I am forever astounded (actually, stupefied) by the mind-boggling number of weight-loss plans, programs, blogs, formulas, books, and foods available to us today. It’s odd, though, that Americans continue to get bigger and bigger despite the myriad of methods we have to get smaller and smaller.
Like many FOFs, I’ve gone on countless diets over the years. Sometimes I’ve found plans that work for me; other times, my efforts have been a complete bust. Surely, there’s no foolproof formula for everyone, so I guess we’ve each got to experiment with those that sound good, until we hit on something that is good.
When Nancy Welk, one of our members, e-mailed me about a weight-loss program that worked well for her–so well, in fact, she’s become a rep for it–I invited her to advertise on the site to tell other women about it. Nancy took me up on my offer, so I also wanted to give her the opportunity to tell us a bit about her experience.
Here’s a Q&A we did with Nancy. As she says, she’ll be happy if she can help even one woman who is as frustrated as she was.
Tell me a little about yourself.
I am 51, a mother of two children in college and married for 26 years. I have always been active and in good shape. I swam as a child. I have gone to the gym my entire adult life. I never liked red meat and was raised eating healthy foods. I’ve continued this with my own family. I kept my shape after delivering both of my children. Everything started to change when I turned 45.
What happened at 45?
Many things were changing in my life. We moved out of state and I tried to re-establish a new life. My weight started to creep up despite maintaining the same eating habits and workout routine. I also started waking up in the middle of the night. At 47, my menstrual cycle started to skip. By 50, I was officially in menopause, 60 pounds heavier with a protruding abdomen and hot flashes. I was miserable. I didn’t recognize the woman in the mirror.
What did you do to help alleviate your symptoms?
I visited six different doctors during this period. Five of them wrote me off as a middle-aged woman who was trying defy the aging process. One said, ‘If you’re here for diet pills you’ve come to the wrong place.’ I left in tears. Another said, ‘I have sick people to take care of and there is nothing medically wrong with you.’ Again, I was shocked. Another told me,’ It’s just the aging process, just exercise more and eat right.’ One doctor put me on on a compounded progesterone and estrogen pill. Although it helped me with my thyroid balance, hot flashes and sleep, my weight was continuing to rise. I refused to accept this and continued my research.
What led you to find ViSalus?
A friend of mine invited me to a Challenge Party. She knew how frustrated I was with my weight and thought it would benefit both of us. I had never heard of ViSalus before that and the information was intriguing. I thought to myself, why not try it? How can all these people be wrong?
What is the basic premise behind the products?
The company promotes a 90-Day ‘Health Challenge’ and being proactive with your health, before illness strikes. First you choose your challenge, then you choose the kit which is designed to help you reach your transformation. The Vi Shake is a highly absorbable, Tri-Sorb soy protein blend developed by Dr. Michael Seidman, who has over 20 years experience as a physician of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and human nutrition. He’s a consultant to the NFL, NBA and NHL. The product is diabetic friendly and doesn’t have harsh stimulants or caffeine. It’s also free of isoflavones and GMOs (genetically modified organisms.)
Once you started taking ViSalus, what happened?
First, I bought the ‘Shape Kit,’ which replaced two meals a day. Although the scale was not moving, I was losing inches. I also had more energy and was sleeping well. Then I switched to the ‘Transformation Kit’ because I wanted to lose more than 20 pounds. I started to lose weight and inches. I was elated!
Is ViSalus for every woman?
There is a kit for every woman. The ‘Balance Kit’ is for balanced nutrition. The ‘Core Kit’ is for an athlete or if you’re looking to improve your health. The ‘Transformation Kit’ is for those who want to lose 20 pounds or more. The newest kit, the ‘Fit Kit,’ is for those who want to build muscle and get proper nutrition. If you’ve never had a protein shake, you may feel full the first day or two, but the body adjusts. The product is lactose free, gluten free, Kosher and heart healthy. It has helped people lose a total of 10 million pounds to date. It tastes like cake and there are hundreds of recipes–you can make Vi-pancakes, protein balls and more.
How can someone purchase ViSalus?
You purchase it from a ViSalus promoter. My website is www.nwelk.bodybyvi.com. If you purchase from my site there is a 30-day money back guarantee. But, remember, the results are designed to be achieved in 90 days. The cost per shake is $1.70 and the kits range from $49 to $299 for a 30-day supply. If three of your friends join you in the challenge, your kit is FREE! Just for taking it, you’re entered to win prizes such as vacations and makeovers. I hope to help even just one person who is as frustrated as I was.