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6/25/13 6:10 P

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TRYSCHE,
I was insulin resistant, then on metformin for10 years, and at the maximum dose of that too.

One week into I.P. I was able to drop the meds, and its been a year now without them.

Insulin resistance does not need to lead to the path that I took. If I knew then what I know now I would have lost the fat right away (as the I.P. diet helps you easily do), and stuck with low carb eating after that, as I've done for about 8 months now.

At the beginning of I.P. I still wanted carbs, though in following the protocol I didn't eat them. A year later the thought of eating a potato chip is as appealing as the thought of eating cardboard with salt.

Good luck, you can do it.

- James M

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6/25/13 9:11 A

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Yup, MEESH, lots of us here going through the same journey. Welcome to the team!

Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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6/25/13 3:11 A

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Hi everyone,

I just started the ideal protein diet on June 13th. I am into my 2nd week now. I am excited to join this team. I need support and want to lend support. it is nice to know there are others in the same boat as i am. :)

Total to lose: 13 lbs

Started first round of IP 06/14/13 at 162
End first round of IP 08/23/13 (went to Asia for 3 weeks)
Total Lost: 26.5lbs before Asia trip

Start second round of IP 09/23/13 at 139
End second round of IP 11/20/13 at 124

Start third round of IP 04/16/14 at 136


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6/24/13 6:42 P

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Looking forward to losing with you too LMASON! See you on the Phase 1 & 2 Discussion Thread!

Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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6/24/13 4:10 P

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Hi - Day one today! Look forward to losing with you all... emoticon

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6/24/13 8:56 A

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Welcome to the team TRYSCHE! It's great that you will have your sister as a buddy while you lose weight. It really does help to have someone who can totally understand what you are doing and to help encourage you along the way.

Please join us on the Phase 1 & 2 Discussion Thread.

Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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6/24/13 8:41 A

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Hi my name is Trysche, my sister and I are going for our consultation tomorrow. I am excited to start, I really think this is what I need. I am insulin resistant and deal with psoriatic arthritis. We are starting on July 7th, when we get back from vacation. I am really excited. I am hoping this will break my carb addiction and just over all make me feel better. I am happy I found this group!

Anything is possible if you believe! Have a great day!


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6/22/13 7:38 P

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Welcome to the team HELLORITA & BOONEPARA! Please join us over on the Phase 1 & 2 Discussion Thread.

See you there!

Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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6/22/13 4:37 P

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Hi Everyone, Just starting back on Spark and was happy to see an Ideal Protein Team. I lost 50 lbs. before and took too long a break. Getting back at it. Only on day 3, doing okay. It's been a challenge getting started again. But know it's the thing that works for me.

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6/14/13 3:14 A

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HELLORITA,
Welcome!

Expect to feel a little weak, though not necessarily hungry for the first week or so. Your body chemistry needs some time to change to more easily burn your fat rather than store it.

- James M

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Starting weight : 195.0 pounds (June 7, 2012)
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6/13/13 9:52 P

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HI! I am starting on Monday. I hope I can do this. It is through the Cardiologist's office. My weight is also 213. My goal is to get out of the obese category and be able to pick something off the floor comfortably. At least I can still drink my morning coffee on this new plan but I will really miss my light beer!

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6/13/13 6:22 P

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ABPITA1, welcome.

You'll probably find that the I.P. diet is something you can manage for a few months. A very achievable loss is 2 to 3 pounds per week. Every weekly loss is a victory, and you'll find that this diet is very effective.

- James M

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Starting weight : 195.0 pounds (June 7, 2012)
Final weight : 168.2 pounds (July 23, 2013)


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6/12/13 10:36 A

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Welcome to the team ALI! An upcoming wedding is great motivation to keep you focused and moving forward on the diet. I'm sure you will look great in your wedding dress no matter how much weight you lose!

Please join us over on the Phase 1 & 2 Discussion Thread. See you there!

Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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6/12/13 10:26 A

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Hello everyone! I'm Ali and I started IP this past Friday. Still getting used to everything and an almost unrelentless thirst I'm discovering. Drank 18 glasses of water yesterday and still woke up immediately needing more. Not sure what I've lost so far, I'll weigh in on Friday.

I'm getting married in a year, have been overweight/obese most of my life, and I'm so hopeful I can make some significant weight loss before the wedding. I'd love to be able to buy a ridiculous dress and feel pretty in it.

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6/12/13 7:25 A

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ABPITA ~ Welcome to the team! 10.5 pounds is a really good start to your weightloss journey.

