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I have recently decided to lose a little bit of weight in preparation for becoming a daddy again in December. I've looked at all kinds of methods to lose weight and every time I came back to SlimFast, having tried it before on the odd occasion a few years back.
SlimFast seems to be working for me so far, helping aid my weight loss and definitely keeping me feeling fuller for longer, and it is so easy to make it doesn't really take any time out of my day which is another plus point.
When making the shake, I find it best to follow the suggestions of using skimmed milk and I also use a shaker to ensure that there are no powdery bits left when it comes to consuming the drink, and so far it's worked perfectly every time.
I have now purchased four flavours - chocolate, vanilla, banana, and strawberry. Personally for me, the strawberry one is my 3rd favourite but it tastes delicious and natural too which is a bonus. To make a thick shake to drink, make this with cold skimmed milk.
I would recommend this flavour to others.
As I mentioned in a previous review I'm currently following the slim fast diet plan.
This product is part of the breakfast/lunch items
Each tub contains 12 portions so would last up up to 12 days if you only had it as one meal a day. I would recommend having several tubs on the go at once so to speak so you don't get fed up of one flavour. I normally have 3 open.
I think this has a nice strawberry taste but if you don't mix it properly it can have a slight powder taste. Shaking it for about 20 seconds gets rids of this but if you are planning to follow the plan for awhile I would recommend a hand blender to mix properly. This does taste a bit sweet- I normally add semi skimmed milk instead of the recommended skimmed as semi skimmed contains less sugar so therefore slightly less sweet. As a diabetic I was worried about the high sugar content but with the medication I am on it has stayed in an okay range - hopefully the weight loss will make up for it being slightly higher. I do find this quite filling and don't think I will go back to over eating as I had a day off yesterday and found it hard to eat loads .
This meal contains ⅓ of your daily nutrients as part of the plan (typical values).
Per serving = 270ml (package contains 12 servings)
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**Price and where to get**
This product is widely available and costs about £5 a tub. It is on offer at the minute and the cheapest I have seen it is £2.50 . I bought mine from approvedfoods.com
Slim Fast produce milkshakes for you to replace meals with if you intend to slim down. That is their strawberry flavor which is good, you can buy it to make oneself with dairy or buy a tiny jar of ready make blood Slim Fast for if you are from the household.
I like the flavor of the Slim Fast shake that is blood because want itis zero fat it's fruity and does not taste. The preference of blood isn't flat nevertheless it tastes like additional blood milkshakes and reminds me of just one that my spouse buys from Asda particularly.
WHAT I BELIEVE
I purchase since I love to create it with a handblender to mix the powder into the milk the strawberry Slim Fast move that comes as powder. I include crushed snow up also since that produces when I consume it, it taste creamier. The dust is not difficult to mix even if you use a hand rather than a blender which is easy to ensure no dust is left inside the glass' bottom.
I do not believe that it is very filling but this is unusual for me because I believe some of the Slim-Fast flavors tend to be more stuffing than others, the vanilla one is very filling but after I've drunk a glass of blood Slim-Fast my hunger isn't decreased for extended. I've good results once I consider myself that is the same as all of the flavours and after I have been sipping strawberry Slimfast.
I decide to buy this flavour often since I like it since I prefer to simply have it's possible to of Slimfast at a time, but I do not very often obtain it and that I do not prefer to drink this strawberry one everyday for a full week. It's hardly sec in style and that I don't like this generally, I believe it is a nice flavor for lunch if I am having Slimfast for my breakfast however it is too-sweet because I don't like special food each morning.
A can of Slim-Fast strawberry milkshake costs about £6.
I approached Slim Fast with a great degree of scepticism but its been around for a long time now and lots of people use it, one assumes with some degree of success as it doesn't appear to be just another fad.
Each of the three tins supplied contains enough for 12 servings, or 6 days if your having two shakes a day. I would recommend getting two flavours, the Chocolate is thick and delicious and feels very naughty which does help as you don't feel as your depriving yourself but this Strawberry is just lovely as is.
As I say the shakes are thick, I bought a shaker mixer from Amazon and just rinse it out when done.
