Is Beachbody’s Shakeology a Scam?

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It is considered a superior alternative sweetener as it does not lead to tooth decay like sugar would. You guys beat up on those of us who were marketing Yevo and the slams, insults, and arguments are nearly exactly the same. Here are some benefits that you can experience from taking this supplement: You are a paid off pig. There are also some probiotic ingredients which account for some people having GI reactions — I knew a couple of people that wanted to use it but it was not compatible with their digestive systems. Shakeology Nutrition is a company that offers meal replacement protein shakes. I would think, logically anyways, that most people would want some government oversight to stop illegitimate businesses.

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Suddenly the Coaches fees and Club Membership fees make sense. Think about the high margins the company is earning on distributors buying Shakeology… even when distributors buy it wholesale Beachbody makes a substantial profit.

Beachbody Coaches may argue that in the end people are getting healthy, so who cares about all the scammy stuff that goes along with it. Form a buddy system and keep each other in check. There are countless other tools available.

The free website SparkPeople is a health community. Additionally you could also use another site StickK. StickK to Your Goals is a way to keep people motivated.

I have no problem with Beachbody workouts, but there are numerous options available. Workout videos have been around for decades. Whether you found what you were looking for or not in the article above, I want to help you with your financial situation. For more visit my five minute financial fixes article. I appreciate you for just being here. The person recruiting you has a financial incentive to present only one side of the story. Kudos to you for searching for more information to make an informed decision.

Most companies are smart enough to realize that such lawsuits trigger a Streisand effect that makes them look much, much worse.

It invites media coverage. I maintain open communication channels via my contact form and this comments on this article, which is a far better way to resolve any differences in opinion your client may have.

Setting personal goals seems futile sometimes! It is hard to ignore the amazing results people are getting yet it comes at a cost. Almost all my close friends and family I told about bb coaching were like NOO!!

Thank you for all your suggestions on how to make steps to improve my health and find like minded community support. I am wondering how long this scheme will continue? I will say I do love shakeology it does help w a list of things n the workouts and eating plans do work. Like i said in previous replies I had friends who just bought the workouts and lost just as much weight if not more than ppl drinking shako. I would love to see this company investigated bc its a pyramid thru and thru.

Years ago I got a bag of shakeology that actually had a metal part in it. I took a picture and sent it to my coach; I requested an emergency phone call to discuss this.

I lost all respect for her. I have been looking for a good substitute for shakeology for husband. He really likes shakeo and can tell a huge difference if he misses his daily shakeo but I hate giving money to scam artists. Hope, here is the for coach relations. You do not need any of these gimmick shakes to get healthy. Just buy a juicer and start juicing fresh produce veggies and fruits It is pure nutrition and heals so many ailments. Weight loss is also a benefit too!

There are many documentaries to guide you as well. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead was the one that started me. I went from pre-diabetic, high BP and cholesterol to normal blood work in months. At least from mobile.

Thank you for this. I have been side-eying my acquaintances who are coaches because I suspected as much, but glad to be vindicated.

I figured that out in 2 days. They know their strategic marketing and they sell it good! If anyone has a lick of common sense and see the writing on the wall IT is! Clearly spells and looks pyramid. Now I did one challenge for yes I am a stay at home mom for the convince of the workouts at home.

I bought my first bag on eBay cheaper yes, you have to doctor it up. Like all other shakes too… but not all of them either! And I bought a water boost … still using my workouts from bb putting my theory to test. Just workout without all the wasting of money!!! And I mean really documented by real doctors in a hospital setting and with publicly availiable documentation. Shakeology is not meant to be told for someone to drink this instead of food.

We market it as a great way to add value into your day. Most people do eat 3 meals a day. And its my job as a coach to help people understand that 5 is better. I teach meal ideas snd snack meal ideas. Getting them in the routine of eating meals correctly. And what they should consistent of. Some people over eat and snack too much, consuming way too many calories in a day. Having shakeology as part of your breakfast or a snack, or a post workout can benefit someone greatly.

As a coach, we offer monthly accountability groups to teach and motivate into an overall healthier more fit lifestyle. The conferences are not mandetory. Some ppl never go. The women in my challenge groups grow into such positive, healthier people. Nor do they have to have the club membership. Coaches do not have to have it either, but its one hell of an easy way to have access to a ton of full workout programs all from your phone of which you can choose to stream onto you tv.

