Doctor insights on:
Better Amway Herbalife
Not known for sure: Herbalife has many products, and since they are not medications approved by the fda, herbalife products are probably not tested for interactions and side effects like real medicines are. So, that means nobody really knows what side effects there are. If an herbalife user hears of some interaction or thinks he is getting a side effect, he can visit his primary care doctor. ...Read more
REad the label...: I have not evaluated the product since the late1990's. At that time herbalife used artificial colors and flavors in the childrens' vitamins. When I confronted the medical director dr katzen, regarding the intentional poisoning of kids with these substances, he stated that it was simply a merchandizing/marketing decision. Poison for dollars ethics turned me off. ...Read more
Not: Very good marketing program, they made so much money they bought a lab at ucla, but the patients I know who have taken it have not gotten results and complain about the cost. Weight watchers or myfitnesspal smart phone app are the most consistent that I've seen. ...Read more
No: None of the herbalife products are approved for toddlers. The label clearly states to be used for persons 18 years or older. Not a good practice to start experimenting with your toddler specially when they can tell you how they feel allergic reactions in toddlers are pretty serious. ...Read more
None: Herbalife like other supplement manufacturers/marketeers can not help you lose weight in a healthy way and sustain that weight loss. You need to change your diet and overall lifestyle if you want to lose weight in a healthy manner and keep it off. Try weight watchers' program but don't buy their products either. ...Read more
Yes: According to their site, "prolessa duo" is palm oil, oat oil, and "conjugated" linoleic acid (all linoleic acid is conjugated). In other words, it is not going to do anything to you one way of the other. There's a lot of filler so you'll think it's controlling your appetite. It's your money and you can eat whatever else you like. ...Read more
Could use your help docs! Family wants to go to a chinese buffet, but I have started my herbalife routine. Will this mess me up a lot?
Personal choice: Chinese (and other) buffets offer a variety of choices and you can adhere to the diet you have selected by understanding what is in the diet and what is not. A few misplaced items for one meal will not "mess" up your diet. Herbalife has come under scrutiny lately for its ponzi scheme type marketing structure and the quality of its products - caveat emptor. ...Read more
Vitamins: When supplemental Vitamin A is added to the prenatal vitamin, overdose can occur in as little as 4 times the regular dose. If Vitamin A is consumed in amounts greater than 10, 000 IUs, liver toxicity or fetal birth defects can occur. High dose vitamin E in women were 70% more likely to give birth to a baby with a heart defect. Be careful which vitamins you take. ...Read more
Calorie counting: If you don't learn how to count calories, nothing is going to work for you long term but you can sure spend a lot of money trying to avoid doing so. It's easy. Try it for a month. Cut your calorie intake by 200 calories a day and you will lose weight and not have spent a dime. Count every calorie, liquids, catsup, dressings, etc. Pretty soon you will know the calories in what you like. ...Read more
Herbalife is not adequate treatment for hypothyroidism. Please see your doctor for a proper prescription for hypothyroidism treatment. Herbalife is a nutritional supplement of dubious value.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Diet pills: Diet pills are not the answer - it what you take in your diet that matters I presume you want to lose weight and find the right diet for you. There are many dietitians who can help you through this without pills. You should also go on-line to "NuVal" and learn a lot about what food are good for you and which are not. I think you will be surprised but learn a lot from that program. ...Read more