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Has anyone tried Medifast's Optavia weight-loss program?

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I am at just over 4 weeks in and have lost 21 pounds. And like you Cindy, the loss has been slower in the last week or two. But I am more amazed at the other changes. I have several medical problems and had to have blood work done to check on any effects from a new RA medication I just started.

But I guess I should first mention that my blood sugar readings have dropped way down and I have reduced my insulin to almost nothing (with doctor support). I also had a cholesterol test done and it is the lowest it has been in years, especially the triglycerides and the good LDL is up! I really like that this is not a “diet” program but a lifestyle health change program that can keep you healthy for life.

Congrats Cindy and stick with it!
 

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I am at just over 4 weeks in and have lost 21 pounds. And like you Cindy, the loss has been slower in the last week or two. But I am more amazed at the other changes. I have several medical problems and had to have blood work done to check on any effects from a new RA medication I just started.

But I guess I should first mention that my blood sugar readings have dropped way down and I have reduced my insulin to almost nothing (with doctor support). I also had a cholesterol test done and it is the lowest it has been in years, especially the triglycerides and the good LDL is up! I really like that this is not a “diet” program but a lifestyle health change program that can keep you healthy for life.

Congrats Cindy and stick with it!
That is an incredible weight loss. Wow! I am so impressed.

For me, it's been 12 weeks today.

Weight loss has definitely slowed to about 2 pounds per week, but I am now down 29 pounds. Thank you Dr. Anderson and Optavia. I really have found the right program for me. Clothes are baggy on me, and I am digging in the back of my closet and the bottom of my dresser drawers for jeans that fit. It's not just a diet, it's a journey. So happy to have found this program. I can suddenly imagine myself thin. It's been tough because I kind of gave up the struggle years ago. I exercised once like crazy to lose 20 pounds and was still not near my goal. I am down 29 pounds without that vigorous exercise. Once I reach my initial goal, I will add regular meals (instead of fuelings) and start exercising again.
 
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I am so happy for you!
 

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I am so happy for you!
Thanks, Patri. It's been an adventure, and it's not like my usual "diet" when I feel like I am deprived of everything. I am eating six times a day. No chance to be hungry. Fuelings are easy to eat, and most are delicious.
 

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Way to go Cindy!! Even with Thanksgiving Day tomorrow I am sticking to the plan. My DH has been very supportive eating dinners that contains food on the plan. I found several recipes on Facebook suitable for the holiday meal that are compliant so we will still celebrate just not with some of the traditional dishes I usually make. But that’s what building a healthy lifestyle is all about!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
 

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I was very good over the Thanksgiving holiday and am now 33 pounds down. More holidays to go, and we are in Disneyland currently. The smells at Disneyland have been tough for me! I love Disney food, but yesterday I had a grilled half-chicken and enjoyed it. The Mexican eatery in the park has some healthy choices. I had a burger with no bun or fries the day before at the hamburger place next to Soarin'.
 

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Was to go Cindy!!! Keep up the great work!!!
 

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I am now down 44 pounds on 1/29/2020. What a blessing this program has been for me.

Even in Disney World this past week, I was successful in eating only on plan and didn't waiver. I lost five pounds while on that vacation. We were gone three weeks.

I get on the scale with anticipation, almost daily, because the scale goes down enough to actually see results. I had a bit of a slowdown during and after Christmas, but I still ate on plan. The worst thing I did on Christmas day was maybe overeat on shrimp cocktail and vegetables with ranch dressing. Our daughter-in-law made a beautiful prime rib, and my slice was wonderful. So I ate too much good food that day, no fudge, cherry mash (Rick makes this every year), or pie. I

It was a good day for eating, but I kept the sweets under control. If I eat just a handful of M & M's, I won't stop until the bag is gone. That is what I would call a sugar addiction. :ROFLMAO: I wanted to lose another 26 pounds by 4/11, our three-week Europe trip. First time to Europe and first Mediterranean cruise. That is my goal. If I don't make it, I will be okay with 16 pounds gone by then.
 

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Best of luck! Losing weight and keeping it off is very difficult. I known I have done it numerous times.
Keeping it off is difficult due to hormones. Your body works against you to get back to its weight it just lost. Increases in Ghrelin fight to make you hungrier than you were before you lost the weight. If you gained weight back, it’s not tour fault.
 

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I am now down 44 pounds on 1/29/2020. What a blessing this program has been for me.

Even in Disney World this past week, I was successful in eating only on plan and didn't waiver. I lost five pounds while on that vacation. We were gone three weeks.

