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Optifast vs Medifast or something else?

reachinghigher4u
on 7/29/10 1:46 pm - Akron, OH
RNY on 12/08/10 with
I'm exploring options and want to know if anyone else has looked at the differences between Optifast and Medifast?

I will have 4 wks required dieting prior to surgery and while my Dr is pushing Optifast, I've spoken to others that used other means, such as Medifast. Does it really matter which you use? Is there something else out there that is more cost effective?  I don't mean to sound like I'm complaining, I just want to find cost effective ways to approach this.

I'd appreciate hearing all sides on this if anyone cares to weigh in. Truly looking for guidance


thanks!!
    
(deactivated member)
on 7/29/10 1:49 pm - AZ
Revision on 12/06/06 with
Nothing beats plain old Atkins. There is no study showing a low carb liquid diet is superior to a low carb solid food diet and people are far more likely to stick to low carb solids vs. low carb liquids.

Weight loss is good, it burns the glycogen off your liver making surgery easier to do, Atkins is great.
HeatherS2012
on 3/15/12 7:29 pm - Greenville, SC

Before you can have weight loss surgery Dr put the patient on a liquid diet if 4 weeks before although solid food is a better long term way to go this was not what she was asking..I was told the same thing about the omnifast 4 weeks but I am also looking into the medifast because its cheaper

(deactivated member)
on 7/29/10 2:15 pm, edited 7/29/10 2:16 pm - Santa Cruz, CA
I personally find it offensive that a physician is requiring a patient to use a product that he gets a cut of the proceeds.  I don't know if he is requiring the Optifast, but I believe you could do just as well using any of the good Whey Isolate Proteins that are currently on the market, and at a much lesser cost. 

I personally use the Isopure Ultra-Low Carb Dutch Chocolate, as well as the Syntrax Nectar products which are mixed with water;  these products are available at GNC and online, and they are very affordable for a month's use.  You can get samples of any of these products on sites such as bariatriceating.com , vitalady.com , or any of the others.

If you chose to try the various samples, keep in mind that your tastes will probably change post-op and what tastes good to you now may not be palatable after surgery.

I find that a 3# can of the Dutch Chocolate will last me for six weeks, at the useage of one scoop per day.  It keeps me from getting hungry, and I find that a good thing!

GNC also has other flavors of the Isopure Zero Carb available at most stores.

Good luck.
reachinghigher4u
on 7/29/10 5:36 pm - Akron, OH
RNY on 12/08/10 with
On July 29, 2010 at 2:15 PM Pacific Time, Lynn N wrote:
I personally find it offensive that a physician is requiring a patient to use a product that he gets a cut of the proceeds.  I don't know if he is requiring the Optifast, but I believe you could do just as well using any of the good Whey Isolate Proteins that are currently on the market, and at a much lesser cost. 

I personally use the Isopure Ultra-Low Carb Dutch Chocolate, as well as the Syntrax Nectar products which are mixed with water;  these products are available at GNC and online, and they are very affordable for a month's use.  You can get samples of any of these products on sites such as bariatriceating.com , vitalady.com , or any of the others.

If you chose to try the various samples, keep in mind that your tastes will probably change post-op and what tastes good to you now may not be palatable after surgery.

I find that a 3# can of the Dutch Chocolate will last me for six weeks, at the useage of one scoop per day.  It keeps me from getting hungry, and I find that a good thing!

GNC also has other flavors of the Isopure Zero Carb available at most stores.

Good luck.
Lynn,
I intend on asking if I'm required to use Optifast only...I know they only list Optifast in their program and while they said they can not force me to buy it there, they did not say there was an acceptable alternative. 
I'm not a big Whey protein fan, I love the Spiru-tein Soy Protein (vanilla and chai) so I want to go that route if possible. I appreciate the lead on Isopure...I've seen it at GNC so I will check that out


thanks again
    
Lorraine_Z
on 7/29/10 3:00 pm - London, OH
RNY on 02/09/10 with
I used Medifast for a 3 week pre-op diet.  I lost 25 lbs.  My surgeon was pleased & surgery went fine.

Neither is cheap though I do think Medifast is more affordable.  I did soups & bars.  I did the Medifast in Jan. did not want shakes then! Wanted warm soup!!! Also i like the scrambled eggs & hot chocolate.  I ate 4-6 meals a day.  Had 2 breakdowns where I just had to have real food... ate a small chicken breast & another time shrimp.

Once you get through the first 2-4 days that way of eating becomes easier.  Just remember it is for a few weeks not a lifetime!

I bought some of my food on Ebay.  I even somethings left (though admittedly mostly shakes; some soups) if you are interested send me private message.

Best of Luck on Your Weight Loss Journey!

