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How do I sign up?

If you email or call (734)-961-6710 and leave a mesasge, we will get back to you to guage your interest in the program. After this, we will set up an appointment with one of our wellness providers and get you your labs so you can start as soon as possible!

What is the cost and what is covered by insurance?

You can email or call (734)-961-6710 and get in touch with our wellness navigator who will be able to provide price and insurance information.

Where are you located?

We are located in Yspilanti Michigan. We are connected to Ann Arbor St Joseph Mercy Hospital. Our address is 5300 Elliott Dr. Yspilanti, MI, 48197

Why is there a wellness program at a GI clinic?

The GI system is one of the first organ systems affected by obestiy. It has been found that anyone with a BMI over 30 most likely has fatty liver the disease which is predicted to be one of the biggest indicators of needing a liver transplant in the near future. Reflux is also an indicator of acquiring more obesity related diseases.

Are the meal replacements acceptable for those with lactose intolerance?

  • The meal replacements can be consumed by those who are lactose intolerant. However if you have a lactose allergy, you should not consume these products.

    • If this is the case, you should consider using our Registered Dietitian path to wellness!​

Can I drink pop/coffee/tea while on the meal replacements?

  • While on the meal replacements, you should not consume any of the above.

  • If needed, one cup of coffee or tea is acceptable, but we would prefer they were decaffeinated with absolutely no added creamers or sweeteners, natural or artificial. 

Can I eat any regular food while on the "Full Meal Replacement" program?

  • It is preferred that you stick to the meal replacements for 100% of your daily intake while in the first phase of the program.

  • If you choose to consume any additional foods, please limit your choices to:

    • Cucumbers, salad greens, and raw cabbage.​

What if I get constipated or have diarrhea?

  • One of the most common side effects associated with Optifast is constipation. This can occur because of the temporary lack of fiber in your diet while on meal replacements. If you start to experience constipation, we recommend you start on  a daily fiber supplement (ideally powder form) such as Benefiber or Citrucel. Begin with 1 tablespoon per day with an 8-12 oz glass of water. Staying properly hydrated with water throughout the day and exercising on a regular basis will also help. increase the fiber supplement to one tablespoon twice a day if constipation persists. If necessary, you may also add daily Miralax, starting with 17g (one capful) per day with a glass of water.

  • Another common side effect is diarrhea. You can use Imodium.

Are there particular times of day that I should consume the meal replacements?

  • No. However, most people find it ideal to consume the meal replacements at about the same time everyday, with equal intervals in between meals.

    • i.e. 3 hours between each meal replacement.​

Can I start exercising right away?

It is best to wait two weeks before beginning an exercise regimen as to allow your body to adjust to your new normal.

Can I take Optifast on an airplane when I travel?

The powder shake mix, in its' sealed original packaging should be fine.

Can I consume all bars and soups for my 5 servings?

  • No. The soups and bars should be limited to no more than 2 of each per day.

    • This is due to the sodium and potassium content of each respectively. If consuming more than two each, you may throw your micronutrient levels out of balance.​

I have a gluten allergy; can I use the meal replacements?

You may consume all of the meal replacements EXCEPT for the bars.

What if I am hungry

  • You may simply be thirsty, so make sure you drink plenty of water.

  • If that does not help, you may want to call and discuss further options with our wellness navigator.

  • You may also want to employ some of the strategies discussed in the weekly wellness meetings.

Should I still take my multivitamin?

  • No, you do not need to. Everything you need, nutritionally, is in the meal replacements, if you consume 5 products per day.

  • If you primary care physician advises you to continue with supplements, comply with their advice.

Does attending or watching the weekly wellness meetings really help?

YES! Our data demonstrates that the patients who attend our weekly wellness meetings not only lose more weight, but tend to have continued success.

Do I need the Dietitian?

We HIGHLY recommend taking advantage of our Registered Dietitian!

Are there any resources to help me prepare for self prepared meals?

  • Yes! Using the Registered Dietitian is your best resource for building your arsenal of healthy recipes to help you succeed in your new lifestyle. You can also get recipes from our weekly wellness meetings.

  • We also recommend multiple fantastic books that teach you, as well as provide recipes for your new lifestyle.

  • We also recommend you check out the "more" and "resources" above!

Is there a transition guide?

Yes. You can receive a copy of it at our weekly wellness meetings and learn more about it at these meetings. Our transition guides are a great tool for helping you in your lifestyle change.

Do you have a psychologist on staff?

Not currently, but we work with a local organization that specializes in all aspects of eating disorders. You can ask one of our wellness providers for the information.

What happens if I become hypoglycemic?

If you are a diabetic, be sure to monitor your blood sugar daily and you may need to reduce your medication in collaboration with your wellness provider and primary care physician.

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