Welcome back, everyone! In the first two months of my weight loss journey, I tried many products intended to help me lose fat and get in shape. Some were great and some not so great.
Here is my honest Slim Fast review, for anyone considering the product for themselves.
For anyone who doesn’t know, Slim Fast is a meal replacement plan which requires you to cook one 500-calorie meal per day. The free online registration grants you access to thousands of recipes from smoothies to complete meals. I read a lot of conflicting reviews online about Slim Fast results and the program overall. In the end, I decided to try it for myself as it was conveniently available at my local grocer and online.
- First Impressions
I bought a variety of the Original shakes (in vanilla, strawberry, cappuccino, and chocolate), an Advanced Nutrition vanilla smoothie mix, a collection of cookies and chips, and some meal replacement bars. I also signed up online to take advantage of the 500-calorie meal plans.
While this product line has been around since 1977, it has adapted well for the modern consumer. I found the program convenient for my hectic schedule. I mainly ate a bar or drank a shake for two meals a day and, then, made a 500-calorie dinner at home. I also had three snacks per day which consisted of the cookies or chips. Some days I drank an Original shake, others I opted for an Advanced Nutrition Smoothie.
The healthy recipes were easy to follow, and I weighed myself daily to judge my Slim Fast results accurately. While I purchased my supplies from my local grocery chain, the cost wasn’t prohibitive. It was more expensive than making all my meals from scratch but still affordable.
- Taste Test
While this is a diet program designed to help people lose fat, I had hoped the taste would be manageable. The reality is that some of the items are better than others. The Original shake, for example, tasted more like chalk than anything else. There was an artificial flavor to the vanilla and strawberry versions which I found hard to stomach.
The Advanced Nutrition smoothie mix matched my personal taste far better. There are recipes on the website to mix the base with different fruits, which gives you variety and control over the flavor. I found the smoothie fit into my life better, even though I had to blend it up at home before leaving for work each day.
The bars were about average for a typical healthy snack bar. Slim Fast only offers two flavors, and they aren’t anything to write home about. The texture is a little grainy while the taste is average.
I found both the cookies and chips pleasant enough, although hardly filling and far from satisfying. Snack times were often a disappointment, as I was left wanting to open a second bag just to feel full.
- Progress Report
Over a two-week period, where I followed the Slim Fast program exclusively, I lost 4 lbs., which is in line with their promises. However, the bland taste of the regular shakes and bars left me feeling unsatisfied. I was often hungry and cranky by midday. After my daily walks and jogs with Annie, I felt especially drained. And, I felt a constant need to relieve myself, something other diet bloggers have mentioned which I took as a joke.
In the end, I decided to quit the program but continue to use the recipes for healthy meals and ideas. I also continued use of the smoothie mix for days when I was in a hurry or needed something to keep me full longer. However, I would categorize my Slim Fast results as successful because I did lose fat on the program.
I hope you have found my Slim Fast review helpful in your weight loss journey. Overall, I would suggest Slim Fast to help curb cravings and replace the occasional meal for a healthy diet. I would also recommend the online recipes if you aren’t sure what to cook or how to portion your meals.
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