How Doctor Terry Simpson's ViSalus weight loss challenge works
So I started looking at the ViSalus program. The more I looked at it, the more I liked it. I look at my patients who have been successful or not and realize that sometimes we need to refocus what we do. We need to refocus how we do it. We need to refocus in such a way that for a defined period of time we can get away from what we have been doing. Do something different that's easy, that's manageable, that's portable that you can do anywhere. That's what I think ViSalus offers you and what I like about it.
The ViSalus 90 day challenge is very simple: shake, snack, shake, snack...dinner. I began thinking of all of my patients through the years that I told don't do liquid calories. Because you need to eat solid food. I realized I was wrong after my first shake my wife gave me. She said "Try this." It was a peanut butter shake (which is my weakness). I said, "Wow, that's like peanut butter ice cream!" The next day she said "Try this, it's a coffee shake." I said wow again.
There is only one basic flavor of ViSalus. But there are 400 recipes...so far (but there are Flavor Mix-ins for people who just want an easy mix and use shake...no recipes required).
When are weight loss surgery patients most challenged to eat?
I asked myself, "When are my patients most challenged?" It's usually during the day. One of two things happen. Either they don't eat, don't eat, don't eat, and then get dinner and put all their calories in dinner. Guess what happens when you put all your calories in dinner? You can burn some of them. The rest that you don't burn get stored and get stored as....fat. If it got stored as gasoline, the middle east would be done.
Some of my patients are always on the go. They are constantly traveling. Is this portable? The answer is that it's very portable. It's pretty easy to take with you. I went up to Portland for Mother's Day. My mother celebrated her 62nd year as a mom and my wife her 2nd year as a mom. You don't think about cooking in a hotel room. But, I brought a small little blender and we had shakes. In the morning had a little coffee shake. In the afternoon, a shake. We missed all the fattening restaurant food that we normally would rationalize as okay (because we are on a trip). We didn't get those calories. We were quite satisfied. I like that ViSalus also makes cookies (that we gave you samples of) that are really pretty good. Two of these cookies are equivalent to a snack. They are very portable for people on the road. I have patients who are truckers. I've asked them if they could put a blender in the back (in the sleeper section). They said "absolutely." (These trucks are bigger than my house). So how hard is that?