Is Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living A Non-Diet?

Is Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living A Non-Diet?

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The following post on Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy is an opinion piece which holds the science and claims behind the 30 Days program against current research and basic physiology. 

I’ve gotten requests to review Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living program, and because I’m trying to procrastinate on doing a cooking oils post (yeeessss, it’s coming, I swear) I’m going to do this Arbonne review first. So, thanks to everyone who has messaged me asking for it!

There are a lot of independent Arbonne consultants posting different, unofficial 30 Days content all over the internet.  I tried to get all of my info for this post from the official Arbonne site only, just to ensure that I wasn’t going off of some random person’s interpretation of the plan. There’s a ton of that stuff on Pinterest etc.

The claims:

30 days seems to be a thing lately. I guess Arbonne has decided to ride on the coattails of the ever-popular Whole30 and develop their own 30 day program, 30 Days to Healthy Living. 

They describe it as:

A 30-day whole foods clean eating program

A system to equip people with the tools & knowledge to implement life-long health

A rest for the liver and kidneys to maximize function

An elimination program to help uncover food sensitivities

A weight loss jumpstart

 

Arbonne also gives us this compelling infographic that I’ll refrain from commenting on until later:

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Arbonne is one of those companies that manages to check all the nutrition buzzword boxes:

“Plant-powered, nutrient-rich products that are cleaner for better results, following a strict ingredient policy that is always gluten-free, vegan and formulated without GMO ingredients.” They also talk about gut health and probiotics, which is very on-trend. Check! Check! Check!

Arbonne 30 Days involves nutrition and skincare interventions, so obviously you’re on your own with the skincare stuff; I’m not a dermatologist.

The company says that their 30 day program is not a ‘deprivation diet’. Keep this in mind as you read this post.

They even post this other infographic to show how anti-diet they are. Or are they?

Arbonne 30 days to healthy living diet

 

The plan.

Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living has three steps: 

Step 1: 

Remove or limit all ‘allergenic foods’ from your diet. These include:

Wheat/gluten/yeast

Dairy

Sugar and artificial sweeteners

Alcohol

Vinegar

Coffee

Soy

Arbonne states that removing these ingredients can help you determine what your food sensitivities are. 

Step 2:

Eat every 4-6 hours, in the following configuration:

Shake

Shake (or meal)

Meal

No eating after 7pm, unless you’re really hungry, in which case you can have a scoop of Arbonne fiber powder in non-dairy milk. Yum. 

Step 3: 

Eat in the proper portions.

Here is what Arbonne advertises as a ‘sample 30 Day menu’:

Arbonne 30 days to healthy living diet 

Arbonne recommends that you fill 1/2 your plate with non-starchy vegetables, then 1/4 plate with grass-fed beef, organic chicken, wild fish, organic tofu (isn’t soy supposed to be eliminated?), beans, lentils, or quinoa (note to Arbonne: quinoa is NOT high in protein). 

The remaining 1/4 plate is split between healthy fats and healthy carbs. 

They recommend avoiding refined sugars choosing ‘natural, unrefined’ sugars like unrefined cane sugar. Newsflash: cane sugar is just as ‘natural’ as beet sugar, coconut sugar, honey, molasses, and dare I say, REFINED WHITE SUGAR. OMG! Arbonne! 

For snacks, they recommend limiting fruits to green apples and berries because they’re ‘low-glycemic’, and otherwise choosing raw vegetables, nuts, and nut butters. 

When I add everything up, it looks like the 30 Days program allows for around 1000 calories a day. That is not okay, and saying that it doesn’t equal a ‘deprivation diet’ is outrageous. 

Cutting calories to lose weight works, but when you go this low, it has consequences. You’ll probably be hungry, and you’ll likely fall into rebound eating once the 30 Days are done (if you last that long). It can also suck you into weight cycling and unhealthy eating behaviours, not to mention a warped relationship with food.

The rest of the sales pitch focuses on the copious number of supplements you’re supposed to take during and after this program. 

Here’s what Arbonne says are the reasons why their supplements are beneficial:

“Most of us are too busy to make 3-4 perfect meals each day. Our supplements are “easy buttons” or “fast food” to make sure we’re getting the proper nutrients in the proper proportions at each meal. Additional products like Arbonne’s probiotics, Detox Tea, and Body Cleanse help restore GUT HEALTH, and support internal organs — the EPICENTER OF HEALTH to SUPER CHARGE your results.  

These supplements are what make the program doable for most of us and give us the greatest chance of success reaching our goals.”

