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Date: 11/8/13 2:22 AM

I have gained 40 pounds over the past several years! Even though I am quite healthy and enjoy a comfortable level of body acceptance, I am also aware that I have crossed over my own internal line in the sand, and I need to get my weight in check.

My BMI is now 30 and I qualify for OptiFast, which is offered through my local Kaiser Permanente. It is a 16 week active weight loss meal replacement program, followed by 12 weeks of transition to food and 52 weeks of lifestyle support (which can go on for life, free, if you complete the 7 month initial program).

The data they offer in the presentation makes it sound as if the success rate is tantalizingly high compared to other weight loss programs (average participant who completes the program loses 45 pounds; 46 percent are still at goal after 2 years; 76 percent maintain a loss of 10% of their body weight after 2 years).

Still, it is a very expensive program (seems to work out to about $4400), with a huge time commitment (don't miss more than 4 weekly meetings during 30 weeks or you are out -- watch out vacations, business trips, etc), and the monotony of meal replacement seems brutal. I would love to hear from anyone who has done this program or one like it, and what your experience was, and whether you recommend it to others.

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Date: 11/8/13 5:49 AM

Weight watchers online program is great - no special meals to purchase - only small monthly membership.

I've lost 30# so far.

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Date: 11/8/13 7:58 AM

We're doing Diet to Go at our house - I'm not trying to lose a lot of weight but DH is and this has really simplified meal planning at our house. The meals are fresh -he picks them up at a local gym twice a week.

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Date: 11/8/13 8:15 AM

I think Weight Watchers will get you through life much longer at a healthy pace vs eating "meal replacements". I old take the $4,400 and fly to Paris instead!

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Date: 11/8/13 11:04 AM

Thanks very much for your replies!

I have had plenty of success with weight watchers in the short term (meaning up to but not beyond 1 year), but haven't managed to maintain my weight loss, even as a 'lifetime' member.

Interestingly, a major study showed that *rapid* weight loss under medical supervision seems to correlate with maintaining long-term weight loss (over 2 years) more successfully than slow-and-steady:

(International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
September 2010, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 161-167 I read the article through the library online for free, the only link I could find costs a fortune, but it is worth peeking at)

...it totally flies in the face of common sense, but the numbers are impressive enough to make me interested in giving optifast under medical supervision for over a year a try.

Anybody who used Optifast, either successfully or not, who doesn't want to reply to a public forum can also PM me if you are willing. Thanks!

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Date: 11/8/13 11:52 AM

I did a medically supervised weight loss program about 2.5 years ago, lost 35 pounds in 7 weeks and have kept it off for the most part. I've never regained more than 6 pounds, which i have lost on my own or by going back to the clinic for about a week.

The 6 pounds was/is during the Canadian Thanksgiving-Halloween-Diwali-American Thanksgiving-Christmas party season. Not too surprisingOr when i work in Mexico for more than 1 week and don't walk more than 100 meters a day plus all that delicious food. No mystery.

My program was real food, but very specific foods and quantities, plus vitamin B-complex injections and potassium supplements. Visits to their office 3x per week, bloodwork 1x per month. Maintenance component was 3 months of gradual food introduction including figuring out trigger foods. I learned I must eat breakfast, I can eat a baked good every second day but any kind of alcoholic beverage - whammo - pounds added. I can't go out for lunch every day either.

I'll pm you the name of the program. Although it is franchised, I don't know if this exact one is available in your area. I'm sure there is something similar.

The real food was key for me - my husband loves to cook.

I also try to weigh myself at least weekly, and if I gain more than 2pounds, try to be more mindful of what I eat.

I read a book called "The End of Overeating" as homework in the maintenance phase. We've adopted eating off small plates and salad first at my house.

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Date: 11/8/13 11:57 AM

The diet plan in the Timothy Ferriss book, "the 4 hour body" is good too - basically veg and low fat protein 6 days per week, seventh day is a free for all.

Be advised - there is some NSFW content in that book though!
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Date: 11/8/13 1:31 PM

Thought this was too interesting not to post. Also, this.

Wishing you the best for a plan that works for you.

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Date: 11/9/13 10:35 AM

Two members of my family lost (each) in the region of thirty kilos on the Dukan diet. It has had some bad press, but worked for us. I did it with them, losing about half a stone, I am at a good weight for me, they were both a few stone over a good weight at the start. The diet has different phases, and ends in a consolidation phase which goes on for a pretty long time if your weight loss has been considerable. Its basically a high protein, almost no fat, very low carb diet. The first couple of weeks are a challenge because of the change in eating habits, getting used to recipes etc. After that it was plain sailing. You don't count calories, but have some foods on the banned list. Main advantages being its cheap and works. Alongside the diet there's a very minimal exercise requirement. You are told not to try to exceed this as dieting is enough work. Whilst they were at the heavier end of this diet, the half hour a day walk was enough of a challenge. Now, both are fitter. Weight loss averaged between half a kilo and a kilo a week.

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Date: 11/9/13 12:52 PM

Have you considered one of the intermittent fasting diets? I have been following the Fast Diet since February. It basically involves restricting your calorie intake to 500 calories two days a week, then eating normally on the other five days. I have lost 25 pounds in that time and I have a waistline again after losing 4 inches. There are also supposed to be many other health benefits to this type of diet apart from losing weight. The fast days take a little time to get used to but it helps to know that you can eat normally again the next day. On fast days I split my 500 calories between breakfast and an evening meal. On non-fast days I just eat normally, including chocolate! but I have found that my appetite has reduced so I probably eat less than I used to. I have got so used to the fasting now that I see it as a permanent change of lifestyle, once I have reached a weight I am happy to stay at then I will fast one day a week instead of two.

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