Optifast is seen as a viable option for weight loss and is safe for use for both adults and teenagers who have a body mass index of 30 percent or more. The weight loss program is medically supervised and helps individuals to maintain overall health, even after weight loss goals are met. The Optimist program typically lasts for around 26 weeks, and Optifast shakes are included in the foods that dieters use to achieve their health goals. In addition to the shakes, Optifast also offers soups, nutritional bars, protein drinks and vitamin and mineral supplements.
Optifast shakes are an option for individuals who are looking to lose weight while still feeling fulfilled throughout the day. The shakes are available in three flavors: strawberry, chocolate and French vanilla. The shakes contain 14g of protein to satiate the appetite and each shake contains 160 calories.
Amcal Optifast shakes include milk protein, as well as a combination of natural and artificial flavors. The shakes only contain 3g of fat and 20g of carbohydrates, which is enough for many people to get the energy they need in between meals. The meal replacements contain a minimal amount of sodium (220mg) and are high in potassium (470mg) which is another ingredient that provides energy and helps to strengthen the muscles.
Those who are are lactose intolerant may be able to drink Optifast shakes, since the meal replacements have less than one gram of lactose. The shakes are also suitable for individuals who have to follow a gluten free diet. The glucose in Optifast shakes are derived from wheat, but the glucose has been highly refined, so it meets the requirements for a gluten free diet.
Individuals who are interested in trying Optifast should consult their doctors before starting the program. A regular workout routine and balanced diet can enhance the effects of the Optifast program.