What Is The Keto Diet About?

Find Out More About The Keto Diet

Let’s start with a definition of Keto. Keto is derived from the word ketosis which is the state in which the body gets its energy from a chemical called ketones, instead of glucose. In the keto diet world, you will often hear the following terms, ketogenics (this is a manufactured word), ketogenesis and ketosis. All these terms refer to the same concept as described above.

The keto diet is about low carbs, medium protein high-fat diet. Although the driving force behind the keto diet is low carbohydrate, that is under 20g of carbs, the diet is flexible enough to allow for medium to medium high carbs of between 50 grams and 100 grams and still be effective in what it is reported to achieve. Obviously, with higher carbs, the results take longer, so it is a trade-off between having luxury food and having faster results

There is a misconception that the keto diet is all about meat and fat and that the diet is unhealthy because it is stripped of vegetables and fruit. This is far from the truth. Even on 20 grams of carbohydrate, you are getting adequate amounts of vegetables. Here is a picture of what 20 grams of carbohydrates look like:

20g Carbohydrate Vegetables

What foods are allowed on a keto diet?

MEAT, EGGS 

  • Eggs – chicken, dick, turkey…
  • Bacon
  • Chorizo
  • Salami
  • Sausages – If they don’t have fillers
  • Chicken with skin
  • Beef – Any cut keep the fat on
  • Pork – Any cut keep the fat on
  • Lamb – Any cut keep the fat on
  • Salmon 
  • Tuna
  • Hake
  • Sardines

FATS & OILS

For cooking – fats solid at room temperature

  • Butter
  • Ghee
  • Lard
  • Palm Oil

For drizzling – Cold pressed fats, liquid at room temperature

  • Olive oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Almond or other nut oils

COOKING INGREDIENTS

  • 85% dark chocolate
  • Coconut milk
  • Almond flour
  • Coconut flour
  • Flax meal
  • Psyllium husk powder
  • Balsamic vinegar

DAIRY

  • Cream, heavy whipping
  • Sour or crème fraîche
  • All hard cheeses (but no processed cheeses)
  • Cream cheese
  • Full cream milk
  • Goat cheese

SWEETENERS – In Limited amounts

  • Erythritol
  • stevia
  • Xylitol

CONDIMENTS

Make your own: pesto’s, salad dressings, and sauces

VEGETABLES 

    • Asparagus
    • Cauliflower
    • Broccoli
    • Cabbage
    • Summer Squash
    • Pumpkin
    • Beans
    • Zucchini
    • Garlic
    • Lettuce (crunchy type like Little Gem or Iceberg)
    • Eggplant
    • Mushrooms, wild, Porcini (dried), Portobello
    • Onion (red, white, brown or shallot)
    • Peppers, red bell, sweet
    • Spring onion
    • Spinach
    • Tomatoes, cherry or regular

FRUIT

  • Avocado
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Mulberries
  • Apricot
  • Lemons

Which foods must I absolutely Stay away from

  • Sugar
  • Bread
  • Pastries
  • Chocolates and sweets
  • Biscuits
  • Cereal
  • any hydrogenated oils
  • Margarine
  • Almost everything in a box
  • Almost everything in a tin
  • Most foods with a food label

What is the keto diet good for?

The latest research shows remarkable health and medical benefits in the Ketogenic diet and lifestyle. According to Carl E. Stafstrom and Jong M.  in a paper published in US National Library of medicine, the following neurological disorders show positive results on the ketogenic diet:1

  • Neuroprotective Role
  • Epilepsy
  • Aging
  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Cancers
  • Stroke
  • Mitochondrial Disorders
  • Brain Trauma
  • Depression
  • Autism
  • Migraine

Apart from the neurological effects the diet also shows great promise in reversing type 2 diabetes according to a study done by William S Yancy, Jr, Marjorie Foy, Allison M Chalecki, Mary C Vernon, and Eric C Westman2

Of course, the reason most people start looking into the ketogenic diet is weight loss.3 & 4 Not only is the diet effective in weight loss in clinical studies, it has also been shown to be effective in long-term weight management. Everyone I have spoken to that has gone on the Ketogenic Diet has had great results and everyone comments on the great tasting food and the fact that they are just not hungry all the time anymore.

Eat2Live has incorporated most of the science found in the quoted papers in a controlled and managed diet program that takes you from inception to your final goal and into a lifelong self-maintained lifestyle plan. To find out more go to The Eat To Live Diet Plan

What are the side effects of a ketogenic diet?

When starting on the Keto diet you might find some strange effects that might cause you to want to quit before you’ve even started.

Smoking is Addictive like some food typesOn any diet where the poison is removed from the system, there will be withdrawals and your body’s natural repair processes. Let me explain it by using the following example. Every smoker that took their first cigarette got high and felt terrible after that first smoke. Their body was reacting to and rejecting the poison it was being fed.

As the smoker continued lighting up the body accepted the poison as part of its daily survival and in fact, it would make that same horrible smoke taste amazing and give a sense of utter satisfaction. Now when I take the smokes away from the smoker, they go through withdrawal, and they feel terrible, and they crave another cigarette.

This is what we at Eat2Live call the addictive dependency cycle. It is when we break this cycle that you get the withdrawal feelings and the side effects.

These are the side effect you can experience when you start the keto diet, and they can last from one to four weeks:

  1. Induction flu- includes headaches and feeling like you have flu without the red nose
  2. Leg cramps – also a lack of salt and maybe magnesium
  3. Constipation – You need to drink more fluid and get more leafy veggies
  4. Bad breath – acetone smell, also mostly temporary, drink water to eliminate
  5. Heart palpitations – the cause is dehydration and a lack of salt – not cardiovascular.
  6. Reduced physical performance – This is because your body is changing from burning sugar (glucose) to burning ketones. This effect can last from a week to three weeks.

Keto Side Effects

How do you start the Keto Diet

There are two ways to get on the Keto diet. Some would recommend going cold turkey and diving right in, get into Ketosis As soon as possible and just stick it out through the tough times.

Others state that to gradually flow into the keto lifestyle is easier and less stressful.

