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Overview and Information About the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program

Overview and Information About the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program

Since your metabolism is powered by lean muscle mass, when you retain muscle your metabolism stays stronger which can help you keep off that hard-fought weight loss. The Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program is designed for weight loss without muscle loss.

Overview and Information About the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program

Q. What is the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program? What makes this diet program different from all the other weight management systems and diets?

A. First of all, It's not really a diet. It's much more. The Shaklee 180™ weight loss program is a clinically reviewed, and strongly tested combination of weight-loss products that make up one part of a complete, and proven, weight loss program. This program is designed to take you from your "before" to a better "after" and beyond!

To many people, "doing a 180" is a term for reversing course, as in "the administration made a complete 180 on its previous position".

Well, with the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program, not only can you turn your weight loss efforts, and maybe your life, around, but the 180™ refers to Shaklee's plan of 90 days to lose the weight and 90 days to learn how to keep it off.

healthy coupleAlong with the great weight loss products you’ll find yourself linked to a comprehensive and holistic support system full of tools, education, and support to help you stay motivated and reach your goals.

The key secret to Shaklee 180™ products, is leucine, an amino acid.

Leucine tells your body to retain muscle so that you only lose the right kind of weight. With popular, conventional, and especially "fad" diets, you commonly lose muscle while losing fat...if you lose any fat at all!

The Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program has been specifically designed so that most pounds you lose are fat.†

Yep, you heard that right... when you follow the Shaklee weight loss program as instructed, your weight loss is going to be almost all fat!

Since your metabolism is controlled for a large part by lean muscle mass, retaining muscle during a weight loss program helps your metabolism stay stronger, maintaining a higher metabolic rate. A higher metabolic rate can help you achieve, and maintain weight loss.

Questions and Answers About the Shaklee 180™ Program and Special Diet Needs

Q. What Shaklee 180™ products are kosher certified?

A. The following Shaklee 180™ products are certified as Star K:

  • The Shaklee 180™ Soy Energizing Smoothee Mix (all four flavors),
  • The Shaklee 180™ Blueberry & Almond Crisp Meal-in-a-Bar,
  • The Shaklee 180™ Snack Bars (two flavors),
  • The Shaklee 180™ Metabolic Boost*™, and,
  • The Shaklee 180™ Energizing Tea (both flavors).
Additionally, the Shaklee 180™ Whey Protein Blend Energizing Smoothee Mix, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Meal-in-a-Bar, Shaklee Snack Crisps (two flavors), and Shaklee 180™ Chocolate Chocolate Snack Bar have been certified as being kosher dairy.

Q. Are the products in the Shaklee 180™ Weight Loss Program gluten-free?

A. Shaklee has tested all Shaklee 180 products for the presence of gluten and has labeled all as gluten free.

Q. Can I use the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program if I am pregnant?

A. In most instances, the answer is, "yes".

Most pregnant women can enjoy the Shaklee 180™ Energizing Smoothees, bars, and snacks, as part of a healthy weight loss diet. However, keep in mind that additional calories, protein, and fiber are essential for a healthy pregnancy and a great way to obtain that additional 300 calories per day is by having a Shaklee 180™ Energizing Smoothee.

Keep in mind that pregnant women should not be following any weight loss program unless under the direction of a physicion, nor is it recommended that Metabolic Boost* be used while pregnant.

Be advised that some of the products in the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program do contain caffeine. Discuss caffeine intake with your obstetrician; if they think you are ok with a cup or two of caffeinated beverages per day, you can use Shaklee's Energizing Tea as one serving.

Q. Can I use the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program if I am nursing?

A. Yes, you can follow the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program while nursing your baby, but make sure you’re eating enough calories and drinking plenty of fluids so breast milk production isn’t compromised. It is recommended that you start with the 1,800 calorie meal plan if nursing.

It is also recommended that you discuss the use of the Energizing Tea with your doctor, as it contains naturally occurring caffeine in the amount found in a half cup of coffee or black tea.

Nursing mothers should replace the Metabolic Boost* supplement with Vita Leaฎ with Iron Formula. This is because Metabolic Boost* contains the herbal extract evodia, for which the safety of use in nursing women has not been studied as yet. If, at any time, you notice a change in your breast milk production, you may want to check your calorie and fluid intake or consider discontinuing the program until you’ve finished nursing your baby.

Q. I am vegetarian/vegan, can I be on the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program?

A. Lacto-ovo vegetarians can use the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program. The Energizing Smoothees can be mixed with nonfat milk or low-fat soy milk. Shaklee 180™ meal plans designed for lacto-ovo vegetarians are available on the website. For strict vegans, please note that some of the Shaklee 180™ Energizing Smoothees and Bars contain dairy ingredients.

Q. Can children safely use the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program?

A. This program has not been designed for children under the age of 12. However, overweight teenagers (ages 13 to 18) can follow the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss program, supervised by their parents to assure they are following the program as it is designed. We would also urge that the teen’s physician see them once or twice in the course of their weight loss process.

Q. Can a diabetic use the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program?

A. Anyone with diabetes should be under the care of a medical doctor and should discuss any weight-loss program with their doctor.

If you have Type 2 diabetes, calorie control and weight loss tend to be critical to the prevention of potential long-term sequelae. Your doctor should evaluate you over time as you lose weight as to whether your medications need adjustment.

The Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program has been well-designed and should be appropriate for most people with diabetes. Simply follow the calorie level your doctor has told you to.

Shaklee 180™ Energizing Smoothees, Meal-in-a-Bars, and Snack Bars have undergone glycemic index testing and meet the definition of “low glycemic.” We also have attempted to guide you towards choosing foods in your meal plan with a low to moderate glycemic index.

Q. I am allergic to soy. Can I be on the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program?

A. The Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program offers a vanilla-flavored, whey protein blend version of the Shaklee 180™ Energizing Smoothee. Use two Shaklee 180™ whey protein blend Energizing Smoothees per day as part of your Shaklee 180™ meal plan.

The only other recommended modification to the plan is making appropriate food choices to replace the Shaklee Snack Bar which is also a soy protein based product.

Here are some non-soy alternatives to eating a Snack Bar:
  • 1 cup of nonfat yogurt, or
  • ฝ cup of nonfat cottage cheese with 1 cup of raw vegetables, or
  • 1 oz. low-fat cheese with 5 small whole wheat crackers
About Shaklee 180™ Energizing Smoothees and Meal-in-a-Bars

Q. What are the key features of the Shaklee 180™ Energizing Smoothee?

A. Shaklee 180™ Energizing Smoothees provide:
  • 24 grams of Leucine-enhanced protein, when prepared as directed, to help retain your muscle and 6 grams of fiber to help keep you feeling full.*
  • Non-GMO soy protein
  • Low glycemic
  • No artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives added
  • Gluten free
  • Kosher certified
Q. What is Leucine and why is it an important ingredient?

A. Leucine is an essential amino acid that signals your muscles to stimulate protein synthesis. It helps your body preserve muscle mass while you lose weight. Keeping muscle helps keep your metabolism strong so you are less likely to regain the weight you lose.

Q. What is the Glycemic Index (GI) of the Shaklee 180™ Energizing Smoothees and Bars?

A. The Glycemic Index is a measure used to assess the rate at which carbohydrates in the foods you eat raise blood sugar. Foods with a GI value of less than 55 are considered to be “low glycemic.” All Shaklee 180™ products are low glycemic.

Q. Can I mix my Shaklee 180™ Energizing Smoothee with water?

A. We recommend nonfat milk or low-fat soy milk for the best nutritional profile and to provide you with the full amount of protein and leucine you need in the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program. If desired, you may mix the Shaklee 180™ Energizing Smoothee with water, using THREE scoops of powder in eight ounces of water. This provides about the same amount of protein and calories as when prepared with nonfat milk or low-fat soy milk.

Q. Can I use the two Energizing Smoothees for any two meals?

A. Yes. You may use the Energizing Smoothees as a meal replacement for two meals per day, breakfast, lunch, or dinner and have one healthy meal per day as well.

Q. How does the Shaklee 180™ Meal-in-a-Bar fit into the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program?

A. The Shaklee 180™ Meal-in-a-Bar is designed to be used as a meal-replacement alternative to the Shaklee 180™ Energizing Smoothee Mix. If you are looking for an on-the-go alternative to the shakes, feel free to substitute one Energizing Smoothee a day with a Shaklee 180™ Meal-in-a-Bar.

Q. Can I use a Shaklee 180™ Meal–in-a-Bar as a snack?

A. You may use a half serving of a Shaklee 180™ Meal-in-a-Bar as a snack.

About Shaklee 180™ Energising Tea

Q. What is the purpose of Shaklee 180™ Energizing Tea?

A. It is not uncommon for all of us to experience occasional dips in energy level, especially when you are reducing your calories to lose weight. Energizing Tea is a great alternative to high-calorie coffee drinks or sodas. Enjoy the tea hot or cold–it will help naturally boost your energy level without sabotaging your success.

The plain Energy Tea has no calories.

The Pomegranate flavored Energy Tea has only 10 calories. Plus, the T-Liftฎ blend in Shaklee 180™ Energizing Tea provides catechins, which have potent antioxidant properties.

Q. How many servings per day of Shaklee 180™ Energizing Tea may I have?

A. Each tea stick has 70 mgs of caffeine, which is about 2/3 the amount found in a typical cup of brewed coffee ... so you can consume a similar amount of servings of Shaklee Energizing Tea as you would coffee or tea. However, if you are sensitive to caffeine, you may want to try a half serving of the tea and see how you do with it. If you have been told to eliminate caffeine, do not take the tea.

Q. What is white tea extract?

A. White tea is green or black tea that is harvested before the leaves are fully open (baby tea leaves). At that time, the tea leaf buds are still covered with fine white hair, which provides the name “white tea”. The tea leaf buds are steamed to prevent oxidation then dried. It contains more antioxidants than regular green tea.

