The slim fast diet plan has bee around for many many years. In fact the fellow that started slim fast, Daniel Abraham, started the company in 1977 and ran it until selling to Unilever in 2000. Have you seen those slim fast shakes and slim fast bars in the store? The slim fast shakes are actually a can of milky stuff and the slim fast bars are like a little chocolate bar.
They have been around for so long that I just have kind of forgotten about them but today I just remembered again and though I would take a look at how good or not they are for you.
Here is the scoop.
The slogan that the company uses is a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, and eat a sensible dinner. I understand the eating a sensible dinner but these shakes are ver low in calories and energy, probably too low to get you to lose for any length of time before your body just slows right down. The shakes themselves are fine 220 calories with 10 grams of protein, some fat and plenty of carbs but 220 calories is a lot low for breakfast or lunch.
I looked over at the slim fast site and there is now a slim fast diet plan that seems a bit more realistic.
- Pick three nourishing snacks a day – Slim·Fast 100-calorie snack bars, nuts, fruits and/or veggies.
- Choose two Slim·Fast shakes or meal bars. Giving breakfast a break, leaving lunch behind
- Enjoy one 500-calorie balanced meal per day. Probably dinner
So it looks like to me a method to have six meals a day and a lot more calories than slim fast used to have you eat. The trouble is you are still stuck with a crutch although it is a pretty easy one. You will be eating at least 3 meals of not real food that is a bar or a shake and then hoping that whatever is in it is real food.
To be fair the company does market this as a quick and dirty loss and not a lifestyle change but what the heck is good about a quick loss plan if you are going to gain the back again later. Slim Fast had admittedly worked for a lot of people over the years but it would still be better for most people to eat a more balanced diet of fresh food instead.