We take a look at Vi Shape Nutritional Shake Mix to find out more about this supplement and the company behind it.
Vi Shape Nutritional Shake is described as a “nutritional powerhouse” by the advertising.
This supplement is a meal replacement shake that you use to replace two of your meals each day in order to lose weight.
The Shake contains 32 vitamins and minerals plus the proprietary Tri Sorb protein blend which is composed of soy protein isolate, whey protein concentrate and whey protein Hydrolysate.
The aim is that if you use twice a day instead of meals you will lose weight without experiencing hunger pangs. Use once a day and you will maintain weight loss.
Vi Shape Nutritional shake comes in Sweet Cream flavour and it is described as tasting just like cake mix. This is not going to appeal to everyone and drinking this twice a day is going to be hard work for many people who will struggle to keep to eating nothing else other than this drink twice a day.
Vi Shape Shake does contain vitamins and minerals but will probably see you craving real food very quickly. This is not just the case with Vi Shape Nutritional Shake. Meal replacement drinks can sometimes lead to weight gain as you give into the temptation of eating some real food if you stay on them too long.
Use 2 Vi-Shape shakes in place of 2 meals daily. Substituting 2 meals daily of an energy-restricted diet with meal replacements contributes to weight-loss.
Use 1 Vi-Shape shake in place of 1 daily meal. Substituting 1 meal daily of an energy-restricted diet with a meal replacement contributes to the maintenance of weight after weight-loss.
Mix 2 scoops of Vi-Shape® with 250 ml of semi-skimmed milk and enjoy!
Make sure to consume at least 2 litres of water per day to ensure an adequate fluid intake.
A major part of the ViSalus promotion is The Challenge. This is a 90-day weight loss plan in which participants have a chance to win £600 or even £3000 if you win the 90-Day Challenge championship.
All you have to do is to lose 10lbs of weight (or add 10lbs of muscle). You video yourself at the beginning of your weight loss journey and upload it to Challenge. There you can track your progress, create your timeline and share your results with the rest of the community.
Looking at the community there are many success stories, so it seems that this competitive focus does help you lose weight.
To take part in the Challenge you have to buy a Vi Challenge kit to help you.
These kits include the Nutritional Shake plus so called nutritional cookies and various supplement pills such as MetabAwake and ViOmega Essentials .However Vi Shape Nutritional Shake is the principle product in the range.
ViSalus, the company behind Vi products is an MLM (multi layered marketing company) so you are encouraged to become promoter yourself and help market this product range.
According to the advertising, Vi promoters benefit from “one of the truly most innovative reward programmes in the world”.
You can see all the details about this on the Vi website. It may all look a bit implausible – can you really obtain a top of the range BMW by doing this for example but many people enjoy being involved in MLM marketing and there is the usual list of levels, incentives and rewards to spur you on.
However a word of caution. ViSalus has been singled out in an investigative article by financial journalist Herb Greenburg from CNBC who felt that the company “walks a fine line between legal direct selling and pyramid scheme.”
We do not believe that we are subject to laws regulating pyramid schemes,
but warns that
there is a risk that a governmental agency or court could disagree with our assessment…
According to the advertising, Vi Shape:
HELPS SUPPORT LEAN MUSCLE AND MAINTAIN HEALTHY WEIGHT
offers a filling and balanced meal in a delicious Sweet Cream Flavour designed to help you control your weight.
Made with exclusive Tri-Sorb™ protein blend, this shake is enriched with healthy vitamins and minerals.
You can use Vi Shape in combination with the other products. For example, the Boost Kit provides you with 60 servings of Vi Shape plus 10 “mix ins” – flavours to add some variety. These are in chocolate or strawberry flavour.
It comes with 2 packets of so called healthy cookies a nutritious between meal snack.
None of the Vi Shape supplements come with any evidence that they will help you achieve a healthier lifestyle.
The best results for long-term weight loss lie in changing your diet and lifestyle and increasing your fresh fruit and vegetable intake. This weight loss program just does not look healthy.
According to the advertising, this is a growing company. With nearly 1.5 MILLION new people joining the Body by Vi Challenge last year, The #1 Weight Loss & Fitness Platform in North America is now launching in the UK!
Vi Shape Nutritional Shake is a meal replacement drink. It comes in powered form and you simply add two scoops to milk. There are a lot of ingredients so we cover just some of the principle components. Amount quantities not provided.
Vi Shape also contains vitamins and minerals.
There are thickeners, flavourings and sweeteners. These include Xanthan gum, Lecithin.
Other ingredients include Bromelain – pineapple extract and Papain – derived from the Papaya sometimes used to break down proteins and reduce swelling.
Each serving (with skimmed milk) contains the following:
Vi Shape contains proteins that will probably make you feel full and so may reduce your hunger pangs and appetite. There is also a range of vitamins and minerals, which look OK.
However using this meal replacement drink for the recommended 3 months is not going to be good for health. This is a very restrictive diet and you will be lacking vital nutrition and running on very few calories, even if you do not necessarily feel hungry.
This looks like a fad diet. Nothing more. Taken occasionally, Vi Shape may not cause any problems but we would be extremely wary at taking this for such a long period.
The long list of processed ingredients are not going to be as good for health and weight loss as a healthy diet.
According to some customers, there are side effects.
Reported side effects include;
I was always feeling bloated and actually gained weight on it” was a typical comment.
Some customers reported headaches;
This stuff gave me major headaches and never gave me the sensation of being full
It appears to cause issues with back pain and kidney problems.
