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What can you eat on the Herbalife diet?

Updated April 17, 2017

Herbalife is a nutrition and weight loss company that is also known for its business opportunities. Herbalife has been in business for more than 25 years and now has almost 2 million distributors worldwide. The company recommends a diet based on its product line, which consists of protein shakes and supplements. There is no recommended amount of time to be on the diet. Once you reach your weight loss goal, you can continue with the maintenance plan.

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Protein shakes

Herbalife suggests that you substitute your regular breakfast and lunch with its protein shakes. Each shake provides your body with 9 g (0.32 oz) of soy protein, fibre and nineteen vitamins, minerals and nutrients. The protein shake comes in seven different flavours and can help support your metabolism and cellular growth. You purchase the shake in powder form and mix it with 236 ml (8 fl oz) of nonfat milk or soy milk. For variations, you can add fresh fruit and ice to make it more of a smoothie.


Along with each meal, you will take two cell activator capsules and a multivitamin. According to the Herbalife philosophy, the cell activator is the key to long-term health. It is made up of antioxidants and minerals that are important in cellular function, including magnesium and potassium. The natural ingredients it contains -- rhodiala, shitake and chlorella -- will boost your energy. The Herbalife vitamins are designed to give your body the daily recommended amounts of vitamins.


For dinner you can eat regular food, but you still need to take the two cell activator capsules and multivitamin. There are no restrictions on dinner, but portion control and a balanced diet is desired. A balanced diet consists of a 85.1 g (3 oz) portion of meat or protein, a generous portion of vegetables and a small helping of carbohydrates. Drink a glass of water with the meal.


Heavy snacking is discouraged, but you may start to feel hungry late in the afternoon. Suggested snacks are the Herbalife protein bars, low-fat cottage cheese, yoghurt or nuts. Avoid snacks that are high in calories and sugar as they offer low to no nutritional value to your body. Protein snacks are recommended because they tend to be more satisfying and will keep you from wanting more. Also, the bodywork harder to digest protein, which helps keep your metabolism up.

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About the Author


Mary Fenton received a Bachelor of Arts in dance with an emphasis on performance and choreography from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been a professional dancer, dance teacher, Realtor and writer.

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