I did a couple of weeks of Slim Fast in January to kick start my diet before joining Slimming World. Slim Fast is quite expensive however and in Tesco I noticed their own brand 'Ultra Slim' which is 4 pre mixed bottles for £3. There are a variety of flavours available I choose Banoffee, Strawberry, Vanilla and Cherry Chocolate.
I buy the pre mixed shakes for work as they are easier for me than taking milk a mixer bottle and the powder. The shakes come in a small tetra pack containing 330ml. The packs also have a resealable lid which screws on.
Ultra Slim works in the same way as Slim Fast you replace two meals with shakes have two snacks a day (they sell a range of snacks too) and then a 600 calorie evening meal. This totals about 1200 calories and should give a steady weight loss.
The shakes are nutritionally balanced and when used with a balanced meal will give you the RDA of vitamins and minerals the body needs.
My favourite shake in the range is the Cherry Chocolate it is delicious. These pre mixed shakes are thicker than the powder varierties. I find if I drink these slowly then I feel full and I can get by until lunch without snacking. The Vanilla shake is horrible for me it was far too sweet I didn't like it at all. The Srawberry one is nice as is the Banoffe but for me Cherry Chocolate is the best it helps to satisfy a chocolate craving.
Overall these shakes are pretty good in 2 weeks I lost 7lb just by following this and going to the gym daily. The only negative to the diet is the lack of chewing and eating it just leaves you feeling bored after a couple of weeks.
I wold give these shakes 4 out of 5 stars some of them are too sweet for me but they are on par with Slim Fast and significantly cheaper.
WHAT IS IT?
Powder that you add to milk for making a low fat milkshake to drink instead of eating 2 of your daily meals. Ultraslim is made by Tesco and available only from Tesco or online.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You pour a sachet of the powder into a glass of cold milk and stir it very well. You have an Ultraslim drink instead of breakfast and then instead of your lunch but at dinner you must eat a healthy meal.
WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE?
I have got now the chocolate flavour of Ultraslim and it is not nice, it has got a horrible malt flavour that makes me gag and feel sick so I cannot drink it. I have tried the vanilla flavour and that is quite nice but the chocolate one is horrible and my husband says that it smells like chocolates you would give to a dog.
DOES IT WORK?
I do not know because it tastes too disgusting and I can not drink enough of this flavour to be able to lose weight. I think I would lose weight if I drank it every day because it would make me vomit so it should be an aid to dieting that way. I am talking of the chocolate flavour Ultraslim but if you do like that flavour then I think it will work to help you lose weight because the vanilla flavour helped me to lose the 8 pounds that I gained when I was pregnant very easy, I bought the chocolate one after Christmas because I had been on holiday and gained 4 pounds but it was a waste of money because I could not drink it.
I lost my 8 pounds in only 2 weeks of drinking Ultraslim and I think that is good but I have lost my baby weight very quick always so it might not have been by having the drinks. I used to feel a little bit dizzy sometimes and I think these milks are not very good for you because you are not taking in enough calories when you have got a busy life.
Tesco Ultraslim costs about £3.50 and some of the flavours are nice but I do not recommend for you to buy the chocolate one because it tastes too horrible to drink.
1 Dooyoo Star.
I have been doing a weight loss plan which includes the use of shakes - I will review that plan shortly, but for now I am going to review Tesco Ultraslim meal replacement shakes because I ran out of my usual shake and since it comes from a distributor rather then being available in stores I needed something to keep me going until I could get some more.
The shakes were around £4 per pack, they were on offer though and were 2 boxes for £6. Sounded like a great deal especially considering the cost of something like Slimfast which I have seen for over a fiver in places. Each box contains 408g ( 12 servings ) and the flavours they had available were chocolate, strawberry and banana, i think they also do vanilla but there was none on the shelf when I went.
The packaging is simple, it is in a box rather than a tin and had a plastic flip top lid, it has a simple design on the front, just a photo of a shake in a glass, nutritional information overview and its flavour. On the back of the box is a full list of nutritional information which includes all the vitamins as well as things such as calories.
The shake instructions are simple to follow - Just use the scoop inside the box to add 34g into your cup ( this is 2 scoops ) then add 250ml of cold milk and whisk or blend for 30 seconds - it is that simple according to the instructions. The reality is much different, a hand whisk is an absolute no go, lots of powedery lumps left in the shake, so I tried an electric whisk, this was the same except it was more frothy, still lumps, then I used an electric hand blender, there were less lumps, but still quite a lot. The shake was reasonably thick, but the texture was not nice at all with all those powdery lumps in it.
I chose chocolate flavour because I love chocolate but since I am dieting I am depriving myself of chocolate apart from once a week as a treat, so this was my solution, chocolate shake! My hope was it would feel like a luxury rather than a diet shake and this theory worked with my other shakes, but I'm afraid with this Tesco shake that was not the case. There is a hint of chocolate but its very synthetic and overly sweet with a kind of cardboard taste to it - not a yummy treat at all !
Okay so it doesn't taste very good, but does it do what it should? No, I don't think so. In my opinion these shake diets should keep you feeling full enough like you have had a small meal but have a low amount of calories and fat so you can lose weight, also it should have the right amount of nutrition such as vitamins an minerals. These shakes do not do that at all, well not for me anyway.
I found myself feeling the niggles of hunger after about an hour and a half, I told myself it was just in my head, not the case, after 3 hours my tummy was playing a rather loud tune. I ate a snack of fruit and nuts as I do on my usual plan which satisfied me for a little while, but by the time I had my second shake I was grumpy and hungry. The same thing happened after lunch, I was soon hungry again and I had to snack on healthy fruits and vegetables. My mood was awful and I was snappy and my tummy was screaming at me.
I couldn't work out why I felt so hungry and grouchy, I had already been having shakes twice per day on my ther plan so was used to it. Then I decided to take a closer look at what is actually in these shake, at that point I realised why I was so grumpy and not feeling full.
Okay so the calories are fine at 212 per shake based on it being made with skimmed milk. The protein is 14.8g, that for me is low compared to the other shakes I have, protein keeps you feeling fuller for longer so gave me a good idea of why I was feeling hungry again so quickly. Fat is only 2.8g which is lower than what I am used to - if you are trying to lose weight then of course low fat is good, but your body does actually need a certain amount of fat in your diet, so super low is not actually always best. Then the thing that really shocked me ( and I should have checked before I bought this ) is the sugar content - a whopping 27.5g per shake. This certainly explained my bad mood, I am pretty sure I was reacting to the sugar, I am used to a low sugar diet and I think that for a weight loss product this amount of sugar is crazy! I did notice the really sweet taste when I had the shake, but I had assumed it was mostly sweetener. The vitamin content of the shake is pretty good, if you have 2 shakes a day you exceed pretty much all of your nutritional needs in terms of vitamins and minerals.
So, as you can probably tell I am not at all impressed with these shakes, yes i think you could lose weight with them but it does not seem like a healthy way to do so with that amount of sugar - 2 shakes per day would use up 62% of your GDA for sugar, personally I much refer the majority of my sugar intake to come from things such as fruits. Then there is the fact it does not fill you up and tastes pretty awful. I admit chocolate is the only flavour I have tried but I can't see me liking any of the other flavours much more than this one.
It is a cheap meal replacement product, but I'm afraid you get what you pay for. My other shakes I do pay much more for, but they keep me full, taste great and are much better for me. I certainly would not advise anyone to buy this product if they want to lose weight in a healthy way and still feel able to function normally. Sorry Tesco, this gets a thumbs down from me.
I am trying to lose a bit more of my baby weight before the warmer weather kicks in and so for the past 2 weeks I have been replacing my breakfast and lunch with a meal replacement shake.
I usually buy the slim fast powder to make my meal replacement shakes but when I ran out of my tub of slim fast I decided to buy the Tesco own brand version because I saw that it was on offer. I got 2 big tubs for £7 and both tubs contained 348 grams of powder.
A tub usually retails at £4.40 which is still cheaper than slim fast and I was happy with my saving. There were a few different flavours to choose from (including latte flavour which definitely did not appeal to me at all!) and I ended up getting banana flavour and strawberry flavour.
The banana one isn't that nice, it tastes a bit too sweet and somewhat overly sweet yet still bizzarely savoury, it is hard to describe but it isnt that nice - it is bearable though, but the strawberry one is a lot nicer and it tastes almost like nesquik strawberry milkshake once I've blended it up with some milk!
I used to just stir the powder in but i found that it didn't dissolve that well and there would be little lumps left, so now I blend it which makes it a lot thicker and frothier with a nice creamy sort of texture which makes it seem less like a diet product!
