Optifast 800 calorie diet
Penelope

Chicago, IL

#1627 Jan 31, 2010
Ava wrote:
Sheri! I am so glad you are back. I am sorry things have been rough. You are right, sometimes when the weight disappears we are left with dealing with why we gained it in the first place. I almost think this is an equal struggle to actually losing the weight! I have lost over 65 pounds and am back in size 8's which is great, but this stubborn last 20lbs is killing me. My clinic is switching everyone over to the HCG diet which at first sounded insane to me, but it is doctor monitored at a very reputable clinic, so I am starting that now. Scared to let go of optifast, but sort of optimistic at the same time.
I guess my body has just become accustomed to functioning on the optifast. I have been losing in tiny amounts for awhile, but was going to muscle through. But now that the clinic is moving to another program, I feel it is the right time to transition over.
I will keep everyone posted! Good luck to all of you on your journey and much continued success :) Ava
Best of luck to you Ava and congratulations on that weight loss! Stay in touch with us.
Sheri

Oxnard, CA

#1628 Jan 31, 2010
Ava wrote:
Sheri! I am so glad you are back. I am sorry things have been rough. You are right, sometimes when the weight disappears we are left with dealing with why we gained it in the first place. I almost think this is an equal struggle to actually losing the weight! I have lost over 65 pounds and am back in size 8's which is great, but this stubborn last 20lbs is killing me. My clinic is switching everyone over to the HCG diet which at first sounded insane to me, but it is doctor monitored at a very reputable clinic, so I am starting that now. Scared to let go of optifast, but sort of optimistic at the same time.
I guess my body has just become accustomed to functioning on the optifast. I have been losing in tiny amounts for awhile, but was going to muscle through. But now that the clinic is moving to another program, I feel it is the right time to transition over.
I will keep everyone posted! Good luck to all of you on your journey and much continued success :) Ava
Hi Ava:
Could you tell us about the HCG Diet I have never heard of it before describe what it is like and do let us know how it all goes. We will be cheering you on.
Onward & Upward
Sheri
tracey

Studio City, CA

#1629 Jan 31, 2010
i am on the hcg diet. dr caldron is best but he does not do the 500 calorie diet but a 1000 it works he even does with optifast
Cathy

Fargo, ND

#1630 Feb 1, 2010
Here is my status and I am stoked!! Today is my first day weigh in and I lost 10.2 lbs. YIPPEE. Day one was a little hard but not as hard as I thought it was going to be. Day 2 was better, I was hungry but determined. Day 3 definitely was the turning point for my hunger and I felt energized. Day 4 and on was a breeze for me, I think because I was so sick of food by the time I decided to do Optifast that I was SO READY to not have to think about food choices. I didn't do any exercises this first week because of all the posts I read about not working out the first week (thank you to this blog, very very helpful!!). I was so proud of myself this week, had my shakes & my tons of water and that is it, No cheating whatsoever. I know you gals/guys don't know me but I gotta tell ya, I had all my favorite foods cooked in front of me (my husband and 2 kids) and for me to NOT pick at the food is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I was not tempted at all. I'm sure many of you feel this same way but, I can't thank my husband enough for everything he has done for me this past week and says he will continue to do. He cooked ALL the dinners, lunches, everything for him & my kids and is SO supportive (I just had to share that).
Cathy

Fargo, ND

#1631 Feb 1, 2010
Oh oh oh, I almost forgot, I am a LONG TIME coffee drinking and LOVE all the flavored creamers in my coffee but the same day I started Optifast, I also gave up my coffee completely. I did have a really bad headache the first day and part of the second day but the headache got less and less painful. By Wednesday, I was pain free and I have never felt better!
Marye

Greer, SC

#1632 Feb 1, 2010
YAY YOU!!!!!!
That is FANTASTIC!! 10.2 lbs.!!!!!!!!!
And it's wonderful that your husband is so supportive! Mine is that way too (wasn't so much on prior diets) and it DOES mke all the difference, doesn't it?
I'm in transition right now, so I'm eating SOME foods, but I'm ready to go back to full-fast in the future to get the rest of my weight off. My clinic wants me on some level of regular food for 3 months till I can restart the program....and then I can only do it for 9 weeks instead of 21. Of course, I COULD do it on my own and just go to the meetings and not tell anyone....but I do like the fact that lab work, etc. is involved in the program.
And I guess it's a good thing that I'm learning to deal with some food in between, although I'm still only having the proetein/veggies for dinner. But dealing with some food I suppose gets me prepared for afterwards, when the weight is off. Maintenance being practiced.
:)
Keep up the great work! This will be the largest weight loss week for you, but you should pull some good, steady numbers the whole way down!
Marye

Greer, SC

#1633 Feb 1, 2010
Sorry for the typos...my computer keyboard has been acting up (swallowing some letters and adding others). I try to go back and correct things, but sometimes some slip through.
:(
Twana

Toms River, NJ

#1634 Feb 1, 2010
HI EVERYONE - Wow there's been a lot of activity since I last logged in -- it's fantastic to read it all.

