Atkins - Thinking of switching from ideal protein

10-02-2013, 09:56 AM
Due to financial reasons I am thinking about switching from ideal protein to Adkins has anyone done this? I have done Adkins before and really like it

10-03-2013, 08:45 AM
Come on in here! If it worked for you in the past and you can LIVE with it.. then start now! :) We are all here to talk too and JerseyGirl is always here to help with your questions! :) I feel GOOD! LOL

10-03-2013, 05:45 PM
Its Atkins, not Adkins. Welcome to the group. It works so well.

10-22-2013, 10:29 AM
anp1984, did you switch? I was hoping to see someone who had successfully switched and was losing on Atkins.

I was doing IP for 6 weeks, my weight loss stalled, and I am thinking of switching to Atkins. I did South Beach in the past and lost well, until I added in too many carbs and fell off.

The price of IP is way too much, my coach is not very helpful, and I do not like eating all the artificial/processed packets. I think they make me feel sick.

12-04-2013, 01:51 AM
Hey. I did IP and switched after 4 weeks. You still lose ifyounstay on induction however past that the weight loss slows and isn't as fast as ip. But on induction it is!

12-04-2013, 08:39 AM
Welcome anp1984.

I followed IP before getting pregnant on my youngest and lost all the weight I wanted before getting pregnant in 2012. After having my daughter I had all the intention of going back to IP but I just couldn't. I would start the day all motivated and by mid afternoon losing all my resolve.

I did Atkins/lowcarb back in 2004 and again reached goal. Now I am back to lowcarb and this is my second week! Comparing the two plans, I think I lost about the same amount on both, but then I am a slow loser and do not expect to lose more than a pound a week, if that!

I really think you would do great on any plan if you are determined to make that plan work for you. It is not the plan, it is you that make it work.

I still read that board often for motivation. One poster, dak1lls, switched from IP to alternative, after 8 weeks, for financial reason, and continue to lose weight at the same rate. You might like to read her posts and consider doing that if you like the IP plan.

Good luck.

12-07-2013, 08:06 AM
Im thinking of making the switch also do to cost!

12-10-2013, 09:12 PM
I've just made the switch. I didn't like all the processed foods and fake sugars. I still have some. IP packets that I'll eat once in a while, but I like how I feel on whole foods MUCH better.

12-26-2013, 01:10 PM
I am switching over from IP as well. I have actually been on it for 16 months - and let's just say I have pretty much no savings left!

I also found that with having gluten allergies, I was stuck with very few IP products I could eat, and they were all the sweet stuff - which I just realized after 8 months of losing and regaining and losing the same 30+ pounds, the sweet things trigger my binge habits.

I am an all or nothing person and I can't have chocolate or something sweet each day and not go over board after a few weeks.

Plus like others, I really don't like the idea of all teh chemicals I eat and I have only been eating one solid meal a day for almost a year and a half. I can't do it any more. So tomorrow is my first Atkins day (tried for today but already blew it this morning).

Lulu NH
12-27-2013, 06:28 AM
Hi Kat117 - Welcome to Atkins!! Be kind to yourself and take it "one meal at a time" - if the morning doesn't work out as planned, try to re-set for the next snack/meal. It may not be perfect at first but once you get into a groove it seems to get easier!! Best wishes!! You will find a lot of support on this forum!!

01-10-2014, 07:41 PM
I tried IP too and found the packaged food okay but I need more flexibility and Atkins seems more like a lifestyle change I can live with forever. I still can't believe I can eat cheesy, creamy, bacony stuff on this plan.

01-11-2014, 09:01 AM
I switched to the Atkins protocol two weeks ago. Weight still coming off at 2 to 3 punds a week. However, I have added in 30 minutes of mild cardio eah day. NEVER felt better and my pocketbook is a lot "healthier" also. My wife is following the IP protocol and just using Atkins products, she is still on track as if it were IP, but better foods. I still believe there is no "hocus pocus" involved, just the fact that you are on a 900 calorie/day diet. Less cals in, more weight off.

