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!
This article is actually ridiculous. I will continue to feed these products to not only myself, but also to my 1 year old son, and my husband. No one in my family needs to lose weight. We don’t need extra money, we eat organic local food, and I have plenty of time to cook, however, I have done my research and have taken these products to my doctor, and I know that Isagenix is one of the best things I could ever put into mine and my families bodies. I am sorry that you are missing out. Your loss.
This is where I realised that this review is actually not biased. Were you being ironic? Although you have put a lot of work into sourcing articles and quotes on the internet to validate your review, I cannot help but notice the tone of the article is negative and there are no positive points – pros for all the cons. That is where the credibility of the review falls down. Surely something in the ingredients is actually good? Your stance on pretty much everything is pretty much all-or-nothing thinking (see ‘splitting’ in psychology terminology).
This celebrity-backed juice cleanse (Salma Hayek is a company co-founder) can’t be beat when it comes to convenience. After you can choose either the three- or five-day plan, everything is delivered right to your door, nationwide. But Jackie Newgent, RD, a dietitian and author of the Big Green Cookbook, says that relying exclusively on juice can cause problems with overall nutrition. “Though a natural fruit-based juice cleanse may offer some people a ‘mental’ kick start for following a diet without harm, I don’t recommend the use of cleanses,” she says. “Cleanses have never been necessary to jump-start weight loss or remove ‘toxins,’ and they never will be necessary.”
To illustrate, let's look at some responses to a piece I wrote about a weight-loss product called Isagenix, which is sold through a multilevel marketing (MLM) scheme. To quote its website verbatim, “The Isagenix cleanse is unique because it not only removes impurities at the cellular level, it builds the body up with incredible nutrition. Besides detoxing the body, Isagenix teaches people a wonderful lesson that they don't need to eat as much as they are accustom [sic] to and eating healthy choices are really important and also a lot of the food we are eating is nutritionally bankrupt.”
Also, above there were some comments about the low-heat nonfat dry milk. I have a shake canister right here in front of me. It mentions that the whey protein concentrate and the milk protein concentrate are undenatured…it does not say the low-heat nonfat dry milk is undenatured. Isagenix claims it’s whey protein is undenatured. Not the low-heat nonfat dry milk contained in the shake. Just for clarification of what Isagenix is claiming.
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.”
Actually Jeff, you are partially correct, partially incorrect. . . while yes, cows produce milk to feed the calf (their udders actually kick into gear several days up to a couple of weeks prior to birth, with the initial substance being the colostrum rich milk) and continue to produce milk based on the needs/requirements of the calf until the calf gradually weans off milk and onto solid foods (graze/grass/hay).
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.
On the “cleansing days,” use the actual Isagenix cleansing product called Cleanse For Life. This product is available in either powder or liquid form and has a natural, rich berry flavor to keep your taste-buds satisfied. This product is not a diuretic, but instead it feeds and nourishes the body with over 100 different nutrients including ionic minerals, antioxidants, and cleansing herbs. Not only that, but it also boosts mental and physical performance while protecting the cells and vital organs from aging! To follow the cleansing program properly, mix 4 ounces of Cleanse For Life with 4 ounces of purified water four times a day. Additionally, it is important to take Natural Accelerator capsules (which metabolize your body fat and are packed with thermogenic ingredients like cayenne, green tea, ginseng, and cinnamon), Isagenix Snacks!, which help your digestive system, as well as IsaDelight Plus, which assists in mental clarity and helps to ease sugar cravings. Lastly, Joy advises that it’s important to drink lots of water in addition to this, so that you continue to flush the body out of all the toxins as well as possible.
