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Nutrition Basics

Why do we eat food?

It is not “to feel full” or “because it tastes good…”! The only right answer is this; We eat food to feed our bodies with the needed nutrients found in the food. Eating too little can cause deficiency.

Even though we eat out of necessity we might as well make those moments enjoyable! Taste is therefore important.

Every two years we have more or less replaced all cells in our body – cells that need vital nutrition to function properly and regenerate healthily. Healthy food is like good toner in a copy machine.
What we eat matters big-time for the reproduction of healthy cells!

What nutrients do your body need?

Essential nutrients are those that the body cannot produce itself. They are vital for many functions and processes in our bodies, so we have to find them in the food we eat.

Do you know what food you have to eat, and how much of it, to get enough of every needed nutrient?
Which are the nutrients that is vital for staying healthy?
How much of each nutrient do you need on a daily basis?
In what food source will you find these nutrients?
How much of each food do you have to eat to fulfil the need?
How much will get lost by cooking the food?

Man… now it’s getting really complicated!

That’s why we leave it up to the dietitians, nutritionists and Herbalife scientists to formulate the products! We on the other hand are experts in giving advice on how to use them.

The reason people become overweight or unhealthy is mostly due to bad lifestyle habits and nutritional deficiencies, sometimes caused by the fact that nutritious food is quite expensive and that people without this knowledge or enough money rather buy cheap food.

If you are not sure of the answers to ALL questions above, we suggest that you start using Herbalife Nutrition, to make sure you get ‘all of everything’. Most people quickly realise that they also save money by doing so!


Carrots are a rich source of fibre. Still, to get your Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of Fibre from carrots only, you would need to buy (and chew :)) 0.8 kg raw carrots… every day!

Do you know how much more of the food you need to buy if you plan to cook it and still want to reach your RDI?

Broccoli is a recommended vegetable for magnesium, but to get your RDI of Magnesium from broccoli only, you would need to buy and consume 1.9 kg cooked broccoli per day!

Supplementation now seems like a good idea! Right?

Today’s sedentary lifestyle

Stress makes fast food the only option, for many.
All too many use stimulants rather than setting goals.
The food industry’s profit-hunting result in food lacking nutrients.
Obesity and malnutrition is increasing dramatically worldwide.

Excess can be as bad as deficiency!

It is not only being deficient in some nutrients that’s harmful. Getting too much of the stuff that is good for you can also be bad. Excess of what’s not good for you is even worse.
Balance is the way to go!

We promote a healthy active lifestyle.

Malnutrition leads to weak immune system

Boost your immune health with:

  • A healthy, active lifestyle
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Lower the amount of vegetable oils in processed or cook food.
  • Increase the amount of fish oils in your diet.

Dr. Heber has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine since 1978, and is currently professor emeritus of
medicine and public health and founding chief of the division of clinical nutrition in the department of medicine.
See his CV here >

Fat cells burn less calories than muscle tissue.

Stay in shape for maximised weight control!
It’s important to feed your muscles with sufficient amounts of protein to maintain your lean body mass. If there is too little protein in your diet, it can result in a negative muscle to fat ratio – jeopardizing weight management. Want a great solution? Herbalife’s Formula 1!

Lean body mass (of which muscle tissue is included) burn at rest abut six times as many calories as fat. The resting metabolic rate (RMR) of fat is only 2-3 calories per pound of fat (5-6 cal/kg). The RMR of lean body mass is 14 calories per pound (31 cal/kg). But we move and are active during the day, needing and expending more calories. Aside from gender, age, height and body composition, the amount we need also depends on the type of activity and for how long the activity is exercised as well as the level of intensity. During hard physical activity; your body will burn even more while almost nothing is burnt by your fat! Most of your fat will be burnt by your lean body mass while resting. See Sports Nutrition.

With a diminished muscle percentage in the body, we end up in a negative spiral and burn fewer calories and store more as fat.


DISCLAIMER: Always use Herbalife products within a balanced and varied diet, as part of a healthy active lifestyle. See individual packs for directions for use. All references to weight management relate to a Herbalife Weight Management Program which includes, among other things, a balanced diet, regular exercise, an adequate daily fluid intake, nutritional supplementation where required and appropriate rest. Individual results will vary. The products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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