The brand has since changed significantly and now has a whole range to help assist in losing the pounds so, back in the midst of December, I said yes to taking on the Slim Fast Challenge and then fell headlong into a holiday (pancakes for breakfast and G&Ts every evening) and then back to January where endless chai lattes and the odd (/daily) Kit-Kat seem like part of the winter survival kit.
That was, until I stepped on the scales for the first time in a year and realised that this challenge could not have come at a better time - it turns out that despite my regular spin classes my diet of afternoon tea and burgers that often grace this blog has not left my waistline unscathed. (Short backstory - I lost a lot of weight on my gap year by cutting out the bad stuff and not eating a large pizza for lunch on a regular basis, lost a fair bit more while at uni by taking up calorie counting like it was a sport and since starting work have slipped into a social life involving around restaurants and the "one biscuit won't hurt, oh wait four biscuits won't hurt" and the "I'm still in the office at 8pm and NEED a slice of cake" mentality).
The Slim-Fast plan is a low calorie diet but there's plenty of variety and snacking is encouraged. Each day consists of three snacks (a Slim-Fast snack or fruit), two Slim-Fast meals and one healthy 600 calorie meal. I was worried that I'd be staving, moody and miserable but the snacks tasted like a genuine treat and the bars and shakes were a lot more filling than I expected them to be. The shakes, meal bars and snack bars are all on the sweet side so for my one daily meal I actually craved veggies and savory foods.
|My box of products to last the challenge...eek!|
|Snack time - Chocolate Caramel Treat and a green tea.|
|I've been having my "proper meal" at lunchtime as it suits my working day better - this quinoa pot and green juice from Pret comes in at 600 calories.|
|Chocolate shake for breakfast - these taste a lot better than I was expecting them to!|