OPTIFAST is a highly successful medical weight loss program that uses meal replacements to help you lose weight. For severely overweight and obese patients that are ready to begin losing weight medical supervision is highly recommended. Involving a physician in your weight loss program will provide you with the support and motivation necessary to be successful in meeting your weight loss goal. In addition, your physician will conduct an initial screening that includes a weight loss history, a physical exam, blood tests and an EKG to ensure that the OPTIFAST program is right for you.
The OPTIFAST program at ThinFast MD is a sixteen week long weight loss program, or longer according to your BMI and weight loss needs, that is ideal for patients who have 50 pounds of excess weight or more to lose. OPTIFAST is a comprehensive program that includes medical monitoring, meal replacement and behavior modification. While participating in this program you will receive assistance from our team of physicians, registered dieticians and counselors.
At ThinFast MD our comprehensive OPTIFAST program offers:
- 16 weeks of nutritional meal replacement products
- 4 weeks of customized transition diets
- Weekly medical monitoring and support
- Nutrition and behavioral education
- Laboratory work and EKG evaluation is performed as needed
The OPTIFAST program offers simple meal replacements that come in a powder or ready to drink form or as nutrition bars. One of the biggest benefits to this weight loss plan is that it removes all the questions surrounding food choices or calorie levels. The OPTIFAST program uses a low calorie diet that makes it easy to lose weight by reducing your calorie intake. The OPTIFAST shakes, soups and bars are nutrient packed so they keep you full despite your reduced calorie intake. The OPTIFAST products taste great and are incredibly simple to prepare as to make this weight loss program nearly hassle free.
After the first week on the OPTIFAST weight loss plan most patients stop craving their previous regular diet. At this point in the program most people also stop feeling hungry. After several weeks of active and rapid weight loss, our program shifts into a transitional phase during which you will slowly begin to eat self-prepared foods. Long term weight-management after the OPTIFAST program is possible through a commitment to diet and lifestyle changes. Increasing exercise and consuming nutrient packed diet that is balanced in fruits and vegetables and protein is crucial to long term weight loss success.
While participating in the OPTIFAST program your daily calorie intake will be dramatically reduced. In many patients this calorie reduction results in four to five pounds of weight loss every week!
If you would like to learn more about the OPTIFAST program please contact us to schedule an appointment.