According to Dr. Tran Tien, “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.
Core Principles of Ideal Protein
To lose weight one must obviously consume fewer calories than are expended. However to specifically target fat loss we need to take into account the following factors:
The body has four compartments of energy from which it draws its metabolic needs:
- Blood glucose
- Glycogen (stored glucose)
The body draws on these reserves in a very specific order. First, the body burns the glucose in the blood and then reaches the glycogen reserves. Once the glycogen is exhausted, then and only then, will the body start burning muscle and fat compartments. If we replenish the glycogen (by eating carbohydrates) the fat burning stops until it is once again depleted. Therefore, in order to compel the body to live off of its own fat reserves, we need to restrict the consumption of sugars (simple and complex) until 100% of your weight loss goal is achieved.
How do we encourage the body to burn its fat reserves, but support its muscle mass reserves if both are depleted simultaneously?
The answer is to consume “high quality” protein which is the heart and soul of the Ideal Protein Protocol. Protein supports muscle, and muscle is needed to burn calorie. If you lose muscle when you diet, you will have reduced your body’s ability to burn calories post diet. In fact, many dieters on other diet programs gain back all the weight they’ve lost and often more because the focus was only on quick weight loss results without consideration for lean muscle preservation. Ideal Protein focuses on weight loss results AND your ability to maintain a stable weight after dieting. It’s why our food products contain an average of 15 grams of high quality protein and are low in carbohydrates (sugars) and fats.
Furthermore, our dieters use our nutrient-rich supplements such as Natura Multi-Vita, Natura Calcium & Magnesium and Natura Potassium, key ingredients in muscle building and electrolytes. These supplements replace those normally found in foods restricted on the Ideal Protein protocol.