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FAQs

How much does this program cost?
What does the initial fee include?
Is the food covered under the LINK card?
Do I have to attend an info session to get started?
Why do I need to attend an information session?
Why do I have to meet with a health coach weekly?
How does “being hungry” affect my weight loss?
I only had one piece of cake. But I didn’t cheat the rest of the week. Why didn’t I still lose weight?
What does the *RR mean on the food order invoice?
Should I exercise?
What kinds of toning exercises should I do?
I’ve been taking kickboxing classes for months, do I have to stop?
Why can’t I have alcohol on Phase 1?
Will the supplements upset my stomach?
Does this diet provide too much protein? Isn’t that bad for my kidneys?
Can I eat fruit?
Can I chew sugarless gum?
I can’t eat anymore Lettuce…..How am I going to do this in maintenance?
Will I ever be able to eat “regular” food again?
Can you go out to eat on this diet?
Is there aspartame in your products?
Does the food taste good?

 

How much does this program cost?
We have an initial fee of $150 and then the average cost of the food is between $90-$120 per week. Your supplements average out to be just under $2.00 per day.

What does the initial fee include?
The initial fee, is a one-time fee that includes the fee to join, the ability to purchase product on an ongoing basis and the ability to meet with your health coach weekly to establish your progress, (all the way until you hit your goal). 

Is the food covered under the LINK card?
No, unfortunately they do not and there is no insurance that currently covers the cost, as well. Any medical visit or labs will be covered under your normal insurance.

Do I have to attend an info session to get started?
We do ask you to attend an informational session unless your schedule just does not allow, we will arrange something one on one. We hope that one of our times works for your schedule.

Why do I need to attend an information session?
So you can learn about the program, how it works, what results you can expect, what is required on your part and if it is the right program for you.

Why do I have to meet with a health coach weekly?
Research has shown that meeting with your coach weekly greatly improves your success in reaching your goal weight and also keeping the weight off after you have completed the program.

How does “being hungry” affect my weight loss?
Try to think of “being hungry” as a good thing. When we feel those hunger pains that means our body is definitely in the fat burning mode. To help lessen those pains try to drink more water and make sure your meals are no more than 4 hours apart.

I only had one piece of cake. But I didn’t cheat the rest of the week. Why didn’t I still lose weight?
Your body best burns fat when it is in ketosis. When you feed your body carbohydrates, especially simple carbohydrates paired with fats your body will not burn fat. Eating the cake is a prime culprit of the “no no” combination of high carb high fat with little to no essential nutrients. The best thing we can do in this situation is get back on track right away with our phase 1 diet.

What does the *RR mean on the food order invoice?
The double R on the invoice means that food is “double restricted” and should only be consumed a couple of times per week. The *RR foods have even more calories and carbs per serving in them than the regular restricted foods.

Should I exercise?
For most people, yes. It is important for your overall health to keep moving. It is important that your heart rate does not become too high during exercise while on phase 1 of the program because you risk burning muscle mass. We recommend walking and light strength training at an intensity that you can still carry on a conversation. Maintaining your lean muscle mass will help you keep the weight off once you reach maintenance because your resting metabolism, is in large part impacted by your muscle mass. We have strength training programs that are appropriate for phase 1 that we can give you.

What kinds of toning exercises should I do?
There are a lot of possibilities. Yoga and Pilates are safe choices, along with exercises using light weights, a stability ball, resistance bands, and your own body weight. Focusing on core strength is always a good idea and can often help with chronic back pain. See your health coach for specific exercises.

I’ve been taking kickboxing classes for months, do I have to stop?
We would advise for you to take a break from this while on Phase 1 as the intensity for this class is too high. Try replacing this with something less intense, like a yoga class or lower intensity bike ride.

Why can’t I have alcohol on Phase 1?
The process of burning ketones takes place in your liver. When there is alcohol in your system the liver will process that first and stop processing ketones until the alcohol is removed from the your system. Alcohol also causes your blood sugar to drop. Since you already have low amounts of sugar in your system this could cause dizziness or you may even faint.

Will the supplements upset my stomach?
It is best to take the supplements as we suggest, with your meals and with food. If you realize you cannot do the supplements in the morning, you can move them to another meal of the day or take before bed time.
If you realize you just aren’t tolerating the supplements, please talk to your health coach and perhaps an alternative can be found.

Does this diet provide too much protein? Isn’t that bad for my kidneys?
The diet does not provide too much protein. It provides the right amount of protein to maintain muscle mass, keep you vital and supplies all of the essential amino acids in the best way possible (the least amount of calories with high biological value protein and good taste)!

Can I eat fruit?
Fruit is not permitted on the phase one portion of the diet. The fruit will not make you gain weight but can slow down the weight loss and even prevent you from losing.

Can I chew sugarless gum?
Not recommended as sugarless gum could also contain carbs and sugar. You are better off not chewing it.

I can’t eat anymore Lettuce…..How am I going to do this in maintenance?
Try mixing up the lettuce. Make your salad different every day! Use lettuce to wrap around your animal protein instead of eating it in a bowl or a plate.

Will I ever be able to eat “regular” food again?
Yes, you will have ‘regular” food again, keeping in mind you will be practicing portion control and serving sizes. You will need to adopt a healthy lifestyle to become more aware of unneeded calories, carbs, fats and sugars and identify any emotional eating patterns.

Can you go out to eat on this diet?
As we know not all restaurants list their nutrition facts on their menus, but many of them do list their nutrition facts online. So if you are going out to eat it would be best to look up the nutrition information ahead of time. Many restaurants prepare their food with extra fat. If the nutrition information is not available you may eat out but go to a place where you know you can get meat and vegetables, or at least a salad with meat and some vegetables on it. We have a quick reference restaurant guide at the Transformations clinic for some suggested places to eat out at. Just ask your health coach for a copy.

Is there aspartame in your products?
No, there is no aspartame in our products. Many of products do contain sucralose which is an artificial sweetener that sweetens our puddings, shakes and some of the restricted snacks too. You may also do the program without doing sucralose too. Even someone who is lactose intolerant or ingest milk products can also the program. This is one of the reasons that Ideal Protein has created so many different products and they also offer the “cleanest” dietary products today.

Does the food taste good?
The Ideal Protein food really does taste good. It was created and developed by a chef with a range of flavors, textures and kinds of food and drink mixes. So we just know you’ll find your favorite.

Send us an email to weightloss@christieclinic.com or call us at 366-7460 if you have any other questions otherwise we can speak with you at your informational session.

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