Isagenix is one of the most well-known meal replacement brands on the market right now. They have created quite a reputation for themselves (which is not considered positive).
Today we are going to independently analyze what we think is good (and not so good) about their products and their system.
What Is Isagenix?
Isagenix is a large brand that provides a wide range of dietary and energy boosting supplements – mainly in the form of shakes.
Their biggest market sector is weight loss (which is what we will be focusing on today). Isagenix has a wide range of different meal replacement shakes which are available in a range of flavors. They additionally provide different shakes and supplements which are designed to increase energy and “cleanse”.
Who Is Isagenix?
Isagenix is a large US based company that was founded back in 2002 by John Anderson. Since then they have grown year on year thanks to several (paid for) celebrity endorsements and many private investments.
How Does Isagenix Work?
Isagenix’s most popular product is their 30-day system which they market as their “starter pack”. It contains a variety of different products, some of which are aimed at cleansing and hydrating. But these are seen as “added bonuses” by many people, the main product they are promoting with this system is the meal replacement shakes.
By skipping a meal and replacing it with one of their shakes you’ll essentially cut your daily calorific intake by around 20% (if you don’t snack). By doing so it means you can lose weight without having to eat low-calorie foods for the other two meals of your day.
What’s In Isagenix’s Products?
For the sake of brevity, we cannot go into specific detail about all of the ingredients in all of the products in the 30-day system. However, we can confidently tell you that there is nothing to be alarmed about. We looked at all their products and found no artificial compounds, flavorings, or chemicals in them.
The traditional 30-day system includes dairy, which can be a problem for lactose intolerant people or vegans. However, there is a dairy-free version of the 30-day system available which has very similar results (anecdotally).
Is Isagenix Safe? How Much Should I Take?
We found no evidence to suggest that any of Isagenix’s products are unsafe for consumption. They are all manufactured in the US with FDA certified ingredients and the company itself has a long-established reputation for safety.
Are There Any Side Effects?
One of the most frequently reported side effects encountered by people on the 30-day system is a headache. We were unable to ascertain how common this issue is (or the reasoning behind it).
However, Isagenix state on their website that it could be a sign of dehydration and that anyone experiencing headaches should drink more water. Isagenix includes 4 “hydrate sticks” in the 30-day system which may have been included for this very purpose.
Are There Any Isagenix Reviews?
Isagenix has been operating for quite some time now, and as such there are plenty of professional and customer reviews that we were able to analyze.
We were slightly surprised to hear about two negative recurring themes from many different reviewers.
Several reviews negatively commented on the taste of the meal replacement shakes. Claims of bitterness and slightly sour tones were encountered too often for us to put it down to personal preference. There certainly seemed to be a strong enough correlation for it to at least be considered as a potential legitimate issue.
Additionally, the price of the products was commented on by many reviewers. We believe that if a product works it is worth paying for, but Isagenix is significantly more expensive than the competition. Many reviews we came across didn’t feel their products were worth the additional cost.
Does Isagenix Work? (Or Is It A Scam?)
The system is not particularly novel or clever compared to any other meal replacement system. They use several marketing buzzwords (and nice bottles) to describe their products and make them sound advanced. But in our opinion, there’s very little science behind their claims that they are better than the competition.
However, there is no denying that their products are low calorie. If you can stick to the plan we have no reason to think you will not lose weight (providing your diet is reasonable).
Do We Recommend Isagenix?
We cannot in good conscience recommend Isagenix for two main reasons (taste and price).
The amount of anecdotal evidence we found suggesting that the meal replacement shakes did not taste as good as expected was concerning. We feel there is enough evidence to suggest that this is a genuine issue.
Meal replacement systems are not particularly complicated. All they need to do is taste decent and stave off hunger until your next meal. If they are not appetizing enough for you to look forward to consuming them, the chances of you sticking to the plan and achieving your target weight are dramatically reduced.
When this taste issue is combined with the exorbitant price tag (that is in our opinion unjustified), we can see no reason why would recommend Isagenix.
Where Can I Buy Isagenix?
Most people buy Isagenix’s products directly from their website but their products can be found (in a limited selection) on Amazon.
Are There Guarantees Or Free Trials?
Isagenix doesn’t offer any kind of free trial that we are aware of. They have a reasonably generous no questions asked 30-day refund policy. We were unable to verify the difficulty of the refund process, but as Isagenix is a large and reputable organization we see no reason to doubt it.
Unfortunately, the negative tone of the reviews we have read about Isagenix has put us in a position where we simply cannot recommend their products. We feel they need to assess the taste of their shakes to ensure that customer feedback is addressed.
If in the future, they change their recipe and address the apparent issue we may be able to start considering recommending them.
But as things stand, we do not.