Marye - Inman SC

Roxboro, NC

#5347 Jul 31, 2012
untitled1 wrote:
Hello,
my aunt has been doing opstifast and i am thinking of starting it
im a 19 year old girl and my BMI is at a 28 so i am overweight but im about 5 pounds away from being in the normal BMI.
im just afraid that i will loose weight and then gain it all back super quick even if i am on a stict food diet, and its very expensive and I could just eat 400 calories a day to loose weight fast
also im not sure if it would be safe for me since im only trying to lose 30 lbs and keep it off.....
please give me some advice!
If you would like to lose 30 lbs. at your age (young means it comes off quickly), and you are interested in drinking shakes for weight loss, I would try Slimfast first. I did that several years ago, and it works if you stick to it. They have a very supportive website (message boards, success stories, etc.) to keep you motivated.
I just worry about someone so young getting into this diet for only 30 or so lbs., when it can be done another way.
The Slimfast diet teaches you portion control, etc., and you CAN keep the weight off.
Eating 400 calories per day is bordering on anorexia, IMO. Please do this the healthy way!! It will be less likely to come back on!
Marye
Twinsmom

Bear, DE

#5348 Aug 10, 2012
Hi All,

I am new to the site and I am awaiting my firstapp to start the optifast poram. I have 100 pounds to lose. I am having second thoughts between the medifast program and the optifast ful fast program. Can anyone offer any insight to me? Thanks to everyone and I am enjoying all the posts and helpful info!
Sarah

Fair Oaks, CA

#5349 Aug 14, 2012
Hi all. I did optifast a couple years ago and was very successful. I have gained some back and I want to take care of it pronto!! My question is -- my 18 1/2 year old son needs to lose about 50 lbs and is in excellent health besides the weight. Do you think it's okay for him to follow the optifast program? We were going to do it together (but on our own without the hefty program fees) and just wanted to know what others thought about him doing it with me????
Thanks!
Lauren

Sydney, Australia

#5350 Aug 19, 2012
hey,
im starting my optifast diet today and i just want to know if you think its possible to lose 3 kilos a week? with about 2 hours exercise a day?

i need to lose 20 kilos in a month and a half..
Sarah

Cincinnati, OH

#5351 Aug 28, 2012
Sarah wrote:
Hi all. I did optifast a couple years ago and was very successful. I have gained some back and I want to take care of it pronto!! My question is -- my 18 1/2 year old son needs to lose about 50 lbs and is in excellent health besides the weight. Do you think it's okay for him to follow the optifast program? We were going to do it together (but on our own without the hefty program fees) and just wanted to know what others thought about him doing it with me????
Thanks!
I know the program costs a LOT for some people, but if you plan on doing it yourself, you NEED to be doctor supervised, and i recommend weekly. I was one of those people that had the underlying issues that could only be seen by blood tests and it varied week to week. it is crazy important that you are monitored by a doctor or a nurse while you do it. I'm all for you guys getting back on track and i think it is an incredibly wonderful idea to do it with someone, but I can't recommend doing the program without the supervision. What helped me keep the weight off (it's been over a year and i've lost 125 pouds (35 after the program) was the counseling / group sessions that we had to go to. If you can find a program that does THAT as well, I would really recommend it.

Hope you can figure things out and stay strong!
Sheri

Oxnard, CA

#5352 Aug 29, 2012
Sarah wrote:
<quoted text>
I know the program costs a LOT for some people, but if you plan on doing it yourself, you NEED to be doctor supervised, and i recommend weekly. I was one of those people that had the underlying issues that could only be seen by blood tests and it varied week to week. it is crazy important that you are monitored by a doctor or a nurse while you do it. I'm all for you guys getting back on track and i think it is an incredibly wonderful idea to do it with someone, but I can't recommend doing the program without the supervision. What helped me keep the weight off (it's been over a year and i've lost 125 pouds (35 after the program) was the counseling / group sessions that we had to go to. If you can find a program that does THAT as well, I would really recommend it.
Hope you can figure things out and stay strong!
Congrats Sarah!!!
I 100% agree with you that you need the blood work and EKG's to make sure things are going well while you are on optifast. We had a lady in our group that her blood work wasn't good and they had to stop her on optifast. Further more I also agree with the counseling. I went to Kaiser where there was NO counseling along with the optifast program. This I feel is very wrong and if your optifast group doesn't offer counseling then I suggest that you get yourselves into private counseling before and during and even after your journey on optifast. We ALL have a REASON we choose to eat and we ALL need to find out the WHY's that we eat. We are not obese just because we like to eat. Eating, food is just a symptom of underlining issues. Each one of us has our own stories and each one of us has our own WHY's. Until we find out the WHY's our weight loss will always yoyo out of control. Onward & Upward Sheri
Frank

