Ideal Protein Phase 1: Products, Allowed Food List, Changes

Ideal Protein and Phase 1 (Weight Loss Phase)

While the keto diet craze is a recent phenomenon, the Ideal Protein Protocol was created almost 30 years ago by Dr. Tran Tien Chanh and Olivier Benloulou, where dieters lost the most weight during Phase 1. Dr. Chanh, a French physician, was looking to create a safer and easier weight loss protocol for his patients. At the time, his focus was on athletes needing to drop weight quickly but maintain function and performance.

Initially, the Ideal Protein protocol consisted of 4 phases with Phase 1 being the step where you would lose most of the weight. There have been a few changes in the last few years. Now, you will go through 3 phases of the Ideal Protein protocol:

  • Phase 1 or weight loss phase
  • Phase 2 or stabilization phase and lastly
  • Phase 3 or maintenance phase

This article will give you an insight into Phase 1 of the Ideal Protein diet. We will also look into the Ideal Protein allowed food list, Ideal Protein supplements, Ideal Protein Phase 1 recipes, and more.

How Ideal Protein Makes a Difference?

At the time, the ketogenic diet was relatively unheard of, outside of the Atkins diet which was gaining popularity. Similar to the Atkins diet, Ideal Protein also removes simple and complex carbohydrates from the diet to put your body into ketosis, a biochemical state that forces the body to burn stored fat rather than the carbohydrates you consume.

What makes Ideal protein different from Atkins and modern-day Keto is that it’s a modified approach as it temporarily restricts fat consumption during Phase 1 to refocus the body on burning stored fat rather than the fat you consume.

Another important distinction is Ideal Protein utilizes the tenets of a ketogenic diet while integrating education and support for creating a healthy lifestyle after the diet is over.

The New Changes in Ideal Protein Protocol

It’s important to note that  Ideal Protein brought some changes and refined this successful protocol in 2020 to make losing weight even easier. In the following details, we will be adhering to the new Ideal Protein protocol.

If you are researching Ideal Protein, make sure you are looking at the latest version of Ideal Protein, and its new 3-phase protocol.

In case you are wondering what changes were made to the Ideal Protein Diet, there have been quite a few and you’ll notice them from the first glance.

1. Ideal Protein is Now 3 Phases

For starters, Ideal Protein has simplified its 4 – phase protocol to 3 phases. Along with that shift, Ideal Protein launched a revised recommended Phase 1 diet menu as well as its guidelines.

If you are doing your research online, make sure the clinic that you are researching is presenting the new 3 phase protocol. After all, it’s a great way to ensure your Ideal Protein clinic is up to speed on the newest advancements in weight loss and ensure that they truly focus on Ideal Protein.

2. Ideal Protein Diet – New Phase 1 Food List

Along with consolidating Phases 3 & 4 to a new Phase 3 diet, Ideal Protein added new Ideal Protein products, more foods to the allowed foods list.

They have also reduced the allowance for whole food protein allowed on Phase 1 from 8 ounces to 4 to 6 ounces. As a result, now you can lose weight faster, enjoy your weight loss journey, and transition faster with Ideal Protein.

Shirataki or Konjac noodles are newly added which do not have any digestible carbs while helping with hunger and satiety.

Visit this page to learn more about all the improvements done to the new Ideal Protein.

A Few FAQs About Ideal Protein Phase 1

How Long Does Ideal Protein Phase 1 Last?

It totally depends on your weight loss goals. Phase 1 is meant to be followed until you reach 100% of your weight loss goal. The Ideal Protein weight loss method treats weight issues at its source.

How Much Weight Do You Lose on Ideal Protein Phase 1?

Dieters on Phase 1 usually lose average 6 to 8 pounds during the first 2 weeks and in the following days, at least 2 pounds per week (most lose 2 – 5) when the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol is followed properly.

How Much Does Ideal Protein Phase 1 Cost?

For the cost of products, supplements, coaching visits, and electronic support, you should budget around $135 a week. Visit this page for a thorough analysis of Ideal Protein costs.

