The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program is so effective, that it’s probably the last diet you will ever need, no matter how many other jillions of diet plans or weight loss programs you have tried. But it is much more than just a remarkably effective weight-loss program. For many people it is also a Total Health Makeover, capable of reversing diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and high inflammation or pain.
If you are one of my patients, you know that I spend a lot of time researching and finding the very best ways to help people. For more than three years I have been searching for a weight-loss program that I could be excited about introducing in my clinic. I am happy to say that I am quite thrilled with the Ideal Protein Program, and here’s why:
Women lose an average of 3 to 5 pounds a week, and men lose about 4 to 7 pounds a week.
The program was designed by an M.D./Ph.D. who worked with Olympic athletes. It has the full support of a medical board of experts, who are available to answer questions at any time.
Anni, our Ideal Protein coach, (and my wife) meets with you once a week to go over your progress and discuss any questions or problems you may be having. She is also available to you anytime for questions and support by email or phone. For me, this is a very important component of the program. Many weight-loss programs leave you too much on your own, to try to stumble through all of the intricacies and difficulties that you may experience. The Ideal Protein Program gives you one-on-one support at each step along the way.
There are over 60 different foods to choose from, with many different tastes and textures. You will use an Ideal Protein food for breakfast, lunch and a snack. Also for lunch you will have your own vegetables and a salad. For dinner you have your own chicken, meat, or fish together with your own vegetables and a salad.
You don’t have to think about counting calories or calculating anything, you just follow the program and the weight will drop away.
Dieters typically have greater energy, mental clarity, and sense of well-being.
Once you reach your target weight, You will receive complete coaching in exactly what foods to eat at what time of day to keep your weight off – and exactly what to do if you gain a few pounds.
Perhaps most importantly, the Ideal Protein Program improves the health of your entire body – providing significant and measurable improvements in diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and many other dangerous health conditions. In many cases, dieters can reduce or even eliminate many of their medications for these conditions.
Every state in America has an obesity rate of at least 20%. Almost 155 million Americans age 20 and older are overweight or obese. How did we get so fat? The excellent video by Dr. Robert Lustig,”Sugar the Bitter Truth” (watch it for free on YouTube) explains how and why. Basically, we have been eating too many carbohydrates – specifically sugar, and especially high fructose corn syrup. In the 1990s, high fructose corn syrup became widely available as a food additive. Food manufacturers added it to almost everything, for two reasons. First of all, it is much cheaper than sugar. Secondly, it is extremely addictive. The food manufacturers realized this and understood that adding high fructose corn syrup to just about everything would make Americans eat a lot more food, and especially a lot more carbohydrates.
The low-fat diet craze contributed to the whole problem also. Low-fat food often is higher in carbs, so the result of eating low-fat foods was not weight-loss, but rather weight gain, as people increased their intake of simple carbohydrates.
Your body gets fuel from three sources – from glucose, which it makes from carbs; from protein, which it gets from meat, fish, cheese, beans, etc.; and from fat, which it gets from – well, fat. Your body will use the glucose right away, and what it can’t use right away it will store. Some of the glucose gets stored in your liver and most if it gets stored in your body as that ugly fat that you so want to get rid of.
So how do we get rid of this extremely pesky fat? The first thing is to greatly restrict the amount of carbohydrates that you have every day. This takes away the glucose that your body needs for fuel and forces your body to use either protein or fat. We don’t want your body to start breaking down its own muscles to use protein for fuel, so in the Ideal Protein Program we give you the exact amount of protein that your body needs to maintain your muscle mass.
Now your body is forced to use its third energy source for fuel – its own body fat. Your body goes into the state of burning its own fat for fuel, which is called ketosis. The Ideal Protein Program is very precisely balanced to keep your body in this special fat burning state. In ketosis your liver produces special substances called ketones, which reduce hunger dramatically, and make you feel really good. Not only are you not hungry, but your energy is high and you have a wonderful sense of well-being.
Very simply, most other weight-loss programs don’t have a system for putting you into this special fat burning state and keeping you there. As a result, weight loss is not as fast or as permanent as with the Ideal Protein Program, and you don’t feel as good while you are on the program.
Most weight loss programs just reduce your total calories, or in other words, your total intake of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat. You will lose weight if you do this, but since you are reducing the amount of protein that you are eating, you will consume some of your own muscle mass to make up for the missing protein that you need. When you lose muscle mass, you lower your metabolic rate from that time on, which makes it a lot easier for you to regain the weight you lost when you stop your diet. This explains the yo-yo dieting phenomenon – why so many people lose weight on a diet and then gain the same amount right back after the diet, or often even more.
What do obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol (collectively called Syndrome X) have in common, and how could they all be improved by one program? The answer lies in the hormone called insulin. Insulin has two functions. First, it is like the key that unlocks the cells in your body so that glucose can get into the cells and provide energy. If this insulin key is not functioning properly, you won’t have enough energy, and you’ll be constantly tired and hungry. Secondly, insulin takes excess glucose that the body can’t use immediately and stores it as fat.
If you eat too many carbs, you produce too much insulin. Your cells develop a tolerance or resistance to the excess insulin. This is called insulin resistance. Now insulin cannot act as the key to allow glucose into the cells, and the extra glucose gets stored as fat. So if your cells are insulin resistant, a lot of what you eat gets turned into fat. You become a fat-storing machine. This causes obesity. And the excess glucose floating in your bloodstream also causes, by a chain of physiological reactions, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
We’ve seen some remarkable results with the Ideal Protein Program in my clinic. Here are a few of the highlights.
Sue has lost a whopping 36 pounds in 6 weeks. She was surprised and delighted to find that after the third day of the Program, all of her various aches and pains were gone. (This is also a very common result because the Ideal Protein Program greatly reduces inflammation all through the body.) She says she loves the variety of the food, and doesn’t crave bread, cookies and candy anymore. (The Program quickly resets the pancreas and overcomes insulin resistance. When insulin can once again unlock the cells to allow glucose in, you have much more energy and don’t constantly crave sweets and carbs.)
Laura has lost 22 pounds in 5 weeks. She has tried so many other weight loss programs, with little or no results. She used to come home after a hard day at work and veg out in front of the TV with a glass of wine. Now on the Ideal Protein Program she is amazed to find that she has so much more energy that she actually can do things at home after work. Plus, work is easier and more enjoyable, and the people she works with (she’s a manager) say “she’s nicer”! Laura also says that the food tastes really good.
John has lost 15 pounds in only 3 weeks. And remarkably, in that time he has been able to completely eliminate his diabetes medication (two tabs of Metformin). (Reducing or eliminating medication is another very common result of the Program.) John was surprised to find that he was not hungry, and again, that the food actually tastes good. He was also happy to find that he could still go to a dinner party with friends and eat food that did not violate the Program (Anni, our coach, is trained how to find the best solution for you in situations like this.)