Ideal Protein FAQs


Get the answers to your most frequently asked Ideal Protein questions below.

How much does the program cost?

The better question to ask is: what is your health worth? By the time you count dining out, happy hours, groceries, etc., you’ll find that you actually spend less on the Ideal Protein diet. As with most plans, there is an initial startup cost of $398.50. The cost includes:

  • Health Assessment ($150.00 value). We check the following:
    • Body Scan Assessment using the InBody 570 ($150.00 value)
    • Weekly Body Scans included in the 4 month package ($200.00 value)
  • One month of vitamin supplements
  • Personal weight loss coach
  • Ongoing costs include:
    • Ideal food pre-packaged products are available at an average of $5 per meal or packet
    • Multi-Vitamins: $30.00
    • Calcium Magnesium supplements: $25.00
    • Omega 3: $31.00
    • Potassium Supply: $21.00
    • Antioxidants and enzymes (suggested but not required)

Most dieters spend about $90 each week.

I'm transferring clinics or am a client at another Ideal Protein clinic but would like to transfer to Ideal Solution. How much does it cost to do so?

It’s free to transfer clinics! We won’t charge you any transfer fees, ever. Since you’re already familiar with the protocol, sign up for a free one-on-one consultation with a coach and get started right away!

What can I eat?

All dieters begin with Phase 1 of the plan, which outlines a precise weight loss roadmap that you’ll follow. Ideal Protein does the work for you – all you have to do is follow the plan!

During the first phase, foods that contain carbohydrates or complex sugars are restricted. Don’t worry – you don’t have to figure it all out yourself. After your introduction to the diet, you will receive a complete list of approved protein, vegetables, and FDA approved Ideal Protein products for each phase. You’ll replace fatty carbs and sugars with the high quality Ideal Protein food products offered by our clinic. You can eat things like soups, puddings, cookies, shakes, soy nuts, and much more! A typical Phase 1 meal would include two cups of select vegetables and an eight-once serving of protein from one of the following: fish, seafood, beef, poultry, or pork. Also, in this phase, your coach may recommend an approved Ideal Protein snack/meal replacement.

In later phases of the protocol, restricted foods slowly become reintroduced as dieters apply their newfound knowledge on how to maintain weight, cravings, and continue a healthy attitude towards food. Eventually, when you’re off the diet completely, you’ll be able to eat whatever you’d like, but you’ll be equipped with the knowledge to make healthier choices.

Learn more about the phases of the protocol.

Can I do the diet with health issues?

Our protocol is safe for almost everyone. However, those with dysfunctional liver or kidneys should refrain. Also, Type I diabetics should only do the Alternative Protocol and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should only use the Ideal Protein’s protein foods to supplement their diet. As with any diet, consult your physician first, especially if you suffer from current health issues.

Are there any side effects?

For the first few days, like with any diet, a change in the eating routine may create feelings of discomfort and hunger. For those with previous diets high in processed foods and sweets, you may experience “withdrawal symptoms” and experience initial cravings. When this happens, your Ideal Protein Coach is just a phone call away to offer tips and techniques to get through the rough times.

Can I do the diet if I have dietary restrictions?

Our protocol can accommodate those with lactose, gluten, and soy allergies. We can also accommodate vegetarians, but unfortunately our protocol is not compatible with vegans. As a good rule, always consult with your doctor before beginning a restrictive diet. All IP clients are asked to complete a Health Profile, so if you have dietary restrictions, discuss them with your coach during this time. Our clinic will provide an Alternative Plan to accommodate restrictions and specific nutrition needs.

What happens when the diet is over?

This is the best part of the diet! During the course of the plan, participants gain a wealth of knowledge on how the body burns fat for fuel, therefore changing their relationship with food forever. Successful participants leave the protocol armed with the tools and “know how” to maintain a healthy weight. As we slowly reintroduce restricted foods back into your diet, you are equipped with the knowledge to make healthy choices.

Learn more about what makes Ideal Protein different.

What is Ketosis?

Ketosis just refers to the state of metabolism the body is in when it is using fat for the primary energy source. As an example, our bodies experience a bit of ketosis every night when we sleep, when the body fasts and blood sugar drops. Our protocol, keeps the dieter in this state where the body is using its stored energy (fat) as the primary fuel source. We teach you everything you need to know to safely move from phase to phase of the diet.

Learn more about how the diet works.

Is the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method considered a high, medium, or low calorie diet?

The Ideal Protein Protocol would be considered a medium to low calorie diet. The Alternative Plan, for clients with special dietary needs or restrictions, incorporates additional foods and would be considered a medium calorie diet. The Ideal Protein plan offers a balance of quantity proteins, vitamins, and minerals required to ensure the body is functioning properly.

Do I have to exercise on this diet?

No, in the first three weeks of Phase 1, exercise is not recommended while your body is adjusting to the new metabolic process (using fat for energy). Cardio and intense exercise is not recommended as it may cause muscle loss. After the first 3 weeks, you may exercise, but keep in mind: don’t get overly tired, stay on your supplements, and stay hydrated. If you must exercise, a low-impact exercise, like yoga, is recommended.

Learn more about what makes Ideal Protein different.

How long is the program?

There is no magic number. You set your weight loss goal along with your coach and the rest is up to you. The Ideal Protein Diet is not a long-term diet and duration will be based on your personal weight loss goal. Our clinic tailors the diet to you, because you don’t have the same pounds to lose as someone else. As we work with you, things like age, family circumstance, and health status affect the treatment and its length.

Learn more about the length of the program.

How do I get started?

Get familiar with Ideal Protein today! You’ve already taken the first step by doing the research, now make it a personal journey. Start by reaching out to us and we’d be happy to answer more of your Ideal Protein questions. Or, just register for a COMPLIMENTARY weight loss workshop. This informative session will reveal why you gain weight and what it takes to get it under control. Network and converse with clients, coaches, and medical professionals who can answer all your questions. Be prepared for a life changing event. What are you waiting for? Register now!

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