Ideal Protein Diet - Why are the last 10-15lbs the absolute worst?!




Mufassia
01-18-2013, 02:28 PM
I was doing so well the first 5 months, got down 50 lbs and everything loving it. Then, decided to take a break for the holiday season and my birthday. Finally have been back on program for 3 weeks and only now back to where I was before the break. This time around being on program seems just as easy but the pounds aren't shedding and for the life of me, can't kick that couple glasses of wine a week. Before the break that didn't seem to hinder my progress and now it's like kryptonite :mad:

Do any of you have good suggestions to get that awesome quick-loss you have at the beginning, I am loosing motivation and not to mention money. What's worse, I could theoretically feel okay at this weight but I know that is a mistake to cut myself short.

Thank you!:^:


Ishbel
01-18-2013, 02:33 PM
Stop drinking the wine, when you are in ketosis the liver shuts down using your fat stores and starts to metabolize the alcohol. I would consider yourself lucky that you were losing when you were drinking the wine the first time you were on it.

Also, you have less fat on your body for your body to use...at 208 you needed more calories in a day to be you then you do at 152 so your body isn't using as much fat stores on a daily basis to get you through.

OR, you're body likes where it is...?? Are you happy emotionally and physically where you are? It's ok to stop and maintain there too :)

I don't drink wine but some of them also have sugars.

Maile
01-18-2013, 02:40 PM
I went through a low few weeks in the last 10 pounds. Very low losses. If you hang in there, it should get going again..but it was not as fast as the beginning first weeks. You could lose the last 10 using alternatives, if you are worried about money. Mainly..you decide what weight you want to be. Good luck.


joysh
01-18-2013, 02:57 PM
Ishbel and Maile, you are both such inspirations to me. You have lost the weight on IP and kept it off on maintenance.

I'm now in my last 10 pounds (or so). I've already moved my goal weight down 5 pounds and may move in down another 5 so I'm really where I want to be.

It's an interesting place to be. I know the diet well and have no trouble following it and staying OP. I've been 100% since the beginning.

On the other hand, the feedback I'm getting from others is, of course, "you look great at this weight. Why lose more?" and that sort of thing.

The weight loss is definitely slower now. I even gained a pound one week (and then lost it) for no reason at all! Didn't do anything different that week.

I understand that this final stretch might be difficult, especially when I have such mixed feelings about phasing off and making the transition to maintenance. I'm comfortable in this eating pattern and I'll need to learn new ones. But I'm also getting ready to start adding other tastes back into my life.

I have not been at this weight since I was in my late teens or very early 20s for a very short period. Therefore, my body is not accustomed to being like this. I want it to really understand that this is going to be my weight for the rest of this life.

New Englander
01-18-2013, 03:05 PM
You don't want to stop before you reach goal. Keep going. FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS. It's hard for all of us as we get close to goal. Right now I'm doing a reboot, and stopping before goal (5 pounds above) is so tempting...

Just keep going. Do it week by week or if needed day by day. BUT DO IT!!!

And no more wine!!! That's not helping at all. K? You can do it!!!

staceyjblack
01-18-2013, 03:08 PM
Feeling this too- Thanks for the kick start everyone!

Bella73123
01-18-2013, 03:48 PM
I was doing so well the first 5 months, got down 50 lbs and everything loving it. Then, decided to take a break for the holiday season and my birthday. Finally have been back on program for 3 weeks and only now back to where I was before the break. This time around being on program seems just as easy but the pounds aren't shedding and for the life of me, can't kick that couple glasses of wine a week. Before the break that didn't seem to hinder my progress and now it's like kryptonite :mad:

Do any of you have good suggestions to get that awesome quick-loss you have at the beginning, I am loosing motivation and not to mention money. What's worse, I could theoretically feel okay at this weight but I know that is a mistake to cut myself short.

Thank you!:^:

I'm in the same boat, almost identical situation, except I haven't been drinking any wine. Being OP hasn't been difficult, but the weight loss has slowed a lot and I still have about 20lbs to go. I really is difficult to stay motivated when things slow down so much, BUT try to remember that the persistence will pay off! :hug:

healthyangie
01-18-2013, 04:22 PM
In the same boat also. Trying to lose an additional 10 lbs after a 3 month maintenance break and in 3 weeks I'm only down 3 - 4 lbs. I'm a wine drinker also but I haven't had a drop since I started.

It is harder when you're lower in lbs, I'm sure I'll get there, and you will too. I know most people don't believe in this philosophy but I'm giving myself one night off (I won't be too bad) so that I am able to refocus. Without it, I think I would just call it goal even though I don't want to. I want a little more "wiggle" room :)


joysh - you look amazing!!

Mufassia
01-18-2013, 06:45 PM
Thank you all lovely ladies for the inspiration! And yes, Joysh you look incredible, as do Maile and Ishbel!

The wine will have to go, I was able to kick it for the first couple of months and just have to get back to that mentality. I agree with you, Angie, that wiggle room is crucial as we all have our bad days.

