26 Jun The Isagenix Diet: What You Should Know
The Isagenix Diet is a company that sells protein shakes, bars and supplements touted to help you lose weight, feel better and support the body’s detox and cleansing process. You can choose the package (or “pak”) that best suits your individual goals including weight loss, energy, enhanced athletic performance, and healthy aging. Here’s a breakdown of the Isagenix Diet and if it’s right for you.
How It Works
The company uses a multi-level marketing approach to promote their products, which means you have to buy them through an associate and they get a kick back when you sign up. This is why you may have seen friends promoting the company and products over social media.
Once you sign up and choose the “pak” that best meets your needs, there’s a wide variety of expensive products to invest in (the 30-day starter pak for weight loss starts at $378.50).
Within these packs come a variety of products, including shakes. The shakes are meal replacers designed to serve as a meal replacement so in addition to protein, they are fortified with vitamins and minerals. The shake’s nutritional profile varies slightly between the various programs offered (weight loss, energy, enhanced athletic performance, healthy aging), but the protein content in the shakes ranges from 24 to 36 grams per serving and is designed for “healthy weight loss and lean muscle building,” according to the Isagenix website.
Along with the long list of products you’ll be purchasing comes long ingredient lists. It’s a far cry from filling your plate with high-quality whole foods. While you can expect to replace two of your meals each day with a shake, you can eat one 400 to 600 calorie meal per day and have two 100 to 150 calorie snacks per day of your choice or you can use their snacks. Once or twice a week you’ll also need to prepare to “cleanse,” which means no solid food on those days – just shakes and supplements.
In addition to the shakes, there are bars, snacks, coffee, energy shots, and sports drinks. Plus Isaflush which is “a blend of natural cleansing herbs and antioxidant botanicals to help support the body’s own detoxification process,” and accelerator, which “uses natural ingredients such as cayenne, green tea and cocoa seed to support thermogenesis and boost metabolism to help you burn fat.”
While the diet or so-called cleanse claims to detox the body, there is no single food or supplement that can do this. Detoxification is a process that our kidneys and liver are designed to do, and as long as they are working properly, they do so quite efficiently. As such, there is really no need to empty your wallet to pay for expensive supplements promising to do so.
Also, while the shakes do offer a good amount of protein per serving, you can easily obtain this from a well-balanced diet for a lot less money. For example, 8 ounces of plain Greek yogurt contains 22 grams of protein. You can also get plenty B-vitamins and antioxidants from filling your plate with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein instead of through their expensive products.
As for weight loss, since the diet is low in calories (1,200-1,400 calories per day), you will likely lose weight, but this can also be accomplished by eating a balanced calorie-controlled filled with high-quality whole foods, rather than expensive and processed shakes, bars and supplements.
If you choose to give this plan a try, be sure to check with your doctor first – especially if you are taking any medications, as herbs can often interfere with prescription medications. I would also not advise pregnant or lactating women to try this or anyone else with a serious medical condition. A healthy, varied, and balanced diet is still the way to go.