Ideal Protein At Innovative Aesthetics
Ideal Protein has been evolving for over 20 years. This medically developed weight loss protocol offers dieters what they really want a structured program that can put an end to constant dieting.The Ideal Protein protocol primarily promotes fat loss while supporting muscle mass, and naturally suppress your appetite.
It is scientifically engineered with proven results; it regulates insulin production, blood sugar levels and can help reduce cholesterol levels and obesity related medical problems. You are followed by medical professionals and weight loss coaches during your weight loss journey. Ask us how our medically developed dieting protocol can teach you to maintain your weight loss after dieting. Let us guide you in a journey to a healthier YOU!
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Why did you start the diet? My mom has diabetes and I have the same body type that she does. I knew that if I didn’t get my health under control then I was on my way to getting diabetes. I’ve seen her struggle with it and I don’t want that.
Which plan were you on? I wasn’t really on a plan. I had been trying but struggled with sticking to it.
What was your biggest struggle? Sugar… I’m a sweets addict.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? I took small road trips with my husband but we packed a cooler with food I could eat and I packed IP foods. I made it work.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted and Non-restricted. I have more than one. I really like the Caramel Vanilla protein bar and the Southwest puffs.
What is your go to recipe? The Mexican zucchini and beef..that one was pretty good!
How did this affect your family? My husband would eat the same thing for dinner but he did what he wanted the rest of the day.
Did you get off any medications? I wasn’t taking any
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Bread and Pasta…and probably not forever, just more of a once in a while kind of thing
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? Example IP products, exercise. I didn’t really work out during this, so keeping my healthy eating habits for sure.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? Nothing I can think of… I think this program is very effective.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. Self discipline and being held accountability. If you don’t have that then you won’t be successful. Being able to say no to those food urges is also very important.
Why did you start the diet? Because I knew I needed to lose weight and had to look at myself realistically instead of convincing myself I looked fine.
Which plan were you on? Phase I
What was your biggest struggle? Getting all the food in throughout the day.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? Several times. I would enjoy my vacations, but not over do it and get back on phase I when I’d get home to get back on track.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted and Non-restricted. I like a lot of them. I’d have to say chocolate chip pancakes and the caramel and peanut bars.
What is your go to recipe? I don’t have a “go to” recipe. I try to mix it up all the time.
How did this affect your family? My kids are grown, but recently my daughter brought me a pair of her jeans that were too small and gave them to me to wear!
Did you get off any medications? I wasn’t on any to begin with.
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Nothing. I choose my foods carefully now. I choose to eat no processed foods, I choose to cut down on my carbs, I choose to cut out dairy. These are choices I make and thanks to the people at IP and their encouragement they are now lifetime choices.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? Example IP products, exercise.
I’ve always exercised. It’s been a part of my life. Always been active. I allow myself a 10 lb. window from my goal weight and if I need to get in check I go back to phase I. I continue to fill up on veggies. My whole mindset about eating has changed. This is NOT a restrictive diet. It’s a lifestyle change.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? People need to know this is not a quick fix. Don’t think this is a diet of just drinking shakes. Learn to eat.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. Meet with your “diet coach” each week for the accountability. Even if you “cheated”. It only takes 21 days to make a habit and the results are the proof.
Why did you start the diet? Frankly I was tired of being tired and I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror. My 40th class reunion is next summer and I wanted to be the size I was in high school.
Which plan were you on? I’m currently on Phase 4 of the Ideal Protein diet, having graduated from phases1, 2, and 3.
What was your biggest struggle? Putting away all that meat! Meat isn’t my favorite. I ate a lot of stirfry and eggs.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? I went to Missouri to see my granddaughters for a few days, and then turned around and went to Denver with my sister so I was away from home base for well over a week, all while on maintenance. I made the smartest choices I could (in most cases), and traveled with shakes and drink mixes for when there were no smart choices. To be honest, I caved at Hard Rock Café in Denver and devoured a 1,00 calorie apple cobbler and ice cream dessert which I recovered from by jumping back into phase 1 for a couple of days.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted and Non-restricted. Non-restricted favorite: Blueberry, cranberry & pomegranate drink mix. Restricted favorite: Caramel and Peanut Bars
What is your go to recipe? I’m not a cook at all. My go to “recipe” is a chocolate shake.
How did this affect your family? My boyfriend was very supportive and ate low carb/high protein meals with me and lost 35 pounds himself! I take my teenage son to dinner once a week and he’s courteous in choosing restaurants where I can stay on plan. Sushi is our favorite!
