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High Protein Diet

A promising diet ideal for weight loss or building muscle.

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High Protein Diets may help you lose weight thanks to the satiating powers of protein. Different from the low-carb diets, but similar in the low glycemic count, High Protein Diets, when used in combination with exercise, have shown in clinical studies to take off excess pounds and fat while also controlling hunger and managing blood lipid levels.

The Dietary Reference Intake for protein currently suggests consuming anywhere from 10 to 35 percent of calories from protein. Experts recommend to consume about 120 grams of protein a day to receive the weight loss benefits.

Scientists aren't sure why protein seems to suppress appetite, but research does show promise that a diet high in protein with moderate carbohydrate consumption and regular exercise can effectively take off weight.

PRO
  • Studies show promise for weight loss success
  • Too many carbs can lead to a surge in blood sugar levels
  • Moderates appetite
  • Endorses an exercise plan
  • Strongly restricts the consumption of refined carbs
  • Can be followed by vegetarians
  • Ideal for body builders
CON
  • Carb cravings may be strong when diet is initially followed
  • No research yet on long-term success
  • Should not be followed by those with kidney disease
  • Difficult for vegans to follow
DIET and NUTRITION

The High Protein Diet calls for consuming about 120 grams of protein every day, or about 35 percent of daily calories. Carbohydrates should amount to no more than 50 percent of total calories and fat reduced to approximately 20 percent of calories.

In following the High Protein Diet, protein needs to be consumed at every meal and snack. In addition, high carb foods that spike blood sugar are restricted and replaced by carbs with plenty of fiber and slow-releasing sugars or starches.

  • Breakfast might be an egg white or whole egg omelet with a side of smoked salmon or turkey bacon.

  • Lunch might be a poached chicken breast on a bed of lettuce topped with other low glycemic vegetables.

  • Dinner might be grilled tenderloin and a side of steamed lentils and asparagus.

  • Snacks include low-fat cottage cheese, low-fat cheese sticks, hard-boiled eggs, edamame and yogurt.

EXERCISE

While specific exercise requirements might differ according to a particular High Protein Diet, regular physical activity must be performed on most days of the week in order to receive weight loss benefits.

CONCLUSION

The High Protein has shown significant promise in the initial clinical trials for reducing weight, controlling appetite and reducing blood lipids. With carb counts kept at a moderate level and fat content reduced as well, the High Protein Diet can support weight loss, particularly when coupled with a regular exercise program.

In order to rule out any contraindications, talk to your doctor before increasing your protein levels.

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Sandra

Where can I get the High Protein Diet in Latin Amercia? Can anyone share the diet with me please: sandra@telecomcr.com Thank you!! I live in Latin America and I don't have access to the products and doctors in US, but I will like to know more and do the diet.

posted Feb 23rd, 2012 6:34 am


Daune

FANTASTIC Way of life...Day 6 and Im at 8lbs down!!!22 to go!

posted Feb 16th, 2012 3:02 am


Kristie

I was one phase 1 for 10 weeks and lost 42lbs i went onto maintenance for the month of Dec and to allow myself some more options for food over the holidays I did cheat a bit and over 1 month gained back 5lbs which all considering not bad and I know i will lose it right away> Ive just started back on phase 1 hoping to shed another 50 pounds. Its an awesome program that shows great results quickly!

posted Jan 3rd, 2012 10:20 pm


Carole

I've lost 30 pounds in 2 months. No hunger, no cravings. I zoomed through the first 3 days with no problems. I was told that if I had a headache, I was to drink 16 oz of water with 1/2 t of sea salt in it. The diet absolutely works for me. I have a lot more to lose but for the first time in my life I know I will get there and get on maintenance.

posted Dec 1st, 2011 7:34 am


lcarpe

This IP diet is great! I've lost 14 pounds in 3 weeks. Is that pretty common when you first start the diet? Does anyone exercise heavily with this diet?

posted Sep 2nd, 2011 12:37 pm


Rachel

I am amazed. I have lost 15 pounds in 4 weeks. You need to folow exactly. First week was tough as I am a carb freak, and I was afraid of hunger pangs. But no, not at all. The difference in my clothes is astounding. I did not feel wonderful the first week, just a little tired, however I feel great now. I did research this and gave myself a couple of weeks to mentall adjust to the approaching changes and I found that to be helpful. Overall very happy, we will see in the future as I have just started and am in phase I. Pricey though - so beware of that aspect.

posted Sep 2nd, 2011 11:13 am


Amy

LOVE IP! I lost 17 pounds in 3 weeks! I have 10 to go until I hit goal. I went from a tight size 12 to a now loose size 8. I feel amazing, blood pressure is now normal, full of energy. FINALLY something that works!

