Weight-loss Options with OPTIFAST, Nutritional Counseling

At Mercy Weight Management, we know everyone’s weight-loss journey is different. That’s why we offer flexible programs that can be customized to meet your needs.


In 1974, a group of physicians at the former Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland concluded that healthy, effective and long-term weight loss required more than just a low-calorie diet. Their research led to the development of OPTIFAST®, the first weight-management program to combine lifestyle education and medical monitoring with a meal replacement plan.

Documented results in more than 80 studies nationwide revealed participants experience a 52 pound weight loss, 15 percent average decrease in cholesterol, 29 percent average decrease in blood glucose and 10 percent average decrease in blood pressure.

Available only as part of a medically monitored weight-management program like ours, OPTIFAST products include nutritionally complete bars, shakes, soups and more. Our clients tell us OPTIFAST taste great!

Watch how Dr. Allen Mask, MD, and other weight-loss specialists at the Duke University Diet & Fitness Center use OPTIFAST.

This plan can be used in three different ways:

  • Full-formula Diet. If you need to lose more than 40 or 50 pounds, this full-formula diet will provide you with five or six daily meal-replacement supplements.
  • Partial-formula Diet. If you need to lose up to 50 pounds, the partial formula will give you four meal replacements per day in combination with one healthy meal you prepare.
  • OPTIchoice. If you need to lose less than 40 pounds, OPTIchoice includes three daily meal replacements plus a healthy meal you prepare.

​We also offer a variety of shelf-stable HMR Healthy Solutions® entrees that may be used in place of a meal if you’re on a partial-formula diet or during a transition period to assist in learning portion control.

Nutritional Counseling

If you are interested in losing weight without the use of meal replacements, nutritional counseling may be right for you. Our dietitians will develop a meal plan that’s right for you, helping you make the changes necessary to lose weight and keep it off.

To learn more about these programs and to sample products, attend a free informational meeting. Appointments are required.

For more information about our weight-loss programs, call 330-588-4854 or complete our online form.

Watch a program overview from program coordinator Sereen Zawahri Krasuna, MS, RD, LD.