Despite many diet plans endeavouring to keep slimmers full, some people feel they need a bit of extra help and turn to over-the-counter slimming pills or potions.
These might be in the form of herbal supplements or pills which claim to speed up metabolism, hence burning off calories faster. Some state they bind fat which prevents it from being absorbed, while others promise to fill you up, so you’re less likely to snack.
Slimsticks fall into the latter category of ‘filling you up’.
What are Slimsticks?
According to Christine Hamilton (one of Slimsticks advocates), a friend recommended she try them as they were ‘so big in the States.’ Slimsticks are a food supplement which should be used in conjunction with following a healthy eating plan.
According to the website ‘Slimsticks is a weight management aid that offers the duel benefits of feeling instantly full as well as delaying hunger so helping you to feel fuller for longer and to eat less.’
The ‘sticks’ or sachets are packets containing a special powder which should be taken three times a day before meals. They’re sold in boxes of 30 x 8.5g sachets and are available in three flavours:
Strawberry, Vanilla and Double Malt.
What’s in Them?
Slimsticks contain ingredients which are known to be filling. The principle ingredient is called Konjac, a root vegetable which is particularly high in soluble fibre. It’s also a popular health food in China and Japan.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved the use of Konjac as an ingredient and it has no adverse side effects.
As well as Konjac, ingredients include palm and oat oils, glucose syrup, flow agent, vanilla, strawberry or malt flavouring, sucralose, and vanilla, strawberry or malt powder.
All varieties contain 40 calories per stick.
How do they Work?
Slimsticks are recommended to be included as part of a healthy eating plan. You consume one Slimstick mixed with 50-100ml of tepid water three times a day before meals. You are also advised to drink another one to two glasses of water afterwards for maximum filling effect. If you prefer, you can mix it with other drinks (but not cold drinks).
The overall goals of using Slimsticks are to help you eat less, reduce your weight and / or manage your weight.
Slimsticks aim to help you achieve these goals by keeping you fuller for longer. Ultimately you should be able to reduce your calorie intake by eating smaller portions (without necessarily giving up favourite foods).
The Konjac which is high in fibre, expands to make you feel full immediately after eating. Then the palm and oat oils begin digesting more slowly with the resulting effect of further delaying hunger pangs.
Who can use Slimsticks?
Slimsticks are designed for those who want to lose weight or stick to a diet programme; maintain their weight and stop yo-yo dieting, and those who want to eat smaller portions.
They are suitable for lactose intolerant people, coeliacs, vegetarians, vegans and diabetics. However, you should seek professional advice before use if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or suffering from food allergies. Also, consult a health care professional before use if you are taking any medication or have a medical condition.
Where can you buy Slimsticks?
They are being sold exclusively in Boots stores. You can also buy them in Boots online and the Slimsticks website.
At the time of writing, Slimsticks cost £24.99 for a box of 30 sticks. Taking three a day as recommended, means each box is sufficient for 10 days.
Slimsticks also produce two varieties of porridge: Original or Apple, Sultana & Cinnamon. Each pot contains Scottish Porridge Oats and skimmed milk powder, together with two sachets of caramel flavoured palm oil and oat oil. Porridge is a good source of soluble fibre and is filling on its own, so the addition of these oils should leave you full for much longer.
Both pots have 293 calories when made up with boiling water. They can only be purchased via the Slimsticks website.
Although I haven’t purchased Slimsticks for myself, I was sorely tempted to buy a pack of Double Malt or the Vanilla just because I adore those flavours.
However, two things put me off:
1. The price. I certainly didn’t want to fork out just under £25 for a box of something I may not like the taste of. Perhaps if they also sold them as singles or smaller packs, I would have purchased them just out of curiosity.
2. Past experience. I have tried many types of diet supplements in the past and, unfortunately, they don’t address emotional or mindless eating. Ultimately, I believe if you’re the type of person who eats for reasons other than genuine hunger, these types of products may not help with weight loss.
But many people do find the act of taking a supplement gives them the mental boost they need to feel positive about their weight loss goals.
The Slimsticks website has lots of information about the product as well as several success stories, including one by Christine Hamilton (wife of former British MP Neil Hamilton, but a celebrity in her own right). And of course, they have their own Facebook page and Twitter account if you want to like them and follow what others are saying.
Nutrition Information per one 8.5g slimstick: 40 calories, 0g protein, 5.1g carbohydrates, 0.9g sugars, 2g fat, 1g saturates, 0.9g fibre, 7.1g sodium
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