Slim Fast have been around for over 25 years. Their weight loss plan is based on substituting meals with convenience products - such as shakes (ready-to-drink and powders), bars, and snacks. They have built their brand on their shakes - and are probably the best known weight loss liquid meal replacement program.
In recent years they have expanded into an online presence providing basic weight tracking and planning tools.
Slim Fast has many good aspects - such as encouraging exercise, drinking plenty of water, and eating often throughout the day. Many people continue using the program for years to maintain a healthy weight.
Slim-Fast 3 2 1 Plan - Low Sugar
This plan is based on 3 components.
- 3 healthy snacks a day
- 2 SlimFast Shakes or meal bars
- 1 healthy meal
Does Slim-Fast Work?
Yes it does. Research has shown that the program has caused sustained weight loss in overweight men and women.
People who followed The Slim-Fast Meal Plan routinely to lose and manage their weight were, on average, 33 pounds thinner after a decade as compared to a matched group from the same community who did not participate in the study.
Pros vs Cons
Some question meal replacement programs, suggesting that a return to "normal" foods will bring about weight gain. However this is as much to do with personal habits as it does with a particular plan.
Before the phased out Optima program came along, many questioned the high-sugar content of the shakes and bars - however it appears that Slim Fast addressed this issue with the Optima foods and now with their 3 2 1 Plan.
Slim Fast is a good way to achieve healthy portion control, and thereby lose weight.
Sample Meal Plan
|A typical day on the Slim Fast plan|
Drink plenty of water and 30 minutes exercise daily