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Does Slim Fast Work? My Review

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I'm a mom and marketer who gave Slim Fast a try. I'm sharing my journey here.

Here I am on day one.

Here I am on day one.

Slim Fast Reviews

With about 20 pounds to lose, I finally gave Slim Fast a try. I ended up losing about 11 eleven pounds over three months (you'll see that I didn't strictly follow the program and took a hiatus in the middle). I've learned how to incorporate the shakes into my daily routine as part of my journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

In this article, you'll find a daily journal while on Slim Fast. I'll share with you how much weight I had lost and my food intake each day, and the tips and tricks I learned along the way.

Slim Fast Review: Day 1

Starting Weight: 146.3

Before you get started, I highly recommend you invest in a good scale. I like the ones that can measure more accurately than .5 pounds at a time—try to find one that measures to the nearest .2 pounds, like the EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale.

I was kind of thrown off this morning—we switched the clocks back due to Daylight Savings Time last night, and we had a bit of an adjustment with my one-year-old son today, therefore throwing off my morning. As a result, I didn't really eat until lunchtime (and what I ate wasn't very conducive to weight loss!).

  • 9:30 a.m: Light Yogurt (110 calories)
  • 12:00 p.m.: Slim Fast 3 2 1 Chocolate Royale Shake (200 calories)
  • 12:30 p.m.: Cinnamon Twists from Taco Bell (160 calories)
  • 3:00 p.m.: String Cheese (60 calories)
  • 5:00 p.m.: one piece manicotti, two garlic rolls, two meatballs (estimated 950 calories)

TOTAL: 1480 calories

I totally went overboard at dinner, but this was likely because I didn't eat enough calories earlier in the day. I had my first Slim Fast at noon, whereas by that time I should've been drinking my second Slim Fast. Have you ever heard people say that people are more successful in losing weight when they eat breakfast? This is totally true—if you satisfy your body early in the day, it won't freak out (for lack of a better word) at night. Tomorrow, since it's a workday, I'll have an easier time eating when I should.

Note: I totally had an energy crash at about 3:00 pm today! I wasn't sure if it was the Slim Fast that did it, but after thinking about it, I've had a really hard time sleeping this weekend and my schedule has totally been thrown off. I did perk up some after dinner but quickly went back to feeling sluggish; tomorrow we'll see if that feeling passes.

What Does Slim Fast Taste Like?

When mixed with skim milk, the Slim Fast 3 2 1 Chocolate Royale tastes like Chocolate Milk—-just make sure to shake it up really well to dissolve all the powder.

I found I need to shake it halfway through drinking it to make sure the powder doesn't settle at the bottom.

Day 2

Weight: 146.2 = .1 lbs lost

Today wasn't bad eating-wise. Mondays are usually pretty rough for me, and today was no exception. The good news is that I'm so busy on Mondays that I have no time to eat. The bad news is that I have no time to eat. I can't win either way, basically.

  • 8:30 a.m.: Slim Fast 3 2 1 Chocolate Royale Shake (200 cal.)
  • 11:00 a.m.: 1 c. grapes (110 cal.--more than I thought)
  • 12:30 p.m.: Slim Fast 3 2 1 Chocolate Royale Shake (200 cal.)
  • 12:45 p.m.: Fun-size Milk Duds (40 cal.)
  • 3:30 p.m.: Apple (110 cal.)
  • 5:30 p.m.: Small movie theater popcorn, drizzle butter (400 cal., estimated—didn't eat it all)
  • 9:00 p.m.: Light yogurt (110 cal.)

TOTAL: 1170 calories

No energy crash today! I wasn't ready to run a marathon, however, I didn't get the sluggish feeling that I had yesterday.

Question: Am I hungry on Slim Fast?

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Answer: Surprisingly not.

I was pretty shocked that one shake can keep me satisfied for as long as it does. Note that I don't say "full," because that is not what I feel. I feel satisfied—neither here nor there, hungry nor full, just fine, which is okay for me. After 3 1/2 to 4 hours I start to feel hungry, so I don't think I could go much longer than that without eating.

Day 3

Weight: 145.5 = .9 lbs lost

I think it's working!

I stayed on plan today, although I must admit that right now I'd really love a small bowl of ice cream. I'm not necessarily hungry, but I just feel like munching on something. I could probably make it work based on my calories below. My dinner calories were inflated since I picked off most of the pepperoni. But I'm going to try to hold out: when we make bargains with ourselves, the weight loss always stagnates!

