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Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method

Eliminating carbs and lowering calories offers three pounds off per week.

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The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method is a diet program that offers weight loss of three to seven pounds per week. This program focuses primarily on fat loss and naturally suppresses your appetite. Ideal Protein manufactures and distributes products to health professionals and you must sign up with a center to enroll in the program. The program was medically designed and developed over 25 years ago by Dr. Tran Tien Chanh in France. There are four different phases which help stabilize the pancreas and blood sugar levels. While on this program you will teach your body to live off its own fat reserves. You will also learn that simple carbohydrates can prevent weight loss.

You will be restricting sugars both simple and complex until your weight loss goal is reached. This program takes on the belief that the body cannot burn fat as long as sugar is being consumed. While on the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method, you will eat foods high in protein which will help your body burn fat reserves instead of muscle. Women can expect to lose three to four pounds per week while men can lose four to seven pounds per week on this program. Education is a top priority of the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method. You will learn why you gain weight and how to lose it properly.

  • Lose weight quickly
  • Weight loss is stored fat rather than muscle mass
  • Program teaches you why you gain weight and how to lose it
  • Program is medically designed
  • Eliminates sugar so the body can burn fat
  • Several food products to choose from
  • Program is administered through professionals
  • Receive one on one service and professional support
  • Eliminating sugar and carbs may be difficult for some to maintain for long periods
  • Must enter name, email address and phone number to search for a center
  • Cost information is not readily available
  • There may not be a center in your area
  • Program involves you eating prepackaged food which may leave you hungry
  • Diet can involve some unpleasant side effects while the body adjusts
  • You may suffer health problems if the supplements are not taken
  • Exercise not recommended
  • Diet is less than 1,000 calories each day

While on the Ideal Protein plan, you will be taking some required supplements and eating prepackaged meals that the company manufactures. There is no sugar allowed as long as you are on the program. This program can be very strict to stick to, especially for those that may be used to eating carbohydrates or sugar. You must follow the plan precisely so no cheating is allowed. There are a lot of foods that are not allowed, and it is easy to see how you can drop fairly large amounts of weight each week. This diet is high in protein overall. The eating plan is designed to help your body burn stored fat and allow your organs to function properly. Below is a list of the foods that are not allowed in phases one and two:

  • Pasta, rice, potatoes, legumes, breads or carbohydrates
  • Rooted vegetables of any kind including beets and carrots
  • Sweet peas or corn
  • Fruit or fruit juice
  • Cheese or other dairy
  • Nuts
  • Soda (diet or regular)
  • Alcohol

Exercise is actually not recommended during the first three weeks of the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method. The reason for this is because your calorie intake will only be about 900 per day. The first three weeks of the program you will be teaching your body to dip into its fat stores for energy. If you exercise, you may burn too many calories and your body will start to burn off muscle as well. If you feel that you have to exercise during the first three weeks, it is recommended that you do it lightly rather than at full intensity.


The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method is basically a low-calorie, low-carb diet. This program places you on a restrictive calorie count each day, and it also requires that you eat packaged meals. With no wiggle room and such strict rules, many dieters will not be able to stick t the program. For those that can, the low calorie portion of the diet alone is bound to cause weight loss. Many people have claimed that the Ideal Protein program has worked for them. If you have the discipline and can afford the program, it may be a solution for you as well.

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If you have the willpower to get through the first week, this is an amazing diet. You MUST commit 100 percent with NO CHEATING to get results, though. The good news is, after a few days, you aren't hungry at all. The hardest part is the social aspect (no booze, no dairy, no fruit, etc.). You will fit better in your clothes in two weeks if you follow it religiously though.

posted Sep 29th, 2015 6:10 pm


As others have said - this diet requires dedication. I have always been hooked on sugars and carbs, my mother as well. I could happily eat just fresh bread, twizzlers, sorbet, and a croissant for dinner. I'm in my mid-30s now and losing weight just isn't easy, even though I'm active. It's been creeping up and up, and even though I don't look it, I'm over my healthy weight zone. For someone who works out 3 hours a week, that's unacceptable! But nothing was working. I gave IP a shot. It was TOUGH for the first three days. I had to talk myself through every minute that I wanted to eat junk. But, amazingly, after three days, I wasn't hungry anymore! I couldn't believe it! I always feel hungry, could always munch on something. Suddenly, I didn't need to. It was unreal.