PROUDEST ~ Welcome to our team to you too! You have had a really good start at your weightloss journey too having lost 11 pounds all ready.

It would be good for both of you to take a look at the RECIPE FORUM here on our team to get ideas about using the packets in different ways. I also recommend buying Chef Verati's Ideal Protein Cookbook...there are lots of great recipes for Phase 1 & 2 meals. I also have a few recipes on my blog located in my signature.

Please join us on the Phase 1 & 2 Discussion Thread for on-going conversation with folks on the same weightloss journey. See you there!

Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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6/11/13 9:41 P

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Hey! I'm Lindsey :) I started the IP Diet on 6/4 and so far have lost 11pounds! I'm here for ideas on how to spruce up those packets and for the added support. This diet isn't your ordinary diet so I don't feel like most people understand what we're going through.


So far so good, I've only found a few foods that I really can't stand!

My goal (set by my coach) is to lose 140 pounds, putting me at 145. I'm thinking I'm going to re-evaluate when I reach 160/155 to see how I feel. For now I'm just taking it day by day.

"And I can't believe that we would lie in our graves dreaming of things that we might have been!" DMB


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6/11/13 1:44 P

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Hello...I'm Angela. I started Ideal protein on 6/1/2013 and I have lost 10.5 lbs...I have a long way to go (about 100 lbs to go). I'm hoping to get some additional support and to provide any tricks that are working for me to maybe help others.

I lived on rice, noodles and bread with minimal protein for the last 30 years. This is a big change for me.

My goal is to lose 60 lbs by Sept 1 (I know...it is a strech goal). emoticon

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6/11/13 12:59 P

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Kendra (KAB710),
10 years ago I was pre-diabetic, followed by diabetic. I took pills for 10 years and I'm convinced I've got long term damage from the meds even though my blood sugar was under control.

Do all you can to avoid the meds. If you're like me you blood sugar will be normal once you avoid carbs (which you do on I.P.). I'm avoiding carbs post I.P., but along the way I've found things to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Things that aren't sweet, but are high in carbs are now undesirable to me. Best wishes on your weight loss journey.

- James M

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Starting weight : 195.0 pounds (June 7, 2012)
Final weight : 168.2 pounds (July 23, 2013)


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6/10/13 2:23 P

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Welcome to the Ideal Protein Team, KENDRA! I think you will absolutely love this diet and will most likely accomplish all of the goals you stated here.

I was pre-diabetic and on 3 different blood pressure meds along with 2 cholesterol meds and am now down to 1/2 of a pill for my blood pressure and completely off all other medications. My blood sugar is totally normal now and my BMI is no longer in the obese category. This diet has worked wonders for me and it will for you too.

Please join us over on the Phase 1 & 2 Discussion Thread. See you there!

Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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6/10/13 1:17 P

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Hi, I'm Kendra - I have an appointment tomorrow for my consultation and plan to start Ideal Protein (recommended by my doctor) on Sunday! I need to lose 25-30 lbs. I have been told I am "insulin resistant" so I plan to jump start my weightloss with Ideal Protein and after done with this will go onto primarily a diabetic diet - I have high blood pressure and want to get off of these meds.

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6/9/13 8:20 P

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NUWALK ~ Welcome to the team! Good to see you have posted on the Phase 1 & 2 Discussion thread. Good luck on getting started on the diet.

Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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hi, i'm jules, excited and anxious all at once... LOL, was planning to start tomorrow/Mon but a friend will be joining me, and might start together when she gets squared away later this coming week...

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6/6/13 10:45 A

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CINNAMON,
I had a quick look at information about medi-fast and I can see the similarities with Ideal Protein.

I also did a little research on serotonin and carbohydrates, indeed it looks like serotonin is made after sweet or starchy carbs are eaten. My wife used to take serotonin at bed time to help her sleep, as there are also connections with serotonin and sleeping. I think you can get serotonin pills at health stores. That might help overcome the low carb issue.

You have lots of real stress factors, new country, new job, new house. In my opinion when you have real reasons for stress then you just have to roll with it, if you are feeling under stress, but there is no external cause, then things get much more medical.

To make you feel better here are a few other major stress factors in life that you probably don't have at the moment:
- Death in the family
- Birth in the family
- Divorce
- Marriage

But you do have the other major ones. Again, good luck on this new diet.

- James M.

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6/5/13 7:33 P

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PICKLE ~ Welcome to the team! It sounds like you are well on your way to getting rid of all your excess weight. And you seem to have a very good handle on what to eat and what not to eat when you go out. Good for you!

