Ideal Protein: It Just
Makes Sense!

Why Ideal Protein And
How Does The Diet Work?

Ideal Protein is NOT another high protein diet. In fact, Ideal Protein is an adequate protein, low carb, and low fat diet that promotes fat loss.The science behind it is simple. The body has three sources of energy it uses to meet its metabolic needs: carbohydrates, muscle, and fat. The body will draw from its carbohydrate reserve before it draws from muscle and fat. During the weight loss phase of the protocol, carbohydrate intake is limited

to encourage the body to use its fat and muscle reserves for energy. By eating high quality protein foods, such as those in the Ideal Protein protocol, the body is able to maintain lean muscle mass and burn fat. The protocol also teaches dieters how to develop smarter eating habits and make better lifestyle choices, so they can maintain a stable weight after the loss is achieved. 

Three phases

Phase 1:
Weight Loss

Lasts until 100% of your weight loss goal is achieved

Typical results vary up to 6 to 8 pounds lost
during the first two weeks

At least 2 pounds per week (most lose 2— 5) thereafter when the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol is followed properly.

The Task

  • The Weight Loss Phase was designed to maximize fat loss through nutritional ketosis, a safe and natural metabolic state in which the body’s primary fuel source is coming from ketone bodies – energy molecules produced by “burning stored fat”.

How it Works

  • On the Ideal Protein protocol, nutritional ketosis is achieved by restricting carbohydrates (sugar) and calories thereby compelling the body to transition to fat (fatty acids) as an alternative energy source, which provides ample energy to meet the body’s daily needs.
  • Depending on one’s starting weight, clients can expect to consume between 3—5 partial meal replacements daily, in addition 4—8 ounces of a whole protein source, such as beef, chicken or fish.
  • Essential daily nutrients such as fiber, water and micronutrition are provided through the intake of low-glycemic vegetables , micronutrient replacements and a minimum of 64 ounces of water.

Three phases

Phase 2:
Stabilization

Lasts from 2 to 8 weeks. Phase 2 reintroduces carbohydrates, stabilizes weight loss and hunger.

Once a client’s weight has successfully been stabilized, the client can segue into Maintenance

This stabilization occurs through various weekly “tweaks” in macronutrients

The Task

  • The Stabilization Phase was designed to help defend the body’s “new” weight against its former weight, or “weight set point.”

Problem

  • Following weight loss, the body fights to regain lost weight by increasing hunger and appetite, reducing satiety (period of feeling “satisfied” between meals), and lowering energy expenditure to meet the body’s daily needs.
  • This creates what is known as an “energy gap” – a state in which more calories are desired than required. This can make weight loss difficult to manage and maintain.

The Point

  • The objective of Stabilization is to narrow this “energy gap” through research based nutritional interventions that effectively manage hunger, promote greater satiety and maintain weight loss.

First week — “Step-down week”

  • During this step-down week, calories are increased by removing 1 Ideal Protein partial meal replacement and replacing it with 4—6 ounces of lunch protein as well as 4 more cups of vegetables.
  • Clients are required to record their intake during this week in an accompanying food record, which will be used as a “template” from which clients can construct meal examples during their Stabilization onboarding, which occurs on week 2 of Stabilization.
  • During this 45-minute appointment, coaches determine the client’s daily targets 

The Second week - Reintroduction

  • Using the step-down food record as a template, clients can easily incorporate these macro targets of protein, added fats and carbohydrates into their existing food record, creating sample menus for the week ahead.
  • The reintroduction of carbohydrates is a crucial part of Stabilization, and is achieved through a foundation of unlimited low-glycemic vegetables and a slow and measured increase in net carbohydrates, and increasing weekly as tolerated per hunger and satiety ratings as well as weight trends.

Duration

  • Minimum of 2 weeks in Stabilization (up to 8 weeks depending on the amount of weight lost)\
  • For weight loss 20 — 49 pounds, minimum of 4 weeks in Stabilization
  • For weight loss 50 — 80 pounds, minimum of 6 weeks in Stabilization
  • For weight loss over 80 pounds, minimum of 8 weeks in Stabilization

Three phases

3 Phase: Maintenance

How it works

  • During this Phase, net carbs will continue to be increased based on activity level.

The process

  •  During the Maintenance Phase, clients will still receive 1:1 coaching support and guidance as they navigate the “real food” environment.
  • In addition to ongoing education and support, both in-person as well as through our app, clients will be encouraged to complete 2 tune-ups per year to effectively maintain weight loss.

