Visalus-rating

Today we’re going to talk about Visalus product which is another MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) for those of you out there looking for something along those lines. Let’s check the review.

Value

8.0

Now a la carte Visalus shakes come in at around $1.50 per shake, which as we’ve said in the past gets you a 10 in value, so why not here?  The shakes (with flavor packets) drop to $49.99 if you sign up for auto-ship. However, a big thing about meal replacements for us is the hunger blocker. Visalus sells their hunger blocker separately as Vi-trim packets that run you another $49.99 per month. About $3.33 to get the power of the full shake. That would get them about a 6 in value, so we settled in between. Here’s the thing. We only were able to try the shake and not the Vi-trim so we can’t comment on how effectively Vi-Trim works at appetite suppression.

Hunger Blockers

7.0

Alright this section is obviously coming with a big asterisk. Like we just mentioned, we ONLY tried the shake and not any of the flavor/hunger blocking adders that can be purchased separately. If you want to control hunger you have to order the Vi-Trim, so our rating here is on the shakes alone without the Vi-trim. There is a little fiber, but in the end these shakes filled us up about as much as drinking a glass of NesQuik. We weren’t terribly impressed.

Nutrition

8.5

Visalus has 12 grams of protein, and you know we’re all huge fans of protein. They also have about 30% of your daily vitamins and minerals per serving which lands them somewhere in the middle on the shakes we’ve reviewed. Not terrific, but not lacking either. Their strongest feature is the 0 grams of sugar and only 90 calories per serving, which is great.

Taste

8.2

The original shake comes in a ‘Sweet Cream Flavor’ which is probably meant to be more of a base for their flavor packets. It’s not quite a vanilla per-say, but that’s a little bit what it tasted like. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but it definitely needed the flavor packets in our opinion. Adding flavor to a shake always means adding calories which is why we only rate the shakes with milk/water rather than other adders.

We ended up trying this shake by finding someone who was on the product and buying it because we got sick of working with their official site. The ViSalus site constantly crams the $250 per month program at you (sometimes randomly changing your order to it hoping you won’t notice) and pushes their MLM program down your throat. We’ll let their actual customers talk about the program in the reviews, but we weren’t impressed with the pushy sales stuff from their website. It’s our biggest problem with MLM’s. We like companies that say “hey, here’s our products, this is how it’s going to be most effective, but hey, if you want to just use one part or another, that’s totally okay!” We didn’t feel that way at all on their site. That’s just our opinion, and it didn’t effect their overall score in any way, but we thought we’d throw that out there for our readers.

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Comments

  1. Hi: Thanks for sharing your review about the ViSalus meal replacement shakes. I am a ViShake drinker and I have to disagree with your first point. These shakes, all by themselves block hunger. All of my customers agree with me as well. You don’t need to add the vi-slim packs to stop your hunger. I drink two shakes each day. One for breakfast and one for dinner. I eat my big meal mid-day and I don’t skimp on any of my favorites including dessert. I have lost more than 20 pounds since the end of March and I am not hungry for 3 to 4 hours after I drink my shakes. I mix my shake powder with orange juice for a creamsicle, with hershey’s dark chocolate powder for a chocolate shake, with fat free, sugar free instant pudding (lemon flavor is my favorite) mixes, fresh fruit, etc. There are minimal calories from any of these add-on items and are my personal preference. I thoroughly enjoy the plain shake as well. As we all know, hunger sabotages many a diet and the ViShake prevents that from happening. I do hope you will try the viShakes again and see for yourself how long you remain satisfied before you look for more food. On another note, the ViShake is not just about weight loss. This product is a health and nutrition item that every body – everybody can use. We know the nutritional value from food today just isn’t what it used to be all those years ago! I also agree the website has plenty of room for improvement.

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    • Giovanna Curatalo says:

      I am in total agreement, the shakes themsleves keep me sated for atleast 4 hours. Love the stuff and have lost 17 pounds since the end of September!! Can’t say enough good about this shake!!

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      • Rosanne Evans says:

        I totally agree. I’ve been on the shakes for 4 months and have lost 15 pounds. I absolutely LOVE them. I do a fruit shake for breakfast (shake mix, 4 oz of strawberry or kiwi-strawberry flavored water from Walmart, 1/2 of small Activia light vanilla yogurt, 1/2 banana and 4-5 frozen strawberries) and usually the butterfinger or chocolate peanut butter one for lunch (varying from time to time at lunch). I only do 5 days a week because it’s so easy to do at lunch. Usually drink water in between and maybe snack on few pretzels or a 100 cal snack. I don’t feel hungry at all in between and they usually last up to 4 hours for me. The best thing that ever happened to me was getting introduced to these Vi-shakes .. and I feel 100% better than I have in a long while. I’m past the 90-day challenge, but plan on continuing because it’s the most nutrition I’ve had in years.

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    • What am I doing wrong then? I drink the shake for breakfast, and it does not satisfy me at all. I am still hungry. Help!

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      • @Cherie when I first started I was super hungry and I was told it was my metabolism increasing so I remember to snack..and after about 2 weeks I wasn’t as starving.

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        • Who told you your metabolism was increasing? A rep?

          I don’t think a doctor would say that as they know it is actually very difficult to change your metabolism. And there are really only two ways to do that, increasing your heart rate or muscle mass.

          These shakes are good, but they don’t speed up your metabolism or anything like that. None of the shakes do.

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          • These shakes are awesome!!! I have known a lot of people that are having wonderful success with these shakes. That are just great. To each their own but everyone I know are on these shakes for one reason or another and have had wonderful results. They taste great.

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          • It is common to feel hungry the first couple of days because your body is trying to adjust to the incredible nutrition its getting and just like any shake and/or change in diet, your body has to adjust. We have more than 10 physicians on our team backing this product because we’ve seen such amazing results not only with weight loss. It is a superior product to any on the market. People just need the education on how it works. Many have said it’s low in protein, but science proves that your muscles will absorb a higher quality blended protein better than a high dose single protein. Visalus is affordable, it works and it tastes good.

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          • Which would be true if we were new to meal replacement shakes in general. Our bodies don’t need to get used to that stuff because we’ve been reviewing and using meal replacement shakes for over a year now.

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          • Leslie Carico says:

            Ummm…there is a third, and a doctor wrote this one…”You can also increase your metabolism by eating foods that require extra energy to digest and metabolize; for example, protein. Your body burns twice as many calories digesting high-protein foods as it does foods that are high in carbs or fat, he says.” That’s the third way and I’d like to add its from web MD if you’d like to know where. John Berardi, PhD, CSCS, president of Precision Nutrition, and author of The Metabolism Advantage. I’m sure he’s got some kind of laymans insight into it…but maybe I’m being positive instead of negative. The shakes work for me by the way : )

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          • Activating/Using your metabolism is dramatically different than raising your BMR (Base Metabolic Rate).

            Saying that a shake increases your metabolism, is equivalent to saying eating a chocolate cake increases your metabolism. Your metabolism is always going to be more active when metabolizing food then when it’s in a state of rest.

            So yes, there are foods that your body has to expend more energy to digest, but it’s not increasing your metabolism, it’s making your metabolism work a little harder. It’s the idea behind the celery diet.

            In the end though, BMR is only changed by heart rate and muscle mass, which is what people are referring to when they say “This will change your metabolism over time”. It won’t.

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          • I beg to differ with Mrs. R. Many doctors don’t know that much about health and nutrition to give an intelligent response. Having studied nutrition, your metabolism can be stimulated (boosted).

            I am an example. I never liked to eat breakfast, and have always struggled with a poor appetite. I enjoyed comfort foods and for a petite person, was overweight (even if only a few pounds). Although I was thin, some of my clothes did not fit the way I liked. Nothing was working until I started drinking a Vi-shake for breakfast. In a short time after starting my first 90-day challenge, I had lost 5 pounds. I am now down a dress size. So, believe what you choose, but I know that there is a difference.

            Also, I have heard testimonials of people who had severe conditions who no longer have them, are no longer on their meds, and astonishing their doctors. The doctors at Duke told one lady she needs to teach others what she is doing because there is nothing they can do for her. She is no longer bedridden. They told her that Visalus got it right with the formulation of this product.

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          • 1. Not all doctors may be extremely well versed on nutrition but usually they’re a good place to start. Especially over people you meet on the internet. (Yes, I am saying people should trust their doctors over us. If they tell you something contrary to our site, we’d advise you to go with them.)

            2. Not eating breakfast, then eating breakfast WILL have an effect on your metabolism. It’s great the shakes are helping you do something you did before, but I think you’re giving too much credit to the formula instead of your willpower. The shakes are a helpful tool (all of them are!) but you need to have the willpower to eat properly and exercise for best results.

            3. Many people using all different types of shakes have been able to get off their meds. It’s amazing what losing weight and focusing on nutrition can do to your overall health.

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          • You will build muscle mass by drinking these Vi-shakes… If you put into your body the nutrition it needs, only good things happen. THIS is the best shake EVERRRR!

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          • Dawn Graybill says:

            Hormones can speed up your weight loss, so if there is hormones in the drink or her loss of body weight will let her metabolism. I take hormones for my diabetes and I feel great

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          • They speed up your metabolism because the protein in the shakes build lean muscle. Muscle burns fat 24 hours a day, thus increased metabolism

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          • All of the shakes we’ve reviewed have protein.

            It’s also important to note that if you’re not exercising regularly, that protein will get converted to fat just like any other calories that are not absorbed by the body.

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          • I tried the body by vi system for 3 months, 2 shakes a day, made sure to eat right, exercised 3 days a week, and used the supplements, mix-ins and everything in the weight loss package. Loved the taste, I lost a few inches right away but not any weight. It ended up making me sick so had to stop. Went back to special K shakes for breakfast and ended up losing more that way. Going to try the Idealshape now after reading the reviews on it.

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          • I totally disagree with you on this. I have been on the visalus shakes for a week. I have lost #5 and my energy is %100 better than it has been in over a year. I smoke due to it increasing my heart rate. (Metabolism is very low). I have quit many times and gained over #40 in 3 months. When I don’t smoke I don’t any energy at all. Now doing the visalus shakes I am ready to quit smoking because of the energy I now have.

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          • I have tried two bags of VI, following directions to the T. I have yet to have such rave reviews. I like the shakes and I am not that hungry,but have been told I need to eat more food to make me lose weight. Mention of reving up my metabolism. All I have noticed if I eat more food is that I maintain or gain weight. I also do not like the pushing of product, signup for continual delivery and the pushing of getting others to sign up so that the top person can make a payout. Can you say pyramid anyone? Sorry,
            My opinion….

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          • I have been on the Vi shakes for a year and 1/2 and lost 27 pounds in my first 90 day Challange and put on 5 to 7 pounds of lean muscle that does rev up your metabolism when you have lean muscle mass. The shakes are awesome they taste great and I feel great have been able to keep the weight off after all this time I have never found anything I could do that with.

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      • Jennifer says:

        Add some fruit to your shakes. Bananas, strawberries, blueberries etc. If you add healthy things to your shakes, not only will it still taste good and remain healthy, but it will fill you up! Keep on them though! My personal friends have lost so much weight with these shakes! Best of luck to you. :-)

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        • I just started with the challenge, so don’t have much weight loss to go on, but I would like to say that my favourite breakfast is 8oz Vanilla Almond Milk, 3/4 cup cheerios (chocolate or multigrain) and sliced up small to med sized banana & 2 scoops of the mix.
          It feels like I am “eating” breakfast, and fills me up a little more.
          I started this program as I don’t eat healthy AT ALL. I skip breakfast & more often than not I have fast food for lunch, then skip dinner or snack on something along the way.
          This keeps me focused on what I am putting in my body, getting me the nutrition I need & I eat 3 meals a day now.

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          • I agree with many of the comments. This has been a very positive experience for me. I am almost 60 and not very active. My usual weight is 145. I have been doing the shakes for about 1 month, 2 a day usually, and have lost to 139 lbs. I like the shakes because I usually skipped breakfast, tried to have a healthy lunch (as much as my job allowed); but the night time meal killed me, mainly because of eating out with my husband and bad choices. Now, I don’t even have to think about what to eat. I choose a shake for breakfast and lunch. My favorite shakes for breakfast are the Mocha Latte/coffee kind and my lunch is usually something with peanut butter (the healthiest I can buy) as the added protein stays my hunger. If I get hungry in between breakfast or lunch I eat a piece of fruit or a few almonds. I love putting fresh or frozen fruit in the shakes. There are tons of great receipes on line. I’ve even tried the “shrek shake” with fresh spinach and 1/2 a frozen banana and it was great! If I eat a big lunch I have my shake for dinner and I find this really works well even though my husband is not particularly pleased about it. But that’s his problem. All I know is I am loosing weight and feeling more energized than before and celebrating turning 60 soon. With the birth of my first grandchild I need all the energy I can get! I am very very please with these shakes.

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        • I have only been on the shake for six days. I love the taste, esp when I add 1/2 of a banana, about three strawberries, 2 teaspoons of cocoa (non fate) and either skim, or almond milk OR DIET cranberry (ocean spray) or grape-cran DIET juice. The juices are less in calories than the milk. I know three people personally who have lost an incredible amount of weight. I know men lose faster, but I know a man and his wife who in three months lost 60 (man) 30 (wife). I know a woman who lost over 40 pounds in 6 months. I lost 3 pounds in the six days. I can deal with that.
          The shakes keep me full as long as I add at least a little fruit to them

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      • If you are adding any thing with sugar to the shakes, your blood sugar will rise and then fall lower than it was before you drank the shake. That will make you tired and hungry.

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      • I do agree with cherie they are good but it doesnt satisfied me 1 hr later Im starving i eat lunch at 11:30 by the time that i get home at 3 im starving again i have a shake for dinner and im still hungry . Dont know what else to do im starving myself and i have only lost 10 lb in 2 month.

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        • just remember to try a healthy snack in between to keep your blood sugar up. Almonds, fruit, greek yogurt..anything healthy works. Do it in the AM and PM both. Don’t do the shake all 3 meals. Eat a healthy night time or lunch meal using common sense…like fish or chicken and remember lots of veggies steamed and not in sauces are great.
          The main thing is to remember that you didn’t gain all your weight in 2 months (usually) so you won’t lose it all in 2 months either. Slow weight loss is the best kind..it stays off usually.
          Don’t give up!

          p.s. I am not selling any of this product to friends, etc. I am doing this just for me to be healthier. I really don’t care if I have anyone ‘sign up” and order through me.

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          • @ lena If you like peanut butter I was turned on to dehydrated. Powder peanut butter with the oil removed. I add a teaspoon or so to my shake and
            it makes a great taste by it’s self or with a banana.
            I’ve been on 2 shakes a day and feel great, wake up energized, feel full, and have lost 10 pounds already,

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        • Mar- snack in between your shakes. I havent eaten breakfast or lunch except for my weekends for over a decade. When I started drinking these shakes I found I was starving about an hour and a half after. (which was highly unusual, being since eating in the mornings made me nausus, let alone the desire to eat) If the fresh veggies or 100 cal snacks dont do it for ya, try the appetite supresent packet.

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        • You need to eat some food.
          Shake, 3 hrs later a snack, 3 hrs later lunch, 3 hrs later snack or dinner. and if you are still up 3 hrs later you need another snack or shake.

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      • For my breakfast shake I use 10 ounces of unsweetened almond milk, a small banana and another fruit (blueberries, strawberries, peaches, raspberries) and a rounded 1/3 measure of old fashioned oats with my 2 scoops of Vi-shake mix. The added fiber in the oats is more filling. It does add 100 calories or so to the shake, but it will help stave off hunger. I also snack on protein between meals (greek yogurt, turkey meat). I do the shakes for breakfast and dinner – healthy lunch and snacks. In 10 weeks I have lost 33 pounds, lowered my total cholesterol from 208 to 162 and I no longer have type II diabetes!! Love this product!! VI for LIFE for me!!

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      • I’ve been taking this for 2weeks, I’ve lost a couple of pounds BUT, I get
        diarrhea from it. I’ve been added just the mix almoud milk and strawberries
        Is this natural?

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      • I agree, these shakes don’t get me full. I have added carrots, various fruit, and other veggies but I still don’t get full. With in an hour I want to eat again. Don’t get me wrong, the first 30 days I stuck with it hard and lost 10-lbs but I was constantly hungry. What I grabbed that help lose the weight was celery but who wants to be on a shake and celvery diet all their life to lose weight? I have been stuck at 10-lbs lost and have been on the program 60 days! Didn’t want to trust the MLM but my friend was into it and I had to support it.

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        • You have to make sure you are drinking enough water. That will help. Half your body weight in ounces is what you need to drink. If you are not full with your shake you need to add more to it. Try oats or peanut butter. And frozen fruit. Also put plenty of ice and it will be thicker. I think that the thicker it is the more filling it is. This should help. But most importantly is water and snacks.

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      • It always left me hungry, I switched

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      • My question would be what are you mixing in your shakes. I make mine thick like smoothies and seldom do I get hungry

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      • Carol Mayer says:

        Add some fiber…..you will not be so hungry.

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      • me too

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    • I have been using this for about 3 weeks. I am a previous shakeology user ( I love but cant affor the upfront 120.00 right now). Vi was given to me from a family member who is on a specific meal plan and cannot use them. I have to say I take mine plain, adding almond or soy milk. I am completely hungry within an hour after I have my shake. I drink my shake, I then do 40-60 minutes of cardio. I have 1 16.9oz bottle of water during my workout. before I finish my workout I am starving, I mean I fell like I havent eaten for 2 days.

      on my second week I decided to that I definitely needed the 12 ozs of soy or almond milk, still hungry. So this week I will try adding fruit or peanut butter (to get 200-300 calories). because it does not hold me over. I definitely like Shakeology for its more satisfying feeling (3-4 hours of sustaining me)

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      • kariann goldie says:

        Hello,

        I am starting the Vi shakes next week, but I wanted to comment on your post. If you are exercising for 40- 60 minutes, then you should be hungry! You should be eating something high in protein and slow- releasing carbohydrates 30- 45 minutes after any workout. Water may help curb your appetite if you aren’t actually hungry, but are dehydrated, anxious, or bored. But if your body needs nutrients water isn’t going to do the trick. There is nothing wrong with eating every 2-3 hours, so long as you are eating small amounts and eating the foods your body needs. Almond butter, whole grain/sprouted grain breads, fruits, and vegetables are all excellent choices. Sometimes quality of food is what matters, not how often you eat. Please nourish your body and keep it healthy as you lose weight. Even though you may need to lose a substantial amount of weight, starving yourself isn’t the way to go.

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        • I’m not sure I understand why, if you eat the way you describe, you would need to use Vi shakes. You are doing it right. What will the shakes do any better? The answer is nothing.

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          • Quality NUTRITION. The shakes are good for busy people who need a nutritious meal replacement. Many of us skip meals then are famished. It is not healthy. To improve hjealth we are using the shakes which are quick and very nutritious. I am sure you know busy people who need good mutrition!b Skip the unhealthy junk shakes are quick too. And yes we should be supplementing with fruits and vegies . FIVE daily!

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          • Just wanted to Dave… Te vi shakes not only give you the extra protien in your diet it also gives you quality vitamins that you would have to eat a substancial amount in order to get in one shake.. so adding it to your diet is moreso smart and less expensive and more simplistic than cruising the grocery aisle trying to find what fruit and veg has this vitamin and counting calories and nutrient content!

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    • I started drinking the shakes cause i thought it would help me lose weight,ha what a joke at one shake a day for 45 days all lost is money on this junk,thats when they started telling me if i really wanted to lose weight i would have to buy more stuff from them they get you hooked on 49.95 a month then slowly move you up before i knew it i was spending $ 300.00 a month three shakes a day there weight lose pills this pill that pill flavor packs..yeah i lost some weight i couldnt afford to buy food…..

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      • one a day is to maintain health … two a day is to loose weight… you should be fussing at the person that signed you up!

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      • Benjamin says:

        I lost 50 pounds in 90 days. The first 3 days I felt hungry. I did absolutely nothing different in my daily routine other a shake at breakfast and a shake at lunch, pigged out for supper on fat, pizza, steak, spaghetti. Absolutely no exercise. Now that I lost the weight, I am going to start the challenge to get to 5% body fat and ripped. Put my mother in law on one shake a day and the only exercise she did was from bed to couch to food. She probable walked a total of 100′ a day, she lost 32 pounds in 45 days. If your not losing weight following the plan you are not following the plan.

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    • I agree with the writer above. However, I didn’t lose anything for the first three weeks

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    • I just love the way people that are promoters of visalus always are defending the crappy product in the hopes of getting a “BMW” my mom and sister have joined visalus over a year ago as promoters and have not made a single dollar and still cram this junk down my throat thinking there going to make $$$ every month . I drunk a shake that I get from walmart and have lost 38 pounds and it costs less then one dollar per shake and the funny thing when I compared the two shakes side by side the cheaper shake had more fiber, protein and vitamins then a visalus shake. And visalus is all about the up sale one shake a day is 49.95 a month but that leaves you starving so then they say try two shake ok that’s another 49.95 . Then there’s the taste if you like sweet cream flavor your fine but I thought it tasted like sweet coffee creamer gross then they sell you flavor packets then they sell energy drinks .. Then metabolite pills .. then that then something else before you know it your spending over $300 a month….it’s a scam

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      • Try calling them for the refund they will not honor what they promised

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        • no problem getting a refund. 30 day refund for products if you’re not on the 90 day challenge. 90 days if you are doing the challenge.

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      • A friend of mine is on these shakes. She talks about the bad things in your body, like food. She said the good things are those shakes. And wants people to buy more shakes. Such a scam! Amway scammed people years ago. Pyramid anyone?

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    • My wife and I recently began using ViSalus and are very pleased with results. I’m a weak man when it comes to food. I’ve tried other shakes with little success. ViShape is successful, not hungry at all.

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    • I’m sorry but I have to say the Visalus shakes, vi trim, flavor packs etc, did NOTHING to control my appetite.I would drink a shake @ 7:30 and by 9:00 I would be starved. I only have 10 pounds to lose. It may be more effective for people with a higher goal. I tried it for a month and I did not lose even 1 pound.

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      • This product does not work..I have been on for over 90 days and now they do not want to refund me back my money even after they published that they would

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    • Angel Perry says:

      I add ice and fruit to my shake. I feel full it tastes great and I’ve actually started feeling more energized since starting on the shakes.

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    • I totally agree

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    • I am a V shake drinker, all of my customers agree.. Sounds like a distributor to me.. And a multi level marketer(pyramid scam) would surely steer you to their shakes

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    • Andy Riley says:

      Quick question: Your product is also available on other sites such as Amazon. I notice that the price on the shape kit is $124 on the visalus site however the same product on Amazon is only $89.99. Why would someone choose to purchase from a distributor when they can receive it at a much lesser cost off of Amazon.

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  2. I have now tried the product for a good week, and am truly impressed. It keeps me from snacking,munching,sugars, cakes, and I feel good and no hunger for at least 4 hrs. I only do breakfast. I also like their vitamins. Also it becomes my sensitive system, and I have had no side effects. This is good for all those sensitive people .

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  3. And at today’s food costs I can’t think of a single reason why a vishake at $1.87 each would not be a welcome change to anyone’s grocery bill. Can you?

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    • Not at all. The reason we couldn’t give them a higher score is that the shake was broken up into lots of little things like flavor packets and hunger blockers being sold separately, which more than doubles the price.

      $1.87 is great if you just get the basic flavoring and without the Vi-Trim.

      However, to us it wasn’t nearly as powerful as some of the other shakes we reviewed (at least without the extras). We’ve tried a lot of these shakes and while we certainly didn’t give them a terribly low score, we have come in contact with shakes that are much more filling.

      It’s great that the shakes fill you up enough, but we can’t give them the highest score if they don’t fill us up completely or as well as other shakes we’ve reviewed.

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      • Phil Unrue says:

        Hunger Blockers are not needed with the “shake” there is a minimal amt. of appetite supp. in them. ViSalus has assisted America in the loss of 7 million lbs. in 18 mos.. There is not a record that can touch it. Diabetics are raving about it, w/ only 7 Complex Carbs, and NO simple sugars! The body can absorb the Nutrients in Approx. 13minutes as well. For the money, Nutrition, taste, versatility, and Compensation Plan as well, there’s not a “shake” on the Mkt., that can touch it. You will see. Companies may only copy ViSalus, but the Competition will NEVER be able to keep up…
        Phil Unrue
        BMW Qualifier
        Regional Director
        ViSalus Sciences

        PS. Documentation beats conversation any day of the week!

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        • I’m not sure I see what you’re saying here.

          I’m pretty confused by your initial statement. How is hunger blocking not an important part of a meal replacement shake? If you’re hungry after the shake then it hasn’t done its job. You’re not replacing a meal and then the value of your shake plummets. If I have to buy your shake each month and eat all my normal meals, it’s an additional expense instead.

          I also am confused by why you put quotations around the word ‘shake’ when referring to your own product…are we missing something?

          [As a side note: “Compensation plan”, I like it. It sounds much less like ‘Pyramid Scheme’ than ‘Multi-Level Marketing’ does.]

          And as far a copying ViSalus? I’m pretty sure HMR, Medifast, and Slim-Fast were here long before Body by Vi…A claim like that to me is like saying anyone that makes a Vampire novel from here on out is just trying to copy Stephanie Meyers…

          Finally, if you’re going to say something about conversation vs documentation as a way to prove a comment wrong, you should probably link to some of that documentation. The documentation in your comment seems to be mainly your opinions and your company’s sales pitch, which to us, seems like the same exact thing as conversation.

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          • Mrs R.
            What a great website. It is so well written that initially I suspected that it was written by the manufacturer of the IdealShake product (that was the first one I had reviewed)
            Mr. Untrue–that is his name right– may have been helped by his product in losing weight, but it didn’t help his writing ability. I, like you was very confused regarding the message he was trying to convey. Hope that he delivers his sales pitch “conversation” in a more convincing manner–than his “documentation” as evidenced by his written, much abbreviated diatribe.
            Please continue with your outstanding reviews.
            Regards,
            Butch
            Audi Owner

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          • wow!

            i literally spit out my water as i read your response mrs. r! wow!! a great response! he definitely was just using the marketing materials! lol!

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          • Mrs. R,
            Thank you for this site and for your common sense.
            I have no problem with MRS, but pyramid schemes make me cringe. I am appreciating your reviews, none more than this one.
            Off to order the Ideal Shake!

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          • Ladies and Gentelmen, I know some if not all of you know, that a product can not in most cases, get a just rating from a person or persons who have a negative mindset about the company selling that product. Seem like this Vi Shake review was done by folks with a bitter taste in their mouth about mlm Compnies. so the shake is not gonna taste that good to them. A lot of people are ignorant when it comes to the mlm system. They don’t understand that every legal company in america is a pyramid. The problem is with the Illlegal pyramid schemes. But they link them all together out of their ignarance about mlm.
            Science and experts agree that there is no meal replacement shake, that comes anywhere near the nutritional value of the Visalus Vi Shake. Come on folks, Amway, Herbal Life, Mary K or Shaklee owners would have been in jail a long time ago if mlm companies were illegal pyramid schemes. why is it so hard for some of us to be honest, even if it goes against our personal opinions.?