As a mother of a toddler, its been a blessing to work from home and help others with the nutritional knowledge ive gained and help to push them, all while furthering my own mental and physical strength and growth.

The workouts have gotten me in the best shape any gym could have done w me wandering around and eventually just hoppin on the treadmill. We need more than a treadmill. And we need support and learning and accountability; a coach and monthly group to participate in.

As I mentioned, being a mother of a young child, it was the only way I could get any workouts in; at home. Shake this shit up in a shaker cup and go.

Ive never had a single complaint w consumers. Consumers love It so much that they want to become a coach and inspire others w their newly found healthy journey and help others become healthier as well. Its been a positive, uplifting community to surround myself in. Nor have I ever been told to never take no as an answer. I help people with their struggles and weaknesses and light a fire under their asses in my groups. Most people do not know how to make a correct meal.

Nor what a snack consists of. They have no idea that carbs arent The enemy and dont know what good or bad carbs even are. They have no idea how to go about clean foods and shopping and prepping. Thats what we offer. Where did you go to get your degree in order to practice nutrition? Surely you have one because you tell people when and how to consume their Shakeology? Sounds like you are acting as a dietician. I am actually very knowledgeable with FOOD. Therefore im helping tons of people. I am training for a fitness competition, so dont tell me I dont know my shit.

Maybe I could help you! Its because they know the science behind food and fitness. Most of them know nothing at all about nutrition or fitness. Even worse are the people that fall for it. Of course it is marketed as a replacement for food. Par for the course for MLMs. You paid into a pyramid scheme that provided you with a paper-thin premise to pretend that you have a facsimile of a job.

Thanks for sharing that Einstein. In other words, you work for free. Simply parroting buzzwords from a brochure does not make it so. That shows your ignorance in a nutshell. You are not performing at a level remotely comparable to working out with a professional trainer in a gym.

It is delusional to think otherwise. How many top-performing athletes rely on a work-from-home video regimen? Shakeology is no greater than any other dietary supplement or meal replacement shake. Your shake is garbage. People cringe at the taste. Your community is a cult of mediocre greedy self-serving dolts with delusions of grandeur. If you cared about what people eat, rather than just selling them your moronic shakes, you would encourage them to shun processed shit-in-a-bag masquerading as food and encourage them to eat whole foods exclusively.

What you really do is try to coerce people into selling worthless pyramid scheme shakes, so that they in turn can coerce people into selling worthless pyramid scheme shakes. Nothing you bring to the table has any real value. Nor do you apparently. Where are you finding these people? In a head trauma ward. You have no expertise whatsoever. Eating well is a good thing.

Working out is a good thing. But you have no special or elusive knowledge; no formal training in fitness coaching or nutrition.

What you do have is a simplistic overview of a few talking points gleaned from fitness magazines and Shakeology brochures. You present yourself as a guru when in fact the sum total of your knowledge could be learned in about 15 minutes of Googling.

You teach people how to open a shake canister. Hi, finishin my PhD in Nutritional Science. If people are inspired to drink a healthy drink, exercise, and feel better about themselves then more power to you and to them.

You just need to be good at convincing people to listen to you. You and these other coaches sound slightly irresponsible giving this kind of guidance with no former training. I did it too. You can take any competition diet off of the internet, follow it, and drop weight.

You probably paid money to be in the competition, too. Sounds like you are a failed disgruntled BB coach. BB banned my account for questioning their pricing on Shakeology on forums. I then created another account and posted to the old thread questioning why they banned my account and challenged them to come out from hiding behind their delete key and defend their pricing and banning my account.

They banned that account and deleted that post in under 15 minutes and now the entire thread has been deleted! Why were they so afraid to reply? They were obviously reading these posts. Were they afraid of a possible ground swell of come backs? Well that is life! Embrace the challenge as they like to state. What a cowardly act of hiding behind the scenes, secretly deleting posts that they are to afraid of, without so much a word?

Did they offend other readers? After my first post I had 5 buddy invitations! How about advising on the reason you banned my accounts and deleted my posts? What type of person or company does cowardly acts like that? You know by scamming other ppl to buy on auto ship. I filled out the online form was given, a confirmation code and I was charged for another month. Thank God I cancelled 3wks before the ship date bc my credit card reversed the charges.

Some of them are still very nice but they have no desire in helping me on my health and fitness journey anymore. I said its the same thing except u offer a product. Yeah, I think the time is coming to an end, soon. I like shakeo, it did help me lose the 2nd baby weight no small feat at There are quite a few coaches in town, and a friend recently started.

