Amilie

New Zealand

#5566 Jul 4, 2013
Rhonda US wrote:
Okay I am seriously considering going on Optifast. However, I am worried about the statistics. 95% gain their weight back? Not very encouraging. Has anyone kept their weight off with this plan?
My mom did this diet twice, first time she gained the weight back but partly because my father passed and grief took over second time she did it she lost all the weight and has kept it off she looks great and is a much happier person but from what she told me it's hard at the beginning and what kept her going was the goal of fitting my dresses haha and of course her wedding dress, it's been almost 2 years now and she's kept the weight off

Since: Nov 12

Baton Rouge, LA

#5567 Jul 12, 2013
Haven't posted in a while, glad to see everyone is doing well.
I had the strangest thing happen, once I lost about 60 lbs, my blood pressure got too low and I had dizzy spells and racing heart rate. It turns out one of my medicines was now too strong, but my blood pressure still wouldn't get high enough for me to function well. I have since been put on a steroid since it seems my pressure it just too low even with increased sodium intake (this diet is so low) and I am taking buffered salt tablets. My heart looks good according to the cardiologist which is good, but all this going on has made it hard to continue losing weight, stay active and the steroid makes me so hungry.
Rhonda, I think it depends on if you change your habits from before you went on Optifast when you get off the diet.
Sunlover75

Annandale, VA

#5568 Jul 16, 2013
I lost 100+ pounds on this diet in 2010---90 of them came off in 25 weeks. The program does work if you do what you are supposed to. Once off the program, you cannot go back to your old eating habits. Many of the folks who did the program with me are as big (or bigger) than they were when they started, but it is because they didnt modify their long-term eating habits. Today, I am within 16 lbs of my all-time low, but I am vigilant every day, and use the shakes to replace at least one meal per day.
Lynda

Downingtown, PA

#5569 Jul 20, 2013
Hi everyone! It's been awhile since I posted, but am glad to say I am back and following the program. I appreciate the posts and the motivation of your weight loss. I have lost 14 pounds in 5 weeks.....but better yet, I have lost 30 inches! I look forward to seeing less of myself every day ;0)

Marye - miss you and good to see you are back on the program too!

Since: Jul 13

Riverside, RI

#5570 Jul 25, 2013
Day 1 today. I'm adding fiber to each shake and so far I'm not really hungry. I do have a headache and am finding it hard to get in my 65oz of addition non-caloric liquids. I don't drink soda and after a while the water is hard to get down. Spoke with the nutritionist tonight and found out I can drink decaffeinated ice tea with lemon and I think that will be much easier to get down.
Alicia

Ocala, FL

#5571 Jul 30, 2013
With this program two years ago I lost 115 pounds that took me around 8 months. But I gain weight 20 pounds :-( I will do this diet again. Someone have the diet program that can send it to my email?
Steph

Blacktown, Australia

#5573 Aug 8, 2013
Hi All
I'm new to the Optifast family , and start my first day tomorrow... Really excited to kick this off after reading all your amazing efforts and inspiring stories... I have around 100lbs to lose and know I will have some tough moments ahead but sure the good rewarding results will out way any short lived temptations... Hope to also share some good results with you all soon :)
Thanks for the inspiration .. You have all done amazing :)
Karen

Blacktown, Australia

#5574 Aug 9, 2013
I am on my 7th week and it gets easier as you start to see the good weightloss results and the scales moving down . Keep up the fight steph the 1st couple weeks are the hardest.
Apples

Sydney, Australia

#5575 Aug 23, 2013
It's my second day on Optifast, it's been ok, I was prepared for the hunger so it has been manageable, it's probably more of an emotional longing than a real hunger. I see lot's of posters have exercised on the program, I feel like that would be too much seeing as the diet is so low cal? What does everyone else think?

I'd really appreciate your feedback!

Since: Nov 12

Baton Rouge, LA

#5576 Aug 26, 2013
Apples, wait until you have made it at a couple weeks before you add much more than a bit of walking (if you feel up to that). I would do cardio a few times a week on top of walking extra during the day after I was on the program a couple weeks as I didn't have the energy at first. I eventually added strength training into my routine and added the high protein shakes to ensure I had enough protein. Listen to your body but remember that anything extra you do is that much faster the weight should come off.
Welcome to all the newbies and welcome back to everyone else.
I am down 71.5 lbs as of Thursday. I went on an 8 mile hike this weekend and my husband had to work to keep up with me instead of stopping or slowing for me all the time even on shorter hikes. My left knee is a bit sore, but not as bad as it was 70+ lbs ago. I am transitioning off of the program, but still using a few products a day as I learn to eat and cook healthier. I hope my new food choices help my husband start losing a few lbs. He tried the program, but even at 7 products a day, he was in starvation as his base metabolic rate is 3500 calories.
Good luck to everyone and keep your goal in mind every time you are tempted!
Tammy

