Optifast 800 calorie diet
Colleen

Shingle Springs, CA

#1074 Nov 6, 2009
janet wrote:
Hi Everyone,
I'm with the Northern CA Kaiser Program. We get 960 calories a day, 6 "meals." 4 of those have to be shakes, we can have 1 bar and 1 soup. Our first week of ordering, they had us oder 7 extra items for those times we're away from home and need a snack.
The first weigh in went well for everyone, about 20 in my group so far. Angie - thanks for the heads up regarding the cappucino bars - that sounds yummy!
Stay Well,
Janet
I am with Kaiser in Northern California (Sacramento) Where are you? I have been on the program for 13 weeks and have lost 52Lbs. It works. I am transitioning soon and am a little anxious. They have not given me any paperwork yet on how its done. Does anyone know of any websites that explains the transition off optifast in detail of what to eat and when. Good luck with your weight loss.
Sheri

Yorba Linda, CA

#1075 Nov 7, 2009
Rebecah wrote:
Also, I don't keep a calendar. We are given a printout at each weigh in detailing our BMI, and what percentage of our weight is water, fat, etc. The scale is connected to a computer that prints the info for us. I'm keeping these sheets in a folder so I can refer back to them and check my progress via hard data.
Rebecca:
Wow your clinic sounds great!!! They all should be this way. They seam to take care of you 100% a lot of them I dont think are that way. It will be interesting to see how they work with your group at transition and see how it differs from Kaiser here in So. CAL. Love the idea of the computer print outs. That shows so much more than just weight.
Hope you will have a great weekend
Onward & Upward
Sheri
Sparky

Victorville, CA

#1076 Nov 7, 2009
Sheri wrote:
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Rebecca:
Wow your clinic sounds great!!! They all should be this way. They seam to take care of you 100% a lot of them I dont think are that way. It will be interesting to see how they work with your group at transition and see how it differs from Kaiser here in So. CAL. Love the idea of the computer print outs. That shows so much more than just weight.
Hope you will have a great weekend
Onward & Upward
Sheri
Sheri
Were u attending the Kaiser in Carson, Ca.? I am currently in my last week of my second round of Phase II, doing great and ready to transition
Sheri

Yorba Linda, CA

#1077 Nov 7, 2009
Colleen wrote:
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I am with Kaiser in Northern California (Sacramento) Where are you? I have been on the program for 13 weeks and have lost 52Lbs. It works. I am transitioning soon and am a little anxious. They have not given me any paperwork yet on how its done. Does anyone know of any websites that explains the transition off optifast in detail of what to eat and when. Good luck with your weight loss.
Hi Colleen:
Im in So. CAL Kaiser and did transition and it is like this. There are 6 weeks of transition.

1st week
4 shakes
4 oz lean meats
1/2 cup cooked veggies no butter or sauces
total calories for the day 885

2nd week
4 shakes
4 oz lean meat
1/2 cup cooked veggies no butter or sauces
1 fruit
total calories for the day 945

3rd week
3 shakes
6 oz lean meats
1/2 cup cooked veggies no butter or sauces
1 cup raw veggies
1 fruit
1 cup skim milk or 90 cal yogert
total cals 1010

4th week
2 shakes
6 oz lean meat
1/2 cup cooked veggies no butter or sauces
1 cup raw veggies
1 fruit
1 cup skim milk or 90 cal yogert
2 servings of bread/starch
total calories 1010

5th week
1 shake
6 oz lean meat
1/2 cup cooked veggies no butter or sauces
2 cups raw veggies
2 fruits
1 cup skim milk or 90 cal yogert
3 servings bread
total calories 1015

Week 6
7 oz lean meat
3 cups cooked veggies no butter or sauces
2 + cups raw veggies
3 fruit
2 cups skim milk
4 servings bread/starch
3 fat servings 1tsp=1 serving
Total calories 1150
Sheri

Yorba Linda, CA

#1078 Nov 7, 2009
For those who are in or going to be in transition like Colleen there is a wonderful scale that found it is called the EatSmart Nutrition Scale. They have a website and it runs about $75 for the scale. They have a demonstration for you to watch prior to purchase.(It is less expensive on amazon) It will weight your entire meal individually on the same plate and give you a grand total of cals and other info like fat,carbs etc.. Each food has a code to enter. And if your using boxed items it has a way to put that in as well to figure out what you are eating. It is a great scale and I love it a lot.

