The Herbalife Diet is a modern way of complex weight loss using the product line of the American Company Herbalife. Manufacturers themselves do not consider their developments to be medicine. These are dietary supplements designed to nourish body cells. All components of dietary mixtures and cocktails are clearly balanced, contain herbal extracts, vitamin complex, amino acids, mineral salts.
Despite the distrustful attitude towards dietary supplements, Herbalife products help to improve mental activity, normalize metabolism, stabilize the digestive tract, strengthen immunity, cleanse the intestines and correct the figure. They maintain normal water balance throughout the day, speed up metabolism, promote fat burning, and in combination with physical activity and proper nutrition help to reduce weight.
Dietary supplements: benefit, harm or placebo
Herbalife supplements include plant extracts, soy granules, herbal extracts, vitamins, macro- and microelements, protein concentrate. According to official data, they do not contain narcotic, toxic and other dangerous substances for the human body. The harm to products is rather based on the wrong judgments of unscrupulous representatives of the Company, who give completely ill-considered advice that poses a danger to health. So, unfortunate legends appeared about the healing power of Herbalife against diseases of the endocrine system, oncology. Self-proclaimed healers are a threat to the people who believed them.
Benefit from the use of dietary supplements is observed only in those patients who perfectly fulfill all the conditions for losing weight.
Fundamental principles for weight loss with Herbalife products: reduce calories of the daily diet by 30% of the norm, drink plenty of water (3- 4 liters per day), take all the necessary elements, vitamins and nutrients, lead a healthy lifestyle, exercise.
Weight loss programs
Depending on the goals pursued, there are four options for reducing body weight: basic, extended, complete, stabilizing. Let's take a closer look at what each program is.
Variations of weight loss schemes:
- Basic. The main objective of this program is to saturate with nutrients that the body receives less in the process of following a dietary diet. The principle of the basic scheme is to simultaneously replace one / two meals with protein shakes.
The program includes: "Formula 1" - 3 packs, "Formula 2" - 1 pack, "Formula 3" - 2 packs. This is a good start to the weight loss process.
- Extended. It is a basic scheme, supplemented by Herbalife products that cleanse the body. These include: "Cell-u-loss", activated fiber, cell activator, cleansing program - 1 pack each. New ingredients optimize metabolism, help restore fat and water balance. This scheme is recommended to practice for the second month of the fight against excess weight.
- Complete. It is used after the excess volume has practically left the body, and the correct eating habits have already been formed. To achieve the ideal effect, the Herbalife diet suggests including foods that stimulate additional burning of fats in the menu. Of course, for these purposes, sources of vigor and energy will be needed. The full program is recommended for use in the third month of weight loss and includes all products of the extended scheme with the addition of NRG, Thermo Complit, Thermojetics tablets, 1 pack each.
- Stabilizing. Suitable for those people who have achieved the desired result and want to consolidate the result for a long time. The main idea of the program is to gradually introduce a second meal into the menu, followed by a second portion of the cocktail. In fact, the drink from Herbalife is first left as dinner, and later taken instead of breakfast. The stabilizing program includes "Formula 1" - 2 packs, "Formula 2", "Cell Activator", "NRG" tablets - 1 pack each.
The Herbalife diet is an effective alternative to trendy weight loss methods that allows you not only to lose weight, but to get in shape.
The standard duration of each program is one month. At the same time, the terms of its use and the ingredient composition can be supplemented or changed depending on the individual characteristics of the organism. The most preferred treatment regimen is selected by a nutritionist.
Description of the main products
Herbalife is a nutrition system based on natural components of plant origin. Under the conditions of consumption, dietary supplements help to lose weight, improve well-being, normalize digestion and improve the body.
- Formula 1 protein shake. It is an essential component of all Herbalife programs. The drink serves as a complete source of protein (16 g per serving) and fiber necessary to normalize metabolic reactions occurring in the body, which contribute to the normalization of weight.
To prepare a protein shake, 30-45 g of the powder mixture is mixed with 250 ml of water, juice, milk, drinking yogurt or kefir. With the resulting drink, you can replace 2 meals (which ones - at your own discretion, losing weight), while not feeling hungry.
In addition to protein, one serving of the shake contains saturated and unsaturated fats, slowly and rapidly digested carbohydrates, vitamins A, B, E, C, D, calcium caseinate, potassium chloride, lecithin, dandelion root, parsley, papaya oat milk. Energy value - 190 kcal.
