By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

herbalifeHerbalife is a company founded in 1980 which sells Herbalife products for weight-loss and health through multi-level marketing (MLM) distributorships. The weight loss program called ShapeWorks™, and associated weight-loss products, are reviewed here.

Also available from Herbalife distributors are targeted health/nutrition products (specifically for heart, digestion, stress, men, women, etc, as well as skin, hair, fragrances etc). They recently released a line of their best workout supplements called 24 Hour Fitness Support.

Herbalife Weight Loss Program – ShapeWorks™

The ShapeWorks™ program is available for weight loss or weight maintenance in several variations (‘quickstart’, ‘advanced‘, ‘ultimate’, and with each of these ‘protein plus’), at regular prices ranging from $US85 to $US210 (discounted prices are available). The program personalizes daily protein intake for your body’s individual needs, with the aim that you feel full, satisfied and energized as you lose your unwanted weight. Included is a seven-day recommended meal plan.

The amount of weight-loss aimed for, and your physical make-up as well as your attitude to pushing towards your objective, will determine how soon you reach it and the extent that the ongoing cost of reordering supplies will mount up. The initial pack will last perhaps 11 to 15 days at the recommended rate of consumption.

The program features a daily plan of

  • a single healthy meal with plenty of fruit & vegetables
  • 2 meal-replacement shakes tailored to your protein needs, and protein snacks to promote metabolism and reduce hunger
  • supplements to enhance health and cell nutrition
    by helping reduce fluid retention, boosting metabolism and building energy, increasing intake of essential nutrients and curbing appetite

Herbalife Weight Loss Products supplied with ShapeWorks™

Herbalife Shake Mixes: come in a variety of flavors, and contain up to 20 essential vitamins and minerals as well as health-enhancing herbs and 9g of soy protein, as well as being a healthy source of fiber.

Herbalife Herbal Concentrate: Low-calorie tea-mix for a tasty and healthy alternative to coffee and sodas –
comes in several flavors and includes selected herbs and green tea for its thermogenic and antioxidant properties.

Herbalife Multivitamin Complex: A daily multivitamin and mineral supply, plus selected herbs, to maintain health of bones, skin, hair and the immune system, and promote overall well-being and long-term good health.

Herbalife Cell Activator: Essential nutrients, plus selected botanicals, to improved nutrient absorption and support cellular energy production and stamina.

Herbalife Protein Powder: a blend of unflavored whey and soy protein powder, that is mixed in shakes, soups and sauces to help maintain lean muscle mass and reduce hunger.

Herbalife Cell U Loss®: A supplement to help reduce fluid accumulation in the body, shown for example in dimpled skin which may form when fatty tissues in certain parts of the body accumulate fluid and wastes.

Herbalife Total Control®: A herbal enhancer that works at the cellular level to promote weight loss. Boosts fat-burning metabolism, and builds energy and soothes digestion. Contains green tea extract with yerba maté, ginger and other selected herbs.

Herbalife Snack Defense™: A weight-management supplement that works all day to reduce the desire for sweets while lowering the between-meals ‘snacking’ urge.

ShapeWorks™ Program Components




  • Nutritional Shake Mix (550g)
  • Multivitamin ComplexCell Activator
  • Herbal Concentrate Original (50g)
Quickstartcomponents +:

  • Cell-U-Loss®
  • Total Control®
Advancedcomponents +:

  • Snack Defense™
  • Sampler Pack of snack items: 4 Bars (different flavors), 4 Roasted Soy Nuts, 4 Beverage Mix packets (2 flavors), 2 Creamy Chicken Soup.
Quickstart Protein Plushas above with 750g Shake Mix (instead of 550g) +:

  • Personalized Protein Powder
Advanced Protein Plus has Quickstart Protein Pluscomponents +:

  • Cell-U-Loss®
  • Total Control®
Ultimate Protein Plus has Advanced Protein Pluscomponents +:

  • Snack Defense™
  • Sampler Pack

Sample ShapeWorks™ Meal Plan

Breakfast and Lunch:

  • meal replacement
  • cup of herbal tea concentrate
  • multivitamins (1 tablet)

(approx. 29g protein)

Meal Replacement

  • 25g Shake Mix
  • 375 ml 1% M.F. milk or soy milk
  • 12 g (2 tbsp) Protein Powder – add more based on your needs
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit
  • blend well

  • meal
  • dessert (1cup fresh or frozen fruit)
  • multivitamins (1 tablet)

(approx. 30-40g protein)


