The Venus Factor Review

Review of: The Venus Factor

Author: John Barban

Editorial Quality



Ease of use

We liked

  • How comprehensive the program is
  • The virtual nutritionist
  • The great diet plan
  • The efficient workouts

We didn't like

  • The layout of the content
  • The marketing inside the book
  • The continuity between the chapters

Summary: The venus factor system is one of the best weight loss program for women we've reviewed in a long while. The program makes sense, the diet plan is fantastic. It has a few flaws but we love it here at Health Ambition.

From $47

Being Skinny is great, but this is not everything. Many people are skinny yet have unattractive body. This is often referred to as being "skinny fat".

Most programs promoting weight loss will tend to push you towards becoming skinny fat.

This means that you will look decent when dressed up but underneath your closes, your body will still remain mostly unattractive.

This is where a program such as the Venus factor stands out. It will not only help you lose the unnecessary weight. It will also help you achieve this attractive "toned" look most women (and men) dream of.

Let's dive into the secrets  found within the venus factor system !​

What is the Venus Factor?

The Venus Factor is a total body program designed by John Barban, together with Brad Pilon. It is created with the woman’s body in mind, with the nutrition and workout programs included targeting the shaping of a woman’s specific physiology.

It’s not a weight loss program – it’s a program designed to help women achieve the best shape for their body.

The Mind Behind the Venus Factor: John Barban

According to John Barban’s official website:

“My formal education background is a Masters In Human Biology and Nutrition from U of Guelph, where I spent 3 years as a varsity strength and conditioning coach for the ice hockey team. I did further graduate research and taught exercise physiology at the University of Florida. I’ve taken a bunch of personal training certifications, all the usual ones such as the NSCA CSCS, ACE PT, CSEP, etc.”

John Barban
Creator of the Venus Factor

He is also the creator of the Adonis Golden Ratio workout program – the equivalent of the Venus Factor program for men.

The Venus Factor Package Review

The cost of the Venus Factor program is $47 – not too bad when compared with programs like the P90X.

Included in the Venus Factor package is:

  • The Venus Factor Diet and Weight Loss Manual – a 180-page ebook
  • The 12-Week Venus Factor Workout System – a library with instructional exercise videos
  • The Venus Factor Virtual Nutritionist – an app that helps you to track calories and protein intake according to your body.
  • The Venus Community – access to the exclusive Venus Factor community, including blogs, forums, etc.
  • The Venus Index Podcasts – audio interviews by other Venus Factor members on their success stories

This makes for a very comprehensive package given the price of the product.

A Look at The Venus Factor

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Within the first few pages of the Venus Factor Diet and Weight Loss Manual, the purpose of the program is made clear:

“The Venus System is designed to be the simplest possible to achieving fat loss while also providing a workout program for developing and shaping muscle in a manner that is specific to a woman’s body.”

The manual breaks down the process of the Venus Factor diet into two parts:

Part 1: Weight Loss/Fat Removal

Before you can start shaping your body the way you want it, you need to get rid of all the excess fat and weight clinging to your frame.

The Venus Factor promotes diet as the most important factor in your weight loss/fat burning, so a good part of the book is dedicated to helping readers plan their diet for weight loss.

Part 2: Muscle/Body Shaping/Toning

A person’s body structure and shape is defined by two factors:

  1. Location and quantity of body fat
  2. Muscle shape and size

The workout component of the book aims to shape the muscles and tone them in order to give you the body shape you want.

Understanding Metabolism and Hormones

The Venus Factor spends a few pages discussing the different factors that affect women’s metabolisms, specifically:

  • Body Composition ­- the % of body fat
  • Size – the different heights, widths, and lengths

The manual proceeds to discuss the importance of testosterone and estrogen in a woman’s weight loss – specifically that women burn less calories than men simply because they have less testosterone.

Leptin is another hormone specifically discussed in the book. This hormone is the one that controls your appetite, and the Venus Factor aims to increase your body’s natural sensitivity to leptin by:

  • Sleeping properly
  • Exercising
  • Use supplements
  • Fasting

The Venus Factor Diet Review

A very large chunk of the book is spent detailing a healthy diet for those who are trying to shape their bodies with the Venus Factor.

