The Science Within The Ideal Protein Diet
The issues of weight and weight loss are going to be on most Americans’ minds at some point in their lives. Today, more than ever before, our country is struggling with the issue of obesity. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention labels obesity as public enemy number one as it affects nearly 30% of the population in North America. Government studies suggest that one in three people born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime (2012). This data may come as a surprise to many as we are one of the richest countries in the world, yet we have the largest obesity rate per capita and some of the largest healthcare costs per person. While this information can be sat down and presented to every single American, it takes something intrinsic for people to decide to make a lifestyle change. People have tried multiple diets and often find themselves gaining back the weight once they quit the diet; my mom is no exception. She, like many women, found it hard to lose weight after a tough pregnancy. Something inside finally clicked and she decided she was going to lose weight. She heard about the Ideal Protein Diet and decided this was best for her and so her journey began. The Ideal Protein Diet is broken into four phases. With each phase, you are allowed more freedom in your food choices. Ideal Protein teaches you what to eat rather than what not to eat, therefore the diet never truly ends but rather users learn what ways and in what quantities food should be consumed. Principles behind the Protocol:
According to Dr. Tran, “The cause of most weight issues in a modern society is insulin dysfunction” (Ciell 5). A diet that is disproportionate in the combination of saturated fats and sugars like breads, cereals, muffins, cakes, pastries, pasta, pizza, rice, and corn, the North American diet as some call it, causes an overabundance of insulin to be produced in the pancreas. This in turn will stay in the system and put one’s blood sugar level in a negative balance. The issues of hypoglycemia or low glycemia are a result of an overproduction of insulin, which causes constant sugar cravings and weight gain. Most people don’t know that the primary function of insulin is “to regulate blood sugar levels while being the hormone that facilitates the transport of fat (triglycerides) into fat cells” (Tran). It locks the fat in the fat cell which prevents it to be used as a source of energy because the blood sugar has dropped and sugar craving are created. The Ideal Protein protocol transforms the body’s ability to digest sugars properly by regulating insulin levels by giving the pancreas a break by cutting out simple and complex carbohydrates until weight loss is achieved. “The body stores approximately three days worth of carbohydrates”, and as long as sugar is being consumed, the body is not burning fat. The first source of anyone’s energy comes from glycogen (carbohydrates), and in order to turn fat reserves to burn calories, one must deplete the glycogen. Phase 1 and 2:
Once the dieter knows the reasoning behind the Ideal Protein Diet the real challenge begins in food selection. The main focus of the program is the protein based foods that will be consumed during the weight loss phases of the program. The proteins are of high biological value and include: whey isolates, soy isolates, whole milk protein, albumin, and hydrolyzed collagen. This opens up the number of options the dieter has and it also full options that are delicious, practical, satisfying, and available in an array of textures and flavors. The dieter uses products given to them as well as adding vegetables and salads. Meals are easy to prepare and can be incorporated into one’s life easily. The first and second phases consist of a breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is generally an Ideal Protein shake, followed by lunch of another shake and two cups...