Ideal Protein Diet - I wonder if IP is for me...




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OhMyDogs
05-17-2012, 12:57 AM
I was once a calorie counter, back in the days when I was a stay at home mom. It worked well for me, but my life has changed so drastically in the past year (well less than), and I have many more time constraints.
Now I work full time, still do the "mom" thing, and recently bought a horse, who is boarded outside my town. While he is apparently broke to ride, since I got him at an auction, we are treating him as though he's green, and starting from scratch, which means I am putting in a lot of time out at the stable.
My life just DOES NOT have time for weighing, counting and planning right now. Don't get me wrong, I could do small amounts of it, but to try and do it with every single thing I put in my mouth is just utterly impossible, and I find I keep failing (I have tried to get back on track a few times, and only last a day or 2 before I end up going back to convenience...meaning fast food).

I am wondering if Ideal Protein is something I should investigate more thoroughly. The idea of pre-packaged meals would simplify my life a TON. I worry because I do have a minor case of gout, and am not sure how IP may impact that, but I HAVE to get this weight off.

I would LOVE any HONEST input you all could give me!

Thanks!


frazzledmom04
05-17-2012, 01:08 AM
I absolutely LOVE IP. There really was no counting needed, There was a little bit of planning if I was going out somewhere but nothing too drastic that I stressed over it. As long as I had my veggies cut up or at least thought out for the day, it was easy peasy. I have finished my IP journey and have been in maintenance mode for almost a month now and continue to do great. I really REALLY recommend it to everyone who asks how I did it because I truly believe that this is my last diet and by far the easiest one I have ever done.
For sure do some research on it, maybe see if there is a clinic where you can go and get some info on it r see if there is an open house info session. I gurantee you won't be disappointed in the results you can and will achieve!

DanafromAustin
05-17-2012, 02:01 AM
I'm with frazzelmom; best diet I've ever been on, and believe me when I tell you I have tried most of them. As you can tell from both of our starting weights that we started just about where you are now. Frazzelmom lost incredibly fast, and I lost my 88 pounds in 7 months. Actually my 7th month anniversary of starting IP will be tomorrow.

This is the strictest diet I have ever been on, but also the easiest. There really isn't much to figure out as most of the work is done for you. The first week is difficult, no bones about it, but once you enter into ketosis (generally about the 3rd or 4th day) it can be smooth sailing from there as the hunger generally goes away.

I had a hard time getting past the 3rd day on most diets, but yet here I am 100% on plan (absolutely no cheating) for 7 months now. Thank goodness for IP because before I had even heard of IP (my oncologist recommended this diet to me) I was just about ready to give up because either I couldn't stay on anything, or if I did I couldn't get the scale to move after the first 10 pounds.

Good luck in whatever you decide.


ChaloJ
05-17-2012, 03:21 AM
IP is pretty simple. It's regimented, but simple. When I first began it, I made it a little complex by getting all fancy with the veggies, constantly trying new and complicated veggie recipes and such. Now that I've done it for a while, I am content to prepare veggies in a low maintenance manner, saving the demanding recipes (like cauliflower "bread sticks") for special occasions. If I'm in a real hurry, I don't balk at something as simple as grabbing a few celery sticks and lettuce leaves!

I am not a super regimented person by nature. Okay, that was an understatement. So, maybe it has taken me longer than others to get my routine down: remembering my vitamins, finding the right time for my snack, learning to shift some of my protein to my lunch salad, etc, but now I've got it down. I am absolutely loooooooooooooooving this program.

Sewmam
05-17-2012, 09:01 AM
You have to measure out your 2 cups of vegees and weigh your meat, but other than that, the program just tells you what to do. Once you get your favorite foods ingrained as a habit, and do things like freeze portions of the meat or make home made soups to freeze, it really becomes automatic, and you can throw together meals in 20 minutes or less. I needed a program to just tell me what to do, and this really did it for me. I will always be grateful to IP.

Good luck on your decision!

Cole3
05-17-2012, 09:07 AM
I will agree with the ladies who chimed in already :) The reason I love IP is that it is SO easy ... I work 40 plus hours a week and have 3 kids who feel it necessary to involve themselves in every single activity that presents itself (LOL) so I am running around crazy all day every day. The biggest problem I had sticking to a diet plan is it became too much work ... required too much planning and eventually I would "have to" cheat a little because I didn't have the time to actually count the calories or calculate the points or whatever it may be. IP eliminates all this completely. I grab my packets in the morning and go ... and the best part is that because I am not hungry like I was on every other diet I can wait for dinner until I have time and I don't feel as if I "have" to cheat to combat the hunger. AND -- it works!! So really a win/win :)

ProteinGal
05-17-2012, 10:28 AM
The only real chore is weighing your meat, veggies and oil, but that's about it, everything is figured out for you, no counting of protein/carbs/fats.

