Originally Posted by Deana509
I talked to a trainer today, and they explained the IP program to me. What other kinds of questions should I ask before I decide to start this program? I have a good 100+ pounds to lose, and I've tried many diets, including WW's and have always been disappointing... My biggest concerns are costs.... What kinds of things can you buy that can help save a little on costs?
I hope that this is the program for me, and I'm glad I found this site, because I'm sure I will need all of the support I can get.
Congratulations to everyone and their successes so far! It's great reading the success stories on here! Gives me hope!
Look for and read ALL the Alternative threads (note most are speaking of products that are Alternatives to purchasing the IP products. HOWEVER, there is also an IP Alternative eating protocol more for certain diabetics who need to eat slightly different food combinations than the traditional IP protocol.)
Many on here have done IP eating protocol using Alternative products at a substantial savings and had excellent weight loss success. Often if you do it this way, you can't work with a coach as they are compensated for coaching you by the IP products you are buying from them.
Others (such as myself) started on IP products with IP coaches, got familiar and comfortable with the IP way of eating, had success that way and then started either adding some alternatives while still seeing the coach and buying some IP products. Still others eventually broke completely away from their coaches and IP products at some point in their journey.
I think at least starting with a coach and products is a good idea. It gives you time to both understand the plan and to do lots of reading/research on this forum before starting alternatives , but keep in mind some people never had official coaches - just all the "coaching" from all of us!!
Keep asking questions no matter which way you go!!