I eat a very good diet, run 2k every day, and I still am overweight. . .

What am I doing wrong?

As far as weight loss is concerned, there are three types of foods:

  1. Foods that make you gain weight.
  2. Foods that help you lose weight.
  3. Foods that PREVENT you from losing weight.

When I am coaching a dieter, the thing that I first focus on is the page in their health profile that tells me what they commonly eat on a daily basis. This starts to paint the picture of what the dieter will need to do to be successful.


In most cases the obese dieter isn't really eating all that badly.


Ususally there are two problems with this person's diet. 

  1. They aren't eating enough protein.
  2. They're eating too many foods that PREVENT them from losing weight.

How do I fix that and get this weight off?

First I assure them that it is unnatural for our bodies to lose weight! It's not a willpower issue. We need to create a state of imbalance in our bodies so that we can shed the weight.


For the scientific information behind what I'm going to explain - please refer to our VIDEO.


Basically our bodies always use sugar as fuel first. So we need to restrict our sugar intake. This is where the types of foods come in. Fruits, whole grains, and yogurt for example, all end up as the sugar-fuel in our bodies.


These are some of the key foods our doctors encourage us to eat in order to lose weight ---these foods actually PREVENT us from losing weight!


Now, don't panic! Restricting these foods is short term, and only for the duration of the diet - not FOREVER! Do you think it's safer for your health to be obese, or to give up foods like fruit for a short period of time to solve the obesity problem?


Eliminating these foods from our diet empties out our sugar stores, and forces our bodies to break down muscle and fat for energy.

Ketosis, Ketosis, Ketosis, what is it?

When your body is primarily burning fat for fuel this process is called ketosis. When your carbohydrate intake is greatly reduced, your body turns to stored fat, prompting your liver to make compounds called ketones that supply many of your tissues with energy, including your brain.

Ketosis simply means that you have switched from burning sugar to burning fat. Ketosis is perfectly safe for everyone except Type I diabetics. (We do have a modified protocol for Type I diabetics.)

Benefits of Ketosis

§  Greatly reduced appetite and hunger

§  Preserves lean muscle mass

§  Reduced insulin levels

§  Using body fat for fuel

§  Increased energy

§  Increased mental clarity

§  Reduced inflammation

An Imbalanced Diet to Burn Fat

Why does Ideal Protein takes an imbalanced diet approach to weight loss?

Typical “low calorie diets” (Hypocaloric in the above graphic.) comes in many variations, but all have one thing in common, reduce your overall caloric intake to cause you to lose weight.

While this does result in weight loss, there are some serious issues with these types of diets.

       They do not reduce carbohydrates enough to get you in ketosis.

       They do not provide adequate protein to support your muscle.

       They also do not provide enough micronutrients, which may cause vitamin or mineral deficiency.

These diets allow your body to break down essential muscle tissue to fuel itself. You lose equal amounts of fat and muscle, which creates a slower metabolism, leaving you worse off than you were before you began.

Wait a sec, I want to lose weight not lose muscle!!

On the Ideal Protein diet, you are provided the optimal intake of highly absorbable protein to protect your muscle and instead burn fat. The right amount of protein is measured based on how much muscle you have. Your coach should do body composition analysis on you to establish your protein requirement. (If your coach doesn't do this, see if there is another clinic in your area that does!!!)

On a daily basis you eat an Ideal Protein breakfast, lunch and snack. In addition, you also eat 5-8oz of lean protein such as chicken, beef, fish or pork for dinner, along with four cups of vegetables.

With your muscle effectively unavailable your body is forced to burn fat as it's primary source of fuel. 

I exercise EVERY DAY and I still can't lose weight?

In my office I have a replica of 5lbs of fat. Here is the sign that sits next to the big blob of fat.

I didn't have the time (or good enough knees) to exercise enough to lose the amount of fat necessary for me to get healthy. It was disheartening. I made the choice to fix my food problem with food, and I lost 72lbs in 20 weeks on Ideal Protein.