Both of these approaches come with their pro’s and cons. First, by jumping right in, you will definitely put yourself in the keto side effects zone. So if you would rather skip these, I would suggest easing into it. Also, the difference in eating, cooking habits and food types might become overwhelming and causes you to quit. I know many people that have gone cold turkey, fought through the side effects and are happy with their new lifestyle.

On the other hand the slow approach is easier in the transition, however, if you were looking for a fast result, the slow approach will not work for you, simply because it will take you longer to get to your weight loss and ketosis results. This is also the preferred route if you suffer from a chronic illness like type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.

Look I don’t think faster or slower is the better way, it all depends on you. At Eat2Live our philosophy is that it is up to you and your personality type. How you decide to approach this diet has to be your choice.

That being said, I have written an article with a free Week long menu which is a strict low carb starter week. If you don’t want to go that strict you can just add more vegetables. Keto Diet Menu (link opens in a new tab) Follow this eating plan for a week and if you like what you feel you can join the Eat2Live Diet plan and we can work with you to find your optimal lifestyle. (NB – Your personalised plan might not be strict keto, it depends on your response to our assessments and lifestyle applications and to your reaction to the foods we incorporate)

If you enjoyed this article or would like to ask a question please leave a reply below – We’d love to hear from you.

Sources

1) The Ketogenic Diet as a Treatment Paradigm for Diverse Neurological – isordershttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3321471/

2) A low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet to treat type 2 diabetes – 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1325029/

3) Long-term effects of a ketogenic diet in obese patients –  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2716748/

4) Ketogenic Diet for Obesity: Friend or Foe? – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3945587/

Keto Diet Menu

Free Keto Diet Menu Button

Before we look at the keto diet menu, we have to just take a quick look at what the keto diet entails, then I will get into your free one-week menu plan that you can swap and change and rework that will give you different eating day menus to last you for a whole month.

The keto diet is a low carb, medium protein high-fat lifestyles.  The science behind the diet is well established and the benefits of the eating plan have been proven over and over again to be highly effective for health and weight loss. The problem that many people face though is what can they eat. Most people will only give you a list of foods, which we are also going to do, but they don't give you a menu plan to help you get started.

What foods can you eat on a ketogenic diet

Before we can look at a menu, let's look at what you can actually eat on the ketogenic diet.

First, you can eat all types of meat, chicken, pork, beef, venison, turkey and all fish, even shellfish. You can also add eggs back to your diet, they have been proven to be packed with goodness and no, they will not give you cholesterol. You can use dairy depending on your constitution. Many people cannot stomach lactose, so for those, it would be better to stay away from dairy-based products.

Vegetables you can eat all the green leafy vegetables and preferably vegetables that grow above ground. In some instances, you can have some of the other vegetables as long as you keep to below your daily carb intake of between 20 - 100 carbs depending on how strict you want to follow the keto lifestyle.

The fruit you are allowed to eat will be in the form of berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and mulberries. Who are the fruits contain too match sugar and is therefore suggested only in very limited amounts or not at all.

All manufactured foods are left out of the diet. There are obvious and scientific reasons for this, for more information on the keto diet and it's philosophy and science, please read the following article - What is the keto diet about?

On the keto diet, you can eat as much as you want, the only thing to keep in mind is to stop eating when you are not hungry anymore. Sometimes this is not as easy as it seems, however, a good way to overcome this is to eat slower. By simply leaning back while you are chewing will automatically slow down the rate at which you eat. Anything slower allows your body to give you the signal that you are full and at this point, you should stop eating more. In other words, the golden rule is to eat only until satiated.

Let's work on some meal plans
With the following meal plans, you can swap and change as you please.

Breakfast

Day 1

2 Scrambled Eggs fried in 1 tablespoon of butter

 

Lunch

Day 1
Chicken strips on a bed of salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing

 

Supper

Day 1
Steamed Broccoli with butter drizzled over it, 200g pork chop with full cream mushroom sauce
Mushroom sauce home-made with butter and full cream and salt and pepper and fresh mushrooms

 

Breakfast

Day 2
Two fried eggs fried in 1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 rashers bacon

 

Lunch

Day 2
Two meatballs and two slices of cheese with English mustard

 

Supper

Day 2
Butter Fried curry Cabbage with mince
Fry the mince in olive oil and serve on top a bed of cabbage

 

Breakfast

 

Day 3
2 egg omelette filled with mushrooms tomato, green pepper and cheddar cheese
Use 1 tablespoon of butter to fry mushrooms green pepper and tomato
Use half a tablespoon to fry the omelette

 

Lunch

 

Day 3
Fried fish and sweet potato chips and lemon
Fried in palm oil

 

Supper

 

Day 3
Steamed Cauliflower topped with melted cheese and a 200g beef steak with garlic butter sauce

 

Breakfast

 

Day 4
2 scrambled eggs with baby spinach mixed in and fried with 1 tablespoon butter

 

Lunch

 

Day 4
Full cream yoghurt with strawberries and blueberries

 

Supper

 

Day 4
Brinjal coated with pork rind and fried in palm oil topped with cream cheese and 200g lamb chops fried in olive oil

 

Breakfast

 

Day 5
Half an avocado with fried cherry tomatoes and a slice of fried halloumi cheese
Cherry tomatoes and fried halloumi cheese fried in a tablespoon of coconut oil

 

Lunch

 

Day 5
Chicken liver with onion, garlic, topped with cheese
Fried in butter

 

Supper

 

Day 5
Large Zucchini cut into chunks sweet potato and any stewing beef.
Just before serving add coconut cream. Can serve stew with cauliflower rice or cauliflower

 

Breakfast

 

Day 6
Asparagus bacon and egg mixed fry scooped into half a green pepper topped with cheese

 

Lunch

 

Day 6
Salad with beef strips cherry tomatoes feta cheese celery and mushrooms
Use olive oil and red wine vinegar as the dressing

Supper

 

Day 6
Steamed Summer squash served with butter and desiccated coconut covered fish fried in coconut oil
Fish can be any fish of your choice

 

Breakfast

 

Day 7
2 Fried eggs, 2 slices tomato, 1 portobello mushroom and one fried sausage
All fried in butter

Lunch

 

Day 7
Hamburger patties with cream cheese
Put two hamburger patties on top of each other with and generous layer of cream cheese in the middle

Supper

 

Day 7
Green beans, onion and garlic fried in butter and cream and grilled chicken

Play around with these menus use different spices different herbs different ways of preparing the meals and you will have a meal plan that can last you for quite a while.

