“I started a lot of weight loss diets in the past and never had any success until Ideal Protein. In two months, I lost 30 pounds. So glad I did this diet!” April
"When I first started the program, I was skeptical. As a person with a science background who has spent most of my life struggling with my weight, I know there are plenty of programs and products that make promises they will never be able to keep. Ideal Protein is different. My coach, Sheryl, taught me how to take care of myself, and that losing weight is about so much more than what you decide to eat. I really liked the fact that the plan is based on real science that someone could prove to me. Sheryl has helped me discover things about myself and encouraged me to be a better person. I found it comforting that someone was always available to me by email, text, phone or in person, plus online information and an Emotional Eating Group. The program is very structured, and the protein products are healthy and tasty. I feel so much better, both physically and emotionally". Sheri M. of Casper, lost 117 pounds
"I am 55 and was 160 pounds overweight, in very poor health, and dealing with medical issues of irritable bowel syndrome, gastric reflux, hypoglycemia and more. I started the weight loss program at Ideal You Weight Loss and Wellness and I am so grateful I went to this clinic, they have been AWESOME!! Their incredible support, endless encouragement, careful monitoring, steady instruction and true genuine care for me has been completely inspirational. Now, I have lost all the weight, my medical issues are under control and I feel better than I have in over 30 years! I would greatly recommend you come here to lose weight...their service to you is trustworthy!" - K.W.
"Working with Sheryl has been a very positive experience. She greets you with a smile and has great rapport with her clients by taking the time to get to know them. Sheryl is honest with you . . . telling you what you “need” to hear not what you want to hear. She is committed to the program and her clients and wants them to succeed with their weight loss goals. The weekly meetings provide positive encouragement with a weigh in, measurements and the “motivator” chart showing your weight loss progress. I enjoy our weekly meetings and appreciate that she giggles with me when I discuss my fantasies about “carbs”. She provides support when you need it and celebrates your accomplishments with you." - T. W.
"Sheryl makes Ideal Protein more than a diet. She has helped me to make eating a way of life and a way of health. Sheryl spends time talking about the 'whys' of poor choices in eating and helps to figure out ways to make changes. Her bright smile and encouraging way help me to believe in myself and the power to make good choices."
- J. S.
"Dr. Iszler and Sheryl are truly in this business because they care and want to support your overall weight loss and well-being. They are always available to answer questions and offer extra support. I am 68 years old and have not felt this good physically or mentally for at least the last 25 years." - K. H.
"Mrs. S. B. shared with us that since beginning Ideal Protein with us that her cholesterol has decreased from 367 to 224. Her LDL has decreased from 247 to 139. And her triglycerides have decreased from 250 to 104 - Way to go!
I have not needed by CPAP Machine which I have used for many years since losing weight with the Ideal Protein Diet. My blood pressure has also dropped since I have shed the pounds." - K. C.
"This has changed my life. I feel happy and confident. I feel like a new person. Everyone was very supportive and friendly and I felt comfortable talking about my struggles." - S. A.
"My diet coach, Sheryl Iszler, contacted me and asked me if I would write a testimonial concerning the Ideal Protein Diet, of which I am a graduate. She asked me for a few short words about what I liked about the Ideal Protein program.
I told Sheryl I really did not believe I could sum up my feelings in "a few short words". In fact, telling simply what I liked about the Ideal Protein Diet program would not accurately sum up my feelings. What the Ideal Protein Diet has done for me would be a more accurate assessment.
In short, the Ideal Protein Diet has changed my life. I started the diet after my wife, Cindy, and son, Gavin, had been on it for nearly a month. I did not start the diet when they did because, quite frankly, I couldn't be bothered with it. I thought it was too expensive and it would take me away from all those things I could eat whenever I felt like it. Life is far too short not to indulge whenever you want to. Right? Or so I thought.
But deep inside, I knew I had problems I needed to address. I was just doing the thing that comes so easy to all of us. Putting it off and putting it off. Telling myself I can do it later. There is always tomorrow, or next week, or next year. But, I knew I was overweight. I knew I was a middle aged male, pushing fifty years old. I knew I had severe GERD, which often times caused me agony when I consumed just about anything. I knew my mother is diabetic and that hypertension runs in my family. I knew I was 15 years into a career that is very high stress and my life expectancy was already shorter than the average American male. I knew those things, and yet I was still willing to roll the dice. Everybody dies sooner or later. When it's your time, it's your time. Yeah, right!
So, when it got to the point I feared for my life because I was eating pizza and cheeseburgers in front of my family members, who were already on the diet, I decided maybe it was my time. So, I asked my wife to set up an appointment for me. Before my appointment, I stepped onto my home scale and was shocked to find I weighed 208 pounds. At 67" to 68" tall (depending on who's measuring) I knew I had let myself go to the point of borderline obesity. Being an avid outdoorsman and a law enforcement officer, I knew I needed help or my love of the wild places and my very career were to have a very short future. Because of my selfishness, I had put myself in a very bad place and I made up my mind for myself that I was going to give this 100%.
