The Protocol

There are four phases in the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol. During all four Phases you will receive one-on-one coaching, teaching you how your body gains weight and what you should be eating in order to maintain a balanced weight.


Thanks Dr. D and Ideal Protein!

I have literally tried every kind of diet out there. I bought a treadmill that was being used for a clothing rack. I have a closet full of infomercial exercise gadgets. Finally, Dr. Downey recommended trying the Ideal Protein diet. After 7 weeks, 


Karen R.

The Team

Michael W. Downey, (Clinic Director)

“I learned about Ideal Protein from my primary care physician. I had reached the point of which, no matter how much I exercised and dieted, I was gaining weight and my cardiac risk factors were rising. I was 240 pounds, with a B.M.I of 34.”

Michael communicates regularly with your healthcare provider regarding your progress with Ideal Protein.



Deidra Vanderhorst (Clinic Manager & Weight Loss Consultant)

Deidra was one of Bellevue Ideal Weight Loss’s first dieters. She reached her goal and has been successful in maintaining it. She understands and appreciates the Ideal Protein protocol, having struggled for years with other diet programs. Deidra brings with her over 20 years of business administration and customer service experience, working most recently as a recruiting manager for a large veterinary hospital.




Joann O’Toole (Weight Loss Consultant)

Joann discovered her passion for nutrition, along with her unwavering desire to help people, and became a Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach. She believes what truly qualifies her as a coach is having gone through her own personal weight loss struggles after being diagnosed with hypothyroidism 15 years ago. After years of searching for a program truly set apart from the rest, she successfully achieved her goals with the Ideal Protein Method. Joann is thrilled to be joining our team at Bellevue Ideal Weight Loss Clinic and is excited to share her knowledge and guide clients on the path towards health and vitality.




Deidre Downey, B.S. (Clinic Advisor and Weight Loss Consultant)

Deidre earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Central Washington University in 2010. Since then, she has worked in a variety of capacities in the health industry, including patient rehabilitation, fitness counseling, and as a chiropractic technician. Deidre developed our clinic protocol and continues to serve as our clinic advisor.

“I worked out and ate “healthy foods”, but the weight just wouldn’t come off. Even with my background and education, I still wasn’t able to help myself. Thanks to the Ideal Protein plan, I’ve lost the weight and am able to keep it off.”*


Kim Downey (Owner and Weight Loss Consultant)

Kim is a Pacific Northwest native and attended Western Washington University. There she met Michael Downey and they have been married for 37 years. While raising three children, she helped manage a Chiropractic Center, and is the owner of Bellevue Ideal Weight Loss Clinic.





Bellevue Ideal Weight Loss Clinic is Authorized to Use the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol and Products. The testimonials on this website are those of the individual that is identified, you should not necessarily expect to receive these results. Typical results vary from person to person and individual to individual when the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol is followed properly. You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other diet program to determine if it is right for your needs.

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