The good news is you’ve got your life back. You feel good. Shopping for clothing
isn’t burdensome and many of you have been able to kiss several prescription
medications, “goodbye” with your doctor’s blessing. The bad news or perhaps just
the reality is that despite your incredible fat-burning metamorphosis, you are
still not immune to weight gain--and you never will be.
Superman has kryptonite, Wile E. Coyote has that darn Roadrunner and you still have to
contend with your genetics and our culture.
You score big points because you’ve lost primarily body fat and haven’t squandered
muscle mass—and your body’s metabolism during the weight loss process. Low
calorie diets can’t say that. You’ve also reset your pancreas by restricting
carbohydrates during Phase 1, restarting it gradually with healthy fats and
complex carbohydrates in Phase 3—so your body is working with you—not against
At Ideal Health Center, we often compare our diet and aftercare to a firefighter
and a contractor. If your house is on fire, you call a firefighter. He or she
successfully puts out the flames and exits when the job is complete. Your
responsibility is to then contact a contractor to rebuild the house. Ideal
Protein is your firefighter. All medical jargon aside, the protocol both
literally and figuratively, works to spare lives—but after the fire is out and
the fat is gone, it’s your responsibility to rebuild.
Your body was built to store fat, not lose weight (that’s why you’ve worked so hard
to get the pounds off). A few centuries ago those extra pounds would get you
through a hard winter while your skinny friend would have been worm food. Today,
our culture is defined by excess (what is moderation, anyway?) and when it comes
to our diet, many restaurants with overloaded plates and grocery stores full of additives like food coloring, copious amounts of sodium, fat, sugar and other funky chemicals, are not trustworthy food sources.
We needn’t bemoan our situation—just rise above it. Shop the perimeter, read
labels, explore farmer’s markets and quality grocery stores. Plan your menus.
Chop vegetables in advance. Have food standards and don’t purchase anything that
doesn’t meet them—regardless of price. Cook more at home and eat less away from
Supporting graduates is extremely important to the Ideal Health Center team and while we are always looking for ways we can improve, the reality is, we currently offer a
variety of tools graduates need for weight loss maintenance.
Are you taking advantage of them?
I personally believe people do what they want, therefore, if you
want to keep your weight off, you will keep learning, keep growing, keep
"Phase 4 Overview & Sample Meals"-
is a 6 page document that dieters are expected to read and follow. While there are many little ideas taught, the big idea is "The Principle of Dissociation." Except for breakfast and your weekly Fun! day, fats and carbohydrates need to be eaten separately. Do your homework and bring your questions to your coach.
Freedom of Phase 4 Class-
offered quarterly by our doctors in our Chiropractic office (usually on a
Thursday, 7PM). Dieters need to be in Phases 2, 3, 4 to attend and should come
armed with questions about their lifestyle.
All graduates are encouraged to weigh in regularly with their coach. There is no
cost for this--it's all a part of our service. Most graduates weigh-in monthly.
"My Ideal Recipes" Cookbook-
though specifically designed for Phases 1 and 2, it's an awesome resource for Phase 4.
It's full of protein and veggie recipes which are perfect for Phase 4. We also
have recipes on our website and Facebook.
Exercise (Particularly Resistance Training)-
It's not the best way to burn fat (if you ran a marathon, you would only burn 4,000 calories, or 1 pound of fat!) however, exercise is the best way to maintain your weight and I would submit the only way to stay slim and build strength.
Dieters in Phase 4 are still encouraged to enjoy Ideal Protein foods as healthy meal
replacements or snack alternatives.
Ideal Protein "Fast" Once a Year:
Our bodies are built to store fat, not lose weight. Gaining 5-7lbs over the
course of a year is normal (note: gaining 8+ lbs. is not). So graduates should
plan on doing an IP cleanse or fast 1x a year. Personally, I do the last 3 weeks
There is only one reason people gain weight--what they put in their mouths. Ideal
Protein is not a "vaccine against weight issues." We don't address the
spiritual, psychological or emotional reasons for weight gain, just the
physiological one. To truly succeed, a graduate has to change their lifestyle,
their behaviors and their entire relationship with food—and drink.
It's a Journey-
Just like life has successes and failures, our waistline will too. Every choice brings
us closer to or further from our goal and where we are today is a result of
millions of choices we've made previously. We have to "practice health," and
that means being honest and gentle with ourselves during the process.