Ideal Protein incorporates low carb food intake for weight loss and for retraining your body to be more sensitive to insulin.
Here are some benefits of a low-carb lifestyle
- Increases energy
- Weight loss
- Can improve mental clarity, memory and concentration
- Eliminate mood swings
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve skin
- Help prevent type 2 diabetes
- Reduce or prevent high blood pressure
- Improve dental hygiene
- Prevent heartburn
- Prevents hunger pangs and cravings
Think of simple changes you could make to help reduce the carbs in your diet such as; eliminating sugary drinks, including processed fruit juices, sweet coffee drinks and deserts. Consider nuts and whole fruits and veggies for snacks instead of potato chips, crackers. Increase your vegetable intake and reduce your intake of bread and starchy foods at meals; an example of this would be to substitute zucchini or spaghetti squash for pasta.
A good grocery shopping behavior to adapt when going low carb is to stay out of the isles of processed foods and shop around the edges of the store where the “real food” hangs out such as meat, seafood and produce. While dairy is certainly a “real food”, it can contain a high percentage of carbohydrates, particularly sweetened yogurts or drinks etc.
If you are thinking of adapting a low carb lifestyle, please discuss it with your doctor and make sure to follow their recommendations. If you are ready to take the plunge into the Ideal Protein weight loss protocol please visit the Nutrition & Weight Management section of our website.