fogn

Rochester, PA

#5475 Jan 29, 2013
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Ellie

Norristown, PA

#5478 Jan 30, 2013
Hi everyone.
If anyone is looking for a cheaper version of the Optifast 800 program I have one. Instead of buying Optifast products, you follow the same guidelines with other resources. It consists of 800 calories per day, for 12-weeks. The shakes you use are 3 Slim-Fast shakes per day, 2 regular, and 1 high protein shake. You should drink the high protein one during your most vaunerable hunger part of the day, for me it's night time. The high protein keeps me full all night. Along with the shakes, you have 2 snacks and 2 cups of green vegetables. What my plan looks like is: Shake in the morning, then 1-2 hours later 1/2 a cup of 50 calorie unsweetened applesause(OR) 1 serving of 60 calorie yogurt, 1-2 hours later another shake w/ 1 cup of green veggies, 1-2 hours later 1 cup of 60 calorie brothy veggie soup, 1-2 hours later I have my high protein shake and 1 cup green veggies. It equals 800 calories, and I never eat past 8pm, I drink 64oz or more of water and take a multivitamin everyday. So far lost about 3-5 pounds per week, added Light exercise in my 2nd week. Lost all cravings (and there were lots!) I feel awesome, and happy. Its definitely a struggle, but so worth it. It mimics the Optifast 800 12-week program and worth a shot. The only difference is you dont have a medical team weighing you or giving you medical advice and support, its 100% solo. I would not suggest this for people with serious health problems, I would only suggest this for people who are relativly healthy and need a cheaper solution, you should still get regular check ups by your doctor. My goal is 40 pounds by the end of my 12 weeks.:) Good luck everyone.

Since: Nov 12

Baton Rouge, LA

#5479 Feb 1, 2013
Part of why I like the Optifast system coupled with supervision is that they are teaching us techniques to keep off the weight afterwards as well as monitoring blood work and EKGs and keeping me accountable for staying at it. Even if you don't have serious health issues, not getting regular blood work and check ups can lead you to think the diet is something you can stay on but you don't know there is something bad happening in your body.
I have lost 35.2 lbs as of yesterday and I am being kept motivated by the staff and by the chats with other participants while in the waiting room. I think the support is one of the best things about what I am trying to do. Part of why I come on here is to try to help others get the support they need. Ellie, I think that is a much cheaper alternative, thankfully price isn't a big issue for me right now, but I find I am happy with the food/shake/bar selection my program offers me, as I have never found a Slim-fast shake I could stomach.
Have a great weekend everyone and keep at it!
Marye

Boiling Springs, SC

#5480 Feb 1, 2013
Ellie wrote:
Hi everyone.
If anyone is looking for a cheaper version of the Optifast 800 program I have one. Instead of buying Optifast products, you follow the same guidelines with other resources. It consists of 800 calories per day, for 12-weeks. The shakes you use are 3 Slim-Fast shakes per day, 2 regular, and 1 high protein shake. You should drink the high protein one during your most vaunerable hunger part of the day, for me it's night time. The high protein keeps me full all night. Along with the shakes, you have 2 snacks and 2 cups of green vegetables. What my plan looks like is: Shake in the morning, then 1-2 hours later 1/2 a cup of 50 calorie unsweetened applesause(OR) 1 serving of 60 calorie yogurt, 1-2 hours later another shake w/ 1 cup of green veggies, 1-2 hours later 1 cup of 60 calorie brothy veggie soup, 1-2 hours later I have my high protein shake and 1 cup green veggies. It equals 800 calories, and I never eat past 8pm, I drink 64oz or more of water and take a multivitamin everyday. So far lost about 3-5 pounds per week, added Light exercise in my 2nd week. Lost all cravings (and there were lots!) I feel awesome, and happy. Its definitely a struggle, but so worth it. It mimics the Optifast 800 12-week program and worth a shot. The only difference is you dont have a medical team weighing you or giving you medical advice and support, its 100% solo. I would not suggest this for people with serious health problems, I would only suggest this for people who are relativly healthy and need a cheaper solution, you should still get regular check ups by your doctor. My goal is 40 pounds by the end of my 12 weeks.:) Good luck everyone.
Check the ingredients on the high-protein Slimfast can: they are EXACTLY the same as the Optifast products (except they also contain fiber, a definite plus!)....not so much for the regular Slimfast. If you are going to do this, switch to ALL high-protein Slimfast. At least you know you are getting everything you need in a shake.
That said, Optifast is formulated to have exactly what you need in a day....the way you are taking Slimfast, you are not getting in enough vitamins, and are WAY low in the protein dept. Be careful. If you are doing Slimfast, you need to get in one balanced meal like their plan says. JMHO.
:)
Ellie

