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Program offers 12 weeks of meal replacement to help you lose weight.

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  • Established: 1974
  • Founder: Novartis Medical Nutrition Corporation; now owned by Nestle HealthCare Nutrition
  • Stock Symbol: NSRGY
  • Headquarters: Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Accessibility: Online, weekly one-on-one counseling
  • Diet Type: Meal replacement, liquid
  • Gender: Male, female

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The OPTIFAST plan has been considered the ace of liquid-based diets since 1974. The meal replacement drinks and bars are recommended by physicians for patients weighing more than 50 pounds over their ideal weight or with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more. OPTIFAST is recommended to help obese individuals prepare for gastric bypass surgery as well. All participants have full access to professionals like doctors, dietitians and counselors.

The OPTIFAST program follows strict guidelines to ensure the health and safety of patients with three key areas of concentration - medical, behavior and nutrition. Patients have an initial medical exam to make sure they meet the program criteria.

Progress is monitored during weekly one-on-one and group counseling, to help encourage healthy lifestyle changes.

  • People will lose weight on the introductory phase
  • Your weight loss is monitored by their experts
  • Proven results with clinical studies and over 1 million participants
  • Program gives support and counseling along with weight loss
  • Medical monitoring while on the program
  • Offers decrease in cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels
  • Great tasting meal replacement shakes
  • Doubtful that most health care professionals would recommend being on a meal replacement plan for any extended period of time
  • Program consists of all liquid diet
  • May be cost prohibitive for some

To participate in Optifast, you must first complete a preliminary medical exam. You will be assessed to determine any risk factors and make sure you are a good fit for the program. After passing that exam, you are given a personalized weight loss plan that is based on your current weight and your goals. You are monitored throughout the entire process. Your meals will consist of the Optifast shakes and meal replacement bars.


You get a customized activity plan for your fitness level and schedule.


Maybe the OPTIFAST meal replacement is nutritionally sound, but there are plenty of other programs that have you making sound choices with real food. This program is also very expensive. This combination can only lead to the conclusion that there are other choices that would come before OPTIFAST.

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This is my first day and I have no idea how I'm going to do this...I can't stand the taste of these shakes and they make me feel sick. The good thing is I don't Feel like eating.

posted Feb 8th, 2014 2:41 am



Today I'm entering week 10 of the Optifast900. I have lost 41.5 lbs and have not diverted from the program. At the Weight Management Clinic at the Ottawa Civic Hospital there is an excellent team that includes a behaviourist, nutritionist, exercise expert and two doctors + superb support staff. I'm committed to getting healthier and I'm sure that is why I'm following this to a T. I work 5 days a week and enjoy my weekends as I'm not cooking at the moment. I recommend this program.

posted Dec 12th, 2013 4:29 am

kim upchurch


I started the Optifast program because my blood pressure was out of control and I couldn't control my food intake. The program is stuff but if you get pass the first 2 weeks, it's a breeze. I've lost 11 pounds, have energy, and my blood pressure is almost normal. Be encouraged, you can do it.

posted Oct 20th, 2013 3:22 pm



It is much healthier, easier and cheaper to make my own juice, either fruit or vegetable or a combination of both, than it is to use Optifast. I have experienced equally impressive weight loss by doing this. I can juice in-season fruit and vegetables, have a nourishing warm miso soup or a vegetable or meat bone broth. All these give me real food that I have prepared myself from real food sources. No additives, colourings, flavourings, emulsifiers, soy etc. etc. The benefits of this mean I'm saving money, learning healthy eating habits that I can retain forever rather than just the expensive hiatus of Optifast that does nothing other than take my money and give me a transient weight loss.
All such products are questionable, not just Optifast.
It is important to learn good eating habits that involve preparing and eating real food, reconnecting with our own bodies and natural appetites that are now thrown out of balance by additives, enhancers, lo-fat everything, chemical sweeteners etc etc. Real food, prepared at home, will allow anyone to lose weight easily, simply and affordably. There is no magic instant weight loss plan that will keep weight off in the long term. This is because the habits that caused the weight gain need to be re-learnt. Once this is achieved the weight will take care of itself. Good luck on your weight loss journey - eat only real food you prepare yourself as much as possible.

posted Jul 3rd, 2013 6:35 am



I just love this product it's marvellous I was just 2 kgs over my weight but was very keen to lean down m be slim I did this course by replacing 2 meals a day n trust me I lost 6 kgs I m a hard core gym person after that I never took this product however haven't gained weight yet....just love it....results r the best....I wud recommend this to everyone who wanna loose weight look pretty n feel confident as I feel very confident after loosing so much of weight....n the best part is I m nt a foodie so it's not a difficult task fr me to follow the diet....love optifast thoroughly

posted May 9th, 2013 6:04 pm


Both my husband and I are on this program. We both miss food but the results are great. In the two weeks we have been on the program he has lost 15 pounds and I have lost 10. My only issue is, I wish I could lose weight as fast as him.

