Weight Lost as of 6/2011: 40 lbs*
*The success stories depicted in this section are representative of these individuals only and do not represent all OPTIFAST patients. The typical OPTIFAST patient loses over 50 pounds in 18-24 weeks. For many dieters, weight loss is only temporary.
Before the OPTIFAST program I felt like my life was running me rather than me running my life. It was always a response to the next task that had to be finished. I'm a registered nurse so I knew full well what the numbers were telling me. I was an excellent patient. I always took my medications. I always did exactly what the doctor said, except for losing weight. I just couldn't seem to get a handle on that. I think what finally tipped it over for me was I had thought I could bring my CPAP machine for my sleep apnoea on an airplane for a business trip to Asia in hopes of sleeping on the long flight. I couldn't, and my doctor said well you know, if you take off some weight maybe you won't need the CPAP machine anymore. And I thought, what am I waiting for? I finally decided to begin the program right before the holidays. I thought I cannot come through Thanksgiving and Christmas with one more pound on my body.
OPTIFAST appealed to me because it was the whole program that give me the tools that I needed to change my lifestyle. I had successfully lost as much as 60 pounds on other programs. But it was always about the numbers. I went through the program, lost the weight and they said bye-bye and I went back to the old ways, and I put all the weight back on, and usually with some additional on top of it.
I think the OPTIFAST program worked for me because it got me to concentrate on more than just achieving a goal weight. I began to learn how to put me first. So that means my food plan for the day, my exercise plan for the day comes before I do all of those other things that have to be done in the course of a day. And it's amazing how it works out if you put yourself first. The OPTIFAST program gave me the tools that I needed in the way of product, in the way of behavior modification and in the way of starting on a journey for me to change my lifestyle so that I could maintain the weight that I lost.
My health since I've lost 58 pounds has improved incredibly. My numbers are absolutely perfect. My cholesterol requires no medication. I'm off of everything. It's wonderful to not have to take 12 pills a day. It's even more wonderful, since I travel so much, to not have to carry around the CPAP machine. My new found energy shows in everything I do. I have a passion for my work, I have a passion for my family and enjoy traveling and my lifestyle.
I feel like OPTIFAST was able to personally empower me to reach my full potential as a woman, as an executive, as a wife and as a mother. For everybody who thinks that this is just another diet, it's just another program and you've tried 'em all and this one's not going to work either, the interesting thing is there's no real gimmicks with OPTIFAST. It's all about you, it's all about what you want to do, what kind of control you want to have and the program can give you tools for you to not only lose the weight but more importantly keep the weight off.