What is Ideal Protein?
The doctor said this is the only diet with over 30 years in medical practice that works. That is supplemented with lots of fresh veg and daily protein for supper. Unlike Ideal Protein it contains unprocessed ingredients and a blend of proven ingredients. I did weight watchers and when I reached my goal took over a year I still had a lot of fat on me. Their supplements are created by the long established and highly respected Pharmalab inc. Juntendo University performed a study by giving this ingredient to mice.
Eliminating carbs and lowering calories offers three pounds off per week.
They are pictured on the official website, though there is no breakdown of their macronutrient content or individual ingredients. Here is a selection of the types of meals that are provided. The Classic Morning Selections of breakfast foods includes Apple Flavored Oatmeal, Cheddar cheese and bacon flavored omelet mix, chocolate chip pancake mix, fine herbs and cheese omelet mix and maple flavored oatmeal.
The meals are nutritiously balanced, with a wide selection of vitamins and minerals. Most online reviewers report that they are pleased with the taste and presentation of these meals. The Ideal Protein meal selection includes a range of tempting desserts that are all low in carbs and high in protein.
These include chocolate caramel flavored mug cake, raspberry gelatin mix, vanilla crispy square and raspberry mousse mix. Ideal Protein do have a protein shake mix which is designed to replace one meal per day.
It is available in three flavors — chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. This is a low carb drink that provides 18 grams of protein, 6 grams of carbs 4 from sugar and a total calorie count of calories. This is a cheap form of milk protein, which is spray dried from skim milk. It is an inferior form of protein to whey or animal based protein sources. Milk protein concentrate may be imported from China, where it has been found to contain contaminants, including melamime, which can cause liver damage 1.
The cocoa powder used in Ideal Protein is alkalized in order to reduce antioxidant activity. However, the stimulant nature of this ingredient may lead to rapid heart rate, insomnia and restlessness. It may also contain caffeine 2. The sugar content derived from beet sugar and sugar cane has absolutely no nutritional value.
It is added simply to improve the taste of the product. Carrageenan is a thickener and stabilizer that is added to many processed foods.
It has no nutritional value but may have some potential side effects. A study by Juntendo University in Japan showed that this ingredient caused an increase in tumors in healthy rats.
A second study also confirmed cancerous side effects 3. Xanthan Gum is a thickener that is made from a mixture of sugar and bacteria. It can be extracted from sources such as wheat, corn and soy, all of which are common allergens.
Xanthan has been associated with bloating, gas and stomach problems 4. Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that is commonly sold under the brand name Splenda. Splenda is a thousand times more powerful than sucrose.
The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health mentions several potential side effects of sucralose, including reduction of gut bacteria.
Acesuflame Potassium is a calorie free artificial sweetener that is times more potent than sucrose. It has also been associated with side effects, primary among which is the increasing of insulin secretion.
That would really really suck, not to mention be pretty risky in terms of nutritional deficiencies. Use sea salt with your meal. Compulsory additions every day: Fair enough, some of these are starchy. You are allowed only 2 of the following vegetables per week: Brussels sprouts, green and wax beans, eggplant, hearts of palm, snow peas, turnip, and tomato. I have zero clue why any of these foods would be restricted at all.
Other lovely packet selections include the delicious-sounding chicken dijonnaise with the following description:. Most of the packets are calories and less, making some of your meals calories and certainly under calories. This may mean at least one of the following:. Phase Two replaces one of the Ideal Protein food meals with one of your own choosing, still restricting carbohydrate to very little. Phase Three is 14 days long and re-introduces some carbohydrate and fat back into the diet, but only in the mornings.
Phase Four is completely shifty and shitty, IMO. As the Ideal Protein literature states:. Like two troublesome students, a teacher must put them at opposite ends of the classroom. Individually they may be good, but together they can be trouble. Also, remember that this is a temporary diet change and that clients are taught to eat for life without the products. Love the Ideal Protein diet!
There is plenty of variety on this diet and they have a good maintenance program. There are 4 phases of the diet where they slowly wean you off of their product to eat real food. Once you have reached your goal and maintained your weight loss, you will know about food combining to ensure you keep off the weight.
You will be eating a bigger meal at breakfast, smaller for lunch and even smaller for dinner. One day a week you can eat whatever you want—anything. That way of eating is something I can live with long term. I have been on this diet for 10 days now.
