Dr. Zumbado’s Lifestyle Community employs the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method,
a medically designed and supervised protocol with a consistent and proven track record.


What can you expect?

  • Rapid weight loss with a focus on protecting lean muscle mass
  • A personalized approach to setting weight loss goals, based on your health profile
  • A structured and simple eating plan
  • Weekly one-on-one coaching
  • Weekly body composition analysis
  • Healthy lifestyle education and an understanding of how food affects and is utilized by the body
  • Daily videos and recipes on your Ideal Protein TV
  • The emotional support of Dr. Zumbado’s Lifestyle Community

The Ideal Protein Protocol was developed over two decades ago by Dr. Tran Tien Chanh who focused his career and research on nutrition, with a particular emphasis on the treatment of obesity. According to Dr. Tran Tien “the cause of many weight issues in a modern society is insulin dysfunction.” The Ideal Protein Protocol addresses this dysfunction and encourages the body to live off its fat reserves while protecting lean body mass. The protocol includes healthy lifestyle education so that once the target weight has been reached and the metabolism has been reset, the dieter can maintain the results with a healthy lifestyle.

The body employs energy from three macronutrients: carbohydrates, fat, and protein. When we eat carbohydrates, what can’t be used immediately is stored as glycogen. What can’t be stored as glycogen is stored as fat. When the body depletes its simple and complex carbohydrate reserves, it turns simultaneously to its fat and protein reserves. The Ideal Protein protocol brings carbohydrate intake down to a minimum and brings fat intake down, while maintaining a normal level of protein intake. This causes the body to burn stored fat for energy while protecting lean muscle mass (protein). Because the body has fuel in the form of stored fat, you are not hungry for the missing carbs. Your pancreas can settle down and produce the optimal levels of insulin, resetting your metabolism. If you incorporate healthy eating habits into your diet when you complete the weight loss portion of the protocol, you are able to maintain your new weight without restricting calories below what is required for a healthy diet.

The high quality of protein used in Ideal Protein products allows for effective protein absorption. Without effective protein absorption, you risk burning muscle along with fat. Ideal Protein, however, is not a high protein diet; our products supply only what you would find in a normal balanced diet.

Ideal Protein also provides nutritional support to replace nutrients found in foods restricted on the protocol. Our dieters use approved nutrient-rich supplements: Natura Multi-Vita, Natura Calcium & Magnesium, Natura Potassium and Natura Omega-3 Plus.

During the weight loss protocol, dieters employ lifestyle changes that allow them to maintain their weight once they have reached their goal. We continue to support our dieters with educational materials, coaching, and emotional support beyond the weight loss period.

“Whether you’re a gourmet chef or have never stepped foot in a kitchen, “cooking” for weight loss is a no brainer with Ideal Protein. “It’s nutrition on autopilot,” says Melissa Martin, a registered dietitian and nutrition services manager at Woman’s Center for Wellness, who has done the diet. “You eat only vegetables, lean protein and Ideal Protein products. That’s when you really lose the weight”. (But don’t forget to take your vitamins while on the protocol).
Your Ideal Protein coach can help you pick the Ideal Protein foods that work best for your schedule and tastes. Some people like to stick with just a few products, others want more variety. Click here for lists of Ideal Protein products, Select Vegetables, and Lean Proteins.

Keeping your meals simple is often the best way to stay within the boundaries of the Ideal Protein protocol. However, this restrictive phase is also a great opportunity to experiment with new-to-you vegetables and with new healthy ways to prepare vegetables and proteins. If you are the creative type, this is a great time to try various recipes incorporating Ideal Protein products. Try some of ours, and/or share your creations with us on the Community Blog.”

According to the largest medical study on obesity in the history of North America, the Look Ahead Study, the consumption of a daily meal replacement product significantly increased weight maintenance success.

Ideal Complete, our meal replacement, is a delicious, healthy alternative to skipping meals or succumbing to the temptation of fast food.