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If they were sooo good, they'd sell it to governments to sovle their obseity problems
Int he end self-dicipline and a healthy realtionship with food and healthy lifestyle is the only true way to lose weight effectivly (long term) and without health issues
I wouldn't do it now because I don't like some of the things in there. (the whole diet product thing again).
Whatever you do it generally comes down to how many calories you take in, vs. how many you burn. Beyond that it's really just about what you personally can deal with as far as how to accomplish it. There is no magic. You could achieve just about the same results just about by eating instant breakfast instead of some of your meals. For me it was good for a time because I had trouble getting down food in the morning and there were times it was hard to get me to eat during the day in general, but overall you don't need it and again, it's all different versions of the same thing going after the same result.
Additionally, for just 220 calories or less, I don't have to worry about wandering to the vending machine and getting something disgusting and bad for me with no nutritional value!!
There is no way that I would actually replace two of my meals with Slim-Fast, because as stated in pp's, as soon as you go back to eating normally (assuming more calories), you are likely to gain the weight back. I don't think that anyone wants to drink 2/3 of their meals for the rest of their life to maintain that diet.
I think we'd all agree that it's about lifestyle change, not a quick-fix.
That being said, it's not for everyone, my sister always feels like complete crap when she tries it.
it definitely helped her, but it was only a part of her program.
If you are looking for the convenience, on the way out the door type of thing -- check out something like clif or luna bars -- much better for you, not an everyday meal replacement - but tasty, and very handy -- I've always got Luna Bars in my desk drawer at work for emergencies.
I've been MUCH more successful monitoring my calories using this site then I ever was with Slim Fast. I know that I'm not going to need to worry when I reach my goal weight about what I'm going to eat when I don't have the shakes.
I've never done the slim-fast diet. I don't think it works because it won't teach you healthy eating habits or portion control - the two things that will help you keep the weight off! I do eat the meal bars for breakfast sometimes when I don't have time to sit down and have a real breakfast. They actually keep me full and are a good source of protein and fiber.
During the week, it is difficult getting two kids ready, yourself, and getting everyone out the door on time. With the Slimfast, I can grab a can and still have some kind of nutrients in me. I also use one at lunch just because I also don't make my lunch and it is better than going out to get something.
I do snack on fruit or something and drink my water in between. I never feel hungry at all. I do not mess with those bars and other snacks that Slimfast makes though, not even worth it in my opinion!
I'm currently on SlimFast because I am extremely busy and have caught myself grabbing food to go at every meal and eating in my car! I have gained 15lbs in 2 months...this coming from an ex-college cheerleader is not good!
It is very convenient and I have great results. Gaining the weight back is your own fault - you must maintain the same amount of calories and activities to maintain your weight. The problem with most people is that they don't realize how much the "little" calories add up: sugar, syrups, salad dressings, condiments, drinks, alcohol, sauces, butter, etc. Those can add up to HUNDREDS of calories a day - if not more. People also usually stop working out once they meet their ideal weight.
Everyone is different and you must find what works for YOU - not someone else. Also, if you choose to diet, you have to stick with it.
However, like I said, some of their products are helpful if you inlcude them in a healthy balanced diet. I like to have a Slim Fast Optima snack bar (Chewy Caramel and Peanut Nougat are my favs) as my afternoon snack. They're packed with vitamins and they're low fat/low calorie.
I like mixing diet products into a well balanced diet. I don't see the harm in that, but the SlimFast diet itself isn't fabulous.
What sucks, we don't get breaks at all during our shift and so we have to eat when we can. On those busy days that I can't eat, I drink a chocolate slim fast shake. It does keep the hunger lion at bay for 4 hrs. So slim fast is good when you're on the go or don't have time to eat a meal. As a diet plan, I don't think it is wise. I like to eat healthy, real foods!
I dont think its a waste... im currently on it and so far I like it. I am not doing it long term and i think as long as you understand after you diet you need to keep up cutting calories you will be fine. The shakes taste good and dont make you completely full but as long as you drink plenty of water and have small snacks in between you will be satisfied. I love the snack bars, they totally kill my sweet cravings. The peanut butter crunch bar taste just like a butter finger and only 100 calories, way better then actually eating a candy bar.