I work full time so I cook batches of meat so most of the time I weigh my meat after being cooked, 5 oz cooked = 8 oz uncooked.

Karen71
05-17-2012, 11:27 AM
I absolutely LOVE IP. There really was no counting needed, There was a little bit of planning if I was going out somewhere but nothing too drastic that I stressed over it. As long as I had my veggies cut up or at least thought out for the day, it was easy peasy. I have finished my IP journey and have been in maintenance mode for almost a month now and continue to do great. I really REALLY recommend it to everyone who asks how I did it because I truly believe that this is my last diet and by far the easiest one I have ever done.
For sure do some research on it, maybe see if there is a clinic where you can go and get some info on it r see if there is an open house info session. I gurantee you won't be disappointed in the results you can and will achieve!

Frazzlemom, I see we have similar stats. How long did it take you to reach your goal (or at least reach your 90% mark).

Thanks and job well done!

OhMyDogs
05-17-2012, 11:38 AM
Thank you all so much for the input.

How hard would this program be to follow if you were using IP foods, but not using a coach.

I understand the costs involved with going IP, but I am morally opposed to paying a "consultation fee". Where I live it's $75, and in my opinion, if the products work as well as they claim (and I am not doubting this), why are they charging people to get prepared to make an informed decision?

I have recently found that I can buy the IP foods online, which would negate the consultation fee, but also the coach. I don't want to screw myself up, but again, I don't believe they should be charging people a consultation fee, especially considering the high cost of the product (again, a cost well worth it for self confidence, and better health).

I have perused the forum a bit and seen the protocols listed. Would this be something I could start and do on my own, with the information provided here on 3FC, or is a coach really that important?

DanafromAustin
05-17-2012, 11:49 AM
Thank you all so much for the input.

How hard would this program be to follow if you were using IP foods, but not using a coach.

I understand the costs involved with going IP, but I am morally opposed to paying a "consultation fee". Where I live it's $75, and in my opinion, if the products work as well as they claim (and I am not doubting this), why are they charging people to get prepared to make an informed decision?

I have recently found that I can buy the IP foods online, which would negate the consultation fee, but also the coach. I don't want to screw myself up, but again, I don't believe they should be charging people a consultation fee, especially considering the high cost of the product (again, a cost well worth it for self confidence, and better health).

I have perused the forum a bit and seen the protocols listed. Would this be something I could start and do on my own, with the information provided here on 3FC, or is a coach really that important?
I think this is really only something you can answer. I don't know if I could have done this without my coach. She is worth every penny of the 75.00 (actually I think I paid 50.00) I spent. She takes time to talk to me each week, and she also takes my measurements and checks my lean muscle mass and body fat. I also really needed the accountability that she provided me, especially in the early days when this diet is more challenging. Now IP is just second nature to me, but I still look forward to my weigh in days and our conversations. It also really comes down to how good the coach is. You get a lot of good information here on 3fc, but at least for me it can't compare to my relationship to my coach.

Karen71
05-17-2012, 11:52 AM
Thank you all so much for the input.

How hard would this program be to follow if you were using IP foods, but not using a coach.

I understand the costs involved with going IP, but I am morally opposed to paying a "consultation fee". Where I live it's $75, and in my opinion, if the products work as well as they claim (and I am not doubting this), why are they charging people to get prepared to make an informed decision?

I have recently found that I can buy the IP foods online, which would negate the consultation fee, but also the coach. I don't want to screw myself up, but again, I don't believe they should be charging people a consultation fee, especially considering the high cost of the product (again, a cost well worth it for self confidence, and better health).

I have perused the forum a bit and seen the protocols listed. Would this be something I could start and do on my own, with the information provided here on 3FC, or is a coach really that important?

Same here but I paid the fee. I like that we don't have to pay a consultant fee any time I go in for my weekly WIs. I personally like that I have to see someone every week for my WI. Keeps me honest. But that is just me.

Do what right is for you. IF you were successful with counting calories (which is so hard) then you might be okay without the consultant. You can always give it a try doing it on your own and if you feel you need that extra in person support you can always sign up.

Best of luck on your new healthy lifestyle!

ProteinGal
05-17-2012, 12:05 PM
Thank you all so much for the input.

How hard would this program be to follow if you were using IP foods, but not using a coach.

I understand the costs involved with going IP, but I am morally opposed to paying a "consultation fee". Where I live it's $75, and in my opinion, if the products work as well as they claim (and I am not doubting this), why are they charging people to get prepared to make an informed decision?

I have recently found that I can buy the IP foods online, which would negate the consultation fee, but also the coach. I don't want to screw myself up, but again, I don't believe they should be charging people a consultation fee, especially considering the high cost of the product (again, a cost well worth it for self confidence, and better health).

I have perused the forum a bit and seen the protocols listed. Would this be something I could start and do on my own, with the information provided here on 3FC, or is a coach really that important?

For sure you can do it on your own/ without a coach. It only comes down to how much you really want to commit. If you are going to go off plan here and there because it's your birthday, family gathering etc, you're just wasting your money buying the IP products. You really need to commit to being OP Phase 1 till you get to goal and thereafter follow all the phases to a T, otherwise you will gain it back.

Pick a day for your weigh in day, get your dh/ close friend or yourself and measure too, keep track of this faithfully each week. You can also make a ticker here too. Write in a food journal everyday, keep track of everything you eat and drink, even if its gum or a packet of Splenda, keeps you accountable IMO..... and come here everyday for support or vent ;)

OhMyDogs
05-17-2012, 12:05 PM
I think this is really only something you can answer. I don't know if I could have done this without my coach. She is worth every penny of the 75.00 (actually I think I paid 50.00) I spent. She takes time to talk to me each week, and she also takes my measurements and checks my lean muscle mass and body fat. I also really needed the accountability that she provided me, especially in the early days when this diet is more challenging. Now IP is just second nature to me, but I still look forward to my weigh in days and our conversations. It also really comes down to how good the coach is. You get a lot of good information here on 3fc, but at least for me it can't compare to my relationship to my coach.

See, for me, it's like this:

I wouldn't pay an entry fee to go to a PartyLite party, or a Tupperware Party...people take the time to teach me about their products for free, and hope that I see the value in them. If they "con" you into paying the consultation fee, then you're already invested to some extent. I find it to be dishonest. Above and beyond that, the first week, cost wise, ends up being almost 3x as much every other week, including the consultation fee. $75 fee, $199 first week's food...and about $90 for each additional week's food. I would LOVE to try this program/protocol, but I just don't know if I can justify $274 for the first week. Beyond that, I don't know if I can even afford it (justification aside).

I am sorry to ramble, I am just tired of being fat, tired of fighting, and looking for a simple (please note, I said SIMPLE, not easy) way for me to find success, that isn't going to absolutely break the bank.

qsuzi1
05-17-2012, 12:57 PM
Another bonus of having a coach is that you get measured and can see those inches lost. I paid $199 but it included 1 week of food. You can find information about the different phases on this site. Please be aware of the side effects you might have but there are things that will help you to minimize any you do have.

redhead14
05-17-2012, 01:05 PM
By your tracker you would like to drop 108lbs, if we say that you will average 3lbs a week that means 36 wks of PH1, 1 week of PH2, 2 weeks of PH3, and unlimited visits on PH4. Let's round to 40 weeks on IP, that is $1.87 per week for the clinic fee. That does included a weekly body comp which costs the clinic $2 for every client. For the cost of the food you need to subtract all the fast food you eat, any junk food you buy, 2 meals from the grocery store, for most people they end up even or less than the cost of the food.

momof2greatcats
05-17-2012, 01:07 PM
At my clinic there is an extensive health history questionnaire that is reviewed by a physician to ensure you are a good (safe) candidate for IP. That is what the consultation fee was for, the doctor's time (and knowledge) to review that.

So I think an initial fee is reasonable.

I agree that IP is awesome. Strict, but easy to follow.

AllyG47
05-17-2012, 01:22 PM
I have to warn you that you may not have any energy on this diet. I'm sure this doesn't happen to everyone but I did IP for the past two weeks (I just quit yesterday) and had literally no energy. It said that you aren't suppose to exercise but even if I could, I wouldn't have had any energy to do so. I'm moving and was suppose to be packing this week and could barely work up the energy to pack up a few boxes. Yesterday, I caved and ate some chocolate chip cookies, baked beans and a cheeseburger. I feel so much better today and I actually lost some weight from yesterday. First time the scale moved in days.

