For those of us who are open minded and have been through the ropes on the MLM world, and are willing to do the research it takes to understand how health is achieved, you don’t need to state your credentials. Irregardless of them, you are stating your opinion based on the ingredients listed on the label. So don’t you worry about telling me who you are.
I stumbled across your blog and want to thank you for taking the time to post honest information about the inferior and toxic ingredients in Isagenix. I also admire your patient responses to the ones who take exception to your factual post. My digestive system was harmed by using this product back in 2008. (I won’t go into detail about the horrible GI issues it caused me, but in addition, it also caused headache, dizziness, and even a weird twitch in my right eye). I have always been in good health, (but also had a healthy appetite as well), and only wanted to lose 7 or 8 vanity pounds. It was not worth doing this diet, as I developed leaky gut and allergies, and it has taken me a few years to heal my gut and restore my health by seeing a doctor specializing in functional medicine.
Your comment on nonfat dry milk confuses me as you’re saying it’s denatured protein. This product, as it states in your heading, says ‘Low heat nonfat dry milk’. What I know about ‘low heat’ dry milk is that is classified as ‘Grade A’ or ‘Extra Grade’ and is required to contain a minimum 6.00 mg of undenatured whey protein nitrogen. This not classed as denatured. In addition, the theoretical ‘oxidised cholesterol’ contained in nonfat dry milk is negligible, particularly as in this instance low heat nonfat dry milk is not the product’s main ingredient. You say are sceptical about the pasture-fed cows but there is no evidence to suggest it is sourced from anywhere else. If your grocer tells you their spinach is locally grown and organic, do you follow the delivery van back to farm to see if they’re telling the truth? Do you stand in the farms and factories and watch the process of each and every product you buy to make sure they are doing what they claim? Who does that? We are all at the mercy of whatever our food labels and sellers tell us, along with some government rules and regulations to keep them in check.
In looking back at this whole kerfuffle, it became clear to me that there had been a colossal barrier to communication. The person who had originally asked me about Isagenix, the blog owner, and I were all operating in the arena of science and evidence. Most of the commenters were operating in a whole different universe of discourse based on belief, hope, hearsay, and personal experience. Science is like a foreign language to them, and they were incapable of understanding my points. Pearls before swine...
I cheated, and I hate myself for it. I drank a half a cup of a chai latte with skim milk. (I can’t even believe I’m saying this.) Rewind two weeks ago, and I was drinking grande-white-chocolate-mochas-with-whole-milk-and-whipped-cream on the daily; sometimes even twice a day if I wanted a sugar high mid-afternoon. The culprit on day 7: an outing with my friend, Stephanie. You can have green tea on these cleanses, but the café we went to didn’t have such a thing. I drank the chai latte reluctantly, guilt-ridden, and hurting (mentally) later. I felt like I had failed. No will power here.
Raw nuts and seeds provide healthy fats and protein. Dried beans and legumes, such as lentils and chickpeas, provide protein and phytonutrients. Brown rice, quinoa, teff and millet are whole grains that you can find in the bulk bins at health-food stores and in some grocery chains. The fiber in the whole grains and produce will help keep you full and helps regulate your digestive tract.
My sister and mom just started Isagenix, and they love it. I’ve been trying to get them to eat healthy for the past year, but they’ve been too lazy. Isagenix just seems like a way for people to lose weight with minimal effort. Sure, it is harder to actually take ten to fifteen extra minutes to actually make a meal, but it’s so much better for you. That being said, I do get that sometimes people need a nudge in the right direction, so I get the appeal. There are just so many other options out there!
Appreciate the info Dani. Do you think all the isagenix products are bad? I do take some of their vitamin supplements which include vitamins B A magnesium adaptagens and many more vitamins that seem to help with energy. I am also taking the non dairy pea protein powder because I have a hard time getting enough calories every day because of the nature of my work and hours.
Dinner? That's miso soup with some chopped sea vegetables (like the Japanese nori, used to make sushi) snipped over top. Or you might choose a cup of brown rice with a few chopped vegetables mixed in. "Brown rice gives your body plenty of B vitamins, which is a stress reducer. It's very high fiber, will fill you up, will help you sleep, and will flush you out in the morning."
