I have recently decided to lose a little bit of weight in preparation for becoming a daddy again in December. I've looked at all kinds of methods to lose weight and every time I came back to SlimFast, having tried it before on the odd occasion a few years back.
SlimFast seems to be working for me so far, helping aid my weight loss and definitely keeping me feeling fuller for longer, and it is so easy to make it doesn't really take any time out of my day which is another plus point.
When making the shake, I find it best to follow the suggestions of using skimmed milk and I also use a shaker to ensure that there are no powdery bits left when it comes to consuming the drink, and so far it's worked perfectly every time.
I have now purchased four flavours - chocolate, vanilla, banana, and strawberry. Personally for me, the chocolate one is my least favourite as it tastes the least 'natural' and tastes a little bit chalky or plastic like. It is definitely best to drink this in one swoop otherwise the taste may start to be an issue and put you off drinking the rest.
Don't let the taste put you off however, it certainly does the job it's designed to do overall.
I have used Slim Fast for many years as it is widely available and is a trusted well known brand and you can also get it for a good price if you look round for where it is on offer. I bought this chocolate flavoured one from Boots half price for £2.97 which is half the recommended price but you will find it on offer at a lot of places as diets are very popular at this time of year.
The powder is contained in a round tin along with a plastic scoop so you know you have the right measurement and there is enough powder to make twelve drinks. You simply pour 250ml of skimmed milk into a glass or a shaker and add the powder and then stir or shake until the powder has completely dissolved. I will usually use a glass but making sure it is large enough to give it a good mix without it spilling or splashing over the sides.
Slim Fast recommend that you have a shake for two meals ideally breakfast and lunch and then have a calorie controlled meal in the evening. Personally I find that it is too much to replace two meals as I just feel too hungry so I will have a bowl of cereal for breakfast with maybe a yoghurt and then have the shake for lunch, and then a normal meal for dinner, but obviously being a bit careful what I choose.
I love the taste of chocolate and I wasn't disappointed with the taste of this as it is really quite a rich and creamy taste. It is also quite thick without being gloopy and tastes smooth and quite rich even though it is only made with skimmed milk. It contains most vitamins which you need for a healthy diet and also calcium, copper, iron and zinc and a complete drink is only 230 calories.
It think Slim Fast is great to be used as a short term dieting aid and is easy to make and drink. I will continue to use these shakes especially if I can still get them while they are on offer as I have got some lovely jeans I am aiming to fit in again soon!
I buy it in a jar which has dust to help make the shake at home with clean dairy nevertheless the chocolate quality is available in a plastic bottle additionally that's readymade and it can be taken along with you.
I don't such as the taste of this greatly as the chocolate is flat in taste. It's not wealthy and I don't just like the way I could taste the dairy through the candy so that it doesn't taste quite attractive, since I personally use very low fat milk. I do believe it tastes such as a drink it would be taken by you you had to build up your strength next and were ill.
HOW CAN YOU USE IT?
You mix milk and the powder and blend it until it has all been mixed up. You're able to wake it having a shell but I personally use a handheld mixer in place of that because the powder is quite difficult to mix in and that I do not that way small tiny items of powder move on the top of my move using the candy flavor since that will not happen together with the other flavors.
You'll be able to fit the milk and powder into a major mixer also and then add ice to really make the shake a little bit larger to drink.
WHAT I BELIEVE
I do not such as this Slimfast and that I do not consider it tastes like chocolate anyway. It's an extremely sickly taste and I feel the feel is different for the additional Slim-Fast flavors additionally, it doesn't experience as pleasant to drink and that I don't assume it fills up my hunger so I wish to eat fairly speedy if I select this taste.
It's tougher to mix compared to additional flavors and I genuinely believe that is really a shock simply because they appear to be exactly the same powder but I believe there's something while in the chocolate the one that makes it remain together more while you are currently mixing it.
Chocolate Slimfast is not bought often because I do not want it as much as I prefer others. The preference is not attractive but more critical than that it doesn't make me feel whole up as a diet shake, so it's of low quality.
I approached Slim Fast with a great degree of scepticism but its been around for a long time now and lots of people use it, one assumes with some degree of success as it doesn't appear to be just another fad.
