What we eat on the Ideal Protein Diet
What's on the Ideal Protein Diet?

In addition to the seafood, meat, vegetables and salad that you’ll provide, you will enjoy the Ideal Protein line of instant protein packets. Here’s a sampling of what’s currently available. (More products are being added all the time!)

The protein packets are quick and easy -- just add water and shake! (Some require heating or refrigeration.)

Enjoy these scrumptious Ideal Protein foods:

• Omelets, Pancakes, Muffins and Oatmeal
• Puddings, Gelatin, Yogurt
• Cold fruit-flavored drinks

• Hot drinks – Chocolate and Cappuccino
• Chili and Spaghetti
• Protein Bars and Snacks


Each packet contains one serving. On average, each serving consists of 18 grams of protein and 2 grams of carbohydrate. Sweeteners include sucralose and acesulfame-potassium (“Ace-K”).

The Protein Blends used in each product may consist of combinations of milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, lactoserum protein isolate, calcium caseinate, soy protein isolate, albumin (egg white protein), and hydrolyzed collagen.

All products are vegetarian – even the “chicken” soup and the “meaty” chili!

The Four Phases of the Ideal Protein Diet

The Ideal Protein Diet consists of 4 phases. Phase 1 is the primary weight loss phase. You will stay on Phase 1 until you have lost about 80% of the weight you wish to lose.

Phases 2, 3, and 4 are designed to gently bring your body back to regular, nutritionally-balanced eating without the Ideal Protein packets and supplements.

Understanding Phase 1

During Phase 1, you’ll have 3 Ideal Protein packets per day. Some folks with special dietary needs may be advised to have a 4th packet each day during an initial period.

In addition to the protein packets, you’ll need to eat plenty of vegetables and lettuce greens along with some lean meats, poultry, and seafood. Plan to drink lots of water, use sea salt, and add some olive oil to your diet on a daily basis.

Important Note: There is a “personalized” version of the Ideal Protein Diet tailored to the special needs of those who are under Doctor’s care for specific medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, immune disorders, and obesity.

Following is the suggested meal plan for Phase 1.

Ideal Protein Packets
Breakfast 1 Serving of Ideal Protein + Coffee or Tea Omelet, Pancake, Muffin, Oatmeal *

1 Serving of Ideal Protein + 2 cups Vegetables + unlimited lettuce greens

Soup, Chili, Spaghetti*,
Hot Drink, Cold Drink

200g of Lean Seafood or 150g of Lean Meat
+ 2 cups Vegetables + unlimited lettuce greens

Snack 1 Serving of Ideal Protein

(2 Servings for some who may need more.)

Pudding, Gelatin, Protein Bar, Soy Nuts, Yogurt, Hot Chocolate, Cappuccino, Fruit-Flavored Drink *
Other Salt + Water (minimum 2 quarts or 2 liters)
+ 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil. Vitamin/Mineral Supplements

* Some of the Ideal Protein packets have a few more calories and carbohydrates than others. You are restricted to “one per day” of the following packets: Protein bar, Pancake, Oatmeal, Soy Nuts, Chili, and Muffin. For the Spaghetti, you are further restricted to not more that 1 packet every 2 days. (These restrictions apply to Phases 1 and 2 only – not to Phases 3 and 4.)



Lean Meats
  • Beef: Tenderloin, rib eye, flank steak, rump steak, roast beef, filet mignon or tournedos, extra-lean ground beef, shank.
  • Pork: Pork tenderloin, fat-free cooked ham.
  • Veal: Cutlet, tenderloin, shank, inside round steak, breast, shoulder, rib.
  • Poultry: (skinless) chicken, guinea fowl, turkey.
  • Other: Deer, moose, rabbit, ostrich meat, frog’s legs, heart, liver, sweetbreads, kidneys.

Lean Seafood

  • Fish: Bass, haddock, anchovy, catfish, pike, walleye, smelt, swordfish, halibut, gudgeon, monk fish, sea bass, whiting, hake, cod, perch, skate, shark, cat shark, Atlantic John Dory, sand pickerel, redfish, sole, tuna (except red tuna); trout, turbot, red snapper.
  • Seafood: Squid, crab, shrimp, lobster, oysters, crawfish, scampi, mussels, clams, and scallops (4 large).


Asparagus, Swiss chard, broccoli, celery, celeriac, mushrooms, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage (pakchoi, bok choy), kale, curly kale, red cabbage, sauerkraut, cucumbers, dill pickles, zucchini, endive, fiddleheads, algae, watercress, spinach, fennel, soybean sprouts, all types of lettuce, alfalfa, field greens, turnip, green onions, raw onions, hot peppers, sorrel, leeks, cooked red bell peppers, cooked green bell peppers, radicchio, radish.

Vegetables limited to twice per week (because of higher carbohydrate counts)

Eggplant, Brussels sprouts, palm hearts, wax beans, green beans, snow peas, and tomatoes. (Note: These restrictions apply to Phases 1 and 2 only – not to Phases 3 and 4.)


Garlic, lemon, spices, fines herbs, ginger, hot mustard, hot sauce, soy sauce, Tamari sauce, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar.

Essential Vitamins and Minerals

  • Multi-Vitamin (1 per day with food)
  • Calcium-Magnesium tablets (4 per day; 2 at dinner + 2 at bedtime)
  • Potassium-Calcium tablets (1 per day)
  • Sodium: Add the equivalent of one teaspoon of salt per day to your lunch and supper. Sea Salt is highly recommended.
  • Additional vitamins and minerals may be suggested to address specific needs.