However, new dieters can start Ideal Protein with BioIntelligent Wellness for $50 with waived start fees. Check out our New Dieters Offer for more details.

What Health Benefits Will I Experience Being on Ideal Protein Phase 1?

  • Weight loss
  • Increase insulin sensitivity
  • Improve blood sugar control
  • Reduce cholesterol
  • May reduce heart disease risk factors
  • Improve PCOS related issues
  • Improve acne
  • Improve the appearance of cellulite

What Side Effects I May Experience During Phase 1?

Ideal Protein phase 1 restricts your usual calorie intake (especially carbohydrates). As a result, you may experience some of the following discomforts in the beginning days:

  • Hunger (although you can eat unlimited vegetables)
  • Headaches (due to reduced sugar intake)
  • Bad breath or Keto breath
  • Increased thirst
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Mild constipation
  • Hair thinning/ hair loss
  • Irregular menstrual cycle

What Foods Do I Need to Avoid in Phase 1?

Anything outside the sheet! Download the Ideal Protein Phase 1 sheet.

Can I Workout During Phase 1?

Yes. But keep it low-intensity. We rather encourage light exercise only after the first 2 weeks on the protocol.

Ideal Protein is considered a low-calorie plan and Phase 1 is the stage where calorie intake is significantly reduced. Thus moderate to heavy exercise may lead to loss of lean muscle which contradicts the goal of the program. 

Exercises such as body movements, light stretching, and gentle yoga are excellent options to go with. You can also follow the fitness program available on the IdealSmart app. 

However, please keep a few things in mind when exercising:

  • Do not get overly tired
  • Supplements are a must!
  • Keep well hydrated. You must increase your water intake if exercising.

Can Vegetarians or Vegans Follow the Ideal Protein?

Vegetarians can follow the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol and can consume eggs, fish (if Pescatarian), or tofu during their evening meal for their whole protein. As an alternative, they can also have 2 Ideal Protein foods for dinner in replacement of their whole protein. Ensure you review the ingredient list on all boxes before purchasing them.

Strict vegans, who do not consume any animal proteins and animal by-products, such as dairy products, honey, and so on, do not qualify to follow the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol due to the many dietary restrictions.

Ideal Protein Complete Food List for Phase 1

We encourage clients to create variety in the Ideal Protein recipes while they are on Phase 1 to keep their weight loss diet exciting.

With so many options, you’ll never have to eat the same thing repeatedly.

While there is no frying or breading permitted, you can use an air fryer and also use your Ideal Protein foods, such as the chips, to create “breading”.

Remember to weigh your protein before cooking your recipe.

Whole Protein Sources in Ideal Protein Diet Phase 1

Raw Vegetables & LettucesUnlimited

Dietary fiber is excellent to ward off hunger and stabilize your blood sugar. The vegetables and lettuces below are “free” items.

Hence, at our Ideal Protein clinic, we recommend clients prepare 1-2 salad recipes a day comprised of these items and some of the allowed vegetables for better weight loss results.

  • Arugula
  • Cactus (All)
  • Escarole Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Bibb Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Frisée Lettuce
  • Radicchio
  • Watercress
  • Bok Choy
  • Chicory Lettuce
  • Green/Red-Leaf Lettuce
  • Radish
  • Lettuce
  • Boston Lettuce
  • Endive
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Romaine Lettuce

Select Vegetables 4 cups per day. Remember to measure before cooking

Even our pickiest dieters learn to love vegetables on Phase 1 of the Ideal Protein diet. The wide variety keeps things new and exciting and offers an opportunity to discover or rediscover new foods you will love.

There are so many ways to prepare these veggies.

One of the most common comments we hear from clients who come to our clinic for weight loss is that they learned how to correctly prepare a veggie and now they love it! Moreover, our Ideal Protein coaches will provide you with simple recipes that transform into delicious renditions of your favorites.

