Weight loss

The Ideal Protein Protocol vs. ‘Do it Yourself’ Keto Diets


A Ketogenic diet refers to important carbohydrate restriction. So what differentiates the Ideal Protein Protocol from other ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) keto diets on the market? 


The Ideal Protein Protocol 

Low carb 

As a fundamental principle of ketosis the Ideal Protein Protocol reduces carbohydrates and fats while ensuring adequate daily protein intake. 

Low Fat 

Fat intake is temporarily restricted, which allows patients or clients to burn through fat stores faster. 

Fat Quality 

Provides a structured approach that promotes a lower caloric intake and the consumption of ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ fats (see more detail below) 

Protein Amount 

Provides an adequate daily amount of protein, which is determined by a medically-developed Protocol based on Recommended Dietary Allowance. 

Protein Source & Quality 

Most Ideal Protein food being derived from amino acid isolates
(whey, pea, and soy). These isolates do not contain purines, and are one of the best, healthiest, way to maximize protein intake while limiting caloric intake.

Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) 

Meets the minimum RDA standards for protein, fats and micronutritional needs. 

Support & Education 

Patients and clients are provided healthier lifestyle education via personalized coaching and digital tools. (App, online resources, daily coaching videos, etc.) Overseen by an Ideal Protein Coach, our structured approach supports patients and clients as they work to develop and maintain healthier lifestyle habits. 



DIY Keto Diets 

   Low carb 

DIY Keto Diets reduce carbohydrate intake without specifically addressing protein intake. 


High Fat 

Recommend that up to 70% of your daily calories come from fats. 


Fat Quality 

Do not differentiate between bad (saturated) and good (unsaturated) fat. 


Protein Amount 

Amount of protein determined by the dieter without consideration of the Recommended Dietary Allowance.  


Protein Source & Quality 

Relies on animal protein as its primary source. Excess consumption of saturated fats may: increase cholesterol, favor cardiovascular diseases, damage cell membranes, cause gout and a variety of other ailments due to increased purine. 


Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) 

Requires dieters research the RDA’s and track macros to determine a proper calorie and nutrient intake. 


Support & Education 

Dieters are left to learn about ketosis through books and online resources.
Without structure and support, figuring out what, when, and how much to eat can be complicated and confusing! 



Unlike the Ideal Protein Protocol, neither the Keto Diet (1,500 kcal) or the Keto Diet (1,200kcal) provide the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals. 

Additionally, the Keto Diet (1,500 kcal) has more daily calories and fat than Ideal Protein Protocol while the Keto Diet (1,200 kcal) is risking protein deficiency. 


Good vs. Bad Fats 

Saturated vs. unsaturated fats 

Excess consumption of saturated fat, which is found in meats, dairy products, palm oil, etc., may:
• Increase cholesterol • Favor cardiovascular diseases • Damage the cell membrane of all cells in the body. 

Omega-6 / Omega-3 ratio 

• A high ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 may promote chronic inflammation.
• It becomes extremely difficult to favor healthy unsaturated fat and Omega-3 when sustaining a 70% fat diet. 


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