Ideal Protein Review

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There are certainly numerous approaches to weight reduction. One of these methods is called Ideal Protein. This is a weight loss approach that is supposed to help men and women burn off body fat, but retain lean muscle tissue at the same time. As stated on the official website, the Ideal Protein method involves a 4-phase protocol. This aims to stabilize the dieter’s blood sugar levels and pancreas, while burning away unwanted fat.

According to the founder of the Ideal Protein method, the human body cannot burn off or shed fat unless carbohydrates are eliminated. He states that the body stores about three days worth the carbs. Therefore it is necessary to restrict all sugars until the dieter reaches his/her goal. Apparently if you are consuming carbohydrates or sugars, you are not going to shed unwanted body weight. This is where the nutrient-rich food products that Ideal Protein offers come into play.

List of Ingredients

Not provided on the official website.

Product Features

Ideal Protein is a company that specializes in health foods and products that aim to assist with weight loss. Although this company does offer a number of products, they additionally provide educational information regarding overall health. The categories of products found on the official Ideal Protein website are as follows; Drinks, Breakfasts, Entrées, Desserts, Puddings & Jelly, Soy Snacks, Bars, and Ready-to-Serve. Under the Bars section, you will find flavors like Peanut Butter, Caramel Crunch, Milk Chocolate, Choco-Banana, Cookies-n-Cream, and Cran-Granata. According to the main website, Ideal Protein focuses on developing products that are both delicious and nutritious. These gourmet foods may be able to assist some men and women with healthy weight reduction. One Dr. Tran Tien appears to be the founder of the Ideal Protein weight loss method. Since many health issues and illnesses are directly related to obesity, Dr. Tran Tien decided to create foods that provide sufficient amounts of protein and nutrients, but without a lot of fat and other components that contribute to weight gain.

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Advantages

  • There are a variety of food categories and options through the Ideal Protein method.
  • This website emphasizes nutrition education for dieters.

Disadvantages

  • There are no simple and convenient supplements involved with the Ideal Protein approach.
  • Full ingredient lists are not provided on the main website for these foods.
  • The cost of Ideal Protein food products could certainly get pricey over time.
  • There does not appear to be any kind of money-back guarantee with this method of weight loss.

Conclusion

There are so many companies and brand names these days that offer protein supplement foods. While Ideal Protein certainly provides dieters with a variety of them, none of the ingredients are presented on the main website for review. In fact, no nutritional value charts or prices are provided either. While the Ideal Protein approach to weight loss sounds okay in theory, a simple supplement that is taken daily may be much easier, and much less expensive.

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  • 1
    Peladow

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    Diane

    I first tried the diet 4 years ago. I lost 50 pounds in 4 months. Kept it off for over 3 years. During the past year gained about 15-20 pounds. Had alot of ‘stuff’ going on. Went back on the program a month ago. Lost 16 pounds and 16 inches in 32 days. One has to be true to the program for it to work. The cost can get high. I don’t use their vitamins. The first time I used their vitamins, saved the bottles and find similiar products on sale at the drug store. There are many products out there that are similiar to Ideal Protein restricted items. Pure Protein brand bars are very similiar to the ideal protein bars for calories, fats, carbs and protein. One can find soy nuts, just divide the packange into individual servings using snack size zip lock baggies so that you don’t eat more than one serving. One can also find ready to use protein drinks that are similiar the their products. Just make sure that you read the labels carefully and check the calories, carbs, fats and protein amounts. It is easy and cheaper to use these products for Phase 4 (maintenance). Everyone must remember that if we go back to our old habits, the odds are we will gain the weight back. Losing weight and keeping it off usually means changes to our daily eating habits. On phase 4, you have one day a week that you can eat whatever you want. Have a very low carb day the following day. I have a number of friends who saw me lose the weight and joined the program. They were pleased with the results also. Some were even able to reduce the amount of medication they took for pain, arthritis, diabetes, etc. A couple of them had problems with their stomach prior to the program that went away while on the program. Found out that certain foods agrivated their stomach. I recommend the program. Just be true to it. If not, you will take longer to lose the weight. If you have a Dollar Tree near you, they sell frozen vegies for $1. A cheap way to get in your vegies. There will be weeks when you don’t lose any weight, but you usually lose inches. Give it time. I had a great coach. I was one of the first ones to join the program at the office where I go. In the beginning, I was their biggest loser. Since then, others have lost more. The weight came of so fast that people thought I was sick, but I felt great. Good luck to everyone.

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    Help

    I am thinking of the IP program but was wondering what kind of supplements do coaches have you guys on? Do you buy them through their office or have you found them cheaper someplace else?

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    mick

    My tongue was numb after I ate one of the snack bars

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    Sherry Schulte

    Love, love, love the way I feel. Healthier than I have been in 30 years. Hate the way my hair continues to fall out. They tell me it will come back, I would like to hear from someone who has had their hair fall out and actually grow back! I am going to be bald if this continues! Very stressed!

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    Your IP address and host

    Display your present IP address and host. Check if your current proxy is functioning.

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    J wi

    Started at 351.3 lbs on May 20th 2013. Stuck to the program to the letter. Not ONE. cheat. By September 25th I weighed in at 238 lbs.
    the program works. I lost over 90 total inches from my body. With the right coach and clinic you will succeed!
    Best part is. Did not work out at all. (Well, 30 min. One week on a treadmill!) worst week results of the summer. Your body cannot burn both ends of the stick. I am a perfect stranger to you all…I PROMISE.. If you stick to the plan you will reach your goal. God bless and welcome to your new life!
    And for anyone wondering.. I DO NOT work for ideal protein. I am a husband and father with a great future due to this life style! It’s not a diet.. It’s a life style!

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    kathy

    I did IP 3 years ago for 9 months and lost 45 lbs. After about 4 months it was very difficult to stay on it because of how restrictive it is. If you have alcohol it takes a while to get your body back into it. I quit before phase 4 because I just needed a break. Over the last 3 years I’ve been off and on the diet finally gaining all the weight back. :/ Now I need to get back on because I know it works. However having trouble getting through the first days and giving into cravings. If you do it, stick it out through all the phases and don’t fall back into old habits! Good luck.

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    Gail

    Week 1 – just started and in 4 days, I have lost 8 lbs. My goal is 75 by year-end. I know the weight loss will slow some. I have friends that have lost as much as 65 lbs and have kept it off for 2 years. I think with any nutrition program – it’s about how you change your eating habits. To think you can lose the weight and go back to the same old way of eating – is going to pack those pounds back on and add them as fat. I’ve tried Weight Watchers a bunch of times and kept 50 lbs off for a couple of years – but ending up gaining it back when I stopped paying attention. For me, WW offers too many options and I fool myself into thinking I can eat anything – portion control is not my strong point. IP is expensive however you need to consider where you aren’t spending money (Dunkin Donuts coffee $14 per week, Lunch at work $50) and then I ate out a bunch during the week. In this case – it’s the IP foods $95 and then my veggies and nightly cooked protein. Maybe a little more expensive than break even – BUT I AM WORTH IT and so is my health. There are options for buying the vitamins / supplements elsewhere and I will do so. The office I go to is run by a cardiologist (full medical office). The initial cost was $300 for 28 IP food packets/ready made products, all of the supplements and all of the office health coach visits – other than new IP products – there are no additional office visit costs.

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    Terri

    I have been on this diet for 2 week lost 8 pounds first week and 5 second week. But haven’t lost any weight the last couple of days and haven’t cheated. is this normal?

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    Tiffany

    Yes it can be, depending on how close you get to your goal weight (within 10 lbs) it seems to get a little harder. Also, keep an eye on your carbs. If you are having items like the chocolate shake that are higher in carbs (not resticted) and a restricted item in the same day you may want your third pack to be relatively lower in carbs to compensate. ie blueberry/ pom grenada

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    joe

    can any sugarless gum be chewed while on the Ideal Protein diet?

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    Joe

    is there any sugarless gum you can chew while doing the Ideal Protein diet??

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    Bill

    I was told the brand Peelu at Health food stores. It is sweetened with xylitol.

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    Lori Mack

    This is a very expensive diet! I have done it twice and got sick going off of it. If you can’t live on that regimen forever it messes up your metabolism and when you gain it back it is in the belly and the inches go on very quickly when you go off of the program.
    There is a protein drink, Protein Power, and they have bars that are good as well, they have them at Sam’s and Costco and they are much cheaper. We now do those for breakfast and good old Weight Watchers. Really, you are what you eat, eating right and exercise are the only healthy way to lose and keep it off. :) have a great one!

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    Your Name

    I agree

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    Anne Ragusa

    I began to research internet for the exact reason that has been stated by another ideal protein dieter. I agree with Lori Mack. I went on the IP diet too and lost approximately 20 lbs. once I stopped the diet it seriously messed up my metabolism and all the weight plus more came back…. All the weight ended up in my belly area making my belly look so big that I look like I’m 8 months pregnant. I did not look like this at all prior to starting IP diet. Beware!

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    Tiffany

    That is the sugars messing with your digestive system making you bloated again…

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    Debbie

    While I love the products, some more than others, I find it to be very expensive with the new price hike. Most of the products are now $4.00 a serving/$28.00 a box. This food has made it very easy to stick with the plan, but as weight loss slows the financial burden becomes an issue. Happy dieting!

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    Closetta

    I was using Ideal protein and in the first week I lost about 5 pounds in the first. It really works well and it helps to lower your sugar levels if you are diabetic. Overall, I lost a total of 20 pounds. I went from wearing a size 8 to a 6 and a 4. Once I got to the size 4 I stop myself. I did not want to be that thin. This product really works and yes it is really expensive. I will be staring it again really soon.

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    mike

    Really?? $4 a meal is expensive. Last time I check, a salad bowl at Chipolte is $12 with a bottle of water. Thats three IP meals. I would discover the true reason for not reaching your goals instead of blamming the tool.

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    Linda Smith

    Are there any Ideal protein stores near Carlisle, PA?

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    Your Name

    There is one in Hanover Pa on Fredrick street

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    Bbrouge

    Have seen numerous comments concerning low energy levels and nausea at the beginning of phase I, your body is in ketosis. Simply it is the natural process to convert body fat into energy; these negative feelings end after the first week.
    If you must eat extra because you are hungry eat an IP product,…..lettuce or vegetable. Yes….it’s difficult in the beginning but worth the suffering!!!! Cheers and good luck!!!!

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    Onmyway

    I have lost 60 pounds on Ideal Protein and my hair has recently been falling out like crazy. In about a month, I have lost about half of my hair and it is very see through to my scalp. I have been told to add antioxidants and also to move to phase two incorporating more real food nutrients before reaching my goal weight. I have 20 more I would like to loose. I am loving my new body, but, have had to resort to adding hair pieces and extensions to cover up my hair loss. Very very upsetting and stressful. Congrats on your weight loss as well!

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    Your Name

    Walmart has hair skin nail pill. It work for me. I am on phase 1.

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    Lisa

    I lost 30 pounds and a lot of hair. I went off the diet!!!!!

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    Shirley

    Did your hair regrow after going off the diet?

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    Your Name

    I lost hair doing the Medifast diet and it didn’t grow back. I also developed leg cramps with it.

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    Louise

    Could someone tell me the best place to go in the Austin, Texas, area
    for IP? Also, do some cost more at different sites?
    Thanks

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    Your Name

    The fact that they do not even list the ingredient list on any of their products is huge red flag.

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    Your Name

    There is a clinic in round rock , in the seton hospitals administrative building off of university blvd

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    Your Name

    I don’t live in the Austin, Texas area but my IP location in Idaho charged $70 for the first consultation then we had to buy the food and vitamins. Seems like some locations are taking advantage by charging so much!

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    Cherrie Tuttle

    C.Tuttle I started 4 wks ago and it 22lbs off but Im without energy

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    Barb Whiteside

    Yes, it can be pricey but how much is YOUR life worthI have been on IP for 14 weeks and am down 60 lbs. I have more energy than I have had in 10 years. Incidently I am 65 years old this week.

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    EStidston

    It worked great for my husband and myself. We are 57 and 58 yrs of age. He lost 32lbs in 7 weeks and I lost 20lbs in 7 weeks. We have never felt better or healthier. As a matter of fact my arthritis has improved, hair, skin, nails and more energy.

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    Michael

    I have been on it since May 1st and have list 86 lbs.
    Find it good , still at times skittle hungry or craving things I can’t eat but have definitely kept it under control . Funny but I miss fruit !!!

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    whitehpe

    The IP program worked well for me. I am 61. I lost 28 pounds and have been in phase 4 for six months.

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    Selam Zaid

    I want to join the program around my area contra costs county

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    Your Name

    I am doing the poor man’s way on this ideal protein diet. I used EAS drinks in place of the cost for Ideal Protein foods and don’t use the program. Lost 13 lbs so far and been only 3 weeks into it. 3 protein shakes a day: one at breakfast (8:30), one for lunch with 2 cups veggies (noonish) that are approved on the ideal protein list, another one at break (3:30pm), then eat 8 oz lean meat cooked ideal protein way and 2 cups veggies on ideal protein diet list. (eat before 8pm)

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    Karen

    I started a week ago on the alternative plan because of diabetes. Just switched to regular plan yesterday. Am down 4 lbs. & have some difficulty knowing what to cook. Sometimes hard to eat that many veggies. Not sure I can stick it out for all the 60 lbs I want to lose as it is very expensive. Am looking for similar alternative costing less. Am in the groove, but some of the food I don’t like & although it seems easy. Just so costly. Plus we travel sometimes & not sure how easy it will be to carry fresh veggies.

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    Your Name

    I lost 30 lbs on this a year ago and was good until xmas this year. Gained 10 lbs back. Went on it a week and went back down to where I was. I am going to try the skinny fiber for a month to see what it does. Supposed to be really good. Google it

    Your Name

    what are esa products

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    TK

    Went to an informational meeting tonight. A local chiro and his massage therapist are going to be facilitating. A friend of mine I hadn’t seen in many years recently told me about losing 85# in 7 months 2 years ago and keeping it off. I am excited to get started with this – love all the encouraging posts here!

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    Cofy

    I started the program 6 weeks ago the start up fee was 1050.00 I was given a discount so my coach claims. Fees included a 300.00 consultant fee..300.00 for the body scan…112.00 for 4 boxes of food. 55.00 for the bag/shaker/folder/…120.00 for supplements. 25.00 B12 shot. $10 per month for videos. I feel like I was railroaded/taken advantage of. I was expecting somewhere around 400+- not almost $800!!. I received 15min of what the company was about in a cozy suite at the mall. granted this is my fault for not walking out and doing more cost effective research but this coach makes the whole program/company look bad. I changed coaches and they could not believe what I had been charged. they were nice enough not to charge me a consultant fee. My original coach continues to charge me 15.00 for missed appointments even though I voiced my concerns abt the charges and informed that I wished to quit the problem. Any one else had this issue with the start up fees.

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    becki

    i havent started yet, but our cost is 280 ish for startup, then 85.05 per week after. startup includes supplements, body scan, a week of food plus a bit extra and an hour of consult. if there is a place to report this individual, report him/her. you can quit whenever you like. if they have your credit card, cancel it and dispute all charges.

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    Debra

    my start up fee for all visits for ever was $250 which included supplements and food. I went through my nature pathic dr.yours seems really high.

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    Your Name

    You need to check around. One facility was charging 250 up front and 200 more after 12 weeks in addition to the cost of food. ANother was just charging the original 250 with no additional charges other than the food. The third place was charging 175 and the cost of food. I finally found a facility that only charges for the food. No additional costs and the people are so nice!They said they really want to help people lose weight and not in their pocketbooks.

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    naila

    Oh my God.. your coach is a scam.. I paid 100 initial fee and now I can call my coach and go when ever u want.. I can even exchange food.. no one should be charging fee for neetings…

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    Jay

    Naila may I ask what state you are and where did you go, that’s the cheapest I’ve seen yet for this program.

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    Your Name

    I just started a couple of weeks ago. My initial fee was 130 that included supplements! I now go once a week and pay for food only. I have his number if I need to ask questions and videos that I didn’t pay extra for!! I’m in Louisiana.

    Your Name

    how would they get paid ? Im so confused… What are we supposed to pay initial. My goal was $484 total includes consultation fee of $250 for weekly meetings and weigh ins, and about 10 days worth of food. Am I getting ripped off?

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    bj

    I paid 239 to start and spend about 95-125 a week This includes all fees and vitamins sounds like you got a scam.

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    Randy Wolters

    You were ripped off by, find someone else.

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    Mak

    OMG! the program I am on was 250.00 up front and 90 each wk.

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    gail

    I did the program last year (started in June) and only paid $150 which included a week of foods. My neighbor and I did it and we did not pay by the week either. I couldn’t have afforded what you paid.

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    Sherri-Lynn

    Wow, expensive, I’ll say. my initial visit cost was around $258 included supplements (1 bottle each of: CalMag 120 count, Multi-Vita 60 count, Omega 3, 60 count and Potassium 60 count & also included 7 days work of IP foods (3 for each day). Weighed in every Friday, at that point IP foods for the next 7 days is $101.85. They took advantage of you, I’d be contact the Better Business Bureau, and plaster it all over social media!

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    brenda

    what is the jello thing you do every other day. I have flabby arms and legs
    now too since loosing weight. (I have lost 24 lbs and 20 inches, but skin is
    getting flabby. Maybe the jello will work. Thanks

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    Your Name

    What about jello

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    Brandi

    I am very interested in the program but the nearest clinic is about 100 miles away. Do they have any programs for people in rural areas or are you required to go the the Dr every week?

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    Janae

    Am a insulin dependent type 1 diabetic and thinking about starting the IP diet. Are there any other Type 1′s out there that have tried the program with any success???

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    Chris

    I am a type 1 diabetic on an insulin pump. I have been a diabetic for 33 years now. While on this diet I had the best blood sugar readings in my life as well as my blood pressure went into the normal range. The advice I would give you is to insure your Basal rate is correct. I have been on the diet for about 3 weeks now and I am just getting them correct. My wife is on the plan and she lost 20 lbs and 17 inches in 4 weeks.

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    Friend

    Were you able to get rid of your pump? How are you blood sugars now?

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    Maryann

    i live in Laredo, Texas. Is that program available here ?

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    Judy

    I have been on IP for 2 months and have lost 20 lbs. I have started having problems with a sharp pain in my left temple when I get up from sitting or bend over? Any ideas what is causing this?

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    Brenda

    I’ve talked to my gyn and he has a reg dietician in clinic they do ideal protein.My question are there any of you at least 65 with some health issues? I can walk very slowly on a treadmill.I am a heart patient & its very necessary that I drop this weight.I hate it & don’t like myself for letting it get this way. I smoked 40 yrs.Quit & gained 60lbs. I’m to see about the program just hope its not too expensive.thanks for any help.

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    Mary

    Brenda, I thought I was reading myself writing! I have the same issues. It would be nice to have someone that has tried the Ideal diet let us know how they did and the cost. Good luck to you.

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    Nancy

    I did the IP diet plan took off 86lbs. Went through all 4 phases. Now I am back up 24lbs.The place I went to does not seem to want to deal with me,I must be and an embarrisment to them, the coach runs and hides when I come thru the door for my chiropractic appointment. Its terrible expensive.It costs 416.00 a month and going up because of the internet taxes and believe me they are going to charge you for everything!!!!!!!

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    Kathy

    Went through the program also. Gained all the weight back. It came back all around the waist and abdomen area. I work with four other people and the same thing happened to them. Very expensive and really would not do it again. Good old fashion exercise and eating right would be the best.

    Gayle

    Nancy, If the coach runs and hides it is the coach that has a problem. You are not an embarrassment. A good coach would try to help you out. See if there is somewhere else you can go for this program if you continue. You did great.

    Beth

    I just went to a seminar last night. They mentioned they did not want you to exercise at all. Some light walking is OK but because of how the diet works and the associated nutrient intake, no exercise is their recommendation. Also, while they do recommend it for folks with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, they indicated there was a strict protocol to determine if those with heart conditions could participate. Initial fees were $430 ($190 administrative fee after a $100 discount and the rest was for a starter box of 30 food packets and a couple other things I can’t remember) and $29-35 per box of food and you’d need three boxes each week. They didn’t say anything about consultant fees and fees for scans, office visits, etc. so the information here about that is enlightening.

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    crystal

    Does anyone know if its okay to just do the premade shakes.alone and not any of the soups?

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    CMN

    You do not need to include soups; they are simply a product option. I personally ‘drink’ all my Ideal Protein. I have an intolerance to dairy and wheat/gluten, so I’m limited to the drink products that contain whey protein isolate or hydrolyzed collagen protein.

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    crystal

    I am on my third week. I lost 5 lbs the first week and 3 lbs the second week. I have lost several inches and feel much better. I have much more energy and don’t feel exausted after work anymore. My goal is to lose 50lbs. I would love tips, recipes, ideas, and even just a “you can do it” kind of support. I am 5’9 and 241 at my first weigh in. Good luck to all.

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    PC.

    six days in and not much energy, how do you get your veggies in ? Im going to try steam bags like birds eye. I am trying to lose 70 lbs.

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    crystal

    I have a busy schedule so steamed bags works best for me. I fell off the wagon the past week but determined to get back on!

