28 Comments

  1. Rhonda Wright

    Really like the schedule suggestion!
    I am taking IS and following that meal plan. How do I incorporate the two programs?
    Have problem figuring out time/ timing when to go to gym. I work 1pm- 9pm. Go to bed around 12am and get out of bed around 9 (bathroom trips and cat wake me thru the night).
    Any help and suggestions are much needed and appreciated!
    Thanks!

    1. Caitlin Peterson

      Hi Rhonda, we don’t normally recommend using both IdealShape and IdealFit, we recommend one or the other. So if your main focus is weight loss IS is the way to go, and if your focus is toning up/and you exercise regularly we recommend IF. But working out in the morning sounds like a good option, if you have four hours between the time you wake up and when you go to work! You could eat a pre-workout meal once you wake up, wait half an hour then start working out!
      Also which two programs are you wanting to incorporate?

      1. Rhonda Wright

        I currently use IS only.
        Am wanting to start working out and feel drained/tired constantly. Thought pre-workout would help. Why not BCAAs?
        My head is spinning! All the information is great but a bit daunting to me.

        1. Caitlin Peterson

          Both BCAAs and Pre-Workout are great! They just do different things! The Pre-Workout will give you energy for your workout, and help to improve blood flow so that you can workout longer and harder. So take that 20-30 minutes before you workout. Then drink your BCAAs during your workout. The BCAAs help with workout recovery (so that you aren’t so sore) and they also contain a Fat Loss Blend to help you lose fat and build lean muscle. Let me know what other questions you have, I would love to help!

  2. Carla Lane

    I am so glad I found Ideal Fit. The Protein Powder, The BCAA Powder, and the Ideal Lean Pre-Workout has made a big difference in My Weight Training Sessions Three Times a week, and I am glad that the products are geared towards Women. I have tried other protein products, and this by far is the best, and yes, I hope you create some protein bars too!

  3. Sandra B.

    So I work out EARLY in the a.m. I can’t get in the protein AND the pre-workout — it’s too much time/too much volume for me. So I’ve been doing the pre-workout, then BCAAs after the workout (not during, I like just water), then my first protein after that. I take the fat burner/CLA mid-morning, and then again about 3-4 hours later with a late lunch. Is this OK? Anything I should try to switch up? On non-workout days, I start with fat-burner/CLA and the protein w/ half a banana (usually). And do the rest the same… any advice/guidance is appreciated.

    1. Caitlin Peterson

      Sandra, it sounds like you know what you’re doing! That is perfect! Just make sure you get your post-workout protein shake within half an hour of returning home from the gym. And always remember to take BCAAs especially since you don’t eat before your workout to prevent muscle wasting!

  4. Courtney

    I am just getting started back working out after taking off about 6mo. in which I gained about 20 lbs. YIKES!! My exercise of choice is running about 3-4 miles every other day while doing some at home workouts with weights. I am really focused on getting back in shape and losing this extra baggage. Just curious as to what you would recommend me starting with. I love the protein and am excited about the new bars! I would appreciate any advice. Thanks!

    1. Caitlin Peterson

      Hey Courtney, if you are looking for a good program, I recommend trying one of our free 15 day challenges because they provide workouts, meal plans, and support to help you lose weight and build muscle. Look at them here: http://www.idealfit.com/idealfit-challenges.list 🙂
      Honestly, I would recommend every one of our products to you, because they really are that good! But I definitely recommend protein bars and the protein powder. And I also recommend that you drink BCAAs during your workout (especially if you ever perform fasted cardio). Then if you are wanting a product to help you burn fat faster, you could look into the IdealLean Fat Burner and CLA. Let me know if you have more questions, I would love to help!

  5. Katie

    I started taking CLA but I am reading negative articles on it that it is not proven to be effective on humans. Is that true? Also, if I take CLA for a while and then come off of it for whatever reason, would it negatively effect me like weight gain?

    1. McKenzie Pinckney

      Hi Katie! That’s such a great question. The funny thing about supplements like Fat Burners and CLA is a lot of people have a misconception that they’re magic. These products won’t make your fat disappear, but they will help speed up metabolic functioning when combined with a wholesome diet composed of complex carbs, essential fats, lean protein, minimal sugar, and regular exercise. Our bodies have these little fat storage pockets and CLA reduces those by activating the enzymes in your body responsible for fat loss. The other amazing thing is they suppress appetite and cut cravings in a non-intrusive way. So, when you combine CLA with a healthy lifestyle they take your fat loss process up a notch. They will subtly help you meet your fitness goals, but it’s definitely not something you’ll see over night. Just like anything worth of value, it takes a lot of time and effort, but they will most certainly help you. I hope this answered your question!

