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Thought the Cleanses and Detoxes Myth was over? Think again.

I too thought that the Cleanses and Detoxes fad ended in about 2009. Well, despite being conclusively disproved some are still toting the benefits of such systems. The lemon detox, Master Cleanse, 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse,  Isagenix Cleanse for Life, Blueprint Cleanse, Dherbs Full Body Cleanse, Slendera Garcinia and Natural Cleanse… Yep they’re all still out there fooling consumers and they’re going stronger than ever.

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Do Cleanses and Detoxes work?

No before I go any further lets make one thing very clear. It is science FACT that Cleanses and Detoxes DO NOT WORK. Here’s Why;

The basic idea behind ‘detox diets’ is to temporarily remove certain foods or food groups, or take a specific food or supplement, to help eliminate toxins that build up from our environment, diet and lifestyle, to help a person feel healthier and lose weight. But here’s the thing. Our bodies don’t work that way. We don’t just continually build up toxins from all the alcohol,  fast food and medications we consume until we explode in a disgusting toxic black mess.

The body is naturally designed to be able to clear waste materials such as toxins, chemicals and old hormones in order to prevent an accumulation of potentially toxic and harmful byproducts building up in our systems. It does this on a constant and consistent basis.

Our bodies do not need Cleanses and Detoxes. This is because they already do it all the time and they do a very good job of it – mainly through the actions of the liver, kidneys, lungs and gastrointestinal tract. There is simply no storage of toxins. These organs help remove any harmful substances that should not be in the body. In essence, the body is always in a natural state of cleansing and, therefore, detox diets are not necessary and can sometimes do more harm than good.

So if your natural detoxification is not functioning, a special supplement is not going to help you. It means that one of your organs is impaired. In these instances, it’s important to get to a hospital. NOT treat it with a ‘detox’ or ‘cleanse’

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Why is My Friend Seeing Fantastic Results?

So why do people see results on these systems and speak so highly of them? The answer is simple; Caloric Defecit.  A caloric deficit is any shortage in the amount of calories consumed relative to the amount of calories required for maintenance of current body weight (energy homeostasis). A deficit can be created by reducing input/calories consumed (lower food intake, aka dieting). A deficit can also be created by increasing output without a corresponding increase in input (exercising). When we are in caloric deficit we lose weight, simple stuff.

Most of these systems work in a similar way. Basically, you replace some of your real meals with “shake meals” (240 to 280 calories), and, for your real meal, you eat something healthy between 400 and 600 calories. Some will also have small, 100 to 150-calorie snacks. After a few “shake days,” you’ll have a “cleanse day,” where you’ll drink servings of a low-cal cleanse liquid and snack on “Meal Bars”, which are more like a chewable vitamin tablet than a snack.

Users feel as though they are eating more than ever when in fact if you look at the total calories consumed for the week, they are far less than would be ever safely recommended for any individual. This is where cleanse systems become dangerous.

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The Risks of Cleanses and Detoxes

If your calorie intake dips too low, your body tries desperately to adapt. Initially you will lose a lot of weight. But as your body adapts it will start to store fat because it needs to preserve those precious few calories it is getting. You will be at a point where your body is kind of at a standstill. Your metabolism slows to a crawl, burning calories as slowly as possible to conserve its energy stores. This is why people who cut their calories too much will always reach a plateau, stop losing weight and eventually gain far more weight than before.

In addition to sabotaging your weight-loss efforts, eating too few calories can also harm your health. When you are in extreme caloric deficit, you are at increased risk for the following:

  • Abnormally low blood pressure and slow heart rate
  • Heart rhythm abnormalities
  • Electrolyte imbalances, especially potassium deficiency
  • Gallstones
  • Hair loss
  • Brittle fingernails
  • Loss of menstrual periods in women
  • Soft hair growth over entire body
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Anemia
  • Swelling in your joints
  • Brittle bones
  • Depression

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The Final Say

The take away is this, While you will see fast seemingly impressive results from a cleanse or detox system, the weight loss is not attributed to anything more than caloric deficit. These results will be short term and users of these systems will run into weight gain in the future as well as possible serious harm to health. We know that Cleanses and Detoxes don’t work, this is not an area up for debate. IT IS PROVEN. No matter how convincing the pitch or how scientific sounding one of these systems is, don’t fall for it.

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Isagenix Exposed: Safe Weight Loss or Another Pretender?

It seems like new crash diets and cleanses pop up every week, all of them claiming some manner of miraculous results, promising to transform bodies in an amount of time that seems too good to be true. And most of the time, they are. There have been hundreds of different iterations over the years, all of them based on dubious scientific foundation, and all of them inevitably forgotten with time. This article; Isagenix Exposed, Explores the global phenomenon from an entirely science based perspective.