Thank you for posting this. I find it deeply disturbing how Isagenix consultants try to tell you how no other food on the planet has as many nutrients. The whey made my skin have terrible and painful acne flareups and the Isagenix Natural Accelerator made me unable to sleep for days. Neither my Isagenix consultant or the company representative I spoke with were honest about their products giving people such side effects. Instead they tried to tell me I had acne before and must be under stress for my job so that’s why I can’t sleep. This is all a pyramid scheme, where they want to make you a lifer while screwing up your digestive system by not giving people the opportunity to let their bodies digest real foods and not processed powder.
This 9-day cleanse really lasts for 11 days. The first two days are “shake” days, which is a combination of drinking a shake for breakfast, eating a light, low-glycemic lunch, and drinking a shake for dinner. And in between you can eat Isagenix Snacks, which remind me of my dog’s vitamins, but actually have proven to be quite tasty. (But who knows, maybe I only liked the taste because I had forgotten what good food tastes like), drink lots of water, and take capsules that are meant to speed up your metabolism and give you energy.
Listen to your bodies people. If you are using these products as a stepping stone from a fast-food lifestyle, great…but don’t let your journey stop there…keep making an effort to push forward. THere is a reason Kraft foods mac and cheese has a long list of ingredients (including ingredients used to make TIRES) in the US…but only has 5 ingredients on the box in Italy. Europe has protested Mansanto and these other companies for a long time. The sad truth is American’s are just unaware. I admit that was me just a few years ago even though I always ate “healthy”. Keep your eyes and ears open, be mindful of what you put in your body and LISTEN to your body…just don’t give up and stop with these network marketing products…I have been on both sides of it and will not put my name behind any of the products currently on the MLM market. I commend everyone who is trying to get healthy and do what works for them, I pass no judgment, but know that these articles are not trying to cr*p on your efforts, they are actually very necessary and USEFUL and I am so grateful for this information and further confirmation on all of the studies I have read about just by googling myself.
I will not become hostage to a company, any company. If I have to pay for supplements, shakes, wafers, etc., I am not learning how to eat properly – someone else is doing my thinking for me. No doubt I can lose weight with Isagenix, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem (“Lose up to 10 lbs. in the first month or your money back” which means if you’ve only lost one pound, they’ve still met their obligation). Give me the Mediterranean Diet any day.
Hey Dana, I have read your reviews on multiple products, and from what I’ve seen, you seem to do you best to take the worst parts of the entire product line and put them on blast, suggesting everything about the rest of the line is “toxic”, “harmful”, “rancid”…etc. Although you may have a world of knowledge, experience is the best education. I have been on Advocare and Isagenix, and although I don’t disagree with your opinion that Advocare isn’t good, just like your post about Isagenix, you have made it seem far worse that what it is. The fact of the matter is that Isagenix is making a difference in the health and wellbeing of many of the product users. I personally lost 43 pounds using Isagenix and the products were a large upgrade to Advocares ingredients (I think you will agree). A fair article doesn’t stand completely one sided on a subject, but looks at the good as well as the bad. Makes what you write appear to be completely bias.
The recommendations, results and safety of cleanses vary. Extreme cleanses, such as the Master Cleanse, which has you subsist on lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for 10 days, can leave you weak and nauseous. You may lose weight in the short term, but are likely to gain back all the weight you lost shortly after returning to your old habits.
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.
3. Can the “results” be verified by clinical trials and not just anecdotal stories from enthusiastic but brainwashed distributors? Hey, I’ve been there, you get pumped up at conventions, everyone around you has a fantastic story to tell, they parade a bunch of docs or scientists up on stage and well… it goes on and on. I have nothing against the MLM industry per se. What concerns me and always has is that suddenly Mary Jones, a real estate agent or secretary goes to a few meetings, maybe a convention and suddenly is an ”expert” in nutrition, weight loss or whatever. I have been studying and practicing clinical nutrition for over 30 years. The one thing I know for certain is that the more I know and learn the more I know there is more to learn.
She tells you to contact the person who told you about Isagenix. And one of the headings on the website is “Wealth.” There you will find out how you can sell products from your home and become an associate, a consultant or an executive with increasing levels of financial return. This sounds like a typical multilevel marketing scheme, typical of products that can’t be marketed effectively based purely on their merits.
This may be one of the stupidest comments I’ve ever heard regarding the anorexia comment. I’m a physician of 18 years. I’ve been using this product in my practice for the past 3 years and have seen some amazing, Life changing results!! People who have lost over 100 pounds, people who are off ALL meds, people who no longer have type 2 Diabetes. You can break down most ingredients and find “something ” that’s conflicting. However, look at the big picture. Millions of people are getting healthy!!
