Operation Skinny Jeans: USANA Reset Cleanse Review

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

USANA Reset Cleanse Review

As I mentioned last Monday, I was asked by Maria if I wanted to try out the USANA Reset. I have never done a cleanse or detox, so I was definitely curious. To be honest, I was a little skeptical because my philosophy of weight loss has really been "eat right and move" rather than "restrict, restrict, restrict." but I decided to give it a try.

The Reset came in the mail in a cool box that made things easier I think. It included 5 Strawberry shakes, 5 Vanilla shakes, 5 Chocolate shakes, 5 Peanut Butter Crunch bars and 5 Oatmeal Cookie bars, 5 "AM" packs of vitamins and 5"PM" Packs of vitamins. It also included a blender bottle. I was really impressed with the packaging and it made me look forward to starting the journey.

Sorry for the crappy iPhone pic :/

The plan on the Reset is to drink 3 shakes, eat 2 bars, and take 2 vitamin packs a day, as well as eat 1 serving of fruit or veggies a day for 5 days.

Day one of the cleanse was Monday. I mixed up a shake after my morning workout and to be 100% honest, I was kinda disappointed with the taste. One thing I was nervous about was that the shakes wouldn't taste very good, and they didn't. One of the protein shakes I have tried is Muscle Milk and that stuff tastes like a milkshake, so I was pretty bummed that these shakes were bland. A friend of mine tried a sip and said it tasted like ground up multi-vitamins and water. I agreed. But it did have a thick creamy texture which was nice, and when I added some ice so it was cold, it really wasn't that bad.

Two things I noticed on day one, I wasn't really hungry. The shakes and bars kept me feeling full, which was appreciated. Speaking of the bars, they were okay too. The Oatmeal bar tasted kinda like a Lara bar, which I don't really love (not a fan of dates) but it wasn't bad. And I know lots of people who love Lara bars. The Peanut Butter Crunch one was actually a lifesaver. With the shakes being kinda tasteless, I found myself wanting something that TASTED good. These were chocolatey and peanuty and they definitely kept me from making bad choices.

The other thing I noticed on Day 1 is that my head freaking hurt. I had a pretty terrible headache. And I was kinda foggy, like I didn't sleep well the night before (when I know I had, thanks to my Body Bugg). It wasn't so bad that I didn't want to keep going, but it felt noteworthy.

Day two I woke up with a good attitude and a headache, and soldiered on. I tried the strawberry for breakfast, mixed with frozen strawberries for taste (I counted it as my fruit) and it was good. It made the shake a lot bigger, which felt more filling too. I was a little less foggy, but my headache was persistent. I didn't feel hungry, and I felt pretty good about the last 3 days.

Day three hit my like a ton of bricks. I was hungry waking up, and I STILL had a headache (which was seriously getting old) and I wasn't really looking forward to the shakes, but I kept going. Once I got to work, I went back into autopilot mode so I didn't think so much about what I didn't get to have. Wednesday was definitely the hardest day to keep going, but I did it anyway.

Day four I woke up without a headache and I think I started singing. I had my normal amount of energy back, and in general I felt pretty good. I kept saying "Just until Friday!" as I chugged the shakes. The taste didn't bother me anymore, but I still added ice so they were more palatable. It's funny, the smell like they should taste really good, so I found if I smelled then chugged, it was almost easier lol.

Day five I was ready to just kill it. I had gone this far, no way I wasn't going to finish strong. I am not going to lie, as I finished that last shake, I was really happy I did it. This cleanse was a funny thing for me. It was really hard. It took a lot of will power to stick it out, but I am glad I did. I pushed myself and showed myself that I am a really strong person when I want to be. And by Friday, I had energy again and I felt pretty good. I was pretty excited to get to eat something delicious, but I didn't have the desire to go crazy and eat cupcakes lol.

So bottom line, I am glad I did it. I proved to myself that I was strong enough to do something like this. Did I lose weight? Yea, I lost 3 lbs in the 5 days. I am glad it wasn't for naught in that department.

Lastly, would I recommend it? My answer is maybe. Obviously this wasn't the easiest or most pleasant week of my life, but I learned that I am stronger than I thought. I still 100% believe that you can be successful in weight loss without doing things like this.

If you are interested in more info, Maria is great! Here is her Facebook Page and Website.


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12 comments :

  1. Great job going the full week - headaches are the worst and I'm not sure if I could have done it! Good for you and thanks for the update!

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  2. My coworker is a USANA rep and I was thinking about trying the Rest. I haven't made up my mind yet, mostly due to the cost, but reading your review is very helpful!

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  3. Wow that reset sounds tough! That's awesome that you completed it! You have amazing willpower!! :)

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  4. Does the packaging warn about headache as a side effect? Do you normally consume caffeine? Caffeine withdrawal does cause nasty headaches. Sounds pretty unpleasant.

