Fuchs started the Optifast program in early 2003. Although he admits to cheating on his diet when he traveled to Italy with wife Colleen in December 2003, he says that during the trip, "I found myself doing a lot of things I hadn't done
in a while. This was a chance to have an active vacation – it has been really, really long since I had done that. It was nice to have that feeling of having my life back."