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Blondie160
07-12-2011, 04:33 AM
Hi Guys, I was wondering if anyon had tried slimfast shakes? Im planning on spending a few weeks having one for breakfast, one at lunch with a healthy dnner and fruit snacks through the day. The reason I want to try this is because calorie counting seems to be failing me at the moment, I end up binging a lot and I need to learn that food is fuel, not a hobby, I have a bit of an 'all or nothing' mentality!

Anyone had any success with SlimFast? What kind of weight loss should I expect to see?


RudeImp
07-12-2011, 04:34 AM
I also want to know about it. never tried.

JessLess
07-12-2011, 04:44 AM
They don't do anything to keep me from being hungry and they seem kind of over-processed and chemically. Just my opinion.


Iianae
07-12-2011, 07:17 AM
My husband and I tried another brand but the same principle. They tasted good and worked for about a week but then I started missing the actual "act" of eating. Sitting down and chewing my food, the process. In the end we threw in the towel on the shakes and opted for healthier actual meals.

Just not the same when you are sitting at the table together...drinking a shake....

AND they get really spendy!

ShanIAm
07-12-2011, 08:38 AM
I tried Slim Fast a long, LONG time ago. I got so bored drinking it from a glass after a week I eventually started eating it like soup....in a bowl...with a spoon. And sometimes I'd crush ice into it to give it some substance. After 2 weeks I started gagging on it. Did I lose weight? Yup. Did I keep it off? Nope.

The attraction to weight loss gimmicks (yes, gimmicks) like this is that it is easy. Meaning, you don't have to put any thought into what you are going to have for breakfast and lunch. You will eventually tire of this routine and you'll be left not knowing much about nutrition and other valuable insights into how your body responds to regular food.

myfishpajamas
07-12-2011, 08:39 AM
I used to do Slim Fast for breakfast when I was in high-school, but I didn't do the whole program (I had a regular lunch and no snacks). It helped me maintain my weight at the time but not lose any weight. It may be a good way to jumpstart you and help you get in a losing weight mindset, but it isn't going to carry you over the long haul. I would say that if you want to try it, do the Slim Fast program for 2-4 weeks (in other words, do it for two weeks, and if it seems to be working, keep doing it, but I wouldn't do it for more than four) do get you off your plateau and then wean yourself off it - start just doing it for one or the other, breakfast or lunch, and go back to eating a healthy meal for the other meal.

If nothing else, it might help you mentally if it works. I don't think you should get used to it because (1) I don't think it will last forever. At some point you will just be maintaining whatever weight at which it stops working and (2) It's probably not the healthiest, and (3) you will probably get bored with it eventually and want to go back to real food. But if it helps you lose some more weight, it might be a boost mentally to help you get back to calorie counting or some other weight loss method.

carrieanne4
07-12-2011, 08:48 AM
I Did it for 3 weeks as a quick fix and found it really easy to do and with the 2 100cal snacks found i was always full. I wouldnt reccomend it for long term weightloss as shanIam said you do lose weight but can put it straight back on if you go back to normal foods.
I lost 7lbs in 3 weeks for my Holiday but put it back on in about 2 months of coming back so didnt put it on as quick as i lost it and wasnt watching what i was eating really either so cant really say if it would come back on if you kept your diet healthy.

Harriette
07-12-2011, 08:57 AM
I do not like the shakes but the bars are wonderful! I eat them for Lunch and eat the snack bars when I NEED something sweet. They are not expensive if you load up when they are on sale! It has worked for me incorporating them into my daily routine and I would be quite happy to eat them forever - Yum!

TooManyDimples
07-12-2011, 09:34 AM
I did them multiple times over the last 10 years and they never got me any results. The last time I got them was less then a year ago. I started having some serious stomach issues and stopped drinking them for a couple days. The next time I went to the store they had a sign up for a recall on them because of some bacteria problem, I went home and threw the rest away.

They have a lot of carbs and a lot of not real stuff in them. Someone asked about slimfast a while back and I suggested they make their own meal replacement shakes. You could buy a good protein powder and mix it with frozen fruit of your choice. Much tastier, much healthier, MUCH more filling, and I believe cheaper in the long run.

mzKiki
07-12-2011, 12:42 PM
I used to have one for breakfast, I'd drink it in the car on the way to work and it would stay with me for about 3 hours. I need something more substantial for lunch and dinner.
Slimfast is much better than it was years ago and they do have tasty treats and snack bars.
I don't really know anyone who maintained weight lost with slim fast though.
If calorie counting isn't working have you ever considered an exchange plan?

AmberJae
07-12-2011, 12:57 PM
I started drinking SlimFast in High School when I got braces. It was an easy way of "eating" without hurting my teeth. I lost 10 pounds in a month and then stopped because my teeth didn't hurt anymore. I didn't gain it back.

I did the SlimFast program (they have online menu planning) again as a jump start to lose college weight in my early 20's... If you follow the eating program online with shakes and healthy snacks it's not that bad. I lost maybe 4 pounds in 2 weeks but then found that I could sub the shakes for Special K and Progresso light soups or lean pockets, etc... I lost more weight that way, but I kept eating the snack bars. The muffin ones are heaven. Eventually I just learned how to eat healthful foods and turned to SBD which helped me lose 30 pounds in 3 months.

So, the take away message from my experience is this... It's just another crash diet. You could get the same results replacing your meals with Special K, cabbage soup, protien shakes, heck... even a protien bar. If you're looking to get a jump start and snap yourself out of this plateau, then sure, go for it. It just might give you the boost you're looking for and that will give you new confidence in your healthy eating journey. Beware of the carbs though, they do make a lower carb option and it has less calories too.

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Esofia
07-12-2011, 01:33 PM
Slimfast sounds like a recipe for increased bingeing to me. I'm a keen cook as well and I'd go insane having to live on those drinks. If you're prone to bingeing, I'd guessing that you'd still binge if you switched diet type. Working out why you binge and working on that side of things is probably more useful. Have you asked in the Chicks in Control forum?

I don't binge myself, so I can't speak from experience there. I got overweight through inattentive grazing mostly. I'm eating a more limited diet mostly in that I only snack minimally now, rather than just grabbing food whenever I fancy it (head hunger). I'm sticking to a fairly firm routine: porridge for breakfast most of the time, soup and/or salad for lunch, a usual meal with my partner for dinner. There's a lot less thinking about food required with this, especially when I cook food in batches and freeze it, which I do with soup in particular. I'm finding it much easier to shift my focus from the kitchen to something else that way. Is that any help?

caramelkitty
07-12-2011, 01:46 PM
Honestly after 3-4 days of any kind of those drinks I start gagging, the sad part is that for me it actually works.

Hey who knows since I can't seem to fill up my daily calories I may start doing that too! :)

dZsmalls
07-13-2011, 03:55 AM
They have a lot of carbs and a lot of not real stuff in them. Someone asked about slimfast a while back and I suggested they make their own meal replacement shakes. You could buy a good protein powder and mix it with frozen fruit of your choice. Much tastier, much healthier, MUCH more filling, and I believe cheaper in the long run.
I wanted to second this. Protein powder supplements are not all just proteins and are not just for people doing strength training or bodybuilding. The one I use has a total of 200 calories (compared to 220 in slimfast) including:
24g of protein blend (10 in slimfast)
5g of fiber (equal to slimfast)
5g of healthy fats (3 in slimfast)
only 2g of sugar (34g! of sugar in slimfast)

I think the main difference in these meal replacements is the benefits protein holds for many people in keeping hunger and cravings away vs. sugar which tends to produce further cravings. Being able to satisfy hunger in a similar way I would if I was actually eating a balanced meal has made the process easier for me (I wish I had discovered it sooner). This also works great for people who sometimes want to eat more to avoid metabolism dips but who don't have the appetite to get all of their calories in solid food.

So for anybody who would like the convenience of a meal replacement shake (it's difficult to choose 5 healthy meals everyday when busy or on the go) but who didn't experience satisfaction with SlimFast, consider giving the protein supplements (outside of Whey) a try. The one I use is chocolate flavor and tastes great, which is an added bonus for me because I don't typically indulge in sweets too much anymore. You will likely have to use amazon or go to a local specialty store like the Vitamin Shoppe to find quality ones, however.

mateosmama2005
07-14-2011, 04:35 AM
I drink Slim Fast and have for years. Athough I don't follow the plan, I mainly driink it because i'm not a breakfast/lunch food eater...

I use the vanilla flavored (the powder) the already canned ones don't taste the best...

I usually have the shake, and some kind of fruit with it. I love it!!

mateosmama2005
07-14-2011, 04:38 AM
AND they get really spendy!

If you are buying the already canned drinks, yes. But if you get the powder, it lasts a long time! I pay $7/can

xxkaleidoscopic
07-14-2011, 04:54 AM
May I recommend an alternative? I actually have really gotten into making smoothies, and it's super easy. You can find calorie counts (if you count calories) online for various fruits. Throw them in a blender with low-fat milk, soy milk, or even some juice. Today, I made one for 149 calories (again, I dunno if you do that or not), and it was delicious. The texture's not always smooth as can be, so be prepared for that, but it tastes delicious. You can also add some greens for a vitamin boost, and you can't even taste them in there among the fruit. Way better than processed SlimFast.

Thin Desire
07-14-2011, 07:06 AM
Can I just add a bit to this conversation, at the expense of sounding gross? I tried Slimfast years ago, and even though I liked it, I didn't lose any weight on it, and it constipated me like crazy, as in, it turned my stool to near cement and could not pass it at ALL. It was horrible. If you do Slimfast, be sure to add some other substantial food to it, and therefore, I really don't see the point. If you have bowel problems like I do, my advice? Avoid. But as a shake, it's ok.

lucky8
07-14-2011, 07:42 AM
Ive tried it few time mainly because i love milkshake and i felt like i was in control, i satayed on for about 3 weeks and i lost about 5lbs but it becomes very boring its hard to stay on track and it also makes you very constipated. Id recomend only having it for breakfast rather than two meals a day.

I do weightwatchers now but i do stock a tin in my cupbord for days im being to lazy to make breakfast HTH

coastalvagrant
07-14-2011, 07:59 AM
I haven't but my mother lost 10lbs with slimfast. She ended up gaining it all back once she started eating normally again though. I don't think it's sustainable in the long run.

mateosmama2005
07-14-2011, 08:50 AM
I only have the shake one meal a day....i think 2 a day everyday youll definately get bored...but i've never had constipation problems and i've been drinking it for 9 years....But everybody is different!

Lori Bell
07-14-2011, 09:33 AM
I only have the shake one meal a day....i think 2 a day everyday youll definately get bored...but i've never had constipation problems and i've been drinking it for 9 years....But everybody is different!

I think the OP was asking if it worked for actual weight loss. Is your ticker accurate? Did you used to weigh a lot more than 220 back 9 years ago when you started using it? What I mean is, In the 9 years that you have been drinking it have you lost weight that is not reflected on your ticker?

True story..., my Father-in-law is 90 years old and has lost mega weight over the last year. He is around 100 pound right now and is 5'8". Last week his GP recommended slim fast as a meal supplement, (not replacement) for him to help him GAIN weight. Funny.

mateosmama2005
07-15-2011, 05:27 AM
I think the OP was asking if it worked for actual weight loss. Is your ticker accurate? Did you used to weigh a lot more than 220 back 9 years ago when you started using it? What I mean is, In the 9 years that you have been drinking it have you lost weight that is not reflected on your ticker?

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Thats why I said I wasn't following the Slim Fast diet, basically I was saying that is tastes fine, fills me up as a meal does, and did not give me constipation. Yes my ticker is current. 9 years ago, no I did not weigh 220. I was alot smaller. (I was about 12/13 when I started drinking it) and yes it did work I lost 30lbs while drinking it and kept it off until I got pregnant with my son. I gained 70lbs while pregnant with my son (runs in the family to gain alot during pregnancy) and I havent lost it yet. I have never stopped drinking it, but the past few years I havent been exercising either. I would have slim fast for breakfast then eat out...alot. (My first post I said I drink it because I am not a breakfast eater) I lost 30lbs last spring drinking slim fast, and exercising and eating healthy. Than I stopped exercising and was eating out ALOT. (Fast food) Now I am back OP exercising and eating healthy.

mlgibson
07-15-2011, 09:10 AM
In highschool I tried it, it worked. But I fell off the wagon. One for breakfast, snack, one for lunch, snack, small dinner.

