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Why Have I put on weight?????
Hi,

I just completed my 2nd week of insanity. I have done my best with the dvds and I'm slowly able to complete more and more, I feel great after I have finished a workout and have been feeling generally positive. Until today. I put myself on the scales and I am 3lbs heavier. I thought this could be down to muscle so I did my measurements, I have not lost an inch and if anything have gained 1/2 an inch around my hips. I am left feeling completely deflated and something that was giving me confidence has left me feeling really disappointed in myself. I dont feel that I over eat. from previous dieting experience I feel I'm pretty good at watching what I eat. I can't really follow the nutrition guide as I'm vegetarian so I have to improvise but maybe I'm getting the protein carb balance wrong. I have been drinking a lot more water than usual probably no more than 2 and a half litres but compared to normal thats a significant improvement.

Somebody please help me!! I want to carry on but whats the point if I'm not losing weight or inches and I get this feeling of deflation and disappointment when I come to measure my progress.

Thanks

Rebecca
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RE: Why Have I put on weight?????
11/18/12 9:23 AM as a reply to bothers.
Hello,
First off - don't get discouraged. I didn't see a weight drop until month two, it's different for everyone. If I had to guess, I would think you are not eating enough. Track your food for a week using my fitness pal or something like that and be honest. You may be surprised that you need more calories per day.
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RE: Why Have I put on weight?????
11/18/12 9:35 AM as a reply to bothers.
Hi Rebecca,

I know nothing is going to make you 100% feel better because I have been where you are and just wanted to cry. A LOT of things can make your weight fluctuate like how much water we drink (your body will adjust, but it takes a little time), water retention from sore muscles/sodium, sleep, hormones, etc. Your measurements around your hips could be your body adjusting to the jumps and kicks in the workout. In my experience, I build muscle before burning off all the fat on top...It takes me about 4-6 weeks to get a REAL evaluation of my measurements. Does all of that make sense?

I understand that the nutrition plan being too off of your diet, but I would recommend following at least the calorie intake it suggests. Your calories are what fuel your body, and if you don't have enough fuel your body will hold onto fat! YUCK! Do you know how many calories you should be eating? Have you ever tracked them? My worry for you is that you aren't eating enough since you said your diet is pretty good and that a vegetarian diet is usually lower calorie anyways. You may just need to add a snack in to help you get the max burn. I can help you calculate it if you want, does that sound good?

Another thing that has really helped me is having an accountability group too. I think all of us reach a "REALLY?!!!!!" point and having people there to support and offer advice really helps me feel better about everything. We share tips, meal plans, progress, motivational posts, questions, and also do a monthly challenge and giveaway to whoever is crushing their goals. Would you like to be added to the group? (It's free and nothing weird lol!)

Are you planning on doing Insanity through the holidays too? I hope so! I'm doing TurboFire and Chalean right now because my boyfriend has my Insanity workout , but I did complete it last fall. My results were better in month 2 after upping my calories.
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RE: Why Have I put on weight?????
11/18/12 9:45 AM as a reply to bothers.
Rebecca - For people who haven't exercised in a while and then start something as vigorous as Insanity, the body responds to the change. In some people, the muscle tissue retains water temporarily, as it is undergoing a major reconstruction as you exercise. This is not a permanent situation; it typically lasts 2-4 weeks, and then goes away as you continue to exercise. Some people will see a 2-4 pound gain in weight. It is not a cause for alarm. Insanity lasts 90 days. You are only in week two. Be a little patient. If you persevere, you will be very pleased with the results at the end of 90 days.

If on the other hand the weight continues to go up, then there are other factors that have to be considered. Nutrition is a primary consideration. Being a vegetarian does not mean you can't lose weight on this program. If you are able to access the Diet/Nutrition section on the TeamBeachbody website, you can see many vegetarian recipes and substitutions for items in the Insanity nutrition guide. Follow the guide, be mindful of your protein/carb ratios, and things will happen.

Success and have fun,

Brian
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RE: Why Have I put on weight?????
11/18/12 10:24 AM as a reply to bothers.
Rebecca

I hear this question a lot when people start out.

