Review: Slim Shots

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I don’t generally care for weight loss products. I feel like they prey on our desperation and never work as advertised. Perhaps you laid down a nice chunk of change on a super-duper mega fat blaster guaranteed to burn the fat while you sleep – only to find out you are expected to follow the “enclosed diet plan” – which was never mentioned in the advertising that sucked you in.

So I was borderline impressed with the presentation for the Slim Shots Appetite Controller (on QVC, natch). The very first thing they said was that it was only to be used in conjunction with a diet and exercise plan. They did not claim you could eat whatever you wanted and still lose weight. They made it very clear that this was a tool and not a miracle.

Well. I had to order it, didn’t I? Looking at those 15 flabby pounds I had to get rid of made this sound very appealing. And, like the Sensa debacle, I figured when it didn’t work, I would send it right back for a full refund.

The first claim they made was that it's an all-natural product. Well, I guess it is if you consider aspartame to be all-natural. Otherwise, it’s just a vanilla-flavored “proprietary blend” of oat and palm oils contained in pre-measured “shots” that look like coffee creamers. There are no stimulants, it's dairy-free and vegan-friendly, and each shot is about 20 calories.

The QVC package ($26.57 + shipping and handling) includes 37 shots, which I guess is 7 more than the usual. The idea is to do two shots a day for the first week (one with breakfast, one with lunch) and then one a day, as needed, thereafter.

Also included is a 14-Day Meal Planner which, I must admit, was based on a pretty reasonable and doable 1500-calorie a day diet (for women – it is suggested men add an additional 500 calories). Also included in the plan is a list of free foods and a (very short) 100-calorie snack list. Helpful.

Many of the reviewers on QVC had a problem with the taste of the shots – sending the product back because it was “so bad”. Poppycock! It wasn’t THAT awful. Is it delightful? No, but I didn’t expect it to be a taste treat. It does have a bit of a plastic flavor, but it wasn’t a deal breaker for me. Drink some water after you do the shot – you’ll get over it. Lord knows, I've put worse things in my mouth. :)

So I’ll bet you want to know if it really controlled my monster appetite, right? Well, surprisingly, yes it did! I took one with breakfast and one with lunch (noon) and would not be hungry again until 8:00 or 9:00 at night – so it did exactly what it said it would do and controlled my appetite for 8 hours.

Here’s the problem with that: I sometimes don’t like to be “bothered” with eating at night. I only have a few hours after work so I was thinking “cool…I don’t have to waste my time eating.” Bad plan. Because by the time 8:00 or 9:00 rolled around, I would be STARVING. Well, yeah, because I hadn’t eaten for 8 hours. Dumb.

When I got the idea that I should eat my dinner even if I wasn’t particularly hungry, things went much better. I was not famished when I got home from work, so I was able to eat a more reasonable dinner. And then I was fine for the rest of the night.

My overall feeling on these is that it’s a great way to get yourself started on a diet program. Many diets fail because it’s just too hard in the beginning dealing with the hunger as you drastically cut your food intake. Having this product to suppress your appetite while your body gets used to a new way of eating is a great idea. I don’t even think anyone who was actively and seriously dieting would need these beyond the first month. You should be “in the groove” by then, with your cravings under control. And I will admit that it worked a lot better in the first week than it did in the second – but it still worked. Maybe I just need two every day.

I’ve mentioned before that my biggest struggle is the afternoon. This really helped me get through that and be satisfied with one small snack. So I don’t think I’ll be getting anymore – but if that afternoon monster rears its ugly head again, I will.

So I think that’s everything. Oh, I believe you can also pick these up at Wal-Mart. Probably even on sale and with a coupon.

Well, my finger is bleeding all over my keyboard (food processor blade), so I guess I’d better go take care of that.

See you Friday with some skincare stuff (hold on to your wallet…this one is going to cost you)!


Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

Yay for the extra 500 calories for men!

Tammy Howard said...

I'm working hard on the 'eat right, exercise, don't worry about the number on the scale' mentality. We're not all meant to be small and that's ok. We can all be healthy. I tend to steer clear of weight loss products because that seems sort of counter to my mantra - that it's about health more than weight.

I made that sound easy, but it's not. This society wants it to be about weight and doesn't really give a fig about health (despite claims to the contrary). A slim person with unhealthy habits is fine; a heavy person with healthy habits is flawed.

Weight obsessions make me sad. :-(

Anonymous said...

thanks for posting, I've wondered about those! I needed something like that when I worked...I would get stressed or bored at work and just want to eat everything from the vending machines!

Theresa said...

Well, the taste doesn't sound too good but if it works! The older I get, the harder it is to drop a few pounds! Let us know how it works!

Cindy Lou said...

I have some...but could never get passed the smell!! So I never tried them!!! But maybe can hold my nose and give it a try!!! Thanks for the post and Let us know how you do!!!

Housewife Savant said...

Comfort eating after my Meniere's flares up has me all over the place these days.

I haven't had a Good Week since April.

I had a cheeseburger tonight.


WhisperingWriter said...


I think I'd gag at the taste though. I'm a total gagger if I taste something I don't like.

MaryRC said...

im with WW gag reflex, huge with me. i tried fat flush plan, eww too much yuck was expected. i find if im taking a supplement, i give myself permission to eat more and more, total mind game.

Ree said...

Hm. Did the morning one make you less hungry for lunch? Because that's the time of day that I'm losing the fight. ;-)

Oh, and hey, did you ever do a green tea post? Y'know - all its claims?

elesa said...

thank you so much for reviewing this! I always get sucked in by weight loss infomercials. Always. Always. Especially the exercise ones lately, which are almost worse. You saved me!

Patty said...

I don't think the taste would bother me, but I am thinking you could just blend up some coconut or palm oil with some oats and flavoring...ok, that's just gross, right? :-)

Camevil said...

Funny, I just saw these advertised recently and thought, "Jelly Bean will probably say something about this."

You know I'm a sucker for beauty product reviews. Now I'm afraid for my budget!

greedygrace said...

You're going to review the Twinkie diet next, right? Because I really need to know how I can lose 20 pounds by eating nothing but Twinkies! :)

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Grace - see Sensa review....

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