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 (1). Used as a thickening agent or to round out sweetness, maltodextrin is a white powder that is native to both home-cooking and packaged 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!
We were approached by a rep/shill with isagenix product b in particular as an answer for our child’s Autism I was hesitant and work with medical professionals so asked what if anything they knew and the answer I received was simple and quick if there was a cure or some sort of beneficial treatment the Australian Government would be all over it. Our situation made us a target. This deliberate targeting of my child’s disability and extremely pushy rep/shill is shameful he wouldn’t take no for an answer offered all sorts of research and papers all performed by whom I believe to be the founder of Isagenix No independent research to back it up. I delayed months and every question was shot down with research and results. From cured cancer to regression completely from Autism to regrowth of cells etc etc…
Organic agave nectar is relatively mild, is not chemically processed, and is free from harmful additives. This is the kind that Isagenix uses. Agave has beneficial properties which support digestive health. Agave contains naturally occurring inulin, a form of fructan found in a number of vegetables including onions, green beans, asparagus, and artichokes. The fructans in agave have been demonstrated to support the growth of beneficial microbial flora in the digestive tract. M.G. López and J.E. Urías-Silvas, “Prebiotic Effect Of Fructans From Agave, Dasylirion And Nopal,” ISHS International Symposium on Human Health Effects of Fruits and Vegetables (Québec City, Canada) 2007 (http://www.actahort.org/books/744/744_45.htm).
I met a usually fit bubbly friend from the gym today for a green tea (it’s my fast day so coffee tomorrow) and she is really un well after 6 weeks on Isagenix. She has stopped taking it for a few days and is slowly starting to feel better. Hence why I decided to do some research on this poison. This is not natural it’s in a jar for Christ sake, if you want natural buy whole fruits, vegetables and fresh fish and meats. Take an hour out of your day and prepare and cook beautiful food, sit down with your family and enjoy healthy good food and they weight will drop and you will feel great in no time…and guess what along with the bargain you save money as you aren’t lining other peoples pockets in a pyramid scheme. Wake up!
If Isagenix products were so unhealthy you wouldn’t have people lowering their cholesterol, lowering diabetes medications, coming off blood pressure, antidepressants etc etc Obviously all in consultation with their doctors, who are amazed at how healthy they are and what great work isagenix did in their body, allowing the body to heal itself, cleansing out the toxins. Speaking of toxins, the isagenix system is designed to do just that. A good video showing this at the blood level by Jim Rhoades is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BesUttqdy2w
– The minute I mentioned the above points on a friends facebook feed when she said about thinking about doing it I got a barrage of shitty messages from Isagenix reps saying I knew ‘F’ All about nutrition and even CrossFit ( which really made me laugh) but couldn’t answer any of my questions I asked in the first place, thus cementing the fact that these idiots just have $ signs in their eyes and they missed out on some money.
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 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.
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.
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.

Here is an example of what I have read in these feeds: As much as I would like to MAKE AN UNEDUCATED GUESS that the deniers are probably democrats or don’t vote, I have absolutely no data to support my crazy statement and could have also made an assumption based on the personal filter/belief that all or most democrats never or can’t back their decisions with facts. Presenting facts to support a concept or product is not an action influenced by a group you belong to. Presenting unbiased facts is honest research. Everyone should be supportive of honest research. Rather than getting upset, use your energy to seriously find research to support what you beleive. Dani has done so and continues to address ethically those who disagree with her. This entire feed is so educational and entertaining on many levels. Amazing how so many people resort to name calling when they interpret something as offensive. I am sharing this sight with my daughter and students to learn how to debate and how not to debate, good and bad research, the balanced and unbalanced person, Gorilla Marketing, and the list goes on! Keep this feed alive!

Dani, bless your sanity. The Iso-maniacs are afraid their get-rich-quick bubble will burst and have sounded the alarm for their trolls to flood your site with ritualize testimonial after testimonial. There’s no magic here, no secret of science and no common sense. It’s water loss, temporary and an unhealthy way to live over extended periods. Nothing more than Stepford Wives pushing temporary weight loss plans. They are a tenacious bunch and some of them, downright clueless.


