Packaged Meals and Clinics - Nutrisystem, Medifast, Jenny Craig, Etc - Any Slim Fast (or other meal shake) users?




veggiegirl123
05-22-2012, 08:22 AM
I've just started my weight loss journey and I'm going to be counting calories and using Slim Fast (well, the generic store brand version that's cheaper lol), to help me along the way. I like how simple it is so far!

Is there anyone else here who uses Slim Fast type products (shakes, meal replacement bars etc). If so, how long have you been using them? Have you had success with them? Do you tweak how you prepare them to keep things interesting?

Maybe we could start an ongoing thread for us to check in and support each other :)


bargoo
05-22-2012, 09:12 AM
I am a calorie counter and always have Slimfast on hand. I don't use it every day but like to have it on hand when I run out of milk or other foods I need, saves me a trip to the store. It is also great for traveling

veggiegirl123
05-22-2012, 09:16 AM
I am a calorie counter and always have Slimfast on hand. I don't use it every day but like to have it on hand when I run out of milk or other foods I need, saves me a trip to the store. It is also great for traveling

Yesterday I was away from home all morning running errands and normally I would have hit drive through for breakfast. Instead I ate a meal replacement bar in the car and it worked great :)


bargoo
05-22-2012, 10:18 AM
It is always good to be prepared for those times. Good choice !

hatgirlie
05-22-2012, 11:49 AM
I have Nature's Plus Energy Shakes, daily...from the can...mix in blender with water. LOVE the ingredients. Works great for me.

http://www.iherb.com/Nature-s-Plus-Energy-Shake-The-Original-High-Protein-1-7-lbs-756-g/7522

veggiegirl123
05-22-2012, 11:53 AM
I have Nature's Plus Energy Shakes, daily...from the can...mix in blender with water. LOVE the ingredients. Works great for me.

http://www.iherb.com/Nature-s-Plus-Energy-Shake-The-Original-High-Protein-1-7-lbs-756-g/7522

That looks good, and cost wise it's not too bad :) I'll have to look into it more!

Misa66
05-24-2012, 05:10 AM
I've been drinking 1 Ensure a day as a meal replacement for about 2 weeks now. It's not really a "weight loss" shake but it's doing the job :) I find them way "richer" tasting than other shakes I've tried and it got me off the plateu I was on

veggiegirl123
05-24-2012, 07:55 AM
I've been drinking 1 Ensure a day as a meal replacement for about 2 weeks now. It's not really a "weight loss" shake but it's doing the job :) I find them way "richer" tasting than other shakes I've tried and it got me off the plateu I was on

How many calories does one serving have? I might have to look into this when I get bored with SF :)

KerriLeah
05-25-2012, 01:03 PM
I've been doing SF all week now, minus yesterday when I had a baked potato for lunch from Wendy's because I forgot to stick my shake in the fridge here at work. They're ok. I'm not planning to use the SF for long- couple of weeks at the most. I just want to jump start myself on eating right again, not to solely lose weight with. I figure if I get myself used to eating 1500-1800 calories again with the help of the 3-2-1 diet SF is doing, then in a few weeks when I'm used to eating less, it will be easier to sub in healthy bkfst, lunch and snacks along the way when I'm bored with the shakes and quite frankly, not that tasty bars. But it's working for me! I've also been more aware of what I eat at night for my meal while doing this. I don't want to pay for meals and bars to keep my calories in check and then blow it all on my evening meal. So far so good!

Candeka
05-25-2012, 02:49 PM
I love the SlimFast shakes. I always have the powered stuff on hand. I don't use it regularly (at most once a week, but usually its once every two weeks). I like to make regular meals, but I LOVE the taste of the shake with a banana and other fruit. So yummy. I can't replace meals with them unfortunately, so if I was to drink them more often it would actually put me way over my calorie limit since I'd be drinking them like candy.

markhall
06-01-2012, 03:11 PM
I use fitmixer Slim you can find it online at costco.com, and right now they have a promotion going where you can get a a 100 serving bag for $34.99! It's supposed to be comparable to Slim Fast, but the price is so much lower. Good Luck with your weight loss goals!

Sheridan
06-04-2012, 05:14 PM
Hi,
I am trying the simple diet by a Dr. Anderson in which i drink 3 shakes a day and 2 portioned usually frozen dinners. There is no decisions involved,it is cheap and easy and is working for me. You can get the book from the library. I finally bought a used copy for $6.00.

