thanks all for weighing into the debate here....what you have all written is really interesting and it's great to be able to see the different views.
I agree that any 'quick fixes' ie shakes, diet pills, juice diets, very low carb diets don't work in the long run, unless people change their habits. For people who are not aware of nutrition and what a healthy diet really looks like, it's easy to see how all the kilos pile back on when they go back to their old ways.
I consider myself to be quite educated about nutrition, and know the real key to losing weight is eating less and moving more.
I am one of those people who are crap at losing weight but fine with maintaining it. At my heaviest, I stayed at around 75-6kg for about 2 years. I didn't gain any and always managed to lose 2-3kg here and there by eating reasonably healthy and exercising. I am however, looking to change my body shape and stay permanently at a weight I am happy with. I know this will mean making regular exercise a permanent thing, and I also know it means I'll really have to keep things like carbs, alcohol and sweets for treats.
I wanted to do the shakes to allow me to lose a few kilos quickly, to motivate me to continue exercising and eating well (both things I plan to do for the rest of my life!). Since i have paid for them, I'll continue with them and sticking to the plan and see how I go.
Highest weight: 76kg
SW: 75 kg (September 2008)
CW: 69kg (26 May 2009)
GW: 64kg <_---------------------------- **
YAY - in the 60's!