I have battled with my weight ever since I was a child and throughout my teenage years I always said I should diet but never had the self-control to do it, and then I was in a relationship for 18 months in my late teens/ early 20’s and both me and my other half put on a lot of weight with the takeaway orders and treats. A little while after we split up me and my mum joined slimming world where I lost 4 and a half stone in my first year. I was so close to target and then Christmas happened and two years later I was back where I started. Things since then have been up and down and I’ve just not had the self-control again to push myself. I may well be healthier now with a more varied diet, and a hell of a lot more exercise but I am bigger than I want to be. So when Certaslim* contacted me a few weeks ago offering for me to trial out 2 weeks of their nutrition plan I jumped at the chance.
The package of food arrived alongside a welcome pack which explained the diet giving the three options you could adopt. Flex which meant you had one home cooked meal a day from their list of choices and Rapid and Boost which were all their food but differing amounts. I opted for the one which boosted the quickest results and the pack explained everything I could and couldn’t have. I won’t explain the whole thing but noticeably you couldn’t have fizzy drinks (not even diet ones) and no fruit, but I was able to have four meals a day (options of a shake, oatmeal, soup, meal replacement bar or meal), a snack, an allocation of milk, some vegetables and some condiments from their list.
The first thing I noticed when I opened my delivery was the choice in products, I had 8 shake choices (Chocolate Orange/ Chocolate/ Chocolate Mint/ Strawberry/ Vanilla/ Hazelnut/ Caffee Latte/ Banana), 5 different varieties of soup (Cream of tomato/ mushroom/ chicken/ vegetable and curry noodle), 2 choices of meal replacement bar (Blueberry Yoghurt and Cappuccino Crunch), 4 choices of main meal (Spaghetti Bolognaise, Cottage Pie, Chilli and Creamy Carbenara), 2 Oatmeals (regular and apple and cinnamon), and 3 snack choices (Chocolate/ Chocolate coconut/ lemon yoghurt). Going back a few years and I would not have even dared try a lot of these choices but I did and I only found a small handful that I didn’t like, the Strawberry shake made me feel ill, the vegetable soup was always lumpy and I just don’t like oatmeal or blueberry bars. But as a whole the choice was extensive and most of it was really tasty.
When I first got my Certaslim delivery I spent ages separating out the products so each day I got a mixture and wasn’t having too many shakes in a day etc. Generally I found my optimal day was a shake for breakfast, a snack bar mid-morning, soup for lunch, another shake when I first got home from work and a meal in the evening. I am used to having large portions of food, even when I’ve been on slimming world I’d stock up on potatoes and other ‘free’ food, so I was expecting to feel a little hungry with the Certaslim foods, but surprisingly I wasn’t.
I didn’t stick to the food 100% of the time because I want to see realistically how it would fit into my life. We all have times when we go out, we meet friends for dinner etc and I wanted to see how this would affect things. For the two weeks that I did it generally I was off Certaslim at the weekends and did it all throughout the week with one dinner being off plan. With this mind I still lost 5 lbs on my first week, so if I had stuck to it 100% of the time I can’t imagine how my weight lose would have gone. The second week was tougher as I was out more but I still lost 3 lbs which I was really happy about. As I’ve not used all the products I have enough to last me another week and I’ve made an order myself for some more so let’s see what the future holds.