Can I be on the Protocol if I'm a vegetarian?
Vegetarians can follow the Ideal Protein Protocol and can consume eggs or tofu during their evening meal for their whole protein. As an alternative, vegetarians can also have two non-restricted Ideal Protein items for dinner in replacement of their dinner protein. Pescatarians, those vegetarians who eat fish, can also have fish for their evening meal as their whole protein.
Can I be on the Protocol if I'm a vegan?
Strict vegans, those who do not consume any animal proteins and animal by-products (dairy products, honey, etc.) are not able to follow the Ideal Protein Weight Loss protocol due to dietary restrictions.
What do you eat on the Ideal Protein diet?
During your weight loss journey, you will have the choice to eat a variety of Ideal Protein foods that are easy to prepare and available in a wide array of textures, tastes and flavours.
These foods include delicious main course, dessert, snack, condiment and complete meal replacement options. From savory offerings to sweet treats there are Ideal Protein foods available for every taste.
As a day-to-day example, a regular meal day on Phase 1 includes:
- 3 Ideal Protein foods
- 4 cups of select vegetables
- 2 unlimited salad mixes
- 1 dinner protein of your choice
Where can I buy Ideal Protein products?
Ideal Protein products can only be purchased in authorized Ideal Protein weight loss Clinic or Centre.
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How much protein should I be eating per day?
Remember, as it relates to this protocol, you’re not on a high protein diet right now. You’re on a diet that continues to provide the basic protein needs of your body during the weight loss process. Your coach will be the best person to help you determine the amount of protein you should be consuming daily.
Why are protein foods so vital?
Protein foods are so vital because they make our bodies the way they are. Your immune system, vital organs, eyes, nails, hair, skin and your muscles all are made of protein. Powering our bodies are our muscles – the engines that burn calories and help us lose weight. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. The more calories you burn, the more fat you burn. That’s why men lose weight faster than women, because typically men have greater muscle mass than women.
What kind of protein is used in Ideal Protein products?
Ideal Protein products employ different proteins, which vary in usage from product to product, and include: whey isolates, soy isolates, milk protein, pea protein
What type of exercise do you recommend for this protocol?
During the first phases of the Protocol, controlled amounts of activity are encouraged. Activities like stretching, walking, moderate yoga, etc., are all fine. Simply make sure you are not out of breath while engaging in any selected option.
How many eggs am I permitted per day on Phase 1?
You’re permitted to have 6 eggs, which 2-4 would be whole, the remainder must be egg whites.
Can I use cinnamon?
Yes, you can use cinnamon. In fact, many people find it to be an excellent alternative to sweetener in their coffee. Refer to the Phase Sheets for all approved seasonings.
What vegetables are permitted on Phase 1?
Make sure you’re familiar with your Phase 1 sheet. It lists all permitted vegetables.
Why can't I eat fruits?
Even though certain fruits contain healthy vitamins and minerals, most fruits contain enough sugar (carbohydrate) to bring your body out of ketosis and slow down your progress, which is why they are not allowed on Phase 1 and 2.
What is defined as regular milk?
All milk that comes from a cow or a goat is allowed, as long as you’re staying within the 30 ml limit per day. Unsweetened Soy, and Almond milk are also allowed.
What kind of peppers can I eat while on the Protocol?
You can enjoy all types of peppers, including hot peppers, bell peppers and sweet peppers (capsicum).
Why can I only have one restricted item each day?
The restricted products contain more grams of carbohydrates. By having more than one restricted item each day, you’ll likely go above the maximum carb allowance and hinder your weight loss.
Can I have gum?
The only sugar-free gum specifically approved by Ideal Protein for the Protocol is Xylitol Gum. Keep in mind that it’s only to be used in moderation during the first few weeks of the Protocol. Each piece of gum should be counted towards your maximum allowable sweetener count per day (4).
How do I know which products are restricted?
There are many ways to find out if a food is restricted. When you are an enrolled dieter your personalised website allows you to see what IP foods are restricted. You can also ask your Coach for a list of foods that are restricted.
What kind of vinegar's can I have?
Both the apple cider vinegar and white vinegar are allowed on the Protocol, as they have a low carb content. Other vinegars available on the market are not permitted on the weight loss phases of the Protocol.
How important is that evening protein packet?
You simply want to get in the three packets in each day. As long as you accomplish that, you’re right on track. It’s best if you can do it in the recommended time frames. Speak to your Coach if you feel that some adjustment needs to be made.
What is sucralose?
Sucralose is a sweetener derived from sugar cane. It has zero (0) calories and is completely cleared from the body within a day, which means that it has very little impact on the blood and its glycemia.
Can I split the whole protein throughout the day?
Yes. You can split the whole protein throughout the day, but only with a meal, not as a snack and not between meals. You may also consume leaner proteins.
Can I add creamer to my coffee?
No, creamers are not permitted. However, regular milk is allowed, as long as you’re staying within the 30 ml limit per day. Unsweetened Soy, and Almond milk are also allowed. Keep in mind that your Ready-to-make Chocolate, Vanilla or Cappuccino Ideal Protein shakes are OK to use in your coffee.
Do I have to eat all 4 cups of vegetables every day?
Yes, the vegetables are very important. If you’re struggling to consume 4 cups of vegetables, check with your Coach for some specific ideas on how to make sure you’re getting all the veggies you need. Try different preparation styles and explore the possibilities with some tasty soups or purees.
How much water should I be drinking per day?
Drink a minimum 2 Litres of water every day. Water is especially important during weight loss because water is part of the fat burning process. And remember to drink additional water if you have coffee or a caffeinated beverage.
Does popcorn count as a vegetable?
No, popcorn does not count as a vegetable and is not permitted during the weight loss phases of the Protocol.