Each of the three tins supplied contains enough for 12 servings, or 6 days if your having two shakes a day. I would recommend getting two flavours, the Chocolate is thick and delicious and feels very naughty which does help as you don't feel as your depriving yourself but this Strawberry is just lovely as is.
As I say the shakes are thick, I bought a shaker mixer from Amazon and just rinse it out when done.
It does require cold milk, otherwise they are not so thick, also you need skimmed milk. To get the most flavour I would recommend UHT as I find UHT skimmed milk has the same flavour as semi-skimmed milk, the UHT process intensifies the flavour, plus it keeps for an age and can be transported without refrigeration before opening, so you can take a pack or two to work maybe?
The one thing I have been surprised about is I thought I would be craving food 5 minutes after having the shake but I have not found that at all which amazes me, my stomach hasn't rumbled once but I am definately eating less calories.
The Slim Fast snacks are great and its so nice to be able to have the odd crispy snack such as their pretzels and sweet thing like their caramel bars. Sadly as I write this Amazon fails on this as they only supply a couple of these snacks and they are over twice the price that they are in the supermarket, shame we cannot buy whole boxes and save some cash, lets hope that changes.
You can have up to three snacks a day.
Do have a balanced meal in the evening but do watch the calories, they recommend 600, but would suggest a very little bit more maybe 700/800 when getting started and reduce it down to 600 over a week or two, so its not a shock to the system.
Its early days but we will see if it brings results, pleasantly surprised so far.
WHAT IS IT?
Chocolate flavor Slim Fast milk shake. I buy it in a tin that contains powder to make the shake at home with fresh milk but the chocolate flavor is available in a plastic bottle also that is ready made and you can take it out with you.
I do not like the taste of this very much because the chocolate is not natural in taste. It is not rich and I do not like the way I can taste the milk through the chocolate because I use very low fat milk so it does not taste very pleasing. I think it tastes like a drink you would take it you were ill and had to build up your strength after that.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You mix the powder with milk and stir it until it has all been mixed up. You can stir it with a fork but I use a hand held blender instead of that because the powder is very hard to mix in and I do not like that small little bits of powder float on the top of my shake with the chocolate flavor because that does not happen with the other flavours.
You can put the milk and powder into a big blender also and add some ice to make the shake a little bit thicker to drink.
WHAT I THINK
I do not like this Slim Fast and I do not think it tastes very much like chocolate anyway. It is a very sickly flavor and I think the texture is different to the other Slim Fast flavours also, it does not feel as nice to drink and I do not think it fills up my appetite so I want to eat quite quick if I choose this flavour.
It is harder to mix than the other flavours and I think that is a shock because they all look like the same powder but I think there is something in the chocolate one that makes it stick together more while you are mixing it.
I do not buy chocolate Slim Fast very often because I do not like it as much as I like the others. The taste is not pleasing but more important than that it does not make me feel full up so it is not very good as a diet shake.
1 Dooyoo Star.
I have a been a big fan of the slim fast plan for years as I think that it is one of the best ways to drop a few pounds. The only problem with it is that it is quite restrictive and also it can become quite boring when you follow it for a long time.
Luckily for me I don’t have a big problem with my weight as I try and be as healthy as I can most of the time but occasionally I will get lax and gain a few pounds and these shakes are a great way for me to lose it again quickly. The most I have ever had to follow the plan is a couple of weeks but even in that short amount of time I get a bit bored by it.
The chocolate shake makes things that little bit easier as it helps to satisfy my sweet tooth craving. I think I’m right in saying that this is one of the original flavours that slim fast shakes came in when they first came out years ago and there is a reason that it has stood the test of time as it is one of the best flavours.
It is thick and very chocolaty tasting and I enjoy drinking this just as much as non diet chocolate milkshakes. For people with sweet teeth it doesn’t feel as though you are having to deprive yourself too much. Of course some people will miss the feeling of having solid food but for me I think the shake does a good job of making me feel full and satisfied for a few hours.
