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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 rapid weight loss while sparing lean muscle mass. 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. Ideal protein is not a high protein diet.

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. 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
  • Calorie count is between 1,000-1,100 calories per 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. 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 to 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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This is the only thing that worked for me after years of futile attempts. It's easy to stay motivated because if you follow the rules you lose weight steadily. It is strict but that makes it easier to follow - it's not complicated. The IP food can be awful but there is a wide enough variety to please most people and once you find 8-10 foods you like you'll be fine.

I will say if you plan on going back to your old bad food habits don't spend the money - you will regain. If you are looking for a reset and plan to eat healthily this is a good option.

posted Dec 31st, 2015 11:40 am


This is the best way to lose weight and get your blood sugar back to the way it should be. I lost 40 lbs., learned about nutrition and how to cook nutritionally sound meals that taste good!

posted Dec 30th, 2015 6:16 am

Adriana Ellis

JUST ANOTHER FAD DIET THAT DOESN'T WORK. This is just the latest diet that works. Newsflash people - All Diets Work. But can you stick with that diet for life to keep the weight off - or do you lose the weight, then go back to eating normal and gain all the weight back with some extra to boot.

Mindful Eating or Intuitive Eating is the way to go. Yes it is a slower process, you are not going to drop 5 dress sizes in 5 weeks. BUT you will slowly be able to make normal, but better choices about food. You will begin to lose weight and keep it off - FOREVER!!!! This is because you learn how to eat without over-eating or binge eating, etc.

Please stop looking for the miracle diet - it breaks my heart to see people repeat diet after diet, thinking maybe this is the diet that will work and keep the weight off. Diets are all to restrictive and most people are not able to live with the food restriction for an extended period of time.

What would you prefer. Lose 50 lbs in 5 weeks, but gain back 60 lbs within the year following the diet. OR, lose more slowly but you do not gain the weight back. Which do think is better for your body? The up and down weight... or consistent weight loss.

It is a known fact that dieting messes up people's metabolism which makes it harder and harder to lose weight. Every time a person 'diets' they are doing further damage to their metabolism and then making it harder to lose weight on the next diet. Mindful Eating is not a diet and therefore does not mess with your metabolism. Does not make it harder to lose weight.

Why can I talk about Mindful Eating so confidently. Because that is how I keep from gaining weight, and because I am a Certified Weight Loss Coach, I have been exposed to many people who have lost weight and keep it off with learning how to eat mindfully.

Stop and ask yourself..... do you really want to try another diet?

posted Dec 30th, 2015 1:24 am


I had great results, 50 lbs in 5 months and I have kept it off since August !! It is strict but surprisingly easy to stick to it. I've tried a million diets and lost the same 18 -20 lbs over and over. Ideal protein gave me the power to get where I wanted to be !!!

posted Dec 29th, 2015 11:52 pm


I lost 20# on this diet, then was a coach under the doctor for 2 years helping clients reach their weight loss goals. It was so rewarding watching people change their lives to unproductive & to full of life and vigor. I saw many people lost 20# to over 100#.
After my weight loss, 5 years ago, I continue to eat clean and live a whole food, organic lifestyle and haven't had as much as a cold in 5 years. I stay under the care of a functional doctor.

posted Dec 29th, 2015 10:07 pm

Gail Warner DC

As a doctor who wanted the best for my patients I chose this diet over all others. It is scientific and gets fabulous results! My patients have lost over 2000 # and kept them off while not losing lean muscle mass.

posted Dec 29th, 2015 4:20 pm

Thomas Evans

I lost 90 lbs on this diet. Been maintaining for 8 months.

posted Dec 29th, 2015 11:56 am


I would like to know how much? and is there a group in prince Edward island ?or where do I get started ? thank you

posted Dec 29th, 2015 10:37 am

Pamela Kohler

I'm a vegan. Is there a diet plan and food for people like me? Being vegan is not a choice. For me, I just gag at the thought of eating anything that was once alive or has a face. I've been this way since I was 3 or 4 years old and found out that meat came from animals. Please help me I need to lose about 65 pounds. I don't eat well.

posted Nov 30th, 2015 5:23 pm


I've been reading the boxes and all the ideal protein foods have carbs. What the heck is that about??

posted Nov 30th, 2015 3:21 am

Jared Donze

I've lost 125 lbs on this diet since April. It really works.

posted Nov 25th, 2015 11:12 pm


Good afternoon,

I was wondering if I could contact someone who manages this page to inquire where the protocol overviews come from. I am specifically referring to Ideal Protein. We would like to redirect traffic to this page...however, there are inconsistencies in the overview. First I was wondering how the overview is created and second if ever you allow the company to make corrections? I in no way want to interfere with integrity of the page. Thank you. Wendi