If you would like to have a more controlled environment to harness the power of the ketogenic diet feel free to have a look at our Eat2Live weight-loss plan, you can click the link in the menu on the left-hand side for more information. Even though we call it a weight loss plan, the core focus of the Eat2Live program is to increase health and wellness. We know if we take care of health and well wellness, weight loss follows automatically.

If you have any questions or have further input we would love to hear from you. Please leave us a comment below

Why Is Sugar So Bad For You?

Why Is Sugar Bad For You

Sugar – bad for you – really?

That sweet nectar that makes so many dull things taste so good, how can that possibly be bad for you? How dare we even consider asking the question why sugar is bad for you? After all, did the advertisers not teach us that sugar gives us energy? Would they really give us food that is bad for us – never??

I wish, oh, I mean I really wish that all the above were true. Just about everyone I know loves a bit of sweetness every now and then, but what if that sweetness is the cause of our health and weight issues. Look I don’t for a minute believe that it is only sugar that is the problem, but I will concede this, the amount of sugar we consume is absolutely a gigantic problem in the modern diet.

According to the latest surveys, each one of us eats on average 65kg of sugar a year.

Too Much Sugar Today

That is 13 bags of 5kg sugar in a year. Considering that 200 years ago the average sugar intake per year was only 1kg.1 No, you read that right, it was only 1kg per year. Here is a little bit of an eye-opener for you to give you an idea of how much sugar this really is.

Where Does All This Sugar Come From?

It is not just from the teaspoons of sugar you put in your coffee, or on your breakfast cereal I can guarantee you this. When I looked into the sugar phenomenon, I was astounded. Look, the horrible truth is that sugar tastes great. It makes food taste great, so, sugar is used in just about everything that is manufactured.

I understand why industry uses sugar in all their products. It is a  business, and as a business you want people to buy your product. So it would make sense that you make your product taste as good as you can possibly make it taste right. I don’t think the one food producer speaks to another food producer to see how much sugar they are using so that they can use less sugar to make sure they are not poisoning the population.

If every producer is loading their products with sugar to make it taste good, you can see how this can quickly lead to overconsumption of sugar.

To make matters worse, with the rise of the low-fat fad diets, sugar fell into even more products. It is a fact that removing the fat from food groups make them taste terrible. To make these food taste good again they have to add sugar. So much for diets and health foods. The low-fat lie has caused an epidemic in overconsumption of sugar through low-fat products. Most of the time low-fat products contain more sugar than high-fat products.2

To answer the question, your sugar consumption comes from almost everything you eat. Please look on your product labels, sugar is hidden in many forms. Look out for these things on the label – they are sugars:

  • Sugar
  • Dextrose
  • Maltose
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Corn sweetener
  • Honey
  • Corn syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sorbitol
  • Brown sugar
  • Lactose
  • Molasses
  • Syrup
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • High-fructose corn syrup

Also While we are on labels, when reading the amount of sugar on the label, remember to look at the portion size you will be eating. Divide the gram value by 4 to give you a teaspoon value. Consider that you should not eat more than 6 teaspoons (25 g) for women, 9 teaspoons (38 g) of added sugar per day.

How Much Sugar In?

The values are teaspoons of sugar
Apples – 2.5 (per 100g)
Appletiser 7
Apricots – 2.3 (per 100g)
Banana Nut Crunch – 4.5
Bananas – 3 (per 100g)
Beer 7
Blueberries – 1.7 (per 100g)
Brown and wholewheat bread – 2 slices 0.5
Butterfinger bar (60 grams) – 7
Cake (one small slice) on average 4
Can Red Bull (250ml) 5.5
Canned Fruit (Average for half a cup) 3
Carrot cake (1 medium slice) – 3
Cheerios – 1
Chocolate bar (small ones 50 – 60 grams) 6
Chocolate mousse (1 medium portion) – 3
Coca-Cola (one can) – 8
Cocoa Krispies – 9.75
Cocoa Puffs – 9.25
Cookie Crisp – 8
Corn Flakes (per 50 grams not including what you add) 1
Cranberries (per 100g) – 1
Cream Soda 12.5
Custard (1 medium portion) – 3
Donut (1 jam doughnut) 3.5
Froot Loops (per 50 grams not including what you add) 5
Frosted Flakes – 8
Fruit pie (1 medium portion) – 3.5
Fruits (on average per fruit) 2 -5
Glass of Orange Juice 6
Granola & Cereal Bars 4
Grapes – 4 (per 100g)
Honey Nut Cheerios – 8.25
Ice cream (half a cup) 3
Jam Per teaspoon 1
Kiwifruit – 2.3 (per 100g)
Lemons – 0.5 (per 100g)
Low-Fat Foods (on avg per tablespoon) 1
Lucky Charms – 9
M&M’s packet 7.5
Mangos – 3.2 (per 100g)
Milk (one cup) 3
Milk chocolate bar (44 grams) – 5.75
Milk chocolate M&M’s (packet 47.9 grams) – 7
Mountain Dew (one can) – 11.5
Muffin (one chocolate chip muffin) – 4.75
Pepsi cola (one can) – 8.75
Pineapples – 2.5
Raisin Bran – 7
Raspberries – 1 (per 100g)
Rice Krispies – 2.5
Sauces & Instant Gravies (per tablespoon) 1
seedless prunes (dried Fruit per cup) 25
Shredded Wheat – 0.1
Snickers bar (52.7 grams) – 6.75
Special K (per 50 grams) 1.5
Sponge cake (1 medium slice) – 5.5
Sprite (one can) – 8.25
Strawberries – 1.3 (per 100g)
Swiss roll (1 roll) – 2.5
Tomatoes – 0.7
vegetables ( underground veggies avg 50g) 0.5

Do yourself a favour. Add up all the sugar you eat from the products you consume in a day, then you will really see where the amount of sugar depicted in the video above comes from. Our manufactured food are all loaded with extra sugar.