The choice is yours.






Ideal Protein Supplements You Don’t Want to Do Without

Why should I take the Ideal Protein vitamin supplements? Can’t I just use ones I’ve been taking?

Whenever you drastically cut calories and food intake, there’s a chance you won’t get all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs on a daily basis. Quite frankly, the chances are great that if you were eating a lot of junk food or empty calories before your diet, you may be deficient in several vitamins and nutrients even before you start the Ideal Protein Diet protocol.


Ideal Protein supplements are formulated to ensure dieters receive the minimum daily amounts of essential nutrients based on Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) guidelines

What Ideal Protein Supplements Are Required?

There are four Ideal Protein supplements that are required while you are on the Ideal Protein diet protocol. They are the Multi-Vitamin, Cal-Mag Supplement, Omega-3 Plus Supplement, and Potassium Supplement. Just as we ensure you are getting the ideal daily amount of protein in your diet, these supplements also ensure you are getting the minimum nutrient amounts required by your body every single day. None of the nutrients in the Ideal Protein vitamin supplements would cause a hyper dose or be considered a high dose although sometimes, due to age or a specific medical condition, you may need additional supplementation. If additional supplementation is needed, your coach will address it under guidance from your medical professional.

The Ideal Protein Vitamin Supplement: The Multi-Vitamin

A lot of Americans take a multi-vitamin every day even if they’re not on the Ideal Protein Diet. Let’s face it; it’s not easy to eat a well-balanced, low-calorie diet and get the nutrients we need solely from food.

Taking a multivitamin gets you the sufficient amounts of the vitamins and minerals you need that your diet may not be providing. The Multi-Vitamin, the Ideal Protein vitamin supplement, is especially formulated for dieters on the Ideal Protein Diet to fill in the nutrient gaps that result from a drastic cut in calories. It is used to improve many of your body’s functions and support your weight loss.

Ideal Protein Supplement: Cal-Mag

The Cal-Mag supplement contains 600 milligrams of calcium citrate. Most calcium supplements on the market contain calcium carbonate, which has a higher amount of elemental calcium by weight than calcium citrate, approximately 40% versus 21%. However, calcium citrate is generally thought to be higher quality because it is more absorbable, or bio-available, to the body. Two eight-ounce glasses of milk provides the body with approximately the equivalent amount of calcium you will be taking in the Cal-Mag Ideal Protein Supplement. Whole milk contains 291 milligrams for calcium per 8-ounce serving and skim provides 302 milligrams. Since you will be eating no dairy products while on the Ideal Protein Weight Loss protocol, it is important to support the body by taking the Cal-Mag supplement.


Additional calcium is found in the Potassium supplement (200 milligrams of calcium carbonate) and the Multi-Vitamin (84 milligrams of calcium citrate.) These amounts in addition to the calcium consumed through four cups of vegetables and 8 ounces of protein per day ensure that Ideal Protein dieters get the minimum daily amount of calcium they need to every day.

The Ideal Protein Omega-3 Plus Supplement

If there’s one type of fat you don’t want to cut back on it’s omega-3 fatty acids. There are two omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, which are found in fish that are critical to proper body functions.  These fatty acids help lower blood pressure, reduce triglyceride levels, slow the development of plaque in the arteries, and boost the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs. The Ideal Protein Omega-3 Plus supplement has been formulated from krill oil with these two types of omega-3 fatty acids. We recommend taking two softgels, totally 1,530 milligrams, in the evening, preferably with your evening meal. The softgels are perfectly formulated with the proper 2:1 ratio of EPA to DHA fatty acids dieters need on a daily basis.

Potassium: An Ideal Protein Supplement for Proper Bodily Functions

It’s estimated that the average healthy adult loses approximately 2,000 milligrams of potassium per day just through bodily functions of elimination like urination, perspiration, and defecation, and  RDAs  recommend replacing that potassium through the use of our Ideal Protein supplement. On the Ideal Protein Weight Loss protocol you will consume some elemental potassium (332 milligrams) by eating two of the Ideal Protein foods. You’ll get another 20 milligrams of potassium citrate in the Multi-Vitamin, and the Potassium supplement supplies an additional 312 milligrams of potassium bicarbonate.


