Way back when I wrote my review of Herbalife, I had no idea it would garner the attention that it did. After Herbalife, I reviewed Isagenix because I received so many emails asking me about the quality of the products. Today, after receiving yet another review request for Advocare, here it is.

First of all, I do not advocate meal replacement shakes in general. The basis of my nutrition coaching is not about shortcuts. It’s not about drinks that help you become “trim,” and it’s not about sketchy protein bars.

Unfortunately, Advocare doesn’t fit the bill.

The Vegetarian Meal Replacement Shake ingredient list:

Pea protein, whole grain brown rice protein, potato protein, soy protein isolate, L-glutamine, L-lysine, L-leucine, L-isoleucine, L-valine, fructose, natural flavors, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), dicalcium phosphate, potassium citrate, potassium chloride, magnesium oxide, choline bitartrate, ascorbic acid, inositol, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), d-biotin, zinc oxide, niacinamide, L-selenomethionine, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A palmitate, copper gluconate, manganese sulfate, phytonadione (vitamin K 1), chromium citrate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid, cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), pyridoxine HCl (vitamin B6), thiamine HCl (vitamin B1), cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12), sodium molybdate, potassium iodide (iodine), gum arabic, flaxseed, cellulose gum, xanthan gum, medium chain triglycerides, Reb-A (stevia extract), oat fiber, citrus pectin, bromelain, papain

The AdvoBar Apple Cinnamon ingredient list:

Soy protein isolate, corn syrup, soy nuts, dried apples, sugar, beet syrup, sunflower oil, chicory fiber, dicalcium phosphate, magnesium oxide, ascorbic acid, ferric pyrophosphate, dl-alpha-tocopherol acetate, niacinamide, zinc oxide, calcium d-pantothenate, copper citrate, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, beta carotene, vitamin A palmitate, folic acid, d-biotin, potassium iodide (iodine), sodium selenite, phytonadione, cholecalciferol, cyanocobalamin, glycerin, calcium caseinate, fractionated palm kernel oil, caramel color, salt, cinnamon, soy lecithin, natural flavors, tapioca starch, whey powder, nonfat milk powder, yogurt powder (cultured whey and nonfat milk), milk protein, malic acid, sucralose

The Rehydrate Gel ingredient list:

Water, maltodextrin, fructose, dextrose, calcium lactate, natural flavors, citric acid, magnesium citrate, ascorbic acid, L-glutamine, sodium citrate, potassium citrate, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, sodium chloride, sodium benzoate, potassium chloride, sucralose, pyridoxine hydrochloride, niacinamide, beta-carotene, calcium pantothenate, thiamine hydrochloride, riboflavin, chromium citrate

The Meal Replacement Shake:

Whey protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, milk protein isolate, L-glutamine, L-lysine, L-leucine, L-isoleucine, L-valine, crystalline fructose, dicalcium phosphate, potassium citrate, potassium chloride, magnesium oxide, ascorbic acid, choline bitartrate, ferrous fumarate, inositol, vitamin E acetate, zinc oxide, niacinamide, vitamin A palmitate, copper gluconate, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, chromium citrate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, selenomethionine, thiamine hydrochloride, biotin, folic acid, phytonadione, cholecalciferol, sodium molybdate, potassium iodide (iodine), cyanocobalamin, maltodextrin, gum arabic, natural and artificial flavors, guar gum, beet root extract (for color), xanthan gum, medium-chain triglycerides, citric acid, malic acid, oat fiber, cellulose powder, citrus pectin, soy lecithin, sucralose, bromelain, papain

The AdvoBar Meal ingredient list:

Isolated soy protein, whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, glycerin, corn syrup, maltitol, chocolate coating (whey protein concentrate), palm kernel oil, maltitol, cocoa powder, sugar, soy lecithin [an emulsifier], vanillin [an artificial flavor]), water, soy fiber, maltodextrin, peanut flour, coconut oil, inulin, ascorbic acid, beta carotene, biotin, calcium pantothenate, tricalcium phosphate, ferric orthophosphate, folic acid, magnesium phosphate, niacin, magnesium & calcium phosphates, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamine hydrochloride, palmitate, cyanocobalamin, cholecalciferol, tocopheryl acetate, guar gum, natural and artificial flavor

Soy Protein Isolate, Soy Nuts, Soy Fiber

First, I’ve written about the health effect of soy before. Whereas fermented, organic soy in small amounts (like natto) does not pose serious health risks, eating soy protein isolate/nuts/fiber, especially every day, will definitely take its toll on the body.

