Eating Plan
The Slim-Fast Optima Plan focuses on replacing high-calorie meals and snacks with calorie controlled, nutritionally balanced Slim-Fast meal replacements and snacks so you can reduce your daily caloric intake and lose weight, as well as get the vitamins and minerals your body needs. It’s the delicious shakes that made the diet famous, but there’s much more to this healthy eating plan.

Slim-Fast is based on reducing your calorie intake. It helps you lose weight at a steady rate of about 1 to 2 pounds (0.45 to 0.9 kilograms) a week, an amount that's healthy and doable for your body to keep up.

Slim-Fast promotes a three-part weight loss plan that is simple, sensible and satisfying at the same time.

1 – Enjoy a sensible meal
2 – Use Slim-Fast meal replacements
3 – Eat only healthy snacks throughout the day

By sticking to this plan, you will strike a happy balance between tasty foods and nutrition (based on a 300-1500 caloric plan). Slim-Fast recipe ideas and menu plans are designed to satisfy all your cravings and tastes.

The first step is calculating your Body Mass Index to tell you your weight loss needs. Once you’ve entered your height and weight to get a customized meal plan on-line, you can begin the weight management process.
The Meal Replacement options have been developed by trusted nutritionists to provide an easy, convenient, balanced meal of 230 to 260 calories, with 24 vitamins and minerals.

Slim-Fast Optima products are widely available in your local grocery, drug and discount department store.

Here’s a typical day on the Slim-Fast Eating Plan:

Breakfast
SlimFast meal bar or shake

Snack
Anything light and healthy like fruits, veggies, oatmeal, low-fat yogurt, low-fat soup, etc.

Lunch
SlimFast meal bar or shake

Snack
Anything light and healthy like fruits, veggies, oatmeal, low-fat yogurt, low-fat soup, etc.

Sensible Dinner
¼ protein, ¼ starch, ½ veggies. Eat lean protein (such as chicken without the skin, turkey, fish or lean beef), and enjoy a salad on the side and fruit for dessert.

Snack
Anything light and healthy like fruits, veggies, oatmeal, low-fat yogurt, low-fat soup, etc.

Choose nutrient-rich snacks high in fiber and water content, and lower in calories and fat, such as fruit, oatmeal or vegetables. Keep your snack bin well-stocked and your snacks handy so you don’t stray toward bad food options.
Fitness Plan

The Slim-Fast Optima Plan also promotes physical activity. Because exercise burns excess calories, it's a vital component of successful weight loss and control. Slim-Fast will help you find the exercise plan that meets your weight loss goals at the fitness level you are comfortable with.

Slim-Fast recommends a workout based on resistance training: a series of exercises that makes your muscles push or pull against some type of force. The plan offers resistance training techniques so you can step up your metabolic rate by increasing muscle mass so that you expend even more energy in your regular activities.
Whether at home, at work or at the gym, this diet plan gives you exercise tips you can implement in your busy schedule each day.

You want to build your fitness level gradually. Do what your body can handle, then add to the intensity, duration, and frequency of your workouts. And if you aren’t able to fit fitness in for some reason, make sure you get back on track the next day.
Slim-fast helps you set realistic fitness goals to set you up for weight loss success. Keeping a journal of your efforts is promoted as a good motivation tool.

Weight Loss Success
This Slim-Fast Optima Plan delivers the right number of calories every day to help you lose weight, while delivering the balanced nutrition your body needs.
Slim-Fast offers stats on all their meal replacement products, including the nutritional breakdown to help you determine the proper products for your weight loss needs.

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Author's Bio: 

Chester Ku-Lea is a health nutrition consultant and is the owner of
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