I was given a tub of XLS Nutrition Shake to trial this week. It’s not exactly a secret that I am fat, and a bit of a serial dieter. I fell off the Slimming World bandwagon when I broke my foot and couldn’t drive to the class. Since then I’ve put on a lot of weight and I’ve got my holiday to Majorca coming up! I am definitely feeling the pressure of having to try and do the strap up on the plane, and having to wear a swimming costume in front of everyone. I am literally willing to try anything to lose weight now. I’ve never tried any sort of shake before so I had absolutely no idea what to expect.
What is XLS Nutrition Shake?
The blurb on the website says this:
Healthy and simple weight loss shake:
- Nutritionally complete
- 31g High quality protein for optimal health
- B-Vitamins for energy release†
- Scientifically Proven
It comes in three different flavours (vanilla, strawberry and chocolate) and I’ve been trialling the strawberry one. It contains all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that you need and is designed to help you reduce your calorie intake by replacing one of the meals you eat. When made up a serving contains less than 250 calories.
So what is it like?
Well, it tastes nice. I can honestly say that I had no preconceived ideas on what to expect because I’ve never tried a meal replacement shake before. If I’m totally honest I had expected them to taste pretty grim so I was pleasantly surprised by the XLS Nutrition Shake. It didn’t taste bland or flavourless. It actually did taste like strawberries. It does mean that my first impressions of the shake were pretty positive.
The problem I had though was that by mid morning I was absolutely starving! And I mean so hungry that my stomach was growling. I work in a school and the pupils were commenting on how loud it was. Not ideal in the middle of silent work! However, I ploughed through this by drinking lots of water in the hope that it would keep me full. It did, but I then needed to strategically plot my route between lessons around where the toilets were!
Lunchtime came and I was desperate for my next shake. I got it out of the fridge and decided I was going to try and drink it slowly over the course of my lunch break. Yeah….it was gone within fifteen minutes and I couldn’t sit at the table watching everybody else eat so I spent every lunch time of the week working. I’ve been a lot more productive that’s for sure! Although I will admit that after the first day I did start bringing in an apple for break time and some celery sticks to nibble on at lunch, otherwise I would have been too hungry. Both of these have negative calories so I’m telling myself it isn’t cheating!
By the evening I was desperate for my evening meal. I think I probably ate more than I normally would at dinner, but I was definitely a lot more mindful of what I was eating. There was no way I was undoing my willpower and effort during the day by having a calorie laden evening meal. Most evenings I had jacket potatoes, pasta or a low calorie curry.
The one positive thing that has come out of the shakes was the number on the scales. I lost 7lbs in the space of 5 days. How much of that was the shakes, and how much was the more conscious choice to eat a healthier evening meal I don’t know. It’s one of the biggest losses I’ve ever had though so I think the shakes probably did play a large part in the result.
I’m not going to lie I struggled with the shakes. I liked the taste of the shakes and for people with the willpower they are probably worth considering for a quick weight loss result. Would I do them again? Maybe, if I needed to lose weight for an event or to fit into an outfit, or to kick start after a holiday. Would I do them for more than a week? Hell no! I don’t have the willpower to stick at them long term. After all, there is a reason I got fat in the first place and lack of willpower and love of food are way up there at the top of the list!