  • Alfalfa Sprouts
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celeriac
  • Collards
  • Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli)
  • Kohlrabi
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Chard (All)
  • Cucumber (All)
  • Green Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Rapini
  • Turnips
  • Bamboo Shoots
  • Cabbage (All)
  • Chayote
  • Dill Pickles
  • Hot Peppers
  • Okra
  • Rhubarb
  • Zucchini
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Chicory
  • Fennel
  • Kale
  • Onions (Raw Only)
  • Sauerkraut
  • Yellow Summer Squash

Occasional (Restricted) Vegetables Maximum 4 cups per week.

Restricted vegetables have a higher carbohydrate count and are still allowed, just need to be limited to a max of 4 cups a week and you’ll need to mind your daily net carb target.

  • Beans (Green & Wax)
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Eggplant
  • Hearts of Palm (Palmini)
  • Jicama
  • Leeks
  • Rutabaga
  • Snow Peas
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Tomatillo
  • Tomatoes (All)

Seasonings Allowed for Ideal Protein Diet Phase 1 

Forget boiled chicken and bland veggies. On Ideal Protein Phase 1 diet, you’ll have so many options to add a little spice o your life! You can completely change up the flavors (think Mexican one day and Italian the next) and keep your palate guessing with excitement.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Capers (2 Tbsp.)
  • Cinnamon
  • Fine Herbs
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Cilantro
  • Chervil
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Thyme
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Hot Mustard
  • Hot Sauce
  • Onion Powder
  • Sorrel
  • Soy Sauce
  • White Vinegar
  • Bay Leaves
  • Mint
  • Tarragon
  • Tamari Sauce
  • Spices (MSG-Free/No Carbs)
  • Basil
  • Lime

Select Oils – 2 tsp per day

The Ideal Protein Phase 1 diet is low-carb and low-fat. However, we recommend including a small amount of healthy dietary fat to include the vital omega’s and make cooking and eating salads a more interesting part of weight loss.

As you can see below, there are a lot of options to choose from.

  • Avocado
  • Canola
  • Flaxseed
  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Hemp Seed
  • Mustard
  • Olive
  • Rice Bran
  • Safflower
  • Sesame
  • Sunflower
  • Walnut

Supplements to be Taken in Ideal Protein Diet Phase 1 

Micronutrients are vital ingredients necessary to support your body and its functions.

From maintaining muscle mass, energy production, and retaining hydration. Being on a diet does not decrease these demands.

For that reason, Ideal Protein Phase 1 requires a few mandatory supplements to provide all nutrients typically found in the foods that you will be restricting on the Ideal Protein protocol. The addition helps you achieve the minimum recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamins and minerals. It’s a vital step and skipping it can actually slow your progress, costing you more in the long run.

  • IP Multi-Vita: 2 capsules daily
  • IP Potassium: 1 tablet daily
  • IP Cal-Mag: 2 tablets twice daily with meals
  • IP Omega-3 Plus: 1 capsule twice daily with meals
  • IP Anti-Oxy:

    • Why it is recommended: Antioxidants are
      chemical nutrients that support the body in
      combating the dangers of oxidative stress.
      Antioxidants can protect against free
      radicals and potentially even reverse the
      damage.
    • Recommended dose: 2 capsules daily
  • BCAA:

    • Why it’s recommended: Ideal Protein’s BCAA’s can speed up your results because they help you maintain muscle mass while you are losing weight. Especially important for those who exercise on Ideal Protein Phase 1 and also for those who lose too much lean mass.
    • Ideal Protein BCAA recommended dose:
      • Phase I & 2:
        • General recommendation: 1 packet per day during the first 3 weeks.
        • If losing too much lean mass after week 3: 1 packet per day
        • If exercising on Phase I: 1–2 packets per day. You need to take them 30 minutes before your workout and you can have another one after, but the pre-workout dose is vital and timing is key.
      • Phase 3:
        • Great pre- and post-workout supplement to support your training, energy levels, fat burning, and it even acts as an appetite suppressant.
  • IP Digestive Enzymes:

    • Why it is recommended: Aids in the digestion of whole foods. It breaks down larger food molecules into smaller particles that can more readily be absorbed.
    • Recommended dose: 1–2 capsules with meals.
  • IP Flora Health:

    • Why it is recommended: Probiotics promote normal bowel habits and assist in the digestion and absorption of nutrients in the body.
    • Recommended dose: 1 capsule daily.

