UK Fat Chicks - Anybody used Slim Fast?
08-08-2012, 04:49 PM
As I have explained in my thread below I am desperate to lose as much weight as possible in the next 6 weeks or so. Although I know it isn't the sort of plan to go on long term I was wondering about trying slim fast for maybe the first couple of weeks to give me a kickstart and help me to start losing quickly. I have never used slim fast and just wondered if anyone here has? How long did you do it for? How much did you lose? How did you find it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
08-08-2012, 04:57 PM
I'm trying to lose 10 pounds by October, and I'm on a deadline. I have used Slim Fast but only as a meal substitute. I haven't used it long term enough to give a good summary of how efficient it is as a diet product. That said, have you considered soup? Healthy Select has many many many flavours that are 100 calories or under, and make great meals. I have a friend that lost 50lbs in a month on Healthy Select. Note, my friend is male but I see no reason why it wouldn't be a great jumpstart for a woman :] I have Healthy Select soups that are 50 calories, and I can eat one for lunch and or dinner, but also they make great snacks. And they're filling!
08-08-2012, 05:08 PM
It would probably be more beneficial to cut out all grains and starches for a while.
08-08-2012, 05:08 PM
Thanks for your reply, thats a really good idea about soup. I haven't hear of Healthy Select but soups would be a good way to reduce calories but still feel full. I'm sure you will lose 10 pounds by October, you have plenty of time. I'm gutted that I only have just over 6 weeks now - this event has kind of been sprung on me and I would so love to have looked good but I have so much to lose, I don't think I'll be able to make much difference in the time I've got,
08-08-2012, 06:46 PM
i did slimfast n exercise the yr after my daughter was born and lost 50-60lbs. in less than a yr. but if u want quick results im guessing an atkins type would b quicker. good luck
Can we get Healthy Select in the UK?
I haven't seen it, I had to look it up. It is a Campbells brand and all I can find with a UK tag are reports like the Daily Mail slamming it for having even more added salt - 650mg, eek!
08-09-2012, 07:34 AM
I guess it is horses for courses but I find Slimfast really good for a boost. I prefer the bars which are really filling as long as you drink alot of water.The shakes are lovely but anythink you can drink in a glass to me isn't a meal! I slimfast 1 or 2 days a weeks if I feel I am slowing down with the weight loss.
The only downside to me is the ...um....errrr.....bowels turn a bit to concrete so instead of their snacks I make sure I have fruit!:o
08-09-2012, 08:56 AM
I always have Slimfast shakes on hand, I don't drink them everyday but they come in handy when I am out of milk or need to make a trip to the grocery store, they tide me over. When I was actively losing I had them once or twice a day plus low calorie meals.
I'm considering prunes as a side dish to my slimfast days :D
I realised it must be bad when my husband described the cafe latte as looking like liquid concrete - I stopped myself from imparting too much information :o
08-09-2012, 10:17 AM
Several years ago I tried Slim Fast (the cans are better than the powder you mix yourself), I only did it for a week or so just to lose a quick few pounds. It is tolerable in the short term. I agree with a previous poster, for quick weight loss I think low carb is best - although I don't find that sustainable for very long. Good luck! ~MJ
09-04-2012, 11:57 AM
Hi! I've never posted before, but I'd just like to share a bit of my story.... I kickstarted my lifestyle revamp on Slimmm shakes, which are (I think) a similar idea to Slimfast because I was an absolute newbie at the whole diet thing - 24 and never gone on a long term diet ever! Slimmm shakes are actually really quite tasty, the cafe mocha and choc mint ones are my favourite! The soups.... not so much.
But anyway - it helped me keep my daily caloric intake in check, and I've since then transitioned very smoothly over to a high-protein calorie-counting method which has worked for the last 6 months-ish and kept just shy of 55lbs off me. Still a work in progress! As for how long I was on Slimmm for, I think I was using it as a meal substitute for 2 meals/day for about a month, then tapered it down to a meal/day for the next month, then I just went off it and onto a high-protein calorie counted diet.
09-17-2012, 04:31 PM
Like sffx87 I recommend Slimmm shakes, but I got them from Approved foods and they don't have them anymore, they were just so much cheaper than all the other diet shakes. I tend to drink one every morning as I always skip breakfast so It means I still get three *meals* a day if I take the shake instead of breakfast. For a super weight loss go ask at your local chemist if they do the Lipotrim program, I have heard a few people get good short term results with that. Its a total meal replacement program so you don't even make yourself supper.
09-21-2012, 11:29 AM
I have tried Slimfast and although i found it easy while doing it, the weight came back when i started eating proper food ( still only around 1200 cals a day )
Slim sticks are really good for appetite suppressing, i use them daily. They come in little sachets that you mix with water and drink after meals. It tides me over until my next meal without snacking
11-24-2012, 06:50 AM
I don't like Slimfast due to the 50g of sugar [or whatever it is] in each drink!! :O
I have a big thing about sugar, it plays havoc with me, once i have something sweet then i crave more like ****, i also feel big dips which make me feel shakey :(
I brought myself some diet soya protein from a website for "muscle marys" lol but it's low sugar, high protein and is good as a meal replacement shake.