  • 8:30 a.m.: Slim Fast 3 2 1 Chocolate Royale Shake (200 cal.)
  • 11:00 a.m.: Slim Fast Crunch Bar (100 cal.)
  • 12:00 p.m.: Slim Fast 3 2 1 Chocolate Royale Shake (200 cal.)
  • 2:30 p.m.: Apple (110 cal.)
  • 7:00 p.m.: Two slices of DiGiornio Pepperoni Pizza (525 cal.- estimate is high since most of the meat was picked off)
  • 9:00 p.m.: Light yogurt (110 cal.)

TOTAL: 1245 calories

I'm going to try Slim Fast with soy milk tomorrow—skim milk has 90 calories for 1 cup, whereas soy milk (light) only has 60. I could definitely use 60 total calories back in my day for a little after-dinner snack. Plus, soy milk is a little thicker, so I'm thinking the Slim Fast might taste more like a shake (that would make my Slim Fast review even better!).

I like soy milk—I know many people are afraid to try it—but especially when it's mixed with something chocolate-y, it'll taste just like normal, albeit creamier, milk. I'll report back tomorrow on how it goes.

Day 4

Weight: 145.0 = 1.3 lbs lost

I tried Slim Fast with soy milk today and let me tell you, it's fabulous! I started drinking soy milk while I was nursing my son, as he is sensitive to dairy. The taste, when plain, does taste different from the skim milk I was accustomed to because it's creamier. I've always liked it, but some people are put off by it when they see it, as it has a slightly yellow/beige tint to it. If I told you that you were drinking Slim Fast 3 2 1 with 2% milk, however, you would totally believe me, because that's what Slim Fast with soy milk tastes like.

  • 8:30 a.m.: Slim Fast 3 2 1 Chocolate Royale Shake (170 cal.—woohoo, saved 30 calories since I used light soy milk)
  • 10:40 a.m.: Slim Fast Crunch Bar (100 cal.)
  • 12:30 p.m.: Slim Fast 3 2 1 Chocolate Royale Shake (170 cal.)
  • 3:30 p.m.: Apple (110 cal.)
  • 6:30 p.m.: one bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal with soy milk (190 calories)
  • 8:30 p.m.: one mini Blizzard from Dairy Queen, peanut butter cup (390 calories)
  • 9:00 p.m.: Light yogurt (110 cal.—didn't want to eat this, but had to take it with medication)

TOTAL: 1130 calories

I was a little hungry today on Slim Fast; mainly this occurred between breakfast and my first snack. I got busy at work after a while, though, and didn't really notice it. I should drink more water throughout the day as that would probably help.

What Is the Best Way to Prevent Lumps in a Slim Fast Shake?

Use a shaker. Most come with a little wire whisk-ball that helps dissolve the powder so that there are no lumps. I made sure to get two so that I always have a clean one on-hand. Because if it's clean, you are more likely to stick to the plan. I admit that sometimes I like the little powder lumps in my drink though (is that strange?). If you prefer a smooth, creamy drink, be sure to get a shaker.

Day 5

Weight: 145.0 = 1.3 lbs lost (no change)

One thing I don't like about the Slim Fast container that I have is that the scooper is oddly almost too big to get a good scoop. I have the 12.83 oz. canisters, and it is difficult to get a full scoop with the amount of space this container has. It's definitely doable, but it's just a little irritating to me. I might figure out how many scoops it takes from my son's formula canister to equal a scoop of Slim Fast and then use that scooper. We'll see.

  • 8:15 a.m.: Slim Fast 3 2 1 Chocolate Royale Shake (170 cal.)
  • 9:30 a.m.: Light string cheese (60 cal.)
  • 12:30 p.m.: Slim Fast 3 2 1 Chocolate Royale Shake (170 cal.)
  • 1:30 p.m.: Packet oatmeal (160 cal.)
  • 3:30 p.m.: Apple (110 cal.)
  • 7:00 p.m.: One hamburger with bacon and cheese bits—no bun (500 calories, guesstimate)
  • 9:00 p.m.: Light yogurt (110 cal.)

TOTAL: 1280 calories

I definitely stayed fuller today. I was worried when I was adding up the total calories that I'd be somewhere in the 1400 range, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. The oatmeal, hamburger, and string cheese all gave me some extra protein today that helped me stay full.

