I don't usually post on here but I do enjoy reading everyone's posts. I have gotten a lot of support from this site even though I haven't necessarily talked to anyone on here. I wanted to post my experience with IP, as I plan on starting up again at the end of February.
I started IP in April 2011. The first couple weeks were the hardest, adjusting to the program. I had serious nausea and felt exhausted every second of the day. After a couple weeks this faded and I started to feel really good! The nausea went away, the sugar cravings were gone and it was like I had a new burst of energy!
Overall I found the plan to be really easy to follow, however it is really expensive. The only side effects I experienced were constipation and some hair loss, both went away after I ended the plan. I ended up losing 30 pounds total.
I ended the plan in July of 2011 as I could no longer afford it. Since July I have maintained my weight, not gaining or losing one single pound, which is amazing to me!
I would say that my diet and lifestyle have definitely changed, however I do eat regular foods. I eat all the same things I used to eat but in smaller portions and not as often.
Instead of pasta every week, we have it a couple times a month. We don't eat potatoes, rice or bread with every dinner. Instead of soda we drink flavored seltzer. I still eat candy but not every single day! It's interesting to see that you can eat all the foods that you want, as long as they are in moderation!
For the longest time I wanted to lose weight and felt like I just couldn't, like there was something wrong with me. After this diet I realized that the problem was me! It feels so good to feel in control of my body again. I have the power to change my body and turn it into the one I want!
I originally wanted to lose 50 pounds so I will be starting up IP again in February to lose the last 20 pounds. I feel really good about maintaining my weight and everything I have learned over the last year. I am excited to get to my goal weight hopefully by summer.
I just wanted to share what my experience has been like, as everyones journey is different!