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The Slim Fast Diet

Some diets advise dieters to eat large quantities of vegetables, others try to make people eat a single food for a whole day. The Slim Fast Diet has the shake. It sounds pretty much like what the folks at Herbalife are pushing, although it may be the other way around. Diets are a dime a dozen these days and it's hard to keep track of who came with which idea and when. So let's discuss instead the basic features of this diet and the usual pros and cons. This is one of the diets that people seem either to love or hate, as some claim that it works wonders, while others speak of it as a rip-off.

The basic idea is to replace two daily meals with Slim Fast shakes, accompanied by two pieces of fruit and a nutrition bar, and to have a sensible dinner at the end of the day. A sensible dinner means that you are allowed to eat whatever you want, as long as you keep the portions average. At least this is the theory. In practice you will soon find out that dinner is the only time you can get some actual nutritious food, aside from the vitamins and minerals-laden shakes, which means that your food options are limited to those that can keep you on your feet and thinking clearly.

Aside from the shakes, dieters have to drink between 6 and 8 glasses of water per day in order to help the weight loss process along. Dieters should also exercise during this diet, but I'm not so sure that a 1,200 calories a day intake can support a program of exercises. On the other hand, the added exercises should help you shed weight faster and spend less time on the diet. Some people complained of having to buy all those shakes and bars, but I'd say that trading two regular meals for two shakes tends to balance out the costs.

Actually, it seems that the biggest problem dieters face is the fact that every one is on his own. There is no outside structure, there is no support. Just a box of shakes and your own common sense. This is a good thing for some because it helps build self-reliance and teach people to gain control of their own eating process not just during the diet, but for the rest of their lives. Nevertheless, many fail without outside support and this may be a big issue with this diet.

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