  • 4+ cups of salad
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) rice- or wine-vinegar or nonfat salad dressing
  • 85-170g/3-6oz fish, skinless chicken, lean red meat or soy-meat substitute, cooked by non-fat means
  • 2+ cups mixed vegetables
Snack:(approx. 12g protein)
  • 1 cup cut, raw vegetables
  • Soup (Cream of Chicken Mix) or Protein Bar or Roasted Soy Nuts or Protein Drink (Wild Berry or Peach Mango Mix)
  • Individuals weighing over 100Kg/220pounds or wanting to lose 23Kg/50pounds or more may add one extra tablespoon of Protein Powder to their shakes. Also, men may have two snacks a day if hungry and weight-loss goals permit.
  • Replace 1 meal a day (instead of 2) to just maintain your weight.
  • Take advantage of all available flavors of shake and drink mixes.
  • Drinking water is important.
  • Exercise several times a week.

Sample Meal

Ingredients:¼ cup bottled citrus marinade¼ cup green onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp minced fresh ginger root

1 pound red snapper filets

  • Prepare marinade by combining the first four ingredients in a bowl.
  • Then pour marinade over snapper, flesh side down, and let set for 15 minutes.
  • Prepare grill.
  • Remove snapper from marinade and pat dry. Season snapper with salt and pepper.
  • Grill skin side down on an oiled rack set five-six inches over glowing coals for four minutes. Place lid on the grill to cover, grilling snapper until just cooked through for another four minutes.*
  • Carefully transfer snapper with a metal spatula to a platter and remove skin before serving.
  • Serve with steamed asparagus tossed with lemon and garlic.

*NOTE: Alternatively, snapper may be grilled in a hot, well-seasoned grill pan with a lid over moderate heat.

Nutrient Analysis per Serving:Calories: 285Protein: 48 grams

Carbohydrates: 12 grams

Fat: 3 grams

Look for other meal ideas here.

Meal Replacement (Shakes) Variations

With up to 30 meals in every ShapeWorks™ meal replacement container, the shakes can be used to make lots of variations, for drinks and for snacks (muffins, cookies, bars and pies). Here are two examples.

2½ tbsp/37mlMeal Replacement (French )Vanilla
1/3 cup/75mlSkim milk
¼ cup/60 mlHerbal Aloe drink
4-6Ice cubes
2 dropsMint extract
  • Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
1 cup/250mlMeal Replacement (Dutch chocolate or French Vanilla)
2½ cups/625mlSkim milk
1 packageWhite chocolate sugar-free instant pudding mix
¼ cup/60mlPeanut butter
1Ready made chocolate pie crust, 8″/20x20cm
  • Mix Meal Replacement and milk together.
  • Add pudding and peanut butter mix well and pour into crust.
  • Chill one hour.
  • Add fat free, non-dairy whipped topping.

Is ShapeWorks™ suitable for everyone?

Weight loss programs like this, while effective for many, are not necessarily suitable for all. Although the program supplies at least 1000 calories daily and is nutritionally complete, there is a heavy reliance on Herbalife powders and pills. The suggested rate of weight loss (up to 3.5Kg/7½ pounds weekly) is too high for most people to sustain. In addition, reliance on a specific product does not teach healthy, lifelong eating habits. Maintaining a successful healthy lifestyle is a long-term thing that extends beyond the program itself, so you need to continue lifelong habits of good nutrition, fitness, and exercise.

The Herbalife ShapeWorks Weight Loss Program may become costly when adding the ongoing additional expenses of meal replacement shakes and supplements to your initial outlay to join the program of your choice. Conversely, making a large financial commitment might help to stay motivated.

See also

Herbalife.com – Official Homepage of Herbalife

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
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  • Pooja Jain

    Hi i m pooja jain i hv badly cheated last few 2 mnth by ayurvedic product n i have not lose a weight …… i hv hypothyroid problem my weight is putting day by day one neigh anty suggested me for herbal produt plzzzzz suggest me also herbal product it really works in weight loss … i want to lose weight in 1 mnth upto 10 to 12 kg ….