Please join us over on the Phase 1 & 2 Discussion Thread for lots of on-going support.
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Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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Pickle, you are on fire!!!! Way to go. This plan is nothing short of a miracle to me. It has changed my life. emoticon

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Cinnamonhinny, I had some anxiety when I started. I think it was mostly that I knew it would be a big change and I had a huge fear of failing. It got better over time, but if you need to, talk to your doctor and get your meds changed a bit to compensate for the changes. What ever works to keep you happy and healthy and on plan, because this works!!

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Happy Wednesday folks.
My name is j and I have been on IP for 2 weeks and 2 days. BEST life choice I have ever made! (Except for my beautiful bride of course!!)
I started out at 348 at my first weight. Week 1 (over Memorial Day weekend) I was a little scared with all the beer and cheese floating around! I do live in WI!! However, stuck to the plan too a T! Lost 14.75lbs and over 5.5 inches! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY! :)
Week 2 came along and I did the plan and I lost.....
12.4lbs and over 6 inches! THIS IS NOT A DIET! I have been out to eat 9 times since starting! Ordering my steak/fish and veggies with no butter and using soy sauce/hot mustard and not ketchup!! I have done zero gym time! I feel I have been lied to all my life about how to lose weight! IP is the best "way of life" for people that have struggled with weight all their lives!! I look forward to this great group of like minded people!
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6/4/13 11:01 P

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Thanks to Jamesbm, magpieofdoom and Funfit53 for your replies. I appreciate your kind words for me. I am happy because I know IP will work because Medifast worked so well for me and the two diets are SO similar! I kind of think that my anxiety is from the reduction of serotonin in my system caused by the lack of carbohydrates. There is some research that supports that line of thinking. I just wanted to know if anyone else had the same reaction? I take a prescription medication for my anxiety but in the last few days, it doesn't seem to be doing much. Oh well, it is only the end of day 5....and the pounds are rolling off! WOOHOO! I can handle the anxiety if the pounds are leaving but I am hoping that this anxiety will take a break soon. I did not experience this reaction on Medifast but I was not in the same situation then with a new country, new job, new house, etc. Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!

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6/4/13 1:15 A

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Cinnamon,
I too have battled my fat for most of my life. The I.P. diet is the first one where I wasn't constantly hungry, or even really hungry much at all.

Subsequent to I.P. I'm eating low carb and doing great, and that is about a year now. From the beginning I knew that loosing the fat and then returning to how I used to eat was not an option.

Good luck to you. By the way carbs are addictive,just like many other drugs.You can break the addiction.

- James M

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6/3/13 9:56 P

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CINNAMON ~ First of all, welcome to the team!

I imagine what you are experiencing is the amphetamine-like feeling from your body using your fat as fuel and producing ketones. The sped-up feeling can feel a lot like anxiety. This feeling may or may not lessen as your body becomes more adept at using your fat as fuel. I would recommend staying away from the chocolate products at first and not use any caffeinated products as these will probably enhance that sped-up feeling for you.

Hopefully, the anxiety will abate in a week or so and you will be able to continue on the diet.

Please join us over on the Phase 1 & 2 Discussion Thread for lots of great support.

Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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JAMESBM - Thanks! I'm so psyched about this! :)

CINNAMONHINNY - I'm no doctor or psychologist, but my GP told me that a lot of times, people who get the surgeries find out that they were using food as salve for other problems. They can't do the food addiction thing anymore, so they turn to alcohol, or smoking, or whatever. I'm not saying this is what's going on with you, but just kind of saying, yeah, a lot of us (me included) use food for emotional reasons, and when we lose that crutch, we flounder.

When I was considering the surgery, my plan was to divert my addictive tendencies toward exercise. I'll have to split the difference, with IP, since 1) I'm injured, and 2) it's not really designed for intensive exercisers. I know that filling that need and finding coping strategies is going to be an important step toward success.

You might ask your doctor if something like this www.healthdesigns.com/integrative-th
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I am on day 4 of Ideal Protein. I did Medifast last year when I lived in California and it worked well but since then I moved to Canada. Medifast is not available here in Canada and several people told me Ideal Protein would work for me as well. The weight I lost on Medifast (25 pounds) has been mostly regained (20 pounds). I am of course completely responsible for the regain, but in my defense, I experienced huge stress when we moved countries: new job, new remodel of the house we bought, several health scares that were only scares, etc. My usual answer to huge stress and anxiety is to eat. And I did. Now I am back on track and confident that this protocol will work for me.

