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Postby Carley » Sun Mar 15, 2009 1:57 pm

I'm curious is there anyone else out there doing a meal replacement diet? How are you going? How long have you been doing it? Plan on doing it? How much have you lost?

[*] I'm doing the ultra slim diet
[*] I've been doing it 28 days
[*] I'm planing on doing until I'm 85 kilos
[*] I've lost 4 kilos so far
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Current weight: 94 kilos
Starting weight: 102.5 kilos
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Re: Anyone else doing a meal replacement diet?

Postby conscientia » Sun Mar 15, 2009 2:14 pm

I haven't done the ultra slim diet full on but I do use it on days when I just don't have time to prepare meals. I also freeze shakes to take to uni on days that I don't get a break and need to eat something discreetly in class lol

I have been considering doing in full on though, so I might just do that soon considering you have been having such great success.
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Re: Anyone else doing a meal replacement diet?

Postby MissSonia » Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:04 pm

I was using Celebrity Slim for about 3 months and lost about 8kg. As the weight loss was so inconsistent with me, I couldn't justify the expense ($41.99 per week for 2 shakes per day) and decided to go it alone and have lost about 4kgs going solo.

I think that meal replacements can be a good thing to get you started, but I think that they're not that great for long term use. My doctor laughed when I told him I was using meal replacements, so I guess they're not that popular with medical professionals.

Good luck with it and keep us posted :)
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Re: Anyone else doing a meal replacement diet?

Postby isafeelgreat » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:46 am

My wife and I are doing the Isagenix Nutiritional cleanse plan. We are on day 5 of 30 and she has lost 3.7kgs and I (Graham) have lost 4.5kgs
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Re: Anyone else doing a meal replacement diet?

Postby Beekay » Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:57 pm

Hey,

I have done many meal replacement diets, i will summarise below my experiences...

Tony Ferguson: This was my favorite because the shakes are soo nice, nothing you would expect from a meal replacement shake, coz usually they are disgusting. The only thing with Tony Ferguson shakes is that you have to buy them from Terry White Chemists and it may not be convenient for people who dont have one close by. Also there is a $20 joining fee which includes wieght assesment, a health specialist talks to you about the program and how you can structure your diet and they give you a book about the diet.

Optislim: Is disgusting, the worst meal replacement shake ive ever had, wouldnt reccomend it because in my opinion if im having a shake to replace a whole meal it damn better taste good!!

Celebrity Slim: These were okay, but left a bad taste in my mouth, nothing like Tony Ferguson shakes though. I think everyone is just lost in the hype of the brand because they have bombarded us with advertisments and promotions that you are forced to believe its the most popular meal supplement diet.

These are the main ones i could think of, to be honest, i think they all do the job, ive seen similiar wieght loss on all programs. However, meal supplements are just a quick fix, you cant just get of them and start eating like you used to. I think the best way is to start off with the meal supplement diet for one week then continue with a high protein low carb diet, I have to recommend Cohen's it is a miracle diet....
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Re: Anyone else doing a meal replacement diet?

Postby kristal » Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:06 pm

I am currently on Celebrity Slim. I am primarily using this diet as a starter for myself and then I will follow the weight watchers points plan when I come back off.

I decided to do this, to lose a bit of weight quickly (the more I see coming off, the more motivated I get) plus I am the type of person that skips breakfast because I just don't have time and I really don't get that hungry in the mornings!

So I am giving it a go, even if I can lose about 4 kgs on it in the next few weeks, I will be very happy to slowly incorporating real foods again (maybe even sticking to the shakes for breakfast only).

I might add, I am only on Day 2 so it is very early days, the taste of the shakes isn't too bad (I am not a milk shake lover at the best of times so was quite worried about this aspect). But so far they don't taste too bad at all!
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Re: Anyone else doing a meal replacement diet?

