Mrs X, a 37 year old patient, was first assessed by an Optifast-trained dietitian at the Cape Gate Dietitians’ practice for a baseline consultation in February 2018.
She was a newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic and had a history of weight management problems.
She reported knowing that she had to do something about her weight to better her health, as she had a husband and young daughter to also think about.
At this point, her weight was 155kg.
At her second visit, she received a supply of Optifast shakes as well as a meal plan, indicating the food that can be enjoyed with the shakes.
Because of her higher than normal lean muscle mass, additional protein servings were added to her meal plan, to prevent the loss of muscle mass.
Mrs X indicated that she would prefer to following up weekly, instead of the usual two weekly follow up.
She was very eager to start the programme and this showed at her follow up consultation with the dietitian. After only 1 week on the Optifast programme, she had lost an whopping 3 kilograms.
She reported feeling more energetic than before.
She also reported the shakes being surprisingly satisfying and that she did not experience any cravings at all, contrary to what she expected.
Her weigh in was done, using an In Body body analysis scale, which indicated that she had lost mostly fat, but also a small portion of muscle.
Mrs X indicated that she did not take protein with her shakes as prescribed. The reason for the addition of protein to the diet was stressed to Mrs X.
After the second follow up appointment and up until her most recent visit, she is continuously losing 1 – 1.3 kg of fat mass weekly.
Her muscle mass declined slightly, but for the most part it is relatively stable.
In April 2018, she reached her first big weight loss milestone of having lost more than 10kg. Her most recent weight is 143kg and she is still going strong.
She will be starting her 4 week food reintroduction phase soon.