As an introduction, let me say that I am a 55 yr old woman who has battled being overweight/obese/morbidly obese almost all my life. As a 15 yr old, I lost 30 pounds to be slim like my friends. As a mother of five, I added more than 150 pounds to that 15 yr old weight. I don't even want to weigh that anymore but I do want to be healthier. Four years ago last month, I had a Roux en Y gastric bypass. That helped me lose 75 pounds in one year. I am considered a surgical success because I lost more than 60% of my extra weight. I never felt like a real success because I still wanted to lose another 30 pounds. However I maintained that weight loss until last year and when I began to regain (20 lbs), I immediately joined Medifast and lost it. Now I want to lose that same 20 (darn) and about 20 more.

The worst part of this protocol so far is the extreme anxiety I am experiencing. I have an anxiety disorder so I often have anxiety I have done some research and it looks like the low-carb diet may be the reason my anxiety level is so much higher now. Anybody else experience this? Does it get better with time??

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Welcome MAGPIEOFDOOM,
Indeed, I am one of those folks who only ate salad because I knew it was good for me, and then only just enough to feel that I had eaten some salad. The world of what I eat has changed entirely for me since starting I.P.

Best wishes for you on this excellent diet (and beyond).

- James M


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Hi, FUNFIT! Thanks for your kind welcome--and for the link to your blog! I hope you don't mind, but I read the whole thing. It sounds like IP worked pretty great for you! It stops at the beginning of this year. How are things going now?

I looked through your recipes, and I'll definitely give them a try! Thanks! :)


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Welcome to the team MAGPIE! It sounds like you have done a lot of research into the IP Diet...way to prepare ahead of time!

I would suggest taking a look at our RECIPE FORUM to get some ideas. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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Hopefully, the IP products will be ok with your sensitivities. Most of the packets don't show the nutritional values or the ingredients so, if you are permitted to purchase individual packets, be sure to read the box they came from so you can be aware of any potential problems.

You can still use curry as a seasoning on your meat & vegetables as long as it doesn't contain any sugar or other high carb ingredients.

Please join us over on the Phase 1 & 2 Discussion Thread for lots of on-going support and advice!

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Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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Hey there, folks!

I'm a long-time member of SP. I even lost more than 10% of my body weight, a few years ago, via obsessive calorie-counting and exercise. And then--this is the short version of the story--my gluten, dairy, and egg sensitivities (that I didn't know I had) caught up to me. I was in all kinds of weird pain for a while, lost my motivation, and gained back the weight.

Now I have a foot injury, a podiatrist after me to lose weight (I agree), and a really supportive GP. I'm going to try Ideal Protein (with digestive enzymes, so that the whey doesn't destroy me--gluten's the bigger problem, and I see that they don't use gluten-containing ingredients). I haven't gone in for the initial appointment, yet, but I've done tons of research online and feel like it will probably work for me.

I'm lucky, in that I have a really supportive spouse who doesn't mind boring dinner every night. (And, really, I bet there are ways to spice up "a lean meat, a salad, and a cooked veggie." For instance, cauliflower makes awesome "mashed potatoes." :) It just sounds boring to me, because I eat curries and pizza and all kinds of ridiculous stuff. I believe everyone that eventually salads will taste amazing, unlikely as it seems now.) I'm worried about finding the time to prepare protein + veggie + salad every night; I don't go home after work, for large parts of the week. But I guess nothing will stop me from cooking ahead for the week and making salads in jars, or something, right?

So... hi! Any suggestions, for someone who hasn't even started yet? Things I should know, or should remember to ask? Recipes you like? :)

Thanks! I look forward to being part of this community and learning from you all!


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SIMPLIRED ~ Welcome to the IP Team! It sounds like you are well on your way to much better health. And there can be no better reason for wanting to lose weight than to be a better, healthier mom. In the process, you will probably end up giving your children a better chance of never having to live with a weight problem themselves.

Please join us over on the Phase 1 & 2 Discussion Thread for lots of encouragement and advice.

Started Ideal Protein:
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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Hi, I just finished week 3 on IP and have more energy then I've had in years and am never hungry. My goal is a big one, but I think with this plan I can do it. I am the mom of three and want to be a healthier mom for them.
I am so glad I got encouragement from this group, that first week was tough, but it did get much easier the 2nd week.
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SCHMITCM,
if you've made it to day 6 then the toughest part is over. You'll feel your energy level returning even closer to normal in the next week ... and you'll be burning your own fat reserves rather than carbs that you've been consuming.

