OptiTrim Review - Does This Weight-Loss Program Work?
I paused before I hit the “publish” button on this one, because my conclusion was a bit of a shocker. We dug deep into OptiTrim and created a detailed review, scrutinizing the ingredients, side effects, clinical research and overall customer care. Then we read hundreds of user responses and customer comments from all over the internet. Finally, we compressed all of the facts and feedback we found to give you the information you need.
What is OptiTrim?
To start with, OptiTrim is a medically-monitored weight-loss program for both women and men. It essentially involves a meal-replacement plan, a comprehensive lifestyle education and medical supervision. This method may help decrease blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, reduce blood glucose and encourage serious weight reduction. On average, patients drop 52 pounds over the course of 22 weeks. The total cost of this diet system is not mentioned, and it will likely be based on your health insurance coverage.
We are not sure when the OptiTrim program first got started. As for the company behind it, it is Nestle Health Science. This brand makes the OptiFast shakes and foods that pertain to this diet system. There are numerous user comments and reviews posted on the web for this program, but read on…
Unpleasant Taste – “Yuck or Yum?”
One concern we have is with the taste of OptiTrim shakes. “Some dieters have reported that these ready-to-drink meal-replacement products have an unpleasant flavor. This could be a real problem, because you’re supposed to drink them daily,” says our Research Editor.
One user stated, “Products taste really bad, and I am hungry all the time.”
Then again, a different person said, “I like this program. The two soups are good…I jazz them up with curry powder, various salt free Mrs. Dash stuff. One in the AM and one in the PM. My other three shakes/day I spike with the little Meo water flavorings.”
Another mentioned, “Just started OptiTrim. Trying to get used to the shakes and soups. It’s okay so far.”
High Levels of Sugar – “Uh Oh”
Another issue is OptiTrim ingredients. Apparently the OptiFast drinks contain high levels of sugar. One customer reported, “The meal-replacement shakes have loads of sugar. Try 18 grams per serving. That will not help you lose weight.”
However, a different dieter said this, “Kind of sweet, but the taste is not bad. It gives you 14 grams of protein, which is good.”
“Surprised they use fructose sweeteners in OptiFast shakes. A little concerned this will cause belly fat,” posted another.
Our research has shown if there is a certain facet of a diet program that is especially concerning or difficult (unpleasant flavor, high levels of sugar, steep price) the odds of real results for the long term are not very good. Therefore if OptiTrim meal replacement products do in fact taste bad to a lot of dieters, this could be a major problem.
The Science – “Is It There?”
Fortunately, we did find some research that supports the OptiTrim weight-loss program. This diet essentially involves cutting calories, which can aid with weight reduction and fat loss. However, you must be able to stand the taste of the meal-replacement shakes and foods that are incorporated.
The Bottom Line – Does OptiTrim Work?
So, should you spend your money on this medical weight-loss program? Well, we appreciate that no major OptiTrim side effects or adverse reactions were mentioned by dieters. It’s also nice to see that this program involves some professional supervision. However, we have some reservations about this method because the actual cost is not revealed. Also, we’re concerned about the customer complaints regarding the taste of the meal-replacement shakes and their high levels of sugar.
If you’d like to shed more pounds, then we suggest you find a diet program or product that is easy enough to use anywhere, will not break your bank account and does not have an unpleasant taste.
Among the best products we’ve seen this year is one called Leptigen. This supplement offers four powerful ingredients, which have been clinically tested and are shown to help ignite fat loss and speed up metabolism. We can’t find any user complaints, and customer comments around the web indicate people are seeing solid results.
The makers of Leptigen are so certain of their product they’re offering a Special Trial Offer, which is a good sign.
Previous OptiTrim Review (Updated May 7, 2010):
What You Should KnowOptiTrim is a multi-phased weight loss system that is commonly used in a medical weight loss setting. Through stages one and two, dieters will use the OptiFast meal replacement system to facilitate weight loss. We found it interesting that OptiFast listed amazing weight loss numbers of 52 pounds in 22 weeks. The fine print regarding that weight loss, however, read that the weight loss was only temporary in most cases.
List of IngredientsTwo stage weight loss process created around OptiFast foods and program.
Product FeaturesStage one of the OptiTrim weight loss system begins with medical testing and meetings with a dietician and weight loss coach. After these first steps are over, the dieter will be given OptiFast meal replacements to eat on a daily basis. There is no mention of whether the meals are included in the OptiTrim plan or pose an added cost. In addition to eating OptiFast foods, the dieter will also eat planned and measured meals. There is no calorie counting on the OptiTrim weight loss plan. Dieters are also expected to meet weekly for counseling and weigh ins. The second stage begins at week 9 of the OptiTrim plan. By week 9, dieters are weaned off the OptiFast foods and returned to a full food diet. One on one coaching sessions continue for three more weeks. If dieters liked the weight loss results when eating OptiFast foods, they can continue to choose these meals over whole food. The OptiTrim plan is advertised by several medical weight loss clinics. It seems the OptiFast program is dedicated to people who have more than 50 pounds to lose and the OptiTrim for those who have 50 pounds or less to lose. Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines lists program information and results such as average weight loss (52 pounds), decreased blood glucose (by 29%) and decreased cholesterol (by 15%). If all OptiTrim programs are associated with medical facilities, this could pose a huge cost for dieters wishing to try the program to lose weight.
- Information on OptiTrim is easy to find online.
- The program claims weight loss of 52 pounds in 22 weeks.
- OptiTrim could be very expensive.
- It looks like dieters will need to pay for OptiFast weight loss meals.
- Weekly meetings and counseling can be very time consuming and potentially impossible for some dieters.
- Without medical insurance, testing required before starting the program could be expensive.