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    jo ann

    Hi Crystal It looks like we are about in the same situation I just started today
    Have you found out if there is an appetite suppressant in the formulations?
    Are the soups considered like the drinks?

    katrina

    I make smoothies out of my drinks by adding 2 cups of frozen chopped spinach. The texture changes but not the flavor of the drink. I find them to be quite good and an easy way to get veggies in.

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    robyn

    Hi Crystal — job well down so far! I’ve been on the IP diet for a while and I love the Ready-Made drinks. They’re a bit more expensive but totally worth with a busy schedule. All you have to do is keep them in the fridge, shake, stick a straw in and you’re ready to go.

    Another tip for a busy schedule is to get your meals for the next day ready the night before.

    Also, if you’re a snacker and find you get hungry in between lunch and dinner, you can always spilt your veggies up so you have 1 cup with your lunch and another with your snack (or in between).

    A huge breakthrough I made was not eating while watching TV and I no longer make eating a production. I think of it as: this is going in my mouth once and I won’t taste it again. I might as well eat 2 cups of celery I won’t taste again and lose the weight instead of eating a piece of cake I’ll never taste again and gain weight!

    Eat to live, don’t live to eat!

    Hope this helps. Keep up the good work!

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    Amber

    Question. Has anyone done IP with only 10-12 lbs to lose? Did you lose slower or only need to do it for a few weeks before moving to the next phase? Thanks for your feedback!

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    indigogo

    I only need to lose 12. I’m almost there and will stop and I’m actually switching to paleo/primal with some phasing. I did DIY IDP (no coach/no products from IDP) with my husband. Cheaper and extremely effective.

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    Marisa

    How did you DIY? What did you eat, just protein and veggies??

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    Lisa

    What is the rule on the 8oz of protein per day, can it be split up? I’ve heard both yes and no? Thanks! Lisa

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    Denise Paranich

    You can split up your protein. I can’t eat mor than 3 oz of meat at one tome. If I do I get nauseous. So far I’ve lost over 40 lbs in 15 weeks.

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    jenn

    I was just at my consultation yesterday, according to the specialist, yes you can break it up.

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    CMN

    Yes. It can be split up. Don’t over think the program. In Phase 1, the majority of us need to consume 3 Ideal Protein packages, 4 cups of select vegetables, unlimited lettuce, a minimum of 64 ounces of water, and 8 ounces of a ‘dinner’ protein from the time we wake up until 8pm; how and when we consume these items can vary.

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    BTGal

    On IP, can you drink your vegetables, a la Nutriblast emulsion?

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    Anonymous

    Yes. I often blended up spinach in my shakes. Can’t even taste it

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    Axel Mahlke

    There is no magic in this diet. The American diet contains overall too much suger..everybody knows that. This diet regiments food intake in quality and quantity. People with success have subjectively more energy but measurable less energy in regards of strength and endurance (VO2max and sbasic strength endurance tests).Unless you exercise muscle mass disappears, it’s called sarcopenia and happens to all sedentary people. Diet has little impact on this. It costs a lot of money and pushes supplements which is the the real focus of this program which originated in professional athletes. I find it works intially for most people but as with most diets I notice a significant amount of people failing once they reach the maintenance phase. Many of the participants admit cheating. Conclusion: The diet works but equally spectacular results can be achieved for free. The compliance with the program is higher because the financial commitment is significant. In 10 years from now we will look at that diet with similar judgement then other diets in the past which were equally popular through testimonials.
    I work as a medical exercise professional and dance the diet dance with members and participants since 1994.

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    Susan

    What kind of products do you use to replace the IP PRODUCTS. I just shelled out 400 bucks on initial consult plus one week of food and the supplements. Can’t afford $86 per week. Gotta find some alternatives

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    Stacey

    Your yourself a food counter guide and research what has no carbs in it and go from there. I’m doing a IP-like diet with no prepackaged foods just fresh protein and veggies. I have a store bought Protein Shake that I drink cold or freeze and eat like I’ve cream. So far in almost 2weeks I’ve lost 11pounds

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    mary

    would like to order your ideal protein products, where can i find them on the internet or could you send me a list and the prices. thank you mary riffe

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    ARJ

    so far this is awesome, never been on a diet before, 49 years old did not want to be 50 and 300 lbs, stayed true to the rules, lost 14 lbs in 6 days! I am 6’6″ and 293 lbs, down to 279, goal, 245lbs seen others lose 80 lbs in 4 months and keep it off, just got to maintain a healthy diet afterward, yes had headaches, dizzy, for 4 days, 5th day was better, day 10, feeling great , more alert and lots more energy, don’t feel like a pile of mush already, cant wait to get to my goal, it will be well worth it. have to also take into account the coast of all the pizza and crap food you buy, compare the price of that to the program food, im sure you will find you actually save money, nothing for nothing in life, you want it, earn it.

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    Karen

    I’m sorry you threw in the towel on Ideal, it works for men and women even though men ALWAYS lose weight faster – they don’t have the hormone issues that women do – women DO lose weight on Ideal. I’ve lost 20 pounds, but more importantly to me, I’ve lost 25 inches! Yes, I’ve been on Ideal for several months but I also took a trip to Greece during this time and I’ve had several medication changes that have de-railed my efforts, my choices. If you aren’t getting good information from the doctor who supervises the program, you need to find a better doctor to supervise you. My supervising doc is AMAZING with the program and my health issues and has great answers to all my questions.

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    Lindsay

    I also plan to stick to my daily workouts so will be burning!

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    Laurakms

    I’m on 8th day of ip. Have not cheated at all until tonight. :( Lost 7 lbs first week,. Instead of getting easier, this diet gets harder and harder every day!!! I felt like I was going to faint today. No energy. Terrible mood! :( Thats why I cheated and ate 5 whole grain crackers and about 8 pieces on bacon!! I felt soooo much better! Much more alert and able to cope. Feel bad I cheated but didn’t know what to do! Have two kids and husband to care for. Need energy! I tried drinking more water and distracting myself but to no avail. Bah humbug. Where is this vibrant energy I’m supposed to be feeling? Also, my consultant will not let me have any restricted items the first phase….3 weeks!!!!:(. I’m going under!!! I so badly wanted to lose 30 lbs. Discouraged and weak, Laura

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    susie

    OMG!! My daughter has started this diet and I am starting tomorrow. She has lost 22 lbs. in 5 wks. She is now a consultant and they are offering the program throught the Drs. office she works for. Your consultant is doing it all wrong . you are allowed a restricted a day. This could be the ideal bars, pickles,strawberry wafers. I could fax the Phase I list to you if you would like me to. Please don’t give up. It has worked for her and will for you and I!!!!

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    Orshelle

    The diet does get easier. Be patient. I am unsure why you are not being allowed restricted. They are very important in the beginning to keep you from feeling like you are starving and weak. Maybe have an extra nonrestricted IP if you are having a hard time. Just do one that is lower carbs. A ready made vanilla or chocolate maybe. You may want to change counselors………..

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    Melonie

    I agree. I changed counselors and it makes a world of difference. Also, did they tell you to make sure you get 1/2 tsp of REAL SALT a day? I found out that when I feel a little light headed that if I put a sprinkle of salt in my mouth and sort of swirl it around it actually reduces my hunger for a while and my headache. I think the salt is important. Hang in there. It does work.

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    Bonnie Kramer

    Please email me price information about this weight loss program.

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    JJ

    Does anyone else have a hard time drinking the 1/2tsp salt water in morning??? Gag reflex is terrible!! Not keeping me motivated knowing I gotta wake up and choke that down each morning. I have a very sensitive gag reflex. Any tips??

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    Claudia

    Add the salt to your veggies at lunch and meat or veggies at supper. Ive never been told I have to drink it in the am..

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    cyndi

    My IP office only suggested drinking it if you noticed leg cramps and it would help right away – other wise on food is the only way I do it. I lost 9.8 lbs the first week – Everyone I know has lost +++lbs on this new way of living – I feel a million times better than I did eating cookies and carbs LOL

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    Pam

    I just completed 4th day, I feel like the worst part for me is craving the sweets, breakfast is super easy but the vegetables are very hard to get in the 2 cups…can you use crystal light?

    virgie T

    Why are you drinking 1/2 tsp salt in the am? I am directed to only use (in my case) 1/4 salt for the whole day on my food. After six full days (24hour time periods) I realized a 6 lbs loss and 5.5 inches overall lost. This is on the Ideal Protien diet….

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    Jacque

    I have the sheet on using 1/2 tsp Sea Salt (1/4tsp for lunch, on your soup or salad, not water) and 1/4tsp for dinner on your meat or veggies. I have been on IP for 3 months and have lost 27 lbs and I am 70 years old, I have tried weight watchers and Atkins, this is the easiest diet I have ever been on. I took me a year to lose 25lbs on WW. It is so nice to have someone check your journal each week and helps to have input from them Keep at it, it is worth it. PS I went from size 16 (being very tight) to 12′s and I am thrilled.!!!

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    Nora

    Hi you mentioned you were on ip for 3 months, what phase are you in? During htye 3 months did you move out of phase 1?

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    Anonymous

    I always do an IP soup with lunch and add the 1-2 tsp of olive oil plus the 1/2 tsp of olive oil. Down 25 lbs on ideal protein so far

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    kathy

    I’m on day 12 – had headache and nausea day 2, then got better. Sometimes I get tired but I follow the suggestions they tell you about fatigue. Husband is on day 4. He had a headache the 1st day and a little fatigue now. Everyone is different. Expect to feel some affects from detoxing off of carbs. So far 1 have lost 10 and and hubby 4 – I know, we’re not supposed to use home scales. We both only want to lose about 20 each. Just don’t try to go out and do too much. Be prepared for some side affects but you can mitigate that. Best!

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    Andrea

    Hey Kathy! How did things go for you two? Did you lost the weight and stick to the diet? I am on week 4 and am losing my motivation. My husband is starting up with me in about two weeks and I thought him and I could do it for another 3 weeks together and then wean off. Just want to see how you did and what you think about the diet. Any meal suggestions? I am tired of all of this protein.

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    karley

    Hi all, I am starting IP tomorrow and am worried about the first few days side effects of possibly feeling dizzy, light headed. Does almost everyone experience these types of symptoms?

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    Lisa

    Most everyone experiences these effects, its your body detoxing from the carbs and sugars

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    Helen

    Hi, this is 7th day on IP and I had some headaches, which was gone with some tylenol and I was very tired, at times hungry, but hot liquids such as tea helps, lot of water and I have snacks thorugh the day with pieces of broccoli or cucumber or lettuce. They help a lot. I never felt dizzy or cranky, etc. I think you have to have a positive mental attitud, that you are going to be not only skinnier but healthier and happy. Today I feel great!! Lost 5 lbs in one week and that’s ok.

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    Lori

    This program works. I am in week four and have lost 18 lbs. I am also 47 years old. Any cheat that is done sets you back 2-4 days of hard work, according to my coach. I plan on loosing alot more. For creative vegetable cooking, saute’ vegs in coconut oil, then sprinkle with sea salt. Yum! Also, add spinich and/or kale to a blender with ice and 1 cup of water with a drink packet and 1-2 stevia packets. You get your greens in and it is very filling!

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    Gail

    I have been on IP over a year now, started in April of 2012, went on maintenance in August, loosing total of 50 lbs. I recently back on phase 1 since i gained 7 lbs back. No sugarless gum is allowed, eventho the package says 0 sugars, it can have .999 gms of sugar, and the rules say if it’s less than 1 gram you can list 0 on the ingredients.

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    Deborah Pyle

    Today is my 13th day on IP. I was extremely dizzy and light headed this am. Could my BP have dropped already? I am on a dose of 320mg Diovan. Should I go see my Dr. for a BP reading?

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    margaret poole

    I just started ip and had my first weigh in lost 4.1 pounds enjoyed all the food. i have not had and reaction to product. My Doctor referred me to IP and I also have high blood pressure, He has me monitor my blood pressure through out the day because as you drop weight your blood pressure will drop also, suggestion let your doctor know the diet that you are on and changes that will need to be made through out your weight loss program. I am very happy with this easiest diet that I have ever tried

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    Helen

    Hi Deborah Pyle, you are asking if you should go see your Dr. for a BP check?
    Since you are in BP medication and doing this diet IP, I strongly suggest you to inform your Dr about this diet, follow your doctor’s instructions about the type and amoung of liquids you shoud drink. In some cases drinking too much can be unsafe as not drinking. Also do not forget to ask your Dr. about ussing potassium suplement or salt substitus (which is inclued in this IP diet)while you are taking this medication. I hope I help!

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    Karen

    If you are on BP meds and on Ideal, you should check with your doc frequently. Your BP meds will need to be reduced pretty rapidly…tough side effect in that you will get dizzy but great because you will soon be off bp meds!

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    Kate

    If your weight loss has slowed down examine where you might have some hidden sugar. I was eating rotisserie chicken once a week until I discovered it was injected with sugar.

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    dianne

    I am 56 and about 60 lbs over wt. I have been on this diet for 2 weeks tomorrow and have only lost 6.5 lbs. SO SLOW!!! I am following it to the letter and very frustrated. I am having ONE piece of sugar free gum a day and drink 100 ozs of water. Some coaches say that is ok and others say it is not. I think it is very expensive for this slow of wt loss.

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    Mary

    Diane,100 oz of water is not enough. You need a 10 times that much. and stay strictly on the diet

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    brigitte

    dianne, 100 oz of water is plenty, it is at least 12 cups of water. that’s great! stop the gum..use mouthwash instead…I was using sugar free mints and they slowed down my weight loss. your body might take a couple of weeks to get used to the diet then you will shed alot good luck

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    Helen

    Hi Dianne, Do not feel frustrated, you just started and your body needs to adjust to this diet and do not eat eny sugar free gum. etc.
    Let’s talk about HOW MUCH WATER DO WE NEED?
    Every day you loose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contains water. The adecuate intake for women is 2.2 liters a day (about 9 cups a day) and for men is rougly 3 liters of total beverages a day. Do your math–>1 small bottle of water is = 16.9 oz. Hope I helped!

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    Caroline

    Our consultant was very clear that any kind of sugarless anything – mints, gum – can set you back. You may want to omit these and see if that helps you.

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    Anonymous

    Almost every Ideal Protein product has artificial sweeteners in it. So you really have no choice but to have them on this protocol.

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    whitehpe

    There is nothing wrong with losing 6.5 pounds in two weeks. Some weeks will be more and some less. I was on IP for six months (with a few breaks for vacations when I would follow specific diet changes given by my coach). Even in weeks when my weight loss was minimal, I lost inches (=fat). I lost a total of 28 pounds and 35 inches. Six months later, I am still down in weight. I have noticed that some fat has returned to my waist (1.5″). I am 61 years old, 5’5″, and 157#. I had stopped the diet before reaching the weight goal as I had lost so much fat, I was worried about looking like an “old” gym rat. I hate that look! I am now considering going back on the diet to lose another 10 pounds now that my body has redistributed the fat.
    I did not experience headaches or fatigue. I continued moderate exercise and strength training while on IP and returned to regular exercise after starting phase 4.

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    Cristina

    I started this diet less than a week ago, and not only me, but everybody that sees me can notice that i am loosing weight. I already have 5 pounds less and I still have 2 days to go to complete my first week. I am not starving, sometimes I feel a little bit hungry or craves about sweets. I have tried so many different diets and this one is for sure the best one.

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    dianne

    That is great that you have lost that much in less than a week. How much are you trying to lose?

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    karina

    live I live Louisiana need to know were to go for cheaper price than the one I called it was 300.00 to start and 100 a week can anyone help me out and want to do this diet does it really work

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    cyndi

    The starting price is about right but it includes food for a week – then you have
    89.00 a week for 2 IP meals a day and a snack for 7 days. I’m in MA and our office gave out $50.00 off if you referred a friend

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    LuvBuns

    This program works! I lost about 57lbs in five months. You have to really stick to the plan and do not cheat. It can be a big battle at first since you literally go through sugar withdrawals like an addict getting off crack! However, if you are dedicated and highly motivated it will happen. I have tried to diet and exercise with little results. I also tried to implement other protein shakes and bars to mimic this program to save money, it was not effective. The products have very good absorbable protein and once you are off sugar and carbs you don’t crave it as much if not at all. You feel hunger of course but it is nice to fill myself with good foods instead of crap. Also you have to figure out your body rythm on when it starts to feel hunger so you don’t slip into starvation mode. Sticking to veggies and protein-plus drinking lots of water is just so key. It does work as long as you discipline yourself, work hard and take the time to research on creative ways to mix up the diet to keep you from getting bored or burned out. Nothing comes without some form of work.

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    Amanda

    I am currently doing the Ideal Protein diet with my husband and have been on it for 58 days and have only lost 24lbs following this diet. My husband on the other hand has lost about 55-60lbs in the same amount of time.The excuse I keep getting is that men lose more weight. I don’t understand how men and women, if thats the case, would eat the same amount of food then? Also, it states “medically supervised” but what it means is a doctor is paid a lot of money to come in and sign your chart at the end of the week or they can’t stay open. I had a problem with going to the restroom so when I went and weighed in the rep called the doctor and he told me what I could do to have that happen. But then the rep emails me the next day telling me not to listen to the doctor cause he called his corporate office and they know more about what I should do then the doctor would. My last weigh in was 2lbs down in 2 weeks but my husband was at 13lbs. The Ideal Protein diet is abslutely not worth it for women in my opinion, this is a diet made for a man. Eventhough I have been assured it was “designed” for a women. I paid $500 to sign up and $100-$150 a week for the shakes not including the money I was paying for the meat and veggies I needed at home. If you have money to burn I say go for it otherwise I would try something else to start with since the info they give is not correct. I have talked with other ladies on the diet and they are having the same complaint, not a diet for women.

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    Donnatee

    I understand you’re unhappy with your weight loss but everyone is different. Some people lose more, or faster than other. However, it is a fact that men lose more than women no matter what diet you’re on. Even if you eat the same things and do the same exercises, the man will always lose more/faster than the woman. If you find a diet that does the opposite I will be very surprised.

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    Ana

    I started at the hardest time last Thanksgiving and ten holiday season . I saw my sister in law loose weight and her sister as well so I tried it LOST 5.8 lb first week and 1-2 lb after that … One week 3.2 lb not only that you loose inches and since I m not a cook it was super easy to mix the packs and make owlets, pancakes, drinks etc .big variety of foods sooty, sweet what ever you like
    I jaut couldn’t wait for day 3 to start using my own fat as energy . I lost 20 lb and 5 of my friends started and theyAll lost more then me one is over 40 lbs , it simple and if you don’t cheat you a guaranteed to loose it. It also changes the way you eat I discovered so many veggies I like and enjoy salads with salmon chicken or meat, soups are great and tasty , puddings are awesome …. If you are thinking about it DO IT it really works.best thing you DON’T exercise …:)))))))

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    dianne

    Hi Ana,
    I started this 2 weeks ago and am about 60 lbs from where I should be. I thought the wt would come off so fast but I am only down 6.5 lbs. I am 56 and work at a desk all day. The food is good but this slow of wt loss is not good. Did they tell you not to chew sugarless gum? I have ONE a day and I wonder if that is the problem

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    ideal prootein

    i cant take it anymore… what IS IT with you people not knowing how to spell LOSE… with one ‘o’, not two. every damn post it’s the same moronic spelling, ‘loose’. you retards can spell lost correctly, with one ‘o’, but not lose.

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    Leslie

    So I guess it’s okay for you to spell ‘protein’ with two ‘o’s.

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    Anonymous

    Hahahahaha funny!

    Your Name

    Lol

    Jem

    Wow talk about irritability. Lighten up!
    It’s just a misspelt word.

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    Michelle

    Wow! Irritable is right! This diet must really suck. I am looking at it as someone thinking about trying it and I see someone with the name “ideal protein”. I automatically think you are representing the company…

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    Mary

    Hi, Christine I dropped 30 lbs from Sept to Dec. and it is hard work to keep it off for sure. I do have my cheat days but it is so easy to get off track. It is a long time commitment

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    Christine

    I am in my 5th week of ideal protein. I have lost 15 pounds and many inches all around. Truth…nothing else has helped me lose weight and it truly works. However, it is very strict. You cannot slip up even once or your body will throw itself out of kitosis and getting back into that state is not pleasant. It is very epensive. $300 to start includes vitamins and food for one week. I personally do not like the packets. If it doesn’t taste like cardboard, it is made too sweet with splenda. I live on very few packets that I can stand. I am very tired of having four cups of veggies a day, water, my precious 8 oz of protein at night. I am miserable and wondering if it is all worth it.

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    skinny

    I went on ideal protein diet in fresno county and have lost 29 lbs in 3 months. It has been worth every penny. Meals turn out to be $90/week however this replaces majority of your groceries because it includes at least 21 meals each week. They also meet with you once a week for weigh in and measurments. I had tried everything and nothing had worked as best as this diet. The Fresno/clovis office that provides ideal protein is the best. They have kept me on track even when I wasnt doing my best. Give it a try

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    Nancy

    Where in Fresno can you get the Ideal Diet Plan Im looking….THanks

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    Dixie

    Why do you loose hair on this diet? How much will you loose and will it grow back? Concerned.

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    VALERIE LITTLE

    You shouldn’t be loosing hair. You know there’s alot of soy in this food which will mess with your hormones. You may need to see if you have allergies to soy or the dairy in the food. They both can cause hair lose.

