10 Tips to Succeed on a Total Diet Replacement Plan

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A total diet replacement plan can be a great way to kick-start your weight loss journey, while still making sure you’re getting all the nutrients, essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to be healthy.

OPTIFAST has been recommended by Oviva as a preferred product supplier for the NHS Low-Calorie Programme, which recommends consuming approximately 800 calories per day.

Totally replacing your meals can be a huge change, so how do you stay on track to reach your goals?

1. Do Your Research

Before beginning a total diet replacement program, do your homework and research exactly what replacing all your meals involves to see if it’s right for you.

After you decide you’re ready for a complete lifestyle change, a total diet replacement plan can be a great starting point.

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Speak to your GP before starting any weight loss plan to address any doubts or queries about whether it’s the right choice for you. If you intend to follow the total diet replacement plan for a period of longer than three weeks, speak to your healthcare provider.

2. Track Your Progress

Before starting any new diet plan, take a few full-length pictures of yourself. These will help to motivate you and track the progress of your weight loss journey.

Some people find it motivational to write down 2-3 things they’d like to achieve after weight loss, such as running.

Stick to your total diet replacement plan, and enjoy seeing the progress you make from your ‘before’ photo.

3. Know the Rules

Before starting, make sure you know your plan inside out. This way, you’ll know exactly what you need to do to stay on track.

With our OPTIFAST Total Diet Replacement Plan, you can have four OPTIFAST meal products a day for a total of approximately 800 calories.

4. Stock Up on the Good Stuff

Get rid of all temptations in your kitchen before starting your diet plan – if there are no unhealthy snacks or processed foods in your house, you’ll be less tempted to eat them. As you’ll be replacing all of your conventional foods for a while, gift to friends or family or donate the food items to your local food bank.

Stock up on the things you can eat – swap unhealthy snacks for our delicious OPTIFAST Bars, and any sweet treats in your cupboard for our tasty Vanilla Desserts.

5. Talk to Your Support Network

Make sure you speak to your loved ones and let them know about your new diet plan, so they can support you on your weight loss journey. If they know how important this is to you, they can help to keep you on track and not stray from your plan. They’ll also know to take your dietary needs into account when socialising.

However, if you feel as though you need extra support from people who know exactly what it’s like to be on a weight loss journey, join the OPTIFAST community on our closed Facebook group.

6. Vary it Up

To keep your plan interesting and avoid getting bored, get creative and mix things up.

Take advantage of the variety of delicious flavours of our OPTIFAST products. For example, enjoy Strawberry Shakes, Cappuccino Bars, and tasty soups including Tomato, Vegetable, and Potato and Leek.

You can enjoy tasty desserts and get your chocolate fix with our Chocolate Bars and Chocolate Shakes.

7. Avoid Temptation

Thanks to their high protein and fibre content, our OPTIFAST products are designed to keep you full and manage hunger, but old habits can be hard to break.

If you think you might be tempted to snack, it’s always a good idea to have plenty of distractions on hand, whether it’s calling a friend or taking up a new hobby to keep your hands busy.

Check out our tips on how to avoid comfort eating and stop snacking.

8. Spread Your Meals Out

Because you’re only consuming approximately 800 calories a day, it’s important to spread these out to help better manage your hunger levels.

While it might be tempting to skip breakfast and enjoy a slightly bigger lunch of a soup and a bar, you may end up feeling hungrier the rest of the day, and more likely to snack and veer away from your goals.

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Our OPTIFAST total diet replacement plan is designed to help keep you feeling full throughout the day by offering balanced portions, packed with all the nutrients, fibre, vitamins and minerals for a healthy weight loss. The high amount of protein found in OPTIFAST meals helps support maintaining your muscle mass during weight loss and at the same time helping with managing the hunger feeling. Be sure to spread out your meals to stop yourself from feeling unnecessarily hungry.

9. Explore Exercise

While you are following your total diet replacement plan, start to incorporate some light exercise into your routine – this could be something as simple as walking more or something more structured, such as an exercise class.

You’ll want to gradually increase the amount of exercise you do, so it’s good to start making it a habit early on.

In addition to supporting your weight loss results, exercise releases endorphins that can help to boost your motivation and sense of wellbeing, making it easier to stay on track with your weight loss plan.

10. Get Ready for the Next Chapter

It’s important to set an action plan for when you’ve reached your weight loss goal and ready to transition off a total diet replacement plan. If you want to maintain your weight loss over the long term, you don’t want to fall back on your old eating habits.

Recognise that this is the start of a new chapter – a lifestyle change. Although there’ll be some foods you’ll have to say goodbye to, but you can still enjoy other conventional foods after you transition to either our Partial Meal Replacement Plan or Intermittent Fasting Plan.

Alongside continuing to use the OPTIFAST products, you can try some delicious new recipes, such as our skinny Singapore noodles or Mexican bean burgers.

Setting an action plan helps you know exactly what’s coming next and bring you one step closer to reaching your weight loss goal.

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2020-03-02 11:59:30By Health & Nutrition Expert

Health & Nutrition Expert

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