I have to agree with some of the Isagenix supports in that it is very difficult to get natural foods that are free of chemicals or additives but one only needs to taste free range organically fed chicken to know it is better than the factory farm produced variety. I can’t believe that a meal replacement tastes as good as a free range chicken or home grown fruits & veggies.
You can purchase the Isagenix 9 Day Deep Cleansing and Fat Burning System for $176. If you sign up as a member (annual fee of $19), you can purchase it for $132. It’s not really that much money when you consider that it is your meals pretty much for the 9 days. I also saved because I wasn’t running out to Tim Hortons once a day for coffee (and no junk food from the convenience store).
I’m not sure what you mean by “strict paleo” and I’m not sure how long (or short) you were eating this way. Paleo is about eating unprocessed, organic, local and sustainable food that is tailored to your own personal needs. So in short, I honestly do not believe your testimonial, or that you were properly tailoring a healthy diet to your individual needs.
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.
Insulin sensitivity—how well insulin does its job of ushering glucose in the blood (after eating food) into the appropriate body tissues where it is used for energy—also looks to be “reset” by fasting. One study showed that healthy men who fasted for 20 hours every other day for 15 days had increased rates of glucose uptake, signifying improved insulin sensitivity and better blood sugar control (4).
Actually, the information I provided isn’t “opinion” it’s fact, something Isagenix users have trouble grasping. Not ALL of the products are gluten-free, as I made very clear in the article. If you feel it works for you, great. But just because it helps you keep weight off doesn’t mean it’s keeping you healthy. Another thing I made very clear in the article.
The Isagenix diet will not deprive your body of any nutrients. Hence, you can follow your regular exercise routine or start working out whenever you get time. Warm-ups, walking, running, jogging, cycling, yoga, dancing, playing a sport, etc. will help secrete the good hormones. These, in turn, trigger metabolism and help you lose weight. You will look and feel good after a good workout of at least about 30 minutes.
I actually don’t get paid to write posts as I don’t accept sponsored posts. And if you actually “hire bloggers for a living” which I’m not even sure what that means, you would know that bloggers rarely, if ever (I’ve never known a blogger to get paid for this and I know a lot of bloggers) get paid to write against products. I’ve never been paid to write an article actually. The disclaimer is for my affiliation with companies like Amazon, doTERRA and Perfect Supplements.
Too many folks are afraid to admit that they are angry about something. Well, sometimes some piece of crap comes along that ruined people’s lives, like Isagenix, that justifies your anger. You don’t need to be angry at the world, but it’s ok to be angry at the drone-bots sent by Isagenix cult masters who corrupted a friend or a loved one. BE ANGRY!
Don't forget healthy fats. Though you may be tempted to avoid anything labeled "fat" when trying to lose weight, fat is actually an essential part of our diet — they are good for your mental health and mood; reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer; reduce fatigue; and help keep you mentally sharp. Fats should be consumed in moderation, and certain types of fat should be avoided. Focus on monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (like those found in avocados, nuts, olives, fatty fish, soy, and tofu) and avoid trans fat (found in commercially baked goods like cookies, pastries, cakes, muffins, and hamburger buns; packaged snack foods like crackers, microwave popcorn, candy, and chips; fried foods; pre-mixed products like cake mix, pancake mix, or chocolate milk; and anything with partially hydrogenated oil).
To be sure of bioavailability and potency, Isagenix provides ingredients either present in natural form or derived from natural food sources. We do not use any artificial or synthetic ingredients. In addition, Isagenix provides vitamins that are consistently tested for stability, purity, safety and efficacy. Each vitamin is evaluated using United States Pharmacopoeia standards or higher. They are sourced only from highly reputable suppliers with an excellent track record of meeting and exceeding cGMP guidelines.
I agree with you wholeheartedly. I love making my own protein shakes with pure natural ingredients from my own raw milk and pastured eggs. Isagenix is awesome for people used to a McDonald’s diet and fast food. I consider Isagenix a stepping stone to health for these people, however I cannot promote it as I was raised by parents who taught me the pillars to health came from our foods. Most Americans did not have this foundation so I commend Isagenix as a starting point, it is much better than fast food.
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.
I will not disagree with you that a clean, whole foods organic diet is the best way to go. No argument there. Nor am I a user of Isagenix or a promoter of it. I live in an area with lots of people promoting the local sources only, organic only, and often vegan or cruelty-free lifestyles. And I always find it interesting that many will speak out vehemently against processed foods, products like Isagenix, Herbalife, etc. because of ingredients like the ones you have listed in your article, and they will defend the necessity to regulate the food you put in your body with an intense level of passion (which is good, what we put into our bodies is of the utmost importance). But then they will pump their bodies full of synthetic, often dangerous and sometimes even fatal, chemicals and hormones with a long history of horrendous side effects (such as birth control and vaccines), without a second thought.
