The OPTIFAST™ Program at Duke Diet & Fitness Center

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS OPTIFAST™?
OPTIFAST™ is a comprehensive weight management program that combines lifestyle education and medical monitoring with a great-tasting meal replacement.

IS OPTIFAST™ THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR ME?
The OPTIFAST™ plan is recommended for those who find it very difficult to make healthy food choices and who “need to take a vacation from food” as a jump start to their weight loss efforts. It can be helpful for those who need a more rapid and reliable weight loss—for example to prepare for surgery. And it is recommended for people who are severely obese with a Body Mass Index greater than 35.

WHAT IS A BMI?
BMI or Body Mass Index uses your height and weight values to determine whether you are at risk for weight-related health problems. The lower your BMI, the lower your risk for health problems.

IS OPTIFAST™ COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Insurance carriers are inconsistent in what they cover when it comes to weight loss and vary greatly from plan to plan. It is important to contact your insurance provider, prior to enrolling in the OPTIFAST™ program, to see if they cover all or a portion of it.

HOW MUCH WEIGHT WILL I LOSE?
Although individual results vary, a 52-pound average weight loss has been documented in over 20,000 patients who completed 22 weeks of the program.

WHY DOES OPTIFAST™ SUCCEED? HOW IS IT DIFFERENT THAN ALL THE OTHER DIET PROGRAMS OUT THERE?
Unlike fad diets, the OPTIFAST™ program has been cited in more than 80 clinical studies and has a long history of successful weight management with more than 1 million people who have participated in the program since 1974. OPTIFAST™ succeeds because it treats the whole you – not just your weight. It combines support and counseling, comprehensive lifestyle education and medical monitoring with a meal replacement to help people lose weight which can lead to a significant reduction in weight-related health risks.

HOW IS OPTIFAST™ DIFFERENT THAN SLIM-FAST?
The nutritional profiles of the OPTIFAST™ 800 Products and Slim-Fast shakes are significantly different. The OPTIFAST™ 800 Products are intended for use in a full meal replacement diet whereas the Slim-Fast 3-2-1® Diet Plan combines calorie-controlled meal and snack replacements with other foods. Thus, the Slim-Fast shakes are not positioned by their manufacturer for use in a full meal replacement diet. You can learn more by contacting the OPTIFAST™ customer service hotline at 800-662-2540 Monday - Friday 8am - 8pm EST and Sat 9am - 5pm EST.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS? WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
All OPTIFAST™ formulas are nutritionally complete, containing high-quality protein and meeting 100% of recommended daily nutritional needs. Individuals are medically monitored to reduce the potential for side effects and to maximize improvements in weight-related health risks.

WHAT KIND OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS ARE PART OF THE DFC OPTIFAST™ PROGRAM?
The world renowned Duke Diet & Fitness Center weight management team leads the OPTIFAST™ program and includes a physician who provides regular monitoring of health status, a dietitian who provides nutritional support and a health psychologist who leads weekly sessions on various lifestyle topics.

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
The length of the OPTIFAST™ program varies by individual, depending on their weight loss goals. Generally speaking, the program has three phases—active weight loss, transition and ongoing maintenance.