I live in Cajun country, where food was created. Just like the consultant told me, it would take about 5 to 6 days on this diet to get used to it.
I have lost 15 lbs, need to lose 25 more. After the first 6 days, my appetite was satisfied, my taste buds enjoyed the natural flavors of the foods and I have no sense of depression. The more I read up on this diet, the more I agree with the plan. Good weight loss can be achieved, but you really need to follow the plan. I ate a plane salad for lunch yesterday with only olive oil and sea salt.
I can only tell you, I was able to taste every piece of vegetable in it and am looking forward to my meal today. I expect to be on this plan for 2 to 4 more weeks and then have the consultant wean me to a life long diet that maintains this. One more thing about this diet that I added, I asked the Lord the help me and He has. Thanks for adding that, there is a reason why I read your comment.
I started the diet 6 days ago and have already lost over 5 pounds. Monday I will offically get a weigh in and measure inches lost.
Yes the first days were hard, especially day 2 and 3. Now I have my energy back and feel fine and satisfied after meals. One you can be on for months and then never have to diet again. It really teaches how to eat healthy for the rest of your life.
Hi Kimberly, I also live in cajun country Baton Rouge where food was created, lol. I see your post was in January. How much did you have to lose? Have you reached your goal weight? Who better to turn to than the Lord-He cares about every area of our lives!! I am on the diet right now……have tried lots of things on my own…. I have lost 19lbs and 13 total inches in 4weeks on this plan.
It is great for me because it stresses not to do heavy exercising the first 3weeks. I recently had hip surgery which i gained alot of weight with and cant do much cardio. Since it is doctor regulated i feel it is more successful. I am sure there are similar diets and contrary to this post the ingredients etc are clearly posted on the box and the meal plan.
Feel free to find a doctor that participates and you will learn alot. Hey Blaine…How is the weight loss going? Went to a talk tonight…..
Did you experience any leg cramping in the very beginning??? I just started IP today and have had some leg cramps for about half the day!? I started on two days ago and woke up with a terrible cramp in my calf this morning! Has been achey for about a half hour. Good variety of foods. Best of all they have coaching videos daily that provide support, information and great recipe ideas. I agree there should be a nutritional value guide listed on the website.
I do know the foods are made from Soy, whey, Protein, and Collagen Isolates so that both carnivores and Vegetarians alike as well as Gluten free needs are acheivable. Prices are not listed because it is a clinician only Program, and the price can very from clinic to clinic.
Some of the food is good, but they have a small variety in comparison to other programs. Do you know approximately what your friends are paying a week and have they been happy with the results? That is supplemented with lots of fresh veg and daily protein for supper. You are being overcharged. But if you are seeing a doctor, they can charge whatever they want. Pricing can also depend on supplements. There are Ideal protein distributors in the US. Usually, they are within a chiropractic practice.
I go to Dr. Kathleen Posey on the North Shore. I should have lost more but I got mixed up with the restricted food. Not only is my doctor on this program but her nurse is as well…they both lost a tone of weight. This is a very easy program to following, just eat. You will lost weight, just eat. I am thinking aboout starting the Ideal Protein diet. I made an appointment for tomorrow.
Are you still pleased with the results. VIcki you have to obtain the products through a doctor…. You can buy the products, at Dr. Hannon on Clearview in Metairie, is the number, hope this helps,. LOL But thhere is a delicious cappucino Ideal protien mix, and the nice things about their drink mixes is that you can make them with less water, and they become puddings, or, make them with ice to make smoothies and milkshakes.
I am starting the diet this Friday via a friend. Where can I find information regarding the phases so I know what to eat and when? This diet might be expensive but it is the absolute best diet out there. This diet is a Godsend. Lost 20 pounds and have never been this thin since I got married which was 25 years ago.
The food taste great and I still go back to the doctor and get some of my favorites so the taste is not a problem like similar diets. The only negative I can share is in the beginning, the first 3 weeks, I must admit I was hungry. I guess my stomach had to shrink and my body adjust to less food. The way to battle that is drink something hot. Hot drinks work better than cold, for me anyway. Hi — I have been on this diet for the last 11 days.
Could not afford to continue.. Diet works -I lost 6. Food is not great but somethings are ok…bars, puddings, chili, -did care for fruit drinks. Yes, her price is correct. It is pretty easy, but costly. I lost 30 lbs. It is more expensive then how we use to eat, but it is well worth it.