For example, effects of soy include decreased libido, mood swings, protein malabsorption, endometriosis, depressed thyroid function, and several others.

This study from Harvard found that men consuming the equivalent of one cup of soy milk per day had 50% lower sperm count than men who did not consume soy. Most noteworthy, this result emerged even accounting for other factors like age, caffeine and alcohol intake, etc..

From the study,

There was an inverse association between soy food intake and sperm concentration that remained significant after accounting for age, abstinence time, body mass index, caffeine and alcohol intake and smoking. In the multivariate-adjusted analyses, men in the highest category of soy food intake had 41 million sperm/ml less than men who did not consume soy foods.

Importantly, the processing that soy protein isolate undergoes is also a huge cause for concern. In addition, Dr. Mercola describes the process,

Production takes place in industrial factories where a slurry of soy beans is first mixed with an alkaline solution to remove fiber, then precipitated and separated using an acid wash and, finally, neutralized in an alkaline solution… The resultant curds are spray- dried at high temperatures to produce a high-protein powder.

Fructose

Yes, fructose is found in fruit. But let’s consider that a safe fructose intake is around 25 grams per day, and around 15 grams if a metabolic disorder is present. Fructose is processed by the liver, an excess of fructose is not only toxic to the liver but forms free radicals and triglycerides. Regular and high fructose consumption is so toxic to the liver, that it can even lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). From Emory University School of Medicine,

Substantial links have been demonstrated between increased fructose consumption and obesity, dyslipidemia, and insulin resistance. Growing evidence suggests that fructose contributes to the development and severity of NAFLD. In human studies, fructose is associated with increasing hepatic fat, inflammation, and possibly fibrosis…Sufficient evidence exists to support clinical recommendations that fructose intake be limited through decreasing foods and drinks high in added (fructose-containing) sugars.

In short, obtaining a small, natural amount of fructose in unprocessed foods is fine. But obtaining isolated fructose from a processed protein drink…not so much.

Sucralose

To start off, sucralose (otherwise known as Splenda) is an artificial sweetener. It is made in a lab with three chlorine molecules to a sugar molecule.

In addition, when tested on mice, consumption of sucralose resulted in a significant reduction of beneficial gut flora. Considering that our gut flora helps protect us from everything ranging from the flu to cancer to depression, this is significant.

Especially relevant, Dr. Morando Soffritti, Director of the Ramazzini Institute in Bologna recently performed a study that showed an association between mice fed sucralose and leukemia.

To sum up, the more sucralose they consumed, the higher the risk of developing leukemia.

From Dr. Soffritti,

“Health concerns over aspartame are leading consumers to switch to the widely promoted alternative: sucralose. Now that we have found evidence of a link between sucralose and cancer in mice, similar research should be urgently repeated on rats, and large scale observational studies should be set up to monitor any potential cancer risk to human health.”

Sunflower Oil

First, consider for a second how oiled a sunflower seed is: It isn’t.

According to Soya Tech, companies process oil-type sunflower seed according to these steps:

  • Seed Preparation and cleaning
  • Dehulling
  • Physical pressing of the sunflower seed with subsequent hexane extraction of the remaining oil in the meal
  • Degumming
  • Refining
  • Bleaching
  • Dewaxing
  • Deodorization
  • Storage

Clearly, I never recommend an oil that’s been refined, bleached, deodorized or degummed. In addition, consider the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. Polyunsaturated oils are rich in omega-6 and cause inflammation that can lead to heart disease.

