Find answers to common questions about the OPTIFAST Program.


OPTIFAST is a comprehensive weight management program that combines lifestyle education and medical monitoring with a meal replacement diet. To get detailed information on the OPTIFAST program, patients attend a consultation that takes about one hour. Find a clinic near you to learn more.

Where can I buy OPTIFAST products?

OPTIFAST is distributed through weight loss clinics nationwide and is not authorized for retail sale. OPTIFAST is distributed by trained healthcare professionals to patients who have been through an initial screening process and participate in an ongoing OPTIFAST program.

Who is OPTIFAST designed for?

OPTIFAST is designed for patients with a body mass index greater than 30, and is only recommended as part of a comprehensive treatment program.

Is medically monitored weight loss safe?

Clinical studies suggest medically monitored weight management programs are safe, effective and help individuals to address and modify behaviors to encourage long-term weight management.1

Will I keep my weight off?

Patients who continue to use weight maintenance programs have a greater chance of keeping weight off than those patients who do not continue using weight maintenance programs. Fifty percent of patients assessed five years after completing the OPTIFAST Program kept enough weight off to improve their health long term.3

How long does the OPTIFAST Program usually last?

The OPTIFAST Program usually lasts 26 weeks, utilizing a full meal replacement plan that transitions to self-prepared “everyday” meals in conjunction with comprehensive patient education and support.

How much weight will I lose?

Although individual results may vary, OPTIFAST patients who actively participate in a 26-week program typically lose approximately 50 pounds.

Can I eat food while on the OPTIFAST Program?

The OPTIFAST Program consists of three phases – an Active Weight Loss Phase, a Transition Phase, and a Long-Term Weight Management Phase. During the 12-week Active Weight Loss Phase, you will consume a full meal replacement diet of OPTIFAST products. During the Transition Program, you will transition to eating self-prepared regular food. OPTIFAST programs vary slightly. Please consult with your OPTIFAST healthcare professional on what is appropriate for you.

What kind of healthcare professionals are part of the program?

While each clinic is a little different, typically a weight management team will include a physician who provides regular monitoring of health status, a dietitian who provides nutritional support and a behaviorist who leads weekly sessions on various lifestyle topics.

How much does OPTIFAST cost?

The cost of the OPTIFAST program varies by city and by clinic and on the specific program that is right for your weight loss goals and individual medical situation. To get detailed information on the OPTIFAST program, patients attend a free, no-obligation consultation that takes about one hour. Find a clinic near you.

Is OPTIFAST covered by insurance?

Insurance carriers are inconsistent in what they cover when it comes to weight loss and vary greatly by state. It’s important to contact insurance providers, prior to the program, to see if they cover a portion of it. Employee benefits and health care spending accounts are also options for reimbursement with some employers.

1. The Alegent Health Podcast #31 - Medically Monitored Weight Loss, January 10, 2010 (http://www.alegent.com/body.cfm?id=5465&action=detail&parent=1503&ref=11). Accessed 12/8/10.