What is the Isagenix 30-day system?

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The Isagenix 30-day system is a wellness program designed for anyone who wants a long-term, scientifically-sound, flexible plan to shed weight and keep it off.

This system helps you release pounds naturally without laxatives, stimulants or diuretics. You can also eliminate visceral fat, improve muscle recovery, or increase muscle growth. The products work synergistically to release impurities and unwanted pounds and inches.

Within the Isagenix 30-Day System, a Shake Day adds up to about 1,200 to 1,500 calories per day. For most sedentary, middle-age to older adults who only burn around 1,800 to 2,000 calories each day, the 1,200- to 1,500-calorie range is just right for sustained, healthy weight loss. The best plan cuts calories by the minimum amount needed to produce fat loss, which is around 500 calories below what is needed to maintain weight.

 

The products

IsaLeanShakes

The IsaLean Shake is at the center of the system.

This deliciously complete meal is gluten-free and contains 23 grams of the highest quality New Zealand whey and casein protein from naturally grass-fed cows with no added hormones or antibiotics. It has an excellent nutritional profile, including fiber, calcium and vitamins to support your body’s vital functions.

  1. An IsaLean® Shake has only about as much sugar as ½ an apple or a small peach.
  2. It’s a satisfying, nutritious meal that provides low-glycemic carbohydrates, good fats, undenatured protein, vitamins, and minerals for only 240 calories. Protein satisfies cravings and helps you feel full longer.
  3. The shake contains all 18 amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own. These amino acids are the building blocks for every cell in our body.
  4. It is a live enzyme delivery system that is activated when mixed with water. Because of the live enzymes, you should drink the shake within 10 minutes of adding water.
  5. It contains zero soy protein, which does not build lean muscle like whey protein.
  6. It is available in several flavors: Creamy French Vanilla, Creamy Dutch Chocolate, Black Sesame, and Strawberry Cream.

There are also dairy-free (Natural Berry Harvest) and kosher (Natural Creamy Vanilla) versions of the shake, as well as a delicious soup (that is whey-based).

The Natural Berry Harvest Shake has no lactose; instead, it relies on natural hemp and pea protein to support healthy weight management. It is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and is safe for anyone with dairy or soy allergies or who is lactose-intolerant.

IsaLean Soup is packed with 23 vitamins and minerals, low-glycemic carbohydrates, and healthy fats for complete and balanced nourishment.

Product list

 

Isagenix 30-day system
Isagenix 30-day system (pdf)

 

Learn more about the Isagenix 30-day system

 

Isagenix 30-day system
30-day system shake days and cleanse days (pdf)

Research shows Isagenix results superior to “heart-healthy” diets

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) study won the 2013 American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Obesity Research Interest Section abstract competition.

In this research, the UIC researchers compared the Isagenix 30-day system to a conventional heart-healthy diet. In the 10-week study, participants using the Isagenix system had superior results when compared with those on a heart-healthy plan based on nationally recognized dietary guidelines.

Notably, participants using the Isagenix system had a 56% greater average weight loss, 47% greater average body fat loss, and 35% greater reduction of oxidative stress. And twice as much (that’s 200%) visceral fat loss. Study subjects reported greater adherence to the Isagenix plan; they considered it convenient and easy to follow.

These results were published in two peer-reviewed journals, Nutrition and Metabolism as well as Nutrition Journal.

Isagenic research results
University of Chicago study compared the 30-day system with a “heart-healthy” diet over 10 weeks (pdf)

 

A longer-term study at Skidmore College compared the 30-day system with a conventional heart-healthy diet. All participants spent 11 weeks using the 30-day system; the average weight loss was 24 pounds.

Then they were split into two groups. After six months, those using the 30-day system had lost four times as much fat as those on a classic heart-healthy diet. They had more lean muscle mass by the same factor of four. Skidmore Study Proves 30-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System Results (podcast, 2014).

Isagenix research results
The Skidmore College study compared the 30-day system with a “heart-healthy” diet over 6 months (pdf)

This video tipped my decision to “yes”.

About Isagenix

Isagenix is a safe and easy-to-use wellness system based on advanced nutritional technology that helps cleanse the body of impurities and replenish the body with optimal nutrients.

It was developed by John Anderson, the formulator for more than 600 companies like GNC, Natures Way and Meta-Rex products. He has created more than 2,300 nutritional and weight-loss products. Isagenix is the culmination of his life’s work; he is the company’s master formulator. [More about John Anderson]

This series of products contain the highest quality natural botanicals, herbs, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, minerals and protein in the correct proportions to first cleanse the body internally on the cellular level and then deliver the nutrition our bodies need for optimal health. [Isagenix product fast-facts (pdf)]

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have benefited from this product since its debut in 2002. The US-based company was founded by Anderson as well as Jim and Kathy Coover and operates in seven countries.

