So I figured, for the first official My Beautiful Ideal blog post I would talk about my weight loss. I am hesitant to call this a journey…as to me, a journey sounds like something that should be fun, like a vacation. This past year hasn’t exactly been fun or a vacation, but it hasn’t really been that bad either.
First, let’s start off with a little bit of background. I have been a big girl forever. Plus size has been my middle name since I could remember. And luckily, I was surrounded by people who loved me no matter what I weighed. I felt pretty good about myself. I knew that I should lose weight, but I never really thought that I could do it. Every weight loss story I ever read made it sound like people overcame such a struggle, and honestly, I wasn’t looking to deal with a struggle. I liked food and I never thought I would be able to do it anyway. Why would I set myself up to fail?
Fast forward to July of 2015. My dad had started a diet program suggested to him but his endocrinologist called Ideal Protein. I, of course, was skeptical and wondered if this thing would even work. But after a few weeks, it did work! The weight was actually coming off and he was learning how to eat in healthier ways. This component of learning is what really got me on board.
Ideal Protein logo from the company website - www.idealprotein.com
Other diets I have seen (not mentioning names…because they have worked for some and I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer to those folks!) provide you with all the food you eat in a day. I find these hard to wrap my brain around because what happens on the other end? You have lost all the weight and now you have to go back to eating regular food. But how do you know what to eat now that you are off the program? For me, I feel like I would just fall back into the void of eating whatever I felt like.
Also, there are diets that let you eat all the food you normally would but you count points or calories. I have tried these before and found every feasible loophole, so I could eat whatever I wanted. I justified everything I put in my mouth…”oh, that’s only 4 points.” Or, “I was only over by 10 points this week.” I was never able to fully committed to that type of diet.
This is where Ideal Protein comes into the mix. Once it started working for my dad, I tried it out and haven’t looked back. The program does provide you with some food. There are 3 high protein packets that you have to eat per day. But, you still have to prepare the rest of your meals consisting of diet-approved veggies and protein. Ideal Protein really does believe in learning how to live a healthy lifestyle, instead of dieting for the rest of your life.
I am sure that there are people out there that don’t like this diet, just like I don’t like some of the other diets I have tried. However, it has worked for me. And I am a firm believer in whatever works for you is what you should do! 100lbs later the results, for me, don’t lie.
In future posts, I plan to go into the details surrounding Ideal Protein including the diet, the price, adding in workouts, etc. But, I thought I would start off with this bit of background.
What questions do you have about Ideal Protein? What other diets have been successful for you? Let me know in the comments below!