We know what a struggle losing weight is. Millions of Americans struggle every day, desperate to lose weight – and willing to try anything. Many consider drastic solutions like fad diets, pills and surgery to get results. These solutions usually sound too good to be true…because they are.
The good news is that stable weight loss results are possible. They can even be sensible given the right program. However, rapid weight loss won’t lead to long-term, successful weight management unless you combine it with a balanced lifestyle and a commitment to your lifelong wellbeing. Moreover, if you don’t also learn how to eat better and make smarter lifestyle choices, you risk regaining back all your lost weight.
At Vanguard, we recommend the world’s most popular and fastest growing weight loss solution – Ideal Protein® Weight Loss Method – which we combine with skilled personal coaching to help you change your life for good.
Originally designed for Olympic athletes to maintain lean muscle mass while shedding pounds, the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method is a medically designed protocol containing two key components — weight loss and a healthier lifestyle education to assist you in maintaining your results after dieting.
This protocol is the recommended weight loss method in over 3,000 professional establishments worldwide
The cause of many 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 may lead to hypoglycemia or low glycemia, which in turn may induce constant sugar cravings and weight gain. One of insulin’s primary functions 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 into the fat cell, preventing it from being 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 can cause weight gain.
Your body employs energy from three reserves: glycogen (carbohydrate), protein and fats. First the body depletes its simple and complex carbohydrate reserves and then turns simultaneously to its protein and fat reserves for energy. A person not in need of weight loss typically 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, our protocol restricts sugars (simple and complex) until 100 percent of your weight loss goal is achieved…why? Because, as long as sugar is being consumed, your body may not be burning fat. Remember, the first source of energy is derived from glycogen (carbohydrate) reserves. Therefore, the core principle of the Ideal Protein Protocol is to deplete the glycogen (carbohydrate) reserves completely, in order to compel the body into consuming its fat reserve to burn calories.
How do we encourage the body to burn its fat reserves, but support its muscle mass reserves if both are depleted simultaneously? First, Ideal Protein foods are made with high-quality protein. The quality of protein used in Ideal Protein diet products has an impact on effective protein absorption…the lower the quality, the lower the absorption. If protein absorption is low, you may not be able to protect your muscle mass and thus you will burn muscle along with fat. If you lose muscle while dieting, you may impair your ability to burn calories post-diet, as your body uses muscle mass to burn calories.
Secondly, we recommend our dieters use our nutrient-rich supplements to replace those normally found in foods restricted on the Ideal Protein protocol.
Third, we divide the program into four distinct phases designed to help you achieve your weight loss goals while developing balanced eating habits and smarter, sustainable lifestyle choices.
Ideal Protein is a medically developed weight loss method that targets fat loss while supporting lean body mass including muscles, bones and other tissues. Over 20 years of evolution have gone into the 4 phase Ideal Protein Protocol:
In Phase 1, you consume Ideal Protein products three times a day (breakfast, lunch, and bedtime snack). For dinner, you have eight oz. of lean protein (chicken, fish, beef, pork, or seafood), plus healthy veggies. This is to reduce your carbs and fat, and to stimulate healthy weight loss. Phase I lasts until you reach your weight loss goal.
In this phase, you eliminate the Ideal Protein food at lunch, and instead choose your own protein source with the help of your coach. Phase II typically lasts two weeks.
Weight loss stabilization. You will re-introduce moderate amounts of healthy fats and carbohydrates to your diet for 14 days (in the morning only) to gently awaken your pancreas and insulin secretion.
You will begin applying the smarter eating education taught by your personal weight loss coach. This knowledge will assist you in making smarter lifestyle choices after dieting.