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Hi how long can I stay on the optifast. I'm doing one shake or soup day and two heathy meals. Just taking ir slow.
I wouldn't stay on too long as it has fake sugars that are toxic and dangerous, unlike stevia etc. Not sure why they use aspartame. I was shocked they use it. As that can cause all kinds of serious disease
I’m on optifast 900 3 weeks before surgery. I’ve noticed that sometimes a bit of liquid left in the bottom of my cup turns black sometimes almost like it’s moody yet only been sitting there for not even 30 minutes. Has anyone else noticed this or know why? It’s the powder you mix yourself
It is the vitamins/minerals once it hit air, it oxidizes and will turn black.
Can i snack on intense level without loosing kotosis ibtake meds they make me hungty and all the water in the worls just doe not do it for dinner i have vlcd soup 2-3cups of allowed vegies then i take meds and man i get gungry been munching on cherry tomatoes not a lot just to help will this stop kotosis
Hi, I am following the intensive phase of the plan @ 800 calories. I am entering everything I eat/drink into a calorie diary that lists the item's carbs, protein, sodium sugar, fibre etc.
Always am below 50g of carb a day.
Never exceed 800 cals.
I am aware that you recommend only 30ml skim milk in this phase of the plan - would like to understand why?
Is it okay to include dairy, so long as you stay within the 800 cals, 50g carbs limit?
Is it safe to consume optifast after expiration date. I have 27 sachets and need to go back to taking it but unsure of the safety of expiration. The oldest is Sept 2019. It has been sitting in the box unopened in pantry in container.
I can't personally answer that from my experience but my mate says that Chemist Warehouse employees sometimes receive these for free when near their expiration date. Also as a general rule of thumb li...ke with any medication they're still safe after their expiration date. Not sure about the efficiency being affected. If the sachets have been preserved in a cool place I personally try one at a time and see what I feel like. Also from my personal experience I've been using an old expired tube of Bepanthen since 2012. Works nearly as good when new. However this being food is be a bit more cautious and try one, then a second one. There's nothing in them that would turn poisonous, worst you could get would be minor effects. My opinion.
I am finding it hard to have 3 Optifast drinks a day. When I wake up I have a glass of water then about 930ish I have a Optifast shake. Dont feel like one at lunchtime so I just sip on my water for the afternoon. By tea time I make a salad and occasionally I might have a optifast bar. So I'm only having 1 Optifast shake a day, occasionally a 2nd optifast product. Is this dangerous and will I slow the process down?
The only concern is that three of the Optifast products per day are needed to provide 100% of the "fully balanced nutrition" that the product provides. When you go on a low-calorie diet, the concern ...is you aren't receiving all of your daily recommended vitamins and minerals, and the shakes are supposed to provide that. So hopefully the rest of your food intake is providing that.
I’m a newbee to Optifast and I have chosen the Intensive Program , I just wanted to know if there are any products I can replace the evening shake with? just so I don’t have 3 SWEET shakes a day , and dinner is more like dinner and less like breakfast, without compromising the Intensive program weight loss.
I eat at least 1 (sometimes 2) bars a day - they are also sweet though. Chocolate or cherry.
Have lost 16kg in 8 weeks
You could have the optifast soups
Hi Tina. The only other Optifast products are the desserts, the bars or the soups. (I love the chocolate dessert with lite jelly & the chocolate bars are great with a black tea.) I have never tried th...e soups, so unsure if they are nice or not. Maybe have a vegie meal for dinner with Konjac Noodles (Slendier/Slim Pasta range) they are on the allowed list for intensive. I have never tried them, as I'm not a pasta eater.
How much exercise should I be doing daily on this program ?
I’m hoping to loose 5-8 kgs in 4 weeks .
I have just started on this program , so far in 2 weeks , 1.5 kgs down.
My daily routine is ; a shake for breakfast , Lunch and Dinner along with green salad with cherry tomatoes and half an avocado for dinner.
I’m drinking 2 litres of water with lemon a day.
Any tips to keep the eight loss on track?
Originally it instructed 20 minutes per day but in my experience more exercise is better. I would do 2 shakes a day and one meal and then go down to one shake after I reached my goal
Thankyou for your reply Jenny,
I have started walking 45 mins - 1 hour per day in the last 7 days , it’s very difficult, plus 2 ltrs of water a day but weight it not budging no where near as fast as ...
Sadly also age is a factor too :( I struggle to shed the kgs now in my late 30s then when I was in my 20s
Hi, I am on my 4th day with Optifast. Headaches everyday, ending up with migraines.
The scale shows that I have not lost any weight. I feel a tad lighter. Could I have lost inches maybe? I do not have time for exercise as I work Mon-Sat full hours.
Hi Amelia. I'm just another Optifast user, no expert, so check with your Doctor if you have any concerns with your health.....I noticed I had lost CM first, but there is water weight you will lose in ...the first week, its what some call the Woosh . Yes the headaches can be bad for the first week or so, as you are not eating & drinking lots of sugar & carbs. Drink heaps of water it will help. Just light walking is good or dancing at home, I did no heavy exercise.
Thank you Nat for you feedback :)
Do the shakes thicken up if done in a nutri bullet or the likes of?
Hi Karen. No not at all. They keep the same consistency. It’s not really necessary to mix any other way than shaker. I used to make my lunch shake at breakfast and leave in fridge at work. This was fine. But can’t make day before.
If I'm not hungry, shall I skip the optifast meal?
I was advised not to by optifast.as you need 3 shakes a day. Being on optifast you are already on the lowest calorie diet. Drink 2 litres of water also. Most important have your 2 cups of veggies all that plays a role in your weigh loss.
I’m no dietitian or Dr but I would say No, I think the process works if you take the 3 servers.
Im on two optifast meal and make my dinner in 8 weeks ive lost 10kilos
Do you drink Optifast all in one go? Or slowly?
Hi the chicken soup i drink in one go as for the thicker shakes i take my time usually within half hour i have drunk them. I have one for breakfast one for lunch one for dinner. Throughout the day i h...ave 2 cups of steamed vegies. Hope i helped eith my answer to your question
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