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Hello and welcome to my blog.  This week, I've been thinking a lot about weight maintenance and guess what I discovered.

I, Brian Ross, am NOT IMMUNE to gaining weight.  That's right.  Even after losing 151 pounds with You First using the Ideal Protein Protocol (link), I can still put on pounds.  And yes, I can still fall victim to 'emotional eating.'

Does this mean that the plan doesn't work?  Of course not.  But it does prove what my health coach at You First, Dylan Webb, points out to many people: no diet is a vaccine against gaining weight.  After getting to your goal weight, you will put the pounds right back on again unless you are mindful about what you eat.  

And it also shows the importance of ALL FOUR OF THE PHASES of the Ideal Protein Protocol, especially Phase 4, the Lifestyle Living phase where you learn how to eat foods in the proper way to maintain your weight range, health, and yes, for enjoyment.  

Note:  I said 'mindful.'  I don't mean careful or overly cautious, restrictive, or limited.  In Phase 4, there are no foods that are off limits to me-- though I understand that there are good choices and bad choices, and food choices do have consequences.

Living life means there will be times when it's okay to indulge and celebrate with food, even those which have little or no nutritional value.  Everybody wants to have a slice of birthday cake, some ice cream, or some pizza, after all.

Being mindful means knowing when to say 'when' and what to do afterward, so that occasions for indulgence only truly happen occasionally.  This is part of my ongoing experience in the Ideal Protein Protocol's Phase 4. 

LOSING WEIGHT IS THE EASIEST PART OF THE IDEAL PROTEIN PROTOCOL.  That may sound like a sales pitch, but it's what I discovered personally when I was losing my 151 pounds.  

After getting used to repeating the daily steps of the plan and my body adjusting to it's new primary food sources (my own body fat plus the protein in my food), I hardly felt any cravings, fatigue, or any other ill effects.  As long as I was following the plan properly in Phase 1, the weight loss phase, I lost weight and had plenty of  energy.

Once I reached my target weight, I carefully reintegrated regular foods with fats and carbs in them, such as bread, cheese, and fruit while reducing the number of Ideal Protein food products.  That was over the month in which I was in Phases 2 and 3.  

It's worth pointing out that yes, it is part of the protocol to teach you how to NOT EAT the Ideal Protein foods-- to ween you off of them.  Think about that.  Other diets may help you get thin, but do they teach you what to do once you finish their plan?

This is what sold me on this plan.  Ideal Protein is a full PROTOCOL, not just a weight loss diet.  Ideal Protein is not trying to make you dependent on their products.  The goal is to get you healthy, at the proper weight, and then go forward eating normal foods while developing good habits to maintain your healthy lifestyle.  Phase 4 teaches you this.

I did regain some weight, but then took it off again.  

While preparing for the 100-kilometer Front Runner and  100-Clean Air Challenge (link) bike rides, I needed to improve my endurance and fuel my body for the long training and event miles ahead of me.  In doing so, I ended up putting on some muscle, but also some excess fat pounds (I was 175 pounds-- 5 pounds more than my 'trigger weight').  I'm not a sports trainer/nutritionist, so I probably just ate too many carbs for the miles I was biking.  My balance was off.  I overcompensated.

BUT THAT'S OKAY.  I used those carbs, completed my rides, and then brought my weight back down again to the 160's.  Thanks to You First and Ideal Protein, I have the tools, the knowledge, and the supervision in Phase 4, to know how to control weight gain and bring it down if it gets excessive.  

This is ALL NEW to me.  I spent about 20 years before this weight loss journey putting on and being over weight.  So it just makes sense that I take this first year in Phase 4 to learn what I did not know.  

Phase 4 is teaching me to establish a new relationship with food, and to read the signs of my body, adjust my macros as needed, especially as I increase my workouts.  And yes, I am ENJOYING the food I'm eating.

I mean it sincerely when I say that losing weight was the easiest part of Ideal Protein for me.  Phase 1 consisted of a well laid out plan with clear steps and boundaries.  Weight maintenance in Phase 4 is trickier, but I am committed to this new life I have found after emerging from a 313 pound shell.  Plus, I've got some great help on my journey with You First.

Disclosure:  I, Brian Ross, was a client of You First for 10 weeks. After seeing significant weight loss results on the Ideal Protein plan, I proudly began endorsing them & receive compensation for on-air mentions & web content.  

I am also a health coach employed part time by You First, LLC, to assist others with their weight loss and health goals.  Results may vary.

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