My weight has always been an issue for me. At my highest point I weighed 19.5 stone and was a dress size 24/26. I tried Weight Watchers, Slimming World, Atkins, the cabbage soup diet, detoxing - each time I lost a few pounds but I couldn't keep it up, calorie counting, starving myself it just didn't work, or the side effects and constant hunger were too much for me. So I waddled on with life, I had zero self confidence and very little motivation. I had a very unhealthy relationship with food and I wasn't sure how to get myself on the right track.
That all changed for me when I met a new friend at an event I went to. One day we met up after work and he had his ID badge on, I could not believe how different he looked from his photo. He told me he had lost several stone from doing Zumba. I wasn't sure I was up for that, I was sure I would be the biggest person there and I have no coordination. He told me a group of friends went and I would be fine, a couple of weeks later I went to my first class. I loved it and over the course of about a year I got myself down to 14 stone 8 pounds. I was going to classes 3 times per week and enjoyed it so much as well as being thrilled at what it was doing for my body.
Then I came to a stand still - I wasn't so disgusted with my body any more and I had more confidence, but I was still very overweight and keen to lose more, but I just couldn't. My weight was yo-yo-ing. I tried changing my exercise and varied what I was doing but I was stuck. It felt like madness, I was physically very fit, I could do 2 hour workouts one after another, I could run 10k, I had given up smoking, but still I was overweight - and going my my bmi I wasn't just overweight, I was obese.
So, when my Zumba instructor told us she was getting involved with a new weight loss product which taught you how to eat healthily. Until that point I has lost weight, however my relationship with food was still not healthy. I tried to eat right but still had trouble making food choices that would keep me full, this was especially true because I exercised so much, all that exercise made me hungry, so I was really keen to learn about this new plan she was promoting - Herbalife.
Herbalife offer a number of products, Formula 1 shakes are meal replacements which is what I used, they also do snack bars, thermo tea and protein powder as well as hair and skin care products, muscle gain products and so on. I used the Formula 1 shake personally.
The plan sounded simple to follow - replace one meal per day with a Herbalife Formula 1 shake, eat two healthy meals per day, have 3 healthy snacks per day and drink at least 2 litres of water per day. This was made easier for my because my instructor gave me a sample meal plan which covered 2 weeks. There were things on the plan which I did not like, so I remodeled the plan a bit and went through and made a list of the snacks, breaksfasts, lunches and dinners. Each day I would then pick something from each category and have that.
The shake can substitute whichever meal you choose. I decided to substitute my breakfast, the reasons for this were that I had trouble making sure I had breakfast each day, I often skipped this meal, but my instructor told me how important it is to eat breakfast. Sometimes I did have a lunch from the list and then a shake for lunch depending on what fitted in best with my day. I never swapped my dinner for a shake because I always felt like my dinner was something to really look forward to and that I would not want to end my day with a shake.
An example of what i would eat on the plan -
Breakfast - shake ( depending on flavour I would mix in fruit )
Snack - green olives
Lunch - Salmon, asparagus and poached egg
Snack - yogurt with nuts and honey
Dinner - chilli made with turkey mince
Snack - fruit
There were so many more things I ate as well - pesto chicken, eggs and turkey bacon with toast, roast chicken with veg and sweet potato, homemade soup, butternut squash salad, fish and salad. It was really refreshing and interesting trying lots of things I would not have thought of eating before or things I had not associated with eating healthily, it was even fine to have wine a couple of times per week.
I carried on with my exercise and started on the plan, I was going to give it 1 month and see how it goes, although I was not too confident because I had tried shake diets before such as Slimfast and I didn't get on well with it.
The shake comes in a 550g canister, the design is quite simple with a picture of a shake on the front, it clearly says Herbalife Formula 1 and the flavour on the front. On the back is the nutritional information, instructions on how to make it and a summary of the benefits of the product.
