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It is just an energy drink. There are also plenty of other probiotic supplements out there. The first phase is called the loading phase. Hey Michael, my name is Pete. I have found a few options, but they all seem to have one drawback or another. The veggies are always good to have.

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I drank my protein shakeds twice a day, one first thing in the a. I ate meals per day consisting mainly of protein and green veggies, and lost 75 lbs. I never counted calories, but limited my carb intake. Is this an unhealthy way, in your opinion, to have lost the weight? I have no insulin issues all! Thanks, and have a Great rest of ur day! But as to your situation, that depends on what you mean by protein and veggies. You still need to be eating essential fatty acids. They are an essential nutrient that could be lacking as part of a low fat diet.

Nothing wrong with limiting carbs, but make sure you are getting in enough healthy fats to make up some of the calorie deficit. The veggies are always good to have. Fish oil, nuts, grass-fed beef, omega-3 eggs, and seeds are all sources of EFAs. You could also supplement with fish oil or flax oil.

I use the fish oil mentioned in the article. I use carb cycling it is so efective if done correctly. As far as proteins go i use whey twice a day. A after sleeping to stop catabolism and a whey and milk protein mix post work out for rapid uptake to start healing process and longevity of drip feeding through the casein. Othe times i use milk and egg protein, including prior to bed to again minimise catabolism.

I know you did — hence the winky face. As I said in the article, focus less on brands and more on the type of protein. You have the guidelines you need to follow to pick a good protein, now go do some shopping. Start researching the products, and then pick the cheapest one that fits the guidelines single ingredient. If I can whey in…. I disagree with the fact that blends tend to be more expensive…this can be true, but if you compate whey isolate to concentrate and added fillers , the isolate is usually more expensive because the protein content is higher….

Please could you give me your opinion on this one http: I am curious to what you think of shakeology. My personal opinion is it is very expensive. Should cost less than a third of that. All that extra stuff is nice, but you should be getting that from whole foods. In addition, it has stevia in it. Read the patent for yourself here and make your own decision. Can you please tell us more about the MLM protien powered drinks?? Are they really as good as they say?

What makes them so great? Please help me understand what the hype is all about! Any hyped protein powder is usually overpriced IMO. So the Whey is ok to use? Sorry, depending on my memory because I dont have the book in front of me! Only one way to find out if you have a problem with whey — try it yourself. Because whey is derived from dairy, some people have an intolerance to either the lactose less than a gram for an isolate or the whey.

And how would that affect fat loss vs muscle loss? Insulinogenic means insulin producing. Ingesting straight whey protein can cause an insulin spike and then a following drop in blood sugar. Thanks for your reply! So does this mean it would not be a good idea for someone with diabetes to use the whey protein shakes? Oh and one more question…in this case would it then be better to use a different form of protein shakes, other than the whey because of the insulinogenic effect?

I will say that anything that impacts blood glucose and insulin levels can cause issues with diabetes. If I had diabetes I would personally try to stick to whole food protein sources whenever possible. Can you shed some light on this for me? No protein powder in and of itself is going to make you gain or lose weight. Only calories will influence that. If you eat in an energy deficit and also use whey protein you will lose weight.

Hey Isabelle, I used to use Optimum Nutrition for years. However, it does have artificial sweeteners, and these days, I avoid them like the plague. Coach please help me understand why ViSalus and Advocare and Amway say that their protein shake are the best shake to drink, they claim you will lose weight.

Can that weight lost be sustained? I lost it by eating clean and very healthy, weight training 3 days and week and interval training the other 3 days a week.

Are you expected to drink 2 shakes a day for the rest of your life? I eat clean and workout as a way of life its just part of my day. Thank you for the help! Use protein powder as a supplement or as a convenience option. Everyone wants to buy the best protein. No protein in and of itself is going to help you lose weight.

You have to have a calorie deficit for that. Any brand that claims weight loss with their protein is being manipulative. It takes a lot of work and marketing to get your product on the shelves of physical stores. The multi level marketing powders rely heavily on an army of people to push powders. After all, so many people need to get a cut of the profits to make the system work. Is is best to rest for a few days or should I keep training?

And is there any multi-vitamin that you recommend I should be taking while training or are they necessary? Your body needs the available energy to get better instead of using it to rebuild unnecessary exercise-induced muscle trauma. I think a walk outside can help some people feel better when sick, me included. Nothing wrong with multi-vitamins. However, always try to get the bulk of your nutrients from whole foods.

Hi i was wondering what do you think of ProFemme protein drink. I use it after a workout. I am trying to tone up and build muscle. Would you recommend something else or is this ok. You want to develop trust with the foods you put into your body.