Consequently, the lipid composition of sunflower oil is as follows:

Polyunsaturated: 65.7 grams

Monounsaturated: 19.5 grams

Saturated: 10.3 grams

Nonfat Milk Powder, Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Isolate

These are all denatured, processed forms of dairy. In addition, nonfat milk is skim milk powder.

From the Weston A. Price Foundation,

In order to make powdered milk, fluid is forced through a tiny hole at high pressure and then blown out into the air. As a result, this causes a lot of nitrates to form. The cholesterol in the milk becomes oxidized. Contrary to popular opinion, cholesterol is not a demon but your best friend; you don’t have to worry about consuming foods containing cholesterol, except that you do not want to consume oxidized cholesterol.

Natural and Artificial Flavors

“Natural and artificial flavors” are a clever way to avoid labeling. Technically castoreum is a “natural flavor.”

Castoreum is the exudate from the castor sacs of the mature North American Beaver and the European Beaver.

According to the FDA,

The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.

Hence, MSG, GMOs and other sketchy ingredients can be listed as “natural and artificial” flavors.

Furthermore, here is the protein shake I make. It’s unprocessed, made from real food and actually good for you.

CONCLUSION:

In short, Advocare is not healthy. Hence, you literally could not pay me to ingest these products.

Therefore, the only way to lose weight and keep it off is to eat well, to eat real food, and give your body what it needs.

In addition, if you’d like more information about taking care of your body and keeping weight off for good, I definitely suggest checking out my 21 Day Lifestyle Transformation.

In conclusion, as I said at the beginning of this article, we eat well, we take care of ourselves, we take pride in our bodies and we love ourselves enough not to pollute our bodies with toxic ingredients.

*Also, if you would like a product review, please provide a specific link to the ingredients of the product you would like reviewed.

Sources:

https://www.advocare.com/products/trim/T2151.aspx

https://www.advocare.com/products/active/A3612.aspx

https://www.advocare.com/products/active/A1403.aspx

https://www.advocare.com/products/trim/T1251.aspx

http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/23/11/2584.full

http://www.mercola.com/article/soy/avoid_soy.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23390127

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24219506

http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/v66/n8/full/ejcn201247a.html

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/244603.php

http://www.soyatech.com/sunflower_facts.htm

http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/650?fg=&man=&lfacet=&format=&count=&max=25&offset=&sort=&qlookup=sunflower+oil

http://www.westonaprice.org/modern-foods/dirty-secrets-of-the-food-processing-industry

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=101.22

182 Comments

    • dani stout Reply

      There are several products, is there a particular one you would like reviewed?

      • Edward Wallace Reply

        Hi Dani,
        Not only is this a really good article, but you also do a great job of responding to your readers. I do not usually like to do this but I was hoping I could get you to read my article review of Advocare where I address some of the general statements used by distributors as well as users. You know the typical “the colon cleanse prepares your body for better nutritional absorption” or”Advocare is researched by a third party”, and “they use the best doctors and scientist coupled with the most recent research”. Well, the last one might not be untrue but is misleading. Please visit my blog at http://www.advotruth.blogspot.com
        I think you will find it is thorough, and supported with research.

  1. Love your reviews of Advocare and Herbalife. I can’t tell you how many people just don’t understand the simple idea that these companies aren’t healthy and the people selling the products don’t know much about nutrition at all. Good work!

    • Everyone at my work is jumping on this bandwagon and trying to get me to do the 24-day challenge.. and they’re getting pretty good results.. but I’m super skeptical about it all.

      They eat pretty good now too, but they are overly reliant on their products.. which in my mind defeats the entire purpose.. but they seem content on spending the money for the rest of their life.

      • dani stout Reply

        Some people are. They’ll come around, that stuff never works forever.

    • dani stout Reply

      Keeping in mind that I don’t support meal replacement shakes, I don’t see anything about Shakeology using grass-fed, raw/undenatured whey. I also am not a fan of quinoa, but it has some good ingredients.