Q. What is matcha green tea powder?

A. Matcha green tea is a special form of green tea and a traditional ceremonial tea in Japan. It is produced from the finest fresh leaves that are handpicked at the earliest harvest and prepared using the whole powder, rather than steeping and discarding the tea leaves so as to get the full benefit of all of the nutrients in the leaves, including fiber, minerals, and antioxidants.

Q. What is rooibos red tea?

A. Red tea is made from the herb rooibos, a native plant from South Africa. It provides antioxidants, including flavonoids such as aspalathin, a unique polyphenolic compound.

About Shaklee 180™ Snacks

Q. What can I substitute for Shaklee 180™ Snack Bars?

A. We strongly suggest the Shaklee 180™ Snack Bar as your snack. With 120-130 calories, it provides 10 grams of protein and three grams of fiber. It’s a great way to add protein to your day and to get some extra leucine to help preserve lean muscle. If you can’t eat the bar, here are some alternatives:
  • 1 cup nonfat yogurt, or
  • ฝ cup of nonfat cottage cheese with 1 cup raw vegetables, or
  • 1 oz. low-fat cheese with 5 small whole wheat crackers
Q. How do I use Shaklee 180™ Snack Crisps in the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program?

A. Shaklee 180™ Snack Crisps provide 100 calories and 6 grams of protein per serving. They are a great, savory alternative to consuming a Shaklee 180™ Snack Bar in the context of the Shaklee 180™ meal plan guidelines.

Q. Can my family consume Shaklee 180™ Snack Crisps...even if they are NOT on the program?

A. Yes. Shaklee 180™ Snack Crisps actually are a healthy snack option for all members of your family, including children age 2 and older.

Q. Can I eat the Shaklee 180™ Snack Crisps if I’m breastfeeding?

A. Yes. Shaklee 180™ Snack Crisps are safe to consume if you are breastfeeding.

Q. Can people with diabetes safely eat Shaklee 180™ Snack Crisps?

A. Yes. However each serving of Shaklee 180™ Snack Crisps contains 13 grams of carbohydrates. If you use diabetic exchanges, a serving of Shaklee 180™ Snack Crisps is equivalent to one starch/bread exchange plus 1 lean protein/meat. We also highly suggest consuming the snack crisps in the context of our Shaklee 180™ meal plan guidelines and that you monitor your blood sugar as recommended by your doctor.

About Shaklee 180™ Metabolic Boost*

Q. Should I take Shaklee 180™ Metabolic Boost* with food or an Energizing Smoothee?

A. Yes. Ideally you should take one tablet along with each of your two Energizing Smoothees a day and one with your prepared meal for a total of three tablets a day.

Q. Can I take all three Metabolic Boost* tablets at the same time?

A. For best results we recommend you take one supplement three times daily. One with each Energizing Smoothee and one with your one meal of the day.

Q. What is evodia extract?

A. Evodia is a natural herbal extract with a history of use in traditional Chinese medicine and has been shown in several laboratory studies to have anti-obesity potential.

Q. What is purple corn extract?

A. Purple corn, also known as blue corn, is a natural herbal extract that has been shown in several laboratory studies to have weight-loss potential. It is also a source of anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid known for its powerful antioxidant properties.

Q. What is EGCG?

A. EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) is a component of green tea. Green tea containing EGCG has been shown in clinical studies to increase metabolic rate, increase the calories burned over 24 hours, and increase the percentage of calories burned from fat. A clinical study has been conducted using 270 mg of EGCG, the same amount that Shaklee provides in the Shaklee 180™ Metabolic Boost*.

Q. Can I continue to take other Shaklee supplements while on the Shaklee 180™ Program?

A. It is generally going to be okay to take other Shaklee products such as Shaklee OmegaGuardฎ, Advanced Joint Health Complex*, etc. However, because the ingredients in Glucose Regulation Complex* (GRC) are included in the Metabolic Boost*, we do not recommend using GRC while on the Shaklee 180™ Weight-Loss Program.

Caffeine in Shaklee 180™ Products

Q. Is there much caffeine in the Shaklee 180™ Chocolate Energizing Smoothee?

A. The caffeine found in the Shaklee 180™ Chocolate Energizing Smoothee is less than 1 mg per serving.

Q. How much caffeine is in the Shaklee 180™ Chocolate Chocolate Snack Bar?

A. Approximately 10 mg.

Q. How much caffeine is in the Shaklee 180™ Metabolic Boost*?

A. The Metabolic Boost* contains a green tea extract containing a small amount of caffeine. A full serving of the Metabolic Boost* will provide less than 10 mg of caffeine.

Q. How much caffeine is in the Shaklee 180™ Energy Tea?

A. Shaklee 180™ Energy Tea has approximately 70 mg of caffeine, about the same as about ฝ cup of coffee.

Q. Is there caffeine in the Caf้ Latte Shaklee 180™ New Life Shake?

A. The Shaklee 180™ Caf้ Latte New Life Shake has only a trace amount of caffeine which mainly comes from the natural flavors used. It has less than 1 mg of caffeine per serving.

†The weight loss portion of the Shaklee 180 Program was tested in a preliminary 12-week clinical study and skin fold caliper measurements were used to estimate lean body mass and fat mass. Meal-in-a-Bars were not part of that study

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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