As used by leading models and figure athletes, as well as thousands of women like you! Thanks for the great info. Have you heard of PhytoBerry Protein? If so, what are your thoughts. I stay away from soy…learned the hard way after drinking it everyday for a few months and ended up with a hormone imbalance.

The question is how much of the nutrients and antioxidants are preserved and bio-available in the powder form? We have found Shaklee to be a great product. My husband and I lost 10 and 15 lb respectively, in three months, and still got to eat our regular food. That was three years ago, and we still have a shake a day.

Without it, we feel sluggish and are hungry within an hour. We do buy the soy protein and have found the soy has made tremendous positive effects on pre-menopausal symptoms. That was a huge added bonus. I want to lose weight. If I did use it as a meal replacement would I still lose weight? Yes, you can still lose weight. Those are the ones that have protein, carbs, and fat already added to it. Add some spinach and frozen fruit to the powder to boost the nutrition content.

I hope you will have time to reply to my question. I work out with weights about times a week. First I have now decided to step down with the weights and do more cardio basically running. So I have never taken any kind of powder.

So I want to try something out. It is very important to me that it helps me lose fat!! So I guess it has to be low on carbs. Other than that I dont know where to start. Then, once you create a calorie deficit, the majority of your weigh loss will be fat loss — which in the big scheme of things should be your ultimate goal.

Is the powder going to help me create the deficit or is that solely achieved by more cardio and less carb intake? Finally, can you advise me to purchase a specific product? Alternating between strength training and cardio is good. You need a calorie deficit for that.

In fact, pick a powder that has protein as the sole ingredient. Do you happen to know of any good protein powder options that would be suitable for toning? However, if you are lactose intolerant, there are plenty of other options — egg my first option , or one of several plant based proteins.

Whey isolate is very low in lactose too if you can tolerate some. Im 30 and 3 weeks ago weighed lots of muscle, but a good gut and moobies the major distribution of fat seemed to be WITHIN the muscle wall of my abs, which concerned me and prompted me to take action. Doing this has lost me 20 lbs in 3 weeks. However, I went out and bought EAS powder without really researching, but after reading this I plan on getting whey isolate.

You suggest adding spinach and whatnot, but at work all I have available is my blender bottle. If you want to make it healthier you can try adding some plain powder into some milk and peanut butter and possibly some cocoa powder. Shake vigorously or use a blender bottle. Has artificial sweeteners and flavors. Also has genetically modified soy oil if you care about that.

Look at the ingredients. Whey is just a type of protein. I am trying to loose weight. Since breast cancer, I was told I could not have any soy products.

I wanted to use Body by Vi but it has soy in it I believe. I get confused with soy. I was told Soy can make my cancer return. Can you help me with specifics as much as possible. Just want to get healthy and skinny.

Ok, U know what I mean. There are some non-soy products out there though. There is no requirement to take powders. It seems to work for me. Hi Vicki I work with a medically monitored weight loss program that uses meal replacements. I have had many patients who have had estrogen based cancers and their oncologists do not want them doing my program because of our soy based proteins in the meal replacements.

Body by Vi is soy based and has artificial sweeteners in it. Isagenix shakes have absolutely no soy what-so-ever, no artificial ingredients, all organic, and gluten free. I have had temendous success with Isagenix. Read The China Study. It talks a lot about different cancers and the effects of food. Based on 40 years of study, soy does not induce cancer.

Also, organic soy is different than non-organic. I hope your breast cancer is still in remission. SFH protein is just whey protein and nothing else no soy at all http: Hi there,,,,i want to lose weight fat loss but in the same time want to build up my muscle…. Hey Ken, the best will be solid, whole foods. Just a clarification, do you mean whey or soy? Regardless of age, I would stick with whey protein unless you have a sensitivity to dairy or whey in particular. I love your site! Thank you for all of the great information.

I did have a couple questions about your choice of protein. Protein isolates are proteins stripped away from their nutritional co-factors. Most isolates are exposed to acid processing and in addition, our body cannot assimilate proteins in isolated form. Because they are over-processed, isolates are deficient in key amino acids and nutritional co-factors. Thank you so much. The first toxic ingredient that sticks out on the list is sucralose, otherwise known as Splenda.

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that was first discovered by researchers who were investigating insecticides. Yes, you read that correctly- insecticides! Sucralose is manufactured in a highly refined process that replaces hydroxyl molecules in sugar usually derived from genetically modified sugar beets with chloride.

It is one of the newest artificial sweeteners on the market and it was approved by the FDA in , as the Advocare website proudly proclaims. There are a lot of reasons why FDA-approval does not necessarily make a product or drug safe, but that is beyond the scope of this post. FDA recalls and withdrawals happen quite frequently and in the case of sucralose, I am not convinced of its safety.