      Am I missing the ingredient list for the other two? I see that the site says it contains soy, which is NOT a health food. Read more here: https://ancestral-nutrition.com/why-i-have-beef-with-soy/

        • Sorry, guess I don’t know how to bold in this forum. But, it seems that there is a word missing in your response. Or, am I not understanding it?

      • Thank you for your dedication to sharing the truth about the horrible products these companies are pushing. You stated that you are not a fan of quinoa … is it because of the process of “de-poisoning” the quinoa before it is safe to eat? I only recently read about this and it was quite disturbing. Here I thought I was eating a super healthy alternative protein source only to read that it is highly toxic in its raw form. Can you shed some light on this?

  2. Thank you for this review! (And the Herbalife one as well.)

    Are you up for reviewing another product? Shakeology. http://www.shakeology.com/

    Any of their flavors….from what I can tell the chocolate and vanilla flavors are the most popular ones.

    • dani stout Reply

      Keeping in mind that I don’t support meal replacement shakes, I don’t see anything about Shakeology using grass-fed, raw/undenatured whey. I also am not a fan of quinoa, but it has some good ingredients.

      • Thanks, Dani! I was reading on my phone and somehow missed the comment above concerning Shakeology as well. Oops! 🙂

  3. I am in a weight loss challenge that I didn’t know was lead by an advocare rep until I paid and started. Now there is some pressure to do the 10 day cleanse. Did you do any review of the supplements in the cleanse? Thank you so much for this article. It just reminds me why I refuse to purchase these products.

    • dani stout Reply

      I looked up an herbal cleanse on the Advocare website, I’m not sure if it’s the cleanse you’re participating in but you can find the ingredients here: http://www.advocare.com/products/well/W3171.aspx and a lot of the ingredients concern me: sucralose, fructose, maltodextrin, etc.

      The other issue I find with these type of “cleanses” is that a one size fits all approach can be dangerous. These products are loaded with synthetic vitamins and depending on each person’s individual diet, people are going to need a different intake of certain vitamins and minerals.

      Also, “cleanses” really should be supervised and individually tailored to each person. It’s definitely not something that should be taken lightly. I honestly think it’s kind of sketchy and dishonest to have someone participate in a weight loss challenge without clearly laying out your intuitions and agenda. You should never feel pressured to do anything you’re not comfortable with. Let me know if you have any other questions.

      • Nice info Dani, I want to share IDLIFE with you, “one size does not fit all” ID stands for “individual designed”. Idlife is a company that just launched in January 2014 in Frisco, TX. Base on a HIPAA compliant Health Assessment, you can now have your supplements customized for you. Thats important. Heres is the website and feel free to give me your thoughts………AT

        http://www.idlife.com/ArtTarango

        • dani stout Reply

          I’m not able to find a complete ingredient list, maybe I’m missing it.

  4. Okay,
    Any suggestions for a highly competitive athlete. I am looking for a supplement/ nutritional approach that does not require me moving to an inorganic farm stead. ( love the idea but not practical.)

    • dani stout Reply

      I prefer to eat post workouts and to fuel workouts, eggs and sweet potatoes with butter/ghee/coconut oil are great for this. I also recommend gelatin and raw, organic whey protein. You can find both on Amazon.

    • Hi Cindy,

      Not sure if your question is for just Dani or anyone reading the comments too. This is my first time coming across Dani’s site/info, & I must say it’s nice to come someone who is open-minded & willing to take a good hard look at anything available to people, in the health industry. (Well done Dani!).

      Per your specific question, if I may; you are concerned to find something that is good & beneficial for a highly competitive athlete (your words). There IS a little known, fairly new product that is Non-GMO, NO artificials, Zero sugar or stimulants/caffeine, Vegan (for those who prefer that0, is a good-tasting liquid, & is World Anti-Doping Assoc. (WADA) compliant…in other words, a competing athlete can take this product WHILE in the competition (it increases endurance & performance, & will be involved in a specific study for that soon). It’s finish-product tested (very unusual) with solid science behind it.

