Originally Posted by zephyr1973
I am a medical joke - really. If you've never heard of it, I have had it or still have it. That said, The first week was pure **** for me. Now, I'm ok - I wouldn't say I'm thrilled with my limited food options on Phase 1, but I know it's temporary. My health issues are the reason I chose IP over other diets/weight loss programs. I need to lose weight in the quickest way possible in the most structured way possible.
I can certainly see how this imbalanced diet could lead to other health concerns, dormant or not. However, my main issue at this very moment, is preserving my eye sight. The ONLY solution is losing weight, and I refuse bariatric surgery.
We all have to make the best choice for our individual needs. I have a great relationship with my PCP and all my specialists, and they are aware of the IP diet. I trust all of my doctors with my whole heart, mind, and body. They are the best of the best, and I am lucky to live where I do.
I would never tell anyone to try any diet - I would tell them to research it, look at the pros and cons, and then speak with their PCP.
I'm so glad you found Ideal Protein. It is the fastest way to safely lose weight that i have ever seen. I have a lot of health problems including allergies and sensitivities to so many foods that there is NOTHING on Ideal Protein that i can eat and avoid ALL of my problem foods! But I am under the support of an integrative physician and the health risks and complications of being 100 lbs overweight is far more dangerous than the affects of eating a little soy or dairy for me. The weight loss is far more important to my overall health right now than all of my other illnesses. And the phase 1 is not forever. Although it may feel like it sometimes.
As a side note - I can't even tolerate the alternative products. My reactions are more extreme and very noticeable. That shows me how much higher quality Ideal Protein is compared to a lot of what you can buy on the internet. If the alternatives work for you I say hallelujah! Enjoy them! (My coach would pass out if she heard me say that - eating alternative products is against IP protocol.) I try to find creativity in manipulating packets into different foods to satisfy my need for variety. (my favorite was pizza before i had to give up gluten!) The one thing that impressed me the most about ideal protein was that the whey protein comes from grass fed cows. For someone into a lot of organic, wholesome food, blah blah blah like myself - that is huge! They didn't have to use grass fed cows but they did. I have a lot of respect for that.
I have 100 lbs to lose to be at an "ideal" weight. I'm not sure that will ever happen because the last time i weighed 130 lbs i was 7 years old. My weight will not come off doing anything else. Not weight watchers, not Jenny Craig, not atkins, not anorexia, NOTHING! I've been a medical mystery to many doctors. Thank God for my holistic doctors who have discovered, leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, food allergies, extreme gluten intolerance that is not celiac, hashimoto's. I lose weight on ideal protein. A whopping .8 lbs a week so far. But that is up from zero so I have to keep my eye on the prize.
If I can do it you can do it. Hang in there and keep up the good work!