I rarely do side-by-side comparisons, primarily because I don’t want to seem critical of any other company or their products. Therefore, before I go any further, I want to say that I know several Visalus reps personally and most of them are good people who really do want to help people to lose weight. I respect that. Anybody who is helping to win the war against obesity is a friend, not a foe. That being said, I am a Beachbody coach for a reason. When it comes to shakes, I encourage everyone to take a very close look at the ingredients and to make an informed decision. That was the point of my post a few months back entitled, What’s in Your Shake? In the case of these two products, I have had so many questions, and have seen so much misinformation it is finally time to address this one head one. I personally believe that honesty is always the best policy, so I went online to the Visalus (Body by Vi) website to find the nutritional label for their products as well as the price of their kits. I then compared them to the nutritional labels for Shakeology, which you can see for yourself here.
Chances are you have heard of both Shakeology and Visalus. Shakeology is an ultra-premium nutritional health shake that is designed to be used as a full meal replacement and is part of the Beachbody Challenge. Basically it is your daily dose of dense superfood nutrition. Visalus is actually the company behind the Body by Vi weight loss challenge which utilizes the Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix. While both of these products are shakes and both can help with weight loss, there are some major differences that must be addressed for an honest side-by-side comparison.
Vi-Shape – When confronted with the fact that the list of ingredients in their shake doesn’t begin to compare to the list of ingredients in Shakeology, I have heard many Visalus reps come back with the quip, “Less is more.” Is it?
Shakeology - There is no argument from either side that Shakeology has a huge number of ingredients that Vi-Shape does not have. These ingredients are what make Shakeology a true health shake and not just a “weight-loss” shake. So what are some of these ingredients and why would you want them?
- PROPRIETARY SUPER-FRUIT/ANTIOXIDANT BLEND: Camu-Camu, Acai, Acerola, Bilberry, Goji Berry, Grape Seed, Green Tea, Luo Han Guo, Pomegranate, Rose Hips. Provides antioxidant support and promotes a healthy heart and optimal blood pressure.*
- PROPRIETARY SUPER-GREEN/PHYTONUTRIENT BLEND: Moringa, Chlorella, Spirulina, Spinach, Barley Grass, Kamut Grass, Wheat Grass, Oat Grass. Helps alkalize the body and promotes detoxification of the liver, kidneys, and blood to restore health and vitality.*
- PROPRIETARY ADAPTOGEN BLEND: Ashwaganda, Astragalus, Cordyceps, Ginkgo, Maca, Maitake, Reishi, Schisandra, Tulsi (Holy Basil). Helps protect the body from stress, support the immune system and balance the endocrine system.*
- PROPRIETARY PRE- AND PROBIOTIC/DIGESTIVE ENZYME BLEND: Yacon Root, Lactobacillus Sporogenes, Amylase, Cellulase, Lactase, Protease, Bromelain, Papain. Helps increase nutrient absorption, promotes regularity, and improves digestions.*
Vi-Shape – Visalus says their product is diabetic friendly, but recent scientific studies indicates that it contains ingredients that can contribute to diabetes and be problematic for those who already have diabetes. The claim that it is diabetic friendly is based on Vi-Shape being low carb and low sugar, but this is achieved through the use of artificial sweeteners. It is these artificial sweeteners that are also the biggest concern for diabetes. Recent studies show that artificial sweeteners actually contribute to diabetes (see below). Another potential concern is that Vi-Shape contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which are a partially man-made fat. According to WebMD, “MCTs can cause certain chemicals called ketones to build up in the body. This can be a problem for people with diabetes. Avoid using MCTs if you have diabetes.”
Shakeology – Shakeology is certified low glycemic. Watch the video: Doctor’s Review: Shakeology is a Great Supplement for Diabetics. We have stories of several people who have been able to reverse their diabetes or pre-diabetes.* To learn more about their stories, contact me.
Artificial sugars and sweeteners?
Vi-Shape – Yes – sucralose. More and more studies prove that artificial sweeteners are extremely dangerous and hazardous for your health. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to increased risk of obesity and diabetes as well migraines, gastrointestinal issues, seizures, dizziness, blurred vision, and a host of other problems. But don’t just take my word on it. For more information on why you want to avoid this stuff like the plague, check out this recent show by Dr. Oz, Artificial Sweeteners: Disturbing New Facts. CBSNews also recently published an article entitled, “Artificial sweeteners could lead to obesity, diabetes.”
For information on Sucralose specifically, you can check out Dr. Mercola’s article The Secret Dangers of Sucralose, this Huffington Post Article on Sucralose, or this Livestrong article. And these are just a few of the hundred thousand plus articles brought up in a quick google search.
