I have been working on improving my health for the past few months.Â I have begun taking vitamins regularly, and become more careful about what I eat.Â I also joined a local gym, where I have been working out 2 or 3 times a week.Â So I have been doing all the things I am supposed to do, but the weight is not coming off.Â Sure, I lost a few pounds at first, but then my weight loss kind of plateaued.Â I know that the changes I am making are all good long term things, but I would like to see some results so I stay motivated!
The past few weeks I have been thinking about doing a meal replacement type program, where you replace one of two meals a day with a drink.Â This helps eliminate some decision making about what to eat, and hopefully give my weight loss a jump start.Â Iâ€™m not really looking for any long term program, because I know I would get bored and not stick with it, but something that only lasts a few weeks would be perfect for breaking through my weight loss plateau.Â I also know that replacing more than one or two meals a day will not work for me, because I like sitting down with the family for dinner and eating what they are eating.
That is when I heard about the Swedish Diet, and watched a video segment on it on The Balancing Act, a Lifetime TV program.Â The Swedish Diet is a liquid meal replacement supplement.Â The video segment makes this product sound like just what I am looking for.Â The product spokesman doesnâ€™t promise magic results, and emphasizes the importance of exercise and eating a sensible lunch and dinner.Â The product is designed to increase your metabolism and decrease your cravings.Â This all sounds promising, so I went to the Swedish Diet website to get more information.
Honestly, I didnâ€™t think the website was very effective.Â It doesnâ€™t do nearly as good a job of explaining what the product is and how it works as the spokesperson on TV did.Â This is an all natural product, but the website is more about blonde girls in bikinis than anything else.Â There is a section with Testimonials, so I read those and liked what I saw.Â For me testimonials from real people who have tried the product is more likely to sell me on a product than anything else.Â I thought the design of the website was unclear, and I couldnâ€™t even figure out how much it cost from the information given.Â Cost is very important to me, and it is not something I should have to search for.Â Plus I couldnâ€™t figure out how the product related to Sweden at all.Â Why is it the Swedish diet?Â The website did show me the local stores that stock it, so I went to our local drug store, Kinneyâ€™s, to see itÂ in person.
You can see my entire shopping trip documented in my slide show on ThisMoment.Â At the store I found out it costs $29.99, which is enough for a one week supply.Â It is a liquid that you mix with water.Â You are supposed to drink it for breakfast, and again as an afternoon snack, and then eat a sensible lunch, dinner and snacks.Â The brochure that came with it was informative, and didnâ€™t promise amazing or unrealistic results.Â Like the TV segment, it emphasized the importance of exercise, and also gave motivational tips.Â It would be good if more of the type of information that is in the brochure was on the website.Â I still have no idea what it has to do with Sweden though!
But what does it taste like?Â Well it certainly doesnâ€™t look very attractive, since it is a dark greenish-brown liquid.Â I mixed it in 8 oz of cold water this morning, and drank it.Â The taste is overwhelmingly a green tea taste.Â It is much sweeter than I expected it to be, because it doesnâ€™t smell or look like something that would be sweet at all.Â There is also a bit of an aftertaste to the drink.Â The brochure recommends drinking a glass of water after drinking the diet drink, but I would have done that anyway to get rid of the aftertaste.Â I think I will try mixing it with warm water next time, since that might make it seem more like tea.Â The bottom line is it is drinkable, but definitely not delicious.Â It is too soon to say if it works or not, but I will update with my opinion after a few days.
Edited to Added: You can see my update and final opinion here.
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBiasÂ All opinions are my own.