IP is easy in some ways because there isn't anything to think about. I wasn't using a coach and was using the EAS shakes and Pure Protein Bars. It was easy to grab a bar for breakfast or a shake for lunch. It was hard for me to get my vegetables in. I couldn't find a single vegetable that I liked. I tried most of the vegetables and cooked them a bunch of different ways but couldn't stomach any of them. I even tried blending spinach into my shake but it made my shake taste gross. I lost 7 lbs the first week but I gained 2 lbs the second week and that was staying as 100% OP as I could on alternative products. I decided to quit because I didn't like being drained of energy and having to gag down my vegetables. I was never hungry but I didn't like having to eat food I hated while my friends and family ate my favorite foods. I hated how I couldn't have any wedding cake at my cousin's wedding last Saturday. I felt bad when the bride asked, "Did you like the wedding cake? My mom made it." and I had to tell her that I didn't try the cake because I was on a diet. :(

I don't want to discourage you from this diet but I want you to be aware that there are side effects and that it isn't easy for everyone. I struggled on this diet and just couldn't do it. I'm doing calorie counting now. I did it in the past and it worked so I'm sure it will work again. If you like vegetables then you will probably do well on this diet.

qsuzi1
05-17-2012, 01:29 PM
At my clinic there is an extensive health history questionnaire that is reviewed by a physician to ensure you are a good (safe) candidate for IP. That is what the consultation fee was for, the doctor's time (and knowledge) to review that.

So I think an initial fee is reasonable.

I agree that IP is awesome. Strict, but easy to follow.

FYI, my personal experience is that the doctor quickly looked through the profile and asked a few questions. I have found that IP is NOT really a medically supervised diet in comparison with the program available through my health insurance medical provider at cost. They do testing such as EKG's, provide a nutritionist, group support, blood tests, test your metabolism at least twice. Many members see their physician prior to joining IP to have some testing done including consulting their personal physician.

usmcvet
05-17-2012, 02:16 PM
IP is pretty simple. It's regimented, but simple. When I first began it, I made it a little complex by getting all fancy with the veggies, constantly trying new and complicated veggie recipes and such. Now that I've done it for a while, I am content to prepare veggies in a low maintenance manner, saving the demanding recipes (like cauliflower "bread sticks") for special occasions. If I'm in a real hurry, I don't balk at something as simple as grabbing a few celery sticks and lettuce leaves!

I am not a super regimented person by nature. Okay, that was an understatement. So, maybe it has taken me longer than others to get my routine down: remembering my vitamins, finding the right time for my snack, learning to shift some of my protein to my lunch salad, etc, but now I've got it down. I am absolutely loooooooooooooooving this program.


I needed the regimented program. I'm too old and fat to go back to Boot Camp but this is just as effective as that was and a **** of a lot easier.

frazzledmom04
05-17-2012, 03:23 PM
Frazzlemom, I see we have similar stats. How long did it take you to reach your goal (or at least reach your 90% mark).

Thanks and job well done!

Thank you so much. I reached goal in just over 6 months and then did phase 2 and 3 in month 7 and have been in maintenance since April 28th and am happy to say that following the IP guidelines I haven't gained in maintenance so I am quite happy to say that this plan really does work if you follow what it says to do. Like Dana said the first week can be rough for some (I was lucky and didn't have the headaches and hunger from the carb withdrawl) but it does go away usually the 4th ot 5th day and then it's smooth sailing if you want it to be.

OhMyDogs
05-18-2012, 03:25 AM
Meh, I am on my second 1 week period of steroids in the last month...(on a week, off a week, on another week), for nystagmus. I haven't killed anyone yet, so I could hopefully make it through the first week.

I did go in and talk to them at the IP clinic here, and booked a tentative consultation for next week. I may end up cancelling that, but either way I have it if I want is.

I have questions though...what about MiO, is it allowed? I LOVE the stuff. I have been using Coffee Mate in my coffee for years...what the heck would I put in there if I was on IP?