Potassium is a body “must-have.” It’s extremely important for nerve transmission, cardiac function, and maintaining proper fluid and mineral balance. Athletes will often take potassium supplements or eat potassium-rich foods such as bananas (467 milligrams) to offset losses due to increased perspiration. As with the Multi-Vitamin and the Cal-Mag supplements, the Potassium Ideal Protein Supplement is meant supplement the minimum daily requirement needed to fill the gaps left by the foods you are not eating while on the Ideal Protein Weight Loss protocol.


If you’ve noticed that the number of milligrams above do not equal the 2,000 lost per day, it’s because many of the foods you can eat while in Phase I of the Ideal Protein diet are rich in potassium. For example, one-half cup of cooked mushrooms contains 277 milligrams of potassium. One cup of zucchini contains 346 milligrams, and a five ounce piece of chicken breast contains 319 milligrams of potassium. When you add it all up, your four cups of veggies and 8 ounces of protein, plus your potassium supplement, you can see that our Ideal Protein supplement for potassium is specifically formulated to make the math come out right.

Can I use other supplements that are less expensive?

There are vitamins out there that look similar to the Ideal Protein brand of supplements, but looks can be deceiving. Vitamins sold by stores are made to have a long shelf life. This means that they have fillers to keep them from aging. This is not good - these fillers can significantly affect the absorption rate of the vitamins, and CAN SLOW DOWN WEIGHT LOSS.


In the long run less expensive vitamins will COST you money. One extra week on the diet will wipe out all of the money saved on less expensive vitamins, so take your Ideal Protein vitamins religiously.

Additional Ideal Protein Supplements

In addition to the four essential Ideal Protein supplements listed above, we also offer the Anti-Oxy, Enzymes and the Flora Health Probiotic. We will discuss these in a blog post at a later time. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding Ideal Protein supplementation, talk to your diet coach at your next appointment or give us a call to come in and see us.






What are the Side Effects of the Ideal Protein Diet?

Because of the various no-carb, low-carb, and slow carb diets on the market today, clients often ask if there are any side effects of the Ideal Protein Diet. The question is usually centered on the side effects of eating a low-carb, high-protein diet, and they want to know what effect the Ideal Protein Diet will have on their body.

Ideal Protein Diet Side Effects

What are the side effects of the Ideal Protein Diet?

I’m not going to sugar coat things for you…because, well, we don’t use a lot of sugar around here, but chances are you may feel some side effects in the first few days of being in the Ideal Protein Weight Loss protocol. I’m guessing that you probably haven’t been feeding your body the best foods. What have you been eating? Do you take a sugary, flavored creamer in your morning coffee? Have you been eating a lot of processed, refined carbohydrates like white flour, pasta and breads? What about your intake of pre-packaged foods like snack foods and frozen dinners? What’s really in those? Can you read the ingredients?



There will always be side effects and discomfort to any dramatic dietary change. Not only does your body have to adjust to the new foods you are feeding it, it must also release and eliminate the toxins present in many of the foods you were eating prior to starting the Ideal Protein Diet. The good news is that these side effects will occur in the first few days of the diet as your body makes the transition and are temporary.

Hunger: A Rare Side Effect Since You Can Eat Unlimited Greens

Hunger will be a temporary side effect of the Ideal Protein Diet. How many calories have you been eating per day? On the Ideal Protein diet your caloric intake will be restricted, and this will cause you to feel hungry until your body adjusts. In the first few days of the diet you may eat up to 5 Ideal Protein foods (but only one restricted) if you feel hungry. Throughout the diet, you can also eat unlimited salad greens, which will add fiber to your diet and will help you feel full. By the fourth day on the diet, your body should start producing ketonic bodies and the hunger pangs will subside as long as you stick to the protocol. No cheating!