Best of luck for you journey.

- James M.

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Thanks for the great welcome!:) I'm currently at day 6 right now. Things are definitely getting a lot easier!

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JCRULE ~ Welcome to the team! I think you will do great on this diet. It seems complicated at first but, once you get the hang of it, the rules make it very easy to follow. I agree with JAMES and recommend that you don't try to do any running until you are at your goal or very close to it. You CAN do some moderate rate walking but nothing that causes you to get out of breath.

Please join us over on the Phase 1 & 2 discussion thread.

Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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Welcome JCRULE,
this diet is an excellent choice.

Before this diet I used to think that you'd add the calories you ate, subtract the calories you burned and calculate your weight loss that easily. If you want to loose more weight then burn more calories (i.e. exercise).

However the body is much more complex than that. I strongly suggest you loose the weight, and when you reach you goal, or very close to it, that is the time to start exercising again.

- James M.

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Yay, somebody who is starting at a similar weight and time as I am! I'm new here too and am signing up tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. The gal said I could come and have a shake for breakfast while we chatted. Sweet! I'm excited! I did a program like this about 10 years ago, lost a ton of weight, but I had young kids and it was just too hard for me at the time. I'm READY to do this! I'm almost 40 and really want to start running again, but my knees are not happy about the running, so I've got to get some weight off them. ;-)

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Welcome SCHMITCM,
As FUNFIT wrote join the phase1 & 2 discussion.

You will find this is the best fat loss diet you've ever been on. It is a healthy, well thought out diet. Though you will be eating fewer calories than you use (or else you wouldn't't loose fat), you will find that you are not ravenously hungry like on some other diets. This is because you fat is more easily accessed by your body on this diet.

As FUNFIT wrote, the first week is the hardest as your body takes a few weeks to more easily burn its fat. But it's not all that bad, in fact every other diet I was on was worse than week one.

- James M

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Welcome to the team SCHMITCM! I'm excited with you as you get started on this wonderful journey to health!!! Some people have a rough time of it the first week or so but once your body starts using it's fat stores for energy you will love this diet.

Come on over to the Phase 1 & 2 Discussion Thread and join in the on-going conversations, encouragement and great ideas.

See you there!

Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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Hello everyone. I'm starting IP tomorrow and I am soo excited. I'm currently at 260 lbs with 42% being fat. So ideally I could lose around 100 lbs. I'm soo excited and hope that I have a lot of success. I bought a ton of veggies and lean meats! Well anyway I'm 24 from Wisco. :)

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Hello everyone. I'm starting IP tomorrow and I am soo excited. I'm currently at 260 lbs with 42% being fat. So ideally I could lose around 100 lbs. I'm soo excited and hope that I have a lot of success. I bought a ton of veggies and lean meats! Well anyway I'm 24 from Wisco. :)

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Hello everyone. I'm starting IP tomorrow and I am soo excited. I'm currently at 260 lbs with 42% being fat. So ideally I could lose around 100 lbs. I'm soo excited and hope that I have a lot of success. I bought a ton of veggies and lean meats! Well anyway I'm 24 from Wisco. :)

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MRSMUNEEB,
The ideal protein diet is not a high protein diet. In fact the amount of protein taken on this diet is just slightly above the suggested daily minimum. Something like 60 to 100 grams of protein a day is not excessive.

You mentioned fruits as part of your diet. Fruits have sugar, your body will produce insulin to keep your blood sugar from getting too high, this is part of the process of storing those sugars away (as body fat) and makes it hard to burn your own fat.

If you want to loose body fat don't avoid sugars and carbs.

- James M.

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MRSMUNEEB ~ I would be happy to answer your question about the Ideal Protein Diet. This is a diet developed by Dr Chanh Tran. The products are sold through Ideal Protein Clinics where a coach meets with a client once a week to weigh, measure and discuss how the diet is going.

The type of diet you are doing would be a good fit for one of the Low Carb Teams located at one of these links:
Living Low Carb www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Low Carbing with Atkins (All LC Plans welcome) www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Atkins Way of Living www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Thanks for stopping in! Best of luck to you.

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Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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Hello everyone
I am new here
I am trying to loose weight and have started taking increased proteins in my diet with carbs only from fruits and vegetables,
What brought me here is a thought that i might b consuming too much of protien than reqiured and if it would harm me.
I would be glad if anyone here could tell me what an idal protien diet is?
And i am sorry i am not much of an internet user/browser so in case there is any previous topic about this, i could not find it.
Thankyou

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CHRISSY,
Welcome!

