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Ms. J.M.
Total Weight Loss: 55lbs

A) Before you started the program, what was the defining moment that you remember when deciding to try OPTIFAST® here at Bryn Mawr Endocrinology?

I had been depressed about my weight for a number of years and tried many different diets. I saw the advertisement for Optifast® in the lobby and decided to have one more go at losing and managing my weight.

B) How do you remember your health changing as the days and weeks of the program continued? Can you quote any specific blood tests, conditions or quality of life improvements that happened along the way?

My back pain definitely reduced and I found myself able to do more and more physical activity. I began to sleep better and my energy levels increased week by week.

C) What did you look forward to when participating in the various phases of the program here at Bryn Mawr Endocrinology? Were there areas that stood out to you for exceptional care, expertise and/or commitment to your health?

The initial sessions were very helpful and what the Dietitian called the “tough love” session really had an impact on my motivation to own my own weight management issues. The nutrition sessions are excellent and have given me the vital tools I need to succeed.

D) Share more about your health goals, what are you looking forward to in the continued weight management journey?

My number one goal this year is to end the year no heavier than I am now, and to continue a consistent level of daily physical activity.

E) How do you believe others like you can benefit from the OPTIFAST® weight management programs at Bryn Mawr Endocrinology?

If you want fast results in a supportive and expert environment this is the program for you. I firmly believe through that you can only get out of the program what you are prepared to put in. Come wanting to succeed and you will find the help you need.

Ms. D.B.
Total Weight Loss: 31lbs

A) Before you started the program, what was the defining moment that you remember when deciding to try OPTIFAST® here at Bryn Mawr Endocrinology?

My defining moment was realizing I was the heaviest person in my household.

B) How do you remember your health changing as the days and weeks of the program continued? Can you quote any specific blood tests, conditions or quality of life improvements that happened along the way?

The changes were fantastic. My cholesterol improved down to 140 from 290mg/dl (with medication and program). My blood pressure improved from 140/90 to average 120/80mm/Hg. The swelling in my legs reduced. My energy level was increased and I started walking long distances again. Best of all, I was fitting in my old clothes and got back my self esteem!

C) What did you look forward to when participating in the various phases of the program here at Bryn Mawr Endocrinology? Were there areas that stood out to you for exceptional care, expertise and/or commitment to your health?

The Dietitian who taught our nutrition classes brought me to new awareness levels and taught us useable solutions to problems and challenges that I will likely continue to face the rest of my life.

D) Share more about your health goals, what are you looking forward to in the continued weight management journey?

I am committed to healthier living! I want to be around for the dau I might have grand children. I look forward to being able to play with them on the floor and being able to get up from the floor without struggling. I want to live out my life without being tethered to doctors and medications.

E) How do you believe others like you can benefit from the OPTIFAST® weight management programs at Bryn Mawr Endocrinology?

If anyone has reached the point where they desire change, this program will work! When I started, I was told if you follow the program & lifestyle changes, it WILL WORK. I chose to enter the program before the long tem health damage was done. Had I waited until my blood pressure was out of control, or my mobility became restricted, the physical activity challenges would have been greater. So I believe sooner than later is the time to take back control of one’s weight management.

Mr. T.C.
Total Weight Loss: 51lbs

A) Before you started the program, what was the defining moment that you remember when deciding to try OPTIFAST® here at Bryn Mawr Endocrinology?

I decided to look into the program after an appointment with my Endocrinologist. At that time my weight had reached 278 lbs, the highest at any point in my life. My A1c at that visit was about 9%, also the highest I had ever recorded. I was using the largest amount of insulin since I was diagnosed about 10 years ago and my sugar control was obviously very poor. Also the expense of the drugs I was taking was and remains a concern. My Doctor recommended the Optifast® Jumpstart© Program as a beginning to a better care outcome.
I had reached the point that I realized I needed to something to change my results and to develop a serious plan of attack. The Optifast® Jumpstart© program appeared to be an alternative that would assist me in setting and achieving the goals I needed to turn my outcomes around.

B) How do you remember your health changing as the days and weeks of the program continued? Can you quote any specific blood tests, conditions or quality of life improvements that happened along the way?

My daily blood sugar results started to become much more consistent very quickly. Within two weeks the sugar levels began to normalize and become much more consistent. As time went on my insulin requirements decreased weekly. As I approached the end to the program my insulin usage was decreased by approximately 75%. My blood pressure readings are much more consistent and I have reduced the dose of my blood pressure medication by 50%.
My general health is improved with increased energy levels. I had a total hip replacement during the program and I am convinced my weight reduction contributed greatly to a quick recovery from surgery and reduced time for rehabilitation following surgery.

C) What did you look forward to when participating in the various phases of the program here at Bryn Mawr Endocrinology? Were there areas that stood out to you for exceptional care, expertise and/or commitment to your health?

I felt the weekly meetings were important. It kept me focused and it helped to hear what issues or solutions/suggestions my peers had in those meetings. The weight checks were also important and it gave me time to review any issues I was experiencing such as occasional low blood sugar events and how to effectively deal with them. The information presented was helpful in understanding what was happening within the program as well as explaining how to properly eat and understand how the various food components fit into a healthy diet. The Dietitian leading the program was very knowledgeable and patient in handling questions and making sure we understood the material.

D) Share more about your health goals, what are you looking forward to in the continued weight management journey?

The number one health goal is to maintain the weight loss I achieved in the program. By doing this I’m confident that my sugar control will remain healthy. I also expect to feel better over time and remain active physically

E) How do you believe others like you can benefit from the OPTIFAST® weight management programs at Bryn Mawr Endocrinology?

Anyone who needs this program can benefit. For me, once I made the commitment to do it, I found it relatively easy to follow. There were not a lot of decisions to be made once it started. Follow the program (don’t cheat) and the weight comes off. The interesting part came with the reintroduction of food. I thought it was well thought out and we weren’t just left to our own devices. The classes were detailed enough to understand the basic chemistry of food and how it affects your body. It provided a good foundation for healthier eating and understanding how to approach food and consumption in the future.

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