Originally Posted by DDRSHL
I am new here. I have read many questions and have not seen any information that is the company policy on the food other than it is up to your coach. How can these 'coaches' tell you what to do when they are all doing something different? I want to know that fastest way to lose this weight - period.
So here I am... spending lots of money on this diet that I was told was fast and I am losing slow.... am I losing slow because I eat my food through out the day and not 4 times a day?
I have only lost 6.5 lbs in 13 days. I have over 60 lbs to lose and will not stay motivated if I am losing only 2.5 lbs per week. I can do that on WW. Is my wt loss slow because I am 56 and have one packet of Stevia in coffee?
Sorry. My questions are more WHY I can't on these items:
If I chew ONE piece of Orbit sugar free gum. (Less than 1G of carbs and sugar alcohol and less the 5 calories.) My coach says NO gum.... why do other couches say it is ok? Will this hurt my weight loss? Is it the sugar alcohol and how can one piece be that bad?
You have already gotten a lot of great advice here. All I can do is echo what was already said:
- you have lost 3.25 lbs per week average right now. The average weight loss on IP is between 2-4lbs per week, so you are right on track. You will have big loss weeks and small loss weeks. Are you also being measured? Sometimes losses happen on your body but not on the scale - inches lost still count!
- The Protocol sheets are the company policy on food - everything is very clearly laid out for you in terms of WHAT you need to eat every day in order for the program to work. Do coaches sometimes put their own spin on it? Yes - mostly because they don't fully understand how the chemistry of the diet works (a ketogenic diet is different from a weight watchers style diet in how your body deals with and eliminates the fat. IP is also meant to be anti-inflammatory so how a food affects the pH balance in your digestive tract is also a factor). But some also make small adjustments to what is and is not allowed because they understand that at the end, we have to live with the diet until the weight is gone. Making small allowances that help someone stick to the diet 100% otherwise is sometimes better than being militaristic about small things and risking have someone go off the deep end with cheats. If your coach is loose on some of the rules it would benefit you to ask for their reasoning. If they are making exceptions to the plan but also understand that it's a deviation and are monitoring you to make sure it doesn't slow you down, you've got a good, involved coach.
RE: sugar alcohols - there are a few reasons why you should avoid if you can. Many sugar alcohols still generate a glycemic response in the body, and some can cause carb cravings. There are many people here who have chewed gum in moderation without negative effects, but for others the sweeteners cause more problems than they solve. Some coaches say no just to avoid the possibility of problems.
This diet works differently than weight watchers - I lost 70lbs in 7 months, but I am also TWO full sizes smaller than I was the last time I was close to this weight. Because of the ketogenic nature of the diet, I didn't experience hunger in the same ways. And because everything was laid out for me, I didn't have to stress about planning all my meals and snacks in the same way as WW (counting points) - so I could focus on figuring out WHY my weight got out of hand, and making a solid plan for maintenance that I could stick to. You need to figure out what plan will work best for you - whether it's WW, NutriSystem or IP - no one diet is right for every person but if you find one that fits your style, you can't lose anything but the weight! Good luck in whatever you decide!