Isagenix Review

Isagenix Diet Review
6.2 out of 10
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What Is Isagenix?

You may have heard of Isagenix, [1] or Isagenix products before. Maybe you’ve seen a bumper sticker or car-wrap that Isagenix distributors use to advertise. Perhaps you know someone who has done the Isagenix 9-day, or 30-day, cleanse. Maybe you don’t have the first idea about the direct selling, or Multi Level Marketing (MLM) dietary supplement and personal care product business. Before I talk more about the weight loss products and programs, you should know Isagenix recently celebrated 15 years in business, earning more than $5 billion in sales in that time. [2] That’s a lot of product sold. And how do they do that?

Isagenix Is a Multi-level Marketing (MLM) Business!

In a MLM (sometimes called a pyramid because of the multi-tiered direct selling approach) the compensation is far higher at the top then at the bottom rung. This is especially the case in the very successful ones (sells a lot of products) like Amway, Mary Kay, Avon and those alike. It’s everyday folks that help build that pyramid by way of sales to friends, family, neighbors and other everyday folks. Nowadays with the advent of social media, direct selling may be perhaps even more popular than before. No knocking on doors or Tupperware parties. Post product specials on Facebook, share a blog on Twitter, or images on Instagram, or a video on YouTube. And it’s all free. Free marketing. So in part, that may be why the name sounds familiar. (You may know someone who is an Isagenix distributor.)

Why Does It Matter?

If you are looking for the next great weight loss strategy it’s helpful to know how the product is being pushed. MLM business at it’s core relies on people’s good word-of-mouth to convince other’s to buy into their product. So that becomes the motive for everyone involved. The motive in itself, at the very least, makes me question what I see online about Isagenix. That doesn’t mean Isagenix products aren’t what they’re cracked up to be. But it also doesn’t mean they are all that either.

What Does Isagenix Say About Their Products?

I’m focused on the Isagenix weight loss systems, though the company also manufactures, markets and sells, bundles of its products for a whole-health approach, and encourages (because it is good for sales) its distributors to look at it that way with this crafty marketing message:

“With products bundled into simple, solutions-based systems, Isagenix makes it easy for people to find the perfect solution based on their individual goals and lifestyle. The best things in life are shared by people talking to people, and Isagenix will reward you for sharing our products with others.” – Isagenix

So you become a direct selling ‘partner’ and sell bundles so the company can make bundles. Isagenix positions itself using their marketing as energy, performance, anti-aging and weight loss products, programs, and systems. For now, let’s learn more about losing weight with Isagenix. [3] Or not.

Isagenix Weight Loss Products

Isagenix core weight loss systems is based on its meal replacement shakes, called IsaLean. And, on cleansing, or detoxing, the body. I’ll cover the shakes first.

Can The IsaLean Shake Help With Weight Loss?

Isagenix says its IsaLean shakes are nutritious and balanced meal replacements that aid in weight loss and lean muscle-building. The shakes, which come in three flavors (though not very imaginative ones): vanilla; strawberry and chocolate. The shakes are low-glycemic with “energy-fueling carbohydrates, good fats, vitamins and minerals, and 24 grams of high-quality protein.” I’ll look closer at the ingredients in a moment but suffice to say the shakes are formulated with amino acids, active enzymes (which help with digestion; breaking down carbs, proteins, and fats) and essential, albeit trace, minerals.  (They are essential, like the amino acids and enzymes,  but can be found in foods, hence the reason most nutritionists suggest eating whole fresh nutrient rich foods over powdered drinks.)

What Makes IsaLean Different From The Rest?

So there are a lot of meal replacement shakes on the market. Tons! And many people make their own. So what makes Isagenix IsaLean shakes different? Isagenix says it’s because their shakes contain “exclusively sourced Myo-IsaLean Complex” This exclusive complex is whey and milk protein concentrates, plus some 20 or so other ingredients including fructose, soy, and quite a few that are not found in nature; not even close. But Isagenix says their sakes give you the nutrition you need to keep going and stay healthy while cutting your calories sufficiently to shed that weight. There’s no secrets buried here; replace meals with shakes. So depending on your weight, the amount of calories you need and ultimately, your weight loss goals, IsaLean Shake can be used to replace one to two meals a day. For those who have higher calorie needs, IsaLean Shake can be used to replace up to three meals. That’s a lot of factory powder!

What About Isagenix 9-day and 30-day Programs?

Isagenix has ‘systems.’ Cleanses, detoxes and the 9-day, and 30-day meal replacement programs. On those you replace two meals a day with ‘Isalean’ shakes, eat one 400 to 600 calorie meal, consume their other supplements and the ‘Cleanse for Life, 1 Ionix Supreme’ cleanse, the ‘IsaFlush accelerator’ and energy snacks. I’ll soon cover what Isagenix users say about these products, the ‘snacks’ in particular are not fan favorites.

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Isagenix Weight Loss Education Condensed (Or Expanded?) Into 22-page Download?

Also part of the system is the 22-page downloadable Isagenix 30 Day System Guide where you sign a personal pledge and personal vision statement (🙄). The idea being once you sign, you vow to be committed. Indeed, Isagenix says the pledge is “one of the most important steps to getting started…” [4]. So if I fail at the end, is it because of the lack of my commitment? People are already conditioned to believe this harmful myth, and blame themselves for failures, which feeds into self-criticism. [23]

Who Watches Out for Your Health and Safety?

A few other important things you need to know about Isagenix weight loss programs and supplements: Like pretty much all over the counter supplements, Isagenix does not have to answer to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) except for making sure Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) are in place. That said, no one is testing or inspecting the product for implied benefits, rather simply following GMP manufacturing guidelines. The exact same guidelines applied for every supplement you’ve ever bought (manufactured in USA). And yes, also including the ones you felt did’t do what they were advertised for.

Is Isagenix Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Organic? Talk To your Doctor!

