By: J. FRANK LYNCH
Dr. Jamie Walraven and the staff at Ageless Wellness Center in Peachtree City have always made weight loss part of their treatment offerings, but now they have a new option for patients seeking a healthier lifestyle: Ideal Protein.
“We felt like we neededa an additional program because the other programs we had didn’t meet the needs for some of our patients,” says Linda Faulkner, Certified Nurse Practitioner at Ageless Wellness. “Our requirements were that it was medically sound, effective and healthy for our patients. Dr. Walraven didn’t want to replace junk in a diet with a junk diet.”
They didn’t have to look far. Ellie White-Stevens, marketing director for Ageless Wellness and owner of marketing agency Dirt1x, transformed herself with Ideal Protein, losing more than 120 pounds -– and keeping it off – in the past year and a half.
“Ellie told us this diet was doable, that it wasn’t that hard,” Faulkner says. “After three months of research, we found Ideal Protein to be medically sound, the food nutritious and our patients able to consistently lose weight and then maintain their weight loss through a healthy lifestyle.”
Ageless Wellness offers hunger suppressants and HCG (Human Chorionic Growth) injections as other weight loss methods. Because Ideal Protein doesn’t require any medications, it’s a good alternative to medicine-based programs, Faulkner explains.
Developed by a medical doctor, the Ideal Protein Protocol works by removing most of the carbs from a diet. It calls for eating three Ideal Protein pre-packaged food items along with four cups of low carb veggies and eight ounces of protein every day.
The result puts the body into a state of ketosis, allowing it to burn stored fat for energy. Forcing the body to stay in a fat-burning mode, 24 hours a day, is called a ketogenic diet.
The program also includes personalized ongoing support.
“In weight loss, you need somebody to walk with you and lift you up and encourage you every single week,” Faulkner explains.
To that end, five staffers at Ageless Wellness are now going through Ideal Protein.
“We’re all in. We’re committed to it,” Faulkner says.
More than 80 different partial meal replacement options are available with Ideal Protein.
“My favorite is the barbecue chips,” Faulkner says. “I’m a chip person. What’s so nice about that is, when we used to do a diet, the carb craving would get us. But with this, the food supplements taste so good and fill you up, so you can be successful in the transition.”
If you follow the diet, you will lose weight, Faulkner says. For women, that’s an average of 2.5 pounds per week, and for men, 3.5 pounds per week.
White-Stevens, 40, started Ideal Protein when she weighed 314 pounds. At the time, she had alarming blood pressure elevation, elevated inflammatory markers and high cholesterol.
White-Stevens says she started losing weight immediately and rapidly. More than a year later, she’s lost 120 pounds and gone from a size 24 to a size 12. But perhaps most importantly, her blood pressure and cholesterol are normal and her inflammatory markers are exceptional.
She also walks about four and a half miles every day now. Everything about her health has improved.
Improving the health of their patients is a priority for Ageless Wellness. They utilize the most cutting edge aspects of the Ideal Protein protocol. Participants have the option of wearing a bracelet like a Fitbit, called an iBand, to monitor their progress directly onto their Ideal Protein app.
The Ideal Protein philosophy of only partnering with healthcare facilities (it’s available through 3,700 clinics) is a real selling point, Faulkner says.
“The commitment to our patients is that they will meet with a nurse practitioner initially to do a comprehensive health profile and screening with labs, and then follow up with a nurse or medical assistant for their weekly coaching,” Faulkner says.
Besides Ideal Protein, Ageless Wellness also offers functional medicine, medical aesthetics and the latest in stem cell treatments. Medical staff offer teaching on both Ideal Protein and Stem Cell Treatments at the Learning Hour,
Interested persons can book an individual appointment for Ideal Protein or come to the next Learning Hour. (See info above)
Ageless Wellness Center is located at 1000 Commerce Drive, Suite 300, Peachtree City. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 678-364-8414 or visit their website at agelesswellnessptc.com.
Dates to Remember:
- July 11: Ideal Protein, 6 to 7 p.m.; Stem Cell Treatments, noon to 1 p.m.
- Aug. 8: Ideal Protein, noon to 1 p.m.; Stem Cell Treatments, 6 to 7 p.m.
- WHERE: Ageless Wellness Center, 100 Commerce Dr., Suite 300, Peachtree City
- MORE INFO: 678-364-8414 or visit agelesswellnessptc.com
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