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Amazing Changes! My First USANA Product Review – Part 2

written by Head Health Nutter August 12, 2009

Yesterday’s post was a teaser and illustrated some amazing health results I’ve achieved in just a few weeks. This post is the second half of my first USANA products review and reveals exactly what I did to regain control of my life.

At the end of June, I started a supplementation regimen:

USANA’s HealthPak 100™ – More than a multivitamin

The HealthPak 100 delivers a full-body approach to supplementation, designed to provide a comprehensive balance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to support the function of various tissues and organ systems in the body.

One box contains a 4 week supply of 56 individually wrapped packets, 6 tablets in the morning and 6 at night:

  • the full daily dose of the USANA Essentials™ (Mega Antioxidant plus Chelated Mineral)
  • Active Calcium™, a core USANA Optimizer
  • USANA’s unique AO Booster™ for added antioxidant protection (contains, among other bioflavinoids, a full daily dose of the grape-seed extract found in Proflavanol® 90).

I’ve researched USANA and trust they produce quality nutritional supplements. They are up-to-date in all the latest clinical studies on nutrition and take into account the bioavailability of their supplements. With a well-balanced, healthy diet, USANA’s HealthPak 100™ can help deliver essential nutrients missing  in even the most nutrition-conscious individuals.

After a week, I implemented USANA’s health program:

USANA’s RESET™usana_athletes

This 5-day, high-fiber cleanse program is designed to reset your metabolism and stabilize your blood sugar. It helps you kick your carb cravings, lose weight and guides you on a path to healthy eating. The kit includes:

  • 5 day supply of USANA’s HealthPak 100™
  • 15 meal replacement shakes (chocolate, vanilla and strawberry)
  • 10 snack bars (oatmeal raisin and chocolate peanut butter)
  • checklist, daily motivation, food suggestions for daily bonus snacks and helpful hints
  • recommended next phases that work for you

The reasoning behind USANA’s RESET program lies in the fact that most people today have become insulin resistant due to poor diet and lifestyle choices. Some foods spike our blood sugar which causes an equally opposite reaction. Our blood sugar drops like a rock and when it does, we crave more food (usually junk) as the body strives for a balanced blood sugar level.

Leading nutrition expert, Dr. Ray Strand, suggests that much of what we assume to be emotional eating is actually a natural response to consuming high-glycemic foods. After a short time of assaulting our bodies with spikes and dips in blood sugar (called glycemic stess), we become insulin resistant. At this stage, the body starts storing sugar as fat (particularly in the belly).

The solution? A low-glycemic, balanced diet can reset the body at a cellular level. It stops the vicious glycemic stress cycle and eliminates unhealthy food cravings. Plus, you’ll store less fat. USANA says that most people can make this change in 5 days.UsanaMarketing

What I loved about the RESET™

  • The meal replacement shakes tasted especially yummy with a serving of fruit (a bonus snack) blended with them (cherries, strawberries, plums, peaches, etc.).
  • With less time in the kitchen preparing meals and cleaning, I was able to successfully handle an extremely stressful week. Not only did I meet expectations, I exceeded them!
  • The snack bars are truly scumptious. The oatmeal raisin bar is especially tasty.
  • Lost 2 pounds in 5 days.
  • I never went hungry. Since my main goal was to reset my metabolism rather than lose weight, I helped myself to as many of the bonus snacks (fruit & veggies) and I wanted.
  • By the end of the 5 days, my digestion was spectacular! My belly was flat again rather than bloated, my carb cravings dwindled to light, periodic twinges of desire and my stress was under control!

Cleansing side-effects

The second day into the 5-day RESET was probably the worst with a dull, throbbing headache that lasted the entire day. I was slightly irritable but it was controllable. I experienced gas throughout the week and frequent trips to the restroom (although they were healthy trips, if you know what I mean!). I’ve also noticed my first urine or two after taking the supplements is a bright, fluorescent yellow. All-in-all, these negatives far out-weigh the positives!

What I’m not so hot on about USANA products

Looking at the ingredients listed on the products in the RESET kit, there are quite a few that I cannot pronounce. If you read Live Lighter on a regular basis, you’ll know we advocate natural products for healthy living.

USANA Health Sciences is a company which produces high quality products created in a lab based on the latest clinical studies in nutrition. However, good nutrition comes at a cost – most of us lead busy lives with packed schedules that rarely leave us time to prepare healthy meals.

Who benefits most from USANA?

USANA is perfect for those who want to take good care of their bodies but lack the time to do it the old-fashioned way. Even for those of you who do not need to lose weight or reset your metabolism, who invest in organic food and prepare tasty, healthy meals, I’d still suggest USANA’s supplementation in order to combat the effects of today’s typical lifestyle.

Other factors

The USANA 5-day RESET program helped prepare me for the anti-inflammatory detox in The Hormone Diet. With food cravings under control, it’s been a successful 3 weeks maintaining the restrictions in the anti-inflammatory detox and reintroducing foods that may have been causing some of my digestive discomfort.

So far I’ve discovered my body dislikes beef, corn and eggs. Yay! Now I know.

I’ve also been doing regular PSYCH-K with myself, which may have also contributed to my amazing changes!

So what do you think, Readers? Are you ready to try USANA out for yourself? If you are, please contact me: stephanie [at] livelighter [dot] org and I can hook you up with a trusted associate.

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17 comments

Rory August 17, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Hi!

Just wanted to say if you you were experiencing gas with the shakes, you may want to try and make the shake, put it in a cup or bottle and then refrigerate it for 10 minutes in order to let all the air and bubbles break down from when it was blended or shaken. I had the same problem and once i did that – i had no more gas! Its amazing how much air actually is generated when you shake it up or put it in the blender. Once it has settled, you will realize the content of actual shake is about HALF of what it is when you originally pour it out of the blender.

Just a little tip that may help some of you that make shakes out 🙂

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Mel01 November 30, 2016 at 8:12 am

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Stephanie August 18, 2009 at 10:59 pm

Hey, Rory! I just thought the gas was from cleansing but it makes sense that air from blending would create the same reaction.

Thanks so much for sharing your tip! 🙂

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Annabeth August 19, 2009 at 1:47 am

Hi, could you provide some links to clinical studies ( besides consumerlab) on Usana products since you’ve already done an extensive research on Usana. I have been trying to convince my dad to switch from LifePak (Pharmanex) but he’s skeptical unless he sees some scientific studies published by universities.
Please help!
Thank you.

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Edward Lee August 20, 2009 at 2:57 pm

I took Usana for a few years but I did not see many results. That is because of all my other health problems.I am glad tho that others like it.I also could not sign up any buyers too.

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Stephanie August 21, 2009 at 12:48 am

@Annabeth I know and trust my friend Tiffany so when she told me how well USANA was working for her, I went ahead and tried it BEFORE I researched the product. Something that I don’t recommend to others but I’m what you call a bit of a risk-taker. 😉

I’m glad I did because I actually FELT the difference in my health within only 2 weeks rather than logically deduce that they should be working. Then I conducted enough research that convinced me that this was a trust-worthy product to recommend to others.

I’ll work on getting those clinical studies for you but in the meantime, check out this news clip covering a nutritional supplement study carried out by a team of U.S. and Canadian biochemists: http://livelighter.org/usana-supplements-rank-high/

@Edward It’s unfortunate USANA did not work for you. How are fairing now with your health issues?

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Tom September 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm

My wife talked me into trying the RESET from USANA with her a few weeks ago. I was a little uncertain about the whole thing and contemplated doing other store shakes. I finally broke down and went on the 5 day reset. It was tough but I followed it exactly and saw great results. I lost 13 lbs in 5 days which isnt a normal number (6’2″ 244 to 231 lbs). I will say that my cravings for eating junk went way down if not away totally. I also am enjoying fruits again.

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Head Health Nutter September 28, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Great news, Tom! Thanks so much for sharing your USANA experience with us here on Live Lighter. The shakes are pretty tasty, too, aren’t they? 🙂

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researcher October 26, 2011 at 2:53 am Reply
Head Health Nutter October 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Hi researcher, thank you very much for this information. It’ll be extremely helpful in deciding to take USANA supplements. Even though they worked for me (quite well, best supplements I’ve ever tried actually because I could FEEL the difference), I couldn’t afford them.

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Adriana October 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

What USANA products do you recommend for getting rid of acne?
I’ve tried every face product you can think of and nothing works. I know that I have to work from the inside out. Please help! Very much appreciated 🙂

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Head Health Nutter November 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Hi Adriana, good question but I don’t know the answer. USANA products got a bit too expensive for me. However, I’m sure any USANA rep has the answer for you!

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Sabby October 30, 2012 at 7:51 am

Hi there.

Basically, by drinking the meal replacement once a day you’re able to lose weight? without exercising that much?

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Head Health Nutter November 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Hi Sabby, no, I don’t believe that’s true; not in my case, anyway. When I used the products, I exercised regularly.

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Nutritionista January 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Hi Stephanie,
I wanted to comment on one of your ‘negative’ side effects from taking supplements. You mentioned fluorescent urine first thing in the morning. this is actually due to the vitamin B5. Bright, almost neon, urine means that this vitamin is being assimilated and used in the body; so in this case neon is a good thing!

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Head Health Nutter January 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Hey Nutritionista, thanks for explaining the neon pee! 🙂

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