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OPTIFAST

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
BACKGROUND

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.

PRO
  • 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
CON
  • 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
DIET and NUTRITION

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.

EXERCISE

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

CONCLUSION

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.

Common Misspellings

optyfast, opti fast, optifast progarm


Related Diets: Juice Diet, Slim Fast 321, Slim-Fast, Medifast , VF Smoothie


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Manda

I started using Optifast a week and a half ago and I am down 9 pounds.
My doctor recommended that I also take phentermine and a b12 shot. I am only drinking the Optifast at lunch time and then eating a healthy breakfast/snacks and dinner.
I am happy so far with my results! I don't think I could do Optifast for each meal. I tried the chicken soup and it was awful! I really like the chocolate shakes.
I am 5'8 and started at 220.. I would like to weigh 170

posted Mar 30th, 2011 4:49 pm


Roy

Starting my optifastI'll be starting my optifast nextweek. I know it will be hard to go without food. Do anybody have any diet plan suggestions for me. I put a order in for the chocalet shakes,chocalete bars and chicken soup. I need a daily diet plan

posted Mar 24th, 2011 8:30 pm


Shonese

I have been on Optifast for one wk as of yesterday. I have lost 18lbs!!! Although I have done well my first wk it's still very hard to stay on track at times. Some tips that I'm finding that's making it a lil easier are: I have a great support team. They don't mention food around me. They check in w/ me everyday. My husband is the absolute best b/c he's not an enabler this time. We discussed b4 I started the diet that I would become agitated at times etc... So if you can have an "accountability" partner that will be your best support system. 2nd I don't cook or be around food at all. I plan to do this until I'm sure that I can make healthier food choices in moderate amounts. 3rd I stay busy now. Not necessisarily working out but I just keep moving throughout the day. I have finally admitted to myself that I have an addiction to food. Unfortunately, I can't stay away from it forever so I have to learn to eat in moderation. My biggest problem was that I would go all day w/o eating and then over eat in the afternoon. So yes, Optifast does work but it's like any other diet. It's about a lifestyle change. I started Optifast b/c I was about to have gastric surgery. I have decided against surgery for now. I have never really dieted b4 & I want to give myself a fighting chance w/o surgery. Don't get me wrong, I have a LOT of wt to lose but I have a long life to live as long as I stay devoted to my wt lose. I have planned to stay on Optifast for a very long time even after I start training myself to eat healthier. I plan to have a drink for breakfast & lunch & a sensible dinner. Eventually, I plan to just have a shake for breakfast. Good Luck to you all & wish me Luck as well!!! We Can Do It!!!

posted Mar 23rd, 2011 12:28 pm


sandra

hey, I'm sandra I posted when I started the the whole optifast thing, and I swear I was on top of the world by the fifth week, I had dropped 15kg so quickly thin is, I never followed the programe I just had optifast shakes for three weeks straigh only, with water obviously the gradually I had tuna for lunch, eventually I had to get of optifast I did well for the first two weeks but then somehow I just piled the weight back on which made me feel depressed...but the positive side is I know now I have the will power to do something so hard like that, also I use optifast now for a quick fix, if I have a wedding coming up I jump on optifast so I learnt from all this opti fast doesnt keep the weight of 4 gud...so good luck....

posted Mar 2nd, 2011 7:18 am


Alexandra Rose

im always on and off this diet, but. i always take metamucil when i do the diet, and i feel like it really makes you feel better, adding extra fibre into the diet, idk about everyone else, but i feel terrible without fibre! just a little hint, who knows, maybe it could help you! plus, is really low calories and makes you feel quite full as it expands in your stomach.

posted Feb 21st, 2011 10:24 pm


lolly

Just starting this optifast diet today any helpful hints for me?

posted Feb 12th, 2011 6:57 pm


aquakmj

I have just finished my fourth week on optifast and have already lost seventeen pounds! I'm very happy with my success so far. For those that asked, yes it does work. And yes, you should do the whole program and not just buy the product. The meetings really help and help you feel both accountable and also you can share with people that are in the same boat as you. I think that support is really helpful

posted Feb 12th, 2011 6:32 pm


p kavitha

i too want to have this optifast program .will it really works

posted Feb 9th, 2011 8:33 am


Alexis

I just started the Optifast program through Kaiser. I have been looking for a forum of Optifast users, but can't seem to find anything on the internet that is recent. I've started my own blog, and I have a weekly group meeting, but it would be nice to talk to folk that are further along or have completed the program recently. Does anyone know of such a forum or message board?

Also, you can check out my blog chronicaling the program:

posted Feb 8th, 2011 7:53 pm



James McIver

Okay I am already seeing a doctor for my cholesterol which includes EKG testing and weight monitoring when necessary. My doctor has the Optifast program listed in his office and has asked me to try it. But the cost would be way more then buying it from Amazon. About $800, for the program and food.

Would I be better off just buying it from Amazon when my doctor is already monitoring my health and cholesterol levels?

posted Jan 22nd, 2011 9:00 pm


Eesha

This is first for ever I started myself being very confident in me, As i have lost almost 13 pounds in 4 weeks and still on my Optifast, first week i lost 5 pounds and gradually 2 pounds a week. I suggest people who are hesitating should deftly try .. and its easy no side effects..

posted Jan 11th, 2011 8:50 pm


sandra

I'm on my second day of optifast, I don't feel hungry, I do get kind of light headed, but the only hard thing is watching people eat around you, and I cook for my husband and it's so hard cooking and not being able to taste th food I'm making that mind you is delicous, clearly if I didnt have the will power I would have given up, I just had my first baby three months back, I weigh 80kg looking to lost 15kg, jope it works out for me.....

posted Dec 10th, 2010 12:47 am


m. courtney

how expensive is this plan? i need to lose 45 lbs. do you ever get to eat food or is it all liquids?

posted Dec 1st, 2010 12:17 am


Dom

I have been on Optifast for 12wks and lost close to 60lbs.This diet works great for those who are wanting and committed to making a change. We have all tried just about everything out there. Just commit and watch the weight melt.

posted Nov 12th, 2010 11:47 am


DSM

the shakes are good and I don't even mind the soup (with some salt free mrs. dash). I'm only on the first day, and I had to have a product every two hours. my stomach is hurting, but I am guessing that will pass.

posted Oct 16th, 2010 9:33 pm


pomster

day 26, 27ls down, feel good, give this a go if you have some will power, have lots of energy! :)

posted Oct 1st, 2010 4:53 am


Brendie33

day four and feel fantastic

posted Sep 24th, 2010 2:58 pm


Pomster

Day 19, lost 21lbs, all good, only very slightly hungry, feeling full of energy

posted Sep 24th, 2010 8:14 am


Pomster

Day 9 now lost 6 Kgs, 13lbs nearly a stone, not that hungry, 3 shakes a day, lots of water tea and diet soft drink and low jould lime with mineral water and low fat jellies and veg. First few days easy, 4/5th days the hardest for me, but once past that its OK.

posted Sep 13th, 2010 8:01 pm


Pomster

On day 5 lost 3kgs/ appx. 7lbs, drinking loads of water ,tea, green tea and diet soft drinks - waterfords and diet rite also having low joule jellies and carrotts broccoli and home made veg soups and jols and low sugar lollies its hard but need to loose 15kg in a month. Give it a go, but be prepared to struggle sometimes and know you will, but be strong and keep your results on your calendar. Good luck!

posted Sep 10th, 2010 5:54 am



 

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