Product Type: Slim Fast in Health Misc
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Not something I would consider long term but perfect for a special occasion
Member Name: bkecky
Advantages: Portion control, tastes good
Disadvantages: Hard work at times!
Before going into the review of this diet I should probably inform you that I am not overweight so I can only really comment on how it has affected me and you should probably bear in mind that on an overweight person, the effects of Slim Fast would be much greater than with me.
The reason why I chose Slim Fast is that I had used the programme before. In a time when I was a little overweight I used Slim Fast to lose weight and I did keep it off. So with the summer holidays looming and wanting to get into last years wardrobe and not buy a whole new wardrobe, I thought I would give it a try again just to shed those few winter pounds.
Slim Fast is a meal replacement programme, meaning you substitute two meals a day with a Slim Fast product and then have three snacks of fruit or a special Slim Fast snack and a 600 calorie evening meal. The products have vitamins and nutrients in them so you don't need to stock up on multi-vitamins as two of the products with some fruit should cover you.
Since I last did this diet a few years back they have changed the rules slightly. They used to suggest three snacks under 100 calories but I presume the marketing department wanted to sell more snacks so decided to no longer push that as an option. I still think it is better to have your own snacks though, as the Slim Fast products are not cheap and sometimes I fancy something a bit more exciting than a piece of fruit.
The Slim Fast meal replacements consist of either a milkshake or a bar (I miss the pasta and soup products they used to do). I chose the milkshakes so I can't really comment on the range of meal bars. The milkshakes come in a variety of flavours: strawberry, banana, forest fruits, chocolate, vanilla and cafe latte. My favourite for the morning is a cafe latte with a chocolate for lunch. The shakes can be purchased individually, in a pack of six or you can buy a tub of powder to mix your own with skimmed milk. Personally I think the individual shakes taste better and I hated the powdery ones because they did taste, well...powdery! They are quite delicious but best after being in the fridge. The chocolate one taste a bit like those Frijj milkshakes and I find that I do actually look forward to them.
There is no issue with portion control. I know what I am going to have and I can't go overboard with the portions.
I enjoy not having to prepare food and it is great to have a shake at work like a drink and then have the entire lunch hour to do what I want!
They taste nice and thick and sweet.
600 calories is quite a lot for a meal so you can at least have one really satisfying meal and if you are going out it is possible to have a reasonable meal at a restaurant or eat a low cal meal and have a drink.
If you are more of a savoury person then this diet doesn't offer much for those two meals a day. Hence my comment about missing the soups and pasta meals.
You do get hungry. I find that the first part of the day is easily but it's the time from about 5 until I get home from work at 7 that I find myself struggling. This means I am more likely to binge when I get home.
There is not too much variety and after a week I am usually fed up of the diet. On the weekends it is particularly monotonous. You can change flavour of milkshake, I suppose. I just get fed up of milkshake in general though.
You may not like the fact that if you buy the milkshakes individually then everyone is likely to know you are on a diet and I was constantly explaining I wasn't out to lose massive amounts of weight, just a few pounds for my holiday. It is ok if you are at home or work when you can put it in a glass but on the move it is a walking advertisement.
Does it work?
Just like any diet works, if you follow it properly. I lost 4lbs in two weeks, which was really all I wanted to lose. I am now 9st 4lbs at 5"9 so as I said I am really not overweight at all but just didn't want to spend money on buying loads of new clothes because last years were tight. Now my clothes fit comfortably and so Slim Fast did the job. I also exercised during this time so I can't give all the credit to Slim Fast. I also cheated with higher calorie snacks because of the exercise. I imagine very overweight people would see faster results without having to exercise but to be honest you do have to really want to lose weight badly to stick to this. I personally couldn't do this for very long even though I managed before. Knowing I don't really need to be doing it means that I could stray without great consequences. I think if you have a lot to lose I would recommend this for a weight loss kick start and then seriously start examining your diet for a more permanent way of eating healthily. You have to have great willpower to do this diet for extended periods of time. However if you do have a special occasion coming up and it's only a few pounds you need to lose I think this is just the thing. My clothes are comfortable, I'm back to last years size and it was only a couple of weeks of hard work. Well worth it, I would say.
Summary: Perfect or my purpose
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