The ViSalus Vi-Shape shake claims to “support the body’s lean muscle and fat-burning” process. In this review we are going to find out how that could possibly take place. Or not.
Type Of Product
ViSalus Sciences (website)
From the manufacturer’s website:
(…) Vi-Shape offers a filling and balanced meal designed to help you lose weight and support lean muscle and healthy energy. Made with our exclusive Tri-Sorb™ protein blend and prebiotic fiber, this shake is enriched with healthy vitamins and minerals to support an active lifestyle.
Price Per Serving
US: $1.43 – $2.16 ($43.00 – $64.97 / month)
(Monthly cost calculated with daily use of the shake only, not additional products offered)
Soy protein isolate, digestive resistant maltodextrin, whey protein hydrolysate, whey protein concentrate, dicalcium phosphate, sunflower oil, natural and artificial flavor, medium chain triglycerides, maltodextrin, gum arabic, xanthan gum, sodium caseinate, dimagnesium phosphate, magnesium oxide, soy lecithin, mono and diglycerides, patented protease (from Aminogen™), dipotassium phosphate, sucralose, ascorbic acid, vitamin E acetate, chromium amino acid chelate, molybdenum amino acid chelate, selenium amino acid chelate, biotin, vitamin A palimate, niacinamide, potassium iodide, zinc oxide, copper gluconate, calcium pantothenate, cyanocobalamin, manganese sulfate, cholecalciferol, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, phytomenadione and folic acid.
The Vi-Shape shake basically consists of a heapful of soy protein and an artificial fiber source, “digestive resistant maltodextrin”. The rest basically is vitamins, minerals and artificial sweeteners.
It’s this digestive resistant maltodextrin that the makers of Vi-Shape advertise as “prebiotic fiber” and probably put their hope on, if we go by the fact that it only plays second fiddle to the soy protein in the list of ingredients. Normally it is marketed under the trademark “Fibersol” and, if you believe its Japanese manufacturer, Matsutani, supposedly keeps you satiated for longer.
The Japanese ministry for Health, Labour and Welfare begs to differ and didn’t approve Fibersol for controlling body fat (PDF). The only study I could find that showed increased levels of satiety due to Fibersol was sponsored by Matsutani’s US partner, Archer Daniels Midland.
On the ViSalus website you do find links to about 30 white papers, but on a glance they have nothing to do with ViSalus products doing anything for weight loss and all but one are by the same person, Dr. Michael Seidman. A doctor who at least in the past believed that you could clear toxins from your body through the soles of your feet.
For app. $50 per month, each daily serving of the Vi-Shape shake offers you 5 g of fiber,12 g of protein and a bunch of vitamins. That is 150 g of fiber and 360 g of protein per month.
For around $6 / month, you could buy a regular fiber supplement. For another $6 you could get the same amount of soy protein from a high quality soy protein powder. To top it off, you could add a multivitamin ($0.90 / month) and you basically have the Vi-Shape shake – for $12.90 per month.
Neither this or the Vi-Shape shake is likely to have a huge impact on your weight loss goals. But at least you didn’t blow three to fives times as much money on it.
ViSalus Vi-Shape Shake is available at Amazon US.
Picture courtesy of “cheeseslave“.