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Slim-Fast Diet®

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Background

  • The Slim-Fast® diet is an eating plan that aims to help people lose weight. The diet is based on consuming Slim-Fast® portion- and calorie-controlled prepared foods while the individual learns the principles of healthy food selection and portion control. Slim-Fast® diet products are integral to this eating plan, and they include shakes, nutrition bars, packaged meals, and other dietary supplements.
  • Slim-Fast® products are sold in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, and the Netherlands. The United States headquarters of Slim-Fast® is in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Slim-Fast® has promoted its product line and diet using a variety of celebrities.
  • Slim-Fast® was founded in 1977 as a part of the Thompson Medical Group. The founder made the company private in 1987, and it was acquired by the Anglo-Dutch corporation Unilever® in 2000. Soon after, Slim-Fast® experienced severe profit losses due to the surge of popularity in low-carbohydrate diets, also known as low-carb diets. Slim-Fast® was originally created to assist individuals in losing weight without focusing on adopting a healthy lifestyle. To expand its market appeal, however, Slim-Fast® has recently diversified its product lines and approaches to dieting. Slim-Fast® now offers diets that are designed for individuals whose primary motivation in losing weight may be for health-related reasons. For instance, people may choose to lose weight to lower their chances of developing diabetes or having a heart attack.
  • Though Slim-Fast® used to advocate consuming two of its shakes and a "sensible dinner" every day, the diet is now less rigid, and offers more personalized eating recommendations that may allow for more options than the original meal plan. Today, there are five types of Slim-Fast® products available for purchase. These include Original, Optima, Low-Carb, High Protein, and Easy-to-Digest. These Slim-Fast products are known as "meal replacements," because they provide a fair amount of nutritional value while remaining low in calories.
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References

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