If you haven’t heard of it before, Isagenix is a nutritional support program. The model I follow has a protein shake for breakfast and lunch, morning and afternoon snacks around 100-200 calories (I up my calories on heavy training days), and a healthy dinner that’s around 500 calories. There are also two sets of two “cleanses” where you just consume the company’s products and are in a semi-fasted state for 48 hours. For me, day one of the cleanse days were easy but the second was a bit of a struggle because I was still running around 5 miles.
Like I said, I just finished my first 30 day program and I’m pleased with my results. I have lost 10.6 lbs and 15″. The bulk of the pounds were lost in the first week but most of the inches were lost in the last two weeks. I have not had my body comp calculated but those changes clearly show that I’ve been gaining muscle while dropping fat! While my visual results aren’t crazy impressive, I can see a difference and – bonus – pants that were almost too tight to zip at the start of the month are now quite loose!
I think I was eating fairly healthy before starting this program but, really, I was allowing a lot of junk in and I was not as meticulous about planning my meals as I should have been. It wasn’t unusual for me to find myself starving when I got home, eating handfuls of this and that, and then never eating a real dinner. Not good. With Isagenix, I plan every meal and every snack and log it on MyFitnessPal. Before, this would have kicked off some unhealthy attitudes but I haven’t had any problems with my mental game this past month. I’m also really enjoying finding and sharing new recipes!
Since I am marathon training, I do eat more than the standard plan. I try to eat back about half of my exercise calories but that means an extra piece of Ezekiel bread with raw almond butter and maybe a smidge of honey. Not a big bagel with extra cream cheese!
I am also a migraine sufferer (since I was 7) and I know my diet affects my migraines but I easily “slip off the wagon”. Since I have been on this program, I have only had one bout of a headache and that was after eating two (planned) pieces of pizza at a work function. That kicked off a headache that then hung on for a few days as a weather front moved through. Other than that, I have taken zero medication for headaches or even body aches.
Another big, and surprising, benefit came on my cleanse days. I’ve been dealing with a ton of chronic pain in my lower back and hips and would have to get up in the night to take Advil or use aspercreme with lidocaine so I could try to sleep. When I started doing the cleanses, the pain totally disappeared! Since I haven’t done a cleanse in two weeks, the pain is starting the creep back in just a bit so I am looking forward to my next cleanse on Monday!
One kind of big tweak I did was to add in extra protein to my shakes. They do have a “pro” line that has extra protein but a) it is more expensive and b) my initial package only had the regular shakes. No problem, though! I just added two tablespoons of dry egg whites or collagen (not gelatin so it does not thicken anything) to my morning and lunch shakes! Instant protein 🙂
The shakes themselves are quite good! Not too sweet, no weird after taste, and if you mix in your blender with ice, they become quite thick! There are a bunch of “recipes” to change the flavor but I’m too lazy so I just use them as-is. I wasn’t sure how they would work with my finicky stomach so I chose regular whey protein as well as some dairy-free flavors. I use the dairy-free at work since they are in packets but the regular ones don’t bother me at all so I will be just using straight whey from now on.
One thing that has taken some time to get used to is the Ionix Supreme. It is basically a “tonic” that you take every morning that has extra vitamins in it and is to help with stress and fatigue. Some people love it. They dilute it in water and have it either cold or warm, like a tea. For me, it is a necessary evil so I just slam my 1 oz shot every morning and follow it with a tall glass of water!
This is getting pretty long so I’m going to save the cost, their “fuel” line (AMPED), and what I’m doing next for tomorrow.
** I am not going to turn this into an all-Isagenix, all the time blog. It was hard for me to find honest feedback before I started the program so that is why I am posting this. That said, if you want to try it, I can totally hook you up 😉 **