Postby onthedecrease » Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:38 pm

Hi

I have been on Celebrity Slim (hey Sonia hun) for 5 and a half months, Im currently on a break and so far have lost 33.8kg which I am estatic with. I have about 22kg to go now. I reccomend that people give the products a go and if they work for you thats fantastic, if not just take away what you have learnt and continue on by yourself. I will continue to use the product until I reach my goal as I believe in the product.

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Re: Anyone else doing a meal replacement diet?

Postby MissSonia » Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:36 pm

Hey Stacey, welcome aboard :)
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Re: Anyone else doing a meal replacement diet?

Postby stevo » Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:15 pm

Hi Everyone,

I wish everyone who is using this approach the greatest success.

However, from my experience (and from dozens of other health professionals) it is highly likely that any weight-losses achieved using this approach will be short-lived. I estimate that less than 5% (and this is being generous) of people who lose weight by replacing main meals with shakes will keep the weight off longer than 18 months.

Here's why:

1. Replacing breakfast and lunch with shakes (as most of these diets
recommend) means you will be reducing your daily calorie intake substantially. Of course you will lose weight. However, this reduction also means your body will be put under undue stress, which will result in it invoking the 'Anti-Starvation Response'. This results in re-bound weight gain at some stage in the near future.

When you eventually go back to eating 'normal' foods, the weight piles back on and usually with re-inforcements! It does this because of our body's anti-starvation response, which is still part of our genetic make up and has come from our ancestors who lived during the Paleolithic Era (Hunter/ Gatherer Era), and whose main cause of death was infection and starvation. This was around 100,000 years ago. Unfortunately our modern-day bodies haven't yet adapted to our current lifestyles.

2. Most of the shakes on the market are generally quite unhealthy because they contain cheap, high GI sugars like glucose, maltodextrin or high fructose corn surups (these are the same carbs used in weight gainers for bodybuilders!).

3. They contain inferior quality protein sources like skim milk powder or milk protein solids. How much does a kilo of skim milk powder from the supermarket cost? Is is more than $3 a kilo and what do you pay per 45-60g sachet?

4. These approaches to weight loss are not sustainable- they cannot be followed for the rest of your life! Any nutritional principles you decide to incorporate into your lifestyle should be sustainable long term.

5. The people who get the best results and keep the weight off long term discipline themselves to spend time in the kitchen preparing their own meals and eating whole foods for almost all of their meals with the occasional shake as a convenient snack (in between their main meals). Pus, the shakes they use are low in carbs and fat and high in good quality whey protein.


Folks, PLEASE think logically before considering this approach; think seriously before considering meal replacements as an option. Does it make sense to you? I realise the dramatic weight losses are attractive but the dramatic weight gain that almost inevitably follows is devastating for most people!

A family friend of mine put on 10 kilograms in 3 days after finishing one of the popular meal replacement diets and you can just imagine how she felt and the resulting impact it had on the people around her.

Elsewhere on this forum I have written an article on meal replacements and how to select the right one for you. There is also a sample weight-loss diet on the forum too using whole foods.

I sincerely wish everyone all the very best with achieving their physical goals and if you have any questions or comments please post them on this forum or contact me directly. I am more than happy to help.

Cheers,

Steve.
Stephen is the part-owner of Body Concepts and Focus On magazine. Stephen has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 18 years and has a science degree from UWA.
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Re: Anyone else doing a meal replacement diet?

Postby [email protected] » Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:43 pm

What Steve said!!!!

People really consider the alternatives to these meal replacements. The meal replacement industry relies on people believing the hype. Ask any weight loss professional who has no vested interest in meal replacements what they think of them.

If you need to supplement go to a health food store and buy a good quality protein that atheletes use. How do you think these men and women compete so lean yet stay so strong? Not buy taking meal replacements.

Also look at what sweetens most of these replacement meals. Look at recent findings relating to alziemers and MS and the sweetners used in these factory foods.

