The ready made shakes are my favourite, especially the banana
I start the day with a Slim-Fast shake, have a mid-morning packet of one of the Slim-Fast savoury snacks, have a Slim-Fast Meal bar for lunch, a chocolately Slim-Fast treat mid afternoon which sees me through to the meal I look forward to the most, the 600 calorie dinner. After this I have another Slim-Fast snack and the day is done. My approx. calorie intake a day is 1325.
The Slim-Fast mixer makes sure you don't get bits of unmixed bits of powder in your shake!
Slim-Fast is a relatively cheap diet to follow, all products are currently on a 3 for 2 offer in Sainsbury's so one shake, one meal bar and three snacks works out to under £3 a day. I know I was easily spending more than £3 a day on just lunch alone!
The Chocolate Peanut are my favourite of the meal bars, they are like a filling cereal bar
You don't need to buy the snack bars, you can replace them with fruit or even another snack as long as it is under 95 calories. They are not nutritionally balanced and really are just to help you stay on track. Personally I really like the Slim-Fast treats and would buy the chocolatey ones even if I wasn't on a diet. Especially the Chocolate Caramel Treat, it's heavenly!!
Slim-Fast snacks are all 95 Calories
These Slim-Fast snack bars are so good! They are unlike any diet snack bars I have had before, they do not taste at all artificial or have any strange sweetener aftertaste. YUM!
The first few days were hard. Adjusting to a lower calorie intake is always a struggle but it was especially hard this time round as I had just come back from holiday where I had definitely over indulged. I am really enjoying having the milkshakes for breakfast. Breakfast is one of those meals I tend to skip if I don't have something to hand and the ready mixed shakes are perfect to take to work and drink at my desk. The snacks don't feel at all like diet food (except maybe for the portion size but I really need to get used to controlled portions anyway!) and I like having a meal bar at lunch time as it gives me something to chew. I think I would quickly get fed up if I was just drinking my calories each day.
I really, really look forward to the evening meals and have been trying to make my plate as full as I possibly can with my 600 calorie allowance. It goes further than you may think and just the thought of it keeps me motivated throughout the day. It really does suit me to have the freedom to be flexible with my evening meal and helps keep me on track. And I have just realised that most of Wagamama's main dishes are under 600 calories. Helloooo!! I know where I am eating out from now on ;)
I have been following the plan for 8 days now (and I am counting my 600 calories to the exact calorie!) and have lost 3lbs so far.
Have you tried the Slim-Fast plan before? How did you get on with it?
You can find more information on the Slim-Fast plan along with meal suggestions, a community forum and some fascinating Slim-Fast stats at www.slimfast.co.uk
**Slim-Fast have sent me a months worth of product to trial but all views are my own