Organic Avenue sells vegetable and fruit juice cleanses that can be customized based on duration and whether you want to combine food and juice cleanses. Here again, experts are concerned that this type of cleanse deprives dieters of essential nutrients, such as fiber or protein. “Juiced fruits and veggies can provide an easy way to help you meet your daily produce needs,” Newgent says. “Enjoy them as part of a meal or as a snack, but not as a meal replacement,” she advises.
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.
” Hi Hanh, Yes, I am with Isagenix. I understand how you feel that way about shakes also. I was glad I took the time to speak with the formulator. He’s an amazing person and he really understands how to put whole food nutrition into a shake. He explained to me how our body has to actually liquefy the food we eat and break it down into it’s most basic components. He decided to put together a shake that already had all the nutrients our body needs, broken down so our body does not have to do the arduous task of digestion. It tastes really good and I think that if you looked into it very closely you would find that like me, you would be very pleased. If you know anyone who would be interested in something like this and you referred them to me, I would truly be grateful. http://www.isagenixhealth.net
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.
As a doctor practitioner who has invested long hours of study into nutrition and lifestyle, as well as current therapies, to help my chronically ill or compromised patients, I have watched the effects of Isagenics on many patients and close friends. In many, I see weight loss and an increase in confidence that they have control over their body, but in the majority of those cases it is just an acceptable form of Bulimia (which also gives the sufferer a sense of control). For many, the ‘cleanse’ is a socially acceptable form of purging, for others it is a way of stopping twice at the next stop sign, because you just ran through the first. What hurts me is to watch many of these ‘devotees’ trim fat, but also dramatically increase wrinkles, along with increasing body and emotional reactivity. It is very difficult to help some of them get their lives back on track, just as it was difficult, years ago, to help those who got deeply into cults. For a many, it starts as a healthier path than they were on, but instead of encouraging them to continue to the next healthier level, the culties try to keep them from leaving the fold. Certainly, there are many ingredients that are natural, superfood, or have some recent hype about a unique property, but they are not applied in an individualized manner, but more as a marketing ploy, and to help the ‘converts’ feel that their company is up on the latest so that they don’t get tempted to stray over to other products. We are regularly getting patients ‘off of’ supplements that are known to have beneficial properties, but are not currently appropriate for them. Lastly, I am concerned about the interdependence that the company fosters for the sake of profit, in the name of helping each other. How easily can an Isagenics member leave the fold to pursue the next higher level of physical, emotional, and spiritual health? Does the company encourage you to use their products to help you get out of the fast food rut, but then to graduate on to higher health with real food, no-strings-attached relationships, and selfless service? What is the company’s real mission? It is the image of that mission that you will find imprinted into the product you consume. I can feel the difference in our patients. Naturally grown, harvested, and consumed real food carries a different signature than corporate products.
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.
Isagenix works for me, I’ve used it for over one year. Thanks to Isagenix I no longer suffer from seasonal allergies, seasonal disorder, and cronic knee pain. Now I can have pets, and I don’t whine about my allergies anymore. Furthermore I don’t whine about taken allergy meds either. My story is not as fantastic as other people. But I encourage all of you out there, DO THE RESEARCH YOURSELF. Don’t just read someones opinion on the interweb, even if they call it unbiased. Its just a call for attention. These days food is not what it used to be, and everybody uses supplements. What supplements do you take?
Agave plants are composed of fructans and contain no starch of any kind, so agave nectar is appropriate for those on a gluten-free diet. And like honey, agave nectar is composed of the unbound monosaccharides fructose and glucose, which can be directly absorbed without digestive hydrolysis. This makes agave an appropriate sweetener for those suffering from digestive disorders, whose ability to properly digest disaccharides such as sucrose and lactose is compromised. When complex sugars are not digested properly, they can feed harmful bacteria in the gastro-intestinal tract and perpetuate digestive disease.
The danger is NOT this blogger but people like you who doubt anyone who is willing and able to challenge the notion that big business and commercial enterprises in agriculture are not causing mahem and risks to the health of consumers by nefarious food processing and food additive practices. Consumers have been too used to just trusting manufacturers and not questioning what goes in to the food and other products we eat.
Now, please realize I am not criticizing Isagenix -millions of people use it and experience a ton of success – my friend being one of them. It did not work for me though. I realized that I can successfully cleanse my body and change my lifestyle by just eating right and exercising daily (as was evident in January before I started Isagenix). I would rather eat clean, take my vitamins, and exercise regularly than spend a ton of money each month on a program that really doesn’t help me in the long run.