You have helped “trillions” of people, so you must be doing really well. Before your above comment I was actually really looking into your programs. Because of my background in health research ethics and governance it is natural for me question credibility of information. Before say my background does not qualify me to know anything about anything, I never said or suggested it does. Just that it is the reason I question information and motivations. If you don’t like being questioned about your opinion, don’t publish it. You have baited people to read your blog and then ambushing them when they have something to say about it, unless is it complementary to you and your business. Not unbiased in the slightest. This brings me back to the biggest point (which seems to be the elephant in the room for you) that your product reviews are not unbiased. You should not claim that they are. They are reviews, quite right there, but not unbiased. In a public health setting, ethically you could not claim this. It doesn’t matter how many people say “well done” or “you’re so right”. Let’s try it in the language that you would use, it is literally fact that you are non unbiased. Next time you review something, try harder to be unbiased. Maybe by posting in a blog that is not selling your own products. You have the upper hand here because you are the business owner and you could actually have more integrity. If you are questioning my integrity, question away, but I’m actually not selling anything.
They are relentless. One doesn’t even have the energy to work out yet she sucks down those shakes! It’s a SHAKE plan for crying out loud! $400 / month. I don’t get it. A bag of muscle milk is what, $35? How about eat some fruits and veggies. Eat some protein, eat more fruits and veggies and voila! Oh, and workout for 30 mins a day and you’ll lose weight!
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.
Well said. I have used Isagenix in the past and it is good for a quick weight loss because you cut calories, cleanse days you eat nothing, so yes you lose weight. But it all comes back. I am now finally learning about proper nutrition and exercise, especially cutting sodium and keeping stress levels down. My next move now is to take up yoga which I heard has great stress relieving benefits.

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.


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.
Lastly, length of time in this industry does not mean you know about nutrition (or maybe you do and still sell Isagenix for financial benefit). “if you think that “WHOLE” foods are something that the average person can afford to put in their body and get as much nutrition as in just 1 shake by Isagenix, then you are sorely mistaken.” So the average person can afford to spend hundreds of dollars a month on these products full of synthetic vitamins that can’t be absorbed? That doesn’t even make sense.
Saying that Isagenix products contain corn is inaccurate. Again, a quick search for corn produces several hits, but if you take the time to read, you find it’s NOT CORN, the ingredient is CORN BRAN. Corn bran is a food product made from the tough outer layer of corn. Like the brans derived from other grain crops, it is very high in fiber, and it can be used in a wide variety of ways. Many commercial food producers use this substance as filler in their foods, and to reduce the caloric value of snack foods. It can also be used in home cooking to increase the fiber content of various foods and to add texture.
that is not even saying what goes inside the corporate site. Bigots calling people monkeys is okay? they have a reputation of paying off employees or using the clause that AZ is a at will state making the work atmosphere unbearable with trumped up charges and causing employees to quit. Knowing they cannot legally fight back due to they rack up billable hours. I use to work in their customer service department and knew that if you made your boss looked good you were good. The moment that made them look back the retaliated. So treating and cheating people is nothing that Isagenix has not only done to their customers but also to their employees. Equal opportunity employer that’s funny. They will also throw other MLM’s under scrutiny for things they try to claim as to try to sway attention away from them turning other businesses in…..

Apple and cinnamon seem to go hand-in-hand for whatever reason. This is another one of those infused water recipes similar to the cucumber water. These water detox drinks are actually quite trendy because they provide tons of flavor minus the calories and artificial flavors. Apple and cinnamon are another two awesome ingredients that make for a terrific weight loss cleanse.


The Isagenix diet aims to shift the body’s state from acidic to alkaline and reduce any form of inflammation existing within the body. This is achieved through two phases – cleansing the toxins from the body, and supplying it with adequate nutrients. The program helps clean out wastes and toxins from the digestive tract, improves brain health, and enhances the functioning of the immune system.

The problem is that most of the people who sell this program are not qualified to address the issues and side effects that come up with their customers. When I told them that I had diarrhea, I was told that this was a sign that I was cleansing, and not to worry. I took a look at the ingredients, and researched each one, as you did Dani. This is when I thew the products away.
Thank you for posting this information. I have been on quite a journey the past two years making many changes to my diet. The biggest change is eating a paleo lifestyle. I stopped eating most of the food offered through isagenix because I do believe it is too processed but I have still been consuming the shakes because I find it difficult to eat the amount of protein I need to eat everyday without supplementing somehow. I am an avid crossfit participant and would like to build some more lean muscle. In order to do this I need to eat at least 1g per lb of bodyweight, in my case, 160g of protein. I just ordered the protein you recommended above to give it a try. I am just starting a program to get my masters in human nutrtion and functional medicine. I am sure I will come across information about the ingredients you listed as I move through the program. It is a shame there is not better labeling requirements so people can really understand what they are getting. I truly believed Isagenix was organic, sourced from new zealand gras fed cows without artificial ingredients or preservatives, although I often wondered how it could have such a long shelf life without preservatives! My internal alarm bells have been ringing which led me to do a search that landed me at your post. So here I sit feeling overwhelmed and I feel sad because as educated as I am still believed what the company told us. I wanted you to know your blog has reached a current Isagenix user in a positive way. I started with Isagenix because of the science of what they tell us is behind their products. It is because of this science I got an appetite to know more and that led me to complete my health coaching training through IIN and now enter a masters program to further my studies. For that, I will be grateful to Isagenix. I believe the science they tell us is solid, but it appears their products do not fulfill the requirements to achieve the results the science warrants.
I’ve been eating a whole food plant based diet for 3 months – no pre-packaged stuff, no Gluten, no refined sugar, no dairy ( although I do allow myself the odd bit of seafood, as it sits very well with my stomach ) and I’ve never felt better. I’d eat dirt before I ever started eating some “meal-replacement” shake. Meals shouldn’t need to be replaced if you’re preparing them correctly.
It’s been very interesting reading all the feedback on isagenix. I know many people who sell it. I think it’s nothing other than a MLM scam for consultants to make money.The bottom line for real weight loss is, get your butt up and exercise, eat a clean healthy diet and drink plenty of water. There is no magic pill, shake, vitamin, cleansing product out there. My philosophy is, if you can’t read the ingredients in what your eating then don’t eat it!!
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.