As Funfit wrote, the first few days are the hardest. Eating a carb rich diet is like a drug addiction. It feels like the only way to feel "right" is to keep eating carbs. Trust me, after a few days to a week the addiction can be broken. I know because via I.P. I've switched to low carb for life.

I don't get nearly as hungry as before, and I know it is because my body now uses its own fat reserves more easily.

Stick with it it's worth it.

- James M.

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CRISSY ~ It will get better! The first week is usually the toughest but, generally, after 4-5 days your body switches over to fat-burning mode and when that happens, the hunger decreases dramatically. But first you have to get through those first days.

Hang in there and keep following the protocol. Eat that extra packet for the first week or so and don't be afraid to eat really large lettuce salads to help fill you up. Make sure you are eating two cups of vegetables in addition to the lettuce at lunch and supper and use your oil & salt.

I found that eating an omelet each morning with 1/2 cup mushrooms and 1/2 kale in it along with 6 tablespoons of Egg Beaters Southwestern style kept me full all morning. Then eating something hot like a soup or the pasta with a really large salad & another cup of vegetables kept me satisfied until supper time. The drinks didn't keep me full for very long at all. Just not substantial enough for me.

You may need to enlist your hubby to help you instead of hindering you. Maybe he just doesn't understand how very difficult this journey can be and asking for his help to succeed may be all he needs to step up be a great supporter for you.

Please join us on the Phase 1 & 2 Discussion Thread and you will receive lots of great advice and support as you continue on.
See you there!

Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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HI,
On day 3 - Started IP Thursday, 5/2/13, and am feeling hungry often. My coach suggested taking an extra IP package to satisfy. This really hasn't helped much. Still have hunger cravings from lunch and dinner. The meals fill me initially, with the 2 cups of vegetables, and lettuce. However, I get hungry again soon after lunch and dinner(within 1 hour)! My husband eats some of the food I bought to eat, and chomps away on chips, peanuts and a doughnut in front of me. Truthfully I don't know if I will be able to maintain this plan. It's a lot harder than I thought. This is the first time I've tried IP. Wish to loose 40 lbs.
I feel better today then first two days, but the hunger cravings are tough to deal with. I drink plenty of fluids, more than 64 ozs per day.
Wish this was a more positive post. So sorry to be such a downer.

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Welcome Lynn,
I'm one of the people described by FUNFIT.

I used to eat a little salad with my meal because I knew it was good for me, but not because I liked it. After about a month on I.P. I found that what I liked had changed. Very strange huh? I mean years of eating a certain way and liking certain things and it changes in a short time.

My suggestion to you is to try new vegetables while on I.P. and be open to the idea that your tastes will change. Don't be stuck in a rut and think that disliking or liking some food is part of the definition of who you are.

Now I absolutely love salads and you'd have to tie me down to force mashed potatoes and gravy down my throat.

- James M.

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Final weight : 168.2 pounds (July 23, 2013)


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Welcome to the team Lynn! Lots of folks started out not too keen on eating vegetables but have found as they continue on their tastebuds change and they begin branching out and trying new vegetables. Since you like asparagus, I would recommend roasting cauliflower & broccoli and giving them a try. Roasting seems to bring out some flavors that may appeal to you. Be sure to take a look at the RECIPE FORUM for some other vegetable ideas too.

Please stop on over and post on the Phase 1 & 2 Discussion Thread where you can get lots of great support and ideas. See you there!

Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
---------------------------
Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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Hello Ideal Protein Diet Sparkers!! emoticon

My name is Lynn and this is my 4th day on IP. I'm feeling better than I was the first 3 days. I have at least 60 pounds to lose, but would like to lose 75. I'm divorced and have a 17 yr old son. I have a great job, which keeps me very busy. I don't exercise a lot, but will eventually start. emoticon emoticon

The one problem I have on this diet is the veggies. I'm just NOT a veggie eater. I've never eaten salads, which does not help me out here. But I'm trying to stick with it. The only veggies I eat are the ones on the "DO NOT EAT" list. emoticon I wonder what I've gotten myself into. The two veggies that I do like and can eat are asparagus and spinach, and I'm already a little tired of asparagus. But I know how important this is so I will do my best.

I am glad to be a part of the team now and I'm ready to jump on in. I've already been reading the forums and have found that helpful! Thanks everyone!!



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