In my review in what is known as the Venus Factor Extreme 12-Week Nutrition Program, I need to point out some stuff right away – and which will explain why I called my website “Venus Factor Truth.” First – so you don’t think I’m just a jerk looking to find fault with everything, I’m going to tell you right now that this is really good stuff – the whole “Venus Factor.” I mean really good stuff, with solid science behind it.
But, I have to tell you with not just a little dose of my cynical and sometimes jaded view of things, my initial reaction to it was very negative. And I’m telling you this in case you have the same reaction – and so that if you do, you’ll stick around and get past it. Because the product is excellent.
Honest Extreme Venus Factor Review:
But, here’s why I was turned off at first.
When I first opened the Venus Factor website, my initial reaction was almost one of disgust because it’s written by a guy named John Barban who obviously knows how to write sales copy (or at least he has a darned good team of people who know how to write it). Because I have had some experience with sales copywriting, that stuck out. I thought, “Why is a guy writing about women’s fat problems when he clearly looks like an Adonis himself (he’s also the creator of a program for men called “Adonis Golden Ratio”)? How real is this?”
But, I stuck with the sales page (and fairly lengthy presentation video that doesn’t tell us how long it’s going to take to listen to it – something that I wish these sales pages would STOP doing) and found myself intrigued enough to listen through the end.
I came around. I’m glad I didn’t allow my initial negative, knee-jerk reaction to turn me off, because the more I listened, the more sense John Barban made.
It turns out that he had helped his sister lose weight, but not until he had come to understand that female and male metabolisms and your body’s responses to various hormones, particularly when it comes to leptin – what he’s calling the “master hormone” in understanding weight loss.
I’m getting ahead of myself a little though. John Barban is actually quite knowledgeable about this stuff even though he’s not a doctor. The site mentions his “degrees” and “world class certifications” but doesn’t actually explain what any of those are.
Of course since I was still in the “slightly turned off” stage about whether the product had any merit, I needed to find out what those degrees were.
I had to dig around the web to find out what those are, if only to satisfy myself that he wasn’t just a fake online persona – and I did finally discover (from a site that he appears to run) that he does hold a degree in human biology and nutrition from a university in Canada, the University of Guelph, where he evidently also earned his Masters in Human Biology and Nutrition. (source: http://johnbarban.com/about-2/) At that site he also mentions having done some graduate research at the University of Florida where he states that he has taught exercise physiology. I can’t imagine that he would fake these credentials since certainly the universities mentioned would be on that pretty quickly.
Nonetheless, I can’t help but wonder why the promoters of these programs – if they really do carry a bunch of credentials, why can’t they be cited on some other, non-self-serving website? For example, is he featured at all on Huffington Post or even in newspaper articles in his own home town being cited as an expert? I know a number of businessmen who aren’t world-renown, but still sport some pretty impressive credentials, and I can almost always find SOME type of public mention about them other than from their own business pages.
Okay, I may be a bit too harsh here. I was willing to let it go (sort of) after spending close to a half an hour trying to find public stuff about him online.
But, all that aside, my burning question was, “Does he actually know what he’s talking about, or is this some cheesy re-make of another fad diet?”
I went through the lengthy audio slide-show video presentation and read the sales copy at the Venus Factor homepage. I went to a few more websites that purported themselves to be unbiased Venus Factor reviews (a few statements about the program, and then their link to buy).
Finally, I found a few people who seemed to actually be using the program – if you go to Facebook and search, you’ll find some very active communities there who support one another in their efforts. And yes, there are some real people with real results.
So, with that, and the pretty indepth explanation John gives of how leptin resistance (leptin is a hormone) can slow down fat loss – especially in women – I decided it was worth $37 to buy the program.
Diving Into Venus Factor…
I did just that.
So far so good. I’m finding that I need to print out the Venus Factor Extreme eBook – at least some critical pages since I want to have hard copy text that I can read and highlight and take notes on. It’s about 180 pages or so – I’m not interested in spending my printer ink on pages of testimonials. Actually, I may be a little harsh there, because they’re not so much testimonials as before/after pictures of a number of women who have been through the program and are probably pretty active on the in-house forum or community (Another Venus Factor Truth: Tack on $79/month if you want access to that after a 30-day free trial).
As much as I like support communities, I have noticed that I have a difficult time keeping up with them because in my mind, they can really suck up a lot of time out of my day. In other words, I might tend to “hang out” in the online community instead of getting back to work, or whatever. And, there is something else – I’m already in a bunch of Facebook groups for other interests, and a lot of times I have noticed that what sounds like “support groups” can sometimes turn into more conversation and interaction than I’m really ready for.
I’m not saying that the $79/month wouldn’t be worth it, but for me, if I didn’t find myself participating on a regular basis, I’m going to begin to feel a little guilty for spending that type of ongoing money for it. Then, if I had already been participating and then dropped out, well, I’d feel even guiltier! So, rather than put myself between a rock and a hard place that way, I’m going to avoid it altogether.
Besides, to me, that type of interaction just is not worth $79/month. Seriously. Think about being in a Facebook group. Those don’t cost anything – so why doesn’t this program have something like that?
I know that in the upsell letter they talk about coaches and calls – something a simple Facebook group does NOT have – so I will definitely grant them that.
I’m sorry if I sound so cynical, but remember how I told you I was initially turned off by the sales page? Well, it’s that same cynicism kicking in here.
But, if there really are thousands of women who are joining, why make them pay so much per month? Why not make it say, $10 or $20 per month – or at least something more reasonable than $80 (yes, I know it’s $79, but let’s face it – it’s about $80)? If so many women are singing its praises, it seems to me that if you multiply a couple thousand women by something like $10 or $20 per month, that should still be a pretty good chunk of money in the hopper.