So, again, while some of the ingredients do not hold up well to the “ideal” scenario, as your excellent research has shown. the ultimate issue is one of product demographics, and the end-result after continuous use. On each issue, I would contend that any person who is capable of affording, purchasing, preparing, cleaning, packing, and consuming a diet that is totally organic and whole-food based would never even consider Isagenix. That demographic (like yourself) would pass it by, especially because you don’t live on junk, and your cholesterol, triglycerides, CRP, TSH, and other markers of disease and inflammation are all stellar! For you, perhaps, the end-result would be less, rather than more, health and vitality. But for 90+% of the users of this product, they are experiencing a profound shift in lifestyle patterns that are decades old, while seeing their bodies change, and their list of Rx drugs diminish by the week. The x-factor is that the Isagenix purchasing population is incapable of eating a diet that is free of all the ingredients you listed above, and are “going in” to this program needing the simplest list of “do’s and don’ts” possible. Learning how to read ingredient labels and make wise-choices, for them, is not an option. And for many, having a personal coach as knowledegable as you isn’t either.
I too was encouraged to try that Isagenix product. 1 of my siblings is heavily into the scheme. She suggested it to me, and I tried it for almost 5 days until I started experiencing negative side affects. A week later she asked me if I wanted go with her to an Isagenix event where I’d become an associate., but after I naive agreed she informed me at the last minute that she needed to submit my social security number to the reps in charge so they could make an isagenix account for me, and for their tax purposes too. She had everything planned for the trip. But I felt pressured/trapped about giving out my ss number. I also did research about the product and I was shocked when I found it was a scam. It makes no sense why suddenly the company wants my ss number and insists I buy another of their products just to be a seller. So I politely informed my sibling that I refused to just throw out my personal info when I knew the company wasn’t Real!
love the infoLove the info you post on here. Keep up the good work. I agree with you totally and people should fully read what you put down before getting on their high horse and telling you your wrong which you are not. Also on a side note you are very beautiful and I love what you stand for. Keep up the good fight. Education is the only way we can get our country to change its bad eating habits. If it didn’t grow naturally from the ground it should be left alone. Be smart about what you put in your body and the portions that you’re putting on your plates. Fad diets like all the shake programs out there will always leave you looking for the next quick program and you will have wasted hundreds of dollars and put the pounds right back on when you get board or no longer can justify the outrageous cost of which ever get thin quick program you are on. If you want real nutrition, stop with all the pills and supplements. And quit eating in front of your TVs. Cook a meal, get educated and stop blaming everything.
It’s an interesting point about manipulating information to prove your point when money is involved. This point applies equally to people that might perceive a system like Isagenix as being in competition with their services as a Holistic Health Coach. When, instead it could be used as a complementary tool, that could be used in conjunction with eating whole organic foods, to help people change their lifestyle and get the results they are looking for.
It’s important to be well educated about products on the market. It’s also important to know the source. Dani I commend you for the way you have chosen to earn a living by writing a blog and reviewing products, and being compensated for it. I’m sure if Isagenix were into paying people to write blogs on them, the tone would change. Several other shakes on the market do not have research behind them, are soy based protein which is bad for you and isn’t even considered to be a full meal replacement due to the amount of protein in it.
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!
The Isagenix model is to turn as many customers as possible into supplement dealers armed with nothing but slick marketing materials and ZERO qualifications. I know multiple people who peddle this stuff, and not one of them has any kind of qualifications related to health, nutrition or fitness. The things I hear them tell people is not only beyond scary, I have had to intervene and stop multiple sales that would have had negative impacts on known health conditions (ie: sale of e-shots to someone with hypertension, and whey protein concentrate to someone who everyone knows is lactose intolerant….they didn’t even know that whey concentrate still has lactose, or that whey was dairy for that matter!!!!)
I believe everything you have said. I too fell for the lose the weight feel great marketing pitch. After I bought the product I realized that I had made a big mistake and promptly returned it. I am still on thier fb page for support. They need all the support they can get cause they are starving to death!!! One girl was having Niacin flush which is what I was experiencing and other people were encouraging to keep at it, one supporter told her that Niacin flushes were good for you, well I mentioned that this sort of thing leads to liver failure and they all pounced on me but telling a factual truth. It almost resemblies cult like behaviour. Scary. Well the truth will prevail in the end.
