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Old 12-13-2014, 09:29 AM   #1
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How much, on average, do you spend on the diet per week/month? Also does anyone do it "off book" as in not through a physician. My psyciatrist told me about it and a doctor who does it in his building, but not sure my insurance will cover it. Does yours?
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:33 AM   #2
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Insurance will not cover IP to my knowledge. LOTS of dieters on here do IP using alternatives and NO clinic. If I were to do it again, I think I would've skipped the actual IP clinic myself because I did not have a strong coach.

Moneywise: THere is a "start-up cost" which covers an inital starters sampling pack of food, vitamins and supplements, shaker, and salt. The cost per packet of food at my clinic was $4. If you are under 200lbs, that means you will be eating 3 packs of IP food a day. Once you pay the initial fee, you should only ever be paying for food at your clinic.....the prices are inflated to cover the coaching.

Best advice I have to RESEARCH the quality of the coach you will see as they range HUGELY. There is nothing wrong with asking for a consultation before you decide to commit to the program. You should find out how long they have been coaching, what they do at each visit (measuring, weighing, looking at your food journal, problem solving, etc), and especially how knowledgeable they are at doing this plan LONG TERM. P1 is easy (at least logistically)....it's living the change permanantly that requires the most diverse knowledge.

If you decide to do it yourself, use the "IP using alternatives" threads (they are stickied I believe) to find out what products you can use and get the actual IP protocol sheets. I would also suggest enlisting a "coach" of your own (family member or friend who can weigh you weekly and measure you as that will give you accountability and insentive).

Join the IP Daily chat thread for TONS of support!
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Old 12-13-2014, 12:45 PM   #3
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evemomma summed it up nicely.

The only thing I have to add: I needed the accountability of facing the coach every week to drop 90 lbs. I used a coach for approximately 10 months. I really wish I'd have stuck with her through all the phases and into maintenance but I "fired" her when I returned from vacation and never heard from her.

I committed to the expense of IP as part of my commitment to my own health. If I was totally honest, it didn't cost any more than the crap food I was eating (sneaking/hiding), including impromptu stops at drive-thrus and snacks picked up at convenience stores and gas stations. None of that was good for me and it is costly, as well (in more than just money terms). Plus the beer and other drinks I was consuming.

My insurance didn't pay for any of it, although I've heard of people being able to use their cafeteria-plan medical spending account for the start-up cost, if the clinic has their card reader coded right (mine didn't). Insurance won't pay for the food, nor would my 125 cafeteria plan card allow payments for the food.

If you think you can do the plan without the accountability of facing your IP coach at a clinic every week, then do so! Links to the protocol sheets are available on the Daily (weekend) Chat thread in the first post. Take some time to read the whole Alternative Product thread, which will educate you in which non-IP products are available and which ones people like.

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Silks, I would only add one thing.

If you have significant health issues, it may be important to have a coach/doctor on your team. In my situation having had multiple strokes and other chronic health issues long before my weight was a factor, my cardiologist's office has their own IP staff and monitor my labs and medications every 15 to 20 pounds.

Of course, if you don't have a significant amount to lose either this wouldn't be as important either.

I am relatively new to 3FC, but you will find a great deal of knowledge and support from everyone here.

Best of luck!!
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:29 PM   #5
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Do you ever need to pay for the coach or see the doctor to talk about practice?
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In my case, there is a $5 weight-in and consult fee with the coach on staff -- which I think with the price of the food it's a rip off, but considering I feel like they will pay better attention to my health so that is worth something. As for the doctor, no it is handled through my insurance just like any other medical visit, as are the labs.
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The food on its own costs about $80-$100 per week. Clinics charge different start up fees, but on average I've seen them fall around $200-300 start-up including the initial work-up and first week of food. It's an expensive diet and not generally covered by insurance.

There are ways to do it with "off-brand" products, if you can maintain your own accountability many of us follow the program without a clinic and use the off brand stuff. Some people need the accountability of a weekly appointment at a clinic to be the most successful they can. If you decided to go that route, there is an entire thread on Alternative products linked in the Daily chat, it's a few YEARS of information complied about off brand products, where to buy...worth taking the time to read.
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Old 12-18-2014, 12:10 PM   #8
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Funny, i bet IP cost me well over $10,000. That is once you factor in the new wardrobe i had to buy. I used to make fun of my wife for buying so many clothes, but I surpassed her. I think even my feet are 1/2 a size smaller not.

That was money I was happy to spend.
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Funny, i bet IP cost me well over $10,000. That is once you factor in the new wardrobe i had to buy. I used to make fun of my wife for buying so many clothes, but I surpassed her. I think even my feet are 1/2 a size smaller not.

That was money I was happy to spend.
YES!!!

And your feet probably ARE smaller. The first time I did IP I went from a snug size 9 to a comfy size 8 1/2 shoe. Not only do you lose some fat around your feet, but when there's that much less weight pressing down on your arches, your feet don't spread out as much.
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Not sure if this is helpful - I just started today and am going to a clinic that also has an online "version" - they have weekly calls with clients (the same woman I meet with in person). Their site is http://www.sustainweightlosssolution.com. They used to do IP but found clients preferred the taste and cost of Sustain products better. Best of luck to you!
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