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Old 05-01-2013, 04:20 PM   #16
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Thanks for the replies. So far today has been fine. I only added a banana to my shake this a.m. and blended it up good and then had 1 slice of dry sprouted grain toast with my salad and chicken soup packet for lunch. I plan on doing a egg white frittata with feta and spinach for dinner. I am not a meat eater really so that is why I got tired of the program before. I just could not stomach anymore meat. I also cannot have much soy so I stick with the shakes for the most part. I am about an hour from a center now so I order the shakes from New Lifestyles Diet online and get the exact pre-made chocolate shakes (in different packaging of course) for a lot cheaper. I would love to hear updates on how you and your loved ones who are doing this are doing.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:14 PM   #17
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hi Prettygirl, I am on the Ip alternative program with ip products. This is my second time around with the ip diet. First time I joined 2 years ago through a chiro's office and they were not helpful at all- I think they were in it for the $$$ and certainly not for the health of their patients. but I did manage to loose 55 lbs. with the support of 3fat chicks and family. the "coach" was a male who had lost about 10 pounds on ip (a requirement by IP to have been on the diet and no clue about the emotional and support part for clients struggle with years of weight issues. every time i weighed in, even though i lost - his comments and his business like attitude made be feel awful about myself, like the only reason i was fat was because i couldn't control myself- jerk. I am type 2 diabetic and they put me on the regular program. Needless to say I had lots of issues with low blood pressure, very cranky and low blood sugar levels and almost listless all the time. My doctor didn't like that I was on ip and would not support it or adjust my metformin or work with me on it. I got so frustrated with the lack of support that I quit and gained 30 pounds back. In March I rejoined at a different clinic supervised by an actual medical doctor and he put me on the alternative program and is monitoring my blood sugars regularly. he has already adjusted my dosage and says if I continue I will be off it completely in another 6 weeks. I will then switch to to the regular program. Sorry if this is a bit long winded but wanted to let you know that the alternative program is meant for diabetes but you need good medical support. Stick with it and shop around for a good coach and doctor to support your journey as it makes a huge difference. I am still losing 2 to 4 pounds a week and 5th week in I lost 6.5- all the best in your journey.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:01 PM   #18
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hi Prettygirl, I am on the Ip alternative program with ip products. This is my second time around with the ip diet. First time I joined 2 years ago through a chiro's office and they were not helpful at all- I think they were in it for the $$$ and certainly not for the health of their patients. but I did manage to loose 55 lbs. with the support of 3fat chicks and family. the "coach" was a male who had lost about 10 pounds on ip (a requirement by IP to have been on the diet and no clue about the emotional and support part for clients struggle with years of weight issues. every time i weighed in, even though i lost - his comments and his business like attitude made be feel awful about myself, like the only reason i was fat was because i couldn't control myself- jerk. I am type 2 diabetic and they put me on the regular program. Needless to say I had lots of issues with low blood pressure, very cranky and low blood sugar levels and almost listless all the time. My doctor didn't like that I was on ip and would not support it or adjust my metformin or work with me on it. I got so frustrated with the lack of support that I quit and gained 30 pounds back. In March I rejoined at a different clinic supervised by an actual medical doctor and he put me on the alternative program and is monitoring my blood sugars regularly. he has already adjusted my dosage and says if I continue I will be off it completely in another 6 weeks. I will then switch to to the regular program. Sorry if this is a bit long winded but wanted to let you know that the alternative program is meant for diabetes but you need good medical support. Stick with it and shop around for a good coach and doctor to support your journey as it makes a huge difference. I am still losing 2 to 4 pounds a week and 5th week in I lost 6.5- all the best in your journey.