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    Sherry

    Ruth,
    How much gelatin did you eat each day to ward off the flabby skin? Thanks!

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    disappointed

    I didn’t need to spend $1000 a month to drink powders. The body needs the full ange of foods to survive. I tried it for a day… Not for me! Can’t survive on powders alone. Threw up the cereal! Returned it only to b charged an arm and a leg for 1 day!!! What a rip-off!!!

    It a bad diet. You will lose weight. You will gain it back because after you reach your ideal weight, you will go back to eating real food! Try to start a food control program that looks similar to the one after you finish the diet!

    I agree with comment 190.

    I lost a pound a day by eating regular food in smaller portions 6 times a day! That’s right. I ate every 3 hours. Th body should not feel hungry. Give it a handful of food. It takes 3-4 days to get sed to it but believe me… This s the kind of lifestyle you need!

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    Shery

    Check with your Dr. and ask about more potassium supplements. I had the same debilitating problem – it was just a shortage of potassium. When I get weak and nauseous, I take 9 (95 mg) tablets every 20 min. until I feel better. Don’t do it longer (which is even worse for your health!)

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    Ruth

    I am 55yo, weighed 193lbs started IP in July 2012 and lost 50lbs by Nov. Absolutely love this diet, tell everyone i can but it is difficult to get food or a health coach in certain areas. Would like to be the distributor and health coach as I have it down to a science. I feel the water part if this diet is crucial, I bought a 32oz container and drink one by 12 noon, one by 6pm and one by bedtime. It makes a huge difference. I also chop all my veggies(love it) and make the most awesome salads…This was life saving for me, high cholesterol, high bp, beginning diabetes and now am healthy as a 25yo and look it. No flabby skin(use the jello every other day) and no excercise…I did the gym for 2 straight years and didnt loose 2 inches. I have lost 8inches in my legs and went from size 16 to a size 7….Dont cheat and you will see the results you want easily! The cost is worth the lifetime of health!!!

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    disappointed

    Ruth, if you can drink so much water, you do not need to diet! Save 1000 a month!!!

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    Lynn

    This diet not only teaches you how to eat right, it is healthy! Just because you did not have self control does not mean it wont work for others. If you eat the wrong foods but cut the calories and lose weight the fat lose is minimal.

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    Lori

    Hi Ruth, just started ID and doing well but getting bored with my food. Noticed you said you made some awesome salads. Would you be willing to share some salad recipes with me. Might make life easier for me on the plan. Cheers

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    Carol

    Today was my first day – Since I love vegetables, it’s not hard for me to eat them all. Wondering what sugar-free chewing gum any of you chew on this program. I know xylitol is not allowed. Suggestions? Thank you!

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    Anonymous

    Orbit was the suggested chewing gum at my clinic. Good luck~

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    Carol

    Thank you, Anon! I did end up chewing Dentyne Spicy (cinnamon), which I love!( I was told chiclette type gum is good.)

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    Anonymous

    Pur gum is sugar free and aspartame free

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    Dorothy

    I want to get start on ideal protein where do I start

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    Shanon

    Drink your water with a straw.

    Add lemon slices or mint.

    I started drinking my water at room temp. and find that had helped me.

    Good luck.

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    Karen

    So what are the mg’s in the protein we are supose to drink?

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    Anne

    I was on Ideal Protein the first time and lost over 50 lbs easily. I then phased off for the summer and gained some back and went back on it to lose what I had gained and about 10 lbs more. I again phased off of the diet and have gained back 30 pounds :( However, I am back on tomorrow and plan to stick to Phase 4. My sister actually runs the program locally, so we have about 10 family members and friends who have done it and the ones who have kept it off have stuck to Phase 4. You just can’t mix carbs and fats everyday! But I am excited to get back on, you feel SO AWESOME and have so much energy and my hair, nails and skin just glow! Good luck everyone!

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    Susan

    I am a 53 yo female, I weighed 213.8 pounds when I started this program on November 30, 2012. Today is December 26, 2012 – almost 4 weeks later, and I have lost 25 pounds and almost 20 inches.
    The most difficult thing about this program is getting the vegetables in. There is a very limited number of vegetables you are allowed to eat, and you must eat 4 cups a day. There is also a very limited supply of ingredients to cook the veggies. I end up eating most of mine raw.
    But I can stick with it for the next 3 or 4 months – to lose the 70 – 80 pounds I need to. Yes, the program is expensive, but if I keep in mind how expensive it is to eat poorly and all the health risks and discomfort my weigh causes, it’s worth it. And the cost definitely keeps me on track, I don’t want to have to pay more then necessary.

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    Sue

    Just started IP 4 days ago, and need to lose 70 lbs. I’m a little confused about how much protein to eat at the dinner meal- is it 8oz or 5-8 oz (range)? There is a conflict in two of the info sheets provided, and am wondering if you are doing 8oz or less. Your success is inspiring- appreciate any tips.

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    Mary

    I lost 30 lbs in 2 1/2 months and since I am not a meat eater I ate 4 to 5 oz of meat at dinner. Mostly chicken. I am not good with red meat

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    Caroline

    We were told 8 oz. of approved protein at dinner. That’s a lot of food and you can split it between meals. We have seen significant weight loss and inch loss eating this amount.

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    karen

    can you eat ham on the ideal protein diet?

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    Mary

    absolutely

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    jodi

    what do you do when you want to have a drink on the program

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    Mary Kay Richardso

    Provider/doctor in the Phoenix, Arizona

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    margaret poole

    have a son that lives in scottsdale az.
    do you know of a provider in that area? If you have gout is this diet good for you?

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    Tony

    I have a friend who lost 17 lbs in three weeks. I haven’t seen that many guys as I scrolled thru this thread, so thought I’d chime in. My friend got me excited so I made the call and am going to the meeting tomorrow and will do consultation, measurements, etc. the next day. I did WW 10 years ago and lost 60 lbs, but it all came back. I’m pre-diabetic and have metabolic syndrome. I’m 55, 6’0″ and 250 and need to be 185. For all those that talk about substitutions and cheating this way and that, you’ve shot yourself in the foot before you’ve tasted success. As for the cost, yeah, it’s expensive, but the price per pound lost over the term of the program isn’t that bad. Even WW, JC and the others can be expensive, and it’
    s waaaaay cheaper than lap-band or death. You get what you pay for and I’m in it simply because I’ve been unsuccessful doing it on my own and need the coaching. This is totally doable, it’s not a forever program, though I hope the retraining of my body and mind will be. I’m looking forward to the change… Cheers, people!

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    Sandy

    Do you weigh the food before or after cooking it on this diet?

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    Tony

    Almost all diets use pre-cooked weights…

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    tom

    I was on the program for 7 months i have lost 101 pounds i went on boot camp. in the program im 5’10″ male 39 years old i love the program . it is exspencive but it works no exersise to this point. there is aplace in walla walla washinton.

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    Cher

    I started Ideal Protein in the first week of October 2012, as of today I am down 36 lbs, my goal is to hit 50 by the end of the year! I am a little tired of salads and like a small amount the veggies. I am doing it though and I am not going to whine about anything. I have quite a bit to lose and it is so worth it. Stick to it, it works and I am so much happier than I was!

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  • 76
    Erin

    I started this program 2 years ago and gave up after a week, I did however lose 9 pounds. I started again November 15 and have now lost 11 pounds. I find the diet is easier once you look up fun recipes! The diet is pricey but it cuts the cost of the gym (you don’t work out on this diet). Everyones coach is different, mine saying I can cut out 1 IP pack every other day and substitute for egg whites. Which brings the cost down! Just remember it’s all mind over matter, stick to the diet and don’t cheat, you’ll see a huge difference! :)

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    Carleen

    Where did you find the fun recipes?

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  • 77
    Christina

    Hi, I am struggling with my weight loss which is very slow. I am hungry all the time. I have asked the Lord for help each day but am failing at this. Please pray for me.I need diven intervention too. Blessings.

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    Mary

    All you need is strong will power. Just do one day at a time. The results will be amazing.

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  • 78
    dixie chick

    this diet is pricey but does work very fast… I lost 70lbs in 4 mths…the problem was the maintenance – I went back to bad habits and gained it all back!!! I did not have good post diet care – anyone else have better luck?

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  • 79
    diana

    getting ready to start ip diet what are the vitamins they talk about you have to take and what are they for

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    Tony

    Calcium, potassium, multi-vitamin and Omega 3s. The suppliments help to make up for the nutrients found in the foods you WON’T be eating during the first phase of the protocol, and they’re essential for good health.

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    Brenda

    How much is one bottle of cal/potassium and the cost of one container of real salt?

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    Alison

    The IP salt is a pretty large container and would last quite a while. It was $4. The Cal/Mag is 120 pills for $21, and the Potassium is 60 pills for $9.

  • 80
    TP

    I just started IP yesterday and so far I have lost 3 pounds. Today I feel like I want to snack but I’m fighting through it. I’m afraid of the cost but I know I need to get my health in check. I plan on going for three weeks and then looking on amazon to get some of the food I like. Great thing about my coach is that she has everything in her office and u can mix and match your food to try everything. Try it it works!

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  • 81
    robin

    i am starting my 3ed week on the ip diet, my first week i lost 7.4 lbs the 2nd week i only lost 2lbs, why did the weight loss slow down?

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    Anonymous

    The first week will always be a larger number. You are losing all your water and bloating. Do not get discouraged with the pounds lost, mark the inches lost! 3 pounds average, that’s what you should be losing. you are doing awesome!

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  • 82
    nancy

    They tell you right at the first meeting that you can not cheat and if you are not losing on this diet then you are cheating and they don’t want to let you waste there time or your money if you are not going to follow the directions.

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  • 83
    Richard

    Daniel,
    …How is the weight loss going? Went to a talk tonight…..am 58 years old, on the edge of diabetes… thinking about doing this program…Thanks for your thoughts!Richard

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  • 84
    daniel

    EVERYOONEE !!!
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    I’m sharing with you all the greatest opportunity of today and ever in your lifetime. I have grown as an individual with this opportunity and I want to share it with you all. For those you have been following my updates or cyber stalking, you already know I’m referring to the 90-Day Challenge. What this Challenge can offer you is a Physical and Financial Transformation, if you choose to accept the Challenge.

    Time is ticking and now I ask you one question????

    Are you that individual to stand out of the crowd, to be apart of something that is growing rapidly and make history. To also make a change in your own life and the love ones around you?

    OR

    To fall back in line with others, and just become another person in the crowd. To be going through life day-by-day with a regular routine, contemplating should I have took the opportunity that was offered to help others and myself.

    It’s your choice; I’m just here to share it with you.

    The Challenge = G.O.O.A.T (Greatest Opportunity of All Time)

    message me ASAP!

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    Mary

    Is this Isagenix you are talking about?

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  • 85
    NICOLE LUZ

    I JUST STARTED THIS PROGRAM 6 DAYS AND I LOST 12 POUNDS =D. I HAVE TRIED BILLIONS OF THINGS. EXERCISE, PILLS, EVEN THE FAMOUS “HGC” NOTHING EVER WORKED. I WAS PRETTY WORRIED WITH STATING THIS PROGRAM BUT AS SOON AS I WALKED IN THE OFFICE THERE WAS A HUGE BOOK OF PICTURES WITH TESTIMONIALS. I WAS SHOCKED. THE FOOD IS NOT THAT MUCH IF YOU LIKE ME AND EAT OUT ALMOST EVERYDAY YOU WILL WASTE THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY YOU WOULD ON THE ID PRODUCTS THAN IN MCDONALDS.THIS DIET WAS REALLY TOUGH FOR ME THE FIRST 3 DAYS I HAD MOOD SWINGS AND I WAS VERY AGGRAVATED, I CALLED THE DOCTOR TO SEE WHY. HE SAID THAT FOOD IS ARE DRUGS AND IF YOU JUST QUIT COLD TURKEY YOUR BODY IS IN SHOCK AND IS CLEANING YOUR SYSTEM AND YOU CRAVE. AND IN MY NOTE IT DOESN’T HELP BEING A GIRL EITHER…BUT AFTER THE THIRD DAY I CANT STOP SMILING IM HAPPY I STILL CRAVE BUT NOT TO THE EXTREME. MY GOAL IS TO LOSE 102 ALREADY LOST 12 ON THE 1ST WEEK 90LBS TO GO AND IM NOT GONNA STOP… P.S. THE BEST PART IS THAT THIS WEEK I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO DO EXERCISE. SO LOST 12LBS JUST EATING =0.. CANT IMAGINE HOW MUCH ILL LOSE WHEN I START WORKING OUT. TRULY THIS DIET IS WORTH THE BUCK AND LIKE I SAID ITS NOT EXPENSIVE ITS EQUIVALENT TO WHAT YOU SPEND EATING OUT. AND IF YOU BUY BY BULKS YOU SAVE MONEY. CANT WAIT TO KEEP YALL UPDATED OF MY PROGRESS.. LOST 12LBS IN A WEEK AND NO EXERCISE. =D

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  • 86
    Victoria

    My daughter and son-in-law have been on the IP for 2 weeks . They love this program…my daughter lost 25lbs in 3 weeks..feels this is the perfect diet for her and her husband ..her husband lost 70lbs…as well….I am so happy she has found the right plan…to everyone doing this IP, it works !!!!! Best to you all who are on this plan….very wonderful support team “!!!!!

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  • 87
    Jr Jeremy

    My best friend and I have tried alot (too many to count) of other diets and to no avail. If we lost we always gained it back. So we decided to try one more time using the Dr Max Powers 15 Day Cleanse Pills. We are both so excited. We would call each other every day and see how things were going as far as the eating habits!! In 4 weeks time I have lost 12lbs and she lost 10lbs. Super excited with the product because we can still eat and not feel like we were starving to death or eating stuff that we totally hated. The first 4 weeks we have done it with little to know exercise just to see if it would work. The next 4 weeks we are adding in exercise and see how that works for us!!!

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  • 88
    Sandy owens

    who in san diego can I go to for this diet plan

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    daniel

    i know another fantatsic diet plan ! the number 1 weight loss and fitness platform !

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    Tammi

    Can you share you exiting 90 day challenge

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  • 89
    cc

    I’m 56 yr old female. Been on IP for 11 weeks – lost 35 lbs and approx 35 inches. so 3-4 lbs/week avg Started 256 – now 221 – i’m 5’11″. Goal is 200 lbs. Diet is fairly easy for me as I’m on the go and work late – grab the packets and mix/nuke. I do cook a meat/veggie dinner – use frozen fish, shrimp etc which is easy to throw in a pan and saute – sometimes make double meals for next night to limit dishes. I have to go off BP meds now and I feel so much better – was pre-diabetic. This is better than lap-band which I had 6 yrs ago. However, very strict – no cheating, get the water in to keep losing. ON slow weeks I find I didn’t get the water in or ate 2 restricted products my mistake. Cost is reasonable given results – less expensive than keeping ice cream and cookies in the house. Go to Physicians for Women in Valparaiso, IN. Have a sweet tooth so I do miss cheesecake – this is temporary. SHould be done by Thanksgiving.

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  • 90
    Kacie

    I am an ideal protein weight loss coach here in Belton Texas. I love all your comments and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about idp products or the weight loss plan it’s self and yes the cost is about 84.00 a week.

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    Sandy

    Do I weigh the protein before or after cooking it?

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    Maggie Casey

    Are there any tricks to boost your metabolism if your stuck at the same weight for a few days.

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    Leslie

    Do you have a vegetable juice recipe. I really have a hard time getting in the vegetables.

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  • 91
    Mary

    I love popcorn. Am wondering if anyone is incorporating it in their diet. And how about tuna or salmon in a can

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    Shanon

    Popcorn is not on the list…pop corn is not allowed on the protocol.

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  • 92
    Mary

    I fin if I use a straw to drink it
    goes down in no time

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  • 93
    Anonymous

    I just started this plan a few days ago. The toughest part for me is consuming 64oz of water a day, seems impossible! Suggestions?

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    cc

    I liked Diet Pop so I substitute ICE drinks and MIO in water to get in the water. Try OrangeMango ICE and Blueberry/Lemonad MIO. YUM

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    Anonymous

    I buy the quart-size bottles of Smart Water and drink 2 per day. You should be able to drink at least one, just taking all the supplements. I have lost 65 lbs.

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  • 94
    Bruce

    I am an extremely sceptical person. When I buy a cell phome I ask the salesperson which one heor she uses and if it is not the one he or she is trying to sell then I won’t buy it. That being said when I asked my Doctor about the ideal Protien diet he said he was on it as was his nurse practisioner as well as half o his staff. That alone sold me on it. This is my first week I go in today to get weighed (my scale says I have lost 14 pounds). Wish me luck and God willing I will lose the 60 pounds

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    Anonymous

    Bruce I am a nurse I have currently lost 60lbs on IP, I feel great and I would recommend it to anyone as a viable prgram for weight loss…Good luck you can do it!!

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  • 95
    Elizabeth

    I’m interested in the plan for myself and husband but it sounds way too pricey. Does anyone out there on IP have a list of ingredients with their amounts or % so I can see if it compares to a soy isolate protein powdered drink supplement from Walmart? I’d love to see how much protein, carbs, etc. per protein supplement packet that IP uses.

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  • 96
    Mary

    Is iceberg (head lettuce) ok to use for salads

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    Marion

    Definately

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    Lois

    I ate iceberg lettuce while on IP with no problem. I even use to buy the bag salad mixes that had small amount of shredded carrot in them. I lost 68 pounds to goal and never had a single week without a loss doing this.

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  • 97
    donna

    cant you still loose even if your not in ketosis and u exercise on this low carb diet

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    Your Name

    Tell us your thoughts about Ideal Protein.

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  • 98
    RJ

    I was told about this diet and after reading about it I can’t imagine people paying that much for what they can do on their own. I lost 30 pounds by eating healthy…i.e. clean eating…and working out. If you can not sustain this diet for a year or more by buying the food–then it is NOT a long term solution. Portion control, healthy eating and MOVEMENT are what people need. I have hypothyroidism an have found the above three combination the longest lasting remedy to being fat. I much prefer a healthy lifestyle change than another unsustainable “diet” plan. There is a reason it is sold through a “doctor” only…its called PROFIT. Seriously, check out a few good books on healthy eating and save your money.

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    Marion

    It’s true you could ‘save your money and do it yourself’, unfortunately few of us have the patience and ability to stay motivated while losing excess pounds that way (kudos to you for doing it!).

    The great thing with this program is you rapidly lose the fat, getting yourself to healthier state very quickly. Once you’ve reached your goal weight/size/body fat percentage, you start replacing the bought meals with normal food. So the closer you stick to the diet, the faster you lose weight, and the faster you are no longer paying them.

    Your 3 points for healthy eating (portions, quality, excercise) are the final phase of the diet, and hopefully become a new lifestyle so we never get that soul sucking weight back.

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    Anne

    Marion, I couldn’t agree with you more. Most of the IP food has artificial aweeteners. How healthy is eating processed food filled with chemicals? Most of it was tasteless at best. I was looking for a fast weight loss (of course!)but the continual headaches and fatigue just weren’t worth it. I found myself skipping meals simply because the food was so unpalatable. My only regret is that my husband and I wasted $600. to start this “ideal” program. Glad to be back to the good old tried and true eat less, exercise more method. I will admit that the meals are simple to prepare (except for chopping 8 cups of vegetables daily in my case). IP may work for people who hate to cook and don’t mind the taste.

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    Amy

    I think it is wonderful that you can eat right, exercise and lose weight. I wish everyone could.

    I think this diet is particularly good for people who cannot do that, and people like me who have special health issues: I am hypothyroid, insulin resistant, and extremely hypoglycemic. I could not lose anything just cutting calories and exercising, and I will become a type II diabetic like my dad and two sisters according to my endocrinologist if I do not lose my excess weight and learn to curb my sugar and unhealthy carb cravings. This diet is working for me, and it may not be the right answer for everyone. Just be sure you are following the plan exactly and get help if you have questions. Good luck.

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  • 99
    dj

    what is the purpose of the 4 cups of vegetables per day. i for one could not eat it all, i feel over-fed. would i not loose faster if i cut my veggies down?

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    Marion

    The veggies not only have nutrients of their own, they are also necessary to help ‘flush’ your system and keep you regular ;)

    I also found it difficult to eat all those veggies along with my IP meal, my coach said it was OK if I ate the veggies separately as an extra ‘snack’. Now I just nibble on them throughout the day.

    Some of the protocals seem baffling, but whenever I ignore them my weight loss suffers. Currently 36lbs down & 48″ smaller after 3months. Feel great and think of food in a whole new way (I actually prefer prepping my meals now instead of buying frozen or take out).

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    Marie

    YOU STILL NEED TO TRY TO EAT THE 4 CUPS ADAY. YOU NEED THEM FOR ROUGHAGE IF YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH YOU WILL HAVE PROBLEMS GOING TO THE BATHROOM I KNOW THIS TO BE A FACT! Please eat your vegetables.

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  • 100
    FRANK

    DO YOU GAIN THE WEIGHT BACK ONCE YOU, STOP USEING YOUR HIGH PROTEIN DIET FOOD?

