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Lisa asks…

Herbalife?????????????????

Has anyone her every taking it . If so did you lose weight and did you have any side affects?

vti answers:

Yes I tried something called the Formula 1 Instant, and I lost 15 pounds in 3-4 weeks. The stuff Herbalife has is supposed to be meal-replacement shakes for breakfast and lunch. When on the plan you should try not to have regular fatty foods at the same time. Each Shapeworks program lasts 30 days, so when you calculate it it comes to about less than $3 per meal. You’re only wasting money if you are on regular foods and Herbalife at the same time!

I also disagree with the first poster. After Herbalife when you eat “normal” you don’t automatically gain the weight back (unless you want to). The point of Herbalife is to help people lose the weight they want to lose. When they reach a plateau, they have an option to continue with Herbalife to maintain their weight, or to eat regular *lean* foods to keep the weight down. There’s just so few lean and healthy options these days that I am having Herbalife shake for my lunch everyday.

Distributors are there to help you plan your progress. Yes they will try to make money because they want to help you and provide guidance. Or if you don’t want coaching, you can just go to some vitamin shop or gnc and try those stuff; nobody will answer your questions in case you don’t lose any weight.

James asks…

Herbalife??

My cousin lost 3 pants sizes in 1 week!! I want 2 know if this works.. Because im afraid if i use it then stop, ill gain it back and MORE.. So does it work?? Nd i tried the aloe then the cookies nd cream milkshake.. it was ok.. not totally Nasty.. so i was wondering if this really worked so i can buy it..

vti answers:

Herbalife makes half decent products and they are pretty effective. But if you don’t change your habbits then you will put the weight back on. Permenant weight loss if a lifestyle change not the result of any diet or products.

Plus any weight loss you do, reguardless of how you do it or what you use, you need to stay on that program for a while. Normally at least 60 days plus another 30 days for every 10 pounds if you lost over 50 pounds. The reason is you need to allow your body to lock in on your new weight and motabolism levels. If not you will go back up.

Donna asks…

Are Herbalife Products Safe??

i am underweight. my boy friend suggested i should take Herbalife productss gain weight. but i am little scared to take these products. one always hear the side effects these weight gaining products have on your body.
have anyone tried them? do they really work & are they safe?

thanks in advance guys!

vti answers:

Herbalife herbal diet pills are one of the most infamous weight loss scams. People take herbal supplements, like Herbalife, under the impression that because they are “just herbs,” they can’t be dangerous. Unfortunately, this is not true. Herbalife contains ma huang. Ma huang, also called ephedra, contains ephidrine. The FDA warns that Herbalife has been linked to “dozens of deaths” and more than 300 cases of medical problems have related to ephedrine.

Herbalife’s product offering includes weight-management products such as Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix, a meal-replacement shake and one of the first products introduced by the company. Other nutritional products offered by Herbalife range from dietary supplements made from vitamins, minerals and herbs to personal care products emphasizing nutritional and herbal ingredients, such as aloe vera and vitamin C.
As of 2005, it is not immediately clear what method Herbalife’s weight loss products employ [citation needed], although the nutritional ingredients are listed on the product. Recent advertisements indicate that the current philosophy is one of meal replacement via diet shakes, and nutritional supplements.
Proponents claim that the Herbalife strategy is aligned with health industry recommendations for safe weight control, eating a balanced diet, low in calories and taking regular exercise, and that their nutritional and weight management line of products facilitate this through macronutrient and micronutrient food formulas. Herbalife provides testimonials from health professionals as part of their marketing campaign.
Some of the original Herbalife weight loss products contained the active ingredient Ma Huang or Sida cordifolia, two herbs containing ephedrine alkaloids. Adverse reactions involving the company’s Thermojetics original green tablets were recorded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Herbalife subsequently stopped using ephedrine in its products in the face of rising insurance premiums.[3][4] The U.S. FDA banned supplements containing ephedra in 2004.[5]Ephidrine can induce nausea, disorientation, insomnia, heart attacks, seizures and strokes. Despite the FDA’s warning, Herbalife is still in business and brags about its sales worldwide.

Susan asks…

Does herbalife really work?

My diet plan is this
Breakfast: Shake with protein powder
Healthy snack: Fruit
Lunch: Shake with protein powder
Healthy snack: Fruit
Dinner: Something but lil of it a small portion.

vti answers:

You would be wise to avoid using Herbalife products. Herbalife has been involved in many health problems. Here are some examples.

Example 1: “Severe hepatotoxicity following ingestion of Herbalife nutritional supplements contaminated with Bacillus subtilis.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19010564

Example 2: “An association between intake of Herbalife products and acute hepatitis was identified in Israel. We call for prospective evaluation of Herbalife products for possible hepatotoxicity.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17692424

Example 3: “Hepatotoxicity is probably associated with the use of Herbalife products. Hepatotoxicity due to herbal remedies is an important differential diagnosis in the diagnostic work-up of liver injury.”
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20197595

Herbalife is sold as a supplement and supplements are not approved by the FDA, are virtually unregulated, do not have the protections afforded foods and drugs, are not recommended by the US National Institute of Health, do not require any testing, are often contaminated, may not even be what the label says, usually contain cheap ingredients, are often over priced scams, have been known to be dangerous, and can have numerous adverse or unwanted side effects.

And, because Herbalife is only a crutch for healthy options, it should be avoided. When people diet and lose fat, they become lighter. When they become lighter, they burn fewer calories. And, when they get to their goal weight, they have to stop the diet, keep the fat from returning, and do it with fewer calories than they could eat before going on the diet. That’s what makes rebound fat so common. People approach fat loss without thinking about what happens when they lose the fat.

If you have what it takes to lose fat, keep it off, and do it with fewer calories per day than before the diet, you have what it takes to learn how to eat properly and habituate that behavior and lose the fat in the best of all possible ways…through sensible eating.

If you need to know how to lose fat, read my answer about how to lose fat –> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=As615QJM4X_3ID9_05qmmlXty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20111028185603AAVcP4D

Good luck and good health!!

PS: Here are some good websites you may find useful.
• A MUST FOR DIETERS http://www.freedieting.com/
• BEST DIET TOOL ON THE WEB http://www.myfitnesspal.com/
• BEST FOODS FOR YOU http://www.choosemyplate.gov/index.html
• NUTRITION DOT GOV http://riley.nal.usda.gov/

Charles asks…

Where can I buy herbalife liftoff?

i was wondering if i could buy it at a drug store or a vitamin shop or something. do they sell it there. i live in the US. no online answers please i just want to purchase it in person.

vti answers:

You have to buy it from a Herbalife dealer. Herbalife is a multi level marketing program that focuses more on profit than actual nutrition.
I know several people that have tried Herbalife, Isagenix, Nanci, Nutrilite, Healthy People, and Advocare weight loss supplements.
They all weigh the same or more than when they tried them. And ended up with a bunch of product.
Alli is the only over the counter weight loss product approved by the FDA. There are only three prescription weight loss medications approved. Do you think that if any of them REALLY worked we would have a $60 billion a year industry in “weight loss” supplements? The big three pharmaceuticals would dominate the market.
Approved or otherwise, none of these weight loss supplements guarantee anything unless you establish a healthy diet and exercise program.
So why not just establish a healthy diet and exercise program and keep your money?
The only weight loss supplement I recommend is a basic multivitamin and maybe a fish oil if you don’t like fish.
You will be spending somewhere between $10 and $30 per day on products that are not approved or guaranteed to do anything. $300 to $900 per month would get you a premier spa membership and the positive feeling that comes from working out and feeling healthier.
All of the above mentioned diet products are “multi level marketing” or “work from home” programs. I think these products are the worst since they exploit both the desires of people to lose weight and to make money.

I live in a very nice area of Scottsdale, AZ. 90% of the “make money from home” signs along the roadways are Herbalife when you call and press them for information. These companies are more concerned with profits than weight loss. As are all the MLMs.

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