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To think Herbalife is insidious bullshit?

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rosettesforjill Sun 09-Oct-16 18:25:10

Feel like I'm losing someone to it. As in not just they're getting sucked into it, they're accusing me of not supporting them and we're actually falling out, ostensibly because I'm not liking every social media post they put up about it. They know I think it's bollocks (I said as much when they first started using the products) so I'm not sure why they think I'd suddenly change my mind.

Is the "not supporting" tripe part of the script? Will this person come out the other side at some point? sad

ayeokthen Sun 09-Oct-16 18:26:15

What is it? I've seen people talking about it on Facebook but never asked.

rosettesforjill Sun 09-Oct-16 18:27:48

Oh it's some overpriced protein shake/vitamin supplement weight loss plan, which I don't have a problem with per se, but it's a multi-level marketing scheme which I think is v dodgy

ayeokthen Sun 09-Oct-16 18:29:12

Oh hell one of those schemes??? I hate them angry I hate being put under pressure to buy/support/get involved in those schemes, the make up ones, the diet ones, all of it pisses me off. It feels like using major pressure to bully your friends/family into parting with cash. I'm nobody's ATM.

maggiethemagpie Sun 09-Oct-16 18:31:56

It's overly expensive diet milkshakes/bars sold pyramid style like forever living.

You do get support from a 'consultant' ie weekly weigh in, so if you factor in the personal support it's not so bad. I lost a stone with it after my second pregnancy and it did help to have a weekly weigh in but it probably wasn't worth the cost (like £25 for a tub of milkshake that lasts 1-2 weeks) and I got sick of the shakes after a while.

The money's made my recruiting new sellers rather than just selling the product to a customer, which makes it a bit dodgy IMHO.

Some of the products are nice but much easier and cheaper to buy on ebay if you don't need the personal support element.

booox Sun 09-Oct-16 18:32:40


thestarryeyedsurprise Sun 09-Oct-16 18:46:35

You may receive support but it's not from anyone remotely qualified in that sector. You loose weight because if you look at the content in the shakes your effectively starving yourself.. start to eat normal food with real calorie content, you will gain weight instantly. These quick fix diet things drive me mad .

EverySongbirdSays Sun 09-Oct-16 19:07:38

I did Herbalife and lost 3 stone but with any diet that is based on a program like that I put it all back on the minute I stopped and it was fierce expensive and just not sustainable.

bloodyteenagers Sun 09-Oct-16 19:08:08

it is bullshit. The support is from the unqualified sales person. we have one in work. The amount of shite she spouts is dangerous. We have a qualified nutritionist on hand, who will give us plans for free based on lifestyle, height, age, health conditions etc. Crazy herbalife woman constantly tries to undermine her. At one point telling the diabetic to ignore doctor etc, start with the shakes and they will cure her.

The shakes, just like slim fast and countless other shakes are a quick fix. And with all quick fixes, the weight comes back and often brings friends as well. rather than substituting shakes for actual food, join something like weight watchers or slimming world, weekly weigh ins, support, and eating actual food, and also from doing those programs you are getting an idea about correct portion sizes etc. Not a quick fix, but healthier than loosing a lot in a short amount of time.

SandyY2K Sun 09-Oct-16 19:10:40

I remember that stuff being around over 25 years ago.

myusernamewastaken Sun 09-Oct-16 19:51:55

My fb feed is full of mlm shit....herbalife....younique....actiderm...forever tree world....its all bullshit and it really makes me angry.

Mellowautumn Sun 09-Oct-16 20:06:17

Actually shake and very low calorie diets are now being used by main stream Dr's to treat/cure diabetes and 'starving' yourself is fasting is becoming big news (see Horizon programs) the mlm marketing element is however bullshit and its expensive for the quality. You do not put huge am out of wake back on if you change your eating habits - SW and WW both have high revidacist numbers - in test fasting and clubs have similar weight regains.

thestarryeyedsurprise Sun 09-Oct-16 20:26:43

Mellow the problem with Herbalife is that it's not encouraging to to change eating habits. It's encouraging you to drink milkshakes and not actually consume real food. That's not a long term healthy eating plan.

specialsubject Sun 09-Oct-16 20:26:49

Pyramid selling sugar shakes. One of those diets that works every time - which of course.means fails every time. A diet that worked would only be needed once.

rosettesforjill Sun 09-Oct-16 21:02:10

Thanks all. I hate it! Said person has a history of fad diets and it's obviously just the latest one, but they and their partner are getting way too invested in it, I think (financially and metaphorically!)

deathandtaxes123 Sun 09-Oct-16 21:03:34


I knew some poor guy who shit himself after doing it for a few days

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