      I don’t know how to reach you to share this personally, & don’t want to overstep, but if you want to research & look into it: www dot victoryinhealth dot com is where to do that. Dani, you may like to look into the 3 products also (NO meal replacement going on there!). You have to ‘dig deep’ to get to the understanding of WHY they are so unique & revolutionary however, because there’s a lot to it…but know that the label is only 25% of the story (this is one case where you can’t judge a bottle by the cover!).

      All the Best of success in whatever you do…Enjoy the Blessing of Health! 🙂

  5. Ronelle Escher Reply

    Thank you for taking the time to break down the various MLM products, saved me a TON of time, and perhaps weight 🙂

  6. Hi Dani,
    First off, I love your site — it’s amazingly intelligent and helpful.
    What do you think about Peanut Butter powder? (You just add water to make peanut butter) Most stores are carrying this product — even Wal-Mart. They’ve taken out the oil from peanuts and final product is less oil/fat and calories but still great source of protein. It looks appealing because of the protein. What are your thoughts?

    • dani stout Reply

      Dislike! Peanuts are extremely high in omega-6 fatty acids and peanuts are one of the crops most sprayed with toxic, harsh chemicals. Also, most products like this are very processed. I would definitely recommend eating a whole, unrefined form of protein.

  7. Thank you!!! I have been defending my stance against Advocare because of these exact reasons, people who I know that are Advocare advocates refuse to accept any of this as true (even though you can clearly see all the ingredients of the products) they say it is a holistic and natural supplement. It’s unbelievable how people can’t see that ingesting those ingredients is not natural or holistic. Thank you for writing this!

    • Bill Turner Reply

      You have some facts incorrect. Advocare does not claim to be holistic and all natural supplements. We are specifically told not to make those claims. Our eating guidlines have our clients eating real foods, have you seen the eating guidelines or recommendations. We help people change their lifestyles and eating habits. Again Advocare makes no claims of being Holistic or all natural.

      We also never downgrade another company in a public forum and then try and sell our product. Not very ethical in my opinion.

      Good luck with your business and please check your facts.

  8. We couldn’t help but notice the PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE for Ancestral Nutrition company at the end of your blog. Pretty much says it all. Makes sense now why you would point out all the negatives about several other nutritional lines and glorify the one that pays you. Money talks.

    • dani stout Reply

      To clarify, that is a legal disclaimer that the FCC requires for any website that makes money because Ancestral Nutrition is a business. I am a health coach. No one pays me to endorse anything.

  9. I guess if you’d take advice from a 23 year old fresh out of college with a finance degree over Warren Buffet, then by all means we should be following this Health coaches advice. Certified in 2012 as a health coach versus 21 year old company with products developed by top medical professionals in their fields with over 250 years of experience. Nevermind the athletes that use the products and success stories of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Dani, I hope you live a long healthy life but….if by chance you develop a terminal disease, will you opt out of treatment? I mean, nothing says holistic treatment like chemo therapy or any other drug used to combat terminal illnesses, right?

    • dani stout Reply

      What are your thought on Herbalife products?

      Because their products are also developed by doctors, nutritionists and scientists. And yet I find that many Advocare supporters think Herbalife is terrible.

      Having medical professionals develop a product does not mean the product is ideal. Don’t forget that medical professionals develop prescription drugs that kill over 200,000 people per year.

