The software is called the Virtual Nutritionist. It is a free program that is included with your membership, and it will give you two critical calorie numbers. Firstly, the number of calories you need to eat according to your current body measurements, that is to say, the number of calories that will maximize your fat loss. And the second is your maintenance number, which is the number of calories you should be eating when you're on a maintenance regime. That is the number of calories that will lead to you neither gaining nor losing weight. The diet and weight loss tips and instructions are all set out in the program for you and all you have to do is simply input the numbers into the software and out pops a very clear sheet of instructions about what you have to do to lose weight on a regular and consistent basis over the 12 week period of the Venus Factor diet.View Thread
Tonic water is a form of carbonated water that contains quinine where the inclusion of quinine was originally used to prevent malaria. The benefits of drinking tonic water are mainly due to the presence of quinine. Aside from helping alleviate spasms, tonic water can ease sore muscles. Since tonic water contains sugar, it can be used during periods of high stress or when there is a higher caloric need. The sugar content of tonic water can also encourage people to drink more water, particularly when working out or engaging in sports activities. The adverse side effects of drinking tonic water are mainly due to the presence of quinine which has been associated with a potentially dangerous but rare blood disorder. Excessive consumption of tonic water may also cause digestive problems, such as vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. This is particularly true when tonic water is mixed with alcohol.
In terms of using tonic water as an aid in weight loss, its sugar content must be taken into consideration. There are diet versions of tonic water available containing less sugar and are often the choice of people who consume tonic water to help them lose weight. The presence of trace minerals also makes tonic water a good re-hydration drink. In summary, if you need the quinine or really love the taste and don't mind artificial sweeteners, then diet tonic water is suitable in moderation. I myself prefer bottled water with a slice of lemon. Hope this helps.View Thread
I believe you don't see a lot of information on the Venus Factor because they have their own forum where everyone goes to ask questions. They have it so everyone has their own blog, so you can post on your progress, successes, woes, etc. The people that promote and follow the program also are there every day to answer your posts and blogs to keep everyone on track. Debs atebooksfitness.com is one of them. This definitely is not a typical weight loss diet plan. It's a way to reshape your body, to lose fat and build muscle in order to reshape your body. I wouldn't take a man's review on this any day of the week unless their significant other did or tried it. It's specified for women only.
I am not a large person by any means, but I had put on some weight that made me gain a few sizes in my jeans. I frankly didn't know what to do when I went to the gym unless I wanted to pay for an expensive personal trainer. I was getting nowhere fast. I looked up various workout routines, saw minimal results, then ended back where I was. The Venus Factor has done for me what I couldn't find anywhere else. It gave me an easy workout routine, with a simple diet regime. They have a calculator that gives you your calorie counts for the week. They give you a forum to participate in. They have body transformation contests throughout the year for people following the 12 week program and you can see that they are all normal people. During my 12 weeks on the program I was amazed to see the difference in my body shape as well as the loss of so much unwanted fat. For $47, it's worth a shot to try! As for the question of loose skin, the diet is designed to lose weight gradually and consistently, while the exercises add muscle and tone your body to keep that feminine shape. As well, I massage my skin with coconut oil, drink lots of water and eat healthy fats, fruit and vegetables . So add foods such as avocados, olive oil, nuts, seeds and omega-3 rich salmon to your diet in moderation. I hope this helps.View Thread
Hi Elaine, The food plans can be altered according to your food preferences and yes, diet soda is allowed. My favorite is coffee which as you can see is permitted. I hated those diets in the past that placed restrictions on some things like don't eat this or that! As for fasting, there is none. There are variations in calorie consumption so on some days you eat more, therefore stopping your body adapting and slowing down its metabolism which is exactly what you don't want. So I have my higher calorie days in the weekend when I go out!
If it's the workouts that are worrying you Elaine, don't worry! They are only done three times a week for about 45 minutes. The intensity is up to you but whatever level you do will still burn fat, tone your body and have an after-burn effect (that means that your metabolism will speed up and you'll burn calories for hours afterwards) and that's got to be good! As for equipment I never use weights, just my body weight but I do use a couple of exercise bands which I got from my daughter's Wii Fitness game! If you want to get dumbbells I'd suggest a set with the maximum weight of 10lbs. Don't get a barbell. I hate changing the weight plates! But you'll still get great results without weights.
