Does Slimful Really Work?


Does Slimful work?Slimful is a diet bar that you’re supposed to eat before meals so that it fills you up and you end up eating less. It’s marketed as a way to decrease your caloric intake and assist you in your dieting efforts. But how well does it actually work?

Overview
They say that if you’re trying to diet and lose weight it sounds simple, until you actually try it and realize that it’s not so easy to eat less. The body reacts as if it was starving, and will make you lightheaded, make you crave for all of the wrong foods, and give you strong hunger pains that make you wish that you weren’t on a diet, and could eat whatever you want. This is what causes the majority of diet attempts to fail, because given enough time the body will conquer the mind and force it into eating too much, or too many things that are bad.

The Claim
The case made by Slimful is that if you simply eat their bar and drink a glass of water with it, it will expand in your stomach and make you feel full. They say it is your weapon against the common pitfalls that trip up most dieters. This include serving yourself too much food to begin with, which leads to eating too much food in one sitting. They also say it puts a stop to reaching for that second helping, and also eating snacks in between meals. If having a sweet dessert is your vice, they say their bar tastes good enough to satisfy those cravings, and you won’t be tempted to eat food late at night either.

The Hype
They have a national ad campaign running for these bars, so they are definitely building awareness for it. The premise of the ad is simple, it’s just a woman telling you how hard it is to diet and then saying that a Slimful is the answer. It sounds pretty convincing, and no doubt millions of people have tried it after seeing the ad.

The Cost
We were able to find a 5-pack of Slimful for $9, so the cost is pretty reasonable at less that $2 a bar. If you push it to the max and have three per day, that would represent 90 bars a month, and a cost of $162. That’s kind of pricey, but again that is having it before all three meals. If you have noticed that you only overeat at certain meals, say lunch and dinner, you can cut it down to just 60 bars a month or $108. And if you can just use it to help you through dinner you’d be looking at $54 a month.

The Commitment
You get to be in control over how often you use these, and most of us have come to the point where we know which meals trip us up and cause us to binge or throw us off track on our diet plans. This means with a little trial and error you could figure out what the best meals are for you to use this on, and only take it as needed. It does take a bit of foresight since you are required to take them before the meal.

Evaluation
Diet bars like these have been around for quite some time. For example, the Full Bar has been popular since at least 2008. The concept is the same, the bar is supposed to do the filling up so that you don’t eat as much. It’s the same concept as getting your stomach stapled, with the goal being that you will simply eat less at each meal and the weight should naturally come off. The trick is that the bar can’t add too many calories, or it is self-defeating. At just 90 calories in a Slimful, it seems they’ve cracked the code.

Final Slimful Review

The concept behind Slimful is solid, and if you follow the directions and use this as part of an overall strategy for weight loss, it should provide results. Initial reviews from users show that feedback has been a bit mixed, but that will always be the case on bars like this, since what tastes good to one person might not taste good to another. Also, different people respond differently to it, and there’s no guarantee that they’re following the instructions and eating this at the right time, and drinking the glass of water after.

Our Recommendation
It’s OK to get assistance when it comes to trying to lose weight and change bad habits. It’s naive to think that you can just undo years of bad eating habits only using the power of will. These are strong embedded habits that you’ve probably been doing for quite some time. What’s so bad about helping yourself out to get to ta new place in your life. You wouldn’t have to eat these forever, just long enough so that you can establish new habits, and then gradually wean yourself off.

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Malcolm March 28, 2013 at 6:41 am

Wait. Isn’t this the same as eating an apple or a grapefruit before a meal so you eat less of the unhealthy stuffs? That drink a cup of water before a meal is an old trick as well. Why are they charging money for this? Hahahaha~ They do make it easy to follow that smart plan, I give you that much, but I don’t know that I want to spend couple of hundred dollars a month on this. Oh well, but then I guess some other will.

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Katt May 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Ive been dieting all my life and have tried chugging warm water or eating an apple to stave off hunger and needs to “snack”. Although apples do work, they only work for like 20 minutes and then the effect of the fiber wears off. And when it comes to water, it just doesn’t do the job for me. I actually just ate the bar maybe 10 minutes ago, and I feel pretty full lol! just hope the feeling lasts for hours as it claims.

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Julie July 30, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Thank you for the insight….I’m going to try these bars for a short time just to get back into control…I hope it works…I’m going to try AB CUTS also along with it…we’ll see…any kind of help is good..:)

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Jeanie June 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

Well, it’s not exactly the same. The formula is designed to expand in your stomach and linger much longer than the water or fruit.