11-27-2012, 06:02 AM
I will echo the sugar issue, which is why I won't use it anymore.
They recommend the following plan:
2 shakes or bars - 64g of sugar total (The bars contain less sugar which is good I guess)
3 pieces of fruit OR 3 Slim Fast snack bars - 39g sugar total
1 balanced meal
That's easily 103g of sugar, and all for a very inflated price.
I'm not against people using it as I know it can be convenient, but I personally find them trying to encourage people to consume that much sugar to be abhorrent. Short term it's probably better than eating too many calories and continuing to gain weight but I'd worry about long term usage as I've known people who have used it every day for months to lose weight.
If it's the Slim Fast shakes you are using I'd recommend finding a good protein powder drink instead and maybe adding a tbsp of something like flaxseed to it for extra goodness. That is what I am doing now at least-1.5g of sugar per drink instead of 32g.
11-27-2012, 12:32 PM
I use Slim Fast low carb high protein ready made shakes
20 grams of protein. 2 grams sugar. 2 net carbs.
edited to add: I only use one shake a day. I only take it because I can't find something that has vitamins plus high protein and low carb all together. It's usually either one or the other. If anynone has suggestions, I would love to hear it.
That being said, the bottle I have says choose 3 snacks a day, fruit, veggies or 100 calorie snack bar. Not 3 snack bars. But I don't do their program anyway. Their products are too expensive. I remember when the low carb ready made drinks were 6 in a pack, now it's 4 in a pack for more money. So sad!!
Oops A Daisy
11-28-2012, 06:14 AM
I have done slimfast before but not for several years, I loved the make-yourself shakes, did not enjoy the ready made ones, but I think they are really improved now.
I did it for two weeks last time I did it and lost half a stone, but then stopped and started stuffing my face again and put it all back on but I'm sure if you stopped slimfast and went on a normal reduced calorie diet or what ever diet you prefer, you'd keep the weight off.
Considering I have 2 cans of the powder at home from the earlier in the year when I decided I would go back on it, I will probably go back on it just to use the powder, I hate wasting money.
11-29-2012, 06:44 PM
That's really great do offer a high protein/low carb version, I didn't know that. Seems like it is only available in America though :(
12-10-2012, 02:24 PM
Today is actually my 7th day on Slim Fast, and I've lost 6 lbs!!!
I actually like this diet plan better then most that I've tried. I stay full most of the day, and LOVE the taste of the shakes, snacks, and meal bars!!!
12-11-2012, 01:03 PM
I've used slim fast before, back in my smaller days. Right now it doesn't seem useful, but here's how I used it in the past:
If I had a night out or a meal out coming up, I'd have 2 shakes a day and a veggie stir fry in the evening, to build up a bit of a calorie defecit in advance. If I was happy with my weight, I'd also do this once or twice a week, or for a few days if I felt my clothes getting a bit tight just to get myself back in line again. I've also used it to lose a more significant amount of weight quickly (between 7-14lbs) for 2-3 weeks, although what I DIDN'T factor in at the time was that when I went back to eating normally, I'd need to eat less and exercise more to account for my smaller size and needing less calories.
So, yeah, I'd use it again, but not long term.
12-11-2012, 01:59 PM
Slim fast is to trim down on a few pounds they don't recommend it for long term weight loss. I lost a good 30lbs with it but as soon as I started to eat normal again I started to gain it back twice as fast
12-11-2012, 10:37 PM
I like the Slimfast low carb creamy vanilla RTD. It has 20g of protein and only 2g of sugar and no sugar alcohols, plus I enjoy the taste.
It is hard to find, though, a number of stores here sell the chocolate low carb, but not the vanilla. The chocolate is good but I just like the vanilla.
12-14-2012, 09:09 AM
I use it often instead of skipping a meal. I find that it is very helpful in this way. I have used slimfast and lost 90lbs but gained it all back after stopping. I use it as a tool now to keep from skipping a meal when i am too busy to take time to fix something.
01-15-2013, 06:59 AM
I am using exante diet products.
They are very good. Taste quite nice. You have three products a day, a choice of shake, soup or bars. (only 1bar per day)
I have found that using a hand blender for the soup gives best results and either hand blender or smoothie maker with ice for shakes.
They are a reasonable price, cheaper if you buy a months supply. It works out about £28 a week. Next day delivery too.
I have lost 20lb in 5weeks. (and even was off them for 6 days when on holiday)
You can add in a small high protein meal on top of the 3products if you wish but will lose slower. I try to stick to just the packets but will have a meal such as chicken and salad when I eat out.
01-23-2013, 09:54 AM
If you want to be successful with Slim Fast, you need to be consistent don't take breaks and if you combine it with exercises you will achieve better results.
It is also vital that you avoid all starchy foods as much as you can otherwise a bite here and there my aggravate the situation.