  • lucky

    I hv been badly cheated by the one who sold me herbalife products, he offered me 40 % discount on MRP,if i buy 4 months products together from him, i went for the option, later when i called that person for the diet plan so the mobile went switched off, i tried n tried but no response, from someone else i came to know that he was winding his business n wanna retain his investments, oh my god, what a shit man, there were tears in my eyes i ₹30000, out of which i borrowed 80% from a friend, i m a mother of 2 little kids, 31 years old, 5 feet tall, n standing at 92 kgs of weight, i already was spending everyday wid tears as i hv severe pain in my feet, n now the tears r coz of other reason, is there anyone who can help, i hv many many boxes of different sizes, different names.. Plz help if someone can, thank you…

    • XXX

      you can contact the HQ herbalife and ask them for help, thy can track him and close his account. good luck

    • parvinder singh

      I know the herbalife diet. I will help u contact me on this no 8059307200

  • Arati

    You must trust before you start any program. May it be Herbalife or normal exercise & Diet regime. Following it up in a scheduled manner will definately gives one the desired result.

    I had tried all the possible methods to loose weight. But nothing worked out.

    Then I got introduced to “HERBALIFE”. Its been a third month ongoing. I follow the mentioned diet & water intake. Its working amazingly. I lost 6.5 kiloes in two months. Very very rarely I cheat.

    I am feeling great & certainly going to continue till I achieve the desired result.

    Thank you

  • Vids

    Hey, I am going to start my Herbal program from tomorrow. wish me luck!

    I am planning to replace my 2 meals ( breakfast and Dinner) with F-1 +F-3 milk shake. Lunch is going to normal one with lots of salad. I am also going to take Multi vitamin, cell u lose , activated fiber and cell activator tablets 3 times a day.

    Do correct me if I am wring.

    regards, Vidya

  • Karunesh

    I just finished the 90 day challenge and I tell you herbal life works provided you don’t cheat. I lost around 45 lbs in 90 days. Take the instructions from your coach seriously and just follow the plan and it will work. yes it does take time to adjust to new eating habit faster you get use to it the better results one can get. Me and my wife both joined together and we have achieved amazing results.

  • melisa

    HI, i just joined ULTIMATE PROGRAM,

    could anyone please tell me the best way to do it ?
    i mean when should i having my pill/tablet? could you please list them in order.

    thank you hepas

    • Magda

      Hi, there, I am a Wellness Coach, can I ask where do you get your herbalife products from?
      Your coach should have explained everything to you.
      email me if you have any questions about this.
      Tablets are to be used before your shakes, preferably 20 min before or so.
      Hope this helps

      • Ana

        I don’t have a coach, I want to know what to take and when to take it and how? I am 40lbs overweight

    • Krissie

      Hi Melisa. My name is Krissie and I am a Herbalife Distributer and I have been taking Herbalife for a while now and I can help you. I am actually about to start a 30 day challenge with a few other women and going to help some start their fitness journey and help others continue theirs. I will be in the challenge as well as I am on my own fitness journey. If you are interested or have any questions on herbalife products or how to take them or anything please feel free to contact me I am always here to help. Krissie :)

      • Christine

        Hi, im doing herbalife since 2 days ago, but honestly i don’t trust my distributor that much. i’ve been told to consume all the tablets which are multivitamin, fiber, activator and cellulos (2 tablets because they ran out of lipo) 3 times a day, and mix the aloe, nrg, herbal concentrate with 1.5 liters of water and drink it all day + i have to drink 2 liters of water daily.
        honestly the mixing tea quiet difficult for me, instead of full (comfortable full) feeling, i feel bloat.
        And i accidentally read that the cellu should be taken before meal.
        i really need advice about consuming herbalife. need help pleasee ,,
        thanks before

      • http://www.everydiet.org ted

        Remember that your distributer sells herbalife to make money. The more you buy, the more he makes. In any event I think these products are a waste of money. There is no legitimate evidence that their weight loss products produce better results than someone on a low calorie healthy diet including a lot of fresh vegetables and fruit.

  • v.hariharan

    before taking herbalife, I have sugar problem and 108kgs weight.I am taking herbalife from may13. Now I reduce 20kgs and I don”t have the sugar problem

  • Shilpa

    I lost 12 kg in 2 months.since last week m not losing weight. Double shake daily with suppliments multivitamins, activated fiber, cell uloss.pls guide me to lose weight.

  • annakie

    what is the impact of herbal life shakes on kidneys.

    • Rene

      NO negative impact on the kidneys. Herbalife shakes are food – the best nutrition you’ll get in one glass. 100% safe for your body.
      Herbalife have 60 of THE BEST doctors working for them, doing tests and developing their products.

      Just a thought: Have you ever asked the question what impact a McDonalds burger/other junk food have on your kidneys with all the sodium in there?

