What are the benefits of losing weight ?
If you're overweight, reducing your weight by just 5 to 10 percent may minimize your risk for many chronic diseases. As an example, if you weigh 200 pounds, this would mean losing 10 to 20 pounds. Even this small amount of weight loss may help lower blood pressure, total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels, triglycerides levels and blood sugar. Losing weight often has emotional benefits too, such as raising self esteem and lowering the risk for depression.
How do I know if I am ready to lose weight ?
Take a few minutes to answer the following questions:
1. Do you want to lose weight because YOU want to, and not because someone else thinks you should?
2. Do you feel enthusiastic about making a personal commitment to "why I can", rather than the "why I can't"
3. Are you willing to explore ways to incorporate regular physical activity into your daily life?
4. Do you think of losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle as an investment in your future as well as an investment in the "now"?
Answering "Yes" to these questions shows that you have a positive "can do" attitude that will go a long way in helping you get started on your weight loss journey.
How do I stay motivated to stick to the Slim-Fast® 3-2-1 Plan ?
Don't just focus on the pounds. Remind yourself of the reasons why you want to lose weight—to lower your cholesterol, to have more energy, to get your blood pressure under control. And while you need to have determination and self motivation, you don't have to do it alone. Support systems have proven to be effective in helping individuals achieve their weight loss goals. Enlist the support of friends, family and/or coworkers. If you've not yet done so, take a few minutes to sign up for a few Slim-Fast® Online buddies. They can really help keep you on track.
How often should I weigh myself while dieting ?
Regularly monitoring your weight is critical to successful weight loss. As a general rule, you only need to track your progress by weighing yourself once a week. Most Slim-Fast® members weigh themselves on the same day at about the same time each week and record it in their on-line Slim-Fast® Weight Chart. If possible, try to weigh yourself on the same scale, as different scales can give you different results. And if you choose to weigh yourself more frequently or daily, just remember that your weight can fluctuate from day to day for reasons that aren't related to your food intake.
Once I begin the Slim-Fast® 3-2-1 Plan, how quickly can I expect to see results ?
The Slim-Fast® 3-2-1 Plan is designed for a safe and healthy weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week. Your weight loss results may vary based on a number of factors, including your starting weight and amount of physical activity, but you should begin to see weight loss results at the end of one week.
How do I maintain my weight once I reach my goal?
There is no single "maintenance plan" because each body requires a different number of calories once it reaches the goal weight. To figure out the daily calorie amount that your new, slimmer body requires, slowly switch back to “regular” foods. Start by having a balanced meal (approximately 500 calories) in place of one of your Slim- Fast Shake or Meal Bars. At the end of that week, are you still losing weight? If so, add another 100 calorie snack to your day. Continue to weigh yourself each week, and then continue to add food, 100 calories at a time, until your weight maintains itself from week to week.