Ok so why is sugar bad for you?

From what we have covered above, we have to start with the amount of sugar we eat. You will have to admit that eating 65 kg of sugar a year is extreme and completely overboard. There is no human that was built to run on that amount of sugar in any way shape or form. Ever heard the saying, too much of a good thing is bad for you.

Right, so that was the logical argument, but we have to look into the nutrition argument as well.

Sugars are the smallest and simplest type of carbohydrate.3 They are easily digested and absorbed by the body. There are two types of sugars, and most foods contain a little of each. The first is single sugars (monosaccharides) are small enough to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. these are fructose, galactose and glucose.

Sugars that contain two molecules of sugar linked together are known as disaccharides and are broken down in our bodies into single sugars and these include sucrose (normal table sugar ) which is made up of glucose and fructose, lactose (sugar in milk) which is made up of glucose and galactose, maltose (sugar found in malt) which is made up of two glucose molecules.

Now we know sugar occurs naturally in dairy products, fruit and vegetables. These are not considered bad sugars, rather it is the sugars that are added to our food, or our food being processed that is cause for concern. For instance, we could argue that fruit juice is healthy because it comes from fruit and it is natural sugar right.

Here is the problem though. When you eat one fruit, it will fill you up. but to make the glass of fruit juice you want to drink it will take 4 fruits to make the one glass. What you have done is take out the good fibre from the fruit and compressed all the sugars from four fruits into one meal. You will find the same problem with dried fruit.

Sugars provide calories, or “energy,” for the body. Each gram of sugar provides 4 calories. Your body breaks down sugars into glucose. Glucose in the blood (often referred to as “blood sugar”) is a primary energy source for the body.  Glucose can be used immediately or stored in the liver and muscles for later use.

Sugar Nutrient Value

There is nothing in sugar except for calories. So if you are eating empty calories what value does it add to your daily nutrient needs. Answer – 0%. Diets lower in added sugars and higher in nutrient-dense foods can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and cavities.

Let me use an example to show you what I mean by dead calories. 1 teaspoon of sugar is equal to 16 calories which are equal to one cup of cucumbers. You can see that value for value you get much more from food than from sugar. So this is the second problem with sugar. First we eat too much of it, and second, there is no nutritive value in the sugar, especially not in the amounts we eat it. However, empty calories are not the biggest problem of sugar.

Let’s have a look at what all sugar effects in our bodies.

Blood Glucose cycleSugar and your pancreas

As soon as you eat, your pancreas starts pumping out insulin. Eating too much sugar causes your body to stop reacting properly to insulin. This means your pancreas starts pumping out more insulin. Eventually, your pancreas will get overworked and will break causing your blood sugar levels will rise, setting you up for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The effect of sugar on your brain

Sugar causes a big influx of dopamine (the feel-good chemical) released into the brain, which gives a feeling of energy and gusto. It is no wonder so many people are addicted to sugar because they are after that good feeling.  Like most addictions, your brain starts to need more and more sugar to get that same feeling of pleasure. Have you ever had that must get it now feeling, where you would kill for that ice-cream or chocolate or anything sweet? This is where it c those “gotta-have-it” feelings for your after-dinner ice cream that are so hard to tame

Sugar and your heart

we already established that your pancreas pumps out insulin into your bloodstream. This extra insulin affects your arteries by causing the arterial walls to grow faster than normal and get tense. This stresses your heart and causes damage to the cardio system. The obvious outcome of this is heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Research also suggests that getting 25% of your calories comes from added sugar puts you at twice as high a risk for heart disease as people that eat less than 10% of their calories from sugar.

Sugar and arthritis

Excess in sugar causes more inflammation in your body. This inflammation can attack joints so if you suffer from sore joints and do not have gout or arthritis, lay off the sugar. Speaking of Arthritis, studies have shown that overconsumption of sugar can increase your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Sugar and your liver

Having to much sugar can cause your liver to become insulin resistant. This condition is very serious in the long run as it disrupts your body’s ability to control blood sugar levels. This is the surest route to Type 2 Diabetes, an epidemic of the modern world.

Sugar and your kidneys

Look most of the time your kidneys is quite capable of dealing with filtering your blood sugar in your body. But if you’ve pushed it too far, and you have diabetes, having sugar can overtax the kidneys and can lead to kidney damage and eventually kidney failure.

Sugar and obesity

There is nothing new in the statement that too much sugar causes weight gain and obesity. I doubt that it is only sugar that is the culprit, but there is enough studies that show sugar contributes heavily to weight gain. What is maybe not as well known is that being overweight puts you at a much higher risk for type 2 diabetes. So if you want to get rid of those extra rolls you have to start with the sugars.

So is sugar really from the devil?

I would love to say no not at all, but I would be lying. If it were 200 years ago, I would say no, sugar is good. But in today’s world where sugar permeates everything we eat, it is definitely an evil that we have to get rid of in our diet. If you can stop eating all manufactured products, then you can still use sugar, and you will be fine. But if you cannot let go of those sodas and cookies, boxed foods etc. you might be in for a nasty and unhealthy surprise in your future.

If you are already overweight, I plead with you, get off the sugar. If you really must have something sweet use stevia or xylitol. Eventually, when you don’t use sugar for two weeks, the sweet things don’t taste so good anymore. I know this is not easy but think of your tomorrow. It is worth it.

If you want to take control of your health and your weight, feel free to join our Eat2Live Weight Loss Plan

We would love to hear back from you, please leave a comment, a question or a thought in the comment box below. 

Please have a listen to this video by Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology. It is quite eye-opening.

1. New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
(https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/documents/sugar.pdf)

2. US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health 
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4742721/)

3. Nutrition Facts Label: Sugars
(https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/InteractiveNutritionFactsLabel/factsheets/Sugars.pdf)

Herbalife Nutrition – All you need to know

This is an all you need to know article on the Herbalife brand and Herbalife nutrition. Therefore this is not going to be a quick 5-minute read. The Herbalife brand spans 37 years, so there is a lot to talk about to get behind the whole truth of the company and the products. So get some coffee, sit back and enjoy the read.

