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Ideal protein weight loss FAQ
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Here are a sampling of comments heard by clients
Is the ideal protein diet harmful or unsafe?
When to avoid it!
Why restrict sugars until all weight is lost?
As long as sugar is being consumed, the body is not burning fat. It's as simple as that.
Does the ideal protein weight loss food program really work?
Absolutely, provided you follow the carefully defined guidelines. Remember, this is a scientifically sound, medically developed protocol that is designed to reset your body function and eating habits. That makes it not only your last diet, it becomes a life changing set of habits you can live with, naturally. (and still have lots of fun with food)
Do I have to buy more weight loss foods to maintain my weight after the program ends?
No, though many select a few favourites such as the delicious bars and drinks as emergency meal replacements or mid afternoon treats, which tends to be much cheaper than the fast food alternatives, and better for your health too! (bonus)
Often times, a client who must contend with comments by friends and family are not on their first diet or diet program. They have decided to follow the ideal protein diet because previous diets failed. Perhaps they’ve gone on so many unsuccessful diets that they’ve been weakened, ridiculed or the target of skepticism. And like other programs out there, there will always be the avid supporter and the avid non-supporter to back them or belittle them.
“Don’t waste your time with another diet. You’ll just go off the diet anyway and regain all the weight you lost”, or “I know someone who went on that diet and they put all the pounds back on”.
“You think it’ll work? After all, you have no reason to think you’ll succeed based on all the other diets….”
“Go on, have just a little; it’s so good. A tiny serving won’t ruin your diet and make you put back on some weight.”
Attempts to throw you off track:
“Well, well, you’re not allowed to eat any fruit? That’s odd. It’s not very healthy either. Fruit is good for you; it’s full of vitamins. It’s not right to ban fruits, especially since they don’t make you gain weight.”
Attempts to make you worry or feel guilty:
“I talked with so-and-so who went on the diet you’re on and I read it in magazines: your diet is harmful to your health.”
“You should stop losing weight. You look fine the way you are.”
It’s hard to avoid comments that are allegedly made for “your own good”. But don’t let these well-meaning but uninformed people lead you to question your intentions. If you are seeing results, feeling good and are being coached correctly in your maintenance...you have nothing to worry about! This is not just another fad diet...this is science at work!
I’m afraid the program will be difficult…
You may be tormented by irrepressible cravings for a “forbidden fruit” during the first two to three days of the diet when ketosis is induced. Hang in there and don’t succumb to a food that’ll keep you from losing weight (that would be like starting over, because you’ll stop ketosis).
You’ll soon be rewarded: the program will seem easier, because you will have become accustomed to doing without certain foods (you were probably addicted to sugar) and because ketosis releases substances similar to amphetamines, which are natural appetite suppressants and boost your energy level and enthusiasm. This is a major plus. Every time you step on the weigh scale you’ll see that the program is worth the effort. Although the diet may be difficult, it is of limited duration. It’ll be over before you know it, especially given the very long-term benefits.
How long does the ideal protein program take?
The ideal protein program is not a long term program. The entire program will be tailored to you, because you don’t have the same pounds to lose as someone else and because you put them on under different circumstances. Your age, family circumstance and health status affect the treatment and its length. The minimum amount of time you will be on this program is seven weeks followed by 8 weeks of maintenance coaching.
When will I start to see results?
Results vary, depending on your gender, metabolism and starting weight. During the first week, you’ll lose two to six pounds of glycogen (your reserve fuel tank). So, if you lose six pounds during the first week, don’t be alarmed. Weight loss will be less spectacular in the weeks that follow. After three weeks, you’ll be well on your way to losing body fat!
Are all proteins created equally?
Let’s make a distinction between high-protein preparations and so-called balanced meal replacements, which are supposed to contain fewer calories than a normal meal. Meal replacements, which are even sold in superstores, contain a large amount of sugar, which prevents efficient weight loss (ketosis).
Their only focus is to be low calorie. High-protein preparations are strictly regulated and contain virtually no sugar. They must have a perfect composition of essential amino acids in very precise proportions, known as their chemical score.
Two powders containing the same proportion of proteins do not necessarily have the same biological value, because their essential amino acid content and efficacy may be different.
The first proteins used in the United States in the 1970s had a very low biological value. Nowadays, quality control is very strict and most proteins have satisfactory specifications. Protein preparations that contain animal gelatin or gelatin obtained from GM foods, such as genetically modified soybeans are strongly discouraged.
Can any high-protein preparation be used during a protein diet, as long as its protein content is high and sugar content is low?
Fitness buffs who are heavily into body-building have been using high-protein preparations for years. These products are not strictly controlled systematically and most are not regulatory. Remember that body-builders who eat these proteins already have a very rich diet. So, if the protein has a minor deficiency, it will have no consequences.
A person on the protein diet exclusively eats certain proteins instead of a regular diet; therefore, a deficiency in the proteins may have significant health consequences. So, follow the advice of your coach who will give you proteins with full knowledge of your situation.
What to do about well meaning family & friends?
because it involves no medication. It’s not a high protein diet, because you eat the protein your body actually needs and no more. Therefore, it does not affect the kidneys more than any other protein diet consisting of meat, fish, eggs and dairy products.
go on a protein diet if you have severe impairment in kidney or liver function
go on the protein diet if you have insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, not because of the proteins but because of the sugars that are eliminated
go on an overly strict diet of any kind if you’ve recently had a cardiovascular incident
The Ideal Protein diet is not an agressive weight loss method,
The protein diet is not for children who have not finished growing yet, nor is it for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
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I heard that I can't exercise...that doesn't sound right to me, can you please explain?
Exercise is mandatory! You are expected to walk a minimum of 30 minutes a day. After your body has adjusted to that state of ketosis, you can then add in or continue a weight work out if you wish (which we encourage!) and more of a cardio workout.
Someone told me I can't eat fruit! Why not?
Eating an apple does not make you gain weight. However, the sugar content in that apple can prevent you from actually losing weight. When you eat a piece of fruit, your body does not tell itself that the sugar source is from a granny smith apple rather than a candy bar, it simply processes it as a sugar source. For a period of time, in order to rest the pancreas, we eliminate those high sugar fruits from your diet, just as we eliminate the high sugar vegetables. But remember, it is for a short period of time and not forever!
Do I have to do all four phases? Can't I just lose my weight and finish?
It is important to understand that without completing the entire program, you are setting yourself up to fail at maintaining any weight loss you were successful in losing in the first place. The last three phases of the program are just as important as the first phase. All four phases are designed to ensure that you don't just have tools to lose your weight, but that you know how to use those tools to maintain the weight loss. They are also designed to reset those insulin levels properly so that you can maintain your weight loss long after you finish the program. When you register for the Ideal Protein program, you are committing to all four phases of the program, not just one phase. Because our priority is to help you reach your weight loss goal, we want to make sure you are ready to commit to all four phases before you begin the program, rather than set you up to fail!
I was told that this was a high protein diet and that I shouldn't do it. Is that right?
No this is not a high protein diet! Unlike other diets and programs out there, this program ensures you receive the minimum amount of protein that your body needs in order to maintain the lean mass you have. Your body needs half of your body's lean mass in protein grams a day just for maintenance. Add exercise, and your body requires more protein! That means, that if you are 150lbs and you have a lean mass of 100lbs, then you need at least 50 grams of protein a day to maintain your lean mass! Most people that come to see us are surprised to find they were not even getting half of that in protein a day with regular eating! By the end of your program you will understand and know how to make sure you are getting the right amounts of protein, the right sorts of protein, and will know how to explain to others what the difference is between a high protein diet and this program!