Thursday, 27 March 2014

The best advise I can give to lose weight

Losing weight can be a daunting task, but it can be a bit simplified with some effort from your side. So, you already have a great eating plan, that includes your two Herbalife shakes, some healthy snacks and a main meal. The important part now is to stick to it!

What I found helped for me when I was on my weight loss journey, was to plan properly ahead. Here's an example of what a typical day for me would look like:

Within an hour of waking up, I always start with a Healthy Herbalife Breakfast - that is a shake, a cup of instant herbal beverage and a glass of herbal aloe. This is the easiest part, next is to make sure I have my first snack around 10:00, and then another shake around 13:00, my second snack around 16:00, and supper around 19:00.

What I mean with planning is to physically write down what your snacks and main meal will be for that day, and put those items in containers so that you can just quickly go get it. My 10:00 snack is an apple, and about 20 raw almonds - so in the fridge, the apple is there already cut up to make it easier, and the almonds have already been put in its own little container, ready to grab and eat.

Lunch is easy again, making a shake is such an easy way to make sure you're getting in something healthy. My soy milk is in the fridge, and the tub of shake and shaker is all together on the counter.

My mid afternoon snack is some tuna mixed with fat free cottage cheese, and a plum. These I also set aside, so it's quick and easy to grab.

Then for dinner, we have a nice chicken stir fry - the chicken is already cut up and ready to cook, the veggies are in the fridge, and the wok is within easy reach.

I'm lucky that I work from home, so all of this is especially important if you don't work from home. After supper, plan the next day - make sure you take your shake servings to work and your snacks. It also helps to have your 2 or 3 liters of water in 500ml containers, that way, you know you should drink one every 90 minutes or so.

Believe me, if you're on a eating plan to lose weight, your planning and preparation for the next day is crucial. Make it as easy for yourself as possible. If you don't, the temptation to go get a muffin and coffee is so much more. If you get this part right from the beginning, you'll get amazing results, just like we did!

Betting against Herbalife - not a good idea

At the end of 2012 Bill Ackman shorted a Billion Dollars on Herbalife, stating that it's an illegal pyramid scheme. Ever since then, Herbalife's stock has just been climbing, because the need for the awesome products is increasing world wide.

In a very interested turn of events, the following was discovered by the New York Times:
  • The Times found significant replication of language in letters sent to regulators
  • The Times reported that some individuals whose signatures were on anti-Herbalife letters either don’t remember signing them or feel duped by Mr. Ackman’s lobbyists. One Connecticut resident confessed that not only did he not remember writing, but he barely knew what Herbalife was: “One came from the mayor of the city of Waterbury, another from a former state legislator that Mr. Ackman had hired as a lobbyist, and a third from Israel Alvarez, a Puerto Rican-born hairstylist in Hartford. In a telephone interview, Mr. Alvarez said he did not recall writing the letter. Asked if he had ever heard of the company named Herbalife, he said it was ‘a vitamin thing, and food thing’.”
  • A Californian who wrote in after attending a rally against Herbalife that had been funded by Ackman allegedly did so without knowing of Mr Ackman’s connection: “Have I become an instrument in some billionaire’s investment campaign?” the Times reported him as saying, adding that he now regrets sending the letter. “I don’t want to be an unwitting pawn, and that is how I am feeling right now.”
  • Even with all of this effort, Ackman and his lobbyists were unable to produce real, verifiable complaints according to both the Nevada and Connecticut Attorneys General.
  • The Times also quoted former SEC Chairman Harvey L. Pitt stating Mr. Ackman’s campaign was starting “to look like an effort to move the price rather than spread the truth.  If you are trying to spread the truth, that is O.K. If you are trying to move the price of a stock to vindicate your investment philosophy, that’s not O.K.”
  • The Times reported that corporate money is forever finding new ways to influence government. But Mr. Ackman’s campaign to take this fight “to the end of the earth,” using every weapon in the arsenal that Washington offers in an attempt to bring ruin to one company, is a novel one, fusing the financial markets with the political system.
  • To pressure state and federal regulators to investigate Herbalife, an act that alone could cause its stock to dive, his team has helped organize protests, news conferences and letter-writing campaigns in California, Nevada, Connecticut, New York and Illinois, although several of the people who signed the letters to state and federal officials say they do not remember sending them, an investigation by The New York Times has found.  His team has also paid civil rights organizations at least $130,000 to join his effort by helping him collect the names of people who claimed they were victimized by Herbalife in order to send the leads to regulators, the investigation found. Mr. Ackman’s team also provided the money used by some of these individuals to travel to Washington to participate in a rally against Herbalife last month.
  • Additionally, the Times indicated that Mr. Ackman’s staff acknowledges that this crusade is really rooted in one goal: finding a way to undermine public confidence in Herbalife so that his $1 billion bet will produce an equally enormous return. Mr. Ackman has said he will donate any profits he personally earns to charity, calling it “blood money.” The clients who invest in his hedge fund, however, would still benefit enormously.
(I copied the above content from the original article here: http://iamherbalife.com/latest-news/new-york-times-bill-ackman-pershing-square-herbalife/)

Anyone out there stating Herbalife is an illegal pyramid scheme, or any such nonsense, clearly has no clue of what it's about.