An Isagenix-funded study published in Nutrition & Metabolism in 2012 found that over an eight-week period, people who used Isagenix meal-replacement shakes as part of an intermittent fasting and calorie-restriction diet lost 2.2 pounds more than those who followed a similar diet using regular food. However, according to a 2012 article published on the Science-Based Medicine website, this study wasn't well-designed, and Isagenix paid to get it published in the journal. The author of the website article, Dr. Harriet Hall, also noted that there were inconsistencies in the numbers listed in the results, potentially making the conclusions unreliable.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this review. It honestly shocks me that people do not ask more questions about the truth behind Isagenix. Having worked with many USDA Organic certified vendors at my past job they ALWAYS provided some kind of documentation about what goes on behind the scenes to create the product they are selling. And when I say provided, its part of their brand to show and be proud of where they are getting their ingredients from. I have a friend who is extremely successful with Isagenix (and I’m happy for her) but she never questioned as to why the only resourceful, amazing information on Isagenix came from the Isagenix website.
Product B positively supports telomere health by combining scientific breakthroughs in telomere support and the benefits of antioxidants in youthful ageing. Isagenix Product B helps maintain harmonious function of cells and healthy telomeres so you can live a longer, healthier life. Product B’s full spectrum of natural bioactive antioxidants helps fight the effects of free radicals that lead to oxidative stress and contribute to poor health.
I have been living with two people who sell it, for the past 3 months. One of them eats pizza all of the time (2-3 times a week) and he also takes a lot of prescription drugs, ie. Ambien, anti-anxiety meds and others, the product does not seem to help him, obviously. The other sells it full-time and his motivation seems to be money and becoming on of the ‘millionaires’, you know, like the good ‘ole Amway days, remember the ‘millionaires’. He doesn’t seem to care that much about the actual product, except he works night and day on his sales ability and is quite aggressive in convincing people of one thing or another.
The 3-Day Detox Diet. Don't have 2-weeks for a full detox? This 3-day detox is my own plan. It's easy, it's simple and there are no fancy foods required. In fact, it follows guidelines developed by the USDA's MyPlate nutritional program. This is the plan that I use when I need to reset my taste buds after a busy party season or a vacation full of indulgent foods.
“Organic” does not automatically mean “pesticide-free” or “chemical-free”. In fact, under the laws of most states, organic farmers are allowed to use a wide variety of chemical sprays and powders on their crops. Organic means that these pesticides, if used, must be derived from natural sources, not synthetically manufactured. Also, these pesticides must be applied using equipment that has not been used to apply any synthetic materials for the past three years, and the land being planted cannot have been treated with synthetic materials for that period either. When you look at lists of pesticides allowed in organic agriculture, you find warnings such as, “Use with caution. The toxicological effects of [organic pesticide X] are largely unknown,” or “Its persistence in the soil is unknown.” Again, researchers haven’t bothered to study the effects of organic pesticides because it is assumed that “natural” chemicals are automatically safe.
It depends on which 'program' you choose. The nine-day cleansing program, with products to "support healthy energy and help satisfy hunger", retails for $260, while a 30-day cleanse is $490. There's also a variety of products and product combinations on sale that retail from $29 for a single product to $783.00 for the 'Presidents Pak', which "combines best-selling products with proven marketing tools".
I find the fact that we have lost the ability to eat correctly astonishing. All these supplements,quick fixes,wonder drugs etc. They are all lies! We have allowed ourselves to be completely dumbed down! My basic philosophy is: Move regularly with intensity. Eat the most natural,whole foods you can and just monitor your portion sizes. It`s not rocket science..is it? Avoid the obvious foods like soft drinks,processed foods etc. Surely it can be THAT hard? I think the majority of the problem is that people have just become far too lazy and are too quick to blame everybody else for their own lack of discipline.
To do so, Larson suggests making one change in your diet per week. For example, you can try to add an extra fruit or veggie to your lunches, aim to get more protein-rich meat alternatives in your dinners, or pledge to really, definitely, for sure eat a nutritious, energizing breakfast every day. You could also aim to bring your lunch from home a few more days a week.
