Ideal Protein Diet - How much weight have you lost on Alternatives?




kaylae24
01-20-2013, 05:36 PM
Well I have just finished my first week on IP and I have lost 10 lbs! :carrot: Although I am very happy with the results I have made the decision to switch over to protidiet! Since it is half the price. I have also started drinking the EAS carb control shakes. My question to you all is how much success have you had following the protidiet and how long did it take you to lose the weight? I am so worried about not losing the weight as fast but I would love to here some success stories to put my worries at ease!


maezy1
01-20-2013, 05:45 PM
Hey Kaylae24! I just switched to alternatives at the beginning of December and so the last 20 lbs off have been with alternatives. I use a variety of alternatives that I order through Nashuanutirtion.com
I use the pure protein bars that I get at wal mart as my restricted item. I haven't heard anyone say that the alternatives haven't worked. Just make sure that you are using the comparable product as a replacement
Great job on your first week and keep up the great work!

kaylae24
01-20-2013, 05:55 PM
Hey Kaylae24! I just switched to alternatives at the beginning of December and so the last 20 lbs off have been with alternatives. I use a variety of alternatives that I order through Nashuanutirtion.com
I use the pure protein bars that I get at wal mart as my restricted item. I haven't heard anyone say that the alternatives haven't worked. Just make sure that you are using the comparable product as a replacement
Great job on your first week and keep up the great work!

20 lbs that's Great! Thank you so much!


JohnP
01-20-2013, 06:48 PM
There is nothing special about IP products in the context of fat loss. This is extremely basic knowledge but I know marketing and advertising from supplement companies can be compelling.

However since you asked for real world experience I'll point out that while I've never followed the IP protocol I lost 55 lbs following a similar program and never touched an IP product. In fact, I bought the cheapest protein powder I could find. Bought 5 lbs for less than $20. (Protein powder was cheaper back then)

evepet
01-20-2013, 07:26 PM
Except for the first week when I was on IP products (lost 9 lbs that week), all my weight loss has been through the use of alternative products. I've lost a total of 55 lbs. My weight loss was slower than most, but I don't attribute that to the alternative products I used. Many other dieters here have used alternative products and acheived the same or very close to the same results as those using IP.

Halfagain
01-20-2013, 08:24 PM
All of my weight loss has been on alternatives. I started out buying the starter two week package from New Life Style Systems, then started buying from Nashua, and local chain stores, Costco, etc for my drinks, bars, packets and vitamins. I do buy some IP brand supplements regularly on line as well. For me, I like the ready to drink shakes (EAS Carb Advantage & Premier Nutrition). The powders have been disappointing, though shaking them with ice chips (snow cone maker purchased was nice for this) it did make them thicker and better tasting.

ragdoll74
01-20-2013, 08:33 PM
I only used IP products for the first 3 weeks or so. I mostly use protithin products from Nashua, but also use some weight loss system, healthsmart &EAS products.

mpstaton
01-20-2013, 08:38 PM
I started IP at 292 lbs and have lost 16 lbs in 18 days using all ProtiDiet and ProtiThin products from Nashua.

LosingLawyer
01-20-2013, 09:08 PM
I've used alternatives from the very beginning. I actually only found out about IP from stumbling across it on these boards. I read a lot of the threads and found out about the alternatives that way. I supplement sometimes with IP food purchased from plain protein, but I use EAS shakes, syntrax protein powder, simply bars and a lot of stuff from Nashua Nutrition. The only drawback to alternatives is the lack of coaching, which is important to some people.

chicagoboiler
01-20-2013, 09:21 PM
Alternatives work the same way if you're knowledgeable about the substitutions. I would urge you to look at past threads of where to find the IP supplements. Those are something you might want to hang on to.

DJ72
01-20-2013, 09:22 PM
12 lbs in my first two weeks using Protidiet and Walmart products. John is right...it is the structure of the weight loss... Nothing magical in those little foil packs! :)

MaMaZu
01-20-2013, 09:29 PM
I lost all my weight, 54 pounds, using alternatives.

vvei
01-21-2013, 08:48 AM
100% alternatives. Tracker says it all! ;)

ragdoll74
01-21-2013, 08:52 AM
Alternatives work the same way if you're knowledgeable about the substitutions. I would urge you to look at past threads of where to find the IP supplements. Those are something you might want to hang on to.

I agree with chicagoboiler on this one. I still use only the IP supplements. I tried some alternative supplements, but I didn't feel as good on those as the actual IP ones. The cost savings on alternative supplements wasn't worth it for me.

kaylae24
01-21-2013, 09:28 AM
100% alternatives. Tracker says it all! ;)

How inspiring! Almost 60lbs in 4 months! It can be done! That is so great!!!!

tam67green
01-21-2013, 10:19 AM
I'm so glad that someone posted this question! I've been thinking about "going rogue", due to cost and the fact that I really don't care for my coach's style of "motivating" me. It's good to hear real life success stories!

I think that I would probably want to keep taking the IP supplements, because I haven't seen any comparable product anywhere. I have seen them available online through plainprotein.com

scorbett1103
01-21-2013, 05:08 PM
LOL as I like to say, welcome to the "Rogues Gallery" :)

I started using some alternative products around week 8, went completely alternative on week 10 and have never looked back! My first 33.9 lbs were on IP products, but the remaining 29.1 lbs has all been on alternatives. My losses have slowed up a bit in the last few weeks because I'm almost at goal and have been re-introducing exercise, I do not attribute that to the alternative products in any way.

maezy1
01-21-2013, 05:12 PM
LOL as I like to say, welcome to the "Rogues Gallery" :)

I started using some alternative products around week 8, went completely alternative on week 10 and have never looked back! My first 33.9 lbs were on IP products, but the remaining 29.1 lbs has all been on alternatives. My losses have slowed up a bit in the last few weeks because I'm almost at goal and have been re-introducing exercise, I do not attribute that to the alternative products in any way.