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    1. I've done the reset twice already and I haven't experienced any side effects. I think it depends on if you consumed other things besides what is in the reset instructions. The reason you shouldn't do intense exercise because you re detoxing your body and you body is getting used to doing 3 shakes and 2 bars instead of the normal foods you eat on the daily so your body isn't as "strong". I guess it would be the same if you consumed "toxins" (soda, coffee, etc) while doing the reset.

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  5. Cleanses are hard. The detox days are killers and it sends your body into withdrawals. Good for you for sticking through it and making it all five days. I don't think I could do ones where all I did was drink! Now don't get me wrong, I love me a smoothie but two in one day is about as much as I can handle.

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  6. Cleanses are hard. The detox days are killers and it sends your body into withdrawals. Good for you for sticking through it and making it all five days. I don't think I could do ones where all I did was drink! Now don't get me wrong, I love me a smoothie but two in one day is about as much as I can handle.

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  7. Hey, I just wanted to comment on this post, as i read it after I ordered my reset kit, but before I got it. I am just crawling into bed after day 2 on it, and so far, it's more or less the same as you said...

    I got a headache about 20 minutes afterdrinking the first shake, it comes and goes in severity, but never disappeared until about 2 hours ago, it's back now, but very dull, enough I can ignore it. I am feeling about 90% right now though, which is great!

    i agree100% on the shakes, they smell good, and are pretty... off putting taste wise, i don't want to use the word BAD, because there's nothing bad about them, they just taste like a decent shake that's been watered down, and had flour added to it for consistency... Like yourself, I chug them all.

    I was lucky enough to have a friend who sells this product and she was able to hook me up with replacement bars for the raisin oatmeal ones, as I LOATHE raisins, I got their chocolate chip bars, they are actually pretty decent, they have a little bit of the blandness of the shakes, but a very nice chewy doughy texture, with a chocolate coating on them. they are ALMOST good enough that I would keep them on hand for a snack... almost!

    after day 1, I've lost 1.3lbs, my body fat percentage has dropped 0.3% and my water percentage is identical. this means to me that I am burning muscle and fat, and not losing water weight. i'm right now at my heaviest I will be throughout the day, and only 1-1.5lbs over my starting weight, which was measured at my lightest point of the day

    -James

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  8. You could also blend fruits or vegetables into your shakes to make you more full and for taste if you don't like how it tastes. I've been with USANA for awhile and I can't stand vanilla shakes so I blend in half a banana when I did the reset.

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  9. I have not loose a pound. Perhaps i've been cheating. I've been eating "lengua de gato" & chichiria 2x. Now this is my 2nd time to try usana nutrimeal. This time, no cheating. Let us see what happens :)

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  10. I have not loose a pound after 5 days. Perhaps i've been eating chichiria & "lengua de gato"for 2 days. I'll start again for 5 days with only nutrimeal as my meal replacement. Let's see this time :)

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  11. Has anyone looked at the ingredients of this chemist's concoction? There's barely anything natural in it. Nobody with high health standards would even dream of consuming this. In this copy and paste from a PDF from Usana some upper/lower case letters look a little off but the spelling accuracy is retained. Look on Wikipedia to see the side effects.

    Soy Protein iSolate, CryStalline FruCtoSe, HiGH oleiCSunFlower
    oil, Maltodextrin, Soy FiBer, Cane FiBer, natural FlavorS, oliGoFruCtoSe, GuM
    araBiC, Prune Powder (Prune, CalCiuMStearate), SodiuMCaSeinate (aMilk
    derivative), PotaSSiuMPHoSPHate, xantHan GuM, inulin, CelluloSe GuM, Soy
    leCitHin, CalCiuMCarBonate, Salt, MaGneSiuM oxide, aSCorBiC aCid (vitaMin C),
    FerrouSFuMarate, ZinCGluConate, niaCinaMide (niaCin), FoliC aCid, Pyridoxine
    HydroCHloride (vitaMin B6), riBoFlavin (vitaMin B2), PotaSSiuM iodide, tHiaMin
    HydroCHloride (vitaMin B1), CyanoCoBalaMin (vitaMin B12), d-alPHa toCoPHeryl
    aCetate (vitaMin e), vitaMin aPalMitate, CHoleCalCiFerol (vitaMin d).

    Its just a chemical soup. If you wanted to get a mineral, would you consume sand from outside or look to a food? Usana uses almost no real food ingredients. Choose wisely. Its your life and you set your own longevity. Ever tried asking Usana reps about their product? They know nothing of value. They are brainwashed by the company. They continually quote some book that was written by a Usana employee! Wow, what an unbiased viewpoint! Their medical advisory board is on a paid stipend. More bias. Forbes has some immensely damaging articles on them online. Almost everything online regarding Usana is negative (all the positive stuff comes for sellers of Usana!) from the quality of their products to their business practices, and I use the word business in the most comical of ways here. Almost nobody makes any money at Usana. Wonder why they're in Utah? The vast majority of MLM companies are there. Utah welcomes them to stimulate their economy. Its laws make it much harder to sue them in court so the companies flock there with their ridiculous business plans that ensnare people to lazy to research the company.

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