Now I will often drink it for breakfast, but not twice a day. It is a good way to start, perhaps, to get yourself out of overeating. But I would not stay strict on the that for too long, in my own opinion.

mamakat
07-15-2011, 10:31 AM
I did Slim Fast years ago and lost 50# on it. I was young then and busy so eating a lot wasn't my problem it was what I ate. Having the shakes fixed that problem. Only thing is then I got married and became a housewife and had nothing to do and the shakes were no longer an option. And slowly it began. The actual act of eating is sometimes my biggest need. I'd chew ice all day if it didn't hurt my teeth (too cold). In the end because I never really learned to eat the right food or stop eating emotionally not only did I gain that 50 back I gained another 73# :(
There are other things you can do if you don't mind doing them routinely (like Slim Fast). I mean if you're willing to drink those every day for however long, why not decide on a healthy breakfast and lunch you can do the same. Just example oatmeal for breakfast and a salad with low carb dressing and a portion of meat.
The Slim Fast shake or any other name, are so high in sugar which by any doctors advice is not good for us. And they are full of additives and preservatives that aren't really natural to our bodies. If you picked a meal that is more natural it would be filling and you'd get that sensation of eating.
Slim Fast can work if done religiously but eventually you have to start eating real food again and that's where the danger lies.
Good luck, have a happy healthy day. :)

mamakat
07-15-2011, 10:37 AM
Lori Bell
True story..., my Father-in-law is 90 years old and has lost mega weight over the last year. He is around 100 pound right now and is 5'8". Last week his GP recommended slim fast as a meal supplement, (not replacement) for him to help him GAIN weight. Funny.
I can believe it as it has a lot of sugar. Vitamins too, but if not done right and religiously it will only add to the weight and not take off. Or at least that is what happened to me. :)

Bellamack
07-15-2011, 10:55 AM
Not to scare anyone, A guy I worked with did it and lost 20 lbs in about 6 weeks and (no kidding) the day after he was telling us( bragging ) he did it on slimfast, he had a gallbladder attack and had to have it out. When he came back to work, he said his doctor said that was a common problem with the Slimfast plan. Don't know if that is true, but I would google to look for more info on it.

TwilightBloom
07-17-2011, 03:10 PM
Atkins shakes are much better, and there bars are so good.. The mocha latte shake i drink for breakfast, it has real coffee, i love it, it tastes so good. And the chocolate carmel nut roll, is sooooo good. they are low on carbs and sugar, but they taste great. They seem to really hit the spot with me, and I really recommend them.. I never had any success with slim fast, and it doesn't taste as good. Hope this helps.

crysrenae
07-17-2011, 04:10 PM
I never followed the SlimFast "diet plan" but I used to drink the canned Walmart/Target brand ultra shakes pretty much every day for breakfast as it was easy to take in the car with me. With that being said...I just used them within the diet plan I was using (WW for me) so I don't know how well the actual plan works.
I recently had to stop drinking them though as I was getting extremely naseous in the morning and realized that when I quit the shakes, I was fine. (determined that I might have an intolerance to artificial sweeteners)

love2b150
07-17-2011, 04:19 PM
I used to have one for breakfast, I'd drink it in the car on the way to work and it would stay with me for about 3 hours. I need something more substantial for lunch and dinner.
Slimfast is much better than it was years ago and they do have tasty treats and snack bars.


This is me also, the morning shake would last about 3.5 hours and then I need a snack or lunch ;)

kurisitaru
07-17-2011, 04:30 PM
I tried this a LONG time ago...
I was very strict on it, worked out as well.

I gained weight... and inches. ><

kaplods
07-17-2011, 04:47 PM
Not to scare anyone, A guy I worked with did it and lost 20 lbs in about 6 weeks and (no kidding) the day after he was telling us( bragging ) he did it on slimfast, he had a gallbladder attack and had to have it out. When he came back to work, he said his doctor said that was a common problem with the Slimfast plan. Don't know if that is true, but I would google to look for more info on it.

Actually this is true of any vlcd (very low calorie diet). It isn't the shakes that are the culprit, it's the severe calorie restriction.

I have used Slim Fast in the past, but I also get very tired of eating or drinking the same thing every day.

I now make my own smoothies once in a while, usually for breakfast using whey powder, fruit, and yogurt or milk.

I also buy the Atkins bars once in a while when I want a candybar (I calculate them into my calorie/exchange budget, as I follow an exchange plan).

Snoofie
07-17-2011, 07:25 PM
I tried SlimFast when I was in college. I have NEVER been so hungry in my life, I swear. *L* Maybe they just don't agree with me, but I actually ended up GAINING weight when I was on them!

I loved the bars, though. Oh my GOD, how I loved those bars.