Day 6

Weight: 144.8 = 1.5 lbs lost

Since I didn't lose any weight yesterday, I was eager to see what I weighed this morning. I lost another .2 pounds. I'm not really worried if there are days that I don't lose, or even if there are days that I go up. Changes in the weather, salt intake, or other factors can really throw a wrench into things. You have to look at it as a whole and not daily.

  • 8:00 a.m.: Slim Fast 3 2 1 Chocolate Royale Shake (170 cal.)
  • 9:30 a.m.: Red grapes (110 cal.)
  • 12:00 p.m..: Slim Fast 3 2 1 Chocolate Royale Shake (170 cal.)
  • 1:30 p.m.: Packet oatmeal (160 cal.) + Slim Fast Crunch Bar (100 cal.)
  • 4:00 p.m.: Apple (110 cal.)
  • 7:00 p.m.: Chicken chalupa casserole (500 calories, guesstimate)
  • 8:30 p.m.: Light yogurt (110 cal.)

TOTAL: 1260 calories

Today I walked around the block after work since it was a nice night. The total trek was just under a mile, so nothing to brag about, but it was good to get moving.

Day 7

Weight: 144.6 = 1.7 lbs lost

Here's where this review becomes a little less like a Slim Fast review because it's hard to stay on plan on the weekends (at least for me). My family and I usually go out to lunch, and we always eat as a family on the weekends. My plan is to not go crazy but not to be strictly on Slim Fast. Plus, I have a baby shower to go to, and I'll be darned if I'm not eating some of that cake.

  • 8:30 a.m.: Light yogurt (110 cal.)
  • 9:30 a.m.: Light string cheese (60 cal.)
  • 1:00 p.m.: One turkey sandwich (290 cal.), a few mini-quiches (300 cal.), one hot dog (50 cal.), cake, and ice cream (300 cal.)
  • 6:30 p.m.: Chicken chalupa casserole leftovers (500 cal., guesstimate)
  • 8:00 p.m.: Mini Blizzard from Dairy Queen, peanut butter cup (390 cal.)

TOTAL: 2000 calories

I was laughing as I was adding this all up, and I actually expected it to be above 2,000 calories. For my height (5'4"), 2,000 calories isn't exactly great for weight-loss, but I wouldn't categorize it as horrible, especially since I walked around the block three (yes, three!) times today (this was just over two miles). Walking doesn't burn a ton of calories, but every bit helps. In case you didn't notice, I didn't have any Slim Fast today.

Day 8

Weight: 144.3 = 2 lbs lost

Today was a really busy day, and I didn't have much time for real food—I know many of you won't want to eat cereal for meals, but it really works for me. It's quick and offers quite a bit of variety, so I can't complain.

  • 9:30 a.m.: Light yogurt (110 cal.) and light string cheese (60 cal.)
  • 1:00p.m.: Raisin Bran + 3/4 c. soy milk (190 cal.)
  • 3:30 p.m.: Slim Fast Chocolate Royale Shake with soy milk (170 cal.)
  • 5:00 p.m.: Raisin Bran + 3/4 c. soy milk (190 cal.)
  • 6:00 p.m.: One bag of kettle corn (280 cal.)

TOTAL: 1000 calories

I had a hefty day in terms of eating yesterday, but today I had far too few calories. I probably should have nixed one of my Slim Fast meals and had something more substantial. However, I should note that I was not hungry, likely due to all the running around I did.

Day 9

Weight: 144.3 = 2 lbs lost

No weight loss for today—darn it. But I can't expect to lose every day.

  • 8:30 a.m.: Light yogurt (110 cal.)
  • 9:45 a.m.: Apple (110 cal.)
  • 1:00 p.m.: Salad at work (700 cal.—guesstimate)
  • 3:30 p.m.: Slim Fast Crunch Bar (100 cal.)
  • 7:00 p.m.: Two hard-shell tacos (500 cal.)

TOTAL: 1520 calories

Today was just okay. I was kind of mad at myself that I've been off-course from the Slim Fast plan for the past few days. My calories as a whole have been okay, but I'm determined to stay on plan for the rest of this week (I hope!).

Day 10

Weight: 142.5 = 3.8 lbs lost

Yay! A big loss today from yesterday, but, usually, when your body does this, it's readjusting. Since it takes 3,500 calories burned to slash one pound, there's no way I did that yesterday alone. Maybe I was retaining water the past few days and my weight was elevated or today was kind of a fluke. We'll see tomorrow.

