Role of the Healthcare Professional

Managing side effects

It is important to note that some initial side-effects, especially during the first 3 days of the program, are normal and can be easily managed.

Learn about managing side effects.

Managing the OPTIFAST VLCD Program

The program is designed to be flexible to result in the maximum desired amount of weight loss for your patient.

Managing the OPTIFAST VLCD Program.

Medical monitoring

OPTIFAST VLCD must be taken under the supervision of a healthcare professional such as an Accredited Practising Dietitian.

View precautions.


Due to the biological basis of obesity some patients may require additional pharmacotherapy to assist in appetite suppression.

Pharmacotherapy options.

Exercise recommendations

The goal of physical activity in weight management is to increase an individual’s energy expenditure and resting metabolic rate.

Exercise recommendations.

Managing non-compliance

Despite the best intentions there may be circumstances where a patient is finding it difficult to comply with the OPTIFAST VLCD Program.

How to manage non-compliance.

Managing allergies and intollerances

Your patients can still follow the OPTIFAST VLCD Program if they have allergies or intolerances. It is just a matter of working out which products will suit them best.

Manaing allergies and intollerances.

Transitioning off intensive

Prior to finishing the Intensive Level the patient should be reviewed and baseline measurements repeated.

Transitioning your patient off the intensive phase.