Ideal Protein Diet - I see no changeeee!!!!! and feel frustrated...!!!




MusicLover23
07-05-2012, 07:07 PM
Hello everyone! I am new to this forum and Ideal Protein, i started the protocol 11 days ago, the first two days were horrible but it got so much better since day three.. according to my scale i lost about 6 pounds :?: , thing is, i feel exactly the same!! if not fatter!! i dont know if this might be sphicological or what but i am so discourage i hate veggies and everytime i eat is because i have to .. im so frustrated because i feel that my effort is not showing in any way... when am i going to start to see results? :(:?: ... by the way i have my first way in on monday :)


zoyaka
07-05-2012, 07:13 PM
First three weeks were hard for me. I've noticed some changes when I've lost about 10-12 lbs. Don't be discouraged, you'll notice the difference. It's not just physical, it's an emotional journey as well. Your hormones released from fat make you very vulnerable to every unkind comment. Regarding the veggies - be creative, check the recipes, find those that you like. Good luck! You can do it!

Tigerlvr52
07-05-2012, 07:14 PM
I felt very similar the first few days not really noticing any change. Then bam.... it just felt right, felt healthier. And my first WI I was down 13 lbs. I love veggies that we can't eat so it has been my largest challange to get in all the required veggies. I have pushed and shoved and mix in with my drink. My drink looks gross, my coworkers think I am crazy for eating this weird greenish brown drink every day. I take a deep breath, don't look at the drink... and chug it down. Do it like you would a bad beer, you can't afford better beer but you want the buzz.... just drink the 8 oz and be done.


MusicLover23
07-05-2012, 07:31 PM
@Zoyaka thank you so much! i really needed to hear those words, this last 2 days have been really hard for me since some family came over from NY and they go out to dinner or order pizza, and then here i am eatinv veggies :( ... and i just fell really bad :'( ..but i chose to be healthy and move on its not the end of the world .. thank u! :)

MusicLover23
07-05-2012, 07:34 PM
@TIgerlvr thank you for the great idea! i might start doing that its better to get over with it then be eating them one by one i just cant even stand eating them anymore :S ... thank u!

GrandmaKiss
07-05-2012, 08:16 PM
@Zoyaka thank you so much! i really needed to hear those words, this last 2 days have been really hard for me since some family came over from NY and they go out to dinner or order pizza, and then here i am eatinv veggies :( ... and i just fell really bad :'( ..but i chose to be healthy and move on its not the end of the world .. thank u! :)

Stand up for yourself. Say "no" to pizza parlors and "yes" to places that will have good food for you.

Some of my favorites that are IP friendly

El Pollo Loco, 3 piece meal take skin off, veg and salad as sides
Any kind of steak house, Steak, double veg instead of veg/potato combo
Any of the Mongolian Grills, build it yourself with meat and veg
Mexican. Fajitas (ask them to hold the onions and double peppers) or tacos with no cheese, (don't eat the shell)
Buffet- A great place to get your big hunk of meat and veg in
Carl's Jr/Hardee. Carb style $6 burger hold the mayo and cheese
Seafood places as long as they have non-fried options.
Jack-In-The-Box- Their grilled chicken strips are GOOD, add a salad.

I've not yet gotten up the nerve to try Italian or Oriental because they rely so heavily on the carbs.

CindyG
07-05-2012, 08:18 PM
Hang in there. Are you being measured? You may not see as much pounds lost as you think you should....but measuring the inches off is very encouraging. This program works...take it a day at a time and you will see big results!

Momto2cs
07-05-2012, 08:21 PM
Some foods can cause bloating and gas...if it doesn't resolve try removing anything with sugar alcohols.

JellyMae87
07-05-2012, 09:36 PM
Don't be discouraged... I still have image issues... Where I feel like I have not changed at all... Don't give up... It's been less than 2 weeks..

bigpassport
07-05-2012, 10:35 PM
6 lbs in 11 days is awesome! Don't fret. Just follow the plan, keep busy and before you know it, you'll be thin. Note the "keep busy" advice. Do something, work extra hours, start a project. Focus on something else and put IP on auto-pilot.

Porthardygurl
07-06-2012, 02:23 AM
Aww i hear ya..Im in the same boat...Ive lost 17 pounds so far and i cant see any difference at all..not even in my clothes..In fact i feel like my stomach actually looks bigger and more bloated and my face looks puffy..I dont feel like i look any different whatsoever and thats even after 17 pounds...The only thing that gives me hope, is something i heard on here from somewhere else..Maybe you can take comfort in it...