Wow. Talk about passive aggressive sales techniques! So basically what they’re saying is that if you don’t take the Arbonne supplements, your chances of success are lower, which I can assure you is likely just an aggressive upsell and not actually the truth. 

I also completely disagree with their take that supplements are ‘easy buttons’ to anything. They don’t replace food. They don’t replace health. And detox tea? Aren’t we done with that stuff yet? 

Arbonne’s supplement line is huge, and aside from BS teatoxes, it contains cleanses (recommended for the 30 Days program, but again, this isn’t a diet, right Arbonne?), fit chews, energy ‘fizz sticks’, weight control powder, ‘metabolism support’ powder…should I go on?

Funny how companies can say a program is a ‘reset’ and completely avoid using the word diet, even though that’s EXACTLY what they’re selling. So disingenuous. 

Arbonne, like most diet programs, is sold by MLM. Only 1% of people selling MLM products will ever profit, and the entire business of MLMs is notoriously shady. Still, people continue to believe that the ‘next best thing’ will arrive to them via MLM, which helps MLMs live on and on.

As far as all of the foods you’re supposed to eliminate, I’m curious as to what happens to them after the 30 days are done. If this is an elimination diet, the eliminated foods should be added back one at a time, according to a protocol. It doesn’t help anything if you just add everything back at the same time.

It’s also crappy to make people needlessly suspicious of foods that they’re probably not ‘sensitive’ to, so there’s that. What happens is that people who follow this program will always consider these foods suspect, and even ‘not clean’ because they’re forbidden here.

If Arbonne wants to take truly allergenic foods out of peoples’ diets for 30 days, why didn’t they also eliminate the other top allergens, which are peanut and tree nuts, fish, eggs, and shellfish? Probably because those foods aren’t as trendy to eliminate as gluten and dairy are.

 

After the 30 days, followers get a fun little note with an assurance that Arbonne will be there to support them and SELL THEM MORE PRODUCTS!!

“Arbonne goes beyond 30 days — we’re here with products and support to help you continue your journey. As an Arbonne Preferred Client, you have the opportunity to continue to purchase your favorite products at great discounts while you earn rewards and free shipping. Talk with your Independent Consultant to learn how to maximize your Preferred Rewards and even earn free products.”

But wait! Didn’t they say that the 30 days would equip followers with tools for lifelong health? Why do we need more products? Sigh.

What makes me laugh is when Arbonne talks about the cost of the program. They try their hardest to make it seem like you’re getting a bargain: “The entire 30-day pack is $260 before tax plus FREE shipping! This includes all meals and beverages for 30 days (not including dinners)”

THEY DON’T INCLUDE DINNERS BECAUSE THOSE ARE THE ONLY MEALS YOU ACTUALLY CHEW ON THIS 30 DAY PLAN!! The rest of the meals are shakes!

But it’s not a diet, right Arbonne?

 

The issues.

While the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living program may be popular, it’s based on the same faulty verbiage and claims that I see with most of these MLM weight loss programs: 

Moralistic language: 30 Days says it’s a 30-day whole foods clean eating program, but what are ‘clean’ foods? Why assign a moralistic label to food? Because when you go off the 30 day program and eat a normal diet, you’ll feel like you’ve eaten ‘dirty’, and need to go back on the program again. Arbonne customer for life! Ka-ching!

A sales pitch with lots of trendy buzzwords, and that implies ‘lifelong health’ or ‘transformation’: Arbonne tells us that 30 Days equips people with the tools & knowledge to implement life-long health, but then tells them them to replace their meals with 1-2 shakes a day and handfuls of supplements, which teaches them nothing about healthy eating and maintaining a healthy weight. It’s a bait and switch.

Results that are not only physiologically impossible, but also impossible to measure: Arbonne tells us that the Program rests the liver and kidneys, but our liver and kidneys don’t need to rest to maximize function. If your liver and kidneys need a rest, then theoretically your lungs and heart would too, since they too never stop working.

And even if they do need a ‘rest’ (which THEY DO NOT), how do you measure if the 30 Days program achieved these results? That’s right, you don’t. You can’t. Red flag!!

Faulty design: 30 Days is apparently “An elimination program to help uncover food sensitivities”, but does it have a protocol to re-introduce foods back into the diet as a proper elimination diet would? 

Program ‘coaches’ who aren’t qualified to coach other people with their health: What qualifications do these coaches have to counsel for nutrition and health? Completion of the Program doesn’t count.

