1. How is the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method different from other protein diets on the market?
2. Is the Ideal Protein Weight Loss method safe?
Our protocol is safe for everyone, except those with a dysfunctional liver or kidneys. Diabetics Type I should only do the Alternative diet, and women who are pregnant or breast feeding should only use the Ideal Protein’s protein foods to supplement their diet.
3. What is the difference between the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method and the Alternative Plan?
Both protocols have 4 phases:
The only difference between them is that on the Alternative Plan, dieters are permitted up to three (3) additional food items per day, one from each of the three 2 different food groups: carbohydrates (Group I), fruits (Group II) and fats (Group III).
The Alternative Plan reduces potential cravings and makes it easier to be faithful to the diet and still lose weight, only a little slower than on our weight loss method. The Alternative plan is for people who simply are not willing to forego their morning toast or daily fruit as an example.
Please note that the chances of not regaining the lost weight are greatly increased by following the Ideal Protein Weight loss method. The pancreas is given the unequivocal chance of restoring its proper regulation of glycemia. The Alternative plan does not keep the body in ketogenic state and therefore is safe for Type I diabetics who could be at risk for developing ketoacidosis if placed on a ketogenic diet.
4. Why is exercise NOT recommended during the Ideal Protein Method?
Dieters on the protocol are on a very low caloric diet, yet their body is actually “getting more calories” then they were prior to starting our protocol. Why? Because they are burning (using their fat stores) fat. They are getting about 900 Kcals per day from the foods they are eating (on Phase 1), but if they lose 4 lbs per week (on average) 4 x 3500 Kcal/lb of fat means 14,000 Kcal/week, divide by 7 equals 2000 Kcals per day. They are actually consuming 900 Kcal + 2000 Kcals = 2900 Kcals per day. Understand their bodies must make the necessary enzymes to fully burn the ketonic bodies that are produced from fat metabolism (beta oxidation). It takes about two weeks for this to happen. During the first 3 weeks, your body is getting the necessary “enzymatic machinery” in place so it can use 100% of the ketonic bodies (for cellular fuel) your body is producing from burning the fat.
In the first couple of weeks, it cannot use all of them, and you breath them out (acetone breath), “pee them out” (ketostix turn purple when you dip them in your urine), or excrete excess ketones in your feces. If your blood sugar gets too low during this time period, the proteins we supply and the muscle you have can undergo gluconeogenesis, and glucose can be produced.
If you increase the glucose demand (i.e. exercise vigorously during these first 3 weeks) you will increase gluconeogensis markedly. This can result in muscle loss, which is something to avoid. If you must exercise during the first 3 weeks, do it lightly, (1/3 to 1/2 your normal intensity) or not at all. Here’s the beauty of the program. During this period, you are “peeing out calories” without having to exercise. You will lose the same amount of weight, but will not risk losing muscle. This is not about calories in – calories out, it is about hormones and metabolism. They were fighting a hormone (insulin) before, and you cannot exercise your way out of that. The hormone always wins. After the first 3 weeks, you may exercise, but please keep in mind:
5. Why is diet soda discouraged during the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method?
All diet drinks (i.e. sugar-free, carb-free) are not contraindicated on the Ideal Protein Diet. The problem that can arise is 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. These are acceptable. Many others like flavored Aquafina and Dasani contain a lot of phosphoric acid. This is a very strong acid and will play havoc with the body’s bicarbonate buffering system. The same goes for diet sodas, particularly the “brown ones”, such as Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, root beer, etc. Flavored seltzers are usually acceptable. Just read the label, and make sure it is carb-free and contains no phosphoric acid. Carbonated beverages contain CO2 which, when dissolved in water becomes carbonic acid, a weak acid (unlike phosphoric). To have a glass of these occasionally would not be a problem, but consuming large amounts (in place of the 2 liters of water per day) would not be a good idea. Our protocol provides so many health benefits besides weight loss, it would be a shame to compromise some of the benefits by consuming these products.
Acid / base balance plays a major role in physiology, particularly in such conditions as osteoporosis, gout, “hardening of the arteries”, and a more acidic blood does not carry oxygen as well. Using sugar-free, carb-free drinks and diet sodas will not compromise your weight loss providing you drink extra water if these drinks contain caffeine. Remember an extra cup of water for every cup of coffee you drink. The dieter who chooses to use these products a lot, will not receive all the benefits of the program.
6. Can dieters eat “sugar-free” candy that only contain sugar alcohol?
There are many different types of sugar alcohols, some like xylitol are more easily absorbed, and some like erythritol are absorbed very poorly. If they are absorbed, they can affect blood sugar. As a rule of thumb, divide the grams of sugar alcohols by 2 and consider that 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 carbs. If you decide to eat a serving of this on phases 1 & 2, do not have any “restricted foods” that day.
7. If a dieter is hungry, can he 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 than one (1) Ideal Protein restricted food.
8. Why is fruit not allowed on the Ideal Protein Method?
While fruits do not make you gain weight, they can slow down and even prevent you from losing weight. That’s because once metabolized by the body, fruits transform into sugar or glucose, and the glucose reserve is precisely what you want to deplete in order to get your body to begin to burn calories from your excess fat supply.
Fruits are denied on the protocol only until the weight loss goal is achieved. Fruits are later introduced in the stabilization period of the protocol, once your pancreas’ proper metabolizing of sugars has been restored.
You should know that the body stores no more than three days’ worth of carbohydrates in your body. The goal of the protocol is to empty the body’s reserves of carbohydrates so that it can begin to burn its reserve of excess fat, all the while remaining alert and vigorous through muscle-building and organ-protecting protein foods, such as Ideal protein foods, eggs, lean meats, poultry, fish and seafood.
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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.
