Slim Fast: Why Did I Ever Believe Them?

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

When I saw this ad, it brought back a ton of memories:

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This particular ad came from a magazine run in 1990, but they ran this ad for a long time, starting in the late 1980’s. I used to look at this ad and wonder who Cristina Ferrare was. I looked at the before and after picture and was TOTALLY fooled by the different style of clothing hiding the fact that she didn’t lose very much weight.

I never even considered that using Slim Fast might be BAD for me.

When I was a senior in high school, I spent one month eating nothing but Slim Fast. I lost five pounds, but the month-long “fast” ended with a box of Twinkies from the discount bakery store. I still have that weight loss journal today. Days upon days of keeping track of how many Slim Fast shakes I had and then one day where I wrote, “Ate a whole box of Twinkies,” with a big frownie face.

Slim Fast might not cause binges in everyone, but for me, denying myself FOOD made me want to eat all the more.

Ad via: Found in Mom’s Basement: 1990 ad for Slim Fast featuring Cristina Ferrare


2 Responses to “Slim Fast: Why Did I Ever Believe Them?”

  1. Just Kelly Says:

    I find the slimfast optima’s a nice breakfast drink with a piece of fruit (peach, apple, etc). Still, I’ve never considered following their “plan”.

  2. Sunsh Says:

    So I have used Slim Fast shakes in the past and they have always worked for me. In fact, I hit a major plateau one time after I ran out and started just eating healthy regular foods, like a turkey on whole wheat bread sandwhich for lunch. Idk, some people can’t deal with the fact that they aren’t actually “eating” their meals, but I know other people who the plan has worked for. With losing weight (and maintainig it) its always about self-control and retraining your mind. 🙂

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