Frequently Asked Questions

To help you on the IsoWhey® Program, we have provided a list of the questions and answers:

Maintaining the Program

I am a shift worker and I am not sure at what time to have my IsoWhey® for "breakfast". Do you have any suggestions as my sleep patterns are so irregular?

Losing weight when working irregular shifts is possible! The best time to have your IsoWhey® breakfast smoothie would still be after you wake up (even if it is at 7pm) as your body will need the energy and nutrition provided by IsoWhey® to kick off your "day". Your biggest challenge will probably be avoiding sugary and fatty snacks. Try to pack healthy meals high in low-fat protein, such as skinless chicken breast, and have some almonds handy if you are feeling peckish throughout the night. Most of all, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water!

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weightscaleI've been following the IsoWhey® Weight Management Program for 5 months (on doctor's agreement) and have lost 25 kilograms. I still have 30-40kg to go, but in the last 6 weeks it seems I have begun to plateau, and haven't lost much weight. Do you have any suggestions on how I can continue towards my weight loss goal?

A new diet and exercise plan can shock the body into delivering fast results ... that is, until the body adapts to the new routine. This is why variety is such an important part of the weight loss process. Mix things up by varying the foods that you are eating and your fitness routine. Keep a food diary to assess your diet and lifestyle, and exercise routine. Wear a pedometer to see how much physical activity you are achieving each day. Another thing to keep in mind is that the IsoWhey® Programs also help you build muscle mass, and muscle weighs more than body fat. If you have increased muscle mass then you will weigh more... this is a good thing though, as more muscle mass assists with greater fat loss.

Remember: It's not all about the scales - but how your clothes fit!!

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How much protein, kilojoules, carbohydrates and calories am I allowed to consume each day?

For the IsoWhey® Fast-Track Program, we recommend no more than 5000-6300 kilojoules (1200-1500 calories) daily. For a clearer guide on calorie counts, is a good reference point.

Our recipes account for the nutritional energy and value you need, so these are always safe options. Vegetables and fruit should be considered as your main source of carbohydrates while on the Fast-Track Program. Once you've achieved your healthy weight and are looking to maintain this weight, complex whole grain carbohydrates can be introduced as part of the IsoWhey® Lifelong Wellness Program.

The general amount of protein recommended per day is 0.8-1.0g/kg (see Australian Institute of Sport). That means that if you are 70kg, you should be consuming at least 56g of proteins per day, and that's if you're not exercising. Two serves of IsoWhey ® per day gives you a total of 30g protein per day.

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Does IsoWhey® need to be made fresh every time I have it? Or can it be made in the morning, for example, and then kept refrigerated until lunchtime? How would this affect the nutritional value?

We recommend that IsoWhey® is consumed immediately after blending or shaking. That's because, yes, its nutritional composition does change somewhat, but mostly, it tastes so much better when freshly blended!

If you are having troubles with finding the time to blend your shakes at each meal, the IsoWhey® shaker is a great solution! Simply scoop your IsoWhey powder into the shaker, add milk/milk substitute just prior to drinking, and shake! Voila! A tasty IsoWhey® shake!

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The nutritional value of the IsoWhey label is for the powder only, for when mixing with water, i assume. But what if I mix with milk? Do I need to take that into account too?

It's true that the values on the label are for the powder.

Interestingly, people are divided on their preference for mixing IsoWhey® with water or milk, and it all really comes down to personal taste. If you haven't already tried it, we always suggest trying out water at least once. You never know - you just might love it, and save yourself some calories!

If you choose to mix it with skim milk, the nutritional differences between skim milk and water are minor and not something to worry about. As a guide, 200mL of skim milk typically gives you an extra 68Cal (284kJ), 0.2g fat, 9.6g carbohydrates and 7.2g protein. Mixing with full cream is a whole other story and something that we generally do not recommend!

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I have been on the IsoWhey® program for three days and I haven't felt hungry. Is this normal?