One man who was concerned about his wife reported;
After using this shake for 2 months she started complaining of lower back pain and after number of MRI and ultra sound scans she was diagnosed – water in kidneys. After she stopped drinking the sake, it took her about 4 months to get back to normal.
A few customers have mentioned lower back pain.
Avoid if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not take if you have or have had a hormone related medical condition such as breast cancer or cancer of the prostate. The soy content will affect hormone levels.
Do not take if you suffer from diabetes or if you have a medical condition. Using this supplement to support a very extreme diet may cause serious medical problems so seek the advice of your doctor first.
Vi Shape Nutritional Shake is only supposed to be on sale via the network of distributors so unsurprisingly it is hard to get an unbiased opinion. All MLM promoters tend to get caught up in the hype of what they are selling and come up with some frankly unbelievable comments such as:
the product is amazing and has helped me not only lose 50 pounds, but gain energy, lower my blood sugar, cut my cholesterol in half, and given me a whole new outlook on life!!!
Great news for this promoter but these effects are not necessarily real for everyone.
Luckily, for consumers, Vi Shape is being offered for sale via Amazon so it is possible to read some unbiased opinion.
Some genuine looking consumers seem happy.
This product works to me. I Lost around 15 pounds in 1.5 months… It taste good and you don’t need add any flavor. Remember go to the gym too 😉
My husband has had good success, losing weight with these shakes. He drinks one for breakfast, then eats a good lunch & has another shake for dinner. He loves it!
Not everyone is as happy. For many the taste is very off putting;
The taste was so gross I only was able to do two shakes.
Was a typical negative comment.
Some consumers have actually gained weight;
The shake tasted ok, but was very, very hard to lose weight on because it left you hungry an hour later. I actually ended up gaining weight.
This is a common effect of meal replacement drinks.
I used it faithfully for a month. I gained 3 lbs the first week. Lost 3 the next week then no loss or gain thereafter. I did moderate exercise 4-5 times a week along with it. Very disappointed
It will work if you use this supplement in place of food and carry out this plan for 3 months. It cannot fail. However, this is not because this Shake is so great. The results will come from sticking to an extremely low calorie diet for 3 months and eating only one meal a day. Some people may manage this, but many will crack after a few days and crave real food and nutrition.
There is evidence that whey protein is beneficial for weight loss. It can cause feelings of satiety and it plays a role in regulating the hormones that are involved with the appetite. However, we feel that trusting a supplement to provide all your nutritional requirements is a mistake. This is not a natural or healthy way to live.
You could use any fad diet – even the notorious Cabbage soup diet and lose weight if you did it for long enough. That would not be a healthy option either, even if you took a multi vitamin supplement to support it.
Vi Shape looks like a gimmick product that does nothing to reinforce a healthy diet and lifestyle.
There is an extensive network of people selling Vi Shape supplements and you can find them via Facebook, other social networking sites or via Google.
You cannot buy Vi Shape direct from the ViSalus website unless you are already a promoter.
The route to becoming a promoter yourself is via another promoter.
We looked at one promoter’s website in order to find how to buy Vi Shape as a general consumer and found to our surprise that the emphasis was on getting customers to be promoters rather than selling products to retail customers.
As a point of interest, this option seems to start at around £349.00 for a basic kit plus an additional £39.00 promotional materials. (This was aimed at UK customers).
This promoter was selling what is described as a Balance Kit and comprises of 30 servings of Vi Shape for £39.00.
In order to buy you must sign up to an auto ship program.
An easier option is to buy Vi Shape Nutritional Shake via Amazon. This way of buying is frowned on by the Vi Shape community but seems much more straightforward.
You can buy 30 servings of Vi Shape Nutritional shake for £43.00 via Amazon.co.uk
(This works out at $69.00)
Vi Shape is also available via Amazon.com. 30 servings costs $41.00 and includes free shipping.
There does not appear to be a guarantee on offer. However if you buy through a promoter it is possible he or she will refund you if you make enough fuss. We could find no reference to a money back guarantee within the lengthy terms and conditions.
We are not very impressed with Vi Shape Nutritional Shape. It looks like a gimmick to us and we just cannot see why taking this meal replacement should make weight loss easy. That said, if you truly believe that you are the sort of person who can give up solid food for three months and exist on just one meal a day, then your willpower may carry you through. Of course, if you have this level of self-control you probably won’t need to take a product to help you, anyway.
Make no mistake. This is not a healthy way to lose weight. There may be added vitamins and minerals contained in the formula but missing out on nutritious food (including your five a day) is not advisable. Add to that the sheer boredom factor of drinking what is described as liquid cake mix is enough to make most people give it all up as a bad job, fairly quickly.
The MLM structure of the company is a concern. For the consumer it can lead to signing up to auto billing and getting involved with sometimes very driven sales distributors who may put the hard sell treatment on you. There have been concerns that this company veer into the territory of pyramid selling and judging by the Promoter that we looked at, the emphasis was on signing up other promoters rather than selling the supplement.
If you are considering signing up as a promoter yourself, try not to be swayed by the jargon and the promises of wealth. This network marketing operation is expensive to join and it may not be the golden opportunity that it looks.
For now, our focus at the Watchdog is on the supplement and not the business structure. When it comes down to it, Vi Shape Nutritional Shake is simply not good enough to add to the Approved list so we have no other option but to reject it.
Disclaimer: Our reviews and investigations are based on extensive research from the information publicly available to us and consumers at the time of first publishing the post. Information is based on our personal opinion and whilst we endeavour to ensure information is up-to-date, manufacturers do from time to time change their products and future research may disagree with our findings. If you feel any of the information is inaccurate, please contact us and we will review the information provided.