The hubster and I started the Ideal Protein based diet on Monday, due to two logical facts:
- A friend has been on it for a while and looks great.
- We decided to follow the diet he was on because it obviously worked.
He suggested following the Ideal Protein Diet plan but changing it up a little–by drinking Isopure every time we were supposed to use an Ideal Protein Food packet, and then follow the rest of the phase 1 plan religiously until we’d lost 95% of our weight loss goals. The official Phase 1 plan looks like this.
Here’s what our Week 1 looked like until Friday:
Breakfast: 1 Isopure + optional tea/coffee with 1 oz. skim milk + vitamins and KCL (Potassium Chloride)
Lunch: 1 Isopure + 2 cups allowed veggies + unlimited lettuce + salt
Dinner: 8 oz. allowed meat/fish + 2 cups allowed veggies + unlimited lettuce + salt + vitamins + calcium and Mg. Sometimes I’ll have 4 oz. eggs with 4 oz. meat for the 8 oz.
Before bed: 1 Isopure + calcium and Mg All day: 3 bottles water (because you can become prone to getting kidney stones if you don’t)
By Friday, I was supposed to feel energetic and awesome. Yea, I was happy about the 2 lb. I lost, but I felt dizzy and knew I had to be missing some basic nutrition, and that’s when I discovered why. So I went to the 3fatchicks forum, and started asking more experienced dieters questions . Yes, I was supposed to have small amount of healthy carbs and fats. Isopure has 0 carbs, 0 fat, 0 sugar. In stark contrast, each packet of Ideal Protein contains lots of protein (12-18g), is always under 200 calories, has up to 8g of unrestricted carbs, and 9-16g of restricted carbs.
Being a cheapskate, and having spent the equivalent of two haircuts and highlights on Isopure, I didn’t want to buy anything else, despite the reassurances of many Ideal dieters that the packets tasted good and you could do a lot with them. My thinking is, if I already have a powdered drink with the required grams of protein, I need to get creative in using it to make my own Ideal Protein food.
Still feeling woozy, I dashed downstairs to eat 1 oz. Wexford cheddar, 1/8 cup cooked oatmeal, and my two cups of veg. I feel a bit better already.
Being a life coach, it’s become a natural part of life to give myself simple goals and write down when I will complete them. Now I’m on a quest to create my own protein packs, but honor the list of restricted foods.