  • 8:00 a.m.: Light yogurt (110 cal.)
  • 9:35 a.m.: Apple (110 cal.)
  • 1:00 p.m.: Slim Fast with soy milk (170 cal.—guesstimate)
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fun size M&Ms (105 cal.)
  • 2:00 p.m.: Birthday cake (800 cal.)
  • 6:30 p.m.: Two slices of cheese pizza (500 cal.)

TOTAL: 1795 calories

Yikes. Okay, so it's not completely horrible but not where I wanted to be. Today was a coworker's birthday, and we had an awesome cookies and cream cake. You'll notice I have my calories (guesstimated) at 800—that's because I had two pieces. Yes, two! I'm the kind of person that once I assume I've blown it for the day, I totally go off-course; this is why I had pizza but 500 calories for dinner isn't too bad.

Day 14

Weight: 142.0 = 4.3 lbs lost

At this point, I'm pretty sure you can tell that I eat the same thing (more or less) every day. I won't bore you with the details of my calories intake anymore! I'm excited that Slim Fast is working, and that it's been relatively painless!

Back "on the wagon" and still down two pounds post-holidays

Back "on the wagon" and still down two pounds post-holidays

Slim Fast Review: Day 53

Weight: 144.0 = 2.3 lbs lost

So, you may have noticed that I haven't posted in a while. This is the "busy time" at my job, and that combined with the holidays (i.e. family in town, daycare closed, lots and lots of cookies making the house smell delicious) means I've been slacking at posting.

I'm still down about two pounds from where I started. I got more of my Slim Fast, so I'm back on. Throughout my hiatus, I still drank one shake a day approximately five days per week, usually for breakfast. Now I'll go back to two shakes/day to get back on track.

Curious about what I ate today?

  • 8:00 a.m.: 2% Fage Strawberry Greek Yogurt—this stuff is fantastic! (120 cal.)
  • 9:00 a.m.: Slim Fast with soy milk (170 cal.—guesstimate)
  • 12:30 p.m.: One light string cheese + Slim Fast with soy milk (230 cal.)
  • 2:30 p.m.: One piece of something that had chocolate, peanuts, and marshmallows (approx. 200 cal.?)
  • 5:00 p.m.: Large salad with 3 oz. chicken, light greek dressing, and a sprinkling of cheese (approx. 300 cal.)
  • 8:30 p.m.: One Banana Baby (130 cal.)

TOTAL: 1150 calories

This is a bit less than I would like to be at calories-wise (don't want my body to go into starvation mode, but overall, I'm pleased). Have you ever heard of Banana Babies? They are so good—milk or dark chocolate dipped bananas! I get them at my local grocery store.

Day 56

Weight: 143.8 = 2.5 lbs lost

Today I did a lot of running around—you might think I was getting ready for some big party since it's New Year's Eve but nope. Rest assured, I will likely be in bed by 10 p.m., much like usual. Because I ate a lot of little things throughout the day and at odd times (I had the munchies, to boot), I wasn't able to keep track very well, so I won't try to write down what I ate today here. My family and I ended up staying out longer in the afternoon than we originally planned, so I didn't have Slim Fast for lunch today, only for breakfast.

I did a lot of walking today, too (a few times around the block with the kiddo as well as a lot of walking when we visited downtown today). I would like to add more physical activity to my daily routine to complement my Slim Fast.

Day 58

Weight: 143.3 = 2.8 lbs lost

I absolutely hate being on a "diet" on the weekends—I don't want to place blame (because really, it's me that puts food into my mouth), but since my husband isn't on a diet and eats whatever he wants, it doesn't make for a fun weekend. We usually go out on the weekends, typically for lunch. I know I don't have to drink Slim Fast for lunch every single day—I could instead make smart choices—and it makes it exceedingly difficult when we are sitting at Moe's, and I'm staring at my husband's plate of nachos. Ah, I digress. I'm looking forward to getting back to work this week so that my eating can be a bit more controlled. I figure that being on Slim Fast could help me lose 1.5 - 2 lbs. per week if I put my mind to it.

Let's see how the numbers stack up today.

