Thank you all for the support via your kind emails, texts and words. I was feeling a bit too exposed after writing my dieting post, but I am always remindeded that we are all more alike than we are different, aren’t we?
I think God made us for connection (as much as I wish I could just hide away in my little shell and never come out). And in this vein of openness, here’s more about my diet story and the program in the hopes of more connectedness between us, Dear Friends.
Here’s the down and dirty on the Ideal Protein Diet. This diet requires that you find an Ideal Protein Diet center near you. You will have weekly weigh ins. I know this scared the be-jeezes out of you – at least it did me. There is nothing more frighting than a scale. But this one is different, it will give you so many numbers to look at, along with graphs that you won’t know how to focus on one, scary number. As hard as this part is, it is so so so helpful because you have now put yourself in the hands of professionals who will help you. You are not alone and they will hold your hand and keep track of you so that you cannot fail. This is a great surrender, but if you’ve been struggling, it is also a relief to let someone in that is there to make it work with you. I felt this way. I felt like, I hate this, but if you look me in the eyes and tell me that this plan will work and you will watch out for me, then I will trust you. Surrendering sucks, but so does being stagnant. Oh, that’s a good quote!
“Surrendering sucks, but so does being stagnant.” – me
After you are weighed in, you will analyze the findings with your personal counselor. The scale will give you a projection of what amount of weight you need to lose and what amount of muscle you need to gain. The more muscle you gain, the lower the weight number will go. Here is how this diet works in the words of the Ideal Protein site:
“Simple and complex carbohydrates can prevent weight loss. The body stores approximately three days worth of carbohydrates, therefore, our protocol restricts sugars (simple and complex) until 100% of your weight loss goal is achieved…why? Because, as long as sugar is being consumed, your body may not be burning fat. Remember, the first source of energy is derived from glycogen (carbohydrate) reserves. Therefore, the core principle of the Ideal Protein Protocol is to deplete the glycogen (carbohydrate) reserves completely, in order to compel the body into consuming its fat reserve to burn calories.” – IP
Basically, what this means is that your insulin will be pulling energy from your stored fat instead of the sugar/carbs because you are eliminating these from your consumption. You will then be burning fat around the clock because it’s the only source your body can grab from. This is called Ketosis (a very important word) where you will be strictly burning fat round the clock. You do not want to cheat because you will EXIT Ketosis and it will take days to get back into it and start burning fat again. So cheating is not worth it.
After the scale you will buy food. You will need to eat one of the IP protein bars, snacks, foods 3xs per day. These are no sugar, high protein and necessary. They will also keep your cravings away and satiate the need for sweets (my vice). You will also eat normal food along with these packs. This part is very strict. If you like rules, then this is a great diet for you. I put mine on my cabinet. Your counselor will have you go to a little seminar so you can learn what to do.
There are four phases, but don’t get bogged down with that in the beginning because Phase I is the most important. You will lose most of your weight at a quick pace in Phase I. By quick I mean 1-3 lbs each week. For reference, I am still in Phase 1 and it’s been 2 months. I’m sticking with it for a few more weeks and then I’ll start Phase II.
In the meantime, it’s 3:30 and I’m planning on starting to cook my dinner soon. If I know what I’m eating then I won’t get cranky and tired. Brent made a beautiful pulled chicken on the Green Egg last night so I’m in for a treat! Oh, and my chocolate drink heated up tastes like really good cocoa so that’s dessert!