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          • We do our best to be unbiased and the fact that any company chooses an MLM marketing distribution is something that takes no part in the ratings (beyond price as usually MLMs have some inflation) We feel we’ve given an accurate assessment based on what we tried and we open the floor to commenters because they help give a variety of opinions. There is a portion of commenters that agreed with our assessment based on their own experiences and there are those who did not. Just like every review on everything, ever… People are different, opinions are different and reviews are just opinions.

            We’ve never questioned the legality of MLMs because they are legal. Unfortunately, legal does not mean ethical. We’ve touched on the business vs MLMs before, and the truth is, they’re not the same.

            The real irony is that we, a third party review site, consistently get bashed for our supposed bias about products we didn’t rank #1…by MLM sales reps who are guaranteed to be more biased. Claiming that Science (as a whole?) and ‘experts’ agree that your shake is the best…well, that’s quite a stretch. It’s a marketing tool they threw you in your sales packet, one that you’re regurgitating in order to paint us as ignorant.

            Sometimes I get tired of these pot and kettle rants…

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          • I am very thankful for sites like this, as I have friends in a few different mlm companies and I just didn’t want to join them as I tried Mary Kay and it isn’t that it didn’t work I just didn’t like having to try to get people to switch to my product when I really didn’t think it was any better than some of the other products out there. However I am in a MLM company that we don’t have to convince people our product is better because it is the same product that is sold else where. I get a kick out of seeing people cringe when they hear mlm’s because in reality if you actually did your research on them they are the best way to have both money and time on your side. :)

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          • Mrs. R it is a compensation plan.. pyramid schemes are illegal and a multi level market is all america knows….
            CEO
            President
            Vise President
            Management Group
            Common Workers

            Looks like a pyramid to me :)
            and this is the only company i found that over 50% of their profits go directly to their sales reps and the rest goes to charity and the CEOs are even on the product as well as getting a paychk from Visalus from their own teams… and they are at EVERY training Regional and National and not on a yacht somewhere enjoying the reaps of what we sowed.. can you say the same for your own boss?

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          • Except actual companies do not require you to pay money in order to work for them.

            Actual companies have oversight for their employees and can be held accountable for false claims made by employees in their name.

            Actual Companies do not make exacerbated claims to their employees about how rich they will be.

            Actual Companies don’t try to sell you on the financial independence and own-your-own company mantra when their is nothing true about that sentiment.

            Actual Companies do not oversaturate their own market by pitting their employees against not only the entire market but each other as well.

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        • HI Phil, I can see and almost understand your claims about the product. However, I feel that I must tell you that making claims you can not prove by written documentation or making false or misleading claims can get you sued. On the ViSalus terms and agreement form it clearly states that you are not an agent, employee, or legal representative for this company or its products.

          http://www.visalus.com/docs/corporate/EnrollmentDocs.pdf

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        • I don’t believe Phil said that hunger blocking is not important. I read this and it states that blockers are not needed in addition to the shake because there is already some in the Vi-Shape Shake mix. He is most likely referring to the Fibersol that is in the mix which is a source of fiber and the appetite suppressant in this supplement. I have been doing 2 shakes a day without any added appetite suppressants for 5 weeks and have had no issues with hunger.

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          • To Rebecca,
            So, you like using this shake.
            How much weight have you lost in 5 weeks now?
            I have been thinking of trying this product.
            So, please let me know.
            Thank You.

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          • To Karen,

            If you try the 90-day challenge for yourself you will find out how well it works, after 90 days if you do not like your results then stop, simple as that! I use their products for the nutrition and eating on the go. i love the shake with the peach and strawberry flavor additive. I also add in fresh fruit from time to time! I use to use ensure products but I like Visalus products better!

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        • Is visalus going to be one of those here today, gone tomorrow companies? I visited their website and wasn’t too impressed. The Home page was quite cluttered. Speaking of documentation…how does visalus compare to a long time running company like Herbalife?

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        • Stew Piduare says:

          This product is a money market making company. I am not saying it doesn’t work at all. Every product on the market works. It’s you and hard work that shows results. This shit is on the lines of slim fast. Garbage. If i wanted to put junk, artificial sweeteners in my body i would go drink rat poison. If you did not notice in the last 2-4 years america has been on this health train. I really hope Visalis chooses to go all natural because they will be sinking fast. Too many higher quality products coming into the market made with stevia and no harmful chemicals. Your product is garbage. They junk up there product to make production lower and you fools are falling for it! I bet you shop at Wal Mart too?

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        • Isn’t it funny most of these comments come from people trying to sell you the product.

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      • Leslie Herbach says:

        Just curious as to what shakes you’ve tried that have provided you with more satisfaction. Looking forward to your response and thank you :)

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        • LOL This is what we call a “PERSONAL OPINION” and NOT RESEARCH! In order to form a Scientific Fact you must not give your own personal BIAS OPINION but let the RESEARCH do the talking!
          Facts are based on a Group of people that have all been hired or volunteered to try a product out and have no clue as to what products they are comparing results with. Then you have to keep in mind that each product has a different purpose, for example the Vi Shake alone is for maintaing weight loss and the Transformation Kits is for losing a certain amount of weight in the fast amount of time so the add ons were designed for that purpose. So basically this information given is not a FACT but YOUR PERSONAL OPINION. LOL Good try anyways! People watch how others Market their products and don’t go off of false information with no other backing then an Personal Opinion ok!

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          • I don’t think we’ve ever claimed our reviews were anything other than our opinion of the product…our unbiased opinion of the product. Which is what some people might want. It’s just like movie reviews or food critics. You’re getting someone’s opinion on the matter to help decide whether something is worth your time/effort/money.

            And I don’t think your “purpose” argument is going to win this shake any loyal followers. Most people looking into a meal replacement are trying to lose weight. If we said “Alright, don’t use this shake if you want to lose weight! If you want to do that you have to spend $300 on the Transformation Kit. The shake is for maintaining the status quo only or very slight decreases in weight.” Well, you see where I’m going…

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          • Maybe the “Transformation Kit” works for some people, but after one week I only lost one pound! Also I had to stop the shakes because of digestive problems, and severe leg cramps. I know it was the product, because when I stopped using it, these issues went away. I wish I had found this site before I went on Visalus. I could have saved almost $300.00! I am going to try Ideal Shape next. The have a great website where you can find lots of information (ingredients list etc.) and a super friendly customer service. Good luck finding information on the Visalus site!

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      • All I can say is that the 158,000 + people that joined the Challenge last month alone speaks volumes to me!! How many people did you survey?? And I might add that the flavors are only limited by your imagination!!! You do not need to purchase the mix-ins.. besides, it does come with some for people who choose to use them.

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        • kariann goldie says:

          Wow… do people not have any idea about how to be healthy??? What is needed for a healthy body is water, exercise, and healthy, nutrient- rich foods. Obviously if you are overweight you aren’t doing those things correctly. There is not a time limit on how often you should eat. Granted a lot of us have difficulty knowing when to stop eating, or never feel full. I have found that the easiest way to deal with this is to eat something every 2.5- 3 hours. That might be a piece of fruit, almond butter on sprouted grain bread, a shake, some lean protein, or any number of other healthy options. Once your body gets back in balance, and you are feeding it what it needs, you will start getting that full feeling you are looking for. but when you are in the process of getting there, you have to realise that your body will send hunger signals or you may get headaches or have an upset stomach, etc. You have to be patient. you probably didn’t get unhealthy or overweight in a matter of days, so you can’t expect your body to repair itself in only a couple of days or weeks. If you feel you can’t go without an appetite suppresant, and don’t want to buy the suppelements, drink a cup of coffee with stevia to sweeten (stevia won’t mess with your blood sugar levels like sugar- based or artificial sweeteners will). Otherwise, suck it up and just have patience. If you do, you will be rewarded in the end.

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      • Summer Gamboa says:

        The quality of these shakes and hands down the best and the cleaniest without all the added fillers and junk in other shakes, which is why its the #1 fastest growing health challenge in North America. Kosher, lactose free, gluten free, diabetic friendly, non GMO soy, tri sorb protein, 23 vitamins & minerals for $1.87 a shake, seriously? No brainer

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        • I think the BMW’s and the pushy upline might be the bigger contributing factor to why it’s the largest growing health challenge, but maybe that’s the cynic in me.

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          • The point is simple: You, as the reviewer, have the right to your opinion; after all, it is your review site.

            That aside, I am a user of the Vi-Shake but prefer to mix mine with fresh fruit or even coffee to add to the flavor as well as the nutritional value of the shake. I am also down 17 pounds in 5 weeks of use.

            The thing one needs to remember is that fullness is subjective. A person that is morbidly obese and depressed is more likely to need more substance and suppressants to fell full. Having once been on the verge of cardiac arrest due to weight, I can assure you that this is true. One must also look at the amount of calories one needs to take in while obese in order to lose weight effectively and safely. A person weighing 350 pounds at age 40 would need to take in about 2200 calories healthy calories per day in order to lose about 2.5 pounds per week under any healthy eating plan. No replacement shake is going to slake that hunger since that person is used to taking in 3500 to 400 fat laden calories per day.

            Protein is key to all of the replacement shakes. I prefer the non GMO soy protein in the Visalus product due to the fack that the isoflavones have been removed removing possible side effects with the thyroid. The sucralose that is in it sweetens it enough naturally without making it a laxative from using birch sugar or stevia.

            The point is this. We are all here to research a product to help us get healthier, not just bash everyone or everything that we don’t agree with.

            Thank you for your site. It has been very informative.

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          • Ron, your post is absolutely right on target. Some of us are not worried about moving up the ladder and that is certainly OK, I have not had anything shoved down my throat to become a distributor. I remain a loyal customer to Vi Shakes and will continue until I regain control over my eating habits and loose my goal weight.

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          • I think that all of these oversensitive, combative distributors are doing their “products” more harm than good by being so combative and cult like.

            Anyone with a brain or, in my case,a masters in exercise phys with about another 20K in nutrition and sports nutrition classes and certifications and 20 years in the business with thousands of personal training clients can tell you that , in the end, it’s about physiology, calories in, calories out and exercise with meal replacement shakes being a handy, dandy way to take in extra nutrients and protein, both of which are essential to good health and fat loss

            That having been said, I’ve been online researching protein powders and meal replacement drinks because the company who’s products I use and sell does not have one.

            Seeing the ViSalus folks on here being combative and trying to “defend” their product only leads me to believe that the quality of products cannot stand on it’s own. As with everything, what works for one may not necessarily work for another

            Tip to you Vi folks from someone who’s got an enormous down line and has been rocking and rolling for 15 years, you are representing your product and the MLM opportunity very poorly

            Fantastically written and well thought out review and responses with a few inaccurate statements which I will not go into

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      • I have noticed that I have not lost any weight since I started using the shakes 3 weeks ago. In fact I gained 4 lbs in the first 2 weeks. I wish to loose 20 lbs. I am 60+ and have had chemo a few years ago. I have a shake with fruit in the AM and PM and have a salad and a hot meal made totally of vegetables. I eat very little starch. For a snack I have grapes or a mango. I was also have a few cashew nuts, but I have cut those out also. I also exercise.

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      • It’s good to have a protein shake fill you up, but what incredients are in those other shakes. I’m 47 years old I’ve been training for many years and I’ve tried just about every protein, my body knows when it is digesting a low quality protein. I just started taking the Vi-shake. I don’t sell it, I use it. It’s approved by the FDA and gets into your system quickly because it’s a quality protein. Other proteins give me gas, upset stomach and I’m sure a majority of that poor quality protein gets passes right through your body, not absorbed like a good quality protein. So far this protein has worked great for me, no gas, no upset stomach.

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        • There is no FDA regulation of supplements. There is regulation of drugs, and soy is considered a food item and SPI or soy protein isolate is considered to be a supplement, so as long as they make no claim about it curing a disease, it is not subject to FDA approval. I disagree with the statement that it is a good product, because soy is one of the cheapest ingredients on the market due to farm subsidies. I stick with whey, and if you are vegetarian, you can use grain based proteins, which I advise over soy any day.

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          • Actually the FDA does categorize many foods. I.E. you can’t claim ‘dietary supplement’ on a label without FDA approval. It’s not the most strict system in the world, but they do have a bit there.

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          • It actually has Whey protein Hydrolysate.

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    • Cathy Kiley says:

      I just received my Vi Shape. I ordered it off the website of a woman I met who told me about this product. I have not heard one word from her since I ordered. I am unsure of how to do this. I looked at the website (many times, in fact) and mostly they talk about promotion. I do not want to sell it and I do not want auto ship, but there was no one to tell this to. I did email corporate, but heaven only knows if they will respond. My distributor has not answered phone calls and I do not have her email. I feel like I made a big mistake. I am in direct sales and I take care of my customers, even those that contact me via email. I certainly call them as soon as they do and make sure they have everything they need and all their questions answered. This product came with basically no paperwork except a booklet that says very little. I am so not impressed with this company.

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      • Yes I was rather shocked too at the last of correspondence. It was like here is your stuff now go and use it. I have taking it for two days but have a good friend to help me. Plus go to Google for recipes,there are a lot of them.

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  4. Best Protein shake I have ever tried and I have tried a bunch!! More energy than I have had in years!!!!
    By far more vitamins than any other on the market.
    Kathy

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    • Hi Kathy,

      Not to burst your bubble or anything but I believe:

      IdealShape
      Shakeology
      Right Size
      Prograde

      All have more vitamins and minerals per serving….and that’s just off the top of my head.

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      • Phil Unrue says:

        Idealshape….19 viti’s & min’s
        ViShape…….24 viti’s & min’s
        Not off the top of my head!

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        • In much smaller %’s, but even if we concede this part, Shakeology, I’m pretty sure, has more…so “by far” and “any other” are claims that might be a bit overkill.

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          • Well I am not a distributor, but I am a first time viewer of this site and I don’t like the bickering back and forth.

            Mrs R. Have you considered the fact that absolute power corrupts absolutely.
            Lighten up. Stop trying to make or break a product just because you have a web site.

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          • Sorry if we sound like we’re bickering Evonne. We usually try to only comment when people ask us a specific question. However, when someone makes an untrue claim we will point that out as well as to try to keep this site as helpful as possible.

            We do get snippy when we’re seeing too many false claims on a single product, and I guess that makes us sound like we dislike ViSalus, when, in fact, we don’t. Other than the MLM side, we thought the ViSalus shakes were pretty good.

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          • Mrs. R.

            When I first begin to read your thoughts on Vi-Shakes vs. other shakes, I saw you as a very intelligent & helpful woman. However, as I’ve continued to read, it is very apparent to me that you have a personal issue with ViSalus Sciences & the Body By Vi Program. Just an FYI, we offer Life, More Abundantly, that includes, Exceptional Health & Weath not just for ourselves but for others & I believe that these other companies such as Shakeology is doing the same, but they are also MLM (Right?). So, if your issue is not what the Vi-Shake has to offer people & it is only MLM, than you have a problem that you Must eventually get over because, MLM is one of the Top Industries that is Saving America today. You should be happy about that because, you too would not even have a site to write/blog such information if it were not for us . . . I’m just saying, Stick with your initial topic; don’t get into the you get me, I get you back game . . . It’s unbecoming.

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          • We’ve never said we disliked the ViSalus shakes, (Just the pushy sales tactics) and as you can see from other commenters, it’s not only us that feel this way. The score doesn’t factor anything about the MLM because we know it’s a pretty big hot button.

            However, if a comment questions our review process, asks us a specific question, or needs some clarification, we try to respond. Sometimes it does look nitpicky, and we’re not perfect, but we do what we can to keep this site as informative as possible.

            As far as your economy claim…that’s a matter of opinion. If you talked to the people doing the Occupy Wall Street, they might tell you that MLM’s epitomize the idea of improper distribution of wealth.

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          • And I’m so confused as to what it is about a Pyramid that you have a problem with. Our Government is founded/based on a Pyramid & every other busines, church, community, etc is founded on a Pyramid (someone starts it & gets people to follow). And, You have to go thru Jesus to get to His Father, Right (that is, if you are a believer).

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          • Please don’t try to turn a Meal Replacement Shake Review into a religious debate…next we’ll see comparisons of shakes to Hitler. Slippery slope and all that.

            If you would like to see the main reasons we dislike MLM’s you can read our post on Ask Mrs. R.

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          • o I would much like to be healthy, however with your statement below “I’m pretty sure” leads me to believe this is not a factual website. I prefer factual scientific research. There are not any indications on this website of any scientific research. There are no references from creditable documentation. Any scientific journalist is very much aware that sources need to be sited properly. Therefore this website is another website to persuade another person thoughts and reasoning for their own benefit. The matter of the fact is when you are stating your claims about Ideal Shape, Prograde, Right Size or Shakeology you are not quoting facts but opinions without documentation.

            “In much smaller %’s, but even if we concede this part, Shakeology, I’m pretty sure, has more…so “by far” and “any other” are claims that might be a bit overkill. “

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          • We do know the science, but we’re giving our opinions based on what we tried. That’s what a review is supposed to do…

            I don’t see where we’ve posted something nonfactual. Please point out where we’ve said something erroneous and we will fix it.

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    • My oh my Kathy, talk about opinion vs fact. I suggest that you check out MonaVie’s RVL its, protein, fiber, nutrition and ORAC values are about double those of Visalus. And our shakes use Whey protein, more expensive but without the allergy and other issues associated with soy. Feel free to read the labels.

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      • Lilllian having tried both MonaVie and Visalus I didn’t feel any better with the MonaVie and I was taking it because I have CFS and Fibromailegia. With the Visalus I am losing weight and 60 years old that is hard to do and I feel good.
        Doesn’t our body use the vitiams it needs and discards the rest. So who is to say what product has more and if we need more. I do take alot of the extras right now because I have so much to lose, when I get down to a healthy weight I will just have a shake a day.

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        • Sorry I did forget to mention I don’t do good at selling things. Tried Tupperware 40 years ago and never again. I will not be selling Visalus nor did I sell MonaVie. I just an over weight old gal trying to get my groove back and watch my grandkids grow up.

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          • Good for you, Carol!
            I also feel like some products work for some people and not for others. I like seeing everyone’s feedback. Medicines/treatments/foods affect people differently. After going through this site, I see that some people have better luck with Visalus, while some people don’t like it, and have had better luck with Shakeology. I, personally, wish I could get a free sample or trial size of several of these, to see which works best for me before investing in 30-60 days worth.

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  5. Alan Megill says:

    Mrs. R. I couldn’t agree with you more. But as both ladies are probably “Distributers” I would expect no less a rebuttal from them. I find the same problem with their website. You look for just product facts and are repeatedly hit with the pyramid system “business opportunity”. This shake did not fill me up. Thank’s for your continued reviews.

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    • I had a similar experience with visalus when I went to the their web site to get the nutrition breakdown of their shake. Since then I have noticed that any discussion involving the visalus product ends up confrontational. Why is this such a polarizing product. Reading your thread on Shakeology was a totally different experience. There weren’t any pushing abrasive distributers trying to sell their shake and getting upset anytime someone didn’t agree. Maybe it’s because distributers/users of Shakeology and other shakes like it that are truly more nutritional can relax and let the product do the talking.

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  6. Thanks for rating these shakes! I have been scouring the web looking for an independent, third party to give their opinion that isn’t selling the stuff! I have many food allergies & the stuff in these shakes isn’t for me, but thanks for tasting & giving your honest opinion!

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  7. I have to tell you I find your results incorrect. I have been on the product 45 days. I cut out all sweets n snacks. No longer drink coffee. I feel amazing and my body is coming into shape!! No cravings. You dont need to use vi-slim to for appetite suppressant. Mine is still in the pantry unused. I dont use the flavor packets either, just fruit or veggies or honey. Best product I ever used. My mom lost 15 lbs in 30 days and we just referred two other friends. One is down 18 lbs in 13 days and the other is down 10 in just 13 days. Non have any complaints like you have listed. Never once was distributorship forced on any of us. We signed up referred 3 and now our product is free each month. Obviously you are selling shakes I see they are posted on the right side and you are worse then an MLM company and you are just trying to use their name for your success.

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    • Totally agree with Troy. I have used the Vi-shake by its self with and without flavor add ins and always am full. Sometimes I have to remind myself to eat the recommended snack or even the next meal. I have heard some say during their first week that they had some issues with hunger, but they say it stops after a week or so.
      I look better and feel better than I have in a very long time and I recommend that everyone try it for 90 Days.

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    • Sara Dee says:

      Troy N…thank you for mentioning the THREE FOR FREE with ViSalus. The review conveniently left out this important aspect of the Vi-Shape shake. When you use it correctly and eat right (in between snacks and dinner), just like you are supposed to do with any other kind of “diet”, you will see results, and people will ask what you are doing. The product sells itself. Get three to join the challenge with you, guess what? Your next month’s challenge kit is FREE. I wish people would do their research before slamming a company that is offering the product for FREE to their customers. I use the shakes, I promote the Body by Vi 90-Day Challenge, and I am proud of what I do. I’ve been in direct sales for 10+ years, and I’ve NEVER seen a company more amazing than ViSalus. Get the facts straight before you start telling people that they have to pay $250 a month on shakes. Thanks, Troy, I appreciate your post; hopefully they will get a clue.

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    • Troy, did your mom & friends use any of the add-ons (vitamins, vi-slim, etc…) or did they just use the shake, too? Has it affected your engergy levels?

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    • Troy – Your statement is in fact, incorrect. You did not lose weight BECAUSE of Visalus, you lost weight because you stopped eating sweets, you stopped over eating and you changed your eating habit to a healthy habit. Now if you did that because you dropped $300 on visalus, then great! However, you would have had similar results if you had drank skim milk alone, instead of the shakes.
      I do not take the shakes, but my work out partner does. He tries to sell it to me every work out (3 times a week, and 3 times a work out [that’s 9 times total]). I have lost weight, gained muscle mass and increased my lift weights, right beside him. WITH OUT THE CULT FOLLOWING. His only selling point left is that I am not making “free” money, like he is.
      Believe in yourself and you can achieve the goals you want.

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  8. I have tried Visalus for a few months now and must say that I am alway hungry. You have to add fruit or coffee to the mix to make it tolerable to taste and the cost is deceptive because you have to buy the appetite suppressant separately which brings the cost of the shake to well over $3 each.

    I have also had the trouble with the constant pressure from the upline trying to sell me more than what I wanted and to become a distributor. When my supply runs out I won’t be continuing anymore with Visalus.

    Thanks Mrs. R,

    Jamie

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    • Try ebay just for the shakes! I was able to get two bags unopened for 50 bucks! Plus add ins but I rather just use fresh fruit.

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    • I feel this is an obvious criticism on Visalus. I don’t understand why. I am a stay at home mom who wants to lose a few pounds and give my children the most vitamins and nutrition they can get. After 25 grams of protein the body doesn’t absorb too much more, so why pay for it? We are talking vitamin & protein that you body can absorb. Not to mention all the health issues that have been managed by just drinking the shake. I personally know two cancer survivors who drank the shake for nutrition while undergoing chemo.
      I have never found a shake the has as little calories as price.
      The flavor packets are free with the bag of shake; I never paid extra. I have the vi-trim and have never opened it. I eat 5 small meals a day like the dr advises and replace 2 with the shake. For those that don’t like the taste, try the green shake…
      My kids love to smell that bag when it’s empty. As a promoter I get to share the wealth with my friends and family in a time our economy is suffering tremendously.

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      • Who is feeding you your information that the body doesn’t absorb too much more than 25 grams of protein? I’m guessing you were severely misinformed or misread an article on protein absorption.

        The simple truth is that more protein just takes a longer time to digest and be utilized. For some concrete numbers, digestion of a standard meal is still incomplete after five hours. Amino acids are still being released into your bloodstream and absorbed into muscles. You are still “anabolic.” This is a fairly standard “Average Joe”-meal: 600 kcal, 75 g carbs, 37 g protein and 17 g fat. Best of all? This was after eating pizza, a refined food that should be quickly absorbed relatively speaking.

        Think about this for a second. How long do you think a big steak, with double the protein intake of the above example, and a big pile of veggies would last you? More than 10 hours, that’s for sure. Meal composition plays an important role in absorption speed, especially when it comes to amino acids. Type of protein, fiber, carbohydrates and prior meals eaten all affect how long you’ll have amino acids released and being taken up by tissues after meals.

        I think this “30 grams of protein”-nonsense started to circulate after a classic study from 1997 by Boirie and colleagues. “Slow and fast dietary proteins differently modulate postprandial protein accretion” was the first study to quantify the absorption rate of whey and casein protein and gave birth to the concept of fast and slow protein. After that, whey protein came to be known for it’s ability to rapidly elevate amino acids in the blood stream and casein for it’s ability to create a sustained release of amino acids. Whey was anabolic and casein anti-catabolic.

        Given that 30 grams of whey protein was absorbed within 3-4 hours, I guess some people believed that meant 30 grams of protein can only be used in one sitting. Or that you had to eat every 3-4 hours to stay “anabolic.” Unfortunately, people missed a few facts that made these findings irrelevant to real-world scenarios. First of all, this study looked at the absorption rate of whey protein in the fasted state. On it’s own, and with no meals eaten beforehand, 30 grams of whey protein is absorbed within a mere 3-4 hours. With meals eaten earlier in the day, or if you’d consume a whey shake after a meal, absorption would be much slower.

        Second of all, whey protein is the fastest protein of all and digests at 10 g/hour. Casein is much slower; in Boirie’s study, the casein protein was still being absorbed when they stopped the experiment 7 hours later. Most whole food proteins are absorbed at a rate of 3-6 grams an hour. Add other macronutrients to that and they’ll take longer.

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        • While it takes a long time for food to fully leave your system. Most of the nutrient breakdown occurs in the stomach (and mouth). Which takes 4-5 hours before moving on to the small intestine for nutrient absorption. There are studies that show that, if combined with certain items that slow the breakdown process (Fiber, specifically, which is in almost all the shakes we’ve reviewed). High amounts of fiber can mean that up to 20% of the nutrients in the food leave your body without ever being absorbed.

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    • I have to agree, I have been using Visalus for about 5 months and I am always hungry to. I haven’t really lost any weight. When i finish what I have I am going to stop using it too.

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  9. Thanks for your review. I have wanted to find another review outside the company. I have wanted to find some nutritional values before I try, unfortunately I haven’t been able to on their unfriendly site. I think that I will continue with my own homemade MRS since I know the content and I like its taste. Not to mention, I won’t be pressured into the marketing phase of the product.

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    • I have to say that I am sorry you experienced this. yes each of promotes both sides of the token with Visalus. Personally, I have always loved the model for the one beauty I think perhaps some of us obscure…that if you just want to shop…then shop. Business is NOT for everyone. I lead with that always in my head. All I care about is if someone buys and they have questions…answer it if I can. Thats it. I feel if I ask a customer about the biz and they dont want it…fine. I dont think it ever HAS to be just about the biz.

      Yes our sites promote heavily…but frankly so many people want monetary solutions and this CAN be a solution if you feel its right.

      Felt I had to respond to this..personally I have no desire to make a customer feel pressured.

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      • As a person who was considering the use of this product, but decided against it, I would suggest you review your site. It IS VERY unfriendly and pushy. I don’t like pressure in my pocketbook and your site scares me into believing that I will be charged for more than I agree to pay BECAUSE of your pushy tactics. Again, please review your site as a potential customer would and see it for what it represents. Also, I was given a sample pack by a new distributor. WOW! She was over the top! I will try IdealShape instead.

