Just the facts -

RE:  Herbalife : Fad or Effective

First, I would like to take a look at what the Internet definition of the words "diet", "lifestyle", & "nutrition"

"Lifestyle" [ˈlaɪfˌstaɪl] -

 1. a set of attitudes, habits, or possessions associated with a particular person or group

2. (Medicine / Pharmacology) (of a drug) designed to treat problems, such as impotence or excess weight, which affect a person's quality of life rather than their health.

"Diet" - food and drink regularly provided or consumed

b: habitual nourishment

c: the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reason

d: a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one's weight <going on a diet>

"Nutrition" - 1. The process by which living organisms obtain food and use it for growth, metabolism, and repair. Its stages include ingestion, digestion, absorption, transport, assimilation, and excretion.

2. The science that deals with food and nourishment, including dietary guidelines, food composition, and the roles that various nutrients have in maintaining health.


·       My Conclusion -

·       Herbalife is NUTRITION!  

·       Herbalife does not put you on a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly.

·       It's a Lifestyle Change for Everyone!



Well, I have taken the time to investigate exactly where this article came from!


In the article it talks about Best Workout Supplements - "They recently released a line of their best workout supplements called 24 Hour Fitness Support" (Interesting this link does not even have anything to do with Herbalife). (Herbalife's New Sports Nutrition Program is called Herbalife24) and the link goes to www.weightlossandtraining.com blog/website by Sam Omidi & Sam IS NOT a Herbalife Distributor! Herbalife24 is for the 24 Hour Athlete, weekend warrior or moms just like you!  Herbalife24 is a comprehensive performance nutrition line with 7 premium products for nutrition, training, performance and recovery! Every Herbalife24 product is third-party tested for Banned Substances.

So, before I proceed any further - I would like to give you some more facts!

·         When I research out a company or product I actually go to their website & learn as much as I can. Then I research out a Distributor &/or customer & ask questions. I may also attend a meeting or two for further information. I don't rely on a review especially when I don't know if the person doing the review has any idea what they are talking about. If you take a look at the link that was supplied for their best workout supplements above. The link is not even anything to do with Herbalife! They are trying to sell their own products!

Herbalife is NUTRITION for the entire body - from head to toe - from the womb to the tomb! When you give the body the nutrition it needs the body will take care of itself. There are a host of other benefits customers around the world are seeing!
Herbalife  is not just about losing weight.

·          Yes, Herbalife is well-known for Weight management which includes Weight Loss, Maintenance & Loss however, Herbalife is so much more. Herbalife has targeted health/nutrition products (specifically for heart, digestion, stress, men, women, children etc, as well as skin, hair, fragrances etc).The author of this article forgot to mention Fitness, Energy!

·         Herbalife is a Direct-Sales Company

·         Herbalife was founded in 1980

·         Available in 80 countries and still growing

·         On target to do $5 Billion in sales in 2010 - Someone are using these Products!

·         Herbalife is listed on the NYSE & publically traded

·         Video - Herbalife Unstoppable ( Someone made the comment that even Herbalife calls themselves a diet - Actually if you read the statement again you'll find out it is not Herbalife making the statement  - It is the CBS News Commentator!

·         There are no health risks with Herbalife!

·         In fact, Herbalife products marketed in the United States are SUITABLE for use by athletes engaged in competitive sports and do not contain ingredients that may test positive for doping as defined by the International Olympic Committee.

·         As for our supplements - They all work independently or they all work together. Personally- I take the Multivitamin along with My Meal Replacement (The reason is our foods are vitamin depleted!

·         Formula 2 Multivitamin Complex is packed with Over 20 essential nutrients, antioxidants, trace & botanical (herbs) for optimal health.

·         Since this post I have added Formula 3 Cell Activator to my plan (Great for people under a lot of stress, on a lot of meds, smoke or if you having slow weight loss! Helps to repair your villi and increases absorption of everything. Dramatically reduces stress level & fatigue for Cellular Nutrition &

·         Cell-U-Loss which include vitamins, minerals, and herbs to help improve circulation, help with excess water retention, reduces the appearance of cellulite and promotes inch loss! It's your choice - Herbalife is personalized to each individual & the lowest calorie we suggest is 1200 calories however, REMEMBER it is personalized to everyone!

·         Our bodies are made up to 100 trillion cells -> Cellular Nutrition with...Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Meal Replacement, Formula 2 - Multivitamin Complex, Formula 3 Cell Activator which contains the Kreb Cycle -> Nourishes your cells with the best nutrients available -> Supports your immune system by keeping at bay the damaging effects of stress, pollutants and toxins ->Maximizes energy production for increased vitality and optimal health -> Healthy Cells = A Healthy You! (For those who are studying Nutrition "Congrats" then, you should know all about the Kreb Cycle!

·         Our doctors TRAIN us through calls, conferences, websites, newsletters & HBN!


Let's talk about Herbalife's Doctors!

1.      Dr. David Heber, MD, Ph.D, F.A.C.P., F.A.C.N. - Chairman of Herbalife Nutrition Institute, Advisory Board, Director, Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA! Professor, UCLA Department of Medicine, Director, UCLA Clinical Nutrition Research Unit.

Dr. David Heber wrote the books "What Color is Your Diet" & "The LA shape Diet: The 14-day Total Weight Loss Plan. (http://www.davidheber.com/)

David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., is a world-renowned expert in nutrition, leading the battle against the global obesity epidemic 

2.      Dr. John Heiss, Ph.D - Director of Sports and Fitness-Worldwide Product Marketing!  Herbalife24-Sports Nutrition for the 24 hour athletes, weekend warriors & moms just like you!

