The Ideal Protein Diet Review Part II.

There are so many diets out there and so many different exercise programs and equipment it’s hard to know what will work for you. Everyone’s body is different and reacts different to dieting and exercise. And we all have different goals for our ideal weight, figure, and overall health. At least I believe we should have goals regarding those things. One thing I didn’t explain in the first post was that this diet does make you lose weight. My buddy that started almost two months ago has lost a ton of weight already. He lost twenty pounds in two weeks. A lot people would love to lose that kind of weight so quickly. So if your only goal is to lose weight, and to lose it fast, then this diet might be your answer.

One of the purposes of this website is to motivate people to do more than just lose or gain weight. Being skinny, or losing 80 pounds so that you’re back to your “ideal” weight is not the definition of being healthy or fit. That’s only a small part of it- a very small part. That’s my biggest beef with The Ideal Protein Diet and with many other programs out there. It doesn’t teach the participants good principles of health, like how to eat well and exercise properly. You buy their food, it comes in the mail, they tell you what to eat, you eat it, and once you’ve lost the weight you wanted to lose, you stop the “diet.” In my opinion, that doesn’t teach you anything other than the fact that you can lose weight. So what happens next? In many cases you gain it back. If the diet taught you how to shop for good foods, what good food is, what bad food is and why, and emphasized the importance of an exercise program in conjunction with the change in diet, you would be much better off. I’ve found a few programs that do that, which I’ll write about later, but I believe the Ideal Protein Diet is not one of them.

Many of the proponents of low-carb high protein diets say that there is no research proving that it is harmful to the body. Here’s a few things that back up what I said in my first post about the Ideal Protein Diet:

On the Essentiality of Dietary Carbohydrate (Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (September 2003) 13(3), 161–168)

How the Body Loses and Gains Weight (Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies tenth edition, Francis Sizer and Ellie Whitney, pgs. 329-332)

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  1. Ruth says:

    I read your take on Ideal Protein with much interest. I have been on the program myself. I understand what you are saying. However, I think you need to know that IP DOES instruct client (I guess it depends on the counselor you get cause mine is superb) on how to shop for right foods and how to eat and exercise is good, etc. On any diet plan, if a person reaches their goal weight and then they celebrate by going right back to how they ate before, they’ll pack it all back on. Ideal Protein keeps you from doing that (IF YOU ADHERE TO THEIR “AFTER GOAL” suggestions, etc.) I’ve lost 30 lbs and have kept it off for more than 6 months now. So…I just had to throw this out to you.

  2. Everett says:

    I agree with your comments (and facts) about low carb/high protein diets. You just have one MAJOR error. Ideal Protein is NOT a high protein diet. (Check the science and program’s details.) Yes the Ideal Protein products include high-quality protein; however, the program does not promote or involve consuming dangerous or high levels of protein. You consume just enough to protect muscle mass. After all, the program was developed for Olympic athletes…why would they want or ever risk losing ANY muscle mass? They wouldn’t. Nor do people on the program.

  3. admin says:

    Thanks for reading and replying to our post. We appreciate it a lot. You should know that when we say that the Ideal Protein Diet is a “high protein, low carb” diet we refer specifically to the percentage of total calories that come from carbs, fat, and protein in the diet. A typical quality diet will have around 45-65% of calories coming from carbs, 20-30% coming from protein, and 20-30% from fats. This is, however, not the case with The Ideal Protein Diet. The major percentage of calories from the diet come from protein, thus it is a high protein diet.

    Also, I disagree that it provides adequate protein to “protect muscle mass.” After all, people on the diet are consuming less calories than their REE, or resting energy expenditure, so the diet isn’t providing an adequate amount of any nutrient. There are many studies, some of which I’ve sited on our second article about The Ideal Protein Diet, that confirm a low carbohydrate diet results in decreased lean tissue mass, which includes muscle mass. You should check these out. Without a source of energy derived from carbohydrates, the body will use protein energy. Thanks again for reading and replying to the article.

  4. annette says:


    I would like to know more about the programs that you have found that teach people to eat right, shop right exercise – basically learn the tools to a healthy lifestyle while losing weight.
    You mentioned that you know of a few – please share. I have a friend who has tried to lose weight unsuccessfully and so is drawn to the quick weight loss on the ideal protein diet.

  5. Mike says:

    I agree that this diet does not cure the root cause of the problem and healthy eating has ot follow any diet. Loseing weight does not make you healthy, but if your already in good health, but would like to get bakc to an ideal weight, rather than be hungry to months on end trying ot slowly burn off 1 lb at a time, this is a great diet.

