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Are they really as good as they say? Throwing a bunch of nutrients together in an energy drink in various amounts ignores the careful balance that is needed in order for vitamins and minerals to work effectively and efficiently in the body. Wendy Miller of the Beaumont Weight Control Center said AdvoCare's Herbal Cleanse is probably safe for many users, but she suggested that the same results could be achieved without the products. Retrieved 25 September Mary on December 3, at

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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. The ingredients in the products are No different than what you all consume on a daily basis. I have used AdvoCare off and on since and have maintained a 75lb weight loss.

Yes I change my eating habits and had been exercising too. And on the Gluten aspect, that is such a bunch of over sensationalized bullshit. People have eaten gluten for decade after decades without any issues.

But if you have never tried it based on words on a label or a perception versus reality, you really should take a step back and say absolutely Nothing about it. There are people with cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart attacks, blood clots, etc that have been allowed to use their products and with great success.

I know several of them personally. Not to be antagonistic. I am living proof that it works. But you have to do Everything in Moderation regardless. I drank spark for about 6 months back in and developed uncontrollable and urgent diarrhea.

With the help of my doctor we determined it was spark. It took about 4 weeks for my system to rid of its toxins and get me back to normal. I threw it all away because it was poisoning me and put me in some embarrassing situations.

Thanks for sharing your story! I am really glad I found this review from you. I have been using Advocare products for a couple of years now and really wished I had researched just a little more. There are 2 of their products I would like your opinion on 1 rehydrate and 2 catalyst.

I do not like Gatorade because of the sugar. Thank you for any information you have time to give me. Thanks for stopping by. I am humbled by this post. I came across it by googling how long spark stays in your system.

I tried only 1 packet today split in two. I am a nursing mom and assured this was ok. I heard 60mg of niacin that is in this is bad for you as well and am freaking out. Aside from all that I am not used to caffeine. I only wanted to try this to lose baby weight. I typically am very healthy in eating. When you're on AdvoCare's Day Challenge, you won't eat any sugar; fried or processed foods; products made with refined grains like white flour; or creamy, high-calorie sauces or dressings; nor will you drink any type of soda or alcohol.

If your regular diet included these foods, it's likely that the plan will help you lose weight. Your consumption of high-fiber vegetables and whole grains will increase, while your intake of saturated fat and cholesterol will decrease because only lean cuts of meat and low- or nonfat dairy products are allowed.

The Daily Guide provided by AdvoCare is clear and easy to follow. A series of DVD workouts that don't require any additional equipment is optional. None of the weight-loss supplements required on the Day Challenge are regulated by the U. Food and Drug Administration. There is no way to determine if these supplements contain what is listed on the label or that they aren't contaminated.

In addition, there are no scientific studies proving that the plan works better than other methods or that it won't cause serious side effects in some people.

Don't attempt to use AdvoCare if you are pregnant, nursing or have a chronic medical condition. Even if you do successfully lose weight on the program, you may gain it back once the day period is over and you return to your normal eating habits. 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.

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