The past two years has been tough for me and there’s been a lot of changes in my life. I’m going through a divorce, dealing with chronic pain and lack of medical help and working to build my business. Stress has taken its toll and unfortunately with that the weight slowly creeped up on me. I’m on two types of medication that cause weight gain so I have to be very vigilant with what I eat. I got to the point where I didn’t care anymore and just ate what I wanted when I wanted it.
Honestly, I was tired of the extra weight and wanted it gone, but felt like I had no direction. I can’t really exercise because of the pain so I would need to focus on diet to shed those extra pounds. When I heard that a friend of ours, Jay McNutt, had lost a bunch of weight using Isagenix I knew I wanted to give it a try. I saw his results in person and he looks fantastic!
This is Jay’s before & after from using the 9 day cleanse:
His results only motivated me further and I wanted to see what kind of difference it would make for me.
Jay got me started on the Isagenix 9-Day Deep Cleansing and Fat Burning System. He explained to me the average results were 7 lbs. and that I would definitely see and feel a difference when I was done. He corrected me when I said it was a “diet”. He said that it’s NOT a diet, but a cleanse that is safe and effective to rid your body of toxins and giving it all the nutrients it needs. He also said to look at it as a challenge to yourself. I found those words of advice extremely helpful in successfully completing the 9 days.
The Isagenix 9-Day Deep Cleansing and Fat Burning System includes the following products:
- 2 Cleanse for Life: A complete nutritional body cleanse that aids the body’s natural ability to remove impurities
- Isalean Shake Canister: A delicious, creamy meal replacement
- Isagenix Snacks: High quality whey protein and energy-boosting snacks
- Natural Accelerator: Carefully selected thermogenic ingredients that naturally enhance your body’s fat burning ability and give you energy
- “Cleanse and Replenish for Life Coaching System” Audio CD
I was overwhelmed a bit at first, but quickly figured out how it all worked. They include lots of literature in the kit so I was able to read more about the products and how they work and when I needed to take them. I was ready to begin! I started on a Thursday and I got up that day and weighed and measured myself (ugh!). The kit provides an area for you to record both your starting weight and measurements and even included a tape measure. I knew this weight had to go and I was excited to finally have some direction!
The 9 Day Cleanse is a mix of “Cleanse Days” and “Shake Days”. There’s a checklist provided that you tick off when you have taken the products/eaten so it’s very easy to keep track and hold yourself accountable.
- Day One: Cleanse Day
- Day Two: Cleanse Day
- Day Three: Shake Day
- Day Four: Shake Day
- Day Five: Shake Day
- Day Six: Shake Day
- Day Seven: Shake Day
- Day Eight: Cleanse Day
- Day Nine: Cleanse Day
The first two days and the last two days are Cleanse Days. On Cleanse Days, I had four Cleanse for Life drinks spaced out throughout the day, 2 Natural Accelerator capsules, up to six Isagenix Snacks and lots of water.
The Cleanse for Life drinks are really good and they taste like fruit punch! It’s basically just mixing two scoops of Cleanse for Life in a tall glass and adding cold water and mixing. I’ve tried cleanses before and Cleanse for Life is the best one yet hands down. I’m actually still craving that drink even though I’m off the cleanse now because it’s that good.
On Cleanse Days, I had Cleanse for Life for breakfast, lunch, supper and later on in the evening.
Cleanse for Life contains a blend of herbs that are very gentle on your body and has over 100 nutrients in it! It works with your body to flush out all the toxins. If you are wondering if it has a laxative type effect, it does not. I was going pee a lot though! I think because I was drinking so much liquid and ridding myself of the toxins that built up.
For snacks throughout the day, I ate Isagenix Snacks in French Vanilla flavour. They are round wafers made of New Zealand whey protein and are low calorie. I was allowed to have up to six a day. The first two Cleanse Days I ate all six each day. The last two Cleanse Days I wasn’t as hungry so I only had three. I preferred to chew these up fast because it releases the flavour. I tried sucking on them but I didn’t like that as much. They really do work to stop cravings and hold you off until the next meal. They also come in Chocolate flavour.
