Slim4Life Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

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The Slim4Life program is a holistic approach to weight loss and weight management, available at a chain of weight loss clinics in Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.

Slim4Life has been enabling people to lose weight and learn new eating habits for over 25 years.

Note: The Slim4Life diet program is not the same as the UK-based The Juice Master’s Slim 4 Life books, health & fitness program – see comment below.

Slim4Life offers comprehensive weight reduction programs for men, women and children from age 10. The programs are professionally supervised and nutritionally designed to develop proper eating habits for long term success.

The Slim4Life Weight Loss Center with which you enroll provides a program which is individualized, monitored and supervised with one-on-one counseling. Existing medical conditions are taken into account when developing your personal weight loss program.

The diet employs a well-balanced food program (based on regular food from the supermarket), supplemented with proprietary weight loss aids.

Slim4Life Diet Program

The Slim4Life program provides up to 1,500 calories daily (depending on the degree with which you are overweight or obese, your health profile, and age) in a
carefully balanced nutritional diet rich in vitamins and minerals and low in refined carbohydrates, fats, and sodium.

The diet consists of fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, starches, dairy and fats, plus a range of supplements, and there is a vegetarian program for those who do not eat meat.

Some foods and beverages are restricted during the weight loss period, and gradually added back once the goal for weight loss is achieved.

The nutritional plan is individualized for you, and is completely flexible with room for individual choices of food selection.

Exercise

Slim4Life program participants are strongly encouraged to increase their physical activity level as part of leading (or gaining) a healthy lifestyle.

Slim4Life claims that you can lose 3-5 pounds/1.3-2.3 kg per week (on average 3.3 pounds/1.5kg), eating grocery-store food and without pre-packaged meals.

Weight maintenance

On successful completion of the Slim4Life weight loss program, there is a post-reduction maintenance program to reinforce the learned behavioral changes.

Overall, with Slim4Life you may expect to have developed ‘the tools, knowledge and the efficient metabolism to manage your new healthy body weight for a lifetime!’

Cost

It appears to cost over $600 to start the Slim4Life program, although if you don’t meet your goal as initially expected, there are further costs in order to continue.

Also, the programmed supplements, vitamins, snacks, etc are an additional cost to you.

Some perceptions of the Slim4Life diet program

These are some of the reactions of Slim4Life participants

  • My personal Slim4Life plan tells me what to eat and when, which helps tremendously with meal planning. For example, I eat 3 meals a day plus 2 ‘nutrients’ (a shake and a candy bar). Each meal includes a protein, a starch and fruit. For breakfast add milk, and for lunch/dinner add 2 vegetables. The plan is easy but also requires me to prepare the ‘limited food’ items which I’m allowed.
  • 5th day on Slim4Life, and now off the ‘preparation’ stage. Today’s menu: breakfast 2 eggs and an orange, lunch a cup of raw cauliflower (dipped in fat free ranch dressing) and an orange, supper 4oz grilled chicken, shredded, in a 6″ corn tortilla with ½ cup lettuce and some fat free ranch dressing – actually pretty good.
  • Finally at the end (11 weeks on) and am very excited. My Slim4Life diet consists of a strict food regime, only eating a certain amount of vegetables, lean proteins, fruit, and 80oz of water a day, combined with vitamins, herb supplements and essential fatty acid pills. I was not allowed to drink alcohol, eat sugar, dairy, oils, or preservatives. I’ve officially lost the 20lbs I set out to (I lost 11¾in. in my waist alone!), and have now begun the ‘stabilization’ phase. Slowly, over a 6 week period, they begin to reintroduce food into my diet. My weight will be monitored for one full year.
  • I signed up for Slim4Life, and paid $800 for personal counseling 3 times a week for 34 weeks. It’s really a very restrictive, prescribed diet, designed for fast weight loss. I still don’t know if fast weight loss is really the healthiest solution, but considering that I have yo-yo’d the same 50 lbs 5 times in eight years, I think it’s the only thing that’s going to keep me going.
  • This is what my diet consists of each day: a TON of supplements: vitamins, metabolizing herbs, essential fatty acids, carb blockers
    I can eat 2 servings of protein a day: lean meat (limited red), chicken, turkey, fish, limited eggs
    2 servings of starch a day: diet bread, brown rice, or 2 tbsp bran flakes
    2 small fruits
    basically unlimited green veggies, ½ raw, ½ cooked
    2 tbsp of fat free salad dressing
    1 serving of “lite” fat: mayo or margarine
    herbal tea
    diet seven up
    80 oz of water per day
    2 specials made from the program supplement foods: one is sweet, the other a soup or juice
    2 cups coffee, with just skim milk and nutrasweet (only 2 pkts of that per day)
    ½ tsp low sodium salt (nothing else can have salt in it)
    unlimited apple cider vinegar (salad dressing)
    the juice of 1 lemon

Is Slim4Life Successful?