10. Can a dieter expect consistent weight loss?
Yes. Women will lose 3-5 lbs, Men 5-7 lbs. If the protocol is followed without any deviations and weight loss is not achieved in any given week, it is due to one of the following 4 reasons:
11. What is sucralose?
Sucralose is a sweetener derived from sugar cane. Splenda is the brand name for sucralose. It tastes like sugar but sucralose has zero (0) calories and is not assimilated by the body, which means that it has zero (0) impact on the blood and its glycemia. If you find an Ideal Protein food too sweet, simply stretch it with a little more water.
12. Why is sea salt compulsory during the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method?
The USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Guide) recommends that people consume 2,300 mg (approximately 1 teaspoon) of salt, per day. That quantity is often exceeded by the mere presence of the bulk of industrial foods consumed each in North America, including breads, pastas and cheeses, all saturated with salt. That’s why most doctors tell their patients to away from salt, generally speaking. With all that salt, you need not add more salt to your food.
The Ideal Protein weight loss method has none of these industrial foods. And even if choices of the Ideal Protein envelopes are salted, you need to add sea salt to your diet: lightly sprinkle your vegetables and your protein source, whatever it may be, meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs or tofu, with sea salt to ensure that your body has all the sodium it needs to function properly.
13. Is the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method considered a high, medium or low calorie diet?
The protocol would be considered a medium to low calorie diet whereas the Alternative Plan, which incorporates additional foods from Groups I, II and III, would be considered a medium calorie diet. Neither protocol is considered a hypo protein diet nor a hyper protein diet. The Ideal protein Weight loss method offers the optimal quantity of proteins, vitamins and minerals required to ensure the proper functioning of all body systems.
14. Why are protein foods so vital?
The immune system, which include all your vital organs, eyes, nails, hair, skin and muscles 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.
15. Why are the 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.
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1. Is the Ideal Protein Method safe for people on blood pressure and fluid medication?
Yes. People with high blood pressure are often overweight and will definitely benefit from the protocol. However, they will have to be mindful of their salt intake, as prescribed by their physician.
2. Is the Ideal Protein Method safe for Diabetics, Type I and Type II, as well as for hypoglycemic (low blood sugar)?
Diabetics have so much to gain from our protocol because regulating glycemia is at the very heart of our method. While we cannot reverse Type I Diabetes , we can help those afflicted to lose weight. However, our Ideal protein weight loss method can help reverse Type II Diabetes or, at the very least, diminish the condition’s vulnerabilities. People who suffer from hypoglycemia can also follow our weight loss method or our Alternative plan.
Still, diabetics need be particularly vigilant on our protocol. In the first few weeks, people suffering from hypoglycemia should not exercise as much as usual in order to facilitate the reeducation of their pancreas and give their body a chance to readjust to its new eating habits. As well, they should stock up on the Ideal Protein drinks, in case they find themselves in the midst of a low blood sugar crisis, which is predictable in their case. When it happens, they should sit down, breathe deeply and reach for an Ideal Protein drink. It will calm them instantly. They must be confident in the knowledge that their body, more specifically their pancreas, will readjust itself to function as it was originally intended by nature.
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Our protocol is most likely safe, but we still recommend that your physician is consulted prior to beginning. Remember, Ideal Protein foods are real foods, drug-free with no stimulants. Each Ideal Protein envelope is the equivalent nutritionally to a chicken breast, a small filet mignon or a filet of fish.
4. Is the Ideal Protein Method safe for children. What is the minimum age for following the protocol?
Growing children should not be on any diet. If a parent wants to replace his child’s unhealthy snacks with healthy foods, including Ideal Protein foods, the parent must ensure that the child understands the reasons why they are being deprived of these foods. If not, the child may react adversely by wanting those unhealthy foods even more than before.
5. Can gastric bypass and lap band patients go on the Ideal Protein Method?
The diet is fine for gastric bypass and lap band patients for losing weight and providing a great source of protein in a very small volume of food.
6. Is the protocol safe for a post chemo breast cancer survivor?
Yes, however we would recommend the dieter get approval from her primary care physician. Estrogen levels can fluctuate, and we don’t want to stimulate a hormone receptor positive cancer.
7. Is ketosis safe?
Many people (medical professionals included) have a wrong idea about “ketosis”. They confuse this with the pathological condition of “ketoacidosis”, which can be a life-threatening condition. Ketosis just refers to the state of metabolism the body is in when it is using fat for the primary energy source. This is how our ancestors survived during times of famine. We lived off our fat reserves. It is perfectly normal and healthy.
We all do a little “ketosis” every night when we sleep. As we fast during the night, blood sugar drops. To maintain proper glucose homeostasis, the body does a couple of things:
Throught the diet, we simply keep the dieter in the state where the body is using its stored energy (fat) for the primary fuel source. We give the minimum adequate amount of high quality protein only to spare the muscle. When you lose muscle, your metabolism slows and you are more likely to regain your weight.
8. Are there any products that someone who is lactose intolerant should avoid?
People who are lactose intolerant, cannot digest sugar lactose (a disaccharide composed of a molecule of galactose and glucose). If they ingest lactose, they typically can get cramps or gas. This is not an allergy, so they wouldn’t have a life threatening anaphylactic reaction. Our products (mainly drinks) that contain whey isolates, only contain about 0.05% lactose. This small amount usually does not cause any problems. Lactose intolerant patients can avoid the products that contain whole milk protein such as the cappuccino drink, chocolate drink, omelet, crispy cereal, puddings, etc. The other option is to try a small amount of these foods to see if they cause discomfort. Patients can elect to take one of the many products for lactose intolerant people that contain lactase (i.e “Dairy-Eze” or “Lactaid”), or can just simply avoid the foods which contain the whole milk protein.
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