A recent global trend is the ultimate search for a convenient, “less time at the gym” means of shedding those torturing pounds. Weight gains and flabby body frames are heart-breaking but working out to lose them could be a little more devastating- “no pain, no gain”. The 24-day advocare challenge is a complete package of nutrition and supplementation appropriate for all body types and designed to prepare and set the body in motion for fitness goals. It is a total package of weight, energy, and body nutritional management. The 24-day program is split into two phases: Clean phase and max phase. The clean phase is the first 10 days of the program which involves expunging wastes from the body and preparing the body for better absorption of nutritive compounds such as carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins. The phase also helps to detoxify the body for optimal utilization of nutrients. Three products are used during this phase, namely: herbal cleanse system, OmegaPlex and Advocare Spark. The advocare herbal cleanse system is a three-product dynamic blend of herbal ingredients that helps to get rid of body wastes and boosts digestion. The OmegaPlex is a unique blend of essential Omega-3 fatty acids with functionality of improving the health of the circulatory, immune and musculo-skeletal systems as well as the skin. The third product which is the Advocare spark is a sugar- free complex-nutrient product with over twenty vitamins and minerals designed to synergistically provide energy and mental function enhancement (according to the manufacturer’s guide).  

The max phase sets in from the days 11- 24 and it also involves the concurrent use of three products, namely: Metabolic Nutrition System (MNS), Meal Replacement Shake (MRS) and Advocare spark.  This phase is said to provide optimal nutrition, appetite control and energy sustenance. The MNS provides supplements which aids in effective foundational appetite control and energy. The MRS serves as a healthy replacement for food; it is enriched with proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals and calcium at the recommended daily allowance standard. Lastly, the Advocare spark which rekindles energy and mental focus. This comprehensive formulation has received both positive and negative reviews by consumers since its introduction as a fitness option. Most users commended the product as a good motivation for preparing the body for fitness while some claimed to have lost recognizable amount of weight. Generally, the price of the product seems much higher than the resultant outcome with some users even advocating for a refund. Consumers believe a better result can be obtained with cheaper alternatives. There are also complaints of adverse reactions including severe itching, rashes mostly on the back, chest, face and neck, abdominal discomfort, uncontrollable chills, massive headaches, dizziness, increased heart rate, constipation and bloating. These reactions are linked to the presence of 300% of the RDA Niacin (which is pretty toxic), caffeine and sucralose which is present in the Spark. Bottom line is, despite the high price there are loads of evidences that this product may not be as safe and effective as projected by the company.