The shake comes in 7 flavours - cookies and cream, vanilla, strawberry, tropical ( tastes like banana ), chocolate, coffee and cinnamon apple. One shake made up with 250ml of skimmed milk contains -
Of course this varies slightly between flavours but only a tiny amount. It is also packed with vitamins and minerals, each shake contains 38% of most vitamins and minerals, slightly higher with some. The rest of your daily needs are easily made up with a good diet, eating fruit and vegetables as part of your diet makes it up to your daily requirement - I personally also take a multi-vitamin supplement but I was already doing that before I started on the plan.
The shakes have less sugar than other shake plans I have come across, higher protein ( keeping you feeling fuller ), low sodium and the fat is actually slightly more than other shakes I have come across but I do not see this as a negative thing because your body needs a certain amount of fat, especially if like me you work out quite a bit - it is of course still perfectly within healthy levels of fat for a meal.
The shake I tried to start with was Cookies and Cream flavour. It was quick yummy and did taste like cookies, it has little chocolate cookie pieces in it too. It is easy to make, just mix 2 table spoons of the powder with 250ml of milk. They say to mix it with semi-skimmed milk, however I am lactose intolerant, I can handle small amounts of lactose however with things like milk I try to use alternatives so I do not have too much lactose in my diet. For this reason I mixed either soya milk, rice milk or Lactofree milk in with my shake and it tasted great. I have tried all the other flavours too except the coffee and they are all really yummy and great with fruit added. Both the tropical and the chocolate are great with a banana mixed in, the vanilla and strawberry are fantastic with some frozen mixed berries blended in and again they are all great with yogurt mixed in.
The shakes are a nice thickness, I like to use a hand blender to froth them up a bot or blend in my fruits. They are a nice consistency, not so thick they seem like a pudding, but thick enough for it to be fulfilling as a meal, I know before I have had shakes and felt like I was just having a drink which meant psychologically I could not feel full. I did not have this problem with Herbalife shakes.
I will admit the first 4 or 5 days were not easy, I did not feel hungry, but my brain needed to get used to the change in my diet, my sugar intake was reduced so was my sodium intake from what I was used to and I even felt like I was eating too much, to me it seemed like I was having more food than I had previously. After day 5 it got easier and I felt full of energy and really proud of myself. I felt like I had lost weight but had resisted the urge to weigh myself, I also felt less bloated.
On the morning of day 8 I weighed myself. My start weight had been 14 stone 8 pounds, on day 8 having done the plan for 1 weeks I was 14 stone 1 pound. I was so amazed I went and checked my weight on another scale, it said the same, I was so happy!
I do understand that people tend to lose a larger amount of weight during the first week, although 7 pounds is quite impressive when you think about the fact it is half a stone. I was not expecting anything like this in my second week, but I lost another 3 pounds, then the next week 2 pounds. I carried on with the plan and the weight crept off. Each week I lost weight and in 12 weeks I had gone from being 14 stone 8 pounds to being 12 stone 9 pounds!
I can honestly say I never felt hungry despite the amount of exercise I was doing. Out of curiosity I tracked what I ate for a week and found I was eating between 1400 calories and 1700 calories per day for 6 out of 7 days. One day per week I ate whatever I wanted, and I do mean anything. If I wanted cake or pizza, curry takeaway anything I would eat it paying no attention to the calories or fat I was consuming, it was treat day. I must say though I got to the point where I did not overindulge on treat day, it was still a day to look forward because it was a day of freedom where if I wanted to go out for dinner I could, or if I wanted a sugary cereal I could and I felt no guilt. It worked so well for me, the day I did it could change so if I was invited out that was fine I just changed what would be my 'free day'.
I feel using Herbalife helped to educate me to making healthier food choices, I am so much more confident now and I do not tend to use the shakes anymore, I have some in the cupboard because I find it useful for when I am unwell, having shakes means I can get good nutrition even if I do not feel like eating, or if I am in a real rush in the morning I can quickly make a shake and drink it on the go, but really doing the Herbalife plan has been educational for me.
