When most people talk about Ideal Protein, they usually think about it as the best way to lose weight, rather than an effective tool for gynecologists with patients suffering from the symptoms associated with PCOS. At our weight loss clinic in San Diego, we work closely with many gynecologists and their patients to address PCOS at the root. Below are eight reasons physicians and women with PCOS choose the Ideal Protein diet protocol to restore their health and vitality as well as get the best weight loss results.
1. Ideal Protein protocol helps to increase energy levels
Women that have PCOS frequently report struggling with fatigue and low energy. Over 90% of PCOS patients battle with Type 1 PCOS, stemming from imbalances in their blood sugar and excessive insulin secretion. The imbalances in blood sugar may be subtle and persistent, making it challenging to identify the fatigue source. Despite adequate sleep, women with PCOS often struggle to get going in the morning and are exhausted throughout the day.
Ideal Protein Diet Phase 1 is a tool for yielding efficient results for women with PCOS as well for their gynecologists to address the perpetual insulin spikes that inevitably end in sugar crashes. When on a low carb diet, adequate fiber and fewer carbohydrates reduce the glycemic load of meals. This glycemic balance allows women with PCOS to immediately enjoy increases in energy levels. Additionally, by retraining the pancreas, they will sustain their energy even after they transition into maintenance.
2. Decreases insulin levels
Low carb diets, especially the Ideal Protein diet Phase 1, are practical tools for quickly decreasing insulin levels. The pancreas produces insulin in an attempt to remove sugar from the bloodstream. When we consume high carbohydrate diets and are not depleting glycogen levels with exercise, we place the pancreas under stress. Thus, it becomes an epicenter of insulin production. Besides the role of lowering sugar in the bloodstream, insulin has a secondary function of storing fat. For women who struggle with PCOS, weight gain is a common symptom that stems from elevated insulin levels.
Ideal Protein protocol is more than just a weight loss diet. The Ideal Protein diet results in an immediate lowering of insulin levels, helping those with PCOS and diabetes. On a low carb diet, the blood sugar does not rise as it does with average carbohydrate consumption on a standard American diet. The less the blood sugar rises after eating, the lower amount of insulin will produce.
The beauty of the Ideal Protein diet Phase 1 is that it reduces the pattern of insulin overproduction based on the food we eat. Hence, as a dieter loses stored fat, they will also reduce the excess insulin that exists in the fat cells. This powerful combination allows the body to transform. Once you achieve the weight loss goal with Phase 1 of the diet, our clients utilize Ideal Protein Phase 2. This stabilization phase reintroduces carbohydrates without recreating the above picture of insulin overproduction that leads to PCOS.
3. Ideal Protein protocol offers the fastest way to lose weight
Another hallmark sign of PCOS in women is weight gain. Often, it’s disproportionate to the amount of food they are eating. Women who gain weight with PCOS should be very strategic in their approach to weight loss diets. Otherwise, it can exacerbate the underlying dysfunction. Women with PCOS who attempt low-calorie diets or other “balanced diets” like Weight Watchers or NutriSystem, typically struggle to lose weight, even if they strictly follow the diet. What’s worse, the blood sugar crashes will lead to cravings and reinforces this vicious cycle. This cycle is frustrating, leaving women with PCOS feeling hopeless and their gynecologists perplexed with how to help their patients.
Ideal Protein is a weight loss diet at its core and there are a dozen reasons why it’s a better diet. But, because of its design, Ideal Protein is the best way to lose weight if you have PCOS. Our weight loss clinic in San Diego works with many gynecologists and their PCOS patients. In many cases, this is the only diet they see their patients successfully losing weight on and addressing the underlying condition that causes women with PCOS to gain weight. The transition off a low carb diet is even more critical. If it is not done correctly, it can cause a return of symptoms, including gaining weight. This stabilization phase is one crucial factor that sets Ideal Protein apart from other ketogenic diets and makes the Ideal Protein protocol an invaluable tool.
4. Improves the Appearance of Acne
Another symptom of PCOS is acne. Most people think of acne only in the context of teenagers, but in PCOS, both teens and adults struggle with acne. Acne is a symptom of hormone imbalance and comes along with excess insulin levels. Sometimes this imbalance in hormones causes the body to create too much testosterone, increasing the sebum production. Not everyone with PCOS has high androgen levels. However, in those cases, the acne comes from hormonal dysregulation, which also causes inflammation. PCOS patients are also more likely to have overall inflammation (C Reactive Protein is an excellent marker to follow). While inflammation is a natural mechanism for healing in the short term, long term chronic inflammation becomes a problem. For those suffering from acne, the inflammatory response will leave them more prone to scarring from their acne.
