Pharmasave Richlea Square helps community to achieve weight loss resolutions

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions in Canada is to live a healthier lifestyle. Each January, people make the steadfast commitment that this year they will improve their fitness and start eating healthier. Though, as many of us have experienced, it can be a difficult task to do on your own.

At Pharmasave Richlea Square, the pharmacists and medical professionals want to help you achieve these health goals. With a medically supervised weight loss program called Ideal Protein, they have already helped numerous community members lose extra weight and taught them about the changes needed to maintain their weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.

Through monthly seminars, the Richmond-based Pharmasave educates people about how and why the Ideal Protein weight loss program works. “It’s a low carb, low fat, protein-based program that you supplement with Ideal Protein foods,” said Lina Ooi, the founder and co-owner of the pharmacy. With this ketogenic diet, Ooi said, “you get the protein you need to maintain muscle mass while keeping the calories low.”

Ooi, who is also an Ideal Protein coach, explained by cutting out carbohydrates, your body enters a phase called ketosis, during which it burns optimal fat. For every gram of fat you lose, you burn 9 calories. Ooi said, “this is double the energy that your body gets from burning carbohydrates.” Furthermore, she added, “when people are in ketosis and burn fat, they tend to feel great and have a lot more energy.” She estimates past dieters have lost between two and five pounds per week.

With over 80 different food options and products, ranging from soup to chips and smoothies – some of which can be sampled at the monthly seminars – this weight loss program is both protein focused and protein driven. Those who sign up for Ideal Protein also get the full support of the coaches and pharmacists who work alongside doctors to ensure a healthy, safe, and successful weight loss journey.

“It works really well with our pharmacy concept in terms of health and wellness,” Ooi said. In fact, obesity is one of the leading causes of several medical conditions. For those dieters with pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes or joint pain, Ooi said that a lot of those issues are mitigated once they lose the weight. In addition, Pharmasave Richlea Square is also involved with a UBC Study for Type-2 Diabetics that utilizes Ideal Protein as a diet intervention to improve blood-glucose control. For anyone who is a Type-2 Diabetic and interested in this Study, please contact Pharmasave Richlea Square to see if you qualify!

The next monthly seminar for the Ideal Protein weight loss program is on January 25, 2018 at 6PM. To learn more about Pharmasave Richlea Square and Ideal Protein, visit or call 604-241-2898. 

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