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Body Wise Review - Does This Brand Really Work? Are cost and limited choices deal breakers?

By Summer Banks on Sep 15, 2016
Body Wise Review

This week I obsessed over every aspect of Body Wise. We took the time to create a comprehensive review, focusing closely on the ingredients, side effects, customer-service quality and scientific studies. Then we looked at online consumer comments. At last, we summarized all of the data we collected to give you the facts.


What is Body Wise?

To begin with, the main weight-loss product line from Body Wise is Élancé. Others include the Élancé Frappé, the Élancé Detox and Cleanse Kit, the Élancé Fiber Beverage, and the Élancé Detox Oil. The Frappé is available in vanilla or chocolate and is marketed as a meal replacement drink. The ingredients are listed as two proprietary blends, the AminoFactor Protein Complex and the MyoFactor Complex of Branched Chain Amino Acids.

There are several products made by Body Wise. They’ve been in business since 1989. Their original mission was to make pharmaceutical grade dietary supplements available to everyone. They primarily focus on anti-aging, immunity, weight-loss, heart health, sports performance, and energy. You can find their products online at their official website or through their consultants, but read on…

Cost– “It’s So Expensive!”

Our first concern is the cost of the products. The Frappé is about $43 for only fifteen servings. Since it is supposed to be used as a meal replacement this could be only a one-two week supply. According to our Research Editor, “This is fairly expensive for something that doesn’t give a detailed list of proven ingredients. For that much money one would expect more details.”

According to one customer, “I opted for the subscription to try and save a little money but they sent them so frequently I ended up spending way more than I intended.”

Another unhappy reviewer said, “I couldn’t afford to keep trying it after a couple of week. The results weren’t significant enough to justify the expense.”

Others found the price more reasonable. One said, “I like the flavor and how easy it is to make breakfast on the go. It does cost more than I would prefer but overall it’s worth the convenience for me.”

Another explained, “I need a shake in the morning I just don’t have time to make a healthy breakfast. The chocolate makes it feel like a treat so I get it, I don’t really care about the price.”

Limited Choices– “More Options!”

While the most popular flavors tend to be chocolate and vanilla, many consumers expect a wider variety of choices.

One dieter said, “I need variety or I lose interest. I want strawberry, mint chocolate chip, or coffee flavor depending on what meal I’m replacing.”

Another complained, “I outgrew chocolate and vanilla when I was eight. I like variety and if I can’t get it with Body Wise I’ll just get it somewhere else.”

Others were happy with the options provided. Explained one dieter, “I am a sucker for chocolate. The chocolate flavor is excellent and is all I need.”

Another commented, “I usually get vanilla flavored coffee drinks so this worked out great for me. I don’t really like the weird flavor profiles some companies put out.”

According to our research, cost and variety are important factors in overall success. If Body Wise is too expensive and becomes boring in a short time, how is the dieter supposed to succeed?

The Science – “Valid?”

At DietSpotlight, we want to see the science behind the claims. Body Wise simply does not provide adequate information in this regard. While the description for the Frappé is interesting, the company only lists ingredients under proprietary blends and offers no clinical studies to back anything up.

The Bottom Line – Does Body Wise Work?

Should I race out for a jar of Body Wise’s Élancé Frappé? Maybe. Most meal replacement options are all about personal preference. If you like the taste of one of these options, it might be a good supplemental resource to a weight-loss program. However, there is not enough clinical evidence to support some of the claims the company makes about the product which is why we are skeptical about giving it the green light.

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About the Author:

Summer Banks is an ISSA-Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist and has reviewed over 2000 diet products. She has years of nursing training, experience as a manager responsible for 15 supplement brands, and completed coursework on Food and Nutrition from Stanford University. full bio.

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What You Should Know

Body Wise is a nutritional supplement company that claims to manufacture some of the "highest-quality supplements currently available." These products are created with pure and safe proprietary ingredients, and specially formulated to digest and absorb into the user's body. The official website calls their products "advanced nutritional supplements." There are user testimonials available on the website that include before and after pictures. All of the supplements offered through Body Wise are available online without a doctor's prescription.