Isagenix Ionic Alfalfa, bilberry extract, ashwagandha extract, pau d’arco inner bark extract, blueberry extract, aloe vera leaf gel, raspberry juice extract, burdock root extract, rhodiola root extract, deglycyrrhizinated licorice root extract, eleutherococcus senticosus root extract, turmeric root extract, peppermint leaf extract, yellow dock root extract, fennel seed extract, suma root extract, choline bitartrate, betaine HCI, inositol, fructose, potassium citrate, citric acid, purple carrot, natural flavor, lime juice powder, pyridoxine HCI, niacinamide, cyanocobalamin, and I-methionine.
Anyway…I was kinda excited to do it, but once I started I HATED every single day of it, especially the cleanse days. The “wafers” or whatever they called them, which was the only solid thing ingested on those days were absolutely HORRIBLE. I gagged just thinking that I had to eat them. The shakes were OK, but I had had better. I didn’t order anything extra, like soups or bars…just what came with the initial order. GROSS…everything else was so gross. I couldn’t eat the bars, the stuff they gave you to put in water was just awful.

I first came across your website when I was researching Isagenix and whether to do the program or not (the 30 day cleanse). To sum things up, I have tried EVERYTHING under the sun, eat organic to minimize toxins, have recovered from fibromyalgia through serious detoxing and naturopathic and homeopathic protocols. Many years. Changed my life for the better but pregnancies really make me pack on weight, despite eating low carb, eating “clean”, staying away from allergens (I need to avoid wheat as I am intolerant to it: I can gain 5 lbs of water-weight overnight from eating it). After my third pregnancy nothing worked to take off the weight. Paleo, eating a non-allergenic diet given to me by my naturopath, etc. Was desperate and tried intermittent fasting (too stressful for women on the adrenals: worked at first, then backfired) and Carb Nite (very, very low carb) as well as other ketogenic diets. I had major issues after a few months on those ketogenic diets with dumping minerals and becoming electrolyte imbalanced, despite supplementing very carefully with minerals, etc. So it was a tough decision when I decided to try Isagenix. I went off the ketogenic diets because I just couldn’t stay on them anymore and the electrolyte imbalance was causing me to have high blood pressure, heart palpitations, and slightly high cholesterol (just above normal) from releasing the fat rapidly in my system (I lost 20 lbs in a month). I had to stop. I got IVs at my naturopath’s to restore some of my electrolytes, cleansed my liver, and began to eat normally (still low-carb but some carbs, gluten-free: coconut and almond flour, brown rice, salads, omega 3s, grass-fed meats). Sadly, I gained most of the weight back (15 lbs) that I had lost in only 2 months. I still had 60 lbs to lose, so I decided to try Isagenix as I did not know what else to do. I saw your website and agreed with what you were saying, as I know a lot about holistic health, but I just HAD to try something. All the “after” pictures and testimonials from even people I knew on the program were too much to resist and I figured that I had to try it for myself. Let me begin by saying that I KNOW I am extremely carbohydrate sensitive, but I wanted to try this anyway since low carb was not working for me. So I initially lost 21 lbs in the first 5 weeks and then plateaued for the rest of the almost-4 months. I cleansed for 2 days at a time, 3 times a month. I did what they said. Ate what they said to eat (and it’s expensive!!!!!), when they said to eat it. I worked out. Nothing. The weight was no longer coming off my waist, hips, or thighs. Very frustrating. I know I have a tendency to be a bit low thyroid so wondered if it that was the culprit. Went for a blood test and was SHOCKED at the results: now I have high cholesterol, high triglycerides, slightly high ALT readings, slightly high hemoglobin readings. My mineral levels went back up to normal for potassium, magnesium, and calcium, but not for sodium or chloride. My blood pressure is normal, thankfully, but now all these other problems have come up!! At first, upon reading the results of my blood test, I was floored and scared. But now I feel mad. And I know I will fix this but it’s very maddening that Isagenix puts these things into their products in the first place! Let’s start with fructose. It’s toxic to the liver. Voila! Mine is reeling from all the fructose that I have since found on almost all their product labels. My blood sugar is perfect (4.7) but my triglycerides sure aren’t. The rancid fats messed with my previously perfect HDL and low LDL to a now low HDL and high LDL!!!!! The cleanse drinks did not deal with getting rid of my previously somewhat high cholesterol (from the fat released in my bloodstream last year by the rapid weight loss) and instead have made my ALT numbers go up, as well as triglycerides: on the cleanse days (which I stupidly did for 2 days, up to the day before my blood test) are very sweet and you only consume them 4 times a day, plus small amounts of dark chocolate and “Snacks” which are chewable tablets (sweet, again) to help curb hunger. I am MAD, MAD, MAD that I let myself be taken in by the Isagenix hype. I realize that it works for some people, but it sure did not work for me and has messed up my health. I am off these products as of today (got my blood test yesterday) and am back to eating low-carb but with REAL foods, taking my fish oil, etc. I will be also going to my doctor again and my naturopath to help me restore my liver and overall health. Be careful–this is what I would advise to ANYONE thinking about Isagenix. It’s expensive, full of sugar, and if you are a carbohydrate-sensitive person, no matter what the dieticians say on their website, you may have trouble with the constant (supposed “low-carb” and low-calorie) intake of sugar all day long. For people like me, small amounts all day keep my blood sugar up (even if it’s not considered “high” by diabetic standards) and don’t allow me to lose weight. The fructose is TOXIC to the liver, as you have stated here, Dani, and obviously this is why my liver is in a terrible state right now. OK, someone out there may be reading this and saying, hey! You haven’t been diagnosed with liver disease, cyrrhosis, etc. so why am I freaking out? Well, I’ll tell you. Other than slightly higher cholesterol from the rapid weight loss that was detected in my blood tests in August of 2014, I had NO issues. Triglycerides perfect, ALT levels perfect in the middle of normal range, HDL cholesterol higher than LDL and in a good range, low LDL cholesterol. In just over 5 months since starting in late September, now I have these abnormal readings coming up and my doctor calls me and tells me to come in as we need to discuss these readings. The only thing I did in those 5 months was do Isagenix! Lesson learned. Thanks, Dani, for the passion you demonstrate at getting the word out there. I wish everyone out there who does Isagenix luck: I hope it works for you. Perhaps just doing the one month 30-day cleanse would have been enough, but for people like me who have a lot of weight to lose, I was advised to stay on it for the long-term until the weight comes off. That did not happen for me. Thanks for reading this.
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The same article you pulled the table from up at the beginning. You neglected to include the table at the end of Dr Mercola’s article recommending avoiding honey due to fructose. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/09/ethanol-alcohol-and-fructose.aspx. Organic Agave is fine, the amount of it is small. The supposed issue with fructose is in high amounts, all Isagnenix products are formulated low GI so they don’t cause a spike in insulin. That’s why diabetics do so well on the program.


