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.
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!
Cleansing to ‘kick-start’ weight loss is like getting a base tan before your holiday to Mexico. It’s a useless waste of time. In the end, the weight you lose from extreme dieting and cleansing is mostly water, which will return as soon as you resume eating a normal diet. It’s just basic physiology. I know the promise of ‘transformation’ in just 30 days is tempting, but it’s also close to impossible. Again, please don’t let emotion dictate your choices here.
My nutritionist is amazing. Thanks to her encouragement, I went from 206LBS to 157LBS. I smoked while losing the weight, but did learn to eat right, thanks to her. My goal weight is 130LBS-135LBS, and I have gained 15 LBS since quitting smoking, but will not lose sight of my goal. A few months ago, a nice lady, a friend of a facebook friend, approached me about buying these Isagenix products, and I put it on hold. After reading up on them, they are probably not bad, but the issue is this: How can one really keep the weight off buy drinking shakes, power bars, and all that other crap. It has to be a lifestyle change. It takes more will power and is less fun to do this Isagenix crap than to cook right. At first, it was an adjustment, buying salmon, vegetables, making salad, cutting out soda and snacks. Eventually; however, it became easier. It is on this path, I will continue, and eventually get to my goal weight. Now that I am no longer smoking, and using that as a crutch, I feel better and know that now I can continue my weight loss journey. Quick fixes are not the solution. We got fat because we love to eat. Now its time to amend one’s eating choices and portion sizes. That is the key, not these silly shakes, power bars, and all that other crap. Finding an amazing nutritionist is the key.
Thanks for the article, Dani. I really appreciate the insight. I am always entertained by the constant back and forth. I tried Isagenix because a friend of mine has been using it and having a great deal of success. Since January, I have been trying to really get my health and weight under control. I had a real unhealthy lifestyle (eating like crap and very little exercise) and was bound and determined to get it under control. I started Isagenix in February (after a solid month of clean eating and exercising 6 days a week), and experienced a great deal of success in the first week and a half. I had more energy and my body was feeling great. However, after that first week and a half, I experienced serious hunger and harsh digestion reactions. It was really a struggle to follow the plan and all of the suggestions that my friend gave me. I felt like my body was holding onto everything I ate (or drank) – I was exhausted all of the time, dizzy, and constantly hungry.
I’m a little late to the party but I tried Isagenix about 5 years ago (before I became a Health Coach). I thought it was an over-priced program and pretty awful, especially the cleanse days with the little wafers (don’t know if they still do that). It’s basically over-priced Slim-fast. I’m absolutely stunned at how many “health coaches” there are out there that sell this stuff. There are a lot of good products on the market and I’m not anti-MLM but the person who sold me this stuff now markets for a company called Qivana and their shakes don’t look any better. Thanks for taking the time to write this!
undenatured whey protein, olive oil, flax seeds, medium chain triglycerides (from coconuts), cinnamon, digestive enzymes, alfalfa leaf, sea salt, pysllium seed, vitamin C, iron, iodine (from kelp), stevia, zinc, wild yam, prebiotics and pro biotics, calcium, vitamin B12, folic acid. You are getting 8 grams of fibre per serving, 24 grams of protein, only 11 grams of natural sugars, no gluten, no soy protein, 21 vitamins and minerals, low glycemic, amazing amino acid profile etc etc. This is their isalean shake their most popular product.
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.
Thanks for the honest review. Before for this I was on a website that was knocking Isagenix only to discover that the closing paragraph was a plug for a competitor, Leptigen with a link to their products (the “review” was written by a Leptigen strategist). Either way I wasn’t interested in either product at that point. It seems hard to argue with the logic that you should simply just eat real, unprocessed foods, but all the comments say otherwise.
Dr. Harriet Hall writes more below about the junk science behind Isagenix. In short, there are no proven benefits to using the Isagenix products. Users of the products may offer anecdotes about their success with them, but that is not the same as having independent scientific studies supporting such claims. Of course, Isagenix prohibits reps from making medical claims about the products, but such a prohibition never seems to stop the distributors in any company.
Every time you eat, your body digests the foods you consume, then absorbs and transports nutrients to all of your body’s cells through the blood stream. Your cells can either use these nutrients right away or store them for later. When you consume more food than your body needs at any one time, it can lead to a back-up of excess nutrients for your metabolism to manage.
Most responsible dairy owners do not continually milk their cows year round. Often, after the calf is born, the farmer waits 2 – 3 months before breeding the cow back, another 2 – 3 months, either weaning the calf off or sharing the milk with the calf, then during the last few months of the cows pregnancy, the farmer will dry her off and let her body concentrate on growing that new baby and prepare itself for the birth and milk for the new calf. Even small farmers sometimes have two cows and breed them for alternating winter/summer or spring/fall calves so that they will always have one freshened (in milk).
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.
Power your way through the day with nutritionally complete, protein packed delicious bars. Each bar contains 18 grams of high-quality protein, rich in branched-chained amino acids, which help to support health and weight management goals. The delicious, convenient, nutritionally-complete protein bar will reduce cravings and keep you satisfied for hours. Great for post workouts, healthy snacking, or an evening treat.
Just a year ago, a University of Illinois at Chicago College of Applied Sciences study comparing weight lost using Isagenix® versus a “heart-healthy” diet won a prestigious award from the American Society of Nutrition. The study was lead by Dr. Krista Varady, Ph.D., an Associate Professor and researcher at UIC. She’s contributed to more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and been featured on television, in print and in person as an authority on intermittent fasting for weight loss.