What Makes Ideal Protein Products Special

Ideal Protein products are more than just packaged diet food. It sets itself apart from other partial meal replacement diets because of the bioavailability of nutrients and their design for taste and function.

Additionally, Ideal Protein products do not contain any Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), dangerous trans fats, harmful preservatives like Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), or toxic, high-glycemic sweeteners like aspartame.

The Ideal Protein products are ranked on the chemical index for bioavailability and are between 96% – 297% bioavailable. What does this mean?

It means you obtain all of the nutrients for a fraction of the calories, allowing your body to metabolize and assimilate these vital nutrients easily. 

Note that digestion of whole foods, such as eating a steak, you consume 100% of the calories but only 70% of the nutrients from what you are eating.

Ideal Protein Products Include Prebiotic Fiber

In addition to the benefits of maximizing absorption, Ideal Protein’s product line has evolved in line with modern nutritional trends. Ideal Protein foods list has integrated products that are sweetened with nutritive sweeteners, such as stevia and also prebiotic fiber.

Prebiotic fibers support both optimal nutrients for the dieter and the microbiome.

Most people have heard a lot about the connections between probiotics (foods that enhance your good bacterial colonies in your intestinal tract) and health, mood, and weight but many aren’t familiar with prebiotics.

Prebiotics, on the other hand, provide the ideal environment and nutritional sources to feed your good bacteria.

Prebiotics are a great fit for the Ideal Protein protocol because while they are technically carbohydrates, they are filled with fiber and non-digestible carbohydrates.

This fiber provides satiety to the dieter while feeding the good bacteria, helping it to flourish in the gut. In fact, several studies demonstrate that prebiotics play a more significant role in weight loss when compared to probiotics.

Prebiotic fiber can help absorb intestinal fat, supporting weight loss. Additionally, prebiotic fiber can slow the absorption of calories into the bloodstream.

Lastly, while prebiotic fiber provides sweetness, it does so without creating a glycemic impact, fitting in perfectly with the low carb, low GI ketogenic diet approach. These products support the whole-body health approach of the diet as well as creating appetizing, satiating yummy renditions of old favorites.

Two Categories of Ideal Protein Products: Restricted & Non-Restricted

Due to the low carb nature of Ideal Protein Phase 1 diet, dieters are recommended to monitor their net carbohydrates while on this phase. During Phase 1, dieters are recommended to aim between 25-45 grams of net carbohydrates per day.

The whole food lists of Ideal Protein diet can be broken into 2 categories – restricted and unrestricted (or non-restricted) foods.

To explain, Ideal Protein distinguishes between the two based on net carbohydrate content of the foods. Unrestricted Ideal Protein Products have 7 or fewer grams of net carbohydrates. On the other hand, products that are considered restricted in the diet have 8 or more grams of net carbohydrates.

To help you stay in ketosis, the diet limits you to 1 restricted item per day.

Restricted snacks included in Ideal Protein food list used to be all bars, chips, and treats. However, it has evolved and now very few of those items, except the bars, are restricted.

How did they do this?

Prebiotics!!

Ideal Protein Products Allowed for Phase 1 

Ideal Protein Bars

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Caramel Peanut Protein Bars (Caramel Nut Bar)

Caramel Peanut Protein Bars (Caramel Nut Bar)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Chocolate Almond Protein Bar

Chocolate Almond Protein Bar

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars

Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Cookie Dough Protein Swirl Bars

Cookie Dough Protein Swirl Bars

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Cranberry Pomegranate Protein Bars

Cranberry Pomegranate Protein Bars

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Mint Chocolate Protein Bars (Chocolate Mint Bar)

Mint Chocolate Protein Bars (Chocolate Mint Bar)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Vanilla Peanut Butter Protein Bars (Vanilla Peanut Bar)

