Ideal Protein Diet - Might be TMI but I gotta ask




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brandissimo11
06-29-2012, 10:14 PM
Has anyone else who has been on IP had it mess with your monthly cycle? Mine came last week but was soooo light and mine are never light. Then this week nothing and I just went to the bathroom and I have bleeding again. Just curious if this is something I need to be concerned about or not. Thanks!!


myriadangel
06-29-2012, 10:15 PM
hhmmm

swimcoachmomma
06-29-2012, 10:33 PM
Has anyone else who has been on IP had it mess with your monthly cycle? Mine came last week but was soooo light and mine are never light. Then this week nothing and I just went to the bathroom and I have bleeding again. Just curious if this is something I need to be concerned about or not. Thanks!!


Yup normal. All of the sex hormones (progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone and a gazillion others) are fat soluble and so are stored in our fat cells. As the fat cells shrink rapidly the hormones have nowhere to go but into the blood stream. Then they wreak havoc with your cycle. Usually takes a few months to level out. Unfortunately that means that we have to be prepared for bleeding at all times. Dang it. Oh well, we have to plan ahead and bring food, so we might as well throw those supplies in our bags as well. Lol.


LizRR
06-29-2012, 10:54 PM
Yup normal. All of the sex hormones (progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone and a gazillion others) are fat soluble and so are stored in our fat cells. As the fat cells shrink rapidly the hormones have nowhere to go but into the blood stream. Then they wreak havoc with your cycle. Usually takes a few months to level out. Unfortunately that means that we have to be prepared for bleeding at all times. Dang it. Oh well, we have to plan ahead and bring food, so we might as well throw those supplies in our bags as well. Lol.

Double Ditto everything swimcoachmomma just said! Don't be shocked if you suffer super PMS hormone rage too...maybe warn the menfolk around you!

usmcvet
06-29-2012, 11:41 PM
The good news from what the ladies are saying is that means it is working for you!!!!

Sassyc1979
06-30-2012, 01:01 AM
I have a question on this....I'm a newbie just on my second day....one of the big questions I asked my doctor before starting IP was "is it ok to do IP while trying to get pregnant?". Obviously would come off if it happened. He said it would be fine. With a possible TOM cycle shift will this make it that much harder to get pregnant?

Super frustrated with doctor right now, lol

LizRR
06-30-2012, 01:19 AM
My coach warned me that IP could mess up my birth control as the estrogen released as you burn off the fat increases fertility, and since I've been on 3fc I've seen a few ladies find that out for themselves. So any ladies not trying to get pregnant may want to double up birth control methods if you are on the pill! She knows I want to try for a baby soon after maintaining goal a few months. She said that if I do become pregnant during Phase 1 I would have to do an immediate 2 week phase off of IP (basically going straight to phase 3). Also, she had me continue taking my prenatals instead of the multivitamin, my coach is run out of my doctors office and they consulted each other regarding my supplements and pregnancy goal. This is definitely a good baby making diet!

swimcoachmomma
06-30-2012, 01:20 AM
I have a question on this....I'm a newbie just on my second day....one of the big questions I asked my doctor before starting IP was "is it ok to do IP while trying to get pregnant?". Obviously would come off if it happened. He said it would be fine. With a possible TOM cycle shift will this make it that much harder to get pregnant?

Super frustrated with doctor right now, lol


Hmmm. If your weight was interfering with your getting pregnant, IP may make it easier. Don't think it would make it harder, unless you are relying on natural family planning or cycle awareness, in which case predicting ovulation would be difficult.

Delgen
06-30-2012, 02:15 AM
Wow! This must be why I had the first TOM in almost a year! Very interesting!

LizRR
06-30-2012, 02:30 AM
Wow! This must be why I had the first TOM in almost a year! Very interesting!

There was a thread recently where some post menopausal women experienced hot flashes 10 years after the fact. Crazy what is hiding in those fat cells!

sprite613
06-30-2012, 10:15 AM
I'm glad that you asked the original question. I was asking my coach about it too. My first TOM after being on IP came about a week early and wasn't near as bad as it usually is. I'm now finishing up my second one and this one caught me by surprise also, at least it was on time. But it was much lighter and almost no pain (I normally have to almost OD on Aleve or something to get through it every month).

I soo didn't know about all that was stored in our fat cells. Thanks ladies, gave me something else to research to let myself know I'm not going crazy with the changing symptoms.

evepet
06-30-2012, 10:45 AM
There was a thread recently where some post menopausal women experienced hot flashes 10 years after the fact. Crazy what is hiding in those fat cells!

I was one of them.... couldn't figure out at first why I was suddenly again getting hot flashes after 10 years! And then - duh - the light bulb went on.... it's the extra estrogen I've been releasing as I'm losing weight! Thankfully, my hot flashes aren't too bad. I'll happily put up with them to shed these surplus pounds. :D

NOVAScents
06-30-2012, 11:49 AM
I could have written this myself. I'm a RAGING B this week AND I only had this little cycle that was spotting, nothing like normal.

