General FAQ's

Q. What is the difference between Simplicity and Lifestyle Plan?

A. Simplicity offers a no food (TFR) approach you will only need 4 packs per day to meet the requirements of the plan. You do have the option of vegetables and milk if desired. Many people find Simplicity helps them stick to the diet easier without the temptation of going off plan by eating conventional foods.

For those who prefer to enjoy a meal with family each evening you are best with the Lifestyle Plan, 3 packs per day plus a low carb meal. This offers more choice and variety with the plan as you will not be restricted to simply the packs. If you find you start to cheat and struggle as soon as you start eating 'conventional food' then you would be better abstaining from food and sticking to 4 packs per day Simplicity Plan.

Both plans will invoke ketosis and be based around 650 calories, staying under 70g carbs and consuming around 50g protein per day. You will be able to achieve exactly the same weight loss results on either plan ensuring you are sticking to the guidelines 100%.

Q. Which plan will I lose the most weight on?

A. Regardless if you chose to follow the Simplicity or Lifestyle plan the weight loss will be pretty much the same providing you stick to either plan 100%. If you are following the Lifestyle plan it is essential to use the Meal Planner to ensure you stay within the daily allowances of carbs/calories/protein to stay in ketosis.


Q. Can I swap between Simplicity and Lifestyle Plan?

A. Absolutely, you can fit both plans around your particular lifestyle. Some people like the strict regime of Simplicity during the week and choose to do Lifestyle on a weekend when they have more time to spend at home cooking and preparing meals. Some people enjoy Lifestyle all week then require the discipline of Simplicity to keep them on track at the weekends. Or, if you have an engagement to attend during the week you could add in a Lifestyle day to accommodate a low carb meal. You can swap and change to suit your needs, the only rule being to make sure you use the meal planner on Lifestyle days to ensure you are within all your daily allowances.


Q. What is Ketosis?

A. Ketosis occurs when your body does not have sufficient carbohydrates to burn for energy, usually less than 70g of carbohydrates per day. Once ketosis occurs your body will burn fat as energy. Fat from your body and fat from the food you eat. This is far more beneficial to anyone who is trying to lose weight, as many diets sacrifice muscle for energy rather than fat which in turn lowers your metabolism. There are so many diets out there that create a low calorie environment, but not low enough carbohydrate to induce ketosis. Ketosis is a great way to lose weight as it will enable the protection of muscle tissue (which in turn helps to maintain your metabolism) as well as helps to control your hunger.

For a more in depth look at ketosis see the following page "What is Ketosis".


Q. Do I have to have all the packs every day?

A. You have to ensure you have all your packs every day, even if you are not hungry. If you fail to do so it could cause your weight loss to stall by your body going into starvation mode and you would start to loose lean muscle mass rather than fat, and it can lead to further health contraindications. The packs are made up of 25% RDA, and its essential you have your 4 portions each day on either plan so you are reaching your daily allowance of vitamins, minerals and micro and macro nutrients for your general health and well being.


Q. What is the average weight loss I can expect to lose whilst on plan?

A. If you are sticking to the plan 100% you can expect to lose around a stone per month as an average. Everyone is different and factors including age, gender, start weight, etc all come into consideration, but most people can comfortably expect to lose a stone month. It is not unusual for people in the first week to experience a big weight loss due to water and glycogen lost, and optimal fat burning starts once you get into ketosis. During weeks 2 and 3 results may seem less in comparison, but by week four your overall results should equate to the stone per month average. It is always overall weight loss by length of time on plan that counts.


Q. Do you have Consultants?

A. We do not have Consultants, but we do offer help and advice for free via many different methods such as email, phone support, live chat, forums and our closed Facebook Group. You can access help and support here.


Q. Will I regain the weight again when I stop the plan?

A. Any diet that invokes ketosis will see some weight gain once carbohydrates are re-introduced. We recommend that you choose a goal weight of 4lb less than you want to be, to allow for the small increase you can expect after you have completed refeed and introduced carbohydrates. Please read the re-feed information on page 17 of our brochure to fully understand this process.


Q. Are your products suitable for everyone?

A. No, if you are Coeliac, Lactose Intolerant or have allergens to Wheat, Soya or Gluten our products would not be suitable for you.


Q. Are your products suitable for vegetarians?

A. Yes, everything we sell excluding the Mousse Mix, Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla Wafers are suitable for vegetarians.


Q. Can I use No Added Sugar Dilute Cordial?

A. No, although these products do not have added sugars they still have natural sugars which would increase your carbohydrate levels and could bring you out of ketosis.


Q. How much water do I have to drink and do I have to drink it?

A. It is essential that you intake 2 to 3 litres of water per day, this includes the water you use to make up your packs. It is important to spread your water intake over the day so your body is constantly hydrated. You can have still or sparkling water, and add our water flavourings. Always check soda or tonic water as some brands contain citric acid. Caffeine in tea and coffee will not count towards your daily water intake. If you have been exercising or losing fluid through heat then increase fluid intake to compensate.


Q. What else can I have to drink?

Whilst Slim & Save do not recommend drinking anything other than water whilst on plan, we realise from the many requests we get each day that our customers often have the need for some other drink options. To get the most from your weight loss plan we would strongly advise that if you are having drinks from the approved list below you stay within the guidelines provided.