It does require cold milk, otherwise they are not so thick, also you need skimmed milk. To get the most flavour I would recommend UHT as I find UHT skimmed milk has the same flavour as semi-skimmed milk, the UHT process intensifies the flavour, plus it keeps for an age and can be transported without refrigeration before opening, so you can take a pack or two to work maybe?
The one thing I have been surprised about is I thought I would be craving food 5 minutes after having the shake but I have not found that at all which amazes me, my stomach hasn't rumbled once but I am definately eating less calories.
The Slim Fast snacks are great and its so nice to be able to have the odd crispy snack such as their pretzels and sweet thing like their caramel bars. Sadly as I write this Amazon fails on this as they only supply a couple of these snacks and they are over twice the price that they are in the supermarket, shame we cannot buy whole boxes and save some cash, lets hope that changes.
You can have up to three snacks a day.
Do have a balanced meal in the evening but do watch the calories, they recommend 600, but would suggest a very little bit more maybe 700/800 when getting started and reduce it down to 600 over a week or two, so its not a shock to the system.
Its early days but we will see if it brings results, pleasantly surprised so far.
WHAT IS IT?
Slim Fast make milk shakes for you to replace a meal with if you want to lose weight. This is their strawberry flavour and it is very nice, you can buy it in a can of powder to make yourself with milk or buy a small bottle of ready make strawberry Slim Fast for when you are out of the home.
I like the taste of the strawberry Slim Fast shake because it is fruity and doesn't taste like it's low fat. The taste of strawberry isn't natural but it tastes like other strawberry milkshakes and reminds me of one that my husband buys from Asda in particular.
WHAT I THINK
I buy the strawberry Slim Fast shake that comes as powder because I like to make it with a hand blender to mix the powder into the milk. I add crushed up ice also because that makes it taste creamier when I drink it. The powder is easy to mix even if you use a fork instead of a blender and it is easy to make sure no powder is left in the bottom of the glass.
I do not think it is very filling but this is strange for me because I think some of the Slim Fast flavours are more filling than others, the vanilla one is very filling but after I have drunk a glass of strawberry Slim Fast my appetite is not reduced for very long. I have good results when I weigh myself after I have been drinking strawberry Slim Fast and that is the same as all of the flavours.
I choose to buy this flavour sometimes because I like it but I do not very often buy it because I like to only have one can of Slim Fast at a time and I do not like to drink this strawberry one every day for a full week. It is very sweet in taste and I do not like that always, I think it is a nice flavour for lunch but it is too sweet if I am having Slim Fast for my breakfast because I do not like sweet food in the morning.
A can of strawberry Slim Fast powder costs about £6.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
Slim Fast shakes have been my favourite way to drop a few pounds for as long as I can remember. My weight usually stays near enough the same but only when I make a conscious effort at eating healthy and doing regular exercise.
For those times that I haven’t been so good I follow slim fast for a week or so to get my weight back down to what I want it to be.
You do Slim Fast by having a shake for breakfast and lunch and then a healthy dinner. I find that by following it properly for a week I can drop a few pounds and fit into my clothes better.
The strawberry milkshake is one of my favourites as it is just so tasty and delicious. The taste with some of the milkshakes can be a little bit too artificial and sometimes there is a bitterness which is hidden by the sweetness but you can taste it in the background and you can’t with the strawberry one. It doesn’t taste like fresh strawberries but I don’t think that there is a huge difference between this flavour of Slim Fast shake and with a normal milk shake and I think it would be very hard for people to notice that they were drinking something that is a diet drink.
The shake is very filling and I find that it fills me up just as much as my normal sandwich at work and definitely more than a salad would which I probably what I would have instead if I was trying to be healthy.
You can buy a big pack of the powder to make your own shakes but I much prefer buying them premade as I like more variety and like to drink different flavours. This is a much more expensive way of buying them but I think it is much more convenient for me and makes it easier to follow when I am at work during the week as a lot of the time I don’t have the time or the inclination to be making my own milkshake.
When I was a teenager I was always quite slim which of course I never appreciated back then. However in my mid twenties I became quite chubby after being in a relationship and eating out at restaurants all the time. When I was then single again I felt like I needed to lose weight. The Slim fast diet was recommended to me by a friend.
