Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Shake That Weight: An Honest Review *

I have a love/hate relationship with weight loss.

CW: Weight Loss/Dieting

On one hand, I really love the feeling I get when I hit little milestones, and how I feel about myself. On the other hand, I hate being restricted, and I have very little discipline. I've been open about my struggles with an eating disorder, something I will always be conscious of, so I find dieting can be a very slippery slope. 

Before I continue, I just want to say this: If you don't want to change your diet and love your body and health as they are, that's great. Don't change on anyone's behalf. I know diet culture can be incredibly toxic, and I don't want to buy into the 'this latest fad diet will change your life' lifestyle either. In trying Shake That Weight, I did so as I know things like this have worked for me before.

I've dabbled in VLCD (very-low-calorie diet) diets before with Cambridge Weight Plan and found that it gave me exactly what I was looking for. It gave me easy meals and quick results. I lost a stone in just under a month and was absolutely over the moon. I've mentioned before that I'm trying to take control of my weight in order to conceive in the future, and this was one of the ways. 

When Shake That Weight contacted me and asked me to try a two week supply of their meal replacement diet, I decided to give it a go.  I was sceptical of trying different types of meals, as I know high-calorie (read: delicious) foods are difficult to replicate into low-cal versions. When I started Cambridge Weight Plan, I found one product that I didn't mind having and bought solely that for a week at a time. I selected my plan based on my weight and height on the website, and it suggested the Total Food Replacement option, with four meals a day.

Delivery was just over 48 hours, which is great because I despise waiting around for 3-5 working days for online shopping. Just give me it now, damn it! I was surprised by the packaging because I found it a little...cute? Food packaging generally doesn't matter to me, but those little meals looked cute AF.

The regimen I had to follow with Shake That Weight was four meals a day, either a shake, bar, or meal. This totalled 600 calories a day, and I was only allowed light exercise (basically just walking). I had to drink a minimum of two litres of water a day, and keep my snacky little hands to myself. This is where my problems started.

Drinking two litres of water a day wasn't a problem. I honestly don't mind it. I know a lot of people hate the taste of water for some reason, but I don't. I genuinely don't understand how people can hate water though - I need answers! Out of the products I chose, my first day was a chocolate shake, a Mexican chicken meal, a chocolate bar, and a sweet and sour chicken meal, and I wasn't impressed with any of them. Not only did I really struggle with the taste of the shake, and the texture of the bar, I really struggled with the chicken in the meals. Don't get me wrong, the sauce tasted really great, but you can't cover a piece of cardboard in sweet and sour sauce and call it a meal. 

Not all of the shakes were to my taste, but I really liked the latte, hazelnut, and the chicken curry noodles. Now don't get me wrong, I didn't really enjoy the diet but it did work. I lost 8lbs over the two weeks, but I do feel like I could've lost more, had I not found it so incredibly difficult to stick to.

Personally, this diet was not to my taste. I enjoy delicious food, as do most people, but some of this diet felt like a punishment, rather than an investment in my future. This diet will definitely work for some, but it just wasn't right for me.

(Disclaimer: This post contains items sent for review purposes by Shake That Weight. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)


  1. I think it's about finding a perfect balance when it comes to whichever 'diet' you choose. But I hate that word, it instantly makes you think of what you CANT have and a diet is so temporary! I think as a starting off point, things like this can be great if they're palatable, but in the long run, there's no way they could sustain you!

    Good on you for giving it a go though and a 8lb loss is brilliant!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

  2. I've been in the same position of trying weight loss products that just aren't that tasty and it really doesn't help keeping motivation going! I'm currently trying to lose the baby weight and am just trying to figure out how to go about it as there's no way I'd be able to turn my back on the foods I love (and the cheeky vinos on a Friday night).

    Good job giving this a thorough test - losing 8lb over 2 weeks is great.

    Jackie O xo