Ideal Protein Forms

Must have

Ideal Protein Health Profile Form

Optional

PHI Disclosure (medical records release)

Real People, Real Results

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With The Ideal Protein Method, Our Patient See Results Such As

Lose Weight

Weight loss of up to 3–7 pounds per week without strenuous exercise, as well as stable weight and lab values once transitioned to maintenance phase.

Reduce Medications

Reduction or elimination of the need for diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure medications typically within the first 4–6 weeks

Control Cravings

Marked decrease in triglyceride level during the first few weeks of being on the Ideal Protein protocol

Furthermore, with a letter of medical necessity from your physician and appropriate diagnosis codes, you may be able to use a flexible spending or health saving account to cover costs of treatment.
You also may be eligible for a credit towards your taxes for expenses incurred while using our plan.
Success Stories

We Not Only Help People, We Change Their Lives

Jaynie Mae Baker

My problem area has always been my stomach and despite my best efforts, getting rid of it is has been impossible. While I didn’t have a lot of weight on the scale to lose, it kept me from enjoying my closet full of designer dresses and instead I was stuck camouflaging with bulky sweaters and jackets. I tried a diet with appetite suppressant pills read more

Paul Woodward Timmins

I used to be 281 lbs. I lost some on my own (and gained some too), struggling through every diet you've ever heard of, but bottom line…this program works best, if you follow the plan properly. With BioIntelligent Wellness, I finally have my weight management under control. I've been around 160 lbs for almost 4 months now and holding strong. Belie read more

Ellen Kwame Corkrum

2 years ago, I was referred to BioIntelligent Wellness for my mother who was diabetic. In the beginning, her diabetes was controlled with medication but after my father died, things really changed. She was depressed, and her blood sugar was out of control. She went from swallowing medication to injecting but nothing seemed to be helping. She was ga read more

Amlie Thomas

My daughter was a premature baby, as she grew up, she was always on the skinny side. Despite the extra meals, she couldn’t gain weight and struggled with low energy. While I only remember kids being teased for being overweight, she would come home in tears about being teased for being too thin. We tried everything possible, but she wasn’t gaini read more

Cale Ryan

BioIntelligent Wellness - I had a great experience! My goal was to lose weight but this program not only helped me to lose but also kept me motivated to maintain it. I worked with Cat who is a very informed and supportive coach. She never failed to acknowledge my success, encouraged me and even supported me through my not-so-wise bad decisions. The read more

Maria

I just recently completed BioIntelligent Wellness, Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program and I feel AMAZING! I've lost nearly 11 pounds in 18 days, not only does this diet help me lose weight, but it teaches me how to make healthier decisions and eating habits. I have permanently adapt this lifestyle changes and really happy from it. If you're interest read more

David Mark

I signed up for Ideal Protein after extensive research and decided that it is the best way for me to approach ketogenic weight loss. I have to say that it has been the team at BioIntelligent Wellness that has truly made the difference in my level of success, especially Debb and Cat. The entire team has gone out of their way to support my on my jour read more

Jennifer Creed

My daughter recommended I go to BioIntelligent Wellness since I was struggling to lose the 15 pounds I gained around my mid-section after menopause. The program was very easy to follow, and the coaching was great. The ideal protein diet was easy to follow and my coaching visits in the office and electronic support kept me on track. I am glad I did read more

Yong Huei Wang

At my surgical consultation before my hip replacement surgery, my orthopedist told me that he was uncomfortable with performing surgery until I lost weight. He knew I was in daily pain and told me that a lot of his patients have had success working with BioIntelligent Wellness. While he wouldn’t perform surgery at my weight, he agreed to schedule read more

Danielle Healy

After first pregnancy, my body wasn't what it used to be and I knew my ways of eating was a part of that. I always had a problems around my lower-back and I didn't understand why - no matter how many salads I ate and how often I exercised. I have tried making self meal plans and diets but nothing worked out. At the end, I was ready to give up and s read more

With The Ideal Protein Method, Our Patient See Results Such As

Lose Weight

Weight loss of up to 3–7 pounds per week without strenuous exercise, as well as stable weight and lab values once transitioned to maintenance phase.