Most Isagenix products are gluten-free but not all. The products are also not considered vegan or vegetarian. Claims that organic products are used is codified with this addendum: not all are organic due to lack of availability or failure to meet Isagenix standards, they say. Okay. And, Isagenix itself recommends, that you should speak to your doctor before doing its cleanses (which is also a common liability disclaimer), detoxes and meal replacement diets because you are fasting and for some, that’s not a good mix with some medications and certainly not compatible with some medical conditions. So word to the wise.

Does Isagenix Work?

Isagenix does not really work. Replacing two of your meals with an IsaLean shake and only eating one meal of 400-600 calories may shock your body and in response shed a couple of pounds initially. There are hardly any accessible studies to back up their claims.

What are The Available Isagenix Studies? I Found One Funded Study That You Have To Pay For

Isagenix likes to point to its own 2012-funded study [10] as proof that its meal replacement shakes work. The study was published, albeit as I said paid for by Isagenix, in Nutrition & Metabolism (well at least the introduction; you must pay more for the full study. Why multi-million dollar company like Isagenix would not give the study to you for free? 😖) and claims basically that overweight women who replaced meals with IsaLean Shake lost 2.2 pounds more than women in the study who did not replace meals with the shakes. Not a whole lot of evidence. So let’s put Isagenix-specific meal replacement shakes aside for a moment and look at what science says about meal replacement shakes as a system to lose weight.

Isagenix and Nutrition Science

WebMD says meal replacement shakes may be effective, but they must be nutritious and should not be done more than one a day, “preferable only once or twice a week.” WebMD says to read the label: “Ideally, the meal replacement will contain ingredients that don’t sound like foreign chemicals found in a chemistry lab. Nutrients should be primarily complex carbohydrates, with small amounts of simple sugars and a bit of fat, along with a moderate amount of protein.”  Look for products that fit the following guidelines: 220-230 calories per serving;  less than 5 grams of fat per serving; 3-5 grams of fiber per serving; 10-15 grams of protein per serving; and fortified with a third of daily vitamins and minerals. [11] The IsaLean strawberry shake comes pretty close actually on the WebMD recommended profile, but the ingredients list does read like a list from your 11th  grade chem test. [12]

Isagenix Product Returns?

For users who are not associates, partners or whatever level or part of the business, in other words you and me, if you return your purchase within 30 days, with stipulations including: a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA); shipping within 7 days of approval; tracking; and insurance from carrier, you’ll likely be refunded within 30 days.

How Much Does Isagenix Cost?

Depending on where (and how) one purchases Isagenix (I am quoting from the official website) the 9-day deep cleansing system will run you $210. [5] The expectation is that after you have done the 9 days, you will graduate to the 30-day weight loss system, which will cost you $378 and your shakes, Ionix Supreme, snacks the accelerator, drink mix for hydration, Isaflush (to clean your system apparently) and the downloadable guide (which I was able to download for free; just saying.) [6]

What Was My Isagenix Checkout Experience?

When (if) you do order, you’ll be taken to the Isagenix Back Office page where there are add-ons, upsells and a five-step process of more add-ons and additional costs for various flavors or packets or canisters of powder, for example. I played along and by the time I was near checkout, the original $210 9-day system cost was now $251. Importantly, Isagenix, at this point in the process, is encouraging folks to sign on as a partner. “Hundreds of thousands of people have experienced success (asterisk here) with Isagenix systems and products (another asterisk here) or enjoyed the benefits of our business opportunity (and, another asterisk here.) We wish you great success and invite you to join the Isagenix family!” Isagenix does advise you to check out its disclaimer page (hence all the asterisks) where it breaks down the compensation for its associates. The statistics are overwhelmingly  clear,  99.7% of MLM participants lose money. However, this is your money, and I do not advise either way. [22]

Isagenix IsaLean Ingredients?

The so-called exclusive Myo-IsaLean Complex is the elixir of the IsaLean Shake. Depending on who you ask, this is either a ton of nutrition or or ton of not-good-for-you junk. The latter would have opponents point out that fructose (the third ingredient listed) may be the one ingredient found in processed foods that has helped people get, and stay, overweight. And the omega-6 refined oils, the excessive carbs, the genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) ingredients are all dubious.

IsaLean and GMOs

Of the GMO’s, Isagenix says it tries to use non-GMO products when it can. And explains that it doesn’t list if a product is non-GMO because GMO labeling comes with considerable technical challenges. In other words, the process of just letting you know what the product is and where it comes from needs to be better standardized and have a more defined methodology. You know, make it easier. [8] In any event, take a look for yourself. The ingredients include (but are not limited to) whey and milk protein concentrates, isomaltooligosaccharide powder, fructose, refined oil powders, tapioca maltodextrin, refined seed powders, xanthan gum, medicago sativa leaf extract, beet juice powder, magnesium oxide, tricalcium phosphate, potassium citrate, enzyme blend, lipase, cellulase, invertase, protease, amylase, bromelain, papain, acid stable protease, magnesium citrate, sea salt, stevia leaf extract, silicon dioxide, yucca root powder, ascorbic acid, magnesium stearate, selenium amino acid chelate, and an alphabet soup of vitamin derivatives. [9] Yum.

Isagenix IsaLean Alternatives

If you are looking for a good meal replacement protein shake, it pays to know how the contents of the product compare to the price. Our Food Scientist studied Isagenix IsaLean label and found similar as well as cheaper alternatives. All the below options have comparable to identical ingredient profiles for vitamins as well as enzymes (not compared in the table) while at the same time saving you a pretty penny. Keep in mind that what company makes you believe about the product is not necessarily true and verified.

Table Explanation

  • PROT – Protein per Serving
  • CAL – Calories per Serving
  • FAT – Fat per serving
  • SUG – Sugar per Serving
  • CARB – Carbohydrates per Serving
  • CHOL – Cholesterol per Serving
  • COST – Cost/Ounce. Since the total amount in various shake packages differ it does not reflect the real cost, so it makes most sense to compare price per ounce. Prices listed are close, yet approximate and may also change, so please check the current price.
  • SAVE – Cost savings per ounce over Isagenix IsaLean Shake.
  • BUY – A link to Amazon store. If you buy the product using this link it will result in us receiving a very small commission. It will not affect how much you pay.