In the morning and mid afternoon, I took the Natural Accelerator capsule. It contains cayenne, green tea, cinnamon and ginseng to boost the weight loss and has no stimulants. It works to support the liver to metabolize fat quickly and reduces appetite.
I was surprised to find that I didn’t feel hungry on the Cleanse Days even though I wasn’t really eating any food besides the snacks. On day one, John and I went shopping and he stopped at McDonalds drive-thru and ate his Big Mac meal right in front of me!! Not very nice of him at all, but I wasn’t really tempted. I was a woman on a mission to complete the 9 days with NO CHEATING! When I did feel hungry, I went for a glass of water and an Isagenix snack. It satisfied my hunger and gave me energy.
I was worried that I would be shaky and dizzy from not eating, but I wasn’t at all. In fact I had lots of energy and still was able to do my day-to-day housecleaning. I made sure to avoid the grocery store and checking out Pinterest on Cleanse Days.
Not having a morning coffee was an adjustment though. I didn’t experience a caffeine withdrawal headache until the second day. It wasn’t the worst headache I’ve had though and by the next day it was completely gone. I didn’t get any headaches for the rest of the week.
The middle five days are Shake Days where you have Shake for breakfast and lunch, Isagenix snacks, two Natural Accelerator capsules and a 400 to 600 calorie meal for supper plus lots of water.
IsaLean Shakes come in two flavours: Rich Chocolate and French Vanilla and contain 14 meal replacements. They are made from hormone and antibiotic free Whey protein, enzymes and nutrients. Just mix two scoops with cold water and drink immediately. I tried mixing it with a spoon but it was clumpy. Mixing it with a blender or a Magic Bullet is 100% better. It’s so smooth and creamy and really tasty. It filled me up and gave me energy. I love Shake Days!
I looked forward to supper every single night and I wanted to make sure I cooked healthy meals. We ate a lot of chicken with salsa, veggies and salad and kebabs. Here’s some pictures of examples of what I was eating:
I’m so pleased with the results of doing the 9 Day Cleanse. I LOST 15 lbs!!!!! I noticed a difference in how my clothes fit and especially when I put on my winter coat. It used to be tight on me and now it’s noticeably more loose. Plus I lost 29 inches! The most inches lost was in my waist (5 inches), abdomen (3.5 inches) and upper thighs (3.5 inches). I lost 1.5 inches in my butt so still a ways to go there.
I know I still have a long way to go before I’ll be at my target weight, but I feel like I’ve got a great headstart now. I’m doing a low carb diet for the next 30 days and then I plan to try the Isagenix 30 Day System.
The morning after the cleanse ended, I headed out to Tim Horton’s to get my beloved coffee. The funny thing was that I couldn’t even drink it. It was far too rich for me! I ended up brewing my own coffee at home and just adding a splash of cream and I’ve been drinking that for the past few days.
I’m bound and determined to lose more weight and get healthy. I’m so grateful for the introduction to Isagenix products because they work so well for me. I’m motivated now to keep going on this path and will work hard at acheiving my goal.
I didn’t starve myself on the Cleanse. I felt great, had lots of energy and even my chronic pain wasn’t bothering me as much as it normally does. I would love to see John do the 9 Day Cleanse too. He told me if it worked for me then he would give it a try.
How to Buy
You can purchase the Isagenix 9 Day Deep Cleansing and Fat Burning System for $176. If you sign up as a member (annual fee of $19), you can purchase it for $132. It’s not really that much money when you consider that it is your meals pretty much for the 9 days. I also saved because I wasn’t running out to Tim Hortons once a day for coffee (and no junk food from the convenience store).
If you have been struggling with your weight, give the 9 Day Cleanse a try. I’m so pleased with my results that they now have a customer for life!
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.