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Maintaining my Loss

Sunday, November 03, 2013

I started Ideal Protein in July and lost over 30 lbs in ~2 mos. I've been maintaining that loss +/- 5 lbs. Most of the fluctuation is water. When I notice a few pounds creeping on, and go back on ph 1, I often am able to drop 10 lbs in a few days to go well below where I was maintaining. This additional loss is only shortly lived as it is also merely water weight (there's no other explanation for such a loss/re-gain). Body fat percentage has also stayed consistent, which is the true indicator, along with body shape and what the clothes tell me.

I still use the protocol, for the most part, for breakfasts, and lunches. I stay away from the majority of processed sugars/carbs, but enjoy some at times, usually when eating out.

I have researched alternatives to IP and am switching to a much lower cost product, because let's admit it, the protocol is as expensive as it is effective. If your interested in the brand I've gone to and/or the results PM me.

I wish everyone a healthy and happy day.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MEESH_NAKVEE 11/8/2013 1:48AM

    Hey Gizmo. I am on phase 3 right now and trying to figure out how i will maintain my weight. my biggest BIGGEST challenge is getting my veggie in. When I am -=jetting out the door to school, I don't have the time to cut up and measure veggies to put in a bag and think about the protein i gotta take. honestly it was so much easier being on phase 1 because I got to just use the IP stuff and dint have to worry about cooking on my own. ugh. its so inconvenient to eat!! btw. i've gained 2 lbs after getting on phase 3. i hate looking at the scale now.. i KNOW its the glycogen being restored but seeing +2lbs is scary! ugh! I need to stop weighing myself. Do you think working out helps u keep the weight off?

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POSITIVELY_ICAN 11/4/2013 3:05PM

    Thanks for sharing! It is great to hear that maintenance is possible after we finish phase 1.


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GIZMO_ 11/3/2013 7:59PM

    Thanks everyone for the feedback. DawnDmoore, I agree. IP is a balanced program, with an Ideal amount of protein, with veggies and good carbs blended in. My physician monitored things, and after 3 mos, I was off ALL my meds, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, GONE. Loving life.

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WOUBBIE 11/3/2013 12:19PM

    Body fat measurement is definitely the way to go. The scale is just another tool in the toolkit, not the ONLY tool.

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DAWNDMOORE40 11/3/2013 11:19AM

    emoticon That is wonderful that you have been able to maintain your weight! Hopefully you are still getting a balance of the food groups and not just protein. That is just my suggestion. I have seen too many friends go on these programs, and they lose weight, but they aren't putting healthy things in their body that they need. Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 11/3/2013 11:11AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Progress is now Measured without a Scale

Friday, September 13, 2013

The scale doesn't tell the whole story:

I started Ideal Protein July 3 at 235 lbs (all weights are naked). I decided it was time start working out at 204 lbs, which I hit in mid Aug. I was becoming concerned about my muscle loss... shrinking arms, etc. I began my weight lifting regime, abs, and running. I am up to 3.3 miles in 35 minutes, not too shabby for a mid forties guy. I also upped my protein to 0.9 grams/lb lean body mass, minimum per day. I continue to restrict carbs, allow cheats here and there, but religiously track calories to understand my new working envelope. Here's what happened...

After working out for the past month, my weight hasn't moved more than a pound or two each way. I became a bit concerned with this until I analyzed my bodyfat %. It has decreased from 30% to 20%. My arms have increased 1 inch circumference, and my waist continues to go down in size. This is astounding and I am very pleased with the results. Oh and my coach wants me to take new pictures and use it as a testimonial for prospective clients, which makes me kind of laugh.

So, the lesson here is, if your weight is staying consistent, don't sweat it. You may be losing bodyfat, particularly if you're working out. The true test is how your clothes fit. Remember to eat more protein if you're working out, and always count your calories, watch the weight daily, and get your bodyfat analyzed by your coach (mine costs 2 bucks a shot).


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WOUBBIE 9/13/2013 9:40AM

    Amen, brother.

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TRYSCHE13 9/13/2013 9:10AM

    That is great!!! I am dying to workout again, mentally and physically I feel better when I do, which makes it easier to follow IP. You are right, there comes a time where you need to modify to what you can live with forever. Good for you!

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LOSE4LIFE47 9/13/2013 1:50AM

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