Weight Loss Success Story
Since starting Optifast (23 weeks ago), I have lost 20 percent of my body weight (from 275.8 to 220.6); 45 of those 55 pounds were fat, NOT WATER, so my total fat percentage has dropped from 52 percent to 44.5 percent.
My cholesterol and triglyceride levels have dropped; Dr. Neiman has already cut my cholesterol meds in half, and I hope to go off of them completely.
I'm not finished yet, though--one of my goals is to be reevaluated and taken off my CPAP (sleep apnea) machine.55 pounds is almost 10 points of BMI, but it's more than just numbers.
I'm able to shop as an extra large in regular clothing stores, instead of always heading for the few options in the women's 2X section. I'm no longer worried about seatbelts on airplanes. I'm able to move around a lot more comfortably. I'm able to run up stairs, not just huff and puff my way up
Optifast gave me a tool to drop some of the extra weight quickly, but I also learned that exercise is a key part of weight loss. The 10,000 step idea is great but if you want to really lose weight you have to SWEAT. I now go to the gym six times a week, and on half those days do weight training. It's made a huge difference in my weight loss, and it's a pattern I'll be able to maintain when I move over to maintenance.