First, they look at food list that will make it difficult for you to lose weight, including:

  • Soy
  • Sugar
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • High-calorie beverages (juice, soda, alcohol, etc.)
  • Low-fiber carbs
  • Fats

The Venus Factor Manual examines the calories in fats, protein, and carbs, but doesn’t discuss in much detail what’s a healthy amount of each for a proper diet.

Hard, Cold Facts

Thankfully, the Venus Factor does get into some details and provide real, usable numbers on certain things, such as:

BMR Understanding the metabolic rate enables Venus Factor users to determine how many calories they need to burn per day. This is the true key to success in any diet, and thankfully the manual provides charts that help women to figure out their BMR according to their height and weight.

Meal Planning The manual examines not only how much to eat, but how often. This helps readers to determine the best diet plan according to the number of calories they can eat every day, making it easy to break down their meals.

Calories The Venus Factor Manual actually tells readers roughly how many calories are burned by their body, such as:

  • The heart burns 200 calories per day
  • The kidney burns 200 calories per day
  • The brain burns 110 calories per day

Now, whether or not this data is accurate is difficult to prove, as there are no links to follow from the manual to find out where they obtained the data from. Still, it breaks it down in a way that’s easy to understand.

The Reverse Taper Diet

The Reverse Taper Diet is a unique eating plan created by Brad Pilon – co-writer of the book. It is found only in the Venus Factor Manual and other books sold by Brad Pilon.

What is the Reverse Taper Diet?

To put it simply: you eat more as you lose weight.

Let’s say you weigh 180 pounds with a 30% body composition. That means that your lean body mass is just 127 pounds. If your goal is to work your way down to a low body composition, you want to eat fewer calories in order to lose weight.

However, as you shed the pounds of fat, your lean body mass stays the same. In fact, if you’re working out, it should actually increase as you build more muscle. According to the Reverse Taper Diet, as you lose weight, you should eat more.

The less you eat, the more calories your body needs to burn from fat. However, once you get rid of the fat in your body, there is less fat accessible. This means that your body will not be able to burn that fat, so it will burn muscle cells if you don’t consume enough food. For this reason, you eat more food as you lose more weight, providing the fuel your body needs to continue the fat burning.

Brad Pillon
Creator of the reverse taper diet

While this is designed to make the weight loss diet easy, there is little scientific research to prove that it actually works. The theory sounds very plausible, but with no facts to back it up, there’s no way to say how it will affect the body.

The 12-Week Undulating Metabolic Override Program

This is the 12-week diet plan included in the Venus Factor program is actually quite complicated. It took me a few minutes of reading and re-reading to understand exactly what needs to be done. It requires the Venus Factor app, which will direct you to eat a certain number of calories of fat per day/week.

Here’s a breakdown of the diet:

Week 1 – 2: 5 & 1 Protocol For the first five days, eat a lower number of calories as directed by the app. On Day 6, eat a higher number of calories as directed by the app.

Week 3 – 4: High Fat 2 & 1 Protocol For the first two days, eat a lower number of calories as directed by the app. On Day 3, eat a higher number of fat calories. Repeat this twice per week for two weeks.

Week 5 – 6: 5 & 1 Protocol Back to the first diet plan.

Week 7 – 8: High Protein 2 & 1 Protocol Similar to Weeks 3 and 4, simply replacing high protein intake for high fat intake.

Week 9 – 10: 5 & 1 Protocol Back to the first diet plan.

Week 11- 12: High Carb 2 & 1 Protocol Similar to Weeks 3 and 4, simply replacing high carb intake for high fat intake.

The purpose of this diet is to “confuse” your metabolism – forcing it to keep running at high speeds in order to keep up with your changing diet.

Does this metabolism-centric diet work? The lack of studies backing up the claims in the book leaves me skeptical, though the theory does have its merit. Without scientific proof that it actually works, I wouldn’t follow it blindly.

Intro to Meal Planning & Diet Plan

Once you finish the section on the Undulating Metabolic Override Program, the book goes on to talk about meal planning.

This is probably the most valuable part of the book, for it gives a number of complete menus for users to customize for their various meals.