If you look at a roll of Paper Towel...and you rip off 1 piece or 5 pieces or even 10 pieces...you dont really see a change in the size of the roll right?? Buuuuut.... if you were to rip off say 50 pieces you would see a big difference...the roll would look smaller right??? :) Well its like this with weight loss...We are like a roll of paper towel...Maybe 1 pound or 2 pounds or even 10 pounds or like me...17 pounds or 20 pounds...doesnt make that much of a visual difference....but when you start seeing 30 pounds and 40 pounds you start to notice your size is changing and you are getting smaller..just like the paper towel roll...

So take hope...that even though we cant "see" it now...we WILL see it eventually...sometimes it just takes awhile to get there....:)

CarCamMom
07-06-2012, 11:06 AM
Aww i hear ya..Im in the same boat...Ive lost 17 pounds so far and i cant see any difference at all..not even in my clothes..In fact i feel like my stomach actually looks bigger and more bloated and my face looks puffy..I dont feel like i look any different whatsoever and thats even after 17 pounds...The only thing that gives me hope, is something i heard on here from somewhere else..Maybe you can take comfort in it...

If you look at a roll of Paper Towel...and you rip off 1 piece or 5 pieces or even 10 pieces...you dont really see a change in the size of the roll right?? Buuuuut.... if you were to rip off say 50 pieces you would see a big difference...the roll would look smaller right??? :) Well its like this with weight loss...We are like a roll of paper towel...Maybe 1 pound or 2 pounds or even 10 pounds or like me...17 pounds or 20 pounds...doesnt make that much of a visual difference....but when you start seeing 30 pounds and 40 pounds you start to notice your size is changing and you are getting smaller..just like the paper towel roll...

So take hope...that even though we cant "see" it now...we WILL see it eventually...sometimes it just takes awhile to get there....:)

Awesome advice...that makes so much sense to me. Hard to believe that I'm saying this, but I guess we just have to trust the scale on this one! Ha ha! Trusting that evil thing...who woulda thought!

Barb4640
07-06-2012, 11:19 AM
Aww i hear ya..Im in the same boat...Ive lost 17 pounds so far and i cant see any difference at all..not even in my clothes..In fact i feel like my stomach actually looks bigger and more bloated and my face looks puffy..I dont feel like i look any different whatsoever and thats even after 17 pounds...The only thing that gives me hope, is something i heard on here from somewhere else..Maybe you can take comfort in it...

If you look at a roll of Paper Towel...and you rip off 1 piece or 5 pieces or even 10 pieces...you dont really see a change in the size of the roll right?? Buuuuut.... if you were to rip off say 50 pieces you would see a big difference...the roll would look smaller right??? :) Well its like this with weight loss...We are like a roll of paper towel...Maybe 1 pound or 2 pounds or even 10 pounds or like me...17 pounds or 20 pounds...doesnt make that much of a visual difference....but when you start seeing 30 pounds and 40 pounds you start to notice your size is changing and you are getting smaller..just like the paper towel roll...

So take hope...that even though we cant "see" it now...we WILL see it eventually...sometimes it just takes awhile to get there....:)



I had the same thing, 17 pounds and I didn't notice and it seemed like nobody noticed which seemed frustrating too. The next 5lb's I lost it seemed like everyone, especially myself, started to see a difference. Finally felt some motivation again. :)

Aussieluver
07-06-2012, 11:22 AM
my last WI I was retaining water (darn hormones!!) I hadn't lost any weight, but I did lose 1/2 in in my stomach ... soooo, you may actually be loosing even if the scale doesn't reflect it (and boy did I feel HUGE at the WI). I was glad to see that I really had lost -stick with it; you may have lost even if you can't feel it!!

BLUEJEWEL
07-06-2012, 12:25 PM
if you are following the program there is no way you cant lose weight. The simple calories in calories burned math would tell you that. We only take in 800-900 calories a day, sitting doing absolutely nothing you are burning more than that just with mere existence...so dont fret, you are losing....and remember it took us a while to put this weight on, give your self and your body time to take it off....it is not overnight.
And if you feel puffy, are you sure your sodium is correct amount? 1 tsp/day and are you drinking all the water?
I know I dont always get all the water in, and that makes a difference. The next day I drink it all, and then I am right where I need to be.
Enjoy your day!