Because sucralose is a relatively new artificial sweetener, there is no life-long data available on its use in humans.

Research does show that sucralose can significantly alter the gut flora and there is growing evidence that the gut flora is essential to overall health and wellbeing of the entire body. In our modern society, most of us were not provided with an ideal environment in which to foster optimal gut health from the very moment of our birth.

I can assure you that none of us need any additional help from sucralose in creating an imbalance of gut flora! These ingredients are not always intuitive. There is usually little or no testing done to verify the safety of these ingredients in the food supply. A principle known as the Threshold of Toxicological Concern TTC is used to justify the addition of these ingredients to the food supply.

The concept behind TTC is that very small amounts of chemicals should not pose a risk to human health when they are added to foods. You can read more about how the principle of TTC is applied to our food system here.

Well, sure it does. One serving of Advocare Spark contains mg of caffeine. The average cup of coffee contains 95mg. If you are suffering from a lack of energy, fatigue, and mental fogginess that Advocare Spark promises to help, the answer is not caffeine or a low-quality vitamin and mineral supplement with artificial flavorings and caffeine added.

You need to address the root of the problem, which likely stems from a combination of poor diet, uncontrolled stress, a lack of proper movement of the body, insufficient sleep and rest, and exposure to environmental toxins. Without a comprehensive nutrition and lifestyle approach that addresses all of these factors, you will not realize your potential of optimal health.

I know someone who sells and was trying to get me on board as well. Following a Paleo lifestyle has been what has worked best for me, no artificial anything and I talk about it with anyone I can that has asked me what I do. I think with the studies that are coming out more recently that are demonstrating the effects that man made franken-food are causing may help to show some of the population that these things are more harmful than beneficial.

I am confident that eventually the research will support how harmful processed foods are the the population. But you are right though- there will always be some people who choose to ignore the facts. Keep up the great work!!! Spark is not indented to replace eating. You absolutely need to eat. It is just an energy drink.

You can use it whether you are on a diet or not. In no way shape for form would anyone associated with Advocare recommend you not eat. Advocare does offer a meal replacement shake but is only to replace 1 meal a day. You still need to eat 2 additional meals and snacks.

I have been drinking spark daily for over a year. I am put of school on spring break and have not drank any since we got out. I am now experiencing chest pains. Could this be a withdrawal symptom from not drinking it? Hi Belinda- Hopefully, you have followed up on this with your health care provider. You should always take chest pain very seriously and have it evaluated by a physician.

There are too many variables for me to be able to say what could be causing this for you. Please report back if you are able. I have done some research myself on advocare, their 24 day challenge and particular their spark. I was wondering why so many people jump on board with that…still not sure why. I am no expert but have done my research and do see that there are alot of toxins in their products.

You have to look up the ingredients and what they are. Yes you may lose weight but your are not getting healthy. For those that are drinking spark or doing the 24day challenge I challenge you to look up some of the ingredients and you will be very surprised. Do you really want that going in your body? Thank you for this respectful and thoroughly researched post explaining why real food trumps synthetic food products. I appreciate the time you put into patiently discussing the negative aspects of turning to a popular yet low-quality and potentially harmful fast fix.

I hope people become more aware of the need to address signs of poor health with nutritional therapy and not just a band-aid processed food. Thanks again for all you do! However, my general viewpoint is that professional line brands almost always offer superior products. Thanks for stopping by! What do you mean by professional line brands? Can you offer examples or where I can find a list of professional line brands?

Are we looking at specific ingredients? Looking forward to your response! Professional line brands are those supplement companies that make therapeutic supplements that are marketed to health care professionals, as opposed to being marketed to the consumer. They are not typically found over-the-counter and you must purchase them through a health care professional. The quality control is higher and a good professional line brand will utilize third party testing companies to verify the quality of raw ingredients, dosing, etc.

I hope that this helps! Thanks for the in depth review! Thanks Katie for your article on Spark. I have been taking it for about 3 years in place of coffee.

I do still have fatigue and fogginess , and also I seem to have joint problems, could the Spark be contributing to my joint problems? I am not a expert either. But splenda makes my joints hurt. I came on this site because a friend recently started selling this product and I was curious. I prefer to eat my vitamins. I recently joined a Crossfit gym and within a few weeks realized it was not for me.