01-11-2014, 10:00 AM
I had considered trying IP, went to a informational meeting but decided the cost was too much for me and started Atkins instead. I have a friend who went to that meeting with me and she ended up doing IP. We both started out around the same weight, started about the same time and we have both lost almost the same weight. She has lost an extra pound or two but I have diabetes and she doesn't, so that is somewhat expected. Difference being she feels like she is struggling to stay on the diet, does not entirely enjoy the food she is eating and considers it temporary. I have been eating like a Queen, LOVE the food I am eating and I entirely anticipate eating low carb for the rest of my life. Also, there are cheaper alternatives to IP. I primarily eat real food but I supplement with prepared/convenience products from Wonderslim and Bariwise. They are low carb, higher protein products (some are aspartame free - which I prefer) that are much cheaper than IP (especially when bought on sale!)

01-15-2014, 01:21 PM
if you need products to supplement while on Atkins, I buy stuff from Nashua Nutrition's website. It is low carb/high protein stuff. Most is made with sucrolose instead of aspartame (which stimulates your pancreas in the same exact manner as sugar).

I was on Ideal Protein for 16 months and struggled after month 5 to stay on it because of the excessive restrictions in food, and the fact that most of it was liquid. Plus at 80 bucks a week and still buying protein and veggies I have spent over $7000 just for food!!!!!

Atkins is the same exact thing as Ideal Protein - it is a ketogenic diet that is high protein, low carb. But IP is also low fat and I found it wasn't enough fat for my brain to work properly.

01-25-2014, 10:46 AM
Wondering how those that switched are doing?? Still being successful? Which do you prefer?

01-29-2014, 06:42 AM
Wondering how those that switched are doing?? Still being successful? Which do you prefer?

I switched out a few weeks ago to more of an Atkins protocol and am doing GREAT! The weight is still coming off around 2 LBS a week, and am much happier in both attitude and pocketbook. I was just SO tired of eating out of a packet, and the mundaneness of the genre! Now, I eat more real food. Such as my morning coffee, maybe 2 eggs and some ham, a snack bar at mid morning, lunch usually still consists of those two cups of veggies (I have gotten used to them and am always on the run) A small salad with olive oil, hard boiled egg and a meal bar. Afternoon snack, and a real dinner. Had pizza (real pizza, thin crust, made at home) last week, some pasta and sauce another week. Usually I will only do these "treats" once a week. Dinner is mostly what we want, but just watch portions. NO more 2LB steaks, but 1LB is still do able. We watch out net carb intake and keep it around 30 grams or less while we are slimming down. My wife is also doing well, in both attitude and progress. We each do 20 minutes of mild cardio 4 to 5 times a week.

IP taught me a lot of diet principles, however, the costs of their food was so expensive, well, it seemed to me they can help you lose weigh quickly, but also are going to get rich while doing it. Atkins is more of a real food diet, and I use the word "diet" while Atkins is a lifestyle change. I could continue the Atkins way for life, IP, never could follow it for longer than the 8 weeks I did, and could not continue to support the cost.

My coach was a bit "offended" that we swapped, and also that we made future appointments for the old weigh in and measurement, but when we paid our fee, she made it clear that we had "lifetime support" even after the IP diet was done, to keep us motivated to stay healthy and slim.

02-05-2014, 05:26 PM
Happy to have found this thread! I'm thinking of making the switch from IP alternatives to Atkins. I'm trying to conceive, but not ovulating on IP. My OB thinks I need to incorporate more fat (not allowed on IP) and I want to stay low carb....I think Atkins would be perfect. My question is...should I jump to phase 2, since phase 1 is similar to IP? Also, I feel a little lost. The IP protocol is very rigid and it helps me to have those guidelines. Where can I find examples of what people are eating during the day or other guides for getting started?

02-21-2014, 01:06 PM
I also switched from Ideal Protein. It's SO expensive and I feel like Atkins is so much healthier and I'm never hungry. On ideal protein I was starving all the time. Also, I feel like there is a lot more flexibility with what you can eat. I'm much happier now!