MusicLover23
07-06-2012, 01:19 PM
Aww i hear ya..Im in the same boat...Ive lost 17 pounds so far and i cant see any difference at all..not even in my clothes..In fact i feel like my stomach actually looks bigger and more bloated and my face looks puffy..I dont feel like i look any different whatsoever and thats even after 17 pounds...The only thing that gives me hope, is something i heard on here from somewhere else..Maybe you can take comfort in it...

If you look at a roll of Paper Towel...and you rip off 1 piece or 5 pieces or even 10 pieces...you dont really see a change in the size of the roll right?? Buuuuut.... if you were to rip off say 50 pieces you would see a big difference...the roll would look smaller right??? :) Well its like this with weight loss...We are like a roll of paper towel...Maybe 1 pound or 2 pounds or even 10 pounds or like me...17 pounds or 20 pounds...doesnt make that much of a visual difference....but when you start seeing 30 pounds and 40 pounds you start to notice your size is changing and you are getting smaller..just like the paper towel roll...

So take hope...that even though we cant "see" it now...we WILL see it eventually...sometimes it just takes awhile to get there....:)

AWESOME! I never thought of it like that, but your right! i got to be patient and keep on going and soon im going to start to see changes! thank you so much i feel so much better now i really needed to hear this !:hug:

MusicLover23
07-06-2012, 01:22 PM
THaNK You so much everybody!! for replying I feel so much better now thanks to ya!! this is a great forum to get encorugement when you think your alone on this your actually not!! we can do this! THANK YOU!

wuv2bloved
07-06-2012, 01:27 PM
Awesome advice...that makes so much sense to me. Hard to believe that I'm saying this, but I guess we just have to trust the scale on this one! Ha ha! Trusting that evil thing...who woulda thought!

Don't trust the scale, judge your losses in your clothes. You will be able to tell quicker in how your clothes fit because you are going to lose inches quick and sometimes the weight doesn't show. This is how I judge my losses by my clothes and the way I feel

Halfagain
07-06-2012, 01:48 PM
Coming out of lurking for my first post. Yesterday was my 1 week mark, -10 pounds. I've made myself get creative with stir fry in non-stick pans and trying to mix it up with some hot chipolte Ms Dash seasoning, no oils or fats. Anyway I got my first compliment from my 22 y/o son yesterday - he loves the "diet foods" (thought he was hitting my snack bars - but no - it was the veggies). I must be doing something right. Hopefully i'll get the other kinds of compliments soon - but in all the dieting I've done over the years and the amount I need to loose, it usually takes 30 pounds before people start to really notice it. Hopefully I'll notice it in my tieing shoes, clothing by end of next week, regardless I'll get there soon. The first two days were very hard but it's been much easier after that.

MusicLover23
07-06-2012, 02:37 PM
I was wondering for those on phase 4 maintenance... what do you eat? like on a good day what would you normally eat?

wuv2bloved
07-06-2012, 03:14 PM
Coming out of lurking for my first post. Yesterday was my 1 week mark, -10 pounds. I've made myself get creative with stir fry in non-stick pans and trying to mix it up with some hot chipolte Ms Dash seasoning, no oils or fats. Anyway I got my first compliment from my 22 y/o son yesterday - he loves the "diet foods" (thought he was hitting my snack bars - but no - it was the veggies). I must be doing something right. Hopefully i'll get the other kinds of compliments soon - but in all the dieting I've done over the years and the amount I need to loose, it usually takes 30 pounds before people start to really notice it. Hopefully I'll notice it in my tieing shoes, clothing by end of next week, regardless I'll get there soon. The first two days were very hard but it's been much easier after that.
the first week is the roughest, you are on the good slope now. Hang in there for the long haul, you can do it!! Stay committed to yourself and the program and you will see amazing results!

I was wondering for those on phase 4 maintenance... what do you eat? like on a good day what would you normally eat?
You might want to look in the Maintainers thread to find that information

cskristin
07-08-2012, 02:19 AM
I really like the paper roll analogy, Porthardygurl. When I gain/lose weight, I gain/lose it all over, too. So when I lose weight, I have to lose a pretty significant amount, 20 lbs. or so, before anyone notices.

Keep on drinking your water, eating your food, going for a walk. The weight will come off. You're doing great!

Kaypix
07-08-2012, 01:14 PM
Music:

I hope you start feeling better soon. I'm trying to not be too "tough love-ish" on you right now, but remember, it didn't take you 11 days to get to this point, it's not going to simply go away in 11 days. I didn't notice any change (started at 202 pre IP, then 194.8 for my first weigh in when i started products) until I got down to about 175, so 20 lbs (10% of my body weight) before I noticed change. The last 10 lbs (at 166.0 now) have been dramatically more obvious.

