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What medical conditions would prohibit my use of the OPTAVIA Program?
We recommend that you consult a doctor prior to starting any weight loss program. Do not participate in any OPTAVIA Programs if you have gout, are pregnant, breastfeeding or under the age of 18. If you have a serious, acute or chronic illness (e.g.,...
What medications may limit and/or prohibit my use of the OPTAVIA Program?
When following a weight-loss program, talk with your doctor about any prescription medications, especially: Diabetes medications High blood pressure medications Warfarin Lithium Our     Thyroid Medication, Soy, and Your OPTAVIA &nbs...
What if I have a food allergy or intolerance?
If you are aware that you have a food allergy or intolerance, be mindful when selecting your Fuelings and review the ingredients to avoid products that contain anything you may be sensitive to. Refer to our Product Claims Sheet for a list of ou...
I am pregnant, can I go on the Program?
Do not use any OPTAVIA Program if you are pregnant. Work with your doctor for nutrition and weight management guidance.
I have diabetes, can I go on the Program?
OPTAVIA offers meal plans that are appropriate for people with diabetes. Meal planning for people with diabetes is geared toward limiting calories while maintaining consistent, healthy blood sugar levels. The OPTAVIA Program is a good fit because it...
I take medications for my thyroid, can I go on the Program?
Our     Thyroid Medication, Soy, and Your OPTAVIA program sheet provides information on how to successfully use OPTAVIA for individuals taking thyroid medication. We recommend discussing your medical conditions and weight loss plans with ...
I take Warfarin, can I go on the OPTAVIA Program?
If you are taking Warfarin to prevent or limit the growth of blood clots, getting a consistent amount of vitamin K in your diet each day is required in order for this drug to work properly. Contact your doctor prior to starting (and throughout) your...
I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), can I go on the OPTAVIA Program?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproduction age. Typically, PCOS would not prevent someone from following the OPTAVIA program. In fact, the OPTAVIA Program may be particularly effective for those with...
What is the average sodium intake on the OPTAVIA meal plans?
OPTAVIA meal plans are designed to provide < 2300 mg of sodium per day. Individual food and beverage choices can impact your sodium intake. If you’re looking to lower your sodium intake, follow the OPTAVIA meal plan as outlined in your OPTA...
I have had gastric bypass, can I go on the Program?
In some cases, surgery alone may not be enough for maintaining a healthy weight over the long term, and you may benefit from a nutritional meal plan to control calories. Regardless of the procedure you've undergone, OPTAVIA can help you achieve ...
What should I share with my doctor prior to starting the OPTAVIA Program?
We recommend you consult with your doctor provider prior to starting any weight loss program.  OPTAVIA’s     Overview for Doctors provides an overview of the OPTAVIA Program, including the OPTAVIA Fuelings and meal plan option...