For my wife and I, and all the customers I have helped so far, Herbalife has been nothing but awesome. I enjoy the products on a daily basis, and I strive to go out and help other people get amazing results, with the help of the products, as well.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

What 30000 calories look like

I was shocked when I came across this movie clip on Youtube, but it really got me thinking as well. The big woman's sister is entirely delusional, thinking her sister eats healthier than her. The fact is, so many people out there do not have a clue about what they're actually putting into their bodies, and then they think, well, during the day I had a cup of strawberries, so I'm eating healthily!

Be prepared to be shocked:


I am a Herbalife Health Coach, and we have a huge job ahead of us. We're not in a selling business - our goal is to go out there, and teach people about stuff like this and get them on the right path to be more healthy in general. We need people to help us on this extremely important mission! Believe me when I say, it's the best feeling when you know you've helped people change their lives for the better. The BEST feeling!

What are Calories and Kilo Joules?

Before the wife and I started with Herbalife and radically changed our lives for the better, we didn't really know about how much calories food contain, or how much calories you need on a daily basis.

Firstly, we always say calories, but it's actually abbreviated kcal, which stands for kilo calories. So, when we talk about calories in general, we're actually talking about kilo calories - saying an apple is 100 calories, actually means it's 100 000 calories (100kcal).

Then we have Kilo Joules. Both kj and kcal are measurements for energy, and to convert kj to kcal the quickest is to simply divide by 4. If you want to be a bit more accurate, divide it by 4.2. The official value is 4.182, but generally speaking, 4 is close enough!

Our bodies need energy to function, and it's as simple as if you take in more energy than what you need, you'll basically gain weight. Take in a little less (but not too much less), then you'll start to gradually lose weight. Now, it's not entirely that simple - for example, you need to get in enough protein, vitamins, minerals and water as well, and still try to get in less energy than what your body needs (don't worry, it'll draw some energy from your stored fat reserves = that's how you lose weight).

Generally, men have it lucky in this regard - we can eat quite a few more calories per day than women. For guys it's around 1800kcal, and women around 1400kcal. Now, these figures are just a generalization - it all depends on stuff like how tall you are, how much muscle you have and so on.

This number (again, it will vary from person to person) is called our Resting Metabolic Rate. It's how many calories we burn at rest during the course of the day. Take in a few hundred calories less than that, and you'll lose weight. Take in the same amount, and you'll maintain your weight. Take in more, and you'll gain weight.

Here's a cool video that shows us what 100 calories (kcal) look like:


So deep fried stuff = almost never a good idea, especially if you want to lose weight! Sugars = ok if used very sparingly. Fish and poultry = very good idea! Colourful fruit and veggies = a GREAT idea!

In South Africa most labels only have a kilo joule value on, so keep this in mind when you go out shopping!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Herbalife sponsors LA Galaxy

Here's another cool video where LA Galaxy thanks Herbalife. Herbalife is the official nutrition sponsors for LA Galaxy, and have renewed the sponsorship agreement until 2020 worth $44 million!


These guys use the products every day - good for them, good for everyone!

Monday, 24 March 2014

What exactly is "Passive Income"

When I was about 20 years old, I read Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, Poor Dad. If you haven't read it, please do - I promise it will completely change your outlook on life.

In that book, I learned about active and passive income. Active income is income we get by doing something actively - for example, having a job and earning a salary is a form of active income. A freelance web designer makes money when he designs a website and invoices his client. A hair dresser earns money when she cuts someone's hair.

Although there's nothing wrong with earning money by doing something like this, it will hardly ever make you rich. There is one problem though - should you lose your job, you lose your income. And even working for a big corporate company doesn't ensure that your income is safe. I have a very good friend who was retrenched, because his company was in an hostile takeover, and the company doing the taking over, didn't have room for his department anymore.

Now, passive income. That is what everyone should stride towards. Passive income, simply put, is income you make, whether you work or not. A good example is to have a huge amount of money in the bank, and the interest you would get on that is a form of passive income. But not everyone has a million Rand lying around to put in the bank, and the interest rates are shockingly low. Another way is to have property, and renting it out. If you are making more money than what the property is costing you, even if it's just R500 per month, then it's passive income.

To take the whole property angle further, you would ideally have someone who looks after the property in terms of maintenance. You'll also probably have a rental agent who makes sure the tenants pay on time and things like that. All of this means that you can go away for any amount of time, and still get that monthly rental income. Have enough properties like that, and you can retire young.

Herbalife is what we call a MLM company, or Multi-level Marketing. The whole idea behind a MLM company is instead of having huge advertising budgets, they tend to focus on individuals going out and moving their product. Where the passive income starts is when you're successful in the business, and you teach others your skills. Herbalife rewards you for doing just that. In regular business, you would be crazy to teach other people your skills - they will become your competition in the marketplace. But in Herbalife, teach others to be successful, and the company will compensate you for that in the form of commissions, royalties and bonuses.

I earn passive income from my Herbalife business every month, and believe me when I say, it's awesome! Always nice getting a commission check - if you'd like to earn passive income, maybe consider looking at the Herbalife business opportunity!

How the Herbalife Business Opportunity works

Almost everyone can do with some extra money, and a lot of people are looking for something they can do from home in the spare time.

The Herbalife Business Opportunity is a great way to make some extra money on the side, or, if you give it some more effort, generate a career level income for you and beyond.

It is a really simple business to do, but it does entail hard work to make a success from it. The thing is, the power of the Herbalife Business Opportunity lies in the awesome products. The short story is the products work, and they work very well. We are a results driven business, and every cent of the over $7 billion the company did in 2013 was from products being moved in the marketplace.

Herbalife products are consumable, that means that once it's finished, the customer wants more. But it's not just about selling products. As a Herbalife Health Coach, we provide a service to our customers. We don't want just once off sales and never see you again, we want to genuinely walk a path with you and help you get the best possible results you can by using our products.

And help a customer properly, and he/she will be a customer for life. About 2 years ago I had the privilege to help Maria. When I started helping her, she was a 69 year old lady looking to lose some weight. In the course of 6 months, we helped her lose 25kg. She's now a young 71 year old lady, and still uses the products every day.

You see, results like that makes this business such a worthwhile endeavor. Help a few people, and make some money. Help others help a few people, and you can make a fortune!

I am constantly on the lookout for individuals who'd like to either make a few bucks on the side (without worrying about it interfering with their jobs), or to even go big and make a full career out of it. If you are interested, you can get started with your Herbalife business right now - everything can be done online. Here are the instructions:

Simply visit this link: https://za.onlinecontract.myherbalife.com/

At the top, select your country.

Next, where it says "Sponsor's Herbalife ID Number*" - enter my Herbalife ID Number there, which is 46278882.

The next line asks for "First 3 Letters of Sponsor's Last Name*" - type in "van" there, since my surname is "van der Walt" :)

And lastly, on the line that says "Purchased an International Business Pack (IBP) from your Sponsor?*" - select "No" there, since you have not bought a IBP from me.

Now click Next, and follow the on-screen instructions. If you get stuck, phone me up and I'll help! 0799358433 or 0215564297.

After joining, I will definitely be in contact (no matter where you are!) and will get you ready for the next step.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

How to have a HOT Herbalife Shake

It's sometimes not very easy to have a cold shake when it's cold outside. With winter approaching, a hot shake can make a huge difference! Check out this awesome recipe video by Susan Bowerman - she always has great ideas to share, and this one is no different:


Now, we don't get the coffee flavoured shake here in South Africa, but I'm sure this will taste just as good with the Chocolate flavour and some good quality instant coffee - a nice mocha shake. Definitely gonna try that!

Christiano Ronaldo uses Herbalife

Yup, it's no secret that Herbalife like to sponsor the best, that's why Herbalife is the official nutritional sponsor for soccer superstar, Christiano Ronaldo. Check out this awesome video where he talks about how Herbalife helps him:


Think about it, these professional athletes don't just put anything into their bodies. The fact is, if they deem it good for them, then we can be 100% certain it's good for us. I enjoy Herbalife everyday, and in my opinion, everyone should. It's just such a easy and fuss free way of giving your body what it needs.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

My Healthy Active Lifestyle

I'm not one of those people who grew up liking exercise. I even stopped playing rugby in school because my brother got me all scared of how hard they always trained - I just wasn't in the mood to put myself through that torment!

I grew up in a small town, and my mother was the best cook in the world! The result of that was that I was always a bit on the overweight side of the scale. Not massively, but a good 20% heavier than I should be.

After school, I tried several things to lose some weight, be it dieting, exercising (that didn't help) or even starving myself (that only lasted half a day though). Nothing worked, but at least I was gaining more weight. I was still 15-20kg overweight though...

When my awesome wife and I got married, it went a bit downhill from there. We were in the typical "happy" phase, and we both gradually started gaining weight. The nice restaurants and food you get here in Cape Town didn't help either!

