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TOPIC: Body by Vi - does it work long term?

February 17, 2012 3:43 PM
Personally, I like shakes like these just for on the run meals and such. Like for me my body hates food for like the first hour or so after waking up and if I have to leave for work in 30 minutes, then i don't have time to eat but a shake that I DRINK is much easier to force down then say eggs and toast.

But otherwise I don't believe in using shakes JUST to lose weight.
March 15, 2012 7:13 PM
A gimmick is a gimmick. Weight loss is best to come from life style changes. If you don't make the changes, the weight will come back regardless. Change your mindset, change your eating habits and keep a eye on how much you are eating and you'll lose the weight and keep it off.
April 15, 2012 11:33 AM
I have been doing the body by vi for 3 weeks now and I have only lost 3 pounds. Which is actually a healthy weight loss. I have a shake for breakfast and then for lunch I like to add some instant sugar-free pudding mix to it and make it pudding:) It doesn't add many calories and I get to actually "eat" something on my lunch:) It's really not that bad having two meals replaced, since I never ate breakfast regularly before anyways.
April 15, 2012 11:36 AM
It started the shakes two years ago. Lost ten pounds and have kept it off. I continue to drink a shake every day for all the nutrition. Wonderful!!
April 15, 2012 11:40 AM
I've lost 46 lbs in 3 months simply through diet and exercise. While the shakes may be convenient and you may feel like you're healthier, I find them unnecessary. It's possible to lose weight without them...just my 2 cents.
April 15, 2012 11:51 AM
I've been on Body by Vi challenge for two months now and have lost 12 lbs. which is for me a good result given the fact that I eat food and combine the program with My fitness pal app staying as close to 1700 calories a day and "cheating" a little on weekends. There's no doubt it works--if you replace one meal a day with a shake with as much nutrients as the Vi Shake has, you will lose weight. The thing about it is, you can play around with it (2 shakes one day, one shake the next day and so on.) This is how I continue to lose weight without getting bored with it.
April 15, 2012 11:57 AM
I joined a lifestyle & weight loss program at the medical clinic I go to.I attend lectures go to support group see a dietitian , a Dr. & exercise trainer. In seven weeks I have lost 22 lbs. We are working on changing my eating habits.I eat a lot of protein & plant oils . I try to keep my carbs. down to 150 grams a day or less. I walk 1-1/2 miles a day & do a little resistance weight training. If you eat a wide variety of fruits & veggies you do not need supplements. I like to eat my calories not drink them. So for me shakes are out.
April 15, 2012 5:40 PM
I would like to see how this works long term also. You are not teaching yourself permanent eating habits. My sister sells body by vi, has lost 25 lbs and still does 2 shakes a day. She lost 13 lbs in 90 days, but I lost 15 in 90 days just by changing my eating and exercise habits. I personally have not tried the shakes. My feeling is it is better to change your eating habits than drink shakes.
April 15, 2012 5:46 PM
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April 15, 2012 5:51 PM
FAD.... Just like isagenix. I have known so many people that have done them both and gained back all the weight they lost plus more! I know from experience! Calorie deficit by eating real food and exercise and you will lose the weight....unless you have some kind of medical issue that affects weight loss. I would not recommend this all.
April 16, 2012 1:38 AM
My concern with these shakes relates not to long term weight loss but long term health risks due to the soy protein. I have been told by numerous sources that soy protein is not safe for the body and can cause a range of long term health issues so although you may lose the weight, at what cost to your health. Scary but I also see people giving these to their kids and taking during pregnancy. Soy is a big no-no. A personal trainer friend just attended a health seminar and was told that Body by Vi is one of the worse supplements there is out there and anyone using a soy-based product is headed for a lot of sickness
April 16, 2012 6:24 AM
Hi Lambrtj, I am a nurse and I love their products. Yes there is soy in the product,but there is also whey protein, and the soy non GMO "not geneticlly modified" and the estrogens that cause people problems have also been removed. The blend of protein they use in the shakes is 99% absorbable and proven to be very helpful in building and maintaining lean muscle. I do hear your concern though and i tend to steer people away from using soy milk with the shakes, I agree that too much is not good! However the nutrition is sound, and I would rather have a Kid having a vi shake with fruit, or a VI Nutri cookie, than a burger at mcdonalds or a bag of doughnuts! Good nutrition is good nutrition, and i think alot of people are fat and undernourished! The fact that body by VI challenges people to make some healthy life changes I think is awesome! Battleing obesity and all the illness that comes with that is comendable! I also LOVE this website, super inspirational!!
April 16, 2012 6:39 AM
LOL why is it that Body by Vi reps always compare the shakes to McDonalds and junk food but never to just good clean eating. My FB page is full of reps who use the same exact line you just did. Is that part of the training?

