I Love Fad Diets {Body By Vi}

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

So I thought I'd share about the new nutritional shake I've been drinking, but then I stopped to think about something.

I do a lot of fad diets and exercise programs.

[TL;DR: But I figured out something that works for me, oh and I really like Body By Vi Shakes! Now -- read on if you care to!]

It all started a little more than a year ago with my friend Meg and the Body for Life program. I knew I had to start exercising, but I didn't know what to do, and I didn't know how to change my diet. Meg was amazing & coached me along for three months.

But wait -- I'm lying. I did Weight Watchers for three months around two and a half years ago. Then I did it again for six weeks last year. I'm still holding to it loosely, but I don't pay for the online program anymore. I know how many points I should get per day, and I have a WW calculator. I plan my meals the night before and make sure they fit into that framework. The majority of recipes we make come from healthy-food blogs that contain WW points along with their recipes. I also exercise (Zumba and/or running, and I attend a weights class twice a week) 5-6 times a week. --After reading that, why am I not skinnier?! :)

Anyway, I guess I get sucked in. It kind of makes me embarrassed, but then again, if at first you don't succeed, try try again, right? That's what my Grammy always told me! I've been exercising and eating better pretty consistently since September.. so for six months. Maybe I've actually figured out what works for me?

But back to the nutritional shakes. Everyone at my Zumba studio is into these "shakes" from Body Bi Vi. I couldn't contain my curiosity any longer, so I ordered a bag of "the shake mix that tastes like cake mix," and I've been drinking them for about a week now -- one per day instead of a meal (usually breakfast). I have many thoughts on the BBV program, but first let me say this: the shakes are really good. That may be the most surprising part!






















The biggest thing I have against anything like BBV (Slimfast, whatever -- any kind of meal-substitution shake) is that it tends to be a "crash diet" kind of thing, and it doesn't promote sustainable weight loss. As in, once you stop drinking your meals and eating "real food" again, you're going to gain the weight back. But along with the pseudo weight-watchers program I'm doing, I think that the BBV shakes have the possibility to help me lose a little more quickly than I would normally, so I'm giving it a try. But I doubt I'll do it for the rest of my life, whereas I plan for the exercising and the general "watching what I eat" to continue. So I don't expect to drop tons of weight from it, and I know it's not a magic fix all.

I also don't really like the "gimmicky" side of BBV. It reminds me of sales parties {probably because it's the same thing!}. You can win LOTS OF MONEY or A FABULOUS TRIP if you lose a lot of weight! You can drive a BMW if you get enough people to sign up under you! Um, no thanks. I'll just take my shake mix and be going, thankyouverymuch.

One bag of shake mix that will make 30 shakes is a little less than $60. So it's a little less than $2/shake for the mix, not to mention anything you add to it {fruit, pudding mix, etc}. So it's not necessarily cheap, but at the same time, if you're substituting it for a meal [esp. a more substantial meal, like lunch or dinner], it probably evens out. The Fage yogurt I eat for breakfast a few times a week is $1.79 if I can't find it on sale. So I don't think the price is that bad.

I found a website with 100 recipe ideas for the BBV shake mix, and it has been amazing. A lot of people drink the shake mix by itself and say it's good {hence the "shake mix that tastes like cake mix" slogan}, but I haven't done that yet. So far I've made the following kinds [each includes 8 oz. milk, two scoops of shake mix, and ice -- I've mostly been using vanilla almond milk, but sometimes I use skim milk]:

Strawberry Banana -- frozen strawberries, banana
Dreamsicle -- orange juice {this is the only one I wasn't a huge fan of}
Monkey Shake -- banana, cocoa powder
Strawberry -- frozen strawberries
Apple Pie -- applesauce, cinnamon, vanilla extract
Banana Spice -- cinnamon, nutmeg
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup -- peanut butter, cocoa powder

If you're going to substitute a meal with a shake, it might as well taste great, and I'm not at all exaggerating to say that BBV prevails in this regard. I also bought some whipped cream at Trader Joe's this week for making them even tastier. :)

I also like that the shakes contain a lot more nutrition than I would normally get with my yogurt or whatever else. I know I'm not good at following the food pyramid {or plate or whatever it is now}, and I always forget to take my vitamins, so nutrition is always a plus!

So that's my {really wordy} BBV story. Have you heard about it or tried it? I had never heard of it before the girls in my Zumba studio, but apparently it's becoming popular. If you want to order a bag of shake mix, let me know, and I'll send you a link of someone in my Zumba studio who's trying to drive a BMW. I'm sure they'd appreciate if you ordered from them. :)

4 comments:

Ashley said...

I think we've had this conversation before, but I think the biggest reason I don't like fad diets is because I don't want to change my behavior that much. For instance, I just want to eat less cereal in the morning instead of eating something brand new. That's why I like The Daily Plate so much - I can eat the same things, just keep track of how much. But I definitely get the appeal of something entirely different (or a lot of things that are different!). I'm glad you finally found a pattern that works for you!

Amanda said...

I personally like this idea. I have been giving Josiah smoothies in the mornings because I sneak veggies in that way, and I know a lot of people that use vitamin and protein powders in theirs and their kids' smoothies, so this doesn't sound that much different. Some fad diets are just plain stupid, but this seems reasonable. I can't imagine drinking a shake would be reasonable for lunch and especially for dinner, but breakfast is hard, you know?

Amanda said...

I personally like this idea. I have been giving Josiah smoothies in the mornings because I sneak veggies in that way, and I know a lot of people that use vitamin and protein powders in theirs and their kids' smoothies, so this doesn't sound that much different. Some fad diets are just plain stupid, but this seems reasonable. I can't imagine drinking a shake would be reasonable for lunch and especially for dinner, but breakfast is hard, you know?

Anonymous said...

Vi Shakes are NOT weight loss shakes. They have ALL essential nutrients and tri-sorb protein that actually "makes your body cells absorb nutrients". I have eaten crap all my life and since having a vi shake everyday, I will never stop! Not a fad, not a diet... it's a lifestyle change. Only 3% of the population can get this concept because we all have been brainwashed by media commercials all our lives. Example: If you have 2 shakes a day and get to a healthy weight for your body style... why can't you eventually go to one shake a day for maintenance? Compare the nutrition to any meal and for 2 bucks YOU CAN DO IT FOREVER!

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