Why is there so much sodium (salt) in your soups?
We need sodium (salt) to replenish what’s lost in urine, sweat, and through diuretics during the day. Ideal Protein Protocol is a low-sodium program;therefore sodium is added to our soups and some of our other foods.
What are "good" carbs that I should look for on maintenance?
Good carbs are whole foods. Try to avoid the processed foods and eat whole foods, such as; fruits, brown rice, whole grains, nuts and seeds, as they do not contain any processed white flour or added sugar. They will keep you full longer due to their fibre content.
How can I freshen my breath while in Ketosis?
You can add fresh mint and/or lemon to your water, or drink peppermint tea to freshen your breath. You can also chew cinnamon sticks and different fresh herbs such as mint, parsley, and basil. The only sugar-free gum specifically approved by Ideal Protein for the Protocol is Xylitol Gum. Keep in mind that it’s only to be used in moderation during the first few weeks of the Protocol. Each piece of gum should be counted towards your maximum allowable sweetener count per day (4). Don’t hesitate to speak to your Coach who may have other suggestions.
Is tofu allowed on the diet?
Yes, plain tofu is allowed on the Ideal Protein Protocol. Plain Tofu has about 7-8 grams of protein per 30 grams of raw product, so you will need about 90-120 grams to create a meal. Be careful with some of the “flavoured tofu” because they might have too many carbohydrates (total carbs should be less than 5 grams per serving). Ensure you read the nutrition facts before purchasing a product and if you have any doubts, speak with your Coach.
Is the gum Xylitol (only available at health food stores)
The only sugar-free gum specifically approved by Ideal Protein for the Protocol is Xylitol Gum. Keep in mind that it’s only to be used in moderation during the first few weeks of the Protocol. Each piece of gum should be counted towards your maximum allowable sweetener count per day (4). However, if you notice that the rate of weight loss is not continuing then stop using it completely until Phase 4.
Is the sugar-free wine allowed on the Weight Loss Protocol?
Alcohol is not permitted while on Phase 1, 2 and 3 of the Protocol. Remember that alcohol – in any form- will inhibit your body’s ability to produce glucose. This is an absolute necessity when carbohydrates are greatly restricted. If any alcohol is consumed during this ‘carb-restricted period’ loss of conscientiousness could occur suddenly and without warning due to severe hypoglycaemia. Therefore, any alcohol during Phases 1,2 and 3 is strictly prohibited.
What is the difference between total carbs and net carbs?
“Total carbs” include the total amount of carbohydrates in a specific food, including fibre, sugar, and sugar alcohol. “Net carbs” describe the number of grams of carbohydrates minus the fibre and the sugar alcohol. Fibre and sugar alcohol do not have a negative impact on blood sugar or insulin response. Therefore, they can be removed from the equation when you are calculating your carbohydrate intake. Either in weight loss (Phase 1) or weight stabilisation (Phase 4), it’s the net carbs that you want to pay attention to.
Why do I have to fill out my food journal?
Your Coach will give you specific data that they’d like to see you track each week. It is a mandatory part of the Protocol. As simple as it may sound, keeping track of what you eat is critical to your success. Consider this: Studies show that keeping a food journal can double a person’s weight loss according to a study from Kaiser Permanente’s Centre for Health Research. Most of us don’t fully realize what we eat during the day. The simple act of writing everything down brings it to your attention. You have many ways to keep a food journal while on the Protocol – as an enrolled dieter you can complete your Daily Food Journal online there is also a paper version of the Daily Food Journaloption on your website.
Is the Ideal Protein weight loss protocol considered a high, medium or low calorie diet?
The weight loss phases of the Protocol would be considered a medium to low calorie diet whereas the Alternative Protocol, which incorporates additional foods, would be considered a medium calorie diet.
Is the Ideal Protein weight loss Protocol safe for children and what is the minimum age for following the protocol?
Children under 17 may be eligible to do the Alternative Protocol, provided their parents or guardians obtain prior approval from the child’s paediatrician.
Is it important to do the Phases sequentially?
Yes, the Protocol is designed to do the phases in sequence. Phase 1 is to be followed until your weight objective is achieve. Phase 2 is to be followed for two weeks, to slowly re-introduce more whole protein to your diet. Phase 3 is to be followed for two weeks, to re-introduce carbohydrates and fats to your diet. Phase 4 is our structured approach to stabilisation and maintenance. It’s a 12-month stabilisation period, with ongoing support to help you maintain your weight loss success. To effectively maintain you weight, you must follow the Phases sequentially.
Is it normal for weight loss to plateau?
It is possible to experience a weight loss plateau in any weight loss program. Some possible reasons for plateauing could be constipation, menstruation, deviation (intentional and unintentional), medications, and so on. Don’t worry, if this happens, your Coach can review your Daily Journal and guide you to through this plateau.
What is the difference between the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol and the Alternative Protocol?
Both protocols have 4 phases: Phase 1 is followed until the Patient or Client’s weight objective is achieved. Phase 2 is to be followed for 2 weeks, which during this time will supply more calories to help ease the body’s metabolism into stabilisation. Phase 3 is the pre-stabilisation phase, which also lasts two weeks. Phase 4: Stabilization. However, the Alternative Protocol was designed for Type 1 Diabetics and children. The main difference is the addition of three food group choices throughout the day for the Alternative Protocol. Your Coach will be able to discuss with you and help you decide which Protocol is best suited for your needs.
Do you have suggestions for getting rid of cellulite?
Cellulite is subcutaneous fat and may result from a complex combination of factors ranging from hormones to heredity. The Ideal Protein Protocol focuses on weight loss and weight maintenance. Your healthcare provider will be the best person to provide you with recommendations.