I’ll be honest with you, I thought long and hard about writing this article. Due to the fact that there are those that swear by this product and will fight you tooth and nail to defend it.
But from talking to those that have either asked me to join or from others asking is herbalife good for you, it only made sense to write about it. Not only that, but from all the negative reviews that I have researched gave me even more reason to at least give my honest opinion on the matter.
See, i’m a big believer in that in order to get the results you are looking for, you have to put in the work. There are no shortcuts in life and companies like herbalife feast on finding those desperate for a quick fix. This is just one of the many reason i’m not a huge fan and there are many more to come.
So before you decide to buy a single herbalife product, make sure to read the rest of this article first. Like the many others that have tried and fail, make sure you don’t become one of them.
It’s safe to say that herbalife the business, is no small fish when it comes to the health and fitness industry. They are very successful and there is a good reason for that.
Their business structure sells you on the opportunity to make money with the business by helping others change their lives. They have great sales people that are good at driving this point across.
Even if the person isn’t interested in joining the business, they can at least then sell you the opportunity for better healthy with their products.
There have been so many companies out there that claim their product can help you lose weight and get you the body you dream of, and herbalife is no different.
Only recently has news surfaced about a $200 million settlement into the practices of herbalife’s business structure.
Basically stating that herbalife focused not on retail sales of their products, but the recruitment of other salespeople promising big profits on selling their merchandise (read this article for more).
Now if their business structure can be called into question, then what does that say about their products. So let’s get into that.
Are Ingredients Worth The Price?
When it comes to the ingredients herbalife puts into their products, I’ll be honest, I can’t even pronounce most of what’s in this stuff. There’s enough ingredients in there to fill an english dictionary.
I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time understanding why something that is supposed to be so healthy for you, requires so many ingredients. Maybe that is a good way for them to justify the prices they charge to use their products.
One thing that does concern me is how much the salespeople make for selling these products. I’m sure that they get paid very well, but I question if the people that buy the products alone are actually getting quality ingredients for the prices they pay for it.
Most people tend to not really care about what type of ingredients are in the things they consume as long as they work. But when you are paying good money for something, you want make sure you get your money’s worth.
Calorie Restriction…Carbs, Fats, Proteins
When it comes to losing or gaining weight, I tell people all the time, if you consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. When it comes to losing weight, if you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight.
Most people know that calories are what matters, which is why people feel the need to count calories. First of all, who has time for all that. That’s a sure fire way to drive yourself crazy and forget all about tracking what you eat. As long as you are eating the right types of food and exercising regularly, you will be fine.
So when I see how much herbalife requires those using it to restrict their calorie intake, I really have to question the reasoning for it. Our calories comes from three main sources, Carbohydrates, Fats, and Proteins.
The human body would struggle to survive without calories as they are our main source of energy. Yea i get it, if you reduce the amount of calories taken, the chances of you losing weight most definitely increases. But is that healthy?
Eating less calories, thus eating less food. Sure you will probably lose weight, but the body has a funny way of adapting to adverse situations and that’s where you metabolism kicks in…
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Can Slow Down Metabolism
When your body realizes that you are not supplying it with enough calories, it goes into survivor mode and knows that it needs to conserve the energy it does have for your body to function properly. Therefore your metabolism slows down and we all know what comes next.
Weight gain and body fat tends to increase. This is the opposite of what you want to happen when you are taking on a diet to lose weight. In order to burn fat and lose weight efficiently, you need to build muscle and feed your body the proper nutrients to feed those muscles.
Which will increase your metabolism, thus helping you lose weight the right way. This just isn’t possible when you restrict your calories by the amount you do taking herbalife products.
Can Make You Hungry And Increase Cravings
I don’t know about you, but if all I was allowed to eat was 2 shakes, 2 snacks and 1 meal for an entire day, I would go mad. By restricting your calorie intake in such an unhealthy manner, you will find yourself becoming hungrier which will only increase your cravings for low quality foods.
This idea that eating less will help you lose weight is a thought that needs to be corrected. For one, each person’s body is different and will react differently depending on the stress being put on the body. Two, if eating less was the solution, there would be no need to take products like herbalife.
All you would need to do is eat bread and drink water everyday.
There are many situation where people have actually gained weight due to lack of eating, and that is due to the fact of how metabolism works as mentioned in the previous paragraph.
As long as you are being responsible with the food you eat, you will come to understand that you can eat the foods you enjoy most and still maintain good health.
If you know anyone that has ever tried herbalife products, i’m sure they can tell you the effects they’ve had after trying it. If you don’t know anyone, you can easily go online and find the horror stories of those who have tried it.
Some have reported headaches, dizziness, upset stomach and many trips to the bathroom. I don’t know, maybe because when you are not eating real food regularly, you body tends to react in a way that let’s you know you are not feeding it correctly.
Your digestive systems requires real food for it to work properly. Going on a liquid diet may be ok if you are trying to cleanse out the system for a week, but that is in no way a recipe for long term success. Eating solid foods is and will always be the way to go. You just have to make sure you are eating the right types of food.
Yea i’m sure you could find those that will say it has worked great for them and I don’t doubt that. My concern is for the many that have tried and had a horrible experience with it. Because when it comes to your health, it is either good for you, or it’s not.
There are too many of those that have had a bad experience and that is just unacceptable.
No Magic Pill
Don’t think I forgot about the pills you have to take. Many people have told me about the amount of horse like pills that need to be taken along with all the other things they offer. I’m surprised people haven’t caught onto the fact that there are absolutely no magic pills when it comes to losing weight.
They don’t work, they are not healthy, and they sure aren’t fun to take. Eating real food is a way better option than taking a pill, but I understand many are looking for a solution to their weight problems.
30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Maybe after reading this article, you still want to be that brave soul that is desperate for results and will still decide to try herbalife.
Well before you make that choice, they do offer a 30 day money back guarantee, but from the many stories I have read, getting your money back may not be the easiest thing in the world. I am someone that feels when it comes to getting your money back, companies should make that process simple.
Just as fast as it took to take the money from you, it should be just as quick to give it back. But if you still want to give it a try, hey go ahead and be my guest. Just don’t say I didn’t warn ya.
Breaking It All Down
I can’t stress to you enough how important it is to make your fitness and health more about a lifestyle and not some quick fix. No type of diet beats eating a nice healthy meal along with proper supplements.
Any supplement you take should do just that, supplement your diet and exercise routine. It should not replace it and cause your body to take on more harm than necessary. Meal planning is important when it comes to making sure you are eating the right food each week.
Now I can understand these days with work and taking care of kids, finding time to prepare a nice meal can be difficult. But in order for you to get the results you want, you have to make sure to provide your body with the necessary fuel to make sure you are able to get through your daily activities.
Instead of paying a lot of money on pills and shakes, there are meal delivery services out there you can try risk free that can assist you in your meal planning needs. Services like Blue Apron, Plated, and Home Chef to name a few.
You can click here to read my blue apron review and see if it is something that may be for you.
I hope this article helped answer any question you may have about trying out herbalife. The intent was not meant to bash them, but I felt I needed to let everyone reading this know the risks they are taking from trying them.
Just remember that there are no shortcuts to getting results, and that you have to put in the work. So don’t get discouraged and know that it is possible, you just have to tell yourself that you can.
I would love to hear your thoughts or questions on this subject, so please don’t be afraid to share them below.