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Old 09-13-2010, 07:11 PM   #1
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Hi everyone;
I am currently on my 5th day of the program and am feeling great.. I am waiting for my 'crash' my coach said I will probably get but thankfully nothing yet!
However, I am wondering how many packs a day are being reccommended to someone 300+ lbs?
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:50 PM   #2
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For the first week, my coach includes 5 boxes of IP products in each person's welcome pack. My mom and sister are not as heavy as I am, and they found that 3 IP packets per day was enough for them. Because I am heavier, and pre-diabetic, my coach told me to use 5 packets per day for the first 3 days, and then to try and reduce to 3 per day after that. I was unsure how that first day with only 3 packets would go, but to tell you the honest truth I was completely fine.

As you can see by my ticker, I'm over 300 (not for long though, thanks to IP ). I started IP on August 29th and so far have lost 14 lbs. Couldn't be happier with the program and hope you are too!!

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Old 09-13-2010, 08:02 PM   #3
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Thank you for the response!

I started off at 360 but am now down 10lbs =)

However, the reason I am asking is because 3 packs are more than enough for me but my coach wants me to have 4 of 5 so I am forcing down 4.

My problem before IP was not that I ate the wrong foods well I did when I was younger as to why I got so big (and it runs in the family) but I was only having one meal a day and my coach believes I don't have much muscle because I had test done by my doctor (ph levels, ecg, blood pressure, cholesterol, sugars everything) and they all came back normal for someone my age and height.

I am afraid if I don't eat 4 to 5 packs a day I will lose muscle mass and I do believe that is the main component in this program. So my question is should I stick to 4 or up it to 5, also should I be so worried?
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:10 PM   #4
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Avalynn, I wish I could offer some pearls of wisdom to you, but I'm still very new to IP myself. Perhaps someone else will chime in??

For now, I suggest that you follow the program your coach has laid out for you.

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Old 09-13-2010, 09:45 PM   #6
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Thank you for the response!

I started off at 360 but am now down 10lbs =)

However, the reason I am asking is because 3 packs are more than enough for me but my coach wants me to have 4 of 5 so I am forcing down 4.

My problem before IP was not that I ate the wrong foods well I did when I was younger as to why I got so big (and it runs in the family) but I was only having one meal a day and my coach believes I don't have much muscle because I had test done by my doctor (ph levels, ecg, blood pressure, cholesterol, sugars everything) and they all came back normal for someone my age and height.

I am afraid if I don't eat 4 to 5 packs a day I will lose muscle mass and I do believe that is the main component in this program. So my question is should I stick to 4 or up it to 5, also should I be so worried?
I have no pearls of wisdom, but there are several on here who can explain the medical reasons behind it all. I started at 355 and mostly do 3 packs a day. I've done 4 only if super hungry. I have lost 40 lbs in 9 weeks, but everyone differs. I have only lost a total of 5 or 6 lbs of muscle (started with 149 lbs of muscle), so I'm not having a problem.

To save money, I suggest looking at products that are great alternatives and very spot on nutritionally with IP: I use EAS Carb AdvantEdge premade shakes from Walmart (4 for $4 or $5), and my husband and I both use the different kinds of bars from Pure Protein, again at Walmart. I think it's 6 bars for $6 or $7. Those are cheaper alternatives to get more protein packets in without the expense. The bars are restricted, remember. I was never told to wait like some people are, and I have a restricted every day.

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Old 09-13-2010, 10:23 PM   #7
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Coach tells me 3pkts per day is the 'ideal' but I really need extra - for example, my morning coffee and evening decaf w/creamer are life long rituals that give me comfort. I use the EAS carb advantage vanilla shakes for creamer, so with that, I'm really having 4-5 protein packets per day. I admire those of you sticking to 3 packets a day.
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I started out at 3 packs a day but had to go up to 4-5 due to a constant decline in muscle mass. It's all dependent on if you can handle 3 packs a day or if you require more. I found that the 3 were fine for me but my coach suggested adding more to help in not losing muscle. I was told initially that if you ever feel nauseous to add an additional pack. That happened to me during my first week and it worked like a charm. I also have added my additional pack as a snack between lunch and dinner. It makes that stretch of time more bearable.

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I have no pearls of wisdom, but there are several on here who can explain the medical reasons behind it all. I started at 355 and mostly do 3 packs a day. I've done 4 only if super hungry. I have lost 40 lbs in 9 weeks, but everyone differs. I have only lost a total of 5 or 6 lbs of muscle (started with 149 lbs of muscle), so I'm not having a problem.

To save money, I suggest looking at products that are great alternatives and very spot on nutritionally with IP: I use EAS Carb AdvantEdge premade shakes from Walmart (4 for $4 or $5), and my husband and I both use the different kinds of bars from Pure Protein, again at Walmart. I think it's 6 bars for $6 or $7. Those are cheaper alternatives to get more protein packets in without the expense. The bars are restricted, remember. I was never told to wait like some people are, and I have a restricted every day.

Good luck to you!
Thank you so much on the advice.

I don't find the product in my city expensive I am seeing a lot of people talk about the pricing tho. I am wondering does the expense differ in other areas? I pay $75 a week for all my packs.

Best the luck to all of you and thank you for the great advice. I will definitely be sticking around for the long haul.

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Hi Avalyn and Welcome to IP!!

I started out at 241 and my coach recommends 4 to 5 packs/ day until I reach 175 pounds, then go down to 3... It is hard sometimes to get down that 4th pack, but I force it! I think you lose weight faster, by avoiding going into starvation mode...

Hope that helps and good luck on your journey
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:31 PM   #11
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Thank you for the response!

I started off at 360 but am now down 10lbs =)

However, the reason I am asking is because 3 packs are more than enough for me but my coach wants me to have 4 of 5 so I am forcing down 4.

My problem before IP was not that I ate the wrong foods well I did when I was younger as to why I got so big (and it runs in the family) but I was only having one meal a day and my coach believes I don't have much muscle because I had test done by my doctor (ph levels, ecg, blood pressure, cholesterol, sugars everything) and they all came back normal for someone my age and height.

I am afraid if I don't eat 4 to 5 packs a day I will lose muscle mass and I do believe that is the main component in this program. So my question is should I stick to 4 or up it to 5, also should I be so worried?
Not an official response here but perhaps your coach is trying to help you develop some better habits in terms of eating regularly. Many studies are showing that 3-5 smaller meals are better for you because they help keep blood sugar levels and bodies don't go into starvation mode. I would ask your coach to help you understand their reasoning though. 5 does seem like a lot though.
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$75 a week for 35 packets?

I pay $81 a week for 21.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:31 AM   #13
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I also pay $81.00 for 21 packets.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:41 AM   #14
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I pay $90 for 21 packets. Sounds like you guys are getting a deal! Then they add $4 for each additional that I want to purchase. I think the $90 a week may be to include some fee for the coaching, I'm not sure. I think I'll ask tom.
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:55 AM   #15
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Oh, and Ideal Protein, how 'bout some consistency in packet pricing with the different coaches? Just sayin' -- mine are $30 a box, $90 a week, same as MotherDuck. Argh. Just in case anyone has caught it from my coach rant, inconsistencies like this REALLY irrtate me.
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