posted Aug 26th, 2011 7:51 pm


lcarpe

My husband and I just started the IP diet. We are 6 days into it and well so far so good! I was the obese kid before obesity came into existence and have tried like many of you to lose and keep it off and have had little success. I have high hopes of losing, so guess I have to wait this one out.. I enjoy reading testimonials!!! It's very encouraging!

posted Aug 16th, 2011 9:58 am


hws

This is a great diet! I've yo-yoed on various diets but have not been able to keep the weight off. I started the IP diet at the beginning of April and in 3.5 months I have lost 59 pounds! I plan on following this thru all the phases in hopes of being able to keep it off. There have been occasions when I felt hungry and I end up eating an extra protein (usually a restricted) and still manage to lose weight. I am losing an average of 3 pounds a week. Oh I saw my sister recently and she said usually with such a large weight lost, there is a lot of flabby skin on the arms (bat wings) but she said I don't have them....that was great to hear. Good luck to everyone on it or want to start it.

posted Aug 10th, 2011 12:50 pm


Lolita

Kathy, for a me a great hidden treasure was snap peas. They are fast and easy to make and they taste great. At a meal it is easy for me to get in 2 cups of those. I quickly fry them up in olive oil, sea salt, pepper, garlic. The taste is amazing.

posted Jul 21st, 2011 11:50 am


Kathy

I have been on IP for three months and have lost 40 pounds, I feel great, I follow it exactly I do better if I never take a bite of anything I can't have so I haven't, I would like some ideas on vegtables some days it is hard to get in 4 cups.

posted Jul 20th, 2011 10:21 am


pinky

hi
can anyone suggest me non meat high protein foods which help in IP diet. i am a vegeterian. don't eat eggs too.

posted Jul 15th, 2011 9:31 pm


Lindsay

This diet is amazing. My whole family is on it!! I am back to my weight i was in High school in just 2 months now! Gettign ready to start phase 2. Alot of people where i live have done this diet including the man who sells it. NONE have gained weight back! Im so happy with this and my husband is sheddign the weight alot faster!

posted Apr 25th, 2011 2:47 pm


Edda

I broke out with a severe rash adn red welts all over, does any one have the same problem? I broke out with a very itchy rash all over my body after starting the Ideal Protein Diet , has anybody else experienced skin problems such as welts and rashes? Please let me know, it is driving me up a wall. Edda

posted Apr 20th, 2011 1:29 am


liz

I am starting IP on April 7. I am trying to lose 20lbs by May 16th. I am afraid I won't be able to. I have tried so many failed diets that can be hard to follow.

posted Apr 1st, 2011 11:04 pm


DeeLite11

Today, 3/29/11 marks my first day on IP. Wish me luck!

posted Mar 29th, 2011 6:36 pm


Lolita

Jill, I think the IP people are trying to give you the best results for your money. To get maximum results you need to follow the program exactly. I have been following IP for 8 months and on the weeks I follow exactly I do loose more. But you have to have a plan that fits your lifestyle. That is what getting off the weight is all about. I modify my plan on many a weeks. I do still loose or maintain. If I cant follow the program exactly on any given week, I try to at lease go the higher protein way and stay away from lotsa carbs.

posted Mar 21st, 2011 8:51 am


jill Jones

modifying ideal proteinI did the protocol pretty strictly for 7 weeks and lost 26 pounds. Then I became famished. Later found out I had 2 ear infections so that may have had something to do with needing more calories. I have tried going back on IP and complied 100% for a week and now I am completely famished again. I don't think this is enough basic REE calories (resting energy expenditure.) I am trying to find a way to do this program but with more calories daily. The consultant I have simply tells me to eat more vegetables. I am seriously hungry and vegetables aren't going to help that. I have wondered if you can just eat protein/veggies 3 times a day and use the IP foods for snacks with the supplements. That would be eating almost perfectly but why is that frowned on by IP people?

posted Mar 20th, 2011 3:47 am


SW_IP_Beginner

I am starting IP tomorrow. I am looking forward to losing some weight that I just can't seem to get rid of. I've been struggling with my weight for years. The last 10 have been the worst. I would like to lose a good 60 pounds, give or take. The food doesn't look too appealing but hopefully with some seasoning it will be ok.

posted Mar 13th, 2011 8:18 pm


Trish

The IP diet worked wonders for me lost 35 lps in 12 weeks, as far as hair loss..I have had no issue only one person I know had a problem with thinning and they started taking Biotin and that solved the problem... all in all to find a program that works and retrains your physiology is well worth it :)

posted Mar 11th, 2011 5:48 pm



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