Why Meal Replacements?

Our Medical Weight Management Program in Northern California uses meal replacements because the offer participants an effective way to promote rapid, safe weight loss. Phase One of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Weight Management Program—the Active Weight Loss Phase—involves full meal replacements.

It Makes Losing Weight Easier

Limiting the variety and quantity of foods you eat by using meal replacements can help you lose weight rapidly and safely in the Active Weight Loss phase by:

  • Curbing cravings
  • Controlling portion size
  • Avoiding high-calorie foods
  • Ensuring proper nutrition
  • Allowing you to change routines and habits involving food
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It Ensures Proper Nutrition

A nutritionally balanced meal replacement is essential to keeping you safe and healthy during rapid weight loss. Meal replacement products provide complete and balanced nutrition, high-quality protein, and 100% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) for vitamins and minerals in 6 meal replacements per day. In the Active Weight Loss phase of our program, you’ll consume 960 calories per day (this prescription could be higher based on your BMI and exercise level).

Meal replacements may include:

  • Shakes and powdered shakes: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry
  • Soups: chicken, sloppy joe, tortilla
  • Nutrition bars: Cinnamon, Double Berry, Fudge Graham, Peanut, and Peppermint Cocoa
OPTIFAST® data indicates that patients in the Active Weight Loss phase lose an average of1 to 3 pounds per week.

It’s Easy to Accurately Track Calories

People who are overweight typically underestimate their caloric intake by 40% to 50% when eating conventional foods. 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.

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