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Old 07-18-2013, 03:00 PM   #16
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Hi Underwater! What is HMR?
Hope you don't mind me answering. HMR = Health Management Resources, is the leading company providing weight management programs, products and services to medical schools and hospitals. More medical centerd use HMR products than any other brand. Products include shakes, bars, soups, and entrees (and the program requires a minimum of 5 servings fruits and veggies).

Dr. James Anderson with Dietician Nancy Gustafson wrote the book, The Simple Diet, modeled after HMR. While Dr. Anderson never mentions HMR in the book, he cites his and other research studies using The Simple Diet and if you go to the journal articles for the in-patient studies, you find that HMR products were used.

In the book, Dr. Anderson tells us in the book, that the program using shakes alone was not as effective. People found it harder to stick to. They found that adding the entrees and veggies/fruit and saw better compliance and weight loss outcomes. They did not limit fruits and vegetables, because the research found that patients who ate the most veggies and fruit lost the most weight. He does teach guidelines for choosing the best choices for weight loss.


The Simple diet uses grocery store shakes, soups, bars, and frozen dinners to match the HMR products. The basic plan is 3 shakes, 2 entrees, and 5 servings of veggies or fruits. If you're still hungry, you're encouraged to eat more veggied and fruit and if you're desperate a shake, bar, soup or entree is considered a better "cheat" than going off plan. Bars are to be considered emergency rations because they're not as filling as other options.

We have a couple Simple Diet threads that list the guidelines for each food category. The book explains the guidelines as well, gives shake recipes, and lists of store products that meet the guidelines (I just take a little card with the guidelines written on it to the grocery store).

I have been on liquid diets in the past, and I find it very difficult to stomach for more than a week or two. I literally would start to gag at the sight and smell of another shake or pudding.

The entrees make all the diffetence for me.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:11 PM   #17
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Thanks Kaplods.

In order to drop the weight fast and keep myself motivated, I did the HMR plan called Decision Free. This plan does not include fruits and veggies and allows you to go as low at 800 cal/day safely because of the medical supervision.

I lost 50 lbs in 22 weeks. I started at about 205, so I was one of the lightest people in my class. The heavier people lost a lot more weight. The men also lost more weight than the women.

It's challenging, but the results are very motivating. If you stay on plan, you'll lose at least 2 lbs a week. It's not unheard of for the heavier people to lost 5-6 lbs in a week. And that's not just the first week- that is well into the program!

I've reached my goal and am now in their maintenance class. Without HMR, I don't think I would have been able to do it.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:10 PM   #18
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If you can physically and mentally endure an 800 calorie diet in the long term, and can then transition successfully to maintenance, that's awesome.

Even in high school I couldn't do so without risking incredibly nasty symptoms. Severe IBS intestinal pain, diarrhea, dizziness, vertigo, blinding headaches, light headed weakness to the point that I would pass out (in college I passed out in a church confessional, talk about mortifying).

Interestingly on the Simple Diet, if you make your choices from the low end of the calorie guidelines for your 3 shakes, 2 entries, and 5 freggies, you will be eating only 705 calories per day.

I've been aiming for the middle range which averages about 1100 calories daily, and I've lost 19 lbs in a little over 3 weeks.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:57 PM   #19
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Four days in. Saigon. (Cue Apocalypse Now music).

It's fine. I can't believe I actually miss the oatmeal and chili of medifast days but at least these bars are huge.

We shall see. I have no desire to weigh myself. I just got off a 12 day cruise on Sunday and had the Optifast waiting. Gained 12 on the cruise: nice!

I'm on the 800, five shakes/bars a day plus green veggies.

I have to say I've only been hungry once but it blows to not be able to eat all night- but this is why I'm here.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:16 PM   #20
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Just wanted to check in- its been three and a half weeks and I've lost 17. No problems- some days I'm a little hungry but I will drink some bullion or tea and move on. It's been great!
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:24 PM   #21
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Hi, I am new here and am on day 2 of the optifast program. Just looking for some support in this long journey.
My name is Mary and I am 47 years young from NY.

Would love to hear from anyone regarding their experience on this program!