Vanilla Peanut Butter Protein Bars (Vanilla Peanut Bar)

Ideal Protein Breakfast

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Blueberry Muffin Mix

Blueberry Muffin Mix

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Cheese Omelet Mix (Fine Herbs and Cheese Omelet)

Cheese Omelet Mix (Fine Herbs and Cheese Omelet)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix

Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Crispy Cereal

Crispy Cereal

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Golden Pancake Mix

Golden Pancake Mix

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Maple Oatmeal

Maple Oatmeal

Ideal Protein Soups

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Broccoli Cheese Soup Mix

Broccoli Cheese Soup Mix

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Chicken Noodle Soup Mix

Chicken Noodle Soup Mix

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Chicken Soup Mix

Chicken Soup Mix

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Mushroom Soup Mix

Mushroom Soup Mix

Ideal Protein Drinks

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Berry Breakfast Smoothie Mix (Wildberry Yogurt Drink Mix)

Berry Breakfast Smoothie Mix (Wildberry Yogurt Drink Mix)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Berry Pomegranate Drink Mix (Blueberry, Cran, Pomegranate)

Berry Pomegranate Drink Mix (Blueberry, Cran, Pomegranate)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Cappuccino Smoothie Mix (Cappuccino Drink Mix)

Cappuccino Smoothie Mix (Cappuccino Drink Mix)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Chocolate Smoothie Mix (Chocolate Drink Mix)

Chocolate Smoothie Mix (Chocolate Drink Mix)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Orange Drink Mix

Orange Drink Mix

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Peach Mango Drink Mix

Peach Mango Drink Mix

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Piña Colada Smoothie Mix (Piña Colada Drink Mix)

Piña Colada Smoothie Mix (Piña Colada Drink Mix)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Ready-to-serve Cappuccino Shake (Drink)

Ready-to-serve Cappuccino Shake (Drink)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Ready-to-serve Chocolate Shake (Drink)

Ready-to-serve Chocolate Shake (Drink)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Ready-to-serve Strawberry Banana Shake (Drink)

Ready-to-serve Strawberry Banana Shake (Drink)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Ready-to-serve Vanilla Shake (Drink)

Ready-to-serve Vanilla Shake (Drink)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Vanilla Smoothie Mix (Vanilla Drink Mix)

Vanilla Smoothie Mix (Vanilla Drink Mix)

Ideal Protein Main Courses and Sides

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Cheddar Cheese Sauce Mix

Cheddar Cheese Sauce Mix

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Chicken Patty Mix

Chicken Patty Mix

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Creamy Parmesan Mushroom Pasta (Mushroom Parmesan Risotto)

Creamy Parmesan Mushroom Pasta (Mushroom Parmesan Risotto)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Macaroni & Cheese

Macaroni & Cheese

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Mashed Potatoes Mix (Potato Puree)

Mashed Potatoes Mix (Potato Puree)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Rotini Pasta

Rotini Pasta

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Vegetable Chili Mix

Vegetable Chili Mix

Ideal Protein Meal Replacements: Phase 3 only 😊

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Creamy Chocolate Meal Repl. Smoothie Mix (Ideal Comp. Choco)

Creamy Chocolate Meal Repl. Smoothie Mix (Ideal Comp. Choco)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Ideal Complete - Strawberry Drink Mix (Meal Replacement)

Ideal Complete – Strawberry Drink Mix (Meal Replacement)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Toffee Pretzel Meal Replacement Bars (Ideal Complete)1

Toffee Pretzel Meal Replacement Bars (Ideal Complete)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Vanilla Crème Meal Repl. Smoothie Mix (Ideal Comp. Vanilla)

Vanilla Crème Meal Repl. Smoothie Mix (Ideal Comp. Vanilla)

Ideal Protein Salty Snacks

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Barbecue Crisps (Bbq Crisps)

Barbecue Crisps (Bbq Crisps)

Ideal Protein diet phase 1 - Dill Pickle Zippers (Dill Zippers)