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    Your Name

    no because in phase 3 it resets your pancreas

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  • 101
    Dawn

    All of your comments sound thuthful, sincere and very helpful! I am anxious to set up an appointment and try this program. My question is, if there is anyone viewing this format that has tried the program, successfully made the transition back to normal foods AND has kept the weight off for the year later kept it off two years later after successfully completing the program? And if you truly have never had to diet again. Because that is what I am looking for. To learn so I never have to diet again!

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    Marie

    I kept the weight off for a year plus. Eating whatever I wanted and that was wrong. You need to maintain the weight and I didn’t learn that. I’m starting again with the weight gain only being 25-27 pounds. This time I am going to learn the maintain my weight! Good Luck!

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    DAB

    I gained back 12lbs of the 46 I lost. I was up only 5lbs after a few months, but maintained that. Unfortunately, month 7 was when I put on the other 7lbs on. I’m going back to lose the 12lbs again. I don’t think it is difficult to maintain at all. I just let my weekend foods (my cheat days) go into the weekdays. I also did not phase off completely. I lost the 46lbs from June 2012 until November 2012. It was a easy diet, and very educational. Good luck to you all.

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  • 102
    Ann

    I have hashimottos, I’m gluten free, dairy free and soy free.
    Does the IP program contain any of these ingredients and has anyone with Hashis been successful on the program?

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    Mary

    All of the meals will have either milk or soy or both. Most are gluten free. The boxes are clearly marked in bold after the ingredients list i.e., “contains milk, soy, and wheat.”

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    Emmie

    Hi Ann, I know it’s a little late but I also have Hashimoto’s. Gluten and soy free products are available, I’m curious about you proclaiming dairy free, though. Are you casein intolerant or lactose intolerant? Or just against dairy on principle? There are lactose free products. Your choices will be limited but you can still do it.

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  • 103
    Jera

    I was on Ideal for 3 months last fall went from 352 to 298 due to financal reason had to go off. I only gained 6 pounds back in nearly 9 months. back on the diet now day 5 and down the 6 i gained. If you can afford it, its the best thing out there and believe me I have tried everything. even had a gastric bypass that did not work, didn’t lose a single pound and tons of pain and complications. Good Luck everyone

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  • 104
    Brett

    I lost 60 pounds in 10 weeks, from 217 to 157 5’9″ 54 years old male. no cheating. I have kept it off for over two years. Awesome, carbs are the enemy.

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  • 105
    ziba

    Can I use splenda in my tea? with IP diet?

    Thanks

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    Marie

    Yes, you can, sweetners.

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    Ziba

    thanks Marie only three weeks tomorrow that I have been on this plan and I only have lose 8 pounds is that ok?

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    tom

    i would use stevia insted

  • 106
    Dawn Brady

    I have been on the IP diet for 2 days now. I cant seem to shake the 1 diet coke a day i have. has anyone still had success in weight loss with 1 diet coke a day.

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    Susan

    Have you tried the cola stevia drops in sparkling water?

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  • 107
    Kris

    My dear friend was on this diet for almost 2 years and has now passed away from a desease called amyloidosis which is a blood disease involving the inability of the liver to break down proteins and we question if it was caused by this diet. Have any others on the diet come down with this?

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    Susan

    I doubt the diet contributed to the amyloidosis. This is a rare condition and is not known to be caused by ingesting too much protein.

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  • 108
    Sue

    have been on IP diet for 2weeks. First week I lost 4.5lbs and 2nd week only 1 lb. Is anyone has same experience like me?

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  • 109
    Grace

    Like it a lot, on day 11, haven’t had a weigh in yet, this Thursday is the first. One thing I did notice was I got very down emotionally days 6-8, I broke the IP the evening of day 8 and ate a meal, within an hour the depressed feeling went away and I started all over again, can’t figure it out but now I feel fine, anyone else experience this? I read all the current messages and no one has shared this experience.

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    Deb

    carbs/sugar gives you a “natural” high, so the overall depletion of carbs in your system will cause a down feeling, especially if you have relied on this for a long time. This too will pass if you stick with it and let your mind control your feeligns rather than your stomach.

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    Grace

    k, you are so right! omg, I feel great! Didn’t have a clue how much the crap I was eating was affecting me. Got through that feeling the second time it came back and now its gone and I have renewed energy, my skin looks great, and I lost 8 pounds of fat, 11 lbs total, in the first 2 weeks. BTW, this is the first diet I’ve ever been on in my life and have to lose 20lbs for surgery, I’m going to lose 30 lbs for me instead. This is amazing, I would highly recommend this to anyone. Just stick to it!

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  • 110
    Barbara

    I’ve been on e ideal protein diet for 23 weeks. I have been been having a lot of hair loss. Is hair loss a result from the IP plan

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    Marie

    I have not heard of it and didn’t have that problem. I do take biotin to help my hair and nails. I’m 51 and life happens.

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    Shirley

    I have suffered hair loss since being on the diet. It is so stressful, would like to know once off the diet will regrowth of hair occur? Help,Help

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  • 111
    Amy

    I am looking for feed back from people that have finished this diet and I am wondering if they have gain weight back once they have been phased out?

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    jb

    I lost almost 70 lbs in 3 months in 2011, and have gained almost all of the weight back. However, I still think it is the best diet available, it’s just difficult to stay on this or any diet for long. I am thinking about going on it again because I know it works, and works fast. This time I will need to really pay close attention to the Phase 1 to 4 approach.
    Take a Biotin supplement to combat hair loss.

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  • 112
    david

    I learned the system and buy my own protein and supplements. its tough to find something new to eat but in 15 weeks i lost 50 lbs and 24 inches. I am doing the diet again to loost another 50 lbs. Cost per week is around $25 for me.

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    david

    i have been off the diet since march and have only gained 3 lbs, but i blame that on the muscle i gained back and my running 3 relays and hiking 3 serious backpacking trips.

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    Lois

    I want to try this program also, but cannot afford the cost. Please share with me what protein & supplements you use. I need to lose 80lbs. Thanks David

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    Kendy

    I have been on this program for 7 weeks now. I have lost 24 pounds. I like the products, they are very good. My concern is the sucralose and I wrote to Ideal Protein suggesting that they make some of the liquid products plain – with no sweeteners – so I could add Stevia on my own. I haven’t heard back yet. I did order another protein drink off the internet that has the same profile of protein and carbs and is made with stevia. It looks to be very good and was about $60.00. It is called Muscleology – Nitro-pro. So I cannot say if it would be the same, but I am willing to try it.

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  • 113
    Deb

    How will the IP plan affect my basic running schedule?

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    david

    you just have to compensate for the carbs. i know it sounds contradictory but i was instructed to eat 100 calories of carbs for every 15 min of working out. Now mind you they MUST BE SIMPLE carbs but your muscles need to have those carbs. And you must take the carbs immediately after the workout, and obviously increase the protein.

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  • 114
    Deb

    I am a runner and am seriously thinking about starting the IP plan, however am concerned about not exercising during phase 1. I usually run 12-15 miles a week and bike 30-40 miles/week. WIll this plan fit my active lifestyle?

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  • 115
    AJ

    I am day 7 of the IP program. I have not had my weigh in yet but I am hopeful. There are a lot of comments how great everyone feels on this diet but I’m wondering who is also having struggles. I have definitely felt the light headeness/foggy feeling. I usually workout 3-4 days/wk with intense cardio. I can’t even imagine trying to do my workouts right now. My energy is really low. And I can’t lie, at times during the day I have really felt hungry. It seems hardest late afternoon before dinner. I have a huge sweet tooth and no sweets has been really difficult. I’m not much of a cook so I have been getting bored with my meal combinations. I’m looking for some honest feedback from people who have been the program for a couple weeks. Am I really going to feel full and get my engery back?

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    david

    atkins treats. low carbs. They are at walmart

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    Deb

    several of the Ideal Protein packets are sweet to taste, try the cappichino drink or chocolate drink warm… it is a great treat

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    Joann

    Drink something hot. For me it was coffee that helped a lot. Hang in there. The energy you get at the end of the diet is amazing so yes, you will definitely get it back. They don’t recommend you exercise in the beginning because you will be tired at first. I second the Atkins bars. I love them all!

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    Mary Wells

    The restricted (one/day) bars are good and help fill the sweet tooth. I have one in the evening with a cup of tea. Especially like the peanut butter bars :)

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  • 116
    Terry

    Has anyone started the ip program while you are in remission from cancer? I just went to a consultation with a dr. And she
    says I have to get a realeases from my oncologist. She says that we have estrogen stored in our fat and since am taking femara it might it’s effect( femara stops your body from producing estrogen) please anybody if ou have please let me know.. Thx!

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  • 117
    Anonymous

    Anyone knows a distributor/ doctor’s office in NYC or around?

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  • 118
    Jamie

    I am on day 5 and have lost 8 pounds however I don’t love many veggies on the list. Any ideas? I can’t eat broccoli, (one veggie on the list I love) again. Already have had 12 cups!!! Any substitute? Help!

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    david

    collaflower, cucumbers, peppers, mushrooms

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  • 119
    michelle

    do you have to phase out? i quit after phase 1 and just watching what I eat.

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    david

    you really should phase out. You have shut down your pancrease for the entire time and if you just start eating carbs 100% its a shock to your body.

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  • 120
    BetS

    I started this diet march of 2011 and have loss 70 pounds. This diet works, must stay strict strict, all 4 cups of veggies, weigh and measure everything! I use MIO in my water to get all the required. Konjac root powder for those who are having hunger issues, it works!!!

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  • 121
    Mariann

    Can you do the stevia drink mix packets that you mix with water on this diet. Or use Lemon or lime juice?

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    BetS

    You can use Stevia drink packets, I use MIO . I’ve been on ideal protein since March of 2011, lost 70 pounds. You Must follow the diet to the letter for it to work!!! All veggies all 4 cups aday and your water.

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  • 122
    Bruce

    I have been on the program now 32 days. I statrted at 249lbs and am now at 226lbs as a 6′ 38yr old male. I have had various symptoms such as headaches, stomachache but have stuck to it religiously. My goal is 199 just to stay I broke 200lbs but hope to be a comfortable 205-210. My blood pressure is lower and cheating is not an issue because the fear of regressing or getting out of ketosis scares me from ever cheating. Keep up the good work everyone and if you want to try it, be honest with yourseld and utilise your coach.

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  • 123
    Valerie

    Is eating vegetables a requirement for success on this diet? I have done the Atkins twice with great success, in the past. Over the years, I have gained the weight back and I have tried to do the Atkins again, for a third time, with no success. I was thinking of trying the Ideal Protein diet but I see a lot of posts about eating veggies. I am concerned because I do not eat fruits or vegetables at all.

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  • 124
    angelica carranza

    I been in this diet for 3 weeks know first two weeks I lost 15 pounds but on the third it was only 2 pounds. Can I start any type of exercise

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  • 125
    angelica carranza

    What type of exercise can I do while on the ideal protein diet ? I got stuck

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  • 126
    Todd

    I have been on the diet for 1 week now. I lost 5 pounds but it ended up being almost entirely a loss of muscle based on body composition test. The IP rep acted like it was unusual but based on my google searches it seems common to lose muscle on extremely low carb diets. Has anybody else had this? Does the muscle loss keep occurring over the weeks?

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  • 127
    Brenda

    I feel bloated and my stomach hurts like gut rot. Is this normal?

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  • 128
    Brenda

    I’ve been on IP for 5 weeks and have lost only 11 lbs. My stomach gets so bloated from drinking all the water and eating all the vegetable that my stomach feels like I have gut rot. Is this normal? I’m really struggling with the cravings. I would really love to have pizza. The only good thing is I haven’t had so much as a sip of pop and I don’t even miss it!

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  • 129
    pocagip

    I started the program in July weighing at 456 and today I weigh 366. i took at month off the program because it can be expensive. I recommend everyone to buy the Kerotone test strips its shows you when you have reached ketosis

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    Montrbl

    I am 5’1 and my initial weight was 156 lbs. I want to go down to at least 115 lbs (which is my ideal weight). I started the IP diet Feb 14th and I don’t plan to weight myself until my first visit. I am motivated and focused; I like the foods so far. I feel a little nausea but I know it will go away. I really like all the comments and inspiration on this page. Thanks everyone for sharing.

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    khadija Adams

    I started with this diet last Wed. 5 days ago.Tthe second day I started experiencing a lot of discomfert. the dr. had a seminar that day and i was miserable, weak and bad headache. the dr. took my blood pressure and found out that it was very high 156/94. I am a healthy person and don’t take any medication and never had a high blood pressure.Today is Sunday, my husband took my blood pressure and it high again. I am concerned about my health and don’t know what to do. I need to be able to function. I have a job and a family to take care of. Any ideas or comments. Thank you so much.

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  • 132
    Kenn

    Hi !! My wife and I started the IP diet Nov 6 2011. I just want to encourage everyone to stick with the plan and follow the advice of your consultant / nurse / or whomever is guiding you on this diet. I have been to phase 3, and really splurged for the holidays and most of January this year. But because I followed the plan and restarted my pancreas properly, I only gained three pounds !!!

    Since the 3rd week of January, I have started back on phase 1 (kindof) and cheated some. BUT I lost the three lbs I gained and some. I am seriously on phase one now 10 lbs from my target weight which will bring me a total loss of 50 lbs.

    For those on the journey, Stay Encouraged !!!

    For those who are contemplating the journey: Go for it !!! What do you have to lose except a few lbs ??

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    Anonymous

    What is different for men and women. I do three protein IP food packs a day. For men, do you do four maybe?

    Glen

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    herb

    we live in portland,or are there places their to get into the program

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    VickyS

    Men and pre-menopausal women should limit or avoid the SOY-based foods. Choose the Whey protein. Be sure that your “coach” knows all about this diet so they advise you correctly.

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    nancy

    That not true at all. Are you a doctor, if you are not you should not be advising people.

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  • 135
    Minny Rippleton

    Tried the diet a while back. Lost 37lbs in 6 weeks. Went back to eating normal,due to cost and restriction. Gained it all back and more. Anyone with any experience of trying it for the second time?

    My experience with other diets,doesnt work as well the second time around.

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    Sherri-Lynn

    Did you do all phases of the diet, or skip out aftr phase 1? If so, doing all 4 phases is best.

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  • 136
    libc

    I started this diet on January 10th and thought by now I wouldn’t be hungry all the time but still am. Anyone else have this problem?

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    Kenn

    Yes. Drink alot of water. Or if you have the Chocolate / Vanilla pudding, mix it and drink it right away before it solidifies. Then once it gets into your stomach, then you will feel pretty full.

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    Sherker

    You should talk to your coach. I had a lot of weight to lose when I started and they adjusted the # of packets I could eat accordingly. I’ve lost 60+ lbs now, and for a lot of that time I had 5 packets not 4 – but that was because I started up near 300 lbs. But your coach should approve it.

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    Kenn

    Yes.. I agree. Definitely talk to your coach.

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  • 137
    Sarah

    I went to my first meeting lastnight. I can’t wait to give this program a try. I am very excited! Good luck to me and to those that are going down the same road as me!!!

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  • 138
    Sue

    I started this yesterday and was up all night vomiting,did anyone else have this problem? Not sure if I have a bug or a reaction. I wasd told to wait a few days and start over

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    HCG florida

    I would like to read more comments regarding how Ideal Protein participants keep the weight off. My mother is diabetic. Will it effective for her?

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  • 140
    Marlon

    I am 39yom 5″9 inches 233lbs a week ago when I started the IP diet.I met with my coach today a week later 11lbs lighter and 1.5 inches off my waste.I was blowed away by my weight lost and looking forward to my next 15lbs to come off.I must admit day 2-4 was the hardest days of the diet thus far energy was down real sluggish but that passed by day 5.I don’t have cravings anymore and gonna start exercising on Monday.IF you stick too it the weight will melt off remember don’t cheat…”.

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  • 141
    lookslikeRex

    I have been on IP for 8 weeks and lost 47 lbs to date. This is awesome, it is easy and the food is good and healthy. I am never hungry, blood chemistry has never been better, i have more energy now than I have had in years. This is the best thing to happen to me since my children were born. 33 lbs to go, lookin good, feelin good!

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    buyerbeware

    While this diet does work beware that a new policy has been passed. If you don’t consistenly lose weight on this diet or if you cheat (and we all know we fall off the band wagon every now and then) they will phase you off this diet and tell you it’s not the diet for you. You will have lost hundreds (in some cases thousands of dollars depending on how much weight you need to lose). I have already seen this start at a few clinics in my area. They are beginning to focus more on the money than helping people lose weight. Very sad to see.

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  • 142
    amanda mollere

    what do i do if i ran out of food and my doctors office is closed?

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  • 143
    phyllis lang

    Am on the Ideal Protein diet for the 5th day and am so tired I can hardly move. Need support from someone on this diet. Too much money invested to quit now.

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  • 144
    Doug

    I have lost 35 lbs. in 11 weeks. In phase 3 now( the re-introduction of carbs) and highly recommend the Ideal Protein diet. Dr Jennifer Miller at the Wellness Center in Rockville, Md. has been nothing short of great. I am ecstatic with my results!!!

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    Patty

    I would like to know what to do when you hit a plateau?

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    Amber

    I started this diet 9 days ago. In the beginning I had terrible sugar detox and felt ill all during the second day. It’s now my 9th day and for me 8oz of meat at dinner is ALOT. I feel like I have absolutely no energy. I cheated today and drank a glass of almond milk and a piece of toast with my 2 cups of veg and protein for supper. I feel better that I did it, and maybe now I won’t feel the need to stray.

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    Judy Martin

    I am looking for a location near or in Ponca City, Okalhoma that offers the Ideal Protein Diet. Thanks for your assistance. Judy Martin.

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  • 148
    Pinay

    On Phase 1, there were 2 protocols. Are both protocols meant to be done one after the other to do Phase 1 or two options in accomplishing this particular phase? Thank you!

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  • 149
    Pinay

    On Dr. Tran Tien’s website, he outlined that four-phase program called Ideal Protein Diet. My question is, on Phase 1, there were 2 protocols. Were these protocols two ways of doing Phase 1 or two options in accomplishing this particular phase? Thank you!

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    DR

    How long can one be on diet?

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    barbara e. jolly

    i am looking for a health clinic in area or 07801 in NJ>

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  • 152
    Cally

    Can someone on maintenance tell me what the allowed carbs are? My sheet only lists whole wheat bread and cereal, but shows baked potato and corn for dinner.

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  • 153
    Ruth

    My husband is a diabetic, would be harmful at all to his kidneys?

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  • 154
    Pat julian

    Ground turkey stuffed green pepper!

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  • 155
    Maria May

    I’m very interested in following the IP diet but can’t afford it right now, so I was wondering – is there something I could eat that would be an equivalent substitute for the packets? Any suggestions?

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  • 156
    Elizabeth

    I would like to read more comments regarding how Ideal Protein participants keep the weight off. Thank you.

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  • 157
    CC

    I am in Canada and paid $287 for week one, then around $97 per week #2 & #3. 3 weeks in I have lost 26 pounds. I tried the Dr. Bernstein diet before & you have to eat like a rabbit on that diet & ultimately crave food so badly that when you end the diet you eat like a madman. I don’t feel the food cravings in IP and this diet is taylor-made for me! The food tastes great and I love eating normal dinner meals including steak, chicken, seafood & fish. I eat lots of salads and feel full. Drinking almost 3 litres of water each day also keeps me feeling full.
    My friend has lost over 60 pounds in 11 weeks, he told me about the diet so here I am.

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    Anonymous

    I made a killer stuffed green pepper stuffed with ground turkey … It was fabulous! Also put a bit of pumpkin pie spice in the vanilla pudding tastes just like pumpkin pie”

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  • 158
    Marie Louise Melancon

    Iam on ideal protein 13weeks I have lost 32lbs the last 3weeks I have stayed the same can u help?

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  • 159
    BlondieVon

    I have been following this ideal protein diet for 57 days and have lost 35 lbs. I agree that it is a little prices but I am averaging 3lbs a week. I lost fifteen lbs first week. I cannot argue with success. The other products that I use that fall into the parameters of the diet is MollyMcbutter or butterbuds and Braggs amino acid(from health food store),it’s like soy sauce without the sodium. It is very important to eat everything and drink the recommend fluids. This keeps you from being hungry. As for cheating, I have done it but realize the food I crave is not all I thought it would be if you know what I mean.
    If you put things in prespective,If one can lose weght this easily and fast and for a short period of time and kept if off with guidance and support.This is the way to go. I feel so much better, I can see my feet, I can move alot easier. I sleep alot sounder. The benifits out weigh the down side of expense.(like going to the maket is cheap now adays) I seen thing jump up in price by two dollar in a couple of weeks.

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  • 160
    Laura Holmes

    How does this doet work for diabetics on insulin? How do you keep blood sugars from dropping too low?

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  • 161
    Pat

    I started this diet 8 days ago. I went in today to be weighed and measured. Thank you Lord, I lost 6 lbs and 3 inches!
    The food is not bad in taste. Once you get through the first 5-6 days it is easier.I am excited since no other diets worked

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  • 162
    Carey

    anyone experiencing “saggy” skin after their weight loss?

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    sara green

    they have two drinks for saggy skin ask your provider about them!

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  • 163
    Judy

    I just started the IP Diet this past Monday. I am still feeling hungry, but better. At first I was very fatigued and hungry. Please tell me it gets better and that sweets won’t be such a temptation.