      1. Katie

        Thanks McKenzie! Everything I thought. So basically if I come off of it every so often it won’t have an impact on me if I continue my healthy eating and working out like I normally do? Also, is it a good idea to cycle on and off CLA like it is to sometimes do with ones that contain stimulants?

        1. McKenzie Pinckney

          That’s exactly right. There won’t be any negative impact if you decide to stop taking it. You won’t need to cycle CLA, because of that lack of stimulants! It can be part of your long-term daily supplement intake 🙂

  6. Sarah

    I currently have all of the IS system (shakes and supplements) and all of the IdealFit system. What is the best way to transition from IS to IF as my supplements run out? I’m currently taking the IdealShakes as meal replacements and the Protein after workouts, so I’d like to keep that, I’m just confused as to which supplements I should be using and when.

    1. McKenzie Pinckney

      That’s a great question, Sarah. We have SO many products that it can get pretty confusing when and what to take. You can continue taking your meal replacement with your IdealFit products, if you’ve been liking that regimen. You can also make your protein into a meal replacement, which is such a nice option! Check out this link for directions on how to do that: http://www.idealfit.com/blog/?s=meal+replacement
      I’m assuming you have the Fat Burner, CLA, BCAAs, and Pre-Workout, along with your Protein. Depending on when you workout will determine when you take your Fat Burner. You don’t want to take Pre-Workout and Fat Burner together, because for the average person that’s just too much caffeine. If you workout evening, you would want to take your first Fat Burner pill with breakfast, unless you drink coffee; otherwise, maybe wait an hour or two after your coffee. Your second Fat Burner pill goes with lunch. CLA just goes with meals and it’s okay if you take it at the same time as your Fat Burner. You can drink your BCAAs whenever, really, but they’re most optimal during your workout, and after your workout on an empty stomach. I drink them on my rest days too, also on an empty stomach. For best results, have 1 scoop of Protein before and after your workout, and your Pre-Workout about 30 minutes before you exercise. This was a mouth-full! Was I able to answer all your questions??

  7. Alison

    I have a question about counting your supplements in with your macros. Should I be doing this? I know the CLA’s have some fat and calories in it and the multi vitamin that I take also has 10 calories. I just didn’t know if I need to be that picky when counting the macros to include supplements.

    Thanks so much for your help!

    1. McKenzie Pinckney

      Supplements like that don’t need to be taken into account when counting your macros, because they don’t really contain nutritional value, like actual food. You’re good, babe 🙂

  8. Kristin P

    If you have the stim free pre-workout, can you take burner at the same time?

  9. Sarah

    Will this article eventually be updated to account for new supplements like D3, Glucosamine, and L-Carnitine?

  10. Hannah

    Hi! I am getting married in September, and of course want to look my best 😊 I’m by no means fat, I just know that there is room for improvement (and maybe some toning). I currently run about 15 miles a week and incorporate some 20min hiit workouts or weight lifting with those runs. I would like to know what supplements would be best for me, and at what times. I don’t typically like to eat anything for at least 30 min before I run.

    1. McKenzie Pinckney

      Congratulations on your engagement, Hannah! That’s so exciting!!
      Of course you want to look your best, and I think continuing what you’re doing will help, but I would also start incorporating more strength training into your regiment 3-5 times a week for 30-60 minutes; whether that’s yoga, pilates, weight training, etc. Building muscle is key to toning, and will give you that lean shape you’re looking for. Keep doing HIIT, that will help with the fat burning process. Then you’ll want to start incorporating the Lean Whey Protein into your diet. You’ll want to start having 2 scoops a day, and you can have a scoop 1-2 hours before you workout so your belly isn’t full before a run, or workout. Then you’ll have a scoop after your workout. You may also consider getting the BCAAs. These help with building lean muscle mass, as well as the recovery process, so your muscles aren’t crazy sore.
      Lots of info here. I hope it helped?

  11. Lisa

    I read in previous comments that you normally don’t recommend using IS and IF simultaneously. However, can it be done? I’m already using IS but I train hard between heavy weightlifting and cardio every morning at 5am and during the summer break I’ve added a second yoga workout and/or cardio in the afternoon at 5:00pm. I’ve noticed I’m still hungry throughout the day and think adding the protein would help. Plus my trainer requires us to have 2 protein shakes daily. I love the benefits of the bcaa, now I want to add idealburn. Considering my level of training and weight lost goals of 40lbs, Can I combine both programs?

    1. Alyson McDonald

      Lisa, it is perfectly fine to use products from both brands!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *