What the heck is Body by Vi

by 1098 · July 23, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Hey everyone... my friends are all the sudden going nuts on this Body by Vi diet. Apparently you drink two shakes a day or something. I read the ingredients and it sounds like some serious FAKE food to me. My husband is thinking about doing it, and it scares the CRAP out of me! I don't want him ingesting this kind of crap. Does anyone know anything about it, other than that it's obvious crap? Any kind of ammunition to thwart this idea of his would be awesome too ;)

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3043 · April 01, 2012 at 11:57 PM

My coworker is big into this... She has used it to lose some weight and has become a sales rep- and is enroute to earning a car from all her sales... It becomes a lifestyle, she attends conferences every weekend ( or so it seems) and has 'enrolled' many more coworkers. Apparently if you recruit a certain number of product users, you get your monthly kit of food free. The reps/company regularly hold 90 day challenges and 'shake parties' to recruit new customers and gush over before and after images.

My observation: It feels like a big pyramid scheme to me. The products are primarily shakes and there are some other 'cookies' and things she eats. While she has lost some weight - she was quite overweight to begin with- she is really struggling to lose more now. She is constantly binging on pizza and chips when it is brought in for staff functions, and is overtraining (2 workouts per day including a combo of p90x, running, bikrams and circuit training.)

I've got to say, she is a sweetheart and this is really hard to watch; she is getting frustrated but feels committed to the program and loves the support of her peers.

I've looked into the nutrition and it just seems like another poor excuse for a meal replacement... The premise is replacing meals withe the shakes " but you can add other things like kale and spinach to them to make them better!" which pretty much tells you right there they are an incomplete source of nutrients. See ingredients here: http://www.bodybyvishape.com/bodybyvi_nutrition/

While I can see this giving the appearance of helping someone on a SAD diet by causing them to lose weight, I don't think it's a healthy lifestyle.

1248 · April 02, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Soy soy soy soy and more soy. Lots of processed crap and soy. And by the way, the crazy-ass JetBlue pilot was on this diet. Coincidence?

95 · June 14, 2012 at 1:53 AM

my coworker is right into it. same deal...she's lost some weight, has less brain fog, etc, and she looks better. but my concern is, how long can that last? it's frankenfood. and anything like that is just not a good idea for the long run, IMO.

lower calories can, I've heard, reduce inflammation, so perhaps the benefits people are seeing are from calorie restriction and maybe supplementation where there was none before, NOT actually from the products. it's CERTAINLY not from the artificial sweeteners & flavourings, chemicals, and soy. if someone ate utter crap and a LOT of it for a long time, they may feel better doing body by vi for awhile, but I really can't see how it can contribute to real, sustainable health.

anyhow, I can't say too much as I'm just now trying to transition into paleo/primal, but there's my $0.02. :)

4113 · June 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I loved the show Vi. It had these people that were secretly lizard aliens planning on eating us pesky humans. I don't think I want to try a diet promoted by lizard people.

323 · April 01, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Yeah it's on the same level as SlimFast if not crappier. I would steer clear, it's nothing but a pyramid scheme for the people selling it.

10878 · April 02, 2012 at 2:38 AM

OK. I always advocate eating real food but if someone is determined to do a whey shake program at least find something that doesn't have a lot of crap in it like a real whey shake like from Mark Sisson (hopefully a hormone free milk formula) or something like Isagenix. But always try to push a real food program. Body by Vi is awful with all that soy.

14507 · June 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I looked at the ingredients on the the shake. the diet seems very similar to this diet http://www.diabetologia-journal.org/Lim.pdf in which patients reversed their diabetes in a matter of a months by consuming each day just 2 protein shakes (of which the main sources of calories are from sugar, corn syrup solids, calcium caseinate, and sunflower oil) and 3 servings of non starchy vegetable, for a breakdown of 600 calories (46% carbohydrate,33% protein, and 20% fat).

If I had diabetes or were overweight, I wouldn't be so concerned over how healthy the product is that I'm consuming to get to a healthy weight and healthy level of metabolic function. It is not like you are going to consume this for the rest of your life. you are doing it to reset your metabolism. The health benefits from weight loss and restored pancreatic function clearly vastly outweigh the potentially unhealthy list of ingredients in the 400 calories total of protein shakes you're drinking.

5111 · June 13, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Yeah, I know, I was being sarcastic.

2485 · April 01, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Yeah, anything that involves a packet of fake food is just not something I ever want to eat. Especially if it means drinking my calories rather than chewing them.

8890 · April 01, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Isn't this the stuff that the crazy airline pilot was using? Can you post a link to the ingredients?

-2 · July 23, 2013 at 8:29 PM

I am so excited to share some info on this thread. I am not a promoter of VIsalus (Yet). I lost my grandfather to obesity related issues back in 2009. I have seen countless people whos lives have been completely transformed and this is not crap by any means !! Mcdonalds, Chipotle, Burger King, Processed foods, boxed foods, GMO food are crap !! this is great nutrition to jump start a new lifestyle and it is great for diabetics, it is heart safe, kosher, paleo friendly. The company truly cares about putting an end to the obesity epidemic. There is always negativity with the world we live in. I suggest anyone wanting to make a change to get involved. www.findwhy.bodybyvi.com. My name is Ryan Owens and I am the face of obesity. 90% of all Soy is GMO, Visalus soy is not GMO and it is not the main protein anyways there is a tri-sorb blend of Whey- WHey Hydrosolate and soy, it works, it's safe and I would recommend it to my most dear loved ones.

