Originally Posted by norcal75
Hello - I'm thinking about doing the Ideal Protein diet. I'm 5' 6", 140 lbs, looking to lose 10-15 lbs (fat - keep muscle) so I can resume working out, re-set my body and eat clean. I've been doing a clean eating diet since Jan. 6 with 4-5 workouts a week with a new trainer. I haven't lost weight or inches, in fact I feel bigger and always bloated/full. I eat only whole foods, no grains, no gluten, no artificial sweetners, little dairy (greek yogurt & half/half 1tsp in coffee), veggies, lean protein, and good fats (nuts, nut butters, avocado, coconut oil/olive oil).
I'm really stuck and not sure what to do. I've talke with the LP coaches, but wonder if a) it's unbearable to follow since you can't workout; b) does the weight truly stay off; c) is it safe?
Are you new to working out? Is your trainer doing body comps?
Are you taking any vitamins? How much water are you drinking?
Are you doing lots of cardio or a combo of weights and cardio or just weights?
There are some IP products without artificial sweeteners but if you are more "sweet" than "savory", you probably will want to use them, if you go IP.
You can do IP working out although you might want to back off/take off the first 3 to 5 days and you will want to either time meals or snacks or add an extra packet or hardboiled egg around your workouts. In 2012, I lost the last 10 or 15 pounds on phase 1 with 6 day/week workouts but I had been on the diet for 7 months. So to your questions--you can work out but not super intensely, the weight stays off if you follow Phase 4 and don't go back to old eating habits (and it is supposedly normal to gain 5 to 7 lbs over a year so you are supposed to reset each January), I feel it is safe but as with anything there are a few people that can't do it due to their unique makeup.
You can PM me but I think you might have to post 10 times to do that. I'm happy to answer on this thread.