The trainers actually, IMHO, went too far. BUT I had already bought the 24 day program. So 4 months later I decided since I cannot return it why not use it. I lost six pounds on it and felt no better. I added running and a normal run of the mill gym back in to my daily routine. I am up to three miles per run and making slow gains in the gym the biggest part is I am losing size in a good way since I have decided to measure my fat rather than weight it. I modified my diet to eliminate sugar, fried foods, and processed foods; nothing but fresh meats, seafoods, veggies, fruits, and complex carbs.

Better to go natural with food and exercise. Thanks for stopping by the blog and sharing your story. Keep up the great work! Hey Michael, my name is Pete. Understand that every CrossFit has a different environment and fit. I encourage you to go try another one, because the principles and results cannot be matched in my opinion.

You just have to find the right one for you. In response to the AdvoCare I am extremely glad that you have decided to stop and not take those products. This is a big deal for alot of us out there. Can you please tell me what wold be considered professional lines of product?

And incluse varying levels of affordability? I truly would love to eat more organic, whole foods and learn how to make healthier choices while having a variety of offerings.

It make me sick! Anyway, I would love can email or something with some recommendations of professional lines of product. Thank you, Stephanie Clark. There are many professional line brands. Professional line brands will be more expensive than over-the-counter in general, but you pay for what you get. It is better to get these products through a health professional that understands how they should be used.

Please contact me if you need more help with this at katy thepaleonurse. I understand what you mean about healthy food being more expensive, but it is a matter of investing in your health now to prevent more health care related expenses later. Have you looked at cutting your budget on eating out in restaurants and other areas of disposable income? Also, there are ways to shop for cheaper cuts of meat the less desirable, but much more nutritious options such as organ meats and times that you should invest in organic versus conventional check out the Dirty Dozen list.

Buying directly from a local farmer can sometimes save money too. I will try to write a post soon about this topic. Best of luck to you! I am an AdvoCare distributor and enjoy the products and how I feel on them.

I have tried multiple products and AdvoCare is by far the best. Hate to burst your bubble but we do have a boards of medical doctors that formulates our products and they do go through a process to make sure they are safe. This is an excellent post. I am a chiropractic that prides myself in lifestyle changes versus quick fixes personally and professionally.

I am beginning my quest into functional medicine and I use Apex Energetics. I literally got on my computer to order Spark for the first time and came across this blog post.

I am second guessing it now! I suffer from being tired and fatigued all the time. I have two little boys who have more energy than I know what to do with. Do you do health evaluations or health plans through email? If not, can you point me in the right direction? I have encouraged my family to get off spark for several years. I have one niece that will soon be 30 and she has been using spark every day since she was She tells me that when she misses her spark she just feels terrible.

Do you have any other healthy option that would help her wing herself off of the Spark? I used Spark for over a year. Over time however I started to get shooting pains like lightning in my feet and hands within an hour or two of drinking it. They would take my breathe away at how sharp and sudden they would occur. So I reluctantly stopped.

A few years later, I had long forgotten the pains and ordered some more from a friend. I still take a pre workout…like I said low energy…and I am having success with this product. Your an uneducated idiot. Shame on u preying on people who need help.

One of them being there is no caffeine in spark and when you are on the diet you do eat real food. Chicken rice broccoli and other healthy foods. I had been weary of the products and they way they are pushed on their distributors as well. I have a relative that sells it and to tell her they are unhealthy would be like blasphemy.

I can drink cups of coffee and not have that effect! Also I try to eat as plant based as possible and avoid whey protein drinks. She talks like these guys coaching her are nutritionists, when I know they, in particular, are not.

A buddy of mine has been on advocare for roughly 2 months. He is down 70lbs. Also, I have high blood pressure, and energy drinks and supplements concern me. Does this spark drink and any other advocare products affect my blood pressure? I too am a registered nurse with my BSN in nursing however I do not claim to be a nutritional advisor and neither does any of our AdvoCare distributors. Your information is not entirely correct. As a start, we have a complete Science board that is occupied by very highly known and knowledgeable in developing our products and all our products are 3rd party tested for multiple more ingredients than is tested by the FDA or RDA.

Again, I urge you to stop bashing products and companies that you do not have correct information of. I rest my case! Are there any shakes, etc. My son is playing baseball, and is dedicated to making healthy choices. He eats healthy, eschewing soda, candy, and too many sweets, choosing whole foods. He is wanting, and sees his teammates using, a muscle-building shake to drink ore-workout. A family member just gave him samples of Advocare, but we are unconvinced it is the best way for him to go.

Any thoughts would be appreciated! I generally steer clear of protein shakes, but in this case, I would recommend searching for a grassfed whey protein supplement. Anyone can and will find a reason to pick apart a particular program like AdvoCare and Yoli and Beach body etc etc etc. I can honestly say that those programs have been successful for a large number of people.

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