Whether you are trying to gain or loss weight it's critical to make sure your body is getting the proper nutrition. Although, there is no easy solution for gaining or losing weight in a healthy manner, there are medical protocols that work for many people that can make this process simpler, safer, effective and more predictable than most.
Weight management is important when trying to gain or maintain weight during treatments such as chemotherapy, or when required to lose weight prior to a surgical procedure.
Being chronically ill can put stress on your entire body and often can cause weight loss. It's important to maintain your weight and put weight back on since being underweight can slow down your recovery. But gaining weight after an illness is not as simple as eating anything and everything, you have to be smart about your food choices and increase your caloric intake without filling up on empty calories and saturated fats.
Being underweight can be caused by a variety of factors, some of which are psychological, while others are physical. Many illnesses can cause temporary weight loss. If you have suffered from the flu, accompanied by a high temperature, you may lose a few pounds, but you will probably gain back those pounds once you are well again. Those who have medical conditions that prevent them from maintaining an average weight have options available to them.
People who are underweight typically are not getting enough calories to fuel their bodies. Often, they are also suffering from malnutrition. Malnutrition results from a poor diet or inability to absorb nutrients. Malnutrition is a condition that results from eating a diet in which nutrients are either not enough or are too much such that the diet causes health problems. It may involve calories, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins or minerals.
The Ideal Protein Protocol is based on two distinct components:
Typical diets suggest “to lose weight you need to eat a balanced diet”.
The cofounder of the Ideal Protocol Dr. Tran Tien Chanh suggests that in order to lose weight we
temporarily create an imbalance. Balance is synonymous with static. If you are put on a balanced
the term suggests you’ll eat better and you won’t gain weight, but you won’t lose
The imbalance notion of the Ideal Protocol must meet two criteria :
Once the desired results have been achieved, balance then becomes the focus. This is the stabilization portion of the protocol.
The body draws on four reserves from which it draws its metabolic needs:
First, the body burns the glucose in the blood and then reaches the glycogen reserves. Once that is depleted then and only then will it start burning the muscle and fat compartments. If we were to replenish the glycogen, the fat burning will halt until it is once again depleted.
The Ideal Protein Protocol reduces carbohydrates to the bare minimum, keeps the minimum amount of required daily protein (not a high protein diet) to spare the muscle, and keeps ample amounts of essential fatty acids. This forces the body to stay in the fat-burning mode 24 hours a day, called a ketogenic diet. This gives your pancreas a much needed break. When you eat carbohydrates your body produces insulin. If you consume excess amounts of sugar, your pancreas will release large quantities of insulin into the blood to lower your blood sugar. Since what is produced is more than what is required, too much sugar will be released from the blood and a state of hypoglycemia can occur. The pancreas is the root cause of insulin dysfunction and by reducing carbohydrates, as the Ideal Protein does, can help to reset it.
This is to be followed until 100% of your weight loss goal is achieved. Length is dependant upon how much weight is to be lost.
Is a transition phase by which we begin to phase out the Ideal Protein foods by replacing them one by one with whole foods. This phase lasts two weeks. You will still be in ketosis while in phase 2 since we have not yet introduced carbohydrates back into the diet, but it will be a slower weight loss phase
Like phase 2 this will only last 2 weeks. Another Ideal Protein food is removed, for the gradual reintroduction of carbohydrates that occurs in the morning only. At this stage there are 3 major objectives:
This is considered the Maintenance Phase. This is where one can now enjoy their new healthy lifestyle and with weekly sessions with a coach where weight and measurements will be taken. Why? Success requires commitment and accountability. It helps to stay on track if you know your going to be questioned on your choices later. Important to note however, that there is no judgment, only what should be considered as a partnership helping each other to achieve a common goal.