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  • 164
    kimbie

    I have been on Ideal Protein since February 9, 2011 and have lost OVER 60 lbs, pretty effortlessly. It is the only diet I have stayed on ever and I have tried them all. It is truly a gift, easy and in the end not expensive because you don’t buy a lot of food. I have a steak and salad every night! I also think the reason I can do this diet is because their food is so delicious. The butterscotch pudding (which I use a lot of water and make into a shake) is my favorite! I am going to loose 30 more pounds. My mom lost 40 on it and has not gained any back. It is miraculous, really and I am happy again!

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  • 165
    Lori

    I am from southern Louisiana, and the IP diet has been complete torture around such good food. I have to say, getting past the first week has made such a difference. I am not as hungry. I figured out that putting pan sauteed zucchini in the cheese egg omelet gives it that extra something. You can also doctor the soups with vegetables & fresh seasoning to give it some kick. My first weigh in was 5 days into the program, and I lost 8 lbs & 10 inches. I lost an additional 2lbs for a total of 10 lbs in the first week. I am pretty sure my 20 year addiction to diet coke being cancelled led to such a great first week. Everyone I know who has been faithful has had excellent results.

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    merci

    I live in Keokuk, Iowa and Pay $80.00 aweek- I’v been on this diet for two weeks and lost 12 lbs.I weight 198 and want to loose 80 lbs. so far, the first week is the toughest because your body goes through alot to get used to the new food like pressure headace, low engery level, hunger pains alittle but I heard the third week starts to get better I hope- the program does seem alittle steep for people pockets but each package food cost $4.95 apiece which if you were to eat out it would cost that and more. This diet is really ideal because you start to see that it works and that any one if they were smart they could of thought of it that all you had to do was control your carb in take and eat just the right protein and more vegatable like four cups a day would help you loose weight- my daily day starts out with one packet which I choose a choc. shake which taste like a gorm.food. then I eat chile pack. or chick. soup with two cups of vegt. and a large salad then I eat a snak which is chock. drink or recess butter gonola bar then I each 5 to 8oz. of low fat meat. of choice with two cups of vetables usally broc. and large salad- I do feel like I eat alot my hunger from before waS DO to protion control but know it seem like my body eats more often then more food at one meal- I used to eat only lunch and dinner and engored my food and e

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    cmchja

    Does the $80 a week cover all your food, or just your weigh in?

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  • 167
    Olga

    How long can a person safely stay on the IP Plan?
    I’ve lost 15 lbs. in six weeks and thought that was great but my coach thought I should have done better.

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    Sandy

    I have been on the diet for 5 weeks and have lost 37 poubds. I have had very few side effects the first week and none since. I am not hungry like in previous diets looking forward to the nest 30 pounds to go.

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  • 169
    blondie

    I have come to the conclusion that i a must be doing something wrong. I lost 21 lbs in the first 3 weeks. For the last 2 weeks i have not lost any weight. Fluctuating between losing 3 gaining 3. All this time though i am still losing inches. What am i doing wrong. I only eat what i am told on the sheet and do enjoyh this way of eating but am feeling like i should be losing weight! Help!

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    Lori

    You may not be doing anything wrong. Have you been exercising? If so, do nit get hung up on weight. It is muscle gain. Continue to focus on the inches.

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    Patricia

    I went to the Ideal Protein site looking for a clinic near me. I live in Virginia, and when I put in my zip code, it gave me a clinic in Louisiana and showed in on the map of Virginia! Does anyone know of a clinic in Virginia?

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    Tiffany

    I am going to a meeting tomorrow. 1st time. I have read some of the reviews and I am excited. I have tried so many diets. Does anyone know the start up fee. Also, I have to take there Vitamins? I just purchased some Women’s One a Day.

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  • 172
    Chris Parks

    My husband is a completely insulin dependent diabetic. He is 62 years old, has slight heart problems, some kidney creatin issues and 30 lbs overweight. He doesn’t go to his Diabetic doc for another 3-4 weeks. Can you tell me if any other diabetic is on the plan? This is urgently important before he gets on. Please reply soon!
    Chris

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  • 173
    joanne

    I have been trying to find an Ideal Protein Diet consultant in the Northern New Jersey area. Does any one know how I can find one? Thanks

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  • 174
    Linda

    For those having trouble drinking all the water try this: I buy fresh Mint leaves and rinse them off, then I add them to some boiling (drinking) water, I stir them for 15 seconds then cover and SHUT off burner. Leave in pot for as long as possible. After it cools, strain the ‘tea’ and put in a pitcher and refrigerate. I then boil some more drinking water and re add the leaves to make sure I get all the mint flavor out, then again, cool and add to pitcher. When you drink your water, add 1/2 of it with the cool mint flavored water and it taste very refreshing. I even use it as a drink now. Now we started growing our own mint leaves and made my first ‘tea’ from home grown mint today…. VERY good/refreshing.
    It makes it really easy to drink your water daily this way.

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    Steve

    Everyone, why pay to lose weight, just get up and burn more calories that you eat, end of story

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    Julie

    Steve, some people do get up and move and can’t lose weight. Not everyone falls into some generic category. Just because you are overweight doesn’t mean you aren’t trying or haven’t tried to do something about it. In my case I eat decent, and exercise daily and unfortunately found out that I can’t and won’t be able to lose weight without help. It doesn’t mean people are sitting on their ass doing nothing. Found out that I have metabolic syndrome, my liver & kidneys aren’t getting rid of residual from medications and my hormones are out of whack. So, next time don’t tell people to get up and burn more than you eat. It’s NOT the end of the story!

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    Jeffski

    Great point,Steve!
    It’s SO easy to just follow your insightful, sensitive suggestions. I’ve just never even considered your easy-to-follow solution…wow…and it’s just such an obvious fact. Thanks for the uplifting information!! “End of story…”
    Sincerely,
    -jw

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  • 176
    Karen

    I am 53, started at 157 lbs and wanted to lose 15. I ate healthy before this, but wanted to lose these pounds fast for the summer and a wedding. This is my 15th day on the diet and I have been experiencing all the negative reactions and then some! I lost 6 lbs and 6 inches the first week! Even though I felt terrible, and looked even worse (sickly, according to friends) I stuck to it hoping it would get better. My coach told me to go on the alternative plan for the second week, but I was sure I could tough it out and wasn’t interested in slowing my progress. It has gotten progressively worse with each passing day. I have never been hungry, or had cravings, but i have only lost 1 lb. the second week and am incredibly frustrated. My “symptoms” have worsened and the sloshy feeling of too much liquid, upsetting my stomach and making it hard to eat anything, has now become pain, cramping, still can’t tolerate the veggies I once loved, and am losing hair by the handful! My breath is terrible and my mouth constantly feels pastey. I have only been able to have a bowel movement twice in two weeks and only after taking a heavy laxative. gentler methods have yielded no relief! Painful is an understatement. I feel like I have energy while sitting, but when I exert in the least (walking or or even carrying anything) my heart races and I am lightheaded. At my coaches insistance, I added a banana to my breakfast drink on three of the last 7 days and although it has slowed my weight loss to nearly nothing, it did not make me feel any better. The foods have never tasted good to me, and now I just gag at the thought of eating them. I am bored, feel deprived, and sick all day…and my digestive system is not responding correctly to this diet. I may give it another week, because I have invested so much money in this thing, but I don’t believe I am long for this torture. I have followed the protocol exactly to my coaches specification, and am ingesting less in calories, carbs and fat, than I did the first week. The results are depressing at best. This diet has become all consuming, ruining my ability to function normally in my day to day life, and simultaneously making me so self conscious of something I only mildly was conscious of before, my weight loss needs. My body doesn’t like this. I think I need to listen to my body.

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    Anonymous

    I have had the same intestinal issues as you and was hoping to find out what anyone has done regarding them. I’m a little over 3 weeks with a disappointing 7.4# weight loss. I cannot get 4 cups + salad in every day any longer I don’t think. My stomach is also cramping. I keep telling my provider I can’t take all the veggies but I get no options in return. I’ve thought I’ve had the flu all week and realized it was because there is waste in my digestive system I can’t get to move. I was expecting to be a lot further along by now. I agree wth you, I think maybe some bodes don’t like this diet.

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    Anonymous

    My friend here in Seattle had same reaction and she was allergic to the soy they took away all thecsoy products from here and she used only the non soy of IP and she did and does great she us a a size 3-4 and was a size 20

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    Shery

    You probably need loads of potassium. When I had NO energy, 9 (95 mg. tablets) was the answer for me. I repeated this every 20 minutes until I felt better. It takes a lot of potassium which they are probably afraid to prescribe but you get REALLY low on potassium on this diet. Don’t keep taking large amounts after the weakness passes as THAT can cause huge problems! I was crushed when I thought of stopping the diet – but I was so weak I thought it would be necessary. The potassium was the answer for me!

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    Anonymous

    I have been on IP since the end of January. Lost 50 # and over 40 inches. It is amazing after I got past the first week. Your body really adjusts that first week but don’t quit!! My Dr has me use Stevia drink mix that I have only been able to find on the internet or thru them. Fell great! I am looking forward to my total loss of 148#!

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  • 178
    jen

    I’ve been on the IP diet for 18 weeks now. I’m down 64# and 57inches! What a life changing experience. I used to wear size 18-20W pants and just purchased my first size 10. If I can do it anyone can!

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  • 179
    Virginia

    The Ideal Protein “last diet” completely rocks! I have never felt better! Carbs and sugar have been holding me back-but no more! I started IP 03.09.11 – 5’10 – 209 ( wince) sky high cholesterol – 268 -which was basically unresponsive to meds – only a measly 20 point drop after four months of leg pain and vision disturbances. Fast forward one month – down 14.4 lbs – now remain seated – cholesterol 141 – yes that’s right 141 !! Lipids reduced from 275 ( bye bye potato chips) to 85 ! Blood pressure reduced from 130/80 to 114/70!!! My numbers have not been this fantastic since I was born! Yes, IP is pricey, but I need good health more than the mo olah, and I’m getting my monies worth! IP food generally tastes good, the protocol is easy and this is one ride you really don’t want to miss as it’s nothing short of miraculous! Total loss after 5 weeks – 17 pounds ! Yes Yes Yes! I feel fantastic! 37 lbs to go and I’ve no doubt it will. I love this lifestyle change and will not go back to convenience carbs!!

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    Cynthia

    I started IP on March 16th, 2011. To date I’ve lost 33 lbs and 19 1/2 inches. Due to home health needs for my mother I haven’t been able to exercise as I should, but still have managed to lose weight. I’m 58 years old, just retired and see and feel (health issues) the need to be in the best health I can be or be dependant on medication. My blood sugar readings are all below 100 and although my blood pressure was never an issue, those readings are great as well. I see my primary Dr. in July and I’m eager (for once) to take that next blood test for all the numbers. I too have prayed for assistance in this journey. I’ll admit not all the entree’s are palatible, but my coach also says to stick with what you like best. I did not have any of the muscle cramps as some have mentioned. I have had the constipation and so far if I push the water and use a little metamucil or Dulcolax it helps. Not often but on 2 occasions it has helped. This diet is working for me and understand it may not be for everyone. Trust me, I’ve tried them (diets) all.

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    becky

    i have been on the ideal protein diet since the middle of jan i have lost a total of 18 lbs so far, my goal is 30. what i like about this diet is that you have to answer to a dr. at the end of each week which helps keep you honest. This diet has also retrained my way of eating by paying attention to what iam putting in my mouth, my advise to others that are trying this diet stick it out the first 1 to 2 weeks are the hardest but after that your body starts to adjust itself and your energy level comes back and you do get true results with this diet and those are worth more than anything.

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    Intheknow2011

    My doctor was adamant about NOT being the IP diet as it has a great potential for affecting lean muscle tissue, like your heart, liver, kidneys, etc. I have found from my research that few, if any, of the IPD suppliers in Canada are at all educated in nutrition or medicine in any way, shape or form. One must have a balanced diet combined with physical activity on a regular basis as the most healthy manner and way to lose weight and keep it off.

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  • 182
    Anne

    I have been on the IP diet for 15 days and have lost 15 lbs. That included a 4 day vacation in Vegas. It’s a great diet and it works!

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  • 183
    Donna Weeden

    Can you give me the name and address of a chiropractor in gillette wyoming who is doing your program?

    Thank you Donna

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    April Shippy

    Dr. Rita McConnell sells it here in Gillette.

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  • 184
    mona

    i live in virgina falls church where i can find IP DIET center

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  • 185
    Anonymous

    I started IP last Sept. 2010. The first 2 weeks was hard and after that, it got easier. I have lost 41 lbs. & I’m at my target weight of 115 lbs. I invested in my health & glad I did. I’m wearing a size 2 or 4 in pants, size small in tops, have so much energy now, knee pain gone. I feel so much healthier now- I’m a 58 yrs. old female. I’ve tried many diets & IP was the 1st weight loss program I’ve stuck with & saw results. I’m so glad I invested in my own health!

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  • 186
    Will Williams

    Can you replace Sucralose with Stevia? Sucralose gives me migraines. So does aspartame.

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    SMilner

    I don’t get headaches from Sucralose, but I do refuse to use fake sweetener. I’m on the program using only the non-sweetened foods. Not a lot of variety, but do-able. You can’t replace the Sucralose because it is already in the packets.

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  • 187
    Zane in Iowa

    Had several co-workers on this diet and saw the results. Even though the average cost per pound lost is between $45-$55 (based on people’s expenses / pounds lost), I thought I would give it a try. 55 years old, 5’7″ and 230 lbs. At 11 days in I had lost 12+ lbs. Nothing visual yet, but I am sleeping better and hope to stop taking some blood pressure meds later. What I would give to have a cold Pepsi and a big bowl of hot, salty popcorn with butter!

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  • 188
    Karen

    I’ve been on IP for 6 days now. I love their food and have more energy but I have 1 problem…I hate the vegetables! I’ve never been much of a vege eater but eating them plain is difficult for me. I am choking them down! I am eating the salad with Walden Farms dressings but don’t really like the taste of them. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Zane in Iowa

    Green beans are allowed once a week so that is one option. When I cook the meat at night I will also throw some mushrooms in and mix in different spices and pepper. I was told any spice is OK as long as it has no MSG. The paper I was given lsited garlic – and I found out that can be either garlic salt or powder. I was always a garlic fan so it makes veggies a little more tolerable. Oh – any pickles are OK too – lots of varieties to choose from.

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    Ashley

    Karen,
    I am having the same issue. Although, I love the vegis but for some reason am gagging when I eat them. It’s all I can do to get them down. My coach suggested spreading the 4 cups out and nibbling on them through out the day. It’s worth a try! Good luck!

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    Mary

    I pour the broccoli & cheese soup over two cups of broccoli. I think it would taste good with cauliflour too. I use Apple Cider Vinegar in my salads.

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  • 189
    Fern

    Where in Aurora co can the products be found?

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  • 190
    Meg

    Hey,
    I am considering going on this diet,and I feel pretty confident that I would loose weight, but I’m concerned about gaining weight once I get back onto normal foods. Does anyone have any experience with this that could be helpful? Thanks!

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  • 191
    Kate

    How does being in ketosis make you fertile?

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  • 192
    Kim

    Any ways to save or substitute on the food products?

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  • 193
    Kim

    Has anyone found any ways to save $$ on the IP type foods? I found an EAS drink at Walmart that equals the label numbers and a couple of protein bars at stores like GNC. Any other ideas? How about eating Bocca Burgers?

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    PJ

    muscle milk lite is very similar to their premade chocolate drink and you can get 18 for 25 bux versus 5 bux a piece for theirs. ALso, proti makes bars, shakes and snacks which, if not made by the same mfg as IP, are almost identical in their nutritional profiles. I am starting to do this because $4 a pack is ridiculous.

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    Staci

    I am on day 3 and had a hard time believing my eyes on the scale this morning… down almost 5lbs already. I am feeling some definite hunger pangs and cravings, but expect those to subside soon based on my rep’s comments and user comments here. I have a diagnosis of PCOS so this is the perfect protocol for my health complaint. While the plan is spendy, the costs are short term as you only stay on Phase I through 90% of your weight loss goal. If the cost is causing anxiety, consider it as a motivating factor to stay on the diet’s strict regimine! :) Cheers!

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    Sadie

    what does it cost?
    i have high bloo0d presser and COPD also.Can this help me

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  • 196
    Sadie

    I am excited to start this program, I have been on soooo many diets that I have failed on..I have at least 6 friends that have done this diet and have succeded…I will keep everyone posted on to when I start and how I am doing! Would love some more postitive feedback! It keeps me “pumped”!

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    Ellen

    I was not able to keep at this diet more than a week as the drastic shift to the type of vegetables they allowed and other foods as well as the Suralose that is in many of the product gave me a severe case of visits to the bathroom. There is no refund policy so I lost out on all the money I put down.

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    Irene

    Does anybody know a doctor or a clinic in NYC that does ideal protein? i’ve looked on their webiste but all the ones the list turned out not to be focusing on thie diet… anybody has any experience with nyc clinics?

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    Mmmjjs

    What is the best way to deal with the constipation that results from the diet?

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    Patti

    Swiss Kriss from the health food store and such works great for me – I take three tabs at night with a full glass of water. you may want to start with one tab and increase if needed.

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    shannon

    There was no location close to where I lived so I’m doing the Ideal to Go program where you do it online and get your products online. They coach you over the internet through email or chat. So far I have lost 10 lbs in just over 2 weeks. That’s pretty impressive in my book and I did have some cocktails (vodka soda) the first weekend I did it which might have slowed me down. I’m doing my best to not have any cocktail on the weekend since I’ve been so good on the protocol with everything else. A few times I had 2 higher carb IP items in one day by accident since I was at work and they were most portable. I only want to lose another 15 lbs so I assume I will be on phase 1 for another few weeks.

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    T. Nicholson

    My husband and I just started this diet 3 day’s ago. We are NOT cheating and I have already lost 4lbs. My question is this: Do we HAVE to have 2 cups of vegtables with our meals, is that necessary? We are eating their soup and a salad for lunch and supper but I have not made any vegtables. Will my excluding the vegtables effect the diet plan?

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    Ann

    You must have 2 cups of veggies for Lunch and 2 cups for Dinner .It can be part of your salad toppins of 1 cup veg.I buy my veggies fresh and over the weekend I cook them and have them all week

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    karen

    I have been doing this for 6 days and will have my first weigh in tomorrow. Very easy to follow but it is a bit restricted which for me works better. The cost was $100 to start and about $84 a week.

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    debbie cooley

    Was wondering if any Chiropractors in OKC have this program?

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    big T

    Diet going very well… lost 18.2 lbs. the first week and 1,4% body fat !!!

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    patty

    How is this different from The atkins diet? minimal carbs and no fruit.?

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    Thomas

    What about Stevia all natural diet sodas…do they mess up phase 1 protocal?? I used to be addicted to diet coke b/f the diet and like the Steez products but dont seem to “need” them??

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    Joy

    Yes they do, simply due to the fact that Stevia and other artificial sweeteners still cause the pancreas to release and elevate insulin. The whole purpose of Phase 1 is to let your pancreas rest so your body can reset its metabolism. Stevia and other artificial sweetners will also give you the highs and lows feeling throughout the day, I stopped them after the first week on Ideal Protein. The only sweetener I found that was approved by the FDA for a non-insulin release was the brand of Stevia called, Sweet Leaf. I use it very sparingly, as I am training by body and taste buds NOT to require sweets during this treatment phase of Ideal Protein..

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    nancy

    I to am on the Ideal protein diet and i just can’t for the life of me understand people who try to change things all the time. And on this diet that won’t work. I’ve been reading all the comments and alot of them sound like whinning overweight brats that want everything their way. Start a diet and want it to work ? Follow the directions.

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    Thomas

    Great, great diet! I have lost 40 pounds in 53 days:) My one question regards Stevia sweeteners. I found a wonderful soda with zero carbs. totally organic using only Stevia(leaf) as it’s sweetener. Will this hurt my ideal protein diet? I am still in Phase 1 hoping to lose another 15-20 pounds but I just remember last year how addicted I was to diet coke and how I felt it actually made me feel hungry. Any input would be very helpful. FYI, I am drinking a 12 oz can of “Zevia” Natural Cola Diet Soda at this very moment-(btw I still consume between 100 and 150 ounces of water per day if that helps)?

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    Mary

    This message is for Dee. I also got very bored with the food. You may want to try Diet Direct for some alternatives. Their soups were very good and they have a lot of selection of high protein foods. Good luck!

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  • 209
    Berry

    I want to know what sweetner Ideal Protein uses for their sweet flavored products. I avoid aspertame like the poison it is and the same with sacchrin.

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    Lacey

    I use splenda – up to 4 packs a day

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    Kim

    I love IDEAL Sugar – taste as close to real as i have found, can’t stand the bitter after taste of Splenda and the others.

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    Sue

    I am wondering if any alcohol is allowed on this program. I read one comment that said you could have vodka. I do alot of socializing for business that is drinks etc. Any one know?

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    Anonymous

    Alcohol will sabotage your weight loss> Alcohol burns before fat< so you are preventing fat loss which is the goal!

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    Ed

    Not drinking is the hardest part of this diet. You really can’t “cheat” with alcohol. I haven’t given in yet, but a friend of mine who did said it set him back four days because of the insulin issues.

