optislim vlcd bars side effects

optislim-vlcd-bars-side-effectsHey there dieting sista!  So you’re interested in Optislim products eh?  Well I hope you’ve a will of iron.  I too was interested in this line–until I read how low calorie it is.  Not that low calorie’s a bad thing–I just don’t have a will of iron.  Mine’s more like play dough.

Optislim VLCD Bars (very low calorie diet) are actually quite delicious.  In Caramel Crunch, Chocolate Fudge and Choc Berry flavors, they’re more like having an indulgent treat than the meal replacement they are. 

They’re part of the Optislim program and are only going to work for weight loss if you follow one of three programs and eat healthily (and skimpily.)  In other words if you gnaw on one of these like a candy bar and then binge all day, you won’t lose anything other than a chunk of money from your bank account–and you’ll still be chunky. 

The programs are guess what–VERY LOW CALORIE.  You have three options for weight loss dependent upon how quickly you want to lose weight, and how much money you’re willing to part with.  Here’s a brief outline of the Optislim programs:

ACCELERATED: replacing all three daily meals with a shake, soup or meal bar, you’ll consume 800 calories or less a day and will probably chew on your nails, the furniture and anything else to keep your hungry jaw moving.

RAPID: replacing two out of three daily meals with a shake, soup or meal bar, you’ll consume 1000 calories or less a day and will go only marginally insane (your furniture is still not safe.)

BALANCED: replacing only one out of three daily meals with a shake, soup or meal bar, you’ll consume around 1300-1500 calories a day (dependent upon how you manage your eating) and will lose weight much slower–but you’ll be saner. 

I reiterate–as tasty as they are, the Optislim VLCD Bars are not to be trifled with–or to be eaten with trifle. 

Only serious dieter need apply.

Optislim VLCD Bars Ingredients

Unfortunately Optislim don’t bother to tell you what’s in their VLCD Bars–or any of the other products in their line.  They tell you their products are “nutritionally complete”, containing 25 vitamins and minerals when you eat “3 servings a day.”

If you don’t eat three servings a day apparently you’re on your own to make sure you meet your daily nutritional requirements.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe this is enough information to go off–not when you consider how much money you’re going to spend on the Optislim program (see below for details) and how much you’re putting your health in their hands.

Optislim does state they want you to see your general practitioner before starting any of their programs (particularly the ACCELERATED program), and to be monitored by your GP throughout.  (Yes, they’re covering their butts.)

I am not impressed by the lack of ingredient information, and I have to say, it worries me.

Optislim VLCD Bars Side Effects

Hmmm…what are the side effects of hunger?  Expect:

  • Hunger pangs
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness
  • Shakiness
  • Nausea
  • Weakness

Do Optislim VLCD Bars Work Well Enough to Buy?

Optislim is expensive when you consider the Bars alone are $17.95 for only5, the Shakes are $34.95 for 21 sachets and the soups are $18.90 for 7–plus shipping.  Yes I’m sure it’ll work–it’s so low calorie you’re bound to lose weight.  At least for a while.

What happens when your body adapts to eating less? 

And what if you’re like me, and your body goes into “starvation mode” and holds stubbornly onto body fat because it thinks it’s in the bloody desert?  It’ll happen at some point.

If you want to lose 10 lbs quickly for a special occasion–you have tons of willpower that’s more like iron than play dough–and you don’t mind spending the money to do it–this may be the program for you.

But it’s not a long-term solution.