About Optifast VLCD weight loss program
The Optifast VLCD program is so much more than just another diet. It is a holistic approach to weight management, where you receive all of the information, advice and support you need in order to lose weight and improve your health, and most importantly, to educate you on how to make sustainable lifestyle changes that will help you keep the weight off long term.
The Optifast VLCD program is suitable for you if your BMI is >30, or if you have a BMI of >27 and also suffer from conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnoea, high cholesterol and other health risks that are associated with excess weight. A waist circumference of greater than or equal to 102cm in men and greater than or equal to 88cm in women is associated with increased risk of metabolic complications and indicates you may be suitable for Optifast VLCD. Whilst on the Optifast VLCD program, it is important to take an additional 2 litres of calorie free fluid each day, preferably water, plus 2 cups of non-starchy green vegetables with a teaspoon of oil. Regular exercise increases your metabolic rate and enhances wellbeing making it an important component of the Optifast VLCD program.
Why Optifast VLCD weight loss program?
If you want to choose a life of energy, activity, and healthy eating, you need a brilliant Action Plan, to help you live the life you would prefer to live. You need the Optifast VLCD program!
The Optifast VLCD program combines a clinically proven, very low calorie diet with an extensive and flexible lifestyle program, which incorporates recipes and advice for healthy eating along with an exercise planner.
The program aims to not only help you lose weight and improve your health, but most importantly to educate you on how to make sustainable lifestyle changes that will help you keep the weight off long term. Optifast VLCD has been widely researched and successfully and safely used worldwide by millions of patients since 1974. Unlike fad diets, the Optifast program has been proven effective in numerous clinical studies.
Optifast succeeds because it treats the whole you - not just your weight. It combines support and counselling, comprehensive lifestyle education and medical monitoring with a great-tasting very low calorie diet range to help people lose weight and significantly reduce weight-related health risks.
Simple and effective
The Optifast VLCD program is incredibly simple to follow. Meals are replaced with Optifast VLCD products, which are designed to restrict energy intake, whilst still maintaining healthy nutrition. Reducing calorie (energy) intake means the body starts to draw energy from its own fat stores. Research has shown that very low calorie diets produce greater initial weight loss than other forms of energy restriction (9-26kg over 4-20 weeks). The Optifast VLCD program may be more effective when combined with a simple exercise plan. Modifying your lifestyle by adjusting diet and exercise can be simple with the Optifast VLCD program.
What is involved in the Optifast VLCD Program?
In the early stages, Optifast is designed to totally replace normal food intake. As you start to lose weight, normal meals are then gradually re-introduced. There are 11 products in our range - each of which contains carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and high quality protein (which helps preserve lean body mass). There are four stages to the Optifast VLCD program and your health professional can advise which is the most appropriate phase of the program for your individual weight loss needs. Click on the tabs below to find out more.
The Optifast VLCD program can also help you make lasting lifestyle changes with a simple meal and exercise planner, available free to online members.
How Optifast works for weight loss
Weight loss with the Optifast VLCD program is achieved by restriction of carbohydrate, and total energy intake. This enables your body to draw its energy from your own fat stores. Very low calorie diets have been shown to be very effective in the treatment of obesity, with weekly weight losses averaging approximately 2.0kg in the first 4-6 weeks, providing greater initial weight loss than other forms of calorie restriction. Optifast VLCD has been widely researched in numerous clinical studies and used for more than 30 years as a safe method of weight management.
While your energy intake is restricted, 3 Optifast VLCD meals a day provides all the vitamins and minerals you need.
The Optifast VLCD product range
Optifast VLCD products contain carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and high quality protein, which helps preserve lean body mass while you lose your fat stores. Optifast VLCD is available in a wide range of products such as soups, shakes, bars and desserts, in a number of delicious flavours.
Maintaining your ideal weight
There are 3 active phases of the Optifast VLCD program, you can replace 3, 2, or 1 daily meal with an Optifast VLCD sachet or bar. Whichever phase you start on, in the Optifast VLCD program, it is recommended that your non-Optifast VLCD meal(s) be 500 calories or less and we can help with recipe ideas so you know exactly what you can eat.
By maintaining a lifestyle consuming 3 low calorie, healthy meals every day when you have reached your ideal weight, you will be able to maintain this in the long term!
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