Well, when you are on a strict diet plan you have more time. And with more time becomes more minutes to fill in the day with activities that are not food related. Plus, it’s therapeutic.
I stopped because once I knew I was gaining weight last year, in mom’s final months, I didn’t have the time, plus I was embarrassed. I know I shouldn’t be, but I was and am. I wanted to be one of the success stories. One of the few who actually did NOT gain the weight back.
But I wasn’t. Instead I’m one of the many (most) who did. And I don’t blame Ideal Protein. No one from IP forced food down my throat. However, my IP coach did not help.
A friend of mine…a very wise friend….told me from the beginning that I had to be watchful. That although my coach was a good person, caring, knowledgeable, she still had a product to sell, and an income to maintain.
The products, while of great quality, were simply too damn expensive. And I have a good job, and no children. I don’t know who can afford $12/day (food alone, forget supplements! Supplements were another $60/month easily) plus $20 each week with the coaching appointment.
As I was gaining and losing the same 10 pounds for the last 3 months I went to the clinic, instead of saying to me “perhaps we should transition you to maintenance and then if you ever want to lose more weight, then you can resume”. But no, she kept insisting i had 25 more pounds to lose. And this was after I was under 200 for the first time in my adult life..
So at least with HCG I take a nasal spray, which my prescription plan picked up all but $25 of. The rest is food I supply. And let me tell you, that cost is negligible. You eat all of 200 grams of lean protein each day, 3-4 cups of restricted list of veggies, 2 small apples, and 4 small melba crackers. This totals 500 calories per day.
I’m starving. That’s the downside. On Ideal Protein I was rarely hungry. But I’m sure after a few more days I will have completely adjusted.
I have no idea how much weight I’ve lost. I would prefer to not go on the scale until I complete HCG round 1. I’m in this for the long haul, and don’t want to get sidetracked by the daily fluctuations. I know I’m following the diet, and I see the doctor again after this first round to check in, so that’s good enough for me.