IsoWhey® has a low Glycaemic Index and is meant to create a feeling of satiety. It is perfectly normal to not feel hungry. Bloating can occur when first starting a high protein diet. Your digestive system is taking some time to adjust to the change, and should subside after just a few days.

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What are some other benefits of IsoWhey?

Is the IsoWhey® Program only for those who want to lose weight?

Anyone can use IsoWhey®, it's not only about weight-loss. You can most certainly enjoy it as a simple fruit smoothie during the day. The good news also is that by simply drinking 1 glass of IsoWhey® a day with a healthy meal plan, will help you build lean muscle mass as well.

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Can I expect any side effects?

I am on Day 2 of the 7-Day Fast Track Program, and I'm loving the Double Chocolate shake. I have only one problem: I've just had my first bout of diarrhoea. Has this happened to anyone else, and will it stop soon?

Sorry to hear you are experiencing some tummy upsets. These symptoms can occur when first starting a high protein diet. They indicate that your digestive system is taking some time to adjust to the change, and should subside after just a few days.

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Can I lose weight fast on the IsoWhey program?

If you feel you need to shift quite a lot of weight, we suggest a maximum of 2 shakes a day. Refer to our fast track program.

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What foods am I allowed to eat on the IsoWhey® Healthy Living Programs?

saladI started my IsoWhey® Program on Monday and I feel great! I have IsoWhey Complete® with a 200g tub of natural yoghurt for breakfast and add a fibre supplement, too. Can I have IsoWhey Complete® with natural yoghurt instead of skim milk? I find it keeps me fuller for longer.

IsoWhey Complete®can be mixed with 200mL of water, juice, milk, non-dairy beverage, or natural yoghurt and still produce the same weight loss effects when combined with a healthy diet and exercise program. It is also recommended to add additional fibre supplements to create a greater sense of fullness if you are still feeling hungry.

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With regards to my food diet, can I have tins of mixed beans while on the IsoWhey® Program?

It is okay to eat the beans you are referring to if you are on the maintenance phase of the IsoWhey program and are introducing carbohydrates back into your diet. Beans are a good choice as they are full of protein and dietary fibre. They are also loaded with complex carbohydrates, which are low glycemic index, and provide energy over a sustained period of time by being slowly released into your blood stream. 

They can also be added to salads, soups and casseroles if you are looking for some extra inspiration!

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Can I add my IsoWhey Complete® to hot milk, instead of cold?

We do not recommend consuming IsoWhey Complete® with hot milk, as the whey in IsoWhey® is denatured when it is heated. In other words, its composition changes, much in the same way as when eggs are scrambled and put into a frying pan - the egg changes as it is heated and becomes something different. And while most of us enjoy eggs when cooked, some training camps recommend raw egg white. We're not quite sold on that idea, but much of IsoWhey Complete®'s nutritional value is lost when heated, so best to have it as a cool, refreshing shake.

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Can I eat avocados on the IsoWhey® Programs?

Yes, avocados are a great choice as part of the IsoWhey® Programs. They are nutrient-dense and contain monounsaturated fats which are much better than the saturated fats you get from fatty meat. Avocados are also a wonderful source of fibre and vitamins C and E, which are antioxidants and brilliant for the skin.

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Can we drink diet soft drinks on the IsoWhey® Program?

It is not recommended, as the focus is to make a lifestyle change and consume healthy foods. Whilst diet drinks do not contain any calories, unfortunately they are full of lots of other artificial sweeteners that disrupt appetite control and are more likely to increase cravings. They also contain caffeine, which will give you a little buzz, but in the end it really is giving you fatigue and insomnia.

A nice alternative is iced fruit teas - there are lots of great antioxidant berry flavours - but if you feel you must have soft drinks, remember, everything in moderation.

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Can we drink alcoholic beverages on the program?

No. It is not recommended to have alcoholic drinks as it slows down the weight-loss process.

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I have been experimenting with blending up strawberries and raspberries into my IsoWhey® shakes and it has been great. Am I able to add any fruit I want, such as banana, or are there some fruits I need to stay away from?