Dill Pickle Zippers (Dill Zippers)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Garlic and Fine Herbs Crisps

Garlic and Fine Herbs Crisps

Ideal Protein diet phase 1 - Nacho Cheese Dorados

Nacho Cheese Dorados

Ideal Protein diet phase 1 - Ranch Dorados

Ranch Dorados

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Sea Salt & Vinegar Crisps

Sea Salt & Vinegar Crisps

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Sweet & Spicy Trail Mix

Sweet & Spicy Trail Mix

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Sweet Chili Dorados

Sweet Chili Dorados

Ideal Protein Sweet Snacks

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Apple Cinnamon Puffs (Apple Cinnamon Soy Puffs)

Apple Cinnamon Puffs (Apple Cinnamon Soy Puffs)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Chocolate Caramel Mug Cake Mix

Chocolate Caramel Mug Cake Mix

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Chocolate Crispy Square

Chocolate Crispy Square

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Chocolate Puffs (Chocolate Soy Puffs)

Chocolate Puffs (Chocolate Soy Puffs)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Dark Chocolate Pudding Mix

Dark Chocolate Pudding Mix

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Double Chocolate Brownies

Double Chocolate Brownies

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Lemon Wafers

Lemon Wafers

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Orange Crème Wafers (Orange Wafers)

Orange Crème Wafers (Orange Wafers)

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Raspberry Gelatin Mix

Raspberry Gelatin Mix

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Ready-to-serve Chocolate Pudding

Ready-to-serve Chocolate Pudding

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Strawberry Wafers

Strawberry Wafers

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Triple Chocolate Wafers

Triple Chocolate Wafers

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Vanilla Crispy Square

Vanilla Crispy Square

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Vanilla Pudding Mix

Vanilla Pudding Mix

Ideal Protein products - phase 1 - Vanilla Wafers

Vanilla Wafers

Typical Ideal Protein Phase 1 Menu

On Ideal Protein Diet Phase 1, you will reach 100% of your weight loss goal.

The beauty of Ideal Protein food list is there’s enough variety to keep you from getting into a rut but it offers enough structure that you don’t have to spend time laboring over making menus and delicately balancing macronutrients.

Your Ideal Protein coach will work with you to help customize your diet to your lifestyle, making it easy to follow the protocol whether you are at home, traveling for work, or navigating social events.

The nice part about the Ideal Protein Phase 1 is that it truly puts weight loss on autopilot.

Many dieters who come to us after unsuccessful attempts with the Keto diet say the simplicity of Ideal Protein’s ketogenic diet is one of the things they appreciate most. Unlike other ketogenic diets, Ideal Protein’s Phase 1 foods list and Phase 1 meal plan are set up to keep you in ketosis and offer enough variety that will keep you from getting bored or overwhelming yourself with meal planning and macro counting.

Ideal Protein has a saying for the Phase 1 food list – they say “eat the sheet”, meaning if it’s not on the sheet, it can’t be included in the diet. Hence, our coaches focus dieters who want to lose weight fast on sticking to the serving size requirements, food group choices, and staying in ketosis to lose weight faster on Ideal Protein.

In general, the payoff is that if you follow the Ideal Protein Phase 1 foods list and guidelines, you will reach your weight loss goal in no time.

Ideal Protein Phase 1 menu
Typical Ideal Protein Phase 1 Menu

Ideal Protein Phase 1 Sample Menu

Breakfast

  • Ideal Protein Fine Herbs Omelet with garlic, mushrooms, and spinach or Golden Pancake Mix
  • 1 Ideal Protein Multi-Vita
  • 1 Ideal Protein Potassium

Lunch

  • Ideal Protein Broccoli Cheese Soup or Mushroom Soup Mix
  • 1 ½ cups of steamed broccoli
  • A mixed green salad with Ideal Protein Italian Dressing.
  • 1 Ideal Protein Multi-vita
  • 1 Ideal Protein Omega-3 Plus 