Reduce Medications

Reduction or elimination of the need for diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure medications typically within the first 4–6 weeks

Control Cravings

Marked decrease in triglyceride level during the first few weeks of being on the Ideal Protein protocol

Furthermore, with a letter of medical necessity from your physician and appropriate diagnosis codes, you may be able to use a flexible spending or health saving account to cover costs of treatment.
You also may be eligible for a credit towards your taxes for expenses incurred while using our plan.
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FAQ’s

We are always ready to answer any of your questions

Ideal Protein

About how long will I need to be on the protocol?

It depends on how much weight you would like to lose. Most of our dieters lose between 2-7 pounds per week. The first two weeks, most clients lose at least 6-8 pounds.

All together there are three phases to the protocol, but you will lose all the weight during the first phase.

Am I able to work out on Ideal Protein?

Yes. We may recommend you modify the intensity over the first 3 weeks to allow you body to adjust to the program. Your coach will add an additional Ideal Protein food for each 40-60 minutes of exercise. They may also recommend you avoid anaerobic exercise as it requires your body to utilize glycogen for fuel and your levels will be insufficient while in ketosis.

Are the Ideal Protein foods the same as other commercially sold low carb snacks?

Not even close! The Ideal Protein foods are all non-GMO and were designed for absorption. The foods are tested based on the international bioavailability scale to be between 96% – 297% bioavailability. This means for the same number of calories; you receive up to 3 times the amount of nutrients. Essentially, you would need to eat up to 3 alternative products for every Ideal Protein food. That would mean up to 3 times the number of calories to equal the same nutrient value.

Are the products Gluten Free?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat and related grains causing a wide variety of mild, to very serious symptoms in gluten sensitive individuals.

As part of Ideal Protein’s initiative to meet the dietary needs of gluten sensitive dieters, they’ve made it easier than ever to select gluten-free alternatives on the Ideal Protein Weight Loss method, printing an easy-to-spot “certified gluten-free” symbol on over 40 of their packages.

The items that are certified gluten-free are produced in a Celiac-certified facility and on equipment certified to be free of gluten-containing grains. Dieters who have Celiac Disease must select from only these selections. Many of our gluten-sensitive dieters can consume the full line of Ideal Protein products without complications.

Are there any products that someone who is lactose intolerant should avoid?

People who are lactose intolerant do not produce the enzyme lactase are therefore cannot digest the 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 that contain whey isolates (most of the drinks) only contain about 0.05% lactose and this small amount usually does not cause any problems with these folks. I would have them avoid the products that contain whole milk protein (the cappuccino, the chocolate drink, the omelet, the crispy cereal, puddings, etc). The other option is to let them try a “small amount” of some of these foods and to see if they in fact do experience any discomfort. They can take one of the many products for lactose intolerant people that contain lactase (i.e“Dairy-Eze” or “Lactaid”). But most of these folks just opt to avoid the foods containing the whole milk protein.

Ideal Protein Virtual Program

Can I buy Ideal Protein foods online?

Yes, wecan help you buy your Ideal Protein foods online. We are currently helping dieters of other clinics that need to buy food but plan to continue with their coaching program. If your clinic is closed, we can help you with making sure you have food and coaching support. Since Ideal Protein is not a do-it-yourself program, we want to make sure you have the support you need.

Can you ship foods overnight?

1-day shipping is available. Please contact us for pricing.

Can you ship foods to Canada or other countries?

Yes

Do you deliver Ideal Protein food?

If you are a local dieter, contact us about free local food delivery.

Do you have Spanish speaking coaches?

¡Si! Tenemosentrenadores de hablahispana y podemosapoyar a quieneshacendieta Ideal Protein enespañol.

Corporate Wellness

What type of Corporate Wellness programs do you offer?

We offer a variety of programs, from lunch & learns, corporate fitness, structured weight loss programs focusing on improving vital heath markers, metabolic testing as well as health & wellness coaching.

What will the Ideal Protein Corporate Program consist of?

The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program is typically offered as an onsite or offsite, structured 8-16-week program. The program may be structured with or without a fitness component. This program consists of activities which include health awareness, lifestyle change, and measurable results. Depending on level of participation and program options selected, the activities in each area may include, but are not limited to:

a) Program Launch/Info Meeting
b) Initial One-on-One Coaching Visit (60 minutes)
c) Weekly One-on-One Coaching Visits (20 minutes)
d) Program Conclusion Celebration

When will this program take place?

Corporate Wellness program activities may be scheduled as a one-time event, an ongoing employee benefits offering or a combination of thereof.