I did IP through a physical therapy office last year and had a coach but then I moved and am currently too far away from an office to be able to go in every week. When I left the previous state my coach gave me the plans for the alternative protocol. I am trying to do this on my own. I pretty much use whatever IP foods I have left and I order the premade shakes from another website. They are cheaper and are the EXACT same thing but in a blue packaging. The company that makes them just packages them in green for IP. I have never been diagnosed as a diabetic but it runs in my family and I also don't like to eat meat or any of the SOY IP packets so my calorie intake is very, very low and I think that stalled my weight loss last time. I was getting about 650 cals a day. Adding one of each of the extra group foods a day just gives me a little more calories and makes this program easier to stick to. I guess I will see how it goes in the next few weeks. I am in a crunch to lose some belly flat, which is what disappears on me first, before we head on vacation. I also wanted to continue to work out so the extra food helps with that. Thanks for your reply. Please keep me updated.
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:08 PM   #19
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I am not diabetic but decided to try the alternative program in order to stop the slow gradual weight gain after losing 30 lbs. I track and it seems that my carbs are kind of high, and that makes me nervous. I seem to be averaging 96 carbs a day and 135 protein. Does anyone know if this is to high?
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I am not diabetic but decided to try the alternative program in order to stop the slow gradual weight gain after losing 30 lbs. I track and it seems that my carbs are kind of high, and that makes me nervous. I seem to be averaging 96 carbs a day and 135 protein. Does anyone know if this is to high?
If you are Type I diabetic you need to be careful to stay out of ketosis. Mild ketosis can start around 70-80 g carbs. ~100 g is safe. The alternative plan is meant to keep you out of ketosis. Why do you need to track on this plan? Shouldn't it be fine according to the rules? Unless you are very sensitive to carbs, a few grams will not make a huge difference. If you keep a caloric deficit, you will lose weight eventually.
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I have a friend who has type 2 diabetes & is interested in doing IP. Is there a fact sheet about the Alternative Plan that I can send her? I'm not having very good luck with my internet search.
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:29 PM   #22
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My coach gives the alternative plan to people who want to continue exercising at least 45 minutes at a time 4 days a week. She suggested I try it a while back and I did. I LOVED the flexibility of being able to have occassional fruit and dairy - especially because it's fruit harvest time and everything is fresh. I only did it for a week before deciding to go back to regular phase I. I just didn't trust myself to do the exercise and didn't want to slow my progress. But I think it's a great protocol and I may go back to it for a bit before I phase off.
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I think I want to try to get onboard with this again. I have strayed..........not gained any lbs just inches in the wrong areas. Funny how that happens. Anyways, I know what I need to do, just need to do it!!!
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I have used this site for a few years and don't know how to find the stickies?? Unless I am doing it and don't know it???
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I have used this site for a few years and don't know how to find the stickies?? Unless I am doing it and don't know it???
Stickies are posted above all the IP threads. It's written in red font.
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Old 06-07-2014, 11:55 AM   #27
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Hi there. I am starting this thread up again for anyone on Alternative Protocol. Hope there is someone else out there!

I am on it for now waiting for dr approval for the regular program. I think I like this one better though. I'm ok with not going into ketosis. I have an Arrythmia problem so on meds that lower my blood pressure so may interfere with ketosis.

Is anyone still on Alternative Protocol? How are you doing on it?
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Hi Sheena1966 I have to ask....is the alternative program just using alternative products other than IP? Sorry I am new and trying to figure this all out. My clinic does not follow the IP program that I have read about. So I am wondering if this is what you mean? I also have an Arrythmia and am on a blood thinner. I also have type 2 diabetes. Good luck to you.
I have lost 15lbs the first month.
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Hi Sheena1966 I have to ask....is the alternative program just using alternative products other than IP? Sorry I am new and trying to figure this all out. My clinic does not follow the IP program that I have read about. So I am wondering if this is what you mean? I also have an Arrythmia and am on a blood thinner. I also have type 2 diabetes. Good luck to you.
I have lost 15lbs the first month.
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Using alternative products is different than the IP alternative protocol.
It is for people who should not go into Ketosis for medical reasons.
You add one starch, one fruit, and one dairy each to one meal per day
(Example: starch to breakfast, dairy to lunch, and fruit to dinner)
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Lisa, Thanks for clearing that up. I appreciate it!
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