21 October 2008

OPTIFAST program is produced by Novartis Medical Nutrition Corporation, developed in 1974, designed for obese people who has BMI>30, about 50 pounds overweight or even more. But, those who has BMI of 25 to 30 and have medical problems caused by their weight may also benefit from the program.

OPTIFAST therapy is available at hundreds of hospitals and clinics in the U.S.A. and Canada. Recently has been sold around the world via pharmacies.

What is The Program?
  • Initial medical and lifestyle evaluation and medical monitoring of health while losing weight.
  • Counseling to develop the lifestyle, nutrition, and activity.
  • A formula-based, predominantly liquid diet for active weight loss, followed by a gradual resumption of healthier, self-prepared foods.
  • Planned and maintainable regular physical activity.
The program is commonly offered as a 26-weeks plan :
  • 12 weeks or more of complete meal replacement.
  • Up to 6 weeks of transition to solid food, concluding with a regular diet to be maintained thereafter.
  • Up to 20 weeks of nutrition and behavioral counseling.
OPTIFAST requires close medical supervision during the first 18 weeks, so it includes weekly medical visits and group counseling.

The program runs with experts :
  • Expertise of physicians
  • Registered dietitians
  • High Quality trained counselors
  • Calorie controlled liquid nutritional formula
  • Weight Management Learning System
It is based on well-researched treatment approaches, and provides lifestyle education, personalized support, and portion controlled formulas to develop and maintain a healthy new weight and lifestyle.


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