posted Nov 18th, 2015 6:57 pm


Today is day 53 on the IP diet. At the beginning, day three was almost unbearable...nausea, vomiting and a blasting headache while my body went into ketosis and I was ready to quit; my coach walked me through that day and I haven't looked back. My weight loss is steady and on track. Some of the IP protein packages are ghastly, especially on their own, but program-offered recipies and creating some of my own recipies have made all the difference. Food preparation and planning takes more time than just grabbing whatever is in the fridge or pantry, but again, this effort is worth the results. Planning ahead and organizing are a priority. I manage to dine out by choosing a restaurant where I know I can eat to protocol ( eg. Red Robins where I had a turkey lettuce wrap with only allowed ingredients). Went out last night to a Mary Kay dinner party and made sure ahead of time that the food was within the protocol. It was grilled chicken breast and spinach salad. I took my own dressing so it worked out perfectly. Ignoring the chocolate brownies was easy as I had an IP chocolate pudding waiting for me at home.
This program appears to be expensive; you have to eat three packages of IP product each day, plus the recommended supplements, and of course the initial sign up fee. But if you break these costs down it is not that costly when you look at the end results. I no longer eat crap food or even want to, don't miss the occasional glass of wine and the headache that invariably came with it, and I am feeling SO much healthier. I play pickleball with more energy, am sleeping better and have pretty much said goodbye to the sleep apnea problem that was caused by my being overweight (and was the biggest reason I went on this weight loss program).
I have every intention of sticking to the maintenance phase IV when I get there (in about another month and a half) and have recently sent bags of too large clothes to our Hospice thrift store, never to be worn again by this slimmer, healthier woman. Getting rid of these clothes was such a positive doing so I have reinforced in my mind that I WON'T gain the weight back again.
So any doubters out there, a few suggestions. Stick to the exact program...if you cheat you are only cheating yourself and going in and out of ketosis isn't worth suffering the results. Use your IP coach when you need to; that is what you are paying for and they can make all the difference. Take the time to plan ahead and be organized. Finally, approach this as can experiment with all kinds of new eating habits and recipies, and you will be amazed at all the new dishes you are going to want to keep in that 'favorites' cook book. Remind yourself that YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

posted Nov 13th, 2015 5:25 pm


I tried this 2 years ago and I loved it. It is an extremely structured diet but it has the accountability i needed to lose close to 60 lbs. I have never lost that much weight and it was a challenge. My body really has changed and even though i have gained back some weight I have been successful in keeping most of the weight off. I am nowhere near my start weight.

I definitely think those of us that have lifelong weight issues have more issues than the food we are eating. With the maintenance program I have had to really search for my triggers and work on myself. I loved my counselors at my IP center but the work i needed to do to maintain the weight loss was not something they could help with.

The program works if you work it but you really have to work on yourself to keep the weight off.

posted Nov 4th, 2015 9:27 pm


I have been on the plan for 2 months and have lost 36 lbs. The first week was hard but the other 7 weeks were easier. I haven't had a week with no weight loss. I eat out a lot and find that part easy. I have been to several BBQ and Pot Luck Suppers and have found that a bit of a challenge but always plan ahead. I thought the alcohol would be an issue but Club Soda with Lemon is my new preferred beverage. It is not cheap but when I take into account not buying lunch, Starbucks or weekend bottle of wine it makes the costs easier to justify. I feel so much better. I had kept my cloth that didn't fit anymore since going through menopause. All these cloth are now getting loose.

posted Nov 2nd, 2015 2:50 pm


I've been on the IP diet for a month and already lost 10 pounds. I have Type 2 Diabetes and my glucose was always very high. After 1 week of detox my glucose levels had significantly dropped to normal for the first time in many years. I am highly motivated when I see ounces leaving my scale everyday and staying off. The IP shakes and other products keep me on track when I want something sweet. I'm learning new delicious recipes such as Jicama Fries and Cauliflower Pizza Crust to help with things I sort of miss from time to time.

posted Oct 16th, 2015 2:04 am


The foods themselves are not bad. The problem is the extremely high sodium content that exceeds AMA guidelines. One packet of soup has 995 mg of sodium. One bag of chedder ridges has 795 mg of sodium, almost the total daily allocation. This is not healthy. I started retaining a ton of water and when I looked at the boxes I found out why.

posted Oct 11th, 2015 5:26 am


This is a HIGHLY effective diet. The first 3-4 days are rough because you are essentially detoxing, but afterr that it is smooth sailing. I was on it for several months and travel extensively for work - but I was abe to stick to it and lost all my weight.

posted Sep 30th, 2015 9:43 pm


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


I started IP back in June of 2014. I'm a 56 year old male and I did this with my wife and daughter. I was skeptical at first but in the first 10 days I lost 8 lbs. By Thanksgiving of 2014 I went from 211 lbs to 156 lbs! I live in Alaska so I used a lot of fish (not salmon) for dinner protein and ate a lot of veggies. By April of 2015 I was back up to 185 due to life stresses and a new heavy labor job. Yeah, I gained lots of muscle but I saw the fat return.
I've since gone back to IP on 9/1/15 and have dropped 14 lbs to date. IF I could offer one bit of advice: when one hits their weight goal, make the transition into Phase 2 and Phase 3 with the IP coach. I did not do that and went from a healthy weight loss diet to eating junk/carbs again.
Contrary to what many hear, being on IP has cleared my head/cognition and I love having sugars and carbs out of my diet. I have more energy now and feel great.
As an added bonus, doing this with your partner definitely improves intimacy. I have found that our ability to enjoy intimacy has increased greatly as a result of the IP weight loss.
I was overweight all of my life and this was the only program that was so rigid and coached that my success was almost assured. It does take discipline but doing this with a partner makes it a bit easier and more fun.
Best of luck to all of you working to achieve your goals.

posted Sep 26th, 2015 5:18 am


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