What to do?
A 400g carton is meant to make around 12-14 shakes. This is done by mixing a cupful of the powder with milk and giving it a good shake! Trust me, you need to get a whisk onto this thing to make sure you don't have any horrible lumps and bumps which taste disgusting. This 200 calorie meal is meant to replace one of your ordinary meals. I did it with my breakfast, and then have a calorie portioned meal while drinking lots of water.
The strawberry shake I have to say is probably the nicest one that I have tried, the others to me tasted like yeast! It's sweet and fills you up for the day, sometimes I even missed my lunch as I was full (you are not recommended to do this, it was me being daft). I would definately recommend whisking this shake though as any lumps automatically make you gag.
Does it work?
If you have great will power, yes it does work. I found that by using this, eating portioned meals and drinking water, it did help me lose weight. However you can lose weight just by being sensible and not eating rubbish. I just liked the taste of this.
You can buy a 400g carton for £6 most places which last about 12 shakes. I would recommend this diet to anyone who likes to portion control.
Just after Christmas I had put weight on like a lot of people and I had to do something to loose it.
I had herd people saying this is good for you. So I went to Asda it was on offer 2 for £10 so I have it a go. It is really easy all you need is 250ml of milk and 2 scoops of slim fast and there is a meal.
I have tried the strawberry. Chocolate. Banana and vanilla all there all nice. I like to have the chocolate one on a cold day I warm my milk up then add 2 scoops of slim fast and it's warms ur belly up in a morning.
In the first 10 days I lost 6lbs I couldn't believe it. The key with this is to drink plenty of fluids they recomend water but I don't like water so I drink lots of juice. I fort it would be hard to have a drink for 2 meals a day but honestly it's really easy. I love milk shakes so now I get 2 milkshakes a day it's a winner.
You can buy slim fast from a lot of places. Tesco. Asda. Morrisons. Sainsburys ECt b n m sometimes have them and they are normally cheap there so I stock up.
One tins last for 12 meals.
Only thing I would recommend is don't put the slim fast in before the milk as when you come to shake it up it doesn't all mix the powder sticks to the bottom of the shaker.
I would defiantly recommend buying a shaker they are about £1.50 from sports direct.
It gives you a smoother drink than stirring it with a fork
After having a very indulgent weekend away I am back on the Slim Fast as my clothes just keep getting tighter and tighter and I find I am wearing the same two pairs of trousers which are the only ones which fit properly. Also I am going on holiday in around twelve weeks so my plan is to lose at least one pound a week from now until then, which sounds feasible so I don't know why it is so hard to put into practice!
I have used Slim Fast products on and off for years and I do like them as I know that I am getting the nutrients and vitamins that I wouldn't be getting from eating just salad (or not eating at all) and although they don't fill me up completely I do feel as though I have had a snack and if I have one at lunchtime it will usually stave off the hunger until my evening meal.
I bought this tub of strawberry Slim Fast from Boots for £2.97 when it was on offer at half price but I probably wouldn't pay the full price for it. They also do it in chocolate, vanilla and banana flavour which I have tried them all over the years. I do love the taste of strawberries though and this is probably my favourite of them all. The tub contains enough powder to make twelve meals so this only works out at 25p a serving plus the cost of the milk (but if you have it at work like I do the milk is free!)
The tub contains a small plastic scoop which makes it easy to use the correct amount and then you simply add two scoops to 250ml of skimmed milk. You can get a special Slim Fast shaker, or any shaker really to mix it up but I prefer just to use a glass and a spoon but this is down to personal choice. I find that the powder dissolves quickly however there always seems to be a small amount left by the time you get down to the bottom of the glass which I assume settles to the bottom naturally.
It has quite a strong smell of strawberries which is pleasant and although it is sweet it doesn't taste too artificial. I find that using two scoops make quite a thick drink which is quite creamy for a diet drink. It contains calcium, copper, iron and zinc, and vitamins A, B12, C, D, E so you are getting nutrients that you would get from eating a normal meal but this only contains 217 calories.