  • 7:00 a.m.: Slim Fast (170 cal.)
  • 8:00 a.m.: Apple with 1 tbsp. peanut butter (200 cal.—guesstimate)
  • 12:30 p.m.: Slim Fast and some of my husband's nachos (400 cal.—guesstimate)
  • 3:30 p.m.: One light string cheese (60 cal.) and one Auntie Anne's Original Pretzel (340 cal.—darn the mall!)
  • 5:30 p.m.: Cereal and milk (190 cal.)
  • 7:00 p.m.: Ice cream (250 cal.)

TOTAL: 1610 calories

Day 56: I look less bloated, no?

Day 56: I look less bloated, no?

Day 65

Weight: 142.3 = 3.8 lbs lost

So it's been a week, and I've lost one pound. You might be thinking, "one measly pound?" but I'm okay with it. Mainly because I've discovered something: I hate being on a diet on the weekends. It's semi-easy for me to eat well throughout the week, but the second the weekend comes around, any Slim Fast plans I may have had go out the window. For me, it's just too difficult to drink them (no matter how delicious they are!) while my husband eats "real" food. I suppose I could eat a sensible lunch and then do a shake for dinner, but for some reason, that's hard for me.

I'd say on any given weekend, I have one splurge meal (when I say splurge, I go all out). This past weekend we did pizza and breadsticks. The next day I didn't eat horrible, but I didn't drink any Slim Fast. So, for basically one pound lost with being off-diet on the weekend, I'm OK with it.

I know I could lose more if I tried harder, but I'm happy with the slow and steady approach. I think I'm more apt to stick with Slim Fast long-term (i.e. reach my goals) if I don't beat myself up over it.

Tomorrow I plan to actually try a workout DVD before going to work (gulp). As long as my son sleeps through the night tonight, I'll do it at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow. He's been teething bad and crying every now and again in the middle of the night and waking me up. I know, excuses right?

Day 77: I'm down 6.5 lbs since I started. Now do you see a difference? I do!

Day 77: I'm down 6.5 lbs since I started. Now do you see a difference? I do!

Day 90

Weight: 136.9 = 9.4 lbs lost

Goodbye 140s...hello 130s. Ok, I'm at the very top of this, but still, it's good to see a three as the middle number on the scale finally. It's also good to know that even though I don't follow the Slim Fast plan exactly, I can still achieve good results. Slowly but surely is the name of the game with Slim Fast.

Right now, I've been drinking it in the mornings on the way to work, but for lunch, I've been opting for a salad rather than the shake (some days I'll do the shake). My salad is usually pretty basic: romaine lettuce, chicken (I like the Short Cuts Chicken [by Perdue, I think]) since it's already cooked and chopped. I get them at my local wholesale club, so they aren't much more expensive than buying regular chicken breasts, and a light dressing. I'm too lazy to chop up vegetables, but occasionally I'll throw in some red onion or even some peanuts.

I like that Slim Fast helps keep me fuller throughout the day, even on days when I don't drink the shake for lunch. Slim Fast works for me in two ways: it revs me up in the morning for breakfast, and it teaches me portion control.

Losing weight is all about calories in vs. calories out, right? If a shake is about 200 calories, then I know that if I forgo a shake for lunch, I need to stay around 200 calories. Now I can eyeball a salad and know what's around that range. Because my portions have been more in control, I've been able to eat less when I do indulge in a big meal. Tonight my husband and I went to Outback Steakhouse for dinner. I couldn't finish my dinner because my body wasn't used to consuming that much anymore. Score one for Slim Fast! I will admit that I most certainly indulged in some cheese fries tonight.

One reader wrote me and told me that I wasn't losing weight very quickly. This is both true and false. I'm losing about one pound per week, and as I've mentioned in previous entries, this is a-ok by me. Better to do it slowly and keep it off than crash diet and gain it all back. Also, I don't have a ton of weight to lose. Those who have, for example, 100 pounds to lose will lose a lot more at first than someone with ten or 20 pounds to lose. There are other programs out there where you may be able to lose more quickly, however, I like that Slim Fast is sustainable (and cheap!).

Oh, and for those of you wondering, I did, in fact, get up and work out that day I said I would. But, I've only done it twice total. It's just so hard to get out of bed. But the DVD that I got is fantastic and only takes up 20 minutes of my time! I really need to do it more as exercise is always the key to great results. Bonus: it's less than $8!

Love This Workout DVD

one jean size down!

one jean size down!

