Both barrels are fully loaded, and today I’ll give my honest opinion on Juice Plus and Herbalife.
I don’t usually write about products like these.
But after growing tired of affiliates getting in touch and trying to take advantage of whatever following I’ve garnered in the fitness world by pitching their opportunities – one even asking if they could use a client’s before/after photos, knowing full well my client had not used their product – I decided to publish my stance.
Hey, maybe you’ve got “that girl” in your office – every work space seems to have one – trying to give you the hard sell on why you “need” Juice Plus or Herbalife?
You’re not alone.
So in this article I’ll provide you with some facts and, at the very least, I’ll give you a laugh. But don’t expect any punches to be pulled here, this may hurt some feelings. The cold harsh truth tends to do that.
There are three areas I would like to run through today. So let’s begin.
1. Overnight Experts
Anyone can sell these products.
That should be enough to put serious trainers off right there.
It’s a home business first, everything else second.
I spent a good number of years putting in the work with clients on a 1-1 basis and going through various qualifications to earn the right to call myself a quality personal trainer, so that you can trust my advice.
And just like any other career in life, that’s exactly the way it should be.
But with these things, Janet from your local kebab shop can decide she wants to make money from Juice Plus and all of a sudden calls herself a fucking “wellbeing coach”.
They’re a sales rep.
Selling shakes does not make someone a coach.
The reason this is number one on my list is because it’s misleading as fuck. It creates false trust with potential customers because the seller is positioning themselves as some kind of authority on nutrition.
2. Starve Yourself
What happens when we have a large group of unqualified, overnight nutritionists selling products?
Bogus dieting advice.
It goes hand-in-hand.
Taken from a recent conversation with a Juice Plus “expert” trying to sell me their product:
“Just have two shakes and one balanced meal per day. You’ll be amazed at your clients’ weight loss results.”
No shit, you’d lose weight.
And this person is trusted to coach people who need help with their diet?!
Have you ever tried a crash diet, where you suddenly go from consuming a large caloric intake each day, to cutting out all of your favourite treat foods and running calories down to a bare minimum?
Most of us have been there at some stage.
And here is exactly what happens, folks.
Initially, we tend to drop a few pounds due to the fact we are consuming far less calories than usual – particularly if we are going lower in carbohydrates, as our body will begin flushing water out of our muscle cells as a reaction to this.
Then “it” happens.
By “it”, I mean the brick wall you run straight into, where your body adapts to your super-low calorie intake and you cannot shift any more weight no matter what you do.
- Under 1000 calories per day? Check.
- None of your favourite treats? Check.
- Hours on the treadmill running after the imaginary dangling carrot – not that you’d be allowed to eat the fucking thing – ? Check.
Then, eventually, we crash off our diet due to sheer frustration and bury our head’s in the chocolate drawer at home.
But because our body has adapted to this ridiculously low calorie intake – it’s smart, it’s job is keeping you alive and that’s it’s only priority, so it learns how to do amazing things – the sudden massive increase in calories we just binged on leads the the almost immediate regain of any weight we had dropped.
In many cases, we end up worse off than when we started.
Say hello to square one again.
Then these pasty-faced motherfuckers try to convince you that it was your fault, because you lapsed and had a bad day. So your local sales rep will post you a bullshit fitness meme about “dancing in the rain” and “being all you can be” and tell you that next time, you shouldn’t be so weak-willed.
And, so, you get back on the diet train again.
Except this time you go even harder.
This is a fast-track to an eating disorder.
But jeez, this is the danger of having a bunch of people with zero qualifications – and often zero interest in fitness or nutrition – giving themselves made up qualifications to create an illusion of authority as they dish out out dietary advice which all leads back to one thing:
“Buy. My. Stuff.”
Your body’s metabolism is the key to sustainable fat loss.
Instead of damaging it, protect it.
The body’s initial response to a massive cut in calories is to begin the process of slowing the metabolism in order to maintain enough fat to protect your vital organs and keep you functioning.
It could care less about what you want to look like.
It wants to keep you alive, and it thinks you are attacking it.
So don’t be fooled by starvation diet nonsense.
On a similar note, I had a recent conversation with a Juice Plus rep singing the praises of their product by saying things like “you see, this is just a part of my healthy diet”.
They went on to reveal they used to have terrible eating habits and go drinking every weekend.
Then they started working out, eating much healthier and using Juice Plus shakes and – Hey, Presto! – lost weight!
As I’ll explain in the next segment – which focuses on the products themselves – the healthy part of your new diet is covering up for the fact that these supplements are the shit part of your diet.
The results you achieved are from your hard work and your dedication to make a positive change.
Then these people wrongly credit something like Juice Plus with all of the results and totally sell themselves short.
The only good aspect of Juice Plus and Herbalife is that it gets people to begin thinking about eating healthier and drinking more water.
Beyond that point, it’s all bad news.
3. The Product
So let’s focus on the products on both Herbalife and Juice Plus.