Ideal Protein quickly reduces inflammation and insulin, packing a 1-2 punch for women who suffer from PCOS. The low carb element of the diet lowers insulin levels within days. The elimination of inflammatory foods (such as white flours, white potatoes, high sugar foods) while adding naturally anti-inflammatory foods like spinach, kale, olive oil, and salmon make Ideal Protein the ob-gyn choice when working with PCOS patients.
5. Regulates Menstrual Cycles
For many with PCOS, the most common way to regulate menstrual cycles is to prescribe the birth control pill. The pill is the most accessible tool for both patient and prescriber. It typically takes at least three months to start working and has limitations if cycle dysregulation stems from other factors, like dysfunctional insulin production. This dysfunction creates insulin resistance, causing an increase in androgen production, which impacts the pituitary hormones that stimulate ovulation. While some women have a regular period while having PCOS, most do not, and the combination of elevated androgens with excess insulin is to blame. Irregular periods imply that you are not ovulating, which will impact your fertility.
Many ob-gyns will prescribe birth control pills, Metformin (a drug to lower insulin), and ask patients to lose 5% – 10% of their weight. The gynecologists who work with BioIntelligent Wellness use Ideal Protein diet as their frontline therapy to achieve effective health results for PCOS patients. Ideal Protein protocol works at the source to regulate menstrual cycles and effectively helps their patients lose weight and balance their hormones.
6. Ideal Protein protocol can help you halt the progression to infertility
One of the most impactful symptoms associated with PCOS is infertility. This condition can potentially render a woman infertile. What’s worse is that its constellation of symptoms can be subtle enough that women may not realize they are suffering until it’s too late. The acronym PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCO representing the tiny cysts that occur in the ovaries’ follicle. As discussed earlier, PCOS affects ovulation, which plays a vital role in women’s health. If you aren’t ovulating, your body will be deficient in progesterone, which creates an inverse relationship of estrogen dominance, increasing the weight.
As discussed in early points, Ideal Protein addresses the sources of PCOS – blood sugar imbalances, dysregulated insulin production, and inflammation. By doing so, women at our weight loss clinic in San Diego report the regulation of irregular periods. For women without other underlying reproductive health challenges, this restores fertility.
7. Reduces Cravings
Women with PCOS struggle with antiquated weight loss tips, such as calorie reduction, without regard to the diet’s macronutrients. Most low-calorie diets are low in fat and naturally higher in carbohydrates. For a woman with PCOS, this diet will perpetuate the blood sugar roller coaster with insulin spikes and crashes that lead to cravings. It’s a vicious cycle, which can have disastrous effects on a woman’s physical and emotional health, leading to patterns resembling disordered eating.
For women with PCOS, Ideal Protein protocol is the best way to lose weight because it combines the benefits of a low-glycemic diet with the benefits of a low-fat ketogenic diet. In the absence of insulin spikes and the crash that follows, there is no craving cycle. Losing just 5 – 10% of your body weight restores insulin sensitivity, reducing cravings at their source. Ideal Protein products themselves also help satisfy any type of craving without sacrificing the glycemic control on a low carb diet.
8. Support and Guidance
PCOS has disastrous effects on a woman’s physical health as we can see. However, little discussion occurs around the mental and emotional consequences of this condition. Women with PCOS, especially those in our teen Ideal Protein program, cite the emotional challenges of PCOS being more isolating than the physiological impacts. In many cases, there is an unexplained weight gain that, despite “trying to diet,” women will struggle to lose weight. Diets that work for others do not yield the same positive results. This can lead healthcare providers, parents, and family to question compliance, further isolating them from this much-needed support system.
Our weight loss clinic in San Diego offers a free weight loss consultation, allowing you to learn about how Ideal Protein’s medically supervised weight loss program can support you on your path to health. Our coaches are committed to providing consistent support during the weekly in-person or virtual appointments and in between with electronic coaching support. The support and guidance are what many dieters attribute their Ideal Protein diet results to. The coaches are also able to keep your gynecologist or endocrinologist up to date on your progress.
Statistically, 6% to 12% of women in the US of reproductive age have PCOS. Healthcare providers, like Dr. Jukes and Dr. Cicerone, highly recommend Ideal Protein protocol to patients because it helps women and teens lose weight and improve their overall health. In addition to PCOS, Ideal Protein also addresses Type II diabetes, hypertension, gout, fatty liver, and high cholesterol. These conditions are all associated with Metabolic Syndrome, the 21st century’s health epidemic.
Suppose you are wondering whether Ideal Protein protocol can help you lose weight and address PCOS at its source, schedule a free 15-minute weight loss consultation. If you have questions about how the Ideal Protein diet works, check out this page or call 858-228-3644.