  • pretty

    I started on july 18 2013.. its almost a month and i have lost Only 2 Kg.. Im irregular in Timings I have My Shake ? This Could Be A reason ?

    • Graham

      Hi Pretty
      I have come across this before If you take the program as told to you when you purchased it you will get results what I would do is adjust the way you structure your day for eg

      1 Breakfast one nutritional shake F1
      2 around 11am healthy snack fruit or nuts for eg
      3 lunch one nutritional shake F1
      4 around 3 pm healthy snack
      5 Dinner healthy meal plenty of veg make it colorful we eat with our eyes

      there may be a need to look at your protein needs but dnt worry it is all fixable plus you also need to drink water through the day allot of times we think we are hungry and our body needs water this is because our brain can not differentiate between hunger for solid food and hunger for water therefor it sends the same signal the way to overcome this is to understand weather the hunger came on fast or over a period of time if fast drink water it will subside if the second option try a snack hope this helped.

  • Anna

    Hi.. I’m in my 5th day of using herbalife shake,aloe and tea.. I’m in fasting I can only eat during dinner and early morning.. My coach told me to drink shake before eating.. I’m a rice eater but when I started in herbalife in only eat less a cup of brown rice Anf fish. I’m always constipated I drink plenty of water and eat fruits and veggies..

  • sardarmal c. suthar

    I have been served a 10 days harbal diet .and lost my weight by 5 kg.
    This is a surprise.I want to continue this till a miniumum stable wt.

  • patrick

    i am confused regarding the water intake….my sponsor told me i must drink 70% of my weight…… my weight is 72 kg….. if 70% of 72 kg = 54 kg…..then he told me i have to take 5.4 liter. when i went to Nutrition club..some told me they drink 10L per day and another person told me 22L per day. I think this is dangerous..coz i have read..to much water can cause death….hope someone can explain to me…thank you

    • yogesh ahuja

      you need only 1 liter water on every 20 kg weight for maintain and 1 liter extra for weight loss thats fine

    • Ajeet vikram b sing

      Just use water only… your Weight divide by 20

      means if u r 72 kgs
      it means 72 divide by 20 is equal to 3.6 liters water only

    • poonam

      @ patrick you can take only 3 nd half litr of water….. we suggest 1 litr water for every 20 kg…… and u r 72 ..so u have to tak only 3 nd half litr water

  • sushila

    i use 1 mth cell activater aloe vera tab shake twice cellulose acti fibre.there is no wt loss.only 1 or 1.5 kg. what to do for fast result,plz help.

  • sandeep

    hi want to use herbalife but i am doubleminded now plz help me to take desion

  • Jaslyn

    This is what I am having currently:

    Breakfast: 1 spoon of formula 1, 300ml of milk/soymilk

    Lunch: Normal (but I try to cut down on rice/noodle etc)

    Dinner: 1.5 spoon of formula 1, 300ml of milk/soymilk

    Can anyone tell me if I am on the right track?

    • Rene

      You need to do 2 scoops of F1 shake per meal, with 250ml milk top up with water to 300ml if you like.

      Remember your 1 piece of fruit mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
      Also your minimum of 2 litre of water per day.

      Let your health coach determine your needed protein intake and make sure you get to your protein target – this is key!

      Email me if you need further help, or get back to your health coach.







  • jrob

    If I have a shake morning and lunch times, made with fruit juice and frozen berries, for dinner il have a healthy meal with lots of veg, and ill have 2 snacks a day, a yogurt or fruit. Ill have between 2-3 litres of water a day. I only take the powder for weight loss, no othesupplements. I will try walk 1hour a day and am starting ’30 day shred’, my question iscan I lose 14 pounds in 9 days?

  • Angela

    Hi I am currently on day 5 of herbalife products and doing ok, only prob is tiredness is this ok and does it get better i have read reviews and people have said that they feel more energetic, I am yet to feel this.

  • Afreen

    M started this product last 9 days before but no weight reduce plz help me m 67 kilo want to reduce 8 plz guide me hiw ti use this product m doing workout and walking

  • Stephanie

    You have to use the F1 powder with the protein drink mix. This is the only way I feel full. Plus it took me 2-3 weeks to get used to drinking shakes and not eating (munching) on meals. My brain wanted me to eat more bc I was used to chewing food not slurping down a shake. I have been doing herbalife now for 6 weeks and it is so easy now. I crave the shakes now and I stay full.