Please God- zap this fat and get me back to normal!!! LOL

ChaloJ
06-30-2012, 12:15 PM
I'm glad that you asked the original question. I was asking my coach about it too. My first TOM after being on IP came about a week early and wasn't near as bad as it usually is. I'm now finishing up my second one and this one caught me by surprise also, at least it was on time. But it was much lighter and almost no pain (I normally have to almost OD on Aleve or something to get through it every month).

I soo didn't know about all that was stored in our fat cells. Thanks ladies, gave me something else to research to let myself know I'm not going crazy with the changing symptoms.



My experience has been similar to yours. I have had regular cycles, but extremely light--only lasting a day or two! I thought I was the only one, since I have read so many women had longer bleeding and cycles coming rapidly. I wouldn't mind staying like this for a long long while! (But then, I have all the babies I need. I wish I was a fertility fairy and could send some fertility dust to some dear ladies here!)

brandissimo11
06-30-2012, 01:06 PM
Thank you all SO much for your replies!! I feel much more "normal" now haha. Oh and I weighed in today... lost another 6lbs, which makes me feel SO much better than the 2lbs I lost last week because it was that silly lil TOM. :)

http://www.3fatchicks.net/img/bar070/slider-but3/lb/225/145/211/.png (http://www.3fatchicks.com/)

JellyMae87
06-30-2012, 02:10 PM
Like everyone else stated. This is completely normal... I've gotten mine under control with the nuvaring... And I've been on time for the last 6 months...

And for those that are trying to get pregnant.... This diet does make you extra fertile... And apparently those that are on birth control.... IP only messes with the pill...

Sassyc1979
06-30-2012, 02:19 PM
Woooohooooo extra fertile!!!! Best words EVER!!!
Now where is that hubby of mine, lol! :)

usmcvet
06-30-2012, 02:42 PM
Thank you all SO much for your replies!! I feel much more "normal" now haha. Oh and I weighed in today... lost another 6lbs, which makes me feel SO much better than the 2lbs I lost last week because it was that silly lil TOM. :)

http://www.3fatchicks.net/img/bar070/slider-but3/lb/225/145/211/.png (http://www.3fatchicks.com/)

6 pounds is awesome. Great work.

BLUEJEWEL
06-30-2012, 06:59 PM
great thread. I started the same thing on day 9, I am curious if it is the IP or just me. Getting close to being through with my cycle, menopause, but now this...oh well....i had heard this might happen... so need to just accept it and enjoy the weight loss!
congratulations brandissimo on 6 pounds! awesome!

LizRR
06-30-2012, 07:16 PM
Woooohooooo extra fertile!!!! Best words EVER!!!
Now where is that hubby of mine, lol! :)

Stick with the program 100% and burn off the fat to get that estrogen flowing!

Porthardygurl
06-30-2012, 08:35 PM
I had a question too...Does it make your cycle heavier then normal??? Because i usually have a regular on time cycle that goes for 3 days and its only ever light to medium...but this time around while being on the diet..its become super heavy and lasting a lot longer...????? Is this a normal????

LizRR
06-30-2012, 09:04 PM
I had a question too...Does it make your cycle heavier then normal??? Because i usually have a regular on time cycle that goes for 3 days and its only ever light to medium...but this time around while being on the diet..its become super heavy and lasting a lot longer...????? Is this a normal????

The 3 cycles I've had on IP have been all over the map. My first was a week early, but otherwise normal, my 2nd was 2 weeks long and lighter, and this last one was heavier. I think it just depends on the amount of hormones in your blood and how you react to it. But really, if it's abnormal - then GOOD for you! That means you are burning fat! The only thing 'normal' about our IP cycles is that they are abnormal!

And Porthardy, been meaning to tell you I am really proud of you for sticking with this. I know in the past you were freaking yourself out over daily weigh ins/self sabatoging and self-doubt. You obviously took control and made the right move by having your hubby take the role over as scale overseer. Keep up the good work....or Longhorn will get back on your case!

staceyjblack
06-30-2012, 11:22 PM
I had a question too...Does it make your cycle heavier then normal??? Because i usually have a regular on time cycle that goes for 3 days and its only ever light to medium...but this time around while being on the diet..its become super heavy and lasting a lot longer...????? Is this a normal????


Yeah I have been all over the place... I used to have a perfect 28 days cycle TO THE HOUR. And now I am almost 34 days btwn. Just started maintenance so I will let you all know if things normalize...

Just checked and now it looks like I will have my p during wedding/honeymoon. Probably going to have to do something about that...

Porthardygurl
07-01-2012, 03:10 PM
The 3 cycles I've had on IP have been all over the map. My first was a week early, but otherwise normal, my 2nd was 2 weeks long and lighter, and this last one was heavier. I think it just depends on the amount of hormones in your blood and how you react to it. But really, if it's abnormal - then GOOD for you! That means you are burning fat! The only thing 'normal' about our IP cycles is that they are abnormal!

And Porthardy, been meaning to tell you I am really proud of you for sticking with this. I know in the past you were freaking yourself out over daily weigh ins/self sabatoging and self-doubt. You obviously took control and made the right move by having your hubby take the role over as scale overseer. Keep up the good work....or Longhorn will get back on your case!

