What Should You Know about Optifast?

If you’ve been struggling for years to lose weight, or feel frustrated by all of the “fad” diets that don’t deliver sustainable results, Optifast could be the weight loss solution that you need. Optifast is far more than a diet. It’s a comprehensive weight management program that includes meal replacement shakes, lifestyle education, counseling, and personalized support. There are two forms of the Optifast program, called Optifast Full Meal Replacement and Optifast Supplements Plus One Meal Per Day. By working with a weight loss expert like Dr. Hermann at Hermann Aesthetics & Wellness in Tampa, Florida, you can determine which Optifast program is best suited to meet your needs and help you lose weight.

What is the Difference Between Full Meal Replacement and Supplements Plus One Meal?

Both Optifast programs begin with you working with your doctor to calculate how many calories you need to consume to lose weight in a realistic and sustainable manner. Your caloric intake won’t be designed to starve you quite the opposite, actually! You need to eat enough calories to provide your body with balanced nutrition and energy. Otherwise, you’ll feel too lethargic and defeated to make any progress. This is why so many other diet plans fail!

The core difference between the two Optifast systems is the number of meals you replace with Optifast alternatives. The Full Meal Replacement plan requires a diet consisting solely of Optifast products for about 12 weeks. The products include specially formulated bars, soups, and shakes. If you utilize the Supplements Plus One Meal plan, you will use three Optifast supplements per day and have the freedom to eat one meal on your own. In this case, a dietitian like Dr. Hermann will provide nutrition counseling to help you create healthy and nourishing meals that help you meet your weight loss goals.

What Else Does Optifast Involve?

Optifast is a medical meal replacement system, so it must be medically supervised and supported with other medical tests like EKGs and lab tests every few weeks. After the first 12 weeks of Phase 1 using meal replacements, you will enter a one- to two-month transition period that involves incorporating regular food while still losing weight. Finally, you’ll enter long-term weight maintenance and learn how to keep your weight off for good. You can expect to lose as much as 52 pounds in 22 weeks!

Dr. Hermann is an Optifast, weight loss, and nutrition expert who is located here in the Tampa area to help you reach your weight loss goals. Call (813) 902-9559 now to make your first appointment.