The Slim4Life diet program appears to be a sensible plan with plenty of personal support and encouragement, and has brought successful weight loss for many overweight people, although the cost needs to be evaluated before enrolling.

The Juice Master’s Slim 4 Life book, health & fitness program

Slim4Life is not to be confused with The Juice Master’s Slim 4 Life book, Freedom from the Food Trap, and other related publications. This book promotes the program in the UK to ‘get slim, get fit, and get energized – or “juiced” ‘ by Jason Vale (the Juice Master), a successful health and lifestyle coach.

The Slim 4 Life book is not about dieting, juicing, or about what’s good and bad for you. Rather, it helps to change the way you see food. Slim 4 Life majors on these points:

  • Quit so-called “drug foods” – nutritionally worthless addictive substances (eg sugar and caffeine) – and return to a fresh diet
  • Eat the freshest plant ingredients and feel the health benefit of raw juice which is full of healthy enzymes
  • Reject the food industry’s ‘brainwashing advertising’
  • Use food combining to help your digestion

Resources

Home of the Slim4Life Diet Program
The book – The Juice Master’s Slim 4 Life: Freedom from the Food Trap

Low Calorie Recipes

    Citations:

  • Tsai, A. G., & Wadden, T. A. (2005). Systematic review: an evaluation of major commercial weight loss programs in the United States. Annals of internal medicine, 142(1), 56-66. link
  • Hession, M., Rolland, C., Kulkarni, U., Wise, A., & Broom, J. (2009). Systematic review of randomized controlled trials of low‐carbohydrate vs. low‐fat/low‐calorie diets in the management of obesity and its comorbidities. Obesity reviews, 10(1), 36-50. link
 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: February 4, 2015. Disclaimer
  • Maria

    Show me a plan and how many calories we eat per day.
    I really want to enjoy the program but I need more details about it. Sorry but I don’t trust programs so easy. I invest to much in trying so many things that nothing really works.

  • Debbie

    I have about 80 pounds to take off. I’ve dieted my whole life and I’m over 40, and tried them all. I’ve taken off 23 pounds in 7 weeks following this program. Nothing else has worked for me but this is working! It’s expensive but the quick loss is keeping me motivated and on program. I highly recommend it. I’m not hungry and the supplements, vitamins and herbs keep you from going through sugar and carb withdrawl. My blood pressure is much better as well.

  • Patricia

    I noticed that this site states that they only have locations in Denver and the twim cities. I’m a member of a slim4life in Overland,KS. I been going there for about 3 months I’m down 36 lbs as of today. I’m not sure if it’s they same places if it is I recommend it.

  • Kevin

    Years ago when I first began doing clientwork in weight loss and management very few opportunities existed to work in a clinical setting with proven thermogenic weight loss methodology. At that time the ‘T-factor’ diet was all we had as a resource for food physiology and its relevance in weight loss. My first clientwork began in a hypnosis center also using NLP, followed by virtual clientwork at NordicTrack as a fitness counselor. Exercise related to weight loss with dietary supplementation were strategic components of the American College of Sports Medicine were the success strategies.

    As a weight loss counselor in several of the Twin Cities S4L centers I have seen tremendous success with clients who accept the wholisitc approach to weight loss and realize that they are given multiple strategies wo control their weight that do not make them dependent on one methodoloy only, and do not create reliance on pre-packaged, enzyme-depleted frozen meals.

  • Becky

    I did Slim4life wanting to lose 25lbs. I am VERY active and have a lot of muscle, if you are like me this plan IS NOT FOR YOU! I work out 4-5 times a week, run, bike, weights and with only 1400-1500 callories I burn more than I consume. The staff is not educated to help healthy people but more geared for the ones who need to shed at least 50 lbs and never work out. I would not do it again if I had the chance, it was a horrible waste of money. They are also very “pushy” on their very expensive suppliments and food that they have in the diet plan. Good luck for anyone willing to spend the money and may not get results, it was a real bummer… but the girls are “great sales people” they can talk you into just about anything!

