Learning how you can maintain a stable weight should be your ultimate goal
There are four phases on the Ideal Protein Program. Phase 1 is the weight loss portion of the program, while phases 2-4 are focused on weaning you off the program and helping you maintain your weight once your weight loss goals have been reached. Reaching your weight loss goals is where there is an end to your weight loss journey, but a beginning to now maintaining your healthy weight.
Why 4 phases? Why not stop after weight loss? Anyone can lose weight…learning how you can maintain a stable weight should be your ultimate goal. To achieve your weight loss goals and maintain the results, a weight loss program must empower dieters with the knowledge to develop balanced eating habits and smarter, sustainable lifestyle choices. This is the Ideal Protein difference.
Phase 1: Losing weight
Phase 1 of the diet is the weight-loss phase. Women average approx. 2 lbs per week, and men average between 3-5 lbs per week. During this phase, you will eat 3 meals per day with an evening snack. Breakfast will consist of an Ideal Protein food; lunch consists of an Ideal Protein food along with 2 cups of vegetables; dinner is a do-it-yourself meal which consist of 8 ounces of protein (beef, poultry, pork, fish, etc.) along with 2 cups of vegetables. Salad is also permitted at lunch and dinner. Your evening snack consists of an Ideal Protein food of which we have plenty of chocolate and sweets to satisfy those who prefer these types of snacks. We will assist you with ideas for your dinners and also how to provide enough variety and rotation with your other meals. During this phase, you must also consume a minimum of 8 - 8oz. (64oz.) of water a day along with taking 4 mandatory nutritional supplements including Calcium/Magnesium, Omega-3 Fatty Acid, Potassium, and a Multi-Vitamin. You will remain on Phase 1 of the program until your desired weight is reached.
Phases 2-4: Maintaining your weight
Once you reach your weight goal, it is VERY important to phase off the diet properly. This phasing is critical to re-establishing proper insulin release and response as we begin to re-introduce carbohydrates back into your diet. In addition, it also helps to prepare the body from a transition of weight loss to stabilization slowly increasing your caloric intake allowing your metabolism to keep up with the increased fuel, avoiding yo-yo dieting.Phase 2 and 3 gradually weans you off of the Ideal Protein foods and on to everyday food.
Your Ideal Protein food at lunch will be replaced with a lean protein of your choice, while continuing to use an Ideal Protein food at breakfast and for your evening snack. This phase will take place for 2 weeks.
We reintroduce carbohydrates at breakfast (fruit, toast, etc.) along with your own protein while continuing to use and Ideal Protein food as your evening snack. Phase 3 lasts for two weeks.
Now it is all about stabilization with a return to everyday foods. The education that you will receive from the program and our coach will assist you in making smarter diet and lifestyle choices to help you maintain your desired weight following the diet. Again, the difference with Ideal Protein.
The journey does not end once you reach your weight loss goal! Maintenance for people prone to insulin resistance can be difficult and as such we are here to assist you in getting it right. We encourage our clients to schedule Maintenance Visits to weigh-in monthly, and eventually quarterly for as long as they feel they need the support. As part of your stabilization process, we give you steps for creating a menu, using everyday food you will buy at a grocery or health food store. We help empower you to read and understand food labels and nutrient balancing so you have the knowledge and confidence to make good choices out in the real world.
Finally, we encourage you to stay connected to your peers who have also lost weight and are maintaining. You are among the top 5% in the country who are succeeding at keeping it off, so you may want to stick together! The reason you're successful is because you lost weight the proper way, and the reason you're keeping it off is because of what you now know about your body and insulin dysfunction in response to excess carbohydrates. This empowers you to continue to make choices that will eliminate insulin dysfunction and avoid the potential of gaining the weight back. Should you get off track for a bit, we are here to help you find your way back.