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Old 10-10-2013, 04:14 PM   #22
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I hope this thread is still being watched. I started Optifast 2 1/2 weeks ago. The first week I lost 7 lbs but when I did my weigh in after the second week, I didn't lose anything. Nada! 3-5 shakes a day and I added moderate exercise. I did take one day off for my kids birthday but even that only involved one meal and it was a very small one - certainly nothing that would have made me regain anything I had lost for the week. I swear I thought my clothes were fitting roomier so I was stunned to find no loss. I cheated and weighed myself this morning and still no loss! Has anyone else experienced this?
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:05 PM   #23
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I started otifast 800 today. My starting weight is 170, BMI 32.
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:11 PM   #24
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hi everyone!. i'm so happy to have found this thread/forum/whatever it's called. i'm new here.

i'm on optifast VLCD. i've been on it for 12 weeks and i've lost 14.5 kilo's.

i am on medication - lots of different things - and that holds me back a bit i think. because of the low calories you have low energy. in fact i've also heard this optifast called a VLED.

i have low energy anyway for a number of other reasons (it sucks) and i HATE exercise. i was doing weights (only 15 minutes) but i stopped 2 weeks ago for some reason i found. oh yeah my son came over from melbourne. so i stopped my strength training. duh

ok so i'll start it again TOMORROW yes i will. there, it's in writing and you've all seen it. that makes it a COMMITMENT.

now, my dreadmill. well i DO have a sore foot….i thought i would stay off my dreadmill for a couple of weeks, so it heals, but it feels ok today, so i really should start that again tomorrow too. oh god. help me. big deal (not) it's only a few minutes for crying out loud! (self-talk) and i spend HOURS sitting here, wasting time LOL.

nice to chat. optifast. what can i tell you? it gets easier, as you go along. it is a ketosis diet so it SUPPRESSES HUNGER. but, you MUST STICK 100%. i am committed, rock solid like.

so, don't even THINK about it, unless you can pull up your big girl panties and grit your teeth . it's hard, but it WORKS so the rewards are to-die-for

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Old 12-08-2013, 04:39 PM   #25
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Hi saraphin

Welcome,
I think it's just me and u here, I'm on day 2. I am not as hungry today and I even did a gentle 60 minute workout on the elliptical. I hope to get in at least 30 minute workout everyday. I am tired from very low calories, but it's not that bad
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:53 PM   #26
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howdy. only you are awake maybe. where are you again? i'm in south australia and it's early monday morning. i've just switched on my phone to set the alarm for my dreadmill exercise, otherwise i lose all track of time whilst i'm sitting here at my mac.


ok done. i have exactly 1 hour from now. that will be 9:21 am

4 men out the back, concreting and talking abouit it. raining. me and the three dogs inside. muggy because it's summer here.

coffee number 3. gosh i'll be ruinning today. haha (in my mind)

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oh i forgot what we're here for lol um…



(njdx if you are feeling hungry, EAT something. cottage cheeses on sao. warm drink. crackers and low-fat chees is always good for me…)
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Hey, I'm SoAndSo. New to this forum. Not new to Optifast. Lost 50 lbs in the summer of 2012, and, much to my chagrin, due to several stressful events, including deaths of 2 very close family members, put it all back on again. Today is day 2 for me. I have a few tips on what helped me get through 12 weeks last time. I'll share them with you if you help me stay on track. Deal?
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njdx i love your avatar

hi soandso DEAL! i'm in my 14th week of optifast and i just moved to transition. i've done well, esp considering i have numerous health issues.

hi everyone

i had a whoosh



i'm having fun here today. i think i need more coffee though…will someone get it for me? hello? mmmmm nobody here. typical.

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Hey Saraphin! Yay for you being 14 weeks in! I just completed day 2, and so far so good. My big challenges are cooking for the fam and not eating it. My witching hours are between 2 & 4 PM. Once I clear that time, I'm good for the day. With Optifast it really is just one day at a time. And I know it gets easier after the first week, especially once you see results. What is most helpful to me is drinking lots of good Oolong tea, chewing gum, and teaching myself to knit socks. Keeps my mind off of food and I just don't feel as hungry.
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