  • Pam

    I agree with Becky … I tried the program about a year ago and was very disappointed. I’m an active person whoSince I’m somewhat a picky eater, I was hoping the staff would help me find alternatives to some of the foods on their list. They didn’t come up with anything and when I asked if I could sub one food for another, they said they would check into it, but never got back to me. (for exampe a nectarine for a peach) They were very pushy about whether I needed to purchase supplements every time I came in, in fact it was the first question they always asked me. I some research on contents of some of the supplements and found that there could be some concerns, similar to those with ephedra, do your research if you’re going to use their supplements. What a waste of money!

  • Pen

    Everyone wants to know how much is this going to cost. I will be glad to share my current experience. I joined almost 2 weeks ago and I have already dropped a whopping $1091.00.

    ($621.00 first visit of counseling, then food meeting 2nd visit another $374 to get bulk pricing on my protein supplements. Then to get a price break on 5 boxes of the thermoboost that you need to drink 2 times a day that was another $96.00.)

    I only want to lose 35 pounds. I know they are so nice on the phone to get you there never telling you the startup price and those ads on TV claiming only $7.00 a week. There are so many hidden cost to be aware of. Then they say GUARANTED to lose 3-5 lbs. a week? This is what they claim, guarantee to me me means you get your money back if it doesn’t work. NOT HERE you dont.

    They have you pay for a years counceling on the first visit then their explanation of a guarantee is they will continue to work with you till you lose the weight. I am set up for a 12 week plan to get the 35 off then 6 weeks of stabilazation then 34 counceling. So I should be able to get it off by then so dont think they will out anything. Just beware this is a GIANT commitment both diet and financial……

    I have seen it work for others so that is why I joined…….

  • Star

    I joined the slim4Life program, you must have a lot of Discipline to do this diet, because it can get a little boring eating the same food. BUT, if you stick to plan the weight will come off and I do a lot of walking for my exercise and it works!!!! I have cheated a few times, but I always tell myself, I can have a bite of chocolate cake, just not the whole piece and I still manage to lose weight. Yes, it is expensive and I am on week 8 and have spent well over 1100.00 dollars.

  • Carolyn

    I joined Slim4life 2.5 weeks ago and have lost my first 10lbs! I am very excited about this program. I do agree that it is very expensive! I do enjoy the foods, you just have to get creative in your cooking not to get bored of the same stuff. I have 41 more pounds to go and will follow this plan to the fullest. It’s great!!!

  • Babs

    I joined Slim4Life and had mixed results. It does cost a lot, but you can push and negotiate to get the sign-up fees reduced. There are a LOT of supplements that they encourage you to buy. I can’t handle much caffeine, so I wasn’t able to take some of the supplements which were loaded with caffeine.

    The two problems I have with this approach:
    1) they encourage supplement use. They want you eating their protein shakes and protein candy bars every day. I would rather they encourage getting away from processed food. The protein bars taste good, but should you really be telling people that they should eat sweet processed food everyday?
    2) As another comment noted, they do not take into account that some people exercise a lot. They don’t raise the caloric intake to account for exercise. I was training for a mini triathlon while going to the centers. There were days that I was running 4 miles and biking 20 miles all in one day. But they kept my calories at 1100. Yeah, I lost weight, but it was rough.

    If you work out and/or don’t like processed foods, I would not recommend Slim4Life.

  • Samantha

    I lost 37 pounds on the slim 4 Life program in 10 weeks. I ate regular food and ate out in resturants. I love the program. My counselor told me they have 5 different programs they work with for fast results. I lost my weight 10 years ago in Kansas City and the best part Have kept it off. Thank You Slim 4 Life.

  • Angela

    I’m Thinking about getting the Bypas I was on researching Slim 4 life its out of my buget, I’m on a very special diet because I have kidney disease and I’m on dailysis (non Diabetic). Im on the Renal diet which calls for low protein, low Potassium, low Phosphorus, sodium and fluid Restrictions but because i’m on dialysis I have to eat more protein even though the renal diet calls for low protein. I can’t eat a lot of processed foods those supplement,items that they give you may have me in the hospital. For those that don’t know all food has some Phosphorus in it but some foods that are high in it I can’t eat like whole grain, dried beans, dairy, peanuts, and some meat like liver. Any kind of processed foods that use the preservative Phosphorus Acid or any other form of Phosphorus. I can’t take over the counter Vitamins. I cant eat less that 1800 calories a day. I have to make my own meal plan. Protein shakes and Protein candy bars I bet have tons of Phosphorus in them. the best result is to stick to a well balanced diet and excercise. I have to lose weight so I can get my kidney transplant. The bypas will get me down to the size i want to be, but I’m also afraid to get that by my nephrologist, thinks it best that i do that. anyone thats in the same boat that I’m im Slim 4 life is not the best way to go. Anyone that wants to know anything else Email me at Angiecrib@aol.com I’m thinking about calling slim 4 life and ask them question about there plans. I am in the St Paul and Minneapolis area.

