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What Is Omnitrition?
Jeff and Kim Johnson look like two aging Barbie dolls. The couple, who are in their early 40s and 50s, are purveyors of Omnitrition, a weight-loss supplement company. Their promotional Facebook page is plastered with photos of the two donning salmon-colored tans, on the beach and at dinner, usually featuring promotional captions about Omnitrition.
Omnitrition’s slogan is “Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels!” They sell supplements that come in both liquid and capsule form that are intended to encourage weight loss. Their expansive roster of products varies greatly in price – from a bottle of fiber capsules at $24.95 to the Omni Drop kit ringing in at $474. The Omni Drop Program, which has been called one of their most popular “programs,” is marketed to curb food cravings. The drops contain vitamin B, natural phosphate, magnesium phosphate, and HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, a natural hormone that is produced during pregnancy.
Are Omnitrition Products Legal?
Legally, HCG requires a prescription. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved it as a weight-loss supplement, and according to WebMD, the government agency has sent out warning letters to companies like Omnitrition that are marketing HGC as a weight-loss product. Promoters of HCG claim that the hormone can reset the body’s metabolism, thus putting your digestive system in overdrive, forcing it to shed pounds at lightning speeds. However, HCG carries a vast series of side effects including stomach and pelvic pain, headaches, mood swings, fatigue, and depression. For men, HGC can spin hormone levels out of whack and cause gynecomastia, or the enlarging of breast tissue. According to Drugs.com, young males are most susceptible to negative side effects.
Yet, the use of HCG didn’t spring out of nowhere. In the 1950s, A.T.W. Simeons, a British endocrinologist, prescribed his obese patients HCG to suppress their hunger. He claimed that the hormone was only effective while on a daily 500-calorie diet. Although the FDA and the general medical community have deemed HCG as bogus, Omnitrition and other multilevel diet supplement programs are touting it as a miracle worker. Despite the studies and official warnings against HCG diets, its popularity continues to grow. Sport dietician Joy Dubost told Men’s Fitness that after 40 days of use dieters will develop immunity to the hormone, and will need to stop the supplements for six weeks in order for the body to recognize it again.
What are Health Concerns?
According to the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, adult males with active lifestyles should be consuming around 2,600 calories a day and for adult women that number is around 2,200. Omnitrition’s diet requires participants to eat less than 25 percent of those recommended amounts. At only 500 calories a day, Omnitrition dieters must follow a strict three-phase plan in order to drop the pounds. The first phase is called “The Loading”: a two-day period when participants have no limit to the food they consume. The Johnsons encourage fatty and sweet foods, claiming that, “you should be full the whole time you are up during this phase!” They caution that weight will be gained during this phase, approximately two to four pounds, but not to worry, that weight will glide right off in the second phase.
Phase two is the “low calorie intake” term, and the Johnsons estimate that this phase will last between 21 and 45 days. Dieters are allotted four ounces of both protein and vegetables (about half a cup each), and two pieces of fruit for lunch and dinner. Both breakfast and dairy are prohibited during phase two, although a small amount of fruit in the morning is permitted. Melba Toast is also an important menu item, and participants are allowed to only eat two slices of the thin crunchy bread a day.
The Johnsons insist that participants will lose between three and ten pounds on the first couple days of phase two. The regiment isn’t complete without taking 30-40 Omni Drops a day. This phase also calls for Omni 4 Liquid, an elusive looking bottle that could easily be confused as antifreeze. The Omni 4 Liquid contains 21 different ingredients at only an alleged 45 calories a serving. It’s chock full of vitamin B varieties, akin to the levels in a Red Bull that are bound to give someone that hyper and wired puppy feeling.
The third phase is called “Maintenance” and is 21 days long. Dieters are instructed to double their portions of protein and vegetables. In this final stage, the Johnsons say, “Goal of this Phase is to just maintain your weight loss!” Sounds easy, right? They encourage participants to gradually reintroduce dairy back into their meals and to weigh themselves every morning. They caution that putting on weight during this period will merit a “steak day,” which is a fast that’s broken at dinnertime with a hearty steak free of fixings other than salt. If hunger persists, an apple or tomato is permissible as a late-night snack. Only two steak days in a row are allowed a week, any more than that and Omnitrition believes that your metabolism will start to revert to its old, sluggish speed.
Once phase three is complete, the Johnsons encourage dieters to maintain phase three for 80 percent of their meals, and “eat and drink whatever you want” for the other 20 percent. Exercising isn’t recommended during any phase of Omnitrition.
In the case that Omnitrition’s diet program proves to be too treacherous of a challenge, all products are under a 30-day full money back policy. However, if the Independent Marketing Associate (distributors like the Johnsons) decide to back out, they’re not entitled to a refund. Omnitrition provides a lengthy and comprehensive handbook, however that’s the extent to their customer service. Associates were mainly interested in only talking about the product, any other queries usually remained unanswered.
When people go online to look up Omnitrition, Google data shows, they often search for these 8 diets, too. Here I will put them up against each other in a friendly little battle of the diets:
Note: Just for the purposes of clarification: Omnitrition is the maker of Omni Drops that are suggested to be incorporated into the Omni Diet. There are however, two versions of the Omni Diet, though both are very low calorie diets, (VLCD) of around 500 to 700 calories a day.
Omnitrition vs Plexus Slim
In a Plexus Slim vs Omnitrition war, it’s all-day, every-day the silly and likely not-so-effective Plexus Slim pink drink over the sketchy and possibly dangerous concoctions that come from Omnitrition. It’s honestly just that simple. The Plexus Slim drink is not cheap, it may or may not work a little for some, and while it’s ingredients are not great, comparatively speaking, it’s a benign pink lemonade compared to Omnitrition weight management program called Omni Drops. We’ll talk more about the Omnitrition Omni Drops as we go through each diet, but for right now, know the Omnitrition Omni Drops contain the illegal substance human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
Omnitrition vs Isagenix
Here’s where Isagenix gets to say, ‘Look, she likes us.’ Um, no. I do not but in the matchup of Isagenix vs Omnitrition, I have no choice but to declare Isagenix the victor. Do not misunderstand. Isagenix The IsaLean Shake, the cornerstone of the Isagenix weight loss program, is not all it’s cracked up to be. In fact it has added sugars, artificial ingredients and preservatives and Isagenix admits it cannot say whether or not its ingredients are genetically modified because that process is too costly, laborious, cumbersome and adds, the government’s procedures need revision. (If only we could all do that! You know, go to DMV and suggest they re-vamp their process and we’ll adhere when we think it’s more streamlined. Oh, brother. What an excuse).
Omnitrition vs HCG
I find it ironic, don’t you, that despite the fact that human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is illegal, diets bearing its name, and with hCG as an ingredient, exist and are used by perhaps thousands of people? When we’re comparing the hCG Diet vs Omnitrition, we’re talking about essentially the same thing. So what is human chorionic gonadotropin? As it’s name spells out, it’s a human hormone and is approved as a drug by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat female infertility. Though the FDA (and the Federal Trade Commission; FTC) have warned supplement manufacturers not to use the substance, that hasn’t stopped some. But I have a theory that the amount of hCG in these diet supplements may be very very small as to be almost undetectable and that’s one way they get away with it. Maybe it’s a placebo but when used, as it is supposed to be, in conjunction with a VLCD of say 500, or even 700 calories a day, it’s the extreme (and dangerous) calorie restriction that’s responsible for the weight loss. I could be wrong though, absolutely. Regardless; if it says hCG is an ingredient in your diet pills, steer clear. So I am forced to choose Omnitrition over the hCG Diet because there are some not-so-objectionable ingredients found in their drops like mega doses of vitamin B, which may be okay especially if you have a B deficiency (in which case you’re better off having your physician decide if you’d benefit from prescribed injections) you don’t need it and it doesn’t do anything for weight loss.
Omnitrition vs Herbalife
Herbalife is the granddaddy of multi-level marketing (MLM) nutritional supplements, or at least the grandfather’s first cousin. I am one of those Herbalife naysayers, I admit at the outset. But in the Herbalife vs Omnitrition war, Herbalife wins by a microscopic hair. But only because of history and it’s recent grade of B from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). I’ll tell you why they are just a terrible company though in a minute. Omnitrition is also a MLM. Maybe an even far less attractive one than most. I’m ready to have tomatoes and mean words hurled at me by distributors, but I stand firm. The marketing material alone is enough to make you take a step back. And with an F rating from the BBB, that’s another step back. Is this the stuff you want to take to lose weight? To sell to family and friends and neighbors and co-workers? To be fair, there are three good reviews about the company that were just very recently posted on the BBB site. Distributors is my guess. Now, Herbalife has been around for almost 40 years. So it’s doing something right apparently. Um, hold on. Last year, Herbalife was ordered to pay $200 million to it’s victims, those being the people who signed on to sell for Herbalife and got completely ripped off. It’s a pyramid scheme people! That’s what multi-level marketing businesses are all about and why I’m always ranting. There’s no way you can ever earn what the people at the top of the pyramid make. Never. And they are making their millions off of the people at the bottom rung. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued Herbalife and won on behalf of thousands of people who were deceived by Herbalife. So while I chose them as the winner, please, don’t even bother. Herbalife’s weight loss supplements are worthless. Stay tuned for a much much better option. (Oh, and by the way, as an aside, Omnitrition was founded by a couple of former Herbalife sales guys. Makes you go, hmmm.)