This is what I would advise you to do. Hide the scale. Maybe bring it out at day 30 to see where you are at, but do not make it a daily thing. Your body is going to be transitioning and the scale will definitely NOT be the best measurement of your progress.

As for nutrition - this a huge part of your progress. You want to get those ratios and calories figured out. Have you tried any of the applications out there like myfitnesspal?

Let me know if you have and additional questions. Good luck with your fitness goals!!

Jason
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RE: Why Have I put on weight?????
11/18/12 10:25 AM as a reply to SoreyFitness.
SoreyFitness,

You have made me feel a little more positive about things, thank you. And yes I know what you mean by cry, oh my god when I looked at those scales this morning it came out of no where, sobbing I think is the word. When you work so hard and make a commitment to better yourself and then see no difference, well, you know what I'm saying. This is also my first dvd program so I didn't know what to expect at all.

i have been roughly keeping track of my calories but I clearly need to pay more attention to it to make sure it is as it should be. I did do the calculations but I was surprised at how many calories I should be allowed to eat. I think it worked out to 1800. I'm 5'9'' and currenty 158lbs. I've looked into how many calories are burned typically in an insanity period but it seems to vary so much it's hard to know. If you could give me some help with this I would really appreciate it emoticon

Also I know from reading various posts that a lot of people aren't able to complete the workouts without having a break, how many breaks would be too many, because I'm telling you, the first week, I took A LOT!! And although I've improved slightly, somedays I can't even complete the warm ups without having a few seconds here or there. I feel like I'm trying really hard, but is this normal??

I would love to be part of a accountability group just point me in the right direction and tell me what to do.

I hope to keep going through the holidays, I'm a little nervous at the nutritional aspect but the exercise is pretty addictive when your ticking off those boxes.


Thank you so much for your response, I think I may now be able to get over this set back now and keep on keeping on.

Rebecca


SoreyFitness:
Hi Rebecca,

I know nothing is going to make you 100% feel better because I have been where you are and just wanted to cry. A LOT of things can make your weight fluctuate like how much water we drink (your body will adjust, but it takes a little time), water retention from sore muscles/sodium, sleep, hormones, etc. Your measurements around your hips could be your body adjusting to the jumps and kicks in the workout. In my experience, I build muscle before burning off all the fat on top...It takes me about 4-6 weeks to get a REAL evaluation of my measurements. Does all of that make sense?

I understand that the nutrition plan being too off of your diet, but I would recommend following at least the calorie intake it suggests. Your calories are what fuel your body, and if you don't have enough fuel your body will hold onto fat! YUCK! Do you know how many calories you should be eating? Have you ever tracked them? My worry for you is that you aren't eating enough since you said your diet is pretty good and that a vegetarian diet is usually lower calorie anyways. You may just need to add a snack in to help you get the max burn. I can help you calculate it if you want, does that sound good?

Another thing that has really helped me is having an accountability group too. I think all of us reach a "REALLY?!!!!!" point and having people there to support and offer advice really helps me feel better about everything. We share tips, meal plans, progress, motivational posts, questions, and also do a monthly challenge and giveaway to whoever is crushing their goals. Would you like to be added to the group? (It's free and nothing weird lol!)

Are you planning on doing Insanity through the holidays too? I hope so! I'm doing TurboFire and Chalean right now because my boyfriend has my Insanity workout , but I did complete it last fall. My results were better in month 2 after upping my calories.
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RE: Why Have I put on weight?????
11/18/12 10:30 AM as a reply to brianfine.
Thanks Brain,

I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is a bit of water retention. I don't have access to the veggie guide unfortunately but I m going to study the nutrition guide and try and figure out some substitutions myself. The hardest part is making sure I get the right amount of protein.

I think I did the right thing posting a thread because the responses have made me feel better.

thanks for taking the time to respond

Rebecca
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RE: Why Have I put on weight?????
11/18/12 10:35 AM as a reply to CoachAzJason.
JAson,

You are right I am going to hide the scale. It's not like I have been stepping on it regularly but I am now not going to weigh myself for at least another month.

I am on fitness pal but have not been on there everyday. I think I will make more effort though. Do you know how I might add insanity workouts on there though. I tried figuring out I might work out the hourly calories burned but I'm a bit lost.

Thanks for you response

Rebecca
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