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February 10, 2011 1:40 PM
A girl at work is doing the Slim for Life program and has lost about 50 pounds in the last 8 months or so. She says she has done it without any exercise. When I tried to ask her for a little more detail, she basically told me that when I want to pay $600 to join the program then I can know the diet plan. (Beeyotch, I know). She likes all the attention she is getting from her weight loss and doesn't want anyone else to get some, too.

Anyway, has anyone else tried this or are you on it now? What does their food program look like?
February 10, 2011 1:45 PM
I have not tried Slim For Life but I am on a program that does consist of prepackaged foods.
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February 10, 2011 1:46 PM
Sounds like BS.. you gotta have some sort of exercise to stay fit. POINT BLANK. But thats ok, let her be stingy and broke for paying that amount. You will be looking great when you get to your goal, and she will gain it all back, soon as she cant afford her $600 diet plan anymore.. LOL
February 10, 2011 1:51 PM
Slim4Life does work and YES you can achieve the weight loss without exercise. The results may not be what you want if your goal is a toned body though. The average weight loss is 3-5 pounds a week. It consists of a food list that you get to pick what you want to eat. Depending on your health, how much weight you want to lose, and how much you exercise will determine the calories you consume daily. It's grouped by Protein, Veggies, Fruit, Starch, and Fat.
Edited by wlund717 On February 10, 2011 1:52 PM
February 10, 2011 1:54 PM
I did Slim 4 Life and I lost 55-pounds and exercise was not incorporated in the plan.

Like wlund just stated, it's the combination of foods that you eat. I liked it because there isn't any packaged foods you have to buy. smile
February 10, 2011 1:54 PM
happy Slim for life sounds brilliant, she on the otherhand sounds very childish. if you ever find the details share it with everyone on here...If i come across it too I'll do the same. happy flowerforyou
  4160433
February 10, 2011 2:01 PM
I like exercise too much not to exercise, but I really could use some help with food choices. Sounds good, but I am WAY too poor to pay that kind of money.


Would anyone be willing to email me their food program info? i heard there is some kind of sheet that outlines the food program.
Edited by ErrataCorrige On February 10, 2011 2:05 PM
February 10, 2011 2:19 PM
QUOTE:

I like exercise too much not to exercise, but I really could use some help with food choices. Sounds good, but I am WAY too poor to pay that kind of money.


Would anyone be willing to email me their food program info? i heard there is some kind of sheet that outlines the food program.


I'll check around and see if I have my old info and send it to you. smile

If you don't hear from me in a few days, send me a PM and nag me a bit. I have the attention span of a housefly. tongue
February 10, 2011 2:24 PM
I went in to check it out several months ago. It was so expensive. I saw the food list-but it didn't look like anything I could stick with-because it had a lot of seafood-which I don't eat. However-I have only heard good things from the people who have done it.
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February 10, 2011 2:25 PM
I lost 60 pounds in a year by just watching what I ate, no exercise..and I didn't pay $600 either. You have the food tracker here. Stay within your calories and you will lose. I am starting to work on getting exercise in now because I want to be fit as well as lose weight.
  4529363
February 10, 2011 2:29 PM
QUOTE:

I lost 60 pounds in a year by just watching what I ate, no exercise..and I didn't pay $600 either. You have the food tracker here. Stay within your calories and you will lose. I am starting to work on getting exercise in now because I want to be fit as well as lose weight.


I appreciate this, but I have been on here for 1 year next month, and I do exercise, and I have only lost 23 lbs., so I am looking for some ways to adjust my diet, not just my calories. But 60 lbs is very inspiring, good for you!
February 10, 2011 3:06 PM
Just read your post and had to reply.

There were several reasons last fall that I got "on the wagon" to lose weight. However, one very specific reason I started MFP was because I walked into Slim for Life clinic and was told that I would need to fork over $755.00 right then and there to start their program in order to meet my weight loss goals by September. My friend had fabulous success with it and another friend had just started and had lost 10lbs already. Both had warned me the cost was going to be high but I was thinking in the $200-$250 range. When I told the representative that the fee was outrageous, that I could do it on my own and save myself some money, she promptly informed me that it would be inpossible without their program details to lose what I wanted in a year. Ha! What she didn't know was that I am one stubborn Betty. Don't tell me I can't do something because I will go above and beyond to prove you wrong.

So...just a suggestion. Go to the library and check out different cookbooks and some general nutrition guides for ideas on ways to revamp your daily foods. My friend showed me her program for Slim for Life and it was VERY similiar to South Beach and Body for Life with low sugar, equal carb to protein ratio menus. Oh, and did I mention it's FREE!