The denial that Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy is a ‘diet’, when it obviously is: Make no mistakes about it, the use of the phrase ‘weight loss jumpstart’ equals ‘diet’. But your body doesn’t need a ‘jumpstart’ that’s a low-calorie diet masquerading as something else. Make no mistake: this is a diet, and you’ll lose weight solely because you’re not eating a lot of calories. It’s not the shakes, or the supplements, or all the ‘toxins’ leaving your body. It’s the calorie deficit you’re causing when you take solid food out and replace it with lower-calorie shakes. Boom. 

Going online to research this program, all I saw were 30 Day followers talking about how it’s a cleanse, and many of them complain about having to choke down the protein shake. One girl said she only threw up once as if that was a good thing. Many of them have been on the Program several times. Tools and knowledge for lifelong health? Hm.

Fear mongering and the implication that you have a condition that you probably don’t have: About that infographic that I mentioned at the beginning: The way this company peddles their fear of ‘toxins’ and the perception that fat people are ‘toxic’ is not only wrong, it’s disgusting. Like many disreputable diet programs, they suggest that people are unknowingly suffering from non-existent diseases and conditions and then sell them the ‘cure’ to all that ails them. There’s no such thing as ‘cellular cleansing’ and ‘toxic overload’ as the infographic claims, and your body doesn’t need cleansing. Ever. If you lose weight on this diet, it’s because it’s seriously low in calories, and not because you took any supplements.

For most healthy people, there’s probably nothing physically dangerous about Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living. My issues lie with the emotional damage it can do by convincing you that you need supplements to be healthy, that you need to detox when you don’t, and that certain foods are harmful when they’re actually really not (vinegar?!). It’s a ruse that lives in many, many of these diets and it’s based on fear. It’s meant to convince you that you’re not good enough the way you are – your body doesn’t work properly, you’re not eating the right foods.

Cycling on and off diets like Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living can be costly financially and emotionally. It’s a short-term cleanse that doesn’t teach you anything besides how to restrict food to lose weight.

In short:

Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living program is an expensive, very low calorie cleanse with supplements, based on fear and faulty science.

Pass.

45 Responses

  1. Cherie says:

    Perfect timing!
    A few people I know are doing the Phatt program by modere, it actually terrifies me what they are doing to their bodies. The focus is aimed at healing your gut, the weightloss is a bonus!
    Thank you for this review!

  2. Chris says:

    Thank you for this honest review. I find MLM’s to be sketchy, but I know many people who peddle Arbonne, and post about their 30 day challenge and how they are transformed. I always wondered what was involved, even though I prescribe to the JERF principle. (There are not a lot of ‘real’ foods compared to packaged items in this ‘jumpstart’.) Your review confirms my suspicions. 😉

  3. Nicole says:

    Thanks for this abbey. I was close to joining it in desperation. Are there any solutions?

  4. Concerned says:

    Thank you as a family member we love is talked into this crap. My husband has cancer 3rd time colorectal and I have RA she ordered us 2 of these 30 day cleanse I tried 1 packet of the. Energy fizz sticks and wish I would have thrown up ya there is no way we can do this the rep played on our family member sympathy you are exactly right on with your review before we even got the stuff we were asked to via phone listen to 25 minutes of many PEOPLE to tell and sell that is 25 MIn Each we didnt respond this program is more of a pyramid marketing than a MLM

  5. Sheena says:

    Was looking for a review just like this and you nailed it!

    Thank you for taking the time to dissect this! 🙂

  6. Amy says:

    Thank you for the realistic breakdown. When I am looking to get my lifestyle back on a healthy track, I sometimes fall into these unrealistic traps, and the spiral out of control every time “life happens” instead of just trying to eat overall healthy all the time, everything in moderation they say, right? Anyway, your explanation or analysis kept me from another costly shake/supplement “investment”. So, thank you! MLM is sneaky and definitely good about preying on people when they are desperate.

  7. Delaren says:

    Thank you, Abby. I know so many people who are trying this “detox” nondiet and I just want to scream. It angers me deeply how they and all these fad diets play on people’s insecurities and doubts: the lies they tell, the distortion of the truth they spew when their only true goal is to make money at others expense. I wish everyone would do their research before they jump in.

  8. Kaitlyn D. says:

    Found this article because I wanted to see a nutrionists view on this diet as I know a lot of people close to me in this “program”. THANK YOU for using science to back everything up! I really enjoyed this article and will be following along for future reads.