The problem was I did not fully understand what I was getting myself into. I told my wife that I was going to lose 45 pounds as fast as I possibly could and then I was going to go back to eating whatever I wanted. Boy, was I wrong. I didn't even have a clue of the transformation of mind and body that was about to take place. Mind, you might ask? This is a diet. It's about losing weight. What does the mind have to do with it?
So, I showed up for my first appointment, spoke to Dr. Iszler, set my goal and told him I was not going to cheat. I set out that first week and did everything by the book. I followed the diet to the letter. It was really rough for the first four or five days, but I soon fell into a routine. I found my groove, if you will. The pounds and the inches started to come off and I mean come off. Five pounds, then seven pounds, then six pounds weekly. My waist, my chest and everywhere there is fat, started to shrink. And that success motivated me and made me want to try harder. There were times that I struggled. There were times I really wanted to cheat. I refused, though, because I wanted to be done. I wanted my favorite foods back.
Then a funny thing happened to me. Something I would have never predicted. Dr. Iszler and Sheryl started to educate me about nutrition. They answered my questions when I became curious about the physiology of it all. About the changes and transformations I was going through. I began to take an interest in my new food and my new eating habits. I began to feel good about myself. I started to read labels. I wanted to know what I was putting into myself and exactly it was going to do, not only for me, but to me.
I still missed certain things, but slowly I quit craving the things I once believed I could never live without. I lost my desire for cake, ice cream, candy bars and donuts. Amazing, a cop who does not crave donuts! What's the world coming to? I found I could live without pizza, Arby's and Taco Bell. I did not need Pepsi anymore. I began to enjoy what I was doing and the results spurred me on. I was told that I had to stay in phase 1 for 90% of my weight goal. At 6 weeks, I needed about 5 pounds to make my goal and move to phase 2. At week 7, I weighed in and blew right past my goal, losing more than 7 pounds that week!
So there I was, ready to move into phase 2 and what did I do? I asked for another week in phase 1. I got a little picky and, even though I had achieved my goal and could move on to the next phase and get the heck out of this nightmare, I didn't want to go. I decided that I wanted to trim a little more fat off a couple areas before I moved on. What the heck? If you would have told me I would do that when I started, I would have told you that you had lost your mind. Yet, there I was and that is what I did. Eventually, I did move into phase 2, and, guess what? I voluntarily extended phase 2 as well. I then moved through phase 3 and graduated to phase 4.
But, by that time I was no longer in a hurry. In fact, I was a little reluctant to move into phase 4. I was pretty content with what I was doing in phase 3. I did move to phase 4 (maintenance) and that is where I will stay for the rest of my life. Trust me when I tell you that there is no need to feel sorry for me. I eat like a king, but I have gained the knowledge to be able to do so in the healthiest of ways. I know what I can do and what I can't. I have replaced bad habits with good habits. Good nutrition took away the GERD that caused me so much discomfort and misery for so long. My blood pressure is fantastic and my insulin production levels are normal. My pancreas now functions exactly as it should. My circulatory system is better than ever. My sex life has improved and I have not been sick since I started the diet. I have no doubt that my immune system has been kicked into overdrive. I lost a total of 54 pounds in the 12 or 13 weeks that I spent on phases 1, 2 and 3.
I started an exercise regimen that I perform 6 days per week. My only struggle has been to balance my food intake with my workouts so I could actually stop losing weight. I will be 47 years old in November of 2010 and I am in better physical shape than I was when I was 25 years old and certainly in as good of shape as when I fought in the Persian Gulf in 1991 as a member of the U.S. Army.
Which brings me full circle back to the question. What did I like about the Ideal Protein diet program? I liked everything about the Ideal Protein diet because it quite possibly saved my life. In hindsight, I realize how absurd it was for me to think that I could put a price on what this diet has done for me. The idea that it was too expensive seems ridiculous to me. Heart attacks are expensive. Diabetes is expensive. Death is expensive and so very final.
I would be lying if I said that this diet was easy. I was not easy. At least not always. But, it was also nowhere near impossible. It takes some willpower and it takes some determination. It takes a person who is willing to lean on their support, which is what you get with the Iszlers and with the program. Plus, there are people out there, myself included, that would be more than willing to offer some advice and encouragement or to share experience to shorten the learning curve a little.
It's yours for the taking and it's a leap of faith that I am glad I took. Was it worth it? You better believe it. You've got nothing to lose except the old you. It's a chance to change your life. It made a believer out of me."
Sincerely, Richie Randel