I like the workouts. I like the emphasis on health but…how many people, really, can you sell on shakeo and new programs? When BOD came out I saw the writing on the wall. Why would I need shakeo or to be a coach? As far as I can tell, the only people buying anything are coaches. They chose not to reply because they controlled the venue, so of course they took the easy route and simply quashed your posts and the thread.

Had it been a venue beyond their control they would have dispatched the trolls to spread company propaganda and misinformation and drown out facts with noise. Of course they are cowards. What did you expect from an industry predicated on swindling single mothers, little old ladies, and down-and-out desperados?

These are the same companies that sell bottles of toxic third-rate fruit juice and tell people that it cures cancer. Again, they banned your accounts and deleted your posts because they were able to and it was the easiest way to silence your criticism. These are dishonest and irredeemable sacks of dung.

Vogel you hit the nail on the head! When I lost 20lbs and 37inches using the products and programs I was thrilled. Then when I hit a plateau I continued to drink this so called miracle shake exercised daily and still ate the correct portion controls. When I started gaining weight for no reason I went to the drs and was informed I have thyroid issues and I told him about shakeology.

And to stop drinking it immediately. I am so sad to hear this although I suspected it. Vega makes me want to throw up and all my other shakes leave me hungry after awhile even though I add a lot of protein and other ingredients. I accidentally ordered a chocolate shakeo and it was so good with added spinach, banana and peanut butter. I do want to help myself and my friends and we absolutely love the Beachbody on Demand.

I also work for another MLM and while they have an awesome product and are legit I can hardly make money with them anymore either. I wish all MLMs would be banned.

Should i order a new workout, THEN cancel my coach membership, or does it even matter? Liz, do you need the DVDs, or are you fine with streaming workouts? If you have the setup at home or on your computer and fast internet , you can sign up for Beachbody on Demand. Then, once you are set up, cancel your coach membership. Because then you have access to all of the workouts and all new ones that come out. If you want the DVDs, but want an older workout, you can probably get it used for way less.

And if those results are from other people who recruited others? Please take it up with them. All options involve profit — so give that to a friend or give it to a company. Who gets recruited to open up a rival car dealership?

Always be as skeptical with an MLM opportunity as you are with other purchases. Make decisions on your own. I want to make it clear that no one offered to pay me money to write this article. I researched and thousands of words and addressed hundreds of comments. You mistakenly state that car dealerships are a pyramid.

Who is acting lazy? Thanks for your support. If you are unable to draw any other conclusion from my car dealership remark than that they are pyramids — that is concerning. The fact your comment indicates you are concerned with Facebook advertising for someone promoting their business is worrisome also.

If you are unable to understand that MLM is about recruiting and car dealerships are not — that is concerning. I have made a Google search for your knowledge as well as people who come to your site hoping for legit, unbiased information.

You failed looking for unbiased information, because the bias of the author is clearly disclosed at the bottom of the article in his bio. Your website confirms a great comment I heard years ago — that the internet is the bathroom wall of society.

Which is unfortunate, for those of us come searching for balanced, intelligent information — not a one-sided chest beating exercise, grounded in unsubstantiated and very biased opinions. You seem to be the only one bringing biased information with that Entrepreneur article to the table.

Hope you at least found some intelligent information from the FTC. Based on the comments echoing your sentiments, you have certainly found an audience who drinks your brand of Kool-Aid anyways. That statement shows a profound lack of critical thinking.

Dumb on its surface and painfully dishonest. Try staying on topic instead of admonishing people to go on wild goose chases. Your Googling skills are as a deficient as your critical thinking abilities.

Do you have a head injury? You are the one treating the internet like a toilet and thumping your chest like a deranged bonobo. Smarten the F up! Also note that this webpage is devoted to the subject of Beachbody — e. Your opinions on what a pyramid scheme are not relevant. See the article I posted in the above comment and educate yourself on something other than one sided, biased websites that only confirm your misguided opinions.

Thank you for speaking on behalf of the entire internet as well — believe me, there are people out there with critical thinking skills that will appreciate my comments. Not everybody is like you. Thank goodness for that!

The people with critical thinking skills saw through your trick when you posted the Entrepreneur article. And you have the gall to all this site misguided??? Man, you MLM apologists suck so hard; just the worst bottom-of-the-barrel dross imaginable. No one here cares for your petty sniping. Get on topic or piss off. You suck at trolling too — a mind-bogging example of an inept MLM apologist.