  9. tessa jenkins says:

    Thank you for posting, Abby. There are few honest evaluations of the Arbonne plan on the internet – interesting that the first 3-4 pages of a search yield only Arbonne sights – so yours is welcome.
    I’m about 3/4 of my way through the 30 day Arbonne deal, and am really dissatisfied. I am a healthy eater normally, and have no chronic health conditions (both of which are talked about repeatedly on the plan), so perhaps I wasn’t really their target demo. Nevertheless, a close friend has become a consultant and so I signed up, figuring that a 30 day reset might be a positive thing. As you mentioned, there is a very hefty upfront cost for all of the mandatory products, many of which have very dubious claims – every morning a “Digestion Plus”, fizz sticks, very sugar-intense shakes, “fiber boosts” and so on. Add to that the required organic, free range, so on foods and I figure I’m out about 50-60% over my typical monthly food costs. But ok, if it works it could be worth it. But so far, and I’m on week 3 which is the “cleanse week”, I’ve been low-energy, tired of 2 extremely sweet shakes for meals a day, and – worst of all (TMI here perhaps) – constipation the likes of I’ve never experienced in my life. I’m working with my (secret) Facebook group on this – which I like a lot, by the way – but I’ve found that many others in our group are experiencing the same thing. Discussions and suggestions from our coaches are not having the desired result. I’ll ride this thing to the full 30 days – I figure I’ve come this far – but I would never recommend it. Perhaps if one is completely junk food dependent this could help change habits, but otherwise… no.

    So thank you again for a scientific review of this very unscientific plan.

  10. Cecila says:

    Thank you i just saved $260

  11. Myrissa Devlin says:

    Let me just start by saying I am a Skeptic I have tried “diet” fads. However I feel some of the accusations you are making about Arbonne is faulty. This diet (yes we still call it a diet even though its not spelled out on Arbonne marketing or publications) is Designed for people who have no knowledge about health and live a very sedentary lifestyle. I was a consultant and have tried this 30 days to healthy living and sold a few of these sets and without using false claims not everyone can afford all the products and there are other products out there that are just as good you can use during this 30 “cleanse” if you will . We encourage people to start making healthier choices for their bodies and people who work out and life mostly healthy lifestyles we tell them to drink an extra shake or add and extra meal or two depending on how active they are. I have had a few women addicted to soda and have had major withdrawals when taking it out of their diet and see HUGE results. That basic knowledge, soda is bad for you and any type of sugar for that matter natural or refined. However this 30 days taking people of highly addictive foods and replacing it with natural sugar is alot better than what these people have been doing to their bodies. Learning about their life styles prior to trying this and the changes they make I feel is very motivating for people to keep off the weight and stay healthy! Many of these people start when they get a Pre- Diabetic diagnosis from their doctors and I feel that’s a bigger scare than any tactics used by Arbonne! When people make this commitment they are serious some people need to spend a lot of money to force them to be healthy. I don’t understand why but most people are wired this way, holds them accountable I suppose. You just seem like extremely healthy, extremely health conscious individual who doesn’t need a system to stay fit and or healthy so thats fine you can take a pass. Just trying to share another point of view.

  12. Anne Smith says:

    Wow! I am so grateful I found this review before making the purchase; thank you! And? I’ve found a new blogger to follow. Thanks again!!

  13. Cynthia McCormick says:

    Abby, You are awesome, you tell it like it is and I love that. I am a Personal Trainer for Seniors with dance fitness involved and seniors in chairs. I also have a Nutrition Certification. (Yes, I know, an online course, ugh! ) Anyway 5 years ago, my son, the bodybuilder changed my life. Bad disk issues throughout my spine and neck, 2 scoleosis, 50 pounds overweight. Pain was so bad I couldn’t get in and out of bed without crawling and same for my car. I’d have to get dressed 1/2 hr early for work because I was so slow due to pain. I went to 4 back specialists in 1 year. They all said the same after testing “you are inoperable and will be in a wheelchair by the time you’re 60. Here are pain meds, you’ll be on them for the rest of your life! ok so screw that. No meds for me. It’s a bandaid. My son (the bodybuilder) came over and said he wanted to put me on a program (the 30 day thing again) He told me that “food hurts” but “food heals”. (I know, I’m rambling.) No dairy, grains, sugar for 30 days. I’m cutting to the chase. Hardly any pain, dropped 20 lbs. and continued on this plan because of how great I felt……Became a Zumba instructor, personal trainer, weight loss coach. But people always want an easy fix and will buy anything for so much money because it’s the easy way out!!! I now am thinner than I was at 30. Squats, push ups, and I tell anyone who will listen that FOOD HEALS. So glad I came across your “Don’t mess with Science” article about Arbonne…Someone told me about it today, I
    I research everything I hear about. You have a new follower Abby!!! Thanks for listening!