Herbalife is a global nutrition company

The Herbalife mission is to help people around the world lead a healthy, active lifestyle. Simply put, they are the producers of top quality, scientifically-formulated products; products that are loved by their clients all of which are on the road to becoming the best version of themselves. Millions of people have already achieved and maintained great results and according to Herbalife, they are committed to helping all new and future customers do the same.

Herbalife nutrition isn’t about fad diets, quick fixes or eliminating food groups. Instead, they take a supportive, community-based approach that will help you change your life in an enjoyable, effective and sustainable way. What makes Herbalife different is your personal Wellness Coach, your Independent Herbalife Member, who will support you throughout your journey.

The Herbalife Products – Where do the Herbalife products come from?

The Herbalife Key Product – Formula 1 Meal replacement shake

Herbalife F1 Shake Recipe – Very Berry Pineapple Shake

Product Brochure

Herbalife Product Brochure
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The Herbalife Sport Range

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Herbalife Weight Loss Plan
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Herbalife for Weight Loss

When you see all these testimonies of people losing weight on Herbalife, the first question that comes up is can you do it? 

My answer to you would be to see if you can afford it. It is not cheap to follow the Herbalife system. I will say one thing though, even though it is not cheap, it is incredibly effective in not only weight loss but also in increasing overall health. 

So a quick calculation on starter program cost for weight loss on the Herbalife program will look like this:

2 Canisters Shake Mix F1 - Vanilla1 R   785.00 (For breakfast and lunch)
1 Instant Herbal Beverage - R 266.46 (twice a day)
1 Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mango - R 391.00 ( once a day)

TOTAL = R 1442.46 per month or $100.73 per month

If you have this money available, I would highly recommend the Herbalife program, it's easy, it's convenient, it tastes damn good, and it is super healthy with great benefits. 

If you don't have that kind of budget, I highly recommend our Personalised Weight Loss Programme, which is only R 429.00 per month, or $30 per month and comes with a personal coach and personalised weight loss and fitness program included - Chech it out here

Download the PDF on the right to get the full picture of the Herbalife weight loss plan. 

Herbalife Nutrition Philosophy

Herbalife Weight loss Philosophy

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Some Herbalife Testimonials

To The Herbalife Sceptic

The uninformed often shout out that there are bad chemicals in Herbalife products, health-damaging products, cancer-causing products, and who knows what else. I wish people would do their due diligence before they just talk nonsense in order to have something to say. 

Just as a point of logic, do you think that over 37 years of business supplying products to over a 200 million consumers, in over 90 countries, there would not be a lawsuit out on Herbalife for the poison in their product if it was going to harm consumers. With all of the legal food administrations and health authorities in different countries, surely, if Herbalife was dangerous, or had false label claims, some country would have investigated the PRODUCTS. 

Yes, I am aware of the Ackman attack on Herbalife, however, in all the money millions Ackman spent to ruin the Herbalife brand, he did not attack the company's products. Rather, he attacked the business opportunity as a scam - which it is not. In the end the case was closed and settled. 

With all of the money Ackman spent to close Herbalife's doors, all he had to do was prove the products to be fake, to show the claimed results were fake and he would have closed Herbalife forever. It is VERY telling that he did not go after the products!

 

 

Anyway, the world has authorities in place. People that go out of their way to make sure companies are not lying to the market, that their products are safe, and that their products don't have anything in them that could harm the public. These authorities have a lot of power, they can close a company down in a heartbeat. They can shut down complete product lines even when they are already rolled out into the market.  These companies rely heavily on current mainstream science to pass or fail products.

Here are some of the agencies in different countries you need to have approval from before you can get your products to the public:

Argentina
Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing and Food
National Food Safety and Quality Service (SENASA) Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria

Canada

Minister of Agriculture
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Minister of Health
Health Canada
Health Products and Food Branch
Guelph Food Technology Centre[1] (Canada)

The United States of America
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI)
Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Under Secretary for Food Safety
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

China
General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine
State Food and Drug Administration
Hong Kong SAR
Centre for Food Safety

India

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
Philippines
Food and Drug Administration (Philippines)

South Korea
Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS)[2][3] Minister for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs[4] Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs[5] Office for Healthcare Policy[6]

South Africa
SAAFoST - South African Association of Food Science and Technology
Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA)
Food Safety & Quality Assurance - DAFF
Food Safety - SAATCA

Taiwan
Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW)[7] Food and Drug Administration (TFDA)[8]
Europe

Multinational
European Union
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (EU)
European Food Safety Authority
SAFE FOODS
Food Safety Promotion Board
Burma
Food and Drug Administration (Burma)

Greece
Hellenic Food Authority

Germany

Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung
Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit
Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung

Netherlands

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (ELI)
nieuwe Voedsel en Waren Autoriteit (nVWA)
Rijks Kwaliteitsinstituut voor Land- en Tuinbouwproducten (RiKILT)
Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RiVM)
Stichting Voedingscentrum Nederland

Norway
Minister of Agriculture and Food
Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food Landbruks- og matdepartementet
Norwegian Food Safety Authority Mattilsynet

Portugal

Ministry of Economy
Economic and Food Safety Authority Autoridade de Segurança Alimentar e Económica, ASAE

Spain

Health Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya
Catalan Food Safety Agency

United Kingdom

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Animal Health
Pesticides Safety Directorate
UK Government Decontamination Service
Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Food Standards Agency
Advisory committee on the microbiological safety of food
Food Standards Scotland

Oceania

Multinational
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)

Australia

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Department of Agriculture (DAFF)
Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS)
Biosecurity Australia
Government of New South Wales
Minister for Primary Industries (NSW)
New South Wales Food Authority

New Zealand

Minister for Food Safety
New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA)

 

Something Else to consider: There are real people working in the Herbalife company. They are not evil villains like pinky and the brain that want to take over the world. They are men and woman like you and me. They have been to university, they have studied for their field of expertise, they have worked in their respective industries and have finally landed up at Herbalife. These are professionals, 200 of them actually. Doctors, scientists, many with PhD's, nutrition specialists, and the like that have signed up with the ethos of the company to bring good, full nutrition to the world.

