Daily Archives: January 29, 2016

Slimfast versus Salad [Fitness Friday]

Fitness

As I’ve mentioned before, for the past year and a half or so I’ve been using the “if it fits your macros” philosophy to lose weight and build muscle. So when Influenster offered to send me some Slimfast items I figured, hey, why not? I could always use some snacks!

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They sent me Cinnamon Bun Swirl Drizzled Crisps, Sour Cream and Onion Baked Crisps, a Dark Chocolate Sea Salt bar, and one meal replacement drink.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that only the drink had sucralose in it. I don’t drink or eat sucralose or aspartame or other similar sweeteners so I was happy that I could at least try the other items!

And try them I did. The cinnamon crisps and the sour cream and onion crisps were snacks on two different days. I ate the bar on my way to working packet pickup for the F3 Half Marathon. All were quite tasty, to be honest.

But here’s my issue with the whole thing:

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Can you see that? This plan suggests you eat two meal replacement bars or shakes, both of which are under 200 calories. Then you eat one 500 calorie meal and three 100 calories snacks. When you do the math you come up with, at most, 1200 calories.

Um, what?? Even when I was first “cutting” (aka losing weight and body fat) I was eating more than that! Seriously. I may not be a registered dietitian or nutritionist but 1200 calories seems super duper low!

Especially if you’re also working out. I lift weights 4-5 days, do at least one high intensity interval cardio session, and one longer run of 5 to 10 miles each week. I need me some food!

Plus, I’ve found that a huge salad with 4-6 ounces of protein fills me up way more than anything else. For example, yesterday I had a free meal from Sprig so I ordered their Harissa Chicken with Couscous for lunch. I love that they list all the macros on their app/website so it made it simple to find something that would work. However, even though it was tasty, it didn’t fill me up the same way all those greens and veggies do in a salad. Crazy, right?

Anyway, I won’t be buying any Slimfast stuff with my own money. I don’t need it and I find the whole idea a little suspect. I guess I just prefer to eat real food. Like the Chicken Avocado Burgers I made for dinner last night. Highly recommended.

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Also, for the curious, this is what my workouts looked like so far this week, plus what I have planned.

Monday – Rest

Tuesday – Workout with my trainer (deadlifts, bench press, front squats and pull-ups) plus an Orangetheory Fitness class.

Wednesday – Back & Biceps

Thursday – Legs

Friday – Chest, Shoulders & Triceps plus 20 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill (planned)

Saturday – 8 mile run (planned)

Sunday – Rest