Product Type: Slim Fast in Health Misc
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Slim Fast Shake
Member Name: headsore
Slim Fast Shake
Advantages: Tastes pleasant enough
Disadvantages: Don't fill me up for very long
Regular readers of my reviews will be fully aware by now that I have been trying to lose weight since Christmas and my New Year resolution was to get fit (on the advice of my GP). To date I have lost a total of 16 pounds. It came of quickly at first but it seems to be slowing down now. I go skipping twice a week with my other half at our Community Centre and that helps burn off a few more calories, I think.
I have been trying to just cut down on my food and eat more healthily and cut out the chocolate and crisps and fizzy drinks I used to eat between meals. A colleague at work suggested replacing a few meals a week with a Slim Fast Shake.
I wasn't too sure about this at first. I have vivid memories of my dear old ma using the Slim Fast Range of products years ago and it just seems a bit 'womanly' to me. I bought a couple of the strawberry ones though from Boots as they were on offer (normally retail at £1.59 for a 325ml bottle). I made sure to keep it in the ridge at work though as I didn't fancy drinking a room temperature milk shake much!
For anyone who might be interested, the whole list of ingredients in this shake are as follows (and there are a lot!):
Skimmed Milk (78%), Water, Sugar, Milk Proteins, Vegetable Oil, Thickener (Gum Arabic), Stabilisers (Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Dipotassium Phosphate, Carrageenan), Emulsifiers (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Soya Lecithin), Vitamins and Minerals*, Flavourings, sweeteners (Sucralose, Acesulfame-k), Antioxident (Ascorbic Acid). * Vitamins and Minerals: Ptassium Chloride, Sodium Carbonate, Magnesium Hydroxide, Vitamin C, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Gluconate, Vitamin E, Ferric Pyrophosphate, Niacin, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Beta Carotene, Thiamin, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Potassium Iodate. May contain traces of Gluten, Egg, Soya and Celery.
Apparently I'm meant to replace TWO meals a day with these things but I cannot manage two - one is enough for me. I have one and then eat a normal breakfast ad have my tea (calorie controlled) when I get in from work at night. I can't honestly say I look forward to my Slim Fast milkshake. It's okay. Not powdery like I'd imagined it might be and probably a lot sweeter than I had anticipated too. It fills me up for a very short time but it's not able to consistently keep my hunger at bay throughout the day and I find I am pretty dam well famished by the time 6.00pm comes round and I am well and truly ready for my tea.
Apparently these things have been 'scientifically tested' (whatever that means) and are full of all the vitamins and minerals I need - just not in solid food form. Each drink contains 212 calories (but I can definietly tell the difference between this and a MacDonalds Milk Shake). They are handy to take to work and as I say, they taste pleasant enough. They're just not very filling for a bloke of my size. They are sweet tasting, nice strawberry flavour which doesn't taste too artificial, and are quite smooth tasting.
I know I'm not going to be able to manage taking them long term but I'm hoping as a short term measure they may kick start me into losing a few more pounds, but I crave solid food at lunch time.
Recommended - but only for a little while.
Summary: Okay as a short term measure
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