Herbalife-Science-TeamAll these people are working and placing their names on their research. This should make anyone that wants to find out about Herbalife sit up and take note. These men don't look for ways to poison you, to kill you during the day and then go home to their wives and their children. From interviews, these people and their families use the products themselves - now there's a vote of no confidence. Will you or anyone you know knowingly feed their children poison, or bad food. Why would we assume 200 well-educated people that are putting this food together, would do that? Not likely

It is easy to find blogger articles about how bad Herbalife is, but I would point you to the thousands of people whose lives have been changed in incredible ways. People who have had phenomenal results in their health, fitness and everyday lives. I live among these testimonies on a daily basis, I tell you, these people are not liars, they are really in a better place in their lives because of Herbalife. But I suppose finding thirty people on google that bad mouth Herbalife is enough evidence to negate the millions of positive testimonies about the products and the brand.

Then there is this fact to really investigate before attacking something that is really helping people. The Herbalife products have been on the market for 37 years. Yes, you heard that right, 37 years. You mean to tell me it has not stood the test of time?? I personally know a lady named Gill, that has been on the Products full-time for over twenty years. She raised her kids on the products as well and they are healthy and still using the product after leaving home. Makes you wonder? 37 Years of Herbalife in the world and no epidemics, no mass deaths, no epic law suite, no en-mass health issues reported by any health authorities in 90 countries.

FDA Logo at Eat2LiveSome sceptics cry out - "Herbalife is not approved by the FDA." This just shows ignorance. The only things that need to be FDA approved, are drugs, vaccines and pharma. Herbalife products are inspected by the FDA as are other foods because it is a FOOD not a drug. Furthermore, Herbalife must report to the FDA all serious adverse events reported to be associated with its dietary supplements. This is a legal entity and this should give many people reassurance that there is a system in place to stop the pinky and the brain types that want to destroy the world.

Food Allergies

Let's be clear, allergies are not side effects. You get side effects from medicine and as we have already established, Herbalife is not a medicine, it is food. Food allergy is not a new phenomenon. People have been allergic to nuts, wheat, lactose in milk, soy,  eggs and many other food items for as long as we've been here. To those that are allergic or intolerant to soy, most of the Herbalife shakes will be off limits to you, however, Herbalife does have a product called "Free From" which is devoid of the known allergens.

No peer-reviewed scientific papers

There are many claims all over the internet that there is no science to back up the Herbalife products and its claims. This is such a baseless accusation. What these are saying is that Herbalife has a mix of 200 scientist, nutritionists, and professionals in the nutrition industry, in Herbalife employment, that just sits around and does nothing. The sceptics insist on peer-reviewed scientific papers from the company concerning their products. Why would that be necessary?

Herbalife-Science-Centre
The Herbalife Product and Science Centre
in Los Angeles, USA

Think About This:
There is peer-reviewed scientific evidence that vitamins C boosts the immune system.
I now put vitamin C in my products and say it will help boost your immune system.
The trolls come to me saying that my product is fake because I have no peer reviewed scientific paper that it will boost your immune system.

Can you see how ridiculous this is? All science has been done on the ingredients already. Why would Herbalife have to do these experiments all over again? The science is now done to combine these ingredients in a manner that causes the product to have a certain outcome, taste, and effectiveness. This is then brought to market and through the market, you find out whether your product is effective, or people like the taste. If it does not work, and it tastes bad, or it does not deliver the outcomes it was meant to, it will not survive in the market.

Applying the scientific method to Herbalife

This is what the scientific method looks like:

  1. Make an observation or observations.
  2. Ask questions about the observations and gather information.
  3. Form a hypothesis — a tentative description of what’s been observed, and make predictions based on that hypothesis.
  4. Test the hypothesis and predictions in an experiment that can be reproduced.
  5. Analyse the data and draw conclusions; accept or reject the hypothesis or modify the hypothesis if necessary.
  6. Reproduce the experiment until there are no discrepancies between observations and theory. “Replication of methods and results is my favourite step in the scientific method," Moshe Pritsker, a former post-doctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School and CEO of JoVE, told Live Science. "The reproducibility of published experiments is the foundation of science. No reproducibility – no science."

Now let us apply the scientific method to Herbalife.

  1. The modern diet is very high in empty calories, and too low in nutrient density.
  2. Survey of millions of people and their eating habits confirms that people do not know how to eat a healthy nutrient dense diet. Secondly, with the depletion of nutrient values in our food due to overfarming of soil, picking underripe food and the long periods of time for food to reach consumers and further destruction of nutrients in food preparation, makes it very difficult for any person to get the density of nutrients from foods alone.
  3. Because of the state of the nutrients in the modern diet, we would expect an increase in obesity across the world. We should see the effects of bad nutrition not only in adults but also in children.
  4. Surveys from CIA Statistics Show the world obesity rate at 30% and increasing from 2008 to 2014. This is what was expected from our hypothesis.
  5.  Supplying nutrient dense meal replacements should turn around obesity. Bringing f1 meal replacement shakes to around 200 million customers, gives us a huge test group to show that meal replacement f1 shake with a healthy active lifestyle improved weight loss, energy and overall well-being in these customers.
  6. This experiment is repeated daily, spanning 94 countries, different cultures, and it has been repeated for the last 37 years. For 37 years the results have been documented by individuals. Each customer that has seen results, has a story of success, of health, of feeling great. 200 million stories - This is a repeatable experiment. Just get yourself or someone you know on the product and you will see the same results.

This is scientific, it is proven, it is repeatable. Don't let anyone tell you there is no science behind Herbalife. It is one of the largest real-life, ongoing science experiments in the world.

 

The Herbalife Company History

1980
Mark Hughes launches Herbalife in Los Angeles, CA, in February 1980, and begins rewriting network marketing history. Mark sells the original program out of the trunk of his car. The original Formula 1, Formula 2 and N.R.G. launch.