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.
PS, as in all things, not just to ms dani, please weight the risks and benefits of any product. I have read some pretty abstract stuff written by highly accomplished people **research John Robbins-The Food Revolution** that stretches facts to the limit. Most things are completely unrealistic to accomplish without being in a proper mindset. Stress alone will take a toll on the digestive system on any organism, be it a plant, dog, rat, human (i.e. leaky gut).
A pejorative, sweeping statement about the qualifications of all Isagenix advisers? How can you possibly state with confidence about the knowledge, qualifications and experience of every Isagenix adviser. Do you know them all? It may well be that 50% of advisers have formal qualifications in nutrition and some may be dietitians. I don’t know, nor do you know I would suggest. This is a further indicator of your preconceived ideas about Isagenix in particular and dietary supplements of this type in general that underlay your bias in an alleged “unbiased” blog. BTW, I don’t use Isagenix or any other similar products. I tried isagenics for a few weeks but I don’t like like the shakes nor do I have the self discipline to adhere to a dietary program. I do like the cookies and the chocolates…yum.
I’ve been feeling very tired and have eaten very little. The shakes taste like twelve kinds of ass (I have to add decaf coffee just to make them palatable and I’m yet to be able to finish a whole one) and the snacks they give you with the presidential pack are, unfortunately, laden with chocolate. The bars have twice as much carbs/calories as the closest fruit containing equivalent I could find on the market, and the ‘cleanse day tea’ I have tastes like powerade. Exactly like powerade. I don’t think there’s a difference.
That promise led me to this article. Thank you Dani for doing so much of the “leg work” for me, although I still have to follow-up on a few other issues, it is what it is . . . fad, highly processed (over processed), artificial, lab-generated, synthetic “food like” substance. All neatly packaged with an incredible marketing/spin department to make it all shiny!
Robin’s comment makes a very good point. When you find something that is superior, doesn’t it just make sense to align yourself with that very something? I previously used another company for cleansing. That company worked very well. I started using the Isagenix cleanse approximately 3 years ago with significantly better results. As I have said previously, based on my education, clinical expertise, science and the objective tests we use in the office, I have not seen any other program get the results we are getting. If this was not the case, I assure you we would not have over 400 healthcare practitioners using this very program.

Our bodies arn’t really designed to thrive on ‘whey’ meal replacement shakes though. We are designed for natural foods, like whole fruits and vegetables. In nature, meal replacement shakes and protein bars don’t grow on trees. Imagine if there were no corporations, or big businesses trying to sell you things. What would you naturally eat then? Take away all the bullshit and see for yourself 🙂


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!
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.
Debate provides a platform informed choice – in the spirit of increased knowledge and insight – thank you for this blog. We are all doing the best we can – for our bodies for our future 🙂 This program works for me – I am not an evangelist – as it may not be for you – but it just might be a better option than what people choose now – with obesity as an epidemic – I would suggest its the mainstream consumption habits of the western world that require a sprinkling of this education contained within this blog.

Wow. I was going to meet with one of the sales reps for this product until I read through this site and many others. So here’s my take: it’s probably not for me. I lead a relatively healthy lifestyle and try to eat organic when I can…but I am also very busy and dont always drive 45 mins to the farmers market or make my own protein shakes with raw eggs.
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.