BTW...Heather, I've seen your food diary and it looks good. You work out hard and that's also good. I'm a bit perplexed as to why you are not losing. Hmmmmm....
February 11, 2011 5:37 AM
I have seen the commercials and I must admit I was curious (heck I am curious about any program). I do not know anyone personally that has tried it and I checked out their website:


It's hard to really see what the program is about -- BUY BUY BUY is hollering everywhere.... It seems to be based on balance of proteins and thermogenesis. Sticktoit is right... before you buy, see if this can be duplicated for much less money.
  4745200
June 22, 2012 12:33 PM
HI,

I did the S4L plan over 5 yrs ago and lost 25 lbs in a month... wow... I used their plan and items.. My book was absconded w/by a past roommate... so, what I found was the following and from what I remember it is VERY close.

Hope you enjoy... I am trying again to loose 30 - nothing excessive and nothing to fast - want to keep it off longer this time.

Below is a list of the categories of food you must eat each day. which foods fall into these categories, and how much of that food constitutes a serving.

•Proteins: 2 Servings/day
Beefs (only twice a week/never 2 days in a row)
** 4 oz is about the size of a deck of cards

- Arm Roast... 4oz
- Chuck Roast... 4oz
- Rump Roast... 4oz
- Ground Sirloin... 4oz
- Club Steak... 4oz
- Flank Steak... 4oz
- Round Steak... 4oz
- Sirloin Steak... 4oz
- T-Bone Steak... 4oz
- Lamb Loin... 4oz
- Ground Turkey... 4oz

Veal
- Cutlet... 5oz
- Rump... 5oz
- Chop... 5oz

Poultry

- Chicken Breast... 6oz
- Turkey Breast... 5oz
- Ground Turkey Breast... 5oz

Liver

- Beef Liver... 4oz
- Calf Liver... 4oz
- Chicken Liver... 3oz

Fish

- Striped Bass... 5oz
- Cod... 6oz
- Flounder... 6oz
- Haddock... 6oz
- Halibut (steamed)... 5oz
- Lake Perch... 5oz
- Fresh Tuna... 5oz
- Mahi-mahi... 5oz
- Lobster... 5oz
- Shrimp (fresh)... 5oz
- Sole... 5oz
- Whitefish... 5oz
- Orange Roughy... 6oz
- Scrod... 6oz
- Red Snapper... 5oz
- Grouper... 5oz
- Yellow Tail... 5oz
- Bluefish... 6oz
- 2 x wk *Swordfish... 5oz
- 2 x wk *Crab (steamed)... 5oz
- 2 x wk *Salmon Steak... 4oz
- 2 x wk *Scallops... 4oz
- 1 x wk *Tuna (water packed)... 4oz


Dairy and Eggs

- 3 x wk Cottage Cheese 1 % Fat... 5oz
- 1 Lg Egg & Cottage Cheese... 4oz
- Eggs... 2 Lg.


•Liquids:

Fresh Water... 10 8oz/day (required)
Tea of Coffee... 2 cups daily
Diet Pop (no colas)... 2 12oz cans
or
Crystal Light... 2 glasses
Herb Tea... no limit
Parsley Tea... as needed
Decaffeinated Coffee... no limit


•Vegetables: 4 servings/day (1 cup raw - 1/2 cup cooked)

Asparagus... 1 cup
Bean Sprouts... 1 cup
Broccoli... 1 cup
Cabbage... 1 cup
Cauliflower... 1 cup
Celery... 1 cup
Chard... 1 cup
Cucumbers... 1/2 med
Egg Plant... 1 cup
Green Onions... 5 small
Lettuce or Endive... 1 cup
Mushrooms... 1 cup
Mustard Greens... 1 cup
Okra... 1 cup
Peppers (green, red)... 1/2 med
Radishes... 10 med
Rhubarb... 1 stalk
Spinach or Kale... 1 cup
Squash (summer)... 1 cup
String Beans (was, green or yellow)... 1 cup
Tomatoes... 1 small
Turnip Sprouts/Greens... 1 cup
Zucchini... 1 cup


•Fruits: 2 servings/day (do not eat after 6 pm/fresh or frozen fruit, not canned)

Grapes (green)... 10 reg
Apple... 1 small
Apricot... 3 med
Blueberries... 1/4 cup
Cantaloupe... 1/8 lg
Cherries... 9 med
Grapefruit... 1/2 small
Lemon... 1 small
Orange... 1 small
Peach... 1 small
Pineapple... 3/4 cup
Prunes... 2 med
Raspberries... 1/4 cup
Strawberries... 12 small
Tangerine... 1 small
Watermelon... 1 cup diced


•Starches: 2 servings/day

Diet Bread (40-45 calories)... 1 slice
Melba Toast (unseasoned)... 2 slices
Bread Stick (Diet Stella D 'Oro)... 1 lg stick
Akmak Cracker... 1/2 sheet
Rice Cake (unsalted)... 1 cake per day
Millers Bran... 2 tbsp
Kavli Crispy Bread, thin... 1 wafer
Corn Tortillas (6" dia.)... 1/2 tortilla
Ryvta Cracker... 1/2 of 1 pack (3 x per week combined)
Baked Potato... 1/2 small (3 x per week combined)
Brown Rice... 1/4 cup cooked (3 x per week combined)


•Fats: 1 serving per day (apply after cooking)

Diet Margarine... 1 tsp
Promise Lite... 1 tsp
Promise Ultra... 1 tsp
Fleishman's Lite or diet mayonnaise... 1 tsp
Portions listed a raw weights unless stated.