1981
The first President's Workshop is held in January, led by Mark. Herbalife® skincare and hair products launch.  Herbalife headquarters and warehouse at 5741 Buckingham Heights Parkway, Culver City, CA

1982
Herbalife opens in Canada. Herbalife's first computer system is acquired

1983
Herbalife opens in Australia The Herbalife Journal becomes a monthly publication received by all Distributors. The launch of Herbalifeline®.

1984
Herbalife opens its 1st European country, the United Kingdom. 81 Distributors from around the world attend the first international Corporate School in Toronto, Canada. Herbalife broadcasts 1st satellite program over its own network (HCN), and airs 1st infomercial, introducing Kindermins® Schizandra Plus launches. Herbalife Moves its headquarters to 9800 S. La Cienega Blvd., Inglewood, CA

1985
Mark Hughes testifies before Congress. Approximately 3,000 Herbalife supporters rally in Washington, D.C., during Senate hearings on weight-loss products. Herbalife's Medical Advisory Board is established. Herbalife celebrates its 5th Anniversary. Mark makes a guest appearance on the Merv Griffin show and talks about Herbalife. Xtra-Cal® launches.

1986
Herbalife goes public, trading on the NASDAQ exchange. Jim Rohn, internationally noted business philosopher and motivational speaker, teams up with Herbalife. 1st flavoured Formula 1 is introduced in Chicago, IL.

1987
Herbalife broadcasts live to Australia with simultaneous interpretation in two languages. Mark Hughes shares his passion for Herbalife during a satellite broadcast shown to millions.

1988
Herbalife opens in New Zealand. Herbalife Diet Disc launches.

1989
Herbalife® opens in Mexico, Spain and Israel. Herbalife trainings evolve, featuring on-stage appearances by President's Team members.

1990
Herbalife opens in France and Germany. Herbalife celebrates the company's 10-Year Anniversary

1991
The "Mission for Nutrition/Get on Board" campaign launches, setting $400 million in sales by 1992. Cell Activator® launches.

1992
Herbalife opens in Portugal, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Italy and Japan. The launch of Thermogenics. ®

1993
Herbalife opens in the Netherlands. Geri Cvitanovich (U.S.) and Carol & Alan Lorenz (U.K.) become the first to reach Chairman's Club. The launch of N-R-G Instant Tea Mix.

1994
Herbalife opens in Venezuela, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Belgium, Poland, Denmark, Sweden and the Philippines. The global charitable organization, Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF), is founded by Mark Hughes

1995
Herbalife opens in Russia, Taiwan, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, South Africa, Finland and Norway. Dermajetics® skincare line launches. HBN launches in the United States and Europe. 

1996
Herbalife opens in Greece and Korea. New communications systems launch: Herbalife.com, Touchton, voice and fax messaging systems. Herbalife moves into its Executive Offices to 1800 Century Park East, Century City, CA.

1997
Herbalife opens in Chile and Thailand. Mark undertakes an extensive world tour, holding meetings in Holland, Japan, Brazil and the U.S. Geri Cvitanovich, 1st Founder's Circle member, is designated. Mark Hughes receives the "Greater Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year Award." The launch of Dinokids.

1998
Herbalife opens in Indonesia, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Turkey and Swaziland. Chairman's Class happens in Palm Springs, CA, with guest speakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former U.S. President Gerald Ford. Mark Hughes opens an orphanage in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and names it Casa Herbalife. The launch of Ocular Defense Formula.

1999
Herbalife opens in Jamaica, Iceland, India and Slovak Republic. Mark Hughes appears on the cover of Network Marketing magazine (U.S.). The launch of Colour cosmetics line.

2000
Herbalife opens in Cyprus, Panama and Ireland. May 21 — The untimely death and tragic loss of beloved founder and visionary Mark Hughes, 1956—2000. Herbalife's 20th Anniversary. Launch of Gold and Triple Berry Complex

2001
Herbalife opens in Colombia, China and Croatia. May 21 — The first Mark Hughes Tribute Day, featuring 24 hours of web (HBN) broadcasting and continuous celebration at worldwide events.

2002
Herbalife opens in Latvia, Ukraine and Macau. Herbalife is acquired by the private firms of J.H.Whitney & Co., LLC, and Golden Gate Capital, Inc., and is held as a private entity. The launch of Total Control®.

2003
Herbalife opens in Estonia, Singapore and Lithuania. Michael O. Johnson joins Herbalife as CEO. Dr Lou Ignarro, Nobel* Laureate, becomes a member of Herbalife's Medical Advisory Board. David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.N., is appointed the chairman of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Boards. Niteworks® launches in the United States (with over $4 million in sales in first 2 weeks). The launch of Snack Defense®.

2004
Herbalife opens in Bolivia. Herbalife begins trading publicly on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The launch of Garden 7®, Radiant C® Body Lotion SPF 15 and Radiant C® Daily Facial Scrub Cleanser, Herbal Aloe Soft Hold Hairspray, Herbal Aloe Hand Cream and Herbal Aloe Bath & Body Bar.

2005
Herbalife opens in Hungary; China launches under a new business model. Herbalife Family Foundation donates to tsunami disaster relief programs. Donations from employees and Independent Members reach over $500,000. Herbalife Family Foundation donates to Katrina and other hurricane disaster relief efforts. Herbalife Family Foundation charity event raises $1 million. Herbalife becomes the Official Nutrition Sponsor of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team. 25th Herbalife Anniversary is celebrated. Mark Hughes Day, the annual celebration of Mark's life and legacy, moves to February 1st. The Herbalife Family Foundation's Casa Herbalife program launches, with six Casa Herbalife programs opening around the world. LaThe launch NouriFusion®, ShapeWorks®, Core Complex and Liftoff®.

2006
Herbalife opens in Peru, Malaysia and Costa Rica. The Medical Advisory Board is renamed Nutrition Advisory Board and broadens to include renowned physicians and health experts from around the world. 14 Herbalife Family Foundation's Casa Herbalife programs launch around the world. Herbalife Sponsors beach volleyball athletes, Elaine Youngs (U.S.) and Miwa Asao (Japan), and triathlete Olly Freeman (U.K.). Extravaganzas take place in Chile, Thailand, United States, Greece, Mexico and Brazil.  Skin Activator® line launches.