Huntington Beach, CA

#5353 Sep 12, 2012
SOAM wrote:
<quoted text>
I have done Optifast in the past and have great luck with it. I lost 86 pounds in about 6 months. I lost 55 pounds in three months and the last 30+ pounds took a while. Unfortunately, the backlash of Optifast is you have to learn to eat better for a lifetime. But, it is the best for losing weight quickly. GOOD LUCK
If you really want to loose weight the health way by eating real food and dropping weight slowly but surely contact me. I lost 30 pounds in 10 month. frankbinvest@gmail.com
Frank

Huntington Beach, CA

#5354 Sep 12, 2012
untitled1 wrote:
Hello,
my aunt has been doing opstifast and i am thinking of starting it
im a 19 year old girl and my BMI is at a 28 so i am overweight but im about 5 pounds away from being in the normal BMI.
im just afraid that i will loose weight and then gain it all back super quick even if i am on a stict food diet, and its very expensive and I could just eat 400 calories a day to loose weight fast
also im not sure if it would be safe for me since im only trying to lose 30 lbs and keep it off.....
please give me some advice!
Try a real food diet by eating healthy. Contact me if interested. frankbinvest@gmail.com
Hello Kitty

Sydney, Australia

#5355 Sep 14, 2012
Lauren wrote:
hey,
im starting my optifast diet today and i just want to know if you think its possible to lose 3 kilos a week? with about 2 hours exercise a day?
i need to lose 20 kilos in a month and a half..
Hi Lauren,
I started Optifast this week, today is my 6th day and I've lost 3.5kg. I currently weigh 103.4kg and 172cm tall. My goal was to lose 10kg in 7 weeks but at the rate I'm going I could probably lose 15kg. I have stuck to the diet 100% and do boot camp for an hour 5 days a week. I'm not sure what your starting weight is, but stick to it, and exercise daily and the weight will melt off. I'm in Sydney too so if you need an Optifast buddy for motivation let me know!!!
Lynda

Downingtown, PA

#5356 Sep 15, 2012
Hi all, I am restarting the program after a long break. I am looking forward to your support and motivation.

I didn't mean to take such a long. I got off track and tried to restart everyday for some time, and then just gave up. I have beat myself up long enough and have now got my mind set back and I am going to SUCCEED! My goal is to lose 30 pounds by the first week of December, and another 10 by the first of February.

Marye - I've missed you!
Marye - Inman SC

Roxboro, NC

#5357 Sep 16, 2012
Lynda wrote:
Hi all, I am restarting the program after a long break. I am looking forward to your support and motivation.
I didn't mean to take such a long. I got off track and tried to restart everyday for some time, and then just gave up. I have beat myself up long enough and have now got my mind set back and I am going to SUCCEED! My goal is to lose 30 pounds by the first week of December, and another 10 by the first of February.
Marye - I've missed you!
Hi Lynda....I'm still here!
:)
I still check in on a regular basis, it's just that most people who are posting in the forum lately post one or two times, and then stop. I get the feeling they are not really in the mindset yet to lose weight...that's why I haven't really been posting much. When I take the time to answer someone I rarely get anything back, so I've basically just been lurking.
It's really great to see your post! It's been awhile!!:)
Did you get really far off track? I know that I put (slowly) about 30 lbs. back on over the last year, so I restarted the 28th of May. I didn't do everything 100%(on purpose), so it's taken me since then to lose the 30 lbs., but.....I DID IT!
:)
Now I want to get about 10 more off, and I'll be very happy. Right now I'm having 3-4 shakes per day and one meal of protein and veggies. Occasionally I will have a small piece of fruit, dairy or bread, but it's mostly veggies and some sort of protein. So far so good.
It's easier to do this the 2nd time around, even if it comes off a bit slower. You already know that after the first few days it gets easier, and that's a big help.
Good luck with your restart and let me know how it's going, OK?
Marye
Marye - Inman SC

