I feel like I’m becoming a bit of a serial weight loss/dieter on this blog (I never have been “that person”). If you’re a member of any Facebook selling groups in the UK – you’re likely to see people posting pictures of amazing weight loss that they’ve achieved over a week. I’ve had my eye on the brand for years and years and have never been able to find a review that’s been done, that isn’t somehow associated with Actiderm.
I’ve made good progress over the past few months, making healthier choices and losing a bit of weight with the aid of Raspberry Ketones, and I wanted another little boost before I went on holiday in a few weeks time. Suddenly these Actiderm 7 Day Shred (EDIT: Now Actiderm is names Actilabs) plans were in the forefront of my mind, and searching for reviews again I still wasn’t able to find any.
This made me a little dubious, but I thought to myself “Rachael you started this blog to help people save money on stuff that is crap that you can’t find reviews on, so try it so people can see for themselves. I saw weight losses on their pages that claimed anywhere between 6-11.5lb lost over a 7 day plan.
Actiderm is a little bit like Avon in which you will have representatives who you buy the product from, from my experience the consultant/rep was very helpful in answering any questions – and just having a general chit chat online (if you want the name of my rep, please let me know I’ll pass over her details to you – they work regionally, but dispatch nationally through ordering on their website).
So onto the diet/plan. The 7 day shred contains 7 meal replacement shakes (available in a variety of flavours and shakes). You also receive a cordial style drink called Hydraslim which you sip throughout the day to make dieting more comfortable.
All your food/drinks throughout the day should be 800-900 calories (including your shake which is 169kcal – at least vanilla, unsure on the others). Food should be high protein, low carb and low fat. For me this meant lots of veg (especially courgettes/zucchini as they are really filling and a medium sized one is only 21calories) accompanied with white meat such as turkey and chicken (if you like fish that’s good too – I don’t).
The Hydraslim whilst looking positively revolting (as people at work called it dirty dish water), it doesn’t really have much of a taste, it reminds me of a very very weak green tea. The taste is nothing offensive, but it does advise if you don’t like the taste to add some sugar free squash/cordial to it to mask the taste. There’s more than enough hydraslim to last the whole week – and you follow on with it afterwards to stabilise the results. As well as the hydraslim you should drink around 2 litres of water additionally.
The Shakes took a little longer to get used to taste wise, there’s something about it which at the start was making me struggle to finish them and would drink them over the course of 2 or 3 hours. By the end of the week I was drinking them much quicker and easily. Personally I didn’t find using them as a full meal replacement worked for me, I opted for a small breakfast and lunch (under 100 calories each) and with my lunch drank half of the shake and drank the rest throughout the afternoon.
Over my 7 days I was pleased to weigh in at 6lb lighter than I was at the start of the week. I’m happy to report that there was no adverse effects for me from the other end”. You’re only able to do this once in a 4 week period, but other than that you’re free to repeat it monthly. Whilst I was really happy with my results I did wonder what my results would be if I carried on the diet the following week, still cutting my calories to 900 and eating low carb high protein meals.
During the official diet I ignored every office treat and resisted every temptation. During my second week where I simply cut the calories I was a little less strict with myself, I had one day off during the week for a friend at works birthday and we might have popped to KFC one lunch time (I did choose a “healthy” option) we all just needed to get out of the office, and I had 2 meals out when visiting the bloggers festival, a meal out for my sisters birthday and a triple whammy celebration with my boyfriends family. I still lost 3lb. I hadn’t been continuing to take my hydraslim as I misplaced it for several days – and decided by the time to see what the results were without it!
Whilst I’m not 100% convinced that the diet really had much to do with the weight loss as I didn’t get results that far away from it considering indulgence along side calorie cutting. If you’re someone that needs structure and something to get you into the swing and a routine going then I do think it’s good. It wasn’t super cheap at £25 for both 7 shakes and the hydraslim, personally I think if I was going to do it again, I would buy the shakes by themselves as they were £10. Supposedly the hydraslim is mean to make the diet more comfortable – but I didn’t really feel uncomfortable at all if I forgot to sip it for a few hours.
Have you tried a diet like this before? Did you see results?