2007
Herbalife opens in El Salvador and Zambia. Herbalife becomes Presenting Sponsor of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team and is featured on the team jerseys; the jersey becomes a global best-seller for 2007. Herbalife sponsors volleyball gold medalist and world record holder Karch Kiraly (U.S.). Herbalife sponsors the Finnish National Ice Hockey Teams and is featured on the team jersey. Herbalife awards a research grant to the University of Mississippi, School of Pharmacy, to study botanicals for use in dietary supplements and skincare products. Nine Herbalife Family Foundation's Casa Herbalife programs launch around the world. Soft Green personal care products launch in Brazil. The launch of H30® Fitness Drink and Herbalife Kids ®. Formula 1.

2008
Herbalife opens in Romania, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Ecuador. Herbalife sponsors several athletes, including the Chinese National Cycling Team, IndyCar racer Townsend Bell, the American Youth Soccer Organization and Hungarian sprint canoeist, Attila Vajda.  Nine Herbalife Family Foundation's Casa Herbalife programs launch around the world. Two clinical studies, conducted at UCLA* and the University of Ulm, Germany, are completed, showing the effectiveness of U.S. and European Formula 1. The launch of Herbal Aloe Powder and Active Fiber Complex. Herbalife worldwide corporate headquarters moves to L.A. Live, in downtown Los Angeles, CA.

2009
Herbalife opens in Vietnam and Paraguay. HFF raises money for wildfire, earthquake, typhoon and tsunami relief efforts in Australia, Italy, Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia. Seven HFF Casa Herbalife programs launch around the world. Herbalife opens the Herbalife Innovation and Manufacturing (H.I.M.) facility in Southern California, allowing for better control of global product development and supply chain. Formula 1 Express Healthy Meal Bar launches in Europe. Soft Green skincare line launches in Brazil.

2010
Herbalife celebrates 30 years of changing people’s lives. Herbalife opens in Aruba and Bulgaria. HFF raises money for flood and earthquake relief efforts in Mexico, Thailand, Chile and Haiti. Herbalife adds global sports icons Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona to a sponsorship roster of more than 100 international athletes, teams and sporting events. A groundbreaking ceremony in Changsha, China for Herbalife’s new botanical ingredient extraction facility. Herbalife establishes the Herbalife Nutrition Institute (HerbalifeNutritionInstitute.com) to serve as an educational resource on good nutrition and health. Sixteen HFF Casa Herbalife programs launch around the world. CoQ10 launches. Formula 1 Allergen-Free launches with new Herbalife-branded packaging.

2011
Herbalife opens in Georgia, Belarus, Lebanon, Mongolia and Ghana. Herbalife records $5.4 billion in retail sales in 2011, surpassing Mark Hughes’ vision of $5 billion. Herbalife Innovation and Manufacturing (H.I.M.) facility in Lake Forest, Calif., adds independent Member Tours. HFF raises money for earthquake, tsunami, tornado and flood relief efforts in Japan, United States and Brazil. Herbalife becomes the title sponsor of the Herbalife World Football Challenge, featuring top soccer teams from around the globe including Herbalife-sponsored teams the LA Galaxy and FC Barcelona. Gary Small, M.D., an expert in brain health and ageing, joins the Editorial Board of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute. Nine HFF Casa Herbalife programs launch around the world. Herbalife24, the first comprehensive performance nutrition line empowering athletes 24 hours a day, launches. The Herbal Aloe product line, featuring new packaging and formulations, launches. Prolessa™ Duo launches.

2012
Herbalife opens in Slovenia, Uruguay, Serbia, Macedonia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Bosnia, Moldova and Trinidad and Tobago. Herbalife24® product line launches in Mexico, Brazil and in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Thirteen HFF Casa Herbalife programs open around the world. A total of 47 Independent Distributorships have now achieved Chairman's Club. Herbalife becomes the title sponsor of the Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles. Herbalife opens its first botanical extraction facility in Changsha, China, ensuring more quality control over botanical ingredients used in Herbalife® products. Herbalife purchases a new manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Herbalife and the LA Galaxy announced record 10-year extension to their sponsorship agreement. Herbalife South Korea wins the 2012 Most Trusted Brand Award in the health functional food category for second consecutive year. Herbalife releases "Herbalife24Fit" DVDs - a comprehensive 24-week program formulated to effectively improve fitness. The europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region introduces Formula 1 Allergen-Free for those with common food allergies.

2013
Herbalife opens in Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan. Twelve HFF Casa Herbalife programs open around the world. Herbalife becomes the Global Nutrition PArtner of Cristiano Ronaldo. Herbalife SKIN® product line launches in United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Seventeen Herbalife Extravaganza events take place across 12 countries, with more than 150,000 Herbalife Independent Distributors in Attendance. Herbalife becomes the Official Nutrition Partner of the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup and eight-team tournament that features some of the world's best and most prestigious socces clubs in a series of elimination matches.

2014
Herbalife® Green Tea launches in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Fifteen Herbalife Extravaganza events take place across 20 countries, with more than 150,000 Independent Herbalife Members in attendance. A total of 52 Herbalife Independent Distributorships have now achieved Charman's Club. Herbalife Adds the Vietnam National Olympic Committee to an international roster of more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and sporting events. Herbalife Family Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary with more than 120 Casa Herbalife programs around the world. Herbalife introduces the Gold Standard in consumer protection.

2015 
Herbalife launches Herbal Tea Concentrate in new Chai flavour. Construction commences on our manufacturing facility in Nanjing, China. Herbalife24® CR7 Drive launches in the United States and EMEA. Herbalife announces record 10-year extension as official presenting sponsor and jersey sponsor of LA Galaxy. Herbalife celebrates milestone 35th anniversary. Tens of thousands take part in World Record Workout, setting a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® Achievement. Herbalife partners with the Special Olympics World Games, held in Los Angeles, to support more than 700 athletes from around the world. Herbalife partners with the American Red Cross to supply post-donation snacks to blood and platelet donors. 12 HFF Casa Herbalife programs launch around the world. Herbalife achieves net sales of $4.5 billion. 19 Herbalife Extravaganza events take place across 17 countries, with 158,000 Independent Herbalife Members in attendance.

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