Juice Plus affiliates love to quote the line:
“It’s not some processed supplement, because it is real natural food.”
Sorry but no.
Every supplement is processed.
And this is a supplement.
That’s marketing hype and nothing more.
Take a look at the ingredient list:
“Soy protein, fructose, inulin, rapeseed oil powder (rapeseed oil, maltodextrin), ?avours, algae oil powder (glucose syrup, algae oil, modi?ed starch, sodium ascorbate, sodium polyphosphate, sun?ower oil, tri-calcium phosphate, emulsi?ers: sun?ower lecithin and mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids; natural ?avouring, antioxidants: tocopherol-rich extracts and ascorbyl palmitate), soybean oil powder (soybean oil, maltodextrin), pea protein, lupin protein, thickener: guar gum; strawberry pieces (1%), beta-glucan yeast concentrate, mineral blend (calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, potassium citrate, sodium chloride, ferric pyrophosphate, zinc sulphate, copper sulphate, manganese chloride, potassium iodide, sodium selenite), anticaking agent: silicon dioxide; beetroot juice powder (beetroot juice concentrate, maltodextrin, acidity regulator: citric acid), acidity regulator: citric acid; glucose syrup, vitamin mix (vitamin C, niacin, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, vitamin A, vitamin B2, biotin, folic acid, vitamin D, vitamin B12).”
Every time I hear someone try to tell me that “Juice Plus has not been designed to replace real food because it is real food”, I want to eat a fucking dumbbell.
How can they compare fresh fruit and vegetables to processed chemicals with added sweeteners which are then turned into a powder..?
And try not to fall off your seat at that mighty 1% real strawberries.
Surely I could save some of the £125 per month they want for this bullshit and go buy some real motherfucking fruit and vegetables?!
In theory, here I would be paying three figures a month for a soy protein and a multivitamin – both of which you could pick up far cheaper and in superior formulas to what you’ve seen here – jam-packed with a bunch of bullshit my body just doesn’t need.
Now let’s look at the Herbalife Formula 1 protein shake.
These reps will tell you that this represents a healthy, balanced meal.
They encourage us to consume two of these per day and one balanced real food meal.
That’s the first red flag.
Shakes are designed to supplement your food intake, not replace it.
And if this drink represents a healthy balanced meal then I must be pie-eating champion of the UK.
- 9g protein, 13g carbohydrates and 1g fat
But let’s say I follow their advice, and I make my balanced real food meal a large baked potato with tuna and green vegetables.
With these recommendations I’d be eating under 800 calories a day.
That’s just 64g protein, 90g carbs and 3g fat.
If I’m working out too – and you know I am, because at this point my rage needs an outlet -then I’m asking for problems.
Now let’s look at the ingredients:
“Soy protein isolate, fructose, wheat flour, cellulose powder, corn bran, sugar, canola oil, guar gum, natural chocolate mint flavor, potassium chloride, calcium phosphate, calcium caseinate, casein, rice fiber, soy lecithin, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), carrageenan, medium chain triglycerides, dl-methionine, inulin, magnesium oxide, silicon dioxide, psyllium husk powder, ginger root powder, citrus pectin, honey powder, proteases derived from aspergillus niger and aspergillus oryzae (from aminogen) dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate, ascorbic acid, sucralose, salt, baking soda, papaya fruit powder, pomegranate powder, blueberry powder, biotin, niacinamide, beta carotene, ferrous fumarate, zinc oxide, copper gluconate, calcium d-pantothenate, bromelain, yellow 5, cyanocobalamin, cholecalciferol, folic acid, blue 1, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, chromium chloride, sodium molybdate, sodium selenite.”
That’s about as natural as that bloated-faced guy in your local gym who keeps trying to sell you a steroid stack.
Juice Plus And Herbalife – The Bottom Line
Hopefully, I’ve made my point.
If not, here it is in simpler terms:
“Fuck you. Fuck you. Fuck you.”
No reputable supplement retailers stock these things, and their popularity is based upon the fact that their sales reps – sorry, “wellbeing coaches” – earn a commission from spreading the word.
If you want to buy real natural food and lead a healthier lifestyle, go buy real natural food. It is cheaper and, as you can see from the catalog of chemicals above, it’s far better for you.
Of course, today I am focusing only on Juice Plus and Herbalife.
They are probably the most well-known brands in this niche, but there are many others out there selling similar bogus products which I disprove of – from clingfilm body wraps to detox drinks.
This type of thing has existed in the health and fitness industry for many years and will continue to do so. It’s a shady part of the fitness world I tend to just ignore, and I generally have no problem with those who do these things and happen to think it works for them. So long as they leave me the hell out of it.
But if a sales rep is gonna try telling me that my clients “need” this in order to lose weight, then I’m happy to give my honest god-damn opinion on why they don’t need it at all.
Any salesperson who wants to say their magic pill or miracle powder is superior to eating real food deserves have my gym door closed on them.
Next time you are presented with this nonsense, I suggest you do the same.
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