Isagenix reformulated their shake and it’s not that we weren’t aware of the change, it was just hard for us to justify rebuying the shake when it’s so expensive and we had already given it a review. However, in the interest of a fair review, we would be remiss to not give it a second shake (ha!) in our “Closer Look” review.
So we went to Amazon (their website is a constant MLM up sale) and picked up some of the Natural Chocolate in their IsaLean Pro line for their second time around.
You’re going to end up spending $53 per 14-day supply with the Isagenix shakes which ends up being just about $3.80 per shake. Far and away, the biggest hurdle of these shakes is going to be the price tag on them. As good as they are, some of us just can’t afford it.
The shake uses fiber and chromium as the hunger blocker and it does an okay job. With only 6 grams of fiber, we could definitely see them using more. The shake filled most of us up to an extent, but it wasn’t a lasting full. Several of the staffers were munching on snacks within an hour or two to hold out for their next meal. It wasn’t the best or the worst in this aspect.
We know we’re going to get people jumping down our throats on this area, but first of all we will say that the shakes do really good on nutrition. However, we’re rating the nutrition for losing weight as a meal replacement, not as a protein shake. The shake has a great balance of vitamins and minerals (ranging from 30% to 150% of your daily intake), and as we said earlier 6 grams of fiber is nothing to sneeze at. However, if you’re not combining this shake with a rigorous exercise schedule, then the 36 grams of protein is just going to be waaaay too much. Having that much protein is why these shakes come in at almost 300 calories per shake. Remember, even protein when not processed by the body will just be stored as fat.
Unless you’re doing some heavy weight lifting or strenuous workouts, most of that 36 grams of protein isn’t going to benefit you. 12-18 grams of protein per meal is the sweet spot. (Lower end for women, higher end for men.) These also have 9 grams of sugar per serving which is a bit higher than we would like, but their old formula was well into the double digits on sugar. So a big improvement here.
The higher sugar means you’re going to get a better tasting product though and most of us were quite impressed with the chocolate shake. The high protein led to the inevitable “protein drink aftertaste” which is pretty unpleasant, but all in all the shakes were quite tasty.
So, on closer inspection the isalean Pro shakes have definitely moved up the rankings with their new formulation. Hooray!
A Closer Look
Now we’re going to do the FAQ part of the review and make some coaches mad at us. This part of the “Closer Look” reviews means we’ve pulled some of the most common questions in the comments and we will address them up here for easy access.
“What about their cleanse products?”
“What do you mean, “No”? Aren’t They-
Could you elaborate?
Fine. Any doctor or any researcher that wasn’t specifically hired by a company that is selling a cleanse will tell you the same thing. They do nothing. Any cleanse, you name it, and the doctor will say that going on a diet of just drinking water or juice will be just as effective as going on a cleanse. You’re starving yourself. That’s NOT healthy…
But if cleanses are bad, how am I supposed to detox?
Detox what? You’re body isn’t a cesspool of poisons in need of a scrubbing. Detox is just a loaded word to scare you to buy stuff that you shouldn’t. Save your money.
You clearly just hate MLMs and are taking it out on them in this review.
We do dislike MLMs but our score doesn’t factor that at all.
An MLM is just like a regular company! Open your eyes!
No, it isn’t. A regular company hires you and you work for them. They don’t sell you some pie in the sky dream of being in business for yourself. They don’t pit their own employees against each other by over saturating markets with more suppliers than demand allows. A regular company doesn’t charge employees monthly fees or force employees to buy a minimum amount of their product to stay employed. That isn’t how any sane company would function. Most of what we hear relating to any Isagenix scam relates to peoples’ experiences with the business side, not their shake. So, don’t confuse any info related to MLM Isagenix scam with their shakes. We won’t comment on any scam-related issues–we’re just here for the shake reviews.