Mbali Mapholi is a trained dietitian on the CDE- Optifast program, which is a Very Low Calorie Diet.


What is a Very Low Calorie Diet?

A very low calorie diet provides roughly 800 kcal of energy daily, which is more than half the calorie

content of a conventional weight loss diet. The diet must also contain sufficient protein, fat,

carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals to help you lose weight safely.


What is the CDE OPTIFAST  Programme?

The CDE OPTIFAST  Programme is an 800 kcal dietary programme, that consists of three

scientifically formulated shakes taken daily for 8 weeks, with vegetables and salad as you wish. After

the initial 8-week period, follows 4 weeks of where food is gradually reintroduced. The CDE

OPTIFAST  Programme is however, more than just shakes! It is a structured programme developed

by leading experts.

The Programme requires approval by a medical doctor and regular visit with a dietitian for an initial

consultation and then follow-ups at 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 6 months. During this period, not

only will you learn how to lose weight, but also how to keep the weight off. The published data

shows an average weight loss of 1 – 2.5 kg per week. Please note that the additional 4 dietitian

consultations are not included in the CDE Diabetes Management Programme and require payment

from the patient or from the patient’s medical savings. Additional blood work may also be required

as clinically indicated by – the CDE Diabetes Management Programme may not cover these tests.


Can we put type 2 diabetes into remission?

Data shows that 87% of people who have had diabetes for less than 4 years can achieve diabetes

remission after 8 weeks of the CDE OPTIFAST  Programme (Only 50% of those with diabetes for

more than 8 years achieved remission). Although not everyone achieves remission of diabetes, not

all is lost! Studies show that patients still lost weight and that their blood glucose levels improved.


The dietitian will provide you with CDE approved very low calorie recipes as well.

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