But more recent studies show that while increasing fish oil intake improves omega-3 index, reducing LA intake doesn’t have any effect. Nor does increasing LA in the diet lead to any increase in molecules produced through pro-inflammatory pathways (5). Those pathways appear to be tightly controlled and not influenced by LA intake. – I know you said that this oil can cause inflammation in our bodies….but the research (studies NOT done or funded by Isagenix…no worries) shows that this is not the case.
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.
Your intellectual honesty and integrity is much appreciated on your unbiased review. As a practitioner of integrative and functional medicine, as well as bioidentical hormone replacement, many patients come to my practice looking for effective weight loss solutions. Your approach in my view is the most optimal and your advice is clinically valid. Some patients are looking for faster weight loss solutions and do have very deranged lipids and metabolic parameters including hypertension and prediabetes and lipid disorders. For patients looking for some quicker weight loss and to promote self confidence I had used Medifast with their nutritional coaches for three years with many patients losing weight to their desired goal and then switching to maintence phase with most of your dietary recommendations. For the past six months I have been using Isagenix products on patients with better results than medifast for patients that have more than twenty pounds to lose. After they have achieved their weight loss goals most move to eating a whole, organic diet that is either paleo or a hybrid with the Mediterranean diet with good results. I hate the MLM aspect so am not affiliated as an associate but the products do work. Since 96% of patients with significant weight loss gain their weight back your idea of eating whole organic foods to detoxify is sound advice as is all the nutritional advice I have read on your site. The adaptogenic herbs in Ionix Supreme in my opinion is why people can stick to this diet for 30 days. Since high protein diets do produce quick weight loss I found this protein to be superior to the soy protein in medifast and more filling. I do not advocate eating this way for life and would refer patients to you for your sound advice that are interested in taking a slower more sustainable path. I have met many Isagenix associates who have personally lost and maintained their weight loss with Isagenix. Since there are no clinical trials comparing products all we have are testimonials. Some users are overly zealous just like religious fanatics who have had great results with their particular brand of religion. I use it as one clinical tool in my bag to help patients to a better way of eating and health like you promote. Keep up the great work you are doing! Most within Isagenix as well as Medifast are doing good things with great intentions but have not reached the higher path you are advocating.
New research continues to explore the influence that occasionally giving yourself a break from eating, also known as intermittent fasting, can have on health. The potential metabolic changes that occur on Cleanse Days suggest that this approach can offer benefits for anyone, whether your goal is to reach a healthy weight or simply promote long-term well-being.
There’s a big difference between small amount of naturally occurring fructose in whole foods that I recommend. There’s also a big difference between “fear mongering” and educating people who are otherwise spending their hard earned money on overly processed food byproducts that are being peddled ad health. I find lately that using facts and science to evaluate things is labeled as fear mongering. It used to just be called critical thinking.
Some diets and detoxes are so extreme, the body needs protein and if it does not aquire that through good nutrition it will start to break down muscle tissue. You may think it’s fat and fluid loss that you see on the scales and it might be, but it also might be the breakdown of your lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass is so important for your metabolism and burning calories.
There are some vegetable oils contained in products however these are non-hydrogenated. Meaning they do not have trans fatty acids like hydrogenated oils do. Palm Kernel Oil is a stable vegetable oil that is extracted from the seed of Elaeis guineensis, the oil palm. Thriving in tropical areas, oil palm is commonly found in Southeast Asia and central Africa. Palm kernel oil is solid at room temperature, which is something that is unique for a plant-based oil. The reason is because of its high content in the medium-chain triglyceride lauric acid (similar to coconut oil).
Very well said Tim Edge. Opinions and even some form of clinical information is fine, but at the end of the day what gives anyone the right to chastise others for choosing to walk a certain path in life? Oh and yes, medical practitioners can support, research, recommend and endorse all they like, that didn’t help the sufferers of thalidomide did it?