The latest fad to hit the weight loss world is a program called Isagenix, one of a long line of “detox cleanses” that is supposed to “optimize the metabolism”, in turn allowing the user to burn fat faster than ever. But is there validity to this particular diet? Can it provide the fast-acting results its users crave?

The short answer is yes, but there are some red flags.

Isagenix will help you lose weight fast, but is it healthy? Almost certainly not. It also won’t burn fat as much as help you lose water and potentially muscle.

Isagenix is yet another diet that doesn’t only sound too good to be true, it is. What’s more, there’s some reason to conclude that the cleanse may be hazardous to a person’s health if they stick to its rigid guidelines. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest (but probably not the greatest) diet:

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First, What Is Isagenix?

It should be mentioned that Isagenix actually contains several dietary options, not just for weight loss. People can buy different lines to promote energy, performance, or healthy aging, but the company’s most popular plan is the weight loss variety, called “Weight Wellness”. Here’s how it works.

The program works by way of meal replacement. The marketing for Isagenix uses language that implies that Isagenix supplements contain only the nutrients that your body needs, causing you to lose weight fast.

The most popular way to use Isagenix is by purchasing the 30-day diet over and over for $378.50 per month (what a steal) and starting over after each 30-day cycle.

Basically, you’ll only be eating one meal a day that’s not supplied by Isagenix. You’ll replace your two other meals with Isagenix shakes, and if you get hungry during the day, the 30-day program includes several “healthy” snacks in the form of a low-cal bar that is more like a large wadded, unnecessary multi vitamin.

You’ll also take two supplements a day: a “nutrient” shake and another supplement that claims to help your digestive system, as well a pill before bedtime “Isaflush”, which, if you think the name makes it sound like a laxative, you’d be right.

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Potential Negatives of Isagenix

Here are a few downsides of Isagenix right off the bat:

It May Be More Bark than Bite

There are a few problems with Isagenix right off the bat. First, it’s yet another multilevel-marketing (MLM) company in the same vein as Herbalife, Arbonne, and countless others that claim miraculous results to try to get people excited about selling it to their friends (both in real life and on Facebook).

We’re not saying an MLM can’t provide the results they advertise, but the typical business model gives reason for pause. These companies survive off of manufacturing products at low cost and then selling them to regular people in large enough quantities that they’ll turn around and sell them to their friends and loved ones. As the name suggests, these companies spend more time marketing their products than making sure they work.

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There are Some Health Risks

Basically, the whole diet is built on dubious claims. It’s been established by countless dietary and news sources that cleanse diets and detox programs are not effective or healthy in the long run. They provide immediate results (like Isagenix) because a liquid diet makes the user lose water weight (and even muscle) fast, but it doesn’t have a real effect when it comes to sustainably burning fat.

This isn’t just the mark of a cleanse, but low-calorie diets in general. They provide immediate results because if you’re a person who used to consume excessive calories and now, suddenly start to eat less, it’s just math that you’ll lose weight. But eventually, the body adjusts and slows down metabolism as a way for a variety of internal systems to adjust to the fact that it’s not getting enough calories or nutrients.

This means that while your body stops burning fat at a high rate, you’ll be lowering the performance of other crucial functions like the brain, liver, and other organs.

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What Are Experts Saying About Isagenix?

Abbey Sharp of Toronto-based nutrition blog “Abbey’s Kitchen” takes issue with the fact that Isagenix basically uses an overloaded dose of magnesium for laxative effects. Says Sharp “I definitely would never recommend someone be using a laxative, even a natural one, regularly in the long term.” She adds that “I am not comfortable with the lack of research on this cocktail of herbs”, implying that just because something is advertised as natural doesn’t mean that it’s safe.

A Healthline.com analysis of the diet concludes that most of the supplements and meal replacements are simply processed glucose, which is one of the worst things to have a lot of in your diet. The same overview says that while they contain calories, Isagenix meal replacements simply “are not real food.”

Reviewers at Medical News Today take issue with these parts of the diet, as well as the fact that it simply isn’t sustainable and may be selling people on the promise of lasting results when each additional month may make less of an impact than the first did (in an unhealthy way, we might add).

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The Verdict on Isagenix

If you look into the marketing backing Isagenix as a brand, you’ll likely find a handful of success stories from real people who claim that Isagenix made them lose weight fast, and these stories may even be true. But even with the health risks aside, if you’re looking for a diet that can provide sustained benefit over many months, Isagenix probably isn’t the answer.

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