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Ideal Protein – Holidays

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Here Comes the Holidays!
With the upcoming holidays, all the treats and traditional holiday themed foods are starting to come out on store shelves, and restaurants’ and coffee shops are starting with their fall themed specialties. With all these temptations, what is an Ideal Protein dieter to do?
First, we would encourage you to talk with your coach. Don’t cheat and don’t give in to these cravings. They will help you come up with strategies to help curb your hunger.
Second, avoid places and situations where you know you will be tempted. I personally love the Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, but these are NOT sugar free nor fat free and are not permitted in Phase 1-3 of the Ideal Protein Diet and in Maintenance would be ok on a “cheat” day only. I have to avoid the coffee shops during this time of the year to avoid being tempted.
Empower friends, co-workers, family to help hold you accountable. In addition to your coach, there are resources all around you. Letting your support group know what your struggles are will help them look at for those situations and foods that may come up and tempt you, so they can help you avoid them and encourage you.
You can do this! Cravings can be overcome with proper planning and motivation!

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Ideal Protein Diet – Why Am I Not Allowed to Drink Alcohol?

Monday, July 1st, 2013

On phase I of the Ideal Protein Diet, drinking alcohol isn’t just discouraged, it is completely banned. Why, you might ask? When a person is in ketosis (fat burning) during the diet, alcohol can have a severe and dangerous effect by causing a severe drop in your blood sugar. This can potentially be deadly. We strongly encourage on the Ideal Protein Diet, to discuss cravings with your coach and feel free to ask us why certain things are banned, if you have questions.

Ideal Protein – Maintenance

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Weight loss has two contracts: the first is to lose the weight; the second is to keep it off. There are plenty of diets out there that are able to help you lose weight, but not many that teach you how to eat for the rest of your life.
With Ideal Protein, there are 4 phases. Phase 1, the active weight loss phase, fulfills the first contract. Phase 2 and 3 are each, 2 week transitions towards Phase 4, which we call maintenance. Maintenance is intended to teach you what food choices to make, for the rest of your life. In Phase 4, you are required to have a “cheat day” where you can eat whatever you want, in moderation. This is followed by a no carb (Phase 1) day the very next day.
Ideal protein isn’t meant to be a fad or a yo-yo diet. It’s meant to be a lifestyle change. We cannot stress enough how important it is to go through all 4 phases and to stick with maintenance. Losing the weight is the easy part. But keeping it off is the challenge you’ll have for the rest of your life.

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Ideal Protein – What Are Those Packets?

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

When I had my first initial consultation with Ideal Protein, my coach handed me this bag full of packets that reminded me of the one’s you’d see them pack with astronauts. I won’t lie to you, when I saw these packets I was certain that what was contained in these small metallic bags wouldn’t satisfy my hunger, but I was hopeful I was wrong.
What I found was that these packets weren’t unsatisfying at all. All kinds of yummy creations made by Ideal Protein, were available to me. From puddings, soups, chocolate pancakes, crepes, drinks, smoothies, bars, soy puffs, etc—the world was my oyster. I am a busy working mom with two preschoolers, so I found that being able to grab these packets and go was very helpful for my lifestyle. If there was a busy day at work, I could easily take a pre-made smoothie.
The packets make this diet very easy, and as busy as I am, I know I appreciate one less thing I have to worry about!

Fad Diets Vs. Lifestyle Changes

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

On any diet, one of the top questions I hear is “but will I maintain the weight loss?” As with many fad diets that are out there, it really depends on the person. If you diet for a quick solution to a long term issue and a lifetime of poor eating habits, studies show, inevitably, you will gain the weight back within 2-3 year’s time.
So how is Ideal Protein any different? For starters, our program is monitored by medical professionals under the supervision of a physician, and the diet is implemented in 4 phases. The first phase is the active weight loss phase, phases 2-3 are transition phases lasting 2 weeks (traditionally) each, and the 4th and final phase is called maintenance. There is education over the course of the program that is designed to teach you how to eat and maintain the weight loss after you have met your goal, but it ultimately comes down to the individual and how motivated you are to change your lifestyle.
Now let’s say you go on vacation and let loose and gain back 10 pounds. With the Ideal Protein Diet we offer at St. Luke’s-Saltzer, all you have to do is come back in for a “tune up” for a couple of weeks and you’re back on track. This diet isn’t just a fad. It is intended to be a lifestyle change and teaches you good, healthy eating habits for life.

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