I was asked about a particular, we’ll call it a “weight loss product” for lack of a better term recently. Fortunately I knew about this product, so it was easy to say, “AVOID.”
But, I hadn’t paid any attention to it so I thought I would take a look again, just in case it had changed. First place I went on the products website was the legal area. Here are the first two lines that I found.
The statements (appearing on this Web site) have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. XXXXXX products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The weight loss testimonials presented apply only to the individuals depicted, cannot be guaranteed, and should not be considered typical. An unpublished 2008 university study showed a statistically significant weight loss of 7 lbs during the first 9 days of the Cleansing and Fat Burning System. As with any health or fitness program, a sensible eating plan and regular exercise are required in order to achieve long-term weight loss.
Wow…if those aren’t two statements that say, “We really have no clue if this really works or if it’s safe but give it a try. Oh yeah and well, it won’t work with lasting results unless you eat sensibly and exercise.”
I’m not done.
“The XXXXX cleanse is unique because it not only removes impurities at the cellular level, it builds the body up with incredible nutrition. Besides detoxing the body, XXXXX teaches people a wonderful lesson that they don’t need to eat as much as they are accustom to and eating healthy choices are really important and also a lot of the food we are eating is nutritionally bankrupt.”
I’ve been saying part of that for a long time. We don’t need to eat as much as most people do. That is about the only thing I can agree with on this product. It may also leave you as financially bankrupt.
Any weight loss product that is set up as a multi-level marketing system should also make you think about credibility. You’ve probably guessed it by now, the product, or more accurately product line, is Isagenix. But, it isn’t even so much this particular product I have a problem with as much as I do with the idea of a cleanse or detox in general.
If you really need to, uhm, clean yourself out, I would suggest fiber, anti-oxidents, multi-vitamins and water. If you want to clean out your wallet, give it to charity…it will do more good there.
And yes, somewhere out there, someone is going to tell me, “You’re wrong!! I’ve lost 5 million pounds using a cleanse.” OK, so you did…how much have you gained back and I’m willing to bet you gained it back faster than you lost it and congratulations, in the process deprived your body of some necessary vitamins and minerals in the process. Of course you will lose weight on a cleanse. It’s calorie deprivation. We’ve talked about that before, remember? Not enough nutrition, your body starts to eat it’s own muscle for protein, you lose muscle, can’t burn fat as well…and let the weight gain begin, again.
Another interesting thing about poop products, yes I said it, one of the statements is that it doesn’t contain caffeine, but on the ingredient label, it’s right there…green tea. Yes green tea has caffeine. Honestly, the claims made by these products are full of crap.
The essence of these products is simple. Replace a couple of meals (real food), with some sort of liquid mess or chewy tablet (not real food), followed by calorie deprivation and a path straight to cravings and bingeing.
Keep it simple everyone. Eat real food. Exercise sensibly. Rest and repeat regularly.
If you are looking for simple quick tricks and short cuts to get healthy, you’ll find yourself forever looking for those answers as you bounce up and down on the scale for the rest of your life.