Frequently Asked Questions
How is the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method different from other protein diets on the market?
The Ideal Protein weight loss Protocol address weight issues at its source. The Protocol aims at reducing carbohydrates and fats, not protein. In so doing, it preserves muscle tissue and protects vital organs to secure their proper function. In other words, the goal is to lose fat, not muscle. While on the Protocol, through personalized coaching, you’re also provided with healthier lifestyle education so that you are empowered to sustain your weight loss results over your life course.
Is the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method safe?
We consider the protocol to be safe because every potential dieter is asked to complete a Health Profile prior to starting on the Ideal Protein Protocol to ensure there is no underlying conditions that prevents them from being on the protocol. Potential Dieters with certain chronic medical conditions will be required to obtain prior written approval from their physicians prior to starting on the protocol.
What is the difference between the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method and the Alternative Plan?
Both protocols have 4 phases: Phase 1: 100% Success Phase 2: Maximum 2 weeks Phase 3: Pre-stabilization Phase 4: Stabilization. However, the Alternative Phase 1 Protocol doesn’t take you into ketosis. It’s used for specific situations where ketosis may not be the best option. Your coach will be able to discuss with you and help you decide which Protocol is best suited for your needs.
Why is exercise NOT recommended during the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method?
While light exercising can be acceptable while on the weight loss phases of the Protocol, significant aerobic exercise must be avoided. When you put the heavy demands on your body, it won’t have immediately available resources, so it will start breaking down your protein from your muscles and organ tissue. As a good rule of thumb, if you’re having to breathe hard to get enough oxygen during exercise, you should reduce your effort.
What should a dieter know before starting the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method?
Although many people do not experience any discomfort and feel utterly satisfied throughout the protocol, some may experience “withdrawal” symptoms during the first few days of the diet. This is absolutely normal and should even be anticipated, especially by those who are used to consuming a lot of processed foods, sweets and salty foods (the 4 common symptoms are headaches, fatigue, mild nausea, and hunger).
See “How Your Body May Initially Respond” for a detailed explanation.
Can a dieter expect consistent weight loss?
Consistent weight loss may be expected when the protocol is followed without any deviations. Some situations could potentially impact the consistency of the weight loss, such as:
- Intentional or unintentional deviations from the program (cheats)
- Pre- or Post- menopausal women
- Muscle gain vs. fat loss
Is the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method considered a high, medium or low calorie diet?
The weight loss phases of the Protocol would be considered a medium to low calorie diet whereas the Alternative Protocol, which incorporates additional foods, would be considered a medium calorie diet.
How do you determine a dieter's protein on calorie needs when they are over 200 pounds?
Ex: (Case A) – If a person is 300 pounds and 50% fat, why do they need more calories than someone (Case B) who is 200 pounds and 25% body fat if both have a lean body mass of 150 pounds?
Case A: This patient weighs 330 lbs (a “big guy”). He relates that he played college football and was in great shape at 250 lbs (linebacker). His goal is to be around 260 lbs. We are not talking about the BMI as the lean weight, our lean weight is a weight where the patient doesn’t suffer from health risks of obesity (high BP, bad lipids, high blood sugar, etc), doesn’t suffer from emotional anxiety of being fat, and can wear what they want, not “what they have to” (pretty un- scientific I guess, but practical). So here we are going to base our protein calculation on 260 lbs, not 330 lbs.
Our guidelines for both men and women on Phase 1 of our program state that: “lean weight” or “goal weight” of up to 200 lbs: 3 packets of Ideal Protein plus one whole protein food (5 to 8 ozs. of meat for instance). Meat yields about 7 grams of protein per ounce of weight, so a 6 oz. piece
of filet mignon would give you about 42 grams of protein (plus or minus). We have 3 x 19 grams (from IP) = 57 grams plus 6 oz. meat (6 x 7 g/oz) = 42 grams totaling 99 grams of protein or almost exactly 1/2 gram protein per pound of lean body weight (200 lbs x 0.5 g = 100 g).
- If the dieter has a lean body weight of 201 lbs to 240 lbs, we add another envelope + the 3 envelopes and the whole meal.
- If the dieter has a lean body weight of 241lbs to 280lbs we add 2 envelopes + the 3 envelopes and the whole meal.
- If the dieter has a lean or goal weight of 281lbs to 320lbs, add 3 envelopes to the standard (3 envelopes + the whole meal) for a total of 6 envelopes of IP.)