Disclaimer

As with anything dietary or medical, everyone’s body chemistry is different. What works for one person may not work for another. But the Isagenix system has worked for thousands. And if it doesn’t work for you, there’s that 30-day money-back offer.

Talk to me if you’d like to know more.

And always consult with your doctor before beginning a weight loss program.

2015 looks to be a transformative year with Isagenix

Isagenix shake

It’s a milestone birthday year, so we’re planning a big motorcycle trip this summer. And I decided to cut my hair (it’s not been short since about 2007).

In April, I asked a friend what he was doing to lose weight. I’d watched his very public shedding of 50 pounds as he made daily Facebook posts of his mid-day walks. I learned he and his wife were using Isagenix products.

I talked to Rod and his friend who had introduced him to Isagenix. I did a bit of reading and I thought “why not?” The worst that can happen is it tastes awful or I can’t tell any difference — and they’ll give me my money back (30 day guarantee).

I’m still a little stunned at the changes. I’ve lost about 20 pounds since starting in mid-April
(Update Sept 2).

 

My Isagenix story

My box of wellness products arrived Monday April 6, and I started on Tuesday April 7. On Thursday morning, I was singing in the kitchen. I am not a morning person. I’d stopped singing just about anytime, I realized later.

  • I feel like I have more energy. (Mike concurs).
  • My appetite seems to be reduced.

I’ve lost four pounds – and have seriously not been trying. I’ve not even been in sync with the recommended program.

 

So, what am I doing?

  • I’ve been religious about the first-thing-in-the-morning tonic. It seems to be full of plant adaptogens.
  • Most days I have one shake as a meal substitute. Some days, two. It tastes good and is filling. Mike likes it, too, and he’s starting his plan next week.
  • The vitamin pack was similar to what I was already taking, but it has some new things. So, substitution.
  • There’s a magnesium-based bedtime supplement. Although magnesium supplements alone did nothing for my migraine symptoms, maybe there’s a missing mineral being supplied in the Isagenix products that is causing it to work now. [Note: my neurologist recommended butterbur when I said “no more” to the anti-depression/epilepsy drugs that we making me slow and fat. Butterbur has helped tremendously. Her only other suggestion has been botox, which I declined.]

Oh. And I started my dad on the meal replacement shakes (they really are tasty!) to help him with nutrition (he was eating corn flakes and raisin bran for breakfast Too Often).

 

What is Isagenix?

Isagenix sells nutritional products: protein shakes, weight loss supplements, diet snacks and meals, and other dietary supplements. The global company is based in Arizona and was founded in 2002. Revenue in 2012 was approximately $335 million. It is structured as a direct sales, network marketing company.

These were the bits that led to say “what the hell? the worst that can happen is it tastes awful and doesn’t work for me and in that case they’ll give me my money back.”

Start with the science: part is intermittent fasting, with fasting being defined as reduced caloric intake, not a true fast. I’d already started researching this before finding this system.

A 10-week clinical study of the 30-day weight loss program, conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago, showed superior results when compared with a “heart-healthy” dietary plan.

The UIC study’s abstract won the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Obesity Research Interest Section abstract competition. In addition, the study was selected for an oral presentation in April at ASN’s [2013] annual meeting at the Experimental Biology conference in Boston…

The Isagenix system led to a 56 percent greater reduction in average weight loss, 47 percent greater reduction in average body fat loss, twice as much visceral fat loss, and 35 percent greater reduction of oxidative stress. The study subjects also reported greater adherence on the Isagenix plan and that they considered it convenient and easy to follow.

The study’s results were published in two peer-reviewed journals, Nutrition and Metabolism and Nutrition Journal…

On average, the MRI scans showed that the group taking Isagenix products lost twice the amount of visceral fat when compared to those who followed a “heart-healthy” diet. The group also had reductions in subcutaneous fat—the thick white outer layer outside of the outlined section.

 

A year-long clinical study followed up on the UIC study. Like its predecessor, it beat the traditional heart-healthy diet (pdf).

Summary of Skidmore Study
Preliminary summary of Skidmore Study results

 

Finally, this is an oldish clip of Dr. Nick Messina talking about  his a clinical trial of one (on himself) before becaming a convert.

At one of the college reunion events (one reason we went to Georgia), I talked to two women – a few years ahead of me in college – who are also using Isagenix products. One, like me, was focused on health issues; she’s been using the products about six months and has had beyond-expectation results. The other was focused on weight. She lost 26 pounds in 5-6 weeks and her husband lost a little bit more than she. Another friend from UW used the 30-day system to break through a weight loss plateau.

As with anything dietary or medical, everyone’s body chemistry is different. What works for one person may not work for another. But the Isagenix system has worked for thousands. And if it doesn’t work for you, there’s that 30-day money-back offer.

Talk to me if you’d like to know more.

And always consult with your doctor before beginning a weight loss program.