Interestingly, "Formula 1" can be used in sports to gain weight. In addition, plant-based protein is widely popular among vegetarians and people who observe religious fasts.
- Multivitamin complex "Formula 2". The main purpose of this product is to replenish the deficiency of useful nutrients in the body, the lack of which leads to metabolic disorders and the appearance of excess weight. The most common causes of vitamin deficiency are: chronic diseases, unbalanced nutrition and the use of low-quality products from an environmental point of view.
"Formula 2" contains vitamins A, D, E, C, B1, B2, B5, B6, B9, B12, PP, H, paraaminobenzoic acid, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, iodine, copper, manganese ], chromium, selenium, zinc, potassium, mung beans, black sesame seeds, echinacea, ginger, Fennel Seed, Garlic, Black Walnut, Hawthorn Berries, Gotu Kola, Couch Grass. Due to the balanced composition, the supplement normalizes the functioning of the body, has a tonic, tonic, anti-inflammatory effect. In addition to normalizing metabolism, the multivitamin complex improves digestion, stimulates blood circulation, slows down the formation of proteases, and supports the functioning of the nervous system.
Dosing regimen: 1 tablet 3 times a day with meals.
- Formula 3 Protein Blend. The product contains high quality soy and whey proteins necessary for weight loss and muscle building. The mixture is easily digestible and provides energy for a long time.
- Cell-u-loss tablets. This is a herbal complex based on iron, vitamin C, corn pistils, hydrangeas, juniper berries, kelp. The dietary supplement removes excess fluid from the tissues, smoothes loose areas of the dermis, and restores the natural water balance.
- Activated fiber. Reduces the absorption of fats that enter the digestive tract with food. This is a mixture of various types of fiber that “carry out” toxins from the body, give a feeling of satiety for a long time, which minimizes snacking between meals.
- Cellular activator. BAA which includes zinc, manganese, copper, malic and salts of citric acids, cayenne pepper, chlorella powder, cordyceps, rhodiola ], lactoferrin, vitamins B1, B2, B6. The cellular activator helps the body to assimilate useful substances, adds vitality, and has a cleansing effect on the body.
- "NRG" tablets. This is a tonic supplement based on natural guarana, the principle of which is aimed at raising vitality, acquiring a charge of vivacity and maintaining efficiency throughout the day. It is an excellent alternative to coffee for people leading a healthy lifestyle.
- Tablets "Thermo Complete". The main purpose of the product is to optimize the weight loss process. Thermo Complete suppresses hunger, stimulates fat burning at the cellular level, and speeds up metabolism.
- Slimming drink "Thermojetics". The main components of the composition are the extract of green tea, mallow and lemon peel. The drink stimulates digestion, energizes, breaks down fats, creates a feeling of satiety, resists "jumps" of insulin in the blood, controls the level of glucose.
It is interesting that after passing the course of losing weight and at the same time improving the body, the skin becomes clear, becomes smooth and elastic.
Menu for every day
The Herbalife diet provides for five meals a day, produced strictly by the hour.
The first dose is recommended immediately after waking up. Drink on an empty stomach with Herbal Aloe concentrate dissolved in plain water, and after half an hour - a Formula 1 cocktail based on whey, mineral water or skim milk.
Thermojetics tea is recommended 30 minutes before the next meal.
The second meal is an Herbalife protein bar and any fruit/vegetable.
As a standard, half an hour before lunch and dinner, you should drink a glass of pure water or Thermojetics tea.
The third meal is fresh/stewed vegetables, lean fish/meat (bran bread, cottage cheese with sour cream, sweet fruit).
The fourth meal is a protein bar and any fruit.
One hour after the meal, it is worth drinking a cup of water.
Meal 5 (before bed) consists of Herbalife Nutritional Shake with fresh/frozen berries.
Despite the paucity of the menu, the diet does not require colossal labor and preparation. The first results become noticeable after 3 days after following a low-calorie diet. The main thing is to start the process of losing weight, to give the body time to change from a regular diet to a dietary one.
Allowed and prohibited foods
Herbalife's dietary secret is to reduce the amount of carbohydrates on the menu by increasing the content of high-quality protein. Proteins supply the building blocks for neurotransmitters, hormones, support muscle mass, supply the body with the necessary elements for its constant renewal. According to clinical studies, it has been established that weight loss is accelerated if the vast majority of incoming calories are of protein origin.