      • Dani, I wasn’t going to comment, until I saw those coming down on you for your statements about Herbalife, and Advocare. I use to be a distributor and promoter of both. I have made a lot of money in the past doing so. But in my endeavor to know the truth, I have come to the same conclusion you have. Through scientific research. Foods that have processed can never compare to those that have no processing done to them. I have family that make a living selling Herbalife, so it is not easy to not agree with them. They are passionate about what they are doing. And honestly believe they are helping others in the area of Health and Fitness. I have been in the fitness industry for since 1975. Masters Degree in Muscle Physiology, and Bachelors Degree in Nutritional Science. I am 60 years old now and still in competitive Powerlifting ( State Champion for the last 9 years) I have yet to find anyone on Advocare, or Herbalife, that can keep up. We as a people tend to believe those we know like and trust over those we don’t know. So when someone steps on our potato chips, (or herbalife/advocare) then we get defensive. So many ideas out there, but so many don’t really know the truth. I agree with you completely, but one thing is for sure and no one can argue with. We can ALL be wrong, but we can’t ALL be right. I truly believe that natural and un-processed is best. Thank you for what you do. Earnest

    • Ok, so your post was in 2014 and I’m assuming that at that time Advocare felt the way then as they do now. The Advocare site specifically says that all reports that sucralose (splenda) is bad are all false and missleading. Here is a study (I it found with a simple google search I might add) that was conducted in 2013 and published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health (a scientific peer-reviewed journal) listed in the US National Library of Medicine’s website. It talks about the health concerns that were discovered.

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3856475/

      Advocare is counting on most people taking things at face value and not doing any research. Their target demographic is anyone who wants to be told what to do and how to do it. No work involved that’s why these people seek a magic pill in the first place and then the Advocare rep sells them on working out and eating right as well (so the pill shows results).

      This is what is wrong with america, most people fail to conduct their own due diligence after being presented with new information. This happens everywhere not just in Advocare sales and marketing.

      As far as the doctor credentials go, it’s impressive no doubt, but show me a doctor who isn’t being compensated in some way stand behind the product. Even funnier Dr. Kreamer lists being inducted into his HS hall of fame on his professional bio, but fails to mention Advocare. I don’t know what speaks louder, the absence of Advocare or the mention of some arbitrary fact that is mostly irrelevant to his professional career and the absence of Advocare. I guess his endorsement ends once he walks out the door. Goldberg and Keen are listed as members of the Metabolife Institute Editorial team. Odd they would lend their name to add credibility to a competitor. Fact is nobady on this board ever conducted any tests. Don’t believe me? Look it up. Here’s a good place to start

      http://healthpsych.psy.vanderbilt.edu/ADVOCARE.htm

      This link is from Vanderbuilt University and states that Advocare has no record or evidence of conducting any scientific tests. None. zero. Not even scientific, no tests at all. A major university, a major reasearch university, found none.

      I’ll leave you with the last paragraph from the Vanderbuilt university link to sum up Advocare, but again I implore you to do your own due diligence.

      “Although there are no studies proving the program is detrimental to health that does not mean the program is safe and effective. There are also no studies proving its effectiveness either. Also, most of AdvoCare’s endorsers are members of the company. The only non-company affiliated endorsers are well-known athletes and coaches and their testimonials could also be economically motivated. I feel that there is not enough research to prove the product healthy and effective, and a few of the ingredients are still being questioned in the medical field. Thus the overall lack of scientific evidence leaves me too skeptical to be able to take AdvoCare without the doubt of adverse effects if any at all.”

      • Also always question the source of information you do find and it’s motives. Look for sources that present themselves to be neutral under close scrutiny.

        • I meant to add this in the last post.

          To Dani: Just found yoursite. I enjoy your writing style. you present good evidence to support your writing. I saw that one poster said your evidence was drawn from unreliable sources. She also Cherry picked your story for what she thought was a hole in your armor, completely ignoring other parts. I think she drank the Kool-Aid, or in this case Spark.