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        • CraftMommy says:

          I agree! I was going to buy some vi shake. Was on the site, credit card in hand, but backed out bc of the marketing. I just refuse to deal with high pressure sales no matter how good the product might be. That was another thing. I had a very hard time finding information about the shakes, but information about SELLING the shakes was being shoved in my face the entire time I was on the sight. So in my case they lost a sale because of it.

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  10. Michelle says:

    I have been doing Visalus since Jan 2011, i it is now July, and I am down 64# and 10 sizes. I do not use the vi-trim, but I do add fruit or yogurt to mine. I did sign up to be a distributor; however, I do not sell it [and I have not been pressured to sell it] and all the people I have met are not pushy distributors. I do this for me and me only. I have more energy then I have had in years. Everyone is looking for a way to lose weight and like everything else, this is not for everyone.
    I have to agree, the website does need improvment.

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  11. Thomas corcoran says:

    I have used the product for about a year. My first shipment from the Company did not come with instructions. So I had one shake in the morning & one shake for lunch and ate a normal diner (daily diet under 1500 calories) the first month I lost 40 pounds. This last Sunday the scales read a weight loss of 130 pounds. I do find it cheaper to buy it on ebay, but if I can’t find a deal I will order from the Company. My starting weight was 342. Yes I do take additional supplements but not necessarily from the Company

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  12. stephanie says:

    I have a question about Visalus Shakes..Is this a one time weight loss thing, or will you have to continue to drink shakes the rest of your life, after you have met your weight goal?

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    • I have been doing the shakes for 3 weeks & lost 15lbs. I am full most of the day on my two shakes. Then I eat what ever I want for dinner. Like any diet you will have to watch your calories after you reach your goal weight. You can do one shake a day, because a lot of people skip breakfast. You don’t have to sell the product & I will never pressure to sell. You should however try to get three customers so your shakes will be for free, but that is also up to you. I can send you any info you need.

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    • You will need to use them for the rest of your life. Shakes mess with your metabolism and you will gain all the weight back if you stop drinking them

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      • Actually this is not exactly true. It is actually very difficult to change how your metabolism works. Many companies talk about quick ways to put your metabolism into overdrive, and these claims are equally unfounded. Drinking these shakes for a year might begin to have an effect on your metabolism but even then, it will be small.

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        • Thank you for that statement. Dieting alone will actually slow down metabolism. I’m about tired of hearing companies say they can speed it up with a nutrient. Muscle mass equals efficient metabolism every day all day.

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  13. Theresa Cyrus says:

    Replying to Stephanie’s question, the Vi-Shake is part of a 90 day challenge. At the end of that period, you may choose to continue (for additional weight loss or just for sound nutrition) or you may choose to stop. I have been on the challenge for 43 days and have lost more than 15 lbs, 4 inches on around my waist and I have experienced a drop in my blood pressure (a good thing). I agree with Michelle, according to what your needs are this may or may not be for you. I became a promoter because after doing my research it had the best mix of results, compensation, leadership and value.

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  14. Pushy isn’t the word for their distributors. They get their hooks in you and won’t let go. The shake may be fine, but the sales tactics annoyed me to the point where I told them to never contact me again. If you contact them you have a friend for life since they make money off of you forever, as do the other people up the MLM market. I was hearing from people up the line when I didn’t re-order. Stay away. find a non-MLM solution.

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    • I agree Bob, like the product but hate the sales pressure. Signed up with our friend the distributor. We were getting one box every other week. Then there was a promotion and suddenly UPS was dropping off 2 boxes every 8 days. I called our distributor friend, no reply (shocking). I did call the company and after a long wait time I spoke to a real person who was very helpful and terminated our FOUR (4) autoship accounts.

      Closing, I’m not a rep, and hate pyramid schemes but, the product worked for my wife & I using only the shake mix with fresh fruit. We lost a combined 45 pounds over the course of 60 days. Once our product runs out (maybe 2013) we should be good for a long while.

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      • Dan O, you cracked me up! I have had the fear that I will purchase one month’s worth, on a trial basis, and will be auto-enrolled for shipments every other week. Then, if I don’t like it, I will be stuck trying to return or sell the extra shipments I have accumulated.

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  15. Dave Root says:

    All this BS about this percentage and that percentage. So what. If you get results use it, if you don’t, change channels. This is all about a “LIFESTYLE CHANGE”. If you are happy with your lifestyle, don’t change but if being overweight, as many of us are ( just read about obesity in the US). Visalus works. All, part, some etc. Maybe changing your lifestyle may not be a bad idea.

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    • We agree 100% with your statement, Dave.

      MRSR was not set up to get people to switch products. If you’re happy with the product you’re on, and you’re being successful there is little chance of you feeling the need to read this site anyway.

      We set this site up for people that are starting their research into weight loss or are on a product that is not working or too expensive. If you’re not happy with what you’re on or want to find the product that’s right for you, we want to help. We would never recommend switching products to someone that is having success. In fact, in a few comments where people have talked about “people say this, but it’s working for me, should I switch?” We’ve said no.

      We want people to be successful and lose weight and we want to help them do that. Sometimes they just need confirmation from someone not peering out from rose-tinted glasses. That’s what we want to provide.

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      • I love your honesty Mrs. R & I love your site. People who get defensive when someone reviews their product & then publishes those reviews makes me wonder what they have to hide. You shouldn’t have to defend your product, if it’s truly a high quality product that works (DOES & IS what it claims) it should be able to stand on its own. Thank you so much for your review. I had been trying to check into their nutritional value but could never get past all the pushy sales tactics. So I gave up & started looking for non-biased info when my niece sent me you link. Thank you!! I will not be trying BBV shakes now. I’m happy that people are losing weight, but when calories are restricted so much in any diet, the result will be the same.

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        • Scott Rock says:

          Hey everybody, I hope you dont mind me jumping in here lol, great debate going on here. What brought me here is a friend of mine is on the 90 day challenge and of course the exciting MLM has his attention and i like to research everything before i decide what i would like to do, including third party reviews, which are extremely hard to find due to the flooding of Vi’s internet action. So for one, thanks for viewing the product and rating it. Now, I agree with a lot of the people about marketers getting pushy, its annoying, sorry, VERY annoying, and when people want to believe in something so bad or do believe, its hard to convince them to cool the jets a bit and they end up coming off very arrogant and I’m afraid with all the marketing that has been pushed on them they don’t realize how ignorant they are of the product they are trying to push. That being said, (I know this is not your intentions of your site) but I think, The product is good, it has a marketing plan that far surpasses the others, its a steam roller, and it actually works for a pile of people which is awesome, they do, once you get thru the crap, have some good incentive plans to get people motivated to use the product and promote it. who really cares how its done, right? Everyone should remember, and this site is just letting you know, doing the job the site is set up for, to inform you on what they think, no reason to lose it cause they’re not on the whole Vi kick.
          Marketers, relax just a bit, dont need to be so aggresive, promote that its the fastest growing supplement “meal replacement” (another issue i’m not even starting on) which has incentives to use and promote the product, hey, somethings working for a lot of folks out there, thats good enough, isnt it? ;) . . . now don’t go busting my chops, i’m actually going to become a distributor and i happen to like the taste and I’ve done my research, I see whats in it, just wanna help some family and friends lose some wait and maybe be able to get it for free… sounds good to me – sorry for not writing this out properly, its like 3am ha ha cheers everyone

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          • The “who really cares how it’s done, right?” thing is one of the things that bugs us the most about MLMs, but we do see where you’re coming from Scott. Congrats on the success!

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  16. Bryan Salgado says:

    OK… Lets clear up a little confusion on the above posts….. Visalus is NOT a pyramid scheme…. It is a uni lateral DIRECT SALES business. In the pyramid schemes I have seen, the person at the top makes ALL the money and everyone that is working makes none or very little. Think the US government….. the ULTIMATE PYRAMID SCHEME of all! If you are a promoter with Visalus, you make money immediately. Even at the BOTTOM of the compensation plan.

    As far as the sales….. There is NO OTHER product on the market today that will give their CUSTOMERS the products for free. As said before…. others can copy Visalus, but NONE will catch it.

    Now, I didn’t need to lose weight when I started this program but my wife did. She has lost 50# since March and she feels better than she has in over 17 years. She actually just started her 2nd 90 day Challenge and she is now in the gym doing Zumba and walking 2-3 miles per day! She is really making great progress! She has 2 shakes per day ans she has NO hunger between.

    the thing that I am surprised was NEVER mentioned here is that you can flavor the shake ANY WAY you want it! There are over 350 recipes and it doesn’t drive the cost up more than a couple of cents. The shakes taste great and the possibilities of flavors are endless! Most people have a desert issue…. THEY LOVE THEM! If you could drink something that tastes like desert and lose weight with it, then why wouldn’t you do it?
    I personally didn’t need to lose weight… I went for the vitamins and the core kit. I am 40 years old and I feel better than I did when I was 20! I have no more aches or pains and I have more energy than I ever had. I do get my product for free and I have NEVER received a call if I didn’t order it! then again, I paid for it once and I now get it for free because I referred 3 people! My wife also did the same. If you can get the product for free, why is there even a mention of price on here?

    The way i feel after Visalus is worth $500/ month! It’s even better that the COMPANY gives their CUSTOMERS products for free! I NEVER saw any mention of this either on here….. why is that?
    My sister is a pharmacist and she evaluated this for me…. she was using a product listed here as a higher rating and PROMPTLY quit using it and switched to Visalus. She said that there is NOT another product on the market that will match it!

    I also brought this product into GNC and they said that they couldn’t match it….. so how do you get the ratings on these?

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    • Hi Bryan,

      While some of your wording and writing style is suspiciously exactly like the company representatives that have been commenting recently (“others can copy Visalus, but NONE will catch it”…is that like on all your sales pamphlets?) we figured we’d take the time to respond.

      First, to your “Pyramid Schemes/MLM/US Government” stuff, I’ll just link you over to our first ‘Ask Mrs. R’ on why we dislike this distribution plan.

      We mentioned the flavor packets, but we couldn’t get into too much detail because we didn’t try them.

      And yes! You can get the shake for free! And all you have to do is push the expensive product package onto your close friends and family! What a deal!

      We want a shake, we don’t want a job.

      And the GNC Representative you talked to must’ve been not very good. Because there are MUCH better products out on the market when it comes to nutrition. So far the only product that could successfully make the “No one comes close to us” claim, is probably Shakeology.

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      • I am NOT a rep, and I agree with EVERYTHING Bryan said. And you do NOT have to push it on friends and family, because the product sells its self. I have done 1 shake a day NO other supplements, and NO exercise, and have lost 14lbs. I am uping my shakes to 2 a day and will be excising and hope to lose another 25 lbs. I love these shakes. You do not have to use the packets they GIVE you for FREE with the shake mix. There are TONS of recipes and cost little to nothing to add them… the shake mix alone taste like vanilla cake mix. I have no hungr cravings with these shakes, and find myself not wanting sweets anymore.. and have to remind myself to eat my next meal. I dont see how you can review a product by trying it ONCE. You need to do the shakes for a good week before you can say they dont work. The add ons are OPTIONAL and shouldnt be a part of your price review either. Not all reps are pushy. I have had NO problems with anyone I have dealt with. You must have just got unlucky with yours.

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        • The “you can’t try a product once and rate it” argument doesn’t ever sit well with us. That’s what we do, and on all the shakes we’ve either felt the effects or we don’t. I can maybe understand people trying it a week if their systems are not used to MRS’s but most of us are healthy eaters and use Meal Replacement Shakes on a regular basis.

          Anytime people have gotten us to keep on a shake for more than a few days, the rating has never changed.

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          • Shakeology is MORE expensive, does not taste as well. They have very few flavors. Visalus shakes can be made into many without the flavor mix-ins. Shakelogy has more fat, more calories, ZERO fiber, minimal enzymes, more sugar and more carbs. How is that better?

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          • Shakeology scored lower on value because of the cost.

            And ZERO fiber? I think you missed the part that says that Shakeology contains 3g of dietary fiber per serving. Shall we rank the nutrition side by side with a little less ambiguity than your comment? Alright, here we go!

            (Sidenote: ViSalus makes it EXTREMELY difficult to find just a picture of their label on-line which is why it’s not featured in the review.)

            Visalus
            90 Calories (150 in Shakeology)
            1 gram of fat (same)
            12 grams of Protein (18 in Shakeology)
            Fiber 5g (3g in Shakeology)
            Sugar <1 (9g in Shakeology) Uses natural sugar as a sweetener.
            23 Vitamins Minerals at 30% average. (23 Vitamins/Minerals at 45-50% average)

            Shakeology includes the following:
            Super-green blend: 1800 mg
            Antioxidant blend: 1750 mg
            Prebiotic/probiotic blend: 1675 mg
            Enzyme blend: 130 mg
            The list goes on…

            Its nutrition is the best we've seen on this site, hands down. So yes, you do get more calories, and sugar, but you also get a lot more bonuses for the few extra not-so-good-for-you stuff.

            It scored higher, because, in our opinion, it rated better.

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  17. Mrs. R, I am a fairly new ViSalus distributor and found your site looking for some research on shakes to see how Vi-Shape compares with others. I just want to say thank you for providing objective reviews of different products. Although I would like to have seen Vi-Trim rated higher, I really appreciate the due diligence and objectivity in your review.

    I’d like to add that although I love Vi-Shake (flavor and results), I am more enamored with the ViSalus community that comes with the shakes. Customers also get online and offline networks of supporters to keep them motivated and share in their weight loss victories. They also get tools to measure their health indicators and track their progress. And they can earn money and prizes such as BMWs for sharing the Vi-Shakes and their successes on it with others.

    In one of your banners on your site, you say, “Motivation is key to success. A program that addresses the mental stress created with such a big life change is definitely something to consider.” I find that the ViSalus culture surrounding the Vi-Shake product provides as much motivation and support as any weight-loss program I’ve ever seen. It’s clear from the comments of other ViSalus distributors here what passion they have for the product and the program built around it.

    So if I may, I’d like to add to your review these value-added factors that, to me, take Vi-Shake to the top of the list. For consumers of it not only get a weight-loss product, but they also get an entire culture and networks of supporters to motivate them to live healthier, happier lives. That, to me, is priceless.

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    • The community can definitely be one of the biggest benefits of a MLM Shake. You have people that want you to be successful and keep using the product and they can help you keep motivated.

      It all just depends on the people you deal with and your personality. It can be a fine line between “motivational” and “pushy”.

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  18. I am so glad you reviewed this product. I had actually submitted a request to your website to do so. I tried Visalus for a month. I spent way too much money, actually started to gain weight (I only needed to lose about 10 lbs), but was going in the wrong direction. I was always hungry less than an hour after drinking the shake. Not to mention the akwardness I felt when my friend of 15 years was now trailing me about the product to go along with the sales tactics.

    I knew there had to be a better, more affordable product out there, and found your site. Based on your review, I tried Ideal Shape, and loved it, and 3 months later, am still on it. It is so much simpler to prepare, no worry about running out of or having to pay for the “add-ons.” I am definitely full for a good 3 to 4 hours. I had also done my homework comparing the nutritional value… 1 serving of Ideal Shape provides 70% of the recommended daily nutrition…more than twice as much as Visalus. Ideal Shape is tasty enough not to need additional flavors added in…and does well as a fruit smoothie base as well. I mix it with almond milk rather than dairy milk, add some crished ice, and it makes a perfect liquid breakfast during my commute to work in the morning.

    As a side note, I also took the Visalus vitamins, and liked th very much. However, the price goes up now that I no longer order the shakes..$150 for a 30 day supply, plus shipping. I recently researched and am now taking Weil daily pack (less than $30/mo.). Comparing nutritional values again, Weil out does Visalus in 3 vitamin pills rather than Vi’s 6. The only thing I add is a much more affordable fish oil supplement from Weil. Greens pak also has a wonderful berry powder full of anti-oxidants, it mixes well with juice, and again, very affordable.

    I am sorry to say that Visalus is an Amway-type hype. I watched the video and heard the testimonials when my friend hosted a shake-tasting party. Initially I signed up as a distributor. Big mistake. Their pushy sales tactics are manipulative, in my opinion. How they can claim all the nutritional value at 30% of daily recommended values is beyond me, but I still have two unopened bags in my pantry, perhaps I will donate them to a local food pantry, but I won’t be wasting
    my time, energy or money on another Visalis product.

    Thank you for your service of providing objective, honest evaluation of these products. You are saving people a lot of frustration who want high-value nutrition witbout the hassle of going on a scavenger hunt and spending money when we don’t even know where to start. I support and validate your assessment, and I thought you were more than fair to Visalus…more generous than I would be. BTW…I lost 6 lbs. on Ideal Shape and am happy where I am at. Thanks again.

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    • It’s definitely unfortunate that something as simple as a weight loss shake would put a strain on a friendship, but you’re not the only one Teri. A few of our staff have created strained ties because of this site. When friends/family find out we didn’t give a glowing review to a product they are trying to sell, things can get awkward….

      We’re glad you’ve found a product that works better for you, and especially happy that our opinions helped.

      Every company is going to say they have best weight loss shake. It doesn’t matter what’s in their shake, they KNOW theirs is the best. Rose-tinted glasses and all. It’s one of the reasons we wanted to create this site.

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  19. Bryanbaker says:

    People really surprise me. There is no magic shake the market. The reason for the weight loss is due to the reduction in calorie intake. Add that with exercise and a healthy diet and your body will become a calorie burning machine. Diet+exercise=weight loss.

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    • I agree with you but for some on the run having a meal replacement helps. For me, if I go home hungry I pick while I prepare my kid’s dinner, a french fry here, bite of bread there, etc and that does not help. Having a good shake gets me through that time so that I can continue to follow my healthy eating regimen.

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  20. I am trying to find a label from one of these meal replacement shakes that I can read, are there any labels posted online? Is it true that the label on the meal replacement shake is a Supplement Label and not a Nutrition Label? Where can I find a label to see this for myself?

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  21. Thank you for doing this review, I have been looking for a site just like this one to see if anyone else has had the great displeasure of coming in contact with the sales reps (distributors of this company). You guys have pointed out some very interesting views and I would like to take the time to post mine.

    I was introduced to the visalus company a few weeks back, I had never heard of it before. The Rep was someone I knew. She gave me the run down of how much money I could make by becoming a distributor and was very excited about all the fancy trips and Cars you could get as a distributor. When I asked her about the product and if it was safe her come back to me was “Yes it is safe for everyone to use, even kids”. No problem, sounded good. Until I actually looked at a fact sheet from the company and took a look at the back label on the back of the product itself. In bold black letters was Allergin Warning. Red Flag!! How can this product be safe for everyone if it has a allergy warning on it? I called the Rep back and pointed this out to her, she became irrate and didn’t talk to me after that. A few days later, my sister and mother attended a Shake testing party, Red flags went up for my sister and the Rep hounded my mother so mad that she was upset for days. Without knowledge to either my mother or sister this same rep bought my mom her first kit to become a distributor and then proceded to hound my mom until she signed up under her. Now we are having one heck of a time getting my mom out of this company! They have brain washed her so badly ( my mom is 73 years old and on a very limited income).

    I visited around 100 distributor sites and out of those 100 sites only one distributor mentioned the allergin warning and wrote that this shake maynot be suitable for everyone! That is so sad to me!
    Once my sister and I started complaining and not pushing glowing reviews about this company and not backing my mother in her indevers, they have threatened to file an elderly abuse charge on us because they have made my mom think we are abusing her. Since this has happened I have had to block all incoming calls to my phone from her area because all the hundreds of calls I was getting from her upline. I have had to block emails to my computer and text messages to my cell phone. I have had to hire a lawyer to try stop the harrassement and hopefully he can figure out how to get my mom out of the hands of these people. These people are the most vicious predators I have ever come across.

    Another note: I did some research on this company and looked down the list of ingredients some of the additives they use are contraindicated in people who have had breast cancer, kidney and heart problems… So again I ask how can this product be safe to use for everyone?

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    • I want to add to the comment above about the ingredients, etc. in regard to breast cancer, kidney, heart problems.

      In very tiny writting on the ViSalus home page at the bottom it also says that if you are on blood thinners that you cannot use this product. I had to let my friends know that are currently representing the product. Either no one reads or they don’t care to.

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    • Obviously there is another side to this story that is not being shared!

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  22. I was given a sample packet of the shake yesterday and tired it this morning. It was fine, not gritty and tasted like a nutrition shake. In my mind they are really all similar..you just dont want the ones that make you gag. I added some fruit to it and used soy milk as my base. Without the fruit and milk it would not have satisfied me. With my add ons I was full to lunch. I am a researcher and so set about to check out the product. The site itself is not good in my mind. There was very little information for me, too much marketing. Im sure this plan works for some and I think thats great but this site helped me decide that this product is not for me. I have instead ordered the IdealShape based on the reviews and comments. I called the company directly and the customer service was fantastic. I love that the product comes with an e-book and recipe ideas as well as sugggestions for the meals and exercise. I got the inforamtion I was looking for, something I did not get with Visalus. I will let you know my thoughts when I receive the product.

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  23. Hi Mrs. R,
    I think you missed some information on our shakes. First, you don’t have to add anything to the shake for hunger. We have a full serving of fiber, and prebiotics, digestive enzymes, and some of the highest quality proteins on the market today. We use whey hydrolysate, the newest technology, and highest absorbing. We also add in digestive enzymes to help your body absorb even more of the protein. Other shakes can use cheaper forms of protein, dont’ have a full serving of fiber, or prebiotics and enzymes. We have 30% of your daily nutrient value as it is a meal…so if you eat 3 meals a day, that makes sense, right? Most people find our shake has better flavor (no grit, no bitter aftertaste) than other brands on the market today. When mixed as directed we provide the 22-25 grams of protein nutritionists recommend for a meal. And more affordably. I encourage everyone to look at our comparison charts, look at labels..and you will see there simply is not a better shake on the market today.
    Audrey

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    • Sorry Audry,

      You say we missed some information, but some of that isn’t anything we’ve “missed”. The hunger thing is your opinion vs. ours. We’ve had many meal replacement shakes and ViSalus ranked where it did because it did worse than some but better than others. (Many of the shakes that don’t have full servings of fiber don’t get high rankings on hunger blocking.)

      30% of your daily value is good, but it’s not the best on the market by far. Remember this site isn’t about whether a shake is good or not (most shakes are pretty good) it’s about how they all compare side by side. ViSalus is fairly lacking when side by side with Shakeology who have the highest score in nutrition to date.

      Flavor is also subjective (statements like “most people” shouldn’t be used because they’re unproven and obviously are just a more definitive way to say “in my opinion) and our staff voted on it as we have all the others. It was okay, but again, we compare these shakes side by side with shakes that have managed to make their flavoring exactly like chocolate shakes or whatnot.

      As for the comparisons on your company’s sites vs a third party review site and who is more believable…well, I’ll let the readers decide which they trust.

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  24. What do you mix with yours? Do you use the almond milk etc? Just wondering.

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  25. i have been on visalus for 5 days 8lbs lighter. my aunt at 61 years of age. has been on this for 2 weeks her dr. has cut her blood pressure meds in half, taken her off the meds for swelling in her feet, & it has dropped here blood sugar down to 101. she takes a shot & a pill a day for diebetes & it has never been below 200+. this is a great product that works for alot of different peoples needs. i went to a shake party & not one time was pressured into doing anything. they broke the party into 3 groups depending on what intrest you. they also said if you were not intrested you could leave with zero pressure. i have not become a distributer & not sure if i will, but it is changing poeple in my families life to get healthier & that is what is important. if it isn’t for you please find something that does. just go to a local eating establishment & look at the people around. it is scary how big poeple are getting. i did this then went home & looked in the mirror & BAM i am one of those poeple too. i am doing the basic 2 shakes a day with nothing else & it is working for me. for what i pay in higher insurance because of my bmi, i can put it in buying a health shake feel better, look better & be there for my kids. i will get of my soap box now & you guys have a great day.

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    • I haven’t lost any weight. Glad it is working for you.

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    • I hope you are getting the right tips you need with any diet…….all diets need advise to follow……you can’t just take a shake and eat whatever else you want and lose weight. You need to drink the correct amount of water and eat your veggie, fruit and healthy foods…..a big mac should not be on your menu anymore……not saying it is…..just saying I hope if your not losing weight on whatever shake your taking that you are talking to the people that sold it to you? most have a refund policy and all should have someone you can talk to so your weight lose is successful? good luck

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      • The Vi shakes made me gain weight. I was so mad. It’s a lot of time and money wasted. I’ve moved on to the Ideal Shape ones.

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  26. I have been using Visalus for a few months. I have lost almost 20 lbs. I am pretty bad about eating and was looking to lose some weight and gain some nutrition. I was given a sample and loved it. The shake alone tastes like cake. I will change it up with fruit or a mix in flavor so as not to get bored with the same old thing. For me it works. I am full, feel better, losing weight, and it is not expensive when taking into consideration that I replace 2 meals a day at approximately $1.87 per meal and could be taking in a meal for $5 or more per meal. Again, for me it is working. It may not for everyone. 60 meals per month for $99 plus shipping and tax is a small amount for what I get. Also, I don’t take any appetite suppressors.

    I was also never harassed to buy more or to join as a promoter. Some do and that is their game plan. It also pushes others away.

    Anyhow, this shake may not be for all but I know it works for what I needed from experience. I also know many others that have been successful.

    Thank you for all of the information from everyone.

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  27. I am SO glad I found this site. I am a new Visalus customer, and wondered what others thought of the product.

    So here’s my skinny.. In a little over a week, i dropped almost 3 lbs BUT i was hungry the entire time. I considered getting the VI-Trim packets but they, along with the cost of the VI-Shape shakes, were just too expensive. And really, if i replaced two meals with ANY shake – wouldn’t I get the same results?? While the nutrional content is somewhat impressive, what I need is a shake that truly replaces a meal and doesn’t leave me hungry 30-45 minutes after consumption – and Visalus just isn’t that shake.

    I have to agree, the Visalus website is too sales oriented and not customer-friendly. A good product can almost sell itself, it doesn’t have to be pushed down my throat via a tricky/gimmicky website, and overzealous sales reps.

    Anyway, thanks Mrs. R for your unbiased review of the product. Just an FYI to some of the previous posters, as it’s fairly obvious that a number of you are employed by Visalus: A good salesperson can sell a product without making you FEEL like you’re being sold a product.

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    • I agree with this comment whole heartedly. This was my EXACT experience with the shakes.

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    • I like your style Louise! I’m not a BBV customer or distributor – but I am a distributor for another company’s MRS. However, I really appreciated your post. I tried to check out the nutritional info on the BBV shakes and couldn’t even get to any information without being bombarded by the business opportunity. I gave up. I tried to search the internet for non-biased reviews and nutritional info but all I found was either super-hype or it’s scam. So again, I gave up. I am SOOO glad my niece found Mrs. R’s website and I feel confident that I made the right decision where I am. A MRS should not leave you hungry after drinking it …. but on the other hand, it also shouldn’t fill you up for 4 hrs. either. Your body is ready for more fuel in about 2 hrs. (min.) to 3 hrs. (max).