I agree that there are a lot of websites trying to sell the Venus Factor. It's a shame the company seems more concerned with marketing hype than giving more information on the product, but I guess that's internet marketing. I find that forums are the best place to get information and real Venus Factor reviews. Some of this information I got from Debs at ebooksfitness.com. I hope this helps. Regards from KeiraView Thread
The Venus Factor system can be followed by vegetarians, ovo-lacto vegetarians and even vegans as the diet doesn't require you to eat any animal based foods if you choose not to. It is a very flexible diet that allows you to substitute foods easily. You would need to pay attention to your protein sources and ensure that you are achieving the daily protein recommendation that the Venus Factor Virtual Nutritionist calculator provides. In your case since you are able to have milk-based products as well as eggs that would not be a problem. As for carbohydrates all vegetables and fruits are acceptable choices. Refined sugar products such as white bread and other pastries and baked goods should be limited as the higher sugar content will make it difficult to burn fat. I suggest limiting these refined sugar options to less than 20% of your total carbohydrate intake on regular days, and up to 50% on your higher carbohydrate 'eat-up' days. Again I have referenced this from my favorite review site ebooksfitness.com/venus-factor-review which I have found to be a very informative site with excellent reviews about what is included as well as Venus Factor testimonials. The lady who runs the site is a senior member of the Venus Community and gives advice to new members of the Venus Factor. The community and forums are a really integral part of the program and there is always someone ready to answer your queries. You will find threads dedicated to particular diet questions such as vegetarian or other special dietary needs. I hope this helps.View Thread
Hi Shirley. it is not necessary to take any supplements. It is entirely up to you and supplements are not included in their meal plans. There is a chapter in the Venus Factor manual that discusses supplements, but as I said the Venus Factor does not insist that you take any. By the way, the leptin hormone is a very important hormone for women. Leptin maximizes your body's metabolism and If you are able to increase your body's sensitivity to leptin, the same amount of leptin in your system will encourage your body to burn a much higher level of fat. Increasingyour body's sensitivity to the leptin in your body is an incredibly effective way of controlling your fat burning system. And fortunatelythe Venus Factor gives you an extremely detailed explanation of how you can increase your body's sensitivity to leptin and so lose weight far more quickly. If you want more info refer to the website ebooksfitness.com I've mentioned in other posts. As a side note eating greek yogurt when you first wake up in the morning takes away hunger pangs and gives the body the building the building blocks to make hormones like leptin. The yogurt has protein, healthy fats and digestive enzymes. In summary, get the Venus Factor System but don't waste your money on any supplements!
Hi. I am not an expert on the Venus Factor! I'm simply a user who has finished the 12 weeks and completely satisfied with the program. I am still using the program by the way for maintenance. To answer your question about whether you can incorporate a gluten-free diet into the Venus factor program I emailed Debs at ebooksfitness.com and this is her reply. Dear Keira, there is a common misconception that anything labelled gluten-free must be good for you. But many processed gluten-free foods and gluten-free junk foods not only contain almost twice the calories as their traditional counterparts, but they can also be double the price. In addition, processed gluten-free foods are lower in fiber, so you won't stay full as long, and many people who follow a gluten-free diet are missing out on the benefits of good carbohydrates like brown rice, fruits or beans, which all help to regulate blood sugar. The Venus Factor allows you to have a diet rich in whole and unprocessed foods, vegetables and lean cuts of protein. I find it much easier and cheaper as well to eat vegetables, meat, rice and other whole foods rather than processed things that I don't know what's in them and can affect my allergy. Most people I know with this condition also do this. The Venus Factor is not a low-carb fad diet but is full of complex carbohydrates. You can replace your glutenous grains with whole grains like millet and amaranth, complex carbohydrates like fruit and veggies and other whole foods like meat, legumes and dairy. Regards Debs. I hope this Venus Factor review answers your gluten free question.. The beauty of the Venus Factor diet is that it is very adaptable. If you need more information I suggest you get in touch with Debs. When I was trying to decide if I should buy the program, she sent me a copy of a Venus Factor meal plan and exercise routine. It is a great review site with very helpful staff. View Thread
To increase my protein consumption I eat low fat Greek yogurt. I also eat egg whites, which are the complete protein with very few calories. You can buy them in cartons at the supermarket. As for workouts I exercise at home. You could buy a couple of dumbbells or bands. I sometimes exercise along to my daughters Wii Fitness game. My diet program gave me a whole library of exercise routines to do at home. And look on the positive side, no gym fees or travel costs/time to get there!View Thread
Hi Emma Lou. You didn't say whether your mom has type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but whichever, exercise and a good diet are very important. And it definitely sounds like she needs diet and exercise goals that will encourage her to succeed. The Venus Factor program would help her organize her meal plans, for example, at McDonald's, a diabetes-friendly choice might be a salad with grilled chicken and low-fat dressing. While exercise is very important in managing type 2 diabetes. Combining diet, exercise, and medicine will help her control her weight and blood sugar level. Explain to your mom that exercise helps control type 2 diabetes by Improving her body's use of insulin, burns excess body fat helping to decrease and control weight, improves muscle strength, increases bone density, lowers blood pressure and bad cholesterol, improves blood circulation and will reduce her risk of heart disease and stroke, will increase her energy levels and reduce stress, promoting relaxation, and releasing tension and anxiety.[br> [br> So yes, the Venus Factor would be beneficial. It definitely is not a scam product though how it is marketed is dreadful. Searching for information about the Venus Factor on Google is a waste of time. That is why I am always recommending ebookfitness.com which is a reputable website that provides reviews and advice. As for motivation, setting and achieving goals are important and being a member of the Venus Factor will enable your mom to join the Venus Index Community where she can ask questions and meet new friends. I have found that it is a strong supportivecommunity of like minded women. I have just been visiting some friends in Australia that I met through the community. And don't forget your mom should check with her doctor before starting any new diet and exercise plan. Hope this helps. Best wishes from Keira View Thread
I eat a small bowl of oatmeal (not the instant variety) every morning which consist of low glycemic carbs and are also are a good source of fiber which keeps me regular. Your body needs 14 grams of fiber for every 1000 calories you consume. You can boost your fiber intake by adding fruit and nuts to your oatmeal or yogurt. I personally love to add blueberries and pecans. Eating whole nuts is better than peanut butter while I also think since you're on a low carb diet you should eat full-fat greek yogurt. Your body would use the fat for energy and not store it. And it tastes better. I hope this helps.View Thread