I can't really remember how I found out about Body By Vi...I may have heard about it somewhere online in my web-browsing travels, or it may have been some people at my husband's job were using it to get ready for weigh-ins (military it's part of the job description.)
But, whatever it is, I am glad I heard about it.
It is basically a diet program where you used calorie-controlled meal replacement shakes to make it much easier to incorporate weight loss in to your life. Does that mean that weight loss is easy? No. It's never easy. It takes determination and will power, and a real desire to win (or lose, however you choose to see it.) But using meal replacements like the Vi Shakes will make it simpler.
How? By removing or lessening the need to count calories all the time. I know whenever I tried to lose without any aids in the past, it was like I took on a job as a full-time calorie accountant! Sheesh! By using the Visalus shake mix to replace 2 meals a day, or 1 if you only have a little bit to lose, then you can really make your life easier, and make it easier to reach your goals.
But I digress....
I love the mix because of it's versatility, first and foremost. By itself, it tastes OK. It's tagline is the "Cake mix Shake mix", and it certainly smells exactly like cake mix, and that gets you halfway there. But does it taste exactly like cake mix. Nah. But it still tastes pretty good.
But almost no one drinks it straight up. Most people mix in all sorts of things, from yogurt, to peanut butter, to fruit, to oatmeal--the possibilities are endless. In fact, I wrote an article about my Top 10 Body By Vi Shake Recipes, if you would like some tried-and-true ideas. If you need even more ideas, check out Visalus Shake Recipes.
The other reason that I like the mix is that for a protein shake, it has relatively high protein, low in sugar, low in sodium, and low in calories. As per the back of the shake mix bag, here is the nutritional breakdown for 2 scoops, the standard serving size:
Serving Size: 2 rounded scoops
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Sodium 75 mg
Potassium 125 mg
Total Carbohydrate 7 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Sugars Protein 12 g
If you are at all familiar with protein shakes, those are some pretty good numbers.
Another reason people almost always mix things in is that 90 calories really isn't enough to replace a meal, especially if you are just mixing with water. By mixing in yogurt, almond or soy milk, fruits, etc, you are vastly increasing your nutritional intake as well.
Let me know in the comments box what you think about the Shakes, and what your experience has been with the product.