This is one of the few flavours that I would consider buying in the powder form and making myself because it is tasty enough that I can drink it more than the others but because I only follow the slim fast plan for a couple of weeks maximum I just find it easier to buy it pre made instead. It is more expensive but just easier for me to have when I am at work and only got 30 mins for lunch.
I personally decided to start the Slimfast plan where I started to gain weight and then one day, whilst I was on a shopping spree in Superdrug, I noticed that they had put all the Slimfast products at better than half price costing only £2.95. I was hesitant on whether this would work but I decided to give this a go nevertheless as the prices were truly good as it ended up being cheaper than Superdrug's own version of Slimfast.
Having bought 2 tins of shake powder, one being the chocolate version, I decided to start the Slimfast plan on the following Monday. The shake itself is so easy to make, you just need to add 250ml of skimmed milk to 2 scoops of the chocolate powder (the scoop is already provided which is excellent) and if you want, for better result, you can use ice and a blender. I personally had a shaker which I bought for a pound at poundland and it did the job.
After mixing, you end up with a lovely smooth chocolaty shake. The tin itself contains 12 servings so can last up to 12 days depending on what your 2 meals are. I personally had one chocolate shake and one vanilla shake so the chocolate tin itself lasted 12 days.
The chocolate shake itself tasted like chocolate so it was tasty but I do not know why but I felt that the shake itself had a weird aftertaste but I'm not sure, I may have done something wrong or it could be due to my shaker. Also, I found the shake very filling and it didn't leave my stomach rumbling during the day which I was pleasantly surprised about! However, I drink it very slowly to make sure it fills me up.
Another great benefit to this product is that Slimfast have fortified the shakes with all the essential vitamins you need, so you do not need to worry about that!
However, one worry I have about the product is the very high sugar content as in one shake alone when made with 250ml of skimmed milk, the shake contain 30g of sugar which worried me and that is the reason why I think this plan is only good in the short term!
Finally, YES Slimfast DOES WORK, as I have lost a bit of weight and since I only needed to lose a bit of weight, I have now stopped the plan and now resort to healthy eating and exercise
I've been with my boyfriend for just over a year now and had noticed the weight steadily creeping on, I suppose that's contentment for you. It was around the beginning of January that I finally plucked up the courage to weigh myself and it was then that I had a huge shock, I'd put on just over a stone in weight - as can be expected I was horrified!
When it comes to dieting I tend to fail miserably, spending a week or so feeling extremely hungry and being a grump before falling off the wagon and ending up seemingly eating my own body weight in cake, willpower is something that unfortunately continues to elude me. I'd never tried slim fast before and was sinking into desperation so thought that quite frankly, anything was worth a shot.
I decided that I'd go for the milkshake powder and that instead of never having breakfast (usually I can't face food in the mornings) I'd make the effort to force a shake down. Out of all the flavours it was the heavenly chocolate that caught my attention, I'm not such a huge fan of milk so thought that the chocolate taste might make the whole experience that bit more bearable. I bought my 438g tub for £5.95 which is a tad expensive when it only produces 12 "meals" as such, the original plan is to drink 2 shakes a day, have 3 snacks to help you curb your hunger pangs and then have 1 healthy meal of your choice. I decided on the other hand to have a shake for breakfast and then a healthy lunch and tea, effectively giving me 12 days of shakes rather than 6.
Usually due to never having breakfast, by the time lunch comes around I'm ravenous and alas tend to go for the quick and easy option of convenience food. I didn't expect much from one measly shake but was pleasantly surprised when it did indeed fill me up till dinner, the taste was also a lot more yummy than I'd anticipated. The shakes are lovely and thick with a nice hit of chocolatey yummyness, it actually feels somewhat like a naughty treat rather than a diet food! It's worthy to note that each shake made up with skimmed milk equals less than 250 calories.
After a week I'd managed to lose 2 pounds, not a lot to some people but it spurred me on to continue with the plan; I've still got a bit to lose but am very happy with the results so far. If you're not a fan of chocolate then perhaps you'll enjoy some of the other flavours available, I've tried the strawberry and found it to be very pleasant though somehow not as filling, perhaps due to the fact it's not as rich.
If you're stuck in a rut then I really recommend you give slim fast a bash, at the moment boots have a sale on where you can pick up a tub for less than £3 so trying it out won't break the bank. I'm sure the product isn't for everyone but I personally have achieved success. To anyone reading this I wish you the best of luck on your weightloss journey.
Slim Fast Rich Chocolate Flavour Powder
About Slim Fast:
Slim Fast have developed into a complete diet plan business, part of the giant Unilever Group, Slim Fast has a huge research and development and marketing team, the latter being why it is so widely available and so successful. Their current system is the 3-2-1 plan where the consumer has 3 snacks, 2 Slim Fast Meal Replacements and 1 normal low calorie meal. I cannot vouch for that system, having never embraced it, as actually, I do not believe in slimming diets! (So, you have just said to yourself, why is she reviewing this product?!).
Read on and I'll explain:
Why I Buy Slim Fast Shakes:
Every now and again, I have ended up a little bit plumper than I would like, so I needed to watch what I was eating and increase my exercise. When I was younger a failing of mine was those oh so naughty milkshakes from fast food outlets. I remember the occasions as a child being taken to a Wimpy and the excitement being the milkshake! Gran, bless her bought Nesquick when it came out, to use when we visited her house, but it was not quite the same. So having grown up (and out a bit too) one day when I was in Boots, I noticed the Slim Fast on offer and bought a tin of the Banana Flavour. I tried it at first with ice cold milk and it was OK. Slim Fast were not producing the snacks and meal bars at that time, so I never got into the whole regime. However, what I did discover was that the milk shake filled me up for a few hours. So it was an ideal lunch when I was on the move. Much later still I also discovered that I could mix it with powdered skimmed milk, so all I needed for a quick lunch was a little jar with the 2 measures of powder and 1 of powdered milk in, a mug and a tea spoon and a supply of water. Ideal for days out when I was busy. For me Slim Fast became a healthy convenience option rather than part of a slimming regime. I do now use it thought, if I need to lose a bit of extra weight in a hurry, again, I don't follow the full regime, I tend to just replace five out of seven lunches with a shake and cut carbohydrates either partially or completely for a few days. The other great thing is of course, it is a milkshake I can enjoy guilt free!
I have over the years, tried all the flavours, but Banana remains my favourite, here however, I am reviewing the chocolate flavour.
The Chocolate flavour is not knock you out chocolate like for example the children's shake Nesquick. I eat a lot of chocolate it is my main weakness! I love dark chocolate and real chucky chocolate rather than confectionered bars, so why do I find the flavour of this not quite sweet enough? Maybe I have been drinking too many "Options" hot chocolates with all that sweetener? I find it very interesting that for a slimming product one of the main ingredients is sugar, but this does not come over in the flavour.
I don't know why sugar is such a main part of the product and when I first noticed I stopped buying it for a couple of years. But, I do find that the shakes are the easiest way to lose a few inches. In fact if I am sensible, by having two shake lunches a week, I can maintain a healthy weight quite easily and afford the odd cream bun or plate of chips!
Slim Fast Claim:
"A rich, decadent chocolaty delight you can mix up and enjoy as a meal in your Slim*Fast® 3*2*1 Plan. All of our Shake Mixes provide 1/3 of your required daily nutrition when mixed with skimmed milk."
The Slim Fast Powders are sold in quite big tins, similar to the ones baby formula comes in that stand about 113mm high, with a diameter of 100mm. They feature the red top with the Slim Fast logo, fading down to a warm orange and yellow that make up the corporate Slim Fast colour and feature splashing milk shake of the colour/flavour they contain. The plastic reusable lid covers a peal back tin ring pull lid.
The warnings on the tin are:
"If you are adolescent, pregnant, breastfeeding, have a medical condition, want to lose more than 20% of your weight then talk about your weight loss plans with your doctor or dietitian.
Slim*Fast meals are not designed to be your only food - add a balanced nutritious meal and healthy snacks every day. Can only help weight loss as part of a calorie controlled diet and an active lifestyle."
"Skimmed Milk Powder, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Cocoa Powder (10%), Inulin, Vegetable Oil, Lactose, Thickeners (Gum Arabic, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum), Milk Protein, Stabilisers (Sodium Carboxy Methyl Cellulose, Dipotassium Phosphate), Emulsifer (Soya Lecithin), Vitamins and Minerals*, Modified Maize Starch, Antioxidants (Tocopherol- rich Extract, Sodium Ascorbate), Flavouring.
*VITAMINS AND MINERALS
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Ferrous Sulphate, Niacin, Zinc Oxide, Copper Gluconate, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Manganese Sulphate, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D. MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF GLUTEN AND EGG."
One of the main advantages of the Slim Fast regime or for partial dippers in like me, is that the foods are so easy to use. For when you are on the go, there are individual portions of ready mixed shake, which are quite nice, but delicious when ice cold. For everyday a more cost effective and cupboard friendly meal is the powder version that is under review and some cold long life skimmed milk. Simply put 2 measures into a cup or mug and mix with a little milk, top up and mix or whisk to dissolve all the powder and drink slowly.
Served ice cold and especially frothed up this chocolate shake is quite delicious and satisfying. I occasionally use it as a hot chocolate drink and that is where it doesn't seem sweet enough. However, it is not marketed as a hot drink, I like to use it as such in the winter for a warm lunch though, so perhaps I am being unfair to compare it to hot chocolate drinks?! I like it - a lot. If I am seriously in need of dropping a few lbs it satisfies my chocolate craving whilst ensuring a balanced lunch.
I like the Slim Fast Shakes because I know that I can grab one on the go, or take some powder with milk powder to work for a quick lunch on day's I know I am going to be very busy and unable to stop. They are carefully prepared to create a balanced meal that is a 1/3 of my daily nutrients. I also know that they can help me lose a bit of weight if I need to. I think the sweetness has one advantage and that is usually after a savoury meal I crave something sweet. If this is all I have had, Obviously I do not get that craving, so it is sufficient to satisfy me.
The chocolate shake does live up to the claims in the tin.
Would I Recommend Slim Fast Rich Chocolate Flavour:
Yes, I have tried some of the bars and other snacks as well and they are OK. So, I expect the full regime is achievable and workable. However, for me the shakes to replace some meals and healthy snacks such as a few nuts or a small piece of fruit with low fat cheese are an adequate option.
I would say, this is a satisfying way of enjoying chocolate at lunch time, especially if you froth it up.
As mentioned at the top of the page, I am not a fan of slimming diets, neither am I keen on society's pressure on women to look a certain way. However, if you use this as I do as part of a mostly(!) healthy diet, I think you will be pleased with the results.
I would give this product 4.5 out of 5 if I could due to the high sugar content. However, I haven't given 4 Dooyoo stars.
Price and Availability:
I buy mine in store and on-line depending on where it is on offer! It is widely available from supermarkets, Amazon, Boots, Superdrug in-store and on-line. Usual price is around £5.95 for 12 meals. It is often available as a 3 for 2 somewhere.
Thank you for reading my review of one of the Slim Fast products I use.
Summary: Quick - easy - slimming lunch
So, over the past couple of weeks as summer has been creeping up, I've started to realise I need to lose some weight ready for my hols in Australia, in a couple of months. Being a very busy girl, I'ts been hard to stick to any sort of healthy eating regime. My job means I'm often on the go all day, and so I end up eating out or convenience foods in my car on the way from one job to another.
I spotted this in Boots the other day (on offer for £2.96!), and thought it sounded perfect for me as a kickstart, I could have a shake for breakfast at home in the morning and then make another one up and take it to work for lunch and store it in the fridge, and so far its worked really well.
The shakes are basically part of the 3.2.1 plan. You can either buy them ready made, or in powder form, which tends to work out much better value for money. Each tin provides enough shake powder to last for 6 days (or 12 shakes). The concept is that you add 250 ml of milk to two scoops of the powder, shake it up and your good to go.... in theory anyway! In reality, you need to stir or whisk very vigorously to avoid big powdery lumps. I have found that using a blender and ice (as suggested by the tin) works the best!
Price- I think the regular retail price is just under £6, which I think is good value for money, when you think your getting 12 shakes for that, so around 50p per shake. It is particularly good when you compare it to similar products such as 'celebrity slim' which costs around £24.99 per tin. However do look out for offers on this product as I managed to purchase a tin for £2.96 from Boots!
Taste- I actually really like the taste! It does taste quite creamy and chocolatey, I mean it's certainly no Galaxy milkshake, but as far as diet shakes go, its actually not bad. However, be careful if your just using a spoon or shaking it to mix it up as you have to really mix it quite vigorously or you will get lots of powdery lumps and they dont taste great!
Nutrition value- The shakes provide a 1/3 of your daily nutrients so if you follow the plan correctly, you should be getting all the nutrients you body needs- however the tin does advice that if you are an adolescent, pregnant, breastfeeding or have a medical condition to talk to your doctor first. I'm assuming its because you may need extra nutrients for you body or baby, that by solely following the plan you wont get.
Is it filling?- The golden question of does it fill you up? Well I was left feeling hungry the first few days, not so much with the breakfast one, it was the lunch time one. However after a few days I became used to the shakes and my hunger panks petered off. As part of the plan, you are supposed to have 2 shakes- breakfast and lunch, plus 3 healthy snacks, slim fast or otherwise, plus 1 healthy evening meal of approx 600 kcals, so its not a massively restrictive diet. I tended to snack on fruit such as banans or blueberries between meals to fill me up.
Does it work? I personally think it does work, but only as a short term diet. I dont think quick fix diets are ever great in the long run, but for me i've been losing a steady 2-3 pounds a week which I'm very happy with. In a couple more weeks I will switch to eating healthy and exercising that bit more, but for now, coming to the end of my masters degree and working loads of hours in a busy job on top, it suits my lifestyle in this short period.
I have never been able to follow a normal 'diet' as I have found that many diets often have more food in them than I would eat in a normal day, so I find it hard to lose weight as I don't eat a huge amount.
I started doing the Slim Fast diet after I had my first baby as I had an extra couple of stone to shift. The diet allows you to drink 2 Slim Fast milkshakes a day as well as 3 small Slim Fast snacks and then 1 healthy meal of your choice. This is called the 3.2.1 plan.
I have tried a few flavours of the milkshakes before, I am not a fan of strawberry and banana flavoured drinks in general but I have often bought the Cafe Latte flavour shake as its much like having an iced coffee. The chocolate shake to me though is by far my favourite. Not only does it have an intense chocolately flavour but it seems to be the only flavour shake that goes really thick and creamy. You make the shake up with 250ml of skimmed milk, along with two scoops (scoop included) of the chocolate powder. You can use a drinks shaker to mix it up but I prefer to use a hand blender, and I blend it for about a minute to achieve a really delicious thick shake.
Each shake is 230 calories when made with skimmed milk. I do find them very filling and they do see me through until my evening meal. I don't get bored with drinking them either, and they do come in a good range of flavours so if you think you might get bored then keep a few different flavours open at a time.
When I first did this diet a couple of years ago the tins were around £4.95 but having started doing the diet again now after my second baby I have noticed they have crept up to about £6 a tin which is quite expensive. But what I do is check the my supermarket website and most of the time you will find somewhere that has an offer on like 2 for £9 or 3 for 2 etc. And if you are lucky every so often Boots online reduce them down to £2.96 a tin, this rarely happens but I keep an eye out and stock up on several tins. I bought 12 at the beginning of January on sale and saved myself over £30! I thought I would save myself a couple of pounds one day and purchased a supermarket own brand chocolate shake and it was absolutely awful. I couldn't even finish the glass, it felt like it was sticking to my insides on the way down. You do get what you pay for!
Using this milkshake as part of the diet is great as they fill you up, you don't even need to follow the diet as it is intended, as if you just replace one meal a day with a shake they will help you lose weight.
Each tin hold 12 meals, so one tin lasts for 6 days. This I do find a bit annoying, why not just put 14 servings in a tin so it lasts a week?
Overall I have found this diet works well for me and the Slim Fast chocolate milkshake is a lovely creamy delicious shake, you certainly wouldn't know it is a diet shake!