I continued working out, and my coach advised that I increase my proteins and veggies to accommodate it. That worked. I cheated and had some wine, and that knocked me out of ketosis. I could tell because I was hungry again. So then I would have half a glass socially, and that seemed to be sufficient.

I then went off IP for a year. The weight came back, even though I felt like I was keeping a not-terrible lifestyle. I went back to my IP coach to discover that yes, I had put the weight back on (I was the exact same weight as I was the first time I went) BUT I had 7 pounds more muscle! That was very encouraging. I'm back on IP again, and will try to sustain the lifestyle better (I did have the occasional binge on a WHOLE BAG of marshmallows from time to time) because even with the weight it's clear my body is doing better.

No, it's not easy at first. Yes, it costs up front but I'm saving money on eating out and junk food. But I feel so much better, not hungry, and my body responds well.

posted Jul 21st, 2015 8:58 am


It's not easy, but it's worth it! The food on its own, can be really gross. But a few simple modifications and it's not too shabby. Their soups are awful, but you add 3tsp egg whites, some water, and 1/8tsp of baking soda --- stick it in the oven and you have "bread". It works, that's all I can tell you! If you want it badly enough b/c nothing else has worked, it will work for you.

I'm on day 23 and I've lost 15 lbs. 35 more to go.

posted Apr 14th, 2015 5:59 pm


I started the Ideal Protein diet because I'm 5'4 and weighed 154 lbs. I tried many diets but couldn't seem to lose the weight. This diet taught me why eating healthy won't take off your weight. You have to restrict the carbs and fat. I thought eating fruits and veggies would help me lose weight but it did the opposite because I was starving my body by not getting enough protein. So yes this diet will educate you and you will lose weight but it is very very difficult to follow. If your body is use to carbs and you do not get them you will feel tired. You cannot exercise because you are not getting enough calories to support the energy burned. Drinking alcohol is dangerous because your liver and kidneys are working hard in ketosis and adding alcohol put more of a burden on the liver. I cheated every week and still lost 2.5 lbs a week but my cheating consisted of adding creamer in my coffee and using a different protein bar *less expensive, sometimes I would drink a diet coke and to stray just a.little will ruin your weekly weigh in, so if your not extremely disciplined DON'T waste your money. It cost me about 000.00 to lose 25 lbs. It does work but you must use their products and strictly follow their daily plan. No cheating.

posted Apr 14th, 2015 12:44 am


I have been on the IP for the past 5 days. I am happy to say that I have already lost 6 lbs. I haven't even had the urge to cheat I am pleased with that. My weight was at an all time high and I had to do something about it. I have a friend who done the IP and lost 100 lbs in 7 months. I find the food good tasting and I feel changes in my body already.

posted Apr 10th, 2015 4:35 pm


My friend lost 40 lbs so I decided to try it. Started at 133 pounds and am down to 128 a week later. Food is not great but it is amazing to me to see that I am fine with far fewer calories. Would like to get down to 125 or 120, we will see!

posted Apr 10th, 2015 11:18 am


5th week, down 28lbs

posted Apr 6th, 2015 8:34 pm


Worked fabulous for me , changed the way I think about food and learned to accept that the only way to stay healthy I to eat healthy. Some of the food is delicious and some not , but lots of choices. The food is very high protein and then you eat plenty of fresh veggies . I haven't felt or looked this great in 25 years .

