The Nestlé Optifast® Program is a very low calorie diet accredited by the CDE (Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology) to assist with safe and medically supervised weight loss.
This meal replacement system is specifically developed for individuals with diabetes, but it may be utilised by any individual in the treatment of obesity. The products can only be ordered and obtained from an Optifast® registered dietitian (such as myself) after a full nutrition assessment has been completed.
Several criteria have to be met for the program to be initiated and completed in a safe manner, thus it should not be seen as a quick fix, but as an intensive weight loss program developed to resolve metabolic problems associated with obesity.
The meal replacement products are used for between 8-12 weeks (expected weight loss of between 1 kg -2.5 kg per week), after which it will gradually be replaced with appropriate meals so to maintain the achieved weight loss.