Headaches: A Side Effect of Reduced Sugar Intake

When you dramatically reduce your sugar intake as you will on the Ideal Protein diet, one of the side effects is headaches. Headaches occur when insulin secretion is abruptly reduced. Again, this is the body adjusting to the foods you’re providing it and the headaches will subside after the first few days. Personally, I experienced what I’ll call “withdrawal headaches” years ago when I tried to jumpstart my weight loss with an intestinal cleanse. I went cold-turkey, no sugars, no alcohol. Oh Lord! I had massive headaches.


Having learned my lesson from that experience, I tapered off my sugar and alcohol intake before I started the Ideal Protein diet in attempt to ward off the side effect of headaches. For me, it worked. If you feel dizzy or light-headed or have headaches in the first few days on the Ideal Protein Diet, you can take 1/3 of a teaspoon of sea-salt in 8 oz. of water and it will usually alleviate the headache in about 15 minutes.



Headaches later in the protocol are cause by lack of water and can be eliminated simply by making sure you get your water intake each day.

Nausea: Use Lighter Ideal Protein Foods First to Avoid This Side Effect

When you start the Ideal Protein diet, nausea is another side effect. The Ideal Protein Diet includes a morning meal of protein and if you are not used to eating breakfast, the body may react with nausea. There are several light Ideal Protein foods such as the Cappuccino Drink Mix or Chocolate Drink Mix, with which it is best to start. If you’re not used to having a big breakfast, breakfast foods like the pancake or omelet may make you nauseous. Wait to try those until the end of your first week on the diet if you normally haven’t eaten breakfast in the past. Then experiment with several of the different Ideal Protein foods on the breakfast list and see which ones work the best for you.

Bad Breath: A Happy Side Effect of the Ideal Protein Diet

Another side effect of the Ideal Protein Diet is bad breath. Although this may be a socially negative thing, it is actually a positive sign for your body and your diet. It means your body is in ketosis, meaning that the body has used up its stores of carbohydrates. At that point, the body switches to burning fat to produce energy. That’s a very good thing!


Remember NO GUM!!! Gum can have “hidden” carbs. Food companies don’t have to list carbohydrates if there is less than 1 gram, so gum can have .9 carbs and be listed as ZERO CARB. If you chew a few sticks of gum, it could kick you out of ketosis!


Listerine Breath Strips/Spray and Binaca Spray are acceptable alternatives to gum.


Fighting the Side Effect of Fatigue

Two things can cause fatigue while on the Ideal Protein Diet. You may either have low blood pressure or low blood sugar.

The Side Effect of Fatigue Due to Low Blood Pressure Is Easy to Fix

Low blood pressure can cause fatigue as a side effect, and can be particularly noticeable if you are taking a prescription diuretic. The best thing to do if you are experiencing fatigue while on the Ideal Protein Diet is to make sure you are getting enough sea salt and increase the amount of water you drink each day.


Check your blood pressure daily, and see your doctor if your BP is consistently low.


Low Blood Sugar is the Most Common Side Effect

Typically fatigue associated with low blood sugar will only occur within the first five days of starting the Ideal Protein Diet. If this side effect occurs, eat an additional packet of unrestricted Ideal Protein food. Once you’ve been on the diet for at least a week, you should only experience fatigue if you have cheated or consumed too many carbohydrates. If that happens, figure out where you went wrong, strengthen your resolve, listen to your coach, and get yourself back on track.

Constipation: Don’t Drink Your Water and You May Experience This Side Effect

As unpleasant as it sounds, you may experience constipation as a side effect of the Ideal Protein Diet. If this occurs, it’s important to make sure you’re getting AT LEAST 2 liters of water per day and eating four cups of vegetables in addition to a green salad each day. The veggies will provide the fiber your body needs to eliminate.



Those are the typical Ideal Protein Diet side effects. The good news is; they’re temporary! Stick to the protocol, drink enough water, eat your veggies, and get your sea salt, and you shouldn’t experience any of these side effects after the first few days, if at all.






Ideal Protein Food: Fantastic Variety to Satisfy Your Cravings for Sweet, Salty, or Crunchy

The worst part about any diet plan is the feelings of restriction and deprivation you start to feel about two weeks in. For you to be successful, you have to find a plan that doesn’t make you feel deprived and stick to it. Ideal Protein food offers a variety of choices that satisfy a wide variety of cravings. If you’re a person who gets a craving for something sweet and chewing in the late afternoon or something salty and crunchy in evening, there’s an Ideal Protein diet food that will support you in your weight loss. You’ll find Ideal Protein foods for sale through our Everett and Marysville clinics.

Facts about Each Ideal Protein Food

The Ideal Protein diet foods are packaged to be complete meals or they can be used in combination with fresh vegetables or lean proteins like chicken or fish to make a larger meal. There’s no complicated preparation needed. Most Ideal Protein diet foods take less than five minutes to prepare, and can be eaten on the go as long as you remember to carry your Ideal Protein Shaker Bottle with you. Each Ideal Protein food package is comprised of high-quality proteins, low carbohydrates (sugars), and low lipids (fats).


In addition to that, amino acids are the key to giving cells their structure and supporting the body to repair and build muscle, tendons, bones, skin, and hair. They’re important to helping the body eliminate waste and aid in metabolism. Your body needs thirteen essential amino acids. Each Ideal Protein food packet supports you in losing fat and retaining muscle because it contains twenty-one amino acids. The bottom line is your body will get what it needs to lose fat and maintain muscle with Ideal Protein foods.

Ideal Protein Diet Foods for Sweet Cravings

If you’re a chocolate lover, you won’t feel deprived on the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol. There are several chocolate Ideal Protein diet foods. The Ideal Protein food list contains foods such as chocolate-covered snack bars, chocolate drink mixes, chocolate puddings, sweet and crunchy chocolate soy puffs, and even a raspberry-chocolate candy bar. The chocolate-covered Caramel Nut Bar is my personal favorite.

Ideal Protein Diet Foods for Salty Cravings

The Ideal Protein diet food list also contains many foods that can satisfy cravings for salty, crunchy foods, which will keep you from feeling deprived if you’re a person who loves chips and salty snacks. Three crunchy Ideal Protein foods are non-restricted foods. Those are the Garlic & Herb Soy Crisps, the BBQ Soy Crisps, and the Sea Salt & Vinegar Soy Crisps, perfect potato chip replacements! There are several more salty, crunchy foods on the restricted Ideal Protein diet food list. These are Dill Pickle Zippers, Southwest Cheese Curls, White Cheddar Ridges, and Peanut Soy Puffs. The White Cheddar Ridges are particularly yummy.

And So Much More…the Ideal Protein Food List

Below you will find the complete Ideal Protein diet food list. If you are looking for complete ideal protein food list with pictures, you can view it here. The Ideal Protein food list includes breakfast items like omelets, oatmeal, and cereals. You’ll find soups, which are great for quick, on-the-go lunches. Rotini pasta, vegetable chili, and beef stroganoff are great Ideal Protein foods to choose for dinner. Even if you’re used to coming home from work and having a cocktail or glass of wine at the end of the day, there are items on the Ideal Protein food list to support you. I personally like to enjoy an IP Pina Colada a couple of times a week.

Ideal Protein Food for Sale

Ideal Protein diet foods are for sale in our Everett and Marysville clinics. When you sign up, you’ll receive 25 Ideal Protein foods in your Start-up package. Then, every week you can go online and find the Ideal Protein food for sale on our website (current dieters only). We suggest preordering your Ideal Protein food, because sometimes we run low on our more popular items. We want to make sure you get what you want each week.


As you can see, there’s a wide variety to the Ideal Protein food list, which makes it easier to adhere to than other diet plans. If you still have questions about Ideal Protein Food or the diet, please call me or leave a comment below. I love to talk about food!


