Sparing Muscle and Burning Fat With The Ideal Protein Method
Ideal Protein recommends that you consume between 850 and 1000 calories per day while in phase 1 and 2. This amount of calories per day will ensure that you’re sparing lean tissue (muscles) by way of preventing gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis is the breakdown on lean tissue to make glucose for the energy your body needs to function. On Ideal Protein, we want to avoid this process in order to prevent loss of lean tissue. Here are some great ways to make sure you’re sparing your muscles and burning fat:
• Make sure you’re eating one (1) restricted food item per day. The restricted foods (bars, ridges, puffs, soy nuts, chili, spaghetti, oatmeal, pancakes, etc) are higher in calories and carbohydrates than the non-restricted foods (puddings, soups, drinks, omelet) and help keep your body interested in what you’re eating. The variation between non-restricted and restricted foods will boost your metabolism.
• Eat 8 ounces of cooked protein/dinner protein daily. Making sure you’re eating 8oz of whole protein per day will promote muscle sparing and fat burning. This also helps keep your basal metabolic rate (calories your body burns at rest to maintain normal body function) at a healthy level as you transition through the phases to maintenance. The 8oz equivalent for eggs is 4 whole eggs.
• Vegetables. We cannot stress enough the importance of eating enough vegetables daily. Measure out 2 cups for lunch and 2 cups for dinner and don’t forget the unlimited lettuces! Your body needs the fiber from the vegetables as well as the calories they provide. Eating the proper amount of vegetables will ensure your satiety and will help you reach the calorie requirements.
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