Health & Wellness

Jan 5, 2011 12:11 PM by Shannon Newth (Great Falls)

"Ideal Protein" diet comes to Great Falls

Many diets promise to help you lose weight fast - but we've found one that also claims to decrease your use of certain medications. The News Station's Shannon Newth takes a look at Ideal Protein.

Louise Smith has been dealing with fibromyalgia for 20 years, but she's taking strong steps in easing her symptoms thanks to a new diet program.

The diet is known as Ideal Protein, and it was developed around 25 years ago in France, but has only been on the market for a few years in the states, and just four months in Great Falls.

It's one of just a handful of FDA-approved diet programs in the country.

Louise has seen those guaranteed results - after just 10 weeks on the program, she's lost 30 pounds, half of her weight-loss goal.

The program works in four phases, with the first phase accounting for about 90% of your total weight-loss goal.

The idea is to give the pancreas a rest from producing insulin.

Reese Riggin, a Great Falls chiropractor and nutritionist, explained, "When we take away carbs and reduce it significantly, the body then has to turn to its next fuel source, which is protein or muscle and then fat. By providing the body with protein, it allows the body to continue maintaining its healthy muscle and then the body goes to fat to burn."

Louise meets with Dr. Riggin once a week for a weigh-in.

And the benefits extend beyond the scale; since starting the program, Louise has reduced her pain medications by nearly 75%, plus she's able to exercise more due to shedding pounds.

She said, "Obviously I'd like to look better, but that's not my only purpose for doing it. I want to accomplish more in my life and be there for my grandchildren."

Start up cost for the program is 75 dollars, which cover all consultations. Meals average about $4 each.

An informational meeting about Ideal Protein will be held on Wednesday, January 5th, at 6 pm at Big Sky Chiropractic. For more information, call 454-2225. You can also visit the Ideal Protein website.

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