Thanks again everyone :grouphug:

pinky1978
01-18-2013, 09:12 PM
I have been on IP for 2 weeks today and have been reading posts here since day 1 but this is my first post. I have 15-20 pounds to lose. Week 1 was 5 lbs. and this week was 2lbs. I am happy to have loss but was honestly expecting a different (more) weight loss. I don't *think* I am cheating but maybe need to start watching my vegetable choices/amounts?

I also have a question about Splenda. How many packets can I have per day? I can ask my coach but won't see her until next week. I am currently having up to 12 per day :o (2 cups of coffee with 3 packets and then up to 2 cups of decaf hot tea with 2-3 packets). Prob too much even if I am not on IP!!!

Thanks!

evepet
01-18-2013, 09:40 PM
I sympathize with everyone who's on the 'final 10' stretch. My weight loss has been slower than most all through this process, but it's really slowed down now and it seems very hard to get that scale to show me anything below 155lbs. I do know that if I keep on truckin' then the scale will eventually reflect it with a lower #.
I've recently added vibracize sessions, as I'm intriqued by all the benefits it (supposedly) gives. I can tell that it's helping me tone up. But the weight is staying the same. This morning's weigh-in on my Omron full body compostion scale did show an increase in muscle % though, so hopefully increased muscle is the reason for the current stall on the scale.

Psychologically, despite still wanting to get down to 145 eventually, I do feel that I look quite good at this weight (apart from some remaining belly flab) and sometimes I feel like my negative twin is sitting on my shoulder whispering that I don't really 'need' to get lower. So far the more motivated half of me is staying on purpose and ignoring her. :)

EPAPRN
01-18-2013, 09:45 PM
I am having a hard time with the last 15lbs as well. My last 6 Wi's have been 1lb or less. Last week I was up 0.5lb. All OP, no ETOH. No exercise other than an occasional long walk in the woods with my dog.

Chloe222
01-18-2013, 09:59 PM
Yes, the last 10-20 pounds are so tough. But we just need to be tougher and it is ultimately deciding every minute of the day what it is that we really want.

If wine is a problem, and I like wine also, just tell yourself you can have it later and right now, have an IP approved beverage, like iced herbal tea.

bubbleblower
01-18-2013, 10:12 PM
Yes, the last 10-20 pounds are so tough. But we just need to be tougher and it is ultimately deciding every minute of the day what it is that we really want.

If wine is a problem, and I like wine also, just tell yourself you can have it later and right now, have an IP approved beverage, like iced herbal tea.

I'm with you, Chloe. I said to my husband earlier today that I would love to be able to curl up in front of the fire with a glass of red wine. But that ain't happening until I get to my goal weight! (And by that point I may be so used to sipping tea that I won't even want the wine!)

sonyainva
01-19-2013, 05:19 AM
Struggled for 8 weeks, had small cheats like cashews.

Started boot camp and the weight is finally coming off.

IdealProteinNewbie
01-19-2013, 09:00 AM
I have been on IP for 2 weeks today and have been reading posts here since day 1 but this is my first post. I have 15-20 pounds to lose. Week 1 was 5 lbs. and this week was 2lbs. I am happy to have loss but was honestly expecting a different (more) weight loss. I don't *think* I am cheating but maybe need to start watching my vegetable choices/amounts?

I also have a question about Splenda. How many packets can I have per day? I can ask my coach but won't see her until next week. I am currently having up to 12 per day :o (2 cups of coffee with 3 packets and then up to 2 cups of decaf hot tea with 2-3 packets). Prob too much even if I am not on IP!!!

Thanks!

Yes, 12 is too much!!!

The FDA can claim '0' if something contains 4 or less calories or .9999 grams of carbs. I count each packet of Splenda as 1 carb.

Having 12 packets in 1 day is similar to having an extra resricted...and you don't even get the benefit of the extra protein!!! LOL

Cut way back and see what happens :)

Chloe222
01-19-2013, 10:06 AM
I'm with you, Chloe. I said to my husband earlier today that I would love to be able to curl up in front of the fire with a glass of red wine. But that ain't happening until I get to my goal weight! (And by that point I may be so used to sipping tea that I won't even want the wine!)

The longer I dont have wine or another drink (vodka & tonic), the less I want it. It would be ideal to never drink again, since I could put those calories and carbs into eating chocolate :D ,once in maintenance of course!

Mufassia
01-23-2013, 06:48 PM
Yes, 12 is too much!!!

The FDA can claim '0' if something contains 4 or less calories or .9999 grams of carbs. I count each packet of Splenda as 1 carb.

Having 12 packets in 1 day is similar to having an extra resricted...and you don't even get the benefit of the extra protein!!! LOL

Cut way back and see what happens :)

12 is waaaaay! too many :dizzy: I have only 2 a day

The wine has been easy this last week and definitely sticking to 2/3 times of serious work outs (dance/tennis) a week is sort of got me in the right direction.

Sigh, we can do it!

bubbleblower
01-23-2013, 07:47 PM
The longer I dont have wine or another drink (vodka & tonic), the less I want it. It would be ideal to never drink again, since I could put those calories and carbs into eating chocolate :D ,once in maintenance of course!