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AlternativesProtCalFatSugCarbCholCostSaveBuy
Isagenix IsaLean24g2405g11g24g45mg$1.910%Buy
Lean Body45g2901.5g2g24g25mg$0.8157%Buy
Fit & Lean20g1404g1g13g0mg$1.1838%Buy
Vega Essentials20g1304g1g5g0mg$1.6415%Buy
Essential 1022g2103g3g29g0mg$0.6565%Buy

Isagenix vs. Alternatives

Table Explanation

Based on our research people frequently try to compare Isagenix to other brands. Often the brands and their products are different in many ways which makes it hard to compare apples-to-oranges. This is our attempt to compare below 8 and pick the winner, even if in some cases the margins are very, very small, and the choice is personal. This is not necessarily to say that we recommend any of the winners, instead this is simply author’s opinion when asked to compare each. Please take this information with the grain of salt and do your own research. If making dietary changes we recommend consulting with your medical doctor.

 

IsagenixAlternative
IsagenixShakeology
IsagenixPlexus Slim
IsagenixThrive Patch
IsagenixAdvoCare
Isagenix310 Shake
IsagenixIt Works!
Isagenix21 Day Fix
IsagenixTrim Down Club (Favorite)

Isagenix vs Shakeology

In an Isagenix vs. Shakeology contest, based on my own research and in my opinion, Shakeology meal replacement shakes have it over the Isagenix IsaLean shakes for one very important reason: the ingredients. Before I explain this a little further, to back up my call on this, let me say I would personally do neither. Although I don’t disagree that occasionally replacing a solid meal with a rich, whole fruit, vegetable, protein and healthy fats shake is absolutely fine. It’s far better to consume your foods by actually chewing, swallowing, and digesting, but, there’s plenty of science that backs up a liquid meal replacement, albeit one that is chock full of nutrition with no junk and low calories. So, getting back to these two: IsaLean shakes contain fructose. It is the fourth ingredient listed. Fructose is in essentially all processed foods and it’s just about the worst thing we consume. Fructose, usually in the form of high fructose corn syrup, is not only making us fat (and keeping us fat), but it puts us at risk of heart disease among other nefarious diseases. The past 40 years as fructose has become a main ingredient in so many processed foods, even so-called “diet” foods, it is definitely one of the reasons we have an obesity epidemic. Don’t believe me? Check with the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Anyway, IsaLean has a bunch of okay stuff, some other suspect stuff and a few pretty good ingredients, but overall, it’s a definite no. Shakeology, on the other hand, features shakes that contain lots of herbs and plant-based phytonutrients. But also some stuff that while maybe not dangerous, certainly not needed and for some, maybe inappropriate. But bottom line, it’s at least far better than IsaLean shakes from Isagenix.

Isagenix vs Plexus Slim

How about Isagenix vs. Plexus Slim? If you just read the above, then you know how I feel about high fructose corn syrup. I have done my due diligence on fructose (from whole, fresh, natural fruits you eat, it’s beautiful, otherwise: no) I am even less a fan of companies like Isagenix that say they cannot tell folks on their label if their product ingredients are genetically modified because the process of doing that is too much of a bother. So, for example, the low-heat dried skim milk powders, some manufacturers do bother to add, based on the law, whether or not their super-processed dry milk powders are GMO or not. So, in the Isagenix vs. Plexus Slim war, even though I’m not jumping up and down about the ‘pink drink’ that makes you ‘shrink’ (Oh, brother!), I’d go pink Plexus Slim any day over an IsaLean shake.

Isagenix vs Thrive Patch

Now you have got me. No, really. This is a lose-lose battle, but no, I must score the match and pick a winner. So, Isagenix vs. Thrive Patch? Ugh. People, there’s nothing in Thrive dermal patches that you cannot live without. Matter of fact, you’d be better off without it, period. And Thrive is not just the patches, it’s the supplements, lots of them (many just multi-vitamins) and then there’s the meal replacement shakes plus the patches, it’s too much and, too costly. Not to mention that in my research, I found many users who experienced a number of ill effects. That said, Isagenix IsaLean shakes are not on my list of the good stuff. They are loaded with powders of this and that: oils and seeds, milk and whey. All of these processed and refined and heated and processed and …yuk. Make fruit and veggie smoothies in your kitchen and throw in some flax or chia seeds. Oh, right. I have to pick a winner. This is how I have decided: I recall in my Thrive Patch research reading a blog about Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerns with weight loss product clams and a commenter urged the FDA and FTC to investigate Thrive Patch maker Le-Vel. The blog moderator said the commenter, who did a thorough job of citing federal law, file an official complaint. I don’t know yet if that ever happened, but it was enough for me. Plus, Thrive Patch distributors are a tad aggressive, pushy and it’s like they all drank the Kool-Aid. So reluctantly, Isagenix, which is after all a global nutritional multi level marketing behemoth, is named victor. With much chagrin.

