How do you know what choice to make when it comes to choosing a meal replacement or meal program? There are so many out there that you can get completely lost when you try to find the perfect one. But there are a few of these programs that are sort of the giants in the field: Nutrisystem, Shakeology and the program that we’re going to be looking at today ‘Ideal Protein’. In this Ideal Protein review, we’ll be examining the product in detail, investigating the claims that they make regarding effectiveness and giving you all of the information that you need to make a decision as to whether or not to make Idea Protein your top choice for a weight loss meal replacement program.
Ideal Protein Overview
Let’s look at Ideal Protein in a little more detail. Ideal Protein is pretty unique among all of the weight loss programs that are out there, primarily because it was designed by a group of medical professionals and is one of the few weight loss programs that your doctor would probably be okay with.
The program consists of four phases. Losing the weight is only the first phase. Their goal is to help you to lose 100% of your weight loss goal before anything else. After that, you’ll start the learning process to help you keep it off. You’ll develop a healthy relationship with food and understand how it affects your body, both positively and negatively.
The third phase of the program will help you change your lifestyle so that you not only have the right diet and are getting the proper nutrition, but you are also learning how to exercise and keep your body as healthy as it can be. Learning how to exercise properly is just as important as learning how to diet.
Finally, there is the fourth phase of the program. This is the maintenance phase. In this phase, you will be learning how to maintain your weight, basing everything on the tools that you were able to learn in the previous two steps.
The manufacturing company behind Ideal Protein is Pharmalab Inc., and they have been in business for more than 25 years. Ideal Protein was founded by Olivier Benloulou and Dr. Tran Dien Chanh, a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine in Paris, France. They co-founded Ideal Protein more than ten years ago. The company believes in promoting safe weight loss with an approach that is based in medical science, and combined with one-on-one mentoring of dieters so that they can have the success that they have always wanted. The company is in good standing with the Better Business Bureau and seems to be pretty solid.
Unfortunately, one of the problems that I had with this company is that they refuse to list their ingredients on their website. However, by digging into the research and finding another user who posted the ingredients listed on their bottle, we were able to come up with this list.
- Milk Protein Concentrate
- Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali
- Skim Milk
- Whey Protein Isolate
- Natural and Artificial Flavor
- Sodium Caseinate
- Sea Salt
- Xanthan Gum
There are a few issues with these ingredients. One problem is that milk protein concentrate, which normally comes from skim milk, is a very low quality protein source. It is cheaper of course, which is probably why Ideal Protein is using it. The product does contain whey protein isolate, which is made from the fermentation of cheeses, and it is easy to digest, helps you feel full and contains the entire range of amino acids that you need.
Science behind Ideal Protein
Unfortunately, even though Ideal Protein was developed by medical professionals, there is no real science behind their products. Or to put it more accurately, the science behind their products are things that everyone already knows about weight loss.
For example, the protocol that Ideal Protein developed focused on two different components of weight loss: the actual weight loss and teaching you how to live a healthier lifestyle. When it comes down to it, you could replace Ideal Protein with literally any other diet plan out there, because it is just a meal replacement program, and you could do that yourself.
The problem is, the meal replacement isn’t backed up by science at all in this case, because a full set of meals from Ideal Protein ends up being around 1200 calories a day, which not only gives you no energy to work out, it also sends your body into survival mode.
What Results People Get
There are some testimonials that are listed on the Ideal Protein website. They are actually pretty encouraging, with everyone speaking in a video about how they were able to lose weight with the program. However one of the issues that we think is fairly significant with this company is that there are only those 3 testimonials that are listed on their own website and a couple scattered across the internet.
For as large as this company is, and as many people as they have claimed to help, they should have a lot more people singing their praises. My guess would be that this program doesn’t work for everyone and the video testimonials on the website may even have been paid for.
There are a few testimonials out there on the internet, including some forms where people claim to have had success with Ideal Protein. These seem to be legitimate testimonials.
There are no proven side effects that you’ll get from the ingredients of the shakes and meal replacements. However, there is a chance that you’ll end up feeling irritable, tired and depressed if you use Ideal Protein, because you aren’t getting enough calories.
Value & Pricing
The pricing for Ideal Protein varies based upon phase of the program that you are in. Basically, you’ll pay a daily price, which will be totaled for the entire phase of the program. Phase one has a total price of around $500 for all of the meal supplements that you will need. The other phases are shorter, so the price is lower, but the bottom line here is that you are going to spend a great deal of money and not get much in return.
It is definitely not possible to recommend Ideal Protein to anyone that is looking to lose weight. There are quite a few companies out there that offer better meal replacement products, ones that are backed up by science and actually give you the calories that you need to do healthy things like exercising and getting through your day.
Ideal Protein seems to exist for a singular purpose, and that is, to sell you meal replacement products that don’t have any particular uniqueness when it comes to nutrition or weight loss. The company certainly doesn’t have that many satisfied customers that have taken the time to post about it, and it is likely that many of the people who have tried Ideal Protein have given up on the program during the first phase because they weren’t getting enough calories. the bottom line is, there are lots of better choices out there when it comes to meal replacement products.