If you like sweet things consider the use of Stevia sweet leaf. Sadly the biggest supplier is Coca-Cola. They have done years of research and it is becoming more popular than sugar as it has no effect on insulin levels like other sweetners.

Happy to chat more about the gimmicks and fads which take advantage of those struggling inside.

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Re: Anyone else doing a meal replacement diet?

Postby foxyaussie » Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:23 pm

[email protected] wrote: Stevia sweet leaf.


I can vouch for Stevia sweetner, as a former sweet tooth :roll: . Pretty good, not as sweet as sugar but does the job really well. I have a lttle bottle of it that has lasted me 6 months, and it's not even close to empty yet! Worth the $10. It comes in liquid and powder form so can be used in EVERYTHING as a replacement to sugar or the scary sweetners that are out there. My naturopath got me onto it, as it's all natural I believe?

Highly recommend this stuff for those of us trying to lose weight. It's helped me alot!
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Re: Anyone else doing a meal replacement diet?

Postby xlannalx » Sun Mar 29, 2009 2:49 am

im on optifast and i stopped for a few weeks and put 4kgs back on in the 8 weeks i stopped (buuuut i was very very naughty!!! i mean extremely) and im back on it and in the first 4 weeks i did it i lost 10kgs and now im already losing the weight pretty fast and im keeping up with my fluid intake so the water is still there. i think that they do work obviously by using ketosis but once you have reached your goal weight its up to the person to decide what kind of eating habits they want to go back to - it is going to be a lifestyle change and obviously people just cant go back to eating junk food and whatever, you need to ease into foods again by starting off with light healthy foods in small portions and so on - but as far as what a meal replacement diet is like whilst you are on it... its great and the kg's are dripping off!
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Re: Anyone else doing a meal replacement diet?

Postby kristal » Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:04 pm

I am now almost 3 weeks down on my celebrity slim diet and I am seeing great results, it has me motivated to do exercise (which I am enjoying immensely), it has me eating more fruit and vegie than I ever have in my life (which I am also enjoying immensely) and has generally given me confidence and self esteem.

I understand that when you get back off the diet and you are not careful it can be very easy to put on weight, but for the moment, I feel better than I have ever done and completely recommend the celebrity slim diet.
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Re: Anyone else doing a meal replacement diet?

Postby Carley » Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:08 pm

I don't think it is fair to say most people who use meal replacement diets will gain the weight back, that could happen to anyone doing any kind of diet. I've done the ultra slim diet before I lost 20 kilos over 6 months I think, I gained weight from 3 pregnancies, nothing to do with stopping the ultra slim diet. My diet is quite healthy it is something like this;

Breakfast: Shake and fruit
Snack: Fruit or vegetable sticks
Lunch: Shake and fruit
Snack: Yoghurt or fruit
Dinner, meat, 5 vegetables
Dessert: That's rare sometimes fruit, or yoghurt

The way I break the ultra slim diet is simple, I cut it down to once a day for a month, then stop all together. I do not think meal replacement diets are bad...if done correctly.
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Re: Anyone else doing a meal replacement diet?

Postby Manc Missy » Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:08 pm

Hi,

I started the Tony Ferguson diet 3 weeks ago and have lost nearly 4.5 kgs.

I understand what several of the post-ees have said about the longevity of meal replacement diets and I completely agree. The plan is not realistically sustainable in the long term and I am sure people have difficulties re-adjusting.

However...

Everyone's weight loss journey is different. For me, replacing meals has become the ONLY way I can strictly (and easily) count my calories. Also, I find that replacing breakfast and dinner (as opposed to lunch) can be very successful and I have been sleeping better because of it. My long term plan (post goal weight) is to slowly ease my way off the shakes.

My situation is complicated by the fact that my doctor recently prescribed me with Reductil. This is an appetite suppressing drug with anti-depressant properties. I have no doubt that this is helping keep hunger pangs at bay and also assisting me with my emotional baggage that has been hanging around for 14 years (or at least, pushing it to one side for the moment).

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