The Weight Loss Program

Ideal Fitness of CT


The Program

The weight loss program is based on the idea of resting the pancreas and reigning in insulin secretion.  Only by restoring normal insulin secretion can weight be kept off.  The key to restoring healthy insulin secretion--and to losing the fat--is eliminating carbohydrates from the diet, forcing the body to burn the fat.

The body has 3 sources of fuel to burn--carbohydrate, fat, and protein.  Once carbs are eliminated, the body burns fat and protein.  The problem is that you don’t want to lose protein.  Protein is muscle, and muscle burns more calories at rest than other types of tissue.  This is the problem with other diets--they result in loss of lean muscle mass as well as fat.  And this is what sets Ideal Protein apart.  It provides adequate protein to prevent loss of lean muscle mass.  But it is NOT a high protein diet.  It is an adequate protein diet, providing enough protein to prevent loss of lean muscle mass while still facilitating significant fat burning.

The Program consists of 4 phases.  In Phase I, all of your desired weight loss occurs.  This phase lasts as long as it takes you to lose your weight, with men losing an average of 15-20 pounds a month and women losing an average of 12-15 pounds per month.  In Phase II, you lose an additional 5 pounds.  This typically takes anywhere from 1-3 weeks.  This is in anticipation of the 3-4 pounds you will put back on once carbohydrates are re-introduced in Phase III.  Phase III lasts only 14 days.  This is when we slowly put the carbs back in.  Phase IV is maintenance, and this is healthy eating for the rest of your life!

Phase I

You eat one Ideal Protein food for breakfast.  For lunch you have one Ideal Protein food, along with 2 cups of vegetables.  You eat a regular dinner, with 5-8 ounces of lean beef, poultry, pork, or fish/seafood, and 2 cups of vegetables.  And you have an Ideal Protein food for bedtime
snack.  During Phase I the following are not allowed-- all dairy, fruit, breads, cereal, pasta, starches (including high starch and high sugar vegetables), nuts, alcohol, and sweets.

Phase II

You eliminate the Ideal Protein food at lunch and replace it with your own food-- 5-8 ounces of lean beef, poultry, pork, or fish/seafood, and 2 cups of vegetables.  You still have an Ideal Protein food for breakfast and one for the bedtime snack.

Phase III

This is when carbohydrates are re-introduced.  You replace the Ideal Protein food with a “normal” breakfast, including protein, fat and carbs.  This stimulates the pancreas to start secreting insulin again.  However, no carbs are eaten the rest of the day.  This allows the insulin to return to normal levels gently and gradually, and helps prevent the return to yo-yo insulin swings.

Phase IV

You eliminate the remaining Ideal Protein food and eat your own food, following a few simple rules.  You eat a standard balanced breakfast, with protein, carbs, and fat.  But for lunch and dinner you want to keep the fats and carbs separate--avoid meals that are both high carb and high fat.  A high-carb meal spikes insulin levels.  Since insulin is also a fat storage hormone, the high insulin will stimulate storage of the high fat as well.  But if there is little or no fat available, then none will be stored.  Conversely, a high fat meal will not cause a spike in insulin.

A “Fun Day”

During Phase IV--and ONLY during Phase IV--you are allowed one “fun day” a week.  You can eat whatever you want, as much as you want, all guilt-free!  The key to avoid packing the pounds back on, however, is to restrict carbs and fat the following day.  This allows the surging insulin to return gradually to normal levels.  Remember, it’s the repeated insulin spikes that helps contribute to fat storage and weight gain.