Instead of answers all -- I will just say CONGRATS TO ALL because our collective succes is in sharing our stresses, questions, grief and our experiences, advice and successes!

Thanks! and Good Success this week!
Twana

Toms River, NJ

#1635 Feb 1, 2010
Cathy wrote:
Here is my status and I am stoked!! Today is my first day weigh in and I lost 10.2 lbs. YIPPEE. Day one was a little hard but not as hard as I thought it was going to be. Day 2 was better, I was hungry but determined. Day 3 definitely was the turning point for my hunger and I felt energized. Day 4 and on was a breeze for me, I think because I was so sick of food by the time I decided to do Optifast that I was SO READY to not have to think about food choices. I didn't do any exercises this first week because of all the posts I read about not working out the first week (thank you to this blog, very very helpful!!). I was so proud of myself this week, had my shakes & my tons of water and that is it, No cheating whatsoever. I know you gals/guys don't know me but I gotta tell ya, I had all my favorite foods cooked in front of me (my husband and 2 kids) and for me to NOT pick at the food is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I was not tempted at all. I'm sure many of you feel this same way but, I can't thank my husband enough for everything he has done for me this past week and says he will continue to do. He cooked ALL the dinners, lunches, everything for him & my kids and is SO supportive (I just had to share that).
Woooo Hoooo! Applause Applause! Good Success to You
Twana

Toms River, NJ

#1636 Feb 1, 2010
Marye wrote:
Twana....are you having a problem "mentally" adhering to the program? Like having a problem with staying motivated?......
Or are you having a problem with feeling as if you're not losing enough weight and/or plateauing?
Cathy.....I had almost that much to lose when I first started and they told me to start with 6 shakes for the first week and then go down to 5.
20 yrs. ago when I did Optifast before, I was on 5 shakes as well, but the shakes had less calories.
The constipation thing is pretty much all the way through.:( Just take a look at the "fiber" on the side o the Optifast package....Fiber 0. Metamucil helps with it...and you can mix it in your shakes (can't taste it).
Penelope...I've found that I can get the waer in better at room temperature than cold with ice. Also, from what I understand, you can mix the water with Crystal Light. I would mix it at half strength though....because I think that plain old water is still best. I read something tonight on the internet that they have done studies in Europe that drinking water actually helps you burn calories. Water has no calories, but you burn calories drinking and absorbing it! Sounds good to me!!
:)
Hey Mayre,

I'm just bored and want to eat. Have you experienced this? How did you get past it?
Ava

Walnut Creek, CA

#1637 Feb 1, 2010
Cathy - that is AMAZING!! Congrats on such a great first week and on many more to come :)

Sheri: the HCG diet is a daily injection of a hormone that, when combined with a very restricted caloric intake, releases fat stores to use the fat as fuel. The diet is only 500 calories and is protein, veggies, and two fruits (no carbs, fats, or sugars). You only can do this for a period of 20 - 40 days and after that no more. The average loss is 1/2 to 1 pound per day and it is mostly fat, not lean muscle mass since you are utilizing fat stores.(Yes, anyone can lose on such restricted calories, but usually they lose lean muscle and bone along with fat, but not on this program apparently) Every week you have a body composition analysis to make sure you are releasing fat and not affecting lean muscle. At first I thought this was extreme, but all the optifast patients at my clinic have transferred over to it and are doing great. Plus, it is under the supervision of a doctor I really trust. So, today is my first day of it and so far so good! I'll let you all know how it goes!:) Ava
Cathy

Fargo, ND

#1638 Feb 1, 2010
Ava, I have a good friend that is on the HCG diet and she told me some about it. She says she is on it for 40 days but then has to go off it for 40 days before starting the diet again and so on and so on. She does get the injections but she has to do it herself and she uses her stomache. I'm assuming that your doctor is actually giving you the injections so that is good. She's had good luck with it until she caught the bug or something and had to go off it. She is back on it of course and doing good:)

The best of luck to you!!
Marye

Greer, SC

#1639 Feb 1, 2010
Hi Twana,
Usually that feeling is a combination of wanting to chew something, and struggling with motivation.
For the chewing part...I chewed gum and ate 2 Optifast bars as part of the 5 Optifast meals. That helped a lot. They didn't have the bars the first time I did Optifast, and they make SUCH a difference!
For the motivation....I sat on the computer and googled success stories. There's not too much information on Optifast success stories, but I wasn't particular. I read success stories (added bonus if there were pix included) on Weight Watchers, Biggest Loser, Atkins, whatever! I also read up on everything I could get my hands on pertaining to nutrition, figuring I needed to know that stuff anyway after the full-fast was over.
In other words, I made it my mission to become an expert on all things weight loss and nutrtion. It was time to take care of myself and take my future into my own hands. That took care of the motivation part.
Hope this helps with giving you some ideas!
:)
Penelope