Coaching visits may be scheduled during the following times:

  • Before work
  • During work, provided scheduling and workload needs of the company are met
  • Between work (lunch and breaks)
  • After work
Where will this program take place?

Corporate Wellness program activities typically take place in appropriate designated spaces on-site. This may include conference rooms and other available indoor and outdoor areas.

Coaching visits may be scheduled for onsite at your workplace, at either our Carlsbad or Solana Beach location or may be held virtually via Zoom, telephone, FaceTime or Skype.

Who is eligible to participate?

All employees are eligible for voluntary participation in the weight loss program.

Family members, significant others and friends are eligible to participate per guidelines set by the organization.

Select participants may be required obtain medical clearance from their primary care provider to participate in the Ideal Protein corporate weight loss program.

Provider Faq

Are there any products that someone who is lactose intolerant should avoid?

People who are lactose intolerant do not produce the enzyme lactase are therefore cannot digest the 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 that contain whey isolates (most of the drinks) only contain about 0.05% lactose and this small amount usually does not cause any problems with these folks. I would have them avoid the products that contain whole milk protein (the cappuccino, the chocolate drink, the omelet, the crispy cereal, puddings, etc). The other option is to let them try a “small amount” of some of these foods and to see if they in fact do experience any discomfort. They can take one of the many products for lactose intolerant people that contain lactase (i.e“Dairy-Eze” or “Lactaid”). But most of these folks just opt to avoid the foods containing the whole milk protein.

Can Gastric bypass/Lapband patients go on the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method?

The diet is great for gastric bypass / lap band patients…both for losing weight and to provide a great source of protein in a very small volume of food, Lapbanders will do well with that.

How many calories will I be consuming daily while on the weight loss phase of Ideal Protein?

In short, you will be consuming approximately 900-1100 calories from the foods you eat. Unlike the other keto diets, Ideal Protein provides adequate amounts of protein to protect you from muscle loss and Ideal Protein also provides the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals.

On average, you need 2,000 calories each day to meet your body’s needs, and 900 of these calories are going to come from the Ideal Protein diet. The remaining 1,100 calories will come from fat taken from your own fat stores!

How would the sea salt and supplements affect a dieter that is bipolar and is on Lithium?

Lithium and sodium (chemically very similar) affect each other in an inverse manner. That is as you increase your sodium intake your lithium levels will decrease and if you cut down on salt, your lithium levels could creep up. Lithium unfortunately has a “narrow therapeutic index” meaning the blood level has to be “just right”. Too little and there is no benefit to the patient. Too much and it can be very toxic (usually nausea is the first symptom of too high level). The only really good way to monitor this is do a lithium blood level (Quest of Lab Corp routinely do these). Start the dieter on the program and draw a lithium level at about three weeks. Tell he or she to keep track of the salt they are using. If the blood level comes back a little low, tell them to “back off on the salt a tad”. If it comes back a little high, tell them to use more salt. Hopefully it won’t be a big deal, but at least we’re watching things. It is recommended to repeat the test in a month.

During the first TWO WEEKS of the program, the glycogen stores have been depleted and the dieter is consuming only the barest of necessary carbs for the brain, adrenal medulla, nucleated blood cells and a couple of other cells, that CANNOT use ketonic bodies as a fuel source, they MUST have glucose.

I have a patient who is on Coumadin and was told not to eat any cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, green beans, turnip greens, etc., but he has, and his levels of Coumadin needed have skyrocketed. Can he do the diet and eat something else? Can patients on Coumadin do this diet?

Patients on Coumadin certainly MAY do the diet, over a couple of months, especially if they supplement with some good Omega-3 oils (i.e. fish oil, cod liver oil) and decreasing their blood sugar via the “protocol”, their dosage of Coumadin can usually be reduced. However certain vegetables (due to their high vitamin K content) can cause certain clotting factors to increase thus necessitating a need for an increased dose of Coumadin (Warfarin). Attached is a list of the “K” content of various foods. Patients should pick the vegetables that have the lowest levels of “K” and it should not pose a problem with the diet.

Good recommendations would be: mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, garlic, only iceberg lettuce, celery, etc. I would advise to keep this list handy and the “docs” can give it to patients who must take Coumadin. Also, there’s a pharmacist’s trick, if necessary, the patient can take a “baby aspirin” per day. This will cause the levels of Coumadin to rise in the blood without increasing the dose of the drug. Note: This should only be done if absolutely necessary and the patient should be advised to watch for signs of bruising.