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    anonymous

    I am a 53 yo female, 5’6″ and have gone from 144 to 129 in three weeks. I gave up coffee/alcohol and have unlimited energy. I am stunned by how little I understood the biochemistry of food and its relationship to fat and muscle. Now that I understand it, the rationality of IP is compelling. I feel that the diet is teaching me how to optimally fuel my body, and it makes sense and it works. It has affected me as I cook for my husband and boys and think about how carbs/sugars contribute to fatigue and prevent the burning of fat. Now, rather than counting points to see if I can have a glass of white wine, I know that white wine is full of sugar and I know can’t drink it, but I can fuel with other yummy food and lose weight. Also, I live in the northern US and this has been a long, dark and cold winter — I actually feel that this nutrition plan helps my mental health by insuring that I am giving my body fuel that builds muscles and sustains energy; I actually feel like I am less moody and more positive. I am shocked that it has taken me so many years to understand this and I am convinced that it is going to change my life going forward. Also, it is helping me rethink my exercise regimen. I used to be an all-out exercise person, now I am approaching exercise in a much more moderate way. I am using it for pleasure, relaxation, stretching and enjoyment — rather than viewing it as a way to lose weight. I credit my success, in part, to two friends who started two weeks ahead of me and who experienced amazing weight loss. Their ability to stick with it, and their exciting results, helped to motivate me.

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    Rickie Morrison

    how much caffeine is in Ideal Protein products?

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    Karen

    I am on a restricted fat diet and am allowed only 15grms a day. Of course no cheese, chocolate,low on the red meats,and only no-fat dairy so how does that fit in with the IP diet?

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    Sara

    It fits VERY well with the IP diet, since the IP diet doesn’t allow any of those things either.

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    mary

    I started the diet Friday and I have lost 6lbs in 3 days. I know alot of it is water but I couldn’t be happier. I will say it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. I’m not as hungry and drink more water then I ever have. I have done so many diets but this one seems to be working fast I want to lose 50lbs.

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    Dee

    I started this diet last spring, and by week four, I was tired of salad veggies and IP shakes. However it does work, I only lost 10 lbs. but have managed to keep it off for months. I would try it again if I could find a supplier to ship me the product for a reasonable price. The coaches at the office didn’t do anything for me that I can’t do myself.

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    Zuleika

    I wanna thank u guys im decided to stick with it!!!!!!! i prayed this morning for god to let me know if this was the right one and i prayed the he give me the strength to stick with this…out of nowhere i come across this website that gave the reasurence i needed!! THANKS

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    Lindsey

    Started Ideal Protein on Jan 3rd. I weighed in on Wednesday, and have lost a totalof 24 pounds, and 14 inchs! I am so excited, and I feel so good about it! The first week was really tough, but after that its a breeze. Whatever you do, just don;t give up :)

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    Lori

    I start the Ideal Protein diet tomorow Im looking forward to the weight coming off. 75lbs is the goal, can any body help with what there favorite meats and vegies are and how the cook them?

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  • 219
    Anonymous

    Been on IP for 2 weeks and already down 9 lbs. Super happy with the program. Seeing the weight come off so easily in such a short period of time is very encouraging. Basically, what keeps me on the diet (protocol). I have another 50 lbs to go. The plan is a bit pricey, but really it’s a small price to pay for health and happiness. The meals do get a bit boring, but they are rather tasty. Not gonna lie, I can’t wait to eat real foods again. I’m just gonna be a lot more careful about it this time. I would recommend IP 10x over!

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    Marti

    I’ve lost 44 pounds in 6 months on this diet….hopefully the last diet I’ll ever be on. I feel like a teenager! I had tons of energy after the first week. But, I’ve been having problems with my digestion since coming off the diet….has anyone else experienced problems?

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    Diane

    I started the IP Program July 2010. I lost 50 pounds and 41 1/2 inches in 4 months. I finished the program early November and have been able to maintain my weight through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. I went from size 12-14 to size 4 pants. My tops were large and extra large. I now wear small. My cholestrol levels dropped. I am now in the normal range and don’t require medication. My asthma rarely bothers me.
    I have several friends who are currently on the program. They have been able to reduce and/or eliminate their cholesterol, blood pressure and/or diabetic medications. I/we have expierenced more energy, less pain, less inflamation. The program is easy to follow. I went to an informational session and was not sure. It took me 2 months to decide to go forward with IP. I now wish I had started immediately after learning of the program.
    I now weigh less than I have in years. I feel better too.

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    donna

    Nearly ALL of these comments are positive. Is there a question of objectivity here?

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    Belma

    I just started my IP diet today 1-24-11. I had the pineapple bannana drink it did fill me up see how I do with lunch.

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    AustinGuy

    I started the IP plan at a clinic in Austin, TX in October of 2010. Frankly I was very discouraged about losing weight, and a friend told me about it– he had lost nearly 80 lbs on it at and loved it! He warned me it was rather austere and no cheating was permitted, not cheat days, or cheat meals once/week, which most diets permit. Actually the austerity and rigid parameters were what interested me. I found a clinic here in town and made an appointment. I committed to the program on the spot and lost 11 — yes ELEVEN– lbs the first week! I was sold. I’ve been losing an avg of 3lbs/wk since then. I did take Thanksgiving week “off” and Xmas -New Year’s week “off ” as well, but still managed to lose a little weight (only about a pound). At my last weigh-in (6 days ago) I was down 41 lbs, and only 15 lbs from goal. I haven’t weighed this little since 2001. When I hit goal, I will weigh what I did in college (I’m 44 now).
    I can’t say enough good thigns about this plan

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    Anonymous

    What is it MADE OF?

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    Jamie

    I lose weight really easily and feel great when I am on it. I struggle with the maintenance part of the plan. I go crazy with good carbs once they are allowed. After about 4 mo of being off the diet, I go back on & lose quickly again. (yo-yo)

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    Diane

    I have been on the maintenance program for 2 months. I found some protein products on the internet that are similar to the IP products. They have helped me to maintain. You must read the labels carefully, most products from other sources are loaded with sugar and/or carbs. I have found drinks and soy nuts online. Still trying to find a snack bar that is not loaded with sugar and carbs.
    Hang in there. Try to get more vegetable protein (drinks, soy nuts). The protein helps you feel full. Its only been 2 months on Phase 4 (maintenance) and my weight will fluctuate 3 to 5 pounds during the month. For the most part everyone’s weight fluctuates during the month. Try to limit your carbs. Talk with your IP rep. Not sure how it works where you went, but the office where I went provides free lifetime support. I can go and get weighed, measured and a body composition done anytime I want. The body comp lets you know if you are gaining fat or muscle.

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    Anna

    Hi Diane

    I just wandered what website you found the products similar to the IP products?

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    Julie

    I started on IP in mid Sept and lost 36 lbs by Thanksgiving! I went off of it during the holidays and gained 2 lbs. I still watched what I ate, but enjoyed a few treats and a few glasses of wine. I started back on IP on the 10th of Jan and am back to losing weight again (8 lbs). What I have learned is that getting the daily intake of water is very essential for the success of this diet. Muscles need water to burn fat. Also if you are fatigue increase your water. I discovered I enjoy sipping on hot water so have a pot of water on all day. I also limit how many bars I have in a week. 2 – 3. During the first couple of weeks though I have not had any bars and will slowing incorporate them back into my diet. Less carbs, more fat will burn off. When I initially started I highlighted all the vegies I liked and usually stir fry them in a little olive oil with S&P or Mrs Dash. I might have 1 type of vegie or mix in 3 or 4 so I don’t get bored with the same thing. There are also some recipes too if you Goggles “ideal protein recipes” Too for me I walk 2-3 miles 3-4 times a week even though this diet says you can lose without exercise. I do it for sanity, but it does help with losing a little more weight. Just wished I would have discovered IP 2 yrs ago before my son’s wedding!

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    Wendy

    Thanks sharing here, Julie. Your post really helped me today! I am on day 8 of IP and have been eating a bar for breakfast every day. I lost 7 pounds the first 7 days, but don’t want to slow myself down by eating too many carbs!
    Thanks again!

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    anonymous

    Week 1 down and I lost 10.5 lbs :)

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    stanley

    I love this diet. I have been on it for 3 weeks and lost 26 lbs. Already feel much better, but have a lot more to go. Drink a lot of water and it really helps with hunger. Starting weight 252 today 226

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    AJ

    I’m with Stanley. I started one and a half weeks ago at 252 as well. Now at 140. Failed every other diet. Surviving this one and optimistic I will stay on.

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  • 230
    Edna

    From my experience, I can only say, I love this diet & hate to hear beginners trying to second guess the protocol! I am 72 & like most overweight people, was struggling with Metabolic Syndrome. I also have osteoporosis and degenerative disease in my spine. I’m fortunate to have an excellent Chiropractor who truly understands my needs & the principles of the diet. From some of the concerns expressed here, I wonder about some who seem to be left too much to their own devices. It is the expertise of the consultant we are paying for, and we all deserve full support & guidance. My Doc chose not use the IP supplements, but he did not send me to the drugstore for any old product. He put me on a regime of natural supplements from Standard Process to fit my needs. He prepared me for an average of 1.5 lbs loss/wk. and that is about what I’ve experienced. I believe it is most important for each of us to thoroughly understand what we’re trying to achieve for the rest of our lives. I’ve lost 33lbs in 5 months & am now at 80+% of my goal weight. I’ve just moved into phase 3 for two weeks. For all these months, with very low carbs – no grains, no fruit – my pancreas has had some R&R and the cell resistance to insulin time to readjust. Now I’m adding back the good carbs a little each morning to help get the whole system back on track, and the process will continue in the next phases. That is the key to success! Over the months, I’ve learned to love my raw veggies and look forward to my two cups at lunch and dinner. I enjoy a variety of steamed veges also along with lean meats and fish. I enjoy some of the protein packets better than others, but it’s good to have a nice variety of textures and flavors. It’s best to be creative with the soups – think of them as bases for veges & go sparingly if you are sodium sensitive. I also use only “Real Salt” brand sea salt – with minerals intact and Cold Pressed Olive Oil and herbs on my veges – simple, but delicious. Stevia is the only sweetener my Doc recommends – it takes a little getting used to, but now it works for me. A half-packet of Stevia and a splash of lime juice helps get all those important 64 oz of water down too. In my lifetime, I’ve done all the diets at one time or another – and gained it all back. This time it’s different because I have a great coach that I trust and I know why I’m doing what I’m doing. Have a heart, keep a can-do attitude, don’t whine about things you think you don’t like or things you fear. Just do it! No, it’s not cheap, I’ll grant that, but it has been worth every dime for the huge improvement in my health and quality of life. You can spend it now, or spend it later on heart attacks & diabetes. I choose HEALTH

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    Rita

    Thanks Edna for your positive attitude. I find it very encouraging.

    I started the IP diet on January 14th, and have lost 12 pds. Still have a few more weeks to go, but feel great in my clothes already. Looking forward to reaching my goal.

    I find it important to having a positive attitude in everything you do, especially when trying to better yourself. There are always people that try to burst your bubble, but I really like how you put it: “Have a heart, keep a can-do attitude, don’t whine about things you think you don’t like or things you fear. Just do it!” I love it!!

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    Deb

    Edna, great review! So full of truth. Thank you!!

    My Statistics: 58 yr old, 5’9″, Weight 159. Goal to lose 20 pounds. Began IP on 1/29/13. I follow the plan to the ‘letter’ and do not deivate. I’m on day 13 into IP and have lost 9 lbs. and only 2″. (But I’ve been doing weight training 3-4x/week for 4 years so I was already firm)
    I listed these stats for those to see and have encouragement.

    In addition, my husband began the same time as I. His stats: 66 yr. old, 6’3″, beginning weight 263. He is now 241 (22 lb. loss)- his goal is 40.

    Neither one of us has exercised on the diet. This has been the hardest thing for me on this diet…not lifting the weights but I understand that the body will pull from muscle and build resistant stores of energy if it occurs.

    This was all reviewed by the coach, so nothing was a surprise. I did however, surmise by day 4 that my weight loss improved with lowering the carb level. IP says stay within 25-40g/daily. I am always between 25-30 and I choose the IP products with that intent in mind.

    I found this diet very easy to follow, never hungry and love my evening snack…my favorite is the Pina Colada drink :) .
    If you want it badly enough, you can do it! Good luck to all, never surrender! :)

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    Evelyn C

    Just started on the diet today, seems to be going okay drinking all the water makes me feel bloated at times.But I am determined to lose the weight. Can some one give me some advice a lot of the vegies I don’t eat and I know I need to stick to the diet. any suggestions/comments.

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    Edna

    Hi Kim, Good luck with your diet. Stick with it & you won’t be sorry. Your food likes and dislikes will change as your body readjusts. Keep a positive attitude and you’ll be surprised at the veges you will enjoy. These are the main veges that I have learned to enjoy, even anticipate each day:Raw – I love cauliflower, baby spinach, onion, cucumber, purple cabbage, all cut in thin slices, a little tomato. Add sliced precooked chicken breast, ham, or 2, boiled eggs. (You can make a great tuna salad to mix with your veges using 4oz can of tuna, onion, celery, dill relish & 1 boiled egg.) Sprinkle your veges with an herb mixture, a little lemon juice, Real Salt brand sea salt, and olive oil. Enjoy! For veges that must be cooked, try lightly cooking in a little fat free chicken stock & your seasonings. I love fresh asparagus cut in chunks, bell pepper, fresh broccoli, & fresh green beans. Avoid the pre-packed veges. Look for the freshest and least processed veges you can find. Hope this helps.

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    Kim Cambron

    Can you email me a sample menu of a day on this ideal protein, I just can’t understand what I will be eating and what supplements I will be taking. I have talked with my chiroprator about this several times but I just don’t understand it all and it makes me leary to buy what I need not knowing.

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    MBW

    Took me 5 months to reach my goal and I have kept wieght off even thru holidays.
    My problem is, I am loosing more hair than normal. Anyone else have this problem?

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    Michelle Broussard

    Yes, I’m having the same problem. My hair dresser says it because our bodies are changing and this is another way of shedding the old for the new LOL. I’ve been at a stand still for the last couple of weeks. Started the program four months ago and now i’m only loosing 1 to 1 1/2 lbs per week. Did you ever encounter this problem. Just wondering :) . I guess I should be juming up and down though. I’ve lost 38lbs and 58 inches.

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    sue-zanne

    you just have to take 1-2 teaspoon of olive oil every day in your salad

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    Ellen C

    Just got back from the informational meetings. I Have an Appointment This Sat and Starting the Diet with my husband MONDAY! Can NOT Wait!! Starting Weight 240!

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    teresa

    Oh my gosh Carol…me too!! Just starting my 5th day and I’m in so much misery. Very nauseous, super fatigued, even my breath is tasting terrible (probably smelling the same way)! If this doesn’t get better, I don’t think this is the diet for me.

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    KatyScarbs

    I started this diet one week ago yesterday, went to my first check up appointment this afternoon and i have lost 9 POUNDS!!!!! I am so excited! Im getting married on May 14, and want to loose 40 before then! I think this may be my savior!! Some of the food is not that great, but the only way to find out is to pick and choose and find what is good to me!! I am loving this diet, and am so proud of my results so far!!

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    izzy

    I have a comment about the supplements and a question. My rep told me I could use my own vitamins if I wanted to as long as the dosage is the same.

    Which leads me to my question — why so much potassium? My pharmacist said that was kind of dangerous and messes with your electrolytes/heart. I just started and I’m really super anxious about this part of the plan. Can I do the diet and skip the supplements and just take my own multi and my own cal-mag?

    anyone have any adverse effects from these things? I am so sensitive to medicine, inc. vitamins.

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    Maryann

    your rep told you wrong. you must take the IP supplements as they are replacing what is being taken out of your diet. It’s not that much potassium, it’s to help the muscles as they are working hard to burn your fat, you may cramp up without them. ask your rep to share the sheet on the supplements from the company. your pharmacist doesn’t know that you are on no fruit so he might think its too much.

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    Diane

    I initially used the IP supplements. I searched and found supplements with the same ingredients. I have used drug store supplements starting while still in Phase 1. I lost 50 pounds and 41 1/2 inches in four months. I have been off the program for over 2 months. In the 6 months since I started the program, I have used my drug store supplements for 4 of them. Just make sure you compare the labels to ensure you are getting the same nutritional ingredients. My rep did not want me to use non-IP products, but they worked for me at a fraction of the cost.

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    Missy

    What are the names of those vitamins you are taking instead of the IP brands?

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    carol

    I started this program one week ago. I was so pumped and am now so discouraged. The smell of most of the supplements make me sick to my stomach. There must be an appetite supressent in the supplements because I have to force myself to eat. I have an awful taste in my mouth all the time and am so tired I can hardly go. I dont want to give up; however, cannot go on like this. Does anyone have any suggestions. I go back tomorrow nite for my follow-up. I read so many positives things, I was sure this was going to be my last diet. Thanks for any suggestions anyone can share.

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    Lisa

    Carol, I use a straw to drink my drinks because like you I don’t particularly like the smell either. The appetite suppressent is the protein product, it satisfies your hunger. Be sure and drink your water and brush your teeth after each meal if possible. Don’t give up, you can do this, and you will appreciate the results. Are you taking the vitamin and mineral supplements? I want to encourage you to talk frankly with your coach, that’s what there for.

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    Maryann

    if you take your supplements with food this may help. these are basic supplements to replace the food that is taken out during fat burn phase. you are not hungry because when you burn fat your BODY suppresses your hunger. The awful taste will go away as your body adjusts to burning fat as fuel. It’s normal and will not last too much longer, just know you are burning fat, hurray!

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    teresa

    Oh my gosh Carol….I feel the same way! I’m starting my 5th day and I feel terrible! I’m very nauseous,super fatigued,and have a horrible taste in my mouth. If this doesn’t change soon, I don’t know if this the diet for me!

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    anonymous

    I feel the exact same. I’m om my 6th day. Was so excited to start it, but I dread the nasty drinks and veggies even more. All I like so far are chocolte drink, peach mango, and raspberry jelly (its better if drank when hot). I can’t even eat salad anymore, it gags me. I just want a piece of fruit or toast so bad. Not quite sure if I should stay on or not…

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    linda

    The bad taste could be your body in ketosis. Keep it up.

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    Edna

    Carol, I wonder if your consultant has properly prepared you for the difficulties of the first few days. They should have and you need to ask about it. Please do not give up, there is a reason you feel bad and a remedy for it. When I first started, I experienced all of this, but I was prepared and knew it wouldn’t last long

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    Lynette

    I’m finishing up my 4th week of this diet. I too was excited about it, had many friends be very successful on it but I went into it very skeptical about the extreme restrictions of it. I still feel that same way, have lost 10 lbs in 4 weeks but it wasn’t easy for me. I want to lose a total of 18. I feel hungry alot even after all the water. Their foods are marginal in taste, so far the drinks and chili is the best for me but you have to restrict the chili to once a day and can’t have it until after the first 2 weeks. I couldn’t even gag down the cream of chicken soup after acouple times eating it! I still get hungry and have cheated a bit to keep my sanity and not totally blow it. Very expensive diet. I feel like the minute you start eating any carbs and sugar again that weight is going to come back pretty easy. Definitly has to be a big lifestyle change as far as eating to make this and any diet successful. That’s the hardest part of any diet, maintaining the weight loss :(

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    Goddess

    Does anyone know of a distributor in Washington (the state)?

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    Maryann

    If you go on the main web page you can input your zip code and a clinic should pop up in your area

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    Goddess

    Anybody know of a clinic in Washington (the state) that will ship product?

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    Jamie

    Renew Spa in Normandy Park, Wa.

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    Racquel

    Country Clinic, close to Mt. Vernon. Their info is at countryclinic.com. You’ll want to talk to Dr. Nathan or Amy Martin.
    Good luck.

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    Shi

    I’ve been on the diet for 5 days and have lost 5lbs. My cravings have decreased since day 3. If salad gets boring then add some Mrs.Dash. I’ve been putting Mrs. Dash on pretty much everything!

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    Lana

    I am planning on starting the program in the next. I often times socialize with friends a couple of times a week and was wondering what the effects of drinking lite beer will have on the diet. Is there a kind of beer I can drink that will not hinder the weight loss program?

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    Jamie

    I have been told it is better to drink vodka, gin, or clear rum instead of beer or wine. I t has zero carbs and low calories. Use the Pina Colda protein drink and throw a shot of rum in and you can kill 2 birds with one stone

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    memyselfandi

    Have any of you experienced fatique, or thyroid problems after doing the diet?

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    Carol Russell

    This is my 5th day. I am exhausted. From reading all the positive comments, I am confident it is going to get better.

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    Catherine

    If you are taking synthroid, you cannot have any of their protein supplememts within 4 hours of taking the pill because they all contain calcium and/or iron. I ate an egg with spinach and mushrooms in AM and then had my protin supplement with other meals and cut my dinner meat/fish quantitu in half

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    Julie

    So, if I take my synthroid at 5:30 a.m., I should not have a packet or drink until 9:30 a.m.?

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    Anonymous

    I take my Synthroid at night to avoid any conflict

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    Nik

    I used Ideal Protein for about 6 or so months and lost 85+ lbs! Awesome product.

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    Tom

    Been on the diet for 6 weeks and have lost 35 lbs and 20 inches!!!! I have tries everything, this is the real deal!

