General Diet Plans and Questions - All-inclusive Meal Replacement Thread (Slim-Fast etc.)

06-14-2003, 02:24 AM
Welcome to everyone following the Slim-Fast plan or other meal replacement plans! PLEASE no "Slim-Fast bashing", to each their own, and this is our choice. I am following the Slim-Fast plan to remove 55 lbs and I find it convenient, tasty and low cost. I would enjoy hearing from others having success with this diet plan, so come on in!


06-14-2003, 03:52 PM
Hello All !!! Thanks for starting this thread, it's a great idea. I haven't been using slimfast that long, consistently anyway, until this week. It sure helps to know I'm not alone. I am 5'10, I weigh 280pds and 30yrs young. This is the first time I've ever said how much I weigh to anyone. I think, no I know, I was in denial. I can't blame it on the baby anymore, she'll be one in July and I can't keep saying well I use to be slim and when I get ready I'll be slim again and I can't keeping blaming the dry cleaners everytime my suits fit to tight. Finally, this week I looked at myself from the side angle in my dressing mirror, turned face forward and excepted the fact that ,"I am fat", to fat, and I need to lose the weight starting today. At this point I don't have any health problems and I know it's just a matter of time before I develop an over weight related illness/disease. At first I opted to do this the easy way, which was to go to the doctor and get some weightloss pill and a vitamin shot. After some deep thought I realized this is a life time commit to myself and no overpriced diet plan can fix this. I didn't do this to myself over night and I'm not going to lose it overnight but with diligence and commitment I can achieve my desired weightloss. I can look good from any angle again if I put my mind to. I believe slimfast is a great way to acheive my goals. It helps to know you all are out there losing weight with slimfast and living healthier lives. Come on let's motivate each other , we can do this thing together !!!:lol:

06-15-2003, 10:14 PM
Yes! I'd love to join your Slim Fast thread!! I'm so glad to hear there are still some of us out there that like the plan!! I've been struggling with my weight for my whole life it seems. I've just finished my 200th attempt at low carbing and I had to face facts, it just wasn't the type of lifestyle for me. I'm not a big carnivore, I guess.

I'm 29 and weigh 250 lbs. I am going to start the plan tomorrow!

Anyone else?


06-17-2003, 04:44 AM
Hi everyone, I have been using slimfast bars on and off for awhile. Never really following the diet it should be. I have decided this week I am going to follow it and stick to it. I was really glad to see a thread of those of us who still like slimfast.


07-31-2003, 01:00 PM
My husband and I started the Slim-Fast plan earlier this week. We wanted an easy diet plan we both could have no problems following. Weve tried WW in the past and loved it. In fact, my husband was able to get down to his goal weight within 4 months of starting the plan. However, we both fell off the wagon a few years ago and gained a lot of weight. We tried WW again about 6 months ago but we couldnt seem to stay on program. Every time we went to a meeting wed just get depressed over re-gaining the weight we had lost the week before.

This time we decided to try Slim-Fast. I wanted something simple and easy, as well as something that would help me loose a good portion of weight within a 6-month period. Once my husband and I feel comfortable, Id like to get back to WW again. But for now, well going to stick to Slim-Fast.

Our goal is a total calorie intake of around 1200-1300 a day. We also like to make Lean Cuisine meals for dinner with either a salad or steamed veggies.

Heres our current diet plan at the moment:

Breakfast Slim-Fast shake or bar, piece of fruit

Lunch Slim-Fast shake or bar, piece of fruit, cup of carrots

Dinner Lean Cuisine meal, salad or steamed veggies

Evening Snack Slim-Fast Ice Cream or low-fat yogurt

Well, Id love to hear from some other people using SF. I think maintaining this thread will help us all stay motivated.

08-01-2003, 12:32 AM
Ruby2000, It sound like you and your husband have a good plan. Like you I also lost weight with ww but I gained it back, I tryed it again about 5 months ago but I just could not stick to it. Then I decided to give slimfast a try. I like slimfast because it is so easy to follow.

SO how is your week going?


08-01-2003, 08:38 AM
Good morning!

I am doing a meal replacement plan called Medifast. It is doctor prescribed and controlled. It is a very low calorie diet even with one real meal.

Here is what my meal plan looks like:

breakfast: medifast shake
mid morning snack: medifast oatmeal
lunch: medifast soup and crackers
snack: medifast shake
dinner: lean protein and veggies
dessert: medifast shake

Good luck all!