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  28. I just got into this from a co-worker who literally took over my PC and bought the shake under his wife’s website line of business… personally i could care less about it because all i want to do is lose weight. Those of you who distributors out there -listen to what the masses are telling you. FIX THE DAMN WEBSITE it’s green, pushy, sounds like Amway, and is missing nutritional facts and examples to help consumers make a decision.
    Does Body by Vi want to sell a shake for people to lose weight? Or do they want people to spend money they don’t have it…. Make a change!

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    • Thank’s Mike, I just started the Visalus program, and have been trying to get any information that I can on the product to no avail. I spent a small fortune on the transformation kit, and all it came with was a small pamplet! Nothing on ingredients or nutrititional value. I wonder what they have to hide? Their website is unimformative to say the least!

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  29. I appreciate diverse opinions. Mrs R., I would be remised if I did not say thank you on behalf of consumers. Your site gives consumers power and knowledge to make an informed decision. In the last three weeks, I have become a ViSalus distributor. The strong selling technique was a turn off to me. However, I approached it from a customer’s perspective first. Enrolled after sampling the shake. I felt wonderful and not hungry. Yes, it will be a different result for some people. If it does not work for you, discontinue use of the product. I am determine to be honest with potential customers/distributors.
    It’s been several years since I have experienced so much energy, improved mood, and vitality.
    Is ViSalus the best on the market, I can not state that as a fact. What I can state as factual is the positive impact it is having on my personal health and fitness.

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  30. Kimberly Ohler says:

    I am considering trying the products & wanted to get some experienced users that also tried the appetite suppressant, energy powder, good omega vitals & fat burner. Just wondered if it’s worth difference from 99 to 249.

    Thanks Kimberly Ohler

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  31. I have been on the shake for 2 months. Initially I lost 5 lbs but have gained it all back while still on the shake and following the recommened eating plan. My husband dropped off the plan after 1 month because of excess gas…when we contacted the company they told us to go see his physician because it was most likely due to other causes. Wrong!!
    My daughter has lost 6 lbs in 2 months. I find the drink a little gritty and the neuro water really gritty!
    The company has no feedback or suggestions about when things don’t go as planned. They have no idea about what to do if things don’t work. Do the developers have any nutritional background or are they business men trying to get rich? Just wondering.

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  32. I’ve been researching Visalus because an acquaintance has become involved with the product. Knowing myself, I wouldn’t follow the program anyway, but the pressure tactics are a definite turn-off and make it certain I’ll never try THIS program.

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  33. Like Annnie M said, about her husband having Gas. My wife and I both have become gassy after drinking the shakes. We only drink one shake a day. I’ve gained a pound and my wife is exactly at the same weight. It will only be fair to see what happens after 30 days. Glad Mrs. R mentioned some other shakes in case Visalus doesn’t work for either of us.

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  34. Joshua Hoffman says:

    When you gave them points for 0 sugar and 90 calories. Did you factor in the numbers for adding milk or soymilk to make it a meal replacement? Those numbers of 0 sugar and 90calories are correct before you add the milk or soymilk. Im sure the product is good and healthy for you but Visalus needs the correct info about the 0 sugar and 90 calories.

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    • Believe it or not, there are some people that use these shakes with water and find them to work just fine. We always give the nutrition of just the shake, as it is up to each individual user to decide what to add to the shakes.

      But yes, it’s a good reminder that the nutrient info we give is only if you use the shakes with water. Anything else you might add to any shake we review is going to add more calories.

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      • I thought to be labeled as a meal replacement it had to be a certain amount of calories. Wouldnt it be considered a snack?

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        • In order to replace a meal, calories aren’t what fill you up. A good meal replacement can keep the calories low while making you feel full usually using Fiber or Patented Hunger Blockers or a combination of the two. The whole point of meal replacement shakes is to get the nutrition and fill you up like a full meal while keeping the calories low to help you lose weight.

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          • The shakes with water are not enough to control hunger. You need to get the shakes into the 210-280 calorie range to be successful and control hunger.

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          • Calories are a measurement of heat, they’re not a physical thing in your food. There is no such thing as a caloric requirement necessary to be filling.

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  35. I was just given a couple packets by a former co-worker over the weekend. She’s a distributor and doing well by the sounds of it (already received her BMW); however, she was not pushy at all with me. I just tried a shake today…initially blended it with skim milk then reblended using a couple of frozen strawberries. I just may not have the taste for these shakes…it tasted WAY too sugary for me and I ended up having to pour it out after 4-5 sips.

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  36. T Traynor says:

    Wouldn’t a tall glass of skim milk (12 grams protein) and a daily vitamin do this? Cost: under 40 cents with vitamin.

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    • sorry, but if you are taking a vitamin that costs 40 cents per day, you are throwing your money away! You’d most likely be paying more for the milk.

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  37. A previous poster/distributor said that the bags of shake mix come with flavor packets. While that maybe correct, they come with only 9 flavor packets, i.e. one per shake. So, if you’d like the flavoring more than 9 times per month, you PURCHASE the flavor packets, which are pretty pricey, to say the least. I was on the shakes for about 3 weeks, but something in the shake was giving me digestive problems so I had to stop. Not the best shake I have tried, but not the worst either.

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  38. I am so glad I found this review. A friend of mine has been trying to sell me on the shakes the last couple of weeks. First off, I just want to say, they seem to be working like magic for her in both the weight loss and money-making categories. So my hesitation wasn’t that the product didn’t “work,” necessarily. I had a hard time getting a straight answer about the “how soon are you hungry after” factor, which is my main concern. As you say, if you’re still hungry, it didn’t replace your meal!

    I also tried a sample with a flavor mix and I thought, for a shake-from-powder, it tasted really good. However, it is pricey and while my main motivation for meal replacement shakes isn’t to save money, I can’t spend more money either. And I don’t like trying to sell things to friends and family. Don’t even go there, people.

    All in all, I really appreciate this review. It filled in some answers I’ve had a difficult time finding the last couple of weeks.

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  39. Thank you thank you thank you for this review!!!! Ever since my sister-in-law started posting about nothing but Visalus on her Facebook, I’ve wanted to know what the deal was. Your review helps me understand the product a lot better. I don’t think it’s for me (90 calories?!? How do people not pass out?), but I’m glad she’s enjoying it.

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  40. Im on day 2 of the body by vi and i love the shake ,
    The first day i felt hungry ,But today has been better ,I think im just use to eatting and its more in my head
    Cant wait to see what results i get

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    • I mix fat free jello with mine ,Cheesecake is wonderful and choc so far

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      • Hey Carrie,

        Just a heads up, I’m not sure how much jello you add, but even being fat free you’re adding 100 calories, 1250 mg of sodium and 24g carbs per package of Jello mix. That can add up!

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        • I believe the 90 calories are before you add milk. Even adding fat free milk brings it to 170 calories at best. Not the end of the world but it’s not a meal replacement for under 170 calories… just powder.

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          • This is true on all the shakes we review. It’s hard to know what kind of milk or adders everyone is going to use with their shake and there are some people that mix it with water so we just list the calories contained in the powder.

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  41. Has anyone considered that it takes time for your stomach to adjust and that if you just try a meal replacement shake once you may still feel hungry? Also drinking plenty of water will help curb appetite, as well. A meal replacement shake is not for everyone, you should use common sense and know what will work best for you.

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    • Karen, your correct. No different than when someone starts consuming a higher volumn of protein, body may need a period of time to assimilate. Being in the fitness industry, i see this often.

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  42. Totally unbiased opinion here. I did receive some samples of the Body by Vi shake. I liked the smell, the new tagline is “A shake mix that tastes like a cake mix” and I did think it smelled similar to cake batter. I also have a peach flavor packet that I plan to try with one later.

    I liked the flavor of the shake, even though mine didn’t get mixed very well.

    But I felt funny afterward, almost gassy or like I’d eaten a very big meal. It was almost an over fullness.

    Tried the IdealShape shake and did much better with it.

    I will say that the Body by Vi water flavorings are amazing, and I plan to order a big tub of each flavor

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  43. I Started Vi shakes in February 2011 and first off: After starting the Vi-Shape Nutrtional Shake Mix I’ve lost 60 lbs total. Second: I love the gain in Energy (as it also helped my sleeping). Third: I dont mind at all that there is only one flavor, I have about 200 fruit and dessert type recipes for that “one flavor” All under 350 calories. I saved about 132 dollars a month during my first Challenge replacing two meals a day.

    My second Challenge I gained 10lbs of muscle having one shake for breakfast and one shake with water for postworkouts.

    Presently I am training to participate in a 5 mile run, having one shake for breakfast and taking the Vitamins (I’ve noticed some HUGE changes in almost every aspect of my life after starting the Vi-packs). So far Im spending about $6.63 a day for ME. Thats saying quite a bit if you knew me before February. I was spending almost 3x that for Beer, Fastfood and other Junk.
    I am still saving $85+ a month in groceries, I love the shakes, I look forward to them every morning!

    Dont tag something generically just to herd them to your products. People are looking for an honest unbiased opinion. All I’ve seen here are people pushing people to shakeology. The 90 Day Challenge never got a “fair shake” here. If you are going to rag on anything be fair about it thats all I’m asking.

    Is Body by Vi for me… Absolutely, Is it for you? Maybe…

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    • Hey Ryan,

      That’s awesome, good luck on the run!

      If anything we’re being biased towards IdealShape or Prograde as they are #1 and #2 on our site respectively. We’re not a distributor of any of the products on our site (we’re an affiliate of ALL of them though). We’re glad you found something that worked for you.

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    • I’m curious to know how you gained 10lbs of muscle drinking these shakes, especially if you mixed one with only water? It is incredibly difficult to build muscle on a calorie deficit. Perhaps your other meals were super calorie dense and you followed a strict weight training regime?

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  44. Hmmm…not really sure what some people are worked up about. Everyone around me has been talking about this shake, so I came here to get the skinny. After reading this, I went to tell a co-worker friend of mine that, based on an unbiased website, it seemed like the shake might be worth a try. Just because it doesn’t rate at the top doesn’t mean that they are saying it’s horrible! It actually had a pretty solid rating, I thought. If you look at this with unbiased eyes you can see that the rating scale is exactly that: a scale. It is not, as some would seem to think, a simple “good” or “bad.”

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  45. I have read the majority of the above comments, and wanted to write a comment of my own. I am not a scientist, or nutritionist. I am an ordinary girl. Therefore, all I can do is share my story. About two years ago, I broke my back at L1 level. Along with my broken back came some very debilitating hip issues to go along with knee trouble since high school. Ten years ago I was an athlete and in pretty decent shape. After graduation, I started slowly gaining weight, but then after I broke my back I gained about 80 lbs. At the end of July this year, a friend of mine shared ViSalus with me. I was doubtful, but felt I had nothing to lose but weight! I started the product on August 1 and since then have lost 35 lbs, and have NO… and I mean NO issues with the arthritis in any of my joints! I’m not back to where I was in high school, but I’m in much better shape than I was 3 1/2 months ago! Before I started ViSalus, I did well to walk on a treadmill at a speed of 3.0 for 10 minutes. Now I am walking/running for 30 minutes!

    My father started the shakes as well. He was over 300 lbs and on his way to a heart attack. He was on blood pressure meds, as well. After 60 days of being on the product the doctor ORDERED him off of the BP meds and told him to keep doing what he is doing. He has now lost 30 lbs.

    Now, my dear, sweet, mother. The poor thing suffered from HORRIBLE migraines every day. She would come home from work and go straight to bed. After starting the Vi-Pak (AM & PM Vitamins), she hasn’t had ONE single migraine. She’s lost 23 lbs and over 20 inches!

    All three of us get comments all the time about the “glow” we have, or how much younger my parents look!

    ViSalus has been a life saver for all three of us in many ways, or should I say has give us our lives back! For us, there isn’t anything out there to beat ViSalus!

    Again, I didn’t want to throw stones or say anyone was wrong or right… I just wanted to share our story!

    Hope everyone has a blessed night!

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    • I am so glad to find this website. I have been on these shakes for 10 days now and all I have lost is 2.2 lbs. Not to be disgusting or offensive, but I have not had a normal bowel movement since starting this program. Stomach cramps/gas and diarrhea daily. I am very discourged and feel I’ve thrown $249.00 down the toilet. I’m trying to hang in there and wait for my body to adjust, but this is getting ridicious. I hate the flavor packets as they leave an unpleasant after taste. I do like the shakes plain with a little vanilla or almond extract and a couple of ice cubes added mixed with skim milk. They mix nicely with my hand mixer. I also take the metaboost pills and Omega oil pills and add the Vi-trim to the drink. I really wanted to give this an honest try, but unless I start seeing some decent results, it is not worth the agony that is going on in my stomach. There website is terrible. That should have been my first clue that this drink is all about the money and sucking people in with BMWs and lavish vacations. You are forced to use an auto ship option or you cannot navigate the webite. If you call customer service, they tell you to put the auto ship info in and then go back the next day and cancel it. Helloooo??? How stupid is this? Sorry Visalus, unless you improve your website and your goofy promises, I don’t think you will be in business very long. I am very disappointed and feel like I have been scammed.

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  46. I’ve lost 90 lbs with Body By Vi. It gets my vote. *shrugging*

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  47. http://www.holisticmed.com/splenda/

    Visalus is using poison as sweetner, and also uses GMO ingredients. Garbage!

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    • Wow, “Doctor” K…just…no.

      Splenda is not a ‘poison’. Most of the stupid reports about 0-Calorie sweeteners came from misinterpreted studies. And linking to “HolisticMed’.com does nothing to help the argument.

      Visaulus is known for actually using some pretty high quality ingredients and calling it “poison” or “garbage” is… incorrect in the extreme.

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      • I beg to differ do you know how they came up with Splenda? Trying to create a new insecticide. It is sugar that goes through a huge chemical process. And their sweet cream flavor is made from GMO’s that’s te only way to come up with a flavor like that. So if you are trying to be healthy and natural this is not the right way to go!

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        • Taking things out of context is bad. Splenda was indeed created when they were working on an insecticide, but they were not formulating a poison and suddenly thought “Wait, this poison tastes delicious!” Implying that’s how it happened is ridiculous. What happened is that they wanted the insecticide to draw in ants, and ants love sugar. So to flavor the toxins they tried to create something that was many times sweeter than sugar.

          They created Splenda because they were trying to create something sweet. Not because they were creating something to kill bugs and thought, “let’s give this to people!”

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  48. Usually I don’t comment, but, after reading this I had to. Mrs. R, I am seriously wondering about your real intentions with the Visalus Company. I belive in order for a test to be unbiased, you would have to have a “blind” taste test… not done by staffers after the opinion of a company has already been deemed annoying.
    I have tried several shakes: a few of the ones you have listed on here and I have to say that I totally disagree with you on taste and value. The Shakeology had to be the most disgusting tasting drink I have ever had. Even in your review you talked about how bad it was, YET, it got a higher score than Visalus in the taste category. The Visalus Shake is the first and only shake that I can say I truly enjoy. It is not gritty. I mix mine with 6 oz of water and 2 oz of almond milk (unsweetened) and I add a dash of cinnamon. It is my favorite!
    In regards to value, you slam Visalus saying that you have to add packets for flavor and hunger control. I don’t add the packets at all. As a matter of fact, I tried a flavor packet and found it not worthy of my time/money.
    As far as the company hard selling tactics for the MLM, I will agree with you on that. When you want information about a product, you don’t want to have to navigate through all of that crap. However, it does appear, intentional or not, that you based your judgement of the drink as a whole on your distaste for the MLM side of the business.
    As a business owner, I don’t find it offensive. I have a solid business background, have had a business for the past 18 years and my best advertising comes from happy customer referrals. I would rather reward customers for bringing in more customers than to pay for advertising contracts that have no guarantees. That is what MLM is to me. Referrals. Plus, in an economy where finances/job opportunities are so bleak, why is it bad to offer opportunities and rewards. I haven’t signed up as a distributor, but, I will continue to use the product because I do like it. With the shake and the vitamins, I can honestly say I feel better. Is it mental? I couldn’t really answer that scientifically, but, I feel better so who cares!?

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    • Hey Mitzy,

      We apologize if we make it seem like we’re being biased against Visalus. These are our opinions, and we’ve tried to keep previous annoyances with companies out of the review process. (If we lowered reviews based on how annoyed we were with a company, Herbalife would actually be a 1 or 2). We’re very happy you’ve found success and mental or no we’re not trying to take away from that. (The only time we actively rain on someone’s parade is when they’re talking about cleanses)

      Shakeology tastes bad, the green berry was pretty gross and their flavor score was actually really low for a while before a company rep sent us a sample of their chocolate. It was much better in our opinion though our taste buds are not yours. To us Visalus didn’t have much flavor and added the “protein shake” aftertaste. But taste is the most subjective part of our reviews.

      As far as not needing the hunger blockers, that might be subjective as well. We’ve tried many shakes, and there are ones that clearly fill us up and ones that don’t. This one didn’t do much compared to some of the shakes we’ve given 10’s. We didn’t try the flavor packets, but from everything we’ve heard, the verdict is “save your money” so maybe we shouldn’t calculate them into the price. We did go for the middle ground as if we rated the value on adding all the extras into the shake, the value rating would’ve been around a 6.

      As a final note, could people please stop using the economic argument with MLM’s. We’ll have to find the documentary and link to it, but most people doing MLMs are making little to no money off them. In fact, a lot of people are just losing money to them which is making things worse, not better.

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      • As an average consumer, I have to say that the review are correct. This isn’t the best tasting shake, but still very good. Nor is it the best value or has the best nutritional value. And is definately not the most filling shake! But it is still a good shake and reviews are not bad. For those MLM salespeople, your statements are so overboard. I’ve been in network marketing before with company’s that had good products. But each network marketing company tries to motivate the salespeople to think their produduct is such a miracle an is so far beyond any other product out there. It makes me gag! Just accept the review. It is what it is and after trying other shakes, the reviews are pretty accurate, in my opinion.

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  49. I am new to this website and I am very interested in trying this product. I am interested in nuitrition but as I have researched all shakes a a good amount of vitamins and minerals. What I am looking for is an appetite suppressant. Some say take the extra pills while others say there is plenty in the shakes. As I am on a tight budget I would perfer just to do the shakes but concerned whether the shakes would be enough.

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  50. PROS: Low sugar, and I like the taste,
    CONS: It doesn’t stop hunger any more than a regular glass of milk. The sales people are obnoxious and almost cult like in their sales pitch. Huge turn off.

    I won’t be ordering again. I’m looking for something else.
    This is my unbiased opinion and I have to agree with the original review. I think its fair and realistic.

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  51. Thanks for this unbiased review. This is very helpful.

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  52. Edith O'Haver says:

    Firstly, I’d like to thank you for your third-party review of the Visalus Vi-Shake mix. I wish I would have found your website earlier as I have been doing my own trial and error on meal replacement shakes for two years.

    In July of 2009, I was diagnosed with a very rare cancer called GIST (GastroIntestinal Strommal Tumor). Since that time I have undergone various resections, treatments and daily injections of vitamins/minerals that are essential for the human body to function. Considering that I’ve had a large portion of my stomach resected and had no choice but to find a meal replacement as I have a difficult time digesting normal foods, I’ve found that the Aminogen found in the Vi-Shake, and the fact that it’s not as thick or gritty as other shakes, helps with the absorption of the nutrients and minerals. There were other meal replacements (HerbaLife, Quivana, Shaklee, etc.) that I tried that, for whatever reason, didn’t seem to agree with me.

    Aside from the nutritional value, I knew that my first order would be a one-time thing. I didn’t have a problem with ordering a-la-carte items as some items interested me (i.e. the Vi-Pack and the mix) and the person I dealt with wasn’t pushy as well. I fully understood that they market their products as a weight management solution due to the fact that it’s the easiest way to market a meal replacement, however I would hope that people would also understand that it can also be a tool to manage your nutrition in a cost-effective manner as well. It’s also a product that I felt comfortable sharing with my 7 year-old son and, without any hunger suppressant supplements, his appetite has decreased significantly! He would have to do 100 pushups or situps to earn a second or third helping…now he barely finishes his first!

    Being a single-mom, I didn’t want to supplement, or add, to my grocery bill. Also being an accountant, I compared the first 4 weeks of grocery expenses (including the cost of the meal replacement) to the 4 weeks leading up to the initial purchase. With my son replacing his meals as well, I have saved $368.57 in 4 weeks. The cost of the product was $99 + shipping for 60 meals.

    Grant it, I am not your typical, in-the-box, meal replacement consumer as my needs were different from others, however only six months ago, my Oncologist was worried that there were abnormal results of a PETscan in the area of my thyroid. Thinking the worse, I moved forward with even more tests (not to mention the extra money for copays, and it’s not the easiest sentiment parting with $100’s of dollars each time a test is performed). Since discovering Visalus Science and their meal replacement shake, I am happy to say that the “mass” that was discovered has shrunk (without having to be on chemo) AND my bloodwork is the best it has been in two years (without having to inject myself on a daily basis).

    My Oncologist has approved for me to continue with the shake as a source for nutrition in areas that I was previously lacking. By providing my body with the nutrients it needs, I’ve been able to gain the strength I need to fight this battle…

    A happy consumer of the Visalus Vi-Shape meal replacement

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  53. OK folks, try this one. Why do U need to purchase something to lose weight? I personaly dropped 60 lbs in under 6 months without spending an extra dime, working out from my home ( no gym membership), eating sensible meals(bein alittle hungry will build charactor), and was in better shape after my weight loss than when i finished basic training at 18. You cannot BUY disapline or selfcontrole, they are yours free, and are a requirement for maintaining a good body weight.In my opinion, anyone who purchases any of these products is wasting their money, time, and deluding themselves with another “get fit quick” fad! One comedian remarked on the statement ” Have 2 shakes a day with a sensible meall”, ” If I could eat a SENSIBLE MEAL, I would’nt need these stupid SHAKES!!!”

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    • Yes, I get that jokes aren’t meant to be dissected, but the comedian was just proving the benefit of the shakes. If you struggle eating ONE sensible meal a day, how can you eat THREE sensible meals per day? These shakes help. They provide nutrients and curb your hunger for a meal that normally wouldn’t have been as healthy. Many people have had lots of success on them.

      As far as the “Save Your Money” thing…a lot of shakes on the site DO save you money. If you average $5 a meal (even if it’s sensible) and these shakes REPLACE that meal for under that…then in the end you’re saving money by using the shakes.

      And yes, proper exercise and self control are the best way to get fit. Shakes are a great tool to HELP with that. They aren’t going to do the work, but they’re certainly not a scam as your comment alludes.

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      • JLM, while its great for you to have lost weight by yourself in a respectable amount of time doing what we all know to do, it would be far greater for you to spend the same amount of time and effort on your English, grammar, and spelling. A lot of people don’t have the time (and/or patience) to do what you have done. If these (or any other) shakes can and will help, who are you to take that hope away? I haven’t tried the Visalus (….yet), but I have tried Shakeology (couldn’t finish the box) and Slim Fast (made me too gassy). Give them a break.

        Mrs R., thank you.

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        • Nicole…..maybe you should listen to JLM’s advice and spend more time at the gym and researching healthy eating habits instead of criticizing someone’s ability or inability to spell. I have lost 27 pounds in 6 months by exercising and reducing my daily caloric intake. You must be patient and MAKE time for YOU. There is no such thing as a quick fix!!!!!

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  54. LindaMermaid says:

    Thanks for the reviews and all the comments others have made. Several people I work with are using the Visalus products and have had great success in losing extra pounds. I am skeptical about costly routines like this one so I tried making my own ‘shake’ using fruit, tofu, soymilk and protein powder. As far as a meal replacement, my shakes work well and I’m still not hungry an hour later. I look forward to having one as my evening meal nearly every day.

    I have to agree with you on the Visalus site. No two pages look alike and it’s difficult to find the place where you can just look over their products and buy what you want. I don’t like the Amway feeling – sign up and get 3 friends to buy etc, etc….. I also didn’t like the list of ingredients; too many things I didn’t understand. It all sounded too artificial.

    A friend let me try her shake mix and it tasted good but didn’t have much body. It wasn’t gritty like similar products you get at the health food stores. But that’s about the only plus.

    My take on the product is that you can make your own at home from real fruit and it’s just as effective as Visalus as long as you exercise along with the meal replacement.

    I believe the exercise part is more important than what you are eating.

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  55. Ummm, I know I am on a shake website, but what’s wrong with good old-fashioned FOOD? I enjoy smoothies regularly-fresh and frozen fruits and veggies, yogurt, juice, a little protein powder because I am not a big meat-eater. But that is a snack, not a meal replacement. Anyone will lose weight with two shakes a day. That just means fewer calories in. And the idea of a hunger-blocker makes me break out in a cold sweat. You have to eat complex carbohydrates and learn the difference between “hunger” and “appetite”. It is much more reasonable. You may lose weight with these “magic shakes”, but are you really going to commit to the expense and monotony of shakes for the rest of your life? If not, then be prepared to gain the weight back if you haven’t also made lifestyle changes. That is exercise AND diet. It’s common sense, not a sales gimmick. And trust me, this company is alllll about the gimmicks.

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    • I could not agree more, EAT REAL FOOD PEOPLE!!! For breakfast I eat, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups veggies, 2 prunes, sprouted grain toast (sometimes with 1/2 T. buter) or 1/3 c oatmeal. I also eat a great, healthy lunch and dinner with snacks. I work out and am quite active. I lose 2 pounds every week, faithfully. I avoid any fake ingredients and only eat REAL food. Save your money on the shakes.

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  56. I have tried the product based on the hype etc. After 1 month of persistent use a have NOT lost an ounce. Go figure, I went on hype. The smell or flavor with frozen straberries and banana was not bad but I was looking for weight loss.

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  57. I have questions……can someone please help me. I’ve been using the shake for about a month I’ve only lost 8 pounds. I’m not complaining but I’m wondering and I doing it’s right. This morning I took my shake at 6. At about 9 I a boiled egg and a patty sausage together they were under 300 calories. I plan to eat lunch around 11 or 12, fruit as snack around 3. And drink my shake around six for dinner. Do I have the right concept or am I eating too much? Please help me. I like the shake it’s does curve my appetite….

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    • Not sure if you’ve found your answers or not. More information on your current situation would be needed, but based on what you’ve provided, here is a simple answer. A healthy rate of weight loss is about 1-2 pounds a week. 8 pounds in a month seems right on track. Now, with that being said, individuals that have a high percent of fat mass will initially loose large amounts of weight when they first start a weight loss program. Factor in exercise and food choices and the rate of weight loss will vary. The best thing to do on the food/diet side of the house is to write down everything you eat and drink for at least 3 days. Measure out your serving sizes and calculate your daily consumption of calories and macronutrients (carbs, fats, proteins). Compare this with your estimated daily caloric expenditure. Simply put, expend more calories that you take in on a daily basis to loose weight. But be careful, expending too many calories with not enough calorie consumption can lead to unhealthy weight loss. Sometimes that can be a problem with any of these meal replacement shakes, using them improperly. Currently, I’m a personal training student, so I’m learning as I go, hope this helps.

      Mrs R, I’m just curious, but would you be able to post links on your review page to fitness and review sites? I’m willing to bet that some people reading reviews here have other health/fitness/nutrition questions.