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    Katelyn

    I have been doing the diet three weeks and i have lost 16 lbs… I am hoping to lose 4 this week for a nice even 20 in 4 weeks.. I am not gonna lie its very restrictive but my weight loss has been worth it

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    Therese

    Ok – I just turned 40 and it seems like my metabolism just SHUT DOWN! I know that’s not what happened but I have NEVER had to watch what I eat until now! I have always had a pretty bad diet, mostly sugars and carbs and never seemed to gain weight been the same size since high school – until now!! An Ideal Weight Loss facility just opened up by my house and I am really interested in it and am really thinking about trying it…. Seems pricey though – is it worth it?? Do the professionals there really guide you in what to eat and not to eat?? I need GUIDANCE or I will fail!! Any thoughts???

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    Vicky

    If you are mentally prepared I’d say give this diet a try. I have a coach that works with me weekly and helps answer any questions or concerns that I may have. Sometimes a “diet buddy” is helpful as well. Perhaps they can hook you up with someone already on the diet who can encourage you along your way. I’ve lost 5 lbs in 5 days! I’m excited! My hunger pains and cravings are gone. The diet can and will bcome very mundane but the end results will be worth it. GOOD LUCK!

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    dpr

    Have been on IP for 4 months. I have been taken off my bp meds, am not really very hungry, the IP food tastes good and is quick & easy and so far I am down 45lbs. Couldn’t be happier!

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    joe silverstein

    Where are the closest offices to zip code 33919in Fort Meyers Fl. to obtain food packs for Ideal Protein diet plans

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    Diane Baker

    I have watched my chiropractor’s office test this product for the past 8 weeks – about 10 gals and one guy – no one has lost less than 30 lbs! It’s amazing. I hardly recognize some of them. I’m think I’m ready when they begin the big kick-off in January – have 90 lbs and 3 bp meds to get rid of.

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    Darlene

    I have fobromyalgia. I have trouble with carbohydrate intolerance. Does anyone have fibromyalgia and have experienced relief from the diet?

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    Kristi

    I have just started IP. Today is the beginning of week 2. I have fibromyalgia. I have already noticed my body hasn’t been as achy nor as frequent as usual. I think this may be due to all the junk and caffeine being cut out. To those that say it’s too expensive. The start up cost put me in sticker shock, but I considered the cost of me going to the doc, meeting my deductible, labs, tests and so forth. As far as weekly food, it’s no more than what I paid in frozen entrees, mochas, sodas, drive thru and so forth. I lost 7.2 lbs in my first week. Yes I was hungry, but not starving. And no hypoglycemic episodes.

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    Raymond

    Start Up Cost was $100 total for my wife and I plus food (21 Meal Packets x 2 Pers x $4=$168) + Supplements. Round it up to $800 a Month. Now look at your bank statements for the last 6 months and add up each dinner out, McDonals etc Drive through, Starbucks coffee etc. I found we were close to $650 on average so an extra $150 to lose the weight for both of us and head into retirement healthy and able to do things can’t be measured. As an individual yo need to decide what’s more important to you. Hands down the best life changing plan out there.

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    Lolita

    I have been on IP for 4 months. I have lost 55 pounds, 56 inches and just started into phase 2. The best advice is to do exactly what your instructor tells you. On the weeks I skipped something like water or veggies or lettuce, I didnt loose or only lost a pound. On the weeks I followed it exactly, I lost 3 or 4 pounds.

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    smm34

    45 pounds lost and still losing even though I phased off program because goal was met.

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    Maryann

    you shouldn’t be losing any more weight! make sure you are getting you protein in, 60-80grams a day, you maybe losing muscle not fat, so please check it out!

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    Linda

    To all who are struggling with hunger pains and cravings. Its the water, are you getting all the water in in a day? Remember you need to drink half your weight in water. If you weight 200 pounds then you drink 100 ounces of water a day. It makes all the difference in the world. I have lost 80 pounds in 6mos. Hang in there, and enjoy the water.

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    arlow

    I have been doing it four weeks and lost 20 lbs. The diet is restrictive and pretty expensive but the weight that i have lost is sooo worth it to me.

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    Kelly

    I have been on Ideal Protein for 12 days now. I have lost 6.5 pounds and about 9 inches. My weigh in last week was discouraging as I only lost 2.4 pounds…probably due to having my period. I am sticking to this…I don’t like alot of the foods. The drinks, puddings, and bars seem to work best for me. I am going to try and make some soup as I’m tiring of lettuce! Grilling the veggies, is also a great idea!

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    katie

    I have been on IP for 2 weeks and have lost 6 lbs and have been very happy with the food,
    No cheating and you will lose the amount you deciede to. Best part is I am not hungary llike I used to be and that is the best part of it. I have more energy too.
    Good luck to all.

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    darcee

    Contact Seaside Chiropractic in San Juan Capistrano. I’m under care there for physical therapy, but they do offer the Ideal Protien protocol, (don’t know if you have to be a patient or can just be a walk-in for IP) I’m doing great and find the plan easy to stay on, and have lost 14 lbs. in 5 weeks (down 2 sizes)
    (Thanksgiving dinner made me lose a whole week with only .6# for this past week) zHope this helps…they are ggreat at Seaside Chiro.

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    ugh!

    I started the IP diet 2 wks ago. I have to say it is the HARDEST diet to stick to, at least for me it is. For all you wondering how much … you typically go through 3-4 boxes (each box contains 7 pouches of food) per wk, each box for me is 27.00. I’m tired of eating broccoli, coliflower, mushrooms and lettuce. I’ve tried eating “allowed” veggies but I’m tired of the restriction. I’m extremely disappointed in my “progress”. I was told “most” ppl lose 5-7lbs/wk. I’m hungry, grouchy, bored and ONLY lost 1 lb per wk. I’ve sat and watched my bf eat pizza while munching on lettuce. I don’t know why this diet isn’t working on me. I had much better luck on the south beach diet. I think I’m just gonna go back on the south beach diet.

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    Anonymous

    I’m on day three and if feels like week three. Headaches, leg muscle spasms, hungry ALL the time, no energy, irritable. I did better on the Fat Belly Diet.

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    Kathy

    I started IP 6 days ago. I agree — very hard to stick with. All the food tastes like sucralose which I hate. I’m thinking I could eat 4-5 foil envelopes of ANYTHING ;) and mixed with the salads, of course I would lose weight!!! Anyone else have tingling hands???

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    Sandie

    I have been on every diet program under the sun and have failed!!! The ideal protein diet has been a life saver. I have never been able to stick to a diet for this long and lose as much as I have!! I have lost 65 pounds (since July 12, 2010) to date am off of a lot of medications!! The first 3 days were a little difficult, after that it has been a breeze.The food tastes great!(You have to find what you like!I have lost the weight where it needs to come off!!! If you are not losing weight then either you have some other medical condition or you are not sticking to the protocol!!! I highly reccommend the Ideal Protein Plan!!

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    Claudia

    How do I get information about this diet and the products?
    You sound like a good person to ask. TY

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    Sparty

    Sandie, I couldn’t agree more with you. I started the IP on Dec 21 2010 right before Christmas I know but I am glad I did why because I lost almost 10 pounds during that week. I am very proud of myself. I go in and see the inches and scale going down each week. It is very difficult to stick with at First. But it is worth it. The food is great. It’s better than counting points everyday which is a pain because I did that before I got married. This life style change is a great one! Yeah it might be expensive but so is having to pay for pills or expensive procedures even when you have insurance. I believe this program is working for me in my opinion. My body likes the progress that its getting and I have a really great Coach who I can call any time I need suggestions or help! I might recommand that you should try Bak Choy with Sauteed Mushrooms! I had that last night and it was Yummy! Best of luck!

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    KC

    Sandy,
    Did you have any hair loss? I started 3/10 and lost alot of hair. After the beginning of 1/12 I restarted again. I have experience hair loss severely again. Any one else?

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    Tammi

    I’m starting the diet tomorrow 2/17 and if I lose hair that scares me! But I was losing hair a few months ago so I went and got a blood test done. Turns out my thyroid was low, I had low progesterone and testosterone. He put me on hormone replacement therapy and since then my hairdresser says she’s seeing growth.

    K

    I agree. I am hungry, and no I am not cheating, not even close. Other medical conditions are ruled out also. My ‘advisors’ are nice, but nice doesn’t help me lose weight. The only reaassurance they can give me is of other people’s success, which inadvertantly makes me feel hopeless. I’m having trouble feeling good about a diet without exercise when I am hardly losing any weight. It is always on the back of my mind that I could be eating better foods, and exercising and would lose 10X more weight than this expensive ass diet.

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    kathy coffey

    Ugh! i am praying for you! You can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens you. And try not to get tired of doing what is right, because in due time you will receive a harvest of blessing if you do not give up. I pray your bf will be more supportive and not eat bad food in front of you. I pray you will draw your strength from the Lord. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen

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    Carol

    Have lost 103 pounds in 40 weeks on Ideal Protein program. Off BP med, cholesterol med, 3 Rx allergy meds, hot flash pills and knee pain pills. What a life-saver! Cannot say enough good about it! The clinic I go to includes the vitamin supplements in the weekly cost – $120/week plus $35 in groceries. Saving $60/month at the pharmacy helps! This clinic also gives incentives for referrals, every penny helps!

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    Kathy

    Wow. That is great.

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    Vicky

    WOW – I’m impressed Carol! Keep it up! I’m excited to hear that it has helped your hot flashes. I started the diet 12/30/10 and am anxiously awaiting the decrease of hot flashes and night sweats!

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    alan

    where is your clinic located. I paid $255 first week, now $108 2nd week. Vitamins will be coming up again soon.

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    donna

    I paid over $300 to get started – it was a prepared kit – I get to try everything then buy what I like. My weekly is $84. Buy your vitamins at the drug store.

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    Anonymous

    You are required to use Ideal Protein vitamins or you could be cut out of the program. The IP vitamins are titrated to the diet and are required. You sign a statement that you will take IP vitamins or you could risk not losing desired weight which costs you more than saving a little on store vitamins. It is for your protection.

    karina

    Were do you live I live Louisiana need to know were to go for cheaper price than the one I called it was 300.00 to start and 100 a week can anyone help me out

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    Brenda

    I am a very picky eater, hate exercise but went on this diet and have never felt better. I would recommend to anyone and everyone. I have been on maintenance for 2 weeks and I’m not having any problems yet keeping off my 40 pound weight loss.

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    Vicky

    Brenda – I’m curious as to what you’ve eaten during your 2 weeks of maintenance and how you made it through the holidays?

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    lynn

    i have been on ideal protein and have lost 42 lbs and i love it and it works

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    ChasM

    I am a 46 year old male. I have been doing IP for 36 days. I am down 24 pounds with no excersize! i just started excersizing again this week. My energy level is the best it has been in years. Sleeping is better and I feel great. the first 2 days I had a slight headache and some food cravings. Once day 3 hit, the cravings subsided. This is not the cheapest diet out there it has truly been a minor miracle for me. Oh and the food honestly taste great. I loved everything except maybe 1 item. My only issue is that they could use more variety of products. Also the restricted bars(you’ll about that when you go for the consult) are so good that I often have more than the 1 per day I am allowed. That has been my only “cheating” on the diet.(they call it a “protocol”). If you can afford it, you must try it. Lastly, my blood pressure and choleteral is much much better than it has been since I can remember. good luck!

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    Henry Helgeson

    I am a diabetic on insulan and have been told that the soy protein is hard on my liver and should’nt take. I do the salads with my wife and am enjoying it.

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    Glenn Lukas

    What are the drug interactions. I am a heart patient and take quite a load of drugs. I know that I can lose some of these drugs due to this diet but at what cost. My biggest worry is coumadin.

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    michelle

    My dad is starting the diet on Monday and he is on coumadin. After being on the diet for 7 days they will check his blood and alter it if needed. His doctor approved of the diet. :)

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    M

    *sigh* Don’t ask the internet, ask your doctor and make sure he monitors you regularly.

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    Kim

    I cut out sugar 6 days before starting Ideal program. Been on Ideal for 3 days and it is ok. I feel full when I eat the stuff, but 30 mins later I’m ready to eat again. I can’t stop dreaming of cookies, reece cups and it is killing me. I think of food all the time. Does that ever go away?

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    Carol

    Honestly, you never get over some of the cravings. When they start, stick some celery in your mouth and crunch away. Walk away. However, if the cravings persist, it’s better to have a bite or two (no more) to get the taste, but you need to walk away. Will this slow your weight loss? Yes, but it’s better than eating the whole bag or package. I think of food alot, too. If you’re hungry, eat the good stuff. Good luck.

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    Vicky

    My protocol person told me that even a taste of something sweet will put your body out of the ketosis state that you work so hard to get into. So – as hard as it is – put nothing in your mouth that is not allowed. Just remember – it’s not a forever thing. And rewards yourself with something for your success. Pedicure, manicure, a good book!

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    dee

    i agree the doctor specifically said nothing with sugar because it will throw off your ketosis process and your body will shut down. be firm whenever i crave something i just think about the 100 dollars i just spent. good luck

    Anonymous

    Kim I think of food all the time too especially when I am cooking for someone but I told God he was going to have to help me cause this is the last diet I ever want to be on and in 2 weeks I have lost 13.6 lbs. Stick with it but I am with everyone else in that the price is a little steep but I won’t quit.

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    Mary

    I’m in my 2 1/2 weeks and I feel so bad, Sunday I was baking pumpkin cake and I couldn’t resist a slice, I feel like I gained the 12 lb I lost right back – I feel so bad I wasn’t even hungry it was just the smell that I couldn’t resist :( I really like the program the meals are tasty – hopefully I can recover – good luck to all of you!

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    Veronica

    Its okay if you have a slice of pumpkin cake one in a while! Don’t feel bad! Just keep going!

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    Hope

    I have to disagree with “it’s okay to have a slice of pumkin cake once in a while”. While you are on the diet that piece of cake basically just cost you a whole weeks worth of weight lose and the $80-$100 worth of product for the week. I went on the diet to encourage my husband to change his eating habits. He lost 40lbs and I lost 20lbs. We are both in a healthy weight range. This was a year ago. Stick to the protocol and change how you view food and this is a great life changer. We plan to do a quick “reset” after the first of the year. Not because we gained it all back (only a couple of pounds apiece-cruises are deadly), but because we want to stay on track. Best of luck everyone, this does work if you are serious about wanting a change!

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    Phyllis Frank

    We live in South Orang County, CA
    Who can we contact to go on this diet program?

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    Peg

    In Orange County, CA, try Dr. Denis Durbin on Main Street by the O.C. Airport. He’s awesome – my husband and I both went on IP with Durbin and are thrilled with the results. Good luck!

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    Samantha

    The Ideal Protein weight loss method is really tremendous. 6 people in my family have succeeded with a total of 148 pounds lost. Mom is still on and she’s down almost 40 in 10 weeks. Weight Loss Doc is our health savior! (800) 697-1686. I recommend this diet to almost everyone, from teens to the elderly, men & women. I hope you do.

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    Brett

    I am a 52 year old male and was 217 lbs. and 5’9″. I am still 5’9′ and weigh 160 lbs (-57 lbs) after 10 weeks on this program. I am on the “maintenance schedule” now and have stayed the same weight as when I finished the program 5 weeks ago. A little pricey but what is your health worth to you? I lift weights 4x a week and now enjoy it where before I couldn’t stand it. I feel great have better clarity of thinking and recommend this to anyone who has the discipline to see what they can feel and look like in a relatively short period of time. God bless you.

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    Randy

    I have lost 46 pounds since the 3rd week in July, 2011. Even though I’ve not been able to strictly follow the program due to external life factors, I’m pleased with the result in 3 month’s time.

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    LeAnn

    started Ideal Protein the end of Sept. Lost 22 pounds by fourth week.went in for my fifth weigh in and lost .4 i was sick that week with strep throat and my coach told me that can happen when your body is try to fight off an infection has anyone else been sick and not lost weight. love the program!!! i want to lose 40 pounds so i have about 18 more to go hopefully this weeks weigh in is better!!

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    rita

    I just started this diet. I have to say, I have felt full (no hunger pains). I can taste the artificial sweetener, which does bother me a bit.
    The first 2 days I had a MAJOR headache! I’m contributing it to a lack of sugar (no carbs). The pain was God-awful! The diet tells you that you might experience a bad headache if you were use to eating a lot of grains or sugar and to relieve the pain, it tells you to drink salt water (they provide the sea salt). I tried it, it did take the edge off a bit but I gave in and took 3 aleve pills. The other problem I have is that I’m use to “picking” at night while I’m watching tv and this diet stresses no eating after 8pm. I haven’t gotten to the phase where I am allowed to “snack” on one of their products. It does take some getting use to. I am having one wicked craving for pizza though …. :-(

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    Melanie

    Hot Tea is my salvation. I enjoy a mug or two in the evening. The chai tea is wonderful. I just recently bought Vanilla Almond – truely…tasty and I feel satsified in the evenings.

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    Anonymous

    Headaches are caused by a fluid shift in the cells of your body.drink water with some of your sea salt.

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    Vicky

    Headaches can also be caused from caffeine withdrawals if a person is used to drinking alot of coffee or pop.

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    Tammy

    The artificial sweetners can also trigger migraines.

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    Tiffany

    Rita, how are you doing now. I am going to a meeting on tomorrow.

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    nolagirl

    I started on IP a few months ago. Lost 10 pds the first 4 days…wow great results. But its pricy! That’s my only complaint.

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    holly

    today is day 6 for me. I really love the diet so far. Ive liked the drinks, the yogurt, the eggs and the chocolate drink is my night time craving savior. IM OFF COFFEE with no headaches. I was a morning -afternoon coffee drinker unable to kick the habbit. I havnt had it all week. Goal 30 lbs, lower blood surgar, kick start to living healthier life

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    Jim Johnson

    I am a 52 year old mad, 6′, (was 282 lbs), I was on Ideal Protein for a strict 8 weeks and lost just over 50 lbs. Got off the diet for a couple of weeks an back on now but not using their product anymore. I us Muscle Milk (powedered 80% concentrate & 20% Isolate)in the morning, and a 3 oz. protein shot by Body Choice in the afternoon. I am still following the meal plan, and I am losing weight at the same rate as before, But in now only cost me $2.00 a day. Take a look at Costco for these products if price is an issue, Ideal protein cost me $12.00 per day. Good luck to everyone, I feel great!

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    Wendy Johnson

    Hi, Jim….

    I’d like to do the diet but it’s much too expensive for my budget. Muscle Milk, huh? Do you know if the meal plan is published anywhere on their site? Never heard of Body Choice but will google it.
    Thanks.

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    Wendy Johnson

    Jim, Thank you for this information. I am interested in trying the diet plan but the foods are just not within my current budget.

    I like Muscle Milk….didn’t know there was a powdered version. Do you use just water or milk to mix? I will check out the Body Choice on their website. Sam’s Club doesn’t sell this. Which flavor would you recommend? I think it comes in orange, grape, and fruit punch. Thanks, again!

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    Sandy

    So you think the same quantities would be good for a female? Also is the muscle milk alone your breakfast?

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    kristy

    i used the jillian micheals protein shake at wal-mart it is all-natural and only $10 a can.

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    Tami

    I read your testimonial and would really appreciate any information about the products you used in lieu of the ideal protein products. I went for an informational and can not afford the program. I have over a 100 pounds to lose and would be able to afford $2.oo per day. Thank you for any information I was not able to get any information from the program presenter without joining for 300.oo.

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    Vicky

    I would imagine you could use another product on your own but be extrememly careful as to the amount of carbs in the diet. The idea behind this diet is a strict limit on carbs digested daily. I think the drinks are 1-2 grams of carbs and those carbs comes from sucralose (sp?) 2 cups of fresh veggies plus unlimited lettuce 2x per day. Good luck!

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    Linda Z

    Tami – I’m about to try Ideal protein – it is similar to Lean for Life initated by a clinic, popular about 10-15 years ago, same concept, high protein, low carb, have to stay in ketosis, only plan that everworked for me. you can shop your own foods, but are permitted to have only 50 carbs a day. I lost 28 lbs first 6 weeks on that plan, but like idela protein you have to do the maintenace phase to keep it off. Just have to purchase the book by Cynthia Graff and may be more affordable for you. Good luck!

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    Renee

    My Doctor said no more than 30 carbs a day but I am trying to stay around 15.

    Marie

    Where can you purchase the Body choice shots?

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    Anonymous

    What is the reccommended amount of protien per day? Amount of carbs to do this program?

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    sandi

    Hi, I have been seriously thinking of starting the IP diet plan. Trouble is….it’s really out of my price range. I read your comment about the Muscle Milk. Willing to give that a try. Do you also still take the IP supplement? I see they are quite $$ too. Thanks!!

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    stephanie

    My consultant asked if I was already taking a multi., I said yes, so I did not have to purchase IP brand. a friend gave me her potassium/cal- when I run out I will buy store brand with same mg’s. I don’t believe there’s anything special about the IP brand other than over priced.

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    Anonymous

    fill me in totally on the whole meal plan Morning, lunch dinner and snack.

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    Anna

    What website are you talking about when you speak of this muscle milk and body choice? I am currently on the Ideal Protein but it’s getting expensive so if you are seeing the same results and found a substitute like these products I would like to know about it…I live in Canada

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    Linda

    I am also in Canada. Did you find out anything about the muscle milk and body choice?

