See Part One of my review here.
So, what can’t you eat? Not too much, really. No dairy, red meat, minimal fruit (only if you are following the strict 30 day program), white foods (white potatoes, white rice, white bread), carrots and peas (high sugar). That’s about it! You’re encouraged to drop coffee or use their low-acid version. Honestly, I’m finding my coffee dependence greatly lessening. I’m down to just half a cup a day now. I used to drink 4-5 cups a day!
Here’s what I ate yesterday: thick chocolate shake for breakfast with a Natural Accelerator; mid-morning snack of egg whites, avocado, and a brown rice cake (all things I like – I have a long list of snack options); lunch of another shake (I could have had vanilla, strawberry, or mixed berry but grabbed chocolate by accident), an IsaDelight chocolate, and another Accelerator; afternoon snack of a small apple and raw almond butter; and dinner of savory sweet potato waffles , poached eggs, and a side salad with balsamic vinegar. Hardly a deprivation diet. And water. A LOT of water.
What about cost? The initial start up package cost me $342 for the month (there was a “new year” benefit that offered free enrollment – the initial cost may be higher/lower for you) but, here is a comparison of our average grocery bills for the past few weeks (yes, we spend a lot on groceries. We live in an expensive area and never eat out. Don’t judge me :D)
|Before Isagenix:||Trader Joe’s||$162|
|After Isagenix:||Trader Joe’s||$124|
|Savings per month||$232|
That monthly $232 savings is just on groceries. It does not include Starbucks, migraine medicine, or other things I no longer need. Based on just grocery savings along, it costs me less than $30 per week extra to use the base system! That’s pretty reasonable, if you ask me.
Can I lose xx lbs in a month?? It’s hard to say how much you will lose. Everyone is different. I’m not being dodgy but there isn’t a clear answer to this. Don’t expect a magic pill, though.
Can I use this and train heavy? Yes. There are actually quite a few pro-athletes that use Isagenix (I did not know this) and there is a large Facebook group dedicated to runners who use the program and are willing to share their experience and perspective. It includes people just starting to those who run ultras and Boston. I’m sure there are also other groups for weightlifters, cross-fitters, etc.
How much are you exercising? A shit-ton. In addition to my running, I am walking two miles at work almost every day (one of my goals was to walk more during the day #nailedit) plus cross training at least twice a week. That said, only the walking is beyond my training plan. I didn’t suddenly go into overdrive to make the diet work — but you will see better results if you exercise and try to move more.
Is the science valid? I am not a scientist nor a nutritionist. They are using studies from, and are publishing in, main-stream, peer-reviewed journals. Take that as you will. They do cite everything so you can easily read the source articles.
Isn’t it just a MLM that’s only looking to make bank? Eh, I don’t think so. Sure, you are encouraged, and compensated, to sign people up but you are not penalized if you don’t. You can easily use the program successfully and never talk to a soul about the products. There are a lot of various coaching/support groups. Some may be more high pressure than others. The ones I am in are seriously low key. If you are in one that is too sales-y, move on.
What will you do different this month? Like I said, I like the cleanses but they are rough since I don’t have two “off” days in a row in my training plan. I think I am going to try just cleansing on just Monday’s for this next month and see what that does for me. They say that 80% of the fat loss is on the second day but if it helps with the inflammation and I can stick to my training schedule, that will be okay with me.
I am also going to try a “belly buster” option – it is basically a scoop of their straight protein (not the meal replacement shakes) with a scoop of their “fruits” mix and you take it 30 minutes before bed. The idea is that you will sleep more soundly, enhancing weight loss, and your body will be able to burn more fat more easily. Here is what it is based on. I’m willing to give it a month.
Is that all? I think so 🙂 Overall, I like the products and I like how it’s encouraging me to focus more on my nutrition. I feel it is working quite well with my training goals. Feel free to comment, if you have any questions that I didn’t cover!
(Nuts, I didn’t get talk about the the AMPED performance line. I think that will have to wait until another post)