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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.

  • 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
  • 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

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.


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.


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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did anyone have bad stomach pains on IP

posted Oct 23rd, 2010 11:10 pm


I am on day 2 of the IP diet. It has been a rough few days, but I want to stick it out as I have seen and talked to people that have had great sucess. I am feeling a little deprived, but I know it is because my body is looking for all the carbs and sweets It has been used to. It is good to read all the positive feedback. I plan to stick with it....Congrats to all you loosers!

posted Oct 23rd, 2010 3:13 pm


Nancy, It sounds like you were off to a good start. I have lost every week since I started. The first week 13 then 5 then after that it has been 1 to 4 a week. On the weeks I only lost 1 it was because I didnt follow one of the rules totally. Like I wasnt getting all the water in, and actually on one of the weeks the lady who is monitoring me looked at my food journal and told me I wasnt eating enough. So I added in more romaine and that kicked me back into gear. Make sure you are not skipping any of the food..............

posted Oct 23rd, 2010 2:56 am


I started IP Sept 1,, first week 11 1/2lbs, second week 6 1/2 lbs.. now I seem to hardly loose at all...has my body stopped burning calories or what? Anyone out there ever have this problem?

posted Oct 20th, 2010 8:39 pm


I just started week 10 of Ideal. I have lost 37 pounds and 46 inches. I hear what the gals are saying about feeling sick the first 3 to 4 days. If you can get past that.......... it does go away. I also had headaches and body aches but it only last a short time and looking back on that, those first few days of feeling like that was worth how I feel now. About into day 5 you get a burst of energy and a sense of well being from getting all that sugar out of your system. I have never eaten healthier in my life. This is a plan I can stick to.

posted Oct 13th, 2010 7:16 pm


I am on day 7 of this diet. I go tomorrow for my weigh in.

I only experienced symptoms the first 4 days.

After my first my impression is that it is easy to follow. It takes planning and being organized. Most of the food was good. There were a few flavours I didn't like.

It is pricey but I think that keeps me from cheating, because I want to lose the weight and don't want to spend any more money than I have to.

posted Oct 11th, 2010 10:13 pm


Started IP after being referred by a friend. The first day was fine, but that night and the next day I was very sick. Vomiting, headache, fever, body aches. I contacted the Dr. who distributed it to me and she told me to to a modified plan and add regular food in. Even after doing this, the IP food made me feel sick to my stomach. I didn't feel good and ended the diet after day 3. I am sure I lost weight, from being soo sick. But if I would have known how sick this diet was going to make me, I would have never done it. The food is not appetizing and the vitamins are like horse pills! I am going to instead switch back to a whole food vegan diet. I want my body to feel good about what I am putting in it!

posted Oct 5th, 2010 12:37 pm


My friend who used to love food as much as I do lost 80 pounds in nine months. She looks GREAT! I figure if she can do it, so can I. I am starting the diet tomorrow. When I consider all the meals I eat out per week and all the junk food I buy anyway, the price will be about the same; except I won't have all those medical bills down the road from obesity related illnesses. Cost? About $100.00 per week. Feeling and looking your best? I would say that is PRICELESS!!!

posted Oct 1st, 2010 11:51 am


I am seven weeks into Ideal and have lost 35 pounds and 45 inches. The weight loss was very fast the first month and has slowed down to about 2 pounds a week no. The diet works if you can stick to it. As time goes on I have found it easier to work with my food selections. For anyone wanting to loose quickly, this is a great plan.

posted Oct 1st, 2010 8:35 am


I am on Day 5 of Ideal protein diet. I am having a hard time eating the 4 cups of veggies a day. It is a struggle since I only like a few things. I really like the Chocolate drink and dinner is good. The first few days were not so great, headache, diarrhea, nauseated, lightheaded. I guess this is the detox. Feeling better now but I am still pretty hungry. It is expensive around 100 a week and my weigh in is on Tuesday. We will see. I am craving real foods. This is gonna be tough. I need to lose 75 pounds.

posted Sep 18th, 2010 11:05 pm


Been on ID for 30 days. I have lost 21 pounds. No problems. Don't think about food much anymore.

posted Sep 17th, 2010 1:46 pm


I have just completed my 3rd week on the Ideal Protein Diet. I am down 20 pounds and 30 inches. The first 3 days were awful. I had a headache and felt like I had the flu. I am sure it was due to detoxing from all the diet soda and carbohydrate foods that I usually eat. I woke up on the 4th day with energy and have felt good on it ever since. I have not cheated once. It is not difficult to do. I do however still have dreams of eating a pizza!

posted Aug 29th, 2010 11:53 pm


Day 1 of IP diet. So far I don't feel hungry but have cravings for something sweet. I am hopeful that this will pass and I will be on my way to loosing 25 lbs...

posted Jul 27th, 2010 12:09 pm


Day seven and I am down 8 pounds. Im not hungry throughout the day at all. This way of eating is great for my lifestyle and I intend to stick with it. It is pricy between the packs you buy and then the salad and veggies you will be consuming along with the fish and lean meats, but its worth it to me. It has cut out alcohol and junkfood from my diet which is a good thing to be healthy. My blood preasure has also dropped from last weeks high. I love it!

posted Jul 19th, 2010 9:50 pm


I'm considering this diet for my husband and I. We both have about 30/40 pounds to loose. I've heard it can be an expensive expensive are we talking about? Do you have to buy a lot of products from doctor or is it stuff you buy at the grocery store? How long have people kept the weight off?

posted Jun 30th, 2010 12:40 pm


I was one of the first people to take on this diet, over 3 years ago. It is an excellent way to shape your way of thinking about what you consume and it really does change your eating habits for the rest of your life.
I have lost 70 lbs on this diet and I am sure that weight watchers could have done the same thing (granted, with more time than ideal protein) but I have found the diet that works best for ME and keeps me motivated.
This is by no means a "Starvation" diet as some people claim, I have never once been hungry over the course of it. There is a difference between hunger and cravings but once you have been on this plan for a few days, the cravings subside dramatically. It's like once you get the sugar out of your system, you don't really need it anymore.

posted Jun 8th, 2010 11:24 am


I've started Ideal Protein on the 4th of January and at the end of April I've achieved my goal of losing 40 lbs. Did like it and manage to maintain with effort though cause if you go back to your old bad habit of eating you'll return where you came I'm doing it wisely by myself now and it's going well gain back like 2-3lbs not to worry about I'm now 130lbs and glad I made it and I'm very proud of myself so go for it girl you can do it too!!!

posted Jun 2nd, 2010 9:47 pm


My husband, myself, and a sister are doing ideal protein, great results. It's not a tough as I imagined to go without carbs for an extended time. If you can afford it, do it!

posted May 20th, 2010 9:03 am

Mike G

After seeing three of the ladies in my office have success with the Ideal Protein, I am giving it a shot. I have just completed my 3rd week and I've lost 27 lbs. I was a junk food addict who ate a lot, and I was worried about not getting enough food or constantly being hungry. so far, I have been pleasantly surprised...I have more energy and all in all just feel better. I still have another 50 lbs to meet my goal, but I feel good that I'll be able to reach it on this program. It is pricy, but well worth it.

posted May 10th, 2010 9:41 pm


Loved it, the weight fell of, both my husband and I now have the bodies we had in our 20's, we are both in our late 40's. would recommend.....

posted May 4th, 2010 3:41 pm


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