Lorraine 
  
  
(40 lbs. lost pre-op)  

D.I.E.T. = Did I Eat Thoughtfully?  

       
reachinghigher4u
on 7/29/10 5:41 pm - Akron, OH
RNY on 12/08/10 with
Thank you Lorraine, I'll be emailing you
    
poet_kelly
on 7/29/10 3:11 pm - OH
Actually, Optifast is very similar in nutritional stats to no sugar added Carnation Instant  Breakfast.  Which I would not really recommend because it's low in protein and high in sugar, but if that's what you want, the Carnation is much, much cheaper. 

What I would suggest is getting a GOOD protein drink.  Like, one that is high in protein and low in sugar.  but if you want something like Optifast, I'd just do Carnation.

Kelly
bamabelle16
on 7/29/10 4:09 pm
I was required by my doctor to do 2 wks Optimfast prior to surgery.  I started yesterday and doing OK on this regimen.  Aug 11 is my date.
reachinghigher4u
on 7/29/10 5:38 pm - Akron, OH
RNY on 12/08/10 with
wow, that is right around the corner Bamabelle!  Excited for you and wishing you MUCH success!! you will do great!!
    
beth21181
on 7/29/10 7:47 pm
Lap Band on 07/19/10 with
I did Medifast for a month pre op and lost 38 pounds. It tastes gross and is expensive, but I thought it was WAY easier to stick to than a regular food diet. You see, with the Medifast you know you can't have anything else. You are not tempted to fudge a portion here or a carb there. You just suck down what is offered and get over it. I cried and whined, but you can't beat the weight loss and positive effects on the liver. Also, I have PCOS and this diet put that totally in remission. My NUT switched my doctors office over from Optifast to Medifast because she felt that Medifast had more options for foods and was easier to stick with. I would recommend the chicken noodle soup and the lemon razzy drinks. They were the best. Also, you can make the soups with chicken or beef broth which helps the taste quite a bit.

Good Luck!

BTW...my doctor doesn't get a cut of the profits from the required use of Medifast. We get it at his cost which is lower than the Medifast website.
        
reachinghigher4u
on 7/30/10 7:13 am - Akron, OH
RNY on 12/08/10 with
I definitely need to have a regimen to stick with, it will make life sooooo much easier.  When I go in to the office, I'll ask if I have other options available to me.
    
Zee Starrlite
on 7/30/10 8:09 am
VSG on 06/06/11 with
There's this New Lifestyle Diet $273- for 4 weeks if your doc needs you to be on liquids.

It seems these offices try to make money on that last diet .

I could see liquid over another diet for me only because it would limit your choices.  I must have gone 12 rounds with the Atkins pre-op until I just could not do it anymore.  It is an option though if you've not tried it or just wouldn't mind doing it.  Quick weight-loss for sure!

See link below.  Good luck!


http://switcher.dmn.aol.com/sw/r?ri=42FcAF4%2FB2QPelTZP7qTuykA&ai=3&dt=1280502149954&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Faclk%3Fsa%3Dl%26ai%3DCuKivhelSTIuaO5ualQfc39H_C7Cvz4kB-MacsRPhv-NdCAAQBCCaTigEUNjF8rT4_____wFgycapi8Ck2A-gAdrJ4v4DyAEBqgQbT9CR1JsfAjBzsNdtrisVjKuh1ZPjRXUbaemZ%26sig%3DAGiWqty67qyFy4nwWJu8Es7Ft4fYnWrJVA%26adurl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.newlifestylediet.com%2Fdefault.aspx%253Fcmp%253Doptifast&cs=LrvAjM%2FPcvqco8Sq3DnvSMZFl8c%3D


3/30/2005 Lap Band installed  12/20/2010  Lap Band REMOVED  
6/6/2011 Vertical SLEEVE Gastrectomy

Zee Starrlite
on 7/30/10 8:29 am
VSG on 06/06/11 with
Now you've got me looking!  There this shake called "Wonderslim".

Go to ebay they have optifast, medifast etc.  and this Wonderslim is also supposed to be like the others.

When I saw 4wks for Medifast at $299-, I realized that Lifestyle diet wasn't  much of a difference at $273.

You have many options!!!  Don't be lured by a "snake oil salesman"  even if he is in the form of a bariatric nutritionist or surgeon etc.

Keep as much money as you can especially if you "don't have it like that"  Lord know I don't I have to cut coupons and look for the best sales I can find .  That is how you get all the things you like and need when you don't have lots of money flowing  ESPECIALLY when you are self reliant


3/30/2005 Lap Band installed  12/20/2010  Lap Band REMOVED  
6/6/2011 Vertical SLEEVE Gastrectomy

reachinghigher4u
on 7/30/10 9:06 am - Akron, OH
RNY on 12/08/10 with
You know that is what prompted me to post this discussion. I saw the Wonderslim mentioned on here quite a few times and found it on DietDirect.com...Honestly, I know that we will more then recoup costs after surgery by what we don't eat, but the prior to portion is the hardest for me. My money tree died in the drought!