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I've had a few friends who have tried weight loss shakes and as soon as they finished using them they gained weight back. The best way to lose weight is going the hard way. Have lots of healthy and nutritious meals and exercise. Make exercise fun by getting the kids involved, those little energy suckers are great at helping. Kick the football around, go for walks exploring your city/town, get in the playground and use the monkey bars or play on the slide, crank the music and dance while you are cleaning the house. Make it different so it is fun and watch as the weight comes off.
I worked for and followed the program for CMWL. I would give it zero stars. I lost weight far too quickly which led to loose skin all over and sagginess around my face. When I left the job, and finished my program I began gaining weight very quickly, no matter what I ate. I would not recommend any shake diet. They are high in processed sugar and a lot of other chemical additives.
I think shakes are fine if you want to lose weight fast. But if you want to keep the weight off, you need to change your lifestyle. If you think you can have a shake for lunch for the rest of your life, then yes, go for it.
Ive just started michelle bridges 12wbt and its been really good. You can access different 45 minute workout videos and sets your meal plan for the week. You can change the meal around if you dont like whats in the plan. Im losing weight and saving money because im planning my meals instead of wondering the supermarket trying to decide what to have for tea. The kids have liked all the meals too