I am not saying this plan is for everyone and I do not think I could have stuck to the plan some distributors recommend which says have 2 shakes a day. Shakes do not work for everyone, but for me it has transformed my relationship with food, it did something for me that no other diet plan could do. I have spoken to people who have said why did I not just start having a healthy diet, but for me personally that just did not work, I found limiting my calories made my hungry and grumpy, I could never stick with it.
It is not as cheap as other plans, I could get around 28 servings from each canister, I paid £27.60 per canister. Of course you can get other brands for about a fiver for 12 servings, but I have tried these others which have not kept me full ot have had too much sugar in for my liking and gave me moods swings.
Herbalife has changed my body, it is not a quick fix, I still have weight to lose, I still have to exercise, but it helped me when I was stuck in a rut, my weight loss was at a stand still and this gave me the kick I needed to get back on track and to learn about my eating habits and how to eat well and have my nutritional needs met, have energy and have a steady weight loss.
I give Herbalife a thumbs up from a personal point of view.
I would be liar if I said I was ever a huge girl, but I was a curvier than I would like to be and had tried many different things to help me slim down, especially after having my youngest daughter when I found it very difficult to shed the last of those pregnancy pounds.
My husband started on the Herbalife programme when I was pregnant, initially to lose weight, which he did. But in addition he found that his energy levels increased hugely and his IBS symptoms had not only reduced but were now almost completely non-existent. As I was struggling with morning sickness he did try to encourage me to try it on a supplementary basis but the smell was enough to make my very sensitive stomach wretch, so at this time I kindly declined.
Fast forward several months to after our daughters arrival I decided that I would give the Herbalife a chance again. After all, my husband was raving about it and the results he had were fabulous. So I decided to go with the strawberry hake formula, mixed as described on the tub with milk....Oh my goodness, it was vile!! Two mouthfuls were all I could manage before I decided to tip it down the sink, I then tried it will the vanilla only to get the same result. Not one to give up easily I spoke to my wellness coach (that's what the people who sell it to you refer to themselves as) and he gave me a recipe sheet for the shapes that incorporated fresh fruit juices rather than the milk. Wow, what a difference, from a sickly sweet horrible metallic milkshake taste to a tasty delicious smoothie style drink. Much more appetising. My personal favourite was vanilla with apple juice and a sprinkle of cinnamon, tastes just like apple pie and ice cream.
As part of the plan you take 2 of these shakes per day (so experimenting with the recipes keeps it interesting) you also take 2 fibre and herb tablets and one multi vitamin supplement 3 times per day along with your shakes and your evening meal. Between times you are allowed "healthy snacks" this could be some fruit, a small handful of nuts or even one of the Herbalife chocolate covered protein bars, which I love as they make you feel like you are having a little treat without making you feel guilty. There is also a tea or a thermojetic beverage as they call it which can allegedly burn up to 80 calories per cup, so being a heavy tea drinker I got some of this too.
During my first couple of days I found that I was quite hungry, but I think that is because I wasn't really drinking much water and didn't really take my healthy snack as I thought if I left them out I would drop the pounds quicker. Rookie mistake I guess. Anyway one week in and I had my weigh in, and much to my delight I had lost 5lb and overall 10cm from around my body (hips/chest/waist) I was so happy and this gave me the motivation to continue. A couple of weeks in I found my energy levels were increasing and I felt great and was looking great. It took me 4 months to get down to my target weight, having lost 35lbs and I decided at that to call it quits, big mistake. My energy levels dropped, I felt constantly tired and I found that eating thing I ate before such as bread rolls and greasy foods were making me bloated and giving me heartburn. So again I contacted my wellness coach who advised the healthy breakfast option, where I only had a shake for breakfast which I decided to go with and I am still taking now.
I have to be honest though and say it isn't the cheapest option around, at about £120 for a month's supply it's not within everyone's budget but I certainly feel it was worth it for me and my husband.
So would I recommend this product to others? Absolutely! I feel like a new woman and I can't imagine now that I will ever be without it.
.....at their absolute lowest form!