Butterscotch Pudding Mix

Vanilla Pudding Mix

Dark Chocolate Pudding Mix

Milk Chocolate Pudding Mix

Banana Pudding Mix

Crispy Cereal

Cereal Flakes

Pancake Mix

Raspberry Jelly Mix

Maple Oatmeal Mix

Omelet Mix

Fine Herbs and Cheese Omelet Mix

Mushroom Soup Mix

Leek Soup Mix

Chicken Soup Mix

Tomato and Basil Soup Mix

Vegetable Chilli Mix (original receipe)

Wildberry Yogurt Drink Mix

Broccoli and Cheese Soup Mix

Potato Puree Mix

Chicken Patty Mix

Chicken a la King Pottage Mix

Chicken Noodle Soup Mix


Tomato and Basil Rotini

Chicken Breast Dijonnaise Sauce

Beef Stroganoff

Pink Lemonade Drink Mix

Orange Drink Mix

Pineapple and Banana Drink Mix

Blueberry and Cran-Granata Drink Mix

Cappuccino Drink Mix

Chocolate Drink Mix

Peach Mango Drink Mix

Pina Colada Drink Mix

Vanilla Drink Mix

Sea Salt and Vinegar Crisps

BBQ Crisps

Southwest Cheese Flavored Crisps

Garlic and Fine Herbs Crisps

White Cheddar Ridges

Double Chocolate Brownie

Triple Chocolate Wafers

Lemon Wafers

Strawberry Wafers

Orange Wafers

BBQ Soy Nuts

Dill Pickle Zippers

Chocolate Soy Puffs

Peanut Soy Puffs

Apple and Cinnamon Soy Puffs

Raspberry and Chocolate Bar

Raspberry Chocolaty Bar

Lemon Poppy Seed Bar

Cookies and Cream Bar

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bar

Chocolate Mint Bar

Cookie Dough Swirl Bar

Vanilla Peanut Bar

Cranberry and Pomegranate Bar

Caramel Nut Bar

Caramel and Vanilla Bar

Peanut Butter Bar

Ready-to Serve Vanilla Drink

Ready-to-Serve Chocolate Drink

Ready-to-Serve Mango Drink

Ready-to-Serve Strawberry-Banana Drink

Ready-to-Serve Cappuccino Drink

Ready-to-Serve Chocolate Pudding

Ideal Complete - Chocolate Drink Mix

Ideal Complete - Vanilla Drink Mix

Ideal Complete - Strawberry Mix

Mangosteen Powdered Water Enhancer



Omega-3 Plus

Potassium Citrate




Flora Health






What is the Cost of the Ideal Protein Diet?

One of the first questions to come up whenever I’m discussing the Ideal Protein weight loss program with someone in our clinic is, “What does the Ideal Protein diet cost?” Many people are afraid they can’t afford it, but like most things in life, you have to weigh the costs versus the benefits. The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program cost will typically replace a lot of the foods you are currently eating.


Let’s break down the Ideal Protein diet plan costs, shall we?

Ideal Protein Price for Food

During Phase 1 of the Ideal Protein diet, you’ll eat three Ideal Protein diet foods per day. The Ideal Protein price for food is $4 to $5 per packet/meal. The prices of some are higher. Some are lower, so let’s use $13 per day. Therefore, in Phase 1, you’ll eat three Ideal Protein foods per day and spend an average of $92 per week for your meals.

Ideal Protein Supplements Costs

Along with the Ideal Protein foods, you need to factor in the cost of Ideal Protein supplements. These are important for supporting your weight loss, and will be purchased once per month. The Multi-vitamin is sixty capsules for $30.10. The Calcium-Magnesium supplement contains 120 capsules and costs $24, the Omega 3s are $31, and a two-month supply of Potassium is $13.

The Cost of the Ideal Protein Diet is Affordable

The weekly cost of the Ideal Protein diet in Phase 1 is $85 to $95 dollars. “Ouch!” you might say. “I can’t afford that.” But you can, and here’s how. Before I started on the Ideal Protein diet, I had a lot of bad eating habits. Let’s face it; we don’t let ourselves become obese by being calorie and health-conscious.

