Getting Started on the OPTAVIA Program

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Clinical Study Findings & Weight Loss Claims
What are the new claims? Claim One:  “Lose more weight than dieting on your own.*” This claim must be closely followed with the disclaimer: “*In a clinical study, the group on the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Pla...
How many Programs does OPTAVIA offer?
OPTAVIA offers a variety of Programs designed to promote Optimal Wellbeing. Our programs help you optimize your weight to increase your health, vitality, and drive while encouraging healthy habits that help add to your life. OPTAVIA Programs include...
Which Program is right for me?
OPTAVIA offers a variety of programs designed to promote optimal health and wellbeing. Our Programs help you optimize your weight to increase your health, vitality, and drive while encouraging healthy habits that help add to your life. The Optimal W...
What should I share with my healthcare provider prior to starting the OPTAVIA Program?
We recommend you consult with your healthcare provider prior to starting any weight loss program.  OPTAVIA’s   Overview for Healthcare Providers provides an overview of the OPTAVIA Program, including the OPTAVIA Fuelings and meal...
What is the best day to start?
You can start on any day, depending on what fits best for you. The first couple of days are critical to your success, so pick a start date that makes sense for your schedule. You might want to look for a time when you don't anticipate any family...
How often should I talk with my OPTAVIA Coach?
The support of your OPTAVIA Coach helps keep you on your path to Optimal Wellbeing. Therefore, we recommend staying in regular contact with your OPTAVIA Coach throughout your journey to ensure you receive the guidance and support you need to be succ...
What is a Fueling?
On the OPTAVIA Program, you’ll choose from more than 60 delicious, convenient, nutritionally interchangeable, and scientifically-designed Fuelings including shakes, soups, bars, hot beverages, hearty choices, biscuits, pretzels, pudding, and b...
What is a Lean & Green meal?
A lean and green meal includes 5 to 7 ounces of cooked lean protein plus three servings of non-starchy vegetables and up to two servings of healthy fats, depending on your lean protein choices. You can enjoy your Lean & Green meal(s) for any of ...
How often should I eat?
On all of the OPTAVIA Plans, you’ll practice the healthy habit of eating six small meals per day — one every two to three hours. Start each day with a schedule, allotting specific times for eating your Fuelings and lean and green meal(s)...
What should I expect the first few days?
As you begin your journey to Optimal Wellbeing, you may feel hungry, tired, or irritable as your body adjusts to a new way of eating. This is temporary, but make sure you keep close watch on your hunger during this time. If you’re excessively ...
Can I use Fuelings interchangeably?
One of the great benefits of our Fuelings is that they may be used interchangeably. Each Fueling has a nearly identical nutritional profile designed by our team of food scientists and refined by our Registered Dietitians and nutrition team. The only...
What if I am hungry?
If you’re hungry, have an extra Fueling or a couple additional ounces of lean protein (e.g., 1 hard boiled egg, 1-1.5 ounce reduced-fat cheese stick, etc.). It’s better to have an extra Fueling than to go off your program entirely. Withi...
How often should I weigh myself?
It’s important to weigh yourself regularly (same scale, same time of day, same clothes each time). We recommend weighing yourself at least once per week. It’s a personal choice if you would like to weigh yourself more frequently (i.e. da...
What happens if I miss a Fueling?
It is extremely important that you get in all of your Fuelings and the full portions of your lean and green meal(s) each day. If you miss a meal, you may need to space the rest of your meals closer together to make sure you get the rest of your meal...
What if I don't feel hungry?
It is important to get all of your Fuelings plus the lean and green meal(s) in each day; otherwise, you are not getting all the nutrition (calories, protein, and vitamins/minerals) required to maximize your plan’s effectiveness.
Should I take a multivitamin and/or any other supplements?
Generally speaking, you shouldn't need to take vitamin supplements while on the Program. The Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan ® and Optimal Weight 4 & 2 & 1 Plan ® provides you with 24+ vitamins and minerals. If you have been...
How much water can I drink? What about other beverages?
We recommend drinking 64 ounces of water each day. Talk with your healthcare provider prior to changing the amount of water you drink as it can affect certain health conditions and medications. There are many different recommendations and viewpoint...
Where can I find recipes for the Program?
Visit the   OPTAVIA Pinterest page and the   OPTAVIA Facebook page for lean and green meal and Fueling Hack recipes. Also talk to your OPTAVIA Coach, who may also have ideas and suggestions. ...
What should I do if I go on vacation?
We recommend planning ahead so you can continue your program while vacationing. If your Fuelings aren't with you, you can't eat them! This may necessitate packing food items in your luggage or having them shipped to your destination. Pre-pla...
Can I have alcohol?
Drinking alcohol is not recommended while on the OPTAVIA Program. Consuming alcohol increases your calorie and carbohydrate intake, which can take your body out of the fat-burning state and hinder weight loss. Alcohol is not recommended because it:...
What if I am a vegetarian?
Whether you adopt a vegetarian diet for health, ecological, religious, or ethical reasons, there are plenty of OPTAVIA Fuelings to fit into your lifestyle. OPTAVIA Fuelings are fortified with 24+ vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, iron, z...
What clinical studies support the OPTAVIA Program?
Medifast® is OPTAVIA®'s, formerly Take Shape For Life®, parent company. Our products and programs have been recommended by over 20,000 doctors since its founding
How do I contact the OPTAVIA Nutrition Support Team?
The Nutrition Support Team is available Monday through Friday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM ET at 1.888.OPTAVIA (1.888.678.2842) or NutritionSupport@OPTAVIA.com .  If you are an OPTAVIA Coach, please press “1” then “4”. &nb...
What if I work night shift or have long days?
If you work night shift or have long days, you can rearrange the timing of your Fuelings to accommodate your schedule. Most important is that you consume all of your OPTAVIA Fuelings and the complete lean and green meal in a 24-hour period. As much ...
Why contact the Nutrition Support Team?
Your OPTAVIA Coach should be your primary contact for questions, guidance, and support related to the OPTAVIA Program. Your healthcare provider is also an excellent resource for your personal health-related questions and concerns. If you and your O...
Donating Blood
We do not recommend donating blood while on the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan ® . It is best to wait until you are no longer in the weight loss phase of the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan before donating blood. This is because it will be diffic...
What condiments and healthy fats can I have on the OPTAVIA program?
Condiment Recommendations Use condiments to add flavor and zest to your meals, just remember that they contribute to overall carbohydrate intake. We recommend reading food labels for carbohydrate information and controlling condiment portions for...