So many questions (I haven't even touched the surface).

ferrousgal
05-18-2012, 04:59 AM
I'm 100% alternative as I'm way too poor to have a coach or buy expensive stuff. I also don't plan a huge amount on this. I've just figured out what sorts of veggies I like to have access to for whatever I might want to whip on the fly and try to have a lot of meat on hand frozen or fresh. One of the things I do whether I'm dieting or not is to get a big family pack of boneless skinless chicken breast and either bake it all at once plain in a big casserole dish or grill it all plain. Then I just use what we need for the meal and pack the rest away in the fridge or freezer depending on anticipated meals. Then all I have to do is plan around it. Saute or roast veggies, slice up half a cucumber, toss a quick green salad, etc.. It's very rare that my meals take more than 40 minutes of cook/prep time and often they are more like 10-20 minutes. I'd rather do that instead of add water meals just because for a long term way of lifestyle, it's gonna have to be how I maintain anyway once I reach my goals.

I drink an EAS shake with a little bit of concentrated coffee mixed in for breakfast. Gives me a good caffeine boost to help me along and it helps the flavor.

swerdna59
05-18-2012, 09:20 AM
Can you do it, of course you can! I was frustrated with myself for the past 2 years or so because I had slowly put on about 10 pounds and I just couldn't stick to anything. I had done WW years ago and had success with that--I do like their program and it does work, but I felt like I needed something different. Two co-workers have done IP and have had great success. I decided to try it and have been on it for 2 weeks. Granted 2 weeks is not a long time but I have been faithful to the Phase I protocol and I have lost 11 pounds so far! I am amazed. I hope to lose 7 more so we'll see. This protocol is easy to follow. After you measure a few times you can, or at least I feel I can, eyeball portion sizes as well. I am using alternative products due to the cost and my dissatistaction with the IP Store in my town. I have started my regular walking again which I used to be so faithful to but had just gotten away from so I think that helps as well. I feel great although the 1st week was kind of iffy. I am rarely hungry but do miss snacking--mindless snacking that is--so that is something I have to work on changing. I love being more aware of what I am eating. On Mother's Day I had a steak and big salad with Walden Farms dressing...yummy. I made my husband and son potatoes/gravy/corn to go with it and I didn't even miss those things because I had a big salad for myself. Today we are going shopping and I plan to stick to the protocol...will bring my own salad dressing, have found I like the Raspberry Vinagrette from Walden Farms. I think changing how you eat is a totaly mindset--the good thing about IP is that if you are faithful to it, it seems to work very well. Good luck.

ProteinGal
05-18-2012, 10:05 AM
Meh, I am on my second 1 week period of steroids in the last month...(on a week, off a week, on another week), for nystagmus. I haven't killed anyone yet, so I could hopefully make it through the first week.

I did go in and talk to them at the IP clinic here, and booked a tentative consultation for next week. I may end up cancelling that, but either way I have it if I want is.

I have questions though...what about MiO, is it allowed? I LOVE the stuff. I have been using Coffee Mate in my coffee for years...what the heck would I put in there if I was on IP?

So many questions (I haven't even touched the surface).

My clinic allows MiO, any Splenda 000 products up to 3 times a day, don't go overboard on these side kicks because they can add up in carbs. I find it way too sweet anyways, water is your best drink ;)
You are allowed 1 oz of skim milk per day, or you can add a little RTD Vanilla to your morning coffee.

OhMyDogs
05-18-2012, 11:28 AM
I was told that I could have any Splenda 000 product as well, when I was talking to her. MiO contains Acesulfame Potassium as well, which I wasn't sure if it was allowed. I am really not a fan of water, so I use MiO in my water at work all the time. I walk a ton at work, probably 4 miles a day on average, more when it's busy, and MiO has become my bestest friend.

I understand that going IP means giving up ALL pop (gulp, I like a diet pop once in a while), and messing with my coffee (double gulp, I LOVE my coffee)...but does it HAVE to screw with my water too? LOL

photogirl74
05-20-2012, 12:04 AM
Here is my experience with IP.

I think IP can work for most people. I'm not sure I'm going to stick with it. I started on Monday and today, Saturday, I am absolutely miserable. Depression. Irritable. Zero Energy. Light headed. I have never felt this bad on any diet. Ever. I'm also not fully comfortable with eating packets. I have done it before - I did Medifast last year and lost 55 lbs which I've nearly gained all back. (I didn't transition off it well. I do think that's a great plan.) IP was recommended by my endocrinologist. I know I do better on lo-carb/ high protein diets and we both thought this would work but I really wanted to go jump off a bridge today and I never EVER feel like that. It was 80 and sunny today - perfect day for me to be out on my bike - something I LOVE. I do a couple of century rides a year - but I can't on IP. Today I could barely get off the sofa. I don't like the fact that you aren't supposed to exercise for the first few weeks (my coach told me all of phase 1) and I feel like I can't really have much of a social life. I'm also a huge farmers market junky and the thought of missing fresh fruits, corn and fresh dairy is pissing me off even more.

