SlimFast Diet

The Slimfast diet is based on reducing your total calorie intake by replacing two meals and snacks each day with specially manufactured, low calorie products including various flavours of SlimFast shakes as well as soups and bars.

Type - Low calorie, liquid meal replacement

Are special products required? - Yes

Is eating out possible? - Yes

Is the plan family friendly? - No

Do you have to buy a book? - No

Is the diet easy to maintain? - No

So how does it work?...

The Slimfast Diet is based on a daily intake of 1200-1500 calories, which should promote weight loss in most people. Unlike other diet plans, Slimfast comprises two liquid meal replacements with one sensible meal each day. It also emphasizes portion control when planning your main meal as well as stressing the importance of following standard nutritional guidelines.

SlimFast also advocates 30-60 minutes of exercise per day. The associated website gives information on lifestyle changes, diet tips, exercise plans, healthy meal and snack ideas and achieving long-term weight maintenance.

The Diet Plan...

The SlimFast diet does not advocate using their products as the sole source of nutrition, but instead recommends eating at least 1,200 calories per day. This is because eating fewer calories than this may cause unhealthy, rapid weight loss. They recommend losing no more than 900g (2lb) per week after the first week. The diet plan suggests limiting alcohol consumption and how often you eat out, as well as controlling portion sizes.

Is it good for you?...

As with other low calorie diet plans, this plan will promote weight loss, and it may be helpful if you often eat on the run, need quick meals but want to avoid fast-food restaurants. The soups and shakes are quick and easy to prepare, although drinking the shakes and eating bars every day can become monotonous after a while, making it more difficult to maintain than other diet plans.

Essentially, the SlimFast Diet promotes weight loss by cutting down on calories. The key to long term success with this diet is the sensible evening meal, which limits portion sizes and does teach you how to eat healthily. SlimFast has data showing successful weight loss and effective management from people who have followed this diet and their diet tips for a number of years.

Example Day...

• SlimFast shake or bar
• Glass of orange juice

• SlimFast shake or bar
• Piece of fresh fruit

• Lean meat (grilled or baked with a medium baked potato, steamed vegetables, and a salad
• Piece of fresh fruit

• Air-popped popcorn
• Piece of fresh fruit
• Fresh vegetables
• SlimFast bar

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