Let’s just dive right into the user testimonials and try to cut through the truth, instead of rehashing whatever the Herbalife website says. We know what every company website says: “Buy our product, it works!” “Lose weight fast!” But what are real users saying who have tried the product? Are they singing praises? Or just disappointed?
Herbalife User Testimonials
“Great product and great timing! The flavor isn’t too bad, but with just milk and he formula, it tastes like pancake batter to me (lol). My favorite is with almond milk, the powder, cinnamon and I’ve blended it together and sliced almonds on top. Yum! I guess the price isn’t too bad considering it last me about 30 uses.”
“I have been on this product for about 3 months and have lost more than 30lbs. I mix it with fat free milk as well as frozen berries like blueberries and strawberries. I make it twice a day and it really fills me up!”
“Doesn’t have the nasty chalk taste like a lot of other shakes.”
“I always use the Formula 1 mix with the Protein mix for my shakes. I mix with water and a little ice, and they’re really delicious! They thicken a bit and are like an ice cream shake. I tried other less expensive shake mixes, and they’re sitting in my cupboard unused. All other shake mixes I tried just do not taste good and don’t fill me up like Herbalife.”
“25g of serving offers 90 calories and 9g of protein, 95mg sodium and a whopping 9g of sugar. That is a lot of sugar and additives for only 9 of protein. No wonder they will not supply the ingredient list in description or a clear back image of the product with the ingredient list. This is pure empty chemical, pure calories, salt, sugar…”
While many users are happy with the results they got using Herbalife, others are not satisfied with the taste or the ingredient list. Some users say it does not have the chalky taste, but others despite lack of chalkiness just don’t like the taste. The one reviewer makes a great point that there is a lot of processed sugary ingredients and the ingredient list could be way more all natural than this. While it is top notch fortified with all the necessary vitamins and minerals, the rest of the list leaves many reviewers who known their nutrition unimpressed. Herbalife is not very forth coming about their full ingredient list, it does take some digging to get to.
Here is the ingredient list for reference I dug up from the depths of the Herbalife website:
Fructose, lecithin powder, soy protein isolate, calcium caseinate, Dutch processed cocoa, maltodextrin, sodium caseinate, corn bran, guar gum, flavours and artificial flavours, lecithin liquid, magnesium oxide, carrageenan, disodium phosphate, citrus pectin, honey powder, silicon dioxide, ascorbic acid, ferrous fumarate, potassium iodide, DL-alpha tocopheryl acetate, sodium selenite, niacinamide, copper gluconate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, biotin, papain, bromelain, vitamin A palmitate, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, chromium chloride and sodium molybdate.
Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one who is confused about what this stuff is. The bottom line is that soy protein isolate, surculose, and chromium chloride are not healthy ingredients. There is canola oil, gluten, and MSG found in Herbalife products. Herbalife does not need the FDA’s approval because it is just a food product. While the ingredients might be the highest quality available, the list is poorly curated and straight up unhealthy.
Overall Impressions of Herbalife
Despite negative reviews, there are tons of real life success stories that aren’t scams. If you are cool with drinking some processed shake for a few weeks to see results, then you should still try Herbalife perhaps. It does work, but creating any kind of dent in your calories will help you lose weight. Choose 90 calories of any food and eat it for lunch or breakfast and see the weight loss results. Nothing can make up for a bad diet or inactivity, not even Herbalife despite its historically good results.