  • Juli

    I am in S4L in Kansas City. Today ended my 5th week and I have lost 25lbs! It is expensive and some times I have trouble eating so much protein; but it works! I have 35 more pounds to lose and am geared up to stay on the program and get it done! I don’t feel hungry or like I am missing out on the non-plan food. Most days are pretty easy.

  • Jennifer

    I have been a healthy eater and dieter my entire life. I joined S4L in September and I have only lost 21 pounds(it is December). They only stated I would lose 2 pounds a week. I can loose that amount of weight by exercising and limiting my calories. I have refused to purchase their supplements which contain caffeine,and guarana (more caffeine). I have been hungry most days and also have had headaches. Low carbohydrate diets cause these headaches. I was limited to 1200 calories to start. I have found the counselors less educated than I am in the healthy life process. They have done no education about eating healthy for life and they do not put any emphasis on exercising (proven method to keep weight off). I feel pressure to buy everything and the diet seems to be geared to those who need to take off large amounts of weight.

    I have not met anyone who reached their goal, whom has maintained the loss. I find the repetitive nature of the food boring and I am returning to what I know works, weight-watchers. I will continue using them to monitor my weight and I am adding exercise back in to my daily routine. BTW, that is why I gained, a lifestyle change did not allow me to work out on a consistent basis.

  • ginger

    I am on this diet and am doing good except that my heart rate has dropped to between 48-55, mostly stays right around 50. Has anyone else experienced this? I am calling my doctor tomorrow. I fel tired, cold and a little light-headed.

  • Ms. I love Slim4life

    I started Slim4life in Sept. and I have lost over 50 lbs in just over 3 months. I have had a fair amount of success in the past with WW but I’ve also failed a lot of that program. With S4L, there is so much accountability with the 3-time weekly weigh-ins and attention paid to salt intake that this program turned out to be exactly what I needed. I think I knew a great deal about food and weight loss, but I still learned a lot that I didn’t know. I don’t have a lot of extra money to throw around, but I can tell you, this program is worth every cent. I would have paid more if I had know how effective it is. I was sceptival at first, but now I would recommend this program to anyone.

  • Ms. I love Slim4life

    I started Slim4life in Sept. and I have lost over 50 lbs in just over 3 months. I have had a fair amount of success in the past with WW but I’ve also failed a lot on that program. With S4L, there is so much accountability with the 3-time weekly weigh-ins and attention paid to salt intake that this program turned out to be exactly what I needed. I think I knew a great deal about food and weight loss, but I still learned a lot that I didn’t know. I don’t have a lot of extra money to throw around, but I can tell you, this program is worth every cent. I would have paid more if I had known how effective it is. I was sceptical at first, but now I would recommend this program to anyone.

  • MaryFrances

    I joined last year to lose 150 pounds. I spent almost $6000 on their supplements and food. I was told that the smaller price was only good on the day I signed up. Hah, they offer the same low prices on a monthly basis. I lost 32 pounds in about 3 months. And then it stopped.

    I wasted a lot of money and tears. Also, the staff keeps changing at the one in Maplewood, MN. You have to reacquaint yourself every other week with new staff.

    I personally don’t think that they should take on patients like me with major weight loss needs. jmho

  • Drettak

    S4L really works I was a member of the program years ago but due to financial problems had to stop. I lost 30 lbs in 2 months. I am a very large lady I weigh 380 lbs and I am considering rejoining again. But I just wish it was another way or even if they had some kind of payment plan. Trust me people it really works. And for those who don;t exercise I was one of them and still lost the weight. If you have the money this is a great program to join.

  • Carol

    This is my 5th week on the program, and I have lost 8 lbs. which I lost my first two days of the program. They are at a loss why I can’t lose, and have no other suggestions. You are guaranteed to lose 3-5 lbs. per week. This does not happen. Their vitimins and snacks are way out of line expensive, plus I see no advantage. I will give it another 4 weeks, but if I do not see a change, I will chalk it up to another program that makes promises that don’t work, plus I am out $1,000. Do your homework before you commit to this plan.