Dinner

  • Zucchini Noodle Pasta or Rotini Pasta
  • 4-6 oz lean ground beef
  • Romaine and arugula salad with Ideal Protein Honey Mustard Dressing
  • 2 Ideal Protein Cal-Mag
  • 1 Ideal Protein Omega-3 Plus

Snacks

  • Ideal Protein Vanilla Crispy Square or Chocolate Puffs (if you like sweet snacks)
  • Barbecue Crisps or Nacho Cheese Dorados (if you like salty snacks)
  • 2 Ideal Protein Cal-Mag

Drinks (Optional)

  • Chocolate Smoothie Mix or Orange Drink Mix

Ideal Protein Cookbooks

Some dieters on Ideal Protein keep the cooking to a minimum while others take advantage of the many resources that can make Ideal Protein not only livable but a gourmet experience.

Forget complicated cooking and elusive techniques, even the most luxurious dishes are distilled into easy-to-follow instructions that will make the Ideal Phase 1 diet experience delicious and make it feel like anything BUT a diet.

Ideal Protein Recipes

Some of our Ideal Protein clients are not interested in taking up cooking as a new hobby but like to have a little inspiration along the way. For that reason, we recommend they follow our Facebook page, where we feature new Ideal Protein compatible recipes every day. These Ideal Protein recipes allow people to enjoy a little food inspiration that doesn’t require too much planning or prep.

Believe it or not, outside of dieting, most people choose between 5-10 go-to meal ideas, which can lead to boredom.

The nice thing most of our dieters report about Phase 1 is that they found more variety with the recipes than when they follow an unrestricted diet.

Ideal Protein Diet Results

One of the most important things to point out about Ideal Protein is the weight loss results. This is how most of our clients come to us, by seeing someone they know follow Ideal Protein and visibly shrink in from of their eyes.

Ideal Protein’s focus on fat loss over weight loss is one of the most important distinctions between Ideal Protein and other keto diets.

Due to the design of the diet and the focus on adequate-protein, dieters retain their muscle mass which maximizes their fat-burning potential. Visibly, the inch loss is so noticeable, even for those that don’t share they are on a diet, people around them started asking what they are doing to lose weight.

The body fat loss is tracked weekly during coaching visits with the Ideal Protein Body Composition Analyzer, to ensure the dieter is losing mostly fat instead of sacrificing weight loss by losing muscle. For clients on the Ideal Protein Virtual Program, they typically use the IdealSmart scale, focusing on the trends of maintaining lean mass and losing fat.

The results speak for themselves – on average over the past decade our clients have averaged between 3-5 pounds lost per week for women and between 4-7 pounds per week for men.

Here are a few weight loss results of the clients who chose our Ideal Protein clinic in San Diego, CA.

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Ideal Protein - Danielle R - after

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Ideal Protein is More Than a Diet

The clinical utility of Ideal Protein is what sets it apart from a typical weight loss diet. The beauty of Ideal Protein protocol is that the most dramatic changes happen during Phase 1 and that goes for weight loss and improvements to lab values.

  • Obesity: Obesity is truly the 21st Century epidemic. Today, more adults and children are plagued by being overweight and obese. 32.5% of Americans are overweight and nearly 40% are obese in 2021 with an alarming trend that has been increasing since the late 1970s. Many of today’s health and social issues are exacerbated by this trend.
  • Other conditions Ideal Protein addresses at their source:

Why Start Ideal Protein With BioIntelligent Wellness

Not all Ideal Protein clinics are created equally.

This is an important distinction and we recommend you interview your Ideal Protein clinic thoroughly before signing up to make sure you have an ideal experience.

At BioIntelligent Wellness, we realize that coaching is the most important aspect of the protocol and pride ourselves on creating value in every coaching visit and between.

This is why we don’t charge our dieters a huge upfront cost and they pay for their coaching visits as they go.

Here are a few more reasons to consider working with BioIntelligent Wellness for your Ideal Protein Journey:

1. We Specialize in Nutrition

Our background sets us apart as our specialty is nutrition and improving health and happiness through dietary interventions.

