โญ•๏ธ๐ŸšซWhy Herbalife gives us the heebie jeebiesโญ•๏ธ๐Ÿšซ

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Herbalife is a popular meal-replacement programme that swaps proper meals for low calorie shakes, drinks and soups. The name โ€œHerbalifeโ€ itself might imply that this is a holistically sound and sustainable diet- but donโ€™t let the fancy name fool you.

๐ŸƒSince the Herbalife diet replaces whole meals with low calorie alternatives- you are of course likely to lose weight. Social media sites and blogs are also crammed with โ€˜amazingโ€™ testimonials from โ€œHerbalife Nutritional Consultants”. The majority of these individuals are not trained accredited nutritionists or dietitians, and are therefore NOT qualified to give nutritional advice.

๐ŸŒฟIn fact, worryingly, FTF found that one such โ€˜consultantโ€™ wrongly advised a new mum on Mumsnet that she could safely continue the extreme low-calorie diet whilst breastfeeding. This dangerous advice highlights why you should be cautious about who you take nutritional advice from.

๐ŸƒAfter a quick scroll through their website, we were introduced to the โ€˜Nutrition Advisory Boardโ€™. Donโ€™t let the title of โ€œDoctorโ€ or lots of letters behind their name fool you- It doesnโ€™t mean these people know much about nutrition, and in fact such figures are often paid vast amounts of money to endorse these products.

๐ŸŒฟCunningly, theyโ€™ve disguised their faddy products with some enticing names; Cell activator, Total Control, and Thermo Activatorโ€“ All comprised of everyday nutrients and ingredients present in a normal, healthy, balanced diet. Herbalife is playing to the health conscious consumers such as ourselves. Donโ€™t cave!

๐ŸƒWorryingly, the meal replacements contain between 200 and 250 calories- even if you are trying to lose weight; this amount of calories is too low for a main meal. Herbalife is based on old science (itโ€™s a shame the โ€œNutrition Advosiry Board and โ€œherbalife consultantsโ€ didnโ€™t pick up on this). The right kinds of fats arenโ€™t bad for you and extremely low calorie diets are not sustainable in the long run.

๐ŸƒOne serving of the โ€œFibre and Healthโ€ drink provides the same amount of fibre as an apple- not so โ€œmiraculousโ€ after all?

The message that FTF wants you to understand is this: drinking a toffee apple/cappuccino flavoured shake once a day to replace a meal with the promise of weight loss might seem tempting. The ingredients in the Herbalife products themselves arenโ€™t dangerous, but they do NOT offer a โ€œsecret substanceโ€ leading to weight loss. Herbalife doesnโ€™t teach you how to make healthy, achievable, or long-lasting changes to your eating patterns, and the business relies on gullible consumers being lured in by the (FALSE) offer of a quick fix. We say stick to the REAL FOOD!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Photo credit: www.Herbalife.com

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