If the name doesn’t sound familiar to you, that’s because the name Optavia has only been around since 2017. Before that, it was known as Take Shape for Life.
Take Shape for Life began as a subsidiary of Medifast, a weight-loss product company founded by William Vitale, MD in 1980.
The prime benefit to Optavia’s program is the personal coaching and the ability to stop “overthinking” an eating plan, because, with their popular “5 & 1” plan, five out of six small meals a day are pre-planned and pre-packaged, which means no big decisions and no prep time. This is the most popular and is designed for rapid weight loss. The five meals are known as “fuelings” and then you prepare one low-calorie “lean and green” meal each day. The fuelings are delivered to your door, which also makes it easy and convenient.
It’s a great choice for people with a busy lifestyle and is intended for anyone looking to get healthier and lose weight. You can choose this or others for weight loss or for weight maintenance.
The other plans, “3 & 3” and “4 & 2 & 1” combine “real” meals with meal replacements. These are best for those who want to lose weight slowly or maintain their current weight. As might be expected foods you are encouraged to eat include lean meats, greens, other non-starchy vegetables, healthy fats, and then low-fat dairy, fresh fruit, and whole grains (on some plans). Non-compliant foods include indulgent desserts, high-calorie additions, sugary beverages, and alcohol.
However, you won’t feel deprived because you can choose from over 60 soups, bars, shakes, pretzels, and other products (even brownies!) as meal replacements.
And since each item has a nearly identical nutrition profile they can be eaten interchangeably.
When you sign up for Optavia, you can also join weekly group support calls and you’ll be in touch with your coach a lot. And many of Optavia’s coaches are former clients who are so impressed with the program they wanted to help make it available to more people and to help people on their journey as well.