Isagenix vs AdvoCare

Well now. Here’s my chance to talk about the business approach of these weight loss products, programs, and systems. In the AdvoCare vs. Isagenix matchup I am again torn. Not a fan of either’s products and find them both not proven effective, possibly not good for you and too expensive. So, I have decided to score this one on the way they do business. The usual to the victor goes the spoils doesn’t matter here: they both are big money makers. Ah, but why? And how?  At 15 now, Isagenix has over those years earned billions of dollars in sales. That’s a lot of supplements sold. And folks like us helped them to make that $5 billion. Designed like say, Amway or Avon, friends sell to friends. But it’s gone beyond the friendly passive little colorful booklet lying around the office lunch table to the zealous; distributors are hooked with the promise they’ll make a lot of money off your desperation to lose weight. And many will be rather hawkish as they try to scratch their way to try to make it to the top of the pyramid, though of course something like 1/0 of 1 percent will ever get really rich. AdvoCare is the same but been around a little longer and has made a bit more money.  (Isagenix had $335 million in revenue in 2012 and AdvoCare had $400 million in 2013; pretty close, wouldn’t you say?) But it was people pushing people pushing people to sell, sell, sell that made those millions—for the folks at the top! I am not a fan of multi level marketing (MLM) at all and sadly, the most lucrative of all MLM companies are weight loss ones. Don’t you see? The multi-billion, maybe trillion-dollar food industry helps make and keep us fat and the MLM weight loss industry makes millions, billions actually, selling us stuff that they claim will help us lose the weight. It’s a vicious, and I mean ugly, cycle. I’m on a rant. Sorry. Which is the winner? Not us that’s for sure. I wish I could say it’s a tie for terrible, but I guess I’ll go with Isagenix because at least the company has not been, that I am aware of, involved in a number of major controversies and court cases like AdvoCare has including a sports celebrity product endorser using banned substances, shady and deceptive business practices. and products for children packed with caffeine. I can’t even.

Isagenix vs 310 Shake

The 310 Shake vs. Isagenix showdown is an easy one. 310 Shake is a meal replacement shake and while it’s not great, it’s not necessarily bad either. It’s just a meal replacement shake (which some science says when done correctly with nutritious stuff and not overdone may be okay). Frankly, you could make a better one at home, but as these shakes go, it’s just okay. IsaLean shakes on the other hand, contain far too many ingredients and some I consider dubious, therefore at 90 calories for 310 Shake and some nutrition (and though it’s not cheap it won’t break the bank), 310 Shake it is.

Isagenix vs It Works!

Ready for a knock-down drag out with It Works! Vs. Isagenix? You won’t get one from me. While their product line may not be identical (the It Works! ‘Crazy Wrap Thing is a gimmick) I have even less faith in It Works! than Isagenix and that’s saying something. Again, two multi level marketing companies selling to desperate people using people desperate to sell. And It Works! gets paid. And I mean paid! Millions! It’s really just stomach-turning. But here’s the thing: the so-called ‘crazy wrap thing’ has not one teeny tiny shred of proof that it does anything! You apply cream and the wrap and through some abracadabra, you lose belly fat, and you’re somehow tightened and toned. It’s complete you-know-what. If there’s a cult among these MLM weight loss companies, this is one. And again, I just am loath to claim one over the other, but in this case, at least Isagenix doesn’t have a crazy wrap thing.

Isagenix vs 21-Day Fix

And now ladies and gentlemen, it’s the 21-Day Fix vs. Isagenix. For $73 you get a step-by-step food guide and plan, workout DVDs, color-coded containers to use for portion control, recipes, and online support. That’s it. You could purchase different size containers and figure this all out on your own and hit the gym; it is a tad gimmicky, but it might just be the organization some people need. I think it’s kind of a waste of money and you’re better off doing this plan on your own (it does help with educating you about who much of what should be on your plate at every meal) but once you know how to do that, and make sure you get a vigorous and rigorous workout every day, you’ll probably get the same results. But all that said, it’s more benign than Isagenix, safer and no pressure to sell. So here it’s the 21 Day Fix, for sure. I think you can just DIY, but reviewers really liked it because it helped with discipline and organization.

Isagenix vs Trim Down Club

And here we are. Of every one of these vs. Trim Down Club, honestly, there’s no contest whatsoever. And unless something comes along that’s far better, it’s the Trim Down Club for me. In this club, you (and your family!) enjoy made-at-home meals (together) prepared with fresh, whole healthy nutritious foods—not processed food and junk food. So you eat and you exercise. Yes. That’s the idea. Genius, right? Plus, in this Trim Down Club, you share bad days and good, your recipes and your ideas, you ask for help and give advice all with thousands of people just like you and me. Period. For a few dollars a month. That’s it. When something just makes sense, that’s winning.

Isagenix Reviews

Isagenix reviews are certainly mixed, especially since Isagenix is a successful dietary supplement direct selling business from Australia to Taiwan and of course, the U.S. It is after all a quintessential American direct-selling (MLM) company.

Nearly 1,000 people on Amazon found this review on Isagenix IsaLean Shake and their whole 30-day system helpful. And there’s only 277 reviews. [13] ‘ThreePaws’ admits to being an Isagenix associate and gave the product a 3-star review. It’s interesting because it feels like the negative balances out the positive and vice versa.

Isagenix 3 Star Review

“Ignoring my better judgment, I recently signed up as an Isagenix associate so I could get the free shipping and reduced price of this product (about $304 total). I am completely turned off by the marketing scheme and have no interest in trying to make money on bringing others in. I need to lose weight, and although I understand this isn’t exactly the most advisable way to do it, I tend to stick with a personal goal if there’s limited planning and preparation involved. So, I caved in with hope that it will jumpstart my efforts in a short to mid-term approach. After 12 days, I have lost about 9 pounds and I actually do feel quite well and invigorated. However, I think following a balanced diet and exercise approach would do the same. That said, I’m not going to review these products based on my health outcomes because I don’t want to mislead anyone or tout the questionable benefits. These are my impressions of the products from a consumption perspective.” ‘ThreePaws’ goes on to review the shakes saying they need to be “doctored,” the Ionix Supreme is disgusting but admits: I gag it down quickly from a shot glass, gargle with water, then chase it with some water.” And said the snacks are so bad she just threw them in the garbage. [14]

Isagenix 4 Star Review

This 4-star review from an Amazon customer sheds a lot of light:

“I am 5′ 5″ and before starting this product I weighed 166. I am day 25 into this program and have lost 12lbs. I read many reviews prior to purchasing this product. Many people thought that after trying it, they wasted their money because they felt the products didn’t really work, were over priced and at the end of the day they could have just cut back and did it on their own at a lot lower cost. I do agree with this fact. Yet, what this product did for me was put me in the right mindset to have the discipline I needed to do it on my own. I would not be where I am today had I not given this a try. I liked the thought of not having to plan what I was going to eat except 1 meal a day. I started make healthier choices to eat and now I’m not even following the plan like I should but I’m still losing weight on my own. It was worth it and I’d recommend it.” [15]

Isagenix Zero Star Review

But, more than half of all reviewers were very critical. ‘Elyssa Haeussler’ says she wishes she could “give it zero stars.”

