Optifast Weightloss Bar Chocolate 6 x 60g
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What is Optifast® VLCDTM? The Optifast program is a clinically proven, very low calorie diet recommended for the dietary management of obesity. It has been widely researched and successfully and safely used worldwide by millions of patients since 1974.
How does it work? Optifast is incredibly simple. All food is replaced with the Optifast products, which are designed to restrict energy intake, whilst still maintaining healthy nutrition. Reducing calorie (energy) intake to below 800 calories (3448kJ) per day means the body starts to draw energy from its own fat stores instead of from food. Research has shown that very low calorie diets produce greater initial weight loss than other diets (9–26kg over 4-20 weeks).
What is involved? In the early stages, Optifast is designed to totally replace normal food intake. As you start to lose weight, normal meals are then gradually re-introduced. The products in our range each contain carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and high quality protein (which helps preserve lean body mass). Each product contains all the daily nutrients, minerals and trace elements the body needs on a daily basis.
There are four stages to the Optifast program and your health professional can advise which is the most appropriate phase of the program for your individual weight loss needs: Intensive Phase 1 - 12 WEEKS During this initial phase, Optifast replaces ALL meals and must be taken in combination with 2 cups of low-starch, green vegetables and 2 litres of water per day. Transition Phase 13 - 18 WEEKS One low calorie meal (approximately 300-350 calories) is introduced, in combination with 2 cups of low starch vegetables, 2 serves of fruit, 1 serve of dairy (see Allowed Foods List) and 2 litres of water per day. Maintenance Phase 19 - 22 WEEKS Once this phase is reached, Optifast replaces just ONE meal a day – in combination with two low calorie meal (approximately 300-350 calories each), 2 cups of low starch vegetables, 2 serves of fruit, 1 serve of dairy (see Allowed Foods List) and 2 litres of water per day. Stabilisation Phase 23 WEEKS AND ONWARDS Once weight loss goals have been achieved, you should be at a stage where you no longer require Optifast and you are eating healthy, low calorie meals. However, it is vital to maintain weight loss by ensuring calorie intake is restricted to less than about 1500 calories per day. Your health professional may advise you to use Optifast intermittently if you go above your healthy goal weight.
How is it taken? Optifast comes in bar, shake and soup formats, in individual portions. To make up a sachet, simply add the contents to cold or hot water - then stir or shake. In addition to the sachets, it’s important to drink two litres of calorie-free fluid, preferably water, and eat two cups of low starch vegetables every day. It’s also important to start a program of light exercise – increasing to moderate intensity (e.g. brisk walking) as weight loss accelerates. Before commencing any exercise program, it is important that you discuss this with your health professional.
These delicious Chocolate Bars are one of the products in the Optifast range. It is nutritionally complete, high in fibre and has a low GI. Each pack contains 6 x 60g bars.
Optifast VLCD Chocolate Bars Servings per package - 6, Serving size - 60g, Energy kJ 964, Vitamin D mcg 2.16, Cal 229, Vitamin E mg 4.32, Protein g 17.3, Vitamin C mg 19.1, Carbohydrates g 22.7, Thiamine (vit. b1) mg 0.51, sugars g 20.7, Riboflavin (vit. b2) mg 0.7, Fat, total g 7.1, Niacin mg 7.6, saturated g 3.1, Vitamin B6 mg 0.64, Dietary fibre g 5.2, Folic acid mcg 85, Calcium mg 243, Vitamin B12 mcg 0.64, Phosphorus mg 398, Biotin mcg 64, Potassium mg 514, Pantothenic acid mg 1.4, Iron mg 6.86, Glycemic index 23, Zinc mg 4.06.
Ingredients: Bulking Agent (Polydextrose), Milk Protein, Milk Chocolate (14%) [Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Flavours], Sorbitol Syrup, Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Fructose, Sunflower Oil, Low Fat Cocoa, Minerals (Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Trisodium Citrate, Magnesium Oxide, Ferric Pyrophosphate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulphate, Manganese Sulphate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Flavours, Humectant (Glycerol), Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid, Nicotinamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Retinyl Acetate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Cholecalciferol, Cyancobalamin). Contains milk, soy, wheat. May contain traces of egg and/or nuts and peanuts.
|Dosage||To use: Optifast bars are convenient and ready to eat. One bar is equivalent to one meal on the Optifast program.
What other foods can be eaten on the program? The following outlines the particular foods that can be included while using Optifast. A serve of fruit should contain around 50-70 calories and 10-15g of carbohydrate. A serve of fruit could be one of: 200g strawberries, 4 lychees, 2 apricots, 200g cooked rhubarb, 2 slices pineapple, 2-3 passion fruit, 100g grapes, 1 small apple, 10 cherries, 1 small orange, 1 peach, 1 small pear, 120g pear in natural juice, 120g plums or 3 prunes.A serve of dairy should have around 100 calories. A serve of dairy could be: one 250ml glass low fat milk, 40g low fat cheese, 1 scoop of light ice-cream or a 200g tub low fat yoghurt. Low starch and green vegetables alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, beans, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, celery, cabbage, capsicum, carrots cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, lettuce, leeks, mung beans, mushrooms, onions radish, shallots, silver beet, snow peas, spinach, squash, tomato, watercress, zucchini. Avoid the following vegetables - corn, green peas, legume, lentils, potato, pumpkin, sweet potato. Allowed - Soups stock cubes, bonox (in moderation) vegetable soups(using allowed vegetables) miso soup. Avoid all others Sauces and condiments. Allowed - lemon juice, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce soy sauce (in moderation), chilli mustard, tomato paste Spices and herbs all spice, basil, celery flakes, chilli, chives, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, curry powder dill, fennel, garlic, ginger, light salt, mint, mustard seed, nutmeg oregano, paprika, parsley, pepper, rosemary, sage, thyme, turmeric, tarragon Miscellaneous artificial sweeteners Unsweetened lollies/gum Diet Jelly, Essence – banana, mint, strawberry Calorie free fluids (at least 2 litres extra per day) water, tea, diet soft drink diet cordial, mineral water fruit juice, alcohol * Fruit is permitted only during the Transition, Maintenance and Stabilisation Phases of the program. Fruit is not allowed during the intensive phase of the program due to its carbohydrate content.
|Contra Indications||Persons with acute cerebrovascular or cardiovascular disease, renal disease, hepatic disease, juvenile onset diabetes, porphyria or overt psychosis should not take Optifast Products. The Optifast Program is contra-indicated in pregnancy, lactation and is not recommended for children below the age of 18 years and in people over the age of 65 years.|
|Reactions||May contain traces of egg and/or nuts and peanuts.|
Please note: Optifast is recommended to be taken under the supervision of a health professional. It is indicated for persons with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30 or a BMI greater than 27 with medical complications associated with obesity such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or non-insulin dependent diabetes.