Can the Isagenix diet help you lose weight?
Isagenix is a meal replacement weight loss system manufactured by Isagenix International, a multi-level marketing company that sells supplements and personal products.
The Isagenix diet consists of shakes, tonics, snacks and supplements sold through the Isagenix website.
Their most popular programs include a 30-day weight loss system and a nine-day weight loss system.
The 30-day starter pack is promoted as a way to:
- Lead dieters to “experience consistent weight loss”
- “Satisfy cravings for unhealthy food”
- “Support the body’s natural detoxification system”
- “Improve muscle tone”
The 30-day system includes:
- Isalean Shakes: Whey- and milk-protein-based meal replacement shakes that contain 240 calories and 24 grams of protein (along with many other ingredients).
- Ionix Supreme: A tonic that contains a blend of sweeteners, vitamins and adaptogens that is advertised to speed muscle recovery, “support clarity and focus,” and “normalize the body’s systems.”
- Cleanse for Life: A liquid blend of sweeteners, vitamins and herbs claimed to “nourish the body’s detoxification system” and “eliminate stubborn fat.”
- Isagenix Snacks: Chewable, flavored tablets made of sweeteners, milk-based protein and other ingredients.
- Natural Accelerator: Capsules that contain a blend of vitamins and herbs that are supposed to help dieters “boost metabolism and burn fat.”
- Hydrate Sticks: A powder meant to be mixed into water that contains sweeteners, electrolytes and more vitamins.
- IsaFlush: A supplement containing a form of magnesium and a blend of herbs purported to improve digestion and “support a healthy gut.”
Both systems come in dairy-free options for those with allergies or dietary restrictions.
How Does It Work?
The plan consists of shake days and cleanse days.
On shake days, dieters replace two meals per day with Isalean shakes. For the third meal, they’re encouraged to choose a “healthy” meal containing 400–600 calories.
On shake days, dieters also take Isagenix supplements (including IsaFlush and Natural Accelerator) and can choose Isagenix-approved snacks twice a day.
One or two days per week, dieters are encouraged to complete a cleanse day.
On cleanse days, dieters abstain from meals and instead consume four servings of the Cleanse for Life drink, small amounts of fruit and Isagenix-approved snacks like IsaDelight Chocolates.
The cleanse days are considered a type of intermittent fasting, an eating pattern where dieters cycle between periods of fasting (restricting calorie intake) and eating.
After dieters complete their 30-day plan, Isagenix encourages them to either start the same system over for another 30 days or try another Isagenix system like the Energy System or the Performance system.