The bottom line is this: Anything that contains sucralose will not only not improve your health, it is actually potentially very harmful to your health.
Shakeology – Absolutely Nothing Artificial! Shakeology is “nature in a bag.”
Vi-Shape – No. The only option is “Sweet Cream”
Shakeology – Comes in 5 delicious flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Greenberry, and the two VEGAN flavors, Tropical Strawberry and Chocolate Vegan.
Vi-Shape – Contains a protein blend consisting primarily of soy protein isolate. Visalus claims it is a “safe” form of soy protein. However, independent and unbiased research shows the dangers of consuming soy protein isolate. One reason is that the human body mistakes soy for the female hormone, estrogen. Again, just in case you think I’m being biased, this is not just my opinion, this is backed up by tons of independent research. Here are just a few articles out there on the dangers of soy protein isolate. In 2009, Men’s Health Magazine did a study on the Negative Effects of Soy in Men. To check out this article yourself click HERE. The article listed some of the side effects of soy in men as growing breasts, loss of body hair and even sexual dysfunction.
An article entitled, The Dangers of Soy Are Real–and Much Worse Than You Might Think, posted in 2012 is a very thorough article that includes a list of numerous studies conducted between 1971 and 2003 that show the adverse side effects of dietary soy.
Internet low-carb guru, Jimmy Moore, posted an article on his Livin’ La Vida Low Carb blog entitled: Low-Carb Dieter Beware: Soy-Based ‘Body By Vi’ Visalus Protein Shake Mixes Not A Panacea
Shakeology -All Flavors contain Proprietary Super-Protein Blends. Absolutely no soy!
- Chocolate, Vanilla and Greenberry all contain a Proprietary Super-Protein Blend consisting of Whey, Sachi Inchi, Chia, Flax, Quinoa, Amaranth, and Pea protein.
- Tropical Strawberry and Chocolate Vegan both contain a Proprietary Vegan Protein Blend consisting of Raw Sprouted Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein, Sacha Inchi, Chia, Flax, Quinoa, Amaranth, and Pea protein.
Vi-Shape – The lowest priced kit is $49 and only give you one shake per day. To get the recommended two shakes per day that Visalus recommends you need the next kit up which is $99 or $3.30 per day. When you factor in the other recommended supplements the cost can run up to $10 per day. Remember the additional supplements and snacks cost extra.
Shakeology – At just over $4 per day at retail price ($4.33 to be exact) with discounts of up to 25% off available., Shakeology is an absolutely amazing value. Check out P90X Creator, Tony Horton, checking out Shakeology in the video below. Even at retail, it is still less than the cost of most fast food meals. Plus, with Shakeology you don’t need any extra supplements.
Vi-Shape -30 day money back
Shakeology Guarantee -30 day, no questions asked, bottom of the bag guarantee.
The Bottom Line
The point of this is to help you make an educated decision. Vi-Shape or Body by Vi are not altogether bad products, but neither are they exceptional and they certainly do not compare to Shakeology. Nothing does. Clearly though, the ingredients in Vi-Shape cause serious concerns about the negative impact it could have on your health. Year after year a multitude of fad supplements, juices and health shakes come and go, all promising amazing results but not many actually delivering on their promises. Most meal replacement shakes have to make sacrifices in certain areas, whether it be taste, nutritional value, sugar content or the use of unhealthy artificial ingredients and sweeteners.
Shakeology is different entirely. It was created by Beachbody, the makers of P90X, Insanity and a host of other products that are household names. Beachbody is the absolute leader in home fitness and Shakeology is the absolute only shake of it’s kind on the market. It is unparalleled when it comes to the breadth of ingredients, nutritional value and taste.
Maybe your primary interest in a shake is that you want to lose weight. That’s great! When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off there is only one solution that really works and that is a combination of proper nutrition, and effective exercise program, and support. The true goal should be optimal health and well-being, not just weight loss. After all, what good does it do you to be skinny if it kills you? A healthy lifestyle will produce a healthy body, a healthy body is a fit body. Both Beachbody and Visalus offer Weight Loss Challenges, but only one offers the complete package.
How Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix is Used in the Body by Vi Challenge.
- Replace two meals per day with a shake
- Eat a healthy snack and dinner.
- Use other Visalus products (depending on the kit you choose)
- I’m sure exercise is encouraged in their challenge, but you are on your own on that one. I actually know of several Visalus reps who use Beachbody workouts to get their results.
How Shakeology is Used in the Beachbody Challenge
- Replace one meal per day
- Eat healthy meals and snacks the rest of the day (meal-planners and recipes are included in each program)
- Choose the Beachbody program that matches your goals and interesest to get the best results possible.
- Plug into one of our online challenge groups for motivation and support.
For more information about the Beachbody Challenge click here.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.