Kenya

Chicago, IL

#5730 Feb 1, 2014
Has anyone on the 800 plan exercised & burned at least 800 calories? Wondering how much a daily zero calorie net will accelerate weight loss.
Please chime in if you've tried this? Thank You.
cfl

Campbell, CA

#5731 Feb 14, 2014
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?
I lost over 80 lbs. on optifast and kept if off for over 2 years. In the last year I have been regaining quite a bit of weight- almost 30 lbs. I am thinking about restarting the program to "reboot" my success. The secret is to know that you are never not going to be able to eat everything you want. If you are like me, it is easier to take food out of the equation.
Kay

Arbil, Iraq

#5732 Feb 14, 2014
Kenya wrote:
Has anyone on the 800 plan exercised & burned at least 800 calories? Wondering how much a daily zero calorie net will accelerate weight loss.
Please chime in if you've tried this? Thank You.
I tried doing that about 10 years ago and it did not work well at all. I ended up getting sick and run down and my speed of weight loss did not change. I also hit a dramatic plateau which stayed stuck for 3 weeks despite my not eating. In the end I just quit on the whole diet at that point and regained at an alarming speed. The doctor said it was because my body thought it was starving due to the net 0 intake of food since I was exercising..

I did hear of some people who were calorie cycling by taking their total number of packets per week and varying how many calories they had on different days. They would do 2 high days at 7 packets, and then 2 days at 3 packets and then 3 days at 5 packets. They were all proclaiming they did not plateau that way because a different intake of calories kept the body confused.. I don't know if that worked as I was never able to stick to the fewer packet days because my hunger came back.

It might be best to just do the program the way it has been designed. ha ha ha I figure if I knew better than the experts I would be a skinny Minnie by now and I am still huge.

Have skyrocketed to 245 so sudden restart of program. Want to lose 50 pounds between now and July 4.
Kay

Arbil, Iraq

#5733 Feb 14, 2014
cfl wrote:
<quoted text>I lost over 80 lbs. on optifast and kept if off for over 2 years. In the last year I have been regaining quite a bit of weight- almost 30 lbs. I am thinking about restarting the program to "reboot" my success. The secret is to know that you are never not going to be able to eat everything you want. If you are like me, it is easier to take food out of the equation.
Hi CFL,

Yes I am like you and it easier to take food out of the equation. I have tried to maintain and lose more on my own but I am not very effective as I want to eat a lot more than I need to lose weight. At least on the Optifast the hunger goes away after the first week. With regular diets I am very hungry a lot which then means I overeat suddenly (large volume of food). And there goes the cycle again.

But in our defense my friend who works for a major food processing company has said that food manufacturers spend big budgets to make their products highly addicting. He says they regulate the amount of fat, sugar, and salt until they reach a point where people crave it and eat a lot of it. In other words the foods are designed to make us eat far more than we need by bypassing our hunger/full system and lighting up the pleasure pathways in the brain. Is it any wonder why so many of us lack control over food when we have great control over other areas of our life like finances, work, etc? I never really thought too much about the role processed foods play in my obesity before or how my taste buds were being manipulated.

At least with the Optifast the cravings go away after the first week and I feel reasonable full.

Kudos to you for your 80 pounds weight loss!!!! I find that inspiring and hope I can soon also lose 80 more pounds.

Kay
Kenya

Chicago, IL

#5734 Feb 16, 2014
I'm doing moderate exercise, but it does burn calories. I wasn't exercising consistently at all before starting the full fast. I've read that without exercising your metabolism gets ruined & I'm trying to prevent that from happening. My weight loss has been moderate, but steady. In four weeks I've lost 23 pounds. I'm glad to be moving in the right direction and want to develop habits that will support long term success, and not just losing the weight.
Kay

Arbil, Iraq

#5735 Feb 17, 2014
Hi Kenya,
I restarted yesterday on the full fast and best decision I have made recently as it does work well.

Good for you for exercising. One of the reasons I am interested in losing the weight is to become more active.

Have a terrific day.

Kay
noona

Alexandria, VA

#5736 Feb 24, 2014
its been awhile since i haven't been here. well I lost almost 12 pounds now and i also don't see any change in size. i don't use optifast anymore its been a while I get B12 shots. I try to exercise 6 days a week, still don't loose anything. I can't be on diet anymore. i don't know what to do :(

good luck everyone i don't like optifast and I think its too expensive.
Lynda

Coatesville, PA

#5737 Feb 24, 2014
Hello All! I'm so excited to see this board lighting up again. Thank you for sharing your journey, your goals, your struggles, and your progress. Each one of you are very special and I know you can do this!

I started back on the plan 30 days ago and have lost 12 pounds. I am 5'2", now at 164. I personally experience much more loss of inches than pounds and have dropped 1 size; yet it bugs the living day lights out of me that the scale doesn't move faster. I want to lose at least 24 more pounds by Easter, as my daughters wedding is the the following week. There's no way I can avoid getting my picture taken or avoid being seen (and I'm tired of hiding); I want to cherish the photos for the rest of my life, and not look at them year after year with my critical eye.