A nutritional cleanse is a way of dumping the junk out of the body. A diet full of processed, high sugar, and high fat foods (the typical busy American diet) can leave behind metabolic waste products in the system and even interrupt the normal hormonal fluctuations of the body. This, in turn, can make for a breeding ground for illness as well as a terrible environment to promote weight loss. A nutritional cleanse is kind of like hitting the restart button!
The SHRED Power Cleanse If you have two weeks to commit, this program by Dr. Ian a great one to consider. Why? Because it's filled with whole, nutritious, fiber-rich foods, a common sense approach to eating and an exercise program that is based on smart science. It is not designed to be a weight loss program, but you're likely to lose weight while you're on it. And during the program, you learn healthy lifestyle habits (like planning ahead and journaling) that you can use for long-term weight loss and weight maintenance. 
But your reason for wanting to do a cleanse may be totally admirable. For instance, perhaps you want to break out of eating patterns that leave you feeling sluggish halfway through your workday, or maybe you'd like to turn down your meat consumption a tad for the environment's sake. In those cases, you can still do what Larson calls a "reboot" rather than a cleanse to accomplish those goals without depriving your body of necessary nutrients.
Hi! Very interesting blog post and comments section. I was given Isagenix by my sister and am currently on Day 4 of a 2 week “cleanse”. Prior to her giving it to me, I told her that I was wary of the product because I could not find any research supporting Isagenix that was not influenced or purchased by the company itself. That’s odd, especially for such a large company with so many supporters and testimonies. Despite my hesitation, I agreed to try it. I am obese and have been having trouble with sleep apnea, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations. My typical weekly diet included regular doses of fast food, pizza and at least 2 liters of fit soda per day. Frankly, I believe that Isagenix DOES contain things that are unhealthy. However, it is likely that they are less unhealthy than the disgusting things I was already consuming everyday. My plan is not to use Isagenix for life. I can see why people do, though. It’s a matter of convenience (and for some, a matter of pride). I am using this period to move from being completely unhealthy to embracing real foods again. There’s something about two shakes a day and a 48 hour no-solid-food period that just makes you appreciate something simple and natural like a sweet potato. (Please please please don’t tell me sweet potatoes are bad for me. I just fell in love with them.) I fully intend to return to a life of real food, which I believe does have everything we need to be healthy and thrive. I just needed a way to “reset”, to start the change I know my life needs.
Your article is nothing short of fear-mongering. You prey on uneducated people who fail to research information for themselves and instead want to rely on you because you are a Certified Nutrition Consultant. If you want to use your title to help people, then do it, but lose the fear-mongering. Some of us don’t believe people just because of the title on their articles, or even the credentials they carry. A bit of research that barely took 30 minutes and 1 visit to the isagenix website solely to see that there are 11 grams of sugar in the shake (only part of which is fructose.)
I’m not too sure what happens to people when they become Isagenix Reps. It’s almost like a cult. Their sales reps become zealots. As soon as someone even says the word “Isagenix”, I run the other way. As just one example of my many experiences with people who are associated with this company……..I’ve recently had to dissociate with a very dear life-long friend because after she became an Isagenix Rep, she became unable to have a conversation about any life topic without using that topic to illustrate how an Isagenix product could be used to resolve all issues. I was invited to a “spring into wellness” education evening where educated experts in the field of health and wellness would be presenting. It turned out to be an Isagenix Pep Rally. VERY offensive. Any company that teaches those kinds of tactics to their sales reps, rather than providing transparent, factual information about their products, is not to be trusted.