  10. Love this site ! Thank you Dani! Gonna always have haters I guess ( ppl standing up for ‘health ‘ companies). I think most ppl that visit THIS site , are just out for an honest opinion and open mind from you & other commentors……. I think of this site as a ‘tool’ and the opinions of others can be very helpful. And if i dont agree, oh well …….. God gave us 2 ears for a reason ( in one ear and out the other) lol. And if they, or anyone is upset by your comments/ and others here, then X out of the page ………… I have had alot of ppl in my family that try the ‘ magic pill’ or ‘ potion’……….. Why do they think the outcome is EVER going to b different ?? Urgh……… I find THAT annoying more than anything. My brother did Herbal life for almost 2 yrs and did do very well……….. But he started having stomache issues, not sure if it was related to Herbal life, and only assume so, and he got bored w/ the whole thing. Now I have distant family selling the Advocare, and are ofcourse trying to intice their family and friend list . I asked what exactly was in each product , and did not get the detailed list you provided, and my cuz is a very healthy disaplined women and REALLLLY thinks this product she is selling is AMAZING . She posted pics after 7 days of the cleanse on herself , and she does look great( but she did B4 the cleanse! ) and ANYTHING that can ‘morph’ or ‘transform’ your body that fast is probably a diurectic ,lol or just NOT safe. I do what I can to eat clean, appreciate how lucky I am to be healthy & pain free and I feel great!!!!! Thank you for the freebies & recipes!!!! 🙂

  11. Thank you! I love getting the REAL info about these types of products…Just yesterday a friend tried to get be on board with Advocare since we have ‘similar goals’ in terms of weight loss. I simply said no thank you. I would prefer to keep eating my whole/raw/organic foods and continue to get healthy that way!
    I am about to read more about the Isagenix too!
    I don’t care who creates the product…if there are chemicals, it is NOT good for you!
    Thanks again!

  12. Thanks for this. Last year someone tried to get me into Advicare, touting the weight they were losing. Guess what? They’d also changed their diet and exercise,

    When I started eating clean and finally gave up sugar and sweeteners, the weight started dropping off.

  13. So I wondered what your thoughts where on the company Genesis Pure. It claims it products are organic and GMO free? I personally have had great success from some of there supplements. I have had a chronic inflammation disease for over 14 years and the organic MSM and Mangosteen have helped me tremendously. I haven’t had any pain for months. Nor have I had a single migraine and have been able to stop my prescription medication which I think is a plus. I also like there athletic line it has helped me with my endurance during my workouts, my soreness almost eliminated and my recovery has improved so much I am able to increase my activity at the next workout. I eat a healthy life style but adding these products have defiantly helped.

    • dani stout Reply

      The first ingredient in their protein is soy, which is extremely unhealthy even if it’s not genetically modified. I wouldn’t recommend anyone take these products.

      • I agree, Soy has been PROVEN, to cause an hormonal imbalance in both males and Females. Women over 40 should never take soy products because of its effects on estrogen, and 16 Alpha Hydroxy Esta, as well as 2 Alpha Hydroxy Estra. 16 Alpha is inflammatory. And anyone with any kind of real knowledge in health knows that, that is bad for the Heart, Liver, and Kidneys. There was a case study done in 1987-1989 in the military, because some of the men were complaining about tenderness around their nipples. They had to have 4 doctors look at the 6 men making the complaint, before they found a doctor that could give them an answer. He went back to his original questions about their diet,, but this time in much more detail. All the men were found to have been taking protein shakes containing Soy. That promoted a the study by the US Military to study the effects of Soy on our troops.,
        I don’t have to tell you the findings. You and I both know how that came out. Soy is used because it is the Cheapest form of Protein found, and the Cheapest to process.

  14. Hey, can I get your input on Genesis Pure? I’m a new IBO for them & haven’t found a flaw in any of they’re products but respect your reseach & writings so just thought id see what your input on them is.

    • dani stout Reply

      The first ingredient is soy, which is extremely unhealthy. I wouldn’t recommend anyone use this product.

  15. Have you heard of ID Life? They claim their products are all Organic, gluten, casein, and GMO free. I’m looking into it and am very curious. A friend of mine is a Dr. who specializes in wellness and her husband recently started doing this. Her family eats gluten free and is pretty health conscious so that says to me that they must be pretty good products, but what’s your opinion?

    • dani stout Reply

      If you could provide a link I’d be happy to do a review.

      • ok.. weird… I posted earlier and have been watching all day to see if you responded and now my previous comment is gone…

        the website is idlife.com