Slim Fast is a company that offers convenient snack bars, meal bars and several varieties of meal replacement shakes for people who are looking to lose weight quickly.
Slim Fast was first started by the Thompson Medical Company in 1977 but was then acquired by Unilever in 2000. As of March 2010, Slim Fast products are available all around the world. The concept behind the Slim Fast diet is that users eat a low-calorie diet which will theoretically result in weight loss.
According to DietsinReview.com, the Slim Fast diet has a user rating of 71%. Many dieters have commented about how convenient the Slim Fast diet is and like the fact that the diet isn’t only about eating Slim Fast products, but about learning how to combine those with other healthy foods to create a good balance.
Slim Fast Diet Nutrition
An example of a food plan for a 130-pound woman on the Slim Fast diet would be three snacks (100 calories each), two shakes or meal bars and one balanced meal containing 500 calories per day. A few acceptable snacks for Slim Fast dieters include Slim Fast snack bars, nuts and fruit.
As for the shakes and meal bars, Slim Fast has an entire line of different flavored meal bars and shakes to choose from. Slim Fast diet shakes are available in both powder and ready-to-drink forms. It’s also recommended that dieters stay hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water and exercise for 30 minutes every day.
How the Slim Fast Diet Helps with Weight Loss
The Slim Fast diet uses a healthy combination of carbohydrates, proteins, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals to nourish the body and help promote weight loss. The diet plan also relies on a low-calorie meal plan to help dieters lose weight quickly, though Slim Fast does not recommend a loss of more than two pounds per week. The average Slim Fast diet plan consists of people eating just 1200 calories per day. In addition to eating a low-calorie diet, Slim Fast suggests regular exercise for faster results.
What makes Slim Fast easy for people to follow is that the foods are convenient, there really isn’t much cooking involved at all and users can register online at the Slim Fast site to create a personalized meal plan. Users also have access to a registered dietitian to answer any questions about diet and weight loss. One of the cons of the Slim Fast diet plan is that it may prove to be more expensive buying the products instead of just cooking healthy food, but that may be a small price to pay for those looking for a weight loss program that has great potential.
It’s always important to speak with a physician or other qualified professional before embarking on a new diet and/or exercise program.