Monica | Anchorage. AK

Weight Loss: 53 lbs*

I LOVE MYSELF! I see things, people, and events much differently than I ever have. No longer do I say, “I wish I could” but instead say, “I CAN” to life.
- OPTIFAST® New You Winner

Monica’s first body conscious memories were in elementary school. She developed early and the attention she received made her very uncomfortable. Feeling vulnerable, she became withdrawn, and began putting on weight as a protective barrier. Seeing herself as “damaged goods,” her self-deprecating behavior followed her throughout adolescence and into adulthood.

Finally feeling the need to come to terms with the abuse and emotional baggage that she carried with her for so many years, on August 15, 2016, Monica walked into Alaska Premier Health's office for a weight loss consultation. She was ready to deal with her low self-esteem issues associated with being overweight.

Monica was introduced to a counselor who told her about the OPTIFAST® program, and on August 26, 2016, she officially started her OPTIFAST® weight loss journey! Nearly one year later and a 53-pound weight loss, the OPTIFAST® program journey not only changed her physically, but also emotionally.* For many years, Monica hid behind her excess weight for protection, and she is now finally able to forgive her emotionally scarred inner child.


*The success stories of OPTIFAST® New You Contest winners are representative of those 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. 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.

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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

1. Ard JD, Lewis KH, Rothberg A, et al. Effectiveness of a total meal replacement program (OPTIFAST® program) on weight loss: results from the OPTIWIN study. Obesity. 2018; doi: 10.1002/oby.22303.
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.