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Body By Vi Diet vs. Medifast Diet

When it comes to diets, many people look for a program that does most of the work for them. When it comes to weight loss, nutrition is key, and programs that can plan out your meals, tell you what to eat and when came make the whole process a lot easier. Two popular meal services are the Body by Vi program and Medifast. Both provide you with meal options, Body by Vi with meals replacement shakes, and Medifast that delivers full meals to your door. We’ve weighed the pros and cons for each so you can make the decision that is right for you.

Body by Vi allows you to purchase kits filled with meal replacement shakes to take the place of one or two meals a day, depending on your goals. Each kit that is available will come with a set amount of meal replacement shakes and range in price.

Medifast is a meal delivery service that sends high protein meals directly to your door step and was named #7 on the list of the Best Commercial Diets by US News in 2011. By controlling portions and calories, Medifast claims users can expect to lose up to 20 pounds in their first month on the program. Medifast’s success has been proven in multiple clinical studies. A Johns Hopkins study found Medifast helps dieters lose weight quickly and safely. The study also found Medifast helped type 2 diabetics lose 2 times the weight of those following the American Diabetes Association’s dietary recommendations. Medifast also shows positive results in those with hypertension and high cholesterol.


Medifast is reasonably priced, and saves you from having the extra expense of buying additional food. All of the Medifast products are available for purchase online, with a few  physical centers throughout the country where you can also purchase meal items. You can choose to go to a center, but you can complete the program online just as easily. Prices vary based on what foods you pick, but you can get 2 weeks worth of meals and snacks for around $160.00, but for more accurate pricing, see the Medifast website.

Body By Vi offers kits for purchase and many users have complained the price of the kits plus the addition of grocery shopping expenses to fill in meal gaps can be tough on the wallet. Kits range from $49.00 to $348.00, but for more accurate pricing, see the Body By Vi website.


The Medifast menu consists of shakes, bars, soups, and other sides you can pair to create your diet each day. Medifast offers 70 meal choices to satisfy different tastes and dietary needs. Medifast supports Kosher, low glycemic, lactose-free and vegetarian diets and even has specific plans for men, women, and diabetics. The Medifast plan takes the guess work and actual work out of eating, but some find cutting carbs to be difficult and can make social situations like parties and dates hard to navigate.

The Body by Vi kits include meal replacement shake mixes with multiple servings and separate flavor mix-ins (30 servings and five servings of flavor mix-ins). Depending on your kit, you will drink one or two shakes a day, and the prepare and eat sensible meals and snacks. The more expensive kits include supplement tablets, supplement mixes and energy drink mixes as well. Physical meal requirements will vary based on which kit you follow, but additional cooking is required for each Body By Vi kit.


The Medifast website offers an exercise guideline document, but there is no specific workout program available. Medifast encourages daily exercise, but how hard and how long you workout is up to you. Medifast does recommend, however, waiting two to three weeks before introducing exercise to your routine. You should also consult your physician if new to exercise. If you have been exercising consistently prior to starting Medifast, they recommend you reduce your intensity for the first couple of weeks so your body can adjust to the lower calorie levels of your new diet, and do no more than 45 minutes of vigorous exercise daily.

With Body by Vi you will receive access to various online instructional exercise videos. You are able to choose what exercises meet your individual needs and watch only the videos that will help you. There are two exercise plans to choose from with each kit, one for beginners and one for people who already exercise regularly.


For more than 20 years, Medifast has been the answer for many people’s weight loss struggles and help manage pre-existing conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Medifast is convenient and takes little planning, perfect for busy, on the go dieters.

The Body By Vi line is available through a company called ViSalus Sciences. ViSalus Sciences uses a network marketing structure to find distributors and customers for their products, a structure resembling the “pyramid scheme” where you make money from the products you sell and signing up others to sell under you. Because of this, you have to have the information of someone that is a distributor for ViSalus.

With doctors and studies on their side, plus a more moderate price tag, it seems Medifast comes out on top. If you like to have more control over your food and a little extra money to spare, Body By Vi may be best for you.