You simply add two scoops of this power to a glass of milk (skimmed) and whisk until the drink is smooth. Whisking the drink takes a while as you need to whisk it properly so that no lumps form in the shake. The drink is around 200 calories per serving and you need to replace two meals per day with the shakes. You can also add fruit to the shakes so that you're not hungry. Sometimes a shake alone isn't enough to fill me up. The shakes taste pleasant enough, although they are a lot thinner in comparison to shakes sold in McDonalds, KFC e.t.c. The shakes contain vitamins and minerals so that you're not missing out on essential nutrients whilst dieting.
The shakes are an easy way to lose weight and Slim Fast is a reliable brand. They're good value too at around £4 per tub, although you only get around twelve drinks per tub so each tub will only last you for six days (based on two shakes per day). Also, the shakes become a little boring after a while. You start to become sick of drinking the same thing every day. You also have to follow the diet strictly in order to lose any weight. You can't just drink these alone thinking you will lose weight as you won't!
I would recommend these drinks. They do work but you need to follow a strict healthy diet whilst drinking them.
Worth a try to lose a few excess pounds :)
Around Christmas time I wanted to lose some weight and as I have lost weight in the past and maintained it I decided that I would give Slim Fast a go. As it turned out Slim Fast was very successful for me and in just 3 weeks I lost half a stone which I have since managed to keep off so far. I tried numerous Slim Fast products and this chocolate powder was one that I tried.
This chocolate milkshake powder comes in a tub with a plastic lid and each tub has a plastic scoop. I like that because it means I do not have to use the same scoop for different flavours of powder.
This milkshake mix is very simple to make up, just add two levelled scoops and mix with 250ml of very cold skimmed milk. Other milks can be used but obviously this will increase the amount of calories in this drink. I have found that if the milk is left to warm a little that these milkshakes are nowhere near as tasty as when they are ice cold.
The Slim Fast plan is very simple to follow. I chose to have milkshakes for breakfast & lunch and then have two snacks a day as well as healthy dinner in the evening. On a couple of occasions I had takeaways during my three weeks but I still managed to lose the half a stone I was aiming for. To stop myself from getting too bored I tried a variety of Slim Fast products and this chocolate powder was one that I used to make 4 days worth of milkshakes in total and there was some mix left over. Each milkshake worked out at around 60-70p instead of £1.50 that the ready to drink milkshakes cost. I mixed my milkshakes in to shaker to ensure that there was no yucky bits left in the mix. This only took a few seconds and was great.
I quite like this flavour, it is not my favourite but its close! I think that this does taste quite chocolatey but after a little while of drinking this flavour I begun to start disliking it a little. I would find that the final few mouthfuls were always a bit of a chore to drink as I had stopped enjoying it so much. This is a little bit artificial and while I did enjoying these milkshakes I only used them for a few days in total of my three weeks as the chocolatey flavour got a little bit boring and I fancied something different.
Overall I enjoyed the Slim Fast plan and I will definitely use it again in the future when I want to shift a few extra pounds. I was a little hungry and bored towards the end of my three week stint but then I was only intending on following the plan for a few weeks anyway!
As I need to shift some baby weight I'm currently on Slimfast!! I'm working my way through their products so will add the reviews as I try them.
The Slimfast container is metal with a plastic lid, so both can be recycled. The lid easily comes on and off. The Slimfast is a fine powder which is a chocolate colour. You measure out the powder by the blue provided measuring scoop which you will find in the tub.
To look at the tin it's obvious that's its part of the Slimfast range with its red and white writing. There is a visual of a Slimfast chocolate shake wave which is different and eye catching. The tin has nutritional values on the sides and states you get 230 calories per meal.
The Slimfast diet consists of 2 shakes, 3 x 100 calories snacks & a meal of 600 calories. I have the shakes for breakfast and lunch.
To make the shake up I pour 250ml of chilled skimmed milk into a measuring jug and add 2 scoops of powder and with a hand whisk mix it up. The shake goes a little thicker and frothy. It is sweet and does taste like a milkshake but be under no illusion it's not like one you will get from McDonalds!!
Having a drink for your lunch seems abit off an odd concept but it does keep hunger at bay for a good 3 hours but am always ready for a snack.
