Is Ideal Protein safe?
The program itself is clinically tested and all the products are approved by FDA. The best part of Ideal Protein protocol is, although it follows a ketogenic approach, it overcomes many of the shortfalls of a typical keto diet.
However, it is important to complete a health profile to ensure it is healthy for you to participate. Depending on your health history and active conditions, your doctor may need to sign a release for you to participate.
Is Ideal Protein a high-protein diet?
Ideal Protein is not high-protein but high-quality protein. Ideal Protein, an adequate protein diet, incorporates the perfect combination of highly absorbable protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals – all the necessary ingredients for healthy weight loss.
How much does the Ideal Protein diet cost?
With most Ideal Protein clinics, you will need to pay an initial fee of $350 – $450.
With BioIntelligent Wellness, your initial consultation comes free of these upfront charges.
Your coaching visits are only $15 a week and that also covers electronic coaching between your visits. Also, while on Ideal Protein Phase 1, it’s feasible to budget for around $93 a week for the foods, and for Phase 2, you can expect $62 per week for food. Visit this page for more details on Ideal Protein cost.
In Phase 3 or maintenance phase, no Ideal Protein products are required and it’s up to you to decide if you have favorite products you wish to continue using in maintenance.
Are there any side effects?
Like any other diet, yes.In the initial days, as you are changing your eating habit as well as your routine, you may experience discomfort, hunger, cravings, etc. (owed to keto flu). But worry not! Your Ideal Protein coach is just a text away to give you the right advice in such cases.
What is ketosis?
Ketosis is a state of body metabolism where your body burns fats (ketone bodies) as the primary source of energy instead of carbohydrates. Your body will be using your stored fat as the primary energy source.
Phase 1 of Ideal Protein puts your body into ketosis. The only difference is, here your body gets the optimal high-quality protein needed for maintaining lean mass and other nutrients essential for the body’s biochemical activities. With the needs of your body met, you are able to burn your stored fat with ease.
Ideal Protein Virtual Program
Can I buy Ideal Protein products online?
Yes, we can help you buy your Ideal Protein products online. We are currently helping Ideal Protein 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 diet 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?
Do you deliver Ideal Protein food?
If you are a local dieter, contact us about free local food delivery.
We can also deliver foods all over the nation and orders over $200 are liable to $15 flat shipping charges.
Do you have Spanish speaking coaches?
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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 health 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 that 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.
Are there any Ideal Protein 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 Ideal Protein 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 Ideal Protein 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?
Ideal Protein 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 diet?
In short, you will be consuming approximately 900-1100 calories from the foods you eat. Unlike the other keto diets, Ideal Protein diet provides adequate amounts of protein to protect you from muscle loss. Ideal Protein diet 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.