Full Formula Diet
What is it?
As the name suggests, patients enrolled in this program use a nutritionally complete product called OPTIFAST® to completely replace normal food. This treatment has been used by more than one million people since it was introduced in 1974.
What is involved?
A typical Full Formula Diet lasts for 18 weeks. For twelve weeks (active weight loss) you will be using the OPTIFAST® shakes, soups and bars to replace your normal diet. We use OPTIFAST® at Palm Beach Weight & Wellness because of its superior quality and taste when compared to the majority of meal replacement products.
The remaining 6 weeks of the program are spent transitioning back to a normal diet as you approach your goal weight. The final 6 weeks are spent in maintaining your weight loss. We continue to encourage you to come in for a bi-weekly weigh in and classes. These are new habits you are forming and we understand the importance of having a team behind you to insure your long term success.
Throughout the program you will be closely monitored by our clinicians who are specially trained in using these products for weight loss. Many patients who are using medications to control cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure are able to reduce these medications as their weight loss progresses. Your program physician will work with you and your regular doctor to coordinate these medication adjustments if appropriate.
You will also receive individual and group education sessions where you will develop eating plans, healthy lifestyle strategies and plan for long term maintenance and avoiding relapses.
Does it work?
There have been over 80 studies published in recognized medical journals that show the average weight loss on the OPTIFAST® is about 52lbs. This information was drawn from 20,000 patients using the program. The program also demonstrates an average of 12% drop in blood sugar and cholesterol as well as a 10% drop in blood pressure.
Why does it work?
The success of this program is because it treats every aspect of your weight problem not just the dietary part. As a comprehensive program we address the medical, lifestyle, nutritional and psychological components of weight loss. The OPTIFAST® program has been constantly developed and refined over the last 30 years to incorporate the most scientifically valid and effective methods for weight loss and long-term maintenance. Every part of the program is designed to give you the very best chance of success possible.