  14. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I can’t stand these companies that promote eating one meal a day, a couple shakes and fifteen pills to help “cleanse.” This is great.

  15. Bonnie says:

    Amen! Thanks for the great post.

  16. ArbonneRuinsLives says:

    Arbonne is an MLM aka pyramid scheme SCAM of a company at large, so of course their diet plan consists of shelling branded supplements and encouraging more purchases and becoming a “preferred client” or even better becoming an “independent consultant” yourself !

  17. Ashlynn says:

    I love this insight. Thank you for the honest truth.

  18. Evelyn says:

    Awesome post. I’ve always been against supplement detoxes. I’ve always thought cleansing via food. I just had a friend try to sell me Arbonne detox so I was just curious what they claim and came across your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Marina Leigh says:

    Thank you for this! What an intelligent, in-depth review of this ‘No Diet’ – Diet!!! You have saved me anxiety and money! Bless you xx

  20. Pat Perry says:

    I have done this diet and lost but alas gained it back. Can you suggest a program that is not complicated to follow. I am 72 and it seems like I am craving food all the time! I’m good with not a lot of choices. Thank you!

  21. Carrie says:

    I started the Arbonne diet (day 9) I feel depressed, no energy, and actually feel fatter. Clothes very tight. I agree with everything you said.
    Thanks Carrie

  22. Anonymous says:

    I don’t agree with your evaluation. I believe this program gives people an opportunity to jump start a change in what they eat to bring more awareness to nutrition. I think many have successes and it’s their story/journey not yours.

  23. Sarah Corman says:

    Thank you for this knowledgeable and informed review. I too believe it’s based on fear with pushy sales people. I would love to hear your thoughts on the beachbody supplements and programs. A very similar social media marketing scheme.

  24. JAM says:

    Thanks for posting this. I was considering trying it out for 30 days because I need to lose 30 pounds. One of my co-workers has been on the plan since April and has lost over 25 pounds so I’ve seen the results, but always questioned why you can have dairy, and some of the other foods they remove from your diet. It seems very very restrictive and as you mentioned, there really is not a plan to get you off their products to sustain a healthy lifestyle, while still enjoying life.

  25. Andrea Mead says:

    This was so helpful. Thank you so much for your honest insight. I will subscribe to your blog. Being a pediatrician, I appreciate your reference to scientifically based facts (like the true allergens).

  26. Cathie says:

    Thank you. Have a friend on this shit, who has been trying to get me on it. She became a rep so she could afford it! What does that tell you. She is hooked.
    I always research and read about all these things. Snake oil is snake oil! Eating Clean, The new buzz. For me eating clean means washing my hands before eating, and washing my fruits and veggies good in… wait for it… VINEGAR and water. Ha ha ha!!

  27. Lindsay S says:

    Thank you so much for this!

  28. Justine says:

    Very helpful, no nonsense review. Thanks!

  29. Laura Moran says:

    Hi Abby!
    I’ve been talked to about this cleanse by a registered nurse work colleague as I’ve told them about my gastritis issues and that I’m on PPI’s to help (prescribed to me by my GP). This person has said that this will help “heal my gut” in order for me to no longer almost need my medication anymore which is something I am desperate to help fix and stop taking this medication! I mean I’m only 25, I don’t want to be on it forever. Do you think this will help heal my gut? I’m not doing it for weight loss as all, purely to try to help my gut issues.

    As a Registered Dietitian, what can I actually do to help heal my gut so I can stop taking this medication and stop feeling nauseous every day. Will this be good to kick start the healing at all?

    I appreciate your honestly with all this diet bull crap! It’s super refreshing to see!! Love this!

  30. Zara says:

    A friend of mine is selling this stuff and I’m very concerned about her misleading claims. She’s claiming the detox plan sorts out your gut bacteria. But it’s not a probiotic!?! She’s marketing the skin products as natural when they contain synthetic ingredients. The more I research this company the more alarmed I am. It’s massively over priced for products that contain questionable ingredients! It operates just like a pyramid scheme and is very brainwashing. They are very misleading with their marketing and the Swiss laboratory dosent seem to exsist .

  31. Ll says:

    Spot on, I’m trying the shakes only and did not do the supplements, but I recognize it is a diet. Buying just the powder is significantly ant less then going w a package.

