Two weeks ago I started the Slimfast challenge. I had been gradually gaining weight due to a number of factors and when my clothes started to feel uncomfortable I knew it had to stop. I was hoping that by starting the Slimfast regime it would give me a good start to losing weight which I could then continue. I was also interested to see what the 3,2,1 plan would be like and if it was possible to stick to it.
The meal replacement options are either a shake or a meal replacement bar. The shakes come in banana, caramel, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, cafe lait or mocha flavours. The meal replacement bars are summer berry, chocolate peanut or chocolate crunch.
The Slimfast snacks are either sweet bars or savoury nibbles and are only 95 calories each. There are sour cream and chive pretzels, cheddar flavour bites and barbecue tortillas in the savoury range. The sweet bars are heavenly chocolate delight, chocolate nutty nougat or chocolate caramel treat.
There are plenty of recipes for the low calorie meal on the Slimfast website if you are unsure what to make.
I decided to have my healthy meal in the evening as I have to cook for the family anyway. The slimfast shake I had for breakfast and I had a chocolate snack mid morning and a savoury snack mid afternoon. I saved the other snack, which was usually fruit for mid evening. I ate the meal replacement bars for lunch.
It was really easy to carry the meal replacement bars and snacks to work and I liked the idea of knowing exactly what I had to eat during the day. The milkshakes were easy to drink for breakfast and did leave me feeling full for most of the morning. The flavours were lovely, I really liked the vanilla and caramel flavour.
The meal replacement bars were nice but it just did not feel right eating a sweet snack at lunchtime. I had a definite craving for something savoury and would have been happy with a soup. It would be great to see a range of soups added to the range. The first two days were the hardest, after that I got into the plan and began to like the routine. I did feel hungry, but not as hungry as I thought I was going to feel. I just shifted the evening meal to an hour earlier than normal and that worked fine. I must admit I had massive salads alongside my evening meals which helped to fill me up without putting me over the calorie allowance.
I didn’t weigh myself until the end of the plan as I knew I would start obsessing with the scales. I was delighted to find I had lost five pounds. This is a more than reasonable amount for two weeks and has given me an incentive to carry on losing weight. I don’t intend to stay on the Slimfast plan but will try and follow the same routine with smaller meals during the day. The challenge will be to keep the weight off and keep losing it. I found the Slimfast plan a great way to get motivated and start a diet but I don’t think I could follow it for more than two weeks.
I was sent the Slimfast products in order to try the Slimfast challenge. My opinions are my own.