I think that this is suitable for short term use and for one meal a day, and personally I don't think that I could use it long term or for more than one meal a day as I do like to eat regular meals however in the past I have lost quite a bit of weight using Slim Fast by just replacing one meal and I hope I can do this again. It is widely available from supermarkets, chemists and online and you can usually get it on offer somewhere if you shop around. Slim Fast is a well known and popular meal replacement and it works (as long as you don't cheat!)
Compared to other slimming powders I have to say Slim Fast is the easiest to prepare its simple all you do is measure 250ml of milk I prefer skimmed milk and 2 scoops of the milkshake powder. Slim fast is a replacement meal and I have one on a morning and one for lunch followed by a healthy tea snacking on fruit and veg throughout the day. I normally pay around £4 a tub from Savers or Body care and sometimes Boots and Superdrug when they have them on offer. The main thing I like about slim fast is that you can get a few different flavours eg. Vanilla, Banana, Cholocate, Caramel and so on. Personally I like to mix a scoop of the strawberry with a scoop of vanilla - just for a change. I've never had any issues with using Slim Fast apart from going to the loo a bit more regular but that can't be so bad? Once I have given my milkshake a good shake I add a few ice cubes as for some reason I just find it makes it taste better. I have lost weight using this product however I wouldn't stay on it long term - you can't possibly have a shake everyday for the rest of your life just to keep the weight off! Overall - yes I would recommend this product.
Its that time of year again when I decide that I need to lose a few pounds, I am not very good at watching what I eat and find that I achieve the best results when I follow some sort of plan so when I spotted that Boots had the Slimfast range reduced by half price, I decided this would be my choice.
===Price & availability===
A 438g tub retails for around £5.95 and measures a little smaller that a tin of SMA formula milk. Each tub is designed to give 12 servings and because you should have two servings per day, it will last for just under a week, which I think works out excellent value for money at around 50p a meal (you do have to factor in the cost of milk, but even still, it is less than £1 for a meal)
The tins are widely available from supermarkets, high street chemist such as Boots & Superdrug and even places such as Amazon sell this to. I would always recommend keeping an eye open for offers as quite recently, this is reduced or on offer.
===How to use===
The tin is predominantly pink in colour, topped with a red lid which is easily removed. Underneath the lid is a metal covering with a ring pull on top to open (a bit like on a tin of soup). When this is removed, you are greeted with a nice strawberry aroma from the pink powder which is a little thinner than washing powder.
Inside the tub comes a clear plastic scoop, you simply add two of these to 250ml of skimmed milk, shake or whisk up and its ready to drink. When I first started to follow the plan, I used to use a whisk but this became a bit of a pain, especially when I was at work, I also found that my arm would start to ache really quickly so eventually I would give up and end up with a lumpy shake. The instructions recommend you use a blender, which again isn't ideal in an office environment so I decided to invest in a shake drinks bottle which made things a lot easier (apart from the first time I used when I didn't screw the lid on properly and ended up with strawberry milk all over me and the kitchen).
Each shake contains 217 calories when made up using skimmed milk (which is recommended), and according to SlimFast is designed to give you one third of your daily nutritional intake.
The SlimFast plan is really easy to follow; you simply have a shake for breakfast and lunch, followed by a healthy evening meal of less than 600 calories. Throughout the day, you can also have 2 healthy snacks (such as fruit) or SlimFast do offer their own range of bars, crisps etc which you can eat instead, I tend to have fruit as I do find SlimFast snacks are a little on the pricey side.
I really like that there is a free website, www.slimfast.co.uk where you can enter your details, track your weight loss, get help with recipe ideas and online support from a community of helpers which I find really motivational. I find this gives me the support I need, just like a weekly slimming club but without the weekly £5 cost.
In order to get the best taste from the drink, I find that the best way is to give it a really good shake. I have a Celebrity Slim Shaker drinks bottle which I use and I find that after a 30 seconds shaking this, the milkshake turns really thick and surprisingly (especially because I use skimmed milk), it turns really creamy. I would say this is on par with café brought milk shake and by doesn't taste like it is slimming at all.
