Today I’m all sorts of fired up. I don’t know what it is, I’m in a great mood today, but a little irritated because I have seen so many people and companies lately promote their product as being healthy when in fact it’s not healthy at all. What’s so unfortunate and is making me sick to my stomach is that so many people are falling for these traps, these sales techniques. There have been some of the people I coach tell me that they have been trying some products from other companies, so I have decided to do my research to find out if these products are indeed good for them, and just about 99.9% of the time I have found ingredients that are DETRIMENTAL to their health, not beneficial. And then I hear about how these salespeople are selling the products, claiming them to be healthy, claiming this and that, and it makes me want to find them and slap them silly because they are LIES! Proven lies at that, but yet these people still “recommend” them because it’s a way for them to make money, not change lives. They have their priorities all wrong.
I’m a Beachbody Coach, you all know that, and the reason I decided to join Beachbody was because (1) I could HELP people and (2) Beachbody is a company of integrity, ethics, and that integrity flows through to their products. When I recommend a Beachbody product to someone, I’m 100% confident that it will in fact IMPROVE their health! I’m not going to recommend something to them that’s going to hurt them in the long run. That’s not me, that’s not how I was raised. If there is a better product out there on the market that’s NOT a Beachbody product, I will recommend that. I have done it before, and will do it again, but fortunately, Beachbody keeps improving their products to make them of the highest of quality, so I do recommend a lot of Beachbody products.
My goal is to change lives, not make money. This all stems back to my involvement in Big Brothers Big Sisters all throughout high school. I volunteered because I wanted to help a young kid change his life, have a positive influence on him, and I was able to do so successfully. Since that day I left BBBS, I had a burning desire to find a career where I could have that type of impact on someone’s life on a daily basis, and I have found that with Beachbody. I joined because I found fulfillment in helping people change their lives through health and fitness, and quite honestly, didn’t know much or care about the business side of it. I just kept recommending products that I’ve used, have worked for me, and that I knew would work for others as well, and crazy enough a business arose out of it, but that was never my intentions. Now, though, I’m thankful for the Team Beachbody business because it has allowed me to stay at home every day with my wife and daughter and focus 100% of my effort on changing lives.
Now that you have a good understanding of what I’m all about, time to get back on track. Ingredients. Like I mentioned above, lately I’ve been doing a lot of research on quite a few different supplements, and the secrets lie in the ingredients. Companies don’t mind posting the ingredients because the majority of people don’t exactly know what they are, unless they do research on them, but most people don’t. Time for an example. Now I don’t like tearing down other companies, but there is one company that bothers me the most, and it’s Body By Vi. I have done tons of research on their products and have found MANY, MANY ingredients that are proven to be harmful to your health, but yet their reps claim them to be extremely healthy and beneficial. Wrong. Want proof? Here’s some ingredients found in Body By Vi shakes…
(1) MSG (Monosodium Glutamate). MSG is a chemical additive that is shown to damage nerve cells. Interestingly enough, regular consumption of MSG also can lead to weight gain and obesity because it has been shown to stimulate appetite. Hidden names of MSG include vegetable protein extract, glutamate, glutamic acid, soy protein isolates, Sodium Caseinate, vegetable protein, barley malt, corn oil, malt extract, yeast extract, textured protein, hydrolyzed oat flour, and autolyzed yeast.
(2) Soy Protein Isolate. This ingredient contains chemicals that have been linked to Alzheimer’s and cancer.
(3) Sucralose. This is an artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda. Regardless of what people say about Splenda, it’s not healthy for you. It’s made by chemically altering the structure of sugar molecules by adding chlorine atoms. It’s a chlorocarbon, which is poisonous.
(4) Mono-dyglyceride. Just another name for hydrogenated oil. See what I mean about tricky ingredients? I bet you didn’t know that!
(5) Soy Lecithin. This comes from sludge left after crude soy oil goes through a “degumming” process, and is a waste product containing solvents and pesticides and has a consistency ranging from a gummy fluid to a plastic solid.
Those are just a few of the controversial ingredients that I found, and there are many more. The moral of the story is that whenever you’re about to try a new supplement, ALWAYS do the research on the ingredients before purchasing! That 10-15 minutes that you spend is VERY important for your health, so make sure you don’t skip that step. It’s interesting because Body By Vi claims that their shakes are better than Shakeology, and that’s so far from the truth. There’s a reason I drink Tropical Shakeology EVERY DAY and recommend it to my family and all the people that I coach! Instead of me comparing Body By Vi VS Tropical Shakeology, take some time to do the research yourself. Bring up both ingredient lists and do research on them. You will find that there is no real comparison.