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  58. Just to note, I am a distributor and I agree, some people’s marketing tactics are extreme and can be pushy. I, personally, try not to make people feel pressured into buying or selling the product. I post about it and if people ask…I will answer any and all questions they have. I do follow up but I WILL NOT EVER hound someone. This really doesn’t add to the argument going back and forth but, I just felt the need to comment and let people know that not all Visalus distributors are annoying hags :)

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  59. I was actually considering trying these shakes. And was actually encouraged by the initial review. However, I have certainly reconsidered after reading all of the responses posted by those who are obviously in some way connected to the company. Turned me off immediately. You did a great job of losing a potential customer.

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  60. I am trying these shakes for a second time. I just got too hungry with my first try. Starting off, I tried only the shakes with almond or soy milk and fruit. This time, I have added the hunger blocker as it came with my initial order – and what a difference! I have several bags of the mix now as I kept forgetting to cancel the service. I’m hoping to use these hunger blockers until they’re gone and then go on without them – I’ve got a lot of shake mix! Also, the vitamins are good. I typically cannot keep vitamins down, but these have worked well with my system.

    I was sent to the website by a friend and found it very distasteful. Way to salesy. If I had found this site sooner, I would have chosen another brand.

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    • cindy clark says:

      My oh my. I’m so tired of the bickering attitude that I see everywhere. I’m totally turned off by it, and so are most of my friends. I pray that everyone that has had that attitude on here that is suppose to be a professional in regards to this issue will find a different way to prove their point. I got on this site because I have a friend that is selling this: I wanted to know if it’s affordable and does it work like it says it does. I’ve tried Slimfast and gained weight although I followed the plan. I’m 53 and want to lose weight in a healthy way; have health issues that can go ballistic if I don’t.

      So, please, just give facts, not opinions and back up your facts with documentation. Most Americans I know are tired of bickering.

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  61. Robert K. says:

    In the last year I have lost 163 lbs. I was at 338 lbs & today I weigh 175 lbs. I will get to 160-165 lbs. by Feb. 1st.

    I have maintained my current weight loss for 8 months now!

    All this was done while having a herniated umbilical – had x2 past surgeries (on herniated umbilical) and still need a 3rd.

    How did I do it? For me it was bike riding. At first I could only go about 3-5 miles, gradually I built up endurance, etc. Today I ride 30+ miles daily. In the winter I’m in Florida for 6 months where I average 40+ miles daily.

    My diet has also greatly improved. I also quit all fast foods & soda.

    I make my own smoothies: fruit, veggies, protein, etc. Saves me the $Big Bucks$…

    I also do weights, yoga, balance ball, resistance bands, and use a rebounder… but bike riding is my love, you can’t beat being outdoors in nature!

    Once your ‘mind-set’ is there it gets easier & easier.

    It’s been a life altering journey. > Love!

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  62. I am a distributor but really want to touch on the benefits of ANY lifestyle change. I personally only promote to those who ask or show interest. I do not say negative things about other products/companies. My own mother uses another company and I honestly don’t care as she is making lifestyle changes, both with her food and her excercise. Let’s be honest, it is about ppl getting healthy, learning how to eat better and getting off the couch and doing something! i don’t think all distributors are pushy and for those that are….. they have to do what works for them. Thank you for the review and keep up the good work. I love ViSalus and it works for ME!

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  63. Jenna Gilman says:

    Not to offend anyone, but I watched the commercials, and I did not even know if this was a supplement, meal replacement, or what. All I wanted to know was facts, how you take it, whats in it, and straight cost. This blog is supremely more informative than any information on the website.

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  64. If you can refer 3 to get it free then how does a distributor make any money?

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    • Because now 3 people are paying for the shake instead of just one. A company has sales ratios where a certain percent is meant to be spent towards advertising. For example, If I spend $20 on advertising and get one $60 sale, then our advertising ratio is 3:1. $3 for every $1 you spend on advertising.

      Instead of spending that money on marketing material, they use their customer base. They still get a 3:1 ratio but that’s because you’re doing the marketing for them.

      Also that pays for a shake a month. They don’t plan on anyone just doing the shake, they’re trying to get you on the full program. And if you’re not on the full program, one of the 3 people you recruited might be.

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  65. Delilah jackson says:

    As a matter of principal I will never buy this product. If they can afford to give BMW’s to their sales staff then they are charging way too much for the product!!!

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    • About the BMWs. That whole thing is a little misleading as well. Qualifier’s don’t really get a “free” BMW. What actually happens is that they get a $300/mo kicker, more as a car allowance, when they reach a certain level of production. Now, if they agree to purchase or lease a specific color BMW, the company will increase that to $600. Notice the key part of the last sentence. The qualifier purchases or leases their own vehicle. It is not given to them. The company has no tie to the vehicle whatsoever. If your production goes down, you can loose the kicker but YOU still have a payment on your shiny new BMW. Same thing if you leave the company. They don’t take it back because it’s not theirs. If you no longer can afford the car, too bad, you own it.

      Not exactly what I would call a “free” BMW.

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      • This is a very true statement. A friend of mine is a distributor and he’s been hounding me to try the Vi shakes. He explained to me exactly how the BMW thing works. His wife qualified for the BMW (through the $600 kicker) and so they bought the car. Him and his wife have had credit issues in the past, so I’m not really sure what their payment is because of the interest. My friend says they have money left over from the $600 after the payment and insurance, but I’ve never seen his checkbook balance, so I can’t say for sure. The thing that kills me about this is that they’re into this commitment (car payment) for at least 4 to 6 years. I hope they took into consideration the fact that the $600 kicker could disappear at any time and then they’re stuck with the payment on their own. From what my friend says, he can barely afford anything else off of his salary. It seems to me that this company is pushing an appearance of a lifestyle you will only see on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. “Drink our shakes and get beautiful, rich, and pompous.” Delusional if you ask me!

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  66. My experiences with the distributors have been solely based on getting the BMW. I have been prospected by several and all they talk about the car. Because of these tactics we will not promote or even look at the products to promotero our bootcamp clients.

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  67. I recently have tried a sample packet of this product. I made it into a berry smoothie with soy milk and it taste like heaven. It only came to 260 calories which I didn’t think was bad. Most products I have tried have a chalky after taste to them. I am willing to give this product a try, what do I have to lose other than weight if they offer your money back after a month. This product may not be for everyone due to the fact we are all different and are affected by things differenlty. If it works great if it doesn’t work done buy it again and get your money back.

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  68. Just FYI. I am a bodybuilder and live a clean eating lifestyle. I make my own shakes at home at a fraction of the cost that ANY of these companies are distributing. I love the great debate going on here but I think we all know that with a little education and supplement smarts, none of us need any of this crap. Just sayin…

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  69. Please people, just find an activity that gets you moving and you have a passion for. I started with group exercise classes and fell in love with weight training and kick boxing. My diet followed suit because I started seeing positive results from the exercise. I am now in training for my first figure show. No personal trainer, no nutritionist. Just a passion for change and a personal goal! Oh, and a lot of time studying claims about products like these. The real diet secret is right in your local grocery store and farmers market. Study that!

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  70. I have to say that I have used the shakes and loved them, but I had to stop taking them as they completley messed up my digestive track. It is 6 weeks later and slowly getting better…this is a great option but please remember there is an insane amount of soy in these products and they can upset your tummy…which is so sad because I really did like them!!

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  71. Cindy Dean says:

    I have tried the shakes for about a week now and I think they are to sweet and it doesn’t take like any cake I have ever had. I am still hungry after I drink it.

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  72. Robin Hutchins says:

    WOW…so glad I found you. I think I will stick with my Arbonne Protien shakes that are Vegan! We use Pea Protein.

    Thank you!!

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  73. I have used ViSalus for 3 weeks. I have lost 17 pounds, from 224 to 217, and I have way more energy so I am working out a little more each week. Granted I have lots to lose. I have tried SlimFast and some other protein meal replacement from GNC a couple years ago and did not have the same results. For me this works better than anything else. I hate that everyone wants me to buy the vitamins/flavor packs/$250 package… etc. If i get hungry between shakes I eat an apple. I will not spend $500 to beg my familiy and friends to spend $500 to be a promoter… That part of ViSalus just sucks. I love the fact that I lost weight, people asked me how, I showed the the web site and now I get my 60 shakes for $99 for free, just for refering 3 people.

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  74. What happens when you go off the program?

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    • I also want to know what happens when you go off the program. If you gain all your weight back then you wasted so much money and who can do this for the rest of your life??? Can we get an answer here?

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  75. My boyfriend is a promoter and he loves the job and its benefits. I use the hundred dollar kit and I am thrilled with the results for the people who complain about the flavor that is your own fault there are plenty of ways to make your own flavors. The body by vi is the best product I have ever used and I highly reccomend it to gain good health and boost energy levels . So grateful.

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  76. I have IBS and doctor said not to eat anything with artificial sweetners… does the shake and or the falvor mix have them… if so what???? I can’t do no diet pops…
    I need to know this before I start the program… as it would not be worth it to have a problem flare up with my IBS!

    thanks
    Dianne

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    • Dianne,

      In reading posts at the top of the page, and checking online at a body by vi website, sucralose (aka Splenda) is used in the shakes. I can’t do artificial sweeteners either.

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  77. I have a family member who recently started selling Visalus. Upon being told of the product and explaining in great detail how great the shakes and vitamins are I took a look at the shake bags ingredients. I cannot drink the shakes because of the protein base being Soy and I’m allergic to it. However it has NOT stopped them from constantly bothering me and my spouse. I am to the point where even if I could drink this I wouldn’t because the approach and party ‘atmosphere’ is very similar to another MLM company who did the same sales technique back in the 1980’s. To those on this review page that are associated with Visalus you may want to rethink the approach. We are to the point where NO MEANS NO. And just because you asked us at Christmas Dinner and we said no our minds did not change. This type of sales may work for some but not for us. I have told the family member to stop contacting us. If it doesn’t there will be a riff created that may not be repairable.

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    • Update to my previous comment.
      Family member still nagging me to join. Especially after hearing my spouse now had blood pressure issues that required medication. I told the family member my spouse will not drink the shakes. That didn’t stop them from calling my spouse and start harping on the shakes. My spouse raised the voice back to the family member and said if you ask me one more time about this we are thru. This exact same thing happened to ME and my sister back in the 80’s when another MLM company nagged, harped and wanted all family members selling ‘their’ products. I said the same thing, another comment was made and I stopped speaking to this sister for 6 YEARS. Principals of Visalus, STOP making your distributors nag family members. NO MEANS NO!!!!!!!!!!

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      • you have a pushy family member, this has nothing to do with Visalus. if you told them no, Visalus corporate office isn’t calling you, it is a family member calling you.

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        • My family member could only think of one thing, getting the car, nothing more……. The personality this member has IS NOT pushy however current Update on the family member. They received their BMW. I’ve now learned NOT to ask about the car, business, or product because it warants a ‘sales’ pitch. I have been in sales my whole life so I know when the door of opportunity opens. At Easter they had the car parked in the driveway. I walked past it and said I WILL not ask. Upon seeing the family member NO communication was made by them for almost an hour. They were told by their upline not to mention, wait for me to. When I didn’t and started talking about other family issues they must have realized I was not going to ask. To say the least the next family event, Mothers Day was just as ackward and less communicative. As I said earlier I hope they are successful but after reading alot of reviews today on the PRODUCT and how its not working for many I hope they have their money set aside for the car payments.

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  78. I thought about buying this shake after a coworker started taking it. After checking it out online, I have been bombarded with emails.(20 in 2 days) I have decided to try a different brand especially after reading some of the comments from those affiliated with Vi. I also thought the review was fair. Not one was given a perfect score. Will let you know how it goes. Keep up the reviews…much appreciated.

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    • OnlineDesign says:

      Well, Patty – I got some of those emails, too. They are auto generated & your co-worker probably doesn’t even realize they are going out; I inquired on a friend’s Vi site & I’m getting the same.

      JUST OPT-OUT at the bottom; no harm – no foul. :)

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  79. I have spent the last year changing the way that I eat and exercising for an hour PLUS daily. Over the course of this year, I have lost 30 lbs and 3 pant sizes. I was only a 14 to begin with, so I wouldn’t have classified as “obese” in any average citizen’s eyes, but I was carrying around a lot of post-baby weight. I work hard every day to watch the things that I eat, and to include BOTH cardio and strength training into my routine. My sister recently started selling (pushing) this product, and has worked her was up in the company to “regional director.” She doesn’t exercise AT ALL, and in fact she eats McDonalds fish fillets like they’re going out of style. Yet, she uses her status as an “expert” to “help” others in their pursuit for weight loss and overall health. MY concern is that, who exactly ARE the “experts” who are selling this stuff? My sister hasn’t even taken an anatomy or health class, let alone possess any specific knowledge about health and physical fitness. I am simply a little leery of taking advice from someone who doesn’t exactly model a healthy lifestyle herself.

    With that being said, I know that the changes that I’ve made in my diet and fitness routines, have a long-lasting impact. I not only lost weight and got healthier, but I managed to cut out any desire for junk food. I choose fruits and vegetables over candy or chips. I drink water in place of sugary juices or sodas. This is because I WANT to, not because I have a “plan.” I’m not knocking this system, I just think it’s irresponsible for a product to claim that it aids in the “control of diabetes,” or helping people who have had cancer. My sister has had skin cancer in the past, and as a part of her claim she states that since she has used Visalus, she hasn’t had ANY issues with skin cancer. That is making it sound, to consumers, that the shake had something to do with this miracle. I guess that I”m clearly skeptical, and I’m also not a huge fan of pushy sales pitches. She posts about it on Facebook every 10 minutes, and makes a lot of BOLD statements that I really would like to see some facts to support.

    It slights me a little to think that here I am doing all of this hard work to make lifestyle changes, and *wow* here is a shake that could do it all FOR me.

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    • Those kinda claims always make us laugh, but we see where you’re coming from. I drink coke every day and haven’t gotten cancer, COCA COLA MUST HAVE CANCER FIGHTING INGREDIENTS! That’s the only conclusion that can be drawn…

      However, the shakes can be a boon to your fitness and sometimes there’s ‘working harder’ and ‘working smarter’ and replacing a meal with a shake really IS a nice way to keep calories low and boost your vitamin/mineral intake.

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      • F. Mateo says:

        To be fair Mrs. R. Not everyone who smokes will get cancer, but you cannot deny the link between the two. That being said, I love the site. It is a good site to help people make an informed decision. Keep up the good work. Mr. M.

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  80. Bottom line,one size does not fit everyone every person’s body works in a different way so one shake with the same ingredients is not going to work for everyone,in order to do so it would have to be tailored to every person individual needs.
    So every person is only writing about a personal experience,I’ve tried the shake (no need to lose weight,just looking for good nutrition) and liked it and my opinion is that probably this shake would be good for most people,but no shake is going to please everybody,so relax and chill out if you don’t like it don’t drink it,there’s many alternatives outthere.Peace.

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  81. I have followed the plan to the letter shake for breakfast shake for lunch and a salad and piece of chicken or meat 3oz for dinner. I find myself starving. I am going to stick it out for another week, but so far im not impressed. I have not lost a single pound. People at work are averaging 5 to6 pounds a week and they cheat. I dont understand this. Totally frustrated.

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  82. Just finished the 90 day challenge and DID NOT loose a pound.
    Took them for breakfast and lunch plus walked 35 minutes 5 days
    a week and NOT a pound less today that when I started. Visalus
    makes money for VISALUS. NO WONDER NICK has a big smile
    on his face. I would too!!

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  83. Nicole Mazer says:

    Just curious why hunger blockers matter in the “value” portion. It should have got a 10 in value as you already gave it a 7 in Hunger blocking. Seems biased if you’re going to take points away in the value section AND hunger section for the same thing. If you’re going to do that you should’ve added and tried the hunger blocking and did the score accordingly. My guess the value portion goes down Slightly but hunger value would go up.
    If it got the deserving score in value, as it is around the same cost as your top product mentioned it should actually get an 8.425
    Shakeology comes in at 8.4 which makes this #3 if you’re not being biased in your review.

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    • No, we dropped the value not only because the hunger blocker is sold separately, but because all the little additions raise the price significantly. With flavor packets and hunger blocking the cost per shake raises significantly. We went with an in-between on the Value.

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  84. I agree with everyone who is disappointed in these shakes. I agreed to try them because a friend of mine is starting to sell them and I had to sign up for the auto-pay option on the website to even place my order for the first round of shakes. That really irritated me to begin with. But now, after having been on them for almost two weeks, I am so disappointed because not only have I not lost weight and still can’t fit into my old jeans, but I now have over $50 worth of shake mix left that I don’t even want to use anymore! My plan at this point is to go back onto their website and cancel my future “orders” (aka autopay that I didn’t even want to do in the first place) and to try the IdealShape shakes that this website has rated so highly. Wow, do I ever wish I had found this site BEFORE I fell into the Visalus trap!!!!

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    • You do know that you have 30 days to return your products, right? Also who ever signed you up should have given you a website. This website is set up so that you can control your own orders. You can simply log in and hit cancel autoship…as long as that is done 5 days be for your ship date you will not be charged!

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      • According to the BBB (Better Business Bureau) customer complaints on Body by Vi, it isn’t that easy to return products or cancel autoship. Not to mention their customer service seems to leave a lot to be desired according to many.

        I was going to order some shake mixes for my husband and myself to replace breakfast. However, due to the reviews, EXTREMELY pushy Visalus distributors on these comments, and remarks on the not feeling full as well as gastro-issues we will pass. I thought the first shake filled me for several hours. However, the promoter made that for their self initially. When I tried the samples at home, using the same ingredients to flavor it, I wasn’t as full. I thinking they used the hunger blocker in the one they made. Too costly for our needs and it seems like there are a LOT of strings attached. NO THANK YOU!

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  85. Lots of good information and opinions. I have had no heavy duty pressure to become a dealer or find referrals. The people I’ve met have had great success. I find the discussion here very informative and educational since I’m not familiar with meal replacement products. Most people are intelligent enough to realize a lot of the “success” comes from self-motivation. If sticking to any of the named products achieves better health and weight loss great. Thanks to all .

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  86. Thank you for your honest review! Visalus people may be the pushiest people in the world, and I don’t believe a thing they say anymore.

    I have been on the product for a few months.I have lost a few lbs but I mostly contribute that to my strong workouts.

    I will say they taste great. Probably they best tasting out of all the shakes I have tried. However, they do not keep me full- nor is weight just falling off of me.

    I am going to cancel my plan (or at least try) because I really don’t feel they live up to the hype the salespeople put out there. I can just go to the store and pick up a case of Slimfast!

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    • My understanding of the principals of Visalus came from another MLM company most will remember from the mid 80’s that hounded people to sell their products.

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  87. Jorn Jorgenson says:

    LOL at all these cultist-salesmen defending Body By Vi.

    You’d think someone attacked CrossFit or Scientology or something.

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  88. Thank you for this review. I found your site while looking online trying to find some nutritional information about ViSalus shakes. Their website is more about the benefits of selling it, then about the product. I was planning to buy this product soon but after reading the review and many of hte comments from the distributors themselves I’m going to stay away.

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  89. Personal Trainer says:

    I so agree with Mrs. R. I am a certified personal trainer and I am all for people using shake replacements and other products to assist in their feeding plans, but these multi-level marketing systems that claim their products are only products out there that offer the nutrition for you are such BS. People are better off learning to eat right and exercise rather than relying on a product that has to be pushed in a pyramid scheme. If your product is that great then put it on store shelves beside other products rather than push it through pressure sales.

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  90. Thank you, Mrs R. Great site.

    I read ALL of the posts. My brother and a friend are trying to get me to take this stuff because I have been a lifelong weight-lifter, clean-eater, and health conscious person. I have gained 15 pounds (to 145) due to estrogen paramenopausal problems. I want my 4s to fit for bikini season. But…I have some issues with MRS….

    1. MRS will allow those seriously overweight to lose a large amount. It is by caloric reduction. If you do not fit in this category, you may not see the same results. But NOTHING will replace clean eating and exercise. Is not a MRS just another PROCESSED food?

    2. It is a classic multilevel marketing company…nuff said there. Autobill. No, I don’t think so.

    3. Who in their right mind wants to drink vanilla cake mix!? Splenda is still a processed sugar…I would be more impressed if there was no sweetener. Re-train your taste buds people!

    4. Vitamins…ok, a positive but still cannot replace real food. 90 days should be long enough.

    Biggest question is WHAT is the protein base? I have heard that it is indeed a soy based product. Soy….still the estrogen problem IMHO. I think I will stick to whey protein shakes and Tosca Reno’s clean eating.

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    • As far as your first point is concerned, losing weight at EVERY level of weight loss is all about calories in verses calories out. If you can lower your intake by a couple hundred calories by replacing a meal that normally tempts you to eat out then Meal Replacement Shakes are a great substitute.

      Also…processed foods are not ALWAYS bad. Why is it that people have come to equate the two? Preservatives are important and allow those of us who can’t be refilling our fridge and throwing out rotting produce each week. Sure you’re likely looking at increased sodium many times, but processing foods is usually for safety reasons that they do it.

      Like pasteurizing milk.

      Treating health in general as a 0-sum game isn’t very helpful and often makes people seem out of touch. Understanding that not everyone holds the same beliefs as you, even when it comes to little things like food, is important.

      When we started this site, we had no clue how polarizing the topic of “what is healthy” is.

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  91. Mrs. R,
    I love your website!

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  92. Thank You Mrs. R. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this review and ALL of the comments. It was quite entertaining. I bought this shake because a friend of my sisters lost a lot of weight on it. The first thing my sister told me was “DON’T ORDER IT FROM A DISTRIBUTOR!” I got my shakes on Amazon and I have to say, I really like the product. If I decide to continue purchasing this product after these 30 shakes, I will also continue to avoid the distributors who have just been unbelieveably biased and a complete turn-off on this review. GOD forbid you don’t rate their product a perfect 10!!!

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  93. I loved your review, sadly i did not read this before buying the product, i would add a few things, the product is soy based and very hard on your body, and the side effects they claim they do not have are very bad. It gave me so much tummy pain and gas and then sadly diarrhea I ended up in the hospital. When calling the company i was told no one knows the product over the phone and could not help me, but i was given an e-mail to write to. 1 week later i got a response telling me the side effects were all my own fault that i was not using the product correctly and that if I had i would have been just fine. funny thing is i followed their plan to the letter with not even one side step. so i am never going to use it again and would warn all to not bother trying!

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  94. Carol white says:

    I want to know how safe this product is with medication? I am on alot of medication,high blood pressure,heart medicine, blood thinners,cholestrol, Yes, I do need to loose weight.Well this new weight loss product work for me? I am a senior citizen.

    Thank You

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    • This question could be best answered by taking the nutrition label to your doctor.

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    • It is not safe to take if you are on blood thinners.

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      • The shakes themselves are a nutritional meal replacement shake with no issues with blood thinners. The blood thinner question comes into play with the vitamin packs. All one needs to do is go to their doctor and have them adjust their medication. Nothing more nothing less. It’s in the Vi Pak FAQ google vipak blood thinners and it will come up. Was curious so googled.

        Also with regards to the soy, it is a non gmo soy and they have removed the isoflavones that cause the estrogen issues. I believe that information is on their corporate website.

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  95. I have been doing these shakes for almost 2 weeks, and aside from the expected water-weight early loss, I haven’t had any real weight loss. It does satisfy hunger, but I have no idea what I need to do for more weight loss. I never was a big eater before; and I am eating very small amounts of “all the right foods!” It also bothers me that the only thing one can find online is propaganda to join. This is the only honest site I can find. Many of the success stories may have been eating tons of food before doing this. I wish there was a way to talk directly to others with doubts, like a comment site. Anyone know?

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  96. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT! I’m sure you have seen it on fb or been to a challenge party. Point is it’s a RIP OFF! You’ll have them craming it down your throat, pushy reps that are fat and have never even taken a nutrition class that cant the word NO through their heads, the FREE BMW, the CONSTANT posts on Fb about how much weight and inches they have lost but will NOT even post a picture. The ones that do, I have seen not much difference. Quite disgusted that I have lost a good friend over this, this company will rip apart your friendships with people, drain your bank acct and you’ll end up gaining all the weight back. FACTS people! Look at the BBB is southeast Michigan, there you’ll find the REAL FACTS and complaints. BTW you can buy a cheaper meal replacement without adding a bunch of artificial sweetners or puddings to it that taste just as good for 1/4 the price. Shame on you Visalus people and the pushy RUDE reps that you brainwash. If you want to lose weight try eating a low calorie diet and exercising, some of these reps have NO BUSINESS selling a diet product. Gastric bypass reps that have gained all their weight back are promoting this. Makes me SICK!

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    • Lol, I think there are a lot of reps that are like used car salesmen! But it’s not fair to lump everyone together. I’m overweight, understand nutrition, can read a label, and happen to enjoy talking to people about the products. I’m not going to lose a friend over it, it’s NOT that important to me. Some friends like it, some don’t no big deal. I’ll not lose sleep much less a friend bc they don’t like it. I’d question your friendship level prior to this if it was that fragile.

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      • Yes, there are completely reasonable sales reps with every MLM, but the whole ‘a few bad apples spoil the bunch’ thing means that a lot of people are left with a bad taste in their mouth about reps.

        Also, I don’t think you can judge someone’s level of friendship based on how it ended. Growing up, my folks always told me “there is no faster way to ruin a friendship than to involve money”, and it’s been true for me.

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  97. I’m going to disagree with Mrs. R. as well. I find that the shakes curb my hunger for at least 4 hours. I am new to it though so maybe that will change. I also find that I am not as tired as I was before but I think that it was because I wasn’t taking vitamins before so now I’m getting the vitamins I need.

    I also find that they are the best value.

    The taste is good. My favorite is to mix some fat free/sugar free chocolate pudding mix in my shake with approx a tsp of peanut butter. Still comes in under 150 calories (I use Silk Unsweeted almond milk). It taste identical to a Reese Peanut Butter Cup.

    I will say that reading through the comments, a lot of Mrs. R’s comments seem like they are more aimed at the marketing device that Body by Vi does instead of the actual shake…..it leads me to believe that the review is biased based on that as well.

    I don’t sell Body by Vi. As a matter of fact, I bought mine off of e-bay because I got it cheaper there.

    Good luck with whatever you choose!

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    • Hey Laura I’m glad you’re having success!

      Though claiming our review was biased because of our views on the MLM is a bit of a stretch…seeing as you can look at the reasons we’ve rated it the way we have, and you can also find many comments that mirror what we’ve said from others. You clearly measure value differently than us, but our system is pretty concrete and works for us. As far as hunger blocking is concerned, that is somewhat subjective though we’ve tried A LOT of shakes out on the market and when you find one that just kills your hunger, you know the difference.

      All this aside, we don’t dislike ViSalus shakes, they just weren’t our top rated, which is a huge difference…you might not know it based on how the reps have portrayed us in the comment section, but it’s true!

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  98. Caitlin D says:

    I have been using the visalus meal replacement shakes for 2 weeks now and I have been getting sharp jabbing pains in my stomach and hip area. It is preventing me from effectively teaching children where I work. Is anyone having these kinds of issues.

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  99. Thanks Ms. R….I have just started using Visalus and wanted an objective review. As a newcomer I was confused as to what the objection to your rating was about. I dont see an 8 out of 10 as a bad thing. You were clear on your reasoning. My interest in the product came more from the results I saw from people I knew and trusted….while I am quite turned off by the bantering of some of the obvious reps on the site, I have not spoken to anyone who has not been pleased with the product and/or the business. I am considering the business and have had success in other direct sales companies. For those, like me, who are still considering the business if pushy is not your personality then don’t connect with pushy people and DON’t become one of them. Trust me if your product is truly a great one it will sell itself. YOu share the product, the opportunity and move on.

