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The words “weight loss” are often synonymous with diet and exercise. However, with the Ideal Protein method, high intensity exercise is not recommended during the initial phases of the protocol. It may seem counterintuitive at first, but once dieters understand the science behind the protocol, it makes perfect sense. Read on to find some do’s and don’t when it comes to Ideal Protein exercise.

Why not exercise?

First, one must understand the Ideal Protein program is a low calorie diet that replaces bad food with proper nutrition to burn fat using stored fat or fat stores. During phase one through three of the protocol, the ultimate goal is to lose weight without muscle loss, which occurs when glucose is produced. High impact exercise demands glucose, which makes exercise counterproductive to the goal of burning fat. Protecting the muscle is critical as the body transforms from a sugar burner to a fat burner. So, during phases one through three, we do not recommend high intensity exercise, as it would be counterproductive. Instead, we recommend safe exercises as outlined below.

What are considered safe exercises on Ideal Protein?

Exercises like body movements, gentle yoga, and light stretching are all great ways to be active without the intensity of a cardio workout. Low impact exercise can correct overweight posture with corrective movements that teach the body to realign. Try not to overexert. If you can carry on a conversation during exercise, you are at the right pace.

What fitness resources are available?

As part of the Ideal Protein commitment to clients, #IdealProteinFitness is a series of instructional videos designed to encourage movement, specifically for phases one through three. Available on the client portal or the IdealSMART app, the fitness program’s main focus is to educate and encourage dieters to incorporate gentle movement, good posture, and light stretching into a daily routine. Check out some of our other favorite videos below.

This clinic has a certified trainer who demonstrates various movements and stretches specific to phase 1-3.

Be sure to also check out:

  • Light Yoga for Beginners – Simple, low-impact yoga poses to improve posture and increase blood flow.
  • Planking for Beginners – A simple and quick way to stretch and strengthen the body core. This video demonstrates how to plank for beginners and beyond.
  • Pilates for Beginners This is a series of pilates sessions designed for beginners. The routines incorporate stretching for posture improvement and over all mobility.
  • Posture Stretch with Miranda Esmonde – This retired ballerina demonstrates low impact stretches to reverse the aging process and improve posture.

When to exercise on Ideal Protein?

Start the day with simple movements that get the blood flowing. Watch a quick exercise video and stretch before breakfast. If mornings don’t work, take a walk after dinner. For dog owners, make it a habit to walk the dog at least twice a day. If there is no time for exercise, park around the block or take the stairs for a few extra steps. It’s all about the little changes! As part of the program, it is very important to journal each day’s activities to include exercise routines, steps, and energy levels.

In addition to weight loss, Ideal Protein’s healthier lifestyle education provides the tools and resources necessary to remain successful moving forward. If you love exercise and time at the gym, remember the first three phases are temporary and you can resume fitness routines in the maintenance phase of the plan. If you have questions about fitness recommendations or Ideal Protein exercise do’s and don’ts, talk to your coach or contact us at Ideal Body Chiropractic and Nutrition.