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Optifast Reviews: How Safe and Effective Is This Diet Plan?

Optifast Reviews: How Safe and Effective Is This Diet Plan?
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Optifast Overview

Optifast, which has been in business since 1974, is a diet plan that helps the dieter lose weight by combining one on one counselling and replacement meals.

The Optifast website is a very clean, attractive and user-friendly site that claims the diet is a ‘serious solution to weight loss’. Obviously aimed at an older age group the site features pictures of healthy looking, mostly middle aged people who represent a range of body sizes. The emphasis on this diet seems to be self-esteem and health rather than becoming skinny or muscular.

The site has good, clearly marked sections explaining exactly how the Optifast plan has been scientifically proven to cause an average 52lbs in weight loss, a 15% decrease in cholesterol levels and a 10% decrease in blood pressure. There are quite a few success stories featured on the site but no FAQ’s although the site generally does a good job of answering all the important questions regarding the plan.

One other main feature of the Optifast diet is that it focuses on preparing the customer for weight loss surgery and goes on to explain the reasons as to why it is so important to lose some weight beforehand.

Optifast – Product Description

Optifast

Optifast relies solely on using replacement meals initially, to jump start weight loss before the dieter enters the longer transition phase. Unfortunately, the website does not really make it clear as to how long this phase should last or exactly what amount of products can be eaten during the phase. There is a section that shows the various soups, shakes and bars, complete with the nutritional information.

The second phase of the plan is designed to last between 4-6 weeks and during this time the dieter can, with the help from their Optifast counsellor, re-introduce self-prepared meals into their routine. The Optifast site features a certain amount of recommended recipes and provides tips on portion sizes, calories and exercise. Throughout the entire diet, the customer attends meeting at their nearest Optifast center (there is a center locator on the website) and can not only consult with their personal guide but also join in small group discussions and support groups. The center will also contact the individuals’ G.P. if certain health issues are a concern.

Optifast Advantage

  • Optifast takes the ‘thinking’ out of dieting by providing calorie controlled prepared products
  • Optifast is a popular method to achieve weight loss, and has received good media reviews
  • The Optifast plan can help a patient prepare for weight loss (Biriatric) surgery
  • The dieter can receive personal and group support
  • The diet is beneficial for overall health (blood pressure, cholesterol etc.)
  • The company has been in business for over 30 years
  • The plan can re-educate the dieter to make healthy food choices

Optifast Drawbacks

  • There is no pricing available on the Optifast website
  • There is a lack of information regarding the diet schedule and food intake
  • Only consuming replacement meal products may not suit all dieters
  • The dieter has to have access to an Optifast center

Optifast – The Bottom Line

Without knowing how much the Optifast diet plan costs, makes it hard to judge from a ‘value for money’ point of view. However, for those seeking a guided, supportive program aimed at an older age group, where health rather than appearance is more of an issue, Optifast appears to be just as good as similar meal replacement programs on the market, such as Slimfast and Smart for Life.

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**This is a subjective assessment based on the strength of the available information and our estimation of efficacy.

*Results may vary. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a serious medical condition, or have a history of heart conditions we suggest consulting with a physician before using any supplement. The information contained in this website is provided for general informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and should not be relied upon as medical advice. Always consult your doctor before using any supplements.

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Expert Author : Kathy Mitchell (Consumer Health Digest)

Kathy Mitchell is an American content writer and MA in English literature. She is writing articles on health fitness for weight loss and cellulite creams. She is contributing to ConsumerHealthDigest.com since 2011.

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