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  100. As I read the comments, it funny on who is pro and who is against the product. It may well work for some peopel but look at their add compaign and the photos of some of the people sell the stuff and look at how huge they are in size. Heart attacks waiting to happen.

    What’s with that. If it’s do darn good and if it works so well why don’t they take their own advise. That is becuase it works for as many as it doesn’t. Again if you do not thorw in soem common sence and use a normal diet with it forget it. It simple will not work.

    They do have a appitite suprssent but that did nothing for me. Morst of there product and sales are phycological. That’s what they throw a big carrot out their the BMW.

    Geto ta a certain level and get you BMW. You actually buy it and they pay you $600 a month for it if you keep your volume. ?????????????

    Something to think about and I can tell you more people fail than those that make it.

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  101. Mrs.R i agree with you. Most of the people who are commenting are promoters of Vi. I was a director of Vi until they started double billing my customers and their customer service was like a dead zone from a cell phone service. They couldn’t help you or fix your problems. I lost 26pds on Vi in 3 months but i also wasn’t completly full from 1 shake. You have to buy all the extra stuff to make that happen. Pushy sales and billing turned a lot of people away. This is a ship that is sailing but will soon sink. Take my word for it word of mouth is the best medicine for a scam like this.

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  102. Check it out everyone, it’s real simple….exercise at least 20 min everyday, drink plenty o fwater everyday, make healthy choices with food, take a one a day multivitamin….BAM! Who needs some expensive shake? Stop wasting your hard earned money…enjoy life….no worries!

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    • As we’ve explained, if a shake works than it IS saving you money. How much do you spend on a meal? Breakfast is usually pretty cheap depending on what you make, but if you replace a lunch or dinner than you save money with each time you replace a meal that would’ve cost more than the shake.

      Personally, I struggle with making my lunches, which means fast food for lunch. That’s between $4 (if I stick to the dollar menu) to $9. The shake is easy and convenient for me to bring to work. So spending somewhere between $1-$4 per shake is likely saving you money.

      Every time I drink a shake I’m getting more nutrients, less calories, AND saving money. That’s why we think meal replacement shakes are one of the best tools out on the market.

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      • It’s not just about money, there is always time to eat healthy & exercise. Make time! I live an extremely busy life, work full time, have teenagers active in sports, have several animals to care for, etc…& there is “always” time to eat right & exercise if you truly care about yourself & want to feel great. What has happened to America & society today? T o each their own I guess…I guess I accidently stumbled onto the wrong website….I’ll leave now…lol

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        • I concur whole heartedly. If you can’t make time for your own health then your time is not nearly as valuable as you think it is. I have a freshly made fruit and veggie smoothy and 2 sprouted grain toast every morning. I have 1 pound salad for lunch (dark leafies, tempe, peppers, onions, legumes, seeds, apples. Dinner is usually something like a “pot dinner”. You make a couple of large dishes on the weekend and eat them all week. There is no shake out there that matches the nutritional value of truly eating right. You just have to do it.

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      • Amen Mrs. R :)

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  103. I was totally for visalus thought shakes were good (but no better than many I have drank over the years!) What turned me off was the business side oh if you want body transformation then you need to buy the gold monthly pack and I was like well you said your shakes cover your vitamins and suppressent? Well which is it that is when I decided they were not selling me on the product. By the way he said oh you can get a BMW too, well looked that up too and yelp I can if I go buy or lease myself in my name my bonus should cover the monthly cost! Seriously I just wanted to shed a few pounds and use the product but guess what cost me more if I do not sign up:-((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

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  104. Kristin says:

    Wow, people are serious about Visalus. I personally really like the taste and as far as the fiber content and vi-trim packet goes, I just mix some stir in fiber. Problem solved! I feel full for about 3 hours and it didn’t cost an extra $50 bucks!

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  105. I am very happy with Visalus. I am not a distributor nor do I feel anyone has been pushy selling anything to me. I’ve been using it for one month and have lost 17 lbs. My daughter and her best friend also started the same day I did. My daughter has lost 24 lbs and her friend 14. I don’t use any of the extra’s. They send you flavor packs with your order but I didn’t really like the taste. I mix mine with either almond milk or a low calorie orange juice. I like the way you can change the flavors to whatever you like by adding different fruits, extracts or sugar free puddings. The Butterfinger shake is too good to begin to describe.
    I am also a diabetic and was taking 5 shots a day. My dr has decreased my oral meds already within a month and I have decreased my insulin by half.
    Again, I’m not a distributor or trying to sell it. Just my opinion. This is the first shake product I have ever used so I cannot compare it to others.

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  106. This has been very entertaining! I have been trying Body by vi for two weeks and have lost 6 pounds! I am not selling it but what I liked was that it tastes like CAKE! Other shakes I have tried needed lots of flavor added, not this one. The point is that you are trying to get healthy and for people like me who do not eat veggies this is great! No matter what you try, stick with it, get fit and be proud!!!!

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  107. This product works for real! I have struggled with my weight for years and never believed anything would help me. My cardiologist insisted that I try this shake. I started these shakes march 15th and as of today I have lost 31 pounds! The first two weeks I was only able to tolerate one shake; mainly because I would be too full to drink the second one @ lunch time. However now I have my 2nd shake for dinner. I can testify on this product!
    Ms. T.

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  108. Holly Saltzman says:

    First of all, let me start by saying that prior to ViSalus, I have tried the URI International and Slim Fast meal replacement options. With those two, I always felt hungry, URI tasted terrible and I could not stick with either of them. I’m using ViSalus to lose weight that I gained simply by always overeating and never working out. It takes a lot of self control to stick with any diet and ViSalus is no different. However, it has been much easier for me to stick with ViSalus then any other product I have ever tried. First of all, it tastes great and I can easily change the flavor up when I get bored with it. I’ve used several products already sitting on my cupboard shelf, so there wasn’t even an extra expense. Second, I think it does help to use the hunger blocker, especially at first, but after being on it for a week, the shakes are pretty much doing it for me. When I feel like I want to eat something, I ask myself, “Am I REALLY hungry, or is this just one of my bad snacking habit urges?” About 9 times out of 10, I’ve come to realize, it’s just part of that bad habit. I’ve started to think of overeating like quitting smoking, it’s simply a bad habit, recognize it and deal with it. Is ViSalus perfect? No! Could it be better and cheaper? Yes! However, its working for me and that’s what matters.

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  109. I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, I have to maintain a gluten free diet. I am wondering if these shakes are gluten free? I’m not necessarily looking at the weight loss part of it only the fact that it is suppose to be a meal replacement. If in fact they are, this would be a great solution versus buying gluten free foods all the time, for the fact that I am the only one in my household that has this disease and gluten free products are very high priced where I live. HELP!!!!!!

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    • I was given a Shake pack from my Aunt and it does say on the back of the pack that it is Gluten Free

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  110. A co-worker gave me a sample package yesterday. I only listened to about two minutes of the CD included. I decided to do my research online. I was interested in this product until I entered this website. MLM is something I have no interest in becoming part of at any level. Although I could stand to lose 40 to 50 lbs., I am thankful that, at my age (54), the good Lord has given me the gift of strength, wisdom, and courage to understand that a daily workout and diet modification is what is necessary for me for health and weight loss, not another miracle protien shake. At least not THIS shake. Thank you for an honest, unbiased opinion. I was really concerned with the amount of anger and sarcasim in some of the pro Vi-Shape comments. It appears that some of these people are trying too hard to sell the product in a negatvie fashion.

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  111. Hi all,

    My husband and I, including our 4 yr old autistic son have been on Visalus for approximately 3 months. It took me 6 months to purchase the product and only when I had finally researched the nutritional information and ingredients did I finally take the product in to be reviewed by my son’s pediatrician. Only upon their recommendation, I gave the shake to my son. The product helped my son to take in vital nutrients that he was lacking due to his picky eating (a by-product of the sensory processing issues as a result of Autism). Immediately, we noticed his focus drastically improve, his speech became less scripted and more conversational and he had calmed down. I was in disbelief and relief. In consulting with autism doctors and my pediatrician, they suspect that the amino acid (chelators), digestive enzymes and protein were aiding his behaviour and speech. Again, the product is not to treat, prevent or cure but it made life easier for my son and for our family. My son takes it in ADDITION to meals, just to be clear. My husband and I take it as a meal replacement. In addition to weight loss for us, I also noticed clarity and energy. As a mom, this is important to my daily living!

    I also wanted to make special mention that this product has additional merit that is not taken into consideration in the review. Merit should be given to it’s kosher accreditation, gluten free and lactose free attributes. The product also has amino acid chelators as well as prebiotics and digestive enzymes.

    I unfortunately am on the product, so this is biased. But, I have done my research and consultations with doctors prior to using the product. I strongly recommend that any potential user does the same.

    Best to all,

    Nancy

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  112. As an independent distributor for ViSalus, I have to say that there is a wrong and right way to market a product. Part of our training consists of not being pushy with our customers. The company gives you all the tools you need to succeed. You just have to be open to learning how to do it. I don’t believe anyone should judge a company or product based on the actions of a few overly enthusiastic people. I say that because I believe they love the product so much they just want to share it with everyone. Therefore it can come off as pushy to some. I do believe that a healthy lifestyle is important and there is not a “one size fits all” way of achieving and maintaining your health goals. Personally, I love our products and use them everyday. If someone feels like another product will better assist them in living a healthy lifestyle then I say great! But what other health shake out there offers literally 100’s of ways to make it the way YOU want it?

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    • Yes, we do understand that it’s a case of a few bad apples spoiling the bunch, but unfortunately, the level headed and non-pushy sellers aren’t the ones scouring review sites of a product they’re already on and selling.

      One of the biggest things we see is that people keep saying we just hate ViSalus, which is both untrue and detrimental to their cause. They are giving the readers the impression that a 7.9 is a bad score and a shake that we would not recommend. When, in fact, we would recommend most of the shakes on our site. Anything about 7.8-8.4 (which is a huge chunk of the shakes we review) is a good shake that’s on the market. It’s what we expect from a meal replacement shake which is why a large portion of them fall into that score. The ones that rank higher did a few things above what we expected, but we would still recommend many of these.

      So before anyone claims that we are bashing their product, please go read the Nanomeals review. I’ll fully admit that we came down pretty heavy handed on them…so unless the review reads like theirs, we didn’t dislike your shake.

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      • I’m happy that you gave the ViSalus shakes a good review. I wasn’t implying that you don’t like them. I was only trying to convey that not everyone will like them and that is ok. As I said in my post, I believe that a healthy lifestyle is important. And there are many ways to do that. I believe that when it comes to our product many people are simply misinformed.

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  113. Reading thru these comments – I will never try this product. All products have their pros/cons and the folks that have jumped on this bandwagon are very passionate about their product, but not well-informed. If it works for you fine – the nutrition label speaks for itself when compared with other product options.

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  114. As in all things, different weight-loss strategies and products will work differently for different people. I have used the Body by Vi shakes for five weeks and lost 20 pounds. I do a shake for breakfast and lunch and then eat a regular dinner. The first two weeks I ate healthy snacks to control the hunger that arose about 4:00 p.m. before my evening meal. However, after the first two weeks, I no longer have hunger issues. Most days I force myself to eat that evening meal. I do the shakes only (no add-ons) and add fruits, etc. from the provided recipes. For me, consistancy is the key. As for pressure from the company or distributor, I have not had any. By the way, an added bonus for me is that I am hypoglycemic and have not suffered a drop in blood sugar since starting the shakes. Previously, I was experiencing two to thre episodes weekly. I pray my success with these shakes continues!

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  115. I just started taking the Visalus shakes about two months ago. I was immediately impressed by not only how I very quickly had no appetite post shake ingestion and that it worked well for weight loss. What I don’t like is the fact that their website is useless. It’s all hyperbole, marketing and little substance. For example while they claim scientific research is behind it, neither I nor my physician has been able to find anything in terms of scientific findings. Visalus has so oversaturated the web with participants in their sales scheme that’s it’s virutally impossible to get an unbiased opinion – till now.

    Kudos to this website for providing an even and level playing field. I’ve found it immensely helpful. Keep up the great work as it will be invaluable to many!

    Steve

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  116. I’ve been on the ViSuals shakes for a month. They’re okay. Some friends have had bad headaches though. I agree with the finding that the hard push sales is a pain. I have witnessed many lies and immoral sales tactics and I don’t sell any of this stuff, I just drink it. example: My brother lost over 100 lbs in almost 2 yrs on a simple calorie counting diet and lots of exercise, but since he’s been on the ViSuals shakes for a month or so, his distributors have started using his before and current into claiming all his weight loss was due to the shakes. LIE! Another misconception is the stupid BMW. It’s FAR from free. They set it up in your name, and IF your sales are high enough each month, they send you a check to cover your monthly payment. If you don’t keep your sales up, YOU cover the payment untill your sales are back up. (Starting to see the desperation in the sales reps?). Another thing I dislike is the constant blowing of sunshine up everyones butt. The sales reps constantly go on about how their life has never been better thanks to ViSuals, thier body is healthy, their loved ones are kinder, the sun is brighter and their farts don’t stink anymore, YEAH! It’s as sickening as chugging maple syrup. I would preffer honesty. You can see the change the longer they are with the sales team and the more “training” they get, the worse their daily posts are. “Loving the Vi life!” “Life couldn’t be better” “Life, Health and Prosperity!” “This stuff is amazing” constantly, like they have a daily quota. One new member was having severe side effects, cramping, headaches, nausia, dizzy spells…and her sales rep actually told her, “It’s your body getting used to all that good stuff”. No, turned out it was a reaction to the soy. She got real sick and had to go to a doctor to get better. The sales team is deplorable and made into desperate pyramid junkies, but as long as they don’t make you sick, the shakes are okay just not as fabulous as they claim.

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  117. I’m just wondering are these shakes not good for people who have had breast cancer?

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  118. I think the program sounds great for people to get on the right track and get started loosing weight quickly and safely to get started but people can’t be on this for more than a couple of months without getting burned out. Hunger plays a big factor in long term success. I have been able to loose weight with a low carb diet alone. also there are cheaper shakes that you can buy over the counter or in nutrition stores and are 100%Whey protein and also come in flavors to mix with water or milk. I personally hate the taste of soy protein shakes. Try to make sure you buy the low carb shakes. If they have sugar in them you are defeating your purpose…. I recommend the Adkins program. I make my own kit I buy my own shakes and energy tablets from GNC it works out way cheaper than what this co/ is charging….. this is only for people that can afford to pay high prices…. another get rich scheme by some innovator with get rich tactics and high pressured sales people to entice people with their get rich promises, luring people with promises of winning vacations etc…….. People get smart….. read, reseach….. you can do this without Vi salus. believe me

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  119. I think most of the positive comments about this program are from sales representatives of this product or people working for this company…. and why are my comments being moderated here We’ll see if they actually post this

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    • You aren’t being moderated Marie, we just have a spam filter and all comments need to be approved which is done daily.

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  120. you can buy a 100% whey protein shake mix for less than twenty dollars and buy citramax and any so called metabolism booster with green tea etc and make your own kit for a month for less than one hundred dollars and get the same results if not better….. the whey protein shakes taste way better than any soy based shake and whey protein is more easily assimilated in the body. the whey protein comes in flavors and you can buy some that have added fiber for hunger issues. also it comes sugar free or low carb. I can’t afford these pricey shakes by visalus. that’s a rip off. With the economy as is today, this is as much a rip off as gas prices. There IS no easy weight loss. Yes you will feel hungry sometimes and Yes you do have to exericise…. There is no product that will cause you to loose weight without your hard work and sacrifice….

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  121. A friend just accepted the BMW deal from Visuals. She’s a distributor. The deal is worse than I thought. The car is in her name, so she’s responsible for payment. But as long as her sales are up, they give her $600. a month. Problem is, even the $600. isn’t enough for the monthly payment. She wouldn’t tell my how much, but from the look on her face it was enough to make her very concerned. If her sales go down, they stop giving her the extra $600. and she has to try and pay 100% on her own. She’s now willing to do things her morals wouldn’t allow before, just to sell enough to make part of her car payment. She feels like they own her.

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  122. I do understand this is a shake review site but, what I don’t understand why so many people want to get in on a fad and would want to spend so much money on any shake, its called making better choices in your food intake and exercising! yes a good nutritious shake when your at work or on the go helps but good old exercise is really your magic potion. I was 225 and got down to 130 in 9 months with good old fashion exercise and lots of water and watching what I ate, wake up america stop trying to take the easy way out and spend your money on shakes or magic pills so you can catch up on all your TV shows get up and move.

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  123. I google searched the subject of MRS comparisons and clicked on this link. I don’t have time to read ALL of the replies and comments. However, even though the Vi-Shape shake tastes very good and I did well for 2 days with a few snacks and dinners; after that it just got harder and harder. I wasn’t feeling the “satisfied tummy” where I wasn’t thinking about eating something. I too was very skeptical at the tasting party and still am which is why I’m here. Before I would commit to any product I have to be satisfied the first week if not the first day! Although I will say that I felt 100% better mentally the first night after just 2 shakes. But if there is another product that offers more nutrition AND the appetite suppressant in one mix, then I’m ready to give that one a try. I have approximately 80 lbs. to lose. Any weight loss would be awesome, but I need the help of the appetite suppressant since I’m an emotional eater. Thanks for being here, I do appreciate all the comments.

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  124. I have been trying the Vi Shakes for 3 months now. At first I loved that they tasted so good to me and the flavor packets where a plus, although I prefered it by itself. After 3 months I have decided to discontinue and want to sell my last tub because I have found that with intense workouts and a very active job I simply do not get full enough by just drinking the shake AND my energy boost is not so great either. 90 calories seems great when you are trying to loose weight but with my being so active I need more calories so I have to fill it with other things like fruit and pb. The price and convenience are then thrown out the door. Just my opinion and my final verdict is I will try something else.

    BTW. I have tried Shakeology and except for the price it is great. One suggestion I recieved to not make it so thick was to mix it with 16oz of fluid instead of 8oz. Half water and half almond or skim milk. Much better and smoother. It was chocolate btw.

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  125. amanda says:

    I have yet to receive my Visalus product so my opinion on the actual results cannot be given. I did go to Visalus taste testing party my cousin was having and if I wasn’t 100% dedicated to my weight lost goals, I probably would of left the party soon the sales pitch began. I trust in my cousins enthusiasm about the product (knowing she wouldn’t steer my wrong or pressure me into drinking the sales Kool-Aid) but what I was disappointed about this get together because the nutrition and weight lost aspect (the whole reason why I was there) was barely discussed. I felt it was more about getting me to join the business part of it, which I could care less about.My cousin even with good intentions had no clue what she was selling, I felt she was hypnotized about the potential money making and the promise of a BMW if she got enough people under her to do join the Visalus sales team. ( Which is a pyramid scheme). I’m not hating on people who want to make money, but as a consumer looking to make health changes I feel this is so impersonal and it doesn’t connect with people who want to make those weight lost goals. None the less and I do like the concept of meal replacement shakes, but I’m also experienced enough to know if you want to see real results you have to work hard at it, not just simple drink these shakes. So to the people who are wanting to try this, regardless of good or bad reviews do it for yourself. But remember give it your all, getting healthy is NOT a quick fix. If you don’t like it move on, but keep trying because if something means that much to you, you’ll find a way to get it accomplished. P.S. if you’re interested in Visalus, I found Amazon is a great website to purchase it from. You skip the sales mumbo jumbo and completely avoid the commitment to the auto ship.

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  126. Yvonnebarb says:

    The shakes alone are delicious. I’ve been using the Visalus shakes for a month now and have lost 10 lbs. I think I could have lost more but the first two weeks I was on it because I was still eating whatever I wanted for dinner. I was so hungry by the time I got home from work, that was when I made a change and started snacking. I also switched to unsweetened almond milk so I can snack without taking in too many calories and this has helped alot. I’ve tried the mixins that come with the shake mix and don’t care for the imitation flavoring so I add fresh or frozen fruit, sometimes chocolate or coffee and my favorite natural peanut butter. My shakes are rarely over 150 calories. I do wish however that the website was more informative for those who are not interested in being distributers. Sample meal plans and shake recipes would be great.

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    • Hate to tell you this but they are much more interested in those that wish to be distributors than those that just want to buy the product. It is all about the multi-level marketing with them. The product itself is nothing special. Better than some, not as good as some. If you would have replaced what you were eating before with fresh veggies and fruits, nuts and seeds instead of a shake, you’d be able to eat until you’re full and still lose weight. The occasional shake may be ok when you’re on the go and think you may miss a meal but should absolutely not be the foundation of one’s nutritional needs.

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    • If you are not finding the information you are requesting, and you have signed up as a customer or a promoter, then you can blame whomever signed you up. A good promoter who signs up their new customer or promoter explains to them at the time they are signing them up that they have their OWN web page. They show them how to log into it and where to find their auto ship information, the meal plan information, recipes and much more. It’s all there for you in what we call our “back office”. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time reading the reviews up until now and, while I am a director with Visalus and I have offered the challenge to my friends and family, I will NOT hound them. They know I promote Visalus. I’ve given samples to some. Some sign up, some don’t. That’s okay with me. It’s not worth it to me to waste my time HOUNDING someone to do something they don’t want to do. I provide them with information and it’s either something they are interested in, or I thank them for their time and share with someone else who might benefit from what I have to offer. It’s unfortunate that other promoters are willing to lose friends and family over it. I am not. I have personally lost 34 lbs and have gone from a size 12/14 to a size 6 at 48 years old. I’m a busy nurse and mother of 3. This product works for me and my family.

      For those of you needing recipe ideas, they can be found by googling visalus recipes, or there’s a bunch on pinterest, but visalus has their own recipe site that your promoter should have shared with you when you signed up. It’s recipes.vi.com.

      For those that have stated they can’t find information on the shake ingredients, that can be found at shake.vi.com.

      Visalus has, what I feel to be, an outstanding customer service line. They have helped me with every question I have had for myself and my customers. It’s 877-Visalus. Easy.

      Does Visalus offer wonderful things like free product, trips and car expense? Yes, they in fact do. I’m sure there are some people out there who only see THAT and so those are the unfortunate people out there putting bad tastes in people’s mouths.

      Again, I’m a customer who uses the product, and I also happen to be a director who promotes the Project 10 challenge. I think it’s pretty fantastic that we give away free product. Other companies don’t. I love that we donate a bag of shake mix to a child in need when someone loses 10 lbs. Other companies don’t. I love that for every 10 lbs. I lose, I get put into a drawing to win $1,000 each week (there are 10 winners each week). Other companies don’t. If I’m talking to someone who’s already expressed interest in losing weight, becoming healthier, meal replacement, building lean muscle or something like that…THEN I will speak about the Project 10 challenge with them. I am not a walking talking billboard for Visalus though.

      Is it the best shake mix out there? Um, I think that’s just personal preference. Other people buy and drink shake mixes that I personally couldn’t choke down while holding my nose closed so I didn’t have to taste it. It’s either for you, or it’s not.

      As far as the autoship policy, I personally love that part of it and I’ll tell you why. If you were to buy a product from any other place, say a brick and mortar store…every 30 days, you STILL have to put it on your grocery list, drive to the store and BUY YOURSELF A NEW 30 DAY SUPPLY…correct? In my opinion, as busy as I am, it’s a lot more efficient for me to have my items auto shipped to my door than it is for me to run out of product, forget to put it on my grocery list, have to waste gas making an extra trip to the store to buy my meal replacement shake mix…and then I’m probably going to spend more money because who actually goes into the grocery store and only buys the one thing they went in for? Not me.

      In closing, thank you for taking the time to read my post. If you have a health and fitness goal, I wish you nothing but success in your journey. Please be kind to one another and have a fabulous day!

      Valerie Pohle
      Visalus Promoter

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  127. So here’s my story of our real brief experience. My partner and I ordered the Body by Vi mix through Amazon (Woot!) I’ll bet some know why? I was not going to sign up for automatic billing. I wanted to give it a month, at first to see. I had 30 pounds to loose and he had about 30. We spent $99 and bought 2 bags of the stuff, to last 2 weeks. Of course I was not “permitted” to go anywhere near their website for feedback, coaching, dinner menu ideas, etc.,(only sales) because I didn’t go through THEM or a distributor. Nothing against marketing, but this is about ME, not someone else’s wallet. I didn’t want to be harassed into making a commitment. I researched the dickens out of this, including lurking on Mrs. R’s site here (thank you for the information). The thing is, there are a lot of tight lips out there. Most every single blog or website (except Mrs. R’s, thank you again) leads you to buying…from them.

    So we’ve been on the diet for 2-weeks. I have exercised maybe 25% or less, cardio. Shake for b-fast, shake for lunch. Add fruit to the morning shake, as we don’t care for the mix-ins. Lunch shake is plane. My partner has 2-snacks a day (raw veggies, boiled egg, string cheese, etc.). Low carb for those snacks. We use very low sugar Almond milk or Coconut milk for the shakes. For dinner, we’re sensible for the most part. We’ve had pasta, burgers, etc. but really lay off anything refined and all junk food. No desserts.

    I’ve lost 11 pounds in two weeks. He’s lost 8.

    We’re starving. I’ve nick-named this diet, “Body by Starve”. Please don’t flame me, distributors…I’ve tried the product and we’re happy we lost weight, but you know? Several years ago I lost 60 pounds on low carb and I was never hungry. Ever. I gained half of it back after quitting smoking and don’t want to see this weight again. We’re switching back to low carb. I’m tired of the light-headed feeling. Whose got energy to exercise when you feel like you’re going to pass out? lol.

    Again, this is my opinion. I don’t hate the product. I just feel that there may be other products out there, from manufacturers who share information freely. At one point I was going to check out GNC. Who knows?

    Maybe we’ll do Atkins shakes? I’ll tell you what though…this product doesn’t taste bad…but it is NOT cake batter.

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  128. I love this site, Mrs. R. Thank you! I was introduced to Vi shakes by a friend in a very inoffensive way and have been using them for 3 1/2 months and have lost about 18 pounds and a little over two inches from my waist (using just the base shake for two meals @ $99/mo). I really enjoy the taste of the shakes, plain or with the flavor add-ins. I believe I would have been able to lose even more, but for 2 of those months I was working 70 – 80 hours per week, eating restaurant food for dinner 6 nights a week, and super stressed. While the weight loss has accelerated since my work schedule has slowed down, I’ve also noticed now that I’m not super busy that my hunger and cravings are so much worse, so that the diet is becoming painful. I find myself starting to lose control and have binged on naughty foods a few times lately. I really do feel that Visalus makes high quality shakes with great nutrition, lots of good protein and fiber, and they taste great, I realize that none of that matters if they don’t have adequate appetite suppression. The base package was already a stretch for my budget and I can’t pay extra for the appetite suppression. I’m going to try idealshape because of the great review of their appetite suppressing ingredient both on this site and another similar comparison site. I believe I should be able to see similar results by continuing to consume a low amount of calories, and will be less apt to give up if I’m not constantly hungry and craving comfort foods. Hopefully my experience is helpful to others out there! Thanks to Vi shakes I’ve discovered the concept of meal replacement shakes, and it works super well for me.

