Herbalife 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
|Quickstart Protein Plushas above with 750g Shake Mix (instead of 550g) +:
||Advanced Protein Plus has Quickstart Protein Pluscomponents +:
||Ultimate Protein Plus has Advanced Protein Pluscomponents +:
Sample ShapeWorks™ Meal Plan
|Breakfast and Lunch:
(approx. 29g protein)
(approx. 30-40g protein)
|Snack:(approx. 12g protein)||
|GRILLED CITRUS SNAPPER (2 servings)|
|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
*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
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.
|CHOCOLATE – MINT SHAKE|
|2½ tbsp/37ml||Meal Replacement (French )Vanilla|
|1/3 cup/75ml||Skim milk|
|¼ cup/60 ml||Herbal Aloe drink|
|2 drops||Mint extract|
Here’s another sample recipe.
|PEANUT BUTTER PIE|
|1 cup/250ml||Meal Replacement (Dutch chocolate or French Vanilla)|
|2½ cups/625ml||Skim milk|
|1 package||White chocolate sugar-free instant pudding mix|
|¼ cup/60ml||Peanut butter|
|1||Ready made chocolate pie crust, 8″/20x20cm|
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.
Herbalife.com – Official Homepage of Herbalife
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