March 25, 2023
Why Herbalife isn’t a long-term weight loss solution

Why Herbalife isn’t a long-term weight loss solution

In this episode, I talk to Katrina Mills about the Herbalife diet. Find out why the Herbalife diet isn’t a long-term weight loss solution. Meal replacement shakes and supplement products are not match for real food. We talk about having a food first philosophy for good health and nutrition. To find out more listen to the podcast.
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  • Being tired makes some people hungrier and therefore eat more.
  • When people don’t sleep they tend to be more overweight or obese as people tend to secret more stress hormones, which can cause them to eat more or choose more energy-dense food products.
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  • Try to pinpoint the differences in how you feel when you get a good night’s sleep versus when you don’t get enough sleep.
  • Read the blog on sleep on the website which includes 7 tips to getting a good night’s sleep.

Why Herbalife isn’t a long-term weight loss solution

Why Herbalife isn’t a long-term weight loss solution

00:08:00- With Katrina Mills

  • Herbalife is a supplement-based diet.
  • Herbalife is a company that sells different types of products including a 12-week weight loss challenge.
  • People who sign up are assigned to one of 3 diet plans of varying calorie amounts and you follow this diet and learn an education module that goes week by week.
  • The Herbalife weight loss challenge involves: one Herbalife meal replacement shake for breakfast or 1 serve of protein (e.g. 7 egg whites) and 1 serve of fruit. Lunch= 1 Herbalife shake and fruit. Afternoon snack= protein serve (Herbalife protein bar is recommended). Dinner= 2 protein units, 1 serve of grains and 2 serves of vegetables with low fat dressing. This reflects the basic 1200-calorie plan.
  • The Herbalife challenge involved a lot of supplements and not a lot of real food.
  • You will need to take a multivitamin if you follow this diet for 12 weeks because you won’t meet your daily nutrient requirements and it’s very low in fibre. It’s not very sustaining or filling of the stomach.
  • It costs $50 to join the Herbalife challenge initially. People who lose the most weight in each group can win money.
  • The Herbalife challenge is a very low calorie diet that can be difficult to follow and has a heavy reliance on the Herbalife products, instead of learning how to incorporate whole foods in the right proportions for a healthy diet.
  • These meals plans have no variety and are not individualised to people’s needs; how do you know they are right for you? Everyone is different and have different requirements.
  • Studies listed on the website talk about how using Herbalife products accelerates weight loss. However, none of the people on those plans exclusively used the shakes on their own, they always had another protein supplements added to the base shakes and there were so many confounding factors in the study you could never put it down to the fact they were having products that were accelerating weight loss.
  • You can lose weight and be healthy without Herbalife. Eating these bars and shakes can’t be that healthy because you’re not receiving all of the nutrients you can receive in a plant-based food.
  • The Herbalife challenge can be beneficial in helping certain people to lose weight, because it is so restrictive and so low in calories.
  • 70% of our immunity comes from our gut. You need to look after the integrity of your gut and you can’t do that from powders, shakes and bars.
  • Your total calorie intake is down with the Herbalife challenge and your metabolism drops. Having such a low calorie intake can make you feel tired and fatigued, as you don’t have enough energy to do your everyday activities, especially if you’re training.
  • The Herbalife challenge doesn’t teach you how to eat without their products, including eating out.
  • The people who are running the education sessions for Herbalife are not nutritionists or dietitians.
  • Herbalife is associated with the pyramid- marking scheme, so one person does the program and gets good success so they start selling the product, they get people underneath them who also sell the product and it goes on.
  • Ethical questioning as people who are selling the product have a vested interest in the product.
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