Day 100

Yes! I'm officially down one jean size! I've only lost a few pounds in the past few weeks on the Slim Fast plan (remember, I'm following it loosely), but I'm excited to report that I'm down one size in jeans.

I'm curious to know what you all think of my picture—it almost looks like there is no change, however, I am wearing the smaller pair of jeans than in the other pictures. I think my rear looks smaller, too.

In fact, that's the part I wish you guys could see the most. I had a baby about a year ago, and I find my stomach is the last place where I lose weight—-it always comes off first in my upper thigh/rear end area. Unfortunately, those don't make for pretty pictures, and it's hard to see with jeans. But if you compare my latest pictures with the one from before I started Slim Fast, I think you will see a difference.

I'm still loving Slim Fast since it gives me a ton of energy to start the day!

Some more changes

Some more changes

Slim Fast Review: Day 115

Weight: 135.1 = 11.2 lbs lost

Alright, when I first snapped this picture and looked at it by itself, I was kind of disappointed. Sure, I knew I wasn't 100% keeping up with Slim-Fast. I had to travel for work and when you're eating with business partners, it's hard to whip out a canned meal! Bottom line: I was prepared for a bit of disappointment even though I had lost a bit more weight.

But when I actually compared the images side by side, I was excited! The changes are subtle (no one on the street would notice), but I see some definite changes in my body. You can see there is a bit more room in my jeans in the tummy area. Also, my belly was somewhat more "up and down" in the last picture, whereas in this one it curves in ever-so-slightly. Yea!

I've been keeping up with the 30-Day Shred, too. Nothing hard-core (I haven't had the time), but maybe twice per week. So that's a total of working out for about 40 minutes per week. The 30-Day Shred is a program in which you are supposed to do for—you guessed it—30 days. But, it has been building a bit of muscle for me, which I think is definitely helping.

I've been trying to make smart choices with food, but it doesn't always happen. I do find when I drink Slim Fast in the morning, it sets me on the right track for the rest of the day. I'm more apt to make a smart lunch choice if I've had one of my shakes...mostly because I don't want to waste what I already set out to do for the day.

Let me know what you think of my progress when comparing the pictures—do you see a difference?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

What's Your Weight Loss Story? Please Post Your Slim Fast Review If You Have One (Or Leave Encouragement!)

Lauren (author) from Florida on March 31, 2019:

Congrats!

Elaine on March 27, 2019:

It took me 1 1/2 years, but I went from 199 lbs to 134 lbs. I did two shakes a day and got off most starches. I was wearing a size 18 and went down to a size 4-6. Felt wonderful.

Then had a tragedy in the family and gain about 30 lbs over 10 years. I am back on Slim Fast and doing the powder and frozen fruit smoothies. I am of course older now, but since it worked once, I am hopeful that it will work again at age 69.

Will on August 02, 2018:

You are hot.

eddie on September 25, 2014:

Good for you...!! You look great and you sure do have a nice looking waistline and look fantastic in those jeans..! Congrats..!

williamslaw on April 30, 2014:

Well, good work but I believe exercise is the best form of losing weight.

BevChap on February 17, 2014:

Just read this - great stuff! Will try!

juliarosa on February 01, 2014:

Losing weight and wanting to is not enough.

Many people don't realize, the success comes a lot from your mind. Where your mind is, is where your body is going to follow.

You have to eat, breathe, sleep your goal(s) in life.

Do you have a picture of what you want to look like? Grab a picture from the internet of a body that you want to strive for and paste your head on it. Put this picture in at least 3 places in your home that you see every day. Make sure it's in front of you always.

Become more conscious of your decisions. What you put in your mouth, what you put in your head.

I am doing a program just for women that I found at inshapenow.net. Excellent support as well from other women who have done this lifestyle program.

anonymous on December 04, 2013:

Wishing you every success for your weightloss goals. The key is always consistency. Take it one day at a time and try to find foods that can really boost your metabolism and drink heaps of water. Don't give up- you can do it!

fanaticforfitness on November 17, 2013:

Everyone wishing to lose weight should keep a diary like this one. Logging your progress definitely keeps you motivated and as you see the pounds come off you become inspired to try harder

QuicklyLoseFat on November 07, 2013:

Thanks so much for sharing your journey!!! In response to "I can't 100% say that Slim Fast has been THE thing that is helping me lose weight" maybe you should consider a long-term program to help with your weight loss. For permanent, weight loss look at programs with both diet and exercise advice. One that worked well for me was at quicklylosefat.org but decide for yourself and if Slim Fast works for you then keep it up.

