Creating a healthier lifestyle can seem a daunting task for many, but one program – PMH Medical Center Ideal Protein – has helped change that perception for hundreds in the Lower Valley because of its measurable results.
“Ideal Protein is not a diet, which is a term often associated with deprivation and short-term changes. The program is based on a lifestyle change – one that educates and empowers participants to lead a healthy life both now and in the future,” PMH Medical Center Health and Wellness Coordinator and Ideal Protein Coach Kristal Oswalt said.
Ideal Protein is a scientifically-based, medically supervised and measurable weight loss program. The four-phase program focuses on the body’s three major sources of energy – carbohydrates, proteins and fats – and during each phase, the ratios of each of those sources are adjusted based upon an individual’s health goals and weight loss progress.
Ideal Protein offers more than 60 prepared meals for participants to choose from and swap into their daily meal plan depending upon preferences.
“It is a user-friendly, lifestyle program that truly simplifies the weight loss and maintenance process for participants,” Oswalt said.
While women typically lose two to three pounds per week following the program, and men typically lose three to five pounds each week, participants acknowledge that they have gained so much more. Oswalt notes more energy, fewer medications and better sleep quality as some of the many benefits participants have experienced after losing weight following the plan.
Mauricio Bueno, Jr., who joined Ideal Protein shortly after ending up in the Emergency Room last year with congestive heart failure, is one of the hundreds of local residents who has experienced life-changing results because of it.
“Since the day I joined Ideal Protein, I’ve never looked back. If I could have done it sooner, I would have jumped at that knowing and experiencing all the changes that have happened to me,” Bueno Jr. said. “I can honestly say … I owe my life to Ideal Protein and them [Kristal.]”
Biweekly support meetings and weigh-ins – an integral part of the Ideal Protein program – with Oswalt helped Bueno Jr. as he made progress too.
“Whether it’s a few pounds or more than 100 pounds, Ideal Protein can help you reach your goals,” Bueno Jr. said. “I hope you are encouraged to take steps, accept that you need help and everything will fall into place.”
Like Bueno Jr., Oswalt encourages anyone who is interested in the program to reach out their doctor or directly to her.
“A healthy life is a good life,” Oswalt said. “Ideal Protein can help you get there.”
PMH Medical Center will host a free Ideal Protein Educational Seminar for the community on March 5 at 5:30 p.m. at PMH Family Medicine – Prosser (336 Chardonnay Ave., Ste. A, Prosser.) All are welcome to attend this hour-long seminar to learn more about the program and meet staff. Individuals who attend the March 5 seminar and sign up for the program will receive $50 off the joiner fee. Call 509-786-5154 to register.