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Yes, staying busy is a good thing. I used to bring crocheting with me when people would want to go out, that way I could enjoy the company and keep my hands busy. Also making sure you drink a good sized glass of water about 20-30 minutes before you are going to eat/drink is always helpful, it tricks you into feeling full. I definitely needed to add fiber for the filling feeling it give as well as regularity. I like Konsyl since it is pure fiber, so you have to take less. Good luck and keep at it!  (Sep 18, 2013 | post #5624)

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FDB125, you can start by increasing your water intake, but be aware that the usual loss most people get their first week on the program you will likely not have as much of because you will have already lost some of the water weight. I think that you should monitor your caffeine intake since it is a diuretic. My program actually told us to limit ourselves to 2 caffeinated beverages a day.  (Sep 17, 2013 | post #5621)

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One way that I have found to keep up the water without having to resort to diet drinks (the fake sugars don't agree with my stomach) is to drink seltzer water (you can even find some with flavorings but no sugar- fake or otherwise). They give the carbonation without the caffeine or fake sugar or calories, some are even low sodium if you need to be concerned with your sodium intake. Remember that hormonal changes, water intake, stress and such can affect what the scale shows, but measurements don't tend to change with those things, so I would definitely invest in a tape measure that you can do yourself and track that. I have lost about 9 inches off my waist and about 12 off my hips. I get more excited about those measurements changing (though they don't always drop every week) than I usually do when I see a pound or so comes off the scale. Tammy, the dizziness does go away, faster for some than others. I hope you can get back to the gym, but remember you don't have the same amount of fuel to expend, so go back at a steady pace, not all at once (I made that mistake). The biggest thing is to keep at it and remember that you can keep it off if you recognize that you cannot go back to the way you used to eat. I finished transition and realize that I have to remind myself every day (especially when I am invited out to eat) that I have to be more aware of what I am eating, that if I want to eat anything I used to, I have to have much less of many of them, even to the point of getting a to-go box when my meal comes and putting half my meal in it immediately at restaurants. Keep at it and you will get there. Remember, if you do what you have always done, you will get what you always got. You can't expect a different outcome if you don't change something.  (Sep 17, 2013 | post #5620)

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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!  (Aug 26, 2013 | post #5576)

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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.  (Jul 12, 2013 | post #5567)

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I do a bar for breakfast (with morning pills), shakes during the day then meal (healthwise) at night, unless I need something more solid in my stomach, then I have a bar or meal. I try to drink enough water to help fill me up as about 1/2 the time I don't feel full after a shake. I have also had to increase my fiber intake through supplements like "Konsyl" fiber that my GI recommended. I am down 61.4 lbs, 2+ pant sizes (5'9" female) since November. Keep at it and good luck!  (May 8, 2013 | post #5534)

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I hit 55.6 lbs lost last week. The staff are checking with the doctor to see if I am allowed to continue past the 20-24 weeks they typically allow. Having trouble with cravings lately, but I think that is due to stress. Keep it up everyone!  (Apr 16, 2013 | post #5527)

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I hope everyone is doing well. Amy, give it a bit longer, the tiredness and hunger pains do go away. Make sure you are getting your water in as well. Julie, good job with the 1.5 kilo, any loss is good. Keep it up and I hope the surgery goes well. I hope to hit 50 lbs lost and then some tomorrow. I am at 49.8 lbs, and I just can't bring myself to say it is 50 yet, though everyone keeps saying to just round up. I will be seeing some of my family tomorrow that hasn't seen me since I started this (except in pictures), so I hope to shock them thoroughly! Keep it up everyone! Take one day at a time! Have a great Easter as well to all that celebrate it, I am hoping to resist all the candy I know will be given to the kids.  (Mar 27, 2013 | post #5524)

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Almost hit 50 lbs today, 0.2 to go, then 4 more to have lost 20% of my original body weight! Sanaz, It is a bit of a gray area on exactly how long the phases are. I was told originally by the staff at the center I go to that I could only stay on Optifast complete meal replacement for like 20 weeks, but as I am getting close to that, it doesn't appear that they are going to stop me at that point since I have weight to lose still. Many of the websites give conflicting information, sadly. I am sorry I can't be more helpful.  (Mar 21, 2013 | post #5519)

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I agree too. In all the time that I have been on this diet, the most alcohol I have had was enough to roll around my mouth for a taste of something I wanted to try. If you are drinking that heavily each night, you are really putting yourself in an unhealthy situation, as alcohol is a diuretic. If you usually drink like that (before Optifast), possibly cutting back alone, without Optifast, will help you lose weight, as alcohol is calorie dense but nutrient light. Are you drinking to cope with your weight? If you are, you really should seek help for that. We can be supportive in respect to using Optifast, but drinking is something that complicates the use of Optifast. Good luck everyone. I weigh in tomorrow, hoping to get closer to 50+ lbs especially since I am going to try to walk/run a 5k next weekend and then a visit with my family the following weekend.  (Mar 13, 2013 | post #5517)