February 1st, 2012

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I just tasted my first shake by BBV. I am excited to start my 90 day journey and reading your thoughts on Visalus have made me feel like my decision was a good one! Thanks.

posted Jul 10th, 2012 9:27 pm

Shannon Morris

So....I have been trying to debunk visalus for about one month now. I swore I would never be part of another MLM company again! I saw the results of a BBV challenge participant. And started an OCD investigation on the products and the company! I am an avid athlete and I drink shakes, eat bars...always looking for a better product. I ordered a balance kit, ingredients looked pretty darn good. The business wasn't even mentioned to me. I, again have been trying to find negative feed back on comp plan, company...something! To make a really long story a little shorter....I love my products and I am now on my way to change my life, my family's life and the lives of all the skeptics out there! Good stuff!

posted Apr 29th, 2012 10:37 pm


I am SO glad I read this and the responses. It is obvious in the article that more time/effort is devoted to Medifast. I've tried Medifast about 6 years ago, and I TRIED to like it. I lost no weight even though I really stuck with it. I ended up selling what I had left on ebay. The reason I ran into this article is because I am researching Body by Vi. I have a friend who has lost 16lbs in 3 weeks on it. My intention today was to find something negative about BBV, but I have NOT been successful. :) I'm getting more excited about joining by the minute and probably will this evening or tomorrow.

posted Apr 26th, 2012 5:01 pm


I have been a customer and promoter of ViSalus since 9/2010 and I love it. The shakes are delicious ( I don't hear people say that about Medifast). The weight loss results are amazing. I'm in my 40's and have more energy then i did when I was 25. The shakes keep me lean and very satisfied! I don't have to starve myself to lose weight, it just comes off. I have paid for my product once in 17 months! FREE is a great price point!

posted Apr 7th, 2012 11:33 pm

Dustin Mahorney

I liove the Visalus Shakes, its not every day you can have a butterfinger shake and it be total good for you. I look forward to mine each day and am loosing weight and feeling great.

posted Feb 5th, 2012 12:34 am


Ive been using ViSalus since September 2011 and have lost 32 lbs, hubby has lost 50 pounds. I have more energy than I've ever had as an adult, am off my blood pressure meds, and feel terrific! My husband and I each got 3 friends to join with us so we get our products for FREE :). Losing weight & feeling great - for my book ViSalus beats them all!!!

posted Feb 5th, 2012 12:19 am

ron begin

Not sure why you left out the 90 day concept that as a customer or promoter, all one has to do is have 3 friends join them on the challenge for accountability purposes and your product is free. They stay on the product and your products are always free. This has nothing to do with the promoter or business side of the program. When you enter this element into the equation, Body By VI wins hands down.

posted Feb 4th, 2012 11:58 pm

Lisa Clark

I am on the Body By Vi 90 Day Challenge, and have lost 34 pounds, gained 5 pounds of lean muscle and have more energy than I remember having in years! Also, I have SAVED over 200.00 per month on my grocery bill. by the way, it only costs me 99.00 a month on the Shape Kit. TONS less than Medi!!

posted Feb 4th, 2012 11:08 pm

Connie Wright

I started the Body By Vi 90 day Challenge on Aug 25th, at that time I weighed 261 lbs, today is Feb 4, 2012 and I weight 181lbs. Yea that is yes it definately works. Body By Vi is the shake mix that tastes like a cake mix!!! SERIOUSLY it tastes great!! It does NOT taste like your normal DIET food/drink, and believe me, I have tried many. BBV is comprehensive, and easy to follow. The Medifast product seems very very strict and you arent responsible for ANY of your own menu planning....that spells disaster when you want to end the Medifast program. With BBV when you are at your goal, you drop to one shake a day and eat, healthy real food. I choose Visalus and the Body By Vi Challenge!!

posted Feb 4th, 2012 11:01 pm

Eric Rose

I've been on the Body by Vi Challenge since July 2011. I have lost 210lbs and 77inches. I haven't paid for my kit since August. Visalus is the best weight loss platform I've ever tried without question.

