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My New Obsession: Telling People About Ideal Protein!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Yes, I'm obsessed!!!
This summer, I went on the Ideal Protein Diet this summer for 2 1/2 months and lost about 24 pounds. I've been off and holding my own for the last 2 months. One of the most powerful things I gleaned from this experience was learning about all the "high tech" foods available to help keep your glucose leveled out and still meet the need of having a daily sweet. I could not afford to do the diet through the doctors, which costs about $80 per week, so using the information my friend provided me about the foods and the diet plan, I set about to find foods that would match the Ideal numbers but be more affordable for me. I had some real losers...things that had too much sugar "alcohols" and things that just tasted down right out horrible, but I eventually discovered some great foods and kept me on track. The amazing thing is, I'm still relying on these things to help me maintain my loss. One of the most amazing discoveries was a little protein bar with a fairly new fiber product. These bars are delicious and much like a really dense browny. At first I thought they were a little too chewy, but I quickly got used to that. In fact, I believe that the chewiness adds to their appeal. You simply can't eat one of these bars quickly. By the time you're done, you've chewed enough and taken enough time for your stomach to signal your brain, "I'm full now!" One of these bars would hold me all day, while on the program. They contain a "brand new to the health market" ingredient called Isomalto-Oligosaccharides. These are 100% natural Probiotic Fibers derived from plant sources. Actually they are PRE biotic, according to the manufacturers website. Pre-biotic means they are the thing the PRO-biotics feed on. I always wondered what good it was to eat all these probiotics, if you didn't change the things about your colon and your system that were killing off the probiotics in the first place. Well, we all know that the antibiotics in our foods (not to mention the ones we take purposely) kill these bacteria, so we need to be continuously reintroducing them to our system, through foods like live-cultured yogurt. But this fiber is another method of increasing your "gut" bacteria, by feeding the existing bacteria something that keeps them healthy and alive. That's Isomalto-Oligosaccharides! These fibers are also naturally sweet, so they help sweeten the bar. In addition, these bars are sweated with Lo Han Guo (Nectress). They have no sugar alcohols or artificial ingredients so they don't have that chemically flavor that some protein, lo-carb bars have. One of these per day will give you all the fiber you need and satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your program. They are just a meager 170 calories of chewy delight! I predict there will eventually be more foods using this natural fiber product, so I'm keeping my eyes out for it.
I did a lot of research to find foods that would meet my protein needs, satisfy my sweet tooth and hunger and keep me in ketosis. I've had a lot of people ask me what and how I did it so I prepared a page of instructions and links to the helpful foods that really kept me going. Check out the link to my site. If you are interested in the program or want to try any of my favorite foods look click on the link below and look for the tab which is title Low Carb Diet or Take the Weight off. There are links there which will give you all the nutritional information about the foods that I think are best for use with the Ideal Protein program.

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    I have searched your blog and can't find the name of the wonderful low carb bar you like - is it Quest?
    1947 days ago
  • KLONG8
    Interesting....thanks for telling us about it!
    2315 days ago
  • BULU86
    I couldn't afford the brand name food to start Ideal Protein, but a friend of mine uses Bariatric Food Source. A lot cheaper and she's lost 90 pounds using it. When entering food into Spark, it seems to be the same as Wonderslim or Bariwise, depending on the product. I'm new to all of this, but I've lost 6 pounds in 3 days so far. I'm still following the Ideal Protein protocol, just switching out the protein packets of food to save money as a poor college student. Might be worth a try :)
    2708 days ago
    I keep hoping they will sell those bars here too. I keep looking for them.
    2714 days ago
    Great ideas. I'm experimenting with making my own bars and ground almonds sounds like a great ingredient to work with! Thx!
    2715 days ago
  • no profile photo MONADM1
    Thanks for the tip, PEGGY !

    I'll check these bars out. I am sure my husband will love them ! He is the one with the sweet tooth (or rather "teeth", in his case :)

    I have experimented with almond flour (which I grind myself from whole almonds) and Splenda, and was able to create bread, muffins, and cookies that are similar in composition as the IP products, but with a higher fat content. I had trouble with the low amount of fat provided by the IP protocol, so this works well for me.

    I also prepared macaroons with various nuts and seeds and egg whites. These things seem to keep me satisfied even in small portions of an ounce at a time.

    We found that we can replace the IP soups with Whey protein isolate, which we add directly to vegetable soups (i.e broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, mushroom). This eliminates a ton of chemicals present in the IP soups, and results in a lower fat and carb profile, at a fraction of the price.

    2715 days ago
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