Whilst a firm believer of the 'it takes 9 months to grow a baby, and 9 months to loose the baby weight' at nearly 7 months my weight seems to have stopped still. I am still several dress sizes bigger than pre Little Man and my weight is still heavier than before pregnancy too. Shake that weight contacted me to offer me a 2 week trial to see if their plans would help.
The first step was to choose a plan. The main three are:
Shake it Off - Very Low Calorie diet
Shift and Shake - Ketosis
Simply Shake - Total food replacement
As I am still wanting to run and the Shift and Shake and Simply shake only recommend light exercise I decided that the Shake it off plan would be the best for me. I am not expecting miracle results as the average duration is 12 weeks, with the recommended minimum 4 weeks. However I feel 2 weeks is a good indication and will also help me determine how easy it is to follow.
I think part of my weight is due to my very sweet tooth. I love cakes, chocolate, sweets in fact anything sugary. I have an association that when stressed I eat, or when I am working or concentrating I like to have a bag of sweets next to me. The Shake it off plan allows you to have a low calorie evening meal and a shake that weight product for breakfast and for lunch, as well as one snack.
My first day on the plan and I felt terrible. Suffering with bad headaches, bad hunger pains and mood swings. It may have been my bodies way of wanting sugar and I really felt like giving up. Day 2 was very similar, only to a lesser extent and by day 3 they had disappeared.
I found if I did not drink enough water I would feel tired, sluggish and have a heavy headache. As the week progressed I found things did get easier. Managing 3 children and looking after 2 dogs I was worried my energy levels might not be as high as needed, but I had no issues. Running was also not a problem.
As for the meals themselves I was pleasantly surprised. The shakes were lovely and thick and creamy, the soups were full of flavour and the snack bars gave me the sweet hit I craved. What surprised me was the size of the portions and I guess this is something I am going to take away. Look at the portion size and the type of food I am eating. Also know that I can go without that biscuit or cake!
Overall I have lost 2.3Kg in 2 weeks. It might not sound a lot but it has given me a confidence boost. Shake that weight have helped me to break bad habits, and I now know I can get through the day with out all that sugar. Needing to look at them more as treats, and also look more at the portion sizes of food that I do eat. I shall be taking away a lot from the last two weeks, and hopefully this will help me to continue to regain my pre baby weight.
Shake that weight provided me with 2 weeks of food in exchange for my honest opinion.