“I see someone is downvoting all of the negative reviews, but I am here to say that I also found this product to be too little product for the price. The results were minimal, and if you don’t stay on their program most people will gain the weight back right away.” [16]
‘Rachel Sedgwick’ says in a recent review that Isagenix is “poison.” That’s pretty serious charge.

“Isagenix is literally poison. You will drop a massive amount of weight and then have awful side effects and hormone imbalances and then put the weight right back on. It will take your body twice the amount of time to recover from the time you spend on this program. If you want to lose weight, EAT WHOLE FOODS AND EXERCISE.” [17]

Isagenix 1 Star Review

And ‘Kirst’ says,

“I have some friends who absolutely love this product, and have had some great results and so I decided to have a try. Unfortunately, I am on day 23 and have followed the program to a T, and so far I have gained a consistent 5-7 pounds, and have gained a consistent 2 inches around my waist and hips. It has been a really frustrating experience, especially since it is a costly program and I was expecting results. My only thought could be that I was not eating sugar before and this system has quite a bit of sugar in it.” [18]

Isagenix on BBB

Arizona-based Isagenix is Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited, and the century-old nonprofit rates the supplement company with a grade of A+ though, there are many customer complaints. So what is going on?  It turns out that the high rating is for the Isagenix response to customer complaints (BBB is a business also. These listings on there are not free if you want to manage them.). Bottom line: customers have many problems with the company, its products and mostly, with refunds and the like, but Isagenix makes good on promises to resolve those complaints hence the high BBB rating. Once a complaint has been resolved to the customer’s satisfaction, it’s considered closed and of 36 complaints, all have been closed. [19] On BBB, reviews are separate from complaints. Of the 30 reviews, it was a 60-40 split with the positive outweighing the negative. We’ll look at examples of each.

The very critical review from “Smoore’ from July of 2107 is very long and detailed but suffice to say this person not only felt deceived and ripped off but claimed while trying to deal with customer service had a representative attempt the “get me to sell them to my friends.”

This Customer Claims Negative Review Was Deleted

And the review from ‘Mackenzie A’ was pretty telling:

“This is the review that I wrote on one of their testimonial pages. They automatically deleted it, and prohibited me from viewing the site further because of the fact that it was a negative, honest review. I know for a fact that the sellers are false advertising. A seller I know admitted to trying their products, couldn’t use them because they were distasteful, and achieved weight loss without using their products, but still claimed that the products themselves made them lose weight to make a sale.”

Positive Isagenix Reviews Submitted By Distributors?

Of the 18 positive reviews, it appears that about half are Isagenix distributors and the rest customers, although I cannot be certain about the latter; they certainly don’t have to declare they work for the company. And of all these reviews, folks say Isagenix is a great company with great customer and great products. This review from ‘Barbara W’ sums up the vast majority of the sentiments I read:

“I have been a customer of Isagenix for 4 years. This company takes extreme care to make the best product, taking great care of their customers and their business builders. I’m impressed with the quality Assurance given to the product. The scientific research also helps validate that the product works. For me Isagenix weight loss program gave me energy, lean muscle and 30 pounds gone. I continue to do the maintenance program and I feel 20 years younger. Best lifestyle ever. I have run into issues with some of the products and called customer service and they resolved it immediately. Customers are number 1 and you feel like it every time you call. Great company for the user and business builders.” [20]
Well there you have it folks. Whether or not Isagenix products work and are worth the cost, to me it is as clear as mud, but it is your choice.

Is Isagenix Worth A Try?

My personal opinion? Definitely not. My rationale is really rather simple. I do not disagree that lowering your caloric intake will help you lose weight. That’s hardly debatable. But by how much? And for how long? Consuming what? Meal replacement shakes and ‘snacks’? How about nutrient-rich foods? Greens and proteins, fruits and healthy oils and fats is the ticket. Think putting good stuff, from nature, into your body. And you combine a healthy diet with daily exercise (you don’t have to do a two-hour CrossFit workout or run a marathon, just stretch and move for 20 or 30 minutes a day. If you can maintain that; a healthy portion-controlled diet and a good stretch of the legs every day, you’ll lose weight and likely be happier and healthier. Plus, the enormous expense of all this is ridiculous. And finally, the shakes are loaded with some crummy, at best, ingredients. Maybe reviewer Rachel [21] went too far in calling it “poison,” but I do agree that eating well and getting exercise is the best way to shed weight. So, use the money, you would have spent on IsaLean Shake instead on a fridge full of nutritious foods for meals you and your whole family will enjoy and reap the benefits. You’ll feel better about yourself, I bet.

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  • EB2016

    I am shocked by this review written by someone who has never used the product. There are many options out there for weight loss, but as with any of them if you are not willing to do the work you will not see results. Isagenix is a life changing product and I plan on being a life time user after 1 1/2 years on it. I feel amazing, and the price? Worth every penny, you can’t put a price on health in my opinion it has done so much more than just weight loss for me. My inflammation is gone, my energy is back, using caffeine just to make it through the day is over, down to my high school weight as well! They also offer 30 days money back.

  • Linda

    Exactly, it is not a steak! Our bodies through decades have adapted to processed meat, vegetables etc but powders (and other processed foods) have just been introduced and guess what? we have more people dying because of what they eat and how their bodies react to it (even though death reasons might be noted as heart failures, high blood pressure and so on, we should all know it all comes from our lifetstyle). Just because it has some vitamins does not make it healthy.

  • Linda

    Instead of looking at other peoples opinions look for facts and draw your own conclusions. I did look at the facts and there is nothing to prove that Isagenix is better than a healthy/nutritious/whole foods diet. Show me one study that suggest using protein shakes is better than real food diet???!!!

