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 ;)
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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