OPTIFAST® is a full meal replacement program that combines physician support, guidance and nutritional supplements to help you lose weight. This rapid weight loss program has an average weight loss of 52 pounds over 22 weeks. * Most patients see an average of 2-7 lbs lost per week on the OPTIFAST program. 

The weight loss team at Island Health Weight and Wellness will design a customized OPTIFAST program to meet your lifestyle needs.


About the OPTIFAST Program

OPTIFAST a comprehensive medical weight loss program that enhances weight loss efforts by reducing portion sizes and cutting calories while providing your body with all of the nutrients it needs to remain healthy. It can be used to replace all of your daily meals, or just a few of them.

During this meal replacement program, your diet will be replaced with protein shakes, soups and bars. These meal replacements are nutritionally complete and clinically proven to promote weight loss. While following the OPTIFAST program, your diet will consist of 5-6 small meals spaced evenly throughout the day.

The OPTIFAST program at Island Health Weight and Wellness includes:

  • OPTIFAST meal replacement products
  • Regular weigh-ins
  • Ongoing medical guidance and support
  • Nutritional counseling

Because your program is specifically designed for your goals, needs and success, your program can be any length of time that you choose. The average length of an OPTIFAST program is 22 weeks. Programs can be adjusted as needed to meet your needs, or to accommodate for greater weight loss. The protein-rich meal replacements will curb hunger, helping you to cut calories and adapt to smaller portions without the experiencing the constant hunger often associated with traditional diets.

Our OPTIFAST program typically has three stages:

  1. Active Phase: During this initial stage of your weight loss program, OPTIFAST products will replace your regular diet.
  2. Transition Phase: As you approach your weight loss goal you will slowly start introducing traditional foods into your diet plan.
  3. Maintenance Phase: This stage continues as long as you need it. You can continue replacing some meals with OPTFIAST as you work to keep weight off long-term.

During the active phase of the OPTIFAST plan you will follow a very-low calorie diet. Many people lose up to 10 percent of their starting weight in just six weeks. While using the OPTIFAST products you will be given support, guidance and nutritional counseling that will help you have a greater understanding of what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle.

The OPTIFAST weight loss program is ideal for those who are on the go. Meal replacement products eliminate the need for meal planning and make it simple to eat healthy, low calorie foods without any preparation.

*Wadden TA, et al. A multicenter evaluation of a proprietary weight loss program for the treatment of marked obesity: A five year follow-up. Int J East Disord. 1997; 22:203-212.