Isagenix vs Alternatives

Isagenix vs Alternatives


Update: Jul 10, 2024

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

1 Comment
  1. Think the idea here was skewed a bit. Yes, the “crazy wrap thing” is a bit gimmicky, but it does actually work. No, you don’t put lotion on then a wrap, which leads me to believe you haven’t tried it. Lots of friends on Isogenix, with success, but I haven’t tried it. It works, , Isogenix, Plexus all seem to have very similar products, different names, similar descriptions.

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