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ghizlaine April 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Well… I tried them and I have to say that it works. I had my first bar with water at 8:45 a.m. I felt a sensation of fullness. I had another bar at about 1 p.m. I was felling hungry by then. I actually ate lunch but not much. I always want to snack and drink anything sweet. Today, I have had no desire for sweets or snacking. Oh BTW I do hate the taste and texture of the “honey almond” its actually too sweet. Also no headaches, light-headedness, or feeling sick. This is only day one so even I myself am curious to know if it works well over a period of time. My overall impression thus far is that this actually work for curbing my appetite.

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Adam April 25, 2013 at 6:36 pm

It may work haven’t really put it to a full test, however the ingredients in it are AWFUL for a diet. Sugar and High Fructose corn Syrup being the first 2 ingredients…. High fructose corn syrup is known to make one more hungry and crave carbs. Bad for a diet, sure it may fill you up for a while, but should leave you craving more, kind of like smoking with nicotine no?

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Sarah Smith May 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

I agree with Adam, the fact that sugar and high fructose corn syrup are the first two ingredients listed puts the brakes on trying this product for me. As already stated, drinking plenty of water and eating fruits and vegetables that are high in dietary fiber does the same thing for a lot less money. A sliced up apple with a couple of almonds and a couple of thin slivers of a good cheese an hour or at least 30 min before a meal will curb hunger and help appetite control. It’s better to eat 5 or 6 small, healthy whole food meals a day than fill the body up with additives, sugar and refined carbs. Common sense people… there’s no real miracle cure found in a packet!

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Julie July 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I agree that there is no cure in pills or packets, but to try for a short time to get back on track…I don’t see anything wrong as long as it helps :)

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Sandy May 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Okay this is NOT a healthy diet alternative! Fiber would be a much better idea- with corn syrup & sugar are not what you want when trying to lose weight. Go for the obvious healthy weight loss foods- salads/veggies/fruit- instead of a cheeseburger and French fries! A cup of oatmeal with a piece of fruit will hold you well into the day too & is very healthy!! A small protein like fish, pork or chicken with a salad and a big glass of water is a great dinner. No eating after 8:00 and make sure to get some exercise during the day- you will lose weight. Stay away from starchy food, sugar and of course high fat/greasy meals- and NO fast food. Basically it’s common sense!!!! We all know the drill- it’s just takes discipline!!

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Erik May 7, 2013 at 12:12 am

So if you eat 10 of these would your stomach explode? :D Also if it works similar to having the stomach stapled wouldn’t it just induce vomiting when eating too much?

I am thinking about getting the Tilt-A-Whirl for my back yard and a 5 gallon bucket… instant weight loss while being able to eat anything you want when you want (wink)

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Dawn Star May 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm

High fructose corn syrup is not the ingredient. It is corn syrup and there is a difference. High fructose is treated with enzymes and corn syrup is glucose suspended in water. Corn syrup is used primarily for texture in candy making. Not the same thing. Look it up for more details and information. And yes people, we all know that we should be eating healthy fruit and salads but some of us are “candy freaks” and this satisfies that need for a short time and we don’t have the cravings and overeat.

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Julie July 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I like your comment b/c I’m one of those candy/sweet freaks

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Martin May 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Let me be the first to tell you folks, this is the real deal! I heard all about Slimful and decided to give it a shot. Im in very good shape, but wanted to keep away from late night binges at work. So I bought one bar, ate it at 12 am, drank a glass of water, and INSTANTLY was not hungry! 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 hours went by before I was hungry again. It was so effective I was scared! I wasnt even thinking about food! Once again, my hunger didnt come back for almost a full 8 hours after I ate it. My experience may be uniquie, but if it keeps me not hungry for even 6 hours, late night binging for me is a thing of the past. Goodbye binges, hello wash board abs!

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Sarah May 9, 2013 at 7:40 pm

While I hate the ingredient list; these work. I’m a habitual snacker. I recognize it, but can’t seem to stop myself. My diet is actually very healthy…I eat fruit, vegetables, lean meats, eggs, and dairy and buy about 50% organic. I drink *tons* of water and little to no soda or juice. I have three young children and am fairly active. My weaknesses are carbs and just plain eating too much. I eat when I’m not hungry, and I feel hungry even when I know I’m not. I received three free Slimful bars with my purchase from Drugstore.com. I did not use them before meals, but in between. I followed the directions and ate one bar followed by a large glass of water. Within a minute I felt full (not like I had just eaten a meal, but satisfied) and skipped the in-between meal snacks. I thought the flavor and texture of the bars was very good and I enjoyed them. While I would prefer to lose weight by increasing my activity level and cutting carbs, these will definately help me curb my snacking and lose a few pounds. I’m going to order a box of them and plan on using 1 per day (I might up that to 2 per day when I stop nursing my son to help speed things up a bit).