Personally, I found Dani Stout’s article and entries to be educated, informative, and unbiased. Really, what is with the insults? Dani is a professional in the industry who is giving us quality advice for free. If I didn’t understand something like a lot of people commenting here, rather than being a non believer screaming insults, I would certainly be picking her brain as to why things are fact, and educate yourselves. I find it comical, I really do. Why? I am educated in another field, yet Dani has given us so much educated advice about nutrition, that I feel I could formulate a healthy diet plan just on the information she has provided in this blog! Save your money, we are being educated for free if you care to have an open mind.
I just stumbled on this article because a friend is planning to do Isagenix and was suggesting I might like to do it with her. I have to admit that it sounds terribly seductive, albeit expensive. However your article makes a lot of sense to me and I admire the way you have held your own against so much abuse…Isagenix loyalists sound like Scientologists! If anything, the way that they are attacking you so viciously makes me MORE cautious about their products.
Christina – Thank you for participating here! Who said this blog was supposed to be unbiased? Who said this blog was an “expert perspective”? I’m not sure where you found an “emotional tone” in the article, as I have no emotion for MLM. Yes, there is such a thing as a legal scam. Things can be scams without being illegal. Thanks again for your comments!
When you challenge a way people think and what they have been led to believe their entire life, it scares them to think they’ve been lied to (medical field, food manufacturers–I mean, really? If the food has been manufactured and made in a factory, how CAN that be REAL food?, people and corporations and chemical companies “out to feed the world and raise more food”–how is that working out for us, when we have people literally starving all over the world?). The whole concept of everything people have been told, taught, and have done their entire life isn’t necessarily the right or correct thing to be doing.
There are many, many poor people out there desperately looking for a solution to their obesity, and many of these programs will work for different people. Presenting opinion as fact, and robbing these people of the opportunity to try something that may save their life, is immoral. Perhaps your way of life will suit some other people, but maybe others will need to try something different. They deserve to read truly unbiased reviews of products, and try at their own discretion.
Today is Day Four of my special "Does it Work" Health tests, and perhaps, today features the most controversial test of them all. I'm focusing on nutritional cleansing weight loss plans These days, it seems almost any magazine you open or red carpet interview you watch on TV, celebrities are talking about detoxing to jump-start their weight loss.
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!
Another example I would like to share. My common-law partner takes an Isagenix shake every morning, why? heck I don’t know she just does. I on the other hand have dramatically reduced my sodium intake because of doctors orders, and the results are shocking. My other half has barely lost anything and I have lost over 30 lbs. By doing what? Two things; drastically reducing my sodium intake which automatically reduces fat and calories, and hitting the treadmill 3-4 times per week for 30/min per session. I’ve been getting looks that I haven’t seen in over 10 years, and it feels great!
Not true Dani. Good pick up Emma! A person eating a mainly organic diet with lots of fresh fruit and veges could be eating just as much fructose through the fruit they eat, if not more. I have already explained the low sugar levels in the isagenix products, 11gs in the shake, The swiss study I linked to mention that it could be dangerous at high levels like more than 100grams per day!
Each day our bodies absorb unavoidable toxins from our environment that burden our bodies and can cause us to hold excess fat, feel tired, stressed and lethargic. With this in mind, everybody needs to detox and and start with a 30-day cleanse at a deep cellular level. Isagenix is the ultimate nutritional 30 day cleansing system to detox, cleanse and fill your body with the essential nutrients and vitamins.
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.
I started Isagenix about 5 months potpartum and today have stopped. It gives me stomach crams and I feel AWFUL. I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis and I have not been able to keep it under control since starting this program. I am actually really excited to going back to meal prepping! thank you for this article. I thought I was crazy the way I was feeling but now I get why!
I have read all of the essays put out by Isagenix because someone close to me is involved with the company. I have written to its higher-level employees with questions and received replies. I have watched their videos, listened to their podcasts. My conclusion is that the folks who control this company are dishonest and so are their stated scientists. I do not believe that their products, if consumed on a short-term basis for the purpose of either losing weight or kick-starting one’s diet to a more disciplined daily regimen, place the consumer at any real risk. And I’m not sure if the Isagenix products place anyone at risk who eats a meal per day of real (actual) food. What is pathetic and sad about this company is the the untested claims it makes to sell its product. When I say “untested,” I mean not tested by an independent third party. Isagenix, and only Isagenix, says it tests its products (“really we do, I swear,” to quote a recent podcast narrated by an Isagenix “pro”). The company operates within the law — just.