I get on the scale with anticipation, almost daily, because the scale goes down enough to actually see results. I had a bit of a slowdown during and after Christmas, but I still ate on plan. The worst thing I did on Christmas day was maybe overeat on shrimp cocktail and vegetables with ranch dressing. Our daughter-in-law made a beautiful prime rib, and my slice was wonderful. So I ate too much good food that day, no fudge, cherry mash (Rick makes this every year), or pie. I

It was a good day for eating, but I kept the sweets under control. If I eat just a handful of M & M's, I won't stop until the bag is gone. That is what I would call a sugar addiction. :ROFLMAO: I wanted to lose another 26 pounds by 4/11, our three-week Europe trip. First time to Europe and first Mediterranean cruise. That is my goal. If I don't make it, I will be okay with 16 pounds gone by then.
Cindy, that is fantastic! I have such a problem with sugar, I have to keep all sweets out of the house.
 

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Cindy, that is fantastic! I have such a problem with sugar, I have to keep all sweets out of the house.
I am the same way. It is like a drug, once I have it, cannot stop until it is all gone. If I don’t have it, no urge to have it.
 

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I try to control carbs and then I binge. :( Yesterday after a relatively guilt-free lunch - grilled fish tacos without eating the tortilla shell, I had 4 jammy wheels cookies from UK. We went to an awful fast food Chinese restaurant in Palm Desert last night because our guests insisted on going there. After having a high carb Chinese dinner, I went home and had hazelnut chocolate. I have to get better today.
 
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I try to control carbs and then I binge. :( Yesterday after a relatively guilt-free lunch - grilled fish tacos without eating the tortilla shell, I had 4 jammy wheel cookies from UK. We went to an awful fast food Chinese restaurant in Palm Desert last night because our guests insisted on going there. After having a high carb Chinese dinner, I went home and had hazelnut chocolate. I have to get better today.
I found as I have gotten older it is so much harder. So much stress this last year and the weight just crept back on. My other half, he eats so much and stays thin. He always says I should be thin the way I eat. So once again I have to lose it. Ugh.
 

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I am now down 44 pounds on 1/29/2020. What a blessing this program has been for me.

Even in Disney World this past week, I was successful in eating only on plan and didn't waiver. I lost five pounds while on that vacation. We were gone three weeks.

I get on the scale with anticipation, almost daily, because the scale goes down enough to actually see results. I had a bit of a slowdown during and after Christmas, but I still ate on plan. The worst thing I did on Christmas day was maybe overeat on shrimp cocktail and vegetables with ranch dressing. Our daughter-in-law made a beautiful prime rib, and my slice was wonderful. So I ate too much good food that day, no fudge, cherry mash (Rick makes this every year), or pie. I

It was a good day for eating, but I kept the sweets under control. If I eat just a handful of M & M's, I won't stop until the bag is gone. That is what I would call a sugar addiction. :ROFLMAO: I wanted to lose another 26 pounds by 4/11, our three-week Europe trip. First time to Europe and first Mediterranean cruise. That is my goal. If I don't make it, I will be okay with 16 pounds gone by then.

Great job! I envy you! I can't diet anymore.
 

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Several years ago, I did a QVC 30 day special sale of NutraSystem boxed/dried foods. I did NOT renew for a 2nd month as my goal was to learn portion size and discipline.

I told my male co-worker I was going on a diet and I would be bitchy, as we eat lunch together every day. He told me his wife was always going on diets so "No Problem!".

I lost about 90+ pounds and have kept the weight off. My big meal is lunch with my male co-worker. I eat breakfast usually packaged instant oatmeal or 1/2 bagel with cream cheese plus coffee with sugar free creamer.

Bad side ... I had to buy smaller jeans. Good side ... my knees hurt way less and still no knee surgery.
I lost 30+ pounds with NutriSystem, twice in my life. It was super easy eating their food so I didn't have to think about it. I was so happy with the result that I let my guard down and bad habits came back. I totally skipped the transition plan to "real" food and gained most of the weight back. So here we go again. I'm going to do the more traditional way this time, making my own decisions about what to eat and how much.
 

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That is awesome Cindy!!

Sweets is also my weakness.......
 

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I lost 30+ pounds with NutriSystem, twice in my life. It was super easy eating their food so I didn't have to think about it. I was so happy with the result that I let my guard down and bad habits came back. I totally skipped the transition plan to "real" food and gained most of the weight back. So here we go again. I'm going to do the more traditional way this time, making my own decisions about what to eat and how much.
That is what I am doing now. I am also learning to cook. It amazes me how much better the food tastes and how much better I feel when I do the cooking. But cooking is work and sometimes time consuming to make what I love. I enjoy it and the results, so maybe a new hobby I love? Hopefully with time, I will cook more and it will feel easier.
 

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Keto can work for some people. It worked for me to a point, and then I got tired of the decisions for every meal and keeping things stocked in the cupboards and refrigerator. I love Atkins bars, but sugar alcohol is not good for me.

This program just takes the decisions away from me, except which bar do I eat today.

I get to eat a pancake for breakfast every morning with 1 tsp of sugar-free maple syrup. I look forward to it. It's full of protein. On maintenance, I will still eat a pancake, but a Kodiak multi-grain one. I could eat those every day. One, not three or four, like I used to eat, and no bacon.