posted Feb 4th, 2012 10:53 pm


That wasn't bias at all... :-? I can tell you I have been on the Body By Vi Program since September 1st and have lost 32 lbs, and feel better than I have in years. I find the plan to be super easy and I'm saving money. I don't go to the grocery store nearly as much as I used too. I also LOVE the variety , I can have a different shake everyday of the week. What you failed to also mention is that every customer has the option of receiving their product for FREE, by simply referring the people. As for the ??pyramid scheme? comment that's simply lack of education. There is no "scheme" with Visalus, yes there business model is that of network marketing. Show me a major corporation that doesn't operate on a "pyramid"... there are CEO's,Presidents, Vice-Presidents, then managers , supervisors and then the worker bees. ... not any different.

posted Feb 4th, 2012 10:41 pm


Not mentioned is that the Body By Vi can be FREE and in the Conclusion, we have Doctors and studies on our side as well.

posted Feb 4th, 2012 10:40 pm


I have lost 17 lbs and my brother has lost 25 lbs on Body by Vi! It is not expensive, $1.88 a shake (meal) keeps me full, and is the easiest plan I have ever tried. And I have tried quite a few.

posted Feb 4th, 2012 10:37 pm


Body By Vi and the 90 Day Challenge is by FAR the fastest growing most popular health and wellness challenge in North America. "PYRAMID SCHEME" you say??? How??? A pyramid scheme is a scheme or scam that there is no "product" involved... Only cash. Pyramid schemes are also highly illegal. So, because Visalus offers the multi level marketing avenue to distribute products to HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of individuals per month, this is a bad thing. The health and wellness industry is a multi billion dollar a year industry and is on track to be a TRILLION $$$ a year industry very soon. Many large health and wellness company's get very VERY rich using the "retail avenue". Visalus literally shares the wealth around using MLM. So. I ask this question. Say a protein shake you use is working great and can only be bought at ABC nutrition store. You recommend this to a friend. The friend goes to ABC Nutrition to buy it... Who gets rich??? RIGHT !!! ABC Nutrition, the middle man and the company who manufactures it. Visalus and the MLM AVENUE takes that $$$ and rewards promoters and customers with paychecks and or free product thus helping people of all walks of life the opportunity to earn a nice living while getting healthy AND helping others.
I leave you with this. If you work for a "company". Look at the hierarchy. What does it resemble??? Ahhh Haaa. A pyramid :)
Personally. I have lost 60 pounds on the Body By 90 Day Challenge and have moved up the ranks to Director. I am a walking billboard when it comes to weight loss. Most of all, I am loving helping others to reclaim their health back. The paychecks are a bonus.
John Anderson
Visalus Science.

posted Feb 4th, 2012 10:22 pm


I lost 20 lbs on the Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge. The shakes are delicious, easy to make and the varieties are endless. The article didn't mention that it's possible for someone to get their shake kits for FREE!! I would recommend Body by Vi to anyone trying to lose weight or get in shape.

posted Feb 4th, 2012 10:21 pm


While different diets work differently for each, I think there are a couple of points to be made along with the comparison. I will say that after 30 days on Visalus I am down over 20 pounds! While the author did a good job talking about Medifast, there were some omissions on the Visalus products. First, they are heart healthy, gluten and lactose free and safe for diabetics. Second, in term of price, Visalus offers any customer get their kit for free by simply referring 3 friends. Personally, my kit is free! As far as I can see Medifast offers no chance for free product. Third, to call any network marketing company a "pyramid scheme" simply shows the lack of intelligence by the author. There is nothing wrong with network marketing and you don't need to be a distributor to use the products. A comparison without presenting all facts is a disappointment and lowers the credibility of the website. If you're looking to compare anything, please do your own research before deciding.

posted Feb 4th, 2012 10:13 pm


I think more research should have been done. Visalus was created by a board of scientists and doctors. It is also not a diet. It is by far healthier than prepackaged food. It is also by far cheaper.

posted Feb 4th, 2012 10:07 pm

Scott C.