  • Amy

    Lauren, in your shake, you should be having 2 tablespoons of shake or 35 g. You are also allowed two snacks, so something like a piece of fruit and then a herbalife protein snack bar or almonds. For dinner, make sure you are getting enough protein and then lots of veg. Add some wholegrain carbs like brown rice if you feel you need it. Give your body a few days to adjust to its new level of calories. I felt hungry for the first week and eventually my body adjusted. Hunger is ok! Also, dont forget the old trick of getting lots of water, hunger and thrist are often confused by the body. Best of luck!

  • Ethan

    you have to make your shakes as thick as possible, use banans,ice,berries peanut butter,or berries

  • Lauren

    Hi, I started herbalife 2 days ago and I’m really struggling with it. The shakes don’t fill me up at all. I’m not taking any of the vitamins etc as that plan was much more expensive and I cannot afford it. So my plan is 250ml milk with 2 tbsp of the F1 powder for breakfast and lunch and then a healthy dinner. During the day I still feel so hungry and I’m really trying not to give in! Also in the evening I feel like snacking. Has anyone got any advice?

    • mike

      You must add protein to your shakes i cant stress enpugh on how important protein is in your diet. Protein will he. lp u feel full longer and also adding my suggestion, fiber powder to the shake. Water water water and more water nothing else. And high protein low carb low fat fish/chicken and not farmed raised fish no omega 3 peppers onions garlic and veggies an fruit n exercise 3 to 4 times a week and in 5 mouths i lost 55 pound s 250 to 195. Everyonesdfferent but are bodies all require the same things nutriention wise. Keep your head up

    • Marcella

      I started a couple days ago and I too am struggling! My daughter has used and is currently using this diet and I just told her that I am hungrier than before starting the diet. I also could not afford the other plan supplements so I am not sure of what to do

  • haripriya

    hi.. i now 21 years weighs 108kgs. i’m using herbalife for past 2 weeks and i lost 2kgs. i’m having the tea and shake 2 times a day with a healthy meal.can u pls help me about weight loss plans to lose weight faster..

    • Sheryl

      speak to your Herbalife coach for the information you need. It is possible to lose 5kg in a week if you don’t cheat. Look at what you are putting in your healthy meal and check how much water you are drinking. I lost 5kg in a week. Have you checked your measurements against what they were when you started as I have lost 40cm of body fat overall and can now do my jeans up. Good luck and stick with it.

      • shamuga priya

        how u reduce 5 kg in a week.i reduced only 1 kg a week.can u tell me ur diet plan and how much water u drink.and i take only formula
        1 and 3 ,didn’t take multivitamin,cell u loss etc.

  • vicks

    hey guys i ve been taking herbalife for sum time..it does help…bt i need a proper guide line of food…i realise if ppl stop taking rice tey tend to lose weight fast compare to those who still taking rice….can anyone guide me bout food to eat..?

    • Nicole

      I’ve read up about rice in diets, and it’s not that eating rice makes you lose less weight, it’s the time of day in which you eat the rice.
      Rice is a complicated carb, and takes more energy for it to break down. I’m not an expert on it really, but my advice would be to have the meal with rice in the morning only.
      I’ve been on diets before, and it really does make a difference at what time of day you eat the rice. I noticed I loose 4-5 lbs more a month from eating rice (with diets that include rice) in the morning than in the afternoon or at dinner time.
      I’m 149 lbs at 5’6″, and I still eat rice in the morning (instead of cereal)
      If you have any more questions about the rice thing or just think I’m full off bull, check out Dr. Oz’s site, I did his diet with rice in the morning.
      I’ve also done Herballife before, I recommend both, they both work :)
      Hope this helps!

  • yashashree shelke

    i am 93 kg tell me how to loose weight fast i am taking herble life products from months i feel good energetic but no weight loss i think only inch loss kindly suggest plan

    • Nicole

      Honestly, keep doing the diet, just start to walk or even lift weights (and by weights, I mean cans of soup). It could just be because you need to become more active– and if you are already active, be MORE active.
      I used to promote body by Vi and the biggest challenge people had was once they stopped losing weight, they’d stop the diet, even though they still had a month left– people who stuck it out started losing weight again.
      Remeber in every diet, there will be a point in which you will see a dramatic decrease in the speed where you lose weight.
      And if it’s inch loss, you’re doing everything right. Your body is building muscle at this point in the diet while burning fat. Kepp it up sounds like your doing really well

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  • Sandra

    I lost 45kg with Herbalife!

    • peetu

      Hi how long did it take you to lose your weight

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