You must also have 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of Morton's Lite Salt per day. You may also use 1 tbsp of mustard as a condiment per day.

You may prepare all foods by steaming, boiling, roasting, broiling, baking, pan frying, microwaving, or grilling. Do not use fat, lard, etc. Pam original, no butter, is allowed.

Limit artificial sweeteners (Equal, Sweet N' Low, Splenda) to 2 to 3 packs per day.

Allowed seasonings: Morton's Light Salt (1/4 to 1/2 tsp), pepper, garlic, fresh herbs and spices, apple cider vinegar and tarragon vinegar, Mrs. Dash, juice of one lemon per day. No regular salt or condiments.

Salad Dressings: 2 tbsp daily of Fat Free salad dressing.

All the best my friends in your quest to lose and be healthy,
Kimberly
June 22, 2012 12:36 PM
bump for later~
June 22, 2012 12:37 PM
QUOTE:

Sounds like BS.. you gotta have some sort of exercise to stay fit. POINT BLANK. But thats ok, let her be stingy and broke for paying that amount. You will be looking great when you get to your goal, and she will gain it all back, soon as she cant afford her $600 diet plan anymore.. LOL


this ^^ &&&& There is NO SECRET TO WEIGHT LOSS HONEY. It's always either exercise or decreaing food in take .... you can lose weight without any exercise! 100 % you can easily cut down carbs and east 500 calories less and lose weight without any movement
June 22, 2012 12:41 PM
bump (just in case)
June 22, 2012 12:53 PM
I signed up for the program as well. My struggle was with sticking to just the items on their list, and taking the supplements that you're supposed to. I did lose 20lbs in a month, but I did that on here just watching what I ate and exercising. I realized that I couldn't or wasn't willing to change my eating habits so drastically as I don't really enjoy vegetables, and I love carbs. I have cut back on carbs, but not as low as this program goes. I did fork over a lot of money, $630, and felt awful when I didn't continue. I decided to just reduce what I eat and try to eat more healthy options for the calories I do allow myself during the day.
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February 3, 2013 11:08 AM
All I can tell you is that (a) it's working for me, and
Edited by milt2tle On July 29, 2013 4:56 PM
February 21, 2013 1:23 PM
I was skeptical of Slim for Life too, but one of my friends took the leap before I did and while she hasn't been quite as successful as I want to be, I really wanted the structure. I have been wanting someone for years to tell me what foods to eat, when, how to prepare them, what to avoid, etc. I wouldn't be this overweight if I actually had self-control and knew what I was doing. That's a hard thing to acknowledge. I'm sure there are people out there (even on this thread!) that can lose weight simply by watching what they eat, but I have never been able to make that work for more than a few weeks tops. I've only lost 15lbs in my first month on S4L but already my doctor is saying I don't need blood pressure pills anymore. (My REAL doctor, not anyone at the S4l place--they're not doctors and don't pretend to be.)
While the program IS expensive, and can very likely be replicated, I'm really grateful for the constant support and structure. What no one seems to have mentioned in this discussion is that the period of service that you purchase up front (the insanely large start-up fee) includes your weight loss phase AND a stabilization phase AND a maintenance phase. It doesn't sound like anyone has gotten that far on here. When I paid that $600 to start, it was for a starter pack of pills (some lasted two weeks, some last more than a month), a week's worth of snacks, and an entire year of service--26 weeks to lose weight, and 26 weeks to make sure I know how to not gain it back. At this early stage, I don't know what the second six months will look like, but I like that they don't just dump you off as soon as you get to your goal.
Anyone who's skeptic about losing weight without exercise needs to do some research--there are even people who argue that exercising makes you gain weight because your perception of how many calories you burn through exercise is generally inflated. You have to run four miles to burn the number of calories consumed in a single donut. So people who talk about hitting the gym after eating out probably don't have enough hours in the day to actually burn it off. That's not to say exercise is useless, but it's calorie intake that actually makes a difference.
I'm not sure I would encourage anyone to use the food list provided in this thread without being on the plan. Without the appetite suppressants, I'm not sure I could eat that little. They say it's like 1000-1200 calories daily, but when I was tracking my food on here, I was consistently under 1000. Either MFP is off, or S4L is off, I'm not sure which. But all in all, I actually really like this program and it's been the first thing I've had continued success with. I certainly wish it was cheaper, but as my husband and I decided in the beginning, if it works, it's worth far more than we're paying. If I get the weight off, we'll be able to have kids, and hopefully I'll avoid the depressing life of a diabetic like my dad had. $600+ is a small price to pay for those things.
  829822
June 28, 2013 7:09 AM
I'd wager there was a deficit involved.
July 29, 2013 4:25 PM
I signed up for Slim 4 Life 5 weeks ago. I have paid 1200.00 in US Dollars thus far to lose 11 1/5 pounds. The Supplements are VERY PRICEY... I work in the medical field and did a " little" research "before" starting the program. Once I signed up for the year membership 600 dollars later and bought the snacks and protein drinks and 3 months supply of the water pills which aren't needed which the manager convinced me that I needed and I bought 3 months supply of EFA's which they say are needed and then I ask about how much the LIPOCELL is per bottle? The Lipocell is the MOST important Supplement of them all which by the way you will need to be off of 6 weeks before having any surgery do to the high risk factor of a heart attack. The Lipocell is 150 a bottle and they will try to convince you to take 6 capsules per day to lose the weight faster. I am here to tell you that I was taking 6 of the Lipocell per day and I could not sleep at night they were making me VERY edgy. I started feeling like my sugar levels were off "NOT A DIABETIC" but I could tell that something is off in my system. So I stopped ALL supplements cold turkey 2 days ago..I have not felt good at all haven't been able to stay out the bathroom and am VERY lethargic. I have heard that people who have done this program ALWAYS GAINS the weight back when they stop taking the supplements. You eat maybe 600 calories a day then you take a lot of supplements to keep your body from going into starvation mode and start storing calories as fat.. The sad thing is.. You lose muscle mass. They don't encourage exercise which I thought was very odd.

