Final Thoughts on Shake That Weight
It’s been a few weeks since I finished the Shake that Weight trial. Here’s what I learnt.
First off, I absolutely love meal replacement shakes. The idea of not having to prepare every meal and yet still getting some goodness is just heaven to me. I am always so guilty of not being bothered to make a healthy balanced lunch or dinner and opting for something like a bag of crisps or chocolate bar instead. Having a shake gives me something that tastes good, that’s quick and easy to prepare and a proportion of the essential vitamins and minerals I need. Such a fantastic thing. And please note when I say these taste good, I mean it. I tried many flavours, ranging from banana ( a definite favourite of mine) to mint chocolate. Each and every flavour was excellent. I must say that I did use semi skimmed milk instead of water with my shakes. I didn’t try with water, make of that what you will.
The second thing I want to point out is that I did lose weight over those 2 weeks. It was only 2lbs but remember that I wasn’t following the strict very low-calorie diet. I adapted the meal replacements into my own lifestyle, you can read about that here. I am very confident that had I followed the suggested Shake That Weight diet fully that more weight would have been shed. As far as I’m concerned this is a diet that works. That being said I do have some negatives to mention:
- I never felt full with any of the meal replacements. Whether it was a shake, the porridge or the bar, I was hungry all the time. I think it will take a huge amount of will power and commitment to stick to this diet 100%. I was always hungry.
- The porridge was awful – just a horrible powder that tasted gross regardless of how I prepared it. I tried it with water, with milk and even tried to make some kind of morning oat concoction with fat-free yoghurt and raspberries. It was foul. I still have 5 packs of it in my cupboard!
- The Shake That Weight bars are okay. We all tried them and we all found them to be pretty good. The only downfall was the fact that they weren’t filling. I personally found the milk and dark chocolate ones to have a kind of powdery after taste but G loved them.
I think Shake That Weight is a great way of starting off a new eating regime. It will help you to lose some weight and start helping you to get your head around calories. It’s not a long term solution as you should never stay on very low-calorie diets for long. It will be down to you to take what you learn and apply it to your new lifestyle.
What Shake That Weight did for me is teach me to consider calories. I have since been following a 1200 calorie per day diet and I have lost 7lb by doing so. I’ve been using My Fitness Pal to log the food and the exercise I do and it’s working so well. I find myself doing exercise in order to earn the right to eat more! I’m still not eating particularly well (I hardly ever hit the 5 a day mark, most the time I’m lucky to hit 1!), but I am making better decisions. I also have to admit that on a few occasions I have gone over my calorie allowance by a couple of hundred calories or so. I’m certainly not busting my balls but I am counting and I am more aware of the choices I’m making. I would like to lose another 7lb, which should be achieved in about 4 weeks time if I stick to my guns. I could even lose a little bit more weight and still be in the healthy zone for my height but I am going to wait and see what a 7lb loss will look like.
Right now I’m really happy with how things have gone and I’m feeling good. That’s the main thing!