San Jose, CA

#5577 Aug 27, 2013
Pretty frustrated.. this is my second week on the fast.. and I haven't lost anything.... My first week I lost 7.1 lbs.. I may have lost like 1 this week. Though it is that time of the month. Will the mess things up on the scale??
Lynda

United States

#5578 Aug 27, 2013
Iadris wrote:
Apples, wait until you have made it at a couple weeks before you add much more than a bit of walking (if you feel up to that). I would do cardio a few times a week on top of walking extra during the day after I was on the program a couple weeks as I didn't have the energy at first. I eventually added strength training into my routine and added the high protein shakes to ensure I had enough protein. Listen to your body but remember that anything extra you do is that much faster the weight should come off.
Welcome to all the newbies and welcome back to everyone else.
I am down 71.5 lbs as of Thursday. I went on an 8 mile hike this weekend and my husband had to work to keep up with me instead of stopping or slowing for me all the time even on shorter hikes. My left knee is a bit sore, but not as bad as it was 70+ lbs ago. I am transitioning off of the program, but still using a few products a day as I learn to eat and cook healthier. I hope my new food choices help my husband start losing a few lbs. He tried the program, but even at 7 products a day, he was in starvation as his base metabolic rate is 3500 calories.
Good luck to everyone and keep your goal in mind every time you are tempted!
Wow Ladris, that's just fantastic! You must be so excited!! You are an inspiration and I wish you contued success and a life of better health.
Lynda

United States

#5579 Aug 27, 2013
Hang in there Tammy, your body will go thru this. You should measure yourself and when you don't lose pounds, you can see that the inches are melting away. I've lost only 22 pounds in 3 months, but 42". I don't have as much as others to lose, and when I see slower weight loss, I focus on inches lost. Be sure to drink lots of water to help flush everything out. Stay strong and be good to yourself.
Angela

San Leandro, CA

#5580 Aug 27, 2013
I'm on week 14 and have lost 40 lbs. During the 14 weeks I have had weeks where I lost only 1 lb or 1/2 lb but I knew that I had followed the diet so didn't worry about it. Don't get caught up in the week to week weigh ins. Just follow the plan and you will lose weight. Make sure to drink the water.
As others have said, the most important thing is to be prepared for transition and beyond. I actually took a nutrition class. And as I move toward transition in 2 weeks I am planning out my meals. I bought a food scale. I am ready for change.
Tammy

San Jose, CA

#5581 Aug 28, 2013
Thanks Lynda and Angela :) I lost another lb... I think total is 11 in the first two weeks. So that's not too bad.. I just need to stay motivated and up my water.. Have had a hard time with it.. And the exercise thing.. I have been so weak and dizzy the first couple weeks.. Hoping that changes so I can get back in the gym... I have always lost weight fast while dieting/exercising..
Tammy

San Jose, CA

#5582 Aug 28, 2013
I'm in san leandro too Angela... small world :)
Lynda

United States

#5583 Aug 28, 2013
Angela, you are inspiring. You are so right that if you just stay focused and not worry about week to week, it all works. Our minds always try to get the best of us. If you have any secrets to share for transition, I would appreciate them. I will start next week. I still want to lose more, but need to take a break after being on for 3 months, and then start again. I'm finally focused on ME and not food, and am sooo ready to see the skinny girl buried inside this heavy body. ; )

Tammy, I'm glad you are feeling better. Just stay true to yourself and don't let the scale get to you. The plan works if you work the plan. You will soon feel better and up to adding some moderate exercise, once your body detoxes and gets used to the plan.
Bonnie

Twentynine Palms, CA

#5584 Sep 2, 2013
I've purchased my first two cases of Optifast, but was on it 4 years ago. I've forgotten what to eat to 'cleanse' right before going on liquid. Can someone please give me ideas what to eat 2 days before starting?
Bonnie Rancho Mirage CA

Twentynine Palms, CA

#5585 Sep 2, 2013
Hi Sheri - glad to see you're on the chat link again too. I think it's really helpful to share
ideas and helps to keep the mind strong.
Angela

San Leandro, CA

#5586 Sep 2, 2013
Hi Tammy,

The water was hard for me too. You have to try little things to help you do it because the water is extremely important for weight loss. I bought a liter size container and I knew I needed to drink 4 of those each day. I tried to drink one right away, first thing in the morning to get my day going and tried to get the second one in before lunch time. I used cyrstal lite at least once a day. But it took me a little bit to realize how important the water was. I think I could have been further along had I not had such a hard time with the water at first.

I love the San Leandro marina. I walk over there. I also just received a bike as a gift and did my first trek around. I haven't been on a bike in 20 years!

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