To replace my meals on maintenance, I will be able to eat six times a day, but healthy foods like string cheese, no added sugar Greek yogurt, deviled egg (two halves), and a large number of other items. I see some bars advertised on my Facebook feed that might be a good replacement for my Optavia ones. I can always have a bowl of cheerios with milk and no sugar added.

I do get to drink coffee, but I do half decaf to keep the caffeine intake down. I think if I could stop coffee altogether, I could lose weight faster, but I cannot give it up completely, and the half decaf tastes so good. I mix Dunkin' Donuts pumpkin spice coffee with Seattle's Best Decaf. You would never know it's half-caf.
 

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I am now down 44 pounds on 1/29/2020. What a blessing this program has been for me.

Even in Disney World this past week, I was successful in eating only on plan and didn't waiver. I lost five pounds while on that vacation. We were gone three weeks.

I get on the scale with anticipation, almost daily, because the scale goes down enough to actually see results. I had a bit of a slowdown during and after Christmas, but I still ate on plan. The worst thing I did on Christmas day was maybe overeat on shrimp cocktail and vegetables with ranch dressing. Our daughter-in-law made a beautiful prime rib, and my slice was wonderful. So I ate too much good food that day, no fudge, cherry mash (Rick makes this every year), or pie. I

It was a good day for eating, but I kept the sweets under control. If I eat just a handful of M & M's, I won't stop until the bag is gone. That is what I would call a sugar addiction. :ROFLMAO: I wanted to lose another 26 pounds by 4/11, our three-week Europe trip. First time to Europe and first Mediterranean cruise. That is my goal. If I don't make it, I will be okay with 16 pounds gone by then.
Doing great Cindy! I am so grateful for your post that introduced me to this program!! Thank you, thank you! I’m now down 42 pounds myself and having trouble finding clothes in my closet that will fit now, especially pants. But my goal is still 27 pounds away so I really don’t want to buy any new clothes yet.

My doctors are really happy with my new test results and I have been able to reduce some of my medications. More importantly is how much better I feel and how much more active I am now able to be. My RA and diabetes have greatly improved. I really like that the program teaches you a lifestyle that I believe I can continue after I reach my weight loss goal to maintain a healthy weight.
 

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I am the same way. It is like a drug, once I have it, cannot stop until it is all gone. If I don’t have it, no urge to have it.
I can go all year without See’s candy, but once I have some I have to make three trips to the candy store to get tired of it for another year. And we’re talking a 1 pound purchase each time. First box I hide and don’t share, second box will have 1/4 dark nuts for Cliff, third box is half dark nuts.
 

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That is what I am doing now. I am also learning to cook. It amazes me how much better the food tastes and how much better I feel when I do the cooking. But cooking is work and sometimes time consuming to make what I love. I enjoy it and the results, so maybe a new hobby I love? Hopefully with time, I will cook more and it will feel easier.
I love to watch cooking shows. I love to read recipe books. I love to take cooking classes. However, I hate to cook! Nothing ever goes smoothly for me. All that time cooking for twenty minutes eating and all that cleaning up! The best thing I make is reservations.
 

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I can go all year without See’s candy, but once I have some I have to make three trips to the candy store to get tired of it for another year. And we’re talking a 1 pound purchase each time. First box I hide and don’t share, second box will have 1/4 dark nuts for Cliff, third box is half dark nuts.
Thank goodness they are harder to find on the lower East Coast and their shipping charges are so high! I love their nuts and crunch selection!
 

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Fifty-five pounds down as of this morning. Weight loss has slowed drastically in two months, and I have another 25 to go for my first major goal. After I lose the 25, I may try maintenance for a while and then start back up in the fall. My kids are so impressed with my weight loss. My son Josh said that I don't even look like me anymore. I have been overweight SO LONG, he doesn't remember me this thin. I was this thin, but I think I have lost more inches than I usually do. My waist is now in a size 12 jeans. That is a size I haven't worn since 1993.

I have never enjoyed any diet program, but this one, I truly enjoy the food, the support, and the recipes on our Facebook group.

Foodiqueen.com sells some sets of recipes that I am thinking of buying. She also has a Facebook group and posted some great recipes there, including one today with jalapenos stuffed with cheese and some spices, then baked. Looks so good and very easy to make.

If I can lose weight, anyone can. Send me a PM, if you are thinking of trying this program. I eat a brownie before bed, and it's chocolate-y good. I eat bars that taste like oatmeal cookies. I eat dry cereal that I love without milk. I could do almond milk but I choose to eat them dry with my coffee. I even eat a pancake most days for breakfast. I eat six times a day.

There are shakes that are delicious, too. I love the orange cream one, but all are good. Vanilla is probably my second favorite, and the chocolate is very good with lots of ice because it kind of tastes like a Frosty from Wendy's.

My coach would love to help you lose weight and feel good.
 
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