Although a cleanse might not have much inherent value, Schnell says, drinking juice for a few days, alternating a day of juice with a day of meals, or replacing some meals with juice to achieve weight loss isn't necessarily dangerous if you're in good health. "Most people who do not have a preexisting serious health condition, such as diabetes, colitis, or Crohn's disease, will probably be able to complete a one- to three-day juice fast without problems," Schnell says. "Potential concerns would be maintaining adequate hydration and knowing what, exactly, are the ingredients in the juices. Pure fruits and vegetables in the short run are all right for healthy people, but diabetics, for example, may have challenges identifying starches and sugars and therefore controlling their blood sugar."
I’ve been feeling very tired and have eaten very little. The shakes taste like twelve kinds of ass (I have to add decaf coffee just to make them palatable and I’m yet to be able to finish a whole one) and the snacks they give you with the presidential pack are, unfortunately, laden with chocolate. The bars have twice as much carbs/calories as the closest fruit containing equivalent I could find on the market, and the ‘cleanse day tea’ I have tastes like powerade. Exactly like powerade. I don’t think there’s a difference.
This isn’t the only company that uses this tactic. Beachbody (maker of some great workout DVDs) is an MLM that sells a product called Shakeology in addition to the workout programs. The vast majority of Shakeology customers are also sales affiliates (or “coaches” as they call them). The shake costs $115 A MONTH(a little less if you are a coach), and the claims that these coaches make are ridiculous, unfounded, and irresponsible. They claim that Shakeology cured their IBS, helps them manage their diabetes, got them off a whole slew of medications, etc. (look at their Facebook page for a small sampling). If you say $115 a month is too expensive, they’ll tell you that a) it’s NOT expensive when you consider people spend that much on Starbucks, and b) well, you save $30 if you sign up as a coach under me. I was intrigued, so I figured I would do some research. EVERY page that I came across about Shakeology was written by a Beachbody Coach. If you type in “Shakeology scam,” you are directed to a site with an article that explains why Shakeology is NOT a scam. Type in “Shakeology pyramid”, “shakeology sucks”, you get articles written by Beachbody coaches saying why Shakeology is NOT those things. You need to be careful with these MLMs. They have a way of brainwashing their sales people
So, Dani, your world appears to be about being fit and healthy. You take a holistic approach to that. You advocate organic food – and that’s fine as long as we recognise that this food is subject to the toxins in the environment – like fumes for example on their way to market just as we are on our way to buy them. Does the organic farmer check the trucks they use to ensure the fumes from the vehicle itself isn’t polluting the carefully grown crops in organically optimised soil?

This isn’t the only company that uses this tactic. Beachbody (maker of some great workout DVDs) is an MLM that sells a product called Shakeology in addition to the workout programs. The vast majority of Shakeology customers are also sales affiliates (or “coaches” as they call them). The shake costs $115 A MONTH(a little less if you are a coach), and the claims that these coaches make are ridiculous, unfounded, and irresponsible. They claim that Shakeology cured their IBS, helps them manage their diabetes, got them off a whole slew of medications, etc. (look at their Facebook page for a small sampling). If you say $115 a month is too expensive, they’ll tell you that a) it’s NOT expensive when you consider people spend that much on Starbucks, and b) well, you save $30 if you sign up as a coach under me. I was intrigued, so I figured I would do some research. EVERY page that I came across about Shakeology was written by a Beachbody Coach. If you type in “Shakeology scam,” you are directed to a site with an article that explains why Shakeology is NOT a scam. Type in “Shakeology pyramid”, “shakeology sucks”, you get articles written by Beachbody coaches saying why Shakeology is NOT those things. You need to be careful with these MLMs. They have a way of brainwashing their sales people
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?