Her information is accurate, just because you lost a significant amount of weight and got a new part time does not mean that the product is healthy. She gave a nutritional review and at no point did she tell people that they need to stop using it. Just like you are arguing that it is a great product because it helped you I also know someone who used it for over a year that is now diabetic and has chronic liver inflammation due to increased consumption of fructose- a diagnosis made by a doctor, she is 26 years old and a type 2 diabetic and her doctors concluded that it was due to her diet in the previous year and a half of which 12 months was the isogenix shakes/diet, which she swore by until she ended up in the hospital. Proper diet and a work out schedule can make people healthier, sleep better, concentrate better etc. It’s wonderful and all that you feel good and that your friend is doing well but by no means does it mean that this product is healthy or for everyone. But you sound just like my friend that I mentioned before her diagnosis, unwilling to hear anything negative about your life choices…you can KNOW something is bad for you and continue to do it by all means its your life but dont try to tell Dani she has no credibility because she actually does and you dont. You’re a sales person and that’s it. The fact that you said you worked a job you didnt like and that it was hourly just gives off the vibe that you dont have the education to back up what you are saying.
Today the marketplace is cluttered with detox diets that promise to help you lose weight, boost your energy levels and more. However, many popular detox diets, especially those that involve extreme low-calorie fasting, can rob the body of important nutrients and place the body in starvation mode, which actually slows your metabolism. Other downsides of many detox diets include: dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and even colon damage.
2. Include water and potassium-rich foods (and drinks) that are low in sodium. This is a potent combo that restores normal fluid balance and flushes out bloat and puffiness. Why is this combo so magical? Fluids help to flush out your system while potassium helps to counterbalance sodium. (Go for vegetables [all of them, especially green leafy veggies] and fruits).
Furthermore…… to all the people out there who have been quite arrogant in some of these posts, but saying that Dani knows nothing…………. I do not know this lady, but I do know my family GP very well and i have no reason to doubt her. My recent blood results did show a change in the Vitamin D level, but that was purely down to the fact I had a Vitamin D injection to cover me for 6 months (rather than take daily supplements). Other than that…. NO Change anywhere. I can honestly say, this system did not work for me.
If you want to lose weight, eat less than you burn, full stop. Learn to cook and eat stuff you make yourself. Don’t waste your money on organic either, as if anything the anti-GMO movement is even scammier than Isagenix. Teach yourself enough biology and chemistry to understand why these are scams. And most of all, accept that successful weight loss takes time. It’s a long-term project; don’t rush it, or buy into shortcuts.
This article is well written and well informed. It’s actually a sad state of affairs that peoples diets are so bad that they have to turn to products like Isagenix for solutions and even worse that they get results, creating a vicious cycle of defending uninformed positions with confirmation bias. Isagenix is a prime example of how we can still avoid real nutritional science and capitalize off peoples desperation. It is clear that the ‘pro-Isagenix’ posts in this forum are either from people selling Isagenix products or those who feel they have to defend their position due to the great results they have had with isagenix fixing part of their nutrient deficiencies….. in the least efficient and unhealthiest way possible.
I know you wrote this article a year ago but my brother-in-law recently asked me to research Isagenix for him. Without even researching it I knew what I would find would be an awful product, but he does not eat a “clean” diet so I know I need proof for him. Anyway, I found your article very informative. What I found extremely sad is the comments. I don’t care if you have a degree in accounting, nutrition, or no degree at all, research is research! Any person with a brain and sometime to look up ingredients could find this information. I am short on the “time” so I appreciate your help. Most people want to review a product so they go to that products website and read all the awesome reviews about it and what it can do for you!!! That is NOT how you research products. These uneducated people commenting on your blog are part of the herd. Good for you on standing up and doing your homework!!
I have just one tiny piece of information to add. I’m a medical librarian so I always like to find peer-reviewed studies to help illuminate an issue. There is still a lot of uncertainty about that whole fructose toxicity thing. Recent reviews of several studies found that there really isn’t enough evidence to show that fructose is causal for metabolic disease, clinical hepatic toxicity, etc. I don’t think the studies are saying we will never find a relationship, but that it’s too soon to make public health declarations or policy based on the science that exists. See: