The following post on Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy is an opinion piece which holds the science and claims behind the 30 Days program against current research and basic physiology.
I’ve gotten requests to review Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living program, and because I’m trying to procrastinate on doing a cooking oils post (yeeessss, it’s coming, I swear) I’m going to do this Arbonne review first. So, thanks to everyone who has messaged me asking for it!
There are a lot of independent Arbonne consultants posting different, unofficial 30 Days content all over the internet. I tried to get all of my info for this post from the official Arbonne site only, just to ensure that I wasn’t going off of some random person’s interpretation of the plan. There’s a ton of that stuff on Pinterest etc.
30 days seems to be a thing lately. I guess Arbonne has decided to ride on the coattails of the ever-popular Whole30 and develop their own 30 day program, 30 Days to Healthy Living.
They describe it as:
A 30-day whole foods clean eating program
A system to equip people with the tools & knowledge to implement life-long health
A rest for the liver and kidneys to maximize function
An elimination program to help uncover food sensitivities
A weight loss jumpstart
Arbonne also gives us this compelling infographic that I’ll refrain from commenting on until later:
Arbonne is one of those companies that manages to check all the nutrition buzzword boxes:
“Plant-powered, nutrient-rich products that are cleaner for better results, following a strict ingredient policy that is always gluten-free, vegan and formulated without GMO ingredients.” They also talk about gut health and probiotics, which is very on-trend. Check! Check! Check!
Arbonne 30 Days involves nutrition and skincare interventions, so obviously you’re on your own with the skincare stuff; I’m not a dermatologist.
The company says that their 30 day program is not a ‘deprivation diet’. Keep this in mind as you read this post.
They even post this other infographic to show how anti-diet they are. Or are they?
Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living has three steps:
Remove or limit all ‘allergenic foods’ from your diet. These include:
Sugar and artificial sweeteners
Arbonne states that removing these ingredients can help you determine what your food sensitivities are.
Eat every 4-6 hours, in the following configuration:
Shake (or meal)
No eating after 7pm, unless you’re really hungry, in which case you can have a scoop of Arbonne fiber powder in non-dairy milk. Yum.
Eat in the proper portions.
Here is what Arbonne advertises as a ‘sample 30 Day menu’:
Arbonne recommends that you fill 1/2 your plate with non-starchy vegetables, then 1/4 plate with grass-fed beef, organic chicken, wild fish, organic tofu (isn’t soy supposed to be eliminated?), beans, lentils, or quinoa (note to Arbonne: quinoa is NOT high in protein).
The remaining 1/4 plate is split between healthy fats and healthy carbs.
They recommend avoiding refined sugars choosing ‘natural, unrefined’ sugars like unrefined cane sugar. Newsflash: cane sugar is just as ‘natural’ as beet sugar, coconut sugar, honey, molasses, and dare I say, REFINED WHITE SUGAR. OMG! Arbonne!
For snacks, they recommend limiting fruits to green apples and berries because they’re ‘low-glycemic’, and otherwise choosing raw vegetables, nuts, and nut butters.
When I add everything up, it looks like the 30 Days program allows for around 1000 calories a day. That is not okay, and saying that it doesn’t equal a ‘deprivation diet’ is outrageous.
Cutting calories to lose weight works, but when you go this low, it has consequences. You’ll probably be hungry, and you’ll likely fall into rebound eating once the 30 Days are done (if you last that long). It can also suck you into weight cycling and unhealthy eating behaviours, not to mention a warped relationship with food.
The rest of the sales pitch focuses on the copious number of supplements you’re supposed to take during and after this program.
Here’s what Arbonne says are the reasons why their supplements are beneficial:
“Most of us are too busy to make 3-4 perfect meals each day. Our supplements are “easy buttons” or “fast food” to make sure we’re getting the proper nutrients in the proper proportions at each meal. Additional products like Arbonne’s probiotics, Detox Tea, and Body Cleanse help restore GUT HEALTH, and support internal organs — the EPICENTER OF HEALTH to SUPER CHARGE your results.
These supplements are what make the program doable for most of us and give us the greatest chance of success reaching our goals.”
Wow. Talk about passive aggressive sales techniques! So basically what they’re saying is that if you don’t take the Arbonne supplements, your chances of success are lower, which I can assure you is likely just an aggressive upsell and not actually the truth.
I also completely disagree with their take that supplements are ‘easy buttons’ to anything. They don’t replace food. They don’t replace health. And detox tea? Aren’t we done with that stuff yet?
Arbonne’s supplement line is huge, and aside from BS teatoxes, it contains cleanses (recommended for the 30 Days program, but again, this isn’t a diet, right Arbonne?), fit chews, energy ‘fizz sticks’, weight control powder, ‘metabolism support’ powder…should I go on?
Funny how companies can say a program is a ‘reset’ and completely avoid using the word diet, even though that’s EXACTLY what they’re selling. So disingenuous.
Arbonne, like most diet programs, is sold by MLM. Only 1% of people selling MLM products will ever profit, and the entire business of MLMs is notoriously shady. Still, people continue to believe that the ‘next best thing’ will arrive to them via MLM, which helps MLMs live on and on.
As far as all of the foods you’re supposed to eliminate, I’m curious as to what happens to them after the 30 days are done. If this is an elimination diet, the eliminated foods should be added back one at a time, according to a protocol. It doesn’t help anything if you just add everything back at the same time.
It’s also crappy to make people needlessly suspicious of foods that they’re probably not ‘sensitive’ to, so there’s that. What happens is that people who follow this program will always consider these foods suspect, and even ‘not clean’ because they’re forbidden here.
If Arbonne wants to take truly allergenic foods out of peoples’ diets for 30 days, why didn’t they also eliminate the other top allergens, which are peanut and tree nuts, fish, eggs, and shellfish? Probably because those foods aren’t as trendy to eliminate as gluten and dairy are.
After the 30 days, followers get a fun little note with an assurance that Arbonne will be there to support them and SELL THEM MORE PRODUCTS!!
“Arbonne goes beyond 30 days — we’re here with products and support to help you continue your journey. As an Arbonne Preferred Client, you have the opportunity to continue to purchase your favorite products at great discounts while you earn rewards and free shipping. Talk with your Independent Consultant to learn how to maximize your Preferred Rewards and even earn free products.”
But wait! Didn’t they say that the 30 days would equip followers with tools for lifelong health? Why do we need more products? Sigh.
What makes me laugh is when Arbonne talks about the cost of the program. They try their hardest to make it seem like you’re getting a bargain: “The entire 30-day pack is $260 before tax plus FREE shipping! This includes all meals and beverages for 30 days (not including dinners)”
THEY DON’T INCLUDE DINNERS BECAUSE THOSE ARE THE ONLY MEALS YOU ACTUALLY CHEW ON THIS 30 DAY PLAN!! The rest of the meals are shakes!
But it’s not a diet, right Arbonne?
While the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living program may be popular, it’s based on the same faulty verbiage and claims that I see with most of these MLM weight loss programs:
Moralistic language: 30 Days says it’s a 30-day whole foods clean eating program, but what are ‘clean’ foods? Why assign a moralistic label to food? Because when you go off the 30 day program and eat a normal diet, you’ll feel like you’ve eaten ‘dirty’, and need to go back on the program again. Arbonne customer for life! Ka-ching!
A sales pitch with lots of trendy buzzwords, and that implies ‘lifelong health’ or ‘transformation’: Arbonne tells us that 30 Days equips people with the tools & knowledge to implement life-long health, but then tells them them to replace their meals with 1-2 shakes a day and handfuls of supplements, which teaches them nothing about healthy eating and maintaining a healthy weight. It’s a bait and switch.
Results that are not only physiologically impossible, but also impossible to measure: Arbonne tells us that the Program rests the liver and kidneys, but our liver and kidneys don’t need to rest to maximize function. If your liver and kidneys need a rest, then theoretically your lungs and heart would too, since they too never stop working.
And even if they do need a ‘rest’ (which THEY DO NOT), how do you measure if the 30 Days program achieved these results? That’s right, you don’t. You can’t. Red flag!!
Faulty design: 30 Days is apparently “An elimination program to help uncover food sensitivities”, but does it have a protocol to re-introduce foods back into the diet as a proper elimination diet would?
Program ‘coaches’ who aren’t qualified to coach other people with their health: What qualifications do these coaches have to counsel for nutrition and health? Completion of the Program doesn’t count.
The denial that Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy is a ‘diet’, when it obviously is: Make no mistakes about it, the use of the phrase ‘weight loss jumpstart’ equals ‘diet’. But your body doesn’t need a ‘jumpstart’ that’s a low-calorie diet masquerading as something else. Make no mistake: this is a diet, and you’ll lose weight solely because you’re not eating a lot of calories. It’s not the shakes, or the supplements, or all the ‘toxins’ leaving your body. It’s the calorie deficit you’re causing when you take solid food out and replace it with lower-calorie shakes. Boom.
Going online to research this program, all I saw were 30 Day followers talking about how it’s a cleanse, and many of them complain about having to choke down the protein shake. One girl said she only threw up once as if that was a good thing. Many of them have been on the Program several times. Tools and knowledge for lifelong health? Hm.
Fear mongering and the implication that you have a condition that you probably don’t have: About that infographic that I mentioned at the beginning: The way this company peddles their fear of ‘toxins’ and the perception that fat people are ‘toxic’ is not only wrong, it’s disgusting. Like many disreputable diet programs, they suggest that people are unknowingly suffering from non-existent diseases and conditions and then sell them the ‘cure’ to all that ails them. There’s no such thing as ‘cellular cleansing’ and ‘toxic overload’ as the infographic claims, and your body doesn’t need cleansing. Ever. If you lose weight on this diet, it’s because it’s seriously low in calories, and not because you took any supplements.
For most healthy people, there’s probably nothing physically dangerous about Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living. My issues lie with the emotional damage it can do by convincing you that you need supplements to be healthy, that you need to detox when you don’t, and that certain foods are harmful when they’re actually really not (vinegar?!). It’s a ruse that lives in many, many of these diets and it’s based on fear. It’s meant to convince you that you’re not good enough the way you are – your body doesn’t work properly, you’re not eating the right foods.
Cycling on and off diets like Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living can be costly financially and emotionally. It’s a short-term cleanse that doesn’t teach you anything besides how to restrict food to lose weight.
Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living program is an expensive, very low calorie cleanse with supplements, based on fear and faulty science.
Arbonne 30 Days – Getting Started
If you are researching the Arbonne 30 Day Detox and looking for information on how it works, what a typical day would look like and some real life results, you've come to the right place!
I completed my first 30 day cleanse shortly after the holidays this past year and have since then incorporated the products into my every day life. For reference, I am in a weight range that I am comfortable with and is healthy. That being said, I still had some excess water weight and pounds to lose (about 5-8lbs). Here are the results I had even during week 1:
- Lost my water weight and with that, the bloat (yay!)
- Gained a tremendous amount of energy during the day (that I continue to have)
- My skin is GLOWING and feels so soft and smooth!
- I discovered food alternatives that are not only plant-based, but taste better than the real stuff (hellooooooo Myokos butter!)
- I sleep like a total baby now
- A very personal note here, but I have always had very painful periods, and I haven't experienced one since I started the 30 day.
Obviously results will be different for everyone, but this is total honesty and I am pumped to have discovered this. As a health & wellness coach, I have a high standard for nutritional products and the foods I bring into my house, and Arbonne sets the bar very high.
This is not a quick fix though and you have to really want it. I also need to stress one very important point here...THIS IS NOT A STARVATION DIET! I've heard and read other people say they tried the cleanse but the shakes didn't taste good and they were starving. This should absolutely not be the case.
You will get a lot of information on how to do this cleanse and it can sound more complicated than it looks. But no, it's so simple! The takeaway is this: cut out the inflammatory foods like dairy, gluten, refined sugars and processed foods, and replace them with fruits, vegetables, plant-based butter and milk, healthy fats, whole grains and lean proteins. If you're hungry..eat!
What a Sample Day Looks Like
In the morning, I like to begin with a digestion plus (probiotic) mixed with water. After this, have a detox tea with almond milk and a protein shake for breakfast. The protein shake should have a good balance of greens like either kale or spinach, a healthy carb like half a banana, a healthy fat such as half an avocado or a tablespoon of almond butter, a handful of berries, 1-2 scoops of protein powder and a scoop of coconut milk vanilla yogurt (optional to make it creamier).
For lunch you can either have another protein shake or a meal of lean protein, non-starchy carbs and a healthy fat. The same goes for dinner - some choose to have their second shake at dinner and a full meal at lunch, or visa versa, or others will have a shake as a snack and a full lunch and dinner. This is based on preference as well as how much weight you want to lose and what your activity level is.
I personally have a shake at breakfast, a regular lunch, a healthy snack like green apples and nut butter and a regular dinner. I am very active and work out 1-2 hours per day, so if that isn't you, you might be ok with having a second shake at lunch and a small snack in the afternoon.
The important thing here is to listen to your bodies needs - not what someone else tells you. If you're hungry, have a snack, just make it a good one!
So now let's jump into what each product is and how to use it.
Made of pea protein, the Arbonne protein powder is 100% vegan and gluten free and is available in vanilla and chocolate. You will get your choice of two, so you can try one of each or 2 bags of the same flavor, whatever you prefer.
I really like the flavor and texture/consistency of this protein powder. It isn't grainy or have a weird aftertaste, which I find in a lot of vegan protein powders.
You get two 2-pound bags of the protein powder, for a 30+ day supply (It usually takes me 2 months to go through a bag)
These are your replacement for coffee in the morning and/or afternoon, and I'll be honest, it's definitely not anything close to being the same as coffee! They are very good though, and the flavor really packs a punch. You get your choice of either citrus, pomegranate or strawberry (not pictured). There are 60 sticks in total, giving you enough for two servings per day for 30 days.
You can mix these in a 12-16oz glass of water for a healthy boost of energy. These are best consumed before 4pm, otherwise you may have trouble falling asleep that night!
If you're a Starbucks girl like me, try this order: Venti passion fruit iced tea, unsweetened and with coconut milk instead of water, with a pomegranate fizz stick added in. It's a game changer when you're craving a trip to 'bucks.
I love these teas for their mild flavor. They support the liver and kidneys and taste wonderful with a little unsweetened almond milk mixed in.
I like to have one in the evening with almond milk, a dash of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.
This flavorless powder provides pre and probiotics along with digestive enzymes to help support optimal overall gut health. It can be added to shakes or mixed with water.
Avoid adding this to hot liquids however, because it can kill off the active cultures.
This one will probably scare people the most, but I promise you, the rumors behind "cleanses" aren't the same across the board. This gentle body cleanse is designed to flush out toxins in the liver and kidneys and tastes like lemonade.
You can either do this every 4th day or all at once through the 3rd week of the detox.
Everything you see below are Arbonne 30 day approved recipes that get's added to week after week, so you'll always find something to love. Each one complies with a typical elimination diet, including the Arbonne 30 day cleanse.
If anything in these recipes doesn't comply with Arbonne and a typical elimination diet, it can always be made Arbonne approved! Swap out soy sauce/tamari for coconut aminos for example, or choose a plant based butter or cheese.
I hope this helps paint a better picture of what life is like in the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living Detox!
WANT TO TAKE YOUR 30 DAY TO THE NEXT LEVEL?
I coach participants of the Arbonne 30 day cleanse, help them crush their goals and learn how to stick to them.
Typically your Arbonne rep coaches you through the program, but that isn't always the best for everyone. Many reps are unqualified to be coaching others through a cleanse, while others group everyone together into group texts for quick messages each day with an inspirational quote. While the motivation and community can be very helpful, it might not work for you.
If you're looking for professional, one on one coaching to make sure you are getting the very best out of your 30 day program, let's chat!
With my coaching, you get:
- one on one coaching, with weekly FaceTime check in's
- 24/7 support, so if you're at a restaurant and don't know what to order or in the grocery store and have a question about a food item, or whatever it is, just shoot me a text and I'm there to help!
- Weekly recipes, optional meal plans, and access to the private online database full of helpful info on the cleanse, how to deal with the detox symptoms, recipes for before and after your cleanse, and more!
To learn more about how I can help you, email me at [email protected]
To learn more about me, my experience and what I can offer, check out my health coaching page.
Posted by Lauren Collins
January 28, 2020 in Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living Challenge , Healthy Living
I'm a health coach and plant-based recipe creator from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In a few short words, I love to cook, eat, travel, play around with food photography and most of all, I love to help people live healthier and happier lives. A lot of the recipes you see here are adapted from my Mom, or from just throwing a few ingredients together until something magical happens.
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Arbonne Diet Review: Overview, Effectiveness, and More
Healthline diet score: 2.25 out of 5
Protein shakes, detox teas, and metabolism boosters are some of the most popular supplements on the market.
Though you can purchase these products from any supplement store, many people buy from multi-level marketing (MLM) companies.
Arbonne is one of the most popular MLM companies that sells nutritional supplements along with its diet program called 30 Days to Healthy Living. However, you may wonder whether the diet works and if it’s something you should try.
This article reviews Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living program, including its benefits, downsides, and whether it aids weight loss.
diet review scorecard
- Overall score: 2.25
- Weight loss: 2
- Healthy eating: 3
- Sustainability: 1.5
- Whole body health: 3
- Nutrition quality: 2
- Evidence-based: 2
BOTTOM LINE: Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living program promotes some healthy habits but relies on unqualified consultants and dangerous dietary practices. Plus, its high cost, food restrictions, and reliance on supplements make it necessary to avoid.
What is Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living?
Arbonne is an MLM company that’s said to strive to be the best and healthiest company in the world. It sells a variety of products ranging from vegan skin care to nutritional supplements.
You can choose from dozens of products on its website, but the most popular program Arbonne offers is the 30 Days to Healthy Living diet. Notably, the company refers to it as a “reset” after a person engages in poor lifestyle habits.
Arbonne claims that when you experience digestive issues, low energy levels, or other general health concerns, it’s a sign that your body is not functioning like it normally would and needs to be reset.
The diet involves removing foods to which you may be sensitive to revitalize your body from the inside out.
To follow the diet and purchase products, you must work with an independent consultant, which is a person who sells and speaks on behalf of Arbonne products to earn a profit from each sale and person recruited.
Despite selling nutritional supplements and providing diet recommendations, consultants are not required to have any formal education in any nutrition or health-related field.
According to the 30 Days to Healthy Living guide on the company’s website, there are seven steps you must follow:
Step 1: Remove trigger foods
The first step is to remove any foods that Arbonne claims are not beneficial to your well-being. Foods like alcohol, coffee, dairy, wheat, gluten, soy (except organic, non-GMO tempeh), and artificial sweeteners are to be avoided for at least 30 days.
Still, the company does not provide evidence or rationale for these claims.
Considering this practice is an elimination diet, it should only be pursued under the guidance of a qualified health professional.
Step 2: Add healthy foods
Next, Arbonne suggests incorporating healthy foods into the diet, though it doesn’t give a specific meal plan. Instead, they provide general tips, such as:
- Eat every 4 hours to maintain energy levels.
- Have a balanced plate, including mostly vegetables, lean protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats.
- Drink mostly water.
- Eat when you’re hungry.
- Replace one meal with an Arbonne shake.
The diet encourages its followers to replace at least one meal per day with an Arbonne shake “meal,” which includes:
- Two scoops of Arbonne Essentials protein shake
- 1.2 cups (270 mL) of water or nondairy and non-soy milk
- 1/3 cup (around 10 grams) of leafy greens or 1 scoop (7 grams) of Arbonne Green Balance powder
- 1/4 cup (around 40 grams) of fruit
- 1 tablespoon (16 grams) of peanut butter
In addition to these tips and foods, Arbonne recommends 13 supplements to support your health. Keep in mind that these supplements are expensive and contain numerous suspect health claims.
- Digestion Plus: a supplement containing probiotics, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes
- Herbal tea: a caffeine-free tea with nine botanicals, though the purpose and benefits aren’t mentioned
- Protein Shake: a vegan protein powder that provides 20 grams of protein per two scoops (40 grams)
- Energy Fizz Sticks: a powder containing ginseng, guava, and green tea that claims to increase alertness and mental performance
- Body Cleanse: a product that claims to detoxify your body by “cleansing” your system
- Green Balance: a vegetable powder that provides one serving of vegetables and fiber per scoop (7 grams)
- Daily Fiber Boost: 12 grams of fiber per scoop (16 grams)
- Healthy Skin Elixir: a powder containing hyaluronic acid and vitamin C that claims to improve skin, hair, and nail health
- Multivitamin powder: provides over 20 vitamins and minerals
- Mind Health Essentials: contains various “brain-boosting” ingredients to support brain function and energy levels
- Omega-3 Plus: algae and flaxseed-based omega-3s
- Fit Chews: small chewables that are claimed to boost energy and relieve mental fatigue
- Protein Bars: plant-based bars that provide 10 grams of protein per bar
Step 3: Get moving
Arbonne recommends daily physical activity to maintain a healthy body weight, heart health, physical fitness, and self-confidence.
Though it doesn’t provide a detailed program, the company recommends moving more than you did the day before, joining a gym, and/or taking up a new hobby, such as tennis or dancing.
Step 4: Be mindful and manage stress
Arbonne strongly recommends stress-reducing activities, such as meditation, hiking, or reaching out to friends and family. By lowering your stress levels, they suggest you’re less likely to overeat high calorie and high fat foods, which can lead to excess weight gain.
Step 5: Get enough sleep
Arbonne recommends resting more often and sleeping at least 7–9 hours per night to prevent weight gain, improve your immune system, and lower your risk of chronic disease.
The company provides general recommendations, such as using essential oils, putting electronics away before bedtime, and practicing a bedtime ritual.
Step 6: Track your goals
Arbonne generally recommends tracking your goals and progress to help you notice changes in your body, things that you could improve on, and foods that are bothersome to you.
Step 7: Prepare for life after the 30 days
After completing the 30 days, Arbonne recommends that you continue using all Arbonne products, meaning the protein shake, Green Balance, digestive support, and so forth.
Further, you should work closely with your independent consultant, the person you buy your products and program from, to help you identify foods you should reintroduce or exclude from your diet.
Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living recommends avoiding certain foods to aid digestive health along with other healthy lifestyle practices. It also recommends 13 supplements that claim to promote health in various ways.
Does it work for weight loss?
Arbonne specifically states that the 30 Days to Healthy Living program is not a weight loss program, though you will likely lose weight on the diet.
The diet focuses on eating mostly vegetables, lean proteins, complex carbs, and healthy fats, and it encourages other healthy lifestyle practices, such as daily exercise, mindfulness, and good sleep. All of these are linked to better health and weight management (, , , ).
Though the diet emphasizes eliminating large groups of food, such as dairy, wheat, gluten, and soy, there’s little research to support doing so for weight loss. In fact, consuming foods like dairy, soy, and whole grains may support weight loss (, , , ).
Additionally, despite the diet recommending 13 supplements, there’s no evidence that any of the company’s products lead to weight loss or increase your metabolism. Though, certain products that are high in fiber and protein may help manage your hunger levels.
What’s more, replacing a meal with an Arbonne shake is likely to slash your calorie intake. The shake Arbonne recommends only provides 323 calories, assuming frozen blackberries, spinach, almond milk, peanut butter, and vanilla protein powder are used (, , 10, , ).
Replacing a meal with this shake does not provide enough calories for most people and would likely put them at a calorie deficit — especially when paired with increased physical activity — and ultimately lead to weight loss.
Arbonne recommends replacing one meal per day with a low calorie protein shake. Along with this, it recommends eating whole, minimally processed food and exercising daily, which will likely contribute to a calorie deficit and weight loss.
There are a number of potential benefits to Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living program.
Focuses on lifestyle changes
Unlike many diets, Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living program encourages numerous lifestyle changes to achieve better health.
Along with eating a diet of whole, minimally processed food, Arbonne encourages its followers to exercise regularly, get adequate sleep, manage stress, and practice mindfulness.
Incorporating a variety of healthy lifestyle practices are linked to better health and weight management (, , , ).
Arbonne recommends focusing on the nutrient quality of food and mindful eating rather than counting calories.
Most foods and supplements on the diet are high in protein and fiber, which can help you control your hunger and food intake since they take longer to digest (, , ).
Furthermore, the program encourages followers to listen to their hunger cues and eat approved foods whenever they want.
Still, many argue that this diet goes against mindful eating, as it encourages a lengthy list of food restrictions. Restricting foods can increase anxiety surrounding food choices and goes against the premise of listening to your body’s needs (, ).
Whole, unprocessed food
The diet emphasizes whole, minimally processed foods and discourages highly processed foods, which most health experts agree is a beneficial eating style (, ).
Numerous studies have shown positive benefits of limiting highly processed foods high in calories, fat, and sugar, such as reducing your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, inflammation, and premature death (, , , ).
As such, any diet that encourages eating whole, minimally processed food will likely benefit your health. However, the high use of processed supplements contradicts Arbonne’s “unprocessed” philosophy.
Arbonne embraces whole, minimally processed foods and overall lifestyle changes that are linked to better health and weight management.
Despite Arbonne claiming to encourage a long-term, healthy lifestyle, it has been widely criticized for its long list of restrictions and claims that lack scientific merit.
Arbonne claims alcohol, coffee, dairy, wheat, gluten, soy, and artificial sweeteners are foods that are “not beneficial for overall wellbeing.”
While excessive alcohol intake is harmful, and those with allergies, intolerances, and autoimmune or gastrointestinal conditions may need to eliminate certain foods, little evidence shows that eliminating these foods improves overall health in all people (, , ).
The diet also performs an improper elimination diet by unqualified consultants to determine which foods you may be sensitive to. Eliminating large groups of food all at once makes it difficult to know which food — if any — are truly causing issues for you.
In many cases, simply adopting healthier eating patterns can lead to improved energy and health, which can be misconstrued as evidence of a food sensitivity or intolerance that may not exist.
Proper elimination diets remove one food at a time based on your specific condition and involve weeks to months of trial and error. In all cases, this should be done under medical supervision (, , ).
Expensive and inaccessible
Arbonne is an MLM company that requires customers to pay a membership fee for discounted products or higher prices without a membership. However, even with the discounted prices, Arbonne’s products are quite expensive.
A package deal including 9 of the 13 recommended products costs $435, or $544 without discounts.
Considering that most items only last 30 or fewer days and you’re expected to buy the products beyond the 30-day diet, this program’s cost makes it inaccessible for those with lower incomes.
Given that none of these products are necessary to be healthy, you’re better off spending your money on whole, nutrient-dense foods and other healthy lifestyle practices.
Faulty science claims
Though the general basis of the program is sound in that it encourages healthy habits, such as eating nutritious foods, exercising, and sleeping more, Arbonne uses bold claims on its products that lack scientific evidence.
For example, its Body Cleanse product claims to detoxify the body by “cleansing your system” using ingredients like aloe, ginger, and choline. However, there’s no evidence that any of these ingredients detox the body beyond what your body does naturally (, , , ).
Moreover, its Metabolism Support supplement claims to “rev” your metabolism. Though Arbonne claims a clinical study supported the use of one of its ingredients — green coffee bean extract — in weight management, it fails to directly identify the study.
Even then, claiming its supplement will increase your metabolism without scientific research on the product in question is misleading. Though some people may claim the products help, most improvements are likely from an overall healthier lifestyle.