08-01-2003, 03:24 PM
Good luck to you too Jibbelle. :)

08-09-2003, 11:30 AM
I lost over 100 pounds, and have kept it off for over a year, working with a Health Management Resources (HMR) clinic attached to Newton Wellesley Hospital, here in MA. HMR's programs, some of which are medically-supervised (including the one I started on), rely greatly on strategic use of meal replacements (shakes, entrees and bars). I've had great success.

I've continually kept an eye out for better products, especially shakes and bar, in terms of quality, measured by protein grams per calorie, with taste factored in. So far, the best shakes I've found are Myoplex Lite Cappucino Ice, Labrada Lean Body for Women Chocolate (even though I'm a guy), and HMR's own HMR 800.

08-12-2003, 07:03 PM
I really like those new granola bars by slimfast. I like the chocolate chip one. I keep one in my purse at all times and one in my work bag. Just so I never can use the excuse I don't have anything healthy around and I'm dying so I'll just eat fast food.

08-13-2003, 11:27 AM
I think your HMR plan is a lot like Medifast. : ) So far I am enjoying it and doing great!

08-14-2003, 07:02 AM
My understanding is that HMR is more like Optifast. Medifast, if I have my xxxxfasts straight, relies to some extent on ketosis.

08-14-2003, 04:55 PM
It is my understanding that Optifast and Medifast are very similar...both relying no ketosis. LOL

Who knows!!??!

08-14-2003, 07:49 PM
Check out Medifast's web site:

From their FAQ: "The nutrient balance of Medifast combined with the low-calorie level causes the fat stores to release free fatty acids that are converted by the liver into an energy source called ketones. This mild state of 'ketosis' helps the body achieve rapid weight loss while preserving muscle tissue. Ketosis also helps eliminate physical hunger while providing good levels of energy."

By comparison, neither HMR's web site ( nor Optifast's web site ( indicate that ketosis is involved.

I think it would be somewhat difficult to get into ketosis on Optifast. Each daily minimum prescription has at least 100 gm of carbohydrates. By comparison, Medifast's daily prescription could be as low as 65 gm carbohydrates.

08-21-2003, 10:10 PM
I'm thinking of starting the Slim Fast plan, along with WW, so I can add a thing or two if I get really hungry (TMO, for example). I tried this new bar, chewing chocolate caramel or something along those lines, DELISH! also the Strawberry Cheesecake is really good too. I saw that they have Mac and Cheese now. I'm so excited about that (not the price though) because that's one thing I have missed while dieting. 1 cup is not worth the 9 points of velvetta shells and cheese! lol

08-22-2003, 07:08 AM
The real key to any plan that relies on meal replacements is liking the shakes. The bars just are likely not going to be anything more than an occasional treat in a successful effort. If you can see yourself having the shake at least once a day for the rest of your life then that would be a good tool for getting to and maintaining a healthy weight.

10-15-2003, 02:40 PM
Hi there!

I am so glad to find this thread! Have been doing Slim Fast for three weeks now and doing quite well. Only have a few lbs. to lose but it's still hard....have used the Slim Fast website for inspiration and education but really love interaction with other Slim Fast users.

I typically have a slim fast bar for breakfast (at work around 9-10). Then I may have some fruit, cottage cheese or something before or after. I then have a slim fast bar for lunch with veggies, fruit, snack bar, etc., in the afternoon. Depends on my hunger and cravings. For dinner, I do the "sensible" meal along with a snack in the evening. Have found some Orville Reddenbocker (spelling) mini-bags that are one serving with 100 calories. They are expensive but worth it. Have to be careful with popcorn...I can go overboard!! Also, fat-free chocolate pudding is only 100 calories too. I typically have been staying around 1,200-1,300 calories daily. I walk 1.5 miles daily.

Sounds wonderful and I should be a bean pole...but I do much depends. Before TTOM, I would every other day for 4 days. Not good but I would even binge with low-carb so I can't blame it on carbs!

On the weekends, I doing eat the bars...I just go by calories. 200 for breakfast and 300 for lunch and then snacks and dinner. It works well and gives me a break plus I love cereal and fruit, even oatmeal along with a sandwich. The Slim Fast website has all kinds of meal options and recipes (it's under meal plan) and I printed everything out and put it all in a notebook so I can refer back. That really helps me stay motivated.

Again...great to see this thread. Let's keep it going!!

10-15-2003, 03:17 PM
Hi, I am also going to start using slimfast again. I use slimfast occasionally but I am going to start using it for breakfast and lunch. I find I do better with slimfast because I can get grap it and go. well good luck to you

10-16-2003, 07:40 AM
I encourage both of you to consider trying other meal replacements, since most folks feel that most of the alternatives are more nutritious than Slim-Fast.