It’s no secret that I struggle with my weight. I’ve written before about it, and in the past have tried a couple of very low-calorie meal replacement diets. I’ve done really well on them, and have really enjoyed them, so when SML gave me the opportunity to try out a week’s worth of meal replacement products, I jumped at the chance.
SML stands for Slim and Maintain for Life, as the founder, Ally, believes that with the right support and guidance, we can all lose weight and maintain it for life. The whole idea of the plan is that after consuming very few calories on the diet for a couple of days, your body enters into a state of ketosis, where your body will begin to use your stored body fat rather than glucose for energy.
I was sent the simple plan, which costs just over £35. It consists of 28 products, which is a week’s worth. You can go on the website and choose any combination of products to suit your own tastes. There’s plenty of choice – shakes, meals, soups, porridges and bars.
I decided to avoid soups and porridge as I’m funny about the texture of those at the best of times, but opted for a combination of the rest. I had:
- shakes – chocolate coconut, chocolate mint, chocolate orange and cookie dough cream
- meal replacement bars – chocolate chew and peanut chew
- meal replacement meals – cottage pie, pasta carbonara, spaghetti bolognaise, tex mex chicken and chicken and pepperoni risotto
- high protein bars – crispy hazelnut bar, coconut bar, lemon pie bar and nutty chocolate bar
I ordered more of the meals because I figured they might fill me up a little bit more, or at least make me feel like I had eaten a meal, which is where I went totally wrong.
I knew it was going to be difficult – I’ve done meal replacement diets before – and I knew the meals probably weren’t going to taste all that great, especially as they are tiny little bags of powdered food which you add hot water to. Still, I was all up for it. On the first day, I eagerly awaited dinner time and the risotto, which I was going to have with my allowance of 200g of broccoli. However, I found it completely inedible, and the taste actually made me feel a little bit sick. I couldn’t manage more than a couple of mouthfuls, and ate the broccoli, and a few spoons of rice that the others were having for dinner. Not a good start! I was hoping that was just a one off, but I really could not stomach any of the meals (and believe me, I can eat most things – I’ve eaten chocolate coated ants in the past!) and so that immediately put me on the wrong foot. There was just absolutely no way that I could eat them, and so I ended up having a small, healthy meal for my main meals at dinner time. However, I did stick to the plan the rest of the time.
The shakes were powdered (for some reason I expected pre-made bottles, but actually, these were better!) that you added cold water to. With them came a really handy mixer bottle/cup thing. I was expecting something quite thin and watery, and was really surprised to find that they were actually delicious. They were quite thick, very creamy tasting and were yummy. I looked forward to them every morning!
I also really enjoyed all of the bars. They gave me something to crunch and feel like I was properly eating, and certainly gave me the chocolate fix that I needed. They were really handy to chuck in my bag, especially when I had a long day at work on a school trip.
Of course it was difficult, and that was with me ‘cheating’ by having a small meal on the evening. A couple of days in was the hardest – I had very little energy and felt like I needed lots of coffee and water to keep going, but it was doable for short bursts of time. I can’t imagine doing it for more than a week or so at a time, so would be something I would use if I needed to kick start weight loss, or needed to lose a few pounds for a special occasion. If I was to do it again, I wouldn;t bother ordering any of the meals, and stick to the shakes and bars.
In total, I lost 5lbs in the week, which I was pleased about. Obviously, if I had stuck to it religiously and had the meals, it would have been more, but I just couldn’t face them. I couldn’t take any measurements as I couldn’t find our tape, but my jeans definitely felt a lot looser!
*I was sent a weeks supply of the SML diet for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.