What You Need to Know Before Starting an OPTIFAST Plan

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When you’re starting a new diet plan, there can be a lot to get your head around, so it’s important to familiarise yourself with what you can and can’t eat and what you can expect.

Take the time to read up on everything you need to know before starting an OPTIFAST plan to put yourself in the right mindset for going after your weight loss goals.

Find Your Favourite Meal Replacement Products

Before you begin, stock your cupboards with a good supply of OPTIFAST meal replacement products. We have a wide range of products, which includes Bars, Shakes, Soups and Desserts, all of which come in a variety of great flavours:

You can mix and match the meal replacement products throughout your day, of course still sticking to the number of products recommended in your plan. When you’re eating foods that you enjoy, you’ll be much more engaged and motivated to stick with your weight loss plan.

Keep your cupboards well stocked with OPTIFAST meal replacement products and keep an OPTIFAST Bar or two in your bag or desk drawer. This way you’ll always have one handy when hunger strikes or if you’re out of the house for longer than planned.

How Much Should You Consume on an OPTIFAST Plan?

The number of OPTIFAST products you consume each day depends on which OPTIFAST plan you decide to follow.

Each plan is a little different; for some of our plans, you’ll replace all of your daily meals with OPTIFAST meal replacement products, but there are other plans in which you’ll only replace some of your daily meals with OPTIFAST products and instead eat one or two low-calorie meals.

Find out exactly how many OPTIFAST products you should be consuming per day here:

How Many OPTIFAST Products Should I Use Per Day?


How Many OPTIFAST Products Should I Use Per Day?

Find out how many OPTIFAST products you should be consuming each day, depending on your weight loss goals.

2021-03-01 15:45:29By Health & Nutrition Expert

If you’re beginning your OPTIFAST journey with the Six Week Plan, you’ll consume 4 OPTIFAST meal replacement products per day for a total of approximately 800 calories, so there’ll be no room for low-calorie meals.

However, if you transition or decide to move to either our Intermittent Fasting or Partial Meal Replacement Plans, you’ll introduce some low-calorie meals, centred around non-starchy vegetables and lean protein.

You can also customise OPTIFAST Shakes, Soups and Desserts to create your own low-calorie meals, simply by adding a few extra ingredients or flavourings:

How to Get Creative with OPTIFAST Products


How to Get Creative with OPTIFAST Products

Discover how to customise your favourite OPTIFAST meal replacement products.

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Top Tips for the First Few Weeks of an OPTIFAST Plan

When you start following an OPTIFAST plan, the first few weeks may be a bit confusing and overwhelming – you’re trying to get used to a new way of eating and a new way to structure your day. For example, you may find that you’re a little more tired than usual and a little hungrier.

Here are a few top tips to bear in mind to get you through those initial weeks and well on your way to achieving your weight loss goals:

  • Take a ‘before’ photo – use it to track your progress and remind you of how far you’ve come on those days when you might be struggling.
  • Mix it up – take advantage of the wide selection of flavours across our OPTIFAST meal replacement products. Don’t let yourself get stuck in a rut!
  • Prepare distractions – have plenty of distractions on hand for when hunger strikes, such as a crafty hobby to keep your hands busy or having a friend you can phone or go for a walk with.
  • Keep your goals in mind – remind yourself that you’re on a weight loss journey and, with any big lifestyle change, there’ll be challenging times. Just persevere and keep in mind why you started and how far you’ve come.
  • Join our closed Facebook group – find extra motivation and support in our private Facebook group where you can share tips and connect with other people on an OPTIFAST weight loss plan.
  • Have a back-up plan – when hunger or temptation strike, have your distraction tactic in mind, such as going for a walk or calling a loved one.
  • Have fun – even though you’re following a weight loss plan, it’s still important to have fun!

Did you know that OPTIFAST has been selected as a preferred supplier for the NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme by Oviva, a provider for the programme? Find out more about this here:

OPTIFAST & The NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme


OPTIFAST & The NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme

OPTIFAST is a preferred product supplier of Oviva, an NHS Low-Calorie Diet Programme provider.

2020-09-04 15:34:58By Health & Nutrition Expert

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