Thanks Liz!!:)

KaylaxoLynn
07-02-2012, 11:02 AM
I had my period for 2 months straight and It didn't go away until I got my Depo Shot. Very nerve racking but worth it!

jwdesselle
07-02-2012, 11:09 AM
Wow, not to be intruding in a conversation I really have no business being it (gay male here). BUT, you ladies are superhuman! You get a raw deal because you loose weight at a slightly slower pace than we men do, and you have to deal with issues like this on top of it.

WOW WOW WOW - much respect for every one of you! Keep up the good work with supporting each other, and all us guys here.

CarCamMom
07-02-2012, 11:44 AM
Like everyone else stated. This is completely normal... I've gotten mine under control with the nuvaring... And I've been on time for the last 6 months...

And for those that are trying to get pregnant.... This diet does make you extra fertile... And apparently those that are on birth control.... IP only messes with the pill...
Hi...I'm on the nurvaring too. My TOM decided to come two days ago which is a week earlier than normal . I'm on Day 6 today and think this must be why.

DenverGal
07-02-2012, 12:01 PM
Thank you for posting/asking about this! I was wondering about this too since i have been off this month, and though I have a nice coach, he is male and didn't really have a good explanation for what's going on.

Baracuda
07-03-2012, 12:19 AM
Hi...I'm on the nurvaring too. My TOM decided to come two days ago which is a week earlier than normal . I'm on Day 6 today and think this must be why.

I was on the nuvaring and I got my TOM in the middle of my cycle and it was heavy, which never happens. Since the ring is supposed to stop this from happening and my coach told me the pill can become ineffective- I just stopped doing the ring and use oven mits when baking. I know the ring is becoming more popular and I don't trust that the IP creators have looked much into this issue. I can tell you that my losses picked up- I was stalling out, plus I save the money since those things are pricey each month!

I have become more regular -28 days between on the money and they have lightened up. Just expect the unexpected for the first couple months. And people on the pill be careful!

CarCamMom
07-03-2012, 11:43 AM
I was on the nuvaring and I got my TOM in the middle of my cycle and it was heavy, which never happens. Since the ring is supposed to stop this from happening and my coach told me the pill can become ineffective- I just stopped doing the ring and use oven mits when baking. I know the ring is becoming more popular and I don't trust that the IP creators have looked much into this issue. I can tell you that my losses picked up- I was stalling out, plus I save the money since those things are pricey each month!

I have become more regular -28 days between on the money and they have lightened up. Just expect the unexpected for the first couple months. And people on the pill be careful!

So, your losses were higher when you weren't using the ring? That's very interesting...Part of the reason I am on BC is to help my skin stay clearer. I'm not too worried about getting pregnant right now. I'm wondering if I should ditch the ring for a while? Like I said, I'm a week early and its HEAVY, heavy, heavy...yuck. Feel like I'm going through puberty again!

LizRR
07-03-2012, 12:18 PM
Yeah I have been all over the place... I used to have a perfect 28 days cycle TO THE HOUR. And now I am almost 34 days btwn. Just started maintenance so I will let you all know if things normalize...

Just checked and now it looks like I will have my p during wedding/honeymoon. Probably going to have to do something about that...

Hey stacey - I had the same 'schedule' as far as supposed to have my TOM during my wedding/honeymoon, I just kept up on my BCP (aka, didn't do the 'skip week') and was able to REALLY enjoy myself! Not sure what you use for BC though....just an fyi though!

Wow, not to be intruding in a conversation I really have no business being it (gay male here). BUT, you ladies are superhuman! You get a raw deal because you lose weight at a slightly slower pace than we men do, and you have to deal with issues like this on top of it.

WOW WOW WOW - much respect for every one of you! Keep up the good work with supporting each other, and all us guys here.

jwdesselle - appreciate the support!

robin532
07-03-2012, 01:41 PM
I have been on the pill for about 24 years so my periods have been almost non-existant, super light and some months nothing. But, since I've been on IP I've had 2 periods lasting for 3-4 days and super heavy with slight cramps. But I'm ok with it since I'm losing weight. I've been lucky all these years so I'm not complaining but it was kinda weird for me!

PhoenixRisingAgain
07-03-2012, 02:04 PM
UGH...I had almost forgot this part of losing weight. TBH, I don't think it's an IP exclusive. I know that when I have been successfully losing in the past, no matter what method, I would experience this. And I normally don't get a TOM at all...sigh...guess I better make sure I've got "stuff" in my bag from now on!

phoenix!

MarcusBrody
07-04-2012, 01:21 PM
Can't repeat enough about how the program will affect your family planning - my IP buddy had to drop out last Fall about six months into our IP diet because she was FIVE MONTHS pregnant and didn't realize it because the symptoms were so similar to what I was experiencing from the diet. We both thought she was just losing slower! This plan is amazing, but it WILL jack with your hormones. Be careful out there! :)

CindyG
07-04-2012, 01:30 PM
Good question! I am actually post menopausal. When I was on IP two years ago (lost 56 pounds) I actually started spotting. My GYN told me she does see this with rapid weight loss. Good luck to you:)