Next maltodextrin… A derivative of starch, maltodextrin is more easily digestible than other complex carbs, but it does not cause the same blood sugar spike associated with simple sugars. Semi-sweet or flavorless, this polysaccharide (chain of sugar units) comes from corn, tapioca, potato, wheat, or rice. Department of Health and Human Services. Listing of Specific Substances Affirmed as GRAS. Part 184, Subpart B, Sec. 184.1444 Maltodextrin. 2011; 21:3. CITE: 21CFR184.1444. Online: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=184.1444
Oh, and as far as being “angry” (yes, I’ve read the other posts), I am angry. I know several very close friends who’s lives have been ruined by Isagenix and other MLM snake oil. Would you be angry if your best friend completely alienated his family and threw his career away to peddle Isagenix crap? I sure hope you would care enough about your friend to be angry. What if someone’s wife alienated her husband and threw her family away to join the Isagenix cult? Is it ok for the husband to be angry about this? Would you have him choke down his anger and pretend like he’s not angry over losing his wife to a company like Isagenix?
I did Isagenix…I lasted 10 days. I lost 6kg. I felt horrendous. I couldn’t stop shitting, and it was literally weeing out my butt (that can’t always be good), I was HUNGRY, after the two cleanse days I was so repulsed by the snack buttons and the cleanse drink that I would start dry reaching just looking at the bottle. And then when I stopped taking Isagenix, I was so hungry, I ate triple what a normal person would eat. When I was on the program, my blood sugar levels were tested at just below 2. I feel like dry reaching just writing this. I can also no longer eat blueberries…those damn shakes turned me off blueberries. AND I paid approximately $1500 dollars all up.
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.
I was recently sent this article/blog/discussion by a patient. I get hundreds of “Dr. Google” articles sent to me to evaluate and frankly, I evaluate products and supplement/diet systems for a living from a physician’s and nutrition and medicine perspective. Old companies (GNC, Vitamin Shoppe/ Hebalife/Shaklee/4Life/Usana/Nuskin, etc) and new companies/products (IDLife/SilverWolf, etc) and all the “new and improved products” each produce. They all have commonalities: Most products are not new, just recombined and renamed. No one can distinguish the sourcing of ingredients just by reading the label, and it is very difficult for the consumer, let alone the self described online blogger experts to distinguish and evaluate the science and science officers of each company and product.
Honestly, I could rant about this till im blue in the face. But no amount of ranting will mean anything because you do have some valid grounds but your missing the concepts of what Isagenix was based off of. The real quality of the stuff used (again my body can tell). But hey id be willing to even challenge you that if you worked with me directly, id probably gain 20-30 pounds no matter what you tried to do if I went Isagenix clean for a month. But at that point you would probably brush it off as a failure and I would be the one left to suffer the consequences .
One of the most unsettling things about Isagenix, along with some other high-profile diet programs, is the use of random unqualified people to sell the product. I suppose that’s the nature of MLM, but a colleague of mine managed to flip me some extremely crazy screenshots of one Isagenix salesperson’s posts on Facebook, and they were completely outrageous.
I realize that I must sound like an infomercial: “I have a magical bean that will make all your problems go away!”. Here is a kicker though, it is NOT an easy week. This weight loss cleanse can take a toll on anyone, so read the instructions carefully and prepare accordingly. Get rid of all junk food in the house, grab groceries for the week, prepare you meals… And figure out what to do on the weekend, so that it won’t ruin your progress.
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.”
A friend of mine on Isagenix also wound up in the hospital with severe abdominal pain after her 30 day cleanse… it was diagnosed as an intestinal blockage… guess what… once released and feeling better she went right back on Isagenix… talk about brainwashing! Claims it had nothing to do with the products. My ex mother in law who is also on the products when I warned her of what happened to my friend stated “she must not be eating right on her daily meal”… it’s crazy!!!
Isagenix claims to promote weight loss. All “treatments” for [temporary] weight loss work the same way: they get people to ingest fewer calories than they expend. There is no reason to think that a person who restricts calorie intake and exercises will lose any more weight if they add Isagenix products. Diuretic and laxative effects, psychological factors, and enthusiasm for a new method may initially fool people into thinking they have benefited.
No, not everyone has time or money to buy all the ingredients and prep them to make their own shakes. Also, the protein bars are awesome and I know many people who eat them as a better alternative to eating fast food (these are often guys who are driving all day long and just don’t take time to make lunches so they do the fast food routine). These bars are a much better option.
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.
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.
The following is copied & pasted from a friend who admittedly HAS gotten great results. Out of curiosity I asked her how she’d lost so much weight. She emailed me the youtube clip of Greenlaw hawking his product, and a text which included this: “You will have more energy, sleep better, have optimal mental focus, lose the bloating, less stress & anxiety, better skin and hair… you name it! Some people use this for weight loss, some for weight gain, some just to tone, and some merely for more energy and better sleep. This is not 1 size fits all.”
On a Cleanse Day, you drink four deep cleansing servings of Cleanse for Life, spaced evenly throughout the day in the morning, noon, late afternoon, and evening. You also choose from Cleanse Day support tools, or small snacks, to help you manage cravings and provide steady energy while still keeping calories very low. Choose from a combination of four to six Isagenix Snacks™ plus two small snacks, one in the midmorning and one in the early evening.