Did you get off any medications? Yes! I was unhappily married to an insulin pump before the diet and got rid of the pump within just a few weeks of starting IP. My latest A1c was 4.8! I’ve never felt better, and no insulin!
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Peanut butter. Once I hit Phase 4, I really developed a taste for it. I learned that I can’t keep it in the house or I’ll eat half a jar from a spoon every other day! No willpower when it comes to PB.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? Example IP products, exercise. I didn’t join a gym until I reached phase 3 on IP. I try to go every other day and walk on the treadmill and lift some weights. I didn’t have the energy to work out until I’d shed A LOT of pounds. Now going to the gym energies me while helping me maintain my goal weight.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? Just keep up the great coaching! As painful as the photos were they made me see what I didn’t see in the mirror. So keep on keeping on!
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. Ideal Protein is so easy to follow and it works! Listen to your coach. The only person who wants your success more is you! I’m now below my high school weight and can’t wait to attend my class reunion!
Why did you start the diet? I had gained some weight since starting college. I went from working out nearly every day playing soccer in high school to not working out at all. Also college has been extremely stressful for me so the combination of the stress and lack of exercise lead to the weight gain, so I really wanted to loose that weight. My grandpa actually did Ideal Protein and was very successful so I knew the program worked and I knew I needed a program that held me accountable so Ideal Protein seemed like a perfect fit!
Which plan were you on? Phase 1
What was your biggest struggle? My biggest struggle was probably not eating the food at work when we would have potlucks or not eating food at a party (I started Phase 1 a week before grad party season). Also getting over the “hump” when you first start was a little hard for me because the first month I had a lot of cravings for different food that I missed but after about a month those cravings went away.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? Yes, I took quite a few weekend trips while on Ideal Protein phase 1. It was super easy to pack my Ideal Protein foods and depending where I was going I brought some of my own food for my dinner, or I could almost always find something to eat at a restaurant that was phase 1 approved.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted – Peanut butter bar. Non-restricted – A tie between the premade Mango drink and the premade Vanilla drink (which I always mixed with my Starbucks!)
What is your go to recipe? The apple oatmeal and cappuccino crisp cookies from Janeva’s cookbook, they definitely saved me a handful of times from going off plan!
How did this affect your family? It didn’t really affect my family at all. I only live with my boyfriend and he was incredibly supportive through the whole process. He helped me clean out the kitchen of food that wasn’t phase 1 approved the night before I started the diet and he ate what I cooked for myself most nights for dinner which also helped me stay on plan.
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Candy, pop, and traditional lattes/coffee drinks. I don’t think I will ever go back to drinking a traditional latte/frappuccino/macchiato from any coffee place. I love mixing my protein shake with espresso and making it a more filling meal/snack with less calories than a standard coffee drink.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? Even though I am now on maintenance I still eat very similar to if I were on Phase 1. I eat mostly low carb, and I hardly ever eat plain bread anymore. Eating low carb has been good for me because my stomach does a lot better when I’m not eating as much sugar (I had a lot of stomach problems/a really sensitive stomach before starting the diet and since starting the diet it has gotten a lot better). The biggest thing for me was learning how important it is to know exactly what you are eating and the best food to fuel your body with and that has made all the difference since I’ve been on maintenance. I will definitely be using, and have already found a lot of, example IP products, which have already helped me a great deal in maintenance.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? I loved the encouragement that Innovative Aesthetics provided throughout the whole process with having the Facebook page, challenges you could sign up for, and having a positive and supportive atmosphere really helped me be successful. Also I couldn’t thank Stephanie (my coach) enough for giving me the push I needed sometimes and keeping me on track making sure I was staying on plan and eating all my veggies and protein! Accountability is exactly what I needed to be successful and she was really good with that!
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. I think the biggest thing I would want people to take away is that as long as you follow the diet and do exactly what your coach says you will see results and consistently seeing results is so motivating! I also want people to take away from my experience that no matter how “busy” you think you are, you are never too busy to work on/improve your health. I was on phase 1 working two jobs and going to school full time in Iowa City, having to make trips back to Cedar Rapids every week or every other week for meetings with my coach. Even with a busy (sometimes insane) schedule like mine you can definitely make this work. I am so happy with how successful I was and I hope this encourages other people who think they are too busy to be on a diet to consider Ideal Protein at Innovative Aesthetics, because they are great at individually working with people depending on their needs/schedule.
