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Dawn -before picture - began the nutritional program at UCLA RFO Weight Loss Program in 2005.   Dawn - after picture - has lost over 150 lbs. with the nutritional program offered at UCLA RFO Weight Loss Program.
Before   After

"I began the UCLA RFO Program in September 2005 at 300 pounds. I was on five different prescription medications for a variety of conditions. I was only 37 years old. I had been struggling with obesity for over eighteen years. I was scared, tired, and in constant physical discomfort. I truly felt helpless and hopeless. I believed that I was going to die too early as I could not find a way out of the physical prison I had created for myself with my body. Over three years later I have removed over 150 pounds from by body, and I now weight half of what I weighed when I began the program in 2005. I am no longer on any prescription medication. I am no longer scared, tired, or in any physical pain. I am hopeful now, and I no longer live in a prison of my own creation. I know that the UCLA RFO program provided me with the opportunity to save my own life. The RFO Program provided me with a team of support and for me at the center of that team is Debbie Lux, who leads the behavior modification and maintenance groups on Wednesday nights.  I learned many tools in that group that aided me my desire to remove the extra weight from my body. I gained invaluable knowledge about concepts ranging from environmental control with  food to the need for physical activity and self-management. I also received much needed support from the other patients in the program. I found a place where I had a voice and where I could relate to others in a way that no other weight loss program ever offered.  There is nothing magic about this program it requires hard work and a deep personal commitment to one's self. However, I truly believe that with the right intention a person can utilize the structure and support that the RFO Program offers in order to change and save your life. I am living proof of that, and I halve enormous gratitude for it."


Brothers Arturo and Gilberto lost over 185 lbs each following the nutritional program offered at UCLA RFO Weight Loss Program.

The brothers started the RFO Weight Loss Program at UCLA in January 2008. Both over 400 pounds when they started, they each lost 185 plus pounds by the December 2008 Holidays, one year later.  They commented:
"Wow! What a deference a year makes. We can not believe it. We each have lost more than 185 pounds in exactly one year! the healthy way too. Thanks a million from us and our families. This has completely changed out lives. When we arrived at the program we did not know what to expect but you made it simple. You held out hands and taught us how to succeed. We have learned so much about nutrition, exercise and the body. Look at us now. One year ago we felt trapped and now we are living again. Our outlook o life has done a complete 180. We FEEL fit. We feel amazing and energized. We are enjoying life and our families more than ever. Thank you and it is great to be alive."

Arturo - before picture - weighed over 400 lbs before starting the nutritional program at UCLA RFO Weight Loss Program in Jan. 2008.   Arturo - after picture - lost over 185 lbs with the nutritional program offered at UCLA RFO Weight Loss Program.
Arturo before   Arturo after

Gilberto - before picture - weighed over 400 lbs before starting the nutritional program at UCLA RFO Weight Loss Program in Jan. 2008.   Gilberto - after picture - lost over 185 lbs with the nutritional program offered at UCLA RFO Weight Loss Program.
Gilberto before   Gilberto after


"As Thanksgiving approaches, and I think about what I am thankful for, RFO immediately comes to mind. My experience in the RFO Program has been a revelation. That doesn't mean it doesn't have ups and downs, but such is life and RFO is no different. We learn to manage the ups and downs in our own individual ways with all the tools that are provided to us. What's unique about RFO is the staff. They are universally behind each and every participant 100% and they really know their stuff. I have been on every diet imaginable, and I thought I knew it all, but I have learned something new every single week, and the new knowledge has given me confidence that, this time, I can keep the weight off. The reason is that the knowledge is not simply about food...it's also about me. The other aspect of the program that I so appreciate is the group. We meet in a room every week and there is honesty. Honesty about successes and honesty about shortcomings. That honesty is freeing, and it imparts hope on everyone, that we can handle the shortcomings and in the long run, be successful. The group is an inspiration. So RFO is at the top of my list this Thanksgiving - a revelation and an inspiration - can't ask for more than that. As my family and friends hold up their wine and sparking cider this Thanksgiving, I'll be holding up my shake, with immense gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at RFO!"


"My journey with the UCLA RFO program has been remarkable!" I have movedvery slowly through the journey and am thrilled that finally I have lost weight that has stayed off because I am breaking bad habits, it has taken me a lifetime to develop these bad habits and the RFO program is assisting me to slowly but surely replace the bad with healthy habits, I could not be happier! In the beginning, I wanted to lose alot of weight very quickly, but I have learned slowly and surely is healthier and has helped me achieve weight loss that stays gone :) "


Dietary Programs
Very Low Calorie Diet
A VLCD is defined medically as a diet of 800 calories per day or less
Modified Very Low Calorie Diet
The MVLCD diet plan consists of three to four RFO nutritional products per day plus one portion controlled meal.
Low Calorie Diet
The LCD program utilizes both RFO nutritional products and portion-controlled meals.
Maintenance Program
The program utilizes meetings and seminars on techniques and strategies for weight maintenance.
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