Transition is difficult. It is the full fast liquid diet that is the EASY part of optifast. It is getting the food back in you that is HARD. Weighing your foods, planning your meals, shopping in the store and being tempted by other things. When I was on food I tended to go to farmers markets so that I wouldnt have to deal with a lot of the other foods in the markets and to health food stores, a little less tempting.

If you follow the plan that you are given you will CONTINUE to loose on transition. Just don't as I saw tweek the program when you tweek the program it doesnt work. Or we will say it just doesnt work as well or as fast.

I hope we all will have a great weekend and will stay on plan and take care of ourselves.
Onward & Upward
Sheri
Sheri

Yorba Linda, CA

#1079 Nov 7, 2009
Sparky wrote:
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Sheri
Were u attending the Kaiser in Carson, Ca.? I am currently in my last week of my second round of Phase II, doing great and ready to transition
Hi Sparky:
I was in Kaiser Woodland Hills, CA. How have you been doing on optifast. I would really like to know how different clinic's and even different Kaisers are in optifast we had only 5 shakes and yet some Kaisers up north seam to do 6 shakes. Also curious to see if transition differs as well.
Onward & Upward to transition
Sheri
Margie

Germantown, TN

#1080 Nov 7, 2009
I started Optifast 11/4. I flavor the vanilla shakes but since I was never a sweet eater it is tough for me.

I am determined to get the weight off to be a healthier person.

I was never a person to eat breakfast or lunch so it will take some getting use to eating every 3 hours.
Margie

Germantown, TN

#1081 Nov 7, 2009
Marya wrote:
Oldbeerman,
Hang in there! I was just telling someone yesterday that the first week is by FAR the hardest. Day one was amazingly easy, day 2 was "eh", day 3 was the WORST! And it got easier and easier from then on. Wait till that first weight-in......that will kick in the motivation like crazy,'cause you'll will drop a lot!!
I'm a menopausal, low thyroid, diabetic woman....everything that could slow down your weight loss rolled into one.....I'm in my 10th week of the full fast, and I've lost 40 lbs. as of this morning.
If I can do it, you as a man (I'm assuming, looking at your name) should have NO PROBLEM!
:)
You can do it, and you will feel SOOOOOOOOOOO much better fast!
I am low thyroid and never had weight problems until suddenly it just piled on.

I have a lot of hope and faith that optifast will bring the weight off of me so I can get off the bp meds.

Thanks for all of the encourging words on this board.
colleen

Shingle Springs, CA

#1082 Nov 7, 2009
Sheri wrote:
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Hi Colleen:
Im in So. CAL Kaiser and did transition and it is like this. There are 6 weeks of transition.
1st week
4 shakes
4 oz lean meats
1/2 cup cooked veggies no butter or sauces
total calories for the day 885
2nd week
4 shakes
4 oz lean meat
1/2 cup cooked veggies no butter or sauces
1 fruit
total calories for the day 945
3rd week
3 shakes
6 oz lean meats
1/2 cup cooked veggies no butter or sauces
1 cup raw veggies
1 fruit
1 cup skim milk or 90 cal yogert
total cals 1010
4th week
2 shakes
6 oz lean meat
1/2 cup cooked veggies no butter or sauces
1 cup raw veggies
1 fruit
1 cup skim milk or 90 cal yogert
2 servings of bread/starch
total calories 1010
5th week
1 shake
6 oz lean meat
1/2 cup cooked veggies no butter or sauces
2 cups raw veggies
2 fruits
1 cup skim milk or 90 cal yogert
3 servings bread
total calories 1015
Week 6
7 oz lean meat
3 cups cooked veggies no butter or sauces
2 + cups raw veggies
3 fruit
2 cups skim milk
4 servings bread/starch
3 fat servings 1tsp=1 serving
Total calories 1150
Thank you so much for your time to give this to me. Even though I am on a program that uses 6 shakes. I have a an idea how it will possibly go. If it varies a lot when I transition I will let you know. I was wondering when I can have starches, it looks like 6 weeks. I can't wait to have my steel cut oatmeal for breakfast.
Ruben

Lansing, MI

#1083 Nov 7, 2009
ok folks, here is the deal. I started Optifast 10-5. The first week I lost 7.8 then 7.5 then 2.1 and .8 of a pound. I was very discourage. I started to think about the little things I was still doing and quit that stuff. I would drink about 3 cups of coffee with 1 tsp of sugar and lots of cream for each. I also ate popcorn from the local convience store. I did not think doing that stuff would really matter. Let me tell you..it has made a huge difference. Sheri is right, I am a lucky one because I am male. I have weighted myself everyday since Wednesday and have lost like 2 pounds each day. Guys and gals, give yourself a chance by not eating anything but the products. I am riding the high right now and lets see how far this will go.
I do have a question I hope someone can answer. Is this diet putting us in ketosis? I am not sure because there is 20g of carbs in each ready to drink shake.
sheri

Yorba Linda, CA

#1084 Nov 7, 2009
Margie wrote:
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I am low thyroid and never had weight problems until suddenly it just piled on.
I have a lot of hope and faith that optifast will bring the weight off of me so I can get off the bp meds.
Thanks for all of the encourging words on this board.
Hi Margie:
Welcome to the board. You'll do great on optifast just stick with it every 3 hrs and drink your water dont be late on a meal. Prior to optifast I was on 8 meds and today I take ZERO. And dont miss them a bit. Im also diabetic high bp all doing great!! Hope you will have a great week
Onward & Upward
Sheri
sheri

Yorba Linda, CA

#1085 Nov 7, 2009
colleen wrote:
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Thank you so much for your time to give this to me. Even though I am on a program that uses 6 shakes. I have a an idea how it will possibly go. If it varies a lot when I transition I will let you know. I was wondering when I can have starches, it looks like 6 weeks. I can't wait to have my steel cut oatmeal for breakfast.
Your Welcome Colleen please do let me know if there is a difference in the transition process when do you transition?
Onward & Upward
Sheri
sheri

Yorba Linda, CA

#1086 Nov 7, 2009
Ruben wrote:
ok folks, here is the deal. I started Optifast 10-5. The first week I lost 7.8 then 7.5 then 2.1 and .8 of a pound. I was very discourage. I started to think about the little things I was still doing and quit that stuff. I would drink about 3 cups of coffee with 1 tsp of sugar and lots of cream for each. I also ate popcorn from the local convience store. I did not think doing that stuff would really matter. Let me tell you..it has made a huge difference. Sheri is right, I am a lucky one because I am male. I have weighted myself everyday since Wednesday and have lost like 2 pounds each day. Guys and gals, give yourself a chance by not eating anything but the products. I am riding the high right now and lets see how far this will go.
I do have a question I hope someone can answer. Is this diet putting us in ketosis? I am not sure because there is 20g of carbs in each ready to drink shake.
Hi Ruben:
Glad to hear you are doing better off of the popcorn and sugar.^5 It really does work when you stick to it. Coffee is fine just put splenda in it. No frapachionos from starbucks. Yes this program does put you into ketosis when you stick to it. ;-) and you might have some headace and feeling tired. This however is a different ketosis that is when one is diabetic and doesnt want to be in. 9I believe they are both spelled differently) I've never tested my ketosis because it just works. And if your losing 2lbs a day your already there. Just keep doing what your doing and dont forget to drink your water. I do 4 liters a day and then some tea which I dont count as water. I hope you will continue to have a great week.
Onward & Upward
Sheri
Angie

Singapore, Singapore

#1087 Nov 9, 2009
It has been 4 weeks for me and am now starting my 5th week already. So far I have lost 18lbs. Up till now still being tempted by alot of food but kind of got used to drinking 5 shakes a day routine already.I am hoping I can receive the chicken soups and bars from US soon. Sheri, I did tried without veggies a few days but somehow this makes me constipated and the weight lost was not very significant. Now it really confuses me whether i should go without the veggies. Help!

I attended a behavior modification and physical activity class conducted by my wt management clinic last Sat. It was an informative session and an physically demanding one ! Firstly, information was given on how to modify our behavior so as lead a healthy lifestyle by making better choices in our food intake and increasing physical activities. Then comes the exercise class whereby I get to learn some resistance training and some stretches exercise. I really must admit I am really weak in this bcos the following day my thigh muscles were aching. Ouch, I really had difficulty in climbing stairs these 2 days. I was hoping it will go away in a few days time as this sort of hinders my routine walks. But my friend told me I have to stretch those muscles so that the pain will go away faster!:( I guess "No Pain , No Gain" is quite true.
Rosemary

Pierre, SD

#1088 Nov 9, 2009
Colleen wrote:
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I am with Kaiser in Northern California (Sacramento) Where are you? I have been on the program for 13 weeks and have lost 52Lbs. It works. I am transitioning soon and am a little anxious. They have not given me any paperwork yet on how its done. Does anyone know of any websites that explains the transition off optifast in detail of what to eat and when. Good luck with your weight loss.
Colleen: In my plan (12 weeks of 3 shakes, 2 bars and 1 soup per day), we transition in week 13. IN WEEK 13, you have 4 shakes and 1 bar, plus a light meal of 4 oz of lean meat and 1/2 cup cooked veggies (baked chicken and green beans, example). IN WEEK 14, You continue the 4 shakes and 1 bar, plus light meal of 4oz lean meat and 1/2 cup veggies, but add 1 serving of fruit (4 oz broiled fish, 1/2 cup zucchini, 1 small apple, example). IN WEEK 15, you reduce the Optifast meals to 3, plus one bar; and have this meal: 5-8 oz of lean meat, 1/2 cup cooked veggies, 1 cup fresh veggies, 1 serving fruit, and 1 cup of skim milk.(Lunch: 3 oz baked chicken on salad greens plus 1 apple; Dinner: 3oz fish fillet, 1/2 cup carrots, 1 cup skim milk. IN WEEK 16, you reduce the Optifast to 2 formulas plus 1 bar. And, you add 2 servings of bread/starch to the meals from Week 15.(Breakfast: 1/2 cup bran flakes, 1/2 cup skim milk; Lunch: 3 oz sliced chicken, 1/2 cup broccoli; Dinner: 3 oz pork loin, 1 cup fresh veggie salad, 1 small whole wheat dinner roll, 1/2 cup skim milk, example). IN WEEK 17, you are now down to 1 formula shake and 1 bar; and you add another fruit serving (2 a day), another fresh/cooked veggie serving (now 3 per day), two 3-4oz lean meat servings, 1 cup of skim milk, 3 servings of starch/bread, plus one serving fat.(Example: Breakfast: 1 slice wh. wheat toast, 1 cup skim milk, 1 light string cheese; Lunch: 3 oz fish fillet, 1/2 cup carrots, 1 cup fresh vegetable salad, and 1 1/4 cup strawberries; Dinner: 3 oz chicken breast, 1 cup fresh veggie salad, 2 TBSP low cal dressing, 1 orange, 1/2 cup cooked corn, 1 tsp margarine). IN WEEK 18, it looks like you add a 2nd cup of skim milk, but you continue with the 1 shake/1 bar per day. They give you the option of staying on 2 shakes and 1 bar, as well, in Week 18 and beyond..but you would reduce the foods added in (cut 1 veggie, 1 milk, 1 bread). The goal here is to work up to around 1200 cal/day for long term maintenance. I'm not sure if this 1200 cal/day is the same for men..just what I have in my manual/binder of materials from the clinic.
colleen

Shingle Springs, CA

#1089 Nov 9, 2009
Rosemary wrote:
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Colleen: In my plan (12 weeks of 3 shakes, 2 bars and 1 soup per day), we transition in week 13. IN WEEK 13, you have 4 shakes and 1 bar, plus a light meal of 4 oz of lean meat and 1/2 cup cooked veggies (baked chicken and green beans, example). IN WEEK 14, You continue the 4 shakes and 1 bar, plus light meal of 4oz lean meat and 1/2 cup veggies, but add 1 serving of fruit (4 oz broiled fish, 1/2 cup zucchini, 1 small apple, example). IN WEEK 15, you reduce the Optifast meals to 3, plus one bar; and have this meal: 5-8 oz of lean meat, 1/2 cup cooked veggies, 1 cup fresh veggies, 1 serving fruit, and 1 cup of skim milk.(Lunch: 3 oz baked chicken on salad greens plus 1 apple; Dinner: 3oz fish fillet, 1/2 cup carrots, 1 cup skim milk. IN WEEK 16, you reduce the Optifast to 2 formulas plus 1 bar. And, you add 2 servings of bread/starch to the meals from Week 15.(Breakfast: 1/2 cup bran flakes, 1/2 cup skim milk; Lunch: 3 oz sliced chicken, 1/2 cup broccoli; Dinner: 3 oz pork loin, 1 cup fresh veggie salad, 1 small whole wheat dinner roll, 1/2 cup skim milk, example). IN WEEK 17, you are now down to 1 formula shake and 1 bar; and you add another fruit serving (2 a day), another fresh/cooked veggie serving (now 3 per day), two 3-4oz lean meat servings, 1 cup of skim milk, 3 servings of starch/bread, plus one serving fat.(Example: Breakfast: 1 slice wh. wheat toast, 1 cup skim milk, 1 light string cheese; Lunch: 3 oz fish fillet, 1/2 cup carrots, 1 cup fresh vegetable salad, and 1 1/4 cup strawberries; Dinner: 3 oz chicken breast, 1 cup fresh veggie salad, 2 TBSP low cal dressing, 1 orange, 1/2 cup cooked corn, 1 tsp margarine). IN WEEK 18, it looks like you add a 2nd cup of skim milk, but you continue with the 1 shake/1 bar per day. They give you the option of staying on 2 shakes and 1 bar, as well, in Week 18 and beyond..but you would reduce the foods added in (cut 1 veggie, 1 milk, 1 bread). The goal here is to work up to around 1200 cal/day for long term maintenance. I'm not sure if this 1200 cal/day is the same for men..just what I have in my manual/binder of materials from the clinic.
Rosemary,
Wow thanks for leaving this info. I am quite excited and scared to transition. I am hoping my program does it similar to yours or sheri's thanks again for taking the time to write it down.
Rosemary