It beggars belief that a company can call itself reputable when it will sell this stuff to absolutely anyone, put them on a low calorie intake and fill them with food substitutes without recommending that a person seeks medical advice before taking on any such vigorous forms of weight loss.
what this does is no different to what any other slimming shake does when taken with vitamins and minerals, except it charges a premium to what you can buy on the high street.
I believe the lady earlier who suffered medical complaints on the back of this...any weight loss should be steady and gentle, as any reputable doctor or nutritionist would advise you...but not this company. it's just interested in your money....so much so, it's distributors will sell it to their friends and family to make it up the steep and impossible pyramid slope.
I don't need telling to google this product either to look at the positive reviews...only an idiot will believe that they are not posted by distributors....every single "no catch" diet company does this.
if you want to lose weight and maintain that loss, there is only one method....healthy eating and exercise.
dream pill this is not!
save your money for a gym membership, at least the results you will feel are positive
message to dooyoo...you ought to be allowed to have a no star rating!
I came to know Herbalife through one of their free facials from a distributer near my home. I loved the facial and saw immediate results, and was very impressed.I mentioned I did holistics and am a Reiki practitioner and the lady's husband asked if he cam have reiki on a weekly basis, and as I needed to lose roughly 4 stone, he would, in exchange, give me one of the products every week to build up my stock.I tried the chocolate flavour shake and to be honest was very very impressed with the flavour(going by Slimfast standards), and then the cookies and cream which was yummy. He said to use soya milk to mix them with as it enhances the flavour(even more) and the benefits are there in the milk as well as the shake. I am starting my new health kick this Monday, so fingers crossed!!
Well, what can I say? I guess I shall give you a brief summary of my past experiences really. I have always been a "big girl" for want of a better phrase and this particular time, I had gotten too big for my own liking. Even at 27 years old, I felt sluggish, was always out of breath and constantly fell asleep in the afternoon during the days I wasn't at work (although I had been tempted to go to sleep at my desk occasionally!) That's not to mention the fact that my clothes were all getting too small/tight aswell.
Now, I've tried several other weight loss methods, all of which worked at the time but I felt were not the right ones for me this time as despite my love of food, I had become bored with deciding what to have for each meal. I then saw an advert in the paper for Herbalife and thought "Hey, why not?". It is a meal replacement programme and having tried Slimfast and thought it was disgusting was a little wary of the fact. However, the lady that talked me through it was very supportive and offered to send me a sample pack to see if I could get on with drinking the shakes. Long story short, I got on ok with it and decided to take the plunge.
In my starter pack (which cost me just short of £70) I had one tub of Formula 1 in the vanilla flavour (this is the shake powder - lasts around 3.5 weeks), a pack of 90 multivitamin tablets (lasts you a month) and a pack of "Thermojetics" herbal beverage (this is a powdered herbal tea and lasts about a month on 2 cups a day). Now this may seem expensive to some people but from my point of view, I was having no breakfast and then spending at least £5-6 per day on lunch and other things to eat. (around £100 per month!)
Basically, what you have to do to lose the weight is replace two meals a day with the shakes (these are around 217 calories each) which can be made up with milk (or fruit juice if you prefer) and then have a balanced meal (1/2 plate veg, 1/4 plate lean protein & 1/4 plate carbohydrate). You should also eat two snacks a day of either lean protein or fruit.
I've found that this is keeping me full and I am not tempted to go and buy a croissant from the cafe mid morning! You take a multivitamin three times a day with each of your meals and try to have at least 2 cups of the Thermojetics a day along with your daily water quota of 2 litres.
The upshot of all this is that so far, I have lost 12lbs in 6 weeks and have so much energy that I have to force myself to go to bed in the evenings! This may not seem a lot to other people but 1-2lbs a week is the recommended limit for people trying to lose AND KEEP weight off. My body has also changed as I have lost 3 inches from my waist and 4 inches from my hips.