  • Kman

    I have been on Slim4life for 2 weeks and have lost 20 pounds. I joined because I saw it work with 2 people i know in MN and in CO. I saw a women lose so much and she was not all that big she looks like a teenager now, and a man in CO weighed 290 pounds ans is 200 now. I am a big fella and needed this. It works if you follow it and i love the simple menu and the snacks that you buy are so good. The protein bars are like candy and thats good with my sweet tooth. I have a bunch to lose but am bringing sexy back in about a year. I am a big boy but sexy as hell and will be even better soon.

  • SMH

    I joined S4L back in Dec. 2008 and have lost 32 lbs to date.
    That’s 32lbs even with cheating every weekend. The girls at my clinic aren’t pushy with the supplements & snacks. But I do agree with others when they say there is a large turn over of employees. The supplements & snacks are rather expensive. But I’ve discovered that I can do without most of the supplements. I only take the daily vitamin and the EFT’s. I’m 5 lbs away from my goal and a little worried about not eating their snack etc. I hope that quitting them doesn;t cause me to gain weight back. But I certainly can’t afford to continue buying them forever.

    Yes they ARE expensive but if you can afford it and you feel that you’re worth it you will see that it WORKS!

    SMH – Denver, CO

  • Tara

    I looked into this because my neighbor had huge success, it was going to cost me 800.00/ year if not more. I would have done this but my neighbor gained every single pound if not more back. It is thermogenics, everyone who has done thermogenics has gained back the weight if not more!

  • MN Guy

    I am a 30 something male and I have been on thie S4L plan for 13 week and I am down 70 pds and this is a life saver, the best plan and approach ever created and it has changed my life like nothing else. Thank You S4L

  • Judy

    I joined S4L today. I didn’t go for the year for $599. I’m retired, living on SS and that was just too much to drop in one day. I did let them pressure me into a lesser plan for $299 where I paid $100 today and will pay the balance in a couple of weeks and then we’ll begin the program. Sure wish I had read all these comments BEFORE I went in for the initial consultation. They really did pressure me to give them money today. I was a little angry by the time I left. Anyway, now I’m worried about the add’l cost of all their products. Guess I’ll find out soon. I’ll come back to post for you people who are smart enough to do your research FIRST.

  • Karina

    Slim 4 life is the best, I lost 63 pounds in 4 months!!! and the food that u eat is everyday food and yes is expensive but worth it .

  • Fred

    I’ve been on the program for two years.
    I lost 144 pounds in 8 months.
    I went on the maintence plan and gained back about twenty.
    I went back on the program and am back to my low again.
    I will be much more careful this time

  • Laurie

    Here’s my story. My friend had great success so I started Slim4life. I knew it was going to be spendy, but wanted to do it anyways. The gal who signed me up didn’t consult me very well and now that i think about it of course, she is selling a plan. The goal weight I selected was unrealistic even for this plan. So now I’m a year into this (lost 40 pounds) and at least $3500. And because I haven’t hit my “goal” they won’t put me on the stablilaztion part of it. They want me to keep buying the stuff and it’s a very limited food selection. I have found that if I don’t stay on this limited selection of food, I gain weight. Anyone else experience anything like this.

  • horsebackrider

    Can anyone tell me what the maintenance program looks like? Do you still have to take the supplements during that time? I can’t aford much more money even though I have lost weight. Also, they don’t seem to be making any adjustments for my starting menopause. Has anyone else done this diet during menopause? Have they made any adjustments or put you on a different plan? I have been on plan 2 the whole time and after I lost 27 pounds they took away two of my 4 vegetable servings. What a reward! Anyway, I just need to know what lies ahead so I can keep going.

  • Linda

    I joined S4L March 2009, and as of now, 5 months later I have lost 15lbs. I do get depressed with this diet and try to get back into it. I can’t take the pills they have you use and I don’t know if that is going to let me lose as fast. The carb blocker and efa don’t mix with my med’s. The vitamin is ok but I think over the counter would be fine too. I’m glad this website is here to let off some steam!

  • Ambur

    I am a week into the Slim4Life program. It’s hard but I’m trying to stick to it. I have 80lbs to lose. I was going to get the LapBand but my insurance wouldn’t cover it. So I firgure shelling out $500+ a year is a lot cheaper than going under the knife and risking my life for $11,000++

  • JD

    This is my 7th week with slim4Life and Ive lost 18 pounds even though I occasionally have a beer or two when I’m not supposed to. The program is designed for people who are at the end of their rope and want to make a life change for good. I would not recommend this weight loss program for people who just want to lose the weight and NOT learn to adapt a new lifestyle. There is no magic pill or secret for a perfect body. With Slim4Life the pounds come off quickly but not surprisingly the weight will come back if you don’t continue to eat healthy.

  • Fiona

    I’ve lost 17 pounds in 6 weeks. I am eating foods I normally eat, just reduced in the amount and drinking a lot more water 80 to 90 ounces per day. I was working out at a gym 3 to 6 days per week for 3 months and not losing any weight until I started Slim4Life. The cost is really high for my pocket book and they charge way too much for the thermal snacks. The good thing is my cholesterol is 189 down from 269, my blood pressure is 122/84 down from 159/94. To me that’s great! I do not like the thermo boost way too sweet, the thermol snacks have a lot of sodium in them and I had cut out a lot of salt from my diet previous to this so I continually have a salty taste in my mouth. I don’t handle the ginseng in the products well, they give me a back ache. I also don’t handle the herbs with the cayenne pepper in them they make my stomach hurt and sometimes burn. The are several types of the herbs so a different product might work better. I don’t take the Carb blocker since it doesn’t work well with the herb. I don’t have hunger pains but I didn’t have hunger pains before I started either. I was on a see food diet then. Only time will tell if this really does work, I’m a yo yo dieter and I’ve been on several plans before. If you are trying to stay off of Doctor prescibed drugs like me then this is your diet plan. Just don’t plan on ever stopping this plan or you lab tests will go right back to where they were before. Also I don’t like the Maplewood people much they act like they don’t really want to wait on you. It’s like you take her, no I had her last time you take her, or it’s your turn. This is poor customer service, the customer shouldn’t feel like no one wants to wait on them. I felt so sorry for the women they were doing this to. Very unprofessional. Try a different location.

  • Adam

    Can someone please explain to me what the Thermo-Boost pills do? …Are there other products out there that are comparible?

  • Lil

    I have been with Slim4Life for 10 weeks and have lost 22 pounds. I have tried losing weight on my own, but never could get past 10 pounds. Then I would gain it back after a year or two. I like the fact that I am not hungry. It’s not hard at all to resist the carbs and sugar that I used to eat. I have found that my main reasons for not losing weight before were 1) not enough water, 2) not enough protein, and 3) too many carbs. The cost is a lot more than I realized; they do not make the cost of the program clear in their sales pitch at the free consultation. My goal is to get off of oral diabetes drugs. I already am off of one of my three diabetes drugs, and I am off of the cholesterol drug. The money saved in medical costs is worth the cost of the program.

  • alice

    Slim4Life worked well for my husband and I. We didn’t both go in and pay all the money, he just went in and paid and got all of the literature and I followed along. Neither of us can have caffeine and the ladies didn’t pressure him to buy the supplements – we ended up getting vitamins and fish oils at target, and we didn’t take any boosters or carb blockers. Also, the thermosnacks they sell can be found on diet direct .com for a little less money, and they are the exact same things. My husband bought aabout $300 worth of snacks from them, and after that we just ordered everything on that website.

    As others have said, if you go back to your normal eating patterns, you will gain your weight back. If you want to be 130 pounds, you need to eat like someone who weighs 130 pounds. That being said, as a junk food addict, this diet is hard to maintain after the weight loss occurs. Even during stabilization, its hard not to overindulge.

    We didn’t excersize much, we took 40 minute walks a few times a week and we both lost an average of 3 lbs a week.

  • Lil

    I have lost 33.6 pounds in 16 weeks on the S4L program. It costs a lot more than I thought it would. The radio commercial says the cost is $6 per week, but for me that includes 30 weeks of maintenance with once per week visits to the Center after I have lost the 48 pounds I contracted to lose. I spend about $300-$400 per month on S4L supplements in addition to my grocery store food. You can’t argue with results, however. I wish I had done something like this years ago when I had a lot less to lose.

  • Kim

    Does anyone have the program lit. that I could use?
    I live in the farm country where slim 4 life is not available.
    I truly need to lose 120 lbs. Please someone help.
    You would make my Christmas and New Year! Also add 10 years to my life.

