I have a feeling of knowing this post may upset some people who take the word of clever marketing over common sense in the search to lose weight. The market in weight loss is set to be worth £220 billion by 2017, such companies as Atkins, Herbalife and Nutrisystem driving the global use of their products by people searching for the magic pill or shake that will help them lose weight. They are not interested if the product they sell is in any way healthy, like big pharma companies they are not interested in your actual health just you becoming a client and joining the merry-go-round of using the product than piling the weight back on after you stop to going back and using the product again.
If we look at the ingredient list of herbalife as starting point
The very first ingredient is Soy protein isolate, from genetically modified soy (the USDA estimates that over 94% of soy in America is genetically modified). Soy is not a health food, in my opinion it isn’t even food. It is highly processed junk.
I would only recommend a pure whey protein of the highest quality from grass-fed cows. I use Pure Whey Isolate™ 90 from bulk powders.
Reading through the ingredients is like a science lesson not a list of food substances. A lot of processed, synthetic toxins. Mono and diglycerides are trans fats, or better known as fats that will clog your arteries and kill you.
Then we come to sucralose, the following is from their site
How is sucralose made?
Sucralose is made through a patented, multi-step process that starts with sugar and selectively replaces three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule with three chlorine atoms. The result is an exceptionally stable sweetener that tastes like sugar, but without sugar’s calories.
Is sucralose a natural sweetener?
No. Sucralose is not a natural product – it is not found in nature. Although sucralose is made from sugar, the sugar molecule is chemically modified to make sucralose which is classed as an artificial sweetener.
That’s right, it’s chlorinated. Sucralose destroys beneficial gut flora, thus impairing immune function. The gut plays a huge role in not just our stomach health but also our mental health as I have posted earlier, healthy gut healthy mind .
While Herbalife may be an effective weight loss tool, it is in no way a safe or healthy eating regime. There are better ways to lose weight and you should not sacrifice your health to accomplish that. The post I did on smoothies is a far healthier and safer option.
Well that’s my two pence on just one of the market leaders in “weight loss” as they say in their mission statement
“Our Mission is to change people’s lives by providing the best business opportunity in direct selling and the best nutrition and weight-management products in the world.”
Well they are definitely not selling the best weight management products in the world rather a chemical concoction, a far better choice is natural food from natural sources not a chemistry lab of a multinational business.
The above image from ancestral nutrition.
So if you have read this far I hope that you now have at least a little better understanding of the lab produced junk that is damaging your health not helping it.
For advice and a far better nutrition program drop me a line and we can see what you really need for your health not just a quick loss of weight.