Herbalife: Pros and Cons

One of the most common weight loss programs encountered on the internet and often asked about on this forum is Herbalife.

Herbalife is a program based around meal replacement shakes, bars and other supplements sold by independent reps as part of a MLM scheme.

Herbalife (The Good)

  • Easy
  • Can work in the short term
  • High Protein

Herbalife (The Bad)

  • Expensive (Herbalife had a settlement in 2016 for deceptive practices)
  • Side effects ( Hepatotoxicity (liver injury), Allergic reactions, High blood pressure, Hypertension)
  • Contains Soy
  • Contains high levels of sugar
  • Contains Hydrogenated oils
  • Only works while consuming the products, does not teach sustainable healthy diet habits
  • Lots of low quality artificial ingredients

prolonged exposure to Soy Protein Isolate may result in a reduction in your thyroid’s hormone levels, as well as issues with your immune system.

Liver case studies https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004035/

No credible nutritionist, doctor or fitness professional advocates this stuff, only poorly educated and gullible sales people with a vested interest.
In response to two "consultants" who happen to be the same person with a history of spam, Paid scientists working for the company do not count as credible independent science.