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Shakeology vs. Body by Vi

10 Jul

As a fitness coach, I get asked my opinions on everything from workout shoes to organic eggs. What I feed my family, what I suggest for weight loss meal plans….you name it, I’ve been asked! Recently I had an interesting conversation in one of my challenge groups on Facebook after a group member asked the difference between Shakeology (something I drink daily) and Body by Vi. While I am of course biased to Shakeology, I in no way think Body by Vi is a bad product, I just prefer Shakeology because of the benefits I know it has provided me after two kids, a csection and weight gain.

You’ll see “Words in Pink” highlighting extra costs, snacks, and differences between the products!

COST

Body by Vi- $49 – $250 per month, depending on which “level” of program you buy. (this means you don’t have a set cost)

Shakeology- $90-120 per month (If you’re a coach, you get a discount!)

SERVINGS

Body by Vi- 2 shakes per day, plus snacks (EXTRA, not included in the above pricing)

Shakeology – 1x per day. Good for your healthy choices. Good for your wallet! You can buy in bulk or individual packets.

Glycemic Index Ratings

*This is very important for people who have diabetic conditions, as spikes in sugar and insulin levels are never healthy!

Credit: Shakemeal.com

Body by Vi – Yes, it’s just not on the label.

Shakeology – All the way! It’s right smack dab on the front of the package. Gotta love that!

Does it have any of that “fake” stuff in it?

Body by Vi – Yes – sucralose. This is nasty, nasty stuff! Steer clear.

Shakeology – Not one ingredient! Shakeology is also gluten free and they have 2 Vegan formulas!

Calories

Body by Vi – 90 calories + milk and/or fruit

Shakeology – 140 calories for green berry, 150 for chocolate, plus what you add (try almond milk for 40 calories!)

Customizable Shakes?

Both are a yes on this one! I’ve tried all 4 different kinds of Shakeology (Chocolate, Vegan Chocolate, Tropical, and Greenberry) and can say you can add just about anything to these shakes.

Return Policies

Body by Vi-30 day money back

Shakeology-30 day money back

My experience with Shakeology is that it takes 30 days to create a habit. I tell all my group members and clients about this theory. Shakeology is like an assistance tool that feeds your body, fuels it and creates a solid foundation for your good choices. It’s very easy.

What mom out there wouldn’t love to have at least ONE of her meals accounted for everyday? Throw it in the blender or a shaker bottle and you’re set. It’s customized to you, peanut butter, bananas, fruit, OJ….even add in a little flax seed meal or protein powder if you wish. It’s YOUR drink. Make it how you like it. I guarantee Shakeology will not only change how you feel physically, it will change how you look when coupled with some exercise and determination.

I never want to be a sales pitch type of person on my site. I truly believe in these products because I have been the recipient of the results. Now, a lot of that was my own sheer determination and sweat, but your eating is 70% of the body battle. If you have any other questions about these two shakes, would like a sample of Shakeology, or want to get started in one of my free challenge groups, feel free to contact me!

Skinny Girl Summertime Drinks – Healthier Beverage Options for BBQs

28 May

Are you still thinking about getting skinny for the summer? Well, we’re just around the corner from sweet summertime and we all know that with summer comes lots of gatherings, food, and ALCOHOL. If you are on a mission and losing weight and want to continue doing so, I’m here to help you “Get Prepared” for all those summer parties

Step 1: Create an action plan!

  • How long will you be at this event? You’re going to get thirsty & hungry. Do you know what food will be served? What about drinks? The regulars are Pop/Soda, Beer, and a Sweet Tea or Lemonade. Bring a bottled water, Shakeology or even R&R if you want something sweeter. That way, you’re getting your daily water and/or protein, without all the extra calories in SUGAR. Sugar is a Fat and Carbohydrate. Not good for losing weight.

FACT: Alcohol should be avoided if you are trying to lose weight. Alcohol is metabolized and quickly absorbed into the body. Other than using alcohol for energy, the body will break it down and store it as a fat. It provides ZERO nutritional value. Knowing this means we have to make smarter decisions if we are not willing to avoid the temptation.

If you are going to consume do so occasionally and in moderation. Think about it, when we do have a drink, how many do you normally consume? Sometimes its not the drink itself that is high in calories but it’s the number of drinks consumed.

Step 2: Know Your Calorie Count!

How many calories are in a drink is dependent on what type of drink you have.

  • Your common beer is going to be around 110 calories a bottle. That number will change based on light vs regular and the brewing type. Drink a 6pack and you wont have a 6-pack.
  • Wine is about 100 calories a serving. Again this number changed depending on the type of wine consumed.
  • For liquor, lets look at Vodka since its so popular. Theres 97 calories in a 1.5 fl oz serving of Smirnoff Red Label vodka. That’s a typical shot serving.

So lets be honest with one another and admit that most people are probably not willing to eliminate this indulgence all summer long. But, let’s make a deal. There is always a balance to everything and modifying your beverage choice, makes it what I like to call a “better bad”. Meaning its still not a great option, but it is better than the other option.

Here a few tips to help you:

  • Keep it simple! – Stay away from the fancy mixed drinks that are calorie loaded & will defeat your hard work
  • Order your drink “on the rocks” or “neat”
  • If you prefer to have it mixed then add a calorie smart mixer. Choose Crystal Light, Diet Cranberry Juice, or Seltzer (I try to keep all POP/SODA away from my clients)
  • Drink light beers
  • Use caution when consuming marketed low-calorie beers. If you look at the alcohol volume they are lower. If you are just enjoying 1 drink, this is a great choice. Many people don’t realize this and they drink more and consume more since the alcohol percentage is less and they aren’t “feeling the effects.”

Check out this list of 10 Highest and Lowest calorie Beers

ImageFor a refreshing mixed drink here’s my best friend Erin’s Lemon Spritzer

1 ½ ounces (approx 1 shot) of vodka
5 oz of Minute Maid Light Lemonade
Topped off with soda water

Served on the rocks or blended
Garnish with fresh fruit like lemons, limes, and a strawberry.
Serve in a dispenser for parties and sharing.

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