Omnitrition vs Shakeology
In the Shakeology vs Omnitrition fight, it’s a knockdown: Shakeology takes the title. Omnitrition supplements and drops et al are suspect and should not be trusted, in my opinion and based on my research. Listen, I’m not saying Shakeology is great, not by a longshot, but there’s some good science that shows that seriously overweight, obese, or morbidly obese people might benefit from a meal replacement shake once or maybe, just maybe, twice a day. But that shake better be packed with good whole foods and tons of nutrition including good carbs, proteins and fiber plus all the nutrients in fruits and veggies, seeds, nuts, and oils. It is possible to make a great shake or smoothie that will fill you up, provide enough calories, and kick start weight loss for the very overweight. But, does Shakeology have the goods? Nutritionally, the weight loss meal replacement shake made by BeachBody, does, kind of. However, it’s expensive and reviewers complain it’s not great tasting, but it’s at least not going to hurt you and you won’t be force-fed it.
Omnitrition vs Omni Diet
Now we can talk about the Omni Diet vs Omnitrition. As I said at the top, the original Omni Diet was created by a nurse and fitness expert Tana Amen, she part of a group that includes Dr. Oz, millionaire Christian evangelical pastor Rick Warren, and her husband, the self-described most famous American psychiatrist, Daniel Amen, the latter with a slew of mental health clinics. Interestingly, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) refuse to validate his claims and theories. Regardless of that, Amen created her very low calorie diet (VLCD), which comes in at around 700 calories a day. The Omni Diet used in conjunction with Omni Drops is around 500 calories a day. These diets include no carbs (except those that come from veggies naturally), and the leanest of proteins. Ask any doctor, nurse, nutritionist, dietician, your mom even, and they’ll all say consuming under 1000-1200 calories a day is a very very bad idea (VVBI). Still, if you eat the best possible food and it’s for a limited time and your doctor says okay, with all those ifs attached, the Omni Diet I suppose would be my pick. But don’t.
Omnitrition vs Thrive Patch
I am not convinced the Thrive Patch is anything more than a way for some to get richer, some to lose money, a few to lose weight, and most just getting nothing while dropping quite a bit of cash for the pleasure. But in the Thrive Patch vs Omnitrition debacle, I’d go with Thrive Patch even though it’s just not worth your money, in my well-researched opinion. Some people swear by it though and have had good results so maybe you will be one of those people to go for it, but I am not a fan and here’s why: there’s no science to back up its claims, no clinical trials, nothing. There is research on some of the specific ingredients, like coffee bean extract, for example, and in that case, the researchers retracted their published study. Yes, retracted their work because they could not validate the sponsors’ research data. Wow, I said then and I say now. I am also not fond of garcinia cambogia because of the potential for liver damage. I think I have just talked myself out of this decision. No. Still not a fan of Omnitrition. At all.
Omnitrition vs Trim Down Club
I am, however a big fan of the Trim Down Club. I mean it. There’s simply no contest between the Trim Down Club vs Omnitrition or any of the other aforementioned diets. Trim Down Club is about avoiding processed and junk foods, eating healthy make-it-at-home meals of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and healthy fats and oils. The Trim Down Club is about moving your body; making sure to get some decent heart-pumping exercise in just about everyday. (You can do it if I can!) But for me, the best part of the calculus in the Trim Down Club is this key part of the equation: the espirit de corps as they say in French; the community, the common bond. It’s a club where we are all doing it together and that kind of camaraderie is worth far more than the cost of the program which comes out to less than a pair of grande lattes.
Is Omnitrition Worth to Try?
Like all other Omnitrition salespeople, the Johnsons’ best form of advertisement is themselves. Their “before and after” photos loom on the top of their Facebook page: images of bloated and flabby bodies in bathing suits set next to ones of toned and trim physiques. They’re literal testaments to the power of Omnitrition. There is no training or certification required to break into the weight loss business. There are only scripts passed from one salesperson to the next, in hopes to convince one another that a pregnancy hormone and extreme calorie cutting is the key to weight loss. If losing weight is a top priority, Omnitrition is a mostly dangerous way to go about doing so. Doctor’s recommendation is to stick to exercise and healthy meals.
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