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Ideal Protein with Alternatives: Starting Again April 2016

Do you tend to start diets in springtime? I do. After hibernating for the winter, it’s time to be more active, be outside, and take more trips and day trips.

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Any time I get motivated to work on weight loss, I go back to Ideal Protein. I haven’t kidded myself to think it’s a forever solution. I mean, it is for some people but I’m not quite there yet 🙂

I used it to lose 10 pounds in a week recently before I went to an event. It was enough to make the day more comfortable but obviously not a long-term amount. I’m ready to start again for a longer term and just hope I can stick with it.

It’s an easy diet to follow as far as clear guidelines, though I adapt them to fit alternative foods and my own peccadillos like that I don’t eat red meat or sweets. It’s also great in that it makes me eat more vegetables than I normally do. The challenge is keeping up with the shopping and food prep with my busy life.

Okay, here we gooo ….

Weight Loss: Gearing Up for Ideal Protein Alternative . . . I Really Mean It This Time ;)

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Back HERE, I said I was going to start up my diet again (the one where I lost 25 pounds in 1 month last summer) on November 3,2014 and work it through the holidays. Welllllll …. you know what they say about best laid plans, ha! I have my excuses (had a medical issue, tons of work, and busy holiday time) but don’t want to dwell on them. I just need to get motivated and start again. “When at first you don’t succeed,” right?

I’m a Monday Diet Starter by practice (I think it’s almost a religion with me) so I’ll be starting tomorrow, Monday 1-5-15. If you’re wondering what my “Ideal Protein Alternative” diet is, I’ve written about it HERE and HERE. I’ll be doing that plan again – in a nutshell: high protein, low carb, low fat, low calorie. As you can imagine, it’s pretty strict and can be hard to stick to but if you do, you lose weight pretty quickly. I lost weight on this plan WAY faster than any other diet I’ve done in the last 20 years, including Atkins.

For that reason, it’s my favorite “diet” evah! I’m motivated by fast weight loss and nothing else. The old “1-2 pounds per week” just doesn’t cut it for me. As much as I dread missing some foods, I really look forward to how good I’m going to feel when the weight starts dropping off.

To gear up for IPA, I ate low-carb from January 2-4, 2015. Stopping from all those holiday carbs I’ve been eating (I don’t eat sweets but love me some white carbs) is going to be quite a shock to my body so I’m trying to wade into it, so to speak 🙂 Here are some of the things I ate during those 3 days:

Roasted chicken
Green beans
Low-carb protein bar
Eggs
Coffee with whole cream
Almonds
Cheese
Spinach

I gave up the toast I’d been eating with breakfast (bye bye, white bread, I’ll sure miss you!) and the sides of pasta, potatoes, or rice with dinner. No more Vacation Mimosas (orange juice is LOADED with sugar) and I made sure to include some yummy cranberry juice in my New Years Eve drink. It’ll be a long while before I can have that again. Sniff. I only wish I’d had one order of McDonald’s or In and Out fries for the road 😀 Yeah, french fries are my kryptonite.

What is yours? What food(s) do you miss most when you diet or follow a healthy eating plan?

Sorry, I don’t mean to sound discouraging about starting the Ideal Protein Alternative way of eating. But I’ve done it before so I know what to expect. While it’s not “hard” per se – because you don’t starve or have to lock yourself in a dark room or anything – it IS a challenge and you DO have to give up some of your favorites.

But like I said above, it’s totally worth it. When you see how fast the weight comes off, it motivates you to continue. You start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Your clothes get loose, the scale goes down, and you’re able to suck it up and live without french fries. I promise.

One day at a time.

If you’re joining me in weight loss – doing this plan or some other one – I just want to say GOOD LUCK! I hope you’ll visit again, let me know how you’re doing, and we can commiserate 😉

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Onward and upward.

PS: I cover a lot of topics with this blog but if you’re visit to read about weight loss ONLY, just go to the Categories drop-down in the right sidebar and click Weight Loss. Then only those posts will come up.