2. We Are Experienced in Working with Dieters on Medications

We work with many dieters who are on medications for blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol medications, and others. Moreover, several outside physicians specifically refer patients to our program for metabolic syndrome, fatty liver, gout, and PCOS based on the results we achieve with their patients.

3. We Can Customize Maintenance

Local dieters who successfully complete the protocol enjoy complimentary Resting Metabolic Rate testing as part of the new dieter special.

On successfully completing Ideal Protein Phase 1 & 2, an RMR testing is performed in the second or third week of Phase 3. We use the results for the purpose of customizing calories and macronutrient needs for maintenance.

This testing, while not required, helps dieters feel confident knowing exactly what they need, creating a foundation for their meal planning and helping to maintain their losses.

4. Flexible Hours Make Consistency Easy

With appointments offered 6 days a week and options for Sunday appointments, there is no schedule that we can’t accommodate.

Flexibility is especially important for some of our clients while others need to have a dedicated timeslot that will support them to success.

Our coaches realize this importance and offer coaching appointments in the early mornings, during the day, after work, and even on the weekend – when most people can easily accommodate a reoccurring appointment.

We suggest before selecting an Ideal Protein clinic for weight loss (be in San Diego or anywhere else), clients determine if they’re able to accommodate your busy lifestyle.

5. Ideal Protein Online Program

For the last 12 years, we have offered a virtual option for customized nutrition with our clients coming to us from across the US and the world.

Initially, our Ideal Protein online program was launched to accommodate our clients needing to travel frequently or that relocate but want to continue with their coach.

Not all Ideal Protein coaches and clinics administer the coaching aspect of the protocol in the same way.

6. Coaches Are Experienced Experts on Ideal Protein

Coaching offered in this program is one of the most important benefits and keys to your success.

While technically any diet can be DIY, without coaching or with inadequate coaching, dieters spend more time (and more money) on a diet and the same goes for Ideal Protein.

Moreover, DIY diets are less successful and dieters may have a difficult time maintaining their results.

In addition to the standardized training, our coaches participate in continuing education and working collaboration through BioIntelligent Wellness. Most of our coaches also maintain outside nutrition certifications and licenses, and they’re also required to complete ongoing continuing education.

All of our Ideal Protein coaches work under the program director, whose sole focus is Ideal Protein. The program director monitors the overall progress of each dieter and offers insight to their coach on ways to quicken their success.

All coaches working with our clinics in San Diego have successfully completed Ideal Protein themselves and know exactly how it helps in weight loss. We believe while intellectual knowledge is crucial, the winning combination is knowledge and experience.

7. Nutrition Experience Outside of Ideal Protein

Ideal Protein’s comprehensive training for coaches is great for consistency but sometimes leaves a gap in the way things are done.

BioIntelligent Wellness’s coaches have advanced education in nutrition, most with nutrition certifications and licenses that extend beyond Ideal Protein’s training.

8. Value from Every Visit

We are surprised hearing tales of some other clinics’ management of their Ideal Protein program, particularly in terms of the coaching. Effective coaching extends beyond selling food and performing measurements on someone.

Our coaches focus on education, identifying and overcoming patterns, implementing lifestyle changes, and even the emotional aspects of weight gain and loss. Moreover, we create value out of every coaching session, which is why our dieters are happy to pay for their coaching as they go.

9. Support in Between Visits

You’re on a diet 7 days a week and deserve to be supported electronically through text and email by your coach in-between visits.

Whether you need it or not, the option is there.

Sometimes, life happens and questions come up, and you need guidance or help to navigate situations that present themselves. Hence, our coaches have you covered and are there for you.

10. Bilingual Coaching

Spanish-speaking clients can opt to receive their coaching and support in their native language. Our bilingual Spanish coach, Rocio Delgado, is a native speaker and even holds a master’s degree in public health.

Conclusion

Ideal Protein Phase 1 is truly a master tool for dieters trying to lose weight in a sustainable healthy manner. Owed to its genius strategy, you will lose fats fast and keep it off in the long run.

You can start your Ideal Protein journey right away by scheduling a complimentary consultation

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