Roxboro, NC

#5358 Sep 16, 2012
Hello Kitty wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Lauren,
I started Optifast this week, today is my 6th day and I've lost 3.5kg. I currently weigh 103.4kg and 172cm tall. My goal was to lose 10kg in 7 weeks but at the rate I'm going I could probably lose 15kg. I have stuck to the diet 100% and do boot camp for an hour 5 days a week. I'm not sure what your starting weight is, but stick to it, and exercise daily and the weight will melt off. I'm in Sydney too so if you need an Optifast buddy for motivation let me know!!!
3.5 kilos is fantastic!!! Keep up the good work! Stick to this diet 100% and you will have a lot of success....the time will fly by faster than you think!
I did Optifast 3 years ago, and lost around 50 kilos, so I know that it can be done! Life is wonderful when weight doesn't hold you back!!! YOU CAN DO THIS!!
:)
Marye
Rosie

Australia

#5359 Sep 16, 2012
Hello Kitty wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Lauren,
I started Optifast this week, today is my 6th day and I've lost 3.5kg. I currently weigh 103.4kg and 172cm tall. My goal was to lose 10kg in 7 weeks but at the rate I'm going I could probably lose 15kg. I have stuck to the diet 100% and do boot camp for an hour 5 days a week. I'm not sure what your starting weight is, but stick to it, and exercise daily and the weight will melt off. I'm in Sydney too so if you need an Optifast buddy for motivation let me know!!!
Hi Kitty and Lauren and everyone else. I was thinking of having the gastric sleeve but in my research found that I would have to follow the Optifast program for 2 weeks prior to surgery, so I am going to give it a go. I really don't want the surgery so I am hoping this will work. My first week I lost 2.9kgs and my next weigh in is on Thursday. I am doing 2 shakes per day and a protein and vegie dinner daily. I'm not expecting to lose at the rate that others are losing but I would love 1kg per week. I have to say that its not getting easier for me. My poor family has to put up with my mood swings...gee even I can't put up with them...they are driving me nuts. I'm also in Sydney and would love to keep in closer contact with the Sydney ladies :)
Lynda

Downingtown, PA

#5360 Sep 17, 2012
So good to hear from you Marye. Yes, I got way off track, the harder I tried to lose, the more I was eating. I put on the 40 I took off :( I'm excited to hear that you have taken off 30 and working on your last 10. I don't know why we sabotage ourselves, as we know how good it feels to be slim. I look forward to being your buddy again and motivating each other!
I have tried other ways to lose in the last year....even hypnosis. Nuthin worked, pry because of my mind set. Well, I'm finally focused and ready to stop the gluttony, the waddling, aching all over, and stretching my shirts out so I can get them on, and let's not even talk about squeezing into pants. My daughter is graduating in December and that's why I set the first goal of 30, and then I have a big birthday (50) in February, hence the 2nd goal. I think I should be able to lose 30 by December, right? I am at 174, still 5'2".

How is your Mom doing?
Marye - Inman SC wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Lynda....I'm still here!
:)
I still check in on a regular basis, it's just that most people who are posting in the forum lately post one or two times, and then stop. I get the feeling they are not really in the mindset yet to lose weight...that's why I haven't really been posting much. When I take the time to answer someone I rarely get anything back, so I've basically just been lurking.
It's really great to see your post! It's been awhile!!:)
Did you get really far off track? I know that I put (slowly) about 30 lbs. back on over the last year, so I restarted the 28th of May. I didn't do everything 100%(on purpose), so it's taken me since then to lose the 30 lbs., but.....I DID IT!
:)
Now I want to get about 10 more off, and I'll be very happy. Right now I'm having 3-4 shakes per day and one meal of protein and veggies. Occasionally I will have a small piece of fruit, dairy or bread, but it's mostly veggies and some sort of protein. So far so good.
It's easier to do this the 2nd time around, even if it comes off a bit slower. You already know that after the first few days it gets easier, and that's a big help.
Good luck with your restart and let me know how it's going, OK?
Marye
Mae

Bronx, NY

#5361 Sep 17, 2012
I started optifast yesterday. I feel okay, but I am finding it difficult to get all my shakes in. For example, it is 1:48 pm and I have only had one shake and my water. I am 5'1 and would like to lose about 60 pounds. For those who have been successful on the program, how long do you think that will take?