Bobby, have to respond yes but you are not doing anything special its just whey with some vitamins. So along with the rest best bet is to do to a nutritionist that will give you a better life style other than taking shakes every day…. really anyone will lose weight if you reduced the calories that you are taking in and increase your physical activity. Keep the extra money that you would be putting into other peoples pockets giving them the ability to buy those cars and trips and do something for you family……and yourself
I am not entirely against making money from your knowledge. I’ve been giving it away for free for years. My personal pleasure or pay has been seeing others lives change as a result. All I want in return is to see some of the same great results. I guess that is why the rep who told me about Isagenix offered to actually pay for my first months supply. Don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I can be pretty persuasive when I really believe in something:) But I personally believe that knowledge is healing. Been through a lot medically, have many witnesses and they know when I find something the works or helps, they too will benefit. That is why I am so anxious to learn more and apply a scientific approach to analyzing it.
7. Finally, You know your goal well, (IE, to become a bodybuilder, just to lose weight, general health). You aren’t going to become an IFBB bodybuilding pro from using Isagenix. It doesn’t have what you need to sustain that lifestyle. Want your pro card? This isn’t for you. Want help with a pesky 10 pounds, this might be for you. Want to lose 100 lbs? Isagenix can help. Yes.. help (refer to #4). Want help with changing eating habits, this could work for you.. if you educate yourself in the process. All this is going to do, is help you wipe the slate clean to begin new healthier habits. I can help you, but you have to first, be willing to help yourself, including learning.
It has been a passion of mine for many years now and I love information on nutrition. I catch a lot of flack from eating right and going all organic! Flack from the closest of my friends. :/ Who cares! I look great and feel great! I just had a biometric screening done and at age 43. I was told I am the picture of perfect health! I am not saying this to brag I am just giving some credibility. It is not an easy task to find this balance between what we hear and what is actually true. We believe people that we should trust but the reality is YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. We all know not everyone is perfect in their eating and it is not easy. Our world of FOOD is corrupt. What we call food is not food anymore. People don’t seem to understand that. With all the illnesses that we see..I don’t understand how?
I have started isagenix and now at day 8 of a 30 day cleanse. I am doing to give it a try as a my personal trainer mentioned it to me. I can only concur with Dani about the ingredients list as I have all the products she has mentioned which are the ones you mention Megan too and they have the ingredients that Dani has published on her blog. THEREFORE isagenix does is gluten, contains fructose, maltodextrin etc. So someone really needs to read the back of the packaging! As I said I am giving it a go as a template to regulate eating habits and to see what are the benefits as was looking for more energy. Australian farmers are the most efficient producers of food we need to eat everyday. Lets just buy fresh food and then we would all be a lot healthier!
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.
Being an organic vegetable farmer does not automatically mean you eat well. You can eat 100% organic and still not be eating right. It doesn’t mean you know about nutritional science or how to properly fuel your body. Though as someone who’s an organic vegetable farmer, I’d expect more. These products source whey from across the globe, which then has to travel all the way to the US – they use canola, wheat and soy, none of which are specified as organic and all of which destroy topsoil.
Sounds easy? It isn’t. Obviously. That’s because companies like Isagenix are thriving and that’s because there are many millions who want to believe in miracles more than they want to face the truth. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to believe in miracles. Problem is, I’m just one of those who needs to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I don’t think that’s an easy thing to find.
• Veggie Flush Salad: Light and refreshing, beets have nutrients which help detoxify the body by purifying the liver and blood. A powerhouse trio of asparagus, a natural diuretic; fennel, which relieves gastrointestinal ailments to get your tummy feeling flat; and kale, which plays a role in both phases of the liver’s detoxification process, will have you feeling rejuvenated in no time.
Just to try it, my wife and I started using the diet about a month and a half ago. I’m an IT guy, and my wife is a nurse. We are very busy and love that it’s a quick and easy meal in the mornings and lunch. During this last month or so I’ve lost 30lbs. I eat way less sugar and now I eat way less foods. I’m never hungry and I feel great. The cleanse days were rough at first, but now they’re fine. I don’t sell, and I’m not some advertisement person. Just a guy that is happy to share my success.