Well – this is going to be one of those weeks where I tell you how my weight loss has plateaued. I've only lost 5 lbs in the last 4 weeks – half of my normal loss. I could be upset – but I'm not – I'm actually thankful that this is the first time I've really plateaued since losing almost 80 lbs. It's actually pretty incredible!
So – to get myself out of the plateau I needed to change it up. Some diets call for a cheat meal or day once a week, but I'm not willing to cheat so instead I went out and ran two days in a row and ate an extra 2-3 small meals each day. Each meal was only about 100-150 calories and was either a protein shake, protein bar, omelette with veggies or a small chicken breast with some soy nuts.
Just need to shake it up a bit and get my body back to losing. Hopefully we'll see that scale move a little more this week.
I also wanted to follow up regarding my hair falling out. My naturopathic doctor doesn't have a definitive answer that points to one specific issue right now. My iron levels are normal, my thyroid is normal, and all of my other blood stats are normal. That's a great thing considering when I started this diet I was borderline ready for diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. I was a mess.
I'm sure the hair loss is due to the weight loss, but she's helping me support my organ function through natural compounds and a castor oil pack. She also wants me to eat more whole foods but is hesitant about telling me to stop my current diet since I'm doing so well.
So I compromised and told her I would add more whole foods as long as it still stayed in the ketogenic diet method. I discovered I could trade in the foil packets of omelette mix for just egg whites and get the same nutritional value in calories, fat, carbs, and protein. So I have switched that.
I was already switching from the chocolate drink powders to Designer Chocolate Whey powder (sweetened with Stevia) and Amazing Grass mixed with almond milk. So I've made a few adjustments. I agree with her. For years I've hated eating packaged foods and gravitate towards a more whole food diet, no processed foods, but so many people were having success with Ideal Protein that I just had to try it.
Thankfully it worked and here I am 80 lbs (almost) lighter.
So I also promised her that I would research more about staying in the ketogenic diet and moving towards a completely whole foods ketogenic diet. Here's what I discovered:
Yeah I know – who knew I would be saying that. This diet has been around for ages. Yes – it's the one you hear people talk about that say they can eat unlimited amounts of bacon and fried eggs. Well – that's not how the diet works but only dieters manipulating the program to what they want.
So I discovered that Atkins Diet has 4 phases like the Ideal Protein Diet. Here's the difference:
Atkins Phase 1 is for 2 weeks and you can have a total of 20 net carbs. Most of the food you can eat on the program is what Ideal Protein Dieters eat in Phase 1 of the IP program for their one meal they fix a day.
IP Phase 1 is until you lose all of your weight.
Atkins Phase 2 is 25-45 net carbs and adds in nuts and berries. Oh and you can have cheese which is different than the IP Phase 1.
So I think I could absolutely move to a whole food diet using the Atkins method and a bit of a hybrid of IP by sticking to eating more of the leaner meats – no bacon which can have nitrates and sugars – and no cheese. I like the idea of adding a few nuts and berries.
I suspect another reason I'm losing my hair is that I'm not eating enough fat.
To stay on IP or move to Atkins – that is the question. They are both ketogenic diets. I'm hesitant about moving to Atkins completely because I'm doing so well and I have about 40 more lbs to lose. However, I'm almost doing the Atkins right now anyways since I'm adding more whole foods into my diet. I just would need to pay attention to the carbs.
So I go back into my doctor on Wednesday for a follow-up and I'm going to discuss these options. I'm pretty sure she's going to agree to move to Atkins or anything that's whole food based that will still allow me to eat healthy and lose weight.
Progress Stats on the Ideal Protein Diet
Progress Stats have been updated so you can see exactly what areas I lost this week.
Main goal to get to 124 lbs. My cycle chick has MADE it past the half way mark and closer to goal!!!!!!!! Woo Hoo!
4th Mini Goal is to be at my lowest weight in 18 years – 170 lbs.
Week 33 Weight Loss Weigh-In Results on Ideal Protein Diet
- Weight Loss for the week: -.2 lbs
- Inches Lost for the week: -1.25 inches
- Total Weight Loss in 33 weeks: -78.6 lbs
- Total Inches Lost in 33 weeks: -80 inches
More interesting weight loss weigh-in stats:
- Dropped from 52.9% body fat to 39.8%
- Fat mass dropped from 136 lbs of fat to 71.1 lbs of fat! INCREDIBLE!!!!
- My metabolic age is still 56 (I'm only 41 as of today) which is what I started at. Still scary!
- BMI has dropped from 45.6 to 31.6
Let me know how you're doing on your healthy eating plan and your weight loss weigh-in results below in the comments.
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