The Ideal Protein Diet

The Ideal Protein Diet

Ideal Protein: It’s been quite a while since I reviewed the Ideal Protein program, but the response to my review has been overwhelming to say the least. I’ve gotten hate mail, compliments, and even a few clients coming to me because they couldn’t bear to be on this program any longer. Really, a mixed bag – but as with everything I write, I enjoy knowing the people are reading my stuff and reacting…even if the reaction isn’t always positive! It’s making them think, and that’s the point.

There’s two reasons for my redo of this review: a pharmacy in my neighbourhood started selling the program, which put it into my mind once again. Also, a reader and former IP salesperson approached me and gave me some seriously shady information about the company.

The Ideal Protein Diet

Ideal Protein Diet

The idea that eating a high protein diet can help you lose weight isn’t new – consider the Atkins diet, South Beach Diet, and more. The Ideal Protein diet has been around for over 20 years and has weight loss centers all across the U.S. and Canada – but what exactly is it? And does the Ideal Protein Diet work for weight loss and keeping the weight off long-term? Read on to find my take on the pros and cons of the Ideal Protein Diet!

The idea that eating a high protein diet can help you lose weight isn’t new – consider the Atkins diet, South Beach Diet, and more. The Ideal Protein diet has been around for over 20 years and has weight loss centers all across the U.S. and Canada – but what exactly is it? And does the Ideal Protein Diet work for weight loss and keeping the weight off long-term? Read on to find my take on the pros and cons of the Ideal Protein Diet!

According to the Ideal Protein website, the diet is a “medically designed protocol containing 2 key components – weight loss and a healthier lifestyle education.” The diet itself is a low-carb, low calorie, high protein diet designed to put your body into ketosis – much like the ketogenic diet, except high in protein rather than fat. The website stresses that the ideal way to lose weight is by “learning to live off of the body’s own fat reserves” and by cutting out most carbs, since “simple and complex carbohydrates can prevent weight loss.”

Following the Ideal Protein diet isn’t as simple as making low-carb swaps in your diet, though. Ideal Protein is a branded diet only available through certified clinics, and you have to purchase their coaching sessions and prepackaged meals and supplements in order to follow it.

The protocol is split into phases: In phase 1 you consume 3 prepackaged meals and one self-prepared meat-and-veggie meal every day until you’ve lost most of your goal weight.

Ideal Protein Products

Ideal Protein Products

Most foods average $4.50 per meal or snack. A typical client/dieter needs to consume 3 products per day for their breakfast, lunch and a healthy snack. On all phases of the protocol, dieters can make their own healthy dinner, or eat in a restaurant. Supplements that must be purchased/consumed throughout the weight loss will average $80.00 a month. There is a non-refundable one-time Initial Consultation Fee of $225.00. However, several discounts are available including a $100 discount if the new client has Blue Cross / Blue Shield or Independent Health Insurance. We also accept the Blue Cross Blue Shield Wellness Cards and the Independent Health Extras to pay for the supplements and the initial consultation fee. Other discounts: Save $25.00 if two people start together and $50.00 discount for any active or retired military! Once a member, for every new client/dieter you refer to The Ideal You Weight Loss Center, you will receive 2 free boxes of food!

By eating high biological protein foods, the protocol helps to support muscle mass and teaches dieters to develop smarter eating habits and lifestyle choices so they can maintain a stable weight after weight loss is achieved.

Ideal Protein Food List

The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method was developed by Tran Tien Chanh, M.D., a Parisian physician who determined that the standard North American diet causes the pancreas to overproduce insulin, which leads to increased sugar cravings and weight gain. His solution: Eliminate sugar to teach the body to use fat, protein, and glycogen reserves for energy, causing your body to lose weight.

The Ideal Protein Diet was created by Dr. Tran Tien Chanh and Olivier Benloulou.

Its principles were first used more than 20 years ago by Dr. Tran Tien Chanh, who was looking to create a safer and easier weight loss protocol for his patients.

This diet is considered ketogenic, a regimen that typically involves replacing carb intake with fat to put your body in a state called ketosis.

However, the Ideal Protein Diet takes a modified approach in which fat intake is also temporarily restricted. Its advocates claim that this makes it more effective at burning through your body’s fat stores.

This diet is said to be based on valid science for weight loss, as it applies the principles of a ketogenic diet alongside healthy lifestyle education.

The diet is managed and promoted by a company called Ideal Protein, also known as Laboratoires C.O.P., Inc.

Here is a detailed review of the Ideal Protein Diet.

Ideal Protein Recipes

I wanted to see if anything had changed with the company or program since my 2016 review, so I started by going to their website. The first thing I noticed is that the program has the same lame logo of a woman’s lean figure. Pffft. As if ‘skinny’ equal ‘healthy’. Very 90’s. 

The first phase is what IP basically calls a ketogenic diet, and you’re on this phase for as long as it takes you to lose 100% of your weight goal. During this phase, you’ll eat three IP foods (prepackaged meals) a day, plus an additional 8oz protein at dinner, and vegetables (some unlimited, some not, depending on the type). 

Foods that are not allowed include dairy, nuts, root vegetables, carbs like pasta, fruit, and sweets. The first two phases appear to be well under 1000 calories a day, which is essentially a starvation diet. The true ketogenic diet is NOT a starvation diet. 

To get started on the Ideal Protein Diet, you must first contact an authorized clinic or center, as this diet requires one-on-one guidance from a licensed healthcare practitioner or trained coach to assist you in your weight loss goals.

There are plenty of sites available across North America, which can be found on Ideal Protein’s website.

The Ideal Protein Diet is divided into four unique phases:

  • Phase 1: Weight loss
  • Phase 2: 14-day
  • Phase 3: Pre-stabilization
  • Phase 4: Maintenance

How much does Ideal Protein cost?

The weekly cost of these meals is $99. You will need to replenish your supplements every 4-8 weeks while on phase 1. The cost is $75-$100 per month.

Is Ideal Protein A safe diet?

Many Ideal Protein Foods Are Highly Processed

Many of the prepackaged Ideal Protein foods are highly processed. They contain a variety of oils, additives and artificial sweeteners that are not naturally present in whole foods. If you avoid prepackaged foods, the Ideal Protein Diet is not a good fit for you.

How much weight can you lose in a week on Ideal Protein?

When you get enough protein, your body will break down its own stored fat to get all the rest of the fuel it needs – and this causes you to lose weight at a steady, consistent rate. Women typically lose an average of 3 pounds or more per week on the program, and men will lose about 5 pounds per week.