THE IRON WILL APPROACH
Whether you’re a recent grad, weeks from graduating to maintenance, or new to Ideal Protein, we all have choices. In a perfect world, we would all choose the “Iron Will” approach, eating nothing that would compromise fat burning.
Good candidates for this “Iron Will” approach are individuals who are very new to the program and haven’t mastered a strong set of healthy eating habits. Also, for those with only a few weeks left on the program, following the “Iron Will” approach will ensure you meet your goal when expected. Otherwise, you will extend your time on the program by ~1-2 weeks by eating foods that would compromise your fat burning. Be sure to keep that in mind.
If you’re celebrating outside of your home, bring a large platter of veggies and some Walden Farms, big mixed greens salad, packets of mangosteen or chat with us at your next visit for some other creative side that is IP friendly.
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If you plan to use the “Iron Will” approach, here are some key phrases you can use to excuse yourself politely from eating things you don’t choose to eat:
The Crafty Dismissal:
“Ooh, that looks delicious! I’m stuffed so I’ll just have to take it home for later.” (Then store it in your freezer ‘til graduation day)
The Firm Hand:
“Thank you for respecting the fact that I have some personal goals I am working on, and, while that looks delicious, it would compromise my goals so I’ll have to wait. Thanks!”
The Medical Excuse:
“My doctor recently told me I am pre-diabetic. I really have to watch out for foods that spike my sugar levels. I’ll have to pass.”
The Allergy Excuse:
I recently found out I am allergic to that! No thanks!”
Many have used this many times and it works!!
The one question you might get is, “Wow, what happens when you eat it?” and your response can be as simple as this. “You don’t even wanna know!” That’ll stop the conversation right there.
THE ONE DAY PASS APPROACH
Thanksgiving and Christmas come once a year and there will be a number of dieters who feel they’ve earned a day off Ideal Protein. If you choose this approach, here’s how we’d like you to proceed if you choose this.
1.Moderation is KEY. Let’s not undo all the healthy habits we’ve built on this program. Practice regulating portion sizes- eat only 1-2 teaspoons of your favorite holiday foods and do not go back for seconds.
Skip the cookies and pies- they’re so full of fat and fast-acting sugar-- it’s not worth it. Plus, if you don’t moderate, you may feel very sick the next day…ew! If you plan to use your pass, talk to your coach about entering Phases 2 and 3 prior to the day of slip-up.
2.The “One Day Pass” is just that- ONE DAY ONLY. You are not authorized to spend the whole week of Thanksgiving eating this way. It’s not healthy and it’s destructive to all the new healthy habits you’ve worked so hard to build- don’t undo all your hard work!
If you plan to use your pass, talk to your coach about entering Phases 2 and 3 prior to that day.
3.If you use the “One Day Pass” you must go to boot camp the next 3 days following Thanksgiving. This means ultra-low-carb veggies and NO restricted food items (bars, puffs, ridges, etc.) Your pancreas needs to rest and recuperate from the holiday foods, PLUS this will get you back into ketosis quicker.
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