Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Physical therapy today was a mass discussion on nutrition and a rather lively one at that. One of the women there just started a new diet called Ideal Protein. She says it has been popular in Canada for 2 years now and she got involved through her brother in law who lives in Canada.
It is a diet based on restricting all sugars simple and complex. The premise is that the human body will not lose body fat unless carbohydrates are eliminated. Per the Dr./Founder of this diet your body stores about 3 days worth of carbs. You have to restrict all sugars until the dieter reaches his/her goal weight. You have to eat 3 different protein paks the parent company provides daily and you get a free choice daily. She said Boar's head cold cuts were acceptable as they have less than 1.5 grams of fat per 6 oz. What cold cuts are healthy? She can also eat organic chicken, beef, and ham as her protein choice. She is very limited to vegetable choices mostly different lettuces and greens. She can also have 1.5 Tbsp of olive oil a day. She was told to expect to lose 30 pounds for the 1st couple of months (each month) and then 10 to 14 pounds months 3 and 4.
It cost her a $200.00 consultation fee and it will cost her $500.00 + a week just to buy their food and she still has to supplements it with other grocery products she buys at local grocery stores. That s the cost of her food alone and not her family's for a week. Is she nuts? Give me $500 a week and I will buy and cook the food and guarantee you will lose weight.
To me the whole protein thing just sounds like a offshoot of the Atkins Diet. Then as she was explaining how the diet works and how you get the products reminds me of a pyramid scheme.
That $200.00 consultation fee I mentioned earlier goes to her Brother in Law. He did the hour long consultation over the phone. She buys the products from him. Now you know he must be marking up the food he sells to her. She now has her Mother and sister here in the States on this diet with her. Her Brother in Law wants her to recruit more people. Her Brother in Law does not have any medical training.
Oh I left out the best part. She said she is not supposed to exercise because she might pass out. Her sister works as a waitress and her boss had to be told what she was doing in case she passed out at work. If she passes out she has to be given protein ASAP. My physical therapist asked her if she thought she might pass out during physical therapy sessions. She said she is going to have to stock up on sugar candies to give her in case she passes out. The woman said, No I can't have sugar candies.
Doesn't this sound like a nice safe diet you want to run out and join? I vote NO WAY!