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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