Have queries? We'd love to help.

Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

Have queries? We'd love to help.

Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

by slim4wellness

Empower 2 Wellness is an integrated approach to weight loss. Here, we mix not just the physical aspects but the mental and bio.

Our team assists every client with learning new ways to deal with nutrition, behavioral changes with licensed professionals, medical supervision, and a pharmco therapy if needed.

Empower 2 Wellness is not a program planned by doctors but it is a program made and monitored by doctors, nurse practitioners, yoga instructors, and therapists.

When beginning any program Empower 2 Wellness wants to see you at least once a week. This is for the accountability factor. We could always do phone screenings but with a face-to-face, it allows a bio check up as well as an overall responsibility for the nutritional check up.


Every two weeks when on Optifast.

Because Empower 2 Wellness utilizes different options depending on your medical history, affordability,

Questions over our OPTIFAST® program

What is OPTIFAST®?

OPTIFAST® is a comprehensive weight management program that combines lifestyle education and medical monitoring with a meal replacement diet. To get detailed information on the OPTIFAST® program, patients attend a consultation that takes about one hour.

Is the OPTIFAST® program right for me?

The OPTIFAST® program is recommended for paitents with a body mass index > 30 kg/m who also have one or more weight-related medical conditions.

How can the OPTIFAST® help me

Medical supervised weight loss through the OPTIFAST® program is clinically proven to help you lose weight. *This weight loss can also help you improve weight-related medical conditions.

How much weight can I expect to lose?

After 26 weeks on the OPTIFAST® program, patients typically lose an average of 50 pounds from their starting body weight.

What other health improvements can I expect?

Patients on the OPTIFAST® program who lost a medically significant amount of weight (at least 5% of initial body weight) by week 26 also lowered their blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood glucose.

Can I eat food while on the OPTIFAST® program?

The OPTIFAST® program consists of three phases — an Active Weight Loss Phase, a Transition Phase, and a Long-Term Weight Management Phase. During the 12-week Active Weight Loss Phase, you will consume a full meal replacement diet of OPTIFAST® products. During the Transition Program, you will transition to eating self-prepared regular food. OPTIFAST® programs vary slightly. Please consult with your OPTIFAST® healthcare professional on what is appropriate for you.

How long does the OPTIFAST® program usually last?

The OPTIFAST® program usually lasts from 18-26 weeks, utilizing a full meal replacement plan that transitions to self-prepared “everyday” meals in conjunction with comprehensive patient education and support.

What are meal replacements?

Meal replacements are specially formulated foods that replace all or part of a total daily diet for patients who are trying to lose weight. OPTIFAST® products come in a variety of options, such as liquid ready-to-drink shakes, powder shake mixes, bars, and soup mixes. OPTIFAST® products are nutritionally complete (in 5 servings) providing at least 24 key vitamins and minerals. They also provide an excellent source of protein and are a good source of fiber.

What are the benefits of a meal replacement diet?

A full meal replacement program helps you stay on track by helping control the amount of calories you consume. Full meal replacement programs are associated with greater weight loss because they reduce the total amount of calories consumed while also providing portion control, making it easier to stick to your diet plan. When you return to a self-prepared diet in which only some meals are replaced with OPTIFAST® products, meal replacements can help with portion control and provide structure to your daily diet, so you consume the right number of calories each day.

Can I trust the OPTIFAST® program?

The medically monitored OPTIFAST® program has been helping patients lose weight for more than 40 years. It has been cited in more than 80 publications. Countless numbers of patients have taken part in the program. The company that makes OPTIFAST® updates the products, program components, and scientific research to make sure it is a safe and effective option for patients who need to lose weight under medical supervision.

Is medically monitored weight loss safe?

Clinical studies suggest medically monitored weight management programs are safe, effective, and help individuals to address and modify behaviors to encourage long-term weight management.

How much does OPTIFAST® cost?

The cost of the OPTIFAST® program varies by city and by clinic and on the specific program that is right for your weight loss goals and individual medical situation. To get detailed information on the OPTIFAST® program, patients attend a free, no-obligation consultation that takes about one hour.

Will I keep my weight off?

Patients who continue to use weight maintenance programs have a greater chance of keeping weight off than those patients who do not continue using weight maintenance programs.

Is OPTIFAST® covered by insurance?

Insurance carriers are inconsistent in what they cover when it comes to weight loss and vary greatly by state. It’s important to contact insurance providers, prior to starting the program, to see if they cover a portion of it. Employee benefits and healthcare spending accounts are also options for reimbursement with some employers.



Dr. Deepika Bhargava – M.D. – Medical Director, CEO
 Nick Pitts – Director of Wellness


Kelsi Haraway – Registered Dietitian