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  129. Alisha C says:

    Can someone tell me why I have followed the program to a T for 3 weeks now and have gained 12lbs!? I started the shakes weighing 296lbs and well u do the math! All I know is that for me to loose 12lbs ontop of what i was trying to loose is is just beyond discouraging not to mention depressing…

    Sincerely and upset
    Alisha

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    • I have had the same experience and am wondering what is going on. I have the shake with Kale, Spinach half a banana, or strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, etc. I have a large salad and usually a hot meal consisting of Spaghetti Squash, mushrooms, cabbage, green peas. I gained 4 lbs intially and I have not lost anything. I also exercise and I drink a lot of water.

      Any thoughts,
      Thanks

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      • MN Trainer says:

        Everything you have with the shake is predominately filled with carbohydrates. Yes, you have chosen “healthy” foods to eat but ultimately they are loaded with carbohydrates which are essentially sugar.

        Get your total carb intake for the day down to 100g or less (75-50g of carbs per day and weight will fall off of you) and you will be in business. Up your protein and fat/oil intake to replace the carbs and you will be good to go not to mention never hungry. Protein and especially fats/oils are very filling.

        When you do eat carbs, have them come from vegetables/leafy greens,etc. Your raspberries, spaghetti squash, banana, pineapple, etc. are loaded with sugar (which is why we like to eat them) and will bump your carb intake upwards very quickly.

        Stay with the big salads but get rid of the squash, peas, etc. Load up with chicken, steak, shrimp, basically any quality meat along with olive oil, macadamia nut oil, coconut oil and the like. Toss in more veggies like carrots, cucumbers, sweet peppers, for variety and you are on your way.You will be full and you will lose weight.

        I have many friends, family members, and clients I educated on eating this way. My dad, cousin, and friend are now over 40lbs down since January and many more or on their way to that number. No calorie restrictions just restrictions on where the calories come from. Protein and fat are your friends. You can’t trust a carbohydrate :-)

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        • Uh, just because sugars are carbohydrates, that doesn’t mean carbohydrates are sugars.

          In fact, slow acting, healthy carbs are a great thing for you. Your body needs them for energy.

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          • MN Trainer says:

            Mrs. R,…. carbohydrates are sugars. Some carbs are more complex than others but in the end they are all broken down to glucose to be utilized by our body.

            Your body doesn’t need them for energy and they are not classified as essential for our nutritional needs. Your body is perfectly capable of running on fat and protein and even producing glucose from protein via gluconeogenesis if needed.

            I didn’t say to stop eating carbohydrates. Just limit them. By limiting carb intake you will begin to utilize stored body fat as an energy source and in turn reduce excess fat stores. A person who wants to lose weight, I would assume, wants to lose excess body fat and maintain lean muscle mass. Exercise will help with burning fat but adjusting your carb/fat/protein intake (your diet) will have a more profound effect.

            By reducing a source of empty and excess calories (carbs) your body will begin to use fat as a fuel and thus tap into the excess stores a person may have.

            Also, by selecting carbohydrate sources like vegetables, leafy greens, and the like you will be ingesting nutrient rich/low calorie foods without the high sugar content of fruits (which are usually lower in variety of vitamins and minerals provided per serving compared to “veggies)

            As an example:

            100g of apple contains:
            52 calories total,
            14g of carbohydrates,
            1% of RDA for Vit A,
            8% of RDA for Vit C.

            100g of spinach contains:
            23 calories total,
            4g of carbohydrates,
            188% of your RDA for Vit A,
            57% of RDA for Vit C

            Up and down the board “veggies” will beat fruit and crappy, over-hyped, “whole grains” and other “safe” starches, as a carb source.

            I’m looking at a box of Quinoa pasta right now. Quinoa is supposedly a good carbohydrate.

            57g of this pasta (2 oz. dry) Contains the following:

            205 calories
            46g of carbohydrates
            0% Vit A
            0% Vit C

            Compared to spinach…..well you decide which one gives you more bang for your caloric buck.

            I’ll stand by my opinion that Len H. will lose more body fat by reducing the number of carbohydrates ingested throughout the day.

            Your website is top notch by the way. You are my go to spot for reviews on meal replacement shakes when my clients ask about a product I’m not familiar with. Thanks for the service and assistance you provide.

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          • Quinoa gives you a serving of complete (containing the eight essential amino acids) protein. Comparing them to vegetables, would be like comparing apples to oranges…or well, spinach to quinoa.

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          • Wow, dunno how this comment sat this long without noticing the information.

            Sorry about this, yes all carbs are sugars. I don’t know which of us was the one who wrote differently, my guess is they were noting the difference between table sugar vs fiber or simple vs. complex sugars.

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          • MN Trainer says:

            Sorry this will look out of order but I wasn’t able to reply directly to your comment below regarding carbohydrates….

            Mrs. R says:
            June 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm

            “Quinoa gives you a serving of complete (containing the eight essential amino acids) protein. Comparing them to vegetables, would be like comparing apples to oranges…or well, spinach to quinoa. ”

            I was comparing quinoa to spinach as a carbohydrate source.

            But if you want to talk protein…..

            There are actually 9 essential amino acids and quinoa contains all 9 of them. Spinach contains all 9 as well. (So really it’s easy to compare spinach to quinoa, though not really fair to quinoa.) Spinach has slighly less protein per serving (3g in 100g of spinach vs. 4g in 100g of quinoa) but when losing weight you should avoid excess carbohydrate intake. The protein you would get from quinoa is negligible compared to the carbohydrates you would be ingesting instead of avoiding (21g carbs in quinoa vs. 4g carbs in spinach per 100g of each food).

            Also, the anti-nutrients quinoa contains make it less than appealing as a food choice. The protease inhibitors, saponins, lectins, phytates, and tannins found in quinoa negatively affect our digestive system, immune system and reduce other nutrients’ bio-availability in our bodies.

            I would still stick with spinach over quinoa…as both a carb source and a protein source mainly because of the micronutrients spinach provides and the carbohydrates spinach doesn’t provide.

            If you want a good protein source why not eat an egg (6g of protein and 0g of carbs in 1 large egg)? Grass fed beef (strip steak) would be another great choice (23g of protein and 0 carbs in 100g which is a 3.5 oz piece of steak).

            Eating quinoa for the protein would be counter productive for someone attempting to lose weight.

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  130. All, you don’t need to buy this program when you can go to the market and buy fresh fruit and veggies and make your own shakes and juices at home. It’s fresh and healthier for you. It just takes discipline. I understand that this is probably easier because it is laid out for you but go to a nutritionist and find out what you need to do to clean your insides and start fresh. Have any of you watched “Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead” or “Vegucate”? You don’t need gimmicky products to do this for you when you can do it yourself without having to deal with the hard sell. I did this on my own an lost 35 lbs in 4 months and have maintained it with healthier eating and an active lifestyle. Good luck to everyone!

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    • Hear, Hear! Another great resource is “Eat to Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. It changed my life, and that of my wife. … And my daughters and my parents and friends. I didn’t have to sell them a thing. They saw the drastic weight loss and improvement in my health and THEY ASKED ME what I was doing. Whole food, plant based diet and daily exercise. Never felt better. I, like you, dropped about 35 pounds in that first 4 months. I’ve been eating like this for about 9 months and have lost an additional 20 pounds. I’ve leveled off at my current weight for the last month. I never had a target. Just the life style change. Take care of the means and the end will take care of itself.

      I’m a 50 year old male. 5’9, 160 Lbs. Haven’t seen that since I was 18. Better yet, I’m more physically fit than I was when I was 18. Oh, and I forget to mention that I was type 2 diabetic, had high blood pressure and cholesterol. I now have a clean bill of health from my Doc. I am no longer on any medications. My doctor was stunned. I gave him a copy of the book on my last visit.

      There is no magic pill or drug or shake that will get you where you need to be. Our bodies are a miraculous machine that require the correct fuel and plenty of exercise. Feed yourself what you need and your body will take care of you.

      Please folks, forget the quick fix products. They do not work.

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  131. L. Smith says:

    My cousin is using Visalus shakes and they are working great for him. What they have done is to make him more aware of the amount of calories he was consuming on a daily basis and have helped him get that under control. He lost 11 pounds his first 3 weeks. Then I begin to realize that I have several friends on Facebook that have used these and they have all had great success. I know 2 people that are selling these, one posts everyday about how great they are and seem to have drunk the Kool-Aid, the other is very laid back and doesn’t bother anyone, if you have questions she’ll assist and she’s very supportive and encouraging but that’s it.

    I thought I had been doing a great job on my eating choices until I got on a scale and realized exactly how much weight I had gained back, I needed to come up with a way to control my calorie intake. I had done Jenny Craig and it worked but was way too expensive so I thought I would give these a try. Every weight loss plan requires effort and work; nothing is a magic cure all. These like any other MRS are just a tool to help you, it’s all about how you use it and the effort you put into it. I have been having 2 shakes a day, 1 for breakfast, then a small snack, light lunch, then a shake for dinner. If I get hungry between lunch and dinner I will have the extra hunger suppressant mixed in with some tea and possibly another light snack. To me the shakes taste wonderful; I love all the different flavors I can make. For calories they typically range between 250-420 calories depending what I put in them. For breakfast it controls my hunger about as long as a regular breakfast would, about 3 hrs. and for dinner I am set for the rest of the night.

    Like I said, this is just a tool to help those, like me, who have difficulty controlling calories on a regular basis. I am also exercising and paying attention to the one meal I have and for my first week I have lost 5 pounds. Everyone is different, find what works for you and go with it. But I will say, if my friend was as pushy as some of you on here had dealt with I definitely wouldn’t have tried these shakes, just out of principal. I’m glad she wasn’t because I really do love them.

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  132. JennySue40 says:

    Save your money! Cut calories, work out and buy veggies instead. I wasted money on this product and so did several other office members. It worked for none of us. No one reordered and the sales rep has stayed away from us. I lost 3 pounds in 30 days and I have 35 to lose. Weight Watchers offers more loss, like 2 pounds per week. I too was hungry and unsatisfied.

    I find that the BodyByVi distributors (people who sell it) burn up all these information sites with false information on how great the product is. You can almost tell by reading the agressive responses. If you research the product, there is a ton of information and testimonials put out by bodybyvi themselves….very little ‘real people info’.

    These shakes taste ok and I did feel a little more energized, but that didn’t last. Exercise makes that happen alone. Overall I was hungry after each shake. If you want a shake as a replacement you can easily use store bought shakes or mixes for MUCH less money and same protein.

    My rating is a 4. Too much hype.

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  133. Hi everyone. I sure wish I found this site before I bought Visalus. A friend told me about this shake, and without researching it, I went ahead and ordered it. I thought it would come with alot of information on it (ingredients list etc) but it did’nt, so I went to their website. What a joke!! I could’nt find out anything, and that’s when I started searching other places, and found your site. I started taking the shake, and It tasted pretty good, but it did’nt fill me up, even with the appetite suppressant. After my fifth day, I started having stomach problems, and severe leg cramps. I stopped the shakes and they went away!! I will not order this product again! I have researches Ideal Shape, and It sounds alot better, plus their customer service is very friendly, and if you call or E-mail them they get right back to you!!

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  134. i have been on vi shakes for about 6 months thinking that it would help me loose wt, maintain my wt, or at least help me eat less but i have gained 15lbs and found myself eating all the time. this product was a waste of time and money. i did better with eating diet bars and drinking lots of water. i didn’t have to monitor my wt as much as i do now. i strongly regret i tried this product. i wish i would had done more research on this product before i tried it. the only good thing was that the taste of the drink other than that i would not recommend this product.

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  135. Hi All
    I am thinking of purchasing the Vishake but am not keen on having to sign up for the auto ship/charge. I am wondering what other products are on the market that I could research?

    Thanks

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  136. Ms.Flood says:

    Ok.. Im just a regular person. I learned about Visalus thru an ex boyfriend, he was really excited about the shakes but was kind of pushy which was a turn off. He wanted me to sell the stuff too because it was the best product blah,blah, blah… He didnt want to tell me the price and insisted I go to the website. I reserched this product on the web and decided to order to help out a friend.
    They really market the product well and i didnt find anything bad it. I was starting to think maybe a could sell the shakes- but first I told him I had to try them….. OMG!!!!!!! I only wanted to TRY to shakes and hunger blocker. The stupid website kept FORCING me to autoship and putting the $300 kit in my basket!!!!! REALLY?! I only wanted to TRY the shakes?! I finally found a seller on amazon that you could buy the shake mix and vi-slim. I didnt want their pills…I’ve taken Phentermine and although I can drop 20 pounds in a month- I want a lifestyle change and not a quick fix.
    I loved the way the shake tasted. OMG i started thinking ok THIS IS IT!!!!!!!!! I have tons of friends, family, people I meet who could benifit from this!!! >>>> Two hours later I was STARVING. NOT hungery….. STARVING. DREAMS CRUSHED… I could never promote something that didnt work for me.I loved the taste but I’m thinking the pills have to be taken in addition to the shakes!!! Im not saying its a bad product bad but i didnt work for me. MRS.R was spot on with her review. Thanks for being honest. I do like the idea of replacing breakfast so I orderd MRS. R #1 shake.

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  137. KaliRae says:

    I am on my second week with body by vi and I am truely satisfied. I lost 6 lbs. in my first week and the shakes hold me until its time for lunch. This product is amazing and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quick easy way to lose weight!

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  138. I’ve read practically all the comments by the moderator and respondents.

    First, let me point out that I am a ViSalus distributor. I became one, not
    because of the car or bonuses, but because I wanted to focus on my own
    personal health.

    That being said, I have lost around 27 pounds since starting the Challenge
    on 03/01/12.

    It worked for me.

    Like anything in life, we all have preferences and if we make a personal choice
    to pick one product to use versus another… well, to each his own.

    Since I am not a doctor, physical therapist, nutritionist or the like, I would not
    be so presumptuous to think that what works for me can work for every person on the
    planet.

    Ms. Moderator, just wanted to thank you for providing an honest, balanced review here
    and to all of my fellow distributors and ViSalus customers, please remember
    that an organization is only as good as the integrity of it’s members.

    Therefore, respect others’ opinions when they differ with your own and applaud the fact
    that we live in a part of the world where having an opinion doesn’t get you killed.

    I wish all of you much success in whichever product or system you choose with one
    and only one goal in mind – Better Health & Life For YOU!

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  139. There is no magic pill or shake to lose weight. Nothing beats 5-6 small well balanced meals each day along with 30-45 minutes of exercise 5-6 days per week. Discipline is the key. There is no such thing as a diet. Look at it as a way of life.

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    • Hey Jarrod,

      Actually, studies show that the 5-6 small meals a day thing doesn’t make any difference vs the regular 3 meals. As long as you’re getting the right amount of daily calories, how you consume them makes little difference.

      But the point in general is correct. Nothing will ever beat proper diet and exercise, and to us, meal replacements shouldn’t be claiming to be a magic pill. They are, however, a great tool for those of us that need a little help.

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      • The study link you included in your post with the claim that “the 5-6 small meals a day thing doesn’t make and difference vs the regular 3 meals” showed that you didn’t even read the study summary. And I quote: “Results:Subjects who completed the study maintained their body weight within 2 kg of their initial weight throughout the 6-mo period. There were no significant effects of meal frequency on heart rate, body temperature, or most of the blood variables measured. However, when consuming 1 meal/d, subjects had a significant increase in hunger; a significant modification of body composition, including reductions in fat mass; significant increases in blood pressure and in total, LDL-, and HDL-cholesterol concentrations; and a significant decrease in concentrations of cortisol.

        Conclusions:Normal-weight subjects are able to comply with a 1 meal/d diet. When meal frequency is decreased without a reduction in overall calorie intake, modest changes occur in body composition, some cardiovascular disease risk factors, and hematologic variables. Diurnal variations may affect outcomes.

        People actually lost weight with 1 meal a day, but their cholesterol and cholesterol went up. And they were hungrier.

        It makes sense to me that spreading out your caloric intake would eliminate hunger problems and probably binge eating that results in you eating way more calories than you need. That has been my experience.

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        • We did read it.

          You see, the claim is that eating 5-6 meals of the same caloric content will cause you to lose weight faster. That study shows the opposite. People eating the same amount of calories only once vs 3 times lost more weight. They were hungrier yes, and it was less healthy to do so.

          So yes, 3 is probably better than 1 for healthy weight loss, but saying is 3 is good, 5-6 must be great! Is a stretch.

          The whole idea of the 5-6 meals a day thing started on its own misrepresented study.

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  140. Cherokee says:

    Let me start by saying, I have tried more than a dozen protein shakes and HATED them. Additionally, almost every shake I have tried in the past created additional issues with my digestive system; ranging from heartburn to horrific gas to constipation. (GROSS I know…)

    The Body by Vi shake is the FIRST protein shake I have actually ENJOYED drinking. Since I have began the 90 day challenge my health, as whole, has improved greatly. The side effects I experienced in the past with other proteins DO NOT EXIST with this shake.

    It has truly been a life changing experience.

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  141. Danielle says:

    My husband and I are on Day 15 of the ViSalus 90-Day Challenge. I’ve lost several inches, and no longer have the cravings for carbs, sweets, and fats that I used to have that contributed to my weight gain in the first place. I was hungry for the first 2 days, but not anymore. I don’t feel the need to snack in-between the breakfast and lunch shakes either.

    My husband, on the other hand, has lost 10 lbs. in 15 days, and snacks in-between his breakfast and lunch shakes. Go figure! He’s always been a hunger-pain phobic, but he’s doing great on ViSalus. No other meal replacement shakes have done this for him in the past, so we’re sticking with the Body by Vi product.

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  142. Very fair and unbiased review of the Vi-Shake!

    I am currently a promoter for the 90 Day Challenge, however I only became a promoter AFTER trying the shakes and using them as a morning meal replacement. I think it is the best tasting base mix on the market, keeps me full for hours, even without the added vi-trim, and dissolves and mixes so well in a shaker cup that the use of a blender is not even needed…which saves me those extra 5 minutes each morning to get in my workout, have a vi-shake, and head out the door. I really enjoy being a part of this company, and how they give everyone an option to simply buy product without being a part of their network, OR the option of joining in as a distributor. It’s too bad that you felt the site operated a little bit tricky regarding your purchase, but when I was first introduced to the product and the company I really like the fact that it was clear to me that I didn’t have to become a promoter, and that I could just be a consumer. But, then again, I’m sure people will feel the complete opposite of that.

    That is one of the reasons my team has setup an online retail store for anyone wanting to buy just straight product without the added pressure of joining in on the network marketing component. We just want to see people achieve their goals and hopefully the vi-shake continues to be one of the tools contributing to their success!

    Again, great write up, and really enjoy your site!

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  143. Mrs R.

    I found this site as I was looking for info on Isagenix. I have used Myoplex for years which I buy from GNC; saw a post by one of my Facebook friends about the other brand and got curious as to what is out there. Your site is very informative and helpful. I also see that you have been pulled into the MLM discussion…no winning there…your reviews on the products are what matters and the real value of this site …how to make a living with them shouldn’t even be part of the discussion.

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    • ObjectivityIsSubjective says:

      “…how to make a living with them shouldn’t even be part of the discussion.” I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, Mrs. R stated her “As a side note…” in her initial review so I wouldn’t necessarily say she was “pulled into any discussion.” More likely, voluntarily walked into one.

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      • the “As a side note” was more about how unfriendly their website was to navigate, not much about the MLM, but we do mention which shakes are MLMs and which are not, so the point is still valid.

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  144. I started drinking one Visalus shake a day six days ago. I have very little weight to lose (10lbs. max) and was more interested in the nutrition. I mix my shake with Almond Milk, which I’d never had before. After this first day I noticed a rash on my back which is still there today and today I noticed my throat being itchy and my nose running. I’m obviously allergic to either the Visalus mix or the Almond milk, don’t know which yet. What is an equally low caloric substitute for Almond Milk? I’m leery of using Soy Milk since the product already contains Soy. Any suggestions??

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  145. My only comment is that maybe the bickering should stop. We all have our opinions and there are a ton of nutritionists and reviewers who agree and disagree. I never went to the website and never felt pushed but I was looking for a change so I guess it depends on where you are with changing your health. I am a little disappointed that the people running this website have continued to stay in the bickering. Let the people leave their comments. If you are right there is no need to defend your statements. This who things is giving visalus and your website a bad name and I don’t think either of them are bad. I use this website all the time…..

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  146. CelticGoddess1326 says:

    I had a LOT of gas for a good chunk of time on this, making it with regular skim milk. My husband makes his with lactose-free milk and is fine. One day, we ran out of regular skim milk, so I made my shake with his lactose-free milk, and the gas went away. I’m not saying I’m lactose-intolerant; I’m not qualified to diagnose that. I just know that I feel better. Mrs. R., do you have any info about the use of lactose-free milk helping with gas, or if it would help with other brands?

    P.S. What I love best is the mild flavor – I’ve tried a few other shakes, and found them too sweet and too strongly flavored (and I’m glad my distributor is not like some I’ve read about here!). I’ve lost 22 pounds, and THAT makes me feel great! This is the first diet I’ve been able to stick to for more than 3 weeks. Would a higher-rated brand be better? Maybe. But this works for me, and I don’t stress over giving it to my diabetic husband (who has lost more weight than I have AND has cut his blood pressure meds in HALF in less than 3 months). This is just my opinion; everyone’s results vary.

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    • I’d say your lactose tolerance might be lower than most. If you had gas and the only change you made was to lactose free milk and it went away, then it was probably what was causing the issues.

      If it is, then you might want to check the type of protein in your shakes. While technically, whey protein has had the lactose removed in most cases, many people who have issues with lactose will feel side effects with whey protein.

      But since the issue seems to be handled, I think just using lactose free milk, soy milk or almond milk with your shakes would be good for you.

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  147. Tomorrow will be one week for me on the challenge. I am losing weight (water weight??), and it has greatly reduced my hunger. My problem is being queasy & dizzy all day long.

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  148. I can’t seem to find anything with the nutritional value to see if the shakes have any caffeine or stimulants at all. Do you know? Thanks, Tami

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  149. Melody Henriksen says:

    I tried the program for 90 days and was very disappointed. Nothing changed for me. No weight loss–ounces, pounds, nothing and no inches lost. No one from the company would help me. I followed the program exactly 2 shakes a day and a healthy dinner. Very unhappy.

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  150. I am so grateful and happy that I found this website. I am extremely happy about my results with Visalus. After 30 days I decided to promote the challenge after I got inquires about the weight loss I experienced. I didn’t do anything special, I didn’t even exercise, I just followed the 2 shakes a day format and I lost 17lbs. in 30 days.I credit Visalus for having a major part in my weight loss. Why? Because I was obese before the shake a day. Visalus is a company that sells products that work for some, but not for all. If anyone can show me a product that works for all, it doesn’t exist. lol. It is sad that some people look for confirmation to fail. Look for a reason to succeed. If you are looking for bad reviews in anything, one thing for sure, You Will Find It. However, for those who say that the product is to expensive, like the late great Jim Rohn stated, “Things or programs are never to expensive, YOU JUST CAN’T AFFORD IT.”` Mindset should always the first step before trying any weight loss program. Get your mind right and it will lead you to the right program, I’m living proof of that. Peace!

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  151. I have nothing but good things to say about these shakes! It took me a while to be be on board with the shake lifetyle change. I think that’s the key…it’s not a quick fix but a lifestyle. Initially I couldn’t see myself doing these shakes forever but after two months…I will be a lifer! They are delicious and I really like that I buy one flavor and mix it up however I want to that particular meal. My husband is a truck driver and they are convenient for him as well. The cost is great too! Where can you get 30 meals for $50?

    I have seen how these shakes have tranformed the lives of my family. My BIL lost 100 lbs in 8-1/2 months and has maintained it 9 months. THANK YOU VISALUS!!!!

    People will balk about if people eat six healthy small meals a day, they will lose weight. Yes, but….people won’t do it! And as such, I say bring on the shakes! Have you seen all the obese people out there? I was in a store the other day and being average weight, I was a minorty. ViSalus, Shakology, Cinch…whatever it takes, people need help! We are killing ourselves by not doing anything. Try this shake, what do you have to lose!

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  152. Sandra True-Kirk says:

    Mrs. R is it? R what? Perhaps you should find something else to pass the time of your old age. Yes, silly you. People are trying to find effective products, no jibberish and petty commentaries. Right, everything doesn’t work for every “body”. Visalus is an excellent product and your disparaging comments about the company, its distributors and sales techniques says so much more about YOU and your website, than it does about this product.

    Eat your heart out Mrs. R.

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    • Review. Mrs. Review.

      I thought that was pretty clear; you see, we’re being clever! Meal Replacement Shake Reviews, MRSR, or Mrs. R. Haha, get it?

      Anyway, our ‘disparaging comments’ as you like to call them, I think are being misread by people that are taking themselves a bit too seriously. These are shakes! A freaking meal replacement shake! Why do you care so much about us calling the shakes “good/average”. They are good! Every shake that ranks 7.8-8.4 is everything we would expect from a shake. Oh, right, it’s because this product is an MLM…sigh…

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  153. I have been on the Visalus now for approx 1-1/2 months and I have lost eleven pounds, and this has not been with exercise, although it definitely would help. I have been fighting ovarian cancer, and have been extremely tired, and thought I would give this a try since I had read comments and how it has helped many with their energy, and Visalus has definitely helped to provide me with some energy. I have the shake for breakfast with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and half a banana, and then I have the same for lunch, and then for dinner I have either chicken or fish with vegetables. If I do fell a little hungry between my shakes I have either a fruit, nuts, or (1) string cheese. But I do not starve with these shakes, and again most of all my energy is much better. I will be getting prepared hopefully for another surgery and I am sure chemo again, and I believe this will continue to help me with the energy it provides, plus the benefit of helping to loose some weight at the same time.

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  154. Thank you Mrs. R for all the info you give and I find it to be correct. I recently tried a Vi shake and I also was hungry 1 hour later. I have also tried the xyngular core 4 lean shake and they both tased exactly the same. I usually take the xyngular at night after I run 2 miles. But After running 2 miles I am not hungry anyway so I can’t tell if it works or not. Honestly I find the fastest way to lose weight is by eating healthy, all in moderation, and cardio.

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  155. I tried these shakes for about 3 weeks. While they tasted good, I had horrible gastrointestinal issues. I do have IBS. I explained this to one of their “program coordinators”, she told me to switch to almond milk, which I did. It helped a little, but not much. There were a couple of mornings that I woke around 2:00 with pain so bad I thought I was having a gallblader attack or something. After those 2 mornings, I stopped using the shakes and returned the remainder of the product. I have not had any of those issues since I stopped using the product. I also did not lose a single pound. While I am aware some people have lost weight and love the product, this was my personal experience.

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  156. I’ve been on the Vi-Salus Shake for about a month and seen weight lose and great health benifits from my friends on the shake I’ve got my energy back!

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  157. What about the main ingredient being “soy protein isolate” which is linked to long term health risks …. not benefits but risks?! I am (or was) a 90-day challenger and lost 24lbs and over 12 inches (forgot to measure) and did feel better and was seeing good results. Problem arose with the isolate mentioned above… it is linked to many health risks including thyroid problems. At first I shrugged and said worth a shot … and completed my 90-day challenge but there is a family history of thyroid problems for me. So, I am looking for an alternative. All you body by viers! Rock on! And great luck to you all but I think for now I am going to check out other options and speak to my doctor before I take another challenge with ViSalus! I will admit that I will miss it but I’m going to keep on a similar path, so you all will be in my thoughts anyways!