02-25-2014, 02:25 PM
I am thinking of switching too. I've been on IP for almost two months but the food gets so mundane and it is EXPENSIVE! Any tips or tricks would be helpful. Do most people start out buying that big kit from Walmart or do you just read the book and take off from there?

02-25-2014, 05:10 PM
I am thinking of switching too. I've been on IP for almost two months but the food gets so mundane and it is EXPENSIVE! Any tips or tricks would be helpful. Do most people start out buying that big kit from Walmart or do you just read the book and take off from there?

The food for IP is both mundane and expensive. I did buy the book, and am now under 200 LBS. I have been losing 2 or so pounds a week while enjoying eating again. When you look at the price of Atkins bars/shakes, you get four or five for the price of ONE IP packet! What I do is still follow the IP protocol. This being still no sugar. I have a shake or bar for my breakfast, 2 cups of veggies and a bar or shake WITH 2 hard boiled eggs or a salad, and a NORMAL dinner. I just do not include white potatoes (red or sweets are fine) and a protein snack at night. There is very little that I do NOT eat. I am fine with a martini or two, light bear also a couple of times a week. Ham and eggs on a Sunday or regular pancakes. I do count carbs and limit myself to 75 NET carbs. To get to net carbs, take the total carbs, subtract the fiber and sugar alcohols.

This is a system I can do the rest of my life. pasta? YEP! I use Dreamfields. Pizza? YEP! This crust and I do not eat the end crusts.

It works for me and the wife because we do it all in moderation.

02-26-2014, 07:25 AM
Hey ladies :) Switch if you want to switch! Just take that leap of faith in yourself that you can do it no matter what plan you choose...change your mind - change your body. I started out with an obnoxious IP coach that had every hair combed into place. He'd never been fat in his life. This guy couldn't cared less about my questions. HE was also late for MY weigh ins!! I said enough and found 3 fat chicks and switched to IP alternatives. The prepackaged foods are easier for me because I really don't like to cook. I have been consistently losing. I even use organic half & half in my coffee and I have been using more oil along with fish oil capsules and I am still losing :) What ever you switch to stay positive, motivated and active. Come to this website and read, read, read! Also don't listen to the haters who tell you that you don't need to lose anymore weight! Do this for you :)

02-27-2014, 10:04 PM
Another switching from IP back to Atkins. Actually, I was never "purely" on IP, basically I read Dr Tran's ebook, found lists of carb/protein/fat counts for the different levels, and just went from there. And it went pretty well, I'm just sick and tired of being that restrictive.

I did learn a few things along the way, though, that I think will help in the long run.

1. I can't have SF chocolate. That was the thing that plagued me when I would try to get back into Atkins before discovering IP, I'd be doing (I thought) great in terms of keeping with carb counts, but I'd always have a supply of Russell Stover SF chocolates on hand for what I thought could be guilt free munching. WRONG! It wasn't until I'd been doing IP alternative for over a year that I came across discussion of sugar alcohols and a link to this Diet Doctor site run by a guy who promotes high fat/low carb (basically Atkins). I'm sure most of you know about that, sounds like you do.

2. I have to track my intake and I have to be honest with myself while doing so. Boy that's hard. I don't like seeing that huge list of food I've eaten on the Daily Plate tracker site, but it's too easy to not think about having another cheese stick, more jerky, whatever. Those 1-2g carb hits add up fast.

3. Fat is not bad. (Just like Dr Atkins always said.) In fact, having more fat at least initially makes it easier to get through the day.

I lost 45 lbs on Atkins back in my 20s. Tried several times during my 30s. Would lose 10 lbs and stall. And now I have another 55 to go after starting and stopping and starting and stopping etc the alternative IP dieting. I made it down to 173 lbs by June last year and then across June and July gained 20 back! It's just been a struggle and I'm hoping Atkins WOE will enable me to stay on track and finally achieve my goals. I'm not prepared to accept being obese for the rest of my life.