As others have mentioned there is a joining fee, which I also thought was a bit crazy. I paid $150 and that tics me off too so I'm willing to give this at least another week to see if this depression/irritability goes away. But that $150 also is a lifetime thing - so maybe this just isn't the right time for me. Maybe I'll do better with it at another time in my life. In the last 6 months I changed jobs, went into a manager position (for the first time ever) and bought my first house. Busy busy and missing my friends. This just may not be "my time." I truly believe that everything everything happens for a reason and when it should.

I also know that I used to weigh 390 and now I am 230. Big Picture - that's pretty good! I did that mostly on my own - eat better and exercise. I'm just stuck and I want to get to 160-165. I'm not sure I'm comfortable with packaged food. It doesn't feel healthy to me. I know IP is, but it doesn't feel that way to me. It also isn't realistic to my lifestyle. Today I had invite to a BBQ, wine tasting and a group bike ride. All of which I had to turn down. That is not a life for a 37 year old, single, female. I know it is a sacrifice now for something better later, but at the same time I am missing a lot.

These are just my experiences. IP works. It just may not be for me... at this time.

DanafromAustin
05-20-2012, 02:40 AM
See, for me, it's like this:

I wouldn't pay an entry fee to go to a PartyLite party, or a Tupperware Party...people take the time to teach me about their products for free, and hope that I see the value in them. If they "con" you into paying the consultation fee, then you're already invested to some extent. I find it to be dishonest. Above and beyond that, the first week, cost wise, ends up being almost 3x as much every other week, including the consultation fee. $75 fee, $199 first week's food...and about $90 for each additional week's food. I would LOVE to try this program/protocol, but I just don't know if I can justify $274 for the first week. Beyond that, I don't know if I can even afford it (justification aside).

I am sorry to ramble, I am just tired of being fat, tired of fighting, and looking for a simple (please note, I said SIMPLE, not easy) way for me to find success, that isn't going to absolutely break the bank.

Meh, I am on my second 1 week period of steroids in the last month...(on a week, off a week, on another week), for nystagmus. I haven't killed anyone yet, so I could hopefully make it through the first week.

I did go in and talk to them at the IP clinic here, and booked a tentative consultation for next week. I may end up cancelling that, but either way I have it if I want is.

I have questions though...what about MiO, is it allowed? I LOVE the stuff. I have been using Coffee Mate in my coffee for years...what the heck would I put in there if I was on IP?

So many questions (I haven't even touched the surface).
My start up fee included two weeks of food, and for the foods I found I didn't like I was able to trade them in for foods I did enjoy.

As for Splenda and Mio, my coach says no as she is very much by the book and likes to keep it as natural as possible. That said, I did use Mio for a short time, but I stopped because I found the sweetness made me crave carbs more, and that wasn't a good thing. I only drink water with a slice of lemon now. I try and eat very healthy now, grass fed beef and only organic food whenever possible, so Mio really didn't fit into my plan anymore anyway.

This is of course a very personal decision, and I do understand your hesitation. My doctor highly recommended this diet to me as she does for all of her cancer patients who need to lose weight. I had never heard of Ideal Protein before. I started out very skeptical, but once in ketosis (about the 4th or 5th day in), I felt great and I haven't looked back since.

swerdna59
05-20-2012, 09:32 AM
I agree it is a personal decision and with any kind of diet, at least for me, I have had to be in the right "mental" place to be successful. The first week on IP for me I felt really "out of it" most of the time but I stuck with it because I was curious how my body would react. I have been surprised at how easy this protocol is to follow and the results so far. I will say the past few evenings I have felt like snacking but I have resisted. I am not sure I am eating all I am supposed to be eating but it's been busy for me as well. I am going to stick with it and see what I can lose. Good luck to you and I hope you feel better too.

qsuzi1
05-20-2012, 10:43 AM
photogirl74, hope things improve for you soon. It is a personal decision as others have said.

usmcvet
05-20-2012, 02:17 PM
If you're hungry have another packet. The alternate plan has worked well for me. Try that too.