The Slim Fast Diet consists of the “3-2-1” plan; 3 snacks a day, 2 shakes/meal bars a day, and 1 meal a day. The ideology behind this diet isn’t so bad, it shows the importance of portion sizes as well as eating consistently throughout the day. However, its ingredients may not be so natural, and though the regimen aims for about 1200 calories a day, do these shakes and snack bars actually contain the right amount of vitamins?
If the regimen is followed correctly, the diet does in fact incorporate all the the essential vitamins and minerals. Each protein shake and meal bar contains 1/3 of the recommended vitamins and minerals as well as about 180 calories. This diet plan includes six small meals spread throughout the day.
To go into further detail, it is recommended to have a shake/meal bar for breakfast and lunch, to eat a piece of fruit or vegetable as a snack both between breakfast and lunch, and lunch and dinner, and to have a balanced, veggie-packed dinner. Though this diet may seem convenient for someone always on the go, it shouldn’t be used as a long-term diet lifestyle.
This program should be maintained for a handful of weeks until the individual becomes accustomed to smaller portions and a more routine eating habit. In addition, the more cost efficient way would be to make your own protein shakes and adding more fruits and vegetables with every meal rather than buying the Slim Fast shakes; this way would also ensure less preservatives and weird sounding ingredients.
Overall, the concept of portion control is good, but the fallout rate of this diet increases as time passes. Slim Fast claims it was not intended for celebrities (though Whoopi Goldberg has been said to try it) but was instead intended for people who didn’t have time to plan or cook their meals. However, if thick paste-like shakes aren’t your thing, I would stick to more organic alternatives and hit the gym a few times a week.