  32. Sherry says:

    So basically—- eat clean and forget all these stupid fad diets and lifestyles. Right?

  33. Rachel says:

    Excellent review. I just read a friend’s Facebook this scam diet and decided to Google it. Happy to find your review and your website.

  34. Shelley says:

    Hey Abby! I have a who’s been an Arbonne consultant for years and has moved up the proverbial ladder.
    I was confused how a skin care company got into “body cleaning”. Everything if your review is exactly what I was thinking! Thanks for that confirmation!
    When I saw that they were pushing the protein shakes, my first thought was how is this any different than the old slim fast shakes ..(which btw I did try many years ago…talk about starving ! They were supposed to fill me up…never did!!! So I had the shakes and them ate my meals !! Lol
    So this family friend has posted videos and pics of her husband who lost weight and is diabetic and now doesn’t need his pills! Tbh he does look great and has lost weight. I just saw another pic she posted fond lady who lost 7” in 30 days
    I want to lose a bit of weight and some belly fat and was actually considering this. But after reading your review and basically confirming that it’s a bunch of BS

  35. Toni Malufau says:

    I’ve been doing Arbonne and had to stop cause I got very tired and light headed. My stomach is not well
    I got constipated . I didn’t finish 4 week. I ended up going to Dr she said I was probably dehydrated. So I went off. Now my stomach is really nauseous. I will not do this again. Lost only 6 pounds and some inches.

  36. Tracey leicester says:

    Thanks. My step daughters have joined as consultants and trying to get me to do it. It going to be awkward saying. No. But These mommy making things are just a chain of people that makes money from others?? I wish they had done their research but ….

  37. ingrid says:

    love this zinger of a review. A friend of mine is buzzing about this program right now, and she really enjoyed it and saw the results she was looking for, but this was exactly the type of no-frills analysis I was looking for. You just saved me $260 + tax. 😉

  38. Abby,
    Thank you for your honesty in reporting on this diet. It is refreshing to read the truth about this so called diet plan. My husband showed me a picture of somebody we know with a before and after pictures. So I started to look into it and found your report. Thank you for saving me from a waste of time and money on this program.

  39. Leah says:

    Hey there so I just wanted to let you know that Arbonne only creates the 30 days kit of supplements. Any recipes, meal guide tips, claims of certain foods etc. is from the specific teams within arbonne! For example, you make a great point that adding all the avoided foods back at the same time would be awful so my team provides a guide to help with adding the food back in. We also definitely allow more than 1,000 calories a day and we encourage healthy snacking in between meals. Not trying change your opinion or anything, just simply informing!

  40. Oana says:

    Spot on!! Loved it!

  41. Jane says:

    Excellent article, Abby, thank you. I don’t need to spend any more time researching this cleanse now!

  42. Erica Delach says:

    I love this!! Thank you.

  43. Mary Handley says:

    I went to an Arbonne introduction to the company & products because my daughter-in-law is becoming a distributor. She was going on the 30day cleanse with her up-line. Neither woman needs to lose any weight. My 1st concern was the up-line didn’t say anything about dr approval. Ginseng is a blood thinner & should not be used in conjunction with certain meds. She didn’t have a clue. She also expounded on the “no pyramid” scheme but it is a MLM which she danced around that question. $266.00 was explained as a bargain because we spend much more on food a month…lol. I have a meeting with my daughter in law to discuss arbonne benefits which drove me to research. Thank you for your simple very understandable review. Lots of good points that helped me.

  44. Maria says:

    I do believe some people are eating way too many calories. I went to a bariatric clinic ran by a leading hospital for 4 years. There I found out I wasnt burning but 1400 calories a day. They took me down to 1000 a day and yes I had to take vitamins. Their diet was very similar to Arbonne where you have shakes and one meal. They call it “breaking up” with food. It was hard to stay on but I learned a lot and learned I did not have to eat 1500 calories a day. Everyone is different but a lot of what Arbonne is saying is actually true. Now I eat 3 small meals and 2 snacks a day. Sometimes one is a shake. For short term use I think their approach seems on track to me. Just my opinion though.

  45. Michelle Vosh says:

    Do you all research all the products you buy over the counter? Just curious. Do you research every label and discourage people from buying other products as well? Just curious. I tried the program and it worked for me. If it helps someone become healthier and change their bad eating habits, I’m confused how it can be so bad because it doesn’t help everybody. Has it caused some medical issues? If so, please let me know so I can be aware of health risks.

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