Again, I can only give you my thoughts. And those are my thoughts.
Other than some fluff pages of testimonials, there’s a lot of rock solid presentation and instruction, including explanations as to why you need to go through the protocols (as they are termed in the book, and completely outlined from pages 65 – 67. Meal plans are suggested (pages 74 – 146) for various body types and requirements – which is also fully explained so that you know precisely what to do and when to do it.
Beginning on page 18, and running through page 44 is just about all the science you’ll need in order to get to that “aha” moment where you’ll understand what John is talking about when it comes to leptin resistance, and topics such as “Gender Differences in Metabolism,” and how he believes (and I have come to agree) that “Good Food vs Bad Food Thinking Must Go.”
Now we’re looking at about 26 pages of pure value! One might ask, “Genn, would you really have paid $37 for 26 pages?” That’s a good question. In some ways, no. Because there IS that psychological factor of feeling like you need to get what you paid for. X-amount of dollars for X-amount of content.
And, to be honest, some of the testimonials really ARE pretty motivating and inspiring. Most of these gals do look like “normal” women that just about any of us would or could relate to. And that is important.
And I do love the way he talks about ending that neurotic “good food vs bad food” obsession that has come to grip our country (here in the US anyway), because it is nearly impossible to go to any primary website that defaults on your computer (for example, for me it was msn.com – which I have deleted by the way) and NOT see a dozen stupid articles putting fear into your very being on a daily basis. You’ve seen them. For example, can you go through a day on line and NOT see stuff that sounds like: “10 tips you’re heading for a heart attack,” or “signs you might be missing about this cancer or that cancer…” and on and on). It drives me nuts, and those same types of articles are everywhere about eat this, oh no – we meant don’t eat THAT! Oh dear, THAT will make you sick if you eat that! NO one should eat “these foods,” etc.
So, I really do like John’s approach on that topic.
Right now I’ve just downloaded all the materials, and am doing the baseline measurements that will help me determine what my ideal measurements should really be for a woman of my height and build. This is all stuff John walks you through, and in your membership dashboard is the online Nutrition Calculator with Venus Factor.
UPDATE: I have needed to add something to this section of the review. I am truly having a hard time keeping my caloric intake at 900 – 1,000 calories. I did it for a few weeks, and even though I could go up for my “maintenance” days, keeping the caloric intake that low for several days in a row has been pretty stressful for me since it is taking me a lot of time to figure out exactly how many calories are in the foods I’m eating.
SO… what is the solution, you might ask? Well, I was only logging ½ hour per day or less in exercise. I’m looking at the nutrition calculator again, and with the idea of exercising more often, I’m hoping that I can do it.
There is something else I can do, and that is to allow the program to create and plan my menu. If I can get my husband to help with that, it would be easier. So, my suggestion to you is that if you are in a family situation where it’s not just YOU eating, it might be easier to just let the program figure out YOUR menu, and let the rest of the family deal with what THEY want to eat. That’s pretty much how it will likely work best for me – which is awesome since he’s no stranger to the kitchen and has no problem whatsoever making his own meals. After all, it’s in HIS best interests if I lose weight too! (wink wink)
Also in the membership area is the entire stock of exercise videos. I’ve just gone through a few of them, which are mainly demos of exercises and what they’ll work. I’m hoping to find a few workouts, but I’m pretty sure that I can piecemeal what I personally need from looking at them. It’s a very well done library, and some of the seemingly simple moves are actually pretty “kick butt!”
Most of them don’t appear to require much more than a couple of dumbbells and chairs for balance. Most of the small pieces of equipment that I saw in the few video demos I’ve already checked out are things I can get in thrift stores or yard sales (dumbbells, ab roller wheel, etc). In other words, it doesn’t look like you’re going to need an expensive gym membership.
SOME of the exercises DO take place on the types of machines you’d find in a gym. But there is no way I’m joining a gym, so if I cannot adjust the exercise to use some simple, in-home stuff, forget about it! 🙂 So, instead of a “bench” where you lay back and do flyes and such, I can use a picnic table bench. With pillows on top. Of course. Haha! Actually, an old sleeping bag pad – the type you put under your sleeping bag when you’re camping will work. In fact, that will work for on-floor exercises too. That’s what I use.
If you’re thinking of buying Venus Factor, here are a few of the pieces of equipment that appear to be useful outside of those that clearly use a gym: Ab wheel roller and dumbbells as I mentioned above, rubber “resistance” bands, a couple of chairs – one to hold on to for balance, and one to maybe use when you have to raise your feet (e.g. Bulgarian split squats or other body weight exercises), simple barbell set if you can find one, and an exercise “stability” ball (like a yoga ball). I think that might pretty much do it!
One other thing I bought – only because I want to add a little “wake up” type of exercise when I’ve been sitting too long is a jump-rope. But I don’t actually see those in John’s workouts. I’m just using it for a little pick-me-up for a couple of minutes – just to shake off lethargy at the computer.
So, to pretty much sum it all up, after getting past what I had initially thought of as a “gimmicky” sales pitch, Venus Factor is a program that I feel is going to help me a LOT. I know that I’ll have some days of feeling a bit “calorically challenged” since – let’s face it – you can’t lose weight if you’re not eating less calories than you burn.
I hope this has helped you, and that you’ll at least watch the presentation. If you find that it makes sense to you like it did for me, I hope you’ll give it a try. Maybe I’ll see you in one of the online support communities, and I hope my Venus Factor Extreme review helped you make a decision!