posted Apr 19th, 2013 12:39 am



That is great. I will start 04/18/2013.

posted Apr 11th, 2013 7:58 pm


I will start OPTIFAST on 4/18/2013. I will post by results

posted Apr 11th, 2013 7:55 pm



I started optifast on March 23 and I have lost 22 pounds in 8 days this stuff is awesome. However I do have a lot of indigestion. I am constantly burping but its worth it

posted Mar 31st, 2013 9:18 pm



I started Optifast on Jan 29 2013 - if you ask anyone around me my first week of the intensive phase was hell....in a good way. Weighing in at a heavy 149.9kgs I convinced myself to stick with it. In my first week I had dropped 8.3kgs. It has now been almost 8 weeks and I have have managed to lose 20kgs! My hard work and discipline has paid off thus far & I can't wait to see how many more kilos drop as I progress further into the program. Best decision I ever made!

posted Mar 27th, 2013 9:28 am



How much does optifast cost? I'm thinking about contacting Dr. Goldfarb to discuss this diet. I see that you are both having success on it, congratulations, it must feel great! I was wondering if you could tell me how often you have to see him and if the appointments are usually pretty on time. I'm a mother to infant twins and I will have to bring them with me and I'm nervous about how long it will take each time I go there. I would really appreciate your input. Do you find it terribly expensive? I'm sure its worth it though. Many thanks!

posted Mar 4th, 2013 4:17 am



I have been on optifast with Dr. Godlferb for six weeks now and so far I am extremely pleased. I lost 26 pounds and even though I miss the home cooking I no longer crave solid food. This program is great for anyone that is motivated to loose weight and get healthy.

posted Feb 27th, 2013 10:57 pm



I start Optifast on Jan. 17, 2013, so far I have lost 14ib in 13 days, its great, I hope it continue, so far no cheating, because after this drink I feel full, yes, I do miss the taste of food, but in-order to reach healty life style, not a big deal. I am 52 year old. So far very please with Dr. Goldferb services. Hoping to loose 100 Ib, and I was 303Ib.

posted Jan 30th, 2013 12:30 am



Hi my name is Zoe and I have been on optifast for 5 days and I have lost 2 kgs, I am very pleased with the product and loving it ..hate the soup yukkkk!! Love the new improved coffee ........and love the chic berry muesli bar yummy! So good luck guys I've got 7 kgs to lose in 12 days for pre op for gastric sleeve, I hope I get there, love optifast!!!!

posted Jan 29th, 2013 11:37 am



I've been on the Opti diet for 3 months, tomorrow. It's been pretty easy. The shakes are delicious. Keep me satisfied. So much so, that I sometime only have 3 shakes a day because I'm too full which is not good but there are always bad days, right? I've lost 53 lbs total thus far. I expected more, but to be honest, I've had 2 cheat days during the 3 months. I also sometimes snack on a small amount of Naturally More PNut Butter and Sunflower Seeds. I know Bad Bad Bad! I'm only human. I have 50lbs more to lose to be at my ideal 130lb weight. I know I can do it. This plan works. I didnt workout first 3 months too much, I am now doing the TurboFire now and spinning 5 days a week. I'm hoping it falls off even quicker now. Keep on carrying on... It works!

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posted May 5th, 2012 11:39 am


I have been on Optifast diet for 4 days. I cheated and had 2 bits of a hambuger on the 3 day. I have only lost 5 pounds. how long after you cheap on this diet does it take our body to get back to ketosis? also does anyone know if their is another shake that compares to the optifast shake? the optifast shakes are to expensive for me to continue to purchase.

posted May 1st, 2012 6:16 pm

Lauren Redmond


I have been on the diet for 5 days now and I have lost a little over 10 lbs. I have to say the hardest part is giving up the foods I love, but I have not been hungry. Looking forward to seeing the results after a few more weeks.

posted Feb 21st, 2012 9:58 pm



Works great! It's not easy but the weight will fly off. Have lost 28lbs in just over one month and two weeks.

posted Feb 12th, 2012 3:42 am


I tried this diet 18 months ago. I was on the straight liquid diet and lost 47 lbs in 12 weeks. I have been able to keep the weight off. You have to be VERY discipline and don't cheat. Its too expensive not to give it 100%. My only regret is the "saggy" skin. It has taken me almost 15 months to get things toned up.

posted Jan 29th, 2012 9:45 pm


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