Foods allowed include:
- tofu, soy milk;
- fresh fish, seafood;
- kefir, cottage cheese;
- low-fat cheeses with a carbohydrate content not exceeding 4 g;
- egg whites, asparagus;
- grape seed oil, avocado, flax, evening primrose;
- beef and pork ;
- lentils, beans, lettuce, herbs, grapefruit ;
- chicken, turkey skinless.
- animal by-products;
- fatty cheeses, yogurt, sweetened milk;
- processed meats: sausages, smoked fish, pastrami, bacon, sausage, ham ;
- avocado, chips;
- products made from wheat flour ;
- watermelon, dates ;
- rice, semolina, beer, sweet soda;
- coconut and butter.
When following the Herbalife diet, a person's well-being improves, sleep becomes stronger, fatigue decreases, working capacity increases, energy appears. The technique guarantees 100% results. After a month of following the diet, you can become 3-5 kg lighter.
Remember, weight will go away gradually and as painlessly as possible for the body if you follow the fundamental principles of weight loss.
Side effects and contraindications
therefore, people with allergies, nervous disorders and diseases of the cardiac system should stop taking them.
- high blood pressure;
- disruption of the endocrine system;
- previous stroke, heart attack;
- chronic pancreatitis, cholecystitis ;
- tendency to constipation ;
- diabetes mellitus;
- increased levels of stress;
- stomach ulcer.
Herbalife's slimming products contain ephedrine and amphetamines, which are both addictive. These chemical elements speed up the metabolism, develop a sense of dependence.
Possible side effects during and after the course of diet therapy: reduced stress resistance, emotional instability (irritability, depression), a sharp jump in the level of female hormones in the blood of men, exacerbation of chronic, cardiovascular diseases.
Before going on a diet, you should consult your doctor.
The principles of successful weight loss
First of all, you need to monitor the dynamics of weight change. To do this, you need to weigh yourself every 2-3 days, measure your volumes and record the data in a table.
Secondly, you should be aware that the Herbalife diet will not bring quick results. The body will gradually rebuild, adapt to a new diet, which means that the weight will go away slowly.
Thirdly, you need to reduce your inactivity to a minimum. When exercising, muscle mass burns more calories than fat mass. Exercises on the treadmill should last 1 hour. Do not sit in front of the TV and computer for more than 45 minutes. Intense walking is useful, in which a person begins to sweat heavily after 50 minutes. It is at this moment that the body of a losing weight burns the most calories.
Fourth, you can't be lazy and feel sorry for yourself. First of all, it is worth remembering that you are at the stage of weight loss, the struggle for a slim figure, when you cannot give up and compromise with yourself. The result will depend on the amount of effort put in.
Fifth, observe the water regime. With insufficient intake of clean fluid, intoxication of the body begins, constipation, fatigue, dizziness occur. To remove toxins and toxins, as well as maintain the water-salt balance, you should drink 3 to 4 liters of water daily.
Protein shakes, bars, tablets from Herbalife are products for improving well-being and normalizing weight. Manufacturers claim that dietary supplements are absolutely safe to use and have high efficiency rates.
To lose weight, it is not enough just to eat right, you need to exercise regularly, move more, keep the water regime, nourish the body with nutrients. Only with an integrated approach can the desired result be achieved - minus 4-7 kg in 4-6 weeks.
Remember, a beautiful body is the result of working on yourself, fat deposits will never start to go away if you do not make an effort, and muscles and relief will not appear if you do not perform minimal physical activity.
The Herbalife diet is a low-calorie protein weight loss method that provides 5 meals a day by the hour: breakfast (07.00-08.00), snack (10.00-11.00), lunch (13.00-14.00), snack (16.00-17.00), dinner (19.00-20.00). The advantage of a protein diet is the rapid saturation of the body, which satisfies the feeling of hunger for a long time and the stomach “does not ask for food” until the next meal.
The main assistants in the fight for a slim figure: Formula 1 cocktail, Formula 2 vitamin complex, Formula 3 mixture, Cell-u-loss and NRG tablets, “ Thermo Complete, Thermojetics drink, cell activator, activated fiber.
There are four Herbalife weight loss programs: basic, advanced, complete, and stabilizing. Which of the chosen schemes to give preference to or go through each stage sequentially depends on the state of health, the amount of excess weight and the individual characteristics of the body. To determine the ideal method of losing weight, it is recommended to seek the help of a personal nutritionist.
- Herbalife – Clinical studies