posted Apr 5th, 2015 2:48 pm

Kelly Jo

I used Ideal Protein last year. I lost 50 pounds in a 3 month period. I was under a doctors care at the clinic. He was able to adjust my medications as needed. I was able to get off of Metformin which was prescribed for my PCOS. I however, did not follow the program for phasing off and had a binge weekend of drinking and eating bad foods over the course of the next year my poor choices led me to gaining the weight back. This is my fauly! Not that of the program. Something I needed to learn is, that this is NOT A DIET. It is a LIFE STYLE. Once you reach your goal weight, don't give in to making poor choices again. Also, previous comments talk about the food. I think Ideal Protein has come a long way in their products. Their shakes are great. The also have some very good bars, brownies, soy puffs, etc. I'm huge on texture, so I don't care for the puddings. But that's just me. They also have a jello that's pretty good. I received weekly if not daily e-mails from the program with different recipes that used their products. I made pancakes/waffles, Tortillas to make a wrap/taco. I'm telling you that this Life Style works if you are dedicated. That being said. It is extremely difficult to stop the program and then restart it later. The first time I started the program it was a little challenging, but I was able to cut out the carbs, sugar, and dairy and not cheat. The second time, was a lot more difficult. So please if you do this program, be ready to make the Life Style change. If you aren't, it will be a waste of time and money. BTW I also have a lot of health problems. PCOS, Chrones Disease, Colitis, and more. If I can do this, you can too!!!

posted Mar 21st, 2015 3:21 pm


Let me be specific. I don't like the diet but it works. If you don't mind constipation, severe headaches and expensive, highly processed foods, then this diet is for you.

posted Mar 19th, 2015 9:28 pm


It worked, but theres no way that was healthy. I lost 25 lbs in 4 months, but I felt awful. I was lightheaded all of the time, always exhausted, my hair was falling out like crazy. I had to stop because I felt like I was harming my body. A bunch of my family members have stuck with it and have lost close to 100 lbs in less than a year with no side effects or issues at all.

posted Mar 19th, 2015 12:13 am

Mike Geary

It's an awesome article and helpful to lose weight 3-7 pounds a week. Anyone can take it easily. Anyone follow every manual in this products. If you want to increase your muscle tone and cholesterol levels, you can get a lot of benefit from here.

posted Mar 11th, 2015 6:11 pm


Male, 43, 5'8" started at 231lbs, down 17 lbs in 19 days (then had a cheat week due to a trip). I was wary at first, I'm not one for meal replacement drinks or bars. Although that is an option with IP - that's not what I'm doing. IP Eggs for breakfast, IP Soup and salad for lunch, Salad and decent amount of protein for supper. It took me a couple weeks to get into it but I'm in the groove now - I'm learning more about food than I thought I would; coupled with My Fitness Pal phone APP this turned dieting into data - as an IT guy, that makes it motivating - I can tweak the data by tuning my diet - get to keto and stay there. Hoping to hit 180lbs in about 6 more weeks.

posted Mar 9th, 2015 1:05 am


I am 60 yrs old and I have lost nearly 30 pounds. Different health problems were cropping up...none of them good. I have been over weight and at one point obese. has been the first diet that I have been able to stay on and be successful at. Of course the I will need to keep it off.

posted Mar 5th, 2015 7:54 pm


I started the IP diet 11/4/2014, by 2/24/15 I had lost 40 pounds. IP works! After reading some of the comments I too agree that I learned a lot about my metabolism and health in general. You must follow the diet exactly and DO NOT cheat, the only person your cheating is yourself. I'm now going into phase 3 as I only had 40 pounds to lose. I would highly recommend IP but before you spend the money and the time you must be mentally ready to make a lifestyle change or IP will simply be just another diet.

posted Mar 3rd, 2015 6:43 pm

Beth Ann

I was able to lose the weight I wanted to on this diet, but it has permanently affected my stomach. There are certain foods I can no longer eat without stomach pain. This diet almost caused me to loose my gallbladder and a friend of mine did lose his. It is dangerous. If you take the protocols in to thought with protein and vegetables and no additional carbs, or a limitation on carbs you can lose the weight without being on this diet.

posted Mar 2nd, 2015 5:37 pm


Do any of u protein dieters have trouble with diarrhea?

posted Feb 19th, 2015 2:25 pm


Just to clarify, only half the food eaten on ideal protein is ideal protein "meals". Dieters eat lots of vegetables and proteins (chicken, fish, beef, eggs) as well.

posted Feb 10th, 2015 1:45 am


My husband I started the program three days ago and have already lost 5 pounds, something I have not been able to do in five years. We are already feeling great. Can't believe it. Surprisingly, the food is pretty good. Anyone have any good recipes for dinner?

posted Jan 31st, 2015 3:19 am

Mike Shay

Game will save your life.

posted Jan 29th, 2015 2:02 pm


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