Why Meal Replacements?

Meal replacements can be an effective way to promote rapid, safe weight loss.

Limiting the variety and quantity of foods you eat can help curb cravings and the temptation to overindulge in large portion sizes or foods with greater caloric content.

However, not all meal replacements are the same. A nutritionally balanced meal replacement is essential to keeping you safe and healthy during rapid weight loss.

Why Meal Replacements?The OPTIFAST® 800 products provide complete and balanced nutrition, high-quality protein, and 100 percent of the recommended daily intake (RDI) for vitamins and minerals in six meal replacements per day. In the Active Weight Loss phase of our program, you'll consume 960 calories per day.

The products may include:

  • Shakes and Powders: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry
  • Soups: chicken, tomato
  • Nutrition Bars: Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate and Berry

OPTIFAST® data indicates that patients in the Active Weight Loss phase lose an average of 1 to 3 pounds per week.

Obese people typically underestimate their caloric intake by 40 percent to 50 percent when eating conventional foods.1 Meal replacements can be more effective than conventional foods in helping you lose and maintain your weight because it is easier to track your caloric intake and portion size.

Our Kaiser Permanent Locations

In addition to our Elk Grove weight loss clinic, the program is available at the following Kaiser Permanente locations:

1 Heymsfield, vanMierlo, van der Knapp. Weight management using a meal replacement strategy: meta and pooling analysis from 6 studies. Int J Obesity, 2003.

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