Thursday, November 17, 2016

11 things you have to know before joining TruVision

Another MLM that promises to shed body weight, right? These guys might be a dime a dozen, but weight loss products will never go out of style. Think about it, how many people do you know who wouldn’t like to lose a few pounds?

TruVision not only has a noteworthy weight loss product, they’ve also developed a reputation for having a little more integrity than most in the MLM game. Does this mean I’m involved?

This video explains everything:

Make sense? Either way, here’s 11 things you have to know before joining TruVision.

#11. The appreciation plan

Their bonuses and rank perks, “our way of saying thank you”, are pretty extensive.

Even as an Associate, their first rank, you get 1 level of commissions, 4 levels of fast start bonuses, and a 10% matching bonus. As you move up to the director levels, you get more commission and perks like a FitBit, a smart water bottle, meal prep lessons, and even a signed guitar and a trip to Zion National Park.

At the high end director levels, you get bigger trips, branded luggage, and shares of their TVH bonus pool. [1]

#10. TruNecessity, TruEssentials, TruHealth, and TruCONTROL

TruVision sells health and wellness products that range from supplements to weight management programs to energy boosters. Most of their products contain ingredients like green tea extract, ginseng, caffeine, bitter orange, dendrobium, and other vitamins and minerals.

Mostly natural ingredients, but there have actually been some complaints from customers that the product has had a negative effect on their mood, making them feel agitated or jittery. Definitely not what you want from a health and wellness product.

#9. Significant amounts of caffeine

It makes sense that some would experience mood issues due to the amount of caffeine in their products.

While it’s not an extreme amount, and probably wouldn’t impact people who aren’t easily affected by caffeine, the products do contain about the same amount of caffeine as over-the-counter medications like Excedrin. There are definitely people who experience negative side effects from these medications. [2]

#8. Heart and hydration proprietary blend

The proprietary blend found in most of their products is their heart/hydration blend.

Basically, they really push the idea that proper hydration is essential to weight loss, and not a lot of weight loss products focus on that. It’s smart, because there is a proven link between weight loss and proper hydration. [3]

But isn’t hydration just drinking enough water? And isn’t that FREE?

Sort of. Their product claims to hydrate and promote heart health more than your tap water. Here are the claimed benefits:

  • supports heart health
  • hydrates at a cellular level
  • cleanses toxins
  • loaded with electrolytes

So, definitely better than tap. But $85 a month better? That’s the question.

#7. Products contain sucralose

Despite mostly healthy and natural ingredients, their products do contain sucralose, which is often avoided by members of the health community.

They do fess up and explain why, starting with two principles –

“Principle 1: Almost any ingredient whether vitamin, mineral, plant extract, etc. has a duality. If the ingredient is used in the right proportion it can be of benefit to the consumer. If it is overused, it can be potentially dangerous to the consumer. For example, Iron can become dangerous at 200-250mg/kg body weight, salt toxicity level is 3.5g in the blood plasma (Brody).

Principle 2: Just because information is posted on the internet in the form of an official-looking site, vaguely referencing research studies, biased research, and “mommy blogs” (we don’t really like that term as it can be viewed as demeaning towards mothers when a better term would be “alarmist blogs”); does not mean it is true.” [4]

Both true, TruVision. But what’s the connection to sucralose?

Well, they claim that sucralose is one of these ingredients that alarmists hate for no reason and can be OK in moderation.

#6. Sucralose is healthier than most sweeteners 

The small amounts of sucralose in their product amount to almost zero calories. The FDA themselves have stated that sucralose is fine in doses of 5mg/day or less, and TruVision products contain .01-.05 mg. [5]

Most supplements and shakes use some kind of sweetener, otherwise they’d taste awful.

Sucralose is natural, unlike far worse sweeteners like corn syrup. It doesn’t cause blood sugar spikes or crashes like regular sugar. [6]

Calm down health nuts. Would you rather consume .01 mg of sucralose, or a product that tastes like horse feed? That’s what I thought.

#5. FDA advisory sent to them in 2015

The FDA sent TruVision a warning regarding their TruWeight & Energy products for containing DMBA.

Not a good sign.

DMBA is marketed as an exercise enhancer, but according to FDA findings “there is inadequate information to provide reasonable assurance that such ingredient [DMBA] does not present a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury.”

It’s been linked to cardiovascular concerns – definitely worrying.

“Failure to immediately cease distribution of your TruWeight & Energy product and any other products you market that contain DMBA … could result in enforcement action by FDA without further notice,” the FDA wrote to TruVision. [7]

#4. No evidence for weight loss properties

While ginseng and caffeine and green tea all have their health benefits, there’s no research or evidence to support the claim that TruVision’s products actually increase weight loss.

The closest they come to proof are studies that show caffeine in general can aid with weight loss, but you can save a lot of money by just drinking a cup of coffee instead (just ask Organo Gold).

#3. No car bonus…and they’ll tell you that with pride

Truvision is super into announcing the fact that they don’t have a car bonus. They even have an entire page on their website dedicated to it. [8]

Nope, no fancy pink car decked out in Mary Kay logos for you. But that may be a good thing. The “free” cars sound great unless you read the fine print. They really aren’t all that free.

As they state on their website: “The catch- and it’s a big one- is that the company is not just giving you a car. It’s your name and your credit on the lease.” [9]

And it’s usually true. The MLM foots the bill for your luxury lease, sure, but since it’s under your name, if you lose your rank by failing to maintain your product volume (and therefore your car eligibility), you’re stuck with the $500-750 lease bill.

As you can imagine, this happens a lot. The cars are usually repossessed, and the distributor’s credit is wrecked.

TruVision doesn’t want their distributors taking on unnecessary debt. It’s a refreshing sense of responsibility that’s often absent in MLM.

#2. High retention rate

Churn and burn is practically the slogan for network marketing when it comes to their employees and distributors.

While they’ll keep on a handful of loyal devotees, the majority of their distributors don’t stick around for long (because they’re not making money). This is less true of TruVision, who has one of the higher retention rates in the industry.

#1. Simple compensation plan with up to 7% commission

You get 7% commission on your first level of recruits, which is not bad.


They also offer downline commission to level 8, 10% matching bonuses, fast start bonuses, and a 3% bonus pool for highest ranks.

There’s a $35 annual fee and you have to maintain at least 100 PV to waive auto-ship. Annoying, but typical.

If you are set on the MLM route, these guys aren’t a bad choice. But if it’s just a little side income that you are looking to stash in your pockets, you can get it quicker with other opportunities.

If you like automated ways to build passive income, there are better ways.

(and you can trash those old MLM habits, too)


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