Formula 1 is the staple product sold by Herbalife. The following article and Herbalife shake review; we will explore in depth different details about the meal replacement that has taken the diet world by storm.
Use of Formula 1
Formula 1 is used as a meal replacement shake and also as a workout supplement. It can be used to bulk up or slim down. According to its labels, Formula 1 “supports metabolism” and can be used to lose weight. Despite its vague mention of its use for losing weight, it is generally accepted that Herbalife products are for weight loss.
The Maker of Formula 1
Herbalife is the diet supplement company that makes Formula 1 shakes. Herbalife has many different people who sell their products. Users of the product who see good results, often turn around and sell the product because they believe that it works. If you search the BBB for Herbalife, there are tons of businesses under the title Herbalife because of the franchises created under the main umbrella of their corporate structure. Their multi-level marketing scheme works wonders for them. You have to be a member to buy their products but that doesn’t stop them from selling a LOT of product. Herbalife has an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau.
Herbalife products are gluten free and Formula 1 contains soy protein isolate and fructose. Soy is the main protein ingredient in the meal replacement shakes, whereas casein is listed ninth which means milk-derived products are pretty low on the list in terms of ingredients. The soy in Herbalife products is not labeled as GMO or non-GMO.
Formula 1 also contains a prebiotic called inulin. Probiotics and prebiotics have been shown to be helpful in promoting weight loss and healthy gut bacteria.
Formula 1 only has 90 calories on its own (without milk). If two meals were to be replaced with Formula 1, then the user would naturally shed weight. Herbalife forums recommend you eat a normal dinner along with the two shakes. Formula 1 works because it replaces meals and keeps you full longer using less calories. The shakes have all of the nutritional needs a dieter would want, however, there is room for more protein.
There have been three clinical studies conducted by the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board. Although perhaps biased, it is a good thing that this company invested time and money into the science behind their product. In the first study, 110 overweight people were given different amounts of protein for a year. Researchers noted that drinking two Formula 1 shakes lead to more effective weight management then just limiting calories alone. In another study, researchers gave 100 obese men and women the same number of calories for a period of time however one group received more protein. The high protein group, which was taking Herbalife Formula 1, lost more body fat overall. However, none of these studies only used Formula 1, they all supplemented with other forms of protein. Because protein was increased, it cannot be said that Formula 1 alone increased chances of losing weight…it seems there needs to be additional sources of protein. It seems that Herbalife should just change their formula to add protein. It’s not a new concept that more protein equals more weight loss.
There doesn’t seem to be any side effects from Formula 1 however an increased intake of soy can cause some concerning ramifications. Soy might reduce certain hormone levels. It might be a good idea for people using Formula 1 with prior known hormone imbalances to get their levels checked after using the shakes for a period of time.
Does it work?
Formula 1 seems to be a good option for those who can afford it, however it should be used as a meal REPLACEMENT and not in addition to other meals. There are no ingredients in Formula 1 shakes that are overly concerning but I would check with your doctor if you are particularly worried about any of the contents of the product. Remember that you have to sign up for the website in order to purchase the shakes, or you can purchase them directly through one of the Herbalife members. I hope you enjoyed this Herbalife shake review!