Celebrating a few of our clients who have transformed their lives with the help of our services and the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan®

Study after study shows that support and guidance increase your chances for success in reaching your optimal weight*

*Appel, L.J., et al., Comparative effectiveness of weight-loss interventions in clinical practice. N Engl J Med, 2011. 365(21): p. 1959-68.

Meet Tanya! She lost 51 lbs in 7 months! 

Here is what she had to say about what she GAINED — 

“The highlight of my journey was consistently shedding the weight and no longer having foot pain after standing at work for a few hours and I don’t snore anymore! My husband thanks me for that now😊. I truly valued having a nutritionist/health coach. Every other “diet” I tried didn’t come with support. I loved having someone to talk to and check in with. I learned new habits - mainly not to eat so much at night and no longer felt the desire to go back for seconds. I have a much better relationship with food...I don’t have any cravings and sweets are not appealing anymore. Finally, I’m most excited about being able to climb mountains with my daughter and husband!! This was my “why” from the very beginning and it’s now a reality! Thank you so much, Valerie.”

/// Tanya Burke

*Average weight loss for Clients on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan® with support is 20 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Meet James!
He lost 30lbs in just over 4 months! Here is his story:

"Your life isn’t on a 9-5 schedule when you work as a journalist. You do a lot of running around to cover various events for the paper and writing lots of stories on a tight deadline. To make that deadline, sacrifices need to be made. In some cases, such as mine, a good diet was one of those things that were put on the back burner – for the better part of 13 years, no less.

It was almost a running joke when I tell my physician my diet is bad – I didn’t pull any punches when admitting it. But I also enjoy bowling tournaments, competing against the best in the region on the lanes and, somehow, I could maintain my energy for a long tournament grind on a given weekend despite my "nutrition," or lack thereof.

However, things felt different back in late April when I was practicing. After rolling only four games, I felt extremely winded and pouring sweat. Before that, I could roll a 10-game marathon – even a 15-game marathon – and feel fine afterward, outside of normal body soreness. But that practice session, it was the first time I felt old and off. I then stepped on the scale and my weight was almost the same as my per-game average at 226, basically felt sick to my stomach. I like rolling a 226, not weighing it.

So I started asking for advice and some bowling friends recommended me to talk to Valerie to try Optavia. It was a bit nervous to try it at first because I thought my cravings for the “journalism diet” would get the better of me. But I also wanted to lose weight and e supportive of my dad, who was also going on his own journey. Plus, another person I know through bowling suffered ill effects from diabetes and other health complications that resulted in amputation. I didn’t want that to be me.

I began the 4 and 2 with the Optavia, with mixing in a lot of water and cutting back on soda, which was a major change for me. Before, I would pound down 3-4 sodas a day, easily.

Since then, I would, at most, drink two sodas a week and maintain drinking tons of water – sometimes flavored water because it gives me the juice-like taste minus the sugar.

Also, I cut back on the bad foods and added in more meats (turkey, ham, meatballs, etc.) and, slowly but surely, I felt more energized. I wasn’t having the midday crashes like I had before and, of course, I wasn’t running out of breath bowling tournaments.

Then I got on the scale and I really noticed the changes. The 226 I first saw dropped quickly to 219, then to the mid-210s, the 200s and, in September, I cracked below 200. Since then, I’ve maintained my weight in the mid 190s, which was the “dream weight” for me to reach – I would’ve been happy at 200.

The gut that overhung my belt line has mostly gone away (still a little gut there, but it’s substantially smaller) and I could fit into old clothes and a suit again.

If you commit yourself to getting better and stay devoted to the plan, the results will eventually show. It doesn’t happen overnight, but once you see that first weight drop, you’ll get the urge to keep going because you’ll see it’s working. You don’t need to go crazy pushing weights in the gym or run for days on a treadmill – while it may help – but simple changes in your diet and sticking with them will make a world of difference."

/// James Bessette

"This is way out of my comfort zone to share, but here it goes… I think when you reach the halfway point in your life, like the age 50, you start to contemplate where you are physically and mentally, especially if you are faced with a series of tragic events one after the other. Over the last couple of years I have lost friends and family members to diseases that were out of their control. I like to be in control and I had lost control of my health over time! I decided I needed to make a change, to take control of my health. I reached out to my friend Jen, and she had a plan for me that made sense. This plan is not a “diet”, this plan feeds your mind, body, and soul. My life has changed for the better in every aspect! I am sharing this because maybe this post will help someone else out there who feels the way I felt. Thank you Jen Muczynski for your support and encouragement along my journey!"

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/// Holly Hinkhouse

Meet Jack! He lost 40lbs in 3 months on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan® with support. He has fully transitioned to his "new normal" eating habits and is now thriving and optimizing his health.

Meet Phil! He lost 51lbs in just under 4 months on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan® with support. As a construction worker, his favorite parts about the program were losing the extra weight, being able to move his body more easily, and the convenience of the fuelings during his busy, physically laborious work day.


Awesome job, Phil!!

Meet Patti! She has lost 65lbs in 1 year on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan® with support.

Here's what she has to say: 
"It has been one year since I started my journey to better health--65 pounds gone forever. It's been more than 20 years since I have felt this good. Thank you so much Valerie Bercier for your awesome coaching and help along the way. If you want to lose weight and change your habits into healthy ones, Optavia is a fantastic plan. I still have another 20-25 to lose for myself, but I feel great, I have no more back or foot pain and I feel like I can compete again on the lanes. I have my life back."

It's been my pleasure, Patti. You're amazing! 

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