Chicago, IL

#1640 Feb 1, 2010
Cathy wrote:
Here is my status and I am stoked!! Today is my first day weigh in and I lost 10.2 lbs. YIPPEE. Day one was a little hard but not as hard as I thought it was going to be. Day 2 was better, I was hungry but determined. Day 3 definitely was the turning point for my hunger and I felt energized. Day 4 and on was a breeze for me, I think because I was so sick of food by the time I decided to do Optifast that I was SO READY to not have to think about food choices. I didn't do any exercises this first week because of all the posts I read about not working out the first week (thank you to this blog, very very helpful!!). I was so proud of myself this week, had my shakes & my tons of water and that is it, No cheating whatsoever. I know you gals/guys don't know me but I gotta tell ya, I had all my favorite foods cooked in front of me (my husband and 2 kids) and for me to NOT pick at the food is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I was not tempted at all. I'm sure many of you feel this same way but, I can't thank my husband enough for everything he has done for me this past week and says he will continue to do. He cooked ALL the dinners, lunches, everything for him & my kids and is SO supportive (I just had to share that).
Cathy - you are awesome! Congratulations to you. I am pulling for and your great loss makes me know that I am having that liter of water for dinner! Thanks.
Rosemary

Pierre, SD

#1641 Feb 1, 2010
Marye:

I'm not sure I'm getting the 'shaking up' plan you do. It sounds like when you are on the full fast, some weeks, you could do 5 shakes, others only 4? How does WW or any other 1200 cal a day plan work then? One day, you eat, say 900 cals; the next, you eat 1200, and so on? Do you do that with exercise too, then? One day, you might walk in short spurts to get the mile or 2 miles in; and another day, one long walk? This is really interesting.

Ava: Good luck to you!! I just looked up the HCG, and this looks very interesting as well.
Rosemary

Pierre, SD

#1642 Feb 1, 2010
Cathy!

This is so great! Keep it going!

Rosemary
Cathy

Fargo, ND

#1643 Feb 1, 2010
Thanks gals, you're awesome!!! it's great to have this support forum to keep me motivated!!
Marye

Greer, SC

#1644 Feb 1, 2010
Rosemary:
Look at P. 56, posts 1166 and 1169. I explain it in detail there.
I change things up during the SAME week.
I haven't hit a plateau yet, even in transition (knock on wood!)
:)
It works!!
You can do the exact same thing with calories that you do with the number of shakes per day. Just change things up during the week. For example, pick about 2 days during the week to get MORE calories in, then drop back down. Your body prepares itself for the higher calorie load, therefore dropping weight when the calories go back down.
Twana

Toms River, NJ

#1645 Feb 2, 2010
Marye wrote:
Hi Twana,
Usually that feeling is a combination of wanting to chew something, and struggling with motivation.
For the chewing part...I chewed gum and ate 2 Optifast bars as part of the 5 Optifast meals. That helped a lot. They didn't have the bars the first time I did Optifast, and they make SUCH a difference!
For the motivation....I sat on the computer and googled success stories. There's not too much information on Optifast success stories, but I wasn't particular. I read success stories (added bonus if there were pix included) on Weight Watchers, Biggest Loser, Atkins, whatever! I also read up on everything I could get my hands on pertaining to nutrition, figuring I needed to know that stuff anyway after the full-fast was over.
In other words, I made it my mission to become an expert on all things weight loss and nutrtion. It was time to take care of myself and take my future into my own hands. That took care of the motivation part.
Hope this helps with giving you some ideas!
:)
Mayre -- thanks a bunch!
Rosemary

Pierre, SD

#1646 Feb 2, 2010
Bonnie wrote:
Would like to know from the people that have been on the plan before and back on it whether or not you have had hair loss? I was on it for 3 months, went off for 5 weeks and back on. Six weeks after I went off it for first time my hair really started falling out. Lab work doesn't show anything, although it must be the diet my Dr. says. Anyone go through this and how long was it before it stopped coming out and started growing back in? This is a real concern for me right now.
THanks for any input.
Hey, Bonnie! Hope you are still following the board. I wondered how it was going for you, with the hair loss and program? I will say this...my hair continues to come out in small handfuls each time I wash my hair. I began the program (FAST)in August, on 12 weeks, then on transition, and now maintenance and still losing hair to this day. Honestly, I've begun to style it in a more 'fluffed up' fashion, since it is getting so thinned out! I'm hopeful things will turn around soon.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Top Stories in the Blogosphere Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
what do white american men think of muslim wome... (Aug '11) 11 hr theoddaddict 176
Sunday Night Football Pushes Spanish on America... (Sep '07) Sun Shawn W Collier 99
Why don't Black women like White men like other... (Jun '10) Sun Tammy 168
Why are modern women so fake? (Feb '11) Oct 20 UnderstandPeople 27
Why are white men so attracted to asian women? (Jul '08) Oct 20 Asiagirl 21,768
Any big butt women who proud of their butts? (Feb '10) Oct 14 Drew67 13
Why do white women marry Arabs? (Jun '09) Oct 10 Tess 109
More from around the web