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    Anna

    I’m interested in finding out how this Muscle Milk and Body Shot still make you lose the same amount of weight as the Ideal Protein diet? I am getting bored of the food very quickly after only being on it for 3 1/2 weeks…any help would be great

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    robyn

    was just curious to know if you have received any information regarding the muscle mile and body shots?

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    Renee

    If you go to the ideal protein website, they have all sorts of recipts that follow the program. Different ways to fix your veggies than just salad. like making potatochips out of turnups or zuchinni seasoned and baked in the oven.

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    Cheryl

    How much weight have you lost. I just started the diet a week ago,lost 8. Long term this could get really expensive.

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    julie

    Hi I read your post when I was looking up info about the Ideal protein diet. did your system of the muscle milk and Body Choice? I would love to know..I am worried about the cost of the program

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    phyllis lang

    Hey I started diet at the tune of $220.00 with one wk supply of food. Got really sick. Found out I am allergic to why isolate. Had to quit after 5 days. NO REFUND WAS GIVEN. Didn’t know I had this problem. I was riped off big time. Am taking action

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    Erma

    Question: If I started on this diet, could I only use the drinks for 2 meals, and the meat and salad for the third meal and accomplish the same thing?

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    Joanna

    I do a drink for breakfast, one of their meals for lunch, my own dinner then add extra water to the puddings so that they are also a drink.

    From my understanding, you can eat any of their foods for any of the meals so you should be able to do 2 meals of drinks.

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    Patricia

    I’ve been on the IP diet for 10 weeks and have a loss of 30 pds and find it very easy to follow and the products taste good and enough variety for me not to get bored. Also great that you are incorporating reg.food so that you learn to make better choices and always find something I can eat when dining out. I luv the way my body is taken SHAPE!

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    Marcella

    First 8 weeks lost 40 lbs. Never hungry, always feel great!! Been on everything & found this to be the easiest!!
    Now @ 12 week & still losing & just starting with exercise!!

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    Ksligar

    I am a 37 y/o male and I have lost 55 lbs in 6 weeks. I pay $88/wk in ideal protein and another $30 or so on meat and veggies. The diet was extremely tough the first 3 weeks, much much easier now. This diet has changed my life and I reccomend it to anyone. Just keep the willpower to stay on it and you will see amazing results!

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    ariel

    Hi Ksigar
    Well congratulations Keep it up I`m glad that`s is working for you

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    Kim

    What State are you in? I can’t seem to find it for as low as $88. Thanks

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    Kim

    I pay $88 and live in Southern Missouri

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    Amy

    I live in Washington State and it’s $84.00 per week here. I am starting this program on Wed. and I am very excited

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    Cindy`

    What clinic are you going to in Washington State?

    linda

    Do you have to use their foods? I am pretty knowledgable on protein vs. carbs. I would rather use my own food and save the money.

    Dean

    Amy, I live near Seattle, who is your doctor and where is his office, please.

    Susan

    Bothell Chiropractic is where I go. I have lost 15 lbs in 5 weeks and have 5 lbs to go. My body looks REALLY good. I am 62 and look and feel really good, although I am hungry all the time. I have decided to stick it out.

    Karen

    So Susan, howdid you find a doc. that dose this diet. I livein Spokand Wa. I would like to start this diet soon So pleaseget back to me…karen

    janet

    Hi amy, I was just reading about the ideal protein diet and saw your message. I know it was two years ago,but I live in Washington too and just wondered how you did on it and if you were able to stick to it. I really want to try but boy it seems hard to eat lettuce twice a day, I am afriad Ill get tired of it real quick. I went to a dr office on Wed and it costs 250 and then about 90 a week. Im over by Yakima, so I don’t know how much it cost where you live. I was just curious how you did on this diet. Thanks Janet

    Anonymous

    I am from Washington state as well! N I pay $84 a week plus my protein at dinner n veggies!!! I am on day 3 so far I am loving it and have seen people I know change there bodies in such little time! I have been a little tired in the evenings.. But my coach said that by day 4 I would be worn.. To get done rest n your body will bounce back n it will have more energy! I love this diet! Congrats to all the (losers) :) out there!! Almost 5lbs down in 3 days for me!!!

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    marilyn

    What is the cost of Ideal Protein products?

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    Wendy

    I was quoted $95 per week through the doctors office. Plus the vegies

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    Susanna Smit

    $4 per packet, most places charge. You need 3 packets a day on face 1 , later you need less packets per day. To start it is more expensive, about $200-$300 depends on clinic, a processing fee, education and 2 weeks worth of food, plus multivit, Calsuim-Magnesuim and Potasuim. I am seeing amazing results with my nurse friends, some lost 75lbs, some 65lbs and a few in the 30-40 lbs range, I lost 35lbs.

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    Sue

    Susanna, where are you getting the packets for $4??

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    hELEN

    sUE- FIRST YOU GO TO- a GROUP SEMINAR ( WITH A FEW PEOPLE) -ITS CHEAPER($100.00) THEY TELL YA ABOUT. THAN THE WEEKLY COST OF PACKETS IS ABOUT 81-86 PER WEEK- THE PACKETS ARE $4.00 A PIECE- SO PER DAY YOU NEED- 3-4 PACKETS SO ITS $12-$16 PER EACH DAY X’S( TIMES) 5 DAYS-. tRY TO EAT -lOW FAT MEATS- 2 cUPS OF VEGGIE AT LUNCH + DINNER WITH THE + ALL THE LETTUCE YOY WANT- yOUR dINNER CONSIST OF THE mEAT /pROTEIN -6 0Z 0F YOUR CHOICE. LOTS OF WATER ,CRYSTLE LIGHT DRINKS. sTICK TO IT CORRECTLY + yES THE WEIGHT FINALLY COMES OFF -PRETTY FAST. yOU GET THE pACKETS + THE pROGRAM AT MANY lOCAL cHRIOPRATICS oFFICE- GO IN ONCE A WEEK- THEY WEIGH YOU, TRACK YOUR FAT LOSS + PEE ON THE URINE STICK ( iN BATHROOM ) tO TRACK THE SUGAR IN THE BODY. tHE FOODS OK- yOUR ARE JUST ADJUSTING TO CHANGE FOR THE FIRST FEW DAYS + STICK TO THEIR PACKETS , rEMENBER ANYTHING THAT GOES IN YOUR MOUTH MUST BE ZERO- CARBS -SUGAR- FATS BECAUSE THEY ARE ALREADY COCULATED IN THE DIET PACKETS. BUT – IF YOU NEED SODA- ITS GOTTA BE CLEAR-DIET ONCE -TWICE WEEK.

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    Paula Coome

    My husband’s doctor recommended Ideal Protein as a diet for my husband to try. The doctor said this is the only diet (with over 30 years in medical practice) that works. I think that says volumes.

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    merryl

    My doctor says the same thing. Best diet. I am on my second day and not doing too bad. Like the food more than I thought I would. I am on it not only to loose weight, but to try to keep sugar under control.

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    Ojukwu Gloria

    Can a breastfeeding mom take part in idle protein weight loss programme

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    Becky

    I would not do it while berastfeeding as it could hinder your milk supply.

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    Anonymous

    No, expecting and nursing mothers are not allowed on the protocol.

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    E wing

    Can type 2 diabetects or heart paticents participate?

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    Fredi

    My sig. other and I both decided to give this program a try. I am a diabetic (typeII) and he is a heart patient (heart attack 2 years ago). Both our doctors are anxious for us to lose weight, and this diet looks right for both of us. Wish us luck – I will check in in a couple of weeks!

    Malou

    I’m a type 2 diabetic and have been in the program for almost 4 weeks. My blood sugar was 210 the last time I saw my doctorin January. One week after starting the diet my blood sugar went down to 147. A week later 103. today it was 99. So yes, if you’re type 2 diabetic you can. Certain cardiac patients cannot.

    Holly McLean

    I had controlled my diabetes (type 2) for 19 years with vegetarian diet and exercise but the morning numbers were creeping up. This diet lowered my morning number from 174 to 159 the first day and then a rapid decrease to now average 110 or lower in the morning. Plus it stays around 95 all day. Also, I walk a few miles a day and before my blood sugar could go down 60 points, now it is staying stable. No more extreme highs and lows. Amazing. Lost 11 pounds in 2 weeks. It is based on BMI so we will see how it goes. Hopefully another 30 pounds to be complete. But to not have the diabetes dragon chasing my tail is wonderful. I would rather pay for the foods than drugs to control it. Also, my blood pressure meds had to be cut in half and will probably be eliminated soon.

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    jazzgrl

    I am just wondering about the effects of the Ideal Protein products containing Sucralose, which is an artificial sweetener?? Most research says that artificial sweeteners actually stimulate appetite and cause users to GAIN WEIGHT! Is it acceptable to use in short term doses like this program?

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    fawn22

    I have a high sensitivity to the artifical sweetners and I must say I am not having any problems, I have been on this program for 4 weeks now and have lost 16.4 lbs tons of fat, okay well not tons but quite a bit… Love the food as with anything you have your favorites.. Cappuccino anyone…

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    chow

    Although some of the products don’t contain any sucralose, the ones that do contain a very small amount (less than a quarter of a little packet). In comparison to all of the chemicals and toxins we take in with processed foods, this is minimal. Also, remember that this is a temporary diet change and that clients are taught to eat for life without the products.

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    Deb

    I’m 43 and 5’7″. Love the Ideal Protein diet! I’ve lost 39- pounds in 8 weeks! I’m off all meds and I feel great. There is plenty of variety on this diet and they have a good maintenance program. There are 4 phases of the diet where they slowly wean you off of their product to eat real food. Once you have reached your goal and maintained your weight loss, you will know about food combining to ensure you keep off the weight. You will be eating a bigger meal at breakfast, smaller for lunch and even smaller for dinner. One day a week you can eat whatever you want–anything. That way of eating is something I can live with long term.

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    dave

    I am 62. I have been on this diet for 10 days now. I live in Cajun country, where food was created. Just like the consultant told me, it would take about 5 to 6 days on this diet to get used to it. I have lost 15 lbs, need to lose 25 more. After the first 6 days, my appetite was satisfied, my taste buds enjoyed the natural flavors of the foods and I have no sense of depression. The more I read up on this diet, the more I agree with the plan. Good weight loss can be achieved, but you really need to follow the plan. I ate a plane salad for lunch yesterday with only olive oil and sea salt. I can only tell you, I was able to taste every piece of vegetable in it and am looking forward to my meal today. I expect to be on this plan for 2 to 4 more weeks and then have the consultant wean me to a life long diet that maintains this. One more thing about this diet that I added, I asked the Lord the help me and He has.

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    Sarah

    dave, I am going in for my consultation for this diet tomorrow and just reading peoples comments, your caught my eye, I have to ask the Lord to help me and I know he will also. Thanks for adding that, there is a reason why I read your comment.

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    Pam

    I asked the Lord too, honest. I just started yesterday and haven’t even been hungry.

    kimberly

    I started the diet 6 days ago and have already lost over 5 pounds. Monday I will offically get a weigh in and measure inches lost. Yes the first 4-6 days were hard, especially day 2 and 3. Now I have my energy back and feel fine and satisfied after meals. I work at the doctors office that has started this program so fortunately it’s not as expensive for me than someone coming off the street. I think it’s an amazing diet. One you can be on for 2-3 months and then never have to diet again. It really teaches how to eat healthy for the rest of your life. I’m so excited.

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    Anonymous

    Hi Kimberly, I also live in cajun country (Baton Rouge) where food was created, lol. I see your post was in January. How much did you have to lose? Have you reached your goal weight? Have you maintained? Thanks

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    dawn

    hi, kimberly. wish me luck !i’m from baton rouge, too… and i’m starting the program in 3 days on friday 15th. womans hospital fitness center is offering it for $200 + food costs, clinical dieticians will be administering the plan, with weekly weigh-ins, private consultation, they provide a journal, discounted rates to the fitness center and a free 1 hour seminar if you would like to receive all the information from the health professionals before committing to the program. they give step by step guidance, provide a visual presentation and you can purchase your food in-house on the same day. if you’d like to stay in touch and check to see if i’m having success, you’re welcome to touch base with me for a follow-up on my progress….

    Misty

    I too live in cajun country(Lafayette) where food is amazing & everywhere. i’m on day 8 & i have lost 6lbs & 6.5inches.

    Anonymous

    AMEN!! Who better to turn to than the Lord-He cares about every area of our lives!! Blessings on you!!

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    Anonymous

    Hi Dave, 15 lbs in 6 days! That’s great keep going!

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    Sylvia

    I am also a Christian so I need prayer if this diet is right for me.

    Thanks

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    Rodney Bjornstad

    I am on the diet right now……have tried lots of things on my own….exercise focused, raw food, LOTS of juicing (remember the Juiceman?)…this is THE TICKET….the genuine article to help people conquer yourself and bad habits in today’s world. RBj, Fargo ND

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    blaine

    I am a 38yoa male 5’10″. I have lost 19lbs and 13 total inches in 4weeks on this plan. It is great for me because it stresses not to do heavy exercising the first 3weeks. I recently had hip surgery which i gained alot of weight with and cant do much cardio. Since it is doctor regulated i feel it is more successful. I am sure there are similar diets and contrary to this post the ingredients etc are clearly posted on the box and the meal plan. Feel free to find a doctor that participates and you will learn alot. It works!!!

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    Richard

    Hey Blaine…How is the weight loss going? Went to a talk tonight…..am 58 years old, on the edge of diabetes… thinking about doing this program…Thanks for your thoughts!

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    patrick

    i have diabetes and since i have been on the diet for 2 months now i have lost a lil over 40lbs and no longer taking my meds the energy level goes up a bit and flucuates a lil bit the diet is worth every dime follow it…believe me it works i live in opelousas and see Dr. Greene here …..it WORKS

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    Megan

    Did you experience any leg cramping in the very beginning??? I just started IP today and have had some leg cramps for about half the day!?

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    Ashlyn

    I started on two days ago and woke up with a terrible cramp in my calf this morning! Has been achey for about a half hour

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    Raymond

    I’m 48 years old and have lost 33lbs on this diet in 5 weeks. Protein packs are quick & easy. Good variety of foods. Best of all they have coaching videos daily that provide support, information and great recipe ideas. After Phase 1, 2 & 3 are complete, Phase 4 introduces regular foods into the diet but your knowledge and experience guaging foods from this program will eliminate yo-yo dieting forever.

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    Angela

    I agree there should be a nutritional value guide listed on the website. I do know the foods are made from Soy, whey, Protein, and Collagen Isolates so that both carnivores and Vegetarians alike as well as Gluten free needs are acheivable. Prices are not listed because it is a clinician only Program, and the price can very from clinic to clinic. I know a few people doing this at different clinics and it’s not a mainstream market product, it’s a medically supervised program. Some of the food is good, but they have a small variety in comparison to other programs. It’s nice that my friends can finish it and be done with dieting though, as it is not a forever thing, so the price is not a continual expense.

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    DJ

    Do you know approximately what your friends are paying a week and have they been happy with the results?

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    Addie

    My husband and I just started this diet and it costs us about $100 each per week in Ideal Protein food. That is supplemented with lots of fresh veg and daily protein for supper.

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    Anonymous

    You are being overcharged. The clinic that I go to charges $81 per week for the protein packets. But if you are seeing a doctor, they can charge whatever they want.

    ip-er

    Pricing can also depend on supplements. If they’re included in the weekly charge or an extra purchase.

    Sonia Frank

    the start cost me $249 you pay around $120 a week plus you rehular food, for lunch and dinner it is alot of restriction, my first week weight went down fast, it tells you to loose 3-5 a week, so far it took me 2 months for 14 pounds, little bit confusing, if you have one of the foods, you cant have any more of the rest for the day and so on,

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    Ang

    Is this product undr another name to be ordered from Canada???

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    Jean

    There are Ideal protein distributors in the US. Usually, they are within a chiropractic practice.

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    Vicki

    I live in New Orleans LA, How do I get the products. I went to the website and I didn’t see a place to order

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    Peach

    I go to Dr. Kathleen Posey on the North Shore. I started this diet, 2 1/2 wks ago and have lost 12 pounds. I should have lost more but I got mixed up with the restricted food. Not only is my doctor on this program but her nurse is as well…they both lost a tone of weight. This is a very easy program to following, just eat. I use Walden Farms dressing for salads, 0 carbs, fat, calories and if good, I drink crystal light and 1/2 tbs. of salt in a 72oz. bottle. You will lost weight, just eat.

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    Shellie

    I am thinking aboout starting the Ideal Protein diet.I made an appointment for tomorrow. Are you still pleased with the results

    lesle

    Baudry Therapy Center in Metairie, LA. offers the plan.
    Great place.

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    Jennifer

    VIcki you have to obtain the products through a doctor….to find one near you – go on the ideal website or call the number and they will help. I’ve lost 21 lbs in 5 weeks….29 lbs to go

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    Anonymous

    THERE IS AN IDEAL PROTEIN CONSULTANT IN COVINGTON LA.. @ DR. JOE JOHNSON’S OFFICE..

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    Vicki

    You can buy the products, at Dr. Hannon on Clearview in Metairie, 504-454-2000 is the number, hope this helps,

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    Anonymous

    There are several places in Baton Rouge, LA such as Downtown Physical Therapy which offer these products.

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    amanda mollere

    right behind the walgreens on airline and clearview they have a drs. office where u can get it its called hannan wellness center

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    Bruce

    You can only get the products at a doctor’s office

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    vicki

    You can buy OP on ebay

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    Lori

    What is OP?

    Mike

    Do not buy IP on the internet, it is FDA labeled (the only one) and is medically regulated. You have to buy from a medical clinic, as the FDA does not regulate internet sales. The online sites I heard have been shutting down due to FDA regulations. Stick to a medical clinic to purchase, not worth the risk.

    Anonymous

    Can you drink lattes on the ideal protein diet?

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    Janet

    Not Starbucks! LOL But thhere is a delicious cappucino Ideal protien mix, and the nice things about their drink mixes is that you can make them with less water, and they become puddings, or, make them with ice to make smoothies and milkshakes.

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    Misty

    you can have regular coffee but you have to use mini moos & splenda. my counselor suggested in the am to add the vanilla shake to coffee & its like a latte.

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    Nelle

    I am starting the diet this Friday via a friend. Where can I find information regarding the phases so I know what to eat and when?

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    shahla

    do you know any location in Bay area California? I live in Fremont. plz let me know. thanks

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    Joann

    This diet might be expensive but it is the absolute best diet out there. I had a thyroid problem and pre-menapausal and I was working out six days a week and couldn’t lose a pound. This diet is a Godsend. Lost 20 pounds and have never been this thin since I got married which was 25 years ago. The food taste great and I still go back to the doctor and get some of my favorites so the taste is not a problem like similar diets. The only negative I can share is in the beginning, the first 3 weeks, I must admit I was hungry. I guess my stomach had to shrink and my body adjust to less food. The way to battle that is drink something hot. I lived on tea and coffee when I was on this diet to fill in the “hungry moments”. Hot drinks work better than cold, for me anyway.

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    Andy

    Are we talking Jenny Craig exoensive or how much is the avarage price per food??$$

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    Alison

    The food costs about $12 per day in Phase 1. You eat one IP food at breakfast, one IP at lunch with 2 C of allowed veggies, meat/fish dinner with 2 C allowed veggies & IP snack in evening. Each IP food costs about $4.

    Babs

    Hi – I have been on this diet for the last 11 days. Could not afford to continue..cost for me was $84 a week for ideal’s food, $70 month for supplements & then you have to buy veggies, 8oz protein a day(3.5 pounds a wk) and any Walden Farms dressing you need. Diet works -I lost 6.5 pounds & 1+inches all over my body. Food is not great but somethings are ok…bars, puddings, chili, -did care for fruit drinks. After all is said & done if you can afford approx $500 a month -then go for it. But there is no way I can do it $$.

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    DGC16

    Your doctor might have had a bit of an inflation on your package, because it is about $4/meal and then supplements and then your lean proteins and veggies that you have to buy separately… It is expensive up front, but has been worth it so far.

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    Bruce

    $4 x 3 a day to start is $12 x 7 days is $84

    Carol

    Yes, her price is correct. It is $84 a week + the additional cost of the supplements etc. I estimated it cost at least $50/lb. but it worked. It is pretty easy, but costly. I lost 30 lbs.

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    Anonymous

    What are the supplements?

    Anonymous

    im in the program, and the prices are correct, but im told that the dinner protien is only 5oz a day. This really has worked for my husband & i. It is more expensive then how we use to eat, but it is well worth it. They do teach you how to take care of ur body to keep it off and when at ur weight goal, you will spend less.

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    Janet

    I have tried a couple of offices in Orange County. The best one is in Newport Beach at Wellness Choice Center. It’s a chiropractic office that offers it and it’s been a great experience so far. I have lost 28 lbs in less than 3 months.

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    Anonymous

    Two of my friends began in February 2012. Both lost lots of weight over 50 lbs in 4months. They have both been diagnosed with breast cancer within 3 months of each other. Their tumors are estrogen fed. Study the affects of soy and estrogen production especially if you have breat cancer in your family history.

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    Kimberly

    Can you say which products. I am on IP and these sound like familiar for and my sister. Who diagnosed this disease for both of you? I feel like I should look into it!

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