Long story short, we were introduced to Herbalife. I lost 16kg, my wife 15kg - but the best part is, we've been able to maintain that with very little effort!

I am also now proud to announce that we're both following a healthy active lifestyle (something I never though I'd say or do!). We're not as strict with what we eat, but that doesn't matter. We're both exercising, and still having our healthy Herbalife shakes on a daily basis - and we feel great!

Just to quickly share what I'm doing as part of my healthy active lifestyle:
  • I've started surfing, and try to hit the waves at least twice a week. The ice cold water of Bloubergstrand also helps burn extra energy!
  • On the mornings I don't surf, a group of us do the Herbalife 24 fit DVD series (at the time of writing this, we're about 9 weeks in on the programme)
  • And about 3-4 times a week, a good friend and I jog - we started really slow - around our block is about 850 meters (half a mile more or less). In the first week we did one "lap". Week 2 we did 1.5 laps. Weeks 3-6 we did 2 laps (a full mile). And we're on 3 laps (2.5km, or 1.5 miles). It's going great, and I've even bought myself decent running shoes.
There you have it. I'm now enjoying a healthy active lifestyle, and I can genuinely say it started with me having my first Herbalife shake in September 2011.

It was a gradual change, which helped. If you plan on doing something like this as well, start at the beginning and take it one step at a time. If you have weight to lose, focus on getting that done first by getting your nutrition habits fixed. Believe me, if you've lost some weight, you'll automatically want to start getting more active as well. And if you need any help, give me a shout, I'll gladly help where I can!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Tasty Herbalife Shake Recipes

Most people thinks that eating healthy is a boring affair. But with a little bit of effort, it really don't have to be. Herbalife's Formula 1 Healthy Meal shakes are really great low in calorie and high in nutrition meals. Here are some awesome recipes to make some kickass smoothies!

Fruit Juicy Shake
1 Serving of Formula 1 Strawberry shake mix
250ml Easygest (lactose free) milk, or Soy milk
1 cup strawberries
1/2 grapefruit
4-6 ice cubes (optional)

Mocha Shake
1 Serving of Formula 1 Chocolate shake mix
1 Teaspoon instant decaf coffee
250ml Easygest (lactose free) milk, or Soy milk
half a banana
4-6 ice cubes (optional)

Sweet Sensation Shake
1 Serving of Formula 1 Tropical Fruit shake mix
1 Fresh peach
1 Fresh apricot
250ml Easygest (lactose free) milk, or Soy milk
3-6 ice cubes (optional)

Peach Shake
1 Serving of Formula 1 Vanilla shake mix
250ml Easygest (lactose free) milk, or Soy milk
1 Fresh peach
4-6 ice cubes (optional)

I found the best way to enjoy your shake the most is to experiment! When we're really hungry, we always have what we call our Deluxe Chocolate shake - here's how we make it:

Deluxe Chocolate Shake
2 Servings of Formula 1 Chocolate shake mix
2-4 scoops Formula 3 Personalized Protein Powder
500ml Easygest Milk (or soy milk)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 whole banana
few ice cubes

Blend and enjoy! Serves 2

Feel free to leave a comment with some of your favourite combinations :)

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Some of my favourite Jim Rohn quotes

Jim Rohn was Herbalife's business philosopher, and boy oh boy, did he know how to talk! Here is a list of some of my favourite Jim Rohn quotes:

"Learn how to turn frustration into fascination. You will learn more being fascinated by life than you will be being frustrated by it."

"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune."

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment."

"Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about it."

"The twin killers of success are impatience and greed."

"We must teach our children not to spend their money a dollar at a time. If you spend your dollar at a time, you'll wind up with trinkets instead of treasures."

And my favourite one:


Omar Gonzales - Powered by Herbalife

The thing about pro athletes is they really have to care of their bodies, both with fitness and nutrition. Omar Gonzales is a defender for one of America's top soccer teams, LA Galaxy, and he is proudly sponsored by Herbalife. Check out this awesome video:


You check out his stats here: http://www.lagalaxy.com/players/omar-gonzalez and follow him on twitter here: https://twitter.com/Omar4Gonzalez

The fact remains, if Herbalife is good and safe for pro athletes like Omar Gonzales, then it's most definitely safe and good for us!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Real Herbalife

Ever since getting such amazing results on the products (over 30kg down between the wife and I), I've developed a huge passion to help people, and the Herbalife products make it so easy to do that. This video will show what Herbalife is about, the Real Herbalife. We're not just in it to make money and sell products, we're in it to genuinely help people, give support and guidance and motivation. Have a look:


For me this isn't just another MLM company, this one really means something to me. It's changed my life!