I know what you're all wondering, how do you maintain it? Part of the answer is that once you have dropped to your target weight, you still have one shake a day and replace the missing one with another balanced meal. Once you feel comfortable with this and have "re-trained" your brain not to scoff the wrong foods, you can then go back to eating three meals a day. Then all you have to do if you feel yourself slipping is go back to one shake a day.
I hope this of some help to you all.
UPDATE!! - 13/11/2008
Just thought I'd update this quickly to say that everything is still going ok on the programme although I cannot say that I have not had the odd craving for naughty puddings/cakes etc but that is a personal thing as I love them! I refuse to be completely strict with myself and have even been out with my friends to pubs/restaurants etc - you have to live!!
Anyway, Since being on Herbalife I have lost 24lbs (1st 10) in 18 weeks which is still averaging out at just over 1lb per week. I will say that I do not weigh myself every week, I weigh every fortnight as otherwise it can feel obsessive!
It has to be said that the most impressive thing about this product is the inch loss! I have had to shop around for cheap trousers in charity shops and supermarkets due to the fact that within 2-3 weeks of buying some, they are very loose around the waist. In the last 18 weeks, I have lost 5 inches from my waist and 7 inches from my hips! I have lost inches in other places such as my arms, bust and thighs but really only 1-2 from each place.
Mini Review on Shake Flavours
Vanilla - Tastes a little like evaporated milk if drunk on its own but great for combining with almost anything (fruit, yogurt, juice, espresso etc) Also smells like custard cream biscuits!!
Chocolate - Is good on its own but also nice with banana or coffee
Strawberry - Nice on its own, good with fruit and yogurt
Tropical - Very strange but quite likeable. It can smell a little artifical at times, almost like cheap banana milkshake syrup but is nice if you add fruit like pineapple and banana
Cookies 'n' Cream - Now I have only tried one sachet of this as opposed to a whole tub and I wasn't quite sure what to make of it as it has little cookie pieces in and I found it a little off-putting to have them swishing around in my mouth whilst trying to drink the shake! Other than that, the flavour is very nice.
I have not tried the cappucino simply because I add a shot of espresso to with a vanilla or chocolate shake if I feel in the mood for coffee!
I hope that has given a bit more of an insight to Herbalife for those of you who have thought about trying it but have not taken the plunge yet :o)
Like many others, i have struggled with my weight, up and down by a stone. I have counted calories and points and found myself becoming "obsessed by what i could or couldn't eat! and the weight always crept on again when i went back on anormal eating pattern. So i was delighted to discover herbalife, which allowed me not only o lose a stoneand a half, but 18 months later, I have maintained that weight loss, more important then losing the weight originally. i don't have to faff around watching what i eat and i can all the things i ove. Two nutritious and statisfying shakes and a normal evening meal, lotsof vitamins, herbs and minerals, and a bonus of extra vitality ( most diets left my feeling drained!) I don't worry about the food i eat anymore, i just enjoy it! My health has improved too due to the excellent nutrition content i am now consuming. Pyschologically, it can take a week or so to get used to eating a meal from a glass twice a day. Breakfast was easy to get used to, lunch took a little longer. I never get overly hungry but occasionally in the early days i wanted to munch - Herbalife also provide healthy protein bars which are really chewy and satisfying - they have an answer for everything! Herbalife is not a diet - it is a nutritional eating programe that helps you lose weight healthily. It can only be purchased in month's supply but over the month it is cost effective. it comes with a money back guarantee and your own personal consultant - you never et high Street stores ringing you up to see how yo are doing on their products! Customer care is fabulous and the in house weigh ins suited me, rather than a class.