Norristown, PA

#5481 Feb 1, 2013
Marye wrote:
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Check the ingredients on the high-protein Slimfast can: they are EXACTLY the same as the Optifast products (except they also contain fiber, a definite plus!)....not so much for the regular Slimfast. If you are going to do this, switch to ALL high-protein Slimfast. At least you know you are getting everything you need in a shake.
That said, Optifast is formulated to have exactly what you need in a day....the way you are taking Slimfast, you are not getting in enough vitamins, and are WAY low in the protein dept. Be careful. If you are doing Slimfast, you need to get in one balanced meal like their plan says. JMHO.
:)
I definitely agree, this is not for everyone. But, I get 45-75g of protein a day, plus less carbs than Optifast. Plus same vitamins and minerals in Optifast (some more), plus a multivitamin. I wouldn't discourage it so quickly, it is almost a mirror of the Optifast program nutritionally speaking. Plus, I even had it approved as a cheaper version to Optifast by my doctor and nutritionist. Some people cannot afford the Optifast program, so this is a very good and nutritionally sound alternative. I am a lifelong vegetarian, so it works for me nutritionally, if your not comfortable with this, don't do it. So far I've lost 20 pounds, and feeling amazing...it's been 3 weeks. Good luck everyone!
Ellie

Norristown, PA

#5482 Feb 1, 2013
Also, if you haven't tried a Slim-Fast shake in awhile, I would give it another go. They are not cans, they are 10oz bottles. They are creamy and amazingly yummy. They taste like a melted milkshake, they have Strawberry & Cream, French Vanilla, Milk Chocolate, Royal Chocolate, Cappuccino, High protein Chocolate and High Protein Vanilla. Haven't had one yet that is gross. They taste like a treat to me! If someone needs a cheaper, do-it-yourself option, go for it, don't let others discourage you on your journey. Good luck!:)
Phoebe

Norristown, PA

#5483 Feb 4, 2013
Hi yall,
I have not beeen following the actual Optifast program, but I've been following a similar version. Much like the one Ellie is talking about above. I drink slim fast high protein 1 or 2 a day plus another shake. So 3 shakes total, and I have with them a cup of veggies. Plus in between those "meals" I have either soup, or a piece of fruit, or a yogurt cup, or just more veggies. I hate meal bars so I never go for them. But, I eat roughly 800 calories a day, 60 grams of protein, and 50 carbs a day. Marye is not right though, the slimfast high protein doesnt replicate the optifast shakes exactly, optifast has about 20-25 carbs per shake, slimfast is a lot less than that, obviously even more so in the high protein, so I'm not sure what shes talking about. But anyway, today is my 9th day on this plan and I am down 6 pounds! Yay! I feel great too, very healthy. So it is a great alternative to the optifast program for people on a budget or without insurance. Plus you can buy the shakes at Walmart for like $5 for a 6-pack, its awesome. I cant wait to see all the results I have, I will come back maybe if I remember and log how I did in 11 weeks. Bye, wish me luch!! haha
Oh, and I am going to start walking a little more soon too, see if that melts more off me.
Marye

Boiling Springs, SC

#5484 Feb 5, 2013
Phoebe wrote:
Hi yall,
I have not beeen following the actual Optifast program, but I've been following a similar version. Much like the one Ellie is talking about above. I drink slim fast high protein 1 or 2 a day plus another shake. So 3 shakes total, and I have with them a cup of veggies. Plus in between those "meals" I have either soup, or a piece of fruit, or a yogurt cup, or just more veggies. I hate meal bars so I never go for them. But, I eat roughly 800 calories a day, 60 grams of protein, and 50 carbs a day. Marye is not right though, the slimfast high protein doesnt replicate the optifast shakes exactly, optifast has about 20-25 carbs per shake, slimfast is a lot less than that, obviously even more so in the high protein, so I'm not sure what shes talking about. But anyway, today is my 9th day on this plan and I am down 6 pounds! Yay! I feel great too, very healthy. So it is a great alternative to the optifast program for people on a budget or without insurance. Plus you can buy the shakes at Walmart for like $5 for a 6-pack, its awesome. I cant wait to see all the results I have, I will come back maybe if I remember and log how I did in 11 weeks. Bye, wish me luch!! haha
Oh, and I am going to start walking a little more soon too, see if that melts more off me.
Actually the high-protein vanilla has 25g of carbs per serving....I just looked it up. Maybe you're thinking of the low-carb?
Sorry if I stepped on any toes, just trying to help. I did Slimfast about 10 years ago (lost 25 lbs.). Did Optifast 3 years ago...lost 115.

