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Trying to evaluate the many weight-loss products and programs that are available in today’s marketplace can be absolutely overwhelming. When people are checking out Mercy Weight Management as an option, one question they often ask is, What is OPTIFAST®?
Simply put, OPTIFAST is a complete weight-loss program that includes three essential components:
- Lifestyle education
- Medical monitoring
- Calorie-controlled meal replacement plan
Usually after I give that brief overview, I get a second question:
What makes OPTIFAST different from other weight-loss programs that are available in the Canton area?
I’m so glad you asked! My answer may not be what you’d expect.
There are, indeed, many benefits of OPTIFAST, but at Mercy Weight Management, we don’t have just one cookie-cutter, weight-loss meal plan. Everyone’s situation and needs are unique. Therefore, our dietitians work with you to develop a customized weight-loss plan that will suit your lifestyle and food preferences. That often includes OPTIFAST meal replacement products, but sometimes it does not.
Also, if we discover that our recommendations are not working for you, we will make changes. In our experience, people love that flexibility, as well as the weekly pep talks and suggestions from our dietitians.
People Tell Us They Love the Taste of OPTIFAST
I’ve been a registered dietitian, certified personal trainer and licensed wellness coach for many years, and I’ve seen many weight-loss fads come and go. OPTIFAST was the original very-low-calorie diet (VLCD) plan that combined medical monitoring and behavior modification. The program was developed in 1974 by Mt. Sinai Hospital physicians in Cleveland who discovered people could lose weight quickly with meal replacement supplements but needed behavior modification to keep weight off permanently.
One of the biggest benefits to OPTIFAST meal replacement shakes, bars and soups is that they are nutritionally complete. There is no protein or vitamin after-taste. People frequently say they love the OPTIFAST supplements and don’t miss regular food that much. Loving the product is half the battle! It makes it that much easier to continue the weight-loss commitment. Plus, you get calorie control without the guesswork.
Six Benefits of OPTIFAST at Mercy
At Mercy Weight Management, we can offer you so much more than meal replacement products. Here are six things that make Mercy’s weight-loss program different:
#1 – We take a multidisciplinary approach.
We treat the disease of obesity with a focus on permanent lifestyle change.
#2 – Our staff is made up of medical specialists.
Our team has more than 60 years of experience combined in treating obesity and includes a bariatric dietitian specialist and a diabetes dietitian specialist. The OPTIFAST Clinic at Mercy is always upbeat and friendly. Patients also say that our staff makes their weekly clinic time fun and the support and encouragement we provide is very beneficial. Everyone struggles at some point but even a bad week turns into encouragement to do better the next week thanks to the support provided by our dietitians.
#3 – We stress safe weight loss.
We can help you lose weight safely, even if you have multiple chronic health conditions.
#4 – We can work with your doctor.
We will collaborate with your primary care physician or specialist to ensure continuity of care.
#5 – You get plugged into support groups.
You can share your weight-loss journey with others in the OPTIFAST program and receive weekly encouragement and motivation.
#6 – You’ll receive a FREE six-week membership at Mercy Health & Fitness Center.
Fitness professionals at Mercy’s medically based fitness center specialize in helping non-traditional exercisers develop customized workouts.
If you live in Canton, Stark County or surrounding areas and are ready to lose weight and improve your health, contact Mercy Weight Management online or call 330-588-4854.
About The Author
Kathy G. Wise RD LD CWC, CWP Director, Health & Wellness, Mercy Medical Center 1320 Mercy Drive NW, Canton, OH 44708 | 330-489-1479 firstname.lastname@example.org