Dave, congratulations on being hypocrite of the year. This logic can only be described as, bizarre. Second of all, that article is an advertisement in disguise. Why is it arrogant for someone to call you out in a public forum for your BS? If you choose to write in a public domain, then you sign an unwritten contract to be scrutinized. How are you going to be so offended after putting out an extremely vile posts against the author?

This is obviously a lie, or you have a weird agenda to go to random blogs based on topics you know nothing about and attempt to defame an author. Nobody would come here and write like you have without being some kind of corporate shill or an outraged distributor. Who should the people trust? Geoff who is a stranger from the internet, or Entrepreneur magazine? It is a dangerous concoction.

Some of the choices they do have are as follows:. Geoff, a contributor who has consistently been posting well though-out, well-referenced, fact-based comments here for quite some time versus some anonymous troll crackpot MLM apologist who has yet to make a single incisive contribution or put a single fact on the table.

The wealth of additional information published by mainstream media sources, experts, and government agencies which have established conclusively that the MLM is industry is a shit-filled morass of crooks and liars versus propaganda published by PR people paid by the MLM industry.

Please top talking about Kool-Aid; you sound like an idiot. You came here to discount it. You are a blatant troll and are very, very bad at it. I have no financial bias and no attachment to this website. Your attempt to assassinate my character by doubling down on that article makes you look like a complete lunatic. Your over-dramatized paragraph does not help to make you look more intelligent, but rather is distracting from the attempt to refute my points.

First of all, your use of the word hypocrisy is incorrect and misleading. The definition of hypocrisy is: My emotional fervor has nothing to do with this word, and your inability to use it correctly while continuing to go off the rails makes you look like an idiot. The way that you attempt to attack people, instead of points within the article is absurd, and nobody would have this kind of passion to write as you are writing…just because.

If you came to this site and actually looked for unbiased information, then you would not have written anything. Instead, you posted an extremely biased article, attacked 3 different people to date that have a difference of opinion, and have continued to spout off at the mouth. This actually made me chuckle. You have to be one of the worst internet trolls of all time to come up with a line like this.

You all seem to preach critical thinking — yet display none. Critical thinking involves evaluating information from various sources, not sources that simply align with your preconceived notions.

When people have come to support MLM, they present someone financially-biased such as what you did with the Entrepreneur article.

Keep in mind that I objective reviewed that Vemma was a scam years before a court of law agreed with the FTC that it was. This guy even does a great job of describing websites like this. There are even some facts in here for Geoff and Vogel unfortunately, these facts oppose their preconceived notions, so they are unable to accept them. Pride is a dangerous thing. Dave, this weird psychological projection technique you are trying to use is not going to work here.

It would be wise of you to take your own advice and start considering relevant counter-points to your nonsensical platform. All of my positions have been developed from reading FTC guidelines, clinical studies, statistical studies, and investigative reporting.

You have done nothing except distract, defame, and misguide in your posts. You have maintained a ridiculous and unfounded position that has been crippled through sound logic. This website is designed to protect and inform consumers from people like you, and it continues to do great work!

In fact, of all the MLM trolls I have encountered here, and there have been many, you are among the most inept. This is a website dedicated to helping consumers make better financial decisions. You also seem to lack sufficient awareness to recognize the audience. If only you all had the ability to be as critical against the negative information and misinformation the website is spreading — you would be able to construct a balanced argument.

I came to this site for information — not negative propaganda. Any website or person who is unable to accept an opposing view, without getting all bent out of shape is what really concerns me. As I explore the idea of starting a Network Marketing business — I will encourage those I speak with to review both the negative sites like this one, and the positive and allow them to make an informed decision that is right for them.

How about Educating them, with both Pros and Cons of a decision? Empowering them to make a decision that is right for them? What if you had an opposing view that domestic violence is a great thing and improves of the victims? If you actually tried to put a valid argument for MLM not to be confused with Network Marketing , we could have a discussion about it.

Instead you simply attacked the well-cited and well-sourced view presented here and tried to claim bias, with no reason for doing so. You also presented your own clearly marked biased article and tried to the logical fallacy of Argument by Authority. The general population is actually pretty smart. And yes, people are free to make the decision themselves.