Since: Nov 12

Baton Rouge, LA

#5485 Feb 6, 2013
Marye, I appreciate you sharing the facts, you didn't step on my toes. Looking only at the price, Slimfast is definitely cheaper.
The other reason I don't do Slimfast is that I was always craving protein. I am not sure if it is because they aren't as complete of proteins or not, but when I was on Nutrisystem I had the same issue and it was because most of their protein was plant protein, which doesn't take care of my needs enough. I have probably about 75-90 grams of protein a day and on occasion still want more. I do lift weights (I have since college) to help keep me from losing too much muscle since losing too much muscle can cause my metabolism to drop and lead me to regain the weight after I stop the Optifast system. The carbs in many shakes are necessary to make them taste okay and because you do need carbs in your diet the same as you need fats, you just have to be sure to pick the correct ones. When I get off of Optifast, I will be going to an eating style based on the Slow-Carb idea, eating carbs but in the form of carbs that are digested slower (beans, nuts, etc) instead of all the breads, rice, potatoes, pastas, but I will still have a "cheat" day since you don't want your body to not know how to process the other carbs.
My last suggestion to everyone is to track your intake and note when you have cravings/issues, so you can help identify patterns and be able to hold yourself responsible for your intake.
Have a great day. Have a weigh in tomorrow, hoping get to closer to 15% body weight lost.
Marye

Boiling Springs, SC

#5486 Feb 6, 2013
Iadris wrote:
Marye, I appreciate you sharing the facts, you didn't step on my toes. Looking only at the price, Slimfast is definitely cheaper.
The other reason I don't do Slimfast is that I was always craving protein. I am not sure if it is because they aren't as complete of proteins or not, but when I was on Nutrisystem I had the same issue and it was because most of their protein was plant protein, which doesn't take care of my needs enough. I have probably about 75-90 grams of protein a day and on occasion still want more. I do lift weights (I have since college) to help keep me from losing too much muscle since losing too much muscle can cause my metabolism to drop and lead me to regain the weight after I stop the Optifast system. The carbs in many shakes are necessary to make them taste okay and because you do need carbs in your diet the same as you need fats, you just have to be sure to pick the correct ones. When I get off of Optifast, I will be going to an eating style based on the Slow-Carb idea, eating carbs but in the form of carbs that are digested slower (beans, nuts, etc) instead of all the breads, rice, potatoes, pastas, but I will still have a "cheat" day since you don't want your body to not know how to process the other carbs.
My last suggestion to everyone is to track your intake and note when you have cravings/issues, so you can help identify patterns and be able to hold yourself responsible for your intake.
Have a great day. Have a weigh in tomorrow, hoping get to closer to 15% body weight lost.
Thanks for your reply, Iadris. I've been posting here for the last 3 years or so, and never had anyone react anything but positively before....oh well. You made me feel better.
One eating plan that might interest you when all the weight comes off is South Beach. They are lower carb, and very healthy. I ran the program by my nutritionist (at Optifast) and she was quick to point out that it was very healthy, and the way we should all be eating. One plus for me is that it's formulated by a cardiologist,(even though Atkins is too, and I don't like that one). Dr. Oz has had Dr. Angaston (south Beach founder) on his show several times, and also endorses him. South Beach principles are what I use to maintain. Once you get past the first 2 weeks (which you don't have to do), it endorses healthy fats, healthy proteins, PLENTLY of veggies, some fruit, and works to severely limit sugar and highly processed white grains.
In other words, it's healthy.
:)
NewBride

Jamaica, NY

#5487 Feb 10, 2013
Hi Everyone:

I just started the optifast program today. I am very excited but nervous at the same time. I need to lose about 50 pounds, but I would be happy with 20 pounds..lol. I am trying to lose 20-25 pounds by April because I will be going back home to see family. Do you think it is possible to lose 20 pounds by April? Wish me luck!!

Good Luck!

Ht: 5'1
SW: 184.2
Mini GW:164
GW: 125-130
Cathy

Prescott, AZ

#5488 Feb 10, 2013
It's more than possible, it's probable, especially if you follow the diet to a "T". I've only been on Optifast 800 for 4 weeks and have lost 25 lbs. Good luck!!
wuzluz

Pittsburgh, PA

#5489 Feb 11, 2013
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Get Over It
NewBride

Bronx, NY

#5490 Feb 11, 2013
Congratulations on your weight loss success!! Twenty-five pounds is amazing in such a short period of time. I would give anything to have that kind of success!!

How do you handle the weekends? Is it tougher for you than the weekdays?
Sheri

Oxnard, CA

#5491 Feb 11, 2013
This is for Marye...{{{HUGS}}} I'm so sorry your mail has been judged you have for years been so very encoraging to many many people. Please don't go anywhere !!! Stay here!!!! And bet the encouraging person you have always been to this board.