So, that's my story and my goal. I'm sticking to this and seeing it through this time! I am getting off the yo-yo diet ride for good.

Have a great week and stay true to yourself!
Lynne

Atlanta, GA

#5738 Mar 1, 2014
Starting Optifast 800 on Monday. Would like to lose 50 pounds by June. My starting weight is 184.
Kenya

Chicago, IL

#5739 Mar 2, 2014
My weight loss is slowly moving in the right direction. I've been having one meal per day for the past week. Needed to break the monotony of the full fast. But, I'm going back to full fast beginning next week. It's easier to stay on point that way. Plus, I get better weight loss numbers that way. How are things going with the rest of you?
Lynda

Coatesville, PA

#5740 Mar 2, 2014
Welcome Lynne! Good luck on your journey. We are all here to support each other. Let us know how we can help.
Lynne wrote:
Starting Optifast 800 on Monday. Would like to lose 50 pounds by June. My starting weight is 184.
karyl

United States

#5741 Mar 5, 2014
Im attending the orientation tonight for Optifast to see if I want to start. Actually I know I want to start but Im worried about the money. Im going thru Kaiser and I am a member.
Any feed back you have I will welcome. Thank you, KP
Sharon

Adelaide, Australia

#5742 Mar 28, 2014
I am just starting Optifast and have 40 pounds to loose. Has anyone lost 4 to 5 pounds a week on this?
Kay

Arbil, Iraq

#5743 Mar 28, 2014
I started out weighing 278 pounds and lost 20 pounds in the first 4 weeks. Then my weight loss seemed to stabilize at -3 pounds per week. I quit the diet when I got to 225 and have slowly regained all the weight in the subsequent 4 months because I went back to my old eating habits.

I think the rate of weight loss depends upon how overweight you are and how naturally active you are. The program does allow for 30 minutes of walking exercise per day and your normal daily activities. Heavy exercise will slow your weight loss on this program since the calorie level is so restricted.

Kay
Jenny

Bristol, RI

#5744 Apr 16, 2014
I am thinking about starting Optifast next week. I had weight loss surgery five years ago and lost 100 lbs. I regained 30 and I truly don't know what to do. I don't eat well at all! I would rather eat chips, a cookie or ice cream than a meal. I know how to eat I just can't seem to do it. I thought that trying this would get me back on track. Maybe jump start my metabolism again? I have no motivation and thought that if I actually see some results I may be motivated to eat well again. I'm tired all the time, depressed, withdrawn, and just lost my zest for life and I fell taht most of that is due to my weight.

Anyway - about the exercise??? I actually like to exercise but I'm reading conflicting information. Are people exercising or not?
Klac

Rockville Centre, NY

#5745 May 2, 2014
Jenny wrote:
I am thinking about starting Optifast next week. I had weight loss surgery five years ago and lost 100 lbs. I regained 30 and I truly don't know what to do. I don't eat well at all! I would rather eat chips, a cookie or ice cream than a meal. I know how to eat I just can't seem to do it. I thought that trying this would get me back on track. Maybe jump start my metabolism again? I have no motivation and thought that if I actually see some results I may be motivated to eat well again. I'm tired all the time, depressed, withdrawn, and just lost my zest for life and I fell taht most of that is due to my weight.
Anyway - about the exercise??? I actually like to exercise but I'm reading conflicting information. Are people exercising or not?
Hi, I can totally relate to your post! I had gastric bypass surgery 10 years ago, and lost 125 lbs, but gained back 70. Gall bladder issues forced me to see my surgeon again, and I'm excited to be back on optifast. Down 9 lbs the first week. I'd like to do this for 8-10 weeks, then modify with 1 meal a day. Remember how hard you worked to lose that weight...I don't want it to be for nothing, so I feel my gall bladder attacks (and upcoming surgery) are a blessing in disguise. Good luck!
Linda Corea

Indianapolis, IN

#5746 May 16, 2014
I want liquids diet only
Linda Corea

Indianapolis, IN

#5747 May 16, 2014
I want a liguid diet only
stephanie

Fayetteville, NC

#5748 May 27, 2014
Day 1 of optifast for me. So fast so good. I wanted to do this program to give me another boost. In the last 9 months I've lost 76lbs on my own with eating clean and exercising 6 days a week. I hit a plateau in April and new I needed to try something else.
Sandy

Union City, NJ

#5751 Jul 27, 2014
HI...Is anyone out there? Looks as if no one has commented for a while. I started Optifast a little less than 2 weeks ago. I weighed in on Day 10 and was down 4 pounds. That seems slow compared to many people on this posts, but it is pretty good for me. I am so glad to see this forum. It is very motivating! Anyone else out there who is just starting out?
I have 50 pounds to lose.

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