Monthly Archives: August 2012

The soy protein gen- update

Just to preface this post: I am trying to write this on the sly while at work on my phone. In my defense we are slow and about to close.

I spoke to my friend who introduced me to Vi and she corrected me on my Soy post. The soy used in the Vi powder is a particular component of soy, proven in studies with monkeys to have no estrogen effect on men. Good for men, possibly not so good for the monkeys if you don’t agree with animal testing.

Just wanted to update you all.

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Fallen off the horse – is that the right phrase?

First I would like to prelude this post with the fact that I am writing this on my phone. This is a tactic new to me (in blog form) and I am notorious for missing simple typos on my two-square inches of visible written space.

My faithful followers, please do not judge.

This week was a rough one for my Vi diet. I had an uncontrollable urge to snack. Not even delicious snacks, but horrible-lacking taste snacking after work. You can call me weak, or a failure, but in the end, I am only human. And a female human at that. Any of my female humans can relate.

The cool thing is though, I stayed at my weight. Even with the excess caloric intake, I managed to keep off the pounds I had lost with the Vi diet.

This only motivates me more. Proof this diet can help me keep off the weight I lose.

So I am back on the horse (I am also notorious for wronging classic cliches, as well as inventing my own song lyrics to today’s top 100), and am even more serious than I was a month ago with this diet. To prove my faithfulness, I finally bought a scale.

I’ve been using my mom’s scale once a week. Problem with this is I tend to stay motivated if I can see my weight daily. So I stopped being cheap, and bought a scale on amazon. It is glass, electric, and quite sleek looking. I am truly born in the era of Gen Y and I finally have the scale to prove it and accompany my reduction of multiple syllable words to one sound (generation = gen; even further proof I am Gen Y).

This morning I weighed 126 right before my shower (if you know what I mean) and this will now act as my “controlled” weight; I hope to lose 8 more pounds from this number. (118 for my fellow English grads.)

Wish me luck, and let’s hope the next time I fall off the wagon (right?) I don’t waste it on Cheetos puffs and stale dry cereal.

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Body by Vi – The Scam?!

I had a discussion (via text) with my husband today about Body by Vi. He read a couple of online sources stating it was a scam. I had read an article about this before I started the program; I was not impressed.

The sources describing this shake as a scam are personal blogs and forums based primarily off of individual opinions. Does this mean these opinions aren’t worthy of being heard? No. Does it mean Body by Vi is a scam then? No.

It’s not so black and white.

Fact/Opinion 1: Body by Vi isn’t as healthy as they market it to be

This is kind of true. I was disappointed when I looked at the ingredients and couldn’t pronounce more than half. Body by Vi does claim to be a healthy diet alternative. A few complaints I read said this is no substitute to fruits and vegetables, and pardon me when I say, but no shit.

I’m sure there are people out there who truly believe this is a great substitute to fruit and veggies (which is a problem with their marketing and a genuinely good argument).I apologize for being so blunt, but nothing is healthier than the natural food itself.

This is just my opinion, but I do think this shake is a good alternative for people like me-people who have difficulty eating right, healthy, and fall off their diet plans. Being on the Vi plan, I am a lot more particular about what food I eat and where I go out to eat because I only have one solid meal a day, and I don’t want to waste it on fast food or instant food.

Fact/Opinion 2: Why do they need to entice people with a BMW? Body by Vi is a pyramid scheme

This is by no means a pyramid scheme. Back when I was in high school there was a company selling phone service. (Remember land lines?)  I had never even heard of it, and the company couldn’t give me any information about the prices. This was blatantly a pyramid scheme.

Body by Vi is not a pyramid scheme. Yes the people who sell the product make more money if they find others to sell the product. But in the end, there is a product to be sold, and also, everyone makes money. A pyramid scheme requires you to put in money to make money. Body by Vi has you purchase tax deductible products to sell. In the end, you’re getting money back, whether from a tax return or commission. A free BMW is just an incentive to top performers, no different from a bonus. Mary-Kay has used this same marketing technique for years. I trust my friend selling me a product more than I trust a commercial claiming a complete stranger lost 30 pounds in a day.