Weight Loss: Week 1 Diary with My Version of Ideal Protein

As I talked about HERE, I lost 25 pounds in June 2014, gained back 5 in October, and started up my weight loss eating plan again on Monday 11-03-14. HERE is where I’ve shared the basics to my weight loss plan and an offer for you 🙂 If you haven’t read that page yet, I would suggest doing so before you read my weekly posts.

Speaking of which, I don’t want to flood this blog with weight loss posts (for those who aren’t interested in them). Instead I’ll do a long weekly post and put everything in one place: my diary, sample daily menus, new products I’ve discovered, etc. And here we go with Week 1 . . .

DIARY
First thing’s first: I lost 5 pounds in Week 1!! VERY happy about that. The first week loss of any diet is always the biggest so I know future losses won’t be that big – yet it’s a nice boost to start long-term dieting with.

Days 1 and 2, I was STARVING! But that’s to be expected upon starting a plan that cuts back on the amount of calories, fat, etc. you’ve been eating. I cut myself some slack and ate more food than allowed just to get through it. However, I didn’t ‘cheat’ in the sense of eating french fries or anything. I stayed about 95% on program just with more volume than allowed. It’s so important on this plan NOT to cheat by going way off plan with fast food, sweets, etc. Trust me, you’ll regret it. Since Day 1 was my re-start on this eating plan, I did weigh myself and take my measurements.

Days 3 and 4, I had a headache. I could blame it on stress or cutting down on my coffee to 1 cup per day but it could’ve been the diet as well. I hear it’s quite common to get a headache early on. One cure to try is to up your sea salt – or make sure you’re getting it, if you’ve been slacking.

Day 5, I went grocery shopping and that really helped – to have more variety of foods other than just what I had leftover from my last try at this over the summer. I stocked up on fresh veggies and some seafood.

Days 6 and 7 (the weekend), I was very busy with my kids’ sports activities including sitting for hours to watch them – which I love, but boy did I want to go snack crazy! To combat that, I pre-planned and took a green salad in a Tupperware container both days. About halfway thorugh the day, I ate the salad and it really filled me up. Plus, salads take a while to eat so it kept my mouth and hands occupied 😀 I had some wine on Sunday afternoon; alcohol is NOT allowed on this program but it’s one of the treats I do allow myself.

I probably would’ve had a larger loss showing on Monday morning had I not had the wine but that’s okay. I feel good about my week and my loss. I had a relaxing time with a glass of cold white wine, sunshine, and a great book. It’s an acceptable trade-off to me and I need the stress relief with my crazy-busy lifestyle.

SAMPLE DAILY MENUS
I keep a food journal every day (very important!) and here are a couple samples of what I ate this week.

Sample 1
B: Baked pork chop marinated in Walden Farms (WF) Italian, salt & pepper
S: Coffee w/vanilla protein drink
L: Trader Joe’s turkey meatloaf w/no sauce (1/3 = 6 oz), lettuce w/WF bacon ranch, Protidiet chips (1/2 pack)
D: Lettuce w/WF ranch, S&P
S: Protidiet chips (1/2 pack)
Drank water w/lemon

Sample 2
B: Hardboiled eggs (2), coffee w/vanilla protein drink
S: Protidiet tomato basil soup
L: Shrimp 5 oz w/garlic, olive oil, S&P
D: Chicken strips (3), gluten-free/no calorie/no fat bbq sauce
S: Hot dill pickles (2), turkey sticks (2)
Drank water w/lemon, chai herbal tea

NEW PRODUCTS
Here’s a new product I found this week that I’d like to try: CLICK Espresso Protein Drink

Checking it against the IP Alternatives checklist, I see that it’s an allowed item, although Restricted:
At least 12 grams of protein (15 grams)
Calories between 70-160 (120 calories)
Unrestricted 8 or less net carbs/Restricted 9+ net carbs (12 net carbs so it’s Restricted)
30% or less calories from fat (8% of calories from fat)
No aspartame (none; sweetened with fructose and sucralose)

It’s on my Amazon wish list ready for my next order and will be a nice change from my usuals of hot coffee or Starbucks Iced Coffee w/vanilla protein shake for “creamer”.

So that was my first week. I’d love to hear what you think. Please leave a Comment below!