Slim4life was only available in Florida, Kansas, Missouri and Texas where the company have a network of Slim4life weight loss centres. Today things have changed because now you can buy a home kit and do Slim4life wherever you live. According to the company information, Slim4life was founded in 1979 and has helped thousands of people lose weight successfully.
Slim4life is a personalised weight loss programme that you can either follow at a specialist weight loss centre or use at home with a kit supported by a phone line to a counsellor. The diet sounds OK but it is expensive and with the costs running into thousands of dollars, it will be too pricey for many people. The Slim4life product range is also very expensive.
The fat burner offered with the diet plan could cause jitteriness, hypertension, tachycardia, anxiety, insomnia, headaches and nausea.
Slim4life is very expensive. The cost of the weight-loss programme in a Slim4Life centre is not provided. You have to first attend a consultation and the price will depend on your particular needs.
The home kits are priced as follows:
You will also be suggested to buy supplements along the diet plan, which is a supplementary expense.
At first, we thought Slim4life looked quite good because we liked all the emphasis on healthy eating and home cooking. However, you are encouraged to buy supplements and that will add to the already elevated cost. We do think that Slim4Life will help you lose weight but it is extremely expensive to follow and, in our opinion, does not offer value for money. You would probably join an established weight loss company such as Weight Watchers and buy a gym membership and obtain similar results.
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Slim4life is a weight loss programme that requires you to visit one of the Slim4life centres before you start for a free personalised consultation. You are then provided with a personalised plan for weight loss that, according to the product information, has been devised by a team of doctors, nutritionists and counselling psychologists. You can also buy an over-the-counter version of the same programme called a home kit so that your counselling programme can take place over the phone. This makes Slim4life available to everyone regardless of location.
The plans comprise of healthy eating programs with regular foods that you buy from grocery stores and that you can prepare at home. There is also advice about how to eat out at restaurants and still lose weight. There is a range of supplements and products that you can take for added help. Sign up to the programme in a centre and you attend one on one consultations at your local Slim4life centre. If you choose a home kit, your consultation takes place over the phone.
Follow the guidance of your counsellor. Full instructions will be provided once you join the programme.
The product information does not give too much away about the weight loss diet that you will be following. However it is stated that it is based on a calorie-controlled diet that allows up to 1,500 calories a day and is rich in vitamins and minerals and low in refined carbohydrates, fats and sodium. In other words, a healthy eating plan.
The weight loss diet stresses the importance of a balanced diet and nutritionally sound home cooking and teaches you healthy eating habits. It is suitable for everyone – there is even a programme for children as young as 8 years old. In addition you do not have to exercise in order to lose weight on this programme and predicted weight loss is between 3 lbs – 5 lbs a week. In addition to the weight-loss programme, you can also buy a selection of supplements such as branded Slim4Life fat burners and other dietary aids. There are also diet drinks and various snacks. Flavours of snack bars include Peanut Butter Crunch and Double Chocolate so there is obviously not much emphasis on trying to change your tastes to something healthier, despite what they say in the advertising about a balanced diet and nutrition.
Slim4life claims to help you lose a lot of weight. Key to the advertising is the use of so-called real customer experiences. These all say things such as ‘Scott lost 63 lbs’ and ‘Hannah lost 109 lbs’ and there are photos of these happy people and a brief description of how much weight they have lost and how much better they feel.
However this is all very short on details. There is no information about how long it has taken to lose these large amounts of weight. In fact there is no real evidence that these people are really genuine Slim4life success stories and not just models.
According to the Slim4life advertising, the weight-loss programs cost $6.00 a week. We wanted to look into this but apart from this statement on the website; the cost is simply not mentioned. However we feel that the $6.00 a week claims is probably understated because if you sign up for a home kit, it will cost you around $75.00 a week.
There is also a Slim4 life shop that sells various supplements and food products to help you. There is a Slim4life cookbook, which like the rest of the products seems overpriced at $30.00.
The Slim4life website looks slick and professional but is very short on any real facts. To find out more you have to attend a consultation at a centre. According to the information, the initial consultation is free.
Most calorie-controlled diets will help you lose weight if you stick at them, and Slim4life is no exception. However, we are concerned that the dietary supplements on offer such as the snack bars, and puddings are all incredibly sweet, and will do nothing for retraining your tastes into something healthier. We are also concerned about the expense of this programme and how long you are expected to stay on it in order to lose weight. The Slim4life company are cagey about the expense but according to some customers, the cost of Slim4life runs into thousands of dollars.
One customer reported in an interview with a leading consumer site,
…It can get VERY expensive. I signed up a few weeks ago and I paid a total of about $3,400. The initial charge was $646, which covers the one-on-one consultations and the help from the counsellors, and SOME of the thermo snacks and supplements. Depending on the plan, you would be on, you would have to eat 2–3 “thermo snacks” per day and those can get expensive.
After all you would expect any diet to work if you spent thousands of dollars on it.
Although the information about Slim4life stresses the importance of healthy and natural home cooking, there is also a range of supplements and products to accompany the various weight loss programmes. In addition, you can join up to this programme online by buying a home kit.
There are also supplements that you can buy. You will need to do this if you buy the home kits because you are only given a starter selection.
There are also other supplements designed for specific purposes: Slim 700 Carb Blocker ($40), NeuroSlim ($40) and Slim4Life Release Diuretic ($30).
A range of drinks, snacks and pudding is also available.
The fat burner supplements will cause side effects, which may include:
Other supplements may cause side effects, but there is no information provided.
You should avoid taking supplements if you are under 18, pregnant or breast-feeding.
Avoid the supplements if you suffer from hypertension or cardiovascular issues.
Some people have lost weight by following this programme but not everyone is pleased.
There are complaints about the price, with some customers spending thousands of dollars. However, some people are satisfied.
This customer found it kept her on the straight and narrow:
Slim4Life is working for me!!! I’ve tried Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Plexus Slim, taking Garcinia Cambogia, plus many other ‘quick diets’. The reason Slim4Life works for me is because I AM WORKING THE PLAN… A huge part of my success is the counsellors at the Lewisville, TX location. Cindy, Lisa, Alison, and Arely are very helpful. They are knowledgeable when I have questions… Slim4Life is the only weight loss programme that has actually helped me to lose more than 15 pounds and keep it off. I’ve lost 35 pounds so far and I feel amazing!
No, Slim4life is not backed by a guarantee but if you attend one of the Slim4life clinics, you do have some assurance that you will lose weight:
At the time of enrolment, your Slim4Life Weight Loss Service Guarantee is calculated based upon your medical history and goal weight. Your Slim4Life Weight Loss Service Guarantee is valid as long as you visit the centre regularly, take treatment weeks consecutively, and follow all the guidelines as instructed. If, abiding by these conditions, you do not reach your goal weight in the amount of time specified in your Slim4Life Weight Loss Service Guarantee; Slim4Life Weight Loss will continue your programme until you have lost the amount of weight specified without any additional charge for our services. […]
If you live in Florida, Kansas, Missouri or Texas you may be able to find a Slim4Life centre close to your home. Alternatively, you can buy the home kits from the official website.
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