Opinion/Fact 3: Body by Vi shouldn’t make you pay with autopay

This does annoy me about the company. On the site you HAVE to sign up for autopay.  Apparently some people have complained about the difficulty of canceling this. It’s really no different than a gym membership though. There’s a reason they make you sign a contract, because they know you aren’t going to come. Body by Vi is still a company and they want your money; they will make sure you have jump through hoops to get it. Kind of like the government.

And come on guys, anyone with an amazon account can get this shake with autonomous bill pay.

Fact/Opinion 4: Body by Vi will not help you lose weight

To each their own. I’ve seen wight loss since I have done this diet. Not significant amount, which I like, but also enough where I want to stick with this program. And it’s hell of a lot easier than cooking dinner every night.

Fact/Opinion 5: Body by Vi is expensive

Compared to diet pills (which we’re not even going to get into the health hazards of those) and other shakes, Body by Vi pricing is competitive.

If you endured this entire post and actually made it to this point, I hope you realized the moral – do your research and make a decision for yourself. I hate seafood but I’m not going to start a biased blog about how detrimental it is to your health. (I really don’t get the appeal of seafood. “Oh, but it doesn’t taste like fish,” is the biggest lie I have ever heard in my life.)

This is another fad, and everything popular is going to have a fan base and unhappy critics, so skip through the opinions and look for the solid facts. Either people have lost weight or they haven’t. They have spent more money or less. They get more nutrients with this product or they don’t.

These are all unbiased questions to ask.

In the words of Tyler Durden, “Cut the foreplay and just ask.”

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Roughly a month down, but whose counting?

It has been almost a month since I started this Body by Vi journey. So far…I still like it. No doubt I do get hungry in between meals, but that’s nothing new. I noticed I do better having a meal for lunch, and then having the shake for dinner. I usually make a banana, almond-milk smoothie out of it, and at work I don’t have access to a blender, so drinking it just with the almond milk at lunch has yet to fill me up. 

I eat a lot though…and not the “eat a lot” as in “I’m trying to be a cute girl and say I eat a lot but in all reality a chip fills me up.” No, I wish, oh lord knows how I wish. I am more like “I’ve eaten a half of a large pizza to myself and will never speak of it to anyone” type eater. So for me, some almond milk and a couple scoops of powder is unlikely to salvage as a meal.

I am really bad guys. I still eat cheese and chocolate and snack while on my challenge. But since I have started, I do snack on healthier items like nuts (mind out of the gutter people) and an occasional handful of dark chocolate chips (studies have shown its good for the heart, so hush) and I do enjoy my can of Bud while playing Bocce on weekends (I score more points after I’ve loosened up a bit, so really it’s me helping my team). My point to this litany of mildly bad eating habits is – I have still lost weight without depriving myself of my cravings. 

I am a firm believer in never cutting something out of your diet completely. When I was 15 (which was, like, only five years ago) I dropped from 120 pounds to 108 pounds, and I only had to cut out 1500 calories from my diet. I never ate sweets, and stayed away from my beloved cheese. This lasted about six months until I finally cracked and just ate everything I had been depriving myself of for the previous six months. I went from 108 back to 120, then up to 128, and then plateaued at 140. I in fact weighed more than I had ever weighed in my life (freshmen 15 doesn’t count) and stayed that way until my adulthood. 

This is why I make sure to eat what I am craving. I know there is going to be a night out with the girls where we order fondue, and dessert, and I am going to feel guilty and not eat because it goes against my diet. Then I am going to crack and splurge on chocolate covered donuts. I don’t even like chocolate covered donuts people, but I foresee myself indulging.

I am really enjoying this challenge so far. I think it is a realistic diet and it has cut down the cost of my grocery list. If someone who eats half of a large pizza on the regular can be satisfied with this plan, I honestly think anyone will be happy with it and successful. 

Roughly month 1 done and over with, and 5/6 pounds lost! I weigh less than I have in 5 years (which means since I was 15)!

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