He was the founder of this same program used in our local hospital, They had a very expensive meal plan but now he says it can be duplicated without the huge hospital program cost.
Anyway I like it. Hope whatever you chose to do that it works well,

Sheridan

leslieblue
06-08-2012, 07:51 AM
I have been using slimfast for 3 months and I have lost 30 pounds.

I use the powders only I don't like the taste of the ones in the bottles. I usually add strawberries, bananas, pineapple, mangoes, any kind of fruit. Sometimes I will add instant coffee granules if I want a mocha flavor, or the General Foods International coffees, vanilla, or the others yummy flavors they have. Just keeps it from getting boring. :)

LizRR
06-18-2012, 01:23 AM
Hi, I am actually on Ideal Protein, but I thought I would chime in with how I doctor my morning chocolate protein drink.

I fill my blender with ~2 handfuls loose leaf spinach, add 2 cups chilled decaf coffee, 2 cups ice, 1 stevia packet and blend that ~90-120 seconds until the spinach is liquefied, then I add my chocolate protein drink and mix ~15-30 seconds. It makes a huge, thick, cafe mocha milkshake I savor for hours and you cannot taste the spinach, I was scared to try it at first but have it every morning now. If any adventure seekers want to see if it works with SF shakes I hope you enjoy! You get a full serving of veggies in a milkshake!

angelam
06-21-2012, 09:38 PM
I have been doing Slim Fast. Walgreens had a big sale on the powder a month or so ago and I stocked up. I use the vanilla powder and I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk and some frozen fruit. The almond milk is thick and rich and makes a better shake, I think! I use crushed ice, the almond milk, frozen fruit, and the scoop of SF. It's good and fills me up and I usually alternate what kinds of fruit I use between lunch and dinner. I try and stick to a dinner that's 500-600 calories and have three ~100 cal snacks per day. And fill up on 0 point fruit if I need a snack.

Slim Fast helps me because I have an obsessive calorie counting mind and struggled with an ED in the past, so this way I can stay on track and not get obsessive about eating as few as calories as possible.

I work from home so the shakes are easy for me to make. When I was still going to the office I bought a tiny blender for about 15 bucks, and still did the frozen fruit, just no crushed ice.

cinthia
06-21-2012, 09:44 PM
I drink the ready made muscle milk drinks on the way to work in the morning. I love the taste of muscle milk. It is high protein, low fat and only 2 carbs. Their is also muscle milk light, but that has less protein and doesn't stay with me as long. It also comes in powder form which I use on non work days.

Melonlefey
06-26-2012, 12:11 AM
I have the Ideal Shape Shakes (which are really tasty) which you're supposed to have for breakfast/lunch with a normal, balanced supper. I intersperse those with regular calorie counting, though, because although the shakes are certainly easier, but they can get boring. Sometimes I add some strawberries or peanut butter or whatever I'm feeling.

I've had decent success since I haven't been going long.

MrsN2Be
07-04-2012, 10:22 PM
I'm debating using SF (well the less expensive store brand) for breaky & lunch with snacks of fruit or veg while @ work and then a healthy meal & a small snack & green tea before bed (snack if needed) as I work in an office and a lot of time there are snacks around and I'm tempted so I was thinking SF + light snacks would be helpful for me (honestly a lot of time I don't eat lunch at all and then binge when I get home and on junk, never a proper meal).

I did WW before but can't find my books (in storage 2.5 hours away I believe) so I'm thinking SF may be my answer.

bargoo
07-05-2012, 07:13 AM
The strawberry SF blended with about 6 fresh strawberries, delish ! Cappuchino Delight blended with a banana, another delish shake.

Exhale15
07-05-2012, 07:37 AM
Hi, I am actually on Ideal Protein, but I thought I would chime in with how I doctor my morning chocolate protein drink.

I fill my blender with ~2 handfuls loose leaf spinach, add 2 cups chilled decaf coffee, 2 cups ice, 1 stevia packet and blend that ~90-120 seconds until the spinach is liquefied, then I add my chocolate protein drink and mix ~15-30 seconds. It makes a huge, thick, cafe mocha milkshake I savor for hours and you cannot taste the spinach, I was scared to try it at first but have it every morning now. If any adventure seekers want to see if it works with SF shakes I hope you enjoy! You get a full serving of veggies in a milkshake!

I've made up shakes like this and they are really good!

Daer
07-06-2012, 08:46 PM
I've tried using slim fast before but it just wasn't for me. I'm currently on an optifast diet as I have two and a half weeks till my lap band surgery, I wish I would of tried it sooner! It's been going really great.