Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I had a ton of things to do at my work today, so I decided to take some time off and surf the Sparkpeople site instead LOL! But seriously, I was looking up some more information on the Ideal Protein program, just to see if there was any information and helpful tips floating around that I could use.
What surprised me were the number of people who responded so negatively when someone in their forum asked about the Ideal Protein program. Many of them used erroneous information to back up their arguments against it, and the overwhelming majority seemed to feel it was a scam.
Having been on the program now for a little under 8 weeks and having dropped a little over 30 pounds, it is not a scam. However, it is not for everyone. Just like trying to lose weight by exercising more isn't for everyone. Just like simply trying to cut back on portions isn't for everyone. There is no "one-size-fits-all" diet/program for everyone, and I think people need to keep that in mind.
Most of us on the Ideal Protein program have been overweight all or most of our lives. Most of us have tried several other ways to shed our excess weight. Some may still not be successful with IP, some are having life-changing success with it. I'd like to address a few of the things that I read and answer them here, although I know none of the people who made the comments will ever see these. It just lets me vent!
- Quick weight loss plans are a scam. Variations on the theme are: You only have to start eating healthier. If you lose weight quickly, you'll just gain it back. Any diet that tells you not to exercise is bogus.
First off, Ideal Protein is not a scam. I think we can establish that by just checking out the Ideal Protein SparkTeam here and read the success and success-in-the-making posts. It works! Does it work for everyone? Unfortunately, no. Yes, it can be expensive, but really? Check out the cost of going out to eat, or buying the groceries to support an unhealthy eating habit. I think you might found out that it's definitely cheaper than that.
I only have to start eating healthier? Oh man, why didn't someone tell me that before?? I would have quit wasting my time! Okay, sorry for the sarcasm, but if all we had to do was eat healthier to lose weight, don't you think we would have? I know so many overweight people who like healthy foods -- so it has to be something else. Exercise? Try moving a 300-pound frame to the beat. A whole new meaning to the words, "Sweatin' to the Oldies"!
I need to lose some weight "quickly" or I will lose my motivation. Losing two pounds a month isn't going to keep me on track or help me see that light at the end of a very long tunnel. A quick drop does help, quite a bit, actually. Keeps me going, keeps me thinking, "I CAN DO THIS!" And that is really, really important.
Ideal Protein tells you not to exercise for a very good reason -- you are taking in very few calories, and you are being purposefully put on an "unbalanced" diet in order to do some rather science-y things to your body. Their reasoning about weight loss being more hormonal than physical (I think that's the way I want to put it) makes a lot of sense.
In the end, we all have to listen to our bodies. There is a reason that when you are on the Ideal Protein protocol you have to be under a doctor's care or checking in with your coach on a weekly basis. If you are feeling weak or sick or not losing weight, there is most likely a very valid reason, and together you will find out what it is. Some people are able to 'simply' exercise more and eat less and lose weight. I say "Good for them! Many cheers and congratulations!". Unfortunately, I am not one of those people.
For the first time in nearly 30 overweight years, I am under 200 pounds. I am not fat because I WANT to be. I am fat because I could not help myself but to make bad choices, try to lose weight, fail, fall back to those bad habits and run that treadmill of failure over and over. I'm ready to get off. And WHEN I reach my goal, THEN I will be able to MAINTAIN my weight-loss with eating healthier and exercising more.
I just hope everyone realizes that there isn't a clear-cut solution to weight loss. Some programs work for some and not for others. You have to find the one that works for you, and the only way you will find that will be to ask around. But keep an open mind and listen to your body.
Good luck on your journey! I wish you success!