How do you tell someone involved in what is essentially a legal, but still dodgy pyramid scheme that they’re an idiot, the product sucks and that you want nothing to do with it?
First Body By Vi and now Juice+, seriously people do I look like a moron? I will not sell that fucking crap to my students.
And whyyyy are people selling these products that don’t even work. They’re either dodgy as fuck or dumb as fuck. Juice+ you might as well just actually start juicing and Body By Vi shakes are filled with crap and nutritionally don’t have a lot going for them. Someone I know tried the Vi shakes and they felt like they were on drugs. Good way to feel less hungry maybe but NOT healthy.
Okay I actually looked this up and I am appalled by this Body By Vi thing. Your body is NOT designed to live off 2 shakes, 2 snacks and 1 meal a day. Your intestine NEEDS bulk for healthy digestion. Having a largely liquid-based intake is surprisingly bad for both hydration status and electrolyte balance too - while for 30 days you’d probably be okay (doubt you’d feel great though), if you were to try and sustain this you would put yourself in a dangerous situation.
This will result in fast weight loss, but like so many fast weight loss programs it is based off of the idea of losing water weight and draining glycogen from muscles. Every gram of glycogen lost from your muscles results in 4g of water loss. That’s why these kind of diets seem to work so well when in reality they are doing nothing for your health and will probably in the long term make you put on more weight than you lose. So then you want to try the stupid diet again because “it worked so well last time”, and you constantly put your body under stress, your immune system gets suppressed, your digestive system starts playing up, your kidneys are having a whale of a time trying to keep your electrolytes balanced, you lose a heck of a lot of muscle and you still haven’t lost an ounce of fat. Not the way to go.
Also, this promotes competitiveness in weight loss, which I do not support at all. Weight loss should never be a competition. When it starts getting competitive, that’s when dangerous behaviours start. Missing meals. Extra workouts. Dehydration tactics. Obsessive calorie-counting. Panic when you went 20 calories over your allowance. Better go walk for an hour. Binged on chocolate because you’re starving and miserable. Gotta go throw that up. You have no idea how easy it is to fall into dangerous eating habits when you introduce competition. You have no idea how easy it is to not even notice, to tell yourself it’s okay and it’s “just until you reach your target weight”. You have no idea what lengths you will go to.
If a supplement works, it is probably banned. If a supplement isn’t banned, it probably doesn’t work. Don’t buy into this shit. And remember, before and after pictures are easy to fake.
So yeah, I’m angry, I’d tell them outright that I have no interest in putting anyone’s health at risk, ever. Especially not my students, or my own.