Q: I’ve heard that rapid weight loss programs are dangerous. Is this true?

A: Yes – complete fasting is hazardous and not a medically-acceptable method for weight loss. Our fasting programs are based on the concept of a Protein Sparing Modified Fast, in which we meet the body’s protein, vitamin, mineral, and fluid needs. When utilized appropriately with medical supervision, these programs are both effective for weight loss and quite safe. We monitor blood pressure, blood work, rate of weight loss, and other variables, and adjust as needed to ensure safe success. The supplements used for the Modified Fast Program were developed specifically for use in this type of meal plan, and should only be used with appropriate supervision. OPTIFAST programs have been extensively tested and refined to be both safe and effective.