The Ideal Protein Price vs. My Morning Latte

Before I started the Ideal Protein diet protocol, I used to stop by Starbucks at least three to four times per week. I would get a grande, non-fat, caramel macchiato and a breakfast sandwich, usually the Bacon Artisan Breakfast Sandwich. I was buying non-fat, because, you know, I was trying to be healthy. My coffee was costing me $4.35 each time I went, however, and the sandwich was $3.45. That was a total of $7.80 plus tax per visit. That’s roughly the cost of two Ideal Protein meals per visit. I had to make a choice. Would I choose two Ideal Protein meals or the instant gratification of my morning breakfast habit, which was costing me approximately $25 to $30 per week?

The Ideal Protein Price vs. Pizza Delivery

It occurred to me the other day that I haven’t ordered pizza in a long, long time. Before I started the Ideal Protein diet, I used to order pizza to be delivered to my house about once per week, and I wouldn’t just get the pizza. Oh no. I had to use the coupon for the free order of cheese sticks, a 2-liter of Coke, and, sometimes, a desert. The total, with tip, was usually right in the $45 range. Now, maybe pizza’s not your thing, but I bet you have some meal that’s your go-to on days when you come home from work feeling too tired to cook. What does it cost you? It doesn’t matter whether you’re ordering in or going out for pizza, Chinese food, or Thai curries, there are costs associated with that meal. How much does that meal cost you financially? How much is it costing you physically? Again, you have to choose. Will you spend $45 toward a week’s worth of Ideal Protein foods or buy that pizza?

The Ideal Protein Price vs. Happy Hour

Ok, I know. Giving up Happy Hour may be where some people draw the line, but you cannot drink when you’re on the Ideal Protein program. You can still go socialize with your friends after work, but you’ll be drinking sparkling water with a twist of lime. If you’re ordering the house liquor, Happy Hour cocktails run about $5-$7 each. Head to a popular, up-scale establishment, and they can be as much as $15 a pop. Once you’re at the bar, what are the chances that you’ll have just one? That’s what I thought. Let’s say you have two. If you go out one night per week, that’s about $30. Bars rarely charge you for water. Eliminate any alcohol you drink throughout the week, and you’ve just found more money towards the cost of the Ideal Protein Diet.


As you can see, simply by eliminating or modifying some of your current food choices, the cost of the Ideal Protein diet becomes affordable.

Overall Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program Cost

Phase 1

Phase One is where the Ideal Weight Loss Program costs the most. This is the phase where you will lose all of the weight. There is a $399 fee to get started on the program, which includes your initial consultation, full body composition analysis, full body measurements, 25 Ideal Protein meals, all of the supplements, and Ideal Protein blender bottle, 2 oz. Real Salt sea salt shaker and reusable eco-friendly IP tote bag. The ongoing food cost is then approximately $100 per week. 

Phase 2

Phase Two of the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program costs approximately $80 per week. This phase only lasts two weeks, and during Phase Two, you will eat two packets of Ideal Protein food per day.

Phase 3

Finally, in Phase Three you’ll continue transitioning off of the Ideal Protein Diet protocol. This phase also lasts two weeks, and the protein packets are reduced to one per day.


If you still have questions about the Ideal Protein Diet Plan cost, give us a call 425-791-2712  or email us at and make an appointment to get your questions answered. We’d love to help you take those pounds off. If you live outside our service area - please check the Ideal Protein website for a clinic near you. 






Is this a High Protein Diet Like Atkins????

Many of my dieters have been coming in to the clinic upset because their friends, family and co-workers have told them, "High Protein Diets are UNSAFE!"


I'd like to spend a few minutes explaining the protein component of Ideal Protein and how the diet compares to Atkins.


As many of you konw, Muscle is the engine that drives our metabolism. The more muscle mass you have, the more you can eat without gaining weight. So you do not want to lose muscle mass while you diet because in the long term that makes it harder to maintain your weight.