Good luck to everyone!!
Lynda

Downingtown, PA

#5362 Sep 17, 2012
Welcome Mae! You have to do your best to get your meals in, or you will crash. Are you only doing shakes? I enjoy a tomato soup once a day (with lots of pepper), and I eat a bar or two, that way it's not all shakes all the time, as it can get difficult. I can't advise how long, but maybe someone else can answer. I lost 40 pounds in 3 months last year. You can do this, stay focused, and drink up!
Mae wrote:
I started optifast yesterday. I feel okay, but I am finding it difficult to get all my shakes in. For example, it is 1:48 pm and I have only had one shake and my water. I am 5'1 and would like to lose about 60 pounds. For those who have been successful on the program, how long do you think that will take?
Good luck to everyone!!
Marye - Inman SC

Roxboro, NC

#5363 Sep 17, 2012
Mae wrote:
I started optifast yesterday. I feel okay, but I am finding it difficult to get all my shakes in. For example, it is 1:48 pm and I have only had one shake and my water. I am 5'1 and would like to lose about 60 pounds. For those who have been successful on the program, how long do you think that will take?
Good luck to everyone!!
It all depends on how overweight you are. The more obese you are, the faster the weight will come off. The closer you are to normal weight, the slower it comes off. Average weight loss for the 21 week program (that is, 14 weeks of full-fast and 7 weeks of transition back to food) is 52 lbs., according to Optifast.
That said, I lost 65 lbs. when I did the program (later did the 9-week program to lose the rest of my weight). In order to have that kind of weight loss you have to be 100%...no cheating, no excuses.
I would guess that you could come pretty close, if not right on target, somewhere during the first half of January.
Get and stay motivated, remember what is important in your life, and DO IT! I had to tell myself that I was tired of continuously just TALKING about losing weight, and need to start just getting on with it! It is worth it!!!
:)
Marye
Marye - Inman SC

Roxboro, NC

#5364 Sep 17, 2012
Lynda wrote:
So good to hear from you Marye. Yes, I got way off track, the harder I tried to lose, the more I was eating. I put on the 40 I took off :( I'm excited to hear that you have taken off 30 and working on your last 10. I don't know why we sabotage ourselves, as we know how good it feels to be slim. I look forward to being your buddy again and motivating each other!
I have tried other ways to lose in the last year....even hypnosis. Nuthin worked, pry because of my mind set. Well, I'm finally focused and ready to stop the gluttony, the waddling, aching all over, and stretching my shirts out so I can get them on, and let's not even talk about squeezing into pants. My daughter is graduating in December and that's why I set the first goal of 30, and then I have a big birthday (50) in February, hence the 2nd goal. I think I should be able to lose 30 by December, right? I am at 174, still 5'2".
How is your Mom doing?
<quoted text>
LOL on the "still 5'2"! Too bad you can't grow at our age, huh? That would be a good weight for me at 5'9"!:)
Thanks for asking about my Mom....she is hanging in there at 85, and is doing well (knock on wood!). She's had a rough few years, but things are looking OK right now.
:)
You can do this Lynda....I know you can. Now you know how easy it is to put back on....use it as a learning experience. I, personally, think the Optifast transition period is way too fast....and I've told the people at my center that. It is ridiculous to think that after someone has been at 800 (or 960) calories per day for 3 months, that all of a sudden within 6 weeks their bodies should miraculously get used to functioning on 1200 again, and no weight gain will occur! I'm going to take each step back on food at a MUCH slower pace this time around. I'm not going through this again! You only figure this stuff out from personal experience, unfortunately, but it's a good thing to figure out. It will help you in the future. The important thing is that you keep it off this time. You know what works....now you just have to listen to your body and do things at your OWN pace!
Good luck! I'll be checking in.
:)
Marye
Mae

Bronx, NY

#5365 Sep 18, 2012
Lynda.. I only consume the RTD shakes, but I might start incorporating a soup once a day. You're right, the drinks are getting a bit boring
Marye... Thank you for the encouraging words. I am definitely committed to following the program. This weight needs to come off. I will try very hard not to cheat, so that the weight can come off quickly and then I can go back to gradually incorporating food into my diet.
I signed up for a 10 week program. I am going to see how I do on that time frame. If I need to go longer I will. I actually don't know my weight just my loses. I like it that way because I find myself getting so consumed with the scale number. I will know my success through the loses when I go for weigh-in and by my clothes.
Good Luck to everyone!!!
jenny

Lambton, Australia

#5366 Sep 18, 2012
Starting optifast this week. awaiting it's arrival by post. I've ordered just the banana flavour as Im allergic to chocolate and don't like strawberry milkshakes so thought optifast strawberry would taste the same and from what I have read I do not want to go near the vanilla.
My surgery is planned for 2nd November 2012 and I need to loose 10kgs before they will operate.Operating table has a weight limit.(having gastric sleeving).
In total have to loose over 120kgs before I can have my colosmy reversed.
Its encouraging to hear all the sucess stories. Im hoping I will be one to one day.
I will need alot of support so I think I will be visiting this site quite often....

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