Slimfast claim their shake contains all the vitamins and minerals you need on a daily basis.
This is only a meal replacement and should be taken along side a meal aswell.
The first week of me following this diet I lost 7lb and the second week I lost 2lb. This is my third week so here is hoping. If you can stick to it the diet I think it's great. I really liked the Chocolate shakes and would definitely buy them again.
If you want to diet and fine food a real demon I would say give Slimfast a go and definitely if you like chocolate get this one.
Slim Fast Chocolate Powder
The Slim Fast Diet is an easy to follow quick weight loss plan. It is not something that is recommended for a long term use and after a while I can see myself getting bored of the shakes and the whole idea of the diet. However for now I have only been following the diet for around a month but have already lost well over a stone and am feeling far better for it. The diet is simple and not difficult to follow like some of these diets that have points systems and every food is a number which I just find impossible to follow. The idea with the Slim Fast 3, 2, 1 diet is that you have 3 sensible snacks a day, 2 shakes and then 1 sensible 600 calorie meal. I have found it easy peasy.
There are plenty of flavours to choose from when it comes to getting the shakes but there are more to choose from when you are getting the ready to drink bottle of the Slim Fast compared to the tubs of the powder which you need to shake up and mix yourself. I personally have bought all available tubs of the powder so that I have a few different ones to choose from and the drink doesn't get too boring and I fall off the diet wagon.
One of my tubs which I currently have is this Chocolate flavour one and I have to say it is really rather nice. Having tried the ready to drink Chocolate Slim Fast flavour which is really thick, smooth and creamy I decided I liked it enough to buy a whole tub of the mixing powder. This not only works out cheaper but there are less grams of saturated fat in the drink you mix yourself compared to the ones already made up for you.
A large tub of the Slim Fast will set you back £5 from Tesco and a little more if purchased elsewhere. As there are 12 servings per tub this works out to around 46 pence per drink which is a lot cheaper than the £1.50p cost of the ready to drink bottles. In the tub there is a total of 438 grams of the powder and inside it is sealed with a metal ring pull cover and in each tub there is a little clear plastic scoop to help get the right amount of the mix.
The shakes are easy to make up and all you need do is to add two level scoops of the dark brown powder into a mixer with 250ml of skimmed milk in. I find that if the milk is ice cold the shakes taste far better so a lot of the time I will measure out the milk into the mixing cup a good half hour before I want the shake and pop the milk in the freezer to get it as cold as it possibly can be. The mixing of the powder to the milk takes only a few good shakes and the drinks I have made up have never tasted powdery or grainy.
When comparing the chocolate shake that is ready to drink with this one that you mix yourself I find that the ready to drink one does seem a lot thicker and slightly richer but I think I honestly prefer the one I mix myself as it has a more Nesquick type feel to it. Of course having less saturated fat in by 1 gram also makes it a bit healthier mixing it yourself and the shaking of the mixing cup is also good for those bingo wings! The taste of the chocolate is really good and doesn't taste overly fake or plastic like which I thought it would. The taste is very smooth and really gets rid of any chocolate cravings that I may have had before drinking it.
Not only do I find these shakes enjoyable to drink but they do also fill me up until my next shake or evening meal and they have been helping me shift a fair bit of weight. I was always rather sceptical about the whole Slim Fast diet as a concept but this was before trying it and to be fair the amount of years that Slim Fast has been around surely goes to prove that this diet really does work. I find it easy to stick to and as yet have not got bored of the flavours that are on offer or indeed the whole concept of swapping meals for basically a drink.
The chocolate flavour is really nice and it is one that I shall continue to buy for as long as I am on this diet. I think that the added bonus of each shake giving you a whole ton of added vitamins and minerals is a really good idea because I expect that a lot of people don't get half of these in their regular diet. All in all I am a big Slim Fast fan now and I can't see me stopping this diet for a while or until I reach my target weight. I think that most people would be able to stick to it once they have got their head around the whole shake for a meal idea and there are flavours to suit most people as well.
I think another top score for this flavour of shake is in order so 5 out of 5 stars and a very high recommendation from me!
Give it a go - Summer is nearly here!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
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