After being laid up for 5 months following an operation earlier this year, I discovered that I'd put on a little bit of weight. This is what you get for moving back in with your mum, who insists you eat 3 meals a day, with no opportunity to exercise. Once back on my feet I decided to get rid of the weight. Thanks to the op, running (previously my favourite way of burning off the flab) was right out for at least a year. Ditto swimming. I wasn't to keen on joining a gym either, as I'm due to move house and didn't want to spend £40 a month on fees. Anyway, my chiropracter (I'm a mess, aren't I ?) told me about this Herbalife malarky. Initially skeptical ("A shake in the morning....." sounds familiar) she said that she used it all the time to keep weight down, and wouldn't recommend it otherwise. So, I decided to give it a go. Herbalife isn't a fly-by-night mail order thing that you see in the Sunday supplements. In fact, I don't recall ever seeing any advertisements, as it seems to do the bulk of its business by recommendations. An American company, it shift around £40 million a year, so it would seem to have the weight of a few years behind it. They offer a range of products in addition to the weight control stuff, but the shakes (Formula 1) and the pills (Formulas 2 & 3) are the biggest sellers. Herbalife is distributed by way of reps. If you go the website, you'll be able to arrange ameeting between yourself and a local rep. Mine was a lovely women, who went through the whole range of options and talked me through the best practises. I decided on Formula's 1, 2 & 3. This is the Meal replacement shake, multivitamin boosters and water retention pills, respectively. Concentrating on the shake for this review, for my first month I went for the vanilla flavour. I used it in the morning and evening, with a sensible lunch between. The shake comes in a half kilo
gram tub, which should last a month at 2 tablespoons per shake, twice a day. Basically a soy product, it provides the same number of calories as an ideal meal, only as pure protein - no fat. The vanilla flavour is very nice : vanilla seeds are abundant in it and the taste is similar to the Frijj milkshakes. Make it will semi-skimmed, rather than skimmed and it froths up a treat. If you've got one, I'd recommend using one of those hand-held blender things as it smooths it up a treat. It can also mix in with porridge if you feel you need a hot start to the day. It does tend to lump together, so it's not something to linger over. But I found the sheer time it gives back to you worth the effort of sticking with it. No more washing up on a evening. Yay! Its important during the course to keep yourself hydrated, so you're given the task of drinking 1.5 litres of water a day. This may sound out, but believe me stick with it and the weight does drop off. In a month I lost a whisker under a stone and am on course to get to my target weight in about another month. If you are committed to losing weight, I'd recommend Herbalife to anyone. PS There are some scare stories about this stuff on some review sites - ignore them. I did some digging and found the writer plugging another brand! Fools. Forgot to put in the price - if you go with the 1,2,3 approach it's £63 a month for the first two months, then £30 after that. Sounds a lot, but then again, you wont be buying much food! Just getting the shake will cost you £20 a month.
I attended a herbalife party not because I needed to lose wight, but because I'd heard good reports about the supplementary products. I decided to give the n-r-g tablets a try. They claim these tablets will give you an instant energy boost after 30 minutes of taking them The tablets contain 'natures raw guarana' and some caffeine (although I'm assured this is natural caffeine). The container tells you to take 2 - 4 tablets per day, but I only take one when my energy levels are flagging. There are 60 tablets in a container I have tried a number of energy supplements and they dont work for me. However, I am very pleased with the results have have had with n-r-g. Instead of wanting to drop down in front of the telly in the evening I'm happily buzzing around getting all those never ending tasks completed. Before a night out I pop a 'n-r-g' and can party till the early hours. I'd definately recommend. They come with herbalifes famous 30 day money back guarentee, so are well work a try.
I started Herbalife just under two months ago and am really pleased with it. I've lost about 16 pounds so far so its not coming off too quickly which is alright with me. Before I started I felt lazy and lethargic - partially due to carrying too much weight, but also because in my experience the heavier you are, the more difficult it is to get started with an exercise programme. This is pyschological as well as physical. At the beginning - in the first few days - I was feeling hungry by late morning. When going from three conventional meals down to only two shakes plus a meal, I guess it must be inevitable that you feel less full. However, my distributor gave me a few hints and I started having a piece of fruit late morning, and also in the afternoon. This was good because it satisfied 'sweet' urges. The other downside was the headachey feeling I had about two days in,which was due to detoxification. I know from previous healthy eating programmes that when your body is getting rid of toxins this can manifest itself as a headache. It went after a day. The unexpected pluses of this eating plan (to me it's far more holistic than a diet), are the increased energy I have, the lack of sweet cravings and the fact that my body doesn't want coffee and tea anymore. I drink lots of water and herbal tea instead. My distributor has been great and phoned me twice weekly at the start and every Sunday now. That support - which you don't get with other meal replacement diets - encourages you. It's also easy to do - I take the shake into work with me for lunch. It saves wondering which sandwich to buy or being tempted into chips in the canteen! Herbalife is like any weight reduction plan. You have to work at it and shouldn't expect miracles. I still have my red wine and can still eat what I fancy in the evening, although in moderation. This means I can still go out and 'have a life'. As there's
a full money back guarantee I felt perfectly OK about trying the programme and would recommend it to most people.