There is no doubt that the flavour is strawberry, from the instant smell when making up and when drinking.
I am really happy with the taste of the shake and more importantly, they do actually fill me up. Despite the fact that SlimFast state that the tin contains 12 shakes, I quite often find that the tin last me about 8 days (16meals), I must admit, I don't ensure that the scoops are level all the time but despite this, the shakes still taste lovely.
===Does it work===
Yes, within my first week of using this, I managed to use 8lb and on subsequent weeks, I have lost on average 1.5-2lbs which I think is really good and on par with other diets I have followed in the past. I find that it also educates me into looking at the calorie content of my main meals and snacks which other plans haven't.
I just need to stay motivated now to stick to it!
Overall, I cannot find any faults with the product and I would recommend this at give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
Slim.Fast comes in a variety of flavours and also comes as powder or premade drinks. I had recently tried a well known protein weight loss drink however it was making me violently sick after drinking it so I had to give up and try another. I was about apprehensive at first when I purchased this drink as I went from a 1kg tub costing £45ish of the other branded product to this product which was half the size but cost a fraction of the price at £2.97 from boots online.
The packaging itself is incredibly simple it's a simple carton with lid and inside you get a scoop to ensure you are using the correct measurements, which for this drink is 2 scoops added to milk. I always use less milk to make it thicker and find it more filling this way. The taste isn't similar to normal strawberry milkshake it can have a bit of a nasty taste if its too thin, I always have to down it because I'm not keen on the taste, I have bought other flavours in the range but I am going to wait until I've finished this tin before trying them.
The shake is for meal replacement and its recommended for weight loss that you take 3 slim fast snacks 2 slim fast shakes and 500cal meal. However being 49kgs I use slim fast once a day for my lunch and I have a healthy breakfast and tea with 2/3 healthy snacks during the day. I find that it does fill me up and it also contains alot of vitamins but I take multivitamins aswell as sometimes I don't always get what my body needs.
I've lost about 3lb in a month which is good for me I'm not using them as a necessary weight loss product but to help me maintain a healthy life style while I am training. I think if you were to do the 3 2 1 diet you could lose quite a bit with exercise.
Something I would recommend though is to make the drinks in shaker bottles to prevent lumps as when I've been in a rush I had made them in a glass and when you get near the end the lumps are pretty disgusting. I don't have this problem if I make it in a shaker bottle.
You are advised to use skimmed milk however I used semi skimmed as I'm not a big fan of skimmed milk and as I'm not using it primarily for weight loss I don't think it is affecting the way it works for me personally. In each tub you get 12 servings so its a bargain for
It is not recommended that diabetics or pregnant women use this unless they have consulted their GP.
The only negative I can think of when I see this product is that it has a larger amount of sugar that you would expect in a weight loss product but as long as you don't eat alot of sugary products during the day then you will not exceed you daily recommended amount.
Part of my ongoing attempt to lose weight and eat healthier saw me resort to trying the Slimfast diet after the excesses of Christmas. Spurred on by the special offers available instore at my local Morrisons I was determined to get rid of the pounds I'd gained over the festive period and now that January is over I thought it a good time to share my experiences of this shake-based meal replacement plan.
Slimfast as a brand has been around for many years now, originally it was just available as a powdered shake to add to milk but nowadays it has expanded to include snacks and other 'Slimfast' branded products specifically designed to help you part with your cash. I must admit that I have dallied with it in the past and though it's not something I can stick with for very long I do think its effective if not monotonous way to lose a bit of weight. I do think the simplicity behind the plan takes a lot of guesswork away from those wanting to lose weight or don't want to join a slimming club which relies on counting points (Weightwatchers) or 'Syns' (Slimming World) plus, it's quite cost effective when compared to the competition.
These days it's promoted as a '3-2-1' plan, the idea behind it being that 2 of your 3 meals a day should be a Slimfast shake and the other a healthy 600 or 800 calorie meal depending if you're a man or a woman. Essentially the Slimfast plan is a calorie restricted diet, each of the shakes provides just over 200 calories so if you stick to them and add a low calorie meal your intake is approximately 1000 - 1200 calories a day. Restrict your calories, do a bit of exercise and the weight should come off. That's the science behind the theory anyway and I have to admit that it does work.
