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Old 09-30-2020, 01:49 PM   #1  
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Has anyone else here done the 30 week weight management program through Kaiser? I just finished out my first week and am cautiously optimistic. The program consists of eating 960 calories a day for the first 15 weeks and only eating/drinking the Optifast shakes/bars/soups that they provide you. The next 15 weeks consists of eating/drinking the Optifast products and incorporating a meal a day or so of regular food for about 1100 calories a day. I am feeling very determined to complete this program as I have been stress eating like crazy since the beginning of the pandemic and am the heaviest I've ever been but I also have a terribly unhealthy relationship with food and eat for comfort and have never been able to stick with a program longer than a couple of months. I'm hoping that because this is medically supervised that I will be more motivated to stick with it.

Honestly though? I know I'm only on the first week but it really hasn't been that hard. Usually starting a diet is the hardest part for me. I really thought I'd be starving or having sugar and carb withdrawals. Yet, I truly haven't felt hungry at all. In fact I usually have to force myself to drink that final shake at the end of the day. I haven't been craving sweets or any other kind of food for the most part. Last night I did have a weak moment when I saw an Olive Garden commercial and realized that I wouldn't be having pasta for at least half a year but it didn't make me go on a food run. I'm down 14 pounds in one week which is mostly water, especially considering I was on my period last week, but I still already feel better having lost that bloated feeling. So far the only side effects from the dramatic drop in calories is a low grade headache the first few days and I've been EXTREMELY tired this week. I was told this was to be expected and hope that it will go away in the next few weeks.

My main concern with this program is that by day 2 I was already thinking to myself "All I get to eat for the next few months is this?!". The same exact food every day. No variety. For months on end. And the shakes and bars don't taste terrible but they aren't exactly great either. I worry that this will get old fast. So I would love to hear from anyone who has done this program or something similar. How did you get though it?

Pros:
1. No meal prep.
2. No counting calories or worrying about portion sizes.
3. No tracking.
4. No grocery shopping.
5. I've found that without cooking meals I've gained quite a bit more free time.
6. Faster weight loss than other traditional programs.

Cons:
1. The food is boring and repetitive.
2. You can't eat out at restaurants with friends/family. There is absolutely no wriggle room for "cheat meals". I guess that's one bright side of the pandemic. Eating out is not so much even an option right now where I'm at.
3. Makes family gatherings/meals a lot more difficult (I have no idea how I will handle Thanksgiving)

Week 1:
Starting weight: 276.4
Ending weight: 262.1
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Old 10-05-2020, 02:17 AM   #3  
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Old 10-08-2020, 12:43 PM   #5  
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So I think I had such an easy time week 1 because I was gung ho about starting the program. Apparently, I was overly optimistic. This week has been ROUGH. I will say again that I have not been hungry. That's the good part of this. You're eating/drinking 6 times a day and drinking a gallon of water a day which keep you feeling full. Where I'm really struggling is having to only have shakes and bars every single day with no change.There are only a limited number of flavors to choose from and the monotony gets old REAL FAST. And it wasn't even that I was craving sweets or carbs. There was a point one night where just a boneless skinless chicken breast or even some celery sounded like nirvana. It doesn't help that I'm pre-menstrual this week either. There was a point mid-week where I literally almost cried at the thought of having to stick to this another 13 weeks. Plus my son's birthday is this month and the holidays are coming up which will be a real killer.

On the plus side, it's working. As miserable as it is I can see the results. I've also gotten some tips on how to get at least a little variety by the Kaiser group who are doing this with me. We discovered the Mio flavor pods for our water that are no calories and no sugar. One of the women in the group found zero calorie zero sugar flavor syrups on Amazon to add to the shakes which helps some. I also keep telling myself that 3 months sounds like a long time but it really isn't. Then I can slowly start to incorporate real food back into my diet for the remaining 3 months of the program.

So long story short, this sucks but it's a necessary evil. It's one of life's great cruelties that it's so fun and easy to gain weight and so arduous and lengthy to lose it.

Week 2:
Starting Weight: 262.1
Ending Weight: 255.8
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So this week was easier in some ways but harder in others. The desperation to have some kind of real solid food has started to wear off and I'm beginning to resent the shakes less and less. I've incorporated regular exercise this week which I've found has increased my appetite so where before I was feeling quite full I have been getting some hunger pangs this week. I suppose that is to be expected. I still feel kind of deflated by how long of a road I have to get anywhere near my weight loss goal but I just keep telling myself that if I really stick to this and commit that by this time next year I'll feel like a brand new person.

I did have one technical slip-up this week. It was my son's birthday on the 14th and his grandparents insisted on coming to town to take us out to dinner. I explained to them that I was on a very restrictive diet and that I would attend the meal but wouldn't be able to eat with them and while they were fairly understanding I could tell that they were a bit hurt so I decided to eat with them. I didn't splurge. I had meat, salad and water. That's it. However, any food other than the Optifast is technically a cheat so I did have some regret afterwards. That said, I was still down 3 pounds this week so I'll chalk it up to one bad night and move on.

Week 3:
Starting Weight: 255.8
Ending Weight: 252.8
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