Part 3: Fad Diets

Hey everyone,

This is my last discussion about shake fad diets. Towards the end I have briefly talked about bingeing so please make your way all the way through!


This one is an interesting topic for myself mainly because I followed isagenix for a few months about 18 months ago. Well straight up I will tell you it worked just like any other fad diet. I lost a lot of weight, both muscle and body fat. I had no energy especially in the afternoon and I was like why? Training was pointless and I was very inconsistent with my results, which in turn frustrated me and I didn’t realise why. After a couple months I stopped and as a result regained a couple kilos of what I had lost but my training was more consistent. My strength increased dramatically and I could train harder and longer in cardio workouts. Surprise surprise! I should have known better, but I didn’t!

So as a result of following it I know there are a number of issues with Isagenix which I will cover in detail:

  • It doesn’t teach you how to eat real food
  • It doesn’t provide you with enough carbohydrates especially if you train
  • It is expensive
  • It isn’t REAL FOOD
  • Not all the nutrients will not be absorbed
  • It is a money making scheme!

I could probably list more, but I don’t have enough space in this blog!

Isagenix does not tell you how to eat real food. It doesn’t teach portion sizes or when to eat the right foods at the right time, especially around exercise. Your body needs more or less food at certain times of the day depending upon your activity level. What happens when you go back to eating real food? Do you go back to how you were eating previously? Is a shake diet really sustainable for the rest of your life? Will you regain what you have lost? What will you do?

I know that’s a fair few questions, but these are things to consider. I have seen a number of clients weight go up and down as a result of shake diets. They go on it because they know they can lose weight on it. But once they get to a weight they are happy at, start to incorporate the foods they used to eat and the weight creeps back on. Help your future self out. Learn about food, know what is in It and stop the fluctuations. The more your weight fluctuates, the more predisposed you are to chronic disease or cancer! I think this is a good enough reason to stop the yo-yo dieting.

Carbs are our friends!! Isagenix provides very little carbs especially for post a training session. It is enough for the times you do not train but otherwise you are in big trouble if you want to see gains in training! Additionally, because it is a low carb diet, you will have little energy to be able to hit a training session hard. The harder you can train, the more muscle mass you will develop; meaning your muscle mass will increase and speed up your metabolism! Do the right thing by your body.

Isagenix is expensive, and you still have to buy more food on top of the shakes and products! Why would you spend so much money on powders when you can eat real food which will cost you less!

The shakes have added vitamins in minerals. Some nutrients actually block the absorption of other nutrients. For example, calcium, it does not like many nutrients, such as fat, phytic acid, iron, salt, insoluble fibre and phosphorus, nutrients that are found in the shakes. So not as many nutrients are absorbed at what was thought!!

Lastly, it is a money making scheme – a pyramid scheme, there are many people I know who promote it just to make some extra cash without having to do anything. Some say they are really trying to help others, but how does providing a person an escape goat to weight loss really help. How does this help fix their emotional behaviours or reasoning to relying on a low calorie diet to lose weight (yes both muscle and fat)? Are they someone who has tried every fad diet and are using this as another diet and continuing the cycle of unhealthy eating habits? Are you someone, or know someone who is facilitating this unhealthy behaviour to help make some extra coin?

So, if you cannot tell this really irks me. Especially when I work so hard to help clients deter from these unhealthy behaviours, there are many people out their bringing them back to it. The same goes for many other diets, not just isagenix such as body trim, Tony Ferguson; other shake diets which do not teach people how to eat real food, in the right portion size, at the right time.

Maybe it is time to decide why you eat and what your goals really are. Do you eat out of boredom or because you love food, maybe because you are happy, wanting to celebrate or you are at a family gathering. Maybe you are sad or angry about a difficult situation that you are in. People consume food for various reasons. However these events, new unhealthy emotional behaviours or eating habits typically tend to be the breaking point of a fad diet. Then they binge, they give up, and the weight piles back on. I have seen it many times. Difficult life events, their social lives, or family life, get in the way and people do not know how to deal with it. So the bingeing goes from just being one meal, to a day, to a week and you keep telling yourself you will start again tomorrow, or on Monday. But it doesn’t happen and you feel guilty as a result. So you find another diet, the next best thing to lose the weight you have just regained and then the cycle continues.

Does this sound familiar?? Maybe it is time to make a change. It is time to knock those unhealthy eating habits on the head. I will not sugar coat it, it can be hard in the beginning and it takes time to change. I have clients who have taken months and months to break unhealthy habits. BUT they do, and as a result they have never been more happier about themselves. It is not just about seeing the scales move, it is about removing the emotional attachment or reliance on food to make you feel better or see results.

When you don’t give up, and make the decision to eat healthy and indulge occasionally, you will not find yourself being consumed with when I can eat my next meal, or feeling self-conscious or guilty for eating something you shouldn’t have.

Most people do not believe me when I say nutrition can be as simple as you want to make it. The media and fat diets make nutrition much more complicated than it needs to be. My motto is eating the right foods at the right time and in the right portion size. If you get those three things right, body fat loss will happen, no matter who you are.

BUT, it is your decision only to make the decision to follow it. I can help, guide and give you the tools to make it happen, but ultimately it is your choice to follow it.

Next week I will discuss bingeing and some strategies to deter you from it!

Happy Easter Folks!

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