Why did you start the diet? I had been gaining weight consistently since college (over 13 years), and had tried crash diets with exercise, but it did not last. I wanted a proven way to lose weight and keep it off. This diet appeared to have that success with many people, so I decided to give it a try.
Which plan were you on? I’ve been following the normal plan on phase 1 since mid-April 2017. I started on a higher amount of protein and an extra packet due to my weight, and have been consistently reducing down to the standard phase 1 plan as I have lost weight.
What was your biggest struggle? I would say going out to eat. I had to get used to prescribing to the wait staff exactly how I wanted my food prepared, and could not continue to go to some of my favorite restaurants. And pizza! And dairy! And sausage! I’ve always loved those, but had to give them up.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? Yes! Many times. I believe I’ve gone out of town every month since I started. When I stayed with family, it was easier, since I could buy food and prepare it there. However, when I went to a hotel destination, I had to prepare a lot more, bringing canned meats, vegetables in a cooler, etc. It worked out!
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product?
Favorite Restricted – Cookie Dough Swirl bar
Favorite Non-restricted – Nacho Dorados
What is your go to recipe? I would say my favorite recipe is one my wife makes. A Chicken fajita salad with Phase 1 approved seasoning on the chicken, onion, peppers, fresh salsa, tomatoes, and lots of lettuce. It’s the best!
How did this affect your family? It was difficult at first, because I was making major life changes. I was making time for preparing food and getting my walking in every day. I was spending a lot more time on myself then I usually did, not eating what the family eats, etc. I was able to make changes, such as doing my walking early in the morning (which is amazing because I’m traditionally not a morning person at all!). Over time, I’ve tried to work in healthier options for my family as well, to ensure we’re all eating better.
Did you get off any medications? I had high blood pressure, and I’m no longer on medication for that. I also was borderline diabetic, and was on medicine for that as well, but was able to remove that and my blood sugars have returned to normal.
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Super high carb foods with a high glycemic index. I don’t plan to go back to those, and this includes items with lots of sugar. Also avoiding highly processed foods. For a single item, I would say having a whole meal of pizza is no longer an option. It’ll have to be a piece or two supplemented with other healthier items.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I fully intend to keep my food as whole as possible! Avoid highly processed foods. And veggies will be a go to option for snacks. Also, for snacks, mixed nuts will probably be in my diet. I fully intend to start a CrossFit program when I finish my weight loss and get into maintenance. Complete lifestyle change.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? Continue to send the daily videos. There are great tips and education in these! Continue to be available to answer questions to those who are just getting started. I had quite a few!
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. I can’t stress this enough. Ensure you’re ready, and go all in. Make the decision to stick with it and you will see consistent results! Watch the videos and commit the topics to memory. Treat it like a full lifestyle change. Set intermediate goals along the way to enable celebrations as you go. And celebrate with something other than food! Or if it is food, make sure it is something you really enjoy and in a reasonable portion so you don’t regret it later. There are many other ways to celebrate success without setting you back!
Why did you start the diet? I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life and tried many different programs and methods to lose weight. I would lose a little, but would end up gaining it back and then some. I realized that I wasn’t living my life, but rather hiding away, ashamed, depressed, and hopeless. When I started, I just wanted to lose enough weight to get my life back – it was too overwhelming to think about the big picture. But, this program made me believe that getting to a healthy weight is actually possible. I’m so excited about where this journey is taking me!
Which plan were you on? Phase I
What was your biggest struggle? I’ve never been much of a cook; it was always easier to pick up fast food or something quick and easy which was usually overly processed and not healthy. So, adjusting to prepping and cooking took some time. But, now it is so worth it and not a struggle at all! I’ve figured out what works for me — taking time to cut up all my vegetables, make up several meals, and portioning out everything for the week at one time.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? Just weekend trips.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Non-restricted: Vanilla Krispie Square.
Restricted: Cookie Dough Swirl bar
What is your go to recipe? Get the cookbook!! In the winter, I like Janeva’s Zuppa soup, Unstuffed Cabbage Soup, Crack Slaw or casserole type dishes like Zucchini Lasagna and Pizza Burger Casserole. In the summer, I eat a lot of mason jar salads and grilled chicken/vegetables.
How did this affect your family? My family, friends, and co-workers are the absolute best — they have been so supportive! They’ve asked questions, tried new foods, made accommodations, and have been there every step of the way.
Did you get off any medications? Yes: 1 medication.
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Before IP, I would eat foods even if they didn’t taste all that great, but they were there or easy. So, I plan to eliminate those foods that are just not worth it. For example, I love sweets, but I’m going to implement a ‘Level 10’ only rule. If the food isn’t something I love, then I won’t eat it. If it is something I love, then I will only eat it in moderation.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? This is a complete lifestyle change — there is no way that I could go back to the way I used to eat and expect to maintain this loss. So, eating clean, staying away from processed foods, and planning/prepping/cooking meals will continue to be a priority for me. I know there will be some mistakes along the way, but it is a huge comfort to know this program and the people that I’ve met along the way will be here for me whenever I need it.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? No, I couldn’t ask for a better experience – everyone at the clinic is beyond supportive and I love the challenges, the Facebook support group, weekly samples, and ready-made salads. Can’t wait for the new location to open up! And it would be awesome to have another big party like we did at the Kirkwood Hotel — that was an amazing night!
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. This program completely changed my life! It has been a lot of hard work — not just the planning/prepping, but also the emotional and mental aspect of dealing with food and my weight. But, it is sooooo worth it… stay on protocol, be patient with yourself, don’t quit, celebrate every victory, and believe that your dreams can come true!
When did you start the diet? I started IP on January 8, 2015.
Which plan were you on? Ideal Protein plan, Phase 1
What was your biggest struggle? We all have different reasons for the extra weight. For me it was overeating. I love to cook and always made a meal for 8 to feed just 2 people. My biggest struggle was being satisfied after eating. I adopted a few practices that helped me overcome this struggle. Eating hot food kept me more satisfied, using salads to bulk up my meals, and ALWAYS drinking 16-24 oz. of water after consuming IP products helped.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? I reached my goal right before an all-inclusive vacation. Luckily I had adopted so many healthy behaviors in the 5 months on IP that I WANTED to make good choices and maintain my success.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Non-restricted: Herb and Cheese omelet! I’m not one of those people that can get by on a shake or Doppio and IP drink for breakfast. I needed something hot and filling. I still have the H&C omelet several times a week.
Restricted: This is tough; I avoided restricted most of the time for maximum results. However, the Carmel and Peanut Butter bar put in the freezer is a great treat!
What is your go to recipe? When I started IP I cooked something different every night for dinner for the first 4 weeks. I didn’t want to get bored and I love to cook so it was easy. So, I have a lot of go to recipes and for me it’s more about go to ingredients. Mine is frozen riced cauliflower. I use it to make mashed potatoes, fried rice, Spanish rice, stir fry, soups, and so much more.
How did this affect your family? Friends and co-workers were extremely supportive. My family took a while. They didn’t get it, the diet seemed confusing, and they thought I was losing too much weight. They came around and now we share recipes and I’ve helped many of them find healthy options to make some lifestyle changes. My mom even asked if I thought she could do IP. Absolutely!!!
Did you get off any medications? I didn’t take any prescription medications but I did take a few over the counter medications that I have no need for now. HEARTBURN was not my friend. I spent a small fortune on Zantac before starting IP. I had heartburn nearly every day before I started my IP journey. Within 2 days I was heartburn free!
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? I don’t know that I have eliminated anything from my diet forever. However, I consume very little processed food now and the first thing I read when buying food is the carb content.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I continue to use IP products every day. They are so convenient, easy, and I use the ones I enjoy. I also only cook enough food for our meal at dinner. This helps me avoid overeating and keeps dinner different every day so I don’t get bored.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? Have a veggie tasting workshop. It’s easy to get bored with fresh vegetables and the same 8 oz. of chicken every night. Trying new recipes will encourage people to try new things and offers a variety to people. Keep having Wild Tree workshops! I love them. We need another event like we had last year at the Kirkwood Hotel. It was a great time!
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. You’re worth it! Take advantage of all the support the IP community offers for motivation, ideas, struggles, and successes.
Why did you start the diet? I have struggled with weight loss for as long as I can remember. I tried so many different things. Sometimes with good results sometimes with bad. I always ended up gaining it all back though. This time I was almost 330 lbs. Way higher than I had ever been before. I needed a change. I had heard really good things about the Ideal Protein plan though and saw the changes myself in a friend of mine.
Which plan were you on? I believe I was on the standard plan.
What was your biggest struggle? Actually I did not find much of the plan to be a struggle. The IP foods are great and really easy to use. The plan is simple and easy to follow. I would have to say my hardest time was the first family BBQ I went to. It was really hard on me emotionally not to be able to enjoy some of the foods I used to. But it was well worth it.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? I did not go on vacation while on IP.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted and Non-restricted. Non-restricted is a tie between the maple oatmeal and the mug cake. For restricted I am actually going to go with the veggie chili. Soooo good!
