are also gluten free and yet their 6 year old child was diagnosed with Autism. I met the wife while on her way from CO to Chicago for cancer treatment. I listened to her to try and make some sense of her condition, considering her lifestyle and her child’s exposure. I can’t make sense of it. I am a long time advocate of home water purification system for the entire home, whole organic foods, clean air, non-synthetic supplements, and doing everything humanly possible to avoid conditions of my ancestor. I find it difficult to believe that you actually don’t take into consideration that other factors, being our control, could play a relevant role in one’s health. I have tried nature nutritionist/doctors who understand the whole food approach and commitment I have for myself. But I have not experienced the level of success that I want and need for myself. I have reached a place where I need to do more. The doctors have wanted to place me of meds for years but I REFUSE to go that direction. If I were to considered any system, for me it would be an alternative to what I have been recommended by traditional doctors. I frequently cleanse and detox naturally (4-6 times per year) and do everything that I can the right way but sometimes you have to do more. Now I’m open to your suggestions but I do work with many professional in your exact field; if you can recommend anything different that what I have already heard and done I will surely let you know; I would LOVE to be wrong as long as it works.
Another way to gradually ease into Cleanse Days might be to add a couple of extra snacks, like a bag of Whey Thins or an extra IsaDelight. Especially when you are new to nutritional cleansing, relying on additional Cleanse Day tools can help you be successful. Just keep in mind that extra calories add up quickly. Like any skill, cleansing gets better with practice, and before long, you’ll be planning your next Cleanse Day with confidence.
Dani, you like in your references above to Sunflower oil which is high in omega 6 fatty acids. Isagenix uses “high-oleic sunflower oil” along with cold processed olive oil and alpha-linolenic acid from flax seeds as the main sources of fats. Consumptions of which has been linked with better control of blood pressure and heart health. More details 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:)
Ditch the packaged, processed foods today (even the “healthy” versions). This will ensure you are taking out excess sodium, artificial ingredients and sugar from your diet. Also, ditch the salt shaker and instead use only herbs and spices to flavor your food. You’ll find this can help make a big difference in how you look and feel. Even after one day!
As a fellow Holistic Health coach, I am writing to express my support of your Isagenix review. The ignorant responses boggle my mind. Thank you for the accurate research and clear explanation. Please do not let any of the negative comments damper your spirits!! Keep up the good work and sharing the knowledge of the benefits of organic, clean eating!

This easy a.m. ritual works on two levels. First, a recent study found that exposure to UV rays, even on a cloudy day, between the hours of 8 am and noon reduces your risk of weight gain regardless of activity level, caloric intake, or age. Researchers speculate that the morning light synchronizes your metabolism and undercuts your fat genes. And burning calories before you eat means you’re exercising in a fasted state—the energy you burn comes right from your fat stores instead of the glucose still in your system. According to some studies, exercising in a fasted state can burn almost 20 percent more fat compared to exercising with fuel in the tank.
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.
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