    I’m a competitive triathlete. I cannot race or train hard without carbs. I can however build my aerobic base, so it’s not a total loss. But losing 30-35lbs, and getting back to a ideal 8-10% body fat will dramatically improve my performance. I know, 10 years ago I was this lean. I miss that.

    Will I ever do this diet again. No. too restrictive, too expensive. But I’m hoping the effort motivates me to retrain my eating habits and keep it off. I hope so.

    I too am very skeptical of these types of diets. I avodied trying them figuring “hey I’m healthy, I just need to watch what I eat more carefully and increase my workout level. But I’ve doen that before, and spent 4 eyars slwoly working off 25lbs. That’s great, but now I can do that in 6 weeks and move on from there.

  6. Paul says:

    “It doesn’t teach the participants good principles of health, like how to eat well and exercise properly. You buy their food, it comes in the mail, they tell you what to eat, you eat it, and once you’ve lost the weight you wanted to lose, you stop the “diet.” In my opinion, that doesn’t teach you anything other than the fact that you can lose weight. ”

    Have you even tried the diet? If so you would probably know that this diet depends a lot on the coach and the dieter. Like people have said if the dieter goes back to eating unhealthy foods then they’re bounce back up.

    Ideal Protein encourages coaches to see ALL their successful Phase 4s at least once a month to make sure they’re doing alright and see if they need help. (If they aren’t then you need a better coach). They also educate them and even give them a sheet on what the heck they should eat to maintain their weight. So all in all it’s all up to the dieter, if they want to do yo-yo dieting that’s they’re decision. Ideal Protein just helps you lose the weight, like any diet after you lose the weight a dramatic lifestyle change must occur or you regain the weight you have lost.

    Also yes you are right skinny does NOT mean you are healthy. Ideal Protein just wants you to reach a goal which makes you feel good about yourself. And if the coaches does their jobs right– they screen people who
    1) might yo-yo diet
    2) not adhere to the protocol
    3) that they SHOULD be losing weight to live more healthy

    Don’t tell me some guy who’s 5″4 weighing over 300 lbs. is healthy that’s just silly! But on the flip side if a person who is 5″6 and weighting 115 says I want to lose weight, they would simply decline them.

    At the end it’s not about the product. The product works and is there. It depends on what people do during and after the protocol is what counts.

  7. Anna says:

    I am following the Ideal Protein diet and have lost 18 lbs in 4 weeks. It is a very pricey diet and wandered if anyone has found similar products at a fraction of the price? I live in Canada..

  8. Andy Nelson says:

    Hey there,

    Thank you for posting this and the previous post on the IP diet. My father has lost 70 pounds in 2.5 months, and for someone I’ve never known to be at a healthy weight in my lifetime (31 years), it is incredible. I am glad he is finally losing the weight, and he’s the lightest he’s been in 10, 15 years. His starting weight was hovering over 400 pounds and his goal is to get down to 225 (he’s 6’2″), so he’s nearly halfway there and I couldn’t be more proud of my father.

    However . . . I do have my reservations about the IP diet since I’m a former personal trainer and independent rep for a health and wellness company. I agree with your stance that diets aren’t the solution. The reason is that the majority of diets restrict some aspect of nutritional intake that is vital to the health of the human body. Atkins – restrict carbs. IP – restrict carbs, etc. These can be great short term solutions to losing weight fast, but in the long run, I have my doubts.

    There’s a mixed bag here in the comments; a lot of the participants in the IP diet have lost weight, some a lot of it quickly, others at a slower pace. Kudos to you guys for willing to make a change, it is not easy. Now, some of you have kept it off, awesome! Others unfortunately have gained some of the weight back. This is my concern for my dad; once he reaches his goal weight and gets into the Phase IV of the diet, will he be able to maintain it?

    I’m skeptical because there’s a severe limit in caloric intake which virtually prohibits exercise (other than walking). As a former personal trainer, I advocate exercise in any form, alternating resistance training and cardio (cardio can be anything, running, elliptical, biking, hiking, kayaking, whatever it takes that you enjoy doing!) and eating balanced meals. I’m a glutton for chocolate chip cookies, but limit myself to one a day so I don’t feel like I’m missing out. 🙂

    Thanks for taking a subjective point of view on the Ideal Protein diet. It’s been enlightening!

  9. Luce says:

    I just started the IP diet and feel sick to my stomach and have major headaches. I do have a lot of allergies, so I was wondering if a person can be allergic to the soy base that is used in their products. Please let me know if anyone out there is experiencing the same problems and if the allergy is a possibility.

    Thank you

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