• Structured weight loss while supporting muscle mass
  • Average cost of food is $80-$100 per week
  • Improved energy, appetite control, and reduced cravings -- usually on day 4 or 5
  • Learn how losing weight can improve blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and lower blood pressure

ideal protein medical weight loss

The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method is a medically designed protocol containing 2 key components; sensible weight loss and sustainable weight maintenance. The protocol has evolved for more than 25 years, but was originally developed over 2 decades by Dr. Tran Tien Chanh who focused his career and research on nutrition with a particular emphasis on the treatment of obesity and obesity related illness like diabetes. 

Dr. Hoffarth has taken this protocol to its absolute bare essentials in order to make what is typically a 4-phase protocol to simply a single phase.  By taking this protocol down to the nuts and bolts, patients find it even easier to follow and lose the weight that is normally so challenging.  Dr. Hoffarth has worked with patients on weight issues since 2000. He has learned that simplification, essential understandings of the biochemistry regarding weight loss, motivation, and health coaching are the key ingredients to weight loss and maintenance of weight loss.  

According to Dr. Tan Tien, "The cause of most weight issues in a modern society is insulin dysfunction. A diet grossly disproportionate in its share of saturated fats and sugars, such as in breads, cereals, muffins, cakes, pastries, pasta, pizza, rice, corn- very much like the North American diet - causes the pancreas to produce an overabundance of insulin, which stays in the system and puts the blood sugar level in a negative balance."

An overproduction of insulin also leads to hypoglycemia or low glycemia, which in turn induces constant sugar cravings and weight gain. Insulin's primary function is to regulate blood sugar levels; however, it is also the hormone that facilitates the transport of fat (triglycerides) into the fat cells. Even worse, it "locks" the fat in the fat cell, preventing it to be used as a source of energy. Now, because the blood sugar has dropped (and we can't access the fat as a fuel source) it creates "sugar cravings" and the vicious cycle begins again. In other words, an over abundance of insulin causes weight gain.

The Ideal Protein protocol will give your pancreas a well-deserved break by limiting simple and complex carbs until your weight loss goal is achieved. Dr. Hoffarth views this protocol within the Functional Medicine philosophy simply as a 'bridge' to the next stage in assisting a patient evolve towards long-term whole foods clean eating

Learn to live off of the body's own fat reserves. The body employs energy from three reserves: glycogen (carbohydrate), protein and fats. First from it's simple and complex carbohydrate reserves and when depleted, turns simultaneously to it's protein and fat reserves for energy. A person not in need of weight loss has approximately 1-2% of their body's reserves from carbs, approximately 19% from their muscle mass and 79% of their body reserves from fat.

Simple and complex carbohydrates can prevent weight loss. The body stores approximately three days worth of carbohydrates, therefore, the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method has a beginning and an end.

Our protocol restricts sugars (simple and complex) until 100% of your weight loss goal is achieved...why? Because, as long as sugar is being consumed, your body is not burning fat. It really is that simple. Remember, the first source of energy is derived from glycogen (carbohydrate) reserves. Therefore, the core principle of the Ideal Protein Protocol is to delete the glycogen reserves completely, in order to compel the body into consuming it's fat reserve to burn calories. 

How do we get the body to burn its fat reserves and not it's muscle reserves if both are depleted simultaneously?

First, Ideal Protein foods are made with high quality protein. The quality of protein used in diet products has an impact on effective protein absorption; the lower the quality, the lower the absorption. If protein absorption is low, you will not be able to protect you muscle mass and thus you will burn muscle along with fat. If you lose muscle while dieting, you will impair your ability to burn calories post-diet, as your body uses muscle mass to burn calories. Secondly, supplement support is offered for optimal essential micronutrient support.  We utilize premium quality supplements through Metagenics.  

Call us today at 512-297-2386 to arrange your consultation with our Nutrition Consultant!