Optavia Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on July 27, 2020

Optavia Diet Review
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The Optavia diet is a weight loss maintenance plan that requires followers to consume a mix of homemade “Lean and Green” healthy foods and processed food products that they purchase directly from Optavia, called “Fuelings.”

Half of Your Diet is Made Up of “Fuelings”

On the Optavia diet, at least half of the food you eat will be from Optavia’s “fuelings.” There are more than 60 of these prepackaged processed foods which can be used interchangeably. Examples of these items include:

  • Bars
  • Shakes
  • Cookies
  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Smashed potatoes

Many of these products are powdered food that you rehydrated by adding water. They are included as part of the recommended six or seven small meals you have in a day. Meals should be consumed every two to three hours depending on the Optavia diet plan.

The Three Optavia Diet Plans

When this Optavia Diet review was written, there were three plans available:

  • 5 & 1 Plan – Eat 5 Optavia fuelings and 1 balanced “lean and green” meal every day.
  • 4 & 2 & 1 Plan – Eat 4 fuelings, 2 lean and green meals and 1 snack every day.
  • 3 & 3 Plan – Eat 3 fuelings and 3 lean and green meals every day.

Each plan comes with a kit and, in addition to following a rather specific diet, it is also recommended for followers to engage in 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise daily.

There are also coach guides to help you on your journey and you can become an Optavia Premier member to receive exclusive discounts, access to special offers, free shipping and other perks.

Optavia Diet Pros

  • Weight loss is likely – Following any of the Optavia plans is likely to lead to weight loss and this weight loss will probably be seen rather quickly. The reason is that following this diet you’re not likely to consume little more than 1,000 calories per day as most of the fuelings are between 100 – 110 calories. Some research suggests that commercial programs, including Optavia, may be an important tool for helping adults who are overweight and obese lose a clinically relevant amount of weight. That being said, it should also be noted that this research was funded by Medifast, Inc., which is the parent company of Optavia.
  • There is more than one plan – There are multiple plans for this diet and dieters can choose what fuelings they would like beyond just purchasing kits. Moreover, there is access to additional guides, coaches, etc. Additionally, there are plans available for teens.

Optavia Diet Cons

  • This plan is expensive – Beyond having to pay for any extras, a 30 day supply of the most expensive plan (4 & 2 & 1) was $408.00 and the least expensive (3 & 3 plan) was $283.05 when this review was created. Considering this only covers one person and doesn’t include any other groceries you may buy for yourself or the rest of your family for the month, this is quite costly.
  • Long-term weight loss is not likely – While you will certainly lose weight by eating about 1,000 calories per day, this isn’t a diet you’re likely to keep up for long considering this is half the amount of calories that most adults consume in a day.

Overall, this isn’t a long-term healthy lifestyle diet. While the Optavia diet may help a person to lose weight quickly, due to the cost of this plan and its heavy reliance on processed low-calorie foods, there are other more practical, balanced and cheaper dieting approaches that can be taken for achieving healthy, long-term weight management.

Still, if you would like to give Optavia a try, it is strongly recommended that you first consult with your healthcare provider about your intentions.

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