Isagenix is the name of a nutritional ‘cleans’ that claims to be able to remove toxins and impurities from your body and at the same time flush the fat from your body too. The most ambitious claims here suggest that using Isagenix can enable someone to lose as much as 15 pounds in 9 days, and if you’ve heard me rant about health scams before then this should probably raise some red flags for you. Not only does it seem too good to be true, but apart from anything else losing this much weight in such a short amount of time wouldn’t be particularly good for you anyway. But could I be judging too harshly? Could this one be different?
Answer: no, it doesn’t work. Of course it doesn’t. Let’s look at why…
How Isagenix (Claims it) Works
The fundamental idea behind Isagenix is simply calorie restriction. Essentially the brand covers a series of dietary supplements that are meant to be eaten as meal replacements. The basic idea here is that you’re eating Isagenix in the place of your usual meals and this way you will be able to eat fewer calories.
Of course this leads to initial weight loss as your body turns to burning fat stores to provide energy for your daily tasks and as you cease the intake of calories that would normally cause weight gain. However it also causes all this at a cost and has a range of negative impacts on your health. First of all, while the Isagenix are presumably designed to provide you with all your daily nutrients in the quantities that your body needs them, they actually don’t and this means that you’ll fail to get a lot of your essential amino acids, fiber and nutrients which can lead to a range of health problems. Meanwhile the amount of vitamin A that you will consume when using the Isagenix diet is actually much higher than the recommendation and can lead to overdose.
Most people also know by now that restricting calories triggers a kind of emergency response in the body as we start to become more energy efficient and store more calories. This then means that actually our metabolism slows down and we will find ourselves struggling to shift fat. When you then switch to a normal healthy diet you’ll find that you immediately and rapidly start to gain weight again. Of course you could just vow to stick to the Isagenix diet permanently, but this would result in severe malnutrition and damage your wallet (it costs around $130 a pop).
The whole cleansing idea behind the marketing is also misleading and factually inaccurate and changing to the Isagenix diet won’t cause you to ‘flush’ anything that couldn’t be accomplished more healthily by just dieting and exercising. Oh and it tastes bad.
As usual then, it sounds too good to be true because it is. And it’s also a rip off. So steer clear and stick to a moderate diet and exercise like always.