Ideal Protein: Top 5 Questions Answered

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The Ideal Protein weight loss method is a medically-designed protocol containing 2 key components: weight loss and a healthier lifestyle education. These components assist you in maintaining your results after dieting.

The protocol has evolved over the past 20 years, and it was originally developed over 2 decades ago by Dr. Tran Tien Chanh. Dr. Chanh focused his career and research on nutrition with a particular emphasis on the treatment of obesity-related issues. The method has been proven successful at guiding people to reach their weight loss and wellness goals.

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about Ideal Protein.

1) Is Ideal Protein safe?

Yes, Ideal Protein is safe. The food items are all FDA approved. However, there are particular health conditions that can exclude some people from participating in the protocol. Before participating, each person must complete a health profile to determine if they are qualified.

2) Is Ideal Protein a high-protein diet?

No. Ideal Protein offers the optimal amount of protein, vitamins and minerals to ensure the body systems function properly. The goal of Ideal Protein is to provide the body with the proper amount of protein to preserve lean body mass, while reducing the intake of carbs and fats. This allows the body to lose body fat, not muscle.

3) What are the different phases of the program?

The first two phases of the protocol are the weight loss phases. Ideal Protein meal replacements are used for 3 of the 4 meals a participant consumes daily. Additional items, such as a serving of protein and vegetables, are added by the participant for dinner.

Phase 3 of the protocol introduces a higher intake of carbs and transitions the participant into maintenance.

The fourth phase takes all the education the participant has learned over his/her journey and gives guidance to better eating patterns. Periodic check-ins and support materials are provided to ensure long-term success, without gaining the weight back.

4) Is exercise allowed during Ideal Protein?

Yes, but only to a certain extent. After the first 2 weeks on the protocol, light exercise is encouraged. Ideal Protein is considered a low-calorie plan, so moderate to heavy exercise has the potential to cause muscle loss, which is not the goal.

Ideal Protein offers a component through becoming a participant called Ideal Fitness. Through Ideal Fitness, the participant is given weekly workouts guided by an online personal trainer that improve core strength and stability. There are new workouts posted every week! Staying hydrated and taking all of the Ideal Protein supplements are strongly suggested.

5) How long does the program last?

The duration for every person’s journey is all relative to the goals set with their Ideal Protein coach at the initial consultation. Every person has a roadmap to success, with different motivations and goals.

The speed of the program is dependent on the age, family circumstances, health status and desired outcome of the participant. Though each person’s journey is different, everyone is given the same tools to succeed.

For more information or to schedule a consultation in Covington, Mandeville or Slidell, call 985-898-7255 for Ochsner or 985-892-3766 for St. Tammany Parish Hospital.

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