The Slim-Fast Plan
What It Is
Slim-Fast is more than a line of diet
shakes. In recent years, the company has developed soups,
pasta, meal-in-one bars, and snacks -- all based on the
premise that meal replacement products help people lose
On its web site, Slim-Fast outlines a four-step approach
to weight loss that is similar to most others -- emphasizing
portion control, sensible eating, regular physical activity,
Stick to the plan, and you will lose 10% of your body
weight in the first six months -- at a rate of one to two
pounds a week, says the web site.
It's certainly true that Slim-Fast's approach is backed
by research. Controlling portions -- and using meal
replacement products to do it -- has been shown to help with
What You Can Eat
The plan involves six small
meals/snacks every day. You are advised to use Slim-Fast
products for two meals and one snack daily.
The rest of the day, you're on your own -- to choose
healthy meals when eating out or cooking at home. No calorie
counting is necessary, says Slim-Fast. No foods are
forbidden; you can still eat your favorites. However, lean
protein, fruits, and vegetables are emphasized.