Can I Exercise On The Ideal Protein Diet?


Time to have some excersize

We get lots of questions about exercising while on the Ideal Protein protocol.

Exercise will not efficiently help you lose weight on its own and here is why:

1lb of fat = ~3700 calories.  In order to burn one pound of fat you would have to do a lot of exercise!  1-2 hours per day, 7 days a week!  Most of our dieters do not have enough time to exercise that much.

While on the protocol, we are depleting glycogen (sugar) stores.  Our bodies use this during activity as fuel.  Without it our bodies turn to breaking down protein for fuel.  Remember protein (muscle) is the engine of the body and we do not want to break it down.


No exercise for the first week.  After the first week, you can do 1/3 the intensity of your normal routine, with an additional IP protein 20-30 minutes after your activity.  Yoga, walking, Pilates, even the treadmill are great, but no panting or heavy puffing at all.  Don’t overdo the exercise as it will slow down your fat loss and could cause muscle breakdown.

The bottom line: we want to make sure your activity is conversational (meaning you can carry on a full conversation) and we want to avoid muscle tearing.

I see it this way:

  • Ideal Protein is for fat loss.
  • Exercise is about shaping your body, adding strength and vitality.

So, in my mind lets lose the additional fat weight on our body first.  When there is less stress on our body from carrying around the extra weight then lets work to strengthen, tone and shape our bodies.

Food for Thought:

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time [for exercise]. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Mother Theresa, Albert Einstein, Leonardo DiVinci and Thomas Jefferson.” -Unknown

Written by Randy Howden. Visit me on

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