Ideal Protein

Why December is the Best Time to Start Ideal Protein

Our Irving clinic is proud to offer Ideal Protein, a medically assisted weight loss program, which focuses on reducing carbohydrates and adding healthy, lean protein to help you lose weight. Weight loss is achieved through a natural process known as ketosis, where the body burns fat as fuel due to an absence of insulin production.

If you’ve never tried Ideal Protein or have tried it in the past and want to come back, December is the best time! Our program is running a number of specials to get you back into the Ideal Protein spirit.

First of all, we’re offering our New Year’s Resolution 21 Day Reboot special. The 21 Day Reboot is only for dieters who have reached phase 4 and wish to get a quick clean up to start 2017. Perfect for losing weights after a very filling holiday season, this reboot offers 21 days of weight loss:

  • 14 days of phase 1 dieting, where most dieters lose most of the weight
  • 3 days of phase 2 to transition you out of ketosis
  • 4 days of phase 3 to re-introduce you to certain carbohydrates
  • Finally, phase 4, where you will learn how to maintain a healthy weight.

This offer is available until December 31.

If you’ve never been on Ideal Protein before, you can try our medically assisted weight loss plan for a little bit less. You can save $100 on membership if you sign up any time during the month of December. Ideal Protein helps you lose weight in a safe and healthy manner, and with a discount for signing up, you can spend less to lose more!

So why decide to sign up for Ideal Protein in December? Here are a few more reasons:

  • Get an early start on your New Year’s Resolutions

Why wait until 2017 to start losing weight? Ideal Protein can help you lose weight quickly. On average, our dieters lose around 2-5 pounds per week, some even more.

  • Ideal Protein still lets you eat great food

Our coaches will help you figure out what foods you should eat and what you should avoid. Unlike many diets, Ideal Protein lets you eat normal foods, including a lot of holiday favorites, like turkey!

  • No time like the present to start your weight loss journey!

While Ideal Protein lets you lose weight quickly and consistently, it will take time to achieve the results you want. Why not start now and start looking great early on in 2017?

 

If you are ready to get started with Ideal Protein, give us a call at 972-823-6411 or talk to your doctor at Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving to see if Ideal Protein is right for you!

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Diet Sodas May Not Be Diet Friendly After All

Scientists have gone back and forth on studies about diet soda. Some studies say that drinking diet sodas helps keep weight off, while other studies claim that they are linked to obesity and overeating. The conflicting results of studies can make it difficult for the average dieter to decide whether switching to diet drinks or taking sodas out of their diet altogether is the better choice.

The latest study on the matter helps to explain why results on other studies have been so confusing. Focusing on how the body digests diet sodas and the artificial sweeteners, the study revealed that the substitute sweeteners in these drinks may alter the way the stomach’s natural bacteria processes food. The study specifically used mice to test the changes of the bacteria to sweeteners commonly found in diet sodas, like saccharine and sucralose, and then tested on people. Very few people reacted to the sweeteners, but enough did to make this a possible avenue for future research.

Researchers fed the mice large amounts of the artificial sweeteners and then compared the results to mice fed regular sugar. The mice were able to process the sugar regularly, but the artificial sweeteners changed both their gut’s bacteria and their overall metabolism. Mice were used in the trials because, like humans, mice have specific bacteria that are used to help digest food that other creatures cannot.

The artificial sweeteners changed the mice’s bacteria, killing off one group called Bacteroides and promoting the growth of another type of bacteria called Clostridiales. This same change in bacteria type has also been observed in individuals with diabetes. However, the study of digestive bacteria is still in its infancy and researchers caution making definite conclusions.

Still, when scientists tested the effects of artificial sweeteners on a small group of people, 4 out of the 7 individuals showed elevated blood sugar and metabolic change that is often associated with weight gain and pre-diabetes.

So while no definite conclusions can be drawn yet from the study, it might be worth noting that if you’re struggling with your diet and still drinking diet sodas, it might be worth cutting them out of your everyday life and see if that helps. And if you need any further help with your dieting, ourIdeal Protein clinic can help you change your lifestyle and lose weight in a healthy and consistent way!

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White Bread: Two Slices You Could Cut

Who remembers growing up and eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch at school? Or a ham and cheese sandwich? You probably cared more about what was between the two slices of bread than the bread itself, but nutritionists now caution that white bread may be more than just a means to transport filling: it may bring about unwanted calories and carbohydrates.

In a presentation given to the European Congress on Obesity, Professor Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez made the case against white bread. A single serving of white bread (two slices) contains about 190 calories by itself, two grams of fat, 37 grams of carbohydrates, and three grams of sugar. Conversely, 100% whole grain bread contains 30 fewer calories, 30 grams of carbohydrates, and 4 grams of sugar.

Of course, Professor Martinez-Gonzalez was quick to point out that eating white bread will not necessarily make you unhealthy. In fact, all studies conducted on the matter have shown that eating white bread and gaining weight only have a loose association. And in 2012, a study conducted by the British Nutrition Foundation showed that most health concerns about white bread were exaggerated. However, nutritionists point out that cutting a serving size of bread in half can help with your daily nutrition. Sometimes, every little bit helps when you’re considering your diet!

If you’ve ever considered changing your diet, consider talking to one of the coaches at MSCI’s Ideal Protein clinic. Our experienced coaches will help you get back on track to health by helping you make smart changes to your diet. Consider making an appointment today and discover a new way to look at your health.

Benefits of Moderate Weight Loss: Weight Loss in Middle Aged Women

A recent study published in The Journal of the American Heart Association has linked moderate weight loss to some serious health benefits in middle aged women. The study included 417 middle-aged women over a two year period who maintained a weight loss of 10% or more of their body weight.

While many people understand the benefits of healthy weight loss, the new study reveals overlooked benefits in middle-aged women: lower LDL levels, higher HDL levels, lower triglycerides, lower blood glucose, and lower inflammation markers. Furthermore, women who had the highest risk factors at the beginning of the study also received the most benefit from weight loss. Most people who have dealt with cholesterol problems in the past should be excited about these findings; the higher HDL (commonly called good cholesterol gets and the lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, the better for many of us.

The average weight for women in this study was 200 pounds with the average age of 44.

Weight loss is an important issue facing many individuals. The study noted that middle aged women—in particular women who have had multiple pregnancies, are transitioning to menopause, or working sedentary jobs, commonly gain weight around this point in their lives. However, a 10% reduction in weight over two years can have important health benefits.

For those interested in weight loss programs, MSCI’s Ideal Protein program might be just what you need in order to reach your weight loss goals this year. While not for everyone, Ideal Protein gives many individuals an avenue to reach their weight loss goals in a healthy and medically-supervised manner. Ask your doctor today about Ideal Protein and if the program is right for you.