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.”

Hi guys, I just ordered a 30-day pack to try from Isagenix from a friend who recently decided to give this a go. It was partly to support her but partly because I could use some extra income and she said a friend of hers had been very successful at it (she explained the direct marketing structure). I’ve used shakes and supplements before, more for performance as I’m in decent (not stellar) shape. I’m not a salesperson and I cannot just go make claims because people say it is the case. So before I go running around saying it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, I will try it. I went on their website and all the cheerleading around their product and money is enough to make you puke. I am a more nuts-and-bolts type of person—just tell me the critical things I need to know, both good and bad. I don’t really care if a company makes a lot of money or a little money, so if Isagenix wants to sell the “wealth” thing then that’s fine. What was frustrating to me is that the Isagenix folks seem to find no downside with their product at all. Really? None? Not even something to be cautious about? I agree with a lot of the skeptics here with respect to the quantities of particular vitamins and minerals in supplements. And that goes for all the supplement brands out there. Honestly, who knows how that stuff interacts, what its effects are long term? And I’m sure it varies for each individual. Vitamin C is helpful during cold season, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to eat 37 oranges a day to “maximize” the benefit. I’ve poked around and sadly could not find any “research” that I felt was independent on the Isagenix products. That’s why I’m going to try it for myself. There are tons of products on the market and these seem very pricey. And my circle of people are not typically big spenders. Seeing as how I’m not the type to push or guilt them into doing something, I have to at least try it before I can make any sort of claims or encourage my friends to give it a shot. If it sucks then I’m going to bail out. I don’t have super high hopes, and I definitely don’t think any product is a cure-all. But if I try it for myself I can at least know what results can be expected. I have some knowledge of nutrition and will point out to people what I think is good and bad about it, should I decide it is worth passing along. It’s really disappointing how there are very few opinions out there that aren’t so strongly motivated one way or the other. Does anyone know of a company who provides independent analysis/research on health supplements and products?


3. Focus on foods packed with fiber; they’re naturally low in calories. Fiber prevents constipation, keeping your regular. After your body extracts nutrients from food, fiber (think all vegetables, fruits, and high-quality carbohydrates like oatmeal, quinoa and beans) helps to rinse out the remains– waste and toxins from your colon to give you a flat stomach.
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.
There is plenty of information out there, I personally went through the ingredients and researched each ingredient and feel very comfortable that I am consuming good product, my body also tells me it is good. I also eat whole natural food when I’m not eating Isagenix, I believe the American food system is broken and needs a reform. Even organic crops sit next to regular crops and unfortunately get the mist of pesticides. It’s scary where our food system is when so many other countries like Mexico, New Zealand and Australia and several others have reformed not allowing companies like Monsanto to exist. If the product is not good then why would a scientist in retirement who has 2000 patents and plenty of money come out of retirement to help people feel better? It’s clearly not about the money – he was already rich, so why then would he come out of enjoying his life of retirement to work if it weren’t to make great products and help people feel healthy? that you can research too off of the isagenix website… Wishing everyone health across the world! It’s all we have!!!
So your solution is for people to believe that eating wholefoods is the best solution? Wholefoods that are grown from nutrient deficient soil? Organic or not, an apple is an apple there is no difference in the presence of nutrients in either, and both are shown to be nutrient deficient compared to an apple of the 1960’s. Many, many Americans like myself have eaten organic, wholefoods, (gluten, dairy, soy and peanut free diets) for a long time and it made no difference in my health. Why? Because it is the nutrients our wholefoods are lacking that is causing America’s health crisis. It wasn’t until I supplemented my wholefood diet with herbs, minerals and other items that were harvested from the earth but packaged for me that my body and health transformed. The average American is sitting on the couch eating a bag of Doritos not at Trader Joes picking out a head of organic lettuce, so I don’t see the problem with a company offering a better solution for them. My point, a wholefood diet is not enough anymore, maybe in the 1950’s but time and soil has changed.
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).
It is talking about the overconsumption of fructose, and especially when used in large amounts in beverages and sweets. Because when found in fruits, there is fibre and other nutrients/bulk to help balance out the sugar (and also slow its absorption), as well as reduce the likelihood of overconsumption — because you’ll feel full faster eating an apple than drinking a Coke.
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.

