What to Expect 

There are four phases to our program:

Phases 1 & 2: Your new lifelong journey begins here! You and your coach will set your weight loss goals, walk through and prepare for the overall plan of action, and start working together towards those goals. Weekly one-on-one sessions will keep you on target during these initial phases of dieting. Many in the program have seen dramatic results during these phases.

Phases 3 & 4: At this point the program shifts more towards weight maintenance for your post-diet living. Focus turns towards weight stabilization through education and understanding of healthier lifestyle habits. You will learn: 

  • How your body fat is burned

  • The relationship between insulin and weight gain

  • Which foods are best suited for healthy weight management

  • When, why and in what combination to eat carbohydrates, fats, and protein and Much more


What to Expect: First Appointment

The human body is designed to store fat, not lose it. The Ideal Protein Protocol provides a detailed program that assists dieters with weight loss, weight maintenance, fitness, as well as how to make and sustain healthier lifestyle choices.


Our workshops are free and open to anyone and everyone. 

Our workshops generally begin at 5:30pm, held at our Benefi Center for Women Plaza location (544 West Pershing Road, Suite A). Additional sessions from those currently listed may be added from time to time.

Sessions last about an hour.  You may RSVP by calling: 217-872-2400 for our Benefi Center for Women Plaza workshops.


Is the HSHS Medical Group Health and Medical Spa Weight Loss program safe?

Our protocol is safe for everyone, except those with a dysfunctional liver or kidneys.  Type 1 Diabetics should only do the Alternative protocol and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should only use the program’s protein foods to supplement their diet.

Why do I have to meet with the health coach weekly?

During this time we will obtain your weight, measurements, and perform the BCA (Body Composition Analyzer).  You can also purchase your food/supplements at this time.  Plus, research has shown that meeting with your coach weekly greatly improves your success in reaching your goal weight and also keeping the weight off after you have completed the program.  This meeting usually lasts between 10-20 minutes.

What is the BCA (Body Composition Analyzer)?

The Body Composition Analyzer uses bio-impedance technology, a state-of-the art, very accurate method of determining body mass.  The device sends a mild electrical current through the body, measuring both the strength and speed of the return current.  From these readings, the software calculates your body mass.  The device is safe, but dieters should not use it if they are pregnant or have an implanted electrical medical device such as a pacemaker.

Does this diet provide too much protein?

This is not a “high protein diet.” The amount is not dangerous, because the amount of protein is not excessive (1/2 gram of protein per pound of lean body mass is the minimum amount required). We give only the minimum and we do this to spare the muscle.  The protein is only a tool; it’s the METHOD that enables you to lose weight.

Should I exercise?

Of course! Exercise is important not only to aid weight loss, but in weight maintenance as well. 

During Phase 1 we ask that you keep your activity light so that your heart rate does not become too high during exercise because you risk burning muscle mass.  We recommend activities such as walking, yoga, Pilates, and light strength training at an intensity that you can still carry on a conversation. Maintaining your lean muscle mass will help you keep the weight off once you reach maintenance.

Can I drink alcohol on this program?

No.  The process of burning ketones takes place in your liver.  When there is alcohol in your system the liver will process that first and stop processing ketones until the alcohol is removed from your system.  Alcohol also causes your blood sugar to drop.  Since you already have low amounts of sugar in your system this could cause dizziness or you may even faint.


Is there Aspartame in your products?

No, there is no aspartame in our products.  Many of the products do contain Sucralose which is an artificial sweetener that sweetens our puddings, shakes and some of the restricted snacks.  You may do the program without consuming Sucralose containing products. 

Does the program have any gluten free/soy free products?

We have over thirty gluten free options available and several soy free products as well.

Do I have to take your supplements?

Yes, it is best if you take the supplements as we suggest with your meals and with food.  Not taking the required supplements could lead to electrolyte abnormalities.  If you have trouble taking the supplements in the morning, you can move them to another meal of the day or take them before bedtime.  If you are not tolerating the supplements, please discuss this with your coach one on one.  There are some medications, such as diuretics, which can interact with some of the supplements, and therefore it is imperative that you disclose all medications (prescription and non-prescription) that you are taking on a regular basis when you complete your health history form.

What should a dieter know before starting the Benefi weight loss program?

Although many people do not experience any discomfort and feel utterly satisfied throughout the protocol, some may experience “withdrawal” symptoms during the first few days of the diet.  This is absolutely normal and should even be anticipated, especially by those who are used to consuming a lot of processed foods, sweets, and salty foods.

Do I have to have any lab work done prior to starting the Benefi weight loss program?

Not necessarily.  If you are healthy overall and not taking any other medications you may not need any labs.  Depending on your health history, some labs may be required before you can begin the program or will need to be monitored during the first two phases of the program.  If you have had any labs done through your primary care physician’s office or employee wellness program in the last six months, we would like to have a copy of those results. 

Many people who have chronic health conditions, such as cholesterol and/or diabetes, may like to have their labs checked to help determine if they can decrease or stop any of their medications.  This can be done through our lab or the lab of your choice.  All results will be forwarded to your primary care provider if so desired.  We do offer two lab panels through our office specifically designed for our weight loss clients.

Clinic Hours

Our office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pre-placed order pickup is available during office hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weight loss patients are seen by appointment only at the following times:

Monday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday: 6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday: 6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

*Latest appointment availability is one hour prior to end-of-day for our weight loss coach.

Feel free to contact HSHS Medical Group Health and Medical Spa at 217-872-2400.