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  158. I am a 40 yr old male, have been doing the visalus shake now for 2.5 months and I have lost 28 pounds. My goal is to lose 35 pounds. I feel like I have lots more energy and feel great. In the beginning yes I was hungry, but I started with small snacks in between shakes and a great dinner. I still eat a healthier snack at night time! Love it. Was skeptical at first didn’t want to recommend to family and friends, but everybody from friends, family and customers wanted to know what I was doing. Wife and kids love the new me!

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  159. Holy crow, people! Really??? Mrs.R is right on…and I am actually signing up to become a distributor for ViSalus Sciences. The MRS ViSalus creates, and the distributors market, is not a cure all, fix all, magic elixir, it is a freaking meal replacement shake! Yes, some people drop weight with it, some people don’t. Some people, like my wife, can drink it, even though she is allergic to soy. My wife loves the taste, and she HATES MRS shakes! Some people can’t drink it. Please, ViSalus reps, don’t be pushy car-salesmen distributors. If you are going to market and sell a product, learn how to do it! No one wants to listen to a pitch!
    Who remembers when Body-for-Life was huge in the ’90’s and early 2000’s? Bill Phillips is a wonderful human being, a giving, charitable, knowledgeable trainer who helped hundreds of thousands of people gain a new lease on life with a 90 day challenge…he is also a marketing genius, because, if you joined the challenge, you HADto use EAS products, a company he owned. Smart man! It made him untold MILLIONS of dollars, and he used a challenge to market his products….sound familiar? ViSalus does the same thing, only instead of one man making all the money, we all can make the money…I have been in sales for years, and I know a great product when I see it…I see a winner that I am going to make a lot of money selling to people who want to loose weight. It is a win-win…they get a great product, I make a nice profit. Capitalism at its best, just like Bill Phillips. Yeah, he used his brain to make himself a millionaire from his products…just like I will. It’s a meal replacement shake that works for some, doesn’t work for others…if you like it, use it. If you don’t, well….don’t!

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  160. I am re-starting the body by vi shakes, I tried about 2 months ago and didn’t stay with it, it gave me gas problems. I thought maybe it was something else.. But like I said I re-started and I am having issues again. I am going to stay on this and see what happens since it’s only been 3 days.

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  161. Christy Jay says:

    Just started and see all the mixed reviews…

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  162. Neal Hilton says:

    I agree with Mrs. R about just about everything she said.. This is a good product.. Not the worst, but for sure not the best.. The 12 grams of protein and 90 calories make this shake geared more toward women and possibly smaller men.. Its not geared at all toward the athlete..I’ve used these, but i have to blend up 3 shakes to make one meal that meets my requirement as an athlete..

    the BIGGEST PROBLEM I HAVE IS THE VERY MISLEADING ADVERTISING THE COMPANY DOES. AS WELL AS SOME DISTRIBUTORS WHO REALLY HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT SAYING THIS IS THE BEST SHAKE, OR OUR 12 GRAMS OF PROTEIN IS EQUAL TO DOUBLE THAT IN OTHER SHAKES. One advertising said “you would have to consume over a dozen eggs to equal the protein in one Vi shake”.. That’s absolutely ridiculous and very misleading.. What do you add a gallon of milk to it lol? Even adding 12oz of milk would take the protein up to about 24 grams..A dozen of eggs are at least 70+ grams.. There’s no way Id put my name with a company that uses these methods.. But to each his own..

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  163. It appears to me that Mrs. R is being honest with her review of the product and the way the sales people on line work. Have you tried EDiet? They push their products, over charge you and don’t send what is promised. I think if I were to purchase this I would go to a rep I knew instead of having the program crammed at me by phone sales.
    With that said, Many of the comments that are pro this plan and negative Mrs. R probably are sales reps or MLM people and that turns me off.

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  164. Susan Dowell says:

    I have been drinking the shakes not quite a full year, and I have lost 100 lbs., feel like I have two people’s energy and I feel wonderful.
    I use almond milk and water as the liquid (3 oz each) and a banana, maybe a handfull of blueberries, Greek yogurt, ice and Ninja that bad puppy! I make peach, chocolate and peanut butter/banana. I make it thick with the yogurt and I am full most of the day. I snack at my desk constantly with fruit, raw veggie’s, sliced turkey, chicken, almonds and anything not too unhealthy.
    I have NEVER dieted in my life because I know all diets are just excuses and crutches for not admitting that the whole secret we learned in elementary school… eat from the basic food group and exercise is the real answer. Duh….
    We are doing the harm to our health. Not the foods we eat. We have a choice, I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to lose weight the healthy way and feel energized. two a day works well if I don’t feel like cooking!

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  165. Goodness I hate these types of products!!! I found the packages in my mom’s cabinet and I am educating her just like I am ya’ll. So you do the Challenge and drink all the shakes you lose weight cool. Are you exercising? Are you prepared to drink shakes the rest of your life? Please correct me those of you who have tried it, or any other shake replacement diets, you will regain weight once you start drinking the shakes. If you people want to lose weight and keep it off start eating right. Eat a breakfast with all these vitamins eat a small nutrient dense dinner and exercise. Or drink shakes the rest of your life. Keeping weight off comes with changing your lifestyle sure the shakes can help begin that, but I prefer real food.

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    • The thing is, if most people could just change their lifestyle they would. If you are overweight and hauling around a lot of extra weight you are not likely to exercise. As you loose weight you may start feeling like exercising, but a lot of people just will not take the time to exercise. If the best a person can do is take the shakes to drop the weight and help there health than so be it. Their change of lifestyle may be to take the shakes. If that is all they are willing to change than they would be better off doing that than to go back to their old ways. I would not be to critical of anyone trying to do something to help their health, just because their method of choice would not be yours. Live and let live, if it works for them leave them alone.

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  166. I had a GASTRIC BYPASS a year and 9 months ago. If I would’ve heard about this product I would’ve tried it before having the surgery, even though I am very happy with my surgery results. VISALUS is not a magic wand, it’s just a very delicious and nutritive product. It works for me, I don’t know how it works for everybody else. It has a HIGH source of proteins which for GASTRIC BYPASS patients is a PLUS and a MUST.
    My son has had great results, 27 pounds in a month, and he alternates the shakes with food so that whenever he stops using the shakes, if he ever does, his body is used to both shakes and food.
    I differ from “Mrs. R” with respect. Since I started drinking this shakes my metabolism boosted up instantly. Even my head doctor noticed the difference. NOW BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD covers the product as well. So, if your doctor writes a prescription for the VISALUS SHAKES and PRODUCTS as a weight loss plan for you, and you are a BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD member, it is covered by your insurance. Pretty good, ah? If BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD is covering it, it means this is a great healh promoter product. HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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  167. It’s amusing how people are so loyal to their respective brand of MR Shakes! You will lose weight regardless of the brand !! Your restricting your calories !! Duh !! The question should be what other nutrients are in the shakes, quality of protein, vitamins added or fiber…replace your meal with 16 oz of water and your guarantee to lose weight as well.lol

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  168. This review is over a year and a half old and as many have said above, this is an unfair review of the products and how the shakes work to help you lose weight. The information provided about being pushy is also old and this review needs to be updated.

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    • We are going through and updating some of the older shakes if they’ve been reformulated though Vi Shakes don’t seem to have been. Also, in our experience the sales people are same as they’ve always been. Some pushy, some not so bad.

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  169. robert dugan says:

    i am on visalus vi-shape right now . but i would like to compaire this shake to 310 shake. any information would be great.

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  170. I just order the shake…I’m looking over the comments and reading what every one is saying the weight lost of only 5 pounds in 90 days.. .any weight loss is good… But, if I have to pay 1 something….. to lose 5 pound a month. I’m reconsidering my next order..

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  171. Judy Kaiser says:

    I have used Vialus and it upsets my stomach. I have found vega one is a much better product and affordable. Vialus is a high paying marketing product where people selling it are making mega bucks. You don’t need to pay alot for a great product. Vega one is the clean, plant based choice. No dairy, gluten or soy and no sugar added! You dont need to pay the salary of Vialus marketing and sales people to get a great product. You can purchase Vega one at whole food stores. The french vanilla tastes great!

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  172. Just starting 2 shakes a day. Need to lose 100 lbs.
    What between meals are suggested?

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  173. I am 55 years old. I am starting my 2 shake meals a day and a healthy 3rd meal.
    What is the recommended calories intake a day to get the maximum weight loss?
    I also have shake mix that is dated feb and march. Are they still okay and beneficial?

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  174. Joe Stallings says:

    Mrs. R:

    I’d like to say thanks for the unbiased review of this meal replacement shake and others. Although you do not go into specific detail about each individual ingredient, your reviews do peal back enough layers to give us an understanding of the product you’re reviewing. I’ve been using protein shakes for over 10 years now and am big into nutrition. Last night I purchased my first shipment of Body by Vi. I was attracted by the low price (I’m not trying to lose weight, but build lean muscle mass), good taste, and knew I could add protein calories and the meal price would still be reasonably priced. After looking at the ingredients and nutrition facts, I would say Body by Vi is pretty run-of-the-mill. There is nothing special or new in it… the innovative marketing that is used to SELL it makes it “exciting” to many. I personally found the experience a tad bit cultish and aggressive. When they signed me up, they said there was no option to purchase only one shipment of it; I would need to sign in and keep setting back the next auto-ship date. I don’t need new friends and aggressive marketing to make smart meal replacement decisions, so I did feel a little “dumbed down” to the experience. I will probably continue using it for a month or two and switch to one of the shakes you’ve rated highest that contain a higher protein. Before I get a Tongue-Lashing by Vi… by someone selling it.. please note that I did say above that it is “run of the mill”. I did not say it was bad. When it all comes down to it, 90% of meal replacement shakes, if done correctly, will provide weight loss results simply because you are reducing your caloric intake. It’s not “magical”. Track your calorie count (net calorie count) every day and you’ll see why you’re losing weight. Dedicating yourself to a healthy lifestyle is what gets you healthy, not some big bright shining light behind a product that doesn’t have any ingredients that truly stand out from other products that are similar.

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  175. Wow !! Liked this site, until I was looking to see how VISalus the #2 Weight Loss Company in the World rated…and had to search forever on this site…then to see a (7.9) rating???Are you kidding me? Seems unfair and biased info on here….Truth# Cost affordable, Great Taste, Energy, Works, Luv Luv it!!! I Get it FREE! (more than 3 people chased me down to find out what the heck i was doing, had to have it! :) Have got mine free for over a year :) and dropped 17 lbs. feeling great, dropped 2 perscriptions, never added any Vi-trim packet for anything (i think that is only for others that need extra help) healthy and happy :) I got my SEXY back! And breakfast never got easier..My fav :* 2 Scoops Vi-Shape *6 oz. Almond Milk * 1 Frozen Banana *1/4 cup uncooked Steel Oats (there is hundreds of recipes) Each day is unique! Blueberries….and …..Strawberries are amazing with this too! Im so happy someone shared VISalus with me ;) Along w a healthy diet & exercise…Life is good & Sexy!

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    • I love my Visalus Products, have had success with them. I like the taste, and how I feel when drinking the shakes. I replace one or two, meals a day. Work at eating healthy the rest of the day. They are Diabetic friendly.

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  176. The people selling this product are apart of a crazy cult. They are downright religious about their product, making big claims without factual backup.
    Apparently this stuff is made of magic as it cures every ailment known to man. It is also the ONLY product with access to this magic as all other similar products made of the same or more proven/higher quality components can’t compete with the claimed “success rate” of Visalus.
    I actually was interested in trying this product when a coworker first approached me. I asked about the $50 kit and he quickly said that the total kit was a MUCH better deal, the more you spend the more you save sort of thing, and HEY! Get 3 other people to buy in too and yours will be FREE!! (after you spend the initial 300 bucks of course)
    It’s pretty tough to suddenly sell a product to your friends that you really don’t know anything about, and who the hell has 300 bucks to shell out on a long shot? This is just part of the scam to get you to buy in.
    It became apparent quickly to me that this product is just a way to sucker people into the pyramid scheme. The people really are convinced they are helping people, similar to the way Christians actually believe they are saving people’s soul.
    Btw, when you finally do actually order despite that nagging feeling in your gut that you shouldn’t…You are high with high shipping/handling fees and autoship… this is the only way to get the product. You will automatically be charged for this product month after month…good luck getting out of that.

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    • James, I agree it is like some kind of crazy cult. My “coach” was actually bragging about being less than a size 2, how is that even human?? And the main goal of the “coaches” is to hook more people in to “help” you get your product “free”. This in turn lines their pockets in terms of prizes and trips, and on it goes. I also found the shipping and handling fees to be outrageous.
      I now get a product from Amazon for 1/3 of the price, with the exact number of nutrients and calories, less artificial flavors and sweeteners, tastes the same to me, and no shipping.

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  177. Poly Girl says:

    Anytime you cut back on calories you lose weight so where’s the magic here? These shakes are lower calories than the meals you’ve probably been eating so logically, yes you will lose weight. It’s really not rocket science people! I’ve seen all the gimmicks and MLM programs out there and at the end of the day, that’s all any of these are….geesh

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  178. It is plain and simple a MLM with very clever marketing. Like any other “diet”, only 30% of initial participants stay with and and/or lose significant weight. I found out after a LOT of research that most sucesses (like any other diet) were acheived through a significant increase in activity, with many actually hiring personal trainers, and spending 1-2 hrs. per day in the gym, every day of the week.
    I fell for it, and the preservatives in the mix (significant), and the soy base actually made me ill…in the end I spent a LOT of money, lost no weight, and am just recovering from the intestinal issues it caused…buyer beware!

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    • This is true. I have some friends who were training me at the time that I was taking it and they were telling me how it was crap and junk and that you didnt gain the weight quick and you shouldnt try to get rid of it quick. Well they are both on it now and selling it like crazy and they are very active and they are trainers. Most people who lose the weight and look really good, are very active and work out all the time. My sister she lost the weight but she looks unhealthy though, no healthy. She has sagging skin etc. Just take it slow and gradually the weight will come off.

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  179. My wife and I just received ours in the mail and tried it tonight. The taste was awful and not sure if enough fruit or other concoctions will improve it very much. Going to keep trying it for awhile to see if I can tolerate it.

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  180. OK I have taken Visalus and It made me lose 20 lbs it was exciting, but they also dont tell you that if you have thyroid issues that this shake actually causes more damage then it does good. My doctor was quite upset about it! I was off my thyroid meds for two years thanks to Juice Plus. But then I let my sister talk me into taking the shakes. I took them for about 3 months and then I started feeling horrible like I use to, and the doctor checked my levels and I had to go back on thyroid meds at 75mg instead of the 25 I was on. Soy is a horrible thing for people who have Thyroid issues. I also as soon as I went off of it, even though I wasnt eating junk food, and drinking soda gained over 25 lbs. They dont really inform you that if you ever ever ever stop taking it, that you will gain all the weight back plus more. I got off of it and I use a protein shake and I eat better cut most of my junk food and sweets and I am losing the pounds and inches naturally, it may take me longer but I will be much wealthier.

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  181. can you drink this while breastfeeding? how can I replace this shakes with my meals? Do I drink just replace it with one meal or what? Please help!!! Thanks :-)

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  182. Well a co-worker and I have been on this stuff for a week, have seen no weight loss (not even 1lb) all it does is cause a lot of gas. We do a fast pace 2 mile walk every day, you would assume you would see something by now.

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  183. How fast you see results are dependent on a lot of things. It is not a one size fits all. And also, the program is not designed to just drink a shake and you will automatically shed the pounds. It takes a commitment and a true lifestyle change.
    Metabolism may increase as your body goes through changes with its food intake as well as your activity level.
    I did experience gas at start of drinking the shakes as well, but again, it is attributed to the change in your diet. It will go away as your body adjust to the changes you are making towards a healthier lifestyle.
    It is perfectly fine for a breastfeeding mother to use the shake once a day. Keep in mind that all these people that are quoting the nutritional values of the shake, you are further adding nutritional goodness as you prepare your shakes. Check out the Visalus Shake Recipes for ideas on how to prepare a nutritional balanced shake.

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  184. Thanks for the unbiased review, Mrs. R. My question is simple… are all of the protein shakes that you have reviewed “gluten-free” products? I currently use Visalus products with great success, and one of the selling points for me was that the Vi-Shake is gluten free, so I am curious if that is common to all of the reviewed products.
    Thanks again.

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  185. My husband and I used this product. I have to say it was the best tasting meal replacement shake I have tried thus far. I think the cost is a great value and I am so sure I am sold on the products that use hunger blockers. It seems the top rated shakes were very similar in price (some way more than Vi) and were still shakes that you added fruits and other things to change up the taste. I do very much like the fact this is a NON GMO product. If you need a filler for your shake but don’t want to triple the price of the product. Get some flax seed, oat bran, etc, no need to buy incredibly expensive meal replacement, or spend the extra $49.99 a month.

    I do see this product as something that would not get boring after several months with all the recipes that are available.

    So far in my taste tests this one is #1

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  186. Brandy Baker says:

    Thank you, Mrs. R! A friend tried it and loves it so I thought I would do some research. I just bought some on Amazon and feel like I am going in with realistic expectations now. I just need a motivator to get back into the gym, back to eating healthy and tracking my food. Thanks!

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  187. Trevor Weir says:

    You can avoid all of the MLM stuff by buying it on Amazon.com for the same price as at the Visalus site. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can get free shipping as well.

    Personally, I find the taste of the taste of the shake quite pleasant on its own. My last order with Amazon included some samples of the add-in flavors. They really didn’t do much for me.

    I’ve been using only the Visalus shake for the past 12 days and have lost 10 pounds already. I started of at 193 pounds (which is way too much for my 5’7″ frame) and lost five of those 10 pounds in the first 3 days. I plan on getting back down to between 150 and 155. Without using the Vi-Trim hunger suppressant, I can’t say there is no hunger between meals. However, a small snack of fruit, granola bar, or some cottage cheese carries me over.

    I bought another 2 months worth from Amazon and plan on going a full 90 days in hopes of losing the other 25 to 30 pounds.

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  188. I tried their shakes and did not find them helpful although they did taste good. The problem I had was when I cancelled receiving additional orders they kept sending me the shakes. The last time, I refused shipment and sent it back and Visalus claims they never received the returned shipment. Even claimed that UPS does this to them all of the time. So now I am out the shake and the money spent. I have no plans on ever using their products again.

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  189. Hi, I have been reading peoples posts. I think an important thing to remember is that everyone’s body functions are different. Not everyone is going to have the same results. Some people’s body’s are going to freak out with change and needs to be eased into it. While others can go full force and get results. You have to pay attention to your own body. If you are feeling hungry after about an hour then adjust to your bodys needs and put more ingredients in your shakes. I know these shakes work cause I went my first challenge party starving cause I didn’t have time to eat when I got off of work and went straight to the party. After sampling the shakes I was not hungry anymore. I cant wait for my kit

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  190. I would not buy this product again. It just didn’t work for me and didn’t curb my appetite. I did this for 2 months with very little results and feeling hungry not long after drinking a shake. Most that say this shake is the best are the ones selling the product.

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  191. Thank you for all your post even though I thought some of them to be quite childish and rude. I understand about people not wanting to get into the MLM or what not, however these MLM companies don’t force you to become part of them if that is not what you want to do. I will be trying the body by vi challenge but not with a representative from the visalus program. I am not doing this program to help out anyone else but myself so I will purchase this product through amazon at my speed.

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  192. I live in a small town, like one grocery store–cheap produce, not much variety–the nearest Walmart is a 45 minute drive :) I’m driving through town approximately 1 year ago and I see a Body by Vi banner–meh, I know a couple of the people whose names are displayed on it…I’ll wait and see if it works for them. One couple, both extremely overweight did lose some weight but couldn’t afford to keep paying for the program and the others look the same to me. The only person I have seen in our town that has made a DRASTIC weight reduction got divorced 6 months ago but I happen to like my husband so that’s really not an option for me. Anyway, based on the one, aforementioned couple’s success I tried the product. I went for the Transformation kit, did the autoship business and jumped in ready to LOSE weight….The shake does taste great, in fact–it tastes just like Advocare–they had the same tag on their mrp, “shake mix that tastes like a cake mix.” Transformation kit? Check. Great tasting shake? Check. Bloated, Gassy, and still hungry—hold the phone!! Couldn’t handle it–I was miserable and HAD to stop using it. When I stopped “eating” the shake, all the symptoms went away and I was happy to go to the grocery store, root up some “spinach” and other greens that I could throw in a blender with frozen fruit and chia seeds–that I had to order from Amazon. Forgot the dadgum autoship and remembered five days AFTER they had shipped it–found the box deposited on the side of my house with water damage on it…smh. I didn’t even mess with trying to return it–customer service kept trying to get me to stay on the autoship program until I began describing my horrible bowel movements in vivid detail and promised them I was still using the product but just once a day…yeah I lied…to get off the autoship…I had to tell them it would be necessary for me to place an order every two months to keep using the product…geeze. I do like this site though–the BMW option sounds great but I don’t envy the people having to rob peter to pay paul in order to have one…like I said, the other people using and selling this product…don’t look any different than they did a year ago…their facebook raves about the product have ceased and there are no new skinny pics to oogle over–minus the divorced lady so, I think I will stick to the dismal veggie section at our closet-sized grocery store and keep at my treadmill.

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  193. I have to say– I have never had the site randomly change my order to a more expensive one– or anyone else I know either. I never felt pushed to buy the $250 package and, in fact, I don’t. I purchase the shape kit which is two bags of visalus with a sampling of flavors. That’s it.

    My whole family is on this– my kids love it (pediatrician approval received) three of my five kids need to lose weight– so since starting the challenge I have lost 20lbs and I have only been doing it just over a month. My kids joined me almost two weeks ago as did my husband. They have all lost 10lbs and we are all getting t-shirts and the adults entering to win prizes.

    We do mix our shakes with things– 90 calories isn’t much– so we do add flavors– a half cup frozen berries— or my son’s favorite– chocolate flavoring with PB2 (powdered peanut butter) and a few walnuts with about 6oz non-sweetened almond milk and some ice for a total of 20ounces of beverage— completely filling– under 200 calories– and tastes like a snickers bar.

    We also baked apples with cinnamon–threw that in a blender with hot water, warmed almond milk (non-sweetened) and the visalus to make a hot apple cinnamon shake– also under 200 calories and extremely filling. We did a similar recipe with pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg and yum yum yum… very filling as well.
    We love it.

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  194. I’m about to start the Body by Vi Drinks and I’m pretty excited about it. My friend started it about a week ago and loves it. So I hope this works for me Like it does for everyone else!

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  195. I was on these shakes for over a year. I loved the taste, they kept for full for 3-4 hours, and helped me eat healthier. However, I really didnt lose much weight on them. These shakes are great for some people, but not for everyone. I ended up having to stop the shakes because they were causing severe headaches, all the sudden after a year of being on them, i experimented with many things to see what was causing my headaches and it ended up being the shakes. When i stopped the shakes, I noticed overall i felt alot better, i didnt have the stomach issues and headaches i would get on and off that i never related to these shakes. Not sure what it was, thinking maybe that something about the shakes were bothering me, maybe the soy. Alot of people have great success on these shakes, a couple good friends of mine lost tons of weight on these shakes and do well on them.

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  196. sucralose is bad for you. End of story. And now it is being promoted to give to kids. smh.

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  197. EliseMilkShakes says:

    I’m down right disgusted withy visalus.. I watched my friends get excited about this scam opportunity and I watched for a year and saw a bunch of people get bmw’s but their income didn’t really increase.. Then after a year I wanted to join bc I thought wow I’m a really motivated excited fun energetic live person that would be great for this as I’ve done promotional modeling, worked as a server at blue martini, and was recently a Hooters Girl before I started my “visalus career”. Totally horrible.. I started the shakes all excited yayyy then had a few people join n more people. Started seeing results, posted videos, started getting the hype out there, and wham smacked me in the face like a ton of bricks!!! I drank the shakes two a day for 4 weeks…. Then my health just plummeted .. I STARTED HAVING GAS HORRIBLE DISGUSTING DUMPSTER RANK GAS, THEN CAME THE ABDOMINAL PAIN AND BLOATING, AND CONSTANT STOMACH ACHES, THEN CAME THE DIARREAH EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR 5 weeks straight… And it didn’t stop there. I started having bloody diarreah and severe dehydration. My lips felt like dry super glue. My skin was pale with dryness I couldn’t absorb the water I kept trying to drink.. N headaches.. I was drinking two shakes a day and stopped when I realized that’s what was causing it. At first it was only gas.. But when I started having bloody diarreah that’s when I had to decide leave this company and their deceptive marketing and lack of proper warning labels and possible side effects. I don’t have any food allergies and never have, and as a student I have studied nutrition and maintained healthy eating habits on a regular basis. This is a terrible product. It’s starving your body and pumping it with chemicals like sucralose n maltodextrine and no one tells you to be aware of this. I bought up a stock in Gatorade n thank god bc it truly helped revive me. I’m still suffering from the diarreah n combatting dehydration as this product has done some bad things to me. I originally intended on giving this product to my dad to like the company states, “improve his health, balance out his body with nutrients, proteins, and vitamins he could not get unless he ate 8000+ calories a day” however being that he is healing from a traumatic lung cancer removal I thought this would be a good product for him. However after seeing the way it ruined my life n made me lies my job at hooters for health reasons as well as time consuming deceptive business planning that I thought would be good development has spiraled into a terrible night mare and I refuse to let my friends and family use these harmful products!!! They have all been there and heard first hand what happened to me and I’m sorry to my friends and family that have used this product and I hope they get their money and health back.

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  198. Just a Reader says:

    Google brought me here and I have read everything. I enjoy the site, but one thing is crystal clear, more than 3/4 of the comments in this section are by the reps of this company. I have no stake in the game as I ordered this stuff off of Amazon and have not even tried it yet.

    But this MLM or Pyramid Scheme or however anybody else wants to say it is all the same. These comments are laughable if people go back and read what they wrote. People should be stronger than weak marketing and frankly it turned me sour on the product before I even tried it. Went and picked up Special K from the grocery store.

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  199. Disclaimer: we are promoters of Body by VI. With that said, we use VI-Shape daily and results range from “very good” to “amazing” among us and the people we challenged. The fact that almost everybody keeps ordering Body by VI kits speaks for itself, in our opinion.

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  200. Maritza Arroyo says:

    Maybe my husband and I are the only case, but we are having stomach discomfort with this shake. I tried for a week taking one per day, but make feel bad all the day. I used other shakes brands and any caused this to me. My husband tried it too and had the same symptoms. Yes, I lost weight, but I stopped to use it. I have a stomach ulcer and I feel is getting worse with this shake.

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  201. Yvonne Kinder says:

    I tried the shakes and lost weight but my doctor told me that i needed to eat something that a shake alone was not enough to be consider as a meal and that visalus was expense. He said i could find a shake simular to it at walmart. I’m not sure if i could find one that is compared to visalus but the main reason i quit doing the shakes is because i didn’t like the fact that it was auto pay and taken out of my account. I would rather have somewhere i could just go buy it when i need it instead of having to order online.

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