This review is for the Strawberry powdered shake sold in the 438g tin, though as mentioned there are other flavours available and this and the others can also be bought prepared in individual cans for convenience if you don't want the faff of making it up yourself. Once opened the powdered shake has the unmistakeable aroma of Strawberry, it should be added to skimmed milk (250ml is the recommended amount) and then blended to a smooth consistency - this is where problems can occur if it's not blended enough as it is prone to clumping if you don't take the time to fully mix it in and there's nothing more depressing than finding a clump of wet, sticky powder when you're trying to drink your breakfast or lunch. An electric Hand Mixer is a good option if you've got one, this blitzes the mixture together and does provide a smooth Strawberry drink or, alternatively, use either a hand whisk or bash the hell out of it with a fork - either way the drink needs to be smooth to be fully 'enjoyed' so I would recommend taking the time to prepare it correctly.
It tastes rather nice actually, mixed with Skimmed milk it has a thicker consistency than you might expect and though it's by no means a McDonalds thick shake it doesn't taste half bad. The 'problem' (for me at least) is that it's just not very much, 250ml, and as that's all you can have for 2 meals a day it is something that takes quite a bit of getting used to. This is where I struggle with Slimfast, I know that the principle is sound and it does help you to lose weight but it is a very restrictive 'diet' that I find hard to stick to. Though there are different flavours available it's not an easy eating plan to be creative with and the monotony wears thin after a few days and for me the novelty of preparing the shakes ends up being tedious and tiresome. Individual cans of ready-made shake are a good idea but they're expensive when compared to buying a tin of powder though I have been known to buy them if I'm short on time or want a day off from the preparation.
If you can stick with it then I do think the Slimfast plan is a quick way to lose weight. It does work, the shakes are nutritionally balanced so that they don't compromise your health and well being although I'm not a doctor and would always strongly suggest that individuals do their own research before attempting this or any other diet plan and my review here is based on my experiences only. I did lose weight which was my goal in the first place and when the tins were on offer at Morrisons (3 for £6) it didn't work out to be expensive so for me it was well worth doing although it isn't something that I could stick with for the long term and I'm already looking at other alternatives that aren't milkshake based.
For me the Strawberry SlimFast powder gets 4 stars a rating, yes it's a faff making up the shake and you don't get very much in portion if you are sticking rigidly to the plan but it does taste nice and there are other flavour options available should you want to mix it up a bit. It isn't a long term weight management solution for me personally but for a way to get rid of a few post-Christmas lbs it worked and I would at least recommend others to do their own research to see if it's something that would suit.
Overall, monotonous but effective. Thanks for reading my review.
Slim Fast Summer Strawberry Flavour
About Slim Fast:
Slim Fast have developed into a complete diet plan business, part of the giant Unilever Group, Slim Fast has a huge research and development and marketing team, the latter being why it is so widely available and so successful. Their current system is the 3-2-1 plan where the consumer has 3 snacks, 2 Slim Fast Meal Replacements and 1 normal low calorie meal. I cannot vouch for that system, having never embraced it, as actually, I do not believe in slimming diets! (So, you have just said to yourself, why is she reviewing this product?!).
Read on and I'll explain:
Why I Buy Slim Fast Shakes:
Every now and again, I have ended up a little bit plumper than I would like, so I needed to watch what I was eating and increase my exercise. When I was younger a failing of mine was those oh so naughty milkshakes from fast food outlets. I remember the occasions as a child being taken to a Wimpy and the excitement being the milkshake! Gran, bless her bought Nesquick when it came out, to use when we visited her house, but it was not quite the same. So having grown up (and out a bit too) one day when I was in Boots, I noticed the Slim Fast on offer and bought a tin of the Banana Flavour. I tried it at first with ice cold milk and it was OK. Slim Fast were not producing the snacks and meal bars at that time, so I never got into the whole regime. However, what I did discover was that the milk shake filled me up for a few hours. So it was an ideal lunch when I was on the move. Much later still I also discovered that I could mix it with powdered skimmed milk, so all I needed for a quick lunch was a little jar with the 2 measures of powder and 1 of powdered milk in, a mug and a tea spoon and a supply of water. Ideal for days out when I was busy. For me Slim Fast became a healthy convenience option rather than part of a slimming regime. I do now use it thought, if I need to lose a bit of extra weight in a hurry, again, I don't follow the full regime, I tend to just replace five out of seven lunches with a shake and cut carbohydrates either partially or completely for a few days. The other great thing is of course, it is a milkshake I can enjoy guilt free!