RusselHowe on November 07, 2013:

It is very important that you schedule your day to find some time to workout and eat properly. By planning your day in the morning, you can pack a healthy meal and still have time to exercise. Always use the proper form when you are exercising your biceps. The right way to do biceps curls is with your wrists bent backward just slightly. When you release, transfer to normal positioning slowly. This helps to build the bicep muscle properly and efficiently.

anonymous on August 27, 2013:

Great review! I like that you listed your daily calorie intake as I think a lot of people that go on meal replacement diets don't think too much about the extras on top of the shake that are consumed in a day.

Great tip about the soy milk, I'm going to try it out!

I have been on the diet for a week and lost 1kg which is 2.204lb. I was on the celebrity slim diet earlier which was tasty and very effective (8kg/17.63lb in 12 weeks) however, it is quite expensive so I switched to slim fast, and so far I am happy with it. I stick to the daily calorie intake militantly Monday to Friday,and working bar work at night, I have my main meal for lunch and a shake for dinner when I'm working which is very convenient.

I give myself a break on the weekends only replacing one meal a day and allowing myself a few drinks. I used to love drinking rum and cola, beer, cider, you name it, but I try to stick to vodka with soda water with a slice of fresh lime or wine which are far lower in calories (less than 1/4 if you compare rum and coke to vodka soda).

Working in a bar and being allowed free soft drinks while I'm working started an absolute addiction to coca-cola, but since dieting, I'm really happy with iced water, if I want something fizzy I have soda water or sparkling mineral water, adding a slice of lemon or lime sometimes for a refreshing twist and if I need a little caffeine boost I allow myself a coke zero occasionally. It sounds boring but my habits have definitely changed for the better.

The other thing that I really love about the slim fast diet is the 3 daily snacks! I really enjoy the slim fast snacks for when I'm on the go, and when I'm at home I enjoy eating fresh veg with a little but of hummus, or a little bit of cheese or some fruit and natural yoghurt. When I'm at work of an evening I put 2 tbs fat free natural yoghurt in my shake and I find that I'm full from 7pm until bedtime which can be anywhere between 12am and 4am!

anonymous on August 14, 2013:

That shit don't work, my mom tired it and goy no results that's why she went to crys.

anonymous on August 05, 2013:

Slim fast is HORRIBLE! Read the ingredients! Why not just eat clean and smaller portions?

lauxeck on July 19, 2013:

Nice review! Did you know that I've never knew about Slim Fast products Lol? but I can tell you that whatever I'm focused on doing there will be distractions and I think this quote can empower you even more on your journey!

"If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!" T. Harv. Eker

mariacarbonara on July 19, 2013:

Im just not very good at dieting at all cos I like my food too much. But exercise I can do all day long

ItsTimeToBurn on July 12, 2013:

I tried it a long time ago, and had mixed feelings about it. Like you I wasn't 100% sure it was the slim fast that was working, as I was just generally very conscious of my weight and diet at the time. Great lens though :)

inkserotica on July 05, 2013:

I've tried Slim Fast in the past but couldn't continue with it. I'm now on the 5:2 diet which is working well with me though my weight loss has stalled. Incidentally, I think an apple is closer to 50 calories which will alter your overall calories intake; could be for the better sometimes! :)

anonymous on June 26, 2013:

Interesting article; thanks! I was curious about Slim-fast; I need to lose about 20 pounds before school starts in August because once I'm in school I don't have time to cook or money for healthy food. So now I am considering trying this diet just for the next 2 months.

How long would you say that people can realistically stay on this plan?

anonymous on June 26, 2013:

Like you, I enjoy slim fast on a supplemental basis. 1) I can't afford it and 2) I can't stand to have the same eating routine day in and day out. A year or two ago, I lost almost 10 lbs quite quickly drinking a green monster (spinach, banana, greek yogurt) smoothie for breakfast and slim fast for lunch. I've put that all back on and am trying to get back into the swing of things. I still prefer to eat whole foods for meals, but I have INSANE cravings for ice cream during the summer. Last night I was almost out the door to get a milkshake, when I decided to head into my kitchen instead. Blended a frozen banana, scoop of french vanilla powder and milk and enjoyed it with some air popped popcorn. It felt positively decadent. I'm currently drinking the same thing for lunch (with a little of this morning's coffee blended in to give me an afternoon pick me up.) Seriously encourage y'all to try it!