The drinks listed below are currently suitable to have on Slim & Save diet. In general these drinks do not appear on the meal planner except for Water, Tea, Coffee and Boullion. When purchasing branded products please ensure the ingredients do not contain citric acid (or E330) and contains less than 2 Kcal per 100ml.

Unlimited Drinks (which also count towards water intake)

  • Tap or Bottled Water
  • Plain still and sparkling mineral water
  • Soda water (check that it contains no citric acid as some do)
  • Redbush tea, Peppermint tea, Decaf Tea & Coffee
  • Slim & Save Water Flavouring
  • Bouillon (use the meal planner as it contains carbohydrates)

Unlimited Drinks (These do not count towards daily water intake)

  • Teas made from leaves or flowers eg. English Breakfast tea, green tea, liquorice tea (no teas with fruit or fruit flavours) Twinings buttermint Tea, Twinings Salted Caramel, Twinings Liquorice Tea.
  • Coffee
  • Flavoured coffees from Douwe Egberts or Beanies

(Avoid caffeine in the first 3 to 4 days of plan)

Fizzy Drinks (Maximum 500 to 600ml per day)

  • Coke Zero
  • Cherry Coke Zero
  • Dr Pepper Zero
  • Sainsbury's
    • Flavoured Still Water (Raspberry & Cranberry, Peach, Apple & Blackberry)
    • No Added Sugar Sparkling Blackcurrant & Cherry Flavoured Spring Water
    • Diet Cola
    • Classic Diet Cola
    • Classic Zero
  • Tesco
    • Xero Cola
    • Xero Cola Cherry
    • Diet Cream Soda
    • Dr Fizz Zero
  • Aldi
    • Vive Cola ZX
  • Asda
    • Cola Zero
    • Diet Cola
    • Sugar free Cream Soda
  • Morrisons
    • No Sugar Added Cream Soda
    • No Sugar Added Doctor Pop

Whilst we are not able to make a list of drinks which are not allowed we would like to confirm that “Diet Coke” (by Coca-Cola) is not allowed as is this the most frequently requested drink.

We try to keep the above list up to date, but unfortunately manufacturers do change ingredients so whilst every effort is made to ensure the list is accurate you may find listed products contain citric acid, caffeine or more calories than we believe. If you spot any inaccuracies then please let us know as soon as possible.

Q. Can I drink alcohol?

A. This is very dangerous and you should not drink any alcohol whilst on our programme, you should be completely out of ketosis before any alcohol is consumed.


Q. Can I have OXO or Bouillon?

A. Yes, but not freely, they do contain carbohydrates so should be logged through the meal planner to ensure you do not come out of ketosis.


Q. Can I have sauces or dressings on salad, chicken, fish etc?

A. You can have Oxo, Knorr stock cubes, Bouillon as to make gravy/stock or to add flavour to your cooked food. You can add soy sauce or any of the Frylight products to cook with or as salad dressings. If you prefer a more creamy dressing or sauce for your salads or chicken or fish you can make your own recipe using cottage cheese or Quark mixed with herbs and spices.

Q. Can I have fruit?

A. No fruit is permitted whilst on plan. Fruit is high in natural sugars and will take you out of ketosis. This includes tomatoes, which contain citric acid and as such not allowed whilst on plan.


Q. I no longer like the taste of a certain food pack can I return it for an exchange or refund?

A. No, unfortunately we are not able to take returns of unwanted shakes/meals/soups/bars. We are unable to use/resell any returned food products due the risk of tampering and therefore are unable to accept returns. Excluding complete first orders with security seal intact within 7 days of receipt.


Q. I no longer like the taste of a product have you changed it?

A. As time goes by and the longer you are in ketosis it is not uncommon for your taste buds to change and what was once your favourite shake or meal starts to taste a little different!


Q. Do you offer samples which I can try to see what I like?

A. Yes, you can buy a taster pack of 28 different flavours from our range. It is not possible to choose which flavours you will receive. If the taster pack is your first order you will also receive a free brochure as well as a tape measure to measure your inch loss.


Q. Can I use sweeteners in Tea/Coffee?

A. You can use tablet form sweeteners in moderation but not powder/crystals.


Q. Can I have sugar free sweets or sugar free mints?

A. No, these still contain carbohydrates and calories that will interfere with the programme.


Q. Can I have sugar free chewing gum?

A. Yes, you may chew up to 2 pieces of sugar free chewing gum per day for 60 seconds each, then dispose of the gum.


Q. What is citric acid and why must we avoid it?

A. Citric acid is found naturally in many fruits, particularly lemon and limes It is a natural food preservative added to many food drinks, particularly fizzy drinks. Its harmless and a common ingredient in lots of everyday foodstuffs. Studies have reported it is known to inhibit some people getting into ketosis or take you out of ketosis, and increase appetite for many people whilst on a VLCD. This is not a one rule fits all, some people can tolerate citric acid and it will not affect ketosis at all, and in small amounts will have no bearing. This is the reasons we advise to avoid it where possible whilst on plan.


Q. Why can I only have one bar per day?

A. We do not want to promote an eating plan that consists of living off chocolate bars. We want you to experience a balance in meal choices as this will lead to better choices when it comes to maintenance.




 

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