Ideal Protein – What is It?
Recently I noticed that a colleague at work was disappearing before my very eyes.
I had noticed that he was eating vegetables at lunch, which was weird in and of itself because he was a confirmed veggie hater. Or so I thought.
He told me that he had lost 40 pounds on the Ideal Protein plan.
So what is the Ideal Protein plan? I had to know!
Ideal Protein is moderately low carb, low fat and moderate protein. It is a system of packets and bars along with your own chosen food.
You have 3 packets a day (2 meals and 1 snack) which you can embellish with vegetables and protein. Dinner is 8 ounces of protein along with 2 cups of vegetables. You can also have unlimited salad veggies like lettuce and cucumber.
At first I was afraid of the committment to coaching and buying the foods so I followed the Ideal Protein Alternative plan on my own. I used the ProtiDiet Packets (see bottom of this page) and I did lose a few pounds but I also lost my way several times and cheated.
All the while I watched my coworker’s weight disappear some more and so decided to jump in. All in!
I will chronicle my week to week journey here, starting with Week 1 below!
Week 1 Day 1 of Ideal Protein
Day 1 began with me visiting an Ideal Protein coach. In that visit I filled out a medical and health form and I was weighed and measured. The first meeting took about an hour to go through everything. I left with a large grocery bag filled with the food and supplements need for my first week. I also had a DVD to watch and a file folder of a lot of information to read as well as a journal to be filled in every single day.
Daily Ideal Protein Meal Plan
This is the basic plan outline:
Breakfast: 1 Ideal Protein Food (they call them packets), 1 MultiVitamin, 1 Potassium
Lunch: 1 Ideal Protein Food, 2 cups of ‘Select Vegetables’, Optional Unlimited raw veggies(think high water, low carb and green)
Dinner: 8 ounces Protein, 2 cups Select Vegetables, Optional unlimited raw veggies, 2 Cal-Mag, 1 Multi-vitamin, 2 Omega 3
Evening: 1 Ideal Protein Food, 2 Cal-Mag
During the day, you use 2 teaspoons olive oil, 64 ounces water and 1/4 teaspoon Ideal Salt. (same as Lo Salt). The salt helps to minimize Keto Flu symptoms which many experience eating low carb.
Notes: You can split up your protein. I am more than satisfied with 4 ounces at dinner so I eat an egg with my breakfast (2 oz) and 2 ounces protein with my lunch.
What happened in my first week of Ideal Protein?
- I got an email every day with a 3 minute video to watch to learn more and stay motivated
- The email also included a new recipe to try
- I got 2 phone calls from my coach to see how I was making out. She also gave me her cell number and twice I texted her to ask a question, which she answered promptly.
- I lost 9 pounds!
Did you read that!? Nine Pounds!
Ok, so this was just a basic overview of Ideal Protein and I will be sharing more as I go along. I am almost at the end of week 2 and I have already come up with several of my own recipes and ways to pump up those packets! These are all coming as fast as I can write them for you! So be sure to stay tuned!
I Can’t Afford Ideal Protein
Ideal Protein is spendy and I am so grateful that I can afford it. I figure it will cost me about $120 (Canadian dollars) a week for the IP foods and then whatever other foods and supplements I will need along the way. I need to weigh out the fact that I won’t be spending money on my morning Starbucks run, restaurants, alcohol, etc.
But I get that it still might be too much and there are Protein Foods out there that you can substitute for the packets and follow this program exactly for about half the cost. While I highly recommend getting the coaching, I get it and everyone should be able to do this. ProtiDiet makes awesome food packets that can be used instead, see what I found below and be sure to read more about Ideal Protein Alternative Plan in my next article.
Ideal Protein Alternative Food Packets