Pierre, SD

#1090 Nov 9, 2009
As Sheri said, the Optifast plan (active weight loss period)is really easier than the transition period, and going off product to regular food. This is where the food journaling is so important..and I'm still working on that! But, on product, you don't have to 'think'...you know your shakes, bars, soups are complete meals, and you have one of them every three hours up to five or six per day. How easy is that? So, for some of us, moving back to real food (while certainly LONGED for) is a real chore, and scary. I'm finding it hard. My coach really encouraged me to sit down every Sunday and plan my meals for the entire week. The more you stick with the same kinds of meals, the easier it will be, she said. I would agree with that. It's hard enough remembering to take all of our meds, our vitamins (esp. if at different times of day) without having to worry about the meals, too. If it weren't so cost prohibitive, I'd love to stay on Optifast meal replacements for at least couple of meals/snacks each day.
Oldbeerman

Greenville, NC

#1091 Nov 10, 2009
I was very faithfull this last week, but the results did not seem that great to me.

Will add more exercise this week and see what happens.

Thanks to the board for all the encouragement.

From 232.2, 221.2, Now 218.8 going to 170

OBM
Rebecah

Shepherdsville, KY

#1093 Nov 10, 2009
Hi Margie, and welcome.

Ruben, I'm soooo glad you posted your experience, I needed to hear it. I had weigh in tonight and I lost NOTHING, after losing six lbs in the first five days. I felt I had not lost and I also knew why, the so called 'little things' I was doing, like you were. Little something here, little something there....convincing myself that it wouldn't make a difference. It does!! Even if the total calories of those little cheats are low, it's what they are and the fact that it adds up that affects results. I am determined NOT to consume anything but the Optifast products now until transition.

I'm not going to spend this money and set these goals and then blow it. I'm very determined. So many in my group have already lost more than I need to altogether, and I know I can do it.

We talk about transition at our meetings, as something to look forward to, be careful about, and ways to manage being back on regular food. My group leader mentioned weighing weekly or maybe more often, and if the scale creeps up, going on Optifast for a day or two. Awareness, listening to our bodies, noting any tightness in our clothes, and regular home weigh ins are a key to maintenance, as well as eating the right things.

I use stevia in my coffee and have for several years. A word of caution if you decide to try it, start out with just a little, less than you would use of sugar. Too much at once leaves a bad aftertaste and will turn you off to it.

Good job, OBM and everyone else. I appreciate the encouraging nature of this board very much and have told my group about it.
Ruben

Lansing, MI

#1094 Nov 10, 2009
Rebecah
Good for you for stoppin "the little things". I had the weigh in last wednesday Nov 4 due to training at work (I usually go on Mondays). On that day I learned I only lost 8/10 of a pound in 9 days. I told you I stopped everything on that day right? Let me tell ya, I went in on Monday and had lost 9.8 pounds. That was in only 5 days. I am totally convinced that this works as long as you stay to the plan.
Also I was told by the dietition that we are NOT in ketosis due to the 120g of carbs that we take in total. She also told us this diet is a "protein Sparing Modified Fast" ???? But I also caught her telling someone later about keytones going through the urine. I get a feeling that they don't want to bring that up because people will think about leaving the program for Atkins. I could be wrong but it is just a hunch on my part. Who knows?

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