It is a widespread notion that excess consumption of carbohydrates leads to weight gain. Due to this, there has been a considerable rise in high protein low carbohydrate weight loss diet plans. As the name suggests, the aim of these diet plans is to lose weight by reducing the intake of carbohydrates and increasing that of proteins. The 'Ideal Protein Diet' is a plan inclusive of just the right amount of required proteins and very little carbohydrates. The diet plan was created by Dr. Tran Tien Chanh.
An Overview on Ideal Protein Diet Plan
According to Dr. Chanh, weight gain or weight problems in general occur due to dysfunctional use of insulin. This abnormal functioning of the insulin occurs due to over consumption of carbohydrates, sugar, and saturated fat. Therefore, it is essential to cut down these foods from the diet, and, rather, concentrate on consuming proteins. One of the highlights of the plan is consuming protein powders, supplements, and products specially meant for this diet. The diet consists of four phases, inclusive of a large number of options like fruits and vegetables, lean meats, lean dairy, protein snacks. The diet is planned such that weight loss occurs, without losing lean muscle mass.
When following this diet, you have to use their specifically designed products like protein bars, shakes, soy products, soups, pancakes, cereal, etc. The food is healthy, tasty, and versatile. You are also assigned an ideal protein coach who will guide you through the diet plan. If followed properly, this diet plan successfully helps in weight loss and controlling diabetes. But before that, there are certain things that need to be taken into consideration.
Potential Side Effects
The potential side effects mentioned here can only be observed if the diet is followed improperly and for a long time. Not everyone experiences all the negative effects mentioned here. In most of the cases, the diet is safe and no side effects are observed.
In some people, a sudden change in the diet plan can lead to minor digestive problems like abdominal discomfort, constipation, and nausea in the initial days. This is temporary, and usually does not lead to severe health concerns. Another possible side effect is that the diet can cause a state of ketosis due to increase in the number of ketone bodies in the body.
It should be noted that not all carbohydrates are bad, and not all of them lead to weight gain. Only refined carbohydrates, when consumed in excess, cause weight gain. In fact, carbohydrates are essential for energy. Therefore, people having a diet that is low in carbohydrates may experience low energy, fatigue and weakness. It is often argued that the amount of carbohydrates mentioned in this diet plan is not adequate for providing sufficient amount of energy.
If the level of proteins in the body rises in the body, the kidneys have to work harder to get rid of the waste products of protein metabolism. This can lead to severe kidney problems in people who already suffer from disorders of the kidneys. However, no such cases are observed in people following the ideal protein diet.
Keeping these things into consideration, note that:
► This diet is a short-term weight loss diet. Although it comprises healthy eating options, it is not meant to be followed for a longer period.
► Secondly, the diet is to be followed only in the prescribed manner and under the guidance of the Ideal Protein coach. Therefore, it is recommended to consult the coach, or nutritionist or your doctor before subscribing to this diet plan.
► People suffering from chronic health conditions, taking prescription medication, following any health diet, those who are less than 18 years of age, or more than 60 years of age, etc., should consult the doctor before following any weight loss diet plan.
► Lastly, note that although this diet is effective and can successfully aid in weight loss, it is not to be used as an alternative to following a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle.
All in all, this is one of the most effective, and a relatively safe diet plan. As mentioned above, most of these side effects are observed if the diet is followed for a longer duration and without proper knowledge. As a word of caution, it is always helpful if you consult your doctor before subscribing to any diet plan. Take care!