“Today is the day I take control of my life”.
These are the words that greet you when you first visit the homepage of Isagenix’s website (at least back when I saw it the first time, 2017). Well, that said, today is the day I’m going to break it down to you how Isagenix is just another fad.
Before I get down to the nitty-gritty of Isagenix in this review, where we begin byquickly talking about the brains behind the company.
Isagenix was founded by John Anderson, Jim Coover and Cathy Coover in 2002. It is a multi-level marketing (MLM) company, which means that each distributor is encouraged to recruit more distributors and so on for a commission. Not at all something I like or encourage because it almost always becomes a sales-fest, and the customer is sidelined pretty instantly!
Not surprisingly, the Coovers have a combined experience of 50 years in the sales industry. 50 whopping years! That is a long time to figure out how to get gullible people to buy your product(s).
Anyway, getting to the point. What is Isagenix? What kind of products do they sell in the market?
Isagenix is known for its dietary supplements and healthcare products. It is most commonly known for its 9-Day System and 30-Day System, which is a pack of supplements that help you “cleanse your body and lose weight”.
So let’s review the Isagenix 9-day and 30-day “system”.
The Isagenix 9-Day System
According to their website, the 9-day system is a “safe and effective system that helps you lose body weight by gently nourishing and cleansing your body.”
Hmm yeah, sure. Completely believable that a pack of supplements can help me lose weight in 9 days. So what exactly is in this pack of supplements?
The pack contains:
So what this 9-day system does is (in theory), use all these above mentioned products in conjunction to help you lose body weight. What you have to do is replace two meals a day with the shake and consume a 400 to 600 calorie meal for your third meal of the day.
Furthermore, you eat 2 small snacks during the day between these meals and use your “natural accelerator “capsule. This is what they call a Shake Day.
Along with that, once or twice a week you do a Cleanse Day. The website says that a Cleanse Day is where you consume 4 servings of “Cleanse for Life” throughout the day along with 6 of their snacks. The difference here is that, as opposed to your regular Shake Day, you’re supposed to skip that one regular 400 to 600 calorie meal and completely rely on these supplements.
I’m trying to find a subtle way to tell you how this is wrong.
The obvious reasons as to why you’re going to be losing weight are; because let’s face it, your average calorie intake on any particular day during these 9 days is not going to exceed roughly 1300 calories per day.
Depending on your sex, you’re going to require anywhere from 1700 to 2500 calories a day to sustain a healthy weight (and health).
When you start a diet program, you generally rely on nutrient-rich foods that keep you full for a longer time while maintaining a healthy calorie intake and then work your way from there depending on the results.
You don’t drop your calorie intake all of a sudden one fine day and pray that you make it through the day without passing out.
It is also totally worth mentioning that this 9-day system is going to cost you at least $207.94, based on the flavors and varieties you choose for each of the product.
Now when a rational consumer thinks about changing his/her lifestyle or going on a diet and workout regime, the first idea is probably not to spend $210 on a pack of supplements. Let me repeat, that’s $210. (Mentioning the price for the second time really did get it out of my system.)
I cannot stress it enough thatthis simple pack of supplements that will last you 9 days is priced exorbitantly high. You could buy and fill an entirely empty kitchen shelf full of natural, healthy products from your local store that will last you longer and do you a lot better than any of these supplements will.
But wait, we aren’t done here, not by a long shot.
After you do the 9-Day System, you move on to the 30-Day System.
The Isagenix 30-Day System Review
Similar principles as the 9-day system apply here. However, they change the quantity of the products and introduce some new ones. This specific pack contains:
Ah, remember the last time when God said “Let there be nutrition” and a bottle of capsules and supplements popped up?!
If you plan on investing in this 30-day system, it is going to cost you a pretty penny, that’s $378.50. Again, this is an average price depending on the flavors and varieties you choose for each product.
Goodbye student loans. Hello, Loans-I-Took-For-Supplements!
For those who are interested, both these packs are also available in a non-dairy option.
The reason I am so pessimistic about this diet plan is that no amount of supplements, no matter how rich in nutrients, is going to help me (or you) lose weight.
I believe in diets that rely more on regularly timed meals and ones that include natural food sources.
Obviously, I am not at all opposed to consuming a few dietary supplements. It’s 2018, nobody has time to consume 3-4 regular meals a day along with healthy snacks in between, all the while maintaining a healthy calorie intake.
However, I do not believe in investing the crazy amount of money in a plan that is totally based on dietary supplements.
Girls! They’re called supplements for a reason, they are supposed to ‘supplement’ your diet!
Plus, the copious amounts of supplements on the Isagenix plans could have an adverse reaction. Instead, use half of what you’re planning to invest in Isagenix to invest in consuming nutrient-rich foods and getting a gym membership. Isagenix? More like Isa-delusion.