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I gained 55lbs from AAPs and am now trying to lose them. I am using OPTIFAST which is a very low calorie diet that replaces your meals with shakes. You also have a bowl of veggies each day. I’ve heard lots of good things but wanted to hear experiences from people with AAP weight specifically. I gained from Invega, then Zyprexa now I’m off those but on Rexulti and my weight is stable.

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4 hours ago, mcjimjam said:

 I gained 55lbs from AAPs and am now trying to lose them. I am using OPTIFAST which is a very low calorie diet that replaces your meals with shakes. You also have a bowl of veggies each day. I’ve heard lots of good things but wanted to hear experiences from people with AAP weight specifically. I gained from Invega, then Zyprexa now I’m off those but on Rexulti and my weight is stable.

When I was on Seroquel, over 2 years ago, I gained about 40 lbs on it.....After  I stopped  the Seroquel, I lost the weight  the old fashioned way by counting calories, eliminating all sweets and soda, etc......I was eating about 1200-1400 calories a day.

It took me almost a year to lose the weight, but it has stayed off......IMO, anyone who has been on weight loss program of any kind, will tell you that the hardest part about losing weight, is keeping it off after you lose it.

That is my concern about the Optifast program.......Yes, you will lose the weight, if you can stick to it, but how are you planning to keep the weight off after you're done with the program?

Please understand I'm not trying to criticize Optifast......As long as you have a plan to keep the weight off afterwards, you'll be fine.

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52 minutes ago, CrazyRedhead said:

When I was on Seroquel, over 2 years ago, I gained about 40 lbs on it.....After  I stopped  the Seroquel, I lost the weight  the old fashioned way by counting calories, eliminating all sweets and soda, etc......I was eating about 1200-1400 calories a day.

It took me almost a year to lose the weight, but it has stayed off......IMO, anyone who has been on weight loss program of any kind, will tell you that the hardest part about losing weight, is keeping it off after you lose it.

That is my concern about the Optifast program.......Yes, you will lose the weight, if you can stick to it, but how are you planning to keep the weight off after you're done with the program?

Please understand I'm not trying to criticize Optifast......As long as you have a plan to keep the weight off afterwards, you'll be fine.

^^^this

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9 minutes ago, CrazyRedhead said:

I don't know either....Your post looks pretty straightforward to me....

eh well, coming again from someone who gained alot of weight and lost it. I played semi-pro sports...........was in shape............packed on 80LBS! got very sick and lost some because of that. BUt diet got the rest off. Im fit, lean, and in shape now, gym 6-7 days a week. Im by no means suggesting my lifestyle, its tedious, and takes discipline to maintain my diet, routine, etc.

However, there are a million weight loss fads out there, they all basically work in some form of restricting calories, and some form of accountability. your're trading in real food for shakes, shakes that dont have a ton of calories. this is great. if it works for you, by all means do it. THe tough part like @CrazyRedhead said is after the diet. You arent gonna drink shakes forever, so whats the after plan. Thats where things get tough. Im more than happy to assist with ideas if you need the help. Good luck in your weight loss journey, I hope it goes well for you!

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