Emily | Lombard, IL
To my great surprise, when race day came, I found myself ready to go. While it wasn’t the prettiest or fastest run, I accomplished my goal of finishing the race!
A longtime member of the "yo-yo" dieting club, Emily has been in constant battle with her weight since grade school.
In her early thirties, a string of hardships led her to become complacent about weight loss. In 2008, Emily suffered from post-partum depression following the birth of her son, Ethan. In 2012, she tragically delivered a stillborn at 19 weeks whom she named Elijah Joseph. Her weight climbed to 206 pounds.
As Emily watched Ethan play outside, she noticed she lacked the energy to actively play with him and decided it was time to graduate from the “yo-yo” dieting club and make a real lifestyle change.
Moved and inspired by her maternal responsibility to care and set an example for Ethan, Emily started the OPTIFAST® Program. Since May 2014, she has maintained a weight loss of more than 50 pounds*.
As an active emergency department nurse working nine-hour days, Emily no longer has to take breaks in between shifts – she has the energy to power through the work day. As a full-time nurse and mom, she still finds time to work out at least four times a week. She regularly walks with Ethan, now age 7, who was recently awarded a cub scout medal for logging 100 miles.
In June, Emily completed her first Esprit de She Triathlon in Naperville, Illinois – a .5 mile swim, 13.3 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run in 2 hours and 8 minutes.
*The success stories of these OPTIFAST® New You Contest winners are representative of these individuals only and do not represent all OPTIFAST® patients. OPTIFAST® patients who actively participate in a 26-week program typically lose approximately 30 lbs. and maintained approximately a 25-lb. weight loss at 1 year.1 In a separate study, OPTIFAST® patients maintained an average weight loss of approximately 19 lbs. after 2 years and 15 lbs. after 3 years from starting the program.
** Maintaining a healthy weight is associated with reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease. These benefits are not limited or attributed to weight loss with the OPTIFAST® Program specifically. No case is typical.
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OPTIFAST® studies have shown an average weight loss of approximately 30 lbs. at 26 weeks, 25 lbs. at 1 year, 19 lbs. after 2 years, and 15 lbs. after 3 years from starting the program.1,2
2. Ard JD, Schroeder MC, Kivilaid K, et al. Practical application of a comprehensive weight management program in patients with and without metabolic syndrome. J Obes Weight Loss Ther. 2014;S4:007.
3. Drawert S, Bedford K, Largent D. Change in glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol with weight loss in medically obese patients. Obes Res. 1996;4(Suppl 1):67S.
4. Wadden TA, Foster GD, Letizia KA, Stunkard AJ. A multicenter evaluation of a proprietary weight reduction program for the treatment of marked obesity. Arch Intern Med. 1992;152(5):961-966.
5. Krishnaswami A, Ashok R, Sidney S, et al. Real-World Effectiveness of a Medically Supervised Weight Management Program in a Large Integrated Health Care Delivery System: Five-Year Outcomes. Perm J. 2018;22:17-082.