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JackiePR May 11, 2013 at 3:09 am

.. Dawn makes a good point. With all the criticizing, the point is we don’t eat less or correctly. And wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all grabbed those carrot sticks before a meal to curb the ole appetite? We could put all these weight loss programs out of business, if it were that easy. The obvious truth is is isnt that easy to knock it off… To think millions of people are walking around overweight when all they have to do is think healthy is much too simplistic. Just common sense, really?? Remember the bars are temporary!! This isn’t a life practice. I’d say better a little extra sugar, keeping your food intake down, while losing the fat. If this works for you then go for it… It’s a no brainer. Better than a coronary or any of the diseases associated with being overweight.

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Sally June May 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I like these to stave off hunger in between meals. I eat one after I have had coffee in the morning and then I’m not starving for lunch. These don’t make me hungry like carrots or fruits, which may be healthier but I can’t eat them alone. I think these are more of an aid than a diet meal or something like people are trying to make them. I eat another one around 3 p.m. when I feel tired and starting to get hungry. I try to stick with mostly proteins for my meals. Then if I feel like snacking or want something sweet I may eat one at night but usually I don’t need one. Like any other diet plan, there is really no miraculous cure for wanting to eat. We just have to use things that help us control that urge and I think these really help.

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Mary R. June 10, 2013 at 7:33 am

Sounds like something I want to try then I heard about these on tv but wasn’t sure if they worked thanks everyone for ur input…….

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Bob DiMcNeal June 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I purchased these this past Sunday. I started on Monday eating just one bar. It seemed to work for me a tad past four hours and then of course I got cavings. However, I did not give in to my cavings instead I ran two miles and biked for three miles and eat two fish filets for dinner. Today I ate a bar around 11AM and I’m pleased to say I feel good right now.
Like many follks I’ve tried all the ideas out there, and like many have stated here today, those idea’s don’t work for everyone. This bar has already helped me drink more water. It’s keeping me from feeling hungry so far, and it’s allowing me just enough power to overcome eating more than I should.

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Kimmers June 14, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I picked the bars up the other day at the grocery store. Yesterday I had one about an hour before lunch – when I was feeling munchie. It did the trick – the honey and almond is sweet – like a candy bar. After drinking water it does give the full sensation. When I ate lunch about 1 1/2 hours later I found I couldn’t finish my salad – which is a good thing. At dinner time I still wasn’t starving – was only mildly hungry and found I ate less.

Today I’m going to eat a later lunch and around 10 was starting to get hungry so had a bar. It’s 11:30 – I’m no longer munchie/hungry and able to focus on work rather than hunger. On day two I’m giving it a two thumbs up.

With time I will find out if this is simply the “honeymoon” period or if this really is a good long term aide.

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mauigirl June 23, 2013 at 7:06 am

I just had to comment after reading some other comments on here. first of all yes high fructose corn Syrup is very bad it stores as fat and won’t digest like natural fats secondly nicotine is not addictive I work at a place that sells electronic e cigarettes if u did the proper research u would know that there is nicotine on all your night shade plants! Its used as a natural pesticide! Black Pepper is 40% nicotine. Thank you for reading I felt I needed to put my 2 cents in

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C Schoen June 26, 2013 at 5:49 pm

I have found that these really help me with my cravings. I am a full time college student and normally when I am studying I like to munch on things and with the bars that sensation has gone away and I can just focus on my work. I also notice that I do not eat as much at lunch and dinner. I eat one bar in the morning with fruit for breakfast and one around 3-4 p.m. to curb my appetite for the evening.

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Julie July 30, 2013 at 4:20 pm

OMGOSH…I just had my first bar with water for lunch b/c I was hungry…I feel like I’ve eaten a full meal…we’ll see how it continues to work…jules

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Andres Vargas August 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

This is actually a very effective way to stave off hunger. I like that the company selling this is being honest about what they are trying to achieve. They are not trying to sell you lies and magic potions that promise to do the impossible. What they are saying is that if you eat one of these low calorie bars and drink water (incidentally, a lot of the time when you feel hungry, you are in fact just thirsty- something to remember…) you will quell the hunger that might make you over eat. This is effective only in as much as you have the willpower to stick to the programme. Just like anything, really.

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