The LifeStyle Difference

Flexibility of Programs Ensures Successful Weight Management

LifeStyle programs include several options for your success in obtaining a healthy weight and maintaining that weight to continue with your healthy way of life.  Medical monitoring by your physician or by our physician and nurse practitioner ensures that you remain in peak health and that the doses of any medications you are taking and/or the calorie level of your diet are adjusted as you lose weight. 

Monitoring associated with LifeStyle programs:

  • A personalized plan based on your health status, weight, and fitness goals.
  • Ongoing guidance of your progress and well-being throughout the course of your program.
  • Communication with your primary care physician, as necessary.
  •  A thorough preliminary medical exam and any necessary lab tests for the Opti-Slim & Trim program to determine your health status, identify any medical conditions making it difficult to lose weight and rule out any risk factors may be completed by your primary care physician.

OnGoing Weight Management Training

LifeStyle staff receives ongoing training in the latest weight management techniques and various health issues related to obesity.  This training along with a medical support network is available to the staff to ensure that your treatment is always appropriate.

Lifestyle Education Creates Behavioral Change

Long-term weight loss success is based on changing the aspects of your lifestyle that have contributed to you being overweight.

Lifestyle change also referred to as behavioral change is critical to your success and without it, most changes in weight are only temporary.  The need for behavioral change explains the discouraging, unsuccessful rates seen when people attempt weight management through changes in diet alone.

LifeStyle provides you with the education and support you need to make reasonable and sustainable behavioral changes.  The education program is designed for you specifically and covers a wide range of up-to-date topics.

Education materials cover behavior, nutrition, and activity related topics

Examples of education topics are:

  • Eating and Emotions
  • Knowing Nutrients
  • Label Reading
  • Setting Compelling Goals
  • Get Moving – Exercise and Activity
  • Grip A Grip – Managing Stress
  • Portion Distortion

When you combine these up-to-date behavioral change education resources with the wealth of experience by trained facilitators, you have one of the most powerful and effective lifestyle change programs available.

Personalized Support

At LifeStyle, your weight management success is our priority.  Our personalized support ensures that you will never feel alone as you make the lifestyle changes and learn the skills necessary to live a healthier, happier life.  Each of our custom treatment programs includes a variety of weight loss support plans that years of experience and medical studies indicate are critical for losing weight and keeping it off.

LifeStyle is available to answer your questions or deal with any issues that may arise related to your weight management program.  Individual private counseling sessions with a certified and licensed lifestyle counselor are also available.

Active Phase Support

Throughout the active weight loss phase of your program, you will have the opportunity to attend small group education and weight loss support sessions where you will learn the skills and acquire the tools necessary for success. During these sessions you will also have the opportunity to interact with and learn from others who are experiencing similar issues.

Continuing Support Maintains Your Success

Research has clearly shown that people who stay involved in maintenance weight management program are more likely to maintain their weight goals long term.  The LifeStyle long-term weight management program continues with the on going education and additional skill development support.  This ensures that you maintain your new lifestyle changes with the highest standards of education and competency development.

Portion Control and Stimuli Narrowing Promote Success

The well-documented weight loss success of people following the OPTIFAST® Program is achieved through use of nutritionally complete meal replacement formulas which are proven to help people stick to their diet plan by providing portion control and stimuli narrowing.

With the flexibility of the LifeStyle programs and depending on your particular weight management needs and goals, you may be instructed to replace all or just some of your meals with OPTIFAST® formula and bars.

On active weight loss phase of the OPTIFAST® program, you will lose weight, improve your health, and learn new healthier eating and activity skills.  As you become more accomplished in these skills, your return to self-prepared foods is easier and you are better equipped to manage your weight long term.  Your diet plan will include foods rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat protein. 

OPTIFAST formulas and bars take the guess-work out of dieting, benefits include:

  • High quality, complete nutrition
  • Calorie control
  • Portion control
  • Stimuli narrowing
  • Quick and simple preparation
  • Enhanced ability to stick with the diet because no food choices are required and food handling is minimized.

Although you may be skeptical about following a partial or full Formula diet, most people find this is the easiest aspect of weight loss treatment because there are no food choices to be made. Furthermore, the stimuli narrowing created by lack of choice helps curb food cravings and appetite.

People following a full formula diet find hunger typically goes away after the few days or week. Many patients report they feel more energetic than they have for a long time.

This probably is due to lower and more stable blood sugar levels, consumption of a balanced diet, decreased weight, loss of excess water weight, and increased activity level.

On active weight loss phase of the OPTIFAST® program, you will lose weight, improve your health, and learn new healthier eating and activity skills.  As you become more accomplished in these skills, your return to self-prepared foods is easier and you are better equipped to manage your weight long term.  Your diet plan will include foods rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat protein. 

 Continued use of OPTIFAST® products can be part of your customized maintenance plan.  Your favorite foods can also be included in your long-term plan with learned portion control techniques incorporated in your new healthy LifeStyle.

The active weight loss phase is followed by a 4-6 week transition period during which you will gradually add self-prepared foods back to your diet.

Participants graduate to a maintenance diet rich in fruits and vegetables, grains, and low-fat proteins. During treatment, participants learn portion control techniques so they can include small amounts of their favorite foods in their new healthy lifestyle.