What is your go to recipe? I think my most used recipe would have to be the buffalo chicken meatballs. Add spice to your life!
How did this affect your family? I was lucky and my partner did the diet with me. Teamwork definitely helped out.
Did you get off any medications? I was not on any medications when I started or now.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I still pay really good attention to what I eat. I love the food habits that this program has taught me. I have been really good so far at maintaining with diet alone but I have added some weight lifting to my life to take myself to that next level.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? Just keep being awesome. The coaches and staff at Innovative Aesthetics are so amazing. Not only have they helped me achieve something beyond my dreams but I feel like I have gained some really great friends along the way. Shout out to Lindsay, Stephanie K., and Brooke!
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. I think the true thing to realize about this program is not only will it for sure help you lose weight. It will give you the knowledge and ability to keep that weight off for the rest of your life. If life gives you a bump, Innovative will always be there for you!
Why did you start the diet? I started because I was in the unhealthiest place I had been in my life. I have 2 young girls, one of which has bad habits with eating and I knew that I was a huge influence on that. I was also very restricted in the physical activity I could take part in with my girls.
Which plan were you on? Ideal Protein Phase 1
What was your biggest struggle? No Diet Mt Dew! And I work at a pizza restaurant one night a week…pizza is my favorite so that was tough to stay away from. I was able to create my own IP version of a grilled chicken salad to have when I am there. Very thankful for the pizza crust recipe in Janeva’s cookbook so I could have my pizza once in a while.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? Not an extended vacation however, day trips, kid’s events and travel for work. I was able to plan/pack the right foods to be sure I stayed on protocol.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted and Non-restricted. Restricted: Double Chocolate Brownie, Non-restricted: Vanilla Crispy Square
What is your go to recipe? Crack Slaw
How did this affect your family? My family has been very supportive! My girls have been excited to help me prep my foods, organize my IP foods and have been very inquisitive of what kind of foods are good for me to have vs what is not. This has been very good for not only me, but my family as well.
Did you get off any medications? I did not get off any medications however, I have struggled off and on with high blood pressure…which has come down significantly. I also had very frequent migraines…at least 2-3 per month. I have had only 2 in the 7 ½ months that I have been on the program!
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I am looking forward to the next phases where I can incorporate exercise. I have learned a great deal about how to handle hunger in itself and learned that huge portions don’t do you any favors. I will likely continue on with some of the IP bars/snacks as we are on the go daily and these seem to be a pretty easy “grab and go”.
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? The support that I have received from Stephanie Kruse has been amazing! She is always so positive but yet will hold me accountable when I have not made the best choice.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. The longer you wait, the less likely you are to make a change! Believe in yourself and know that you are worth it!
Why did you start the diet? I didn’t want to be the next family heart attack!! My uncle and cousin both had heart attacks in 2014. My uncle had a triple by-pass and a year recovery.
Which plan were you on? Ideal Protein Phase 1
What was your biggest struggle? Thinking about all the food I couldn’t have. As I got closer to goal not giving into cheating.
Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? Yes, two weeks into it my brother had a heart attack/triple by-pass. Left the next morning and threw everything I had in a bag and hoped it lasted until I got back home. Vacationed in Florida, Las Vegas and Tennessee at Christmas while on plan. Just have to plan and keep the commitment while on vacation.
What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted and Non-restricted. Restricted: Cookie Dough Bar, Lemon Wafers
Non-restricted: Chocolate drink, Chocolate Chip Pancakes
What is your go to recipe? Unstuffed cabbage roll soup and Big Mac in a Bowl
How did this affect your family? My mother eats better; she still eats her sweets at night
What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Nothing that I know of maybe when I get to phase 4 I will find that trigger food item.
What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? Exercise, Jeneva’s cookbook, IP products
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? No changes just continue to support and understand we will make mistakes.
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. I started and stopped the plan twice. The third time starting was the charm. I guess I just decided it was time and my head was in. Not wanting to be the next family heart attack is a big motivator. You can only do this for yourself!!! If you do it for any other reason it will not last forever!!! Never be afraid to ask for help. One day there was a box of donuts at my office. I took a picture and sent it to Lindsay and she told me that I had the strength to stay out of them and sent me a cinnamon roll recipe from Janeva that I could have.
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