-4 · October 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I, for one, think Mitchell has a realistic view of health and a rational view of health products and diets. The people that I've met that are on Body By Vi are changing their lifestyles. They are eating healthier, exercising more, and changing their mindset when it comes to food and health. Paleo is great, if you can afford to eat everything straight from Mother Earth and if you have the discipline to do so and stick to it. Most do not have the will, desire, time, and/or money to do so. But even Paleo has it's downfalls. Is it really possible to eat what a caveman ate? With all the nutrients in the soil changing over thousands of years. It doesn't matter if it is organic, it still isn't what a cavman ate...period. The fact is, it isn't the only way to health and I wouldn't even say it is the best. I will say that it is a better option than Body By Vi, but most people will choose the easier way. The "step in the right direction" approach. Not saying that is right or wrong. Just saying it is reality.

Body by Vi has soy? OMG! But Dr. Mercola talks about the dangers of soy and the importance and superiority of the paleolithic diet! I must believe everything he says, for He is a doctor!! Gimme a break. Do your own research! Not all soy is created and ViSalus soy protein is NOT run-of-the-mill.

The point of Body by Vi is to get you moving in the right direction. Are you going to drink shakes for the rest of your life? Hmmm...are you going to eat beef that you "hope" was actually grass fed, vegetables that you hope are truly organic for the rest of your life? Are you going to strive for health the rest of your life? Yes I will, and I'm sure you will too. If someone gives up BBV and goes back to what made them unhealthy, then they have failed to changed their lifestyle. That is not the goal of Body by Vi. If they give up BBV, and moved to a more natural source of food, continue exercising, and eating a balanced diet, then it was a success. While BBV is processed, it is still the most balanced, nutrient filled meal that I eat all day.

You don't have to put down a product or another method in order to promote your own lifestyle choice. It should be able to stand on its own merits. Most that I know in BBV will not down another product, another diet, another lifestyle. We promote health, whether or not you choose the route of BBV. BBV has helped millions of people take control of their health. I am one of those people. I am no longer on pharmaceutical meds for cholesterol because of it, when diet alone wasn't working for me. ViSalus seeks to address the obesity epidemic in the US and eventually worldwide. The dent they have already placed on that in the US is huge. And to be honest, ViSalus has had a larger positive effect on the health of the US than the Paleo diet probably ever will, just because of the sheer numbers. Again, not downing the Paleo diet, just stating what is likely a reality.

Am I long winded? Yes. But nobody forced you to get this far and read the whole thing. Good luck in your diet. I hope you stick to it. We need more positive people making positive changes in their health promoting positive changes in other people's health. Being devisive helps no one.


-4 · May 29, 2012 at 4:11 AM

Good to see others who think for themselves and can read the label of a product kudos to you!!! I personally make my own healthy shakes and meals. I have found the best way to reach a health goal is to study whole foods. Which foods help immune function, boost energy, increase metabolisim, etc. depending on your health goal eat more of those particular foods that help you in that specific area or combine several to make a holsome shake with ingriedents you can actually pronounce like "apple" . You will be amazed what u can make for yourself. If there is one suppliment that i would take it would be certain Mannatech products because they actually tell you whats in them and where they came from, though i would not push them. Best is to design your own healthy diet and shakes that suit your goals and tastes It is not that complicated for example set your goal, like lose weight then goggle foods that help burn fat or boost metabolisim as well as exersises that help in that area. Be realistic as well. For instance if u have a large bone structure you could starve yourself and exercise 24/7 but your bone structure will not change drasticlly. Rosey O'Donall will never have a figure like Jessica Simpson nor should she try to...lose a few pounds sure she could and either way she is still a beautiful person. Just keep your goals realistic and learn to be comfortable in your own skin and happy with who you are. Ok jumping off that pet pev lol. The just of it all if you cant pronounce it or find out what it is or where it comes from then steer clear! It is probably not good for you. The foods u consume should come from a living organisim not manufactured synthetic crap. And FYI whey and cows milk is not good for you!!! It can be ok in small amounts but so not good nutition for the human body i think it was meant for baby cows lol. A good way to look at a food before u eat it is to say to yourself is that what nature intended for my bodys nutritional needs? Fruits n veggies, nuts n berries, wholegrains, and some meats anything outside those realms for the most part is not meant to be eaten. I have a lot more to say but I will save that for my book and all its technical bable lol jk.

-18 · June 13, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Wow...After reading all of these post I see a bunch of haters...Guys there is more than one way to get healthy and be fit. No one is dying by adding a shake a day and eliminating calories. While you are all drooling over Paleo diets...Simmer on this for a moment, What was the average life expectancy for a caveman? Lol, that in its self should make you questiong your own diet. However, I am happy to say I got in shape and stay in shape by eating a balance diet that includes EVERYTHING on the food pyramid in moderation. I am a professional fighter as well and I dont bash anyone that has a desire to get in shape and does so by adding a low calorie shake and eliminating fried foods or any other bad nurtion. While on the subject of Paleo...what makes you think that it is okay to eat high amounts of fat? In no way is high amounts of Fat good for your heart...regardless of the source...and beef is horrible for you...but you promote the idea of eating it...Before you bash another person for using a "gimmick" to get in shape, take a look at the gimmick you are using and make sure it is flawless...Congrats to anyone that is using any means to stay in shape and be healthy. I know multiple people that are on BodyByVi and have come off cholesterol medicine, diabetes meds and others!

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