Tips on How to Make the Slim-Fast Diet Work

Updated April 17, 2017

Slim-Fast has been a popular liquid diet solution for decades. Individuals keep coming back to Slim-Fast time over time because of the diet's simplicity and the fact that it delivers weight loss results as promised. However, despite being relatively basic, Slim-Fast has some nuances which can "trip up" even the most prepared dieter. Regardless of whether you are a first-time adherent to the Slim-Fast lifestyle or a seasoned veteran returning to kickstart further weight loss efforts, there are tips to make your experience that much more enjoyable.

Tip #1 -- Variety is the spice of life

Individuals on the Slim-Fast diet usually find great freedom in having their meals planned out in advance. The advantages to a liquid diet are twofold--they are incredibly easy to follow and they reduce the likelihood of cheating by taking choice away from the dieter in favour of following an impartial "master plan." However, while this paradoxical freedom through captivity is enjoyable for the first few weeks, eventually you can suffer from malaise through repetition and outright boredom with the plan. Although the basic model of two shakes and a healthy dinner cannot be altered, the spectrum of Slim-Fast products allows you to liven things up a bit and alleviate boredom. Rotate your chosen flavour of shake weekly to reawaken your taste buds and breathe some life into the die--enhanced long-term compliance is the reward.

Tip #2 -- Healthy dinners only

All too often dieters on a restricted meal plan will use every trick in the book to psychologically unhinge their progress. With the Slim-Fast plan, the moment of weakness that bears watching is meal selection for the "healthy" dinner. It is far too easy to rationalise poor meal choices at this point, operating under the guise that full compliance during the remainder of the day is sufficient to justify bending the rules a bit. Do not fall into this self-spun trap. Healthy dinners means exactly that--stick to lean meats, fruit and vegetables. Minimise intake of carbohydrates, except those found in fruits and veggies. It is far too easy to turn one whole-grain piece of bread into five, sabotaging your own progress and undermining the effectiveness of the diet.

Tip #3 -- Success breeds success

Nothing is more motivating than knowing our efforts are not in vain. Oftentimes, a dieter will abandon his plan prematurely upon failure to receive timely validation from either the scale of the mirror. Although understand that dieting is a long process and expecting instant results is foolish can help, that is often not sufficient to silence that voice in the back of your head telling you it is all for naught. To sidestep this hazard, only weigh yourself weekly. In addition to taking scale weight, also take measurements of your chest, waist, hips, thighs, upper arms and neck. Record your numbers in a logbook. Occasionally scale weight will remain stagnant but your measurements will nevertheless improve. Seeing your progress in numerical form can help you to remain vigilant even through temporary lapses in willpower.

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TS Jordan is an Ohio licensed attorney living and practicing out of the Cleveland area. In addition to his Juris Doctorate, he holds a Bachelors' Degree in Information Systems. He has been writing professionally for less than a year.