This is going to be quite a lengthy post, you've probably noticed that I'm not normally one for posting huge reviews but this is really worth it and I'm so happy to have been given the opportunity to try out this program... CelebritySlim* is a simple, flexible meal replacement program that can help anyone manage their weight, get slim and even better stay that way!
You certainly don't need to be a celebrity to benefit from this programme and best of all, you can choose how to lose. Each day you replace 2 meals from a variety of CelebritySlim shakes, soups or bars, you then eat 1 'normal' balanced meal which you plan yourself and you're able to snack on plenty of 'allowable' snacks. Below you can see a typical day on the CelebritySlim program, eating little but often throughout the day boosts up your metabolism and helps with weight loss.
"The CelebritySlim program is designed to help you reach your target weight and stay at that weight. To succeed, you need to stick to the program but it's worth the effort to look and feel fantastic."
How does it work?
Basically, this program works by boosting your metabolism to burn more calories. This is achieved by restricting carbohydrates and overall energy in your diet and eating 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day (including snacks) rather than the traditional 2-3 larger meals.
Why we should eat smaller meals more often
When you 'starve' yourself for maybe 5-6 hours, a number of physiological changes occur in your body. After around 3 hours without eating your blood sugars begin to drop and will cause you to feel quite hungry, if you have a meal at this point your rampant appetite means you risk overeating. You may also find that you crave something sweet or starchy (guilty of this!) that's your body looking for carbohydrates as a quick fix to restore it's blood sugar balance. If you don't eat anything and continue to fast, your metabolism starts to lapse into what's called 'starvation mode.' Your hunger pains may go away but this is a sign your metabolism is starting to slow down as your body starts to conserve energ and this is the opposite of what you want! When your bodyconserves energy fat burning slows down, making weight loss more difficult.
If after hours of fasting you now decide to eat, your metabolism will quickly swing into high gear as it senses food is now available. Straight away your appetite comes back as your metabolism wants to encourage you to stock up on food as much as you can eat to compensate for the probable next starvation period! This is why we must eat every few hours which means 5-6 meals spaced out during each day... by eating regularly, your blood sugars remain stable which means you don't feel 'hungry' and your metabolism stays active so you won't overeat at each meal. Phewwww! that was long...
What products I used
The 7 day starter pack which includes; program guide, food diary, a shaker, two different flavoured soups (roast chicken and garden veg) and 14 shakes in the flavours; chocolate, banana, strawberry, vanilla, caramel and cafe latte
I also got a summer fruit smoothie (meal replacement) to try which was really yummy, some snack bars and meal replacement bars which covered me for 10 days.
The first few days were quite challenging but I pushed myself and stuck to it... by day 4 I felt like my body was getting used to my new way of eating and I didn't feel 'starved' at any point during the day, the thought of eating a greasy takeaway or McDonalds makes me want to vomit. After a week of being on the plan, my body was pretty must used to my new way of eating and I didn't feel bloated at any point which is an amazing feeling considering I'm usually one for eating larger portions and feeling bloated afterwards. My skin looks loads better due to eating fruit everyday and drinking more water than usual.
What I ate for dinner
Salmon fillet with steamed veg (carrots,broccoli, cauliflour)
Chicken breast with salad and a dollop of light french dressing
Tuna with salad and a dollop of extra light mayonnaise so it's not too dry
Turkey breast with steamed veg and gravy (bisto gravy granules) and a teaspoon of mint sauce
Ham salad with 1 boiled egg and a dollop of extra light mayonnaise
Snacks I had
Celebrity Slim snack bars (sticky toffee and cranberry)
Small piece of fruit (orange, apple, pear)
A handfull of nuts (almonds mostly) Almonds are the most nutrient-dense tree nut. They are an excellent source of vitamin B, E, magnesium, folic acid, protein and fiber - They are also packed full of extremely good fats.
Celery sticks and 30g of peanut butter
I feel that I have learnt alot on this program and everything tastes good, I have done other weight loss programs and nothing has been as good as this. Weight Watchers was ok but I felt stupid counting all these points and trying to work out how many points is in what and it was hard to keep on track. I've tried slimming pills which is a big NO-NO! I've tried eating one meal a day and that totally didn't work but this has really taught me how to eat properly and to control portion sizes. Yes I know it's common sense but before this program I thought eating 5-6 small meals a day meant actual meals not including snacks but now that I'm more educated on how to eat I've noticed that I'm more energised throughout the day and my stomach feels so much flatter as it isn't 'expanded' due to eating larger meals.
I love the shakes because they taste like actual milkshakes and full of flavour, my faves being Vanilla, Banana and Caramel. The soups I tried (roast chicken and garden vegetable) both tasted thick and creamy, these would be perfect to take to work especially in the colder season to warm you right up. The only thing I didn't feel fussy on was the meal replacement bar in the flavour 'mint choc' it was really sickly after a few bites but if you love anything that tastes like mint chocolate chip then you may enjoy it.
By doing this program, doing Bodypump classes and using Jillian Michaels DVDs I have lost in total 5lb which doesn't sound like a whole lot but I have lost 9inches overall on my body in only 6 weeks bare in mind I only introduced CelebritySlim half way through my challenge. I can't wait for payday so I can buy more products, I wanna try it for the whole 8 weeks this time and hopefully I'll have my dream body! :) I'd honestly recommend this program to anyone wanting to get a better of understanding of how they should eat and learn to control portion size easily with tasty shakes and snacks.
See my before and after photos in this post here
You can buy CelebritySlim here, in Boots, Superdrug, Rowland Pharmacy, The Co-op or Lloyds Pharmacy.