Want to lose weight but not sure where to start? Here's one of diet convenience mainstays.
- Established: 1977
- Founder: Daniel Abraham
- Headquarters: Unilever in Unilever House, London
- Stock Symbol: UL
- Accessibility: Retailers and drug stores
- Diet Type: Meal replacement through shakes, bars and snacks
- Gender: Male, female
Slim-Fast made its name with meal-replacement shakes. But today it has expanded into a complete weight loss plan complete with an array of products and an organized weight loss plan.
By lending convenience and simplicity to its dieters lives, it has grown its product offering to include bars, snacks, smoothies, as well as a meal plan called Slim-Fast Optima, which provides a healthy combination of complex carbs, protein and healthier fats. For those watching their carb intake, there is a low-carb option and a low-sugar option.
The Slim-Fast plan offers 100 percent of the nutrients your body requires and typically has women consuming 1,200 calories daily. Weight loss is supported by the low-caloric intake. The Slim-Fast plan allows you to use both their products and your choice of nutritious foods to promote healthy weight loss.
Slim-Fast outlines a four-step approach to weight loss: Portion control, sensible eating, regular physical activity, and support.
By sticking to the plan, you can lose 10% of your body weight in the first six months at a rate of one to two pounds a week.PRO
- Convenience of food products for people on the go
- Variety of flavors to choose from
- Realize actual weight loss
- Calorie intake isn't unsafe
- Named #3 in the Best Commercial Diets by US News, 2011
- As with all packaged food plans, the cost will be more than if you prepare all of your own meals
- Contains aspartame
There are a variety of ways to mix-and-match the Slim-Fast foods with your food choices. The Slim-Fast plan involves six small meals/snacks every day. You are advised to use Slim-Fast products for two meals and one snack daily.
The rest of the day, you're on your own to choose healthy meals when eating out or cooking at home. No calorie counting is necessary and no foods are forbidden; you can still eat your favorites. However, lean protein, fruits, and vegetables are emphasized.
Their meal plan might look like this:
Breakfast is a Slim-Fast Smoothie with six ounces of fat-free yogurt.
Lunch is a Slim-Fast Shake or Bar, in addition to a whole-wheat english muffin topped with marinara and low-fat mozzarella.
Dinner will be your one meal with no more than 500 calories. For dinner, divide your plate in fourths- half should be vegetables, one-quarter protein and one-quarter starch, along with a salad or fruit.
While following the Slim-Fast plan, be sure to drink plenty of water and commit to regular exercise.EXERCISE
The Slim-Fast website has a thorough exercise support system that you can customize to your needs and desires.
It is recommended that you exercise 30 minutes a day to receive optimal results.CONCLUSION
Slim-Fast is one of the "veterans" in the prepackaged weight loss solution arena. They're popularly known for their meal replacement shakes, but that doesn't mean you are restricted to a liquid diet. Mix and match their products with regularly prepared healthy food, and busy people like you can find healthy weight loss success.Common Misspellings
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