Weight Management

Shed The Extra Weight With Slim Fast Plan

Slim-Fast is a popular weight-loss program that replaces dieters' meals with shakes, soups, pasta and bars. A brand owned by Unilever, Slim-Fast is in the business for about 25 years. Their shakes were initially condemned for carrying too much sugar, which is why they now use artificial sweeteners instead.

As with other weight loss programs, Slim-Fast relies on the formula of portion control, eating the right things, regular exercise and support. On this program, dieters lose 10% of their body weight in six months. The program is backed by scientific research and their support is good, as expected from a well-established company.

Diet plan
Two major meals of the day need to be replaced with Slim-Fast products. One meal should be your own - comprising of lean protein (like chicken breast without the skin, or fish), carbohydrates (like baked potato or brown rice), fruit and lots of vegetables.

Other than these three meals, you can have "sensible" snacks which are low in fats. Slim-Fast snacks (bars) are also available.

A sample plan
Breakfast

Slim-Fast shake
1 slice French toast

Lunch
Slim-Fast shake
Roast beef sandwich (1 slice whole wheat bread, 2 oz. roast beef, lettuce, tomato)

Dinner
Chicken grill (4 oz. grilled skinless chicken breast, 1 baked potato with 2 tbsp fat-free sour cream, 1 cup steamed broccoli with 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese)

Snacks
Fruits (grapes, apple, melon), Slim-Fast snack bars, 1 slice low fat pound cake

Nutrition facts
A typical Slim-Fast shake contains:
5 grams fat
24 grams carbohydrate
10 grams protein
180 calories
24 vitamins and minerals

Exercise requirements:
30 minutes of daily, moderate exercise is recommended, which is practical and possible for anybody.

Benefits
Slim-Fast helps reduce weight with the time-tested formula of portion control, controlling fats and starches, and regular exercise. 10% reduction of body weight in six months, at a rate of one to two pounds per week, is safe and in agreement with government guidelines. The shakes and bars provided by Slim-Fast are balanced in nutrition and proven effective for several years now. Packed food is always convenient and saves the trouble of planning and counting the calories. There's enough variety and flavors in their shakes to satisfy the taste buds.

Support
Slim-Fast provides good support through their website. It is a user-friendly site and has support groups, activity logs and lots of information. Those who like to do everything online will find their site comprehensive. There are registered dieticians to help you out with your questions and anything you need to know about diet or nutrition.
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