It seems like a simple enough question, right? You’re trying to improve your diet. You’re trying to exercise more. You’re trying everything, but it feels like every time you so much as look at a pastry, you gain a pound. It’s a frustrating and demoralizing process. After a while, you just give up.
The secret to long-term weight loss isn’t what you eat or what you do. It’s mindset. If you reset your body, and reset your mind, you can reset what’s possible. Anyone can lose weight, but keeping it off is another story. Resetting your mind will ensure you regain your health for the long-term.
So how do we do it? Here are Ideal Health, we implement a three-step program called the Ideal Protein Protocol. First, it will help you lost weight; second, it will help you stabilize the weight loss; and third, it will help you maintain your new lifestyle for many years to come.
The first step is to embrace a ketogenic diet.
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Starting your weight-loss journey
Ketogenic diets, also called keto diets, are high in proteins and fats and low in carbohydrates. They’re designed to put the body in a metabolic state called ketosis, which forces the body to burn its fat stores for energy. It’s an effective method of losing weight and can have a wide range of other health benefits, including helping prevent disease like diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
The trick is to do it safely and sustainably. If you type “Weight loss on keto” into Google, thousands of results will pop up. Lots of people have used keto to achieve incredible results. It’s best to begin a keto diet under expert supervision to make sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs while burning fat at a healthy rate without impacting your muscle mass.
The first phase of the Ideal Protein Protocol includes pre-prepared meals, which are all high in protein. The quality of the protein has a big impact on effective protein absorption – basically, the lower the quality, the lower the absorption. If you’re not consuming enough protein while you’re in a state of ketosis, your body may start burning muscles as well as fat. Once you start losing muscle, your ability to burn calories post-diet will be impaired, while will make things much more difficult.
We also provide nutrient-rich supplements such as Natura Multi-Vita, Natura Calcium & Magnesium, Natura Potassium and Natura Omega-3 Plus to ensure all of your nutritional needs are met.
During this phase, we typically expect to see women lose 2-5 lbs and men lose 3-7 lbs per week. Of course, that’s if they follow the protocol to the letter, without any deviations. You’ll find it gets easier over time, as your cravings decrease and your find yourself gaining much more energy.
The Ideal Protein Protocol is medically-developed and delivered under supervision. Our clients receive one-on-one coaching throughout their journey, which is important not just in assessing and achieving health goals, but building a fundamental understanding of nutrition. Our recipes are easy to prepare and delicious and the support we provide is personalized to maximize your success.
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Best weight-loss program for long-term results
Once you’ve achieved your weight loss goal, it’s time to move to phases two and three.
Phase two focuses on stabilizing the weight loss, which means resetting the mind and building healthy habits. This is the part of the journey where the body will fight to regain the lost weight.
Anyone who has tried to lose weight before knows just how quickly weight can come piling back on as soon as you stop counting every calorie. Our bodies are designed to gain weight, which the best weight loss programs for long-term results have such a heavy focus on mindset.
Stabilization is about narrowing the gap between the calories your body wants and the calories it actually needs. In this phase, we’ll adjust your intake of protein, fats and carbs to effectively manage your hunger, promoting greater satiety while maintaining your weight loss. Our coaches will guide you every step of the way, with weekly follow-up sessions over the course of at least two months.
We’ll analyze your body composition every week, using a tool called the Advanced Analysis Inbody 570 Scanner. This is considered to be the “gold standard” in body composition analysis, because it can show you everything from total body fat to body water and much more. This is essential to making sure the protocol is working and that you’re staying on track to meet your health goals.
Phase three focuses on maintenance. For the first 12 months after entering this phase, you’ll continue to receive education and support from your coach. We strongly recommend scheduling semi-annual “tune-ups” to ensure you’re on track and consuming the right balance of foods.
The Ideal Protein Protocol is designed to empower people with the knowledge to develop balanced eating habits while making smarter and more sustainable lifestyle choices. We take a personalized approach because no two weight loss journeys are the same. We’ve helped hundreds of clients shed excess weight through lifestyle modification, because it’s designed to stand the test of time.
How to optimize your weight-loss workout
Diet and exercise are normally synonymous, but if you’ve been struggling to control your weight for a while, it’s perfectly normal that you might feel unfit, unmotivated and low on energy.
The Ideal Protein Protocol is designed to make your body lose weight without losing muscle. With that in mind, we recommend keeping exercise to a minimum during the early stages.
Gentle exercises like yoga, walking the dog and stretching are perfectly fine to get the blood moving. However, it’s best to save high-intensity activities until you’ve achieved your goal and you’re looking to stabilize and maintain your new weight. It seems counter-intuitive, right?
Lots is happening inside your body during the first phase of the protocol. Your diet won’t include any carbohydrates or sugars, but these are the exact energy sources your body will want to draw from if you engage in high-intensity workouts. If it can’t fuel itself with carbs and sugar, it may consume muscle. This is why we recommend against it in the early stages of the protocol.
Once you achieve your weight loss goal, you’ll have more energy than you’ve experienced in years. This is the perfect time to engage a personal trainer, start classes at the gym or even pick up a new skill like cross-country skiing or backcountry hiking. Who knows where the journey will take you?
One thing is for sure: once you reset your body, and reset your mind, you’ll reset what’s possible.
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