3.      Steve Henig, Ph.D - Chief Scientific Officer

4.      Dr. Lou Ignarro Ph.D - Nobel Laurete in Medicine - Member of the Editorial and Nutrition Advisory Boards of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute. Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology at the UCLA School of Medicine. Recipient of the 1998 Basic Research Prize from the American Heart Association. Dr. Louis Ignarro wrote the book "No More Heart Disease: How Nitric Oxide can prevent - Even Reverse - Heart Disease and Strokes


5.      Gary Small, MD and Rocio Medina, MD - Both members of Nutrition Advisory Board

6.      Paolo Giacomoni, Ph.D - Worldwide Outer Nutrition

7.      Dr. Luigi Gratton, MD., M.P.H. - Vice President, Nutrition Education - Awarded Diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice & the Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists. Physician Specialist in Family Medicine; Clinical Physician at the UCLA Center of Human Nutrition in the Risk factor Obesity Program.


·         Exercise is recommended!  Herbalife Distributors do EXERCISE!

·         We eat Healthy! (Proteins, Whole wheat grains, fresh fruit, vegetables, healthy carbohydrates) which = A Healthy Lifestyle Change!  Now, as for the X-Distributors, friends you have know in the past - If you start eating unhealthy with any plan & it does not matter which one - You will gain your weight back! You have to continue to eat healthy and exercise!

·         It is common knowledge that with well-balanced, healthy meals provides a variety of essential nutrients. Good nutrition helps you maintain a healthy weight and overall wellness.(Vitamins, Minerals, Fiber, Protein, Amino Acids, Photonutrients and Antioxidants)

·         On the canisters of Herbalife Formula 1 - It states "Healthy Meal Replacement"! Google "Herbalife" for yourself!( Make sure you find the ones from the US) Formula 1 Healthy Meal Replacement has 20 vitamins, minerals & essential nutrients, 9 grams of heart healthy soy protein and healthy fiber to help support weight management with 0 Cholesterol & 0 Trans fat. 30 Meal Replacements per canister = $ 1.80 per Meal Replacement!

Actually I found this post on Café Mom on an Advocare thread - I have not ever used Advocare... I have a friend that keeps trying to get me to use it...I won't use it. I would rather use Shakeology which is a completely all natural product made from over 70 different items found world wide that provide 23 vitamins and minerals, whey protein, antioxidants, etc...It is also a meal replacement and comes out to about $4 per shake. 

I can't wait until we start getting it. 


Note Claire actually uses the word "shake"

As far as tons of supplements and shakes - quote shake is a "Healthy Meal Replacement" with 200 calories however, with the nutrition of a 1500 calorie meal and it's nutritionally complete! Seriously, a 1500 calorie meal?  That is NOT healthy and there's no way to convince me that it is!  

I said, The Meal Replacements has the NUTRITION of a 1500 calorie meal not, that they are a 1500 calorie meal!

Supplements - Personally all I am using is their Multivitamin so, is that tons? Everyone has their own plan! It depends on how fast YOU want to lose your weight - Fast, Faster or Warp Speed If taking a multivitamin is all that is required by the Herbalife program, and then I highly doubt people would do it as there are SO many vitamins out there that are healthy and available through other easier and cheaper means...

Actually, if all you were to do was the Formula 1 Meal Replacements you would still are ahead nutritionally! Like I have said before - Herbalife is personalized to each individual! Here's a little challenge for you - Take your multivitamin & place in some water & add white vinegar to it & see if it dissolves. (Follow the directions in the video!)

(Check out this video ->  http://youtu.be/5fcAK9g4-Ds 

- If it does great but, if it don't you have a vitamin filled with fillers that is not doing you any good?  Herbalife Multivitamins have NO fillers in them like the ones in Big-Box stores!

(2) Healthy meal replacements, my healthy snacks & 1 healthy meal daily + my water and my exercise! Do you plan to do these meal replacements for the rest of your life?  If not, then THIS IS A DIET!  It's simple science here....changing what you do for a short time or temporarily is NOT a lifestyle change!  You can eat healthy food, clean food, veggies, fruits, lean protein, whole grains, and low fat dairy, and get ALL the nutrients and vitamins you need along with regular exercise and lose weight the RIGHT way without the help of anything or anyone but yourself and YOUR OWN self control!  That's why this is a diet...you rely on OTHER things that just simply journaling your food, counting calories, and eating healthy foods and exercising

So, you are trying to tell me that Herbalife is a diet then so is BeachBody (Shakeology), Advocare?  In my opinion they are all Lifestyle Changes!

I have not ever used Advocare... I have a friend that keeps trying to get me to use it...I won't use it. I would rather use Shakeology which is a completely all natural product made from over 70 different items found world wide that provide 23 vitamins and minerals, whey protein, antioxidants, etc...It is also a meal replacement and comes out to about $4 per shake. 

I can't wait until we start getting it. 


The BMI has discredited itself --it's not more accurate than the old insurance charts. When it was first developed, it included waist measurement --but that was too hard. So they dropped it, and made it as innaccurate as the rest of those 'ignore your bodyfat%' bits of nonsense.

 (I guess, you are just going to have to take that subject up with the manufacturer of our Body Analysis machine)

Well, that and 'warp speed' is also known as 'book your gall bladder surgery for the week after you turn 41.' Losing a lot of bodyfat quickly is extremely hard on major organ systems.

I really hate to disappoint you however, the only reason individuals end up with gall bladder surgery is because of their unhealthy diet!


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