I have over the years, tried all the flavours, but Banana remains my favourite, here however, I am reviewing the Summer Strawberry.
The Summer Strawberry flavour is a definite confectioner strawberry flavour. I find it very interesting that for a slimming product one of the main ingredients is sugar. I do also, find that the Strawberry Shake is far too sweet. That is my main criticism of the whole range, with the exception of the Chocolate Shake, everything I have tried in the range, including the savoury pretzels is too sweet, the Strawberry Shake being the sweetest of all. The flavour is similar to a fast food shake or strawberry chewy sweets.
I don't know why sugar is such a main part of the product and when I first noticed I stopped buying it for a couple of years. But, I do find that the shakes are the easiest way to lose a few inches. In fact if I am sensible, by having two shake lunches a week, I can maintain a healthy weight quite easily and afford the odd cream bun or plate of chips!
Slim Fast Claim:
"A thick, refreshing strawberry flavoured sensation you can mix up and enjoy as a meal in your Slim*Fast 3*2*1 Plan. All of our Shake Mixes provide 1/3 of your required daily nutrition when mixed with skimmed milk." And "Scientifically proven".
The Slim Fast Powders are sold in quite big tins, similar to the ones baby formula comes in that stand about 113mm high, with a diameter of 100mm. They feature the red top with the Slim Fast logo, fading down to a warm orange and yellow that make up the corporate Slim Fast colour and feature splashing milk shake of the colour/flavour they contain. The plastic reusable lid covers a peal back tin ring pull lid.
The warnings on the tin are:
"If you are adolescent, pregnant, breastfeeding, have a medical condition, want to lose more than 20% of your weight then talk about your weight loss plans with your doctor or dietitian.
Slim*Fast meals are not designed to be your only food - add a balanced nutritious meal and healthy snacks every day. Can only help weight loss as part of a calorie controlled diet and an active lifestyle."
"Skimmed Milk Powder, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Vegetable Oil, Inulin, Lactose, Thickeners (Gum Arabic, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum), Bulking Agent (Cellulose), Milk Protein, Stabilisers (Sodium Carboxy Methyl Cellulose, Dipotassium Phosphate), Strawberry Powder (0.7%), Emulsifer (Soya Lecithin), Vitamins and Minerals*, Flavourings, Beetroot Juice from Concentrate, Antioxidants (Tocopherol- rich Extract, Sodium Ascorbate)."
Slim Fast also list that the powder contains the following vitamins and minerals:
"Vitamin C, Magnesium Oxide, Vitamin E, Ferrous Sulphate, Niacin, Zinc Oxide, Copper Gluconate, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Manganese Sulphate, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D. MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF GLUTEN, EGG AND CELERY"
One of the main advantages of the Slim Fast regime or for partial dippers in like me, is that the foods are so easy to use. For when you are on the go, there are individual portions of ready mixed shake, which are quite nice, but delicious when ice cold. For everyday a more cost effective and cupboard friendly meal is the powder version that is under review and some cold long life skimmed milk. Simply put 2 measures into a cup or mug and mix with a little milk, top up and mix or whisk to dissolve all the powder and drink slowly.
I like the Slim Fast Shakes because I know that I can grab one on the go, or take some powder with milk powder to work for a quick lunch on day's I know I am going to be very busy and unable to stop. They are carefully prepared to create a balanced meal that is a 1/3 of my daily nutrients. I also know that they can help me lose a bit of weight if I need to. I think the sweetness has one advantage and that is usually after a savoury meal I crave something sweet. If this is all I have had, Obviously I do not get that craving, so it is sufficient to satisfy me.