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Hello all! I am not looking forward to my weigh in today as I haven't been very good this week, though I have felt well enough to walk to and from campus a couple times at least. I just hope I haven't gained any, though a 0.4 lb loss would put me at 45 total. I have a wedding to attend this weekend and actually have clothes that fit almost too loosely to wear. Thankfully wedding food is usually not excellent so I can hopefully resist. Getting out of the house seems to help significantly. Have a great day all.  (Mar 7, 2013 | post #5513)

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Chris, I did the calculations for my mother in law when I was trying to get her to join me on the system, if you only have Optifast shakes (from powder, not the Ready To Drink kind) you can spend as little as $102.25 a week (based on the prices my program gave me, less than 3 bucks a meal, using 5 products a day), if you have some of the Healthwise bars (not as good nutritionally, but if you are taking a multi-vitamin, you are okay for 2 a day) you can get down to $91.25 a week. The average meal out (even at value menu places) is going to be about 5-7 bucks. I was spending well over the $130 (my bill on average for a week RTD and Optifast bars and Healthwise entrees my program offers) per week on what I was eating even preparing some of it at home (though eating out way more than I should due to laziness). Remember that sticking to it 100% will get you off it sooner too. Marye, Far better to have too many products than to eat other things. Keep it up, but remember to have an extra one rather than going to bed with extreme hunger. As far as the meds, I couldn't agree more, I have been able to cut down on some of the meds I use to help with my IBS because of the weight-loss. Dee, Keep up the good work. I too am about at the 1/2 way point weight-loss wise, I keep telling myself if I could get this much off (42 lbs), I can keep going and get all of it off (aiming for 100). I myself am suffering cravings like crazy and having problems staying asleep at night which makes me tired and wanting "real" food. I am hoping that getting out of the house to do my work will help me not want to eat everything and going to the gym this morning will help the sleep. Any other suggestions? Have a great day and keep it up.  (Feb 26, 2013 | post #5512)

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Kristine, Honestly, the hardest thing for me was sticking with it until the hunger pains and headache went away, which was about a week for me. My husband tried it and never got past the hunger pains even on 7 "meals" a day and 2 weeks. Drinking enough water is a big deal, not just beverages, but water. Drinking diet coke and things like that aren't as good for you on this as just drinking water (even if you have to add some Mio or crystal light to some). Some of the food is more palatable to me than others, but extracts for the shakes and seasoning (nature's, greek, everglades, mrs. dash, etc) for the meals and soups if offered help a bunch since you are likely to get tired of repetition. Also, since all the work involved with making the packets of powder into shakes can get annoying, get some shaker cups (so you don't have to do the blender every time) or order some of the Ready To Drink shakes (I do this because the water where I work I wouldn't want to make shakes out of and they are good for when you travel in the car, I take a cooler everywhere!). Remember to keep track of how you feel so you can discuss it with the staff. Keep in mind that this is a temporary change that should lead to change in your body but also in your mindset as you recognize your issues with food. I didn't really think I had any until I took away regular food and acknowledged my urges/cravings/etc and their effect on my life. Lastly, keep going, every time you want to quit (unless it is recommended by the staff), just tell yourself you have to give it another day, week, etc, and stick to it. Cheating only pulls you back up the road you have been going down and won't lead you where you want to go. Good luck, feel free to ask questions of us and of the staff at your local Optifast program, there is no such thing as a dumb question when it comes to this.  (Feb 22, 2013 | post #5506)

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Thanks for the suggestions Marye. The problem I have with most hot beverage is that they are too bitter. I am a weirdo among my friends and family because I don't like coffee (though it smells great) and most teas are still too bitter (and most herbal teas put me to sleep) and I try to limit the number of artificial sweeteners to like 2 little packets a day, so that limits my tea options. I will look into the effects of different gums on me. Nicky, good job trying to find your triggers, as this is meant to help you lose weight and change your habits. I know for myself, I hope to be able to maintain the weight loss and control food instead of it controlling me, Optifast makes controlling food easier, but it isn't the answer for long term eating, so I know I need to find my triggers. Something I am working on is stress and boredom. When I am at my desk too long, even if I am busy, I get the munchies, so I have taken to going for a walk around the building when I get to that point (and I get extra calories burned). Keep it up.  (Feb 20, 2013 | post #5502)

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We all need to share information but keep it civil. This is supposed to be about giving each other support, but quite a few posts lately have been argumentative which isn't as helpful with the information that is trying to be shared. I hit 40 lbs lost last week. The cravings have been significantly worse the last couple weeks, but I think it is stress related. Sadly, I have diverted from the plan for a few meals here and there, mostly since I was in a car accident, the car was totaled out and now we are stressing about getting something to replace it as well as coordinating to makes sure neither of us is stranded. I think stress is definitely one of my problems with food. I have been trying to find what attributed to my weight gain over the years. The other problem with stress is that it aggravates my IBS which makes me want to put a bit extra into my stomach to help calm it some. Does chewing gum help anyone else with the need to chew? It helps sometimes, but other times, it really doesn't. Drinking extra water seems to help sometimes and not other times, I think I should try to figure out why, any suggestions? Good work everyone and try to stick to it! Have a great afternoon!  (Feb 19, 2013 | post #5499)