anonymous on June 25, 2013:

This blog is very encouraging!! I am looking to start slimfast at the end of the month and plan to stick to it for a while... I would like to lose 70-80 pounds, but will be happy with any loss( currently a little over 200lbs) can't wait to start

anonymous on June 23, 2013:

@anonymous: Please let me know how slim fast worked compared to herbal life . I was going to try slim fast too due to it brin so much cheaper! My email is Rousseau.joelle@gmail.com

jensimmons121 on June 12, 2013:

Wow, super motivational stuff here. It really inspires me to read your progress. Keep it up hun :)

anonymous on June 11, 2013:

@anonymous: I am at 164 and would love to be 145..... I did lost 5lb this week though so positive start :-) good luck

anonymous on June 07, 2013:

I love your review it helps me and many people . I was super thin I just had my daughter I lost 30 pounds but I'm trying to lose last 15 . So I been on slim fast almost 2 weeks already lost 7 pounds . I am going to start running this week . I'm at 145 goal 130 !!! Fingers crossed . I eat healthy food grilled chicken veggies boiled eggs . Lots of water . Just keep my calories at 1200 to 1400 . I love the zone protein bars for snacks there good and not full of crap . The fudge graham is the best !!!!

anonymous on June 02, 2013:

Hi thankyou for your slim fast review , i have just finished a three day trial on herbalife but due to the cost of the diet i have decided to give slim fast a go. I hardly hear anybody talk of slim fast so i was a little dubious as to whether it worked but just reading through your experience i can see it does, i have about 2 weeks worth so will take my start weight and see what it is but the time my supply runs out. I will post my start weight and re post my weight at the end of it , Wish me luck :0)

anonymous on June 02, 2013:

Hi thankyou for your slim fast review , i have just finished a three day trial on herbalife but due to the cost of the diet i have decided to give slim fast a go. I hardly hear anybody talk of slim fast so i was a little dubious as to whether it worked but just reading through your experience i can see it does, i have about 2 weeks worth so will take my start weight and see what it is but the time my supply runs out. I will post my start weight and re post my weight at the end of it , Wish me luck :0)

Gina Valley from Arizona on May 23, 2013:

Congratulations on your weight loss! And great lens. I've tried Slim Fast before and it takes really good. I've had a lot of success with meal replacements - I've lost 70 pounds so far!

TapIn2U on May 15, 2013:

That worked really fast. Sundae ;-)

anonymous on May 10, 2013:

Wow you're sexy nice ;)

anonymous on May 10, 2013:

Wow you're sexy nice ;)

anonymous on May 09, 2013:

You look amazing! What's with all the neg comments? You can see it on the scale and the lowered jean size, go you! I never can stick to diets but I do agree with the other poster, walking is great exercise, better on the knees than jogging/running also.

anonymous on May 09, 2013:

You people are being really mean when you say discouraging things about her review and her progress. I think she looks fantastic, although this is an old review! Mostly what I love is how she does her best and doesn't beat herself up when she screws up. This is about making a lifestyle change and there will always be days when we decide to eat something unhealthy. Work on changing yourself and leave people alone who are trying to lose weight!

anonymous on May 04, 2013:

@anonymous: You can see a difference, she has lost weight, perhaps you need glasses as well as slim fast.

anonymous on April 27, 2013:

When I was reading your review, I noticed you said walking doesn't burn many calories...that is so NOT true. So far I have lost 115 pounds and the majority of my exercise is walking...walking definitely does work. I hope no one follows the advise given in this review...

geosum on April 25, 2013:

Years ago I tried SlimFast - and Weight Watchers - and others. Played yoyo with my weight. I'm finally getting serious with it and have dropped over 80 lbs in 7 months. Healthy eating and exercise is the ticket.

anonymous on April 24, 2013:

You don't honestly look that different sorry honey:/

anonymous on April 21, 2013:

Thanks so much for this review. The fact that you showed what you ate and talked about your activity level helps me tremendously. I have been doing the slim fast diet now for 2 weeks, and I'm frustrated that I haven't lost more than 2 lbs. I forget to snack, and typically eat about 1000 calories a day, so my frustration is mounting. I am encouraged to see that you ha