They are shown fast cars and vacations. One comment was made from a Beachbody Coach who has achieved great financial success — rather than encourage her entrepreneurial spirit or offer sound financial advice like the website claims to offer — it attempts to discredit the Doctors in her downline. I guess being a website financial information site means it is well postured and more intelligent, and educated than Doctors?

Which comment was this? Did she give names of the doctors in her downline. Was she forthcoming with her identification or potentially someone just trying to validate a scam. Can we confirm that this person makes her financial success from directly selling product to consumers who are not in the organization, or did she build a big pyramid of a downline?

So many questions need to be answered before we can evaluate her case. I have invested enough time talking with those who are incapable of seeing things in a different way. I am going to turn off the comments now. I will use this website and this thread as a great example for those I talk to if I do decide to proceed with an MLM business.

You guys all responded as expected and your close-mindedness and inability to share even 1 positive comment about an Industry growing exponentially is evidence of that. A few companies charity-wash by making small donation so some charities that might be profitable. Look what happened when Vemma had to start playing by the rules. Like any other business model. Until you are willing to expand your thinking even 1 percent to grasp that idea — you have nothing more to add to this conversation.

You are a degenerate troll that has done nothing but ignore facts and evidence to further your goals. You have wasted your time by trying to defame people while completely degenerating the conversation. You have used the terms listed above to hide from the reality, and that is why we asked you to have a logical conversation…simple?

Again, this is the same stupid deflection crap that makes no sense. We have placed well balanced and articulated positions in front of you, and you have continued to maintain your delusional position while ignoring the actual purpose of the discussion.

You are a terrible internet troll that has tried to use blatantly bad psychological manipulation to further their agenda. Finally, we are getting somewhere. This conversation has not given you a strong footing for recruiting in the future, and probably will make your downline think of you in a different light.

This, again, is some made up nonsense to help with your psychological bull…. This website does a wonderful job of weeding through stinky pile of feces your rambling puts out there. Anyone that gets taken in by MLM can utilize this website as a resource to see through the manipulation and lies. First of all Dave, thank you for not linking the comment sarcasm.

Second of all, anyone who is going to believe a random, biased, anecdotal comment without any evidence is going to be easily deceived. If that person provided a tax return form showing the income they made from Beachbody never going to happen , then there may be something to work with. Third of all, there are plenty of doctors that are bad business people.

Would you assume that a PhD in psychiatry would be great for calculus? Rhetorical question, of course not. Is this your way of saying you have spent a lot of time trying to hold a conversation with the man in the mirror?

That would be your reflection. If you already knew how we were going to respond, then why bother posting in the first place? This seems like a bizarre exercise in futility…. Where is your evidence of this?

This is more indoctrinated crap spilling from your mouth. In fact, now is the worst time to join MLM, because all of the MLMs are offering their products cheaper on Amazon and eBay than they are through distributorships. Stamping your feet out of the door in defeat while trying to proclaim mental superiority is a hallmark of MLM indoctrination.

Your hollow, canned, and utterly useless posts have come fallen short and as such, in a last ditch effort, you try one last time to claim the upper hand by telling us to stop. Dave, please make good on your word and show all of your recruits this website and this comment section!

Oh Dave, you poor SOB. You first appeared 3 days ago making a fallacious argument that an MLM distributor is no different from a sales manager in a non-MLM company, which is demonstrably false. Hardly something that would pass as unbiased or compelling. You proceeded to slag other contributors here as misguided, and then the wheels really fell off your cart. Since then, the only comments you have posted have consisted of petulant whining and personal attacks.

So for all your bitching about how this site is unfair and how we need to read more unbiased information, the only thing you have come up with in support of your charge was that one horribly outdated superficial article authored by the MLM industry PR consultant, which no rational person could construe as an unbiased source, and which by no means refutes any of what has been said here to date.

And you have yet to point out a single statement that is untrue or biased. Either you came here with intention of disrupting the site, or you decided to become disruptive as revenge after your initial superficial comments were eviscerated. Now you have degenerated into full meltdown bitch mode, and witnessing it is equal parts sad and funny.

I think the general population is much smarter than you are. MLMs have a horrific PR problem — entirely deserved. I am going to turn off the comments now… Until you are willing to expand your thinking even 1 percent to grasp that idea — you have nothing more to add to this conversation.

How infantile can you be? You are upset because no one is moved by your vapid self-serving statements. Your inability to sway people is a direct result of the lame arguments you have put forth and the sociopathic manner in which you have conducted yourself. Another post by DB, another series of ad hominem attacks and unsubstantiated arguments.

