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How Much Does Optifast Cost?

July 21, 2023
How Much Does Optifast Cost?

For those who are interested in losing weight, one of the best solutions to incorporate into your life, along with regular exercise, is Optifast. Optifast is a medically-supervised meal replacement program developed in conjunction with Duke Health. Each meal provides 800 to 1,000 calories along with the recommended nutrients needed to help you steadily but safely lose weight. One of the most popular questions we get about Optifast is how much does it cost.


In general, Optifast meal plans cost about $4 dollars a meal, or around $350 dollars a month. The number of meals you replace, along with the type of meals you order and other important factors can all impact how much you pay for the Optifast meal replacement program. 


To help you get a better idea of how much you might pay, and to help you understand what you can expect from the Optifast program, here are a few key insights from our qualified Optifast providers here at the South County Weight and Wellness Institute:


Optifast is a medically supervised program

While it is true that some Optifast products do not require a medical prescription, the main Optifast meal replacement program does require medical oversight. In order to successfully and safely lose weight with Optifast, you will need a clinic with a qualified medical professional who can approve you for the program and monitor your progress.


Need help finding an Optifast clinic? For residents in the Providence, Rhode Island area, the South County Weight and Wellness Institute is happy to help you on your Optifast journey. Otherwise, you can find a clinic near you by searching with the Optifast Clinic tool.


Insurance providers may cover part of Optifast

Different insurance providers offer different coverage, but for the most part the average insurance company will not pay for the meal replacements. However, insurance companies may pay for your clinic visits to evaluate your weight loss progress, which can help you save money as you determine the overall costs of the Optifast medical meal replacement program.


Optifast costs less over time as you supplement with other foods

The Optifast medical meal replacement program is available as both a 12 and 24 month program, with each program designed around three phases.


  • Active Weight Loss Phase. Your diet will be entirely replaced by Optifast meal products to greatly encourage weight loss.
  • Transition Phase. Optifast meals are paired with other recommended foods for a balanced diet as your body readjusts to non-Optifast products.
  • Maintenance Phase. Optifast consumption is reduced to snacks and only the occasional meal as patients continue to meet with medical professionals to monitor the progress of their weight loss journey.


 With each phase requiring less Optifast meals to be ordered, the total cost of being in the program decreases with time. However, you will have to start paying for non-Optifast meals again, so the overall amount you pay for food may not change that much even as you get into the later phases of the Optifast program.


Discuss Optifast meal replacements with the South Country Weight and Wellness Institute

The Optifast medical meal replacement program is a great way for many people to lose weight, but it’s not for everyone. However, everyone can lose weight and improve their health by consulting us here at the South County Weight and Wellness Institute.


Our team of medical experts and professional dietitians will carefully consider your needs as we come up with the best plan possible to help with your needs. Services we provide include Optifast meal replacements and other nutritional recommendations, tailored exercise programs, weight maintenance programs, and other forms of patient support.


If you want to improve your health, contact us today with any questions you have or schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you when you visit the South County Weight and Wellness Institute!


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