It's good that you are adding some fruits to your shakes if you feel that you aren't completely full after drinking the shakes - it also boosts the nutritional benefits. The IsoWhey® ebook is a great source of information on the IsoWhey® program, including listing fruits you can eat, and which foods you can't. While bananas aren't on the list, it is still okay to include them in your shakes - just remember everything in moderation! Even good foods shouldn't be eaten in too large quantities.

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Can we have low-fat dressing on our salads? I'm not into bland food and don't think much of balsamic vinegar.

Some low-fat dressings can be okay to add to food, however commercial brands of low-fat dressings tend to be loaded with sugar, salt and other additives, such as preservatives and thickeners - all things that you need to cut out from your diet to reduce your toxic load.

It is better to make your own dressings. A simple dressing of extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice and fresh herbs could be an option, or, if you prefer oil-free, mix up some dijon mustard with red wine. A third alternative is apple cider vinegar and water with some cracked pepper. A different one again is an Asian-style dressing with light soy sauce, ginger, fresh lime juice, rice wine vinegar and chilli if desired. The options are endless!

I love savoury biscuits - are there any that I can eat on the IsoWhey® Programs? Also, how many carbs am I meant to consume per day?

Our answer here depends on which IsoWhey® Program you are following. If you are currently on the Fast-Track Program, we recommend that you limit your carbohydrate intake (you will still be getting carbs from your fruit and veggie intake). If, however, you have achieved your healthy weight and are following the Lifelong Wellness Program, you may re-introduce more carbohydrates to your diet. We recommend complex carbohydrates which are low in GI and slow releasing - these will help keep you fuller for longer!

The savoury biscuits we recommend are Naturally Good buckwheat crispbreads - these have protein in them and are very low in calories. You can find these in the health food section of your local supermarket. While it is okay to have these crackers, you need to watch what you have with them (cheese and cheesy dips are a no-no), as this can increase your calorie intake. We recommend that when making your food choices, your daily intake does not exceed 5000-6300 kilojoules (1200-1500 calories).

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What rate of weight loss can I look forward to?

I've just started the 7-Day Fast-Track Program today. How many kilograms can I hope to lose at the end of the 7 days?

There are several variables that determine how much weight you can expect to lose per week (such as your current weight, how closely you follow the program etc), but results from past studies indicate that the average weekly weight loss to be expected while on IsoWhey® is between 1 and 2 kilograms.

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Can I use IsoWhey® while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes, the ingredients contained in IsoWhey Complete® are considered to be safe in pregnancy and lactation when consumed in conjunction with a nutritionally balanced diet, however, we recommend you seek specific advice from your healthcare professional who can assess your personal health needs.

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Could you please explain what whey protein is?

Whey protein is a high quality, low allergenic and easily digested protein therefore is highly beneficial as part of weight loss management. For more information about Whey, please click here.

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What is Litesse?

The Litesse Fibre polydextrose,  is a sugar free, low glycaemic soluble dietary fibre and speciality carbohydrate with prebiotic properties.

It is a non digestible food ingredient which passes intact into the colon, where it is partially fermented- so slow fermentation and will not cause gastric discomfort and is well tolerated, up to 90 grams per day can be ingested. It then selectively stimulates the growth of beneficial bacteria, such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli, helping to improve digestive health.

Litesse® can significantly boost fibre intake and will contribute towards the recommended fibre intake of 25 - 30 grams/day.

The fibre combined with low glycaemic Isowhey can help to moderate blood sugar levels, which also helps to suppress hunger and promote satiety.

Litesse is not metabolised by the body, so only contributes an energy value of just one kilocalorie per gram (1 kcal/g compared to 4kcal/g for sugar). Litesse® elicits a low glycaemic response and is therefore suitable for use by diabetics and those on carbohydrate reduced diets.

Fibre contributes to a balanced gastrointestinal tract, and may also offer protection against many life-affecting health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, some forms of cancer and the growth of intestinal pathogens.

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