For the better part of my adult life I have been overweight. Although I did try to remain active in various physical activities I could not get a handle on my weight. I had tried to “diet” at least twice in the last 10 years with no success. I would get to a certain weight and plateau and nothing could get me past it. So I’d give up.
I had entered a point in my life where I had just accepted that I was going to stay the weight I was until I died. However even that didn’t turn out to be true as this year I started gaining even more weight! I had issues with my knees and my leg and was taking medication for blood pressure. My doctor had even recently increased my blood pressure medication.
I was at a doctor’s office having my leg looked at when he suggested that it was time to try a better diet. He suggested Ideal Protein. Having tried the dieting routine before, I was skeptical but my wife talked me into meeting with a lady here in town to discuss the process.
My biggest concern was reducing my intake of soda. I have been a very heavy drinker of soda since I was a young man and was drinking at least 3 – 4 bottles a day. I had tried several times to stop before and the headaches that come from caffeine withdrawal were too tough for me to bear so I’d start drinking soda’s again. Anyone who doesn’t think soda can be as addictive as a cigarette really doesn’t know what they are talking about.
The lady who we met with explained the Ideal Protein program to us. The diet would consist of two packaged meals and one snack that they provide. Breakfast would be one of their meals, lunch would also be one of their meals but with a salad and vegetables and supper would be a meal of your choosing as long as it was just meat and vegetables (and a salad if you want). Then the snack you would eat later on in the evening.
Because all food that contained sugar of any kind were not allowed, several foods were off the table. All fruits, vegetables such as corn and carrots, breads, you name it; those were not part of this diet. This also meant that soda would have to be eliminated.
To do this, they had me drink a Pepsi One which doesn’t have real sugar in it; it has Splenda, which is an acceptable sugar for this diet. But I could only have one a day. Surprisingly, after that first week, I felt encouraged enough to stop drinking soda altogether and the first night I had NO headaches whatsoever! My wife and I are convinced that the reason I had no headaches was because this diet also uses sea-salt and that salt helped me get past my withdrawals to caffeine.
So the first week, I get on the scale expecting to have lost three or four pounds and surprised myself when I noticed I had lost TWELVE pounds. In one week! From that point forward, it seemed that I would lose roughly a pound a day! I hit my plateau weight and just kept on trucking right past it.
Over the next 16 weeks I continued to lost weight at a decent pace and by the time I had completed all phases of the diet I had lost 80 pounds! I learned a few things too while on this diet. For example, I found out I enjoyed eating asparagus, something I had never eaten before. I also could eat a salad and not have to have a ton of high calorie dressings on them to enjoy them. There are many dressings out there that are calorie free and taste just as good.
My health improved as well. By the time I was done with this diet I had been taken completely off my blood pressure medication. I felt better and had more energy than I’ve had in a very long time!
There may be many that are hesitant to get involved in a diet such as this due to cost but if you factor in all the money you spend on “junk” that you eat, you may find that you really aren’t spending all that much more money than a diet like this costs. And isn’t your health worth spending a little money on? If you are struggling with your weight, I would seriously suggest to you to look into Ideal Protein and give it a try!
Now that I’m off the diet, the biggest test for me will be as to whether or not I can still maintain my weight. But being done with the phases of this diet doesn’t mean that I have free reign anymore to eat any old thing that I want. I believe that I have learned my lesson and that my eating habits will be more restrained than they have in the past.
Below are a “before” and “after” picture of me on this diet. These two pictures alone I hope to use to keep me incentivized to never get again to the point I was this spring. I do not ever want to put that much strain on my body and my health ever again!