Foraging Ahead

Maria demonstrating how to make keto bread and keto ice cream.

Quick dinner using the grill pan: in butter, crisped romaine lettuce leaves, halved cherry tomatoes, ground mizithra cheese (like a salty parmesan) and walnuts. Salad arranged with added crumbled huntsman cheese, olive oil and powdered Himalayan pink sea salt. 

What is the ideal protein diet? Is it healthy to be on it?
Anonymous

Ah, the Ideal Protein diet. I have very mixed feelings on this. I did start out on this diet. I was completely lost and only knew I had to do SOMETHING to get rid of my big gut. Which I eventually realized was my prize for developing Metabolic Syndrome. (My high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and big gut were related…) The IP diet is very effective and it worked for me to lose 30 pounds rapidly and reduce my blood pressure (but I didn’t reduce it all the way until I went on a LCHF diet). If you need to just get started, I’d say do it for a few months and see how it goes for you. You will lose a lot of weight and your other health markers like blood pressure and blood glucose levels will begin to improve.

It is a ketosis diet. You will convert to burning ketones instead of glucose. Meaning it is low carb but it is also very low calorie and very low fat. Which means your intake is a lot of protein but due to the restricted calories not excessive protein. The body definitely goes into burn mode - fatty liver and fat in the abdomen seem to go first, and oddly fat in the neck goes too.

However, I disagree with their low fat approach. I went off the diet after 3 months.  I did continue to eat low carb and stayed in ketosis. and continued to lose weight but I added fat foods and more calories back in. A low fat plus low carb diet is called “rabbit starvation” ( a human eating like a rabbit) and for me it caused something very painful - bile acid diarrhea which burned my skin. As soon as I ate more fat that went away. Not everyone gets that reaction. They do offer a higher fat protocol if needed but you have to ask for it.

Their diet foods also contain a lot of sucralose which I am not sure about. They also recommend a line of products to cook with for your one on-your-own-meal that are very artificially low fat, low carb, low calorie. Chemical soups. Icck.

Also if you have FODMAPs issues, most of their food fills you up by adding in inulin which is an indigestible fiber. Fine for most people and I semi-tolerated it but I have IBS  issues so it isn’t great for me. And the foods are not set up to be gluten free. If you have celiac or gluten intolerance issues (or FODMAPs issues, wheat has fructans), you’ll have to primarily stick to their drinks.  

So my recommendation is to go for it. It will get you started and you will have the weekly support of the IP counselor. But then educate yourself on LCHF (low carb high fat) so you can continue on your own. LCHF is not something to be done just to lose weight - once a person develops insulin resistance, it is a lifetime maintenance diet.  The best information I have found is here: http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf

Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half and broiled with powdered parmesan cheese and powdered pink Himalayan salt. 

Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half and broiled with powdered parmesan cheese and powdered pink Himalayan salt.