What happens down the road if you find out that by giving your kid soy all those years you have caused him irreversible health issues. I'm sorry but that is not a risk I'm willing to take. I would rather give children good healthy organic foods. People aren't obese because of food, they are obese because of eating the wrong foods and not exercising. Why not teach your kids from early on how to eat well and move
Edited by lambertj On April 16, 2012 6:40 AM
April 16, 2012 10:27 AM

I use them, but kind of in moderation. At work during the workweek. I can have some days where we have plenty of time for me to eat a real meal and other times we get so busy that I had to skip lunches and then was ravenous come dinner time and I would overeat. On weekends I generally eat "real" food. Its more of a time management issue for me and where I work there is no way of predicting so I like having the shakes here to make sure I get the proper filling nutrition. I don't take the supplements, I don't follow their meal plan, I basically use them as a protein/fiber supplement. I like the versatility they provide and well thats it. :)

I just started today and that is what I am going to do as well. I am not a big breakfast eater at all and it is easy to have the shake. I will also have one for lunch some days as well because it is quick and easy!! As far as the weekends I will be eating food. I decided to do this to be able to get the nutrients and such. I did not purchase anything else other than the shakes because I will have regular snacks and such.

I started this because I was stagnant. I lost 47 pounds and I am stuck. So hopefully this will give me the boost that I need.
April 16, 2012 10:34 AM
I bought some to support a friend that is selling it, but I don't use it religiously. I actually use more like a nutritious snack. I mix packet of hot chocolate with it and ice to make a milkshake, or bananas for banana shake.
April 16, 2012 10:39 AM
I use them as well, but just as a quick breakfast or on days at work when I don't get a lunch break but I need a drinkable meal. They're tasty with fresh strawberris and bananas, which increases my fruit, fiber, and protein intake while on the run. Two shakes a day is too much for me, but it's a great starting point for healthier eating all day. It seriously curbs my appetite much better than Special K or Slim Fast, and I actually enjoy the taste.
May 7, 2012 10:32 AM
I have been doing the Body by Vi thing for a month now and have dropped 12lbs. I use it for lunch at work. I hate preparing a healthy lunch either the night before, or at 6am before work, so this is easy. And it saves me $5-10 a day at some fast food joint. I only plan on doing it for 90 days, and was wondering what will happen once I stop. Guess I will find out soon enough....
May 7, 2012 10:50 AM
It doesn't work for everybody. I started drinking 2 shakes a day with 50 lbs. to lose. I started to gain over the next few months of using this product and I was exercising 4-5 days a week. In the last month I stopped using the shake, I began to lose weight again.
May 13, 2012 8:52 PM
I have been on the Body By Vi Challenge since January 17, 2012 and to date I have lost 61.5 pounds and went from a size 22 to a size 14. I love it. I have not been under 200 pounds in 25 years and I am now 180.5 lbs.
May 15, 2012 11:32 AM

That is what I wondered. I have tried all of those weight loss shakes and such and yeah I lost weight but when you don't want to take it anymore, your weight just sky rockets higher than it was before. I say eat healthy food and change your eating lifestyle, sure it may take longer but you will be farther ahead in the long run :)

You are awesome. I love this. Thanks for being smart!!! :-)
May 15, 2012 11:40 AM
I have family members who swear by Body by Vi. I personally didn't care for them because it was too sweet/rich for my taste. But, in all fairness, I didn't try different recipes to see if I could find one that I did like. I personally use the Advocare chocolate meal replacement shakes for breakfast. There is alot of protein which helps keep me from getting hungry quickly. It is a good solution for me since I sleep till the last minute. laugh
May 15, 2012 11:42 AM
I (and MANY I know) have used it to lose weight and have continued to maintain. Wonderful shakes!!
May 15, 2012 11:42 AM

I have been doing the Body by Vi thing for a month now and have dropped 12lbs. I use it for lunch at work. I hate preparing a healthy lunch either the night before, or at 6am before work, so this is easy. And it saves me $5-10 a day at some fast food joint. I only plan on doing it for 90 days, and was wondering what will happen once I stop. Guess I will find out soon enough....

I would think as long as you stay within your calorie goals you won't gain anything. It's all about calories in and calories burned.
Good Luck!!
May 15, 2012 11:51 AM
Please be honest here - do these shakes really help with weight loss? I feel like it's hard to get an unbiased response because someone is always selling it!
May 15, 2012 11:57 AM
I'm not sure if it works long term but I still want to reply to this thread because I had thought of posting my own.

A friend of my mom's came to my house today and gave me a sample and explained how this thing works. Basically to lose weight one will replace two meals with one of their shakes. If one mixes Body by vi with just water it will be 90 calories per packet. Let's say one were to replace breakfast and dinner with a shake and have a 500 calorie lunch. That would be 680 calories plus the 3 "around 100 calorie snacks" recommended. That would put one at 980 calories per day.

She mentioned that once one has reached their goal weight one can do one shake a day to maintain. This means you will be buying Body for Vi for the rest of your life. I don't see this working long term. It's just another low-calorie diet. If I were to replace two meals a day I would do it with juicing vegetables and fruit. I'm pretty sure I'd get all my vitamins and minerals and more then 5g of fiber from that.

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