Ideal Protein is NOT, (NOT, NOT) a HIGH protein diet. The amount of protein is the exact, or Ideal amount of protein to protect the body's lean mass from weight loss. Protein protects the muscles from being 'burned' for energy. Most hypocaloric diets do not have enough protein to protect lean mass, so we lose muscle along with fat, and that reduces our ability to metabolize calories.


The Ideal Protein Protocol is a low fat, low carb, low calorie diet that has a higher percentage of protein (compared to carbs and fat) than the USDA food pyramid. This does not make the diet a high protein diet.


It does however make the diet unbalanced. This unbalanced state is what allows our dieters to lose weight quickly and to target fat loss.


  Ideal Protein Atkins
Low Calorie x  
High Calorie   x
High Fat   x
Low Fat x  
Animal Protein   x
Plant Protein x  
  High Protein     x
  Ideal Protein   x  

Ideal Protein is safe, and our protein is derived from plant based sources such as soy and whey isolates. (We do have Gluten free options for those you you that can't have whey.) These plant based proteins are absorbed very easily by the body's digestive system.


Why Ideal Protein Food?
Why Ideal Protein Food?





Ideal Protein vs Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, and Weight Watchers

There are two things that I'd like to cover in this post.

  1. Why Ideal Protein works better than Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, and Weight Watchers.
  2. The Cost comparison of Ideal Protein vs the other diets.

The human body uses three tanks of fuel for energy: Glucose, Muscle, and Fats. It ALWAYS turns to the Glucose tank first. Once that tank is depleted, the body then turns to the Muscle and Fat tanks for energy. The challenge is that the body cannot recognize that we would like to keep our Muscle tank full, but deplete the Fat tank. It pulls from each of these tanks at the exact same rate.


So on diets like Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, and Weight Watchers were you are simply reducing your caloric intake, the body is shrinking at an equal proportion of muscle to fat. This is not good for two reasons:

  1. You lose muscle mass which is the key driver of your metabolism.
  2. Muscle takes up much less room than fat, so you don't shrink as fast as you would on a fat targeting diet.

If you regain what you lose on a typical diet, you regain it as fat!


Have you ever noticed that if you lose weight, and then gain it back again you clothes are tighter at the same weight, and if you lose the weight again you can NEVER seem to get down into that favorite pair of jeans even if you get down to a good weight? This is because the weight you regained was all FAT which takes up so much more room than muscle.


So instead of eating a typical ‘Balanced Diet’ which only allows us to maintain our current weight or eating a “Hypocaloric Diet” like Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem or WW, where we are indeed losing lean mass, including muscle, at the same rate as fat, Ideal Protein recommends a temporary “unbalanced diet,” in which we are giving the body the protein it needs to protect muscle so that only fat is targeted.


The results are FAT LOSS. This means that you shrink faster!


Recently I hit my 30lbs. loss mark on Ideal Protein.  I was 15lbs away from my "favorite jeans weight." On a whim one night I tried them on. . .I was shocked to see that they FIT!!! That is because all of my weight loss is fat, so I am heading down in sizes much faster than I would if I lost THE SAME AMOUNT OF WEIGHT on WW, Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem.


I've done all of the above diets. I've lost weight on all of the above diets, but it was really hard. In addition, I had to exercise so much to hit my weekly weight loss goal that I didn't have time for anything else, and my knees and back were constantly bothering me.


With Ideal Protein, the weight loss comes with no rigorous exercise regimen. Now we're not telling you to become a couch potato! But you will not have to kill yourself to post consistent weekly weight losses.


3-5lbs per week for Women and 5-7lbs per week for Men.


Finally CBS did a study of weight loss protocols, the time it takes to lose weight and the cost of the diet. As you can see from the results below - Ideal Protein works out to be the least expensive diet protocol you can choose.  

Cost Comparison
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Tammy Benner
Tammy Benner

Tammy Benner - Weight loss since 2-15-2012 41.3lbs.

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