  • quinton

    slim4life is now under the name slimgenics in Colorado and Minnesota which is why the website is now under this name

  • Carmen

    I joined S4L back in 2006 and lost 68 pounds in 6 months. I have since gained some (20 lbs) of the weight back because I don’t always follow what I was taught. I became comfortable with my new size and started back eating unhealthy, some days are better than others. All in all I think the program is good and it works if you stick with it. Although I have gain some of the weight back I am confident I can lose it again because of the knowledge I gained from being on the program.
    It is expensive but I still think it was worth it.

  • edmond black

    would like to lose 20-25 pounds

  • Mandy

    Slim 4 Life, or Slimgenics, absolutely works. I did the program 4 years ago and lost 60 pounds. I won’t say it was easy, but it works if you do the program as they say. Over the last 4 years I have gained nearly all of it back, but only because I got comfortable in my new body and starting eating and not exercising like I had a super fast metabolism or something! If I had that luxury, I wouldn’t have needed to diet in the first place! So I am about to begin again…I’m so excited because I know it works. I do plan to try and save a little money and buy the snacks online and skip out on some of the supplements. Hopefully I will have the same results. Bottom line, I very much recommend this program.

  • Terri

    I have done the S4L plan two times now. I lost 60 pounds in 5 months the first time and 56 pounds in 5 1/2 month the second time.
    If you stick to the diet and learn how to eat during the maintenance phase, it’s an easy plan to follow. (The first 14-21 days it’s hard because you’re learning new habit’s and letting go of the old ones that made you fat!)
    Anyway, I’m a few days into the diet again. I bought my supplements from the center–but I’m not re-joining. Just doing it on my own this time.
    It does work–but it takes a lot of self discipline to keep it off.
    Maybe I’ll develop that self discipline this time around.

  • Jake

    I’m coming into week 3 of this program and have seen results. My goal was to lose 13 pounds and I have about 5 lbs. to go with my goal being 4 weeks total, so I’m right on track. There are good things and bad things about this diet.
    Good: You eat food that you bought at the store, not food from boxes and not unbalanced in types of food, as you still eat meat, veggies, starches, and snacks. You eat at least 5 times a day so it helps get your metabolism back up. I would also recommend their cookbook as some of the recipes are really good regardless if you’re on a diet or not, and it’s generally pretty easy to find recipes that work fine for this diet.
    Bad: When you start, you receive a starter pack of supplements and also buy a ton of snacks. The snacks are tagged as Thermogenic, but I’m not sure they are much better than some other lowfat/lowcal/low sodium snack you might buy from a store. It’s difficult for me to keep up with the supplements, as some are before meals and some are during meals, and there are a total of 19 pills/day. So if you have an aversion to taking pills, you should look at a similar diet without the pills and just focus on portion-size and limiting Sodium/Sugar/Starches. The pills are optional to continue taking, but you get some included when you first sign up.
    The really good takeaway from this diet is you learn alot about what you should and shouldn’t eat just by repitition. So you become very good at recognizing options similar to the Eat This, not That books. I’d recommend this for anyone willing to stick to the plan very closely to burn the weight off as quickly as possible and get into the maintenance phase of the diet.

  • slimgal

    The plan requires you to purchase 2 boxes of Thermosnacks each week. Full cost of 1 box is $16.99 however they offer various discounts each week. Do not buy during the hard sell at the beginning. The discounted price is not better than the offers/coupons that you get throughout the plan. All of the snacks are available at proteinshop.com at a MUCH CHEAPER cost (like $7.99 a box!!)! Protein shop allows you to view each nutrition label. The Wonderslim and protidiet brands on protein shop are the same as what slimgenics sells. The worst part is slimgenics doesn’t even display boxes of what they sell. You are supposed to magicly know if you might want to buy something off the order form. Then if you spend the $16.99 and it tastes like sh** (the oatmeal), you are stuck with it. I do LOVE this program because it works. It is learning a new lifestyle and a new relationship with food. If you accept that and do it, you will have success.

  • Kaitie

    I joined Slim4Life just one week ago and have already lost 11 lbs! I look forward to continued success!

  • lawanda

    Slim4Life will make the owners Rich4Life. They have my $600, and I have nothing. My doctor pulled me out of the program after two weeks because of the supplements. Also, I unexpectedly had to have surgery. So I had two medical problems to interfere. They refused to refund any money at all for unused services. I’m sure they had me legally, but circumstances sometimes call for compassion. They offered to put me “on hold,” but I am not permitted to use the supplements which are key to the program. My doctor’s note meant nothing. I no longer have respect for the organization.