It may well on the surface appear to be a very effective healthy plan but once on it one has to stay on it because it uses a very low calorie program, so once the candidate deams themselves to have reached their goal weight and stops using the meal replacement formula then the weight will pile back on. This is due to the famine syndrome where females in particular are fearful of periods of low calorie intake. So having been through a period like that makes the body nervous and thus when more calories are provided the body stores them in case the famine should return. This is especially true of women in case they should become pregnant during a famine period the body wants there to be plenty of fat for the foetus to live off. Herbalifes meal replacement formula represents the famine period as far as the body is concerned. The other products are all in tablet form and it is well known that vitamins and minerals are best absorbed in a collodial suspension. Therefore these products being very expensive only provide a minute percentage of the recommended daily ammount of these vitamins and minerals. Definatly not value for money. People who are concerned about their health should be very particular in choosing their products.
Tachycardia? Palpitations? Nausea? Not with the products we tried. We were so sceptical about Herbalife that I researched it on the internet first. I told the distributor I wanted to talk to other customers first before I bought anything. Once I'd done all that, we went ahead and bought a month's supply. The principle is simple enough - two shakes a day, some vitamin tablets and a well-balanced meal. Well, my husband needed to lose 3 stone, and calorie counting certainly wasn't doing it. In the first 3 weeks, he averaged 2lbs a week, and he was still going out with the lads at weekends (not a natural dieter!) Better still, his energy levels were brilliant. He went from not wanting to get out of bed in the mornings to getting in an early gym session before work. I'm now using the products myself. Neither of us has experienced any side effects at all. We found out about the products when there was a review in Woman's Own last year. I'm glad we saw that review.
I started taking Herbalife in an effort to lose weight safely, and this product had no warning labels the way most other products do. Although it was slightly more expensive than other, commercially available, diets (including synthetic pills), I took a chance, and it paid. I lost 20lbs in 2 months, and I felt very healthy. My skin, hair and nails improved as well (probably due to the high vitamin/mineral content). It tastes really good, and there are a variety of ways to make it (notably, *NOT* with milk, but rather with fruit-juice and yoghurt, like a smoothie). I was very satisfied with this product and would use it again.
I tried the Herbalife program a couple months ago did not lose any weight. I did however get frightening heart palpitations, tachycardia and insomnia. The Herblife supporter, suggested that the reason for experience was that I was not following the programme. Two weeks into the programme, they said to me that I needed to order more supplements as the supply sent did not cover the entire month. They did advertise and billed me for a months supply. I decided not to order any more products as I had already spent quite a hefty sum. My tachycardia, heart palpitations and insomnia got worst and being a nurse, I decided that it will be in my best interest to end the Herbalife diet as I endangering my health. I therefore decided to take up there 30 day 100% money back guarantee. Unfortunately for me, as I had not ordered more products the Hebalife dealer/supporter said that I did not follow the plan and refunds are only made face-to-face so I was out of luck. I live in South England and the Herbalife Supporter lived in Scotland- difficult really. Not quite what they said in there advertisement. Hence, for this reason I warn everyone thinking of ordering the Herbalife plan not too because they'll rip you off and not only do there products don't work, they make you ill. I won't recommend this product to anyone.
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