All of my adult life I have struggled with my weight. I have tried everything short of gastric bypass. Most successfully I did South Beach Diet teamed with exercise and lost a significant amount of weight. I went from 204 lbs on a 5’4” frame to 137 lbs. I slowly gained it back even though I swore it would not happen. Then I had a wedding to plan for. So I did South Beach Diet coupled with Bikram Yoga and went down from 188 lbs to 153 lbs. I swore I would not gain it back this time. Then I got pregnant. Then I did Weight Watchers. Then I got pregnant again. I tried my best to eat healthy for the pregnancy but I still gained plenty of weight. Just before delivery I was toppling the scale at 238 lbs.
Of course after delivery I did lose some weight with the help of breast feeding but it was not coming off as quickly as I would have liked it to. So when my baby was old enough I decided to start calorie counting and exercising. I was again 204 lbs and in just three and a half months I was able to lose 30 lbs on my own. Then I went to Vegas and gained 10lbs in a week. My goodness. I was tired just thinking about all of the work I have put into diet and exercise over the course of my life. Here I am at 184 lbs and exhausted with this constant battle. Something had to change.
When I got back from vacation and learned about Oahu Spine & Rehab’s new Weight Management Program called Ideal Protein I was very skeptical. I like to cook most of my food and chew it. I wasn’t too keen on the idea of the Ideal Protein foods being packaged in envelopes and you add water to it to make it. I am not about “drinking my calories” or strictly eating a diet programs food. South Beach and Weight Watchers were rather flexible about what you could eat so long as it stayed with lean cuts of meat or within your allowable “points”. I wasn’t too keen on the idea of the Ideal Protein foods being packaged in envelopes and you add water to it to make it. However, I did like that it was similar to South Beach Diet and focused on lean cuts of meat (which I already did) and a low glycemic foods. And I liked that it would in a sense “free me” from counting my calories because honestly that can get a little time consuming. As I saw another co-worker who was on it lose more and more weight I grew more and more intrigued. She looked great and she didn’t just look “skinny” she still looked like she had structure to her body. Vanity got the best of me and I sat down with our doctor.
Turns out I just needed to be educated about Ideal Protein. Essentially the program is designed to target fat loss while still maintaining you muscle tissue. The program puts your body into ketosis. Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. I was still skeptical but decided to try it out for a week. If I didn’t like it I wasn’t worse off than I was now.
So I embarked on my journey on February 15th. I hated the first few days. I was hungry. I did not like the tastes of the foods. I was irritable. I wanted to quit. I even cheated 3 out of the first 5 days (I do not condone this). Then I went to my weigh in. I lost 3 pounds, 2 inches around my hips, 1 inch off my waist, and brought my body fat percentage down by 2 points. I was in disbelief. Then I immediately felt guilty about cheating. It was time to get serious about it.
I still did not care for the foods I sampled so I needed to go buy some of the other foods we offer. I am big on pasta so I bought two of the Ideal Protein Rotinis, some puddings, some bars, and some shakes. I love to cook so since I knew we could a lot of vegetables it was time to get creative. As I started to play more and more with the vegetables and the Ideal Protein foods I started to enjoy it more. The longer I went without starches and sugar, the better the sweet Ideal Protein foods started to taste. The longer I am on the program the less I crave foods I would normally scarf down. I can now watch my husband eat French fries and not think about how much I am missing out. The weight and inches kept melting off. And my blood work shows ketones in it meaning I am in ketosis.
Honestly, I have still cheated a few times. And I still lose weight and inches but you can see where you cheat because you will lose less than you did the day before (I weigh myself daily). The worse part about cheating is that it takes you out of ketosis and it can take a while to reach ketosis again. The best part about cheating is that is not the end of the world. Just pick yourself back up and get back on track.
I am now a month into Ideal Protein. I have lost over 16 lbs, 4-5 inches off my hips, and 3-4 inches off my waist. I only wish I had measured my thighs at the begging so I could see how much I have lost there. I am still not exercising but that is mainly because I just don’t make the time for it. However I have noticed that I am no longer feeling pangs of hunger just 2 hours after eating. I am no longer stuffing my face more than I need to. I still feel like I have energy. I wake up rested.
Now my results may not be typical. If you choose to join me and OSR Weight Management (that’s right, it is monitored by a physician) your commitment to the program and your body type will ultimately determine your success. But my best suggestion to you is to get creative with it. I have included some of the meals that I have created using Ideal Protein and wish you the best of luck and success.
Taco Salad with Fried Egg
Ideal Protein Chocolate Pancake Mix (turned into a waffle)
Ideal Protein Chicken Patty with Konyaku Noodles
(Yam Noodle, 0 cal, 0 carbs, 0 sugar) with shoyu, tofu, bok choy and garlic.
Ideal Protein Chicken Patty
Ideal Protein Rotini with garlic, spinach, bell peppers, asparagus, tomatoes and cayenne pepper.