  • Leigh

    The first 3 days I lost 6 pounds during the prep stage. After that I’ve followed the diet to a “T”, I’ve taken the pills, had the snacks and now at the end of week 1 after gaining two of the pounds back I am wondering if this has happened to anyone other than me?

  • Maria

    Can someone explain how the maintenance phase is different than the loss phase? How does it work? I started the program, but was unable to continue after being sent to a town without slim4life for work. I’d really appreciate some general guidelines so I will know what to do upon completion. Thanks!

  • ajvanart

    I joined with my husband 8 weeks ago and have lost almost 18 pounds and reached my goal weight of 135 – he has lost about 28 pounds – his goal weight was 20 pounds.
    I was very disappointed to learn that exercise is not advocated with this diet AFTER I was pinned into a contract. I wasn’t happy about the “bait & switch” and high pressure selling they presented us – that was the biggest downer – I felt like I HAD to continue with the program because they tricked me into the contract with one fee and then presented additional fees 3 times the initial amount. Beware of the ALL SALES FINAL contract – they have you come back for a “class” after the 3rd business day so you can’t legally get your money back. The class is where they use high pressure “savings” to buy their supplements. They spent about 5 minutes educating us on the plan and 40 minutes talking about product. You HAVE TO READ their poorly written and difficult-to-follow Blue Diet booklet to understand the program thoroughly. THEY DON’T SPOON FEED any information about the program to you. I always feel like they offer the information on “need to know” basis ONLY after I ask questions. This diet is probably good for someone who cannot go to the gym easily and wants to take a SERIOUS LIFE STYLE change in their eating habits and doesn’t mind feeling starved. I am tired of feeling hungry or edgy. I need balance. This is a drastic diet (less than 900 calories a day on plan 1). They also offer a pill for everything. I don’t like taking the metabolizers, which are some form of legal speed. I feel very edgy and cussing comes easily when I take them. Do you have cravings? There’s a pill you can buy for cravings. Do you have water retention? There is a pill for that. There is even a pill to block Carb absorbtion, so if you take this pill 10 minutes prior to eating and block up to 350 calories. It make my stomach hurt a little. Their pills are very expensive and the counselors are trained to push them and supplements at every visit. I am convinced this program is ALL ABOUT making money on Food Addicts at their last resort. This program is not personable. There are only 2 counselors at my location that seem to always be there and and the others who are in training or say they have been with the company for 3 to 15 years. They all run through the routine. They don’t CARE about you only about your money. Bottom line is eat healthy and small portions, drink 10 glasses of water per day, exercise and you’ll lose/maintain your weight.

  • Jenny

    I joined S4L today and my husband is wanting to do it with me and I was just wondering what the male diet plan consisted of?

  • PAT

    I had my consultation yesterday, July 23rd. After explaining the program to me, the S4L rep jotted down some numbers that started REALLY high throws in the “BUT WITH TODAYS SPECIAL”…final cost was $556. TODAY ONLY!! I told her I was going to think about it and discuss with my husband. She then offers another pay option, $299 now $299 in 6 weeks. However that price didnt include all my supplements,I would have to buy them separate. Again I said I have to think about it.Her whole ‘cheerful’ attitude went south! She said you are gonna leave and not come back, thats what they all do that say they are going to think about it. She kept on and on as to why I should do it, sign up today, 30 minutes later I finally just got up,grabbed my purse and walked out! I DID NOT APPRECIATE all that pressure into signing up the same day. I could tell the lady was super angry she didnt make the sale. As I walked out she said WELL GOOD LUCK TO YOU! In a very snobby voice.

  • Vivian

    I joined SFL and paid the $556.00 charge for the program and supplements. After 4 days on the vitamin/herbs/etc. I began to feel sick. I have had a Bone Marrow Transplant and see an oncologist every six months. When I went in to see her she did some laboratory work and many of my values were elevated. She felt this was due to the ingredients in the herbs/etc. and wrote me a note to discontinue them. I asked if I could have a refund of the $290.00 for the supplements and was told I could not. Absolutely NO REFUNDS under any conditions. I had planned to stay on the diet portion of the plan but not take the supplements. Due to my complicated medical history my doctor was very disappointed that they didn’t require a medical release for me to start the program. I would recommend that everyone take the free consultation information home and read it carefully as this is a very expensive program and they use “hard-sale” tactics so BEWARE!