There are:

  • Ten 1,000-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 2 snacks per day
  • Ten 1,100-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 2 snacks per day
  • Ten 1,200-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 3 snacks per day
  • Ten 1,300-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 3 snacks per day
  • Ten 1,400-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 3 snacks per day
  • Ten 1,500-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 3 snacks per day
  • Ten 1,600-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 3 snacks per day
  • Ten 1,700-calorie meal plans, each with 3 meals and 3 snacks per day

The beauty of these meal plans is that readers can pick and choose as they desire, allowing them to create hundreds of meal combinations no matter how many calories they want to eat per day.

Is the Venus Factor Your Ideal Weight Loss Program ? Take The Quiz bellow to know.

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Our Final Venus Factor Review

The program is designed with women in mind, and it’s definitely tailored to the unique needs of women and their diets/exercise programs.

It has a lot of very valuable information, and readers will find that it does offer a complete program to lose weight and work towards the shape that they really want.

Here’s what we like and dislike about the Venus Factor system:

We’re Not Fond Of

The Lack of Research As with any workout/weight loss/fitness program, it’s difficult to trust it if there’s no proof backing up the claims. In my studies as a fitness trainer, I’ve learned that there is no way to shape muscle, and yet The Venus Factor claims to be able to shape the body. Where’s the proof to back this up? There are however interesting studies cited at the end of the book that do provide some credibility.

The Layout Reading the book was a lot more of a chore than I expected. The content was great, but the layout was a bit challenging because the text was broken up by testimonials every few pages. There are a lot of pictures that made for a nice break, but overall the layout actually detracted from the content (although maybe that's just me).

The Structure The book felt a bit slapped together. The information was complete, but it wasn’t easy to follow along because it jumped from one topic to another without any real breaks. It felt like they didn’t always close a subject before moving on.

The Testimonials Yes, we understand that people have found your program effective, so there’s no need to put in 30 to 40 testimonials. It interrupted the flow of the content, and made it hard to concentrate on the information.

We Love

The Abundance of Information For those who know little to know about weight loss, dieting, and fitness, this is a great book. It comes with a lot of information that explains all of the important parts of getting fit, including the BMR, calories in food, meal planning, and more. It breaks it down in a way that’s easy to understand.

The Venus Factor Virtual Nutritionist — The app makes planning your meals supremely easy. You can figure out what your ideal measurements should be, your total calorie intake, the amount of weight you can lose, the amount of weight you are losing, and your estimated protein intake in seconds. It’s a tool that blows most calorie counters out of the water.

The Meal Plans 80 different meal plans complete with calorie and nutritional information in one book? Yes please! You can pick and choose from the various meals in the book, and it just gives you the list of ingredients rather than the recipe you are following. This makes it easy for you to add or subtract ingredients however you want. For this part alone, I would pay $50.

The Venus Factor Workouts In the Venus Factor Workouts book, you’ll find all the workout programs you need to get you through the diet. The workouts are easy to follow, and you have access to instructional videos through the Venus Community. It’s a complete workout program as well as diet program.


So does the venus factor work ? Absolutely. Is it a scam ? Not at all. It's a great weight loss program with a great community and access to one on one advice.

The Venus Factor offers a good deal of value to customers and stays far from weight loss scams found everywhere online. It does break down the diet/workout process to make it easy to understand.

according to its testimonials and reviews, it is also an effective program! If you have any question, drop it in the comments.

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Helen Sanders

Chief editor here at Health Ambition, I'm a proud mother of two passionate about nutrition and ways to live healthier with more energy!

  • April

    This was a nice review. Everytime I looked to find a decent review, it was actually someone promoting the system which really annoyed me. Also, the discussion on Yahoo.Answers were deleted which bothers me. If the program is that good, why be afraid of public discussion? I hate censorship. I would rather like to gather all the information and then make an informed decision. Even though this is a third party review, it still had a plug for the diet in which you can purchase the program. So its not a great review, but your opinions seemed truthful. I will take this into account.
    Thank you.

  • Pennybnw

    Hello. I have a question about the workout sessions. Because of health problems and an inability to walk, it’s harder for me to exercise. Are the exercises possible for me to do from a seat and very slowly at first? Thanks!