Isagenix 9 Day Cleanse Results
Today marks the end of my first 9 Day Isagenix cleanse.
So far I have lost 8.0 lbs.
I’m super excited about this, considering how much flexibility I’ve had over the last 9 days to still eat whatever I wanted for dinner on my shake days.
My Review of Isagenix After 9 Days
It has only been 9 days since I started my Isagenix lifestyle but I can already see how Isagenix is going to fit much more easily within my busy lifestyle.
As many of you know, I have tried many different types of diets in the past but I haven’t been able to make any of them work long-term within my lifestyle.
For me, the difference with Isagenix is that it is not a diet – it is a different eating lifestyle.
At the most basic level, the way I see it there are 4 different basic components to the Isagenix lifestyle:
(1) Meal Replacement Days – On meal replacement days, all you do is simply replace one or two of your meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner) with either an Isagenix meal replacement shake or an Isagenix meal replacement bar. For the other meals, you can either continue to eat whatever you have been eating in the past – or make healthier meal choices for optimal results.
(2) Cleanse Days – On cleanse days, instead of eating solid foods – you give your body / liver / digestive system a break and you do a liquid cleanse. This allows the body to cleanse the toxins and impurities we all have in our bodies which also helps the body to shed unwanted fat.
(3) Snacks – On meal replacement days, instead of snacking on potato chips, chocolate bars or other junk, you either eat healthier snacks like raw almonds or apple wedges, or you eat from a variety of snacks that Isagenix makes.
(4) Liquids – Instead of drinking pop, energy drinks, coffee, alcohol etc., you replace your liquids with water or Isagenix “Want More Energy?” drink powder.
(5) Exercise – Add in your favorite exercise program, whatever that may be.
For my first 9 Day Cleanse I purposely DID NOT follow the Isagenix program 100% perfectly, and I DID NOT add in any type of exercise at all (yet).
The reason I did that is because I wanted to see if the program would still produce SOME results for me even if I didn’t follow it perfectly.
See that’s the biggest challenge I’ve had with most programs and diets out there. They work fine, if you’re following them perfectly and if life doesn’t get in the way.
There is very little flexibility in them.
With Isagenix I’m finding that I have a LOT of flexibility and I just love that.
For example, the 9 Day Cleanse program calls for replacing your breakfast and dinner with a shake and having a healthy meal choice for lunch.
For me, however, it was a lot easier to replace my lunch with a shake than it would have been to replace my dinner with a shake. So that’s what I did.
Also, I didn’t even choose ultra-healthy meals for my dinners. I ate the same kinds of foods I was eating before and gaining weight – foods like Dominos Pizza, Chinese Food, Steak at the Keg etc.
I didn’t count ANY calories on ANY meals. I have absolutely no idea how many calories I consumed during these past 9 days, and I really don’t care.
Now I’m not saying that I’m going to eat crappy foods all the time, but for this first 9 Day Cleanse I wanted to see if it would still produce results even IF I ate some of these crappy foods.
Oh yeah, I even drank pop on a few occasions. I simply bought the smaller cans of Coke that are 100 calories instead of 150 or 160 calories of the normal ones and I only had a few throughout the week.
In this way I felt NO DEPRIVATION at all while doing this cleanse.
In fact, it almost feels like I’ve been “cheating” all week, and yet I still lost 8.0 lbs and I feel great!
I definitely feel like I have WAY more energy than I did just 9 days ago.
I have to say that I’m really impressed with the Isagenix lifestyle so far and I’m not even following it 100% yet. I’m just making small steps and building a habit of following this long term.
At the same time I know that I’m feeding my body an abundance of the nutrients it needs to function at it’s peak by drinking my Isagenix shakes and eating my Isagenix bars and snacks.
The Isagenix Shakes
I just absolutely love these shakes.
This is my favorite recipe so far. I combine 1 banana, 2-3 strawberries with 2 scoops of the Vanilla IsaLean Shake and water and it makes this amazing strawberry/banana shake.
It tastes absolutely delicious.
And it only takes about 3 minutes to make, and 30 seconds to clean up after.
See, in the past when I was trying to “diet” myself to losing weight, I would try to replace my typical McDonald’s lunch meal with something like a grilled chicken salad.
The problem is that I always found it so much faster and easier to just drive out to McDonald’s and have a meal there, than to go grocery shopping for raw ingredients and cook 3 meals a day.
That’s why with every other diet I was on, I always ended up giving up on it long term as it just took up way too much time in my schedule to be constantly cooking.
With Isagenix, I can now make a meal replacement shake in less time than it would take me to put my shoes on to drive out to McDonald’s.
And the shake TASTES way better than junk food, and it instantly fills me up and gives me a tonne of energy.
Junk food satisfied my hunger, but I always felt like crap afterwords. With Isagenix shakes and bars, I satisfy my hunger but then I actually have MORE energy than I did before eating.
Another thing I also noticed is that even when I was eating out for dinner and eating foods that aren’t necessarily the healthiest food choices such as Pizza, I actually found myself getting full much quicker and as a result eating much less than I did before without feeling deprived in any way shape or form.
This happened pretty much with every meal I ate when I was out, which is great because it means that even when your not eating the best food for dinner, you get full much faster and so you end up eating less of that type of food. I also found that I no longer crave pop and other sugar sources like I used to.
I still had a few pops (sodas for my American friends) throughout the week with my food, but it was much less than I normally do and I drank much less each time as well.
Is it Really That Easy?
Can it really be this easy to feed your body what it needs, lose weight, save money and feel great?
Yes, it can, but not everyone will achieve the same results.
My results of losing 8.0 lbs in 9 days are MY results. Depending on many factors, some people might lose less weight than that, and some people might lose more.
A 2008 university study showed a statistically significant weight loss of 7 lbs during the first 9 days of the Isagenix Cleansing and Fat Burning System.
Honestly though, the first 9 days is NOT what matters. Most people lose more weight up front and then the weight loss slows down over time.
What matters is whether or not you apply this type of lifestyle change long term.
Even if you only lose 1-2lbs/week , that can still add up to a lot of fat loss long term.
I would say that the only “hard” part I found about this program, is during the first day of my 2 days of cleansing – during which time I wasn’t eating any solid foods, just taking the cleanse products – I had a mild headache on the night of the first day.
This is most likely because my body was cleansing all the crap that I have been eating in the past and just flushing out all the toxins I had accumulated.
After that first day, I was totally fine though and for my second 2-cleansing days I didn’t experience any such symptoms.
Speaking with my brother, who is following the same program but doing the 30 Day Cleanse, (instead of the more hardcore 9 Day Cleanse), he didn’t experience any headaches during his first cleanse day (the day you don’t eat any solids).
So about the only recommendation I would make is that if you’ve been eating a lot of crappy foods lately, and you’ve never done any cleansing before, then you probably want to go with the 30 day cleanse option as it spreads out the detoxification process over a longer period of time so the detox symptoms are not as bad.
Outside of that, this has been a pretty simple program to follow and the foods taste great.
Before and After Photos
After 9 Days
It’s only been 9 Days so far. Can you guys see any difference yet?