Core Program Recommended for most of our patients.
For patients returning to the program or those who need a shorter option.
We also offer a DISTANCE PROGRAM for patients who live in remote locations or cannot attend sessions in-person for any reason.
How It Works
The OPTIFAST® Program is based on the use of meal replacements during the Active Weight Loss phase of the program.
Simple and effective, OPTIFAST® meal replacements allow you to benefit from:
- High-quality, complete nutrition pre-portioned and calorie-controlled servings;
- quick and simple preparation;
- freedom from having to make food choices.
Positive change can occur very quickly. In addition to losing weight, you will improve your health; learn new, healthier eating habits; and engage in activities so that when you return to self-prepared foods, you are better equipped to manage your weight long term.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the Program?
The Core Program is typically 6 months but can vary depending on each patients unique needs. This will be discussed with you during your initial consultation.
OHIP - Is the OPTIFAST® Weight Management Program Covered?
All appointments with physicians are covered by OHIP. However, the OPTIFAST® meal replacement program is not and can be purchased for a reasonable price. In many cases, these expenses can be covered by extended benefits and health savings accounts.
Do I qualify for the OPTIFAST® WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM?
Do I require a referral to be seen?
Do you guarantee results?
No, we do not. Multiple studies have shown that the OPTIFAST® program has led to medically significant weight loss in thousands of patients worldwide since it was created in 1974. However, we cannot guarantee what level of impact it would have on any individual participant, due to variations in lifestyle, habits, and other factors. If you have any concerns, please schedule a consultation with one of our medical experts to discuss your case in more detail.
* OPTIFAST® patients who actively participate in a 26-week medically-monitored program typically lose approximately 30 lbs. Individual results may vary.
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