Disclaimer: I am NOT a certified nutritionist nor should this post be taken as professional advice. Please consult with your doctor before starting ANY health and nutrition program that you have questions about.
I have found that many folks COMPLETELY replace 2 main meals a day with the a shake. Which is what you are essentially instructed to do. HOWEVER, you must pay attention to the fact that if you mix the body by Vi shake powder (90 calories) with just 8oz of fat free milk (90-100 calories)… you are just not consuming enough calories for that to be considered a full meal. The results…. you get hungry, you eat whatever is in sight and you throw the shakes out the window (hopefully not literally) because “it doesn’t work”.
But, it is guaranteed to work… if you do it right… read on!
You need to look at the WHOLE picture logically when embarking on ANY nutritional program for weight loss. At the end of the day, your body still needs a certain amount of calories (among other nutrients, but we will talk calories only for now), just to be able to function properly throughout the day. Taking away more calories than you actually NEED (and I am talking less than what you need to produce ENERGY), will put your body in starvation mode. What happens then is that it starts to SAVE what you are feeding it in the form of fat so that it can utilize it for energy later. In essence, you are not accomplishing anything healthy when you do this. Plus you are gonna be hungry… or what I came up with for my husband HANGRY (Hungry and angry!).
To lose weight, you have to eat fewer calories than your body uses. Calories are the amount of energy in the food you eat. Some foods have more calories than others. For example, foods that are high in fat and sugar are also high in calories. If you eat more calories than your body uses, the extra calories will be stored as body excess fat.
A pound of fat is about 3,500 calories. To lose 1 pound of fat in a week, you have to eat 3,500 fewer calories (that is 500 fewer calories a day), or you have to “burn off” an extra 3,500 calories. You can burn off calories by exercising or just by being more active. And for many people, you can also burn more calories if your METABOLISM is working at its optimal speed! (here is where the Visalus prgram comes in handy as it helps in this area).
So yes, eat less. I know. Genius discovery. LOL. The point with Visalus shakes is that not all calories are created equal. So in essence you can consume a 240 calorie candy bar, but your body is not going to process that in the same way it would a more nutritional alternative, such as the shakes (or any other healthier alternative than the candy bar).
YOUR GOAL TO SUCCEED WITH THIS PROGRAM: FIND WHAT YOUR TOTAL DAILY CALORIE ALLOWANCE IS FOR YOU then stick to eating up to that number every day and include the shakes and whatever you put IN IT or eat with it as part of that total.
Here is a link to a calorie calculator that will give you an idea of your daily goals. You are also welcome to google “calorie calculator” and find a different one. I have no connection to this one, it is just an easy to use one tht I came across http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm
PS: The ingredients in the shakes will help stimulate weight loss and curb cravings, that’s the beauty of its proprietary formula.
To make the most out of your Body by Vi program, use the shakes as you would any other meal and INCLUDE that calorie (and protein, and fiber, etc.. ) count into your daily calories allowance. All your main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) should be about the same number of calories with maybe 1 or 2 snacks in between (as long as the total doesn’t go over your daily quota). Some people prefer to eat 6 smaller meals a day. Whatever works for you. I myself, replace breakfast and dinner.
The BEST meal to start your shakes with is BREAKFAST. I know, here we go again, but it is no joke, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. I know MANY people who have lost weight JUST replacing their muffin with the shakes or even having shake instead of “nothing” for breakfast. It makes THAT big a difference!
In a nutshell, make sure that you are not JUST drinking the shake with milk as your SOLE meal replacement (it's ok to do this if you are using it as a snack). Either add enough other healthy items to your lunch, like a salad or a reasonable small meal to be eating sufficient calories and protein in your day or you can also add other items TO your shake, which is what a lot of people do, to make it a heartier replacement. Look on this blog for many recipes and ideas!!
So, figure out your daily calorie allowance first (here is that calculator http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm), then grab your shake kit of choice and start eating healthier meals that are guaranteed to help you reach your weight goals. If you are eating enough and you are staying under your daily limit, you won’t be hungry and you will lose weight naturally.
Here is a list of some of the foods I eat aside from my Body by Vi shakes every day. Most of these are “slow carb” items because your body takes longer to digest them and will keep you full longer (cus they have more protein): eggs (anyway you like them is fine), low sodium canned black beans (rinsed and heated), pinto beans (rinsed and heated), toasted ham sandwiches and sometimes with low fat cheese melted, salads galore, veggies galore, pickles (I just love pickles), chicken (pretty much any way you like it), jenni-o ground turkey tacos, salmon (sparingly because of the mercury), subway subs (6 inch roast beef or ham or turkey), canned tuna in water. I will also splurge occasionally, then go right back to my program immediately without much impact. I do not do desserts often though (unless its my birthday then BRING ON THE GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE!).
If you stick to a routine, you will find it much easier to divert and return to it. So pick a few meals you can live with and fully enjoy, add the shakes, and GOOD LUCK! And hey, if you just need a day off… TAKE IT… then come right back to your routine. Pretty soon, if you are eating the right things, you will feel so good, light and energized that you won’t want to go back to your old habits!
BEST OF LUCK and I hope this helps guide you a little bit so you too can be successful with the Body by Vi program!