I think people who are not on optifast need to realize that optifast is a medically supervised program and you must have at least 50#'s or more to be considered for the program. On the medically supervised program you have to have EKG's and physicals and blood work before you even start the program. Including regular blood work and after 50# loss another EKG. You are closeley monotored.

Other programs such as slim fast are not medically supervised and can be very dangerous to one's health, Something I wouldnt want to risk.

You doing great Marye!!! Keep up the great work and the wonderful posts. Your needed here.
Onward & Upward
Sheri
Marye

Boiling Springs, SC

#5492 Feb 12, 2013
Sheri wrote:
This is for Marye...{{{HUGS}}} I'm so sorry your mail has been judged you have for years been so very encoraging to many many people. Please don't go anywhere !!! Stay here!!!! And bet the encouraging person you have always been to this board.
I think people who are not on optifast need to realize that optifast is a medically supervised program and you must have at least 50#'s or more to be considered for the program. On the medically supervised program you have to have EKG's and physicals and blood work before you even start the program. Including regular blood work and after 50# loss another EKG. You are closeley monotored.
Other programs such as slim fast are not medically supervised and can be very dangerous to one's health, Something I wouldnt want to risk.
You doing great Marye!!! Keep up the great work and the wonderful posts. Your needed here.
Onward & Upward
Sheri
THANK YOU, Sheri!(((HUGS))) back to you! I miss seeing your posts!
To be honest, it DID kinda hurt when I was judged for trying to help. This board seems to be slowly morphing away from an informative Optifast board to a place where people talk about just losing weight any old way.
I would advise those who DON'T believe what people say who have been through the program, and have lost weight on it (Sheri is also a great source of information), to get on the Optifast website itself. That website should answer any questions about their eating plan that you have.
But....if you want information on how it is to actually GO THROUGH this, and possible take away some hints about going through the program....then this is the board to be on.
Slimfast has a very good community forum for people who decide to go that route. I was on Slimfast before (and yes, I did like the taste of them), so I know that you can hook up with weightloss buddies on their site.
Slimfast and Optifast are similar only in that the 2 eating plans both use shakes. So do Atkins, Medifast, etc. These are ALL completely different diets with their own rules and their own outcomes. They cannot be substituted for each other, they are all DIFFERENT plans.
This forum is for people on the Optifast plan.
:)
Marye

Boiling Springs, SC

#5493 Feb 12, 2013
NewBride wrote:
Hi Everyone:
I just started the optifast program today. I am very excited but nervous at the same time. I need to lose about 50 pounds, but I would be happy with 20 pounds..lol. I am trying to lose 20-25 pounds by April because I will be going back home to see family. Do you think it is possible to lose 20 pounds by April? Wish me luck!!
Good Luck!
Ht: 5'1
SW: 184.2
Mini GW:164
GW: 125-130
Hi NewBride! Welcome to the board!
Yes, you can definitely lose that amount by April. April is roughly 8 weeks away. The AVERAGE weight loss in 14 weeks of fasting and 6 weeks of transition back to food is 52 lbs. So I think 20 is definitely doable! Just be sure to stay strictly on the diet. Any deviation will naturally change the weight loss.
Good luck on the program....it's a fabulous way to lose the weight, because it's fast and relatively easy. After the first 2-3 weeks....no hunger anymore! Can't beat that!!!:):)
Nicky

San Jose, CA

#5494 Feb 15, 2013
This is my tenth day on this diet and I feel a lot better from my first week. The first week I had headaches & now they are gone. I lost 4lb so far and the scale isn't moving but I hope it will. I have cheated with a couple bites of food at the end of the day...its hard to be on this!
Nicky

San Jose, CA

#5495 Feb 15, 2013
Do people loose more after the first two weeks? I am on my second week and I haven't lost anything more than 4 lb. I am 5'5 I started at 192lb & now am 187. But yes I have cheated a little because of my headaches. The headaches are getting better and yes I don't feel as hungry anymore!
Sheri

Oxnard, CA

#5496 Feb 15, 2013
Nicky wrote:
Do people loose more after the first two weeks? I am on my second week and I haven't lost anything more than 4 lb. I am 5'5 I started at 192lb & now am 187. But yes I have cheated a little because of my headaches. The headaches are getting better and yes I don't feel as hungry anymore!
Hi Nicky...Cheating only delays the headaches from going away. DON'T cheat and they will go away a lot faster. And you will lose more weight when you stick 100% to plan. Drink your water that is a very important part of this plan. It is a simple plan and once you get the hang of having your shakes it is even simpler. Hope you will have a great week!!
Onward & Upward
Sheri

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