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    Does SlimFast work?

    It's fall again, which means that the weight has fallen off the trees and onto my belly.

    Happens every year. Nothing has worked except waiting until the following spring/summer, when it naturally comes down to an acceptable level.

    I've done Weight Watchers a few times. It worked but made me miserable and hungry and food-obsessed the whole time.

    Was thinking about Nutri-System, but the food sounds unappetizing and, with all those preservatives and fillers, pretty unhealthy. Maybe it's low in calories, but it also sounds like it's low in health.

    This year I'm thinking about trying SlimFast.

    What have your experiences been?

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    Sure it works. But it's incredibly unhealthy, and like the majority of these things, it is not a permanent solution..

    There is no fast, easy and healthy way to lose weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazpacho View Post
    I've done Weight Watchers a few times. It worked but made me miserable and hungry and food-obsessed the whole time.

    Was thinking about Nutri-System, but the food sounds unappetizing and, with all those preservatives and fillers, pretty unhealthy. Maybe it's low in calories, but it also sounds like it's low in health.

    This year I'm thinking about trying SlimFast. What have your experiences been?
    I've enjoyed some of their energy/sweet bar type treats.

    So far as I know with SlimFast you drink the product for breakfast and lunch, then have a calorie-limited dinner. Probably you'll be miserable and hungry and food-obsessed the whole time.

    The whole thing about a diet is for it to really work, it has to be a way of life, not something you do for a limited period of time.

    If I had any answers, I'd give them but I don't. But I figure you need to
    find ways to eat that are both satisfying and low in calories. For example, I recently made a tomato soup with olive oil, chicken stock and loads of garlic. I pureed it in the food processor and ate it with freshly grated reggiano parmesan. It was heavenly and much lower in calories than the meals Mr. Japanfan usually makes. But it does have fat it in it - I think it is a mistake to cut fat out if you are trying to lose weight because the brain is hard-wired for it and abstaining leads to overeating.

    Basically, I'm trying to include more vegetable based meals in my diet. Today I bought fresh artichokes and will cook them for the first time.

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    As one British female comedian once said, 'a nutritious shake for breakfast, another for lunch and by teatime you'll be stealing chocolate from children in playgrounds!!'

    Seriously though this is one of the unhealthiest 'diets' you could possibly do. I know many who have tried it and while results can be fast, the fixation on food and permanent hunger means they are utterly miserable and eventually cave in to pigging out and end up putting twice as much back on again.

    Please don't go there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Japanfan View Post
    I've enjoyed some of their energy/sweet bar type treats.

    So far as I know with SlimFast you drink the product for breakfast and lunch, then have a calorie-limited dinner. Probably you'll be miserable and hungry and food-obsessed the whole time.
    Bleck, that doesn't sound fun at all!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gazpacho View Post
    It's fall again, which means that the weight has fallen off the trees and onto my belly.

    Happens every year. Nothing has worked except waiting until the following spring/summer, when it naturally comes down to an acceptable level.
    Hm, that's interesting. Do you know why that is? Is your diet and exercise regimen different in the spring/summer? Would there be any way to transfer some of what you do into the rest of the year?

    Sorry if that an obvious question.

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    I drink Slim-Fast shakes for breakfast quite often. I've never been able to replace both breakfast AND lunch with the shakes, but find that replacing one meal a day is manageable, especially since I'm not a big breakfast eater. They have a lot of vitamins and nutrients and I feel like it's a decent way to start a day. Probably a lot better for me than a bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwich!

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    Carnation Instant Breakfast is cheaper and, to me, tastes better. You can control the calorie count by the type of milk you use. Throw in a bowl of unsweetened steel cut oatmeal, and I can get through till dinner.
    AceOn6, the golf loving skating fan

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    ^ Wait, so you skip lunch?
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    Why not just drink a smoothie?

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    Slim Fast didn't do much for me. I drank a can....then I ate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soxxy View Post
    Slim Fast didn't do much for me. I drank a can....then I ate.
    So you got fries with that shake?
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    It'll get weight off until your body has time to switch into 'starvation' mode, on the assumption you're being deprived and it needs to hoard stores of fat.

    Nutri-System works by controlling calories. There's nothing special about the food except it's pre-portioned. You can accomplish the same thing by limiting your portions yourself.

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    The best thing to do is seriously change what you eat (if you tend to eat food that is considered pretty unhealthy) and count calories. Find out how many calories you should eat a day, and stick to it (more or less). Also, doing cardio for at least 30 minutes 3 times a week will help a lot coupled with the calorie counting. After a while, you look forward to workouts and topping yourself.

    With calorie counting, I think you should start off being meticulous in actually reporting the food you eat and adding up the calories, but if you do it for so long you become, as the OP said, "food-obsessed." I think being strict about it in the beginning gives you an idea about how many calories are in the food you usually eat and after a while, you won't need to record everything you eat anymore because you can just mentally know how much you're consuming.