Same here. It's all about choices. When it comes down to it, I think I'm going to want to put my calories into *real* food vs. empty calories from alcohol! And yes, it's definitely gotten easier the longer I'm on IP.

Roo2
01-23-2013, 08:08 PM
Yes Ladies I'm right there with you !
These last pounds have been slow to come off for me too!
It does 'nt help having people tell you not to lose anymore weight.
I was told a Man Don't Want No Bone by a coworker...I HAVE HEARD that before and was not offended in the least .
But I feel I have to diet in secret now so I don't get unsolicited advice on how much weight I need to or not need to lose.
It's hard to keep the momentum up when people are telling you stop!
But I plan to push forward and pass my goal just because I can:dizzy:
See you Ladies AT GOAL!!!
Roo2

scorbett1103
01-23-2013, 08:20 PM
I am definitely in the "pound a week" club at this stage - it can be so tempting to call it done, but I know I can push on to goal with a little patience. At least I can still say that some weight is coming off every single week!!! :)

pink parrothead
01-23-2013, 11:42 PM
[QUOTE=pinky1978;4596792
I also have a question about Splenda. How many packets can I have per day? I can ask my coach but won't see her until next week. I am currently having up to 12 per day :o (2 cups of coffee with 3 packets and then up to 2 cups of decaf hot tea with 2-3 packets). Prob too much even if I am not on IP!!!

Thanks![/QUOTE]

My coach told me one (!) a day is allowed.

pekelvr
01-24-2013, 03:59 PM
I feel everyone's pain, trust me! I have lost 8 pds in the last 5 months. Frustrating as all get out! I did post earlier about this and received a lot of great suggestions. One person suggested taking a break- I did that over the holidays for a few days....Maybe i should just continue to eat right and keep my protein intake up. I think one thing for me is the weekly weigh ins are so frustrating I am going to cut back to twice a month. I can't stand the thought of going in there every week and only losing half a pound. The first couple of month on the program I lost an avg of 6 pounds/month.

evepet
01-24-2013, 04:11 PM
I feel everyone's pain, trust me! I have lost 8 pds in the last 5 months. Frustrating as all get out! I did post earlier about this and received a lot of great suggestions. One person suggested taking a break- I did that over the holidays for a few days....Maybe i should just continue to eat right and keep my protein intake up. I think one thing for me is the weekly weigh ins are so frustrating I am going to cut back to twice a month. I can't stand the thought of going in there every week and only losing half a pound. The first couple of month on the program I lost an avg of 6 pounds/month.

I suggested this in your other thread, but am going to post it again. Ask your coach whether it wouldn't be good to temporarily switch to Phase 3 for a week or so. Then go back to P1. It increases your calorie intake for a week, but in a controlled way. It's worked for me and others.

evepet
01-24-2013, 04:14 PM
I feel everyone's pain, trust me! I have lost 8 pds in the last 5 months. Frustrating as all get out! I did post earlier about this and received a lot of great suggestions. One person suggested taking a break- I did that over the holidays for a few days....Maybe i should just continue to eat right and keep my protein intake up. I think one thing for me is the weekly weigh ins are so frustrating I am going to cut back to twice a month. I can't stand the thought of going in there every week and only losing half a pound. The first couple of month on the program I lost an avg of 6 pounds/month.

I suggested this in your other thread, but am going to post it again. Ask your coach whether it wouldn't be good to temporarily switch to Phase 3 for a week or so. Then go back to P1. It increases your calorie intake for a week, but in a controlled way. It's worked for me and others. I was stalled for a few weeks in the low 160s and doing this got my weight loss moving forward again. Thankfully!

Edited - apologies for the duplicate. I thought I was doing an 'edit'.... guess it's been a tough afternoon! :)

healthyangie
01-24-2013, 04:47 PM
I sympathize with everyone who's on the 'final 10' stretch. My weight loss has been slower than most all through this process, but it's really slowed down now and it seems very hard to get that scale to show me anything below 155lbs. I do know that if I keep on truckin' then the scale will eventually reflect it with a lower #.
I've recently added vibracize sessions, as I'm intriqued by all the benefits it (supposedly) gives. I can tell that it's helping me tone up. But the weight is staying the same. This morning's weigh-in on my Omron full body compostion scale did show an increase in muscle % though, so hopefully increased muscle is the reason for the current stall on the scale.

Psychologically, despite still wanting to get down to 145 eventually, I do feel that I look quite good at this weight (apart from some remaining belly flab) and sometimes I feel like my negative twin is sitting on my shoulder whispering that I don't really 'need' to get lower. So far the more motivated half of me is staying on purpose and ignoring her. :)

Is vibracize the machine you stand on, it vibrates and you do stretches? My coach has one and I'm starting it next week. Odd machine but they say it will really help me tone....

evepet
01-24-2013, 06:12 PM
Is vibracize the machine you stand on, it vibrates and you do stretches? My coach has one and I'm starting it next week. Odd machine but they say it will really help me tone....

Yes, that's it! I know it sounds odd, but it is really helping to tone me up. And it feels like such minimal effort. I love it. You do a series of exercises on it, a lot of them are stretches of various types. But nothing is strenuous. :D It's great that your coach has one and endorses this way of exercise.