  • Linda

    Of course you will lose weight, that is what shakes are designed to do. fill you up on less calories. you can do that with any shake on the market and would not have to pay 300$. This program is for dummies who get sucked into oh but other people did it. Do you really believe those before and after pictures are from using shakes alone? If you ever would have seen a real person with 100 pound loss you would know that tones bodies do not just happen from weight loss. Those people put in hundreds of hours of physical exercise to look like that after losing so much weight. When you think about it what a great business model! not like weight watchers or jenny craig where people only buy there producst while losing weight but this here they encourage to continue the use forever! No wonder this company is worth almost a billion dollars. Distributors get 50% of the sale price and are encouraged to spread the word, it is really kind of a free advertising.

  • Michelle Louise Jara

    The lady did do her research. Perhaps you are an ambassador. As a personal trainer, a professional in the business, I can assure you any weight you lose on this program you will NOT keep off. Eating a well balanced meal and exercising 4 days a week (with a physical fitness program designed to target your specific goals and problem areas) you will have continued life success with fitness. In addition, a great diet to try is the ZONE diet or weight watchers. They allow you to eat a variety of foods that are tasty and you do not have to supplement at all.

  • Lisa V

    Isagenix must pay all of these people that write these extensive testimonials protecting the brand. The fact is that the shakes are disgusting, and for anyone to try and convince people otherwise is deceptive and dishonest.

  • Taraveah

    There are a lot of products that are going to do the very same thing and cost a whole lot less. I would do a lot of research before investing that much money. In addition, based on most of the comments, it isn’t the shake that is making the difference, rather clean eating. While the shake has a lot of stellar ingredients, it also has a lot of sugar (fructose) and sodium in it.

  • Patty Slocumb

    It’s about supplementing a healthy way of living. It’s a lifestyle and NOT a diet. If you can’t give up eating like crap and you can’t begin working out to take care of your body…don’t blame somebody else. If you are looking for a miracle diet that does all the work for you while you sit on your backside then of course it won’t work! Take charge of your life and don’t expect something or someone else to do it for you.

  • Rebecca Cagle

    I use Isagenix. Before I started using it I felt nutritionally starved even though I was eating a good diet. The 30 day system only costs $269 not $350 as stated above. I use a maintenance plan of Isagenix products and it costs me about $185 per month. That money just comes out of my food budget replacing other foods I had been eating.

    • Michelle Louise Jara

      A great 30 day system that cost nothing is to simply just eliminate sweets from your body. As a personal trainer I can assure you these fad diets are extremely damaging to your metabolism. Once you stop…you are done for.

  • Chris

    I have been using Isagenix since November 1 and have dropped 20 lbs and 2 pants sizes. I think a lot of the people that post negativity on here just do it for the fun or sparring part of it. Am I really hungry some days, sure. Do I eat better and eat less, yes. Do I cheat at times like I am going to in about and hour, yes. The shakes took a bit of getting used to but are otherwise pretty good. I mix fruit in mine and peanut butter powder to add flavor. I also have more energy, I have been sleeping better and my hips and knees feel great. I don’t outwardly market this (maybe I should) but I have been having a lot of people come to me inquiring because of my results. It works for me and I feel great. I would suggest if starting that you partner up with someone. My wife and I are doing it together and try to hold each other accountable. That has made it a lot easier. Once you get past the first 2 weeks it is pretty easy. Also makes packing a lunch easier and less time consuming.

  • Michelle

    I haven’t used this program in years. However while I was on it I quit drinking coffee and smoking without even realizing it until days later. This product works great. Also those of you that were still hungry that normal it takes most people 3-5 days to get used to eating less plus if your the type to eat a lot of processed and junk food then yes you’ll feel like your starving to death. It does get easier though. I honestly felt great using this product more energy and yes I did loose weight too.

  • Darryl F. Stewardson

    Your review is completely one sided, you have not interviewed one person who loves it and has positive results. further you did not conclude with any of the scientific studies it’s just your opinion, which is lacking at best!

  • Gwen James Ryans

    Ive used Isagenix 2 times now! and I love it… I’m currently on a Nine day cleanse and on day 7, I was 136lbs to start and now currently sitting at 124lbs with 2 days to go… Ive always lost weight and maintained the weight loss after, yes you will get light headaches first few days if your a coffee drinker, Not from the shake itself! lol as you can not drink coffee as this is a cleanse, adding fruit and PB to your shake wont help you loose weight either there not meant for that, the shake is designed to help you loose weight and feel full longer, if your adding fruit and PB of course you’ll end up hungry! the surger in the fruit alone will trigger hunger!
    the Dutch chocolate is my favorite, I don’t like the vanilla I bought both flavors and mixed one scoop of both added ice and water to the blender and it was yummy, thick like a shake..
    people complaining about this Isagenix cleanse, are people that have a taste for junk food, or course its not going to taste like a Mc D’s shake! its a cleanse ..lol
    I found it very easy to follow, 2 shake days to start, that’s 3 shakes a day and then 2 cleanse days ( no food) then 3 shake days, the 2 days no food.. then your done… how hard is that…lol
    bottom line it works! did for me.. you just have to have willpower and follow it properly , no adding anything…

  • cjus2473

    you are correct – I mix the vanilla/strawberry (I cannot eat chocolate) and it’s fine…I find that people who hate the taste think it should taste like a Wendy’s chocolate freeze…it does not…but it is not bad…the program works if you stay with it…i find people who get off the program and eat like they used to (that was me and I finally made the decision that a pint of Ben and Jerry’s during stressful times was not the answer), bitch and say the program does not work. But then I have a step-mother who does not eat sweats, has never liked junk food, rarely eats meat and has been a normal weight all her life…so she feels everyone should eat healthy…it is a matter of choice….but you are very correct…you will lose the weight if you follow the rules

  • cjus2473

    Wow – this is biased…I went on the program 1 year ago…if you stay on it, the worst you will do is learn to eat correctly…the rest is up to you. The shakes are good…I have one for breakfast and dinner, with 2 snacks which consist of 150 calories each; i have a dinner that is between 400 and 600 calories…you cannot have sugar – you can have stivia; you can only eat fish, chicken and turkey; the only fruit you can have on the strict 30 days is green apples – Granny Smith; the cleanse days are not that difficult but not my favorite – they consist of drinking 4x a day – you are not supposed to eat during the cleanse days. You eat the program for 30 days, and during that time, you have 4 days of cleanse back to back…in one month i lost almost 40 inches all over and 11 pounds and kept losing…if you go back to eating the way you did before, you will gain it back – no matter what program you go on. What did this program do for me…well, you learn to eat healthy food. Does Ezekiel bread taste like Mrs Bairds – no; is it more expensive – yes. But I found I did not grocery shop as often as I did prior to the plan; my backaches, joint pain, acid re-flux went away – I tested this to see if it was the program and if I consume any regular sugar, cookies, cake, etc. my acid re-flux will come back in a flash. My blood pressure went back to normal in 3 months, my cholesterol dropped to normal. So the take away is – if you don’t want to spend the money – and it is expensive – around $250-$325 for the 30 days package and you make your own meals, they just give up dairy, sugar, packaged food, processed flood, fast food, meat and eat “clean”…limit your intake to 1200 calories and if you exercise, half the amount of calories you burn per day and add that to the 1200 calories and you will lose weight. I frankly sleep better, have more energy – and I am 68 years old. So like anything else – you need to maintain to keep the weight off. I have tried Jenny Craig, Atkins, Weight Watchers (which is now going to shakes) and found that Weight Watchers is the next best thing. You really don’t have to exercise with Isogenics but it helps. You will loose visceral fat and inches. I do not sell the program; my friend does and got me started. I am not a sales person and the folks I work with could not afford to do the program. But I have never been pressured, and really don’t know what the person who wrote this article is talking about. You just need to monitor yourself and not get in to the trap of comparing yourself with others as there are a lot of 40 and under folks who have 20 pounds to lose and seem to do it in weeks…then there are others who have lost 100 and more pounds and they are inspiring. You will also find that you don’t appear to have the excess skin doing this when losing a lot of weight. So hope this helps

  • Mike Perry

    The shakes taste HORRIBLE!!! For the cost of the program yiu would expect it to taste decent.

    • Darryl F. Stewardson

      That’s your opinion, I and hundreds of thousands think the opposite. They taste amazing and are real food and work.

      • Linda

        I don’t think that anything with the label and extensive ingredient list is considered real food, at least not in my book. You need to educate yourself what is real and nutritious food before you screw up your body by feeding it processed and unatural food. And for $300 a month per person you can eat very healthy.

    • Patty Slocumb

      I LOVE the shakes!! The vanilla is awesome by itself and you can tweak it to taste like a ton of different flavors!

  • Lucy Caves

    My friend convinced me i HAVE to try it. She is a distributor. I felt bad to say “no”. So I caved in and purchased at a “special” friend’s price (not so friendly for my pocket). Anyways, I felt like i was starving, shakes tasted horrible and I simply didn’t have it in me to tell her it is a HORRIBLE product why is she selling it???Now, every time we are in a company of other people I have to walk away when she tries to convince other people to try. I think she has been brainwashed by the promises she can make money with it. Would not recommend this. Sorry Brinda :O

  • Roxy

    I was invited to the group of people on Facebook (closed group) and they have tried talking me into how “wonderful” this product is. People that buy into this bullshit need to check their heads. How can you believe a product that entrusts people with no medical or health background to sell “nutritional” supplements and shakes. They have no idea what they are talking about. This business model is disgusting and most of the reviews you find online are posted by distributors. I am not lying when I say there are tens of thousands of them. Just the site I was invited to had over 5000 distributors and they all fight over who will bring more customers as this is an MLM type of company. The more people you recruit the more you get paid. Would never trust to buy this sort of product. Plus I have heard it tastes gross too.

    • Darryl F. Stewardson

      Wrong! There are tons of medical and health people on the scientific board product development and representing it. The business model is far from disgusting, if you had half a brain you’d realize that but you’ve decided to trash rather than try.

      • Linda

        Just because they have those people on a payroll does not mean that the product is of any value to our health. Look at the highest level of our politicians, what you think they are not corrupt? I think if you were as smart as you want to think you are you would look at facts yourself and not be blinded by a paycheck you are getting from Isagenix. Shame to see so many people promoting powders over real food.

  • Mary Cole

    For me weight loss stopped being the main thing long before the end of my first 30 days on these products. And as far as costs, well this is my health care and we all now how expense being sick costs, I have also save a small fortune giving up diet sodas, expensive coffees and Rx drugs I needed to sleep, hormone balance and pain management.

  • Brooke

    I have been doing Isagenix since August. I have found two things to be very true 1) if you stop using the product you gain your weight back fast and more than you originally had and 2)the corporation itself is a glorified pyramid scheme set up to make you spend money. Whenever I tried to change or alter my autoship, Isagenix website would not allow me to do so. I couldn’t even delete my OWN credit card information! This morning I received a shipment I did not authorize. I called Isagenix and cancelled my membership. This was the ONLY way I could alter my account. Also, the so-called sponsors are trained to cater to the members who are SELLING the product, not just those of us who want to try and lose weight without having to push a product on someone else. It is like a cult.

    • Angela

      Brook sorry you had a bad experience, not all teams are built to just push the product. Many of us are actually there to be a support system for people like you who want to lose weight. Also the fact is that with many systems that people use to lose weight they will gain their weight back in no time and even then some. Isagenix should be used as a tool to learn a new healthy life style to not go back to old habits of eating. I do hope you found a system that can support you on your journey to health and happiness. Sincerely Angela

  • momofsix

    Hi, I just started this two days ago. So far so good…however this is pricey and doesn’t have the best flavor. Do comparable products exist?

    • Darryl F. Stewardson

      You are replacing meals so you don’t add it to your food costs, it’s in replacement of. It pays for itself.

