by Dr. Michael Fiske
We’ve seen remarkable successes with the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program in our clinic. Women dieters in our clinic lose an average of 3–5 pounds per week, and men an average of 4 to 7 pounds per week – consistently, predictably, and measurably. Many people have lost 50 pounds and more at this rate. Plus, dieters with diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol have been able to reduce or eliminate their medications, with their physician’s help.
Many of these dieters have tried other well-known programs with poor results. What is it that makes the Ideal Protein Program so successful, where other programs have failed? The answer is ketosis.
What is Ketosis?
Ketosis simply means that your body is burning its own fat as fuel. The Ideal Protein Program is very precisely calibrated and balanced to keep your body in the state of ketosis, so the pounds melt away every week. Ketosis is an extremely healthy state, with many impressive health benefits besides losing weight.
In ketosis, your liver produces ketones, which your brain loves. Ketones give you an elevated mood. You feel up, happy, positive, ready to take on the world. Wonderfully enough, ketones are also a natural appetite suppressant. This is one of the major reasons why you won’t feel hungry on the ideal protein weight loss program. And as a very welcome bonus, ketones are also profoundly anti-inflammatory. This is why most dieters in my clinic experience that their aches and pains in their knees and joints and back just melt away during the very first week of being on the program.
How does the Ideal Protein Program put you into a state of ketosis and keep you there? The answer lies in how your body gets fuel from three different sources: carbohydrates, proteins, and fat.
There are two kinds of carbs: simple carbs and complex carbs. Simple carbs are the ones that you don’t want — sugar, bread, cookies, cakes, pasta, potatoes, and so on. These are all extremely fast burning fuels that turn to glucose very quickly in your bloodstream. The complex carbs are much better for you: vegetables like broccoli or asparagus. These are much slower burning fuels that don’t provide a huge and immediate spike in your glucose level. And as you know, you get protein from meat, fish, cheese, nuts, and beans, and you get fat from the different kinds of dietary oils and fats.
What we do during the Ideal Protein Program is greatly restrict your intake of simple carbs. This forces your body to use either protein or fat as fuel. Now we give your body “ideal protein” – – the ideal quality of protein, highly bioavailable and completely usable by your body, and the ideal quantity of protein so that you will not break down your own muscles to supply your body with protein.
Why Other Diets Often Fail
Breaking down muscles is a major fault of the typical low-calorie diet. These diets restrict your total calories, and you do lose weight, but with a tremendous cost. Because you are not supplying your body with all of the protein that it needs, your body will cannibalize itself, and you will eat your own muscle mass. After you finish losing weight, you have less muscle mass than you did before you started the diet. This means that your metabolic rate will be lower, which will cause you to gain weight more easily, and you are very likely to gain all the weight that you lost – and then some. This explains the so-called yo-yo phenomenon, where dieters lose weight, then gain it all back again, and end up feeling more discouraged and frustrated than before.
So on the Ideal Protein Program, we make sure that you maintain muscle mass and a high metabolic rate. Because we have restricted your carbs and are supplying you with the ideal amount of protein, your body must now go to its own fat stores for additional energy. This puts you into a fat burning state, and you enter ketosis, in which you will eat up about 1500 to 1600 calories per day of your own stored body fat. This is another reason why Ideal Protein dieters are not hungry on the program – they are actually getting a lot of calories. You’re only getting about 1000 calories per day from your food, but with the extra 1500 calories from your own fat, you are actually consuming a total of about 2500 to 2600 calories per day altogether.
Because fats are being used as an energy source, triglyceride levels and “bad” cholesterol often drop dramatically and quickly, while “good” cholesterol increases. Keeping carbs low also keeps insulin levels low, which improves insulin sensitivity and overcomes even long-standing insulin resistance.
We Keep You in Ketosis
How do we make sure that you stay in ketosis and maintain a steady weight loss throughout the whole program? The answer: we monitor each dieter very carefully. This is a very important part of the Ideal Protein Program. It is not a program where we just give you “a can of stuff” and wish you good luck. My coach and I have many very specific tools to measure your results and make sure that you are doing the very best that you can on the program. For example, every week you meet with your coach and we measure your percentage of body fat, your lean mass, and your hydration level with a body composition analysis machine. This data is entered into software and tracked and graphed. You have access through a password to this online data anytime you want, so that you can see your progress yourself. We also send this data to your MD in a monthly report so that he or she can see your results and adjust any medications you may be taking.
Ideal protein is an extremely solid and progressive company, and they have many systems to support both me, the doctor, and you, the dieter. For example, you will receive daily emails containing a two or three minute video with tips for the diet, easy recipes, and inspiration. You will also have access to a beautiful recipe book, and a terrific new website with many easy recipe videos.
On the program, you eat a combination of Ideal Protein foods that contain highly bioavailable protein, and your own food. For breakfast you you can choose one of the 60 different Ideal Protein foods, all with delicious tastes and textures. For lunch you have one of the Ideal Protein foods together with your own vegetables and salad. Then you have another Ideal Protein food in the afternoon as a snack, and for dinner you have 5 to 8 ounces of your own protein with your own vegetables and salad. It makes for a delicious and varied menu that is easy and quick to prepare.
One of the best ways to measure the cost of a weight-loss program is to look at the cost per pounds lost. The Ideal Protein Program is much more reasonable per pound lost than any other paid program that I know of. (I talk about this in the Introductory Meeting.) Most importantly, the results are consistent, predictable, measurable – and (for most people) surprisingly easy, comfortable, fast, and exciting!
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