On Monday, 01-05-15, I re-started (again, lol) my Ideal Protein Alternative eating plan and lost 5 pounds in the first week.
See? Now isn’t that motivating?!
I stuck to plan, eating things like:
lean pork chops
chopped salads with Walden Farms dressings
dill pickle spears
coffee or Americano with protein drink
sauteed seafood mix (Trader Joe’s has one with calamari, scallops, and shrimp)
roasted artichoke hearts
Protidiet creamy chicken soup
I was ravenous on Friday so I ate too much but at least they were the right foods 😉 I didn’t have any big “cheats” and that’s one reason this diet works so well. You’re getting good food and enough food so you don’t feel so deprived you have to give in. One night, my family had lasagna and garlic bread. Sure, garlic bread can be hard to resist! But I knew I could have a yummy filling dinner, just not that one. One thing I do is try to eat my meal before they do so I’m not “starving” when it’s time to make good choices.
I will say that the official Ideal Protein plan itself IS much more strict. You will feel hungry, deprived at times, but the weight will come off VERY fast!
All in all, my first week back on Ideal Protein Alternative was a good one. I could’ve had a bigger loss if I’d stuck to smaller portions and if I’d not had a glass of wine Friday night. Whatever. I need this to be something I can stick to so if I want a glass of wine after a hard week, I’ll have one 🙂 Deprivation of any one thing does not work long-term.
I hope you had an excellent week as well!
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