Your lifestyle, your plan

Active 2 level

On this Level, you replace 2 meals with OPTIFAST VLCD products and include 1 healthy meal. This level is ideal if you are looking for more gradual weight loss.

Why choose this level?  

Why choose this level?

On this Level, you replace 2 meals with OPTIFAST VLCD products and include 1 healthy meal, which is approximately 350 calories. It is ideal for you if your BMI is 25-30 kg/m2 or if you find the Intensive Level too restrictive and want to incorporate a ‘normal’ meal during the day.

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How does it work?

The Active 2 Level restricts calorie intake but not as much as the Intensive Level, and if combined with regular exercise, more gradual levels of weight loss can be achieved. Unlike the Intensive Level, the Active 2 Level doesn't work by inducing ketosis. It works purely by restricting calorie intake to approximately 1000 calories per day. During the Active 2 Level you will be replacing two meals each day with an OPTIFAST VLCD product.

You will also need to have:

  • 1 low-calorie meal (approximately 350 calories)
  • 2 or more cups of low starch vegetables
  • 2 litres of water or calorie-free fluids (minimum)
  • 1 serve of fruit (approximately 70 calories)
  • 1 serve of dairy (approximately 100 calories)

The length of time that you are on this level will depend on your lifestyle needs and weight loss goals.

What a day might look like:

Meal Sample meal plan 1 Sample meal plan 2 Sample meal plan 3
Breakfast 1 OPTIFAST VLCD Shake 1 OPTIFAST VLCD Shake 1 OPTIFAST VLCD Protein Plus Shake
Morning Tea Tea/coffee (either black or with 30mL of low fat milk and no sugar)
1 serve of fruit
Tea/coffee (either black or with 30mL of low fat milk and no sugar)
1 serve of fruit
150g of low fat yoghurt
Lunch 1 cup of low starch salad or vegetables Low-calorie meal
(~350kcal, 25g protein, 25g CHO)
1 OPTIFAST VLCD Dessert
60g of vegetable sticks
Afternoon Tea 1 OPTIFAST VLCD Bar 1 cup of low starch vegetables 1 serve of fruit
Dinner Low-calorie meal
(~350kcal, 25g protein, 25g CHO)
1 OPTIFAST VLCD Soup
1 cup of low starch vegetables
Low-calorie meal
(~350kcal, 25g protein, 25g CHO)
Supper Herbal tea
150g of low fat yoghurt
Glass of warm low fat milk with diet topping Herbal Tea
125mL of diet jelly
Total Nutrient Intake 1001 calories
73g protein
95g carbohydrate
1005 calories
77g protein
97g carbohydrate
996 calories
78g protein
93g carbohydrate

What is a ‘low starch vegetable’?

Below is a list of low starch vegetables, as well as vegetables to avoid due to their higher carbohydrate and calorie content. The OPTIFAST VLCD Program recommends at least 2 cups a day of allowed vegetables, however increasing that quantity makes little difference to your weight loss and may help to keep you satisfied. Vegetables can be raw or cooked - it doesn’t matter which.

Full list of Allowed Foods & Condiments  
Allowed
Low starch vegetables
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Bean sprouts
  • Beetroot (30-40g)
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Capsicum
  • Carrots (30-40g)
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Green beans
  • Konjac noodles
  • (Slendier/Slim
  • Pasta range)
  • Lettuce
  • (all types)
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Radishes
  • Shallots
  • Silver beet
  • Snow peas
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini
Avoid
 
  • Corn
  • Green peas
  • Legumes
  • Lentils
  • Potato
  • Sweet potato
  • Parsnip
  • Pumpkin
  • Turnip

Fruit & Dairy Serves

Fruit and dairy serves are continued on the Active 1 Level. See below for recommendations on serves:

Allowed – Active 2, Active 1, Maintenance Levels Only
Fruit (one serve = 50-70 calories)
  • Apple (1 small)
  • Lychees (4)
  • Plums (2)
  • Apricots (2)
  • Orange (1)
  • Mandarin (1-2)
  • Pineapple (2 slices)
  • Strawberries (1.5 punnets)
  • Cherries (15)
  • Passionfruit (4)
  • Rhubarb (200g)
  • Grapes (1/2 cup)
  • Peach (1)
  • Prunes (3)
  • Pear (1 small)
  • Canned fruit in natural juice (120g)
Avoid
 
  • Dried Fruit
  • Fruit Juice
Allowed – Active 2, Active 1, Maintenance Levels Only
Low-Fat Dairy (one serve = 100 calories)
  • Reduced Fat Hard Cheese (30g)
  • Cottage Cheese (1/3 cup)
  • Low-Fat Ice Cream (1 scoop)
  • Low-Fat Milk (250ml)
  • Low-Fat Yoghurt (1 small tub ~ 150g)
Avoid
 
  • Full-Cream Dairy

FAQs

Yes, some people may choose to start on the Active 2 Level of the OPTIFAST VLCD Program or are advised to do so by a healthcare professional. The Active 2 Level is suitable for people who require significant weight loss. This level restricts calorie intake but not as much as the Intensive level. Alternatively, if it is easier to start with one meal replacement and slowly build up then you may choose to start on the Active 1 Level.

No, the Active 2 Level works through calorie restriction, not ketosis. The Intensive Level is the only OPTIFAST Program Level that utilises ketosis.

Your calorie-controlled or low-calorie meal should be around 350 calories. Aim for 1 serve or ¼ of your plate to be protein (100g meat or chicken, 130g white flesh fish, 2 eggs or 150g tofu), 1 serve or ¼ or your plate to be grains (2 slices of bread, 1 cup cooked pasta, ¾ cup of rice or 1 medium potato) and fill half the plate with low starch vegetables or salad. You can also include 1 tbsp of a sauce or dressing. This plate concept will help to keep your meal under 350 calories. Alternatively, check out the calorie- controlled recipes in the recipe section of the website or on the OPTIFAST My Program app. Each recipe indicates how many calories per serve.

If you are concerned about transitioning through the other levels of the OPTIFAST VLCD Program, consult an Accredited Practising Dietitian who will be able to help you with this transition as well as educate you regarding appropriate foods to include, portion sizes and how to manage your daily calorie intake, as this can be individual. For tools to help guide you as well as psychology tips and recipe ideas, see the Support section of the website or download the OPTIFAST My Program app.

The OPTIFAST VLCD Program is designed so that you can interchange or have any combination of the OPTIFAST VLCD products that suit your preference and lifestyle. This includes OPTIFAST VLCD Shakes, Soups, Bars and Desserts. If you choose to have more than 1 bar a day, ensure that you consume extra water as you will not be getting the fluids that you would with the sachet products.

It really doesn't matter which meals you decide to replace with an OPTIFAST VLCD product. The program is designed so that you can choose which meals you would prefer to replace based on your likes and lifestyle. The evening meal is generally replaced with a healthy meal in the Active 2 Level, purely for social reasons, however you can tailor the program to suit yourself and substitute the morning meal or lunch instead.

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