Multi-level marketing (MLM) companies like Arbonne have fallen under tremendous scrutiny for ethical concerns regarding how they compensate independent consultants, their lack of qualifications, and incentivization to sell products.
Independent consultants are not required to have any formal education in nutrition or health. In fact, the only requirement is that they’re 18 years of age and pay the initial $79.00 registration fee.
Furthermore, because profits are tethered directly to sales, along with recruiting new consultants to join the brand, independent consultants are constantly incentivized to push products onto consumers.
According to the company’s 2019 income disclosure statement, 66% of consultants made an average annual income of $830, while 97% of sellers made less than $17,848 — not including the cost of products, hosting parties, and membership fees (32).
Though sellers have the potential to earn more based on sales, many experts argue the design of MLM companies oversaturates the market, making it nearly impossible for independent consultants to make a livable income, and ultimately, an unethical practice ().
As a result, you may wish to purchase your nutritional supplements from non-MLM companies that are required to pay their employees a guaranteed wage.
The 30 Days to Healthy Living diet is very restrictive, expensive, and inaccessible for many. Also, most of its health claims aren’t backed by reliable research, and most benefits are the result of healthier lifestyle changes — not the program’s products.
Sample 1-day meal plan
Though Arbonne does not give a specific meal plan, it provides a general outline of what to eat:
- Pre-breakfast: Digestion Plus supplement (15–30 minutes before eating)
- Breakfast: a vegetable omelet, gluten-free oatmeal with berries, or a protein shake
- Lunch: ground beef chili with kidney beans and vegetables (no cheese) or a protein shake
- Snack: an Arbonne protein bar
- Dinner: a lean protein source (palm-sized), non-starchy vegetables (half of your plate), brown rice (one-fourth of your plate), and a small serving of healthy fat (e.g., avocado, peanut butter, olive oil) or a protein shake
It’s expected that you replace at least one meal per day with an Arbonne protein shake that includes a small amount of nondairy, non-soy milk, fruit, vegetables, and healthy fat. Additionally, all supplements should be taken as directed on the package.
Arbonne recommends eating minimally processed meals with adequate protein, vegetables, and healthy fats. It also recommends replacing at least one meal per day with its protein shake and take a long list of supplements.
The bottom line
Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living diet has grown in popularity as a lifestyle diet to help you improve your health. However, it has also received tremendous scrutiny for its faulty claims and unethical practices.
The diet promotes many food restrictions and supplements that are unnecessary, not backed by science, and expensive.
What’s more, the company relies on unqualified consultants to provide nutritional and health guidance and fails to pay them fair compensation, which raises numerous ethical concerns.
Some redeeming qualities of the diet are that it promotes eating nutrient-dense foods, exercising daily, and many other healthy behaviors. Together, these behaviors may help you lose weight, especially if you’re new to this type of lifestyle.
Although the diet has some positive qualities, most of the benefits are the result of adopting healthier lifestyle changes — not the diet itself or the products required. If you’re looking to improve your health, you’re better off avoiding this program.
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Protein Shake Mix (2 bags)
These delicious plant-based protein shakes contain 20 grams of plan protein, vitamins, minerals, flax seed, and a unique botanical blend for targeted benefits. It's enough protein to help you feel satisfied and a broad spectrum of amino acids to support muscles. Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan-certified, Kosher-certified, no cholesterol or trans fat. 30 servings each
Daily Fiber Boost
Daily fiber boost provides a convenient and seamless way to get 12 grams of fiber, nearly half the daily requirement with each serving. THis heat-resistant blend of grain, fruit and vegetable fibers can be added to hot or cold foods, drinks, or even baked goods to boost fiber intake and help support gastrointestinal health and satiety. It is a perfect addition to the Arbonne Protein Shakes! 30 Servings
7-Day Body Cleanse
Using out 7-Day Body Cleanse can help gently flush toxins from the body. With its mild flavor and no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners, it contains targeted ingredients to support detoxification and support the liver, a critical cleaning organ. Add to 36oz of water and drink slowly throughout the day. Don't worry, we really mean gentle. 7 packets
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