This week we’re reviewing the ViSalus weight loss shakes, Vi-Shape. A pretty good shake, that wasn’t easy to review and we will explain why in the review.
Alright most shakes that are part of MLM’s (Multi-Level Marketing) programs sell a shake and then a whole kit for more complete weight loss. However, Vi-Shape sells a very base powder and then flavoring packets and hunger blocking packets to the shake. We’re all for the a la carte, but that’s a bit much! We don’t want to buy our shake piece by piece…that said we invested in both the hunger blocker and the flavoring packets then tried the shake with and without them.
As far as hunger blocking, you definitely need the hunger blocker packet to get the full effect. Without it the shake did little to suppress our hunger, and with it, we did okay, but not as well as some of the other shakes we’ve tried.
Anyone on their program will be quickly to tell you how proven this product is…over and over and over until you finally give in and join their down line. But I digress, they do have some great testimonials on the site.
Now let’s have a talk about their Trim packets. It seems that ViSalus is using Chromium as their main form of hunger blocker as the Supplement contains 167% of your daily value of Chromium. The problem with this is that Chromium has not been proven to play any real biological role in humans. And its legitimacy as a dietary supplement is pretty questionable.
Overall we were quite impressed with Shakeology, but the problem comes from the fillers. Yes many of them do have benefits, but the question is, was your weight loss really struggling solely because of your lack of Kamut Grass in your diet? Let’s break it down.
– The ViSalus Shake mix contains 30% of your daily intake of 24 essential vitamins and minerals…(Chromium is one of those so if you add Vi-Trim you’re getting 197% of it.) It also contains 12 grams of protein which is pretty good.
– Only 90 Calories is great along with 1 gram of fat and less than 1 gram of sugar per serving. Vi-Shape does a good job with keeping the bad stuff out. Atkins fans will also not the only 7 grams of carbs per serving.
– We weren’t happy with how high on the ingredient list the ‘artificial flavorings’ bit appears and we were a bit concerned with the allergen warning. Most are soy, milk and eggs, while ViSalus includes shellfish, wheat, fish oil, tree nuts, and peanuts on the list. So if you have an allergic reaction to any of that, this is not the shake for you.
We tried this shake alone and once with the Chocolate flavor addition and we have to say…save your money. The shake was fairly bland on its own but the chocolate flavoring only made the shake go from bland to…well, not tasty at all. We somehow doubt they did any better with the banana, orange, peach or strawberry if they couldn’t manage to get the chocolate right. This shake has low calories so you’re not going to kill your diet by adding fruits and vegetables or pb2 of your own choosing.
Vi-Shape can be purchased alone for a perfect score of 20, meaning it hits the $1.50 per shake. However, when we tested it we got the Vi-Trim and the flavoring packets and we more than doubled the price of each shake. In the end we paid about $3.33 per shake which puts them at a 12 in price.
Yeah, Multi-Level Marketing products aren’t ever going to get high points in convenience from us. Anyone that has participated in an MLM and gotten out of it will tell you…the hassle you’re going to deal with from your up-line and the pressure of creating a down-line is…really not convenient in the least.