I was told to be a coach I would have to pay the membership fee plus buy at least one bag of shakology per month which seemed outrageous to me. I ended up buying the challenge kit for21 dayfix which includes the workouts, the portion containers, and blender bottle, and a bag of shakology. I called and canceled and was still charged and still received another bag. I had to call three times in total to cancel, luckily I had the money in my bank account and nothing bounced but all in all it was a nightmare and put a really bad taste in my mouth for the company.

I plan on getting another beach body workout soon because the workouts are great but I will go through eBay and get a used or second hand DVD set. And I had the same problem w cancelling.

I got charged 2 extra times and had to have my credit card company fight the charges. That whole experience made me really angry and I now see beachbody for what it really is.

Her progress is inspiring to say the least — first of all, her progress with her own health and fitness and, secondly, her success in her coaching abilities and financial situation. She appears to be strong physically and emotionally, and she has reportedly quit her well-paying full-time day job to coach part-time and make a full-time income. Thankfully I am a somewhat savvy individual, so I have taken all her claims with a grain or two of salt, but my job pays pretty poorly.

The only problem is that I am a private person with multiple health problems that I worry about- a. Also, I do not use my real name on social media because I have been stalked by someone whom I seek to avoid for the rest of my life. Anyway, I shared these burdens with my prospective coach and she said that they have vegan shakes which would sit well with me.

She said that many people with health conditions more serious than mine have become successful coaches and have even improved their state of being. In fact she said my obstacles will inspire other people facing the same challenges. And lastly, regarding my privacy concerns… she said that I could use my middle name but that people will be inspired by me being the real me so, if I use a fake name, that is coming across as a lack of authenticity.

The last bit is what rubbed me the wrong way the most out of everything. I mean the whole thing is weird to me- posting videos of myself exercising in spandex on the Internet for anyone to see is weird enough.

Selling powdered shake stuff is also a little weird let alone drinking it. But to feel pressure to use my real name when.. To ask me to put it all out there for just the potential of gain- no guarantee of my success at all- is asking a whole lot of me. I am so tired of chasing jobs at companies that underpay employees when I could be using my skills and education for people I believe in- myself and my prospective customers- in a field that I believe in- health and wellness.

I hope that if you choose to respond to my comment that you do it in a way that is positive and constructive…. It might help you cut through the hype of the product itself.

Hi Bella, stick w your gut and say NO to coaching. My coach told me how she was 6 months away from quitting her management position w excellent pay to be a full time coach. I fell for the scam and wasted thousands of dollars n it went straight to the top of tge pyramid. If you eat healthy proportioned meals and exercise 30mins a day u will lose weight. Dont get sucked into the auto ship and scam of coaching. These ppl r liars and they pray on the good intentions of ppl like u and me to line their pockets.

Bella, just remember that coaches will say pretty much anything to get you under them in the pyramid. They want you to believe they care about your health first, but think about it.

My coach would convince others that you could leave your current job and make a living from being a coach. One girl fell for it, left her job, and struggled and ended up needing to find another job.

And you put a lot of your spare time and money into it. Shakes are not for losing weight but are for improving your health so they say. One time I asked a rep if they could send me a complete list of ingredients and their origin. I stopped promoting this company after all the horrible incidents with customer service. One girl was over charged on sales tax and took 3 months to get her money back.

I also believe this is happening to other people and that they are getting away with tax fraud. Among other fraudulent activities. I had customers get charged and never receive the product. Who wants to inconvenience their friends. Oh and you end up acting like an expert on health and fitness and unless you have a degree in it, how can anyone do that? I was always afraid someone was going to get hurt and I would feel liable. I made the mistake of getting involved with BB, thinking I could make some extra money!

I should have known when my so called Coach would never meet me at my home, only at a cafe. And trust me I tried! The best I could do was sell my increasingly growing over stock of the product at a discounted rate. This so called Coach of mine would never answer my questions about the money, and kept showing me all these people added to my down line and how all I needed was toget people in my up line to start making money!!! I had probably about 25 people in my downside!!!!

Guess it was OK when he was getting me sign up though!!!! To this day I have never heard from this guy and reached out to him once on Facebook and got nothing!!! Anyone know if this is a scam as well? I know that there dvds are good but what brought about this promotion, when they were pushing the purchase of same? My guess is that Beachbody realized that people would buy a few DVDs and it would be enough for them. It might not be the best value for your dollar.