    Gazpacho, it seems like you don't really have a problem with weight except in the fall/winter, is that correct? Is it because of Holiday food and/or being inside and sedentary due to the colder weather?
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    Quote Originally Posted by VIETgrlTerifa View Post
    So you got fries with that shake?

    I ate what I was going to eat anyway, but I did eat less of it because the shake is thick. Hardly the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sk8Kate View Post
    I drink Slim-Fast shakes for breakfast quite often. I've never been able to replace both breakfast AND lunch with the shakes, but find that replacing one meal a day is manageable, especially since I'm not a big breakfast eater. They have a lot of vitamins and nutrients and I feel like it's a decent way to start a day. Probably a lot better for me than a bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwich!
    I sometimes have a Slim-Fast for breakfast too. I use the powder as a base for a fruit smoothie and then add the milk, a banana and maybe a handful of sliced, frozen peaches. It's quite good and is a satisfying breakfast.

    I'm not a breakfast eater at all - I'm rarely hungry before 10 a.m. - so I figure it's a good way to get some vitamins and nutrients first thing in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danceronice View Post
    ... Nutri-System works by controlling calories. There's nothing special about the food except it's pre-portioned. You can accomplish the same thing by limiting your portions yourself.
    There are many low calorie frozen meals that also supply "automatic portion control". I used them frequently when losing weight after a heart attack.

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    I know a few who have tried Slim Fast and while they did lose about 10 lbs rather quickly they always gained it back once they stop.

    The best thing is to really commit yourself to a lifestyle change. Eat healthier and work out. Also, don't deprive yourself of yummy stuff. I've lost 30 lbs so far without using any "diet" food. M-F I prepare nutritious meals ie, grilled lean steaks, seasoned veggies, baked chicken and fish, whole grain carbs, all tasty food, I just limit my portions. Saturday or Sunday hubby and I hit up Outback Steakhouse or whatever restaurant we want. That'll be your "cheat" day. The calories of the meal may be higher but if you stayed clean all week, a yummy restaurant meal will not make a dent in your weight loss goal.

    Exercise is also big. Even just 20 minutes of high intensity interval training 3-4 days a week will work wonders! Don't be afraid of lifting weights too. Muscle burns more calories even while you're just sitting down!

    I had my 1st kid over 12 years ago and it took me that long to get back into pre-baby weight because I always thought it was so hard to lose weight. I was miserable yo-yoing weight and the diets were straight BLECH! Now that I've committed myself to this new healthier lifestyle I find that losing 1 lb. a week really isn't nearly as difficult as I made it out to be.

    Oh, and 1-2 lbs per week should be your goal. This gives your body time to adjust and help insure that you're keeping a healthy lifestyle vs those diets that claim loss of 5 even more lbs per week.

    Good luck, it's tough but the end result of great health is worth it!!

    Ooops... forgot to add.... if you're really looking for more of a "shake" meal, I suggest in buying a can of whey protein like this instead of Slim Fast. It gives you protein, some carbs, and a bunch of other vitamins and minerals. Mix it up with milk or water and you're good to go! I ♥ the cookies and cream flavor.
    Last edited by myhoneyhoney; 10-24-2011 at 04:14 PM.

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    I agree with everyone about calorie counting and exercise. There are several free online calorie counting programs that make it easy. My favorite is Calorie Count: http://caloriecount.about.com/. The also have an app for iPhone and Android, although I haven't tried them.

    I find that if I eliminate between meal snacks that I am able to maintain a healthy weight. If I'm feeling hungry in the afternoon (3pm is the time that I start looking forward to dinner), I just drink a cup of green tea or a low-fat/low-cal hot chocolate.

    Also, I've found that if I can keep my mind active in the afternoon that I'm not as likely to want a snack. Unfortunately, sometimes work can be quite the snoozer, so it can be difficult.

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    I think the best thing to do is just eat when your hungry, drink lots of water, have mostly healthy food in your house, eat salads, chicken, fruit, and exercise 4-6 days a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazpacho View Post
    but it also sounds like it's low in health.

    This year I'm thinking about trying SlimFast.
    Um, read these two phrases in sequence again.
    Quote Originally Posted by DickButtonFan View Post
    I think the best thing to do is just eat when your hungry, drink lots of water, have mostly healthy food in your house, eat salads, chicken, fruit, and exercise 4-6 days a week.
    Yes, I'm a naturally thin person, but this has been the way I've eaten all my life. Eat small meals frequently (I call it 'grazing'), eat only when you're hungry AND STOP WHEN THE HUNGER IS GONE. We don't have to follow our mom's "clean your plate" rule anymore. Sure, there's the occasion when I go out to eat and partake of more than I should, but that's the exception, not the norm. I also make sure I move my body in some way every day--thankfully my job requires that. I like to find small ways to get some physical movement, like getting off the train a stop or two early, parking farther out in the parking lot, and ALWAYS stairs over escalator.

    Whatever you choose though, good luck and good health!

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