My wife, son and I lost a combined 135 pounds in about a 4 month time period. The products are easy to use and taste amazing. We actually save money by using the Body by Vi products. Its not a "pyramid scheme". Its called direct marketing. Were else can you get top notch nutrition for less than $2.00 per meal. Check out my Body by Vi website at

posted Feb 4th, 2012 10:04 pm


I have been using Visalus for a year and a half now. I have never doin anything that did exactly as promised if I stuck with the system. I continue to use it bc of the ease of making the shakes and the flavor is unlimited, delicious. It have not paid for my shakes in a year bc of their referral program so cost isn't an issue. I am a type 1 diabetic and have lowered my a1c dramatically. I have never Felton's energetic on a nutritional product. I will stay on these products forever and decided to start promoting it bc how successful and how much I love how easy it is. You cannot I wrong with Visalus. It teaches you that you can be In control of your eating habits and can Taylor it how you need.

posted Feb 4th, 2012 9:58 pm

Tammy M

I have not paid for my Visalus shakes in 7 months. They have a customer refer 3 and yours is free program. We are getting healthy and losing weight for free. Not to mention the money we are saving on our grocery bill replacing meals with delicious shakes!

posted Feb 4th, 2012 9:57 pm

Sue Whitaker

I started on the body by vi the end of June, 2011. I purchased my first bag ($49) and to this date have not paid for another bag (I now get the new FIT KIT for FREE..$299..) After being on the shakes for not quite 2 wks I was able to go off ALL MY PAIN MEDS! I have Fibromyalgia and was on 10mg Vicodine, 4 to 6 times a day for the pain. I'm not saying this or anything else would do this for you BUT IT DID IT FOR ME! I lost 23 lbs in 30 days and feel better than I have in 20 yrs. As for the "pyramid", most all jobs are! We all have/had someone over us telling us what to do. Most of the time WE are on the BOTTOM of those "pyramids". For me and all my family...THE BODY BY VI.. is the only way to a customer or distributor..they even have 30day money back if you don't like that first bag. I don't think you can beat it. That's my experience with VI SALUS and it's been a great one!!

posted Feb 4th, 2012 9:56 pm

Alecia Barnes

I completely disagree. I did my own personal research on this topic and I have to say that the Body by Vi Shakes come out on TOP. In terms of sugar, fiber, protein - in EVERY category, the Body by Vi Shake was superior. I have lost over 135 pounds with the Body by Vi Shakes along with a sensible eating plan. What is funny is that a lot of my customers think that they can only drink the shakes which is not the case. My personal review of the subject can be found here:

posted Feb 4th, 2012 9:55 pm


I use Vi and other than breakfast I have NEVER had to buy a filler meal. My grocery bill has dropped in half. This is simply a biased article.

posted Feb 4th, 2012 9:51 pm


I LOVE the ViSalus program and am on the Transformation kit. I save more $$ on groceries then I spend on my Vi kit in a month and feel better then ever with all these nutrients in my system :) Plus.... you can earn your kit FREE so thats definitely less expensive then any other program!

posted Feb 4th, 2012 9:50 pm


Vi Salus... Hands down. I have been receiving mine free for over a year now and am loving it. So many options as far as how to use the product so it never gets old.

posted Feb 4th, 2012 9:46 pm

Alicia Pouliot

I have to completely disagree with this conclusion.

I am currently taking my 2nd 90 day challenge, I lost 27lbs and 18 inches the 1st time, I am down another 10 lbs 30 days into my 2nd challenge. The energy I have is great but more importantly than the weight loss is how i feel, I feel amazing!

I have done several meal replacement programs in the past. Most taste like garbage, are super expensive and are very difficult to stick to. With Body By Vi (Visalus) it is so different, I love the way the shakes taste which naturally make it easier to stick to. Plus, I couldn't beat the price if I tried. I am doing the challenge with some friends so my kit is FREE!

posted Feb 4th, 2012 9:43 pm


I love my ViSalus shakes! I have been drinking them for 3 weeks now and have so much energy and I don't crave sweets any more. I eat one meal at night with my family, this works really well for me. 2.00 per shake that taste like Cake. You can't go wrong. My clothes are getting bigger and bigger.

posted Feb 4th, 2012 9:41 pm

arielle santos

I have been on Visalus Sciences since September 2011 and I lost 25 pound and 22 inches in 90 days.
Visalus has been the only plan that has worked for me and I have tried everything.

The great thing about Visalus is they over the get 3 and your product the next month is free. So I paid for my first kit in September and have not paid for the rest since then and I have helped my friends and family get healthier and fit.
You can check it out here

posted Feb 4th, 2012 9:41 pm


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