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SlimFast is well known throughout the US, UK and further afield. It offers a simple weight loss method which allows you to eat foods you enjoy, including healthy snacks. Essentially, the website offers tips to lose weight, product overviews and a few basic tools to help you calculate how you’re doing. So, it’s not all that innovating as an online tool, but the system does work.
On the Slim Fast weight loss plan, you follow a 3-2-1 system: you’re allowed to eat 3 healthy snacks a day (such as fruit or a Slim-Fast bar, for example), drink 2 Slim-Fast milkshakes (which come powdered, then you add liquid as per the instructions – these come in a range of flavors) and then eat 1 healthy meal.
The site offers a range of tasty balanced meals to choose from, plus a range of smoothies and alcohol-free cocktails to help you keep up appearances when you’re in a bar or having people over for drinks.
Recipes are updated and you can check out how many servings they provide, how much preparation time it takes and how long you’ll need to cook. There aren’t many recipes though, which is a bit disappointing, but the forum is a good place to exchange more with other members.
At the time of our review, the online forums were being revamped, so we couldn’t access them. However, in the past we know that you’ve been able to buddy up with other users, chat with members of the community and post on message boards. This all adds up to provide a decent online experience and a sense of community.
Aside from a few calculators and basic tracking tools, there’s not much else to the online features on Slimfast.com. This is a bit disappointing, and consequently the website can feel more like a store front for telling you about their products, than a dieting website per se.
The products on offer do look tempting, though, and the site claims that people lose more weight through their system, because you don't feel so hungry. The Slim Fast system is primarily about controlling hunger. Regular, small, tasty snacks help to stave off the temptation to order a pizza or chow down on a chocolate bar.
Exercise is less of a factor here and the site goes into very little detail on working out. Consequently we’d recommend combining a Slim Fast membership and products with another website which has more of a focus on exercise.
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