If you are considering slim 4 life I would check with your physician first.. Now I wished I had of. I am out the 1200 dollars and don't plan on going back. I will go to Weight Watchers in hopes that I will be able to keep the 11 pounds off that I have lost so far. I work with a lady who paid 2500.00 and lost a lot of weight she said quite fast but.. As soon as she STOPPED the supplements she gained back ALL her weight back. She said the program is GREAT "IF" you want to take supplements for the rest of your life..

I also told the lady whom signed me up that I have High Blood Pressure. I asked if the Lipocell was safe for me to be taking? It is a amphetamine and she said oh yes.. I took the product to a local GNC and asked the man who we deal with all the time who KNOWS supplements and asked him if they had anything that is similar to the Lipocell that is cheaper and he said no the MAIN ingredient that makes the product work is called the geranium oil and GNC had to PULL all the products that had geranium oil in it off their shelves. So I did my own research on Geranium Oil on Google and found that they are trying to ban the Geranium Oil from the United States all together.. Look it up yourself.. I don't quite understand the dangers of the product except the fact that it speeds up your heart rate with out giving you the getters like caffeine does. It will keep you up at night if you take too much..

I also wanted to add that Slim 4 Life knows that I have High Blood Pressure so one would think that they would check my blood pressure at least 3 times a week since I "was" weighing in EVERYDAY.. But in the 5 weeks that I went every day they checked it once.

I would just do your own research Via the internet and by going to a health care professional for advise BEFORE starting the program since you will be taking LOTS of supplements EVERY DAY for months to get your weight off. It is a quick fix but is it a healthy way to get weight off? That is all up to the individual who is paying the hundreds or thousands in my friends case to get the weight off and by the way if you buy a supplement that you can't take they will NOT take the product back even if you haven't opened it meaning you were talked into buying the 3 month supply of any certain product.. Once you take it out their door its yours.. Regardless. So if you are prone to having problems taking stuff you might think twice before buying 3 months supply of any of the supplements before you try taking them first.. Just a suggestion. Slim 4 life might work for you but its not for me.. I believe I can train myself to eat right with out depending on SO many supplements daily.. Weight Watchers is by far a cheaper program and they do teach you how to eat right and to exercise. I checked into that program also but seen the Slim 4 Life commercials that said you will lose 30 pounds in 30 days. That seemed so appealing to me.. We all want that quick fix but we will pay for the quick fixes one way or another.. Either out of our pocket book or our health.

The only advise I have is RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH.
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July 29, 2013 5:30 PM
I would never pay anyone $600 to tell me how to lose weight. If you need structure or help, try a book. There are plenty of authors out there who have published full diet plans, and though they tend to rely on a gimmick or two, they are basically tutorials on ways to maintain a calorie deficit while eating (pretty much) good food.
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