List of Ingredients

Body Wise makes Weight Management, Anti-Aging, Immune Health, Men's Health, Essential Nutrition, Kid's Health, Performance Nutrition, and Women's Health products. Under the Weight Management section, you'll find the supplement Elance Frappe which is a meal replacement supplement. The Elance Frappe product appears to be the only supplement offered that's geared toward weight loss.

Product Features

Essential Vitamins (22), and a MyoFactor Complex (branched amino acids). These ingredients aim to build lean muscle mass, supply the body with nutrients it needs, and increase energy levels. There are no trans-fats found in Body Wise. The one supplement they offer to address weight management, Elance Frappe ($60), comes in the form of a powder and can be made into an "enjoyable" beverage. The major ingredients in this product endeavor to aid in the fat reduction process by supplying the user's body with energy while delivering ample whey protein to support muscle tissue. Unfortunately there are no clinical findings posted on the website.

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  • The Elance Frappe from Body Wise offers significant amounts of protein and vitamins to help the user potentially shed excess weight.
  • There are no known side effects.


  • The Elance Frappe supplements from Body Wise go for $60.
  • There are no appetite suppressants in the Elance Frappe supplement.


The Elance Frappe supplement is more like a protein shake/meal replacement than a weight loss formula. It's important to pay close attention to the key ingredients, which are whey protein and the "MyoFactor Complex" when choosing a weight loss plan.

8 User Reviews About Body Wise

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  • 1

    I probably wrote in the wrong section. But i tasted bodywise years ago and i never forgot the product. One was choc and one vanilla one tasted great and the other was awful. i dont remember which was which but i would be interested in finding it again and any other good products you have. I am interested in Protein shakes and yeah maybe weight loss products too.



    I started using their weight lose program products and they work. Lost my 40 lb goal and have maintained. That was 2 years ago. The rest of the products I am more than satisfied with.


  • 2
    V Giffin

    At age 58, I lost over 21 pounds & 13 inches in 90 days with Body Wise’s protein meal replacement! They did reformulate their shake & I think it is delicious and makes me feel satisfied. I love the all natuural ingredients, 20 grams of protein, only 5 carbs, less than 1 gm. of sugar (sweetened with the mung bean), and 22 vitamins and minerals. They give suggestions of nutritious foods, drink lots of water, exercise and the protein meal replacementREALLY works! I can email you 3 pages of recipes to use with the protein powder. You would love them.



    I tried both the chocolate and vanilla years ago at a fair in Mpls. and one tasted awful but the other one was super delicious but i cant remember which one was the good one. Anyway i was so impressed with the taste since it was made just with water that i never forgot the product.Taste is super important to me so i would be interested in finding out what drink that was. also any of the other products by bodywise. I hope the formula hasnt changed but as long as something tastes good & is effective, i would like to try it. Aslo i was interested in the 3 pages of recipes from v griffin testimonial.


  • 3
    J Prose

    20 years ago, you were younger. It’s always easier to lose weight when your young. I had great success 18 yrs. ago, lost 35 lbs. & 6.5 in. off my waist. It’s all what you put into it. I plan on trying Body Wise again, specially since I have bad back. I can’t workout, but I have heathy way to lose weight.


    V Giffin

    I lost over 21 lbs. and 13″ with Body Wise’s protein meal replacement. One thing that helped me is to recognize the things that I need to avoid…for me it is cheese, bread and crackers. My no. 1 culprit is sugar and I feel like the Body Wise shake is a treat and helps me curb that sugar addiction. The all natural supplements go hand in hand and help, too. I take the AG Immune supplement and I haven’t had a cold or the flu in years. It’s really helped my immune system.


  • 4
    S Church

    About 20 years ago I used the Bodywise powdered drink mix along with their vitamin supplement and lost about 25 pounds. Over the years with weight coming back on I decided to go back to Bodywise and was disappointed as it had no effect. I believe the formula had changed. I don’t intend to try it again for weight loss.


    S Sun

    I used Bodywise in 1997 and lost 50 pounds. I tried Bodywise again in 2004 and found the shake to be different. I also believe the formula was changed. It just wasn’t the same product I enjoyed in 1997.


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