CarCamMom
07-08-2012, 04:03 PM
Don't trust the scale, judge your losses in your clothes. You will be able to tell quicker in how your clothes fit because you are going to lose inches quick and sometimes the weight doesn't show. This is how I judge my losses by my clothes and the way I feel

When I was talking about trusting the scale it was because I have lost about 10 pounds too so far and I'm not feeling much different either. My clothes still fit the same, but the scale is showing a lower weight. So, for this reason I said, "Trust the scale." Otherwise, its definitely the way my clothes fit and how I feel that let me know that I am doing good things for my body. Not feeling those things yet, so for now, I have to depend on those numbers on the scale....Luckily, they are moving in the right direction. When my clothes start telling me that the weight is coming off, then I will certainly ditch the scale!

MusicLover23
07-11-2012, 08:03 PM
THank you so much for the support!! i really need it !!!

MusicLover23
07-11-2012, 08:05 PM
Stand up for yourself. Say "no" to pizza parlors and "yes" to places that will have good food for you.

Some of my favorites that are IP friendly

El Pollo Loco, 3 piece meal take skin off, veg and salad as sides
Any kind of steak house, Steak, double veg instead of veg/potato combo
Any of the Mongolian Grills, build it yourself with meat and veg
Mexican. Fajitas (ask them to hold the onions and double peppers) or tacos with no cheese, (don't eat the shell)
Buffet- A great place to get your big hunk of meat and veg in
Carl's Jr/Hardee. Carb style $6 burger hold the mayo and cheese
Seafood places as long as they have non-fried options.
Jack-In-The-Box- Their grilled chicken strips are GOOD, add a salad.

I've not yet gotten up the nerve to try Italian or Oriental because they rely so heavily on the carbs.

THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! This helped me alot!! Now i can go to a restaurant and try to make healthy choices... i dont have to be left out anymore hehe yaay for me! :)... THANK YOU!!:hug:

LindseyTradeChic
07-11-2012, 08:23 PM
At Mexican restaurants I order skirt steak well done with veggies instead of rice/beans. =)

mom2hi
07-11-2012, 08:50 PM
I felt very similar the first few days not really noticing any change. Then bam.... it just felt right, felt healthier. And my first WI I was down 13 lbs. I love veggies that we can't eat so it has been my largest challange to get in all the required veggies. I have pushed and shoved and mix in with my drink. My drink looks gross, my coworkers think I am crazy for eating this weird greenish brown drink every day. I take a deep breath, don't look at the drink... and chug it down. Do it like you would a bad beer, you can't afford better beer but you want the buzz.... just drink the 8 oz and be done.

OMG that is a very funny post! "do it like a bad beer," I am going to channel that when I try the spinach smoothie again (first time wasn't too successful).

Just to echo PP's try hart to drink your water and stick with it...you are doing great! This forum is a great place for inspiration and support, so you are in the right place. Best of luck to you!

PhoenixRisingAgain
07-11-2012, 11:44 PM
I love that paper towel roll analogy!! Also, I have made myself a visual representation of lbs lost, it's very simple, but it's something I see every day:

My daughter has these craft beads in many colors; we took a black cord and made a necklace. Every 5 lbs lost I get a bead. I wear it every day to remind me to stay OP. Simple, but effective.

Hang in there, before you know it, you will start to see the changes!

Momto2cs
07-12-2012, 01:50 AM
Coming out of lurking for my first post. Yesterday was my 1 week mark, -10 pounds. I've made myself get creative with stir fry in non-stick pans and trying to mix it up with some hot chipolte Ms Dash seasoning, no oils or fats. Anyway I got my first compliment from my 22 y/o son yesterday - he loves the "diet foods" (thought he was hitting my snack bars - but no - it was the veggies). I must be doing something right. Hopefully i'll get the other kinds of compliments soon - but in all the dieting I've done over the years and the amount I need to loose, it usually takes 30 pounds before people start to really notice it. Hopefully I'll notice it in my tieing shoes, clothing by end of next week, regardless I'll get there soon. The first two days were very hard but it's been much easier after that.

Don't be too stingy with the oil/fat. Too little can really contribute to constipation...make sure you get the minimum....

lizmeier
07-12-2012, 07:10 AM
I feel ina rut..50 pounds is so far away that i just keep sabataing myself