So in September I began a weight management program through Kaiser. It's a 30 week program and the first 15 weeks consists of 960 calories a day and only having the Optifast shakes, bars and soups provided. Surprisingly it has been very easy to stick with as I have felt surprisingly full. However the repetitive monotony of the exact same thing every single day is getting to me. Add in the fact that my choices are even more limited because I LOATHE the soups and it makes me a little crazy. Despite the boredom of just shakes and bars it's working so I'm sticking with it. I just finished week 3 and I'm down 18 pounds. I realize the first few weeks are a lot of water weight so I'm not expecting that rate of weight loss to keep up but the doctor said it would be possible to lose close to 100 pounds during the 30 weeks if I stick with program and incorporate exercise.
Where I have the concern with that kind of rapid weight loss is, will it all come back? Kaiser said this program is designed to help you develop healthy eating habits and that part of the reasoning behind only having the Optifast is to break you of the habit of treating food as a reward system but so far the classes haven't really taught anything, they're more about motivation. Has anyone done this program or something similar and did you manage to keep the weight off?