• OPTIFAST® VLCD™ PROGRAM WEIGHT LOSS PHASES
There are 4 phases of the OPTIFAST® VLCD™ Program. Although most individuals will start at the Intensive phase and work their way through to the Stabilization phase, you can start at the phase that best suits your needs and weight loss goals.

THE OPTIFAST® VLCD™ PROGRAM

Weight loss with the OPTIFAST® VLCD™ Program Intensive phase is achieved by the restriction of carbohydrate and total energy intake. This enables your body to use its fat stores as energy via a process called Ketosis. OPTIFAST® VLCD™ products contain carbohydrates, fatty acids and protein, which helps preserve lean body mass while you lose your fat stores. They also contain vitamins and minerals to ensure that you are receiving all the nutrients you require for a safe and healthy calorie restricted diet. OPTIFAST® VLCD™ is available in a wide range of products such as soups, shakes, bars and desserts, in a variety of flavours



OPTIFAST® VLCD™ PROGRAM WEIGHT LOSS PHASES

INTENSIVE PHASE (UP TO 12 WEEKS)
TRANSITION PHASE
MAINTENANCE PHASE
STABILIZATION PHASE


ALLOWED VEGTABLES AND ADDITIONAL FOOD ALLOWANCES

The recommended allowed vegetables on the OPTIFAST® VLCD™ Program are low starch or low carbohydrates and also low calorie. The table below lists what vegetables are recommended whilst on the OPTIFAST® VLCD™ Program.The OPTIFAST® VLCD™ Program calls for at least 2 cups a day of allowed vegetables, but doubling that quantity makes little difference to your weight loss as long as you are sticking to the list of recommended allowable vegetables. They are great for hydration, extra fibre, vitamins and adding bulk to your diet. The vegetables also provide real food to chew and keep your diet interesting beyond the OPTIFAST® VLCD™ products. Eating vegetables during the program is an important part of helping with your transition onto a balanced, calorie controlled diet after you have eliminated all OPTIFAST® VLCD™ products.

ADDITIONAL ALLOWANCES

ALLOWED

AVOID

Fruit* and dairy servings for
transition phase onwards
  • A serving of fruit should contain around 50-70 calories and 10-15g of carbohydrate.
  • A serving of fruit could be:
    one of – 200g strawberries, 2 apricots, 2 slices of pineapple, 2-3 passionfruit,
    100g grapes,
    1 small apple, 10 cherries, 1 small orange,
    1 peach, 1 small pear, 120g pear in natural juice, 120g plums or 3 prunes.
  • A serving of dairy should have around 100 calories.
  • A serving of dairy could be: one 250g glass low fat milk, 40g low fat cheese,
  • 1 scoop of light ice-cream or 200g low fat yoghurt.
All other fruits

Low starch and green

vegetables


  • asparagus
  • beans
  • broccoli 
  • celery
  • cabbage 
  • capsicum
  • carrots



  • cauliflower 
  • cucumber
  • eggplant
  • garlic
  • lettuce
  • leeks
  • beans
  • mushrooms
  • onions



  • radish 
  • silver beet
  • snow peas
  • spinach
  • squash
  •  tomato
  • zucchini



  • corn
  • green peas
  • legumes 
  • lentils
  • potatopumpkin
  • sweet potato



  • Soups



  • stock cubes (in moderation)



  • vegetable soups(using
  • allowed vegetables




  • All others


Sauces and condiments

  • lemon juice
  • vinegar
  • soy sauce (in moderation)
  • chili
  • mustard
  • tomato paste

 

Spices and herbs


  • chili
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • coriander 
  • cumin
  • curry powder



  • dill 
  • fennel
  • garlic
  • ginger 
  • lite salt 
  • mint
  • mustard seed
  • nutmeg



  • paprika 
  • parsley
  • pepper 
  • rosemary 
  • sage
  • thyme 
  • turmeric


 

Miscellaneous


  • artificial sweetners



  • gum



  • Diet Jelly
  • Essence 
  • banana,
  • mint
  • strawberry


 

Calorie free fluids

(at least 2 litres extra per day)


  • water 
  • tea 
  • diet soft
  • drink


  • mineral water
 


  • Fruit juice


*Fruit is only permitted during the transition, maintenance and stabilisation phases of the program. Fruit is not allowed during the intensive phase of the program due to the carbohydrate content.