Is this a healthy way to lose weight?

Current research supports this as a healthy and effective way to achieve a weight loss. Currently, evidence supports that we tolerate ketosis well (see "About Us" page to find out about Ketosis.) In fact, most of us even on less healthy diets, spend much of the night asleep in ketosis burning through some of the fat we consumed the previous day. Our bodies are therefore used to this status and function well in it.

How much do individuals lose on this
weight loss method?

Typically, women will lose from two to four pounds per week on average when they follow the protocol. Men will lose four to seven pounds per week on average when they follow the protocol. Please notice the phrase “when they follow the protocol.”  There is nothing magical about taking protein supplements. The protocol and adherence to it is what causes fat burning and weight loss.

Why are supplements necessary?

Part of the daily requirements includes Sustain vitamins and minerals. In order to keep your carb levels low, certain foods are not allowed while on the first phase of this diet - dairy, whole grains and fruits. It is important to replace the nutrients you would normally obtain from these foods with the Sustain vitamins and minerals.

How much water do I drink with Sustain?

Throughout the day you are required to drink at least 64 oz. of water.  Since we eliminate some food groups to get a dieter into ketosis and then keep them in ketosis, they no longer retain fluid as they used to. This elimination of excess fluid needs to be balanced with increased water intake (an amount we should all be drinking anyway).

What is the background of the diet coaches who will be conducting my weekly on-line or telephone visit?

Our diet educators come from varied backgrounds and hold degrees in one of the following disciplines: education, nutrition, or counseling. Many of our diet educators are individuals who have lost significant weight on our diet and are maintaining their healthy weights by utilizing the concepts we teach our dieters.

Why is it important to get all components of the diet in?

This weight loss method is calorie restricted—between 700-950 calories per day.  You will be in ketosis, a natural state that simply means you are burning fat as your primary energy source.  Ketosis is a natural appetite suppressant so although you are taking in less calories, you will not feel hungry.  When you skip things like your snack or your vegetables, your body thinks that you are starving it which in turn causes your body to go into starvation mode.  When in starvation mode, your body will hold tightly to your fat cells instead of releasing them.  When all components are properly taken in, your body is able to burn the fat cells which will cause better losses.   

Why is the salt important?

On Sustain, you take in a very small amount of salt.  The salt is important in the role of water balance within your body as well as muscle contractions, proper conduction of nerve impulses and transportation of nutrients into the cells.  Sustain is a very low sodium diet, so it is necessary to add salt in.  If you do not use enough of the salt, you can experience lightheadedness, headaches and muscle cramps.  In addition to the salt, you should also consume one to two teaspoons of olive oil or grape seed extract oil.

Is Sustain a high protein diet?

No.  The amount of protein in our diet plan is equal to the amount of protein you would normally take in—it is an optimal amount of protein.  We have simply decreased calorie, fat and carbohydrate amounts.  The proteins in our products are very bio-available meaning that they are easily absorbed by your body.  Because of these bio-available proteins, you maintain all muscle mass and burn strictly your fat stores.  

How much protein will I eat on this diet?

You will be eating protein for three (3) meals and one snack every day.  Two meals and the one snack are protein foods you purchase from us.  One meal is your own whole protein of your choice - chicken, beef, fish, turkey or eggs.

What kind of exercise routine can I do?

Your body builds muscle very easily and quickly on our weight loss plan due to the bio-availability of the proteins consumed.  Because of this, we recommend light cardio exercise for 30 minutes three times a week.  Anything more than that, such as weight bearing exercises will counteract your weight loss and make it more difficult to reach your goal. However, you do not HAVE to do any exercising while on the 1st phase of the diet. You can add an exercise routine as you are able.  Once your weight loss goal is achieved, you may resume any exercise routine such as weight bearing, cardio, etc.     

Can I eat vegetables?

At both your lunch and dinner meal you will be eating two cups of vegetables from a specific list.  These vegetables are the lowest in carbs but rich in vitamins and nutrients.  In addition to the two cups of vegetables, you may eat unlimited lettuce at both of these meals.


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