The on-demand deal is not a scam. I held off for a long time and eventually tried it. If you purchased any DVDs, you get online access to those. I think that they did this to compete with Daily Burn, and similar services. There are so many workouts. Look at Microsoft, Netflix, and Amazon…. What the idiot failed to realize…. I think a lot of this is going to depend on lifestyle and personality.

I personally love the gym. I swim 2x a week, walk on my lunch break, bike to work 2x a week weather permitting , run on the weekends. But… — my husband travels, sometimes a lot. I find it boring. I was already eating healthfully and exercising regularly. So much work to add it up every day, on top of a full time job and not enough sleep. I have to say that the container system in 21 day fix was a complete godsend.

I was able to buy the container system once and lose the weight 3 years ago now and yay! It was a far cry from USDA recommendations for servings of grains a day. It was literally my first introduction to the idea that that many carbs is a bad idea.

For 5 am workouts, or when the husband is traveling or the weather sucks, I love the streaming workouts. Variety is good, but sometimes I also just like to force myself to complete a full program that gets progressively harder.

Just generally eating healthfully may work. It may require more than that depending on your age and other factors, but there are many ways to get there too. I know 1 or 2 coaches who were making a decent amount as a side job, but after a few years had to quit.

I like the workouts, and the BOD is a good value. It seems pretty reasonable with the rest of the market. There are a couple of free options and some that are much more. I was doing very, very well as a Beachbody coach. I reached the Diamond level.

You can do it in only an HOUR a day. No you cannot do this in an hour a day. I work a full time job. All of their questions, their needs, etc. Trust me, with a team of 20, that takes a lot more than an hour a day. Because you never know who can relate and that, and in turn, will result in a sale.

True -Nobody likes a sales person. Ask them about their life, their kids, their dogs. Be fake and act like you care. It might lead to a sale because they think you actually care deeply about them. Once the relationship is built, now start in with shakes and workouts. I rank advanced quickly and I was being celebrated as a great leader. The more you do, the more they want. Shortly after my burnout, I went off the radar.

Enter my up line who endlessly harassed me and were just plain cruel. Because I had TWO diamonds on my team. If I quit, those two diamonds would roll up to them along with all of my customers and other coaches. They said horrible things to me -I actually cried a few times they were so cruel. I call this the attempted ladder collapse.

The two diamonds on my team would become here. Hello 2 star rank advancement for her! Genuine meaning, not predatory. I refuse to recruit anyone else into this vultures nest of a business. Meaning, they drank shakes for one month and just stopped. I can imagine why there is a push for distributors to discuss deeply private personal details.

Others who have experienced similar things might identify with the person and could sign up based on the shared experience. A team is everyone on the same level contributing. Truly, education is the best solution. The more know about the traps of MLMs, the fewer that will fall into them. I wish I had read your post first. I put only a good years worth of effort into this and felt some of the things you did.

I could never see leaving my current job to try and make a living as a BB coach. Thank you for sharing that. I tried looking up her law info and its still showing she is a practicing lawyer.

Everyone I went to hs w is selling BB. It took 3 months for them to let me quit. And they continue to charge all fees.

I had to call my credit card company and have them fight the charges. No, it is not a scam but it is a multi level marketing endeavor. To even get the possibility of making any money you have to put out quite a bit of money to be a coach or to stay active.

You also need to hound everyone you know to buy the products. The coach who recruited me was very aggressive and appeared to be very interested in me and my life, but the moment I signed, she was pretty much gone. The workouts are great, the shakes and supplements, not so great. I had virtually zero help. Which meant learning it all on my own and making quite a few mistakes that cost me money. The rules change all the time. And the ways you can earn continue to change and benefit their top diamond coaches.

I was a coach for seven years. I hung in there. But it did get harder and harder to make money without nearly accosting everyone you meet with this opportunity for their health and fitness. People are really vulnerable about that. It is no different than any other multilevel marketing company. If you attend all the coach summits and as many events as possible and meet the CEO, celebrity trainers and a lot of the top earners you may get somewhere and you may get some help.

The financial outlay ends up being enormous. And a lot of people not only want to help themselves, but want to help other people be healthy. It really plays on your emotions. But the costs mount and mount. But unless you are a top earner you really are on your own.

If you need something to do and have money to spend, go for it. I recommend you just start your own business doing something that you love and you are good at without contributing to the multi millions made by this company.

