An Ideal Fit

Concerned about his weight, Orlando police officer Ben Stanaland tried commercial diet programs in an attempt to shed pounds. Despite any initial success, numbers on the scale seemed to go in one direction: upward.Brian Hill treated for chronic back pain through DRX9000 spinal decompression; Ben Stanaland loses weight through Ideal Protein®.

A large man, Ben stands 6-foot-4, and was a football player in high school. His athletic build, assisted by weightlifting, helped hide extra pounds. But as his weight climbed, Ben continued to look for ways to slim down.

He turned to intensive exercise, only to later realize that rigorous workouts weren’t enough to ensure weight loss. First and foremost, it takes dietary changes.

“I started CrossFit®, and I was getting stronger and I was getting faster, with more agility,” notes Ben, who is 34. “But I wasn’t getting any smaller. After a while, I figured out that losing weight was going to have to start in the kitchen rather than the gym.”

He noticed a friend at work had lost a large amount of weight.

“My friend was in our motor unit, and by chance one day, we rode together. He told me about the Ideal Protein® program,” relates Ben.

Ideal Protein is a comprehensive weight loss program at DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression. The customized plan enables quick weight loss without sacrificing muscle mass, for improved energy and appetite control, improved blood sugar and cholesterol levels and reduced blood pressure.

It also focuses on the long term: The goal is to achieve a healthy weight and also learn how to maintain that weight in a way that is second nature.

Ben enrolled in the program and found it was easy to follow. So far, he’s lost more than 120 pounds. Through one-on-one coaching, he’s also discovering how to put yo-yo dieting behind him.

Brian Hill treated for chronic back pain through DRX9000 spinal decompression; Ben Stanaland loses weight through Ideal Protein®.

Ben and Tracee celebrated when Ben achieved a weight loss of 100 pounds through Ideal Protein.

Personalized Plan

Unlike many weight loss systems, Ideal Protein is part of a personalized plan. It is based on more than 25 years of experience in helping more than five million people lose weight in Europe and Canada, and now a large group of people in the United States.

“Ideal Protein is incorporated into a customized program for patients. On average, our patients lose twelve to fifteen pounds a month,” says Dr. Gordon at DeLand Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression.

Dr. Gordon and his staff have helped hundreds of people achieve healthy weights and lifestyles through Ideal Protein. Most had already tried other weight loss programs, such as Weight Watchers®, Jenny Craig® and Nutrisystem®, without long-term success.

“There are a lot of things that can help people lose weight for a short amount of time,” notes Dr. Gordon, “but very few things that people can actually follow through on long term like Ben needed to be able to do.”

Ideal Protein helps limit the amount of sugars and dietary fats while providing high-quality protein that is easily absorbed. There are four supplements that go along with actual food: a multivitamin, potassium supplement, fish oil supplement and calcium supplement.

“None of the supplements are what you see with the different fad diets. There are no diet pills or stimulants in Ideal Protein,” adds Dr. Gordon. “The Ideal Protein plan is focused on the body’s biochemistry and burning stored fat through eating properly and through proper nutrition. Ideal Protein teaches people to eat healthy.”

Long-Term Success

Dr. Gordon observes that what really sets Ideal Protein apart is the one-on-one coaching and support. The clinic’s Ideal Protein Coach, Tracee Gmitro, meets individually with Ideal Protein clients to guide them on their journey to better health and wellness.

The support, nutrition classes and the Ideal Protein plan’s overall convenience have all helped Ben stick with his weight loss plans and achieve success.

“For somebody in my line of work with the schedule that I have, it has worked out well. I’m able to pre-plan and take what I need to have in the car because I’m not sitting in an office all day,” says Ben.

He meets with Tracee every week. He also attends nutrition classes as part of the program and delves into an Ideal Protein cookbook when preparing food at home.

In his work as a police officer, he adds, it helps to be in good physical condition. Being at a healthy weight is definitely part of that. He is still in the Ideal Protein program and plans to lose more weight to reach an ideal goal.

The bottom line, he explains, is that he found a program that actually works for him.

“Now that I’ve found that Ideal Protein works for me, the sky’s the limit,” Ben emphasizes. “Yeah, it’s been great. The program works when you follow it.”

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