logo for integrative cardiologist Dr. Cynthia Thaik

Ideal Protein Diet vs. Keto Diet

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about ketogenic diets for weight loss. The idea behind these diets is that you can use food as a form of healthcare to promote holistic weight loss. The Ideal Protein Protocol and the ketogenic diet are two of the most talked-about weight loss programs right now. But what are the similarities and differences between Ideal Protein and the keto diet?

The Basics of a Ketogenic Weight Loss Program

The main goal of a ketogenic weight loss program is to reduce certain foods in your diet to encourage your body to reach a state of ketosis. This happens when your body starts burning fat instead of sugars. The fatty acids are transformed into ketones, which your body then uses for energy.

Studies show that a long-term ketogenic diet can be beneficial for people struggling with obesity. This is because it can help burn fat, which in turn reduces the risk of obesity-related health issues such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Research shows that a ketogenic diet may also help control seizures in people with epilepsy.

What is Ideal Protein?

The Ideal Protein Protocol is a doctor-designed weight loss program that focuses on food as medicine. Dr. Tran Tien Chanh co-founded the program over 25 years ago. Originally a GP and sports physician, he became interested in the link between nutrition and obesity-related health problems. Working with a team of healthcare professionals, he designed the Ideal Protein diet.

The main focus of the Ideal Protein Protocol is to limit the number of carbohydrates and high-fat foods you consume while maintaining a sufficient amount of protein. This medically supervised program has three phases that empower you to make healthy eating decisions so that you can lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle for the long term.

What is the Keto (Ketogenic) Diet?

The ketogenic diet involves restricting carbohydrates to encourage your body to go into a state of ketosis. The idea is that the fewer carbohydrates you consume, the fewer sugars there will be for your body to use as energy. Instead, your body will convert the protein and fats into ketones and draw energy from that.

Most people who implement the keto diet do so on their own. It is not a medically supervised program, so the onus is on the dieter to design their own low-carb meals and maintain the diet for as long as they wish. A typical keto diet includes plenty of proteins like red meat, poultry, and eggs.

What is the Difference Between Ideal Protein and the Keto Diet?

The main difference between the keto diet and Ideal Protein is the food. The keto diet aims to restrict carbohydrates, while allowing for protein. This includes animal products that can be high in fat. The Ideal Protein Protocol limits carbohydrates and high-fat foods, which can help you reach ketosis faster.

Many vegetarians have difficulty with the keto diet because there is a focus on foods that can be very high in animal fats and proteins. This is not a problem with the Ideal Protein Protocol because the program includes specially designed low-fat, low-carb food products with options for both vegetarians and omnivores.

Another difference between the two diets is the experience itself. The Ideal Protein Protocol is medically supervised, so you work with a healthcare professional who can guide you and offer motivation and support on your weight loss journey. They can also advise you on any potential health issues. The keto diet is individualistic, so you embark on it alone.

How Does the Ideal Protein Diet Work?

The Ideal Protein Protocol starts with a consultation with a registered dietician or healthcare professional. They will determine what your weight loss goals are and whether the program is a good fit for you. If so, they will help you design an action plan and guide you on how to execute it and what to expect.

There are three phases to the Ideal Protein Protocol. The first relies heavily on pre-packaged Ideal Protein snacks and meals including delicious shakes, protein bars, soups, and low-carb pastas. Phase two focuses on empowering you to build your own healthy low-carb, lean eating habits, and phase three is about implementing those habits into your everyday life.

Where Can I Find Ideal Protein Practitioners in Los Angeles?

Burbank Aesthetics Medical Spa is proud to be an Ideal Protein clinic offering this medically supervised weight loss program for patients in Burbank and the Los Angeles area. Here Harvard-trained holistic cardiologist Dr. Cynthia Thaik and her team of medical professionals are committed to providing you with compassionate care and guidance on every step of your weight loss journey.

We can assess your unique healthcare needs and determine whether the Ideal Protein Protocol is a good fit for you. We can help you design and implement an Ideal Protein diet that suits your lifestyle and offer guidance and support in maintaining the program. If you’re interested in learning more about Ideal Protein and other whole health solutions to help you live your fullest, healthiest life, please contact us today.


About the author

Dr. Cynthia Thaik, M.D., FACC is a Harvard-trained cardiologist serving the greater Los Angeles community at her holistic health center in Burbank and Valencia, CA. Dr. Thaik is the author of Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength, and Spirit from the Body’s Core. To learn more about Dr. Thaik or the Holistic Healing Heart Center, or to schedule an appointment, please contact info@drcynthia.com or call (818) 842-1410.

Resource Links