      • Taraveah

        pfft. Not at a cost of $300

        • Linda

          I in no means think that protein powders are a good way to live but if you are looking for a good quality meal replacement protein powder look into Quest, they are super low in calories and are reasonably priced. It is sweetened with Stevia but even though i dislike Stevia taste I can drink these. For a huge bucket you will pay about $50.
          My trainer made me drink protein shakes after workouts, I did not see a huge improvement so I stopped and simply eat a protein right after. Fish, almonds, chicken are all great protein to help build muscle.

    • Patty Slocumb

      Try the vanilla and add a few blueberries or cinnamon or whatever you love. Adding a little fresh fruit will not harm the results and will help keep you motivated. With just a little bit of tweaking you can make it any flavor you love. Don’t give up 🙂

    • Taraveah

      Yes, there are tons of comparable products. It just takes some time and research, but they are most definitely available and some much, much better.

  • Nancy Griffin

    I have done diet after diet after diet.. the reason that I tried this one was due to my arthritis that was causing so much inflammation that I was taking meds and injections all the time and still in pain. What a great decision I made! I’m off all my meds, I’ve lost 30 lbs and average 150 per month. It may seem expensive to some but per meal it is not bad at all plus I eliminated nsaids and steroids which is amazing!

  • Margit Willems

    Hi everyone, just like Carol, I too am with Isagenix and want to correct a few misconceptions about the products. First and foremost, Isagenix is a meal replacement. Anyone who has read up on Isagenix is familiar that the product(s) are sold under three different categories–weight loss, healthy aging, and high performance. Therefore, it is important to look at what your goals are. IsaLean, the product that is pretty much the backbone of all three, is a great high quality meal replacement that gives you the nutrients your body needs on a per meal basis. While I originally started out with Isagenix to find out if the products are an option for me to use as a breakfast replacement–breakfast has always been a challenge for me, I actually started to lose weight. Hence, I continued with Isagenix and lost over the period of three months 10 pounds and two dress sizes, without the strict plan as described above. I replaced one meal a day, used the fiber snacks for when I needed a quick pick-up in the afternoon, but ate regular, healthful meals for lunch and dinner. As for gaining the weight if you stop really depends on your overall eating habits. I was off of the product for several months due to an emergency in Europe and didn’t have any problems. I recently went back on Isagenix not so much to lose the last few pounds I want to release, but because of a) the high quality of the product, b) the ease to eat a nutrition meal when I am out and about. I also want to add, I have lactose and gluten intolerance without any reactions–even the regular shakes.

    • Judy Nolan Gallagher

      When you continued did you still just do the breakfast replacement or did you go to the full 30 day cleanse?

  • Carol

    I too am with Isagenix. In my first 30 days, I lost 12 lbs and 26 inches..lost the weight and inches in the places that I wanted to release. It is not expensive if you look at the amount of junk food and convenience food that people eat everyday. Heck for one value meal at McDonalds most wouldn’t bat an eye to spend $6 or $7 a meal…we are a lot less than that per meal and WE are putting GOOD nutrirition in our body..not a bunch of grease that is going to build up around our heart.

  • Scott Gee

    Geesh – just download the free app!, eat real food, slowly lose weight, and enjoy life. And there is absolutely nothing “cleansing” about Isagenix or any other diet. Eat less and your body “cleanses” itself, lol

    • Deanna Eiting

      Scott , as a RN and health coach I felt compelled to comment. While it is true eating real food is of the upmost importance, the availability of said “real food” is difficult. Its generally blasted with pesticides, herbicides and other cides. If you werent raised on an organic farm then you must cleanse the body. Colon, liver, and cellular detoxification IS necessary. Due to the fact that our environment has radically changed we are all toxic. Our cells are the building blocks of our bodies and they too get overloaded. Just look at the average american. When the cells and liver and colon are overloaded with toxins they get locked away in our fat cells and thus the fat cells expand! YOU Can not just eat better these days and hope for better health. Let it be known 2/3 of americans have chronic disease that will with a high degree of statistical probability give them serious problems. robert Kiyosaki and donald trump both agree that MLMS beat the hell out of working for corporate america. JUST A THOUGHT!

      • Kam

        I am a distributor and if there is anything I can help you with, please feel free to contact me.

        • Michelle Louise Jara

          ADVOCARE is healthier and better.

          • Linda

            another MLM, but why do you people feel the need to promote processed, overpriced products? Oh, wait you get paid to…

      • Angela

        Deanne, what a wonderful response.

    • Darryl F. Stewardson

      It is real food.

      • Linda

        how can any powder be a real food?

    • Taraveah

      So true Scott Grim. Darryl F. Stewardson must be a distributor. Good for him, but I have gone through the ingredients of this shake and while there are a lot of good ingredients there is also a lot of sodium and sugar (fructose), and calories!

  • Fran Tellor

    I have been on the Isagenix diet plan for about 3 weeks and have lost about 5 pounds and 22 inches. I lost 2 inches in my abdomen- the bad fat that is really bad for my health. It isn’t as expensive as your review states. I paid less than $300 for a 30 day supply. I’ve also learned to avoid carbs. It is a cleansing diet, so because the toxins are out of my system I feel better and my skin looks healthier.

    • Elizabeth

      Fran Tellor: I am going to order my 30 day supply this weekend, have you continued to still lose the weight? How effective is it 4 months later?

      • Ashley Laws Fletcher

        Hi Elizabeth! Have you ordered your pack yet? If not, I’d be glad to help you. I have been doing Isagenix since mid-July and continue to lose weight, but I am still doing the shakes 2x/day.

  • Cindy

    I absolutely LOVE this product! It is the only diet program that has worked for me n I have kept off the weight while stuck in bed recovering from surgeries! I only have been doing 1-3 shakes a week. I lost my goal weight plus inches I never thought I would lose. The price is not $500 for a 30 day program so where they got there info….
    I take the active ageless vitamins n am super pleased w my health results!
    Its like any other. Product out there. But this one by far is the best!

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