Love it!! Rogues Gallery!!!!! Please promise that you will still answer questions on this site when you are in maintenance!

scorbett1103
01-21-2013, 05:14 PM
Love it!! Rogues Gallery!!!!! Please promise that you will still answer questions on this site when you are in maintenance!

Oh I won't be far even in maintenance - I need this site to keep on track too!! Couldn't do it without everyone!

kaylae24
01-22-2013, 12:02 AM
Oh I won't be far even in maintenance - I need this site to keep on track too!! Couldn't do it without everyone!

I'm so glad to hear that because I love to hear what you have to say! :) I'm so glad you have done such a great job on alternatives! Great news!

Big Daddy
01-22-2013, 11:17 AM
I have lost close to 100 using all alternatives.

ragdoll74
01-22-2013, 01:31 PM
I have lost close to 100 using all alternatives.

WOW! I remember when you first started. Totally not fair that men lose faster than woman. :)

sweetsloan
01-22-2013, 01:48 PM
I have lost close to 60 using all alternatives.

WingnutandMe
01-22-2013, 08:58 PM
I spent the first 3 months strictly on IP and lost 46 pounds. I had a coach who was very demoralizing and wouldn't follow the program herself (cheated all of the time). I read all the threads on alternatives, took the comparison spreadsheet and did my research. I started on alternatives 9 months ago and now my total loss is just short of 110#. Like scorbett, I've slowed now since I have less than 20#s left to lose, but I've pretty much lost at the same rate as the first 3 months. Also, I'm 63 years old. Weight is MUCH harder to lose as you get older.

Just follow IPs guidelines and match the alternative products to IP.

Molly

dundun1021
03-20-2013, 01:23 AM
MaMaZu, I'd be interested to find out what products you used.

Delgen
03-20-2013, 01:41 AM
I have lost close to 100 using all alternatives.

Fantastic...

lisa32989
03-20-2013, 06:48 AM
MaMaZu, I'd be interested to find out what products you used.
Some of the people you have responded to haven't been posting lately ( check post dates)

Check out these threads for info in alternatives
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/261605-alternatives-phase-1-talk.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/270731-alternative-products-will-work-phase-1-a.html

dietpartner
03-20-2013, 11:05 AM
So does that mean that IP claim that their protein is more easily absorbed than the alternatives is not true?
I do believe there is a difference in the alternatives in the US vs. Canada. I know ours have corn syrup and maltodextrin - not sure if the Canadian brands have these GMO products in theirs.

65X65
03-21-2013, 03:55 PM
This thread is helpful...
Last evening I had a little mishap in the kitchen preparing dinner and ended up at the walk-in urgent care nearby and left with stitches and a two week protocol of doxyclycline. Knowing antibiotics slow things down on this protocol.......I'm considering using alternatives until that treatment is done. Anyone ever try doing something like that for a short time and how did it work out?
Thanks-

Fishette
03-21-2013, 07:58 PM
It is the supplements that interfere with the antibiotics, not the IP packets themselves. You will need to stop the supplements for as long as you are on antibiotics, then you can start them again.

Editing to add that if you continue the supplements, the antibiotics won't work. That is more important at the moment than a pound or two.

scorbett1103
03-22-2013, 12:12 AM
It is the supplements that interfere with the antibiotics, not the IP packets themselves. You will need to stop the supplements for as long as you are on antibiotics, then you can start them again.

Editing to add that if you continue the supplements, the antibiotics won't work. That is more important at the moment than a pound or two.

I believe the post in question was referring to switching to alternatives while on the antibiotics, because with the weight loss being slower due to the abx, it'll be cheaper to ride out that time on alternatives than on the more expensive IP products. I don't think she was implying that the packets were an issue.

And you do NOT have to completely stop supplements while on antibiotics, depending on how often you must take them. Calcium and Magnesium can interfere with absorption, HOWEVER if you leave a 2-4 hour window between those supplements and your antibiotics, they will not mingle in your system. Some antibiotics have to be taken so often that holding off on the supplements is the only option, but that's not true in every case.

65X65
03-22-2013, 08:11 AM
I believe the post in question was referring to switching to alternatives while on the antibiotics, because with the weight loss being slower due to the abx, it'll be cheaper to ride out that time on alternatives than on the more expensive IP products. I don't think she was implying that the packets were an issue.

And you do NOT have to completely stop supplements while on antibiotics, depending on how often you must take them. Calcium and Magnesium can interfere with absorption, HOWEVER if you leave a 2-4 hour window between those supplements and your antibiotics, they will not mingle in your system. Some antibiotics have to be taken so often that holding off on the supplements is the only option, but that's not true in every case.

Scorbett...thanks for understanding my garble..:dizzy:.That WAS the crux of my issue...spending $4.25/per packet 3X a day for 14 days ... seems kind of crazy if the alternatives will get me to the same weight at the end of the 2 weeks. I have no choice...
Stopped the supplements yesterday because I am taking the Rx a few times a day and I actually take my synthroid at 2 AM (or in the night when I get up to use the bathroom) so that neither the soy or supplements limit the way that is supposed to work. (Am having blood work done in a few weeks to check tho') Just juggling too many doses of it all with this to feel the supplements are worth it for the time being...

Thanks. Am calmer today...but still not a happy camper.:yoga: