182 of 217 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2005
I have been using this product for the past 3 months and it is great, easy and it works! I especially like the French Vanilla because I can add different flavored (low cal) fruit juices to customize my drinks. The other flavors are good too. I have lost 35 pounds in 3 months. Go herbalife!!!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2015
Nearly twenty years ago I worked part-time as a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise. I grew up playing sports and embraced fitness and a healthy lifestyle along the way. I gave up personal training a few years later to begin my career largely as an everyday sedentary office worker. Of course this led to poor posture, leading a less healthy overall lifestyle and making more poor eating choices at lunches with co-workers. Many years later (around 2010) I realized that I needed to stop playing organized sports (i.e. basketball, softball etc.) as injuries were piling up due to natural aging but even more so due to being somewhat out-of-shape.
I began to change my lifestyle around 2011 after having neuroma foot surgery, tearing my pec belly muscle and enduring back-to-back minor car accidents. I started eating better, avoiding foods which caused "inflammation" and began walking more regularly. Then in 2014 I stopped weight training and shifted to a combination workout of yoga/egoscue/pilates in order to correct postural issues and achieve a better level of fitness. Additionally, I was still walking regularly for my cardiovascular exercise. These workouts put my body in a place I never thought was possible. Aches, pains, inflammation issues were all greatly reduced or eliminated. I even started playing golf. Unfortunately, I was still carrying too much weight which was very hard to get rid of. I am 6'1" and was weighing around 203-205 pounds at the time.
This is when the wife advised me to try a health supplement by Herbalife which her and many of her friends had tried and had success with. Given my personal training background I am a stickler for reading labels and checking out side effects of any unknown ingredients. The Herbalife products surprisingly passed my "sniffer". Truth-be-told, they were not cheap so it wasn't an easy decision...until my wife offered to pay. :)
To test the product FULLY I did NOT increase my exercise activities or change my diet.
I began the FULL program of the Herbalife products which included: Healthy Meal Formula 1 (cafe latte tastes the best); Prolessa Duo; Cell-u-Loss; Total Control; Cell Activator; Herbal Tea Concentrate. On average I began taking these 2x per day. On weekends it was more like 1x per day. For other meals I mostly ate my usual healthy meals with a rare "cheat". I used the Healthy Meal Formula 1 "largely" as a meal substitute but needed to pad it with a yogurt, piece of fruit or low-sugar protein energy bar. As the program did its thing I found myself reducing portion sizes on real foods that I ate. I simply didn't need them and wasn't hungry because the shakes and supplements were keeping me full.
Here are my results:
Starting date = 8/9/14
Starting weight = 204.5
Starting Body fat = 22.0%
9/13/14 weight = 196.0
9/13/14 body fat = 20.7%
(I rarely took the supplements after 10/11/14 yet I kept losing weight)
12/13/14 weight = 190.0
12/13/14 body fat = 19.4%
1/25/15 weight = 187.0
1/25/15 body fat = 18.5%
My theory is that by using these supplements to shed those most problematic last 10-15 pounds I thereby increased my lean muscle mass, my metabolism sped back up and now I burn more calories doing the same activities while still eating the same types of foods. I have NOT increased my exercise and I've simply returned to eating the healthy foods (ex. mostly lean meats, hummus, sweet potatoes, greens, celery, flax crackers, oatmeal w/oat brain, apples, kiwi, almonds, pecans, turkey meatballs, chicken potstickers, almond milk, chia seeds, almond butter and other foods with a "high thermic effect"). I worried that there would be a setback or that once back on real food I might gain back some weight. Conversely, the exact OPPOSITE has occurred. I hate to say it as I'm not a huge proponent of supplements (excluding a fish oil pill, a daily multi-vitamin and whey protein) but this program worked for me. About that, there is no doubt...and for that I am grateful. The combination of my exercise changes + the Herbalife plan put me in a place I never would've thought possible when I was at my lowest in 2011.
