Fitness

Advocare 24 Day Challenge

February 5, 2014

Awhile ago I started seeing and hearing about Advocare products. My interest was piqued when I started seeing some amazing before and after photos from the 24 Day Challenge. If you’re unfamiliar with Advocare products, they are supplements for nutrition, weight loss, energy and sports performance. I decided that I wanted to try the challenge as a way to kick start my clean(er) eating and exercise again since I had fallen off the wagon in that department.

There are two parts to this challenge. The Cleanse Phase and the Max Phase. The cleanse phase last ten days and is suppose to remove waste and toxins and prepare your body for maximum nutrient absorption. There is a fiber drink with the herbal cleanse, omega supplements and an energy drink. The Max Phase is the remaining 14 days and consists of MNS vitamin packs, meal replacement shakes, and again the omega and energy drink. This phase is suppose to ramp up your metabolism for maximum weightloss results.  There is no set nutrition plan, but guidelines on portions to take and foods to avoid. Caffeine, alcohol, sugar are no-no’s and dairy is not allowed during the cleanse and recommended to be limited in the max phase.

So what did I think?

Pros
– The challenge guide was super helpful to show the timing of supplements and for tracking food, water intake and workouts. I need a book exactly like this for every day and I think I would be golden!
– It was good motivation to focus on my diet
– It was good motivation to get back into workout out regularly
– I lost 13.5 inches overall in the month of January, 3 inches from my waist alone.

Cons
– While I was under the impression that these products were natural, they aren’t at all. The Spark energy drink and meal replacement shakes both contain sucralose (ick) and other ingredients I would normally try to avoid.
– The fiber drink and Spark drinks taste awful. I didn’t like the Spark because of the strong smell and taste of the sweetener.
– The MNS made me feel really light headed the first couple days.
– It’s very expensive
– There are a LOT of pills to take
– It is a network marketing company

Well I did see some success over the course of the challenge, it’s not guaranteed it was from the products themselves or just the changes in diet and exercise. I honestly think if I had a book exactly like the challenge book to keep me accountable for my food, water and workouts, I would be able to stay 100% on track all the time. I’m glad that this challenge brought out my healthy lifestyle habits again, but I was not a fan of all the funky, hidden ingredients. I think proper supplementation through regular, all natural supplements would work just as well with a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Would I do this challenge again? Probably not. If anything I would take only the MSN vitamin packs, but at $45 US plus shipping for a 14-day supply, I’d rather pick up my regular vitamins instead.

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Leigh
    February 5, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Thanks for the review- I’ve been curious to hear first hand what someone thought of the challenge and products

  • Reply
    Amie@RunningOnHealthy
    February 5, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for the review. It sounds like you made some great changes.

    It kind of sucks about the supplements not tasting great and not being natural, but I guess that is part of the marketing they do and so many people are uninformed as to what “natural” is these days.

    • Reply
      Becky
      February 5, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Yes, honestly I got wrapped up in the success stories and didn’t take the time to research the products more like I know I should have.

  • Reply
    Alison
    February 6, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Good to know. I have stuff waiting to take and just can’t get my butt in gear. Sucks they taste gross! Good for you though. Did you see changes in your pics?

    • Reply
      Becky
      February 6, 2014 at 6:09 am

      The pictures aren’t anything dramatic but I can see a bit of change

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