When I'm not being too strict with my self I will blend up a bit off fruit with it and it makes a nice smoothie base, but obviously I do usually just drink it in its own and I've been surprised with how filling it is! It keeps me going for a good few hours before I start getting hungry again and I can't drink it all at once else I feel really full and sick so it usually takes me a while to drink it.
As for the ingredients they aren't all that natural and I don't recognise most of the names of the colourings and sugars and stuff in it, but it works so I don't care that much! It contains vitamins and minerals so there is no worry i am not getting enough nutrition. Oh and the powder is suitable for vegetarians. 29 grams of powder mixed with 250ml skimmed milk is 200 calories so if I have two a day I can then have a 500 calorie meal and 300 calorie snack or pudding and still stay below my calorie limit so needless to say I have lost a good amount of weight so far - 6 pounds in 2 weeks by just replacing breakfast and lunch with the shakes.
All in all I will be buying these meal replacement shake powders from now on whenever I need some more because it is cheaper than slim fast and the taste isn't much different and it doesn't taste cheaper or anything and the results are just as good.
These tubs of powder are available from Tesco and they come in different flavours.
The last flavour I bought was the Vanilla flavour and it cost me just under £4. There was an offer on which was two tubs for £7 but they only had one tub of Vanilla left, which is my favourite flavour. Making the drink is easy. Simply add two scoops into a glass of milk (around 250mls of skimmed milk will suffice) and mix the drink until the powder has dissolved. It does take a bit of mixing, especially if you use just a spoon. I've found that using a whisk is much better, or you can even use a hand blender if you have one. The drink tastes nice. The Vanilla flavour is really pleasant. It tastes sweet and it satisfies a sweet craving. Each drink contains just over 200 calories and it's packed full of vitamins and minerals.
The drinks are really filling and satisfying. They fill me up and they keep me going for a while afterwards. Each drink is easy to consume. You can even make them up and transfer them into a bottle to take out and about with you. If I have one of these for breakfast it keeps me going until lunch and the added vitamins and minerals give me a boost of energy. They also stop me from snacking, which is good.
I would recommend these drinks. You can get around 14 drinks from each tub, so one tub will last you around a week if you consume two shakes per day.
I have been dieting for a few months and lost about a stone from my highest point, so I decided to kick start the weight loss a bit further by trying a meal replacement plan for a few weeks. I was hoping by removing the choice of what to eat, I would move past a bit of a plateau and get to a more comfortable weight before the summer.
I picked up a few of the flavours to try as I know I would not cope well without some variety. The banana flavour was one I picked up. At the time it was on offer at only £3 for a 348g tin, which was 12 meals worth of meal replacements. The price has now gone back up again, to £3.89 for the same tub.
I am mostly at home so it was better value for me to buy the powdered mix like this then add to skimmed milk myself at home, rather than buy pre-mixed cartons. The tub is a waterproof container with a plastic lid. On first use, the tub was sealed with a metal seal. I pulled this up to reveal the contents. This powder being a banana flavour was a yellow colour in appearance. This was a pale yellow. There is a slight scent of banana, but nothing that strong. It is not that tempting to smell it, and not that offputting either. Just a bit bland really.
Making up the drinks is an easy process. I just add 250 ml of milk to a measuring jug, and then add 2 level scoops of the powder into the jug before I mix it up with a fork. I found that this powder was a bit harder to mix than the café latte one that I tried. This meant there were unappealing lumps of unmixed powder in the drink. I ended up just drinking them as I couldn't get them to mix like they should have.
The drink itself wasn't unpleasant. It had a nice thickness to it, and some banana taste. The problem I had with it is that I got really bad indigestion from drinking it. I often get indigestion from eating bananas anyway, but I have never had this problem from drinking banana flavoured milkshakes before.
I also found from following this diet that I ended up rather bloated and constipated. Rather than noticing weight loss, the scales didn't alter due to the side effects, and then I was more bloated than before I started.
Part of this is my body doesn't respond well to changes in what I eat. Although the fibre content of a meal (4.3g in this shake) is similar to what I normally would have at breakfast or lunch, I wasn't getting enough fruit and veg in through the day, and I also just felt permanently hungry.
Personally, I don't think this sort of diet is for me. It is good for a quick fix if you don't get the side effects as each meal is around 200 calories, so if you choose low calorie snacks you can still eat a pretty large meal on the evening and lose weight. However, it is not sustainable for me to drink a sugary sweet drink and then not be able to eat. It did reduce the amount I could eat in one sitting quite quickly, but it wasn't encouraging me to develop better habits.