When I started out there were about 22, coaches throughout the US. But now with it being in Mexico and Canada there are hundreds of thousands of team beach body coaches. Find something else to do that pays you instead of you having to pay the organization to be a part of it.

However, you are entitled to your opinion. Simply because according to the government and the Better Business Bureau, and the IRS they are doing legitimate business. My personal opinion may be different, though….

The quick analysis from that inside expert is that it costs taxpayers too much money to prosecute them in a court of law. I hope your previous opinion took this into account. If not, maybe it is worth re-adjusting your view. Thank you for all that additional info. Love the eye opening!!

Do I want to trash anyone? No but this is truly a game changer where my opinion is concerned. The FTC actually did a ton of work to try to stop pyramid schemes in the last couple of years, but the system allows every company a fair trial and those trials tend to cost hundreds of millions of dollars and go for years.

The Bloomberg article that I cited explains that we really need new legislation. This is why it is important to vote for credible politicians and put them to the task of protecting consumers. Thank you for the well researched coverage. They are just there to make suggestions to you on products and becoming your upline when you become a coach. There are some coaches who are pros but most are in it for the money or discount on the products and have no fitness training or certifications.

Furthermore I forgot to mention above that in addition to the business fee and the membership fee about 2 years ago you could No longer get leads via having a membership. The membership only became good for streaming workouts and to keep you at your level. You had to be a minimum 50 point — read dollar — Success Club member to get leads. Experts at Harvard Medical School say that consuming 30 grams of fiber daily could aid with weight loss.

You could just mix together some fruits, vegetables, and other fibrous foods and get the same benefit. The second ingredient listed is garcinia fruit extract. According to WebMD, garcinia fruit, or garcinia cambogia , is a tropical fruit that may reduce appetite and help the body to burn fat because of a substance called hydroxycitric acid HCA that is found in the rind of the fruit. Next, you might find yourself grabbing a temporary energy boost from the caffeine in black tea, but it will it help you lose weight and keep it off?

I guess now is a good time to talk about the potential for negative side effects. With such a long list of ingredients, surely some of them must adversely affect some people. For example, garcinia cambogia can cause side effects like: However, anyone can experience a side effect from any ingredient — it all depends on how your body handles it. Again, it only seems like this company is trying to sell a brand and an idea more than anything else. Do you know someone who has tried Thrive Mix?

The product seems to be sold mainly through the official website, and there are no user comments available there outside of the customer testimonials used in their marketing materials.

There are comments, both positive and negative, on the Better Business Bureau concerning Le-Vel, but nothing that is specific to the Thrive shake mix. This just saddens me, because I really wanted to know whether or not this shake would improve my hanging-from-walls adventures.

My final thoughts are that Thrive Mix does contain a number of natural ingredients — which is always a good thing. And, there is some evidence that you could experience a slight weight-loss from the fiber content of the product. Choosing the right weight-loss system can be confusing and often times frustrating.

Let us know a little more about you and your goals. Thrive mix is a health supplement created by Le-Vel brands. Thrive mix contains Biotin, Riboflavin, Iodine, Calcium tricalcium phosphate , Chromium chromium polynicotinate , caffeine, Selenium selenium chelate , Copper copper chelate , Molybdenum sodium chelate , Folate folic acid , Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Zinc zinc methionine , Manganese manganese chelate , soy protein, pea protein, and whey protein.

Thrive mix contains caffeine. The caffeine is derived from black tea. If a consumer is sensitive to caffeine, they may experience a sense of anxiety or jitteriness. Do not take the shake before bed to ensure a good nights rest. Choosing the right product is the 1 question asked by DietSpotlight readers. We recommend trying any product before buying it and know that finding a product with a sample offer is near impossible - so we created our own product, Burn TS, with scientifically backed ingredients.

Thrive mix does have protein and many vitamin and minerals. It will help with diet supplementation. Thrive Mix can be purchased using their Official Site or through Amazon. Your specific retailer handles returns. Please read their terms and conditions to see if they allow returns for this product.

The typical complaints about Thrive Mix is consumers wished it helped them lose weight. One consumer thought Thrive mix was a weight loss supplement then returned to its website to find no direct pledges for weight loss. Summer Banks, Director of Content at Dietspotlight, has researched over weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans.

Previously, she managed 15 supplement brands, worked with professionals in the weight loss industry and completed coursework in nutrition at Stanford University. Do Not Send Email Notifications. My sleep has improved and I no longer feel the need to nap.

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