Our Isagenix diet review takes a look at the company’s Total Health and Wellness Program, a meal replacement program that promises weight loss and a cleansing lifestyle!
Isagenix is an MLM company that markets diet and nutrition products.
Anyone heard of Dr John Gray, the author of “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus?”
Well he’s just developed, or at least lent his name to the “Dr John Gray’s Mars Venus Wellness Solution”, an Isagenix product range.
Indeed, Iasgenix market a wide range of products. However, it’s their body cleansing and weight loss program we’re interested in here, which comes as a 9 day or 30 day plan.
After a few enquiries from curious visitors, we thought we’d take a look.
Isagenix Diet Review – How Does it Work…?
First off, we’re not going to comment on MLM as a way of marketing products.
There are some reputable companies and there are some scammers, so if you want to get involved in MLM, do your research and choose your company carefully.
We can’t comment on Isagenix as a company as we’ve never had any involvement with them.
However, we are in a position to comment on their weight loss program.
Basically, our Isagenix diet review would conclude that the Total Health and Wellness Program is essentially a meal replacement plan.
It’s similar in many respects to Slim Fast, Medifast or Herbalife’s Shapeworks program, combined with a very low calorie detox plan.
With this plan, you start off with a 2 day pre-cleanse phase before you start Day 1 of the program proper.
This is followed by 15 cleanse days and 15 shake and/or soup days.
The pre-cleanse days consist of two meal replacements a day, either soups or shakes for breakfast and your evening meal.
You eat one low fat, regular meal of around 400-600 calories and take a supplement called Ionix Supreme. Ionix Supreme is a drink that’s supposed to enhance your mental and physical performance.
You have to continue to take the supplement every day as well as around 2 litres of water.
Another thing, you also need to take three antioxidant tablets and 4-5 “Essentials” capsules each day. 20 minutes of exercise daily is also recommended.
On the cleanse days, days 1 and 15 you drink a “Cleanse for Life” drink mix four times each day and eat nothing at all.
On the shake and/or soup days you have a – you guessed it! – shake or soup for one meal, preferably breakfast and two “sensible meals” of around 400-600 calories.
Isagenix make a whole host of “targetted nutrition supplements” and you’re encouraged to add those into your program as well.
Ok, so that’s the program – how does it stack up?
Isagenix Diet Review – Does it Work…?
We’ve found little credible, independent scientific evidence to say that it does.
However, we were recently sent a link to a blog that details one person’s experience with the Isagenix diet that may be helpful in helping you make your mind up about the Total Health and Wellness Program.
Please note that the blogger is an Isagenix distributor, but we understand this was as a result of their positive experience of using the products.
We’re not Isagenix reps, do not promote the products and have no affiliation with the company at all.
Whilst the evidence of effectiveness is slim, we reckon you’ll be eating/drinking around 1,000-1,400 calories a day on this plan so yes, you should lose weight. 1,000 calories a day is a bit low, though.
Reducing your calorie intake is the one sure way of losing weight and you’ll certainly be doing that on this plan.
Meal replacement plans generally get a bad press, but there is some evidence that they work for some people as they’re convenient and mean you don’t have to cook or prepare 1-2 meals a day.
As such, whilst we’d have concerns about the efficacy of meal replacement programs for long term weight loss – are you going to use them forever and what happens when you stop? – generally speaking they can help you to lose weight.
With this plan, on most days you’ll be eating two regular meals as well as a shake or soup.
The program offers a range of meal ideas that are low in fat and high in fibre, come in at around 400-600 calories and look reasonably healthy.
We’re not so sure about the cleanse days. We’re not big fans of starvation detox, which this essentially is as there’s little science to back it up and would suggest that from a weight loss perspective it would be unecessary.
Eat next to nothing and your metabolism slows down to conserve energy, which is counter-productive for weight loss.
On the plus side, the advice to drink plenty of water and to exercise are sound.
The biggest problem we have with this diet, though is the price!
Our Isagenix diet review found that the 9 day plan costs $159.99, the 30 day plan $339.00.
We understand as a result of being contacted by an Isagenix rep that you can get the products at a discounted “wholesale” price by paying $39 a year and becoming a distributor. The plans will then respectively cost $110 and $199.
A visit to a couple of distributor sites would seem to confirm these prices.
Alternatively, check out eBay as we found Isagenix products selling at heavy discounts on the retail price.
At the full price the diet costs a whopping $11.30 a day for the 30 day plan and an outrageous $17.78 for the 9 day plan.
Hope you liked our Isagenix diet Review.