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Thursday, April 19, 2012

ViSalus vs. Shakeology

So, I've been asked a few times about Vi vs Shakeology.  Lets take a look:


Body by Vi
% DV
% DV
Calories 90   140  
Calories from fat 10 10 3  
Total fat 1 2 .05 g 0
Saturated fat 0 0 0 0
Trans fat 0 0 0 0
Cholesterol 15 mg 5 10 mg 3
Sodium 75 mg 3 95 4
Potassium 125 mg 4
Total carbs 7 g 2 19 g 6
Dietary fiber 5 22 3 g 13
Sugars 1 g   11 g  
Protein 12 g 24 15 g 30

I, myself, have been wondering a little about Potassium in the Shakeology, so I took a deeper look.  Here's what BeachBody has to say about Potassium in Shakeology:

"The potassium levels are almost in the exact ratios they should be with sodium being about 190mg of K and 95mg of Na. This creates regulatory and proper exchange of active transport system of these too elements."

Shakeology has probiotics, prebiotics, antioxidants, phytonutirnts and digestive enzymes.  I can't say so much for Vi.

Cost: Lets take a look.  What's really cheaper?

Vi Shape
$119 per month $49 per month (Vi Shape only)
$1428 per year $588 per year (Vi Shape only)

So, when you just look at the shake, Vi is cheaper, but the suggested supplements you additionally have to take (if you so choose so) would make it WAY more expensive than Shakeology, which already has the good stuff you'd be supplementing with Vi.

Other types of popular meal replacements:
  • SlimFast: drink 2 shakes and eat a sensible dinner
  • Special K diet: eat 2 bowls of cereal and eat a sensible meal
  • Right Size: replace 2 meals with two shakes
They all work in their own way.  It's not about what you do, it's about simply doing it.  Finding what's right for your exercise and nutrition regimen is up to you (or your personal trainer if you're lucky enough to have one).  Don't get discouraged.  If you do get discouraged, talk to someone about it.  Utilize your resources with trainers, coaches, dietitians and nutritionists.  It's a puzzle you have to make fit you.

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