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.
Shame on them for “bashing” you. I hope you don’t feel that I’m one of them. I want you to know that I fully respect your efforts and that you truly believe in what you do. However, I also have a real soft spot for people who try their best but don’t have the knowledge to make an informed decision. I personally know people who have been taken advantage of and feel a personal responsibility to help.
I have a similar opinion to Mickhael. You need to be more considered with your use of buzz words like toxic. Moderation is absolutely the key. If you drink too much water it is toxic. Yes maltodextrin is a food additive, one that serves a useful purpose as a thickener in some processed foods. I agree that processed foods should be limited, cooking with unprocessed ingredients is definitely the way to go. But I still eat processed foods in moderation because I enjoy them, and they serve a useful purpose on many occasions. I think you need to improve your understanding of a few nutrition topics (there are many that I need to improve my understanding of also, nutrition is a relatively new science).

Still freaking out… My mental turmoil led me to a Facebook group of other Isagenix cleansers for support—some of whom started their cleanses on the same day as my fiancé and I, while most were people who go on cleanses repeatedly. (Wait, people do this more than once?) Apparently, some even do it for 30 days at a time. I don’t think I’m quite that dedicated to my body or nutritional well-being. I'm happy to report I've lost 5 pounds so far (my fiance lost 12!).
Take Cleanse for Life daily as part of a balanced diet to promote better health or use it as part of a one- or two-day intermittent fasting deep cleanse for additional benefits. Cleanse for Life should be used as part of an Isagenix System for maximum results. For Daily cleansing, take 2 ounces  twice daily. Enjoy warm or cold. For a deeper, one- or two-day cleanse, take 4 ounces four times throughout the day. Follow with 8 ounces of water. Enjoy warm or cold. Cleansing is most effective with a combination of both daily and deep cleanses.
You said you called Isagenix and asked if they were certified Organic and when you were told “No” you didn’t bother to investigate further or get any other question answered, like your question about ingredients. It’s not that Isagenix choose not to certify their products, it’s that they can not even start the process because there is no organic certification available for some of the ingredients used in the products. That does not mean they are below organic standards. In fact, the Isagenix shakes, that contain Grade 7 Whey Protein (the highest grade possible), actually exceed US Organic Standards.
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
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Many thanks for this article. So many people seem to be drinking shakes or eating a bar instead of grabbing a milk and eating an apple. We all want the quick fix solution to health, energy and weight loss. I’m 50, and have tried the lot! Why is it we can’t go back to the basics of food and why is it that we spend so much money on these wonderful solutions? We all know that weight loss products is a great money spinner for all business people. All I want is someone to tell me the best things to eat each meal, each week, for free. We need to start educating Australians on how easy it is to make a quick meal, that is healthy and help us lose weight. I struggle each day with this and don’t think buying an expensive packet of powder and putting it in a super blender to provide me with a healthy, weight loss, energy ‘meal’. I know Isagenix users/sellers are on the wagon about what a wonderful product this is – but I have been on the Amway wagon before as well, and it almost becomes like a product religion. I don’t want to bring doubt on your chosen lifestyles, but I promise, one day soon you will look back on this product and think to yourselves ‘Why?’. Enjoy it whilst it is your religion and belief, but I hope all of these manufactured products don’t cause higher numbers of cancer and heart disease to you, and other Australians. Our numbers of chronic disease are extremely high as it is, so what is it going to be like when our age groups of product meals/bars reach 50+ years of age. Is it going to cause a higher strain on our health system because of these decisions we made eating chemically manufactured products, not only Isagenix?
People who are involved in the nutrition field are far more knowledgeable, they have vast amounts of education on this subject, and a huge advantage over let’s say a car mechanic when it comes to figuring out the good from the bad at the local grocery store (which is where the majority of Americans shop for their food) Label reading is extremely hard, especially if you do not know all the bad things to look for as a trained professional would know like the back of their hand, such as yourself. A great portion of Americans know the simple pit falls in eating, like, do not eat at McDonalds, don’t eat donuts for breakfast lunch and dinner. I am not saying it is the total education of the individual, but nutritional education which not that many people have, is key here.
Dani doesn’t need credentials to read a label Leisa and if you weren’t so brainwashed by the whole “we’re a family that want to be free and healthy and live life crap” then you would realise this too. Recently my girlfriend who works as a physiotherapist at a top clinic in Melbourne and knows a fair bit about Nutrition was pushed samples of these products by one of probably 10,000 ‘unique’ sellers in Australia . She mentioned she had fructose intolerance as diagnosed through thorough testing and the seller said “oh you’ll be fine there’s no fructose in these” she didn’t even know what was in her own products. Stop being little passengers in a world where you can create your own path and get some thoughts of your own Leisha and crew. Its a shit product on the same lines as progenex and herbalife.
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