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Go Cleanse is a “weight loss detox formula blend” that claims to increase metabolism and feelings of energy. The manufacturer states that the programme makes use of revolutionary cleansing technology that gives you the best possible results in the shortest period of time; even helping you lose as much weight in four days as you would with a traditional exercise and diet programme in 4-6 weeks.
The Go Cleanse product claims to use all natural ingredients that will help anyone lose weight. The company responsible for this product has been around since 2006 and tell us that their supplement will rid the colon of all toxins, excess waste, and any parasites that might hinder weight loss. They make a point of telling the reader that this is not a diet, or even a colon cleanse, but a “revolutionary cleansing technology”.
Those are some big claims but what kind of results can you realistically expect to achieve with Go Cleanse, if any? This article aims to purge the hyperbole and see what the evidence really says.
According to the Go Cleanse website, we are constantly being “bombarded” by toxins in the world around us. Toxins in our water, air, the food we eat and “everywhere we turn”. Go Cleanse tells us that the reason behind the failure of diets, in the long run, can be attributed to the entry of these toxins into our bodies, and the fact that they are being stored in our fat cells. Go Cleanse technology claims to assist the body in the removal of these stored “impurities”, providing a comprehensive weightless methodology.
An 11-day Go Cleanse package will set you back $187, while a 30-day cleanse will cost you $363. The package includes weight loss shakes, protein shakes, and “natural safe cleanse”.
To really get a grasp on what you’re being sold, a call to their support line is necessary, as the website does a poor job of explaining what it is you’re actually buying. Luckily, this conversation does put us in a position to cut through the thick curtain of buzz-words and generally-meaningless statements and give you a real explanation.
There are two days to the cleanse. Day 1 is “The Shake Day”, where you are required to drink two protein shakes alongside a self-provided 400-600 calorie lunch; and The Cleanse Day, where you will switch to the liquid nutrition in the form of Go Cleanses’ Aloe Vera blend which is meant to be taken on days 3, 4, 10, and 11. Following this, you will be assigned a nutritional cleansing coach, who will walk you through you cleanse step by step. There are also snack wafers that come with the cleanse to be taken twice a day, and you are instructed to purchase almonds to accompany these wafers. Daily, you will be drinking half your body weight in water. And finally, there is an “Accelerator pill” you must take once a day – “for energy”.
First, we’ll look at the content of the Go Cleanse protein shakes. These are claimed to be made from a rare form of New Zealand-produced whey protein. Supposedly, this rare whey protein is produced using a process entirely free from herbicides and pesticides, as well as making use of a low-temperature pasteurization process.
The benefit of pasteurization at lower temperatures is sold to us by stating that it is more effective in the preservation of “over” 20 amino acids, which will go on to assist the body in cleansing itself. Let’s just brush over the fact that there are only 21 amino acids possible within eukaryote cells… so by “over 20”, I have to assume, or at the very least hope, they mean 21.
In addition to your (twenty-one) amino acids, lactase and protease enzymes are present to assist your body in the breakdown of protein, encouraging easier absorption. Finally, these shakes “also contain” Lucien and Cysteine (obvious, when you consider that they’re 2 of the 21 amino acids). Lucien and Cysteine are said to make toxins more water-soluble and easily-expelled by your body.
We also have reservations about the Aloe-Based Cleanse. The Aloe-Based Cleanse is extracted from the inner part of the aloe plant. The process is apparently done again, at low temperatures, in order to maintain the essential polysaccharides, which are claimed to assist in the breakdown of toxins. Additionally, aloe vera consumption (especially as an extract) has been shown to contribute to acute liver inflammation. The effects are easily reversed, but we have serious reservations about intentionally consuming aloe vera, especially as part of a severely-restrictive diet.
The snacks that are included in the cleanse have already been mentioned in this article. Manufactured using the same whey protein as found in the shakes, Go Cleanses’ snacks are available to help sate your hunger, acting as high-protein “mini-meals”.
Finally, we have to look at the Super Vitamin. This contains teas which we are meant to promote thermogenesis and boost your metabolism, in addition to 70 trace ionic minerals that “promote optimal health”. We’re continually skeptical of this product, as there are only 24 essential vitamins and minerals, with the rest being produced by the body itself. 70 minerals sound like a marketing ploy, more than an evidence-based approach to improving health through supplementation.
So far, we’ve covered an awful lot of information, information that has unfortunately not been passed on by GoCleanse.com itself. However, it’s time we get to the point – should you spend your hard-earned money on the Go Cleanse program?
Almost certainly not.
Any time you come across a weight loss program making such extraordinary claims, you should immediately be very skeptical. Go Cleanse only acts to increase our doubt by filling its website with a lot of marketing hype and very little information relating to the product on sale (and nothing to counter questions or concerns that you may have). The website is designed to tease you into handing over your contact details, and then your cash, without really giving you an idea of the “what” or “why” of the product.
It’s also important to acknowledge the fact that not only are the details surrounding the Go Cleans programs vague, but information about the company is even more hard to come by. Go Cleanse is not listed with the Better Business Bureau, and the only information obtained about the company from their website is that their domain name was registered by The RGG Group. The general lack of information on the company and their promotion of questionable products both call their corporate ethics and integrity into question.
Go Cleanse does not offer much information in the way of the ingredients on its official website. No clinical support for the claims the supplement acts to boost metabolism or increases energy is available. It really is as simple as a lack of research making it very difficult for anyone to give Go Cleanse the green light.
Overall, you should have your reservations when it comes to this product. The Go Cleanse program costs far more than almost all market competition and comes with a relatively high risk of side effects (according to customer statements).
If you’re looking for an effective supplement or weight loss program, it would be reasonable to avoid this one. We strongly suggest that you should go with a product with scientifically tested ingredients that are shown to work, at an affordable price – Go Cleanse can provide you with none of this. If you’re in need of guidance, avoid their “cleanse coaches” and book a consultation with a registered dietitian: an individual with real scientific qualifications, practical experience, and no agenda to peddle.
Between the vague wording on the Go Cleanse website, high prices, lack of evidence supporting their claims, we strongly recommended that you choose something other than Go Cleanse to help you achieve your weight loss goals. The process of losing weight is not excessively complicated and a focus on caloric restriction and nutrient density are enough to show amazing results in a short space of time.
Go Cleanse provide a cleansing system that is unnecessarily restrictive and includes ingredients that have been shown to have modest toxicity. We believe this is an immediate red flag for any dietary supplement: a toxic supplement is not a healthy supplement, and weight loss is simple enough that any company selling you toxic ‘cleanse’ products is never acceptable.
Amanda is a gym instructor and a diet and nutrition fanatic that has reviewed 100s of supplements for the benefit of consumers. She struggled with obesity 7 years ago and after losing more than 30lbs, dedicates most of her time in helping others achieve similar results and transform their lives. You can contact her via the "About Us" page.
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