The Strawberry Shake does live up to the claims in the tin.
Would I Recommend Slim Fast Summer Strawberry Flavour:
Yes, I have tried some of the bars and other snacks as well and they are OK. So, I expect the full regime is achievable and workable. However, for me the shakes to replace some meals and healthy snacks such as a few nuts or a small piece of fruit with low fat cheese are an adequate option.
I would say, you will only want to try the Strawberry version if you already have a sweet tooth.
Otherwise stick with one of the other flavours as this is the sweetest.
As mentioned at the top of the page, I am not a fan of slimming diets, neither am I keen on societies pressure on women to look a certain way. However, if you use this as I do as part of a mostly(!) healthy diet, I think you will be pleased with the results.
However, I would give this product 3.5 out of 5 if I could due to the sweetness and the high sugar content. However, it is slightly nearer 4 that 3, so I have given 4 Dooyoo stars.
Price and Availability:
I buy mine in store and on-line depending on where it is on offer! It is widely available from supermarkets, Amazon, Boots, Superdrug in-store and on-line. Usual price is around £5.95 for 12 meals. It is often available as a 3 for 2 somewhere.
Thank you for reading my review of one of the Slim Fast products I use.
6 mo on: About to start a regime including this!
~Slim Fast ~ slim your purse and your body at the same time!~
I have in the past tried some of the Slim Fast products including the Strawberry flavoured drink which I found had a strong, synthetic, yet not unpalatable taste. I tried Slim Fast strawberry as it is well known, easy to source and seemed like a helpful option at the time. Whilst I feel that these types of slimming/ diet aids can and do work for many people, I am of the opinion that they are not something to be used on a regular basis, as they are not really something that most people would want to consume as part of their regular daily diet.
The Strawberry flavoured drink is strongly flavoured in my opinion and has a reasonably thick consistency making it similar to a non diet milk shake type drink, meaning that if you like milk shakes the Slim Fast strawberry drink might be an option. Slim Fast drinks can be bought in a number of varieties and size options, with the strawberry flavour being available as both a powder type mix that you prepare yourself and as a ready to drink single use product. The powder mixes seem to offer best value for money in my opinion.
The ready to drink bottles are easy to use when out and about, as they are mixed and ready to use, however they are more expensive to buy in the long run than the powder mixes. Each 325ml bottle contains 220 calories and can be used as part of the 3 2 1 weight loss regime that allows you to pick up to 2 meals a day, 3 snacks, 2 Slim Fast meals and 1 so called sensible meal. This can and does make dieting rather expensive and in my opinion this money may be better spent later on, on a new wardrobe of clothes after following a more healthy eating plan that may have sometimes included these Slim Fast drinks, for ease and convenience.
I found that when using this type of product it is best to limit the intake of these drinks to just one per day for the first few days of a new weight loss regime, rather than rely on the drinks over the course of a number of weeks or months. The reason I say this is that I feel using Slim Fast drinks can mean that when you return to a normal diet, the weight simply piles back on as you are not re-educating yourself to eat more healthily, you are simply opting for the perceived quick fix method of losing weight. I find that counting calories and mixing food groups means you can eat healthier meals and have larger portions yet remain under your daily calorie limit and still successfully drop some weight....and more importantly keep the weight off!
~Product rating/ price~
The concept of the Slim Fast drink does appear helpful as a boost at the beginning of a diet, if used as directed and I am certain that in the short term this plan and these particular drinks can and do aid weight loss to a certain degree, however they are not a long term fix and do not re-educate people or help them towards a healthier diet for the longer term. I would say that as an occasional thing there is no reason why these drinks may not be of use, but I would not want to use them as part of my regular eating plan.
The flavour of this particular drink is strong and synthetic yet not unpleasant in my opinion. My rating for the product is 3 stars, as I feel that there are better ways to stay slim, although this product can give you a little boost at the beginning of a new weight loss regime. The cost of a single ready mix drink is around £1 and the powder mixes that come as a 438g tub can be bought for around £4 in some well known supermarkets, although they can cost a little more at £6 plus. The powder mixes offer best value in my opinion.
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