Basically, every 40 lbs over 200 lbs, add another envelope of Ideal Protein Food. So in “Case A”, our ex-football player would get 5 envelopes of IP plus his whole meal per day on Phase 1.
Are dieters allowed to eat 2 Ideal Protein envelopes on Phase 3?
Phase 3 is not a weight loss phase; dieters are on a phase that maintains their weight. We are going to re-introduce carbohydrates in Phase 3 to limit the intake to less than 30 grams at this meal. Two slices of Whole Grain bread (about 70 Kcals), 1 egg (75 cal, 6 grams of protein) and a serving of lean breakfast meat (3-4 ozs of ham or Canadian bacon, probably about 10 grams of absorbable protein) are fine. Then, a Phase 2 lunch and dinner plus a protein snack at bedtime. Dieters will re-charge their glycogen during this phase. At the end of the 2 weeks a regain of 3 to 4 lbs. of water/glycogen that was lost during the first week of the diet will occur. Make sure you prepare them for this!!! Explain that this is NOT fat and they may probably continue to lose inches.
What is the target number of calories, grams of fat, protein and carbohydrates when someone is on 3, 4 and 5 envelopes respectively? (Taking into consideration there is someone variability because people have their own meal at dinner and choose different envelopes during the day.)
We target between 800 and 1000 Kcals per day on Phase 1. The latitude is due to the choices (and amount between 5 – 8 oz) they make for the “non-Ideal meal” (filet mignon, zucchini and yellow squash may have more calories than a filet of cod and broccoli).
If a person is taking 3 envelopes plus a “whole protein”, this would be approximately 100 grams of protein (4 cal/gm = 400 Kcals from protein). Two teaspoons of olive oil are approximately 90 Kcals or 10 grams of fat. Taking fish oil capsules (the Omega-3) and estimating the fat in the whole protein we can probably add another 15 grams of fat (or 135 Kcals). So thus far we have 400 calories from protein and 225 Kcal from fat. Add the 4 cups of veggies and salad and the carbohydrates in the Ideal foods, we get approximately 120 calories or about 30 grams of carbohydrates.
This would be about 54% Protein, 30% Fat and 16% Carbohydrates (3 packs + 1 whole protein per day). If we add another envelope (and these should be the drinks, soups or puddings…the lo- carbohydrate foods) we add about 18 grams of protein and about 3 grams of carbohydrates, on average.
So 4 packs + 1 whole protein would be about: 118 grams Protein (472 Kcals)
33 grams carbohydrates (132 Kcal)
25 gm Fat (225 Kcal)
OR: 57% Protein, 27% Fat and 16% carbohydrates
5 envelopes + 1 whole protein would be about: 136 grams Protein (544 Kcal)
36 grams carbohydrates (144 Kcal)
25 grams fat (225 Kcal)
OR: 60% Protein, 25% Fat, and 15% Carbohydrates
Is it normal to experience nausea during the protocol?
Yes, some people may experience nausea. A nauseous feeling is most commonly experienced in clients who never eat breakfast. The other common trigger for nausea is an abrupt decrease in sugar intake. It usually occurs during the first week then resolves. To remedy this, you could have “familiar food” for breakfast: 2 eggs and some lean ham (no toast of course). Also, consume only 1/2 of a shake at a time; drink the other half an hour or so later. If this doesn’t help, your coach may recommend that you try the Alternative Protocol for 1 or 2 weeks. This will “ease the dieter’s off the sugar”.
Why is it important for dieters to go through all four phases adding foods slowly back into their diets?
The four phases of the Ideal Protein Protocol are designed to help you set, achieve and maintain your weight loss goals. Once a dieter has achieved his or her weight loss goal, we want to increase the caloric intake slowly by going through Phases 2 and 3 before settling in on the stabilization phase. This is a critical part of their long-term success.
What causes the bloated feeling often associated with eating our proteins?
Bloated feeling may come from not having all the appropriate enzymes available for complete digestion; this is particularly true if they weren’t getting enough protein / day prior to the protocol. Recommend they supplement with our enzymes (2 with each meal). As they continue on the program, their bodies will start to produce more of the proteases (enzymes to digest protein). Also ask if they are lactose intolerant, should that be the case, avoid our foods made with whole milk protein (whey isolates are OK). Adding a lactase supplement (“Dairy-Eze” or “Lactaid”) is often helpful with these folks.
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Why is diet soda discouraged during the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method?
Diets drinks may cause imbalances in acid / base regulation. Our protocol is very alkaline and this is why we do not see complications common to other protein-type diets, namely kidney stones, gout, bone spurs, etc. Some diet drinks, such as Crystal Light, are mixed with water and these are acceptable.
Can dieters eat "sugar-free" candy only containing sugar alcohol?
There are many different types of sugar alcohols, some are more easily absorbed (xylitol) and some are absorbed very poorly (erythritol). If they are absorbed, they can affect blood sugar. As a rule of thumb, divide the grams of sugar alcohols by 2 and consider the number of grams of carbohydrates that are being consumed. If you have 13 grams of sugar alcohol in the mints (13 / 2 = 6.5) + 1 other carb = about 7.5 grams of absorbable carbohydrates. If you decide to eat a serving of this on Phases 1 & 2, don’t have any “restricted foods” that day.
If a dieter if hungry can he/she have additional Ideal Protein envelopes?
Yes, during the first week only. A dieter may have up to five (5) Ideal Protein envelopes per day but no more that one (1) Ideal Protein restricted food.
Why is fruit not allowed in the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method?
Despite the fact that certain fruits have all kinds of healthy vitamins and minerals, most fruits contain enough sugar (carbohydrate) to bring your body out of ketosis and slow down your progress, which is why they are not allowed on Phase 1 and 2.
What is sucralose?
Sucralose is a sweetener derived from sugar cane. It has zero (0) calories and is completely cleared from the body within a day, which means that it has very little impact on the blood and its glycemia.
What is Sea Salt compulsory during the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method?
While on the Protocol, as you limit carbohydrate intake, you will need to add sea salt to your diet, to ensure that your body has all the sodium it needs to function properly.
What is the relationship between an allergy to shellfish and sea salt?
Sea salt has nothing to do with shellfish. Allergies are usually caused by protein molecules (like chitin) not inorganic minerals. Some patients might be allergic to freshwater shrimp and clams (where there is no sea water). However, people who have such allergies should not use the Omega-3 supplement or have the Peach/Mango or Orange drink, as the orange color is derived from marine organisms.
Why are protein foods so vital?
The immune system, all of your vital organs, your eyes, your nails, your hair, your skin and your muscles all are made of protein.
Muscles are the engine that burns calories. So, the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn and the more calories you burn, the more fat you burn. That’s why men lose weight faster than women, because typically men have greater muscle mass than women.
Why are Natura supplements compulsory during the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method?
It is important for people following the protocol to ensure they take the recommended supplements as specified to compensate for nutrients otherwise present in foods from Groups I, II and III. If they don’t, their body’s systems will be lacking the nutrients they need to function optimally.
Why are cooked onions not allowed?
Cooking breaks long-chained sugars (which digest slowly and do not raise the blood sugar rapidly) down to short-chained ones or Monosaccharide’s (small sugar molecules that are easily absorbed). It raises blood glucose and consequently causes a “blast of insulin” to be released. This is counter-productive to the protocol. This is true whether you sauté or bake them.
Is tofu allowed on the diet?
Tofu is allowed and Tempeh (which is a Japanese ‘fermented tofu’) as well. Plain Tofu has about 7-8 grams of protein per ounce of raw product, so the dieter would want about 3 to 4 ounces to create a meal (around). Be careful with some of the “flavored tofu” because they might have too many carbohydrates (total carbs should be less than 5 grams per serving). Also there are many soy “meat products” out there like “Tofurkey”, and the dieter should read the labels. Most of the “Garden Burgers” are unacceptable as they have little protein (5-6 grams) and way too many carbohydrates.
What is the difference between apple cider vinegar and rice vinegar?
Both of them are fine on the protocol. It’s a matter of taste more than anything else. Apple Cider Vinegar has more alkaline minerals, so it might be preferable.
Is the gum Xylitol (only available at health food stores) permitted?
Yes, Xylitol Gum (“Xyli-Chew” and other brands) is permitted in moderation during the Protocol. However, if you notice that the rate of weight loss is not continuing then stop using it completely until Phase 4.
What is the Whey Protein source? Is it from cows which are not given Bovine Growth Hormones (BGH) and are the cows grass few/organic?
The milk used in processing our whey isolates doesn’t contain Bovine Growth Hormones (BGH) or antibiotics. The cows are fed as per industry standards.
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