582 of 718 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2010
I was introduced to this product by signing up for the HerbaLife Ultimate Shapeworks plan. Although I am mostly pleased with the other products in this kit, I was shocked when I carefully read the ingredient list (of course, after getting home). The second ingredient listed is sugar in the form of fructose. The protein source is from Soy which the most recent research indicates that soy is not only detrimental to your hormone/endocrine system but mostly importantly that 95% of the worlds Soy is genetically modified. You can purpose non-GM Soy products in health food stores but there is nothing to indicate that the Soy used in this product is not genetically modified. The third ingredient is Corn Bran (another highly genetically modified product). The ingredient list continues to list other fillers and additives. I was prompted to look more closely at the ingredient list after my first shake b/c the shake was WAY TOO SWEET. I am not a hater of carbohydrates but I would prefer to incorporate more complex carbs into my diet vs. simple sugars that affect insulin and blood sugar levels. After much research on internet, I was able to replace this product with a much more heathful alternative (Jay Robb Whey Protein) that uses Whey protein and contains no sugars or fillers. And the taste is much better. Now I can trade off the 26 grams of simple carbs in the Herbalife product with more satisfying complex carbs. Simplly speaking, this company (HerbaLife) started in the 80's and seems to be stuck with the 80's research that Soy is beneficial. Anyone up on current nutrition will know that Soy should be avoided.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2010
Have lost 46 lbs so far and counting - 4 more to reach my goal. WooHOOO
322 of 413 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2009
I have been on the Herbalife plan since July. I have dropped alot of weight and I feel amazing. I have been on MANY different diets throughout the years and so has my husband, and we both agree that this one makes us feel the best.
I was really nervous to try this shake mix. I had no idea what it would taste like, and I am not a fan of Diet shakes at all. I was amazed at how many recipes can be used with this shake mix. Vanilla is so versitile, and this one if my favorite of all of the Herbalife shake mixes because you can make any kind of shake with it. My favorite is white recess, YUMMMM!
What shocked me the most about this was the fact that my picky kids even love it as well. If you drink it plain with skim milk it will taste like crap, in my opinion, and you WILL have the diet shake flavor, but when you add things like fruits, sugar free pudding mixes, powdered peanut butter, spices, sugar free davinci's syrups, flavored yogurts, etc...you can create really healthy & AWESOME tasting shakes.
Some might be skeptical wondering if drinking the shakes will be enough to keep you satisfied. Will you be hungry and therefore binge during the day? I felt like I was hungry the first couple of days because I was use to eating so much more and gorging myself at almost every meal. I use the protein powder from Herbalife and add one scoop to my shake mix because I require more protein.
I found that the free fruits & veggies throughout the day along with the protein snacks really help alot as well. My favorite Herbalife products to use with this shake mix is Herbalifes Total Control which gives me lots of energy and the Celluloss which got rid of my excess fluids.
I want to make it clear that I do not sell Herbalife, this is an honest review from someone who is using the products. THEY WORK!
48 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2008
I lost almost 20 pounds just by taking herbalife nothing really worked for me, i was so desperate didn't know what to do...I even try diet pills over the counter but i always got a side effect by taking them. I'm still loosing weight from 250 pounds to 160 pounds (oh yeah baby), Like the song says I'M BRINGING SEXY BACK YEAH! Make sure to use formula 1 shake mix and 3 protein, just replace a meal if you don't eat breakfast like me drink the shake every morning ....2 scoops of shake mix and 1 scoop of protein
and you'll see results NOT KIDDING!
174 of 229 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2013
So my 19 year old niece comes to me and said "uncle I'm selling herbalife and I'm short a few points to make it to the next level and need your support, Would you buy something to help me out?" I said ok and bought the advance weight lose system after she did the health assessment. To be honest I am over weight and have tried many diets so I thought to my self it's for my nieces career the heck with weight lose. So I get this stuff a few days later and I started taking it since I paid for it already. Again thinking nothing of it. The first thing I drank was the tea, I'm not a fan of it but took it like a champ, it felt nice going down. Next I took my pills and made myself the shake, this is where I was converted. These shakes out the box are good if you mix them well in a electric blender but not anything to run home about. On my nieces advice I added a banana and a few strawberries to my two scoops of cookies and cream meal with one scoop of vanilla base protein about 6 to 10 cubes of ice to make it thick and cold, i don't use milk at all just water and OMG I love it. By adding the things I add to it I get a lot more then 8oz so I save the rest for my next shake. I can honestly say it fills me up. If you knew me you would understand that's an under statement. I would not get full in an all you can eat buffet, but this little 8oz of shake has whipped my butt...lol. It's been now 9 days and I have lost 13lbs. Was it easy the first few days? Hell no, does its get easier? Yes, do I still miss my favorite junk foods, hell yes. But by just seeing the results in such little time, plus how the program makes me feel full and the motivation of my family, I'm going to reach my goal. Again I don't sell this stuff, my niece does, I'm just sharing what my heart feels in case someone is looking for some true feedback from someone that once did not believe. Good luck and keep me in your prayers.
101 of 134 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2011
I've been on the Herbalife nutritional supplements for about 3 months now and while i am probably an extreme case due to the amount of exercise i regimented myself to; i firmly believe that Herbalife helped my body to lose over 35 lbs since the beginning of the year. After completely revamping my nutrition and exercise schedule, i take great pride in the weight i've lost. I know it is an expensive product but if you are serious about losing weight, and promoting a healthier lifestyle i stand by the product through and through.
It's not going to be easy, losing weight is slow and tedious and a culmination of good daily decisions to eat right and exercise. I, for example; ran for 45 minutes a day 5 days a week for a month (and continue to do so 3-5 days a week), while also cutting out ALL FAST FOOD, SODAS and Alcohol. After the first month of sacrifice, I've since returned to having 1-2 drinks a weekend but thats just because i love my booze! =) 4 Small Meals a day of high protein and 1 colorful balanced meal of healthy veggies, carbs and lean protein (chicken or fish) and i was on my way. I'd love to help anyone else that is interested and dedicated to changing their life like i did! Thank you Herbalife!
*****Supplemental Follow Up*****
It's been nearly 2 years now and I still have kept the weight off. I stopped taking these Supplements for about 6 Months and while my life was no different without them; I had a very Merry Christmas and gained back 10 Lbs with all of my Joyful occasions. :) I went back to where I started, ordered up 3 more Formula 1 Mixes and got back on track with my exercise regiment. 1 Month later I was 10 Lbs lighter again. This product is not magic, but it will help you to maintain a consistent eating schedule as it is just so easy to throw together a shake as an afternoon snack or meal replacement. I personally use 1 Scoop Cookies & Cream and 1 Scoop Dutch Chocolate with Almond Milk for an amazing treat (refrigerate it for 2-3 hours before enjoying if you want it thicker). Stay Determined out there, you can do it. Say no to the Office Donut, the 2nd or 3rd coffee(or energy drink), dodge the fast food drivethru and steer clear of the Vending Machines. Instead bring healthy, positive things with you all day to snack on. Nobody ever got fat on fruit's and vegggies.
30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2011
I have used this product as an energy booster and for a healthy living for several years during on and off periods, and have felt great. I love the flavor especially of the Cookies & Cream and Capuccino, but vanilla and cocoa are very good too. This summer I used if to loose weight after childbirth and lost almost 10 pounds without much effort, also accompanied by the protein (formula 3), multivitamin complex and Fiber&Herbs (Salvado y Hierbas in Spanish). Everyone told me I was looking great on the beach!
I am a fan of all herbalife products in general and have studied in depth the compnay's history, philosophy, products, etc. They are natural and scientifically created and tested by a honored team of MD and scientists of UCLA, one of them Nobel prize winner (Dr. Louis Ignarro). So to the guy that had an issue with soy protein and thought Herbalife was stuck in the 80`,- that`s not the case dude.
I want to clarify that I am not a Herbalife seller neither part of their Multilevel Marketing scheme. I`ve just had the chance to try their products and have loved them, their cosmentic products as well. Such a pitty that in Europe they are far more expensive that in the USA!
139 of 189 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2011
I have been taking Herbalife products for about two yrs now. The first time I took them, I would eat a regular breakfast, lunch and shake for dinner. I am 5ft4in and weighed 190 lbs when I started taking them. Within six months I was down to 145lbs have felt great and maintained the weight lost! I went from a size 16 to a size 8! People that I had not seen in a while didn't even recognize me anymore!! The shake is delicious and I look forward to drinking it! Also, the herbal concentrate tea is also yummy and it gives me tons of energy, something I surely need by the evening when I have a messy house to clean and three kids to bathe, change and get ready for bed! It also helped me not be constipated, which I suffer from. Best of all I dont get any nasty side effects. I have tried phenthermine recently only because my sister in law works at a weight loss clinical and recommended it to me, all i can say is I did lose weight but felt AWFUL the wohle time I was taking them!! I became tachycardic (very fast heart rate), hypertensive (I have NEVER had a BP of 